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!


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.

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??

Here We Grow Again

Construction begins
New heart center underway
Growth sometimes messy

Note: Our regional hospital is expanding again. This phase is scheduled to open in 2018, providing an additional 65,000 square feet for a variety of cardiac services.

Note 2: For 2018 I’ve decided to participate in WordPress’s weekly Photo Challenge. Join me … and hundreds of other bloggers eager for a prompt and a chance to expand our readership. This week’s topic is Growth. Come on, you can come up with something by next Tuesday, right?

Welcome, Janus*

Look closely, and you can see tiny buds on this maple tree — gives me hope that Spring will arrive and erase this frigid winter!

One year passes by
New one arrives with promise
Make it a great one!


*Note: Janus was the Roman god of new beginnings. Typically, he’s pictured as two bearded faces on one head, and the faces are looking in opposite directions (over the past and toward the future). Happy 2018, everybody!