Tag Archives: Virginia

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons: April

Each month, those of us participating in this photo challenge return to our chosen location to note the passage of time through “The Changing Seasons.” I’ve chosen to document a year around my old house and gardens. Phew. April has been one labor-intensive … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall: Street Art

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is “Wall.” When traveling, I like to take pictures of the particular city’s street art or murals. It’s possible to capture a bit of the flavor of a new locale through how its walls are adorned. Sorry … Continue reading

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The Old House Whispers

The old house had long been a mystery to me. I discovered it while walking in a state-owned wildlife refuge just around the corner from my own old house. I turned a corner and there it sat, overgrown with vines and saplings and peering out … Continue reading

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Freezing in Florida

The only difference between this post and being trapped at somebody’s house as they whip out their laptop to regale you with vacation pictures is that here you have the option to move on. But I will attempt to lure you … Continue reading

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Monthly Photo Challenge: Ice in the Wheelbarrow

“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” we like to complain during Virginia’s steamy, sultry summers. Well, it’s February and “it’s not the cold, it’s the wind.” It’s cold all right, but it’s the biting, bitter cold gales that are … Continue reading

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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: 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: 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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50 States of Thanksgiving

Well, what do we think of the recent New York Times article on Thanksgiving dishes evocative of our fifty states? I don’t know….they seemed to be somewhat on track with the two states I’ve lived in as an adult, but they really went off … Continue reading

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