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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107 – Winter

This week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107, Ann-Christine invited us to look at the difference in the winter when we compare the Northern Hemisphere with the Southern Hemisphere. 

The first time I saw snow was my first year in Portland, Oregon. It was in November. I walked along the hallway from one classroom to the next. My eyes glanced through the floor to ceiling window. A thin layer of white stuff drifting down in the air. I stopped and observed. Each layer above seemed to get thicker and whiter. I realized what happened and called out while jumping up and down, “It’s snowing. It’s snowing!” Some male students walked by and looked at me. Probably the last time they saw and heard of it was from their little kids.

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When I finished school in Portland, I went on to Seattle Pacific University for my second graduate study. The city welcomed me with seven inches of snow. When the snow came to a pause, I put on my knee high, custom made leather boots and my leather gloves to make the first snowman. The leather gloves got hard and stiff after they were dry. My boots were fine, probably they were made differently.

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Is winter warm or cold? I think winter is warm because it’s the time for events such as Christmas concert, Christmas light cruise, Christmas parties with family and friends, and my daughter’s birthday the day after Christmas.

One New Year, we visited my sister’s family in Vancouver B.C. We couldn’t go skiing in Whistler B.C. because the heavy fog came in. We managed going to a nearby mountain for my husband, niece, and nephew to do snowboarding.

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Back home in southern California, our chorale started rehearsing for the Messiah concert first week of November, leading to the two performances before Christmas. This is the highlight of the year for me.

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The adult fellowship group at church has many Christmas parties. One year we had a catering dinner at a deluxe retirement home. The chef built a gingerbread village every year. He made one gingerbread house at a time throughout the year and froze them. By early December, he assembled the village with a train track and an electrical train going around it.

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The last two years, we went on the Christmas Light Cruise and watched the Christmas Boat Parade.

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Two years ago was the first-time snow and Christmas met. My husband and I went to Portland, Oregon to spend the holiday with my daughter’s family. I saw snow before the plane landed and was so excited to have a white Christmas.

Most exciting of all during Christmas time is my daughter’s birthday on the day after Christmas. Here, Mercy opened the birthday card from her daughter Autumn.

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Is winter warm or cold in your part of the world? I would like to hear from you.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107 – Winter

 

 

Tips & Advice: General Life – Personal Finance (Guest Post by Miriam Hurdle)

I’m so excited to be a guest on James J. Cudney‘s blog today. I invite you to head over to read this post about Personal Finance. I love to hear your kind comment.

It’s the next installment of the General Life segment in the Tips & Advice feature on the This Is My Truth Now blog. If you’re new to this segment, scroll toward the bottom to learn more about it and me. Today’s topic continues our guest posts with Miriam Hurdle who will talk about personal finances.

Miriam and I met a couple of years ago through our blogs. After chatting about books, life, and poetry, we began following one another and became friends. I thoroughly loved her book, as you’ll see in an author spotlight I published earlier this year. Today, I’m thrilled turn the floor over to her as she tells us all about personal finance – a topic that is dear to my heart and should be to yours too… especially with the rough economy we have right now. Let’s spend a few minutes listening to her advice…

Guest Post by Miriam Hurdle – Personal Finance

 

When it comes to money, I’m not a big spender. I never was and never will be. Yet I couldn’t save big money from years of working, let’s say, several thousand dollars. I had no control over the financial situation in my former marriage. After the divorce, my night gradually turned into dawn. Regardless of the huge amount of attorney fees and other expenses from the unpleasant stage of life, I slowly but steadily recovered, marching on to set goals for personal financial freedom.

One budgeting rule is the 50/30/20 rule.

  • 50% on needs (groceries, housing/rent, bills & utilities, health insurance, car payment/transportation)
  • 30% on wants (shopping, dining out, hobbies, entertainment, travel)
  • 20% on savings (savings, emergency fund, loan payment)

The other one is the 70/20/10 rule.

