composite art, The Quarantine Collection, Word Challenges, writing

I’m Reminded

I’m reminded,

Of my younger days… 

Growing up,

Was on my mind… 

A house, 

A yard, 

And picket fence.

The perfect mate, 

I hoped to find. 

I’m reminded,

Of growing older…

Staying young,

Was my desire…

Smooth skin,

Thin shape,


The extra income,

That this required.

I’m reminded,

Of how far I’ve come…

Looking back,

With peace today…



And awareness…

That I’ve been wishing,

My life away.

My poem is my brief version of what’s been on my mind lately. I’m tired of thinking. Ha! I’ve been focused on my Quarantine Collection and pondering the things that I’m coming to appreciate through all of it, and it finally hit me that what I really need to do right now is just STOP.

More often than not, our best ideas and experiences come to us when we’re least expecting them. We need to keep our thoughts positive—and that I truly believe—but we can’t manufacture joy or gratitude. These things come through living, not through thinking.

Anyway, the phrase “wishing my life away” has been circling round my brain and driving me nuts. My poem (and my featured image) was my way of finally expressing it. I’m leaving tomorrow to visit my sister for a week, as my summer semester has ended, and I’m not only looking forward to hanging out with her, but to her wonderful A/C. All I can say is… Yahooo!!

I may or may not post while I’m there, but I will definitely have my camera in hand while I’m enjoying some new scenery.

Until next time,
Peace & Love, and Thank You for Reading!

Word of the Day Challenge: Reminded

My featured image is a new portrait piece that I experimented with this morning. I hope you’re able to make out the girls in the photograph. It’s always hard to know. I see them because I know they are there, but fresh eyes may or may not recognize them all.


Life is like a balloon. If you never let yourself go, you’ll never know how far you can rise.

I’m featuring a new portrait today, inspired by Ragtag’s Word of the Day: Party. My great niece looks a little shy back there, hiding behind all of those balloons, but don’t let her appearance fool you. She’s a bundle of energy and excitement, a constant source of entertainment, and she never tires… kind of like a traveling party! Anyway…

It’s a little after noon right now and the thermometer just hit 102 degrees. All I can say is… I’m melting………

That’s about all for now.
Have a beautiful day!

composite art, Portraits, Word Challenges

It’s My Party


Restless travelers,

Summer winds whistle and whip,

Westward journey ends.

I may be going a little crazy with the ocean scenes and birds lately, but the gulls in this image were screaming the word “whip” to me. Can you here them?

Anyway, we’re in the middle of a heat wave here, so anything that resembles “a breeze,” or “a cooler location than where I’m standing right now” looks like paradise to me. The haiku is for the Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Trip & Whip, and I have to say that I truly appreciate the prompts that he (and others) put out there all of the time. They give me something to look forward to!

That’s about all for now. I hope to be back later with some new thoughts…

Until then,
Peace & Love!

Image by Me.

Haiku, writing

Blow Me Down

Photography, The Quarantine Collection, writing

Treasure Fishing

One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions.

I’ve had this image of some fishermen hanging out for a while now, and there’s something about it that I just love. That being said, I’ve gotten a little creative with the appearance of it—a sort of dreamy, double exposure effect—but I was just going with how it made me feel.

Now… I’m not here to insult anyone, or debate the differences between men and women (or people in general), and I don’t want to ruffle anyone’s feathers, but can someone please tell me why men always look like they’re having the time of their lives when they’re together?

These guys aren’t sitting around taking selfies, or worrying about how they look, they’re embracing the moment and all that it has to offer. I don’t know, maybe they’re actually arguing about who caught the biggest fish. Who’s to say?

Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.

Anyway, regardless of what they may or may not be talking about, there is a vibe there that I want to reach out and grab. It’s something that you see when people fish together. Maybe it’s camaraderie.

I’m sure that I’ll always be part introvert, and that I’ll always LOVE and appreciate the peace that can be found in solitude, but with the extremes that have been thrown upon us during the quarantine times, I’ve developed a real fondness for companionship and camaraderie.

That being said, I’ve also realized that I dropped the ball on The Quarantine Project. It was difficult to keep up, because it was harder and harder to find excitement and meaning in the days of isolation. I’m thinking now that maybe that lack of busyness wasn’t meant for seeking out fun or excitement, it was meant to boost my appreciation of the valuable things that can easily get lost. Like the old song says, “Don’t know what you’ve got (till it’s gone).”

So, I’m going to keep adding to my collection. I’m going to put my focus on the new “appreciations” that I discover, and I hope that you will come along and join me… as I go fishing for treasure.

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

Henry David Thoreau

Until next time,
Peace & Love!

Humor, Word Challenges

Say what?

The dictionary is my friend,

I’m never without meaning.

The thesaurus is a wizard,

Turns “picking” into “gleaning.”

And when I’m feeling feisty,

Schmutzwortsuche’s how I play it.

I’m never at a loss for words,

I just don’t know how to say it.

Word of the Day Challenge: Schmutzwortsuche

Verb: Looking up rude words in the dictionary.

Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay