Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Orange; AND Sunday Post: Wonderful

I hope it’s okay to post for two challenges simultaneously.  I took some photos at Jacques P-na’ yesterday while my fun, silly babies and I were checkin’ out the funny winter hats with paws and built in gloves.  I just adore my silly girls.  Here are Hallie and Mama stylin’ one of their fun hats.

I love my wonderful girls!

Y’all have an awesome weekend, what’s left of it! I’m contemplating doing something CRAZY! Thinkin’ of joining NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month = 80,000+ words by Nov 30 – OOPS!  Meant to say 50,000+), starting today. I must be out of my mind.  Google it.  See what it’s all about.  *squish*  Love ya!

-Carol

If you’d like to join us in Cee’s entertaining weekly challenge, or see more amazing shots and interpretations, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge posts a new theme every week.  Check it:

http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/cees-fun-foto-challenge-orange/

If you would like to join in with Jake’s fun and interesting weekly challenge, or see more amazing shots and interpretations, the 2012 Water Dragon Weekly Sunday Post is led by Jake:

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/sunday-post-wonderful/

And if you so feel inspired to join in with NaBloPoMo, please check it out. You only have till Nov 5 to join.  It’s not too late!

It’s National Blog Posting Month. Hurry. Jump into the soup and make it tasty. You have till November 5 to add your blogroll to http://www.blogher.com/nablopomo-november-2012-blogroll and start swimming. Just post daily to your blog and you’re playing. Simple as that. You can add a badge to your front page. They even offer daily prompts to inspire your daily creation, if you need the hint to get you started, and free style is on the weekends, of course. Hope to see you there. Oh, and there are prizes. Only rules are (1) sign up for the blogroll by November 5, and (2) blog daily during November. That’s it. Happy blogging!

Sunday Post: People

This is just part of the line waiting to get in to experience The Haunted Mansion at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  We were in this line at one point.  And just because we went in October does not mean it was a comfortable wait by any means.  It was as hot as H-E-double hockey sticks!  Standing in that heat for so long made me nearly pass out.  If and when you go, and I totally recommend you do, if you love a grand time, you’d be better off going in November or December, if you are a wimp like me when it comes to the heat and humidity.  Plus, the water parks are still open during those months, so you won’t miss out on anything.

We have been on cruises, visited Mexico, traveled by car and plane to many states around America, and I’d have to say that Disney was our best vacation to date.  Mama wasn’t even looking forward to going, except for staying in the Animal Kingdom Lodge since she knew she would be seeing animals outside her balcony.  However, once we arrived on the property, she magically turned from 60-something to 8 right before our very eyes.  I had been looking forward to Disney since I was a little girl, so I had been anticipating its aweseomeness since I was about 6.  We actually used to live in Florida when I was little, but my biological father never wanted to take us, so I finally did once I had a child.  Hallie was 8, Mama turned 8 once we got there, and I turned 8 the moment I knew we were going to plan the trip.  Oh, and when you do plan your trip, try to do so 6 to 9 months in advance, so that you can book all of your reservations for the restaurants in which you wish to dine.  There are princess breakfasts and brunches, awesome, awesome, awesome restaurants with awesome, awesome views.  If you want some recommendations, just let me know.  Let me just tell you that the food in all these establishments were magnificent and we have never eaten so good, nor have we since.  The dining experiences, as well as all the fun you could possibly have will blow you away.

Oh, and as far as the long wait to get into The Haunted Mansion, it was worth it.  Plus, that is the only thing we had to wait long for.  With everything else, the lines went pretty swiftly.  We did have a fast pass with many of the rides and shows, so we could get our tickets with the time to come back, and go do something else until our time came up.

Best.  Vacation.  Ever.

If you’d like to join us in this entertaining weekly challenge, or see more amazing shots and interpretations, the 2012 Water Dragon Weekly Sunday Post is led by Jake:

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/sunday-post-people/

Y’all have a groovilicious Friday Eve!  ;)   *squishy hug*

-Carol

Sunday Post: Black and White

Part of the lovely grounds at the Monmouth Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi.  What a wonderful retreat from the beautiful gardens, the lazy hammock, and the romantic gazebo, to the stroll across the bridge you can barely see off to the right.  The best part of this place was the restaurant.  The view wasn’t too shabby, though.

