The DailyPost Weekly Challenge: Nighttime


This is my entry to the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Nighttime. To join and see more nighttime entries, go here.

I love city lights especially in my city but I haven’t ventured out there lately. One of these days . . .

But let me post this one I took in Chesapeake while on vacation. Their landscape is so beautiful and varied, I could live there. It might be boring for city rats but I have always been a country girl although I might work and live in the city.

So yeah you can imagine I can’t wait to retire in the country.

Yes, this is part of a series of pictures about sunset in Chesapeake Bay. See Day 251.

365 Project: Day 253

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Travel theme: Inviting


On a warm Fall day like today, to play in a fountain would be very tempting. I could hardly blame the children.

The sound of the water is like a magical call, begging to be played with.

I love watching the children as they enjoy playing while the mother can’t keep up with the little boy. I say, let the kids be kids. No one hardly does that anymore.

My entry to Ailsa’s Travel Challenge: Inviting. To see more or to join, go here.

365 Project: Day 252

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Not ready for Fall


There was never a time when I was ready for Fall. The Summer is just so colorful and warm to let go that I dread Fall with its short days and rains.

As a gardener, I even have more mixed emotions. For all its famed grandeur it is also the best time to plant for the flowering blooms next Spring. This year though because I planted late my plants are just at its peak. My peppers are loaded with fruits and blooms and so are the eggplants, beans and tomatoes. Can’t win them all, can you?

What more, it is still dark when I wake up. But I know I have to roll out of bed because Pixie keeps trying to wake me up to feed them. And then, like this morning, she’d come back to bed and lay next to me contented as her tummy is finally full.

Got errands to do and water the plants before I leave the house, so here I am, blogging away for a moment.

I hope you enjoy this weekend!

365 Project: Day 251

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue


Next to red, my favorite color is blue. Unlike red where I choose and pick the shades I like, with blue I like them all.

My car is colored blue and my favorite evening dress is blue. And when the sky is blue that means the sun is up and there’s nothing that can cheer you up than a bright sunny day!


My entry to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue. To see more or join, go here.

365 Project: Day 250

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Cee’s Share your world – 2014 Week 38


If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I don’t know what you call the tree that I really like. It is a pine tree and I’ve seen a lot in Virginia but I first saw them at Glacier National Park. They are used for poles – lamp posts, electrical posts, if they are not using steel yet. I thought they stand tall, so grand, proud and majestic. I have forgotten what they are called, does anybody know?

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for one hour, what would you have them do?

Clean the house – dust and sweep.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

My favorite is seafood, including from fresh waters. Fish, seaweeds, clams and shells, shrimps and lobster. No wonder my favorite places to visit always has an abundance of bodies of water.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

I was a psychometrician after college and sometimes acted as a counselor. However I got tired of hearing other people’s problems. I went home thinking of them and I got so stressed with their situation – their helplessness and mine too since I could only counsel them what to do which was easier said than done.

That’s when I decided I didn’t want to be a psychologist.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I had a restful Saturday and Sunday was a get together with relatives and friends. It was originally a picnic at the park and then we decided to keep it indoors because of the unpredictable weather – so all afternoon, from eating lunch until we left, we all stayed in one spot in the dining table chatting and catching up with our lives. It was my first time too to join a gathering of my BIL’s sisters.

I was grateful too for a box of Asian vegetables sent to me by relatives from San Francisco. There was enough to make a favorite dish from our region in the Philippines and that’s what I brought to our potluck. Everyone enjoyed and loved it because we have been missing such kind of dish here in America, especially in the Midwest where gardening is very short.

Still no plans for the coming weekend – I am waiting to be surprised. The weather is temperate now, maybe I will harvest the rest of my vegetables.

365 Project: Day 249

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But it is sunny . . .


We have planned a picnic at a forest preserve today as a farewell to summer but because they predicted rain the organizers decided that it will be held at the house of my BIL’s youngest sister.

And just as I have written it is sunny, I looked out of the window just now and the fog has mixed in but not for long (as I type). If yesterday’s weather is to be the gauge, rain and sun alternated. So fickle. There is a cold chill in the air though which probably is a reasonable argument that it better be indoor.

And I was hoping a walk in the woods . . .

365 Project: Day 248

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Travel Theme: Strong


The only piers I knew before going to Sandbridge are the ones made for boats and ships. There are none of those here. This is a fishing wharf.

It gets very busy very early as people try to get a choice spot. For sure some of them were regulars as they gave me the eye when I was standing on a side they want. Lucky for them I was just visiting.

One can walk through underneath. The waves in Virginia Beach could be very strong but this hardly show any strain. It is in the open sea constantly battered by winds, current and all the elements.

My entry to Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack challenge for the week: Strong.

365 Project: Day 247

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