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Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #108: Sanctuary

Xenia at Tranature is the guest host for Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge this week. She invited us to look at the theme of Sanctuary.

We have been in lock down because of Covid-19 since March 11. The initial projection was to close schools and stores for several weeks. Five months have gone by, we see new surge of cases in many countries. This is an unsettling time of the history.

Xenia’s theme is timely for us to think about and find sanctuary among the chaos.

 

Sanctuary is the tranquility where the mind and soul find serenity and peace. It could be in the ocean, a park, or your garden.

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It seems to be miles away but Laguna Lake is in the midst of the residential homes.

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My garden

Sanctuary is the harmony where the chaos, strife, and discords dissipate. It could be somewhere in the forest or the perception through our filtered lenses.

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Trees find their way toward the sun at Laguna Lake.

Sanctuary is the quietness where the demands, interruption, and disturbance fade away. It could be a bench under a tree or in the depth of your heart.

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Benches like this one are facing the water around Laguna Lake.

Sanctuary is a resting place where the struggles, conflicts, and confusion subside. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Tucking the head under the wings is a perfect way of napping for the ducks.

Sanctuary is a hobby you emerge yourself in for leisure and pleasure. You may find it in reading, hiking, or fishing. I find mine in singing and painting.

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This family enjoyed fishing at Laguna Lake

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My watercolor painting

Sanctuary is a haven where one finds security, love, and care for the young.

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A content mama duck with eight fuzzy ducklings

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #108: Sanctuary

 

I love to hear where you find your sanctuary. Please share with us in the comment. Thank you!

 

 

 

Sunday Stills: Home is the Happiest Place

The theme for Sunday Stills this week from Terri is: Home. 

As much as we enjoy traveling, I always looked forward to coming home before the trip was over. Perhaps the tours I booked were too vigorous, and I got tired by getting up early or sitting on the bus too much from city to city.

I’m comfortable at home. This morning I spotted a Swallowtail butterfly staying on one flower for twenty minutes. I thought she came to lay eggs. I checked after she was gone. No, she didn’t, but I found a tiny grasshopper only 1/3 inch long. 

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About a dozen mourning doves, many house finches, and sparrows perching on the telephone wires around 4:00 p.m. every day, waiting for me to feed them. A pair of mourning doves came to fix up the old nest on Friday, June 5, and the female dove came back last Sunday to lay eggs. Now she is patiently incubating her young.

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My home is shared by a family of four hummingbirds.

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My home is the happiest place to me!

I’m even happier when I’m at my second home, my daughter’s home. Nothing gives me more joy than being with my granddaughters. So far, I only spent time with my two-and-a-half years old granddaughter, Autumn. I love playing with her and reading to her. I haven’t seen my second granddaughter Nora in person yet because of the coronavirus. I look forward to seeing Autumn and Nora when it’s safe to travel.

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My daughter’s home is the utmost happiest place to me!

I love to hear what make you happiest. It could be something, some place, some people, or something you do.

 

Sunday Stills: Home is the Happiest Place

SoCS 2019.09.28 – Shades of White

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ent” “ten” “net.” Use one, use two or use all three (bonus points for using two, double-bonus points for using all three). As Linda would say, use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy! – Dan Antion

 

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Several years ago, we saw an advertisement for purchasing ten doors and get one free. It was attractive to me because some doors in our house were painted once in twenty-some years. The walls were painted twice. I wanted to have coordinated colors throughout the house. We took on this offer to replace eleven doors, purchase ten with one bonus. But then when I counted the doors, I realized we had sixteen doors. What? Sixteen doors? I couldn’t believe it.

Well, we picked eleven visible doors in the major flow of traffic in the house to have them replaced. We had to choose the style and color of the doorknobs, the pattern of the door trims and the style of corner pieces of the door trim. We also had to choose the color of the doors and trims. They would paint the doors and trims before installing them.

I wanted the white color. When the salesperson brought in the color chart for white, I didn’t realize there were so many shades of white. We picked one shade of white and kept the can with a little left-over paint. We marked it on the label. Two years ago, when we had another area in the house needed painting, we bought the same shade of white to match with the doors.

Now the house looks better with the same shade of white on all the doors.

 

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SoCS 2019.09.28 – Shades of White

 

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Dishes, Pots, Pans, Silverware

Cee says, “This series I call Photo Ops In Your Own House.  This week the topic is Dishes, Pots, Pans, Silverware.  I know your first question is, do I have to take all photos in my home and the answer is no your photos can be taken anywhere.  I just need to see Dishes, silverware or pots and pans.”

