Photochallenge : Falling Water

Let’s say you decide for a “Falling Water” prompt you decide to take a picture of the local river.  You even know where there’s a small waterfall.  Perfect.  And you have about 45 minutes between appointments, it’s plenty of time, because this spot is on the way.  Of course, this means, you’re wearing your regular, everyday clothes and shoes.  No problem.  You’ll be fine, right?

If you were me, you might make it down the hill, just fine.  You’ll make it most of the way out on the rocks, just fine.  But this is when that little voice pipes up and says something about how it’s NOT a good idea to take that next step and falling in the water.  If you were me though, you’d ignore that voice.

 

Muddy Shoes

 

And slip and fall in the river.  That voice is always right!

 

Photochallenge : Early

 

I don’t know about you, but one of our family’s all time favorite foods is the strawberry.

 

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I have waxed poetic about them before. Every year we start a countdown as we watch and wait for our local farms to open their pick your own fields. Last year we added a few little plants of our own and overwintered them. I wasn’t sure how they would do, but early indications are we will have quite a few this year.

 

Annie's Strawberries

 

If we can keep the dogs from eating them, that is.

 

And the countdown is over.  Pick your own fields are opening up.  Whoo hoo!!  Time to go strawberry picking!

Vintage Signs

I headed out this week, not for a walkabout, but for a country drive.  This area is also farm country and there are plenty of windy, twisty roads to simply drive.  If you did, you might pass cows across from a gas station, horse farms, a winery, battlefields, George Washington’s Boyhood Home, one of the best places to get donuts in the state (they’re a-MAZ-zing!) annnnnnd….the mall.  IF you were to do all of that driving, you might need some gas, but I wouldn’t trying stopping at any of these places.

Vintage BP Sign

 

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These really were around the bend and down the road aways.

 

Photochallenge : Books

We’re in week 11 of the 52 week Photochallenge from Tabitha. The prompt this week was “Books”.  I had a few ideas and knew where I wanted to go for the challenge right away.  However, as is typcally the case, it was the unexpected opportunity, that turned out to be my favorite photo.

There are a lot of great book shops in downtown Fredericksburg.  Funky places and each has a distinct vibe of their own.

The Griffin

 

The Griffin is one of them.  A neat place with a side patio.  I did learn that the owner is retiring.  So The Griffin may be going away.   I’m hoping not.

Down the road is another one of my favorites.   Riverby Books.  I love to wonder in and look at their used sheet music to see what’s there.  The decor is inviting and makes me smile.  In fact,  it was as I was leaving Riverby that I turned and spotted this guy (I didn’t put him there.).

 

Garden Meditations

 

He was just hangin’ out.  Relaxin’ in the tree.  Thinkin’ about his garden.   You just never know who you’ll run into Downtown.  Everyone needs books.

Feel free to join in on the Photochallenge.  We’d love to see how you would interpret the prompts.

 

Monday Walkabout: Fredericksburg Street Art

Drive over the Chatham Bridge towards Fredericksburg and you will see another fantastic feature of Old Town.  It’s Murals.

 

William Street Mural

This was painted by Mirinda Reynolds, Carol Coffman and a small group of high school students.

 

The Warmth of Fredericksburg

This is one part of 5 panels.  It’s titled “The Warmth of Fredericksburg” and was painted by Jay D. Anderson.

 

There are so many things I love about both of these.  The details, the tone, the sentiments.  They’re amazing.

Monday Walkabout : Black and White Edition

Downtown Fredericksburg is an eclectic town filled with historic architecture, tatoo parlors, beautiful murals, antique shops and seriously fantastic food.   And yet, you can still find a place a to park.  Even better!

I started out this day with a view of the steeple from St. George’s Episcopal Church.    The current structure dates back to 1849 and George Washington attended the congregation in the orginal wooden structure that was on the site on 1738.

 

St. Georg's Episcopal Church

 

There are plenty of details that add to the charm of oldtown as well.

Sconces outside shops

 

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And patios down alleyways.

 

Secret Patio

 

 

And ironwork steps

 

Ironwork Steps

 

 

There is just so much to explore.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Catching Up

A couple of months ago a friend of mine, Tabitha, ( who also happens to be a fantastic photographer) started a weekly photography challenge.  I was already on the hunt for one as a way to give me a way to focus on my own photography more, so I jumped on board.

Some weeks I rack my brain over the prompt.

Like when the prompt was “Pop of Color”

 

 

Pop of Color

 

Or “Bokeh”

 

Star Wars Bokeh

 

This one really did occur to me as I was falling asleep.  Since the prompt was “Sleepy” and I tend to have a lot of these moments, the photo means all sorts of things to me.

 

Sleepy

 

Some of the photos involve the dogs.  I didn’t tell Annie that the photo I took of her was because of her grey hair for “Straight Lines”

 

Annie

 

And Maggie simply likes to be nearby so when I was taking my photo for “Laundry” and she stopped to look out the window, I took advantage of the moment.

 

Laundry

 

Now to figure what I’m going to do for this week’s prompt.

