Category Archives: Challenges

Fitbit Reality Check

When The Bossy One recently suggested I get a Fitbit to track my activity level, I thought it seemed a good idea. I’ve learned to follow her “suggestions” having learned a long time ago that she’s right about most things. Bossy, but right. Over the … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

Language Barrier. Was there every a more apt phrase to describe the helplessness felt when trying to express oneself to someone who speaks another language? Of course in Taiwan our friends speak excellent English, so there is no real language barrier. But somehow … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity: Gone Hollywood

I have a love affair with a cemetery. Hollywood Cemetery is the jewel in Richmond’s crown. Were you to visit just one site in our city to capture its essence, it would have to be here, I think. Sitting high on … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

Richmond, Virginia is a city teeming with historic buildings, both grand and small. Lately I’ve been trying my hand at capturing the smaller details of these buildings which can be so easily overlooked in the face of the entire structure. … Continue reading

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WordPress Daily Prompt: Daring-Do

WordPress has issued this Daily Prompt: Tell us about the time you rescued someone else (person or animal) from a dangerous situation. What happened? How did you prevail? Just yesterday I was remembering this awful situation and now I read … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: New

Patience is a virtue, we gardeners remind ourselves. Nothing tests that quality like the installation of a new garden: Taking on a one-hundred year old house means learning to love renovations. Or at least accept them. The challenge is not … Continue reading

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Holiday Wreath Challenge

The minimalist in me might have been perfectly satisfied with this: But she was beaten into submission by the other part of me – you know, the one who raises her hand to participate in a wreath-making challenge. The Charming Woodland … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten

When we bought our old barn, I needed furniture tout de suite for the guest room. We found a five piece mahogany set in an antiques mall which I set to cleaning up before company arrived. As I was putting a … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts held its biennial extravaganza last weekend: Fine Arts and Flowers. Those of us who attempt floral arrangement of any kind will appreciate the immense achievement of the inspired designers participating in this event. They are asked to … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer. Behold! The bountiful … Continue reading

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