WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (2)

Almost forgot two of my favorite silhouette photos, so I’m sliding in at the last-minute with my second entry for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge This is my daughter watching the fish and looking for the turtles in the turtle tank at Sea World San Diego.

When you see a fish you don’t think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water… If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit.  ~ Constantin Brancusi

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Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Silhouette is the theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge .  I immediately thought of one of my all time favorite silhouette photos, one I took at the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France.  It was such a massive, solid structure and I love the contrast of the fragile rose silhouetted in the window.

Beatutiful Rose at the Pope's Palace in Avignon France

Beatutiful Rose at the Pope’s Palace in Avignon France


One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

~ Dale Carnegie

My second photo is the silhouette of a palm tree with part of my wedding bouquet in the foreground.  It was such a beautiful, special day and I love the way this photo captures the occassion and the location!

A photo of my Wedding Bouquet with a palm tree silhouetted in the background taken on my Wedding Day, July 3, 2014!   Smathers Beach, Key West, FL

A photo of my Wedding Bouquet with a palm tree silhouetted in the background taken on my Wedding Day, July 3, 2014! Smathers Beach, Key West, FL

There’s a big difference between falling in love with someone and falling in love with someone and getting married.  Usually, after you get married, you fall in love with the person even more. ~  Dave Grohl

Enjoy all the other very clever and creative entries here!

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Make the most of today!

The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years.  

~Edward J. Stieglitz



Live every day as if it were going to be your last; for one day you’re sure to be right.

~Harry “Breaker” Harbord Morant



Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely. ~Thomas P. Murphy


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Be silly……it’s ok!! :)

 The best things in life are silly. ~ Scott Adams

Yes, we are totally crazy, but we sure had one fun evening!!

Yes, we are totally crazy, but we sure had one fun evening!!

Nature made us individuals, as she did the flowers and the pebbles; but we are afraid to be peculiar, and so our society resembles a bag of marbles, or a string of mold candles. Why should we all dress after the same fashion? The frost never paints my windows twice alike. ~Lydia Maria Child

This cookie cutter led to an evening of total silliness!

This cookie cutter led to an evening of total silliness!

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans.  It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.  ~ Horace

If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

We turned an ordinary evening into a crazy night of mayhem and madness with alligator and gingerbread man sugar cookies ;)

‘Have fun’ is my message.  Be silly.  You’re allowed to be silly.  There’s nothing wrong with it. ~ Jimmy Fallon

My daughter and I made cookies tonight using the alligator cookie cutter I found at the airport in West Palm Beach last Easter.  We had so much fun, laughing, giggling and just being silly!  I think it’s important sometimes to just laugh, have fun and enjoy the moment, no matter how little we resemble “grown-ups”.  Being grown-up is overrated, I think ;) 

The result of our night of silliness!


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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt

My awesome kiddos at the beach in San Diego


Watching the waves roll in on the Oregon coast

A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided. ~Robert Brault


My new hubby and I (or our legs, anyway ;) ) on our Wedding Day, July 3, 2014


My little pappy puppy, Romeo

This week, the Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to “Show us something you love. It could be your favorite novel, the light of the moon on your deck at night, the beach on a hot day, or that special you-know-who.”.  In response to the challenge, here are photos of what I love most: my kiddos, my new hubby and my papillon!  I also love sandy beaches, palm trees and the ocean, and was able to combine them in the first few :)

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~Gilda Radner

 ‘Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come. ~Lord Byron


Getting a hug from my hubby on our Wedding Day!


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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Container – Take 2

I can’t take credit for the second submission for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  It was taken by my dad years and years ago.  My daughter reminded me of it when I told her the challenge for this week was “container”.

An old photo, but I will always love this one!

An old photo, but I will always love this one!

I have always thought this was an incredibly cool picture, making it look as if my younger sister is inside this bottle and I am peering down at her.  I hope you enjoy it!  Make sure to click on the link above to see many more interpretations of this week’s photo challenge!


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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers – Beware of Robert The Doll!

When I saw this week’s photo challenge, I immediately thought of a little guy in a plexiglass container, probably for our safety as well as his;  Robert The Haunted Doll at the East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida.


Robert is qute the handsome little guy, especially considering that he’s over 100 years old!

Robert has a very interesting history.  The VERY condensed version is that he was a gift to a little boy named Robert Eugene Otto from a servent who had recently been dismissed for practicing Voodoo in the household.  Robert immediately started going by Eugene and the doll took his first name, Robert.  Eugene’s mother would sometimes hear Eugene talking to Robert, not unusual for an imaginitive child, but then she started to hear Robert answer in a much deeper, sinister voice which was nothing like Eugene’s.   Strange things started happening in the home, and when questioned about broken lamps, missing silverware or other perplexing things, Eugene would always say, “Robert did it.”


Robert with his little stuffed toy lion.


Robert in his place of honor at the East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida.


Robert was quite the gentleman and let me get a lovely photo when I visited him on the 4th of July, 2014!

Is there any truth to the story that Robert is haunted and remains so to this day?  Who knows?  If you choose to visit Robert, though, he has some rules that you must follow.  If you choose to take a picture of him, you must first ask his permission.  When you have taken your picture, be sure to say “Thank You.”  I did and I got some very nice photos of and with Robert.   According to the lovely front desk clerk, the museum receives 3-5 letters per week adressed to Robert apologizing for failing to follow his rules.  Check out Robert’s Blog and read some of those letters.   Quite interesting! That is my “spooky” submission for this week’s photo challenge.  Please check out the other clever creative entries at The Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge site!


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