* A-Z Challenge: Z!!!!

I do not have a zaar or a zither or a zea

My zaglossus is at the cleaners and my zebibit can’t be seen.

If my camera had a zabaglion, I’d capture a zurvan,

But it doesn’t and I can’t so here’s my last zaman.

 

 

Zaman

 

* A-Z Challenge: Y

Y is for all the Yard work waiting, waiting, waiting.  Is it my fault we got five inches of rain last week?  The downpour was the only reason the Yard work was deferred.  I would do some Yard work right now if the National Weather Service had not just issued a severe thunderstorm warning.  Seriously, I would.

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* A-Z Challenge: W

W is for Weekend Wildness!  We had a birthday party, two movies, a shopping spree, and overall Wackiness with the kiddos (our nephews and nieces, if you’re new to the blog).  If you haven’t yet concluded that I enjoy decorating cakes but have absolutely no finesse or control of icing tubes, well, are you blind?  The young relatives, however, were impressed with SpongeBob’s friend, Sandy.  The oldest nephew and his friend thought one particular aspect of this cake was especially intriguing.  As I asked my niece was piece of Sandy she wanted, I heard them whispering and giggling, “I know what I would choose!”

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The funniest part of the birthday celebration was my niece’s determined effort to place the candles upside down in the cake.  Totally WIld!

* A-Z Challenge: T and U

I was in a precious one’s house where a delicious Indian meal was being prepared.  It was no problem for her to find me foods and spices for the letters T and U.  I wish you could smell the photos!

You might be wondering about that little white blob next to the Tamarind.  It’s my nephew Christopher’s Tooth.  As we worked through our tutoring session, Christopher nibbled on a granola bar and unexpectedly spit a glob onto the table.  I cried, “What is that?” and he4 answered causally, “My tooth!”  He was unperturbed and I grabbed a baggie.

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Have you eaten Ume-Shisho or Umeboshi?  And how much does one household need???   Thankfully, enough for me to photograph.

Umeboshi

* A-Z Challenge: R is for Radish and Radha

In this last week of the A-Z Challenge, I am trying to do at least 2 letters a day.  Today it was so easy, thanks to some special folks.  My sister had a (slightly) Rotting Daikon Radish, which looks like a beluga whale to me.

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And another special person had figures of Krishna and Radha.  Radha is on the the right, a Hindu goddess.  I love the intricate and colorful work that went into these figures.

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* A-Z Challenge: Q is for Queasy

Do heights make you feel Queasy?  Before I went through cognitive behavior therapy, heights were one of my phobias.  I was still aware of how Queasy I used to feel when I drove past these 2 brave dudes assembling a cell tower on a stormy day.  If I had a decent camera, perhaps you could see them.  I’ve added a snippet to help you out!

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* A-Z and Cee Again: P

This is my entry for both the A-Z Challenge and Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge.  I’m thinking it could be called “Power Clocks.”  Or maybe someone can think of a better name, starting with P, of course.

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* A-Z Challenge and Cee’s oddball challenge: O

I took a photo of this Odd and creepy figure today.  I’d passed it numerous times as it stood in the corner of an art room, but I had to take a closer look.  For the first time, I noticed the knife in its hand.  OOh!  I am thinking this will fit with Cee’s Oddball Challenge and move me along in the A-Z world as well!  Shivers.

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* A-Z Challenge: I

I is for Imaginative.  My nephew, Isaac, has Imagination in spades.  He flew up to me and donned a sad pose, doing his best Luke Skywalker Imitation.   He’s Incredible!

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I just noticed his brother’s shadow in the background.  Dear Christopher, with his finger in his mouth.

* Blogging A-Z: C is for cake

I am scrambling out of alphabetical order here for the A-Z challenge, but look at this amazing pistachio pudding cake!  I did not make it.  A friend hosted a major family Easter event yesterday and this was one of the goodies she prepared.  Yum!

pistachio pudding cake