  • 70% for living expenses (rent, house payment, food, clothing, gasoline)
  • 20% for savings
    • 10% for retirement (IRA, 401(k), company pension)
    • 5% for emergencies (car repairs, medical expenses, unemployment)
    • 5% for specific goals (vacation, car, school tuition, a new computer)
  • 10% for debt (student loans, car payments, credit cards)

I didn’t follow any rules from the start. Once I regained control of the finance, my focus was on meeting basic needs and paying off any debts. It was a blessing to work in the public school when the health insurance was part of the benefit, and 8% deduction of salary toward retirement was mandatory with 8% matching fund from the school district. Any part of the wants was not in consideration for years. But I started saving as soon as I could.

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Discover Prompts, Day 14: Book

Ben Huberman at  Discover, WordPress posts a Daily Prompt throughout April. The prompt on day 14 is Book. He invited us to post something about a book.

 

My daughter and son-in-law read to their first baby, Autumn from day one of her life. No wonder her natural love about everything is reading a book. She loves to be read to and also loves to read by herself. My daughter has a website where she posts daily of Autumn’s photos. I picked several photos from December 2018 to April 2020 to show that she got caught in reading. She used to pick one book at a time and brought it to us to read to her. When I visited her in February, she wanted to bring six books to the couch for me to read. The bottom book did not quite align with the top five but she didn’t want to drop it. After several tries, she picked up all six books to bring to me so she would listen to them without interruption.

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Trading places with little Nora. April 13, 2020

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Reading aloud to herself. November 14, 2019

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Deep thinking about what she was reading. November 6, 2019

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After she asked me to read this book again and again, she read it by herself. June 15, 2019

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The museum has a reading room for her. March 15, 2019

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My daughter commented, “When she is really quiet, I know what she is up to.” January 10, 2019

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My daughter commented, “I came into her room and found her reading. December 20, 2018 (She was 15 months old.)

 

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge #79: A Window With A View

This week, Amy invites us to explore “A Window With A View” and asks us to share some photos we’ve captured through windows.

“Throw open your window and let the scenery of clouds and sky enter your room!” – Yosa Buson

Summer Palace, Beijing

Summer Palace, Beijing, China

Several years ago, nine people from our extended family traveled to China and Hong Kong. While in China, we visited Beijing, Xi’an and Guilin. This photo was the view from looking out the window of the Summer Palace.

 

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Great Wall, China

The tour guide took us to one entrance where some of us went to a steep side of the Great Wall and some went on the other side for a leisure walk. The Wall seems to go on forever from the view of the Wall window. As of Jul 31, 2019, the length of the Great Wall is 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers).

 

“I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.” – Bill Withers

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I saw this beautiful design of a mirror at Laguna Beach, California where we visit often. After positioning myself several times, I found an angle to take this photo without seeing my reflection in the mirror.

 

“The window of opportunity opens and closes as fast as a camera’s shutter.” – Warren Criswell

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Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Hubby and I went to Spain three years ago for our anniversary. We visited Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona in that order of our itinerary. I love the architecture in Spain.

Alhambra is the palace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of Granada. The name Alhambra, signifying in Arabic “the red,” is probably derived from the reddish color of the tapia (rammed earth) of which the outer walls were built.

 

“My favorite journey is looking out the window.” – Edward Gorey

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Our hotel room in Innsbruck, Austria

Hubby enjoyed the view from our hotel room in Innsbruck, Austria.

When we travel, hubby likes to have a hotel room with a nice view. I argue that we don’t stay in the room long enough to enjoy the view. Eventually, I understand that we are not “on the go” all the time during the trip. A window with a nice view makes our stay pleasant.

 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #79: A Window With A View

 

 

 

School Days, Reminiscences of Miriam Hurdle

I’m over at Norah Colvin’s blog sharing about my School Days Reminiscences. Please click the link below and head over to read the original post and read the archives of other bloggers’ posts.

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Norah Colvin

Welcome to the School Days, Reminiscences series in which my champion bloggers and authors share reminiscences of their school days. It’s my small way of thanking them for their support and of letting you know about their services and publications.

Miriam Hurdle, poet

This week, I am pleased to introduce Miriam Hurdle, poet, blogger, flash fiction writer, photographer, ex-teacher and educator. She blogs at the Showers of Blessings and recently published a book of poems entitled Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude.

