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WPC: The tick bite that changed my life

I am a very private person.  Very few people know about my trials and tribulations.  That’s just me – I play my cards close to the vest.  Until now… I will let you in on a struggle that has consumed me for five years and changed my body and my life. I have the unfortunate…

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WPC: grid (haymow)

True craftsmanship has become a thing of the past.  The days of horse-drawn logging, hand-hewed beams and even handmade nails are mostly extinct.  Fortunately, the legacy of those skilled workers still lives on in many old barns around the country.  With nothing more than hammers, saws and measuring tapes made from leather, they constructed grids…

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WPC: Connected (web)

One of my favorite things to do on a summer morning is to photograph the dew on spider webs (minus the spider, of course).  I’m always amazed at how such an ugly bug makes such a beautiful masterpiece – each strand of silk delicately connected to the other.

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WPC: Beneath my feet (garden = sciatica)

The footrest has been beneath my feet this past week.  Hours of power-squatting in the garden have lead to a nice case of sciatica (the one nerve I had left that someone wasn’t on).  After a week of suffering and a quick trip to the chiropractor, I felt good enough to get back to tending…

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WPC: Close up (heterochromia iridum)

I am a mutant.  My left eye has sectoral heterochromia iridum – part of the iris is a different color from the remainder.  My right eye is blue. My mutation is somewhat rare, being that my iris is dissected into two equal parts – hazel and blue. It’s something I don’t think about until people…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Door

  Usually around this time of year, I start playing Christmas music and get a hankering to put up the Christmas tree.  That’s why I thought this picture was fitting for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge. Jingle bells, jingle bells.  Now where’s the eggnog?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

MUSE is the theme of the Weekly Photo Challenge.  I used to love taking pictures of my kids. Now that both are in their late teens, sitting and smiling for the camera is not in their repertoire. Teenagers… So, I turn to the farm animals.  They are always happy to see me, never complain and…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season

This week’s Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge theme is off-season.  Winter was the first thing that came to my mind and I knew the exact picture I wanted to use.  I took this picture right after one of the numerous snowstorms this winter.  It’s a barn just a short walk from my house. But then…

Weekly photo challenge: Vivid

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is VIVID.  And what better flower to portray that theme than the peony.  They’re a garden staple that requires minimal care and produces the most brilliantly colored flowers.  If you don’t have any peonies in your garden, you should definitely plant one.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.