SYW: On crossword puzzles, doctors, dates with parmesan cheese, and dogs

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing?
I do lots of different puzzles but mostly crosswords or jigsaw puzzles on my tablet or phone. I find myself obsessively doing one after another while I’m supposedly watching TV!

Crosswords are the best, however. My husband and I do them together and between the two of us, we can figure most of them out. 20180725_182137
Dale sometimes gets stuck because he spells something wrong and then I come along and fix it, then fill in more of the clues! We take crossword puzzle magazines on trips and I work on them while he drives. He’s able to visualize what should fit without looking at the puzzle better than I am. I occasionally do Sudoku also, but mostly the easy ones I have on a phone app.

List at least five favorite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food.
1. Anything chocolate
2. Dates with parmesan cheese inside (New! See below)
3. Ice cream
4. Traveling to new places
5. Sitting on a dock next to a cool lake in Wisconsin and watching nature.
6. Sitting on my porch when the rain is coming down all around me outside.
7. Being able to read as much as I want to (I love being retired!)
What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)
When I was a kid, my favorite was collie because I liked the show Lassie. Lassie
I also preferred beagles because we had a mutt that was mostly beagle. Now I like just friendly dogs. And puppies, they’re always cute! puppyThis is a hard question to answer because I haven’t had a dog as a pet since Corky (our mutt-beagle) died. I like dogs but much prefer cats.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
See #2 under “treats” above: at a gathering of girlfriends the other day, one woman brought dates stuffed with pieces of parmesan cheese. I found them so exquisite! Something about the texture and melting in my mouth reminded me of fudge, but it doesn’t taste like chocolate.

Several weeks ago, I fell on the sidewalk and really bashed up my face and my right knee. The knee is the only thing that is still recovering – still somewhat swollen from a hematoma. What I appreciate about this is that different doctors (emergency room, my GP) had suggested different things for why the swelling had continued and why my right foot had gotten swollen and sore a week after the fall: bursitis, cellulitis, septic arthritis – the scariest of all! Finally, I went to an orthopedic doctor referred by the ER doctors, who examined my knee and told me it is (just) a hematoma. As for my foot, it was a sprained ankle, but it’s now healed. I appreciated this last diagnosis by the specialist because I don’t have an infection or any other complications! I am grateful that my knee is getting better every day and I can walk normally again.20180725_183923

WPC: Aqueous

WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge is liquid.

Raindrop: Microcosm

Fluidity: Still water peace

Wave: Ocean in motion


Aqua: Water is life
20170323_103016Reflection: Moisture in air’s reflection on lakeIMAG0778Buoyancy: floating on water
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Frozen liquid: dripping
Rainbow: Moisture refracted, light dispersed20170527_200455Water cycle: Condensation20170524_160439

Fog is but a cloud
that touches the earth.
Water = Life


CFFC: Rain and Rainbows

Taking photos when it’s raining often produces surprising results. A rainstorm started one Labor Day weekend when we were driving on the expressway in the early evening. With the help of a windshield and lights outside, it made for interesting swirls and patterns. Looking through the windshield at the traffic ahead of us:
Rain on I-90, approaching Rockford (going north/west)Rain on the window
IMAG0952 (2)Although the storm dissipated and the sun came out, there was no rainbow that evening.

Last May, we took a trip to Minnesota and the Dakotas. We ventured into Wyoming one day to see Devils Tower. We were having a picnic dinner afterward when it started to rain! The storm didn’t last long, though, and we were treated to a double rainbow! I have posted some pictures of this before, but here are a couple I didn’t include then.

I chose this photo because I like the way the rainbow reflects on the wet road ahead of us.
20170527_200914_001The second rainbow is barely visible on the far right in this photo, but it looks like the big rainbow is coming right out of the top of the hill!

Posted for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, 3/20/18.

CFFC: The R’s Have It

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is to post photos of things that start with the letter R and have at least six letters.


Natasha Stojanovska performs  at St. James Cathedral, Chicago.



One of my all time favorite pictures that I’ve taken. I was walking in the woods shortly after a rainfall when I saw this leaf.



My husband and I were caught in a downpour in the middle of a walk. We finally huddled under an awning and waited for the rain to abate.



