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Photo Challenges: Pink AND Green

Cee, a blogger and photographer who organizes many photo challenges, joins other challenges as well. This week she had the great idea of combining these two photo challenges:

One Word Photo Challenge:  Pink (Jennifer Nichole Well’s challenge)
A Photo A Week Challenge:  Green (Nancy Merrill Photography challenge)

Here’s my go at them both. (Thanks for the idea, Cee.) You can see Cee’s entry here: My World Turned Pink and Green

When my nephew got married, my great-nieces, MacKenzie, Maddie, MiMi, and Brianna, and great-nephew, Drew, helped with the decorations for the bridal shower/tea party. They made these signs for potted herb plants to be used for table decorations. Nice job by these sweet kids. After the party, each lady present took a potted herb home. (Click on the picture to see the writing more clearly.)

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Here are my great nieces and nephews (and one friend) all dolled up for the tea party.

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Here are two of them as quick-change artists five minutes after the party ended.

What could be more fun than rolling down a grassy hill on a warm spring day?

What could be more fun than rolling down a grassy green hill on a warm spring day?

Who can blame them? That green hill looks perfect for rolling down.
Janice Hall Heck, retired educator, blogger, wannabe photographer, and nitpicky editor of On the Horizon, a bi-monthly logo 2.2community newsletter for Horizons at Woods Landing, Mays Landing, NJ, is quite possibly a grammar geek. Her blog posts often suggest ways to improve our writing by avoiding and/or eliminating troublesome writing quirks. Look for the Oh Heck! Another Writing Quirk logo.


Cee’s Odd Ball Photos: Unka Bill’s Flower Beds

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 11

My brother Bill (Unka Bill to the kids) is an odd ball really interesting guy, but sometimes he gets a little mixed up. When he hears the term “flower bed,” this is what he thinks:

Brother Bill's Flower Bed

Brother Bill’s Flower Bed

Then again, here’s another oddity in his yard:

Fresh corn on a spike for those pesky squirrels. Come and get it! We put this cob or corn out and went back into the house. Fifteem minutes later we checked back, and all we saw was a bare cob and not a squirrel in sight.

A picnic table for squirrels?

Now really. Who puts out a picnic table for squirrels? That is a bit odd unusual don’t you think?


And let’s not stop with the picnic table. Here’s Unka Bill’s special squirrel feeding station.

At our house, we chase the bird-seed-stealing squirrels away from the feeders, but not Unka Bill. He puts fresh corn (bought at the Summerville Flowertown Festival) out on a mini-picnic table posted up on a tree for those pesky squirrels.

Fresh corn on a spike for those pesky squirrels! Really odd!

I personally witnessed this odd behavior event. He put this cob of corn (previously promised for our dinner, mind you!) up on his fancy-schmancy squirrel feeder and went back into the house. Fifteen minutes later, he checked back, and all he saw was a bare cob and not a squirrel in sight. Ungrateful little fellas. They didn’t even stop to say thank-you or clean up their mess.

Oh well, they made Brother Bill happy. Sister-in-law Patty just rolled her eyes.


By the way, you can see pictures of the Summerville Flowertown Festival here in my Quirky Grammar series (from the 2014 A to Z Challenge). There really are some street-fair pictures in these two posts.

1.   D is for Deep-Fried Hyphens
2.   F is for Freshly Squeezed Adverbs

Okay, I admit that it’s a bit odd to talk about grammar at an outdoor, sunny-day-in-April street fair, but what the heck? I have already confessed to being a Grammar Geek, so you can’t label me as odd. Or can you?


Cee’s Featured Odd Ball Photos for Week 10 (last week). Enjoy! 022714-odd-ball

Oh Danny Boy

Ritva’s Art

To Breathe Is to Write

Travel Tales Of Life

Janice Hall Heck, retired educator, blogger, wannabe photographer, and nitpicky editor of On the Horizon, a bi-monthly community newsletter for Horizons at Woods Landing, Mays Landing, NJ, is quite possibly a grammar geek.

logo 2.2Oh Heck! Another Writing Quirk,  theme for the amazing 2014 A to Z Challenge, suggests ways to improve our writing by avoiding and/or eliminating troublesome bug-a-boos that cramp our writing style.




#WANAFriday. Newly Discovered: Cee’s Photo Challenges

Today’s (9/6) WANAFriday prompt comes from Rabia Abbasi Gale

A New Discovery. It could be a recently discovered great author, band, or TV show. It could be a great walking route, an out-of-the-way antique store, or a perfect reading/writing nook. It could be a writing tip or a blogging trick. Share an exciting new discovery with us!

I like blog challenges such as the A to Z Blog Challenge that runs every April. The first A to Z I joined two years ago got me into regular blogging. I enjoyed the challenge of posting once a day for a month and met many new talented bloggers.  I joined the 2013 A to Z Blog Challenge and completed that, too. Blogging has become a habit, and I recently passed my 200 posts milestone.

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is fun, too. I enjoy coming up with my answer to the prompt, and then looking at the other creative, ingenious, talented photographers and their photo entries.

But recently I have discovered another photo challenge blog: Cee’s Photography: My Life in Photos

Cee’s Photography: Fun Foto Challenge

Cee posts a new Fun Foto Challenge every Tuesday. See the list of sample topics below.

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Click on the highlighted link to see entries in each challenge. Upcoming challenges are not highlighted until photographers post entries.

Basket of pomegranates at a street market in Ein Karem, Israel

Basket of pomegranates at a street market in Ein Karem, Israel

Cee’s Photography: Black and White Challenge

Every other Wednesday, Cee posts a new black-and-white photo challenge. See a list of a few upcoming challenges below.

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Cee’s Photography: Which Way Challenge : New challenge posted every other  Wednesday.

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Ways we travel and beautify our world.

  • Roads:  gravel, asphalt, cobbled, dirt,
  • Freeway, Expressway, Highway
  • Bridges (any view)
  • Sidewalks
  • Indoor Walkways:  hallways, aisles, people movers, breezeway
  • Paths:  walking, bicycling
  • Stairs, Escalators, or Steps:  indoors, outdoors

Cee’s Share Your World Challenge

Cee posts a new challenge in this category every Monday. She asks four questions each week that can be answered in words or pictures.

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This week’s Share Your World questions are:

  • If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’…which fruit would you rather be?
  • If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be?
  • If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?
  • If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Writing prompts tend to get a bad name in the instructional world (“let them write creatively and from their own experiences!”), but real writers know that prompts can be just the ticket to get you on to new lines of thinking and creativity. I hope you check out these photo challenges and discover how much fun they can be!

P.S. Check out these other #WANAfriday Discoveries by my WANAmates:

The Last Meow

Well, I don’t think I’d like a bowl of cherries. How about a bowl of kibbies? That would make me happy and help fulfill my life’s goals (eat, play, sleep).


Meow for now.  =<^ ! ^>=

WP Photo Challenge: Focus. Lillies after the Storm

A recent posting by Cee (see below) inspired me to post this picture of lilies after a storm.


Click here to see Cee’s “Macro Monday: Grandma’s Lemon PIe Dahlia. It is gorgeous.

The Last Meow

Hey, those flowers are lovely, but where did you plant the catnip? This stuff here is just parsley. I can’t eat that. C’mon, where’s the good stuff?

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 Meow for now. =<^;^>=

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