The first photo is the dishes that go with the cups and saucers from last week’s Fun Foto. The second photo shows our everyday use dishes.

I am hosting the Thanksgiving dinner this year. If all the family members show up, we’ll have 28 people. Mercy and Will are coming with their new baby. We’ll have fun. Everyone will meet the baby!

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I use wok for stir frying. I find it easy to cook large dishes with wok. For smaller portion of cooking, we use stainless steel pots and pans. We have used other types of pans, but they are easy to get scratched. The broken pieces may get into the food. After much research, we find that either stainless steel pans or cast iron skillets are safer for cooking. The last photo is self explanatory!

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Dishes, Pots, Pans, Silverware

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Glasses, Cups, Sauces

“This is the first week for the series I call Photo Ops In Your Own House.  This week the topic is Glasses, Cups, Saucers.  I know your first question is, do I have to take all photos in my home and the answer is no your photos can be taken anywhere.” Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

Well, I took photos at home anyway. When we first started traveling, I loved to collect mugs (cups), but eventually I ran out of space to display all the cups. I changed to collect magnets. Here shows my early collection of cups.

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Before I had cancer, I loved to entertain and had formal dinners. There are two sets of nicer China. One is Old Country Roses by Royal Albert. The other is a Chinese set. When I first came to Portland, Oregon as a student forty years ago, my older sister gave me one place setting. I wrapped up the pieces and hand carried in my carry-on bag. The following trips back to Hong Kong, I purchased a few sets at a time, enough to put in the carry-on bag. Eventually I completed ten place settings. The Chinese words on the dishes are 萬壽無疆  (Ten thousand ages without boundary), means longevity.

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For glasses, we have different wine glasses, water goblets, shot glasses, and champagne flutes.

As for everyday use, I have different set of dishes, cups, and glasses.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Glass, Cups, Sauces

100 WWC – Home Sweet Home

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Image Credit: Bikurgurl’s Mother, SandraJune

I still remember the day I came home from the war. Being in the Navy for five years, there was no day that I didn’t think of my Mama and my darling Elsie. I looked at their pictures every time I got a moment, kissing them a thousand times. Never knew if I could make it home to see them again!

The Almighty is good. The war ended, and we came back to California. Mama and Elsie were waiting for me on this dock. I couldn’t run fast enough to hold them.

That was the best day in my life!

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100 WWC: https://bikurgurl.com/2017/04/26/100-word-wednesday-week-16/

52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 4

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This is the “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” Week 4 at Haddon Musings

I have been traveling by air for forty five years, and haven’t missed a flight yet. When the flights were delayed in a significant amount of time, the airlines usually compensate by overnight accommodation, tokens, or coupons. If we miss the flight, that’s another story.

We almost missed the flight coming back to California from Portland, Oregon last Tuesday, March 28. We eventually made it and got on the plane eight minutes before the plane closed the door! I was so very thankful!

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Here is the story. We were leaving Portland last Tuesday. My daughter and her husband went to work. We checked out from the hotel at 11:00 a.m. Our flight left at 5:55 p.m., so we spent a few hours at their house, then took the MAX trains to the airport.

I already went online and printed the train schedule. We needed to take the yellow line to a Transit Center, and then walked across several crosswalks to the red line that goes to the airport. We took the yellow line on time as recommended. After we got off the yellow line and walked to the red line station, for some reason, we were just a few steps short to catch the red line train.

Alright, the train comes by every fifteen minutes; we just had to wait for the next train! My husband said the next train would arrive in 24 minutes due to a 10 minutes delay. I started to get anxious, and looked at the time on my phone every 15 seconds. I sent a text to my daughter about the delay. My daughter offered to ask her husband to take us to the airport. I looked at the traffic and told her that driving could be worse. The 24 minutes wait was like forever, but finally the red line train came.

While we were still on the train, my phone received the boarding notification. I just kept praying instead of telling my husband. I knew if we had no problem going through the security check, we would have a chance to make it.

Thankfully, we had TSA Pre-check, so we went through the short line for security check. Then my husband ran to the gate, let them know that we were there. He had my phone with the Boarding Passes. We finally got on the plane eight minutes before the door was closed.

I sent a text to my daughter to let her know that we made it. She said she was praying for us all that time! God is good!

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You’re invited to participate to share your thankfulness at Haddon Musings.