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Camo Cactus

Guest blogger is friend Lisa who captured this shot when she took a walk.

Power in disguise. I should have included this image along with the real Saguaro yesterday so one could compare.

Believe me, when this “cactus” is all closed up and there is not a cherry picker parked alongside,  you’d drive right by a hundred times and not see the bolts or secret door!

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There’s a link to photos of disguised cell phone towers


So Different- 

No maple, oak or birch. 

I’d never really seen a Saguaro Cactus up close (except in movies and cartoons) until my midwinter break.

Saguaro Cactus of the Sonoran Desert- click for info about  Saguaro Cactus

  

  

  
  
  


Screen Shot

Or shot through the screen.

Early Sunday morning. 

Could be a good one for the What’s Inside? –52 in 2016 Challenge 

Saying goodbye to my daughter and grandson and Penny the golden doodle.

Headed back to the Burgh. 

Temps up to 63,  I noticed on the car thermometer reading. Felt like a Spring day.

  


Xanadu Gallery Hosts a Vibrant Scene

Scottsdale, Arizona. My midwinter break.  Last Thursday night’s Artwalk.

We peeked in the Xanadu Gallery on Main Street and heard Pat Roberts and the Heymakers making vibrant music.

Delicious chocolate brownies and wine served in the back amidst vibrant artwork.

The weekly photo challenge is vibrant.

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Xanadu’s show is Diamonds in the Rust- features artist Dave Newman’s new works – painting shown on wall from Thunderbird Series  Dave Newman  

Musicians are Pat Roberts and the Heymakers.  Amanda Lee on bass and Tom “Hacksaw” Coulson on drums. (according the the info I found on their link-hopefully correct)

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A vibrant scene, Main Street, Scottsdale Arizona.

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I read the fine print and am not allowed to post my photos of artist Bruce Munro’s vibrant Water-Towers, at the Desert Botanical Garden but if you click on this link you can see his perfect photo of his light installation.

 


Grateful for the Deicing Crew

Not certain that’s a word, deicing,de-icing  but before Pittsburgh takeoff, a team sprayed down the plane.

 Flying in January can be feel iffy in northern climes. 

The beginning of my midwinter break last week. Preparing to leave winter for a lovely warm week, part one. Grateful for the crew who deiced the plane!

 
   

  
Colline’s blog reminds one to be grateful


Mid-Winter Break

Actually we are not even a month into true winter but wanted to tell you the blog will be on mid-winter break for the next week. Will miss you and will catch up with you upon my return.  

  
Hope the Puzzle People can find a replacement piece for this 1976 USA puzzle. I value New York. 


You Can Still Buy a Hanky

Last week in Von Maur Department Store in Columbus OH, I saw these handkerchiefs for sale. 

Seeing them reminded me of the little ironed squares my mother kept in a lacquered Chinese box.  

My father had larger ones, not as ornate. 

Nowadays you don’t see much handkerchief use. 

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 Here are the hankies for sale in 2016. 
   
 My mother’s box of handkerchiefs 

   
    
 
A handkerchief I received from a student when I taught nursery school in the late 70’s.  I framed it! 
  
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Not sure where this came from 


Gift from a Friend 

Thanks J.  I’m home again. 

I received your parcel. Lovely!

I love the gift of the blue glass vase and the accompanying book of sketches, watercolors  and recipes from Provence. 

So cool that you met the author/ artist Mary Ann Miller, too. Travels with a Blue Vase  website shows her other books and it would be hard to chose between Paris or the third one of Britain and Ireland. Guess I’ll have to get them both. 

 
I look forward to putting fresh flowers in the blue vase and photographing them.

Are you going to take a trip with the sketchers? Or a class in a local cafe? 

Thanks again,

Ruth 


Ice Skating Saturday Night

Jack was invited to an  birthday party at the ice skating rink. He was so excited.   Mark took him.

We came an hour later for “free skate” but I didn’t don skates.

A good photo op for Grandma, who happened to have the real camera, not just the iPhone.

Lots of reflections, not enough light or too much light.

Made adjustments.

On the way home I got to photograph a brightly lit house display as I was in the passenger seat.

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NOW- Day 3

“Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future fantasy, or both, and we don’t embrace the “now.” For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your present, and share a photo of it.”

Embracing the “now” as I returned home this afternoon.

Took a moment. Noticed my present.  Sharing a photo of it.

 

dirty dishes in the sink

Dirty dishes in the sink and an empty eggnog container to rinse and recycle.


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