Wordless Wednesday – Simply Baseball

Old School Baseball

Wrigley Field


Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

We were sitting in the airplane waiting for take-off when this huge wall of a sand/dirt cloud rolled up.  The forces of nature were seriously at work that day in a way that I have never seen before!

I’m told that this particular “force of nature” is called an haboob:

Definition: A haboob (Arabic: هَبوب‎ habūb “blasting/drafting”) is a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric gravity current. Haboobs occur regularly in arid regions throughout the world.

Forces of Nature

It took a little while for the dust to settle, and for the plane to take off…but in the mean time, I enjoyed watching this spectacular sight, especially from where I was sitting, safe inside the great big plane!

Oh the forces of nature…they are found everywhere you look, some are subtle and some, like this haboob, come roaring in!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – Take 2!

I thought I would give this one a second try. I usually only do one entry a week for the photo challenge, but I was a little disappointed by my attempt at it yesterday, so I decided to try one more time.

I think I was a little more successful at portraying the true meaning of the word “humanity” this time around.


Once again, thanks to thirdeyemom for the great challenge this week. It certainly put my brain cells to work!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Letters displayed on the side of a building…a building that holds millions of letters.  Millions of letters divided into thousands of books.

Books that have stood the test of time…books that have changed lives.  Books enrich, encourage, teach, and take us to places we have never been.

So go ahead, get a good book….and read some letters 🙂

Powell's bookstore

And if you find yourself in the Portland area, do yourself a favor and visit this amazing place….Powell’s Books.  It’s everything they said it would be, and more!

Take a look at some more photos of letters by clicking here!

Check another state off my list!

Well, it looks like I get to check another state off my list of “states I have been too“!  I’m pretty excited about this!  It’s been awhile since we have been to another state, and it’s even more exciting to be able to check another state off my list!

We’re going to Florida!  Miami to be exact.


Part business, part pleasure, but always fun when I get to be with my best friend!

The flight and car reservations have been made, now for the fun part, finding a nice hotel.

So, I thought to myself, hmmmm…I wonder, would any of my blogging friends be willing to recommend a nice hotel to stay in while in the Miami area?

I’ll be doing my research online, but I’m open to some wonderful suggestions!

Oh, and if you have any tips on things to see or do while I’m there, I would be interested in hearing about that too!  We are only going to be there for a few days, but I’m curious to hear what the “must-do” thing would be while visiting Florida!

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

Except for the first photo, these were all taken in San Diego.

The first one was taken from the top floor, inside the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Atlanta GA. It’s a spectacular place!

If you ever get the chance, you should go there, take a peek inside, and ride the elevator to the top floor! It’s amazing!

If you want to take a look at some more cool images of lines and patterns, click on this link!

In memory of…

In memory of those who have given their lives for our freedom…

the price of freedom

gold star wall

because freedom isn’t free.

wreath at the wall

We set aside this day to reflect and honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
To say “thank-you” is really not enough, but still, it is something that should be said today and every day.

Thank you for giving your life for our freedom.  We honor, love and respect you!

Since our inception, we’ve been free
Praise those brave who’ve kept this to be

America, how blessed we are
By those who dare fight, each bright star

Our brave do not dodge, love bears pride
When called to move out, how they stride

They show they’re our absolute plus
They’ll not send mixed signals to us

They keep our strong freedom alive
In a world where it’s tough to survive

All who proudly marched in our past
Their deeds helped this nation to last

To the brave war has taken away
Hold Solemn Memorial Day

Honor each with love and respect
Take time to feel sorrow, reflect

Pray to God as our young march on
Leading liberty through each dawn

Show thankfulness, wholehearted care
They stand for us, with pride, sincere

©2006Roger J. Robicheau

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts found looking up

3 gifts found looking up….

1. The gift of nature … bananas growing on the tree

banana tree

2. The gift of freedom … the US flag flying over Ft McHenry, the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner

Ft McHenry

3. The gift of love … looking up into Grandpa’s eyes and knowing he is loved.

look of love

Look up !!

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ” – Thornton Wilder

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

I usually don’t take pictures of my food, and most of the time, it’s a challenge just to eat lunch!

But once in a while, we take a break from eating good stuff, and go for something like this!

An all American favorite for lunchtime…cheeseburger and fries!


I don’t eat them very often, but when I do, “In-N-Out” is the place to go!

The “double-double” on the left was for my husband, I indulged in the “single” on the right.

Spring forward! (aka…Daylight Saving Time Begins)

This year, Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on March 10th.  That’s this Sunday!

It happens every year.  In the Spring and in the Fall.  In the Spring, we move our clock ahead one hour, in the Fall, we move our clock back an hour.

Spring Forward.  Fall Back.

It changes everywhere in the US, except for in:  Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, Arizona (with exceptions), Midway Islands, Wake Island, and a small region of Alaska.

The response to this yearly change varies, depending on who you ask. Some people like it, others hate it.

I just don’t like the change.  I mean really! I finally got all of the clocks in the house on the same time from the Fall change, and now it’s time to change them again!

Oh well.  I did learn something though.

I learned that I am not alone in this time change thing.  It happens all over the world!  I always thought that it was something that was practiced only in the United States.

Now I know differently.  Not every country, and not every state make the change, and the reason for observing it or not, differs, depending on what region of the world you live in.

I also found out that in Iceland, they observe DST all year round.  I guess if I get to the point that I really don’t like it here, I can always move to Iceland.

But for now, I’ll make the change both in my attitude and my clock, and Spring Forward!