* 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

* 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.


Be sure to follow direction and OPEN immediately upon delivery.


* Special buddies

Color Your World: Robin Egg Blue

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There are two sweet stories behind this photo.

One story is about school.  Neddy the Yeti was a version of Elf on a Shelf, only cuter and fluffier  He’s hugging Hunter the hedgehog, the school mascot.  Hunter is a bit immature and although he wanted Neddy to be his friend, he did not want to be supplanted in his student’s affections.  As long as Neddy agreed to leave on December 31 (and return next year), Hunter allowed the hugs.  Sort of.

The other story is from Cee’s Color Your World challenge post.  She created the coolest effect with indigo by changing the rest of the photo to black and white.  I told her I had to give that a try and she encouraged me to do so!  I tell you, Cee is a remarkable woman.

* Brrr….

Color Your World: Inchworm


We could use this gorgeous stove around here after the winter storm that swept through!  Yes, this is another Colonial WIlliamsburg photo from the Governor’s Palace. The green does look bright when the sunlight forces its way into the building (look to the right side, OK?).  I am so grateful for electricity.  And that our temps are going up to the 60s by week’s end.  Yea!


* Color your world desert sand…

… And have fun with programming at the same time!  This is the game board for a ThinkFun game for preschoolers called Robot Turtles.

Robot TurtlesIt’s never too early to play logic (aka coding) games and if you are trying to steer clear of screens with your younger ones or even introduce the joys of hands-on games to older kiddos, ThinkFun is a terrific resource.  A local toy store keeps us supplied with some of their classics, but you’ll probably have to go online to check out their wealth of problem- solving games.  The availability of non-screen games is shrinking, so it’s ironic that you need your screen to purchase hands-on fun.

I highly recommend ThinkFun as a source of individual and group entertainment, with brain challenges galore.  Does your kiddo have social skill challenges?  The structure of a group game can provide a satisfying, well-defined opportunity to engage with others.  Try Escape the Room mystery game (ages 10+). where you are transported back to 1869 to save a local astronomer.  These games are terrific for parties as well as family night fun.  Have a long car trip in your future?  ThinkFun has a number of fascinating 1 player games, too.

Thanks, Jennifer Nicole Wells, for your Color Your World challenge featuring desert sand.

* Color your world denim

I have this tune running through my head: “Dem deer, dem deer, dem demin deer.”  Don’t know it?  Think of “dem dry bones.”

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Mama, when do I get denim?  When you can carry a tune, dear.  

Thanks, Jennifer Nichole Wells, for your Color Your World challenge, which has officially joined The Twilight Zone.


* Let them eat dandelions

(I’m talking to the deer now, which is only a little crazy.)

What’s wrong with dandelions?  They are delicious and beautiful and full of vitamins.  An abundant, free, renewable source of energy.  Don’t you care about the environment?   Dandelions are not only gluten free, they are TOTALLY organic.  Don’t you care about lawn runoff, loading our streams with chemicals?  Eat the dandelions and no one sprays toxins.  Trust me.  Plus, those striped grasses you are ripping out of my yard are no better than a sack of french fries.


Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Color Your World dandelion challenge benefits the environment.

* Not another photo!

cotton candy

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My niece groaned and said, “No, Aunt Katharine!  Not another photo!”  So we ended on this note, with her trying not to smile in that cotton candy mask.

She is not thanking Jennifer Nichole Wells for her Color Your World challenge.

* Color Your World cornflower


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Adorable “gift bag” shoes (in all hues of cornflower) for attendees at a baby shower.  Could anything be cuter?  Nope.

Thanks to Jennifer Nichole Wells for her Color Your World challenge.