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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Life is Good…..

We did it!  I think I said that about 50 times if I said it once that day!     July 3, 2014, a day that will be etched forever in my mind and heart as one of the happiest days of my life!   It was quite a “spur of the moment” decision for a major planner like me, but it was absolutely perfect!  The setting was so beautiful; Smathers Beach in Key West, FL.   It was just the two of us and Dan from Key West Casual Weddings.  It was simple, special, relaxed and unforgettable!  I’ve met so many special and wonderful people here on WordPress and I want to share my happiness with all of you.

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. ~Robert Heinlein


Just the two of us…..

 You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. ~Dr. Seuss


True happiness!

 Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. ~Leo Tolstoy


We did it!!


Our Wedding Pie from the Key Lime Pie Factory in Key West. Yummy!!


A sweet way to show off the rings.


Smathers Beach, Key West. A lovely site for a wedding!


A fun way to remember our special day.


I love this photo, with a small segment of my bouquet and the beautiful sunset sky in the background!

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Contrasts.  To meet this week’s challenge, I chose photos that I took in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Epcot and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

The first photo could be considered a study in contrasts in several ways.  The primary one I saw was the contrast between the even line at the top of the building and the decorative, curvy line embellishing it.

The bus stop at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

The bus stops at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Upon looking at the photo, however, I find a difference between the blue sky peeking out and the rain clouds that fill up most of the sky.  I also see a contrast between the full bus stops and the bus stops with few to no people in them.


A giant fruit bat sunning himself with one wing open and one wing closed.

My next photo is of one of the giant fruit bats in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  These are my absolute favorite animal in the park!   If time were not a factor, which it inevitably is at theme parks, I could watch these fascinating creatures for hours!  In this photo there is a contrast between his open wing and the closed wing.



The next two photos show the contrast between the green topiary base and the colors the garden artists were able to add to and around the topiaries.  Walking around and enjoying all the beautiful designs was a true delight!

Topiaries at Epcot during the 2014 Flower and Garden Festival

Topiaries at Epcot during the 2014 Flower and Garden Festival









My final photo is also from Epcot.  In this photo, I found a contrast between the water and the ground and also between the ground and the sky.  And I just loved those flowers at the Flower and Garden festival, so had to put just one more photo in there! ;) DSC01502


Make sure to click the link above for the chance to see some fantastically clever and creative responses to this week’s challenge!! :)





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I’m so thankful to have such a wonderful father and extremely grateful to his Guardian Angels for watching over him and helping to keep him safe!

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Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children. - Bill Cosby


A new iris that opened this morning, just in time for Father’s Day!

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me. ~Jim Valvano


New iris blooming

On this day when we honor our fathers, I’d like to thank mine for instilling my love of gardening and nurturing and growing plants, vegetables, fruit and flowers.  As far back as I can remember, we had a garden in our yard and he and my mom taught me and my sister and two brothers how to put the seeds into the soil and then tried to teach us patience as we waited for the seeds to give us the peas, radishes, cucumbers, strawberries or whatever the crop was that season.   He must have taken care…

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Life Lessons I learned from Hoarders

With the downsized cable package I have, I am revisiting one of my old guilty pleasures thanks to the Amazon Prime subscription my fiancé is graciously sharing with me.  I am at the same time repulsed and fascinated by this show.

I can already hear the question in my head:  “What? What could you possibly learn from Hoarders?”

I think there is a lot to be learned from the people on this show.  Yes, most of the lessons learned are cautionary, warnings that too much of anything is NOT a good thing.  I think, though, that to an extent all of us are prone to be hoarders, though not always to the drastic extent demonstrated on this show.  The unfortunate individuals whose lives are portrayed on the show suffer from serious mental illness which they need medication, counseling or both to overcome.

Their stories can provide incentive for the rest of us, though, to simplify.

Our society is one of excess and it seems that sometimes worth is valued by the quality and quantity of possessions one can obtain.   We set aside happiness for someday.  Someday, after I get that new computer, I’ll be happy.  Someday when I have a better vehicle, I’ll be happy.  Someday when I can buy a bigger home, I’ll be happy.

Truly, the time to be happy is now.  The WAY to happiness is not in things, but in having our loved ones close to us, seeing the beauty in nature, learning to appreciate the “little things”.

Take time to enjoy the little things :)

Take time to enjoy the little things :)

All the money in the bank nor all the material possessions in the world can buy us one more moment with a friend or relative that is gone.  We can’t share a laugh, a hug or a tender moment with our homes, our cars or our computers.   Striving to have it all can essentially leave us with nothing.  My dad recently gave my whole family (and himself most definitely!) a big scare when he went into the hospital because he hadn’t slept well the night before and found out he was having a massive heart attack.  Thankfully he did go in before it was too late and all turned out well.   He has always been active and healthy, so it really shows that none of us is promised tomorrow.


Two very important people in my life, my Dad and Mom, pictured with me in December of 1969!

So, what I have learned from Hoarders is to hold more tightly to the important people in my life, to spend time with them and to appreciate and value every moment.    Putting off happiness for someday may put it off until there is no time left.   I’ve learned to really appreciate the things I have, humble though they may be and to treasure the people who I have here in my life.   Simple, yes, but sometimes the little things turn out to be the big things in life! :)

 The best things in life are not only free, but the line is shorter. ~Robert Brault

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed — it is a process of elimination. ~Elbert Hubbard 

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? ~Stephen Levine

When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be someone. ~Robert Brault



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What a difference a day (or two) makes!

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Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. ~Jim Carrey

If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets

One thing I truly love about spring is watching the changes in my flowers!  In the first photo only the tiniest sliver of yellow is poking out of the iris bud and only two days later, it’s in full bloom and showing all the gorgeous yellow and white colors.

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