Easter Sunday, April 2011

If you’d like to join us in this entertaining weekly challenge, or see more amazing shots and interpretations, the 2012 Water Dragon Weekly Sunday Post is led by Jake:

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/sunday-post-black-white/

Y’all havin’ a lovely day?  It’s been raining here off and on all day.  Definitely not complain’.  We’ve been needing a good rain.  Talk to y’all tomorro’.  Love ya!  *squish*  ;)

-Carol

Sunday Post: Road

If you’d like to join us in this entertaining weekly challenge, or see more amazing shots and interpretations, the 2012 Water Dragon Weekly Sunday Post is led by Jake:

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/sunday-post-road/

When I saw the theme for the week, it made me think of 
a photo I took last week and one of my favorite poems:

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

This is not two roads nor is it in a yellow wood. It’s pretty well worn, having been traveled many times per day by many a car. To me, the road is more of a symbol. It is a path to an unknown future. It transports you to places unseen, unaware, and just the thought of the adventure is wonderfully mysterious and exciting. It’s not always about where you’re goin’. I do love traveling, but, to me, it’s about who I’m traveling with, the time we spend together and the journey on the way to wherever it is we’re going. I hope whatever road you’re traveling, you have a wonderous journey on your way there, with people you love, and when you get to wherever you want to be, that’s it’s even more beautiful than you could have ever anticipated or imagined.

G’ night. ;) Love ya! *squish*

-Carol

Sunday Post: Solid

I’m guessing these rocks are pretty solid, since this dude is tryin’ to catch him some lunch.  I don’t care for fishin’, but I’d sure like to go walkin’ on those rocks.  ;)

If you’d like to join us in this entertaining weekly challenge, or see more amazing shots and interpretations, the 2012 Water Dragon Weekly Sunday Post is led by Jake:

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/sunday-post-solid/ (this one is from 2 Sundays ago.  I’ll eventually catch up)  ;)

Happy Wednesday, y’all!  It’s hump day and it’s all downhill from here, right?  Please tell me it is (in a good way), ’cause if I keep havin’ computer issues, I’m gonna pull out what’s left of my hair!  (I’ve been pulling out my hair for a while now).  Grr!  Argh!  I hate it when I cannot get my work done and the computer problems don’t seem to be getting fixed.  You just don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to get up and leave.  The computer problems are getting worse and worse and they do not have the right tech person “working” on it.  Well, he says he’s working on it, but so far, I can’t tell any improvement.  It’s slower, network drives are not playing nice, and it is very frustrating.  Ok, I’m done with my rant.  Had to blow off a little steam.  Hope I didn’t scald ya.

Please, Lord, help us all to have a better day today, and let all our computers be happy, user friendly, and just generally playing nice with us.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Nothin’ wrong prayin’ for things such as these.  It’s the little things…   ;)

Love y’all!  *smooch*

-Carol

(Panama City Beach, Florida, USA) July 2012

Day 207 of my Project 366.  Being consistent, so far.  Who knew?  ;)  And it’s been fun, too!   …mostly

Sunday Post: Silence

Not total silence, since I can hear the surf and the seagulls while taking this, but this is as silent as it gets, except for now…I’m sitting in the livingroom typing with raindrops trickling down and tapping on the leaves outside the window.  How wonderful.  Music to my ears.  Nice vacation, but always good to be home again.  We missed those furbabes.

I’m not much of a beach person, anyway.  Hallie pretty much chose the beach this go round, and she has since changed her mind, not too much caring for the beach anymore.  However, we did absolutely love swimming with the dolphins and glad we went.  Next time, mountains, here we come.  That’s our favorite.  Nothin’ like the scenery up there.  Takes my breath away every time.

If you’d like to join us in this entertaining weekly challenge, or see more amazing shots and interpretations, the 2012 Water Dragon Weekly Sunday Post is led by Jake:

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/sunday-post-silence/

Hope you have had a blessed week, thus far, and the rest just floats along swimmingly.  ;)

*smooch*

-Carol

Sunday Post: Sunrise

Well, since I was up at the crack o’ dawn this mornin’, walkin’ Lilly, I figured I’d snap a few of these sunrise shots, since I did notice Jake’s theme for the week was just that.

Darn those power lines!  I couldn’t get away from ‘em.  Curses!  I suppose I should have waited till the sun was a little higher up.  There was no angle on getting away from ‘em.  I suppose I could have walked down our country road and got a better angle, but I’m not in the mood to get out of my pjs at this present time, nor am I walkin’ down the road in ‘em.  So, I suppose this will do for today.  Perhaps I’ll get a better one another morning this week.


Ok, so I tweaked it just a bit. I added a little saturation to bring out the reds of the sunlight that my camera didn’t quite capture, so this is a little closer to what my eyes actually saw. Plus, I tried using a tool to remove the power lines and managed to play in a shadow that didn’t belong there. No matter how I tried, I could not remove it, nor was I in the mood to start all over again.

If you’d like to join us in this entertaining weekly challenge, or see more amazing shots and interpretations, the 2012 Water Dragon Weekly Sunday Post is led by Jake:

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/sunday-post-sunrise/

Y’all go out there today and have the bestest, beautifulest day eva!  I’m gonna go build fairy houses with my little squish. 

Love ya!  *smooch*

-Carol

Day 155 of my Project 366.  Yeah!