I first met Miriam at the Carrot Ranch when she rode up and joined in the flash fiction challenges. Since then, we’ve met up in many different places around the blogosphere. Considering she’s been blogging even longer than I; I’m surprised we hadn’t met earlier. We share our thoughts on education and grandchildren, and in fact on anything to do with making our journeys through life the…

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Exposing your work, on #LisaBurtonRadio

You don’t want to miss this post. A wonderful conversation among the super bloggers who devote their time and energy to help and support the authors.

Entertaining Stories

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Hi, all, and welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio. This week is a special edition, because it’s geared to all you authors out there. It might give some good ideas to bloggers who want to host guests too.

Today, I’ve collected a group of power bloggers who host authors on their sites. This gives an author a way to reach a larger audience than they might if they were simply posting about date-night or something. This means when you have a new book to promote, or maybe to give an older title a secondary push.

We’re going to start by addressing the three-hundred-pound gorilla in the room, and I mean that literally. Chris The Storyreading Ape, hosts one of the largest author blogs around. “Did you get my fruit basket, Chris?”

“Yes I did thanks, Lisa – very thoughtful of you to use edible leaves to weave the…

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Let’s talk…

Sue invite you to be her guest on her 17,000 follower blog. Hop over to read about it. 🙂

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

“The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things…”

At 17.00 every day, I like to publish a guest post, inviting other writers, bloggers, photographers and artists to share their work and their stories. The Daily Echo Blog has just topped the 17,000 followers mark… not a huge readership by global standards, but not a number to be sneezed at either, especially if you have something to share.

Why not be my guest? Read on to find out how…

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Have you have had a strange experience or encounter that you would like to share? I am not looking for sensationalism or fictional tales… but in light of the response to recent posts, I think it would be both useful and reassuring to others to realise that none of us are alone in these strange encounters and experiences and perhaps we can open discussion on what they may…

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All Challenge Hosts

Cee Neuner is compiling a list of all challenges to be available for all bloggers. If you are a host of any photo or writing challenges and wish to be on the list, please contact her and give her the information. It’s very generous of her to do this. Thank you, Cee!

Cee's Photo Challenges

Since WordPress’s Event page is now out of date and I you can’t add any new challenges to it, I have come up with an idea.

Hosts, if you send me information of your challenge, I will host a page on my blog for all challenges.  You can link back to my page so other members can find your challenges or other like it.

Click here to see link where I am setting this up.

Here is the information I would like:

  • Challenge Name
  • Host Name
  • Host Blog (URL)
  • Type of Challenge (Photography, Writing, General or come up with your own Type)
  • Short description of challenge (one or two sentences)
  • Day challenge is published and frequency (example Thursday, Weekly)
  • There are a few challenges that run monthly or yearly, please make note of that also.
  • If you have a badge, please attach that as well.

Email me through my contact…

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SoCS September 9, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “motive.” Use the word “motive,” in any form, in your post. Enjoy! – Linda G Hill

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I want to finish the trimming and planting in my garden before winter. What is my motive? I want to get it all done before September 14. That’s the day I go to Portland, Oregon, five days before my grandbaby is born.

I planted some flowers, but the heat wave returned and killed quite a few before they get rooted. I bought some more flowers. The rain clouds have drifted our way. I decided to replant them today.

I have neglected the Date Palm trees the whole summer because I couldn’t be in the hot sun. As a result, the eighteen Date Psalms were overgrown. I set a goal of trimming one a day. After trimming several, I was interrupted. Finally, the last few days, my motive of finishing the job got greater. I trimmed four trees in one day, three the next day, and two yesterday. There are four more to do.

 

My last job is to tidy up my office/family room. One month ago I decided to rearrange the furniture. I have books from three book shelves. I stacked up some and piled some on the couches. At the meantime, I decided to recycle or donate some of my books. There is a great motive to get rid of some books.  I simply have too many books. Now I’ll have to sort out the books that I don’t want to keep. I hope I can get it done next week.

 

I’m glad that going to Portland to meet my new grandbaby gives me a great motive to finish the gardening before winter. It also gives me a strong motive to tidy up my office before my trip.

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Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS September 9, 2017

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