Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire Trucks, Fire Houses, Fire Hydrants

This week the topic is Fire Trucks, Fire Houses, Fire Hydrants.  Basically anything to do with putting fires out. These were all taken with my iPhone5.

Our little rural hydrant just across the lane from our house. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a skinny little hydrant. Let’s hope we never need it. But, should we ever need it, let’s hope this little guy is surprisingly stout!

Took this one from our backyard in Winter Garden some time ago. Not sure what they were doing as I could not spot any smoke or fires in the area (thank goodness!)

Old fire truck on display in downtown Winter Garden.

 

A Memorial Day Tribute

I’m reblogging one of my Memorial Day tributes. Just because time has gotten away from me, I could not let this day pass without giving honor to those who have given or are giving me my freedom. God Bless you all.

LIVING WITH MY ANCESTORS

I just want to pay homage this Memorial Day weekend to all of the men and women, past, present and future, wherever and however they have sacrificed or will sacrifice in giving service to this great country and the freedoms I enjoy. God Bless each and every one of you and your families.

The true meaning of Memorial Day.

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard…

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Seven Day Nature Challenge – 1

I have been nominated by my fellow blogger, Joanne at Coffee Fuels My Photography! to participate in the Seven Day Nature Photo Challenge.  I love Joanne’s beautiful photography and I really enjoy her sense of humor! I recommend and hope that you will check out her blog.

This will be my first time presenting daily posts, but I gladly accept Joanne’s nomination to continue the series. 😀

To take part in the challenge, I’m supposed to post at least one photo per day for seven days, focusing on anything from the natural world.

Each day I should nominate a new member. Please note there is no obligation on anyone’s part to participate. For this post, I would like to nominate Yvette at In the Zone.

If anyone who follows me would like to be nominated to participate in this challenge, please leave a message in the comments …  I would be more than happy to nominate you. I know so many of you have already participated!

I hope you enjoy my nature choices! Okay, it’s TIME to begin! Here is DAY 1:

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Taken with my iPhone5 at Leu Gardens in Winter Park, Florida last year. Not the best or clearest photo but I liked that it was a working clock in the ground. But the rest of the week comes from our new hometown! Y’all come back now, ya hear?!

 

WPC: Dinnertime

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge

This week, share an image inspired by dinnertime — whether you take a photo of food or simply shoot during the evening hours is up to you!

When we lived in Florida, we used to enjoy having an occasional lunch at Mimi’s Cafe located about 10 minutes from our house. Now, the nearest one is 77 miles. Not happenin’!
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I usually ordered quiche but, at the time of this picture, I had their Roast Beef Au Jus. It was yummy. But, if there’s one thing I learned, I will never be a food photographer! Let’s just say it tasted better than it looks here!
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Now, these guys, on the other hand, don’t care who’s around. They just dig in and help themselves! I think these are white herons or white egrets in Florida. If I’m wrong, please feel free to correct me!
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One Word Photo Challenge: Bed

This week’s word is BED!

I posted this picture once before quite some time ago but wasn’t focused on the bed so much! Okay, maybe it’s still not focused on the bed so much!

Cats/Bed

This next picture is not focused so much on the bed either! A few years ago, I began teaching myself how to crochet. The blanket in this photo was my third crochet project (and to date, my last). I’m hoping to get back to it. Since we now live in an area that has a winter with cold weather, there are numerous items that could be made and soon time to make them!

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This picture is just to show my muse for the colors for the blanket.

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And last but not least, we have one of our winter flower beds. This is along a walkway from the drive to the porch. Maybe some of you plant people might recognize something and be able to enlighten me! There is a green bush in the bottom corner, followed by a rose bush (which looks completely dead to me but that may just be what they do), followed by a different green bush, followed by some kind of dormant (hopefully not dead) large curving branches bush, followed by what was a small strawberry patch. I’m anxious to see what, if any, blooms come out this spring. I’m probably repeating myself here, but I’ve been told that the flowers and trees are just gorgeous around here in the spring. So, come on spring! Bring on those colors!

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One Word

 

DP Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Oh, boy. What a state of mind! Here I am just sitting at my desk this morning trying to catch up on a few things. I’ve just been moping around feeling sorry for myself because it’s cold out and I miss my Florida home, family and friends. Moving away from all of this and out of my comfort zone (not speaking of the weather on this one…well, maybe a bit) was not an easy thing for me.

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Walking from house to town. Downtown Winter Garden_Fotor

Walking from house to Lake
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I’ve been wanting to post more about our new surroundings but haven’t braved the cold new world. So I’ve been pretty much staying inside going through and catching up on my emails, some Facebook and trying to figure out when I’m ever going to get consistent again on my posts. Waaahhhh! Big baby.  When lo and behold! What to my wondering eyes should appear out my window?  It’s too late for reindeer! But wait, there’s a whole herd of gorgeous deer (that I have yet to get any pictures of).

Not taken on our property but in Blairsville (give me time)
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They’re so beautiful! And I watched about seven or eight of them just dilly-dallying on the hillside down from my window. Of course, I tried to sneak out to snap some group pics but, no matter how quiet I was, I think my black jacket gave me away! So off they went on their merry way. Well, all in due time. Now, can someone here in North Georgia please tell me when hunting season is over? We’ve heard shots (albeit in the distance but still sounds too close for comfort) since we arrived in the middle of December. I’m nervous for my new friends because I’ve been hearing shots all afternoon. If I could just explain to the deer that if they hung around our house, they’d be safe. We’re not hunters; we’re feeders.

At the closing on our house, the previous owners told us about how in the spring it becomes so beautiful around here with all kinds of flowers and plants, etc. I can’t wait (but I guess I have to).

But looky, looky!! White Down Pointing Backhand Index + Emoji Modifier Fitzpatrick Type-1-2

I’m thinking daffodils? I don’t know my flowers at all but I suppose it’s time I started learning! Are they usually early bloomers? I know the weather has been absolutely crazy.

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And what wonderful new friends we’re making here. I’m just loving the people we have met here. All of our new friends at church — I just love them to pieces already! And this week, we’re going out to lunch with two of our neighbors. We’ve been emailing but because the weather has been so off-putting, we haven’t met face-to-face yet. Well, we’re going to change that! I’m excited! The good Lord has sent us here for a reason. One of these days, I’ll find it out! I still don’t like the cold one bit but this too shall pass! Right?!

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind