a New thought Thursday




a NEW photo of my week


I don’t personally have a macro lens, so I was excited to learn that I could check one out from the library where I work (at a university).  It wasn’t a very fancy one – totally manual focus etc., but  I can’t wait to try it out again when spring and summer actually arrives!  I’ll probably get hooked and have to splurge on one!

Have a great day! Go out and shoot with something NEW!


a NEW photo manipulation and a short Sunday sermon


So, what photography projects do you do in the middle of winter (besides photograph snow and ice), since everything is pretty much dead?  You go to your old photo files and digitally play with random sunset pics from earlier years!

I’ll pair this photo manipulation with a video someone recently recommended.  When I went to watch it, I realized I had seen it before – but I watched again, because it is so good! It talks about Justice and Mercy, so that’s what I decided to dedicate my photo manipulation practice to. Here’s a link to the ten-minute video: It’s about a young man who fails to pay a debt and is saved from the grasp of justice through the mediation of a friend. I hope you like it!

Here are the individual pics I played with. I remember taking this sunset pic with my phone through the window of a moving car :o)


Have a great Sunday.  Do or learn something NEW!



Miscellaneous Monday – NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! I call this photo ‘Shadows of Cinque Terre Laundry”…because, well, it’s a photo of shadows of laundry in a village in Cinque Terre, Italy. Haha!  SO profound!

Other miscellancy today:

Speaking of laundry…I really want to do something with my laundry room!  Here is what is on my wishlist:

These doors:


Pull out shelves similar to this:


And lastly…what I’ve been reading lately:


The Element and The Checklist Manifesto were non-fiction and Before We Were Yours and of course, Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles was fiction.  I enjoyed all of these and would recommend them all.

That’s it for today’s miscellaneous nonsense.  Have a great day and do something NEW!







a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon


This is a photo of my gr-gr-grandfather.  He lived through a time when people (mobs) persecuted members of his faith and drove them from their homes (and this was in America – the supposed ‘Land of the Free’)! He and many others were essentially religious refugees.  So I need to remember to help, serve and do what I can to help modern-day refugees.

I thought this video (link below) was really well done.  It was a good reminder to me that I need to “Be that Someone”. Life is so hard for many people – especially refugees.  It’s called:

“Be the Someone –  A refugee’s life is changed by the volunteers and friends who helped her adapt to a new environment.”


My big question was HOW?  I don’t personally know any refugees.  My answer came from this article:  40 Ways to Help Refugees.

Have a great Sunday! Do, learn OR HELP, someone NEW!










Another NEW challenge


Happy Saturday! Yesterday, I mentioned I appreciated the little push that a photo challenge gave me to get out and shoot.  Well, my other great love is reading – so I’m going to work on another challenge – that of reading 12 classics in 2018.  I’m excited!  I just recently found out about this challenge via I Read That In A Book blog – just in time to sign up before the deadline of March 1st.

Most of the books I plan to read (subject to change) for the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge came from recommendations from blogs I follow:

1.  A 19th century classic – City folk and country folk by Sofia Khvoshchinskaya (recommended at I Read That In A Book
2.  A 20th century classic – Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (recommended by The Long Victorian)
3.  A classic by a woman author – I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Recommended via a comment on the Classics Challenge link page)
4.  A classic in translation – La dame de Monsoreau by Alexandre Dumas (Highest rating for ‘Best of Dumas’ on GoodReads!)

5. A children’s classic – The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh: Tales & Poemby A. A. Milne (recommended by Cafe Book Bean)
6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction – A Scandal in Bohemia by  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (recommended by KatiesCottageBooks)
7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction- Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (Recommended by Gretchen Rubin)
8. A classic with a single-word title – Dracula by Bram Stoker (I’ll read this in October!)
9. A classic with a color in the title – The Silver Crown by Robert O’Brien (Recommended by Gretchen Rubin)
10. A classic by an author that’s new to you – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (recommended by Book Club Mom)
11. A classic that scares you – Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk (recommended by Book Club Mom)…this scares me because of how long it is.  It’s really, really long! It scares me to think how long it will take me to read it!
12. Re-read a favorite classic – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Just because it’s my very favorite)

Have a great day! Do or READ something NEW!


a NEW winter weather photo challenge


Happy Friday! Here’s what the weather is like in my neck of the woods.  Snowy and cold! Thanks to Nancy’s Weekly Challenge I picked up my camera and took these photos.  Having the push to get out there and shoot is really why I started this blog in the first place – all those many years ago.  Although I’ve been out of the habit of posting lately, I hope to redeem myself – and get my photographic fix at the same time.

Have a great weekend everyone! Do or learn something NEW!

ps. If you can’t tell what that third photo is all about, it’s ice in between the spaces in my door mat on my front porch. :o)



NEW taste Tuesday


Happy Tuesday!

One thing I love about having a blog, is when someone requests a recipe, I know exactly where to go to get it.  I simply send them a link to my site and they have what they need. Happy day!

So, I thought I’d better add this cake to my recipe section because I will most likely need it again.  It was super yummy.  I made this for my DIL’s bday last weekend.  I also need to remember how easy (well, easier) decorating cakes are when you plan ahead and bake the actual cake the day before.  That way, you don’t have to wait for it to cool, and you’re not rushed (well, as rushed)!

I used THIS recipe, with a few minor tweaks.  Have a great day and do or taste something NEW!