Wishing, Hoping

Hope is the physician of each misery. ~Irish Proverb

Fed up with winter

Longing for warm sandy beach

Need a vacation!

Note: This is my rendition of I’d Rather Be…, WordPress’s Photo Challenge for the week. We’re supposed to photograph something we’d rather be doing, or a place we’d rather be, right now. Mine is on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and I suspect I’m not the only one eager for a change in seasons!


Storied Tradition

On football weekend Fridays, guests of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish can walk — for free! — the tunnel every Irish football player has taken into Notre Dame Stadium since the Knute Rockne era in 1930.

View the hanging national championship banners, take a photo with the field in the background, and imagine what it’s like to race into the stadium to the rousing Notre Dame Victory March and the cheers of thousands of fans!

Note: This is my take on Story, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge topic. The idea is to use a photograph to convey a story. Kind of relates to the English idiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” don’t you think?

Nature is Industrious

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland, American novelist and poet

Clever Miss Spider
Spinning a delicate web
To catch her dinner.

Note: This is my interpretation for the weekly Photo Challenge by Word Press. The idea is to take something familiar and make it look Out of This World. I took this shot early one summer’s morning after a particularly heavy dew (hence, the cottonball objects scattered throughout!).

Rushing To and Fro

Once you stop rushing through life, you will be amazed how much more life you have time for. ~Author Unknown

Chipmunk scurrying
Where ya goin’, Little Guy?
Too busy to talk.

Note: I’m participating in WordPress’s 2018 Photo Challenge. This week’s topic is A Face in the Crowd. I took this shot while visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden with my son a couple of years ago and this seems as good a chance as I might ever have to show it to you.

Sweet Dessert

Deliciously sweet

Booze, mint, cream, and Oreos

St. Patrick’s Day treat


Note: I’m participating in the WordPress Photo Challenge for 2018. This week’s topic is Sweet, and you have until next Wednesday if you’d like to participate. For anyone interested in making this yummy Southern dessert called Grasshopper Pie, here’s one recipe.

Touring the Land of Lincoln

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.  ~Lin Yutang, Chinese writer and inventor

I’ve been from coast to coast and north to south across these great United States, but I imagine that, despite its faults, Illinois always will hold a special place in my heart.

And since this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Tour Guide — what’s special about the place where we live — I’ve prepared a number of photos to show off some of the Land of Lincoln in its glory. If you click the first photo, you can view them as a slideshow. Please enjoy:

Making Music Together

Son, dog, and music
Just three special things I love
Making my life full.

The idea behind Beloved, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme, is to display a photo of something that is dearly loved. Well, gee, that’s not hard, is it? We all have something or someone we love. Here are the instructions if you’d like to join the fun. And before you ask, Dallas does not sing to my flute; he seems to have a preference for brass instruments!

Various Rainbows

Rainbows make me smile
Storm finished; sunshine returns
Easing the tension.

These shots were taken at different times of the year following different storms. Rainbows in the sky promise a spell of quiet, happiness, and peace.

Note: This collage is my interpretation of Variations on a Theme, this week’s topic in WordPress’s 2018 Photo Challenge. It’s not too late to get in on the fun, you know!


Bunny in the grass
I’m watching him for you, Mom
Never fear — I’m here

Note: This was taken in August, 2016, as my Sheltie silently sneaked up on a rabbit in the yard.

Note 2: This is my interpretation of Silence, this week’s topic in WordPress’s 2018 Photo Challenge. Take a photo, follow the instructions, and play along!

Battling the Elements

Whether hot or cold
Some flowers survive and thrive
In any weather

Note: I took a photo of this Snapdragon right after Thanksgiving. It’s still clinging to life, despite a few brutally cold weeks in Illinois.

Note 2: I’m participating in WordPress’s weekly Photo Challenge for 2018. This week’s topic is Weathered. Want to join me??