NEW photos far from the desert

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I’m obsessed with photos that have a water element.  Probably because I live in the high desert.  My recent trip to New England gave me lots of chances for water photography and/or places near water.  Here are a few pics from oceanside locales.peilighthouse (1)


Have a great Monday! Do or learn something NEW!


a NEW photo challenge {twisted}


Happy Friday!

Ya know, sometimes you just need a little nudge to get around to gettin’ things done! We visited Twisted Forest two weeks ago and my photos were still sitting on my camera.  So, when I saw Nancy’s photo challenge of “Twisted”, that was just the nudge I needed to download these photos, so I could join in the challenge!

This short hike (but somewhat steep in some areas) was amazing! You get to walk through a forest of bristlecone pines, which are the oldest known species of pine trees! Some of these trees are thousands of years old (yeah, I know they look it, too!) The terrain at the bottom of the trail looks like a scene from a movie:twisted2.jpg

Then you hike up…and up…and up…and this is your view over the ledge!


A great view of Cedar Breaks National Monument!  I’m happy to have hiked a NEW trail. Now on to other Newness. Have a great weekend!



Miscellaneous Monday and NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

Boy, has life been busy! Unfortunately, this little blog is one of the first things to get neglected when that happens.

So, here’s an update and a bit of miscellany:

I’ve crossed off a couple of waterfalls on my “100 Waterfalls Bucket-list“.  We took a trip to New York and while we were there, we visited Talcott Falls and Pixley Falls. We also visited Niagara Falls again (I assume it wouldn’t be fair to count those falls again)! And this last weekend we hiked to Stewart Falls, here in Utah.

We also visited a few lighthouses.  Here’s a favorite B/W photo of one of them:


I hosted my book club last month and wanted to try a grazing table.  It was so, so, SO easy! But it made an impression!  Here’s what we had:


The ladies in our group don’t eat a whole lot, but with this idea, all I had to do with the left-overs was load all of the snacks back in containers and my family had snacks for the rest of the week month!


The book we discussed was Educated by Tara Westover.  It’s a GOOD discussion book!  Other books I’ve read (or listened to lately) are:


That seems like a lot of reading to get done, especially since I mentioned I’ve been so busy, but it’s been a few months since I’ve done a Miscellaneous Monday! AND, I think most have been listened to in the car on my commutes! Gotta love multi-tasking!

OK! That’s about it for this week. I’ve gotta go do some gardening.  Yes, my flower gardens have also been neglected, and the vegetable garden is currently a weed patch!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!





a NEW photo challenge {urban}


Happy Sunday! I came across a photo challenge with the theme “urban” over at “A Day in the Life” blog, but I’m not sure who started the challenge (???). But I thought I had a good one to play along with….this photo was taken in downtown Toronto last month.  Toronto is such a huge city! But, these planters were a bright spot amongst the concrete, noise, and hustle and bustle! Note to self: make a trellis of pussy willows next spring! So pretty!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter!

Today I’ll be singing in my church choir and we’re singing this Easter piece (see video below).  I hope the NEW thing you do today is take the time to listen to the words of this beautiful, beautiful song! Have a great day!