Another of my favorites. This brilliant rainbow appeared over the fields alongside our car as we drove back to South Dakota after visiting Devils Tower in Wyoming. Just after we left Devils Tower, it started to rain, but cleared up by the time we crossed the border back into South Dakota.


Railway station

Ogilvie Transportation Center, downtown Chicago


Railroad tracks

Waiting for a train downtown in the evening, in front of Des Plaines Metra station. It had just started snowing.



KODAK Digital Still Camera

Reflection of the sky and mountains on the sheen of still water, Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska



A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Raindrop

A Word in Your Ear has a weekly photo challenge based on a word selected (at random?) from a dictionary. This week the word was “raindrop.”

OK, I know I’ve posted this photo before, but this challenge allows me to focus on the most fascinating aspect of it, which is all the tiny things that are encased in one raindrop on a leaf.  This picture is one of the best I have ever taken. Focusing on a small thing that most people would miss, especially if they’re riding bikes (I took this on a bike trail), shows attention to detail and appreciation of the simplest things in nature.

126I was amazed at all the tiny pebbles within the single raindrop, as well as other things – I’ve never been able to figure out what the rectangular thing (looks like metal) with a string on it is.

The photo above was taken in northern Wisconsin, near my family’s summer home, during a walk on the Bearskin Trail just after a downpour.

I love thunderstorms on the lake because I can feel surrounded by the storm and experience how glorious it is, all the while keeping dry sitting on the porch! The photo below is a closeup of raindrops on Upper Kaubashine Lake. Small raindrops hit the surface of the lake among circular patterns created by larger raindrops.

is the link to the photo challenge so you can see other interpretations of the raindrop theme!

Writing 201/Poetry: Haiku – Visions of Water

Water….grand as in an ocean or a waterfall, the reflection in the surface of a lake, frozen as icicles in the winter, or a mere drop on a leaf…

These were my visual inspiration for haiku about water:


River meanders,
winding and twisting its way
down to the ocean.

meandering river

Upper Kaubashine Lake

Orange and pink sunset:
Reflection on a rippled
surface of the lake.



Water dripping down
freezes into icicles
hanging from my roof


La Paz Waterfall (Costa Rica)

La Paz encanta:
Magia meditativa ,
templo natural.

Enchanted La Paz :
White meditative magic ,
temple of nature.

La Paz waterfall

One drop of rain

A fallen leaf holds
pebbles gathered in one drop
after a rainfall.

126(Images of river and waterfall downloaded from google; other images by author).

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Daily Prompt (Sept. 14): The road

The Daily Prompt for Sept. 14 was:
Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.

The closest non-picture book is: The Green Gables Collection: Anne of Green Gables – 10th word: road

There were many Google images to choose from, but I chose this one, which was one of the first:


It’s a rainy day – the two-lane road is slippery and somewhat treacherous. Normally I love rainy days in the North Woods, but I was hoping for a hike in the woods. Now I’m getting dizzy as we wind around a series of curves. Dale thought a ride along some of the back roads would be nice, regardless of the rain. He wanted to get out of the house, and so did I. Instead of sulking about what we won’t be able to do, I concentrate on the fresh smell of the soil brought out by the rain, mingled with the pungent pines. The sound of rain all around us is calming. There is no one else on the road; the scenery belongs to us.

You never know what you’ll find along the back roads – perhaps a deer or two will jump out of the woods onto the road and we will slow to a stop to watch them. The doe stops and gazes at us, motionless. We gaze back. Then she regains her confidence and bounds into the woods on the other side of the road. At first her white tail is visible but she is soon swallowed by the thicket of trees. A second deer – much smaller, probably her fawn – leaps out in front of us but she doesn’t stop – she is intent on following her mother.

Today, though, deer do not make an appearance – perhaps they are sheltering from the rain. Still, there’s no telling what’s around the next bend, but it’s certain to contain more pine forest and more rain. Earlier we could see a glint of sun reflecting off a nearby lake, betraying its presence through the trees. Now, though, the sun has completely disappeared behind a blanket of gray rain clouds and we can’t catch a glimpse of anything beyond the trees – except more trees.

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