110 Thank Yous

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I just want to say thank you to everyone who follows my site. I thought I would be writing more, but I didn’t know about what yet. I never dreamed there would be any interest, but then I started doing the photo challenges.  I’ve met some wonderful people on here that are too many to mention, but know that even though I might only be on here  once or twice a week I try to visit you all and enjoy reading your blogs and seeing the wonderful pictures I can only aspire too. (1933 views)

Thank you


Five Photos, Five Stories – Day Three – Power Rangers

This is my third post for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge sent to me by Doug Warren. When I first started to blog in  Blogging 101 class, I was not sure what I wanted to blog about. His site gave me inspiration for when I retire in a few years. This challenge is hard for me since I am not a writer, so this one is a silly story.

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you. Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. And actually everyone can join in. So feel free to if you like the idea.


super herosScene: Medical school.

Students thought is was a normal day.  Down in the basement, the anatomy lab looked normal. The cadavers where there for study along with the student’s books for backup–but then it started to get extremely cold.  On other floors students said the rooms got cold and there were strange noises in the ceilings. All of a sudden the lights went out. Things started to disappear.   Security was short staffed that day and the campus was too big to search by themselves; they made the call to the Power Rangers. The Rangers moved quickly through the school looking for the culprit. They followed the noise down to the basement. Hearing a hissing sound, they saw that the heat cable was broken. They found hats, gloves, and scarves along the floor. The trail continued to the crematory. The door was slightly opened. The noises were louder in there. They opened the door with a thud and through the eerie light of the fire they started to laugh. The room was full of squirrels staying warm by the fire.

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I would like to nominate Michael Lai of retireediary. He has a wonderful site and many photos of his travels.  Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. And actually everyone can join in. So feel free to if you like the idea.

I am actually changing my challenge, due to my vacation starting. Hope you enjoyed the tree days that I did.


Ephemeral – Fireworks 2

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”

“To consider and appreciate now, before now evaporates and becomes then.”

2010.  Well this was almost a mistake. We did take picture of fireworks, but I suddenly thought they might not have been my photos.  Then I remembered I probably used our Nikon  film camera at the time.

I took the original post down but after confirming  when and where I am re-submitting them. Does this ever happen to anyone else, or is it rookie anxiety? Enjoy.fireworks 1


Depth – Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Depth This weeks photo challenge.


Icy Straight AK 1 Icy Strait Point is a new path for cruise ships. It is a leisurely cruise through marvelous scenery. When closer to the turn around point you can see small icebergs called bergy bit, less than 5 meters (15 feet).  Usually only one-tenth of an iceberg is above water.

The other picture has water flowing down the ridge.

Express Yourself photo challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.”

I had a hard time with this, mostly because I would want to show my children’s family. They are not up for the grandchildren being on the blog yet. Next would be my dogs, but I wanted to do something different. So here is a picture of me on a cruise to the Bahamas. The Atlantis aquarium is somewhere I would suggest you see if ever there. This picture popped out for me because I love the shirt I’m wearing. The colors, the theme, and the relaxation of the cruise all combined to express myself.  Of course I did not take this picture. I left that up to my husband.



Yellow – As a forgotten holiday color.

One of the daily post suggested pictures of Yellow to show other colors during the Holiday. My choices just popped out. It just took this long to get back to posting.  Here are my two photos. The picture on the right is our a rendition of our college flame. The inside is red. The other of course is a local public library.yellowflame

A local library

A local library

Changed My Theme

After researching the the 10/20 theme, I picked this theme because I didn’t like how the 10/20 divided up to another page with “continue reading.” There were a lot of comments about how to change the php, which I hadn’t done since the library MOOC, but also, people noted that if the theme was upgraded it didn’t keep the change you made. I realize one person was using a copy of the theme so that worked for him. Anyway, I have not made personal changes to it yet. My blog title for the MOOC originally had a ship from a picture I took, hence Odyssey,cropped-ship3.jpg

I just have to figure out to or get a new one that will fit banner style. Of course I like this banner the greek building theme seems to go with the word Odyssey. Comment welcomed. ~Julia