a NEW photo challenge

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Here’s another photo from our recent New Zealand trip and I thought it had nice contrasting colors (Nancy’s photo challenge theme this week)

I don’t think this plant could survive in the western U.S. where I live.  It’s fun to see such vibrancy!

Have a great day! Do something NEW!

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Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share

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Happy Monday!

It’s been about a month since we returned from our New Zealand trip, and I’m just now posting a pic from that trip! Boy am I slacking!

Our boys gave us one of those large framed maps for Christmas –  along with little pins for us to place where we’ve traveled.  Goodness! We’ve gotta get busy and plan more trips!  The pins showing where we’ve been seems minuscule compared with all the places left to travel to! New Zealand was great. The world is a huge place. There are so many more places to visit!

In other miscellany:

I started a NEW class! I’m taking a pottery class. Yea, scary, haha, but NEW and exciting too!  In school, my schedule was always filled with music electives and I never got the chance to take a pottery or ceramics class.  I’m such a newbie!  However, I’m kind of thrilled with the 3rd item I made:

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But, what on earth should I use it for? A classmate suggested using it for olive oil to dip crusty bread in.  That way we can still, kind of, see the design.  Let me know if you have any suggestions!

And…these are the NEW books I’ve read lately:

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They are From Ash to Stone by Julie Daines, The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Gillebeau, and finally (after hearing a lot of buzz about it…) Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.

And lastly, I went to a workshop after work a few nights ago and learned something NEW about Jin Shin Jyutsu.  It was super interesting and although I don’t have any major ‘aches and pains”, I should practice this ancient self-healing art form, just to keep the good energy running through my body.  I know I’ll need to be consistent at it – as well as learn a lot more about it than I did in just that one workshop.  Let me know if any of you have any feedback for me about Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Well, I think that should be enough miscellany for this Monday! Take care and have a great day!  Do something NEW!