 

Monday Walkabout – Old Town Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia sits right on the Rappahannock River. George Washington, Mary Washington, James Monroe lived in the area just to name a few.  Then there are the civil war sites.  More than you can shake a stick at, that’s for sure.  Several pivotal battles occured in the area.  At some point, I’ll have to tell you the story of The Sunken Road and the man who crossed enemy lines.  It’s an amazing story.

 

Confederate Cemetary

 

My walk began at the Confederate Cemetary.  The Civil War is one I hope to never see repeated in the United States again.  I’m always a little quieter when I walk near places like this.

 

Cemetary Gate

 

From there I went downtown.  I turned a corner as I was walking and this bright blue door practically begged to have it’s picture taken.  I only needed to dodge a few cars to get it, too.

 

Bright Blue Door

 

Down the road a bit is the Fredericksburg Baptist Church.  It is a beautiful building.  I have a lot of respect for their history and the work they are trying to do.  Part of that history is that the building sustained considerable damage during the Battle of Fredericksburg and while it was used as an army field hospital during the Civil War.

Today they are a thriving congregation. These purple ribbons represent those who made a commitment to read the Bible with intent.  I LOVE this!

 

Purple Ribbons

 

Fredericksburg is a fantastic place and I can’t wait to share bits and pieces of it with you.

 

 

Does Anyone Have a Magic Wand?!?

What I wouldn’t give for a magic wand at the moment.  Ok, ok.  Maybe I wouldn’t give up my children or even pay a whole lot of money, but it sure would make some things easier.  And I’m pretty sure I want them easier.

Jefferson Memorial

Have I mentioned that we’re moving ?  No?  Yep.  We’re headed to the DC area.  It was a surprise to us, too.  It’s a good thing and we’re excited about it.  But there is A LOT to do!!  Hence the reason I’d like a magic wand at the moment.

If I had a magic wand I could wave it and *poof* boxes packed!  A flick of the wrist and *presto* House sold!  Swwwish and *TAAAda* we’ve moved into our new house – with everything unpacked of course.

Of course, knowing me, I’d end up with something much closer to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice with the first wave of the wand.  Brooms and Mops everywhere with my dishes landing in a broken heap!

Oh well…. Nice thought while it lasted.  I guess I’ll stick with the old fashioned method and be patient. *UHn* I’m NOT GOOD at being patient!!!!

What a Crazy Roller Coaster

…. or sometimes I’d like to know what the Lord is up to…. (but I’ll get to that in a moment)

When I last left you the week began on a sad note.  That week only got worse.  I really do try not to be too attached to things.  I promise.  But when I was rear-ended by an E250 van I was SOhappy I was driving a truck.  You’ll never, NEVER get me to drive a small car.  EVER.  Sorry.  And I do love my truck (her name is Maid Marian -crazy I know) and she is now back to being beautiful again – new hitch, bumper fixed, frame straight again (yes it bent the frame).  And I was able to drive her to Girls Camp.

 

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We had an amazing time at Girls Camp this year.  Our theme was “Experience the Change” from Alma 5: 13-14 and we used butterflies as our “Mascot” for the week.  The great part about it was the girls worked hard to do what needed to be done.  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go next year because my brother is getting married and I think it will be the same week, but I’ll be there the year after.  I love camp!

Back from camp and we jumped in to adopting a dog.  We found a fabulous rescue organization.  Can I just say if you’re looking at getting a pet, please search your area for a local group that is doing animal rescue.  You may find you get more information than you would adopting from the SPCA about the pet and it has been a great experience for our family.

 

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Maggie is an absolutely wonderful 2 year old chocolate lab and we just love her already.  She has so much personality.   She makes us laugh all the time.   She fits right in with our family – she’s just as crazy as the rest of us!

So what’s with the roller coaster?  All of that is up right?  The truck is fixed, Girls Camp was fantastic, fabulous new family member – where’s the loop -d- loops?

I got a new calling.   Let me tell you having your husband as the Stake President Executive secretary gets interesting when he walks into the living room and tells you “We need to be at church a little early to meet with….” and I KNEW it was for me!  I got cold and clammy.  He asked if it would help if he listed all of the callings that currently needed to be filled?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!  NO!

But of all of the callings that went through my head in the time I had to think about it I never once thought of the words that were uttered.

Early Morning Seminary Teacher.  I blinked.  Really.

See.  I don’t think about the fact that I’ve been driving my children for Ohhh…. 6 years now.  So it’s habit to be up at that time whether I drive them or not.  I went to seminary when I was High School.  Sure.

But Seminary Teachers know stuff.  I don’t.  What is the Lord thinking?  What is he up to.  Sometimes I just don’t know.  I do love that we’re teaching the Book of Mormon this year – and the Doctrine and Covenants will be next year.  And while there are times I get frustrated with the “kids” (they’re not kids) – They are amazing.  I’ve known most of them since they were Primary age and I’m So proud to see the Men and Women they are growing up to be.

Talk about feeling humbled…..