* Plum out of luck

Color Your World: Plum

These gorgeous orchids, with their plum “eyes” and wide-open yellowish lips, are waiting for something, anything, to keep them alive.  Sadly, they are plum out of luck.  I am The Orchid Killer, a serial slaughterer of all things orchid.  I wish it weren’t so!  I’d love to enjoy their beauty all year long.

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I am going to be a bit embarrassed when the family that gave these to me sees  a pot of dead sticks.

* Happy [cheery, merry, joyful, jocular, gleeful] birthday, Peter — bluebird of bitterness

A little bibliophile humor today in honor of the birthday of Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), author of Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition.

via Happy [cheery, merry, joyful, jocular, gleeful] birthday, Peter — bluebird of bitterness

Bluebird, you had me at happy!  Let’s all celebrate (commemorate, observe, mark, keep, honor, remember, memorialize) the clever Roget and his thesaurus.

* Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

You should SEE what CEE has for this challenge, which requires the letter V and at least 6 letters total.  Her entries are so clever.  To think I attended a chamber orchestra event on Saturday and didn’t take my camera!  Violins and violas galore!

Here is a sample of the diet that has kept a special kiddo alive: lots of vegetables!  With help from that student’s parents, I am gradually cleaning up my diet (now dairy and gluten-free) and my cholesterol has dropped significantly.  Whee!  Eat those veggies, everyone!

vegetables

 

* Moving chestnuts

Color Your World: Chestnut

This is a detail from a gorgeous antique sideboard that my dearest teaching widower and I bought way back in the days of disposable income.  We can pretend that the carvings represent chestnuts, no?

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Here’s the backstory of this chestnut beauty and all our other belongings in 1983.  We hired a moving company to ship everything from San Francisco to North Carolina.  The driver and his wife, both quite short and slight of build, arrived with their gigantic van on its maiden voyage.  We were their very first clients!  My husband and I helped them as much as possible, hauling everything out to the yard for them to load into the van.  Hours later, as we drove off in the icy wind and fog, those novice movers still had ALL our possessions on the lawn, uncertain about how to best organize the load.  I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.  It seemed a long shot that we would ever see any of  our belongings again.

What a shock!  Three weeks later, the van pulled up in Chapel Hill.  Not one item was broken or missing.  We helped them unload all of it, this time in the muggy heat of the south.  They were extremely reluctant to talk about their experience.  I often wonder about them.  Were we their first and last customers?  Did their marriage survive the vicissitudes of the moving business?  To this day, I appreciate their integrity and care.

* Friendship is golden

Color Your World: Gold

When I was a Girl Scout, we would sing, “Make new friends, but keep the old.  One Is silver and the other’s gold.”  The good news?  Doggie friends are forever.  Oh yes, the blogging challenge.  Um, see the gold on Flora’s collar?  (She’s the smaller one with the EYES.)

dog friends

Or I can go traditional with royal gold blah blah blah from Colonial Williamsburg.  Williamsburg again, you say?  Trust me, Williamsburg was the visit that keeps on giving.

gold too

* Storyblocks

Storyblocks is an awesome site for downloading images, videos (including 360 and virtual reality) and audio files, all royalty free.  I discovered Storybooks while browsing Pixabay, a site with over 1.3 million FREE images.  Storyblocks is not free but for unlimited downloads of very high quality in numerous file formats, it’s a great deal.

I have an image license and can search Storyblocks by category or peruse their collections for vector art, illustrations, and photos.  I appreciate their racial diversity and wide range of choices.

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Yes, it would be cheating if I used Storyblocks photos for blog challenges.

 

 

* One Word Photo Challenge: Manual

Jennifer Wells has created a one-word challenge through 2019!  Yikes!  Thankfully, it’s only one word per week.  This week’s challenge is manual.

I got this manual in the mail, a handy reference guide for the state employees health plan UPDATES.  Are they kidding?  Do you think I will ever look at this?  If you guessed “no,” you win a prize!  What if I send you this manual as your reward?  It’s a couple hundred pages by the looks of it, so you are getting a lot for your effort.

manual

Be sure to follow direction and OPEN immediately upon delivery.