Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder


This is another challenge that I’m not fond of. Here’s my entry with two fairly diverse views.

How does that tree do that?

Spotted at a drive thru

Here’s hoping for a more concrete challenge for the next one!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows


Here are a few window shots I took this week.

Horses seen through a window of leaves.

My view this evening through my car window into the side mirror.

Car window reflections.

Fall colors in the rain as seen through my car window.

Nice project for the week. I’ve enjoyed this one.

Tooth Ripping-Ouch Day


Yesterday was not a fun day. Tooth #12 was ripped out of my head. Yep. That’s its name–tooth #12. That’s the one that if you don’t get it replaced, you look like you just stepped out of the movie Deliverance.

My misery started earlier last week with a little pain that I dismissed because I had successfully completed my six-month dental checkup a couple of weeks before. I realized the pain was real when my tooth broke in half while I was having my relaxing lunch at the river.

You can read about that here.

Talk about a way to ruin your day. I called the dentist, and of course couldn’t see him until the next day. When I got there, I had all kinds of fun on his carnival ride where he turns me upside down on my head to the point I am sliding headfirst to the floor. Man!

After feeling my tooth shift under his finger, he told me that it was one of those freak things that rarely happen. Lucky me. Then, he says he’s going to pull it.

Say what? Um, are you going to put me to sleep? I knew the answer was no, so we talked and decided I’d go to an oral surgeon. He got me in that day, so I left one office and proceeded directly to the other.

When my oral surgeon walked in, he said, “Do I know you?” I told him he had pulled my wicked wisdom tooth with the roots wrapped around my jawbone a year and a half ago. He still didn’t remember until I reminded him of what I told him.

“I weigh more than I look like I do, and I want you to be sure and give me enough stuff to make sure I’m out. I don’t want to know I’m in the world,” I said.

“It seems like I do remember that conversation,” he said with a grin.

The reason I told him that is because on another tooth-ripping occasion (yes, that’s three!) I knew EVERYTHING the oral surgeon was doing. Not fun.

As much as you can love an oral surgeon, I love this one. Both times he has knocked me out completely with what he calls “the good stuff,” and brought me back to life again. His nurse is awesome, and makes me feel as at ease as possible.

I had a bonus of seeing these pretty leaves upon entering the office. I was so goofy on the way out that I didn’t notice them then. 😀

After a swollen-face day yesterday, all is better today. Oh, and I’ve had hardly anything to eat the last three days, and guess how much weight I’ve lost? Not one ounce.

You’d think I’d at least get that bonus.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall


In North Carolina, they call Fall The Color Season, a most fitting name for my 2nd favorite season of the year. The bright and beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows of dying leaves of deciduous trees delight me every year.

Since I love Fall so much and the leaves aren’t turning here yet, I’ve included a few from this season, a few from last season, and one from our trip to the Smokies last year.

Dogwood Leaves

The Dogwood trees are just beginning to turn here, and the berries are showing off their beautiful red color.

Oak Leaves

These Oak leaves tell the tale of slowly turning color to bring on Fall.

Stick Flowers

I call these stick flowers, but they are actually Spider Lilies or Surprise Lilies. They spring up seemingly overnight in late Summer and early Fall. I love them.

Smoky Mountain Trees

I saw these beauties while we were driving the Roaring Fork Motor Trail in the Smoky Mountains.

Maple Tree

October 27th of last year was the peak for this beautiful Maple tree.

Angel in Cemetery

I love the image of this angel in a local cemetery that I captured last Fall on November 3, 2010.

Multicolored Tree

Have you ever seen a variegated tree before? I never had, either. This multicolored tree is my all time favorite. I’m watching it closely to see if it puts on the same show this year.

Here’s hoping we all have a beautiful Fall Color Season!

Domestic Goddess: Fail


My new Southern Living came, reminding me of my continual failure as a domestic goddess. I have good intentions–really I do. You know they say that the path to hell is paved with good intentions. I’m not paving the path quite that far, but I do have a problem with this good intention business.

Every October, I have good intentions of putting up festive fall-y decor, but somehow I just never get it done, or I get it done at the end of the season.

October 2011 Southern Living

Look at that gorgeous magazine cover. I mean, just look at it! I have brick front steps, but there is nothing on them but bricks. I used to have a Fall wreath, but I threw it away and haven’t replaced it yet. On my door hangs a red, white, and blue star wreath from the 4th of July.

I have fake Fall leaves to put in my flower bucket, but guess what’s in there right now? My fake Spring flowers. They are pretty, but I really need to change them out now.

DH has me pretty well pegged on stuff like this. When we plant things in the yard, he says to me, “You walk away and never come back–you don’t give anything a drink. You don’t come visit . . .” He is so right. (Head hanging in shame.) If it weren’t for him, nothing beautiful would grow around here.

The solution? DH already has mums growing in the back yard, and lucky for me he’s willing to keep them alive. So while I don’t have a Southern Living front entryway, I have beautiful flowers in the back thanks to DH’s willingness to revisit what he plants.

And I’m sure I’ll have the house decked out in completely beautiful Autumn decor in the next couple of days. Yeah, right.