The Bathroom

We go here all the time!

With today’s daily prompt of Ordinary, the WordPress Daily Post challenges us to find the non-quotidian among the pedestrian!

Of course, that is a challenge that I accept gladly!

I present to you…

The Bathroom
The Bathroom

This wonderful bathroom is at the Chester Fairground in Connecticut.  A framed print of this hangs in our downstairs bathroom at home.

Three Line Tales – Fresh Meat

What would the Smiths say?

Many thanks to Sonya for Week Sixty of Three Line Tales part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales writing challenge, week 60: quality meats marino market
photo by Cathal Mac an Bheatha via Unsplash


Cattle call, run ‘fowl,
Should have fled from abattoir.
Carnivore’s Delight!


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Warped Wednesday – pt. 11

Green is a way of life!

I can tell you that the new job (the reason for my trip to Israel) is still more than a plateful of work, as I’m slowly getting my arms around more and more aspects of it.  Given that there are also a couple of moving targets in this, I can tell you that I have my hands full and am putting in a bit of extra effort at this time 🙂  It feels somewhat like the proverb “Be careful what you ask for, as you might get it”; of course, this could end up not being a proverb at all…

As a result, I’m taking a bit of a shortcut on this Warped Wednesday and am tying it back to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of It IS Easy Being Green!


This cavalcade of green is also brought to you by the concept of Spring!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spring


Welcome to Week 49 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. After a week of great entries in response to the challenge theme of Curve, I’m energized to be back home for the next iteration of our fun challenge!

This week, I think it is time to celebrate Spring, as it has just arrived in the Northern Hemisphere and I think many of us are ready for the warmer days and the colors that arrive with the season.   In the Southern Hemisphere, feel free to look back (or forward) to Spring and share your thoughts.

As always, feel free to be creative in your interpretation of the theme, and be sure to put your best effort into creating something evocative in your images.  I’m looking forward to seeing your great posts!

A bit of Spring arrival to get you started this week…

Bottle Baby
Bottle Baby

This iphoto came from wandering around on a farm, where my wife was training one of our dogs.  This little lamb had not been accepted by its mother, so it needed bottle-feeding.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Can’t wait to see what springs to your minds and cameras!  Should be a fun week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 48

Wonderful curvature!

The 48th episode of our weekly challenge dared threw you a curve ball and you responded with creativity that simply blew away the entire Curve!  It was a blast reading all of you entries!!

Your entries were very creative in that you approached multiple aspects of curves, ranging from the curveball to the use of curves in architecture and Nature.  There was no shortage of great images and posts!  Thank you very much for all your great contributions!

Sometimes, when we encounter a curve, we need to come to a full stop…

Full Stop
Full Stop

This was something that caught my eye while walking, particularly since this sign was sitting along the road that runs past a parking lot without any intersection nearby…

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Mac serves up a side of cars in her post in Southern By Design, highlighting some great curves!
  • Cee found some curves in great places in her post in Cee’s Photography.
  • In her post in lifelessons, Judy finds us some great curves of all sorts!  Judy found a cache of great images that inspired a second post in lifelessons!
  • Miriam brings us the curves of Fort Macon in her entry in The Showers of Blessing.
  •  LadyLeeManilla shows of curves ranging from architecture to Nature’s finest in her entry.
  • The contribution in bushboys world brings up a great set of images from Nature that provide interesting curvature.
  • Candace shows of a really interesting angle that presents curvature and flame in her post in Netdancer’s Musings.
  • food & film is a very cool blog and this week’s contribution to the challenge is stunning!
  • Travel with Intent brings a fantastic view of architectural curves!
  • Ranjeeta’s post in Atrangizindagieksafar provides us with a view of curves ranging from parachutes to delicious cake!
  • Alfaazmeredilse shows off curves around the house and the road well traveled!
  • pensitivity101 brings out some classic cars with their curves!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best presents us with lots of great curves in architecture!
  • Steve finds inspiration in his family in the curves that he photographs in his entry in A Bum Without A Beach.
  • Debbie brings us a pair of wonderful posts this week; the first brings us a wonderful poem from the labyrinth in ForgivingConnects and the second one is about being a Peace Ambassador ForgivingConnects.
  • Miriam’s post in her blog Out an’ About tells us about the curves that we have to traverse in life and has fantastic photography, as well as juggling instructions.
  • Khürt’s post in Island in the Net provides us with stunning image of architectural arches, as well as great advice from another photographer about what makes a good photo.
  • wHakAahUa shows us images of wonderful paper light fixtures, as well as a cake that is amazing!
  • Xenia’s entry in WhippetWisdom has a great haiku and stunning images of those great whippets having fun!
  • Leaking Ink fell in love with her curves and shows off some of those great curves on geese.
  • Bullyboy brings us some cool curves in his post in Travel387.
  • Andrea has an interesting view of curves in her post in ARHtistic License!
  • Ron finds some cool swans in his post in Progressing into Solitude, along with several other curves!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation!  Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!  Tomorrow we’re on to another week…

First Day of Spring

Warmer days ahead!

Yes, the time of year has arrived that we start celebrating Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, whereas the beautiful Autumn season descends upon the Southern Hemisphere.

Spring is all about renewal and hope, and looking forward to warmer days!  In New England, it doesn’t quite look like warmer days yet, as there’s still a significant snow cover from last week’s storm.  So, I’ll give you an image to look forward to…

Monarch Butterfly

This beautiful Monarch will be returning to these parts in the next couple of months, as a true harbinger of Summer!  Im looking forward to it!


Good to be Home!

Home is where the heart is!

After a great 10 days of work in Israel, which were highly successful in building a connection with my new team, it is great to be home again!  It’s great to be able to hug my wife, sleep in the bed that my body recognizes as home, a sleep in late with the dogs.

That said, I’m looking forward to getting some more time in the future to explore Israel beyond what I have seen thus far; I’ve seen some pretty sights, but haven’t had the time yet to take a trip to Jerusalem and absorb some of the antiquity  and spiritual richness of that city.  Of course, there’s the Dead Sea and plenty of other sights to visit.

Mediterranean Beauty
Mediterranean Beauty

Here’s another look at the beach in Herzliyah, which is just a stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s a great place to visit, but there’s no place like home!