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Weekly Photo Challenge – Work of Art


My Favorite Works of Art

Owl and tapestry

Peyton’s owl and tapestry

Harry Potter

Jordan’s Harry Potter

Frog, 2 fish and cow

One frog, two fish and a sitting cow

Where the wild things are

Peyton’s Wild Thing

Mr. Jazz Man

Peyton’s Mr. Jazz Man

pretty birdy

Jordan’s Parrot


Peyton's majestic buck

Peyton’s majestic buck


As one can see, my favorite works of art belong to my boys.  One can say that my entire house is a ‘Museum de Jordan et Peyton’.  What I have posted above is a small sample from my collection.  Some of these pieces have been previously featured on my blog.

I love them so very much!

May 17, 2014 at 2:14 am 11 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: on the move



grand jete






what better way to move


to fly in the air


fly on the ground?


May 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm 19 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring!



Spring is…

birds coming home!


Canoe Launch lagoon

Canoe Launch Lagoon

Des Plaines River Trail

Libertyville, IL



For me Spring is when the migratory birds return – Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Sandhill Cranes, Swans…just to name a few.

In my eyes, they are stunning!



May 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm 17 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

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Spring Break – 2006

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Spring Break – 2006

When the Weekly Photo Challenge popped into my email, I could not help but giggle.  Sign manufacturing is my line of business, so I see letters everyday – big ones, small ones, illuminated ones, non-illuminated ones, made of acrylic, made of aluminum….We fabricate them, install them, service them….  So, when it came time to pick a photo, let me just say there are thousands to choose from.  I decided, however, to post two photos which hold a very special place in my heart.

Spring Break 2006 – Bill, the boys and I took a cross-country trip.  I suppose you can say it was inspired by Harvard Lampoon’s Family Vacation – minus Clark, Cousin Eddie, Aunt Edna and Wally World.  The photos above really do not require any explanation.  These are two quintessential signs; recognizable by most people, whether you live in the US or not.  I mean… how can one not recognize the Las Vegas sign?


April 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm 9 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – On Top


A Place

on top

Willis Tower in Chicago, IL


A Feeling


Moments after Peyton’s Bar Mitzvah October, 2010



It was difficult to choose only one photo.

A few weeks ago, Peyton and I took Jordan to Union Station in downtown Chicago.  The Willis Tower, which incidentally I still refer to as the Sears Tower, seemed to hover above all that stood around me.  So, I took a picture. 

The second photo really needs no explanation – Jordan on the left, Peyton on the right.  The rosy cheeks on Peyton reveal a moment of relief and pure excitement.














April 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm 26 comments

Daily Prompt: Express Yourself



ponytails trailing from behind

a bun on top

a cut and shave

topped with hats galore!



It seems I have always expressed myself through my hair….

Apparently I was bald as a baseball bat when I was born.  I had a pixie cut until the first grade when my dance teacher told my mom that a dancer must look like a girl and have hair – thus the era of ponytails, braids, buns, twists…….had begun.  It wasn’t until I was married and no longer dancing that I decided to ‘go short’.  My ex-hubs was not happy.   My response: “It is my head and I can do what I want with it”!  That did not fare too well, but as I said, it was MY head. I was the one who would have to carry it around all over the place.  So, the hair stayed short….until Jordan was born.  Being a new mom and unable to do anything but live as a dairy cow,  I grew it out and went back to ponytails. 

A few years later, Peyton was born and triathlon training.  Let’s just say that chlorine, swim caps, bike helmets and running hats do not make good bedfellows.  Also at this time, the ex-hubs was just about officially ex, so I decided to cut the hair – totally – as in shave.  I was not quite a Marine, a #3 blade to be exact.  (training convenience and an act of defiance!)  Jordan was not too happy – he locked himself up in his room for two hours.  Peyton wasn’t sure what to think and, to make a long story, this was the day that I educated my sons in what I like to call a women’s prerogative:)  (I did manage to soften the blow when I told them how cool it was to share the same hair cut as their mom!) 

Fast forward to now… I have kept it short.  I play with the lengths – a #2 or 3 or 4 blade.  There was a short while (oops, a pun) in which I grew it out ‘some’, but found it too taxing.  I had to do things with it and buy extra stuff for it – yuck.  I found longer hair to be a total waste of my time.

In summary, I love my short hair and have discovered I can wear really cool hatsyes, Sydnee Pee’s hats!.  Also, I never, ever, ever have to deal with bed head or a bad hair day.  There is no more fiddling for hours with a hair style or color, no more money spent on gooey gel stuff  and, most importantly, I still share the same hair cut as my boys.  How totally cool is that?

mommy's bucket hat

mom’s bucket hat


photo 2

mom wearing her bucket hat


April 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm 33 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold



behind the wheel

September 2013

  – this is truly THE moment –


behind the wheel of a car!



band boy

September 2012

The first football game of the season – walking to the stadium.  Peyton’s debut in the SHS Marching Band.  Needless to say, he was nervous and not all too happy that his mom was walking right behind him trying to take a picture 🙂


I really could not choose one photo – I love these both.  For me they signify “a point of entering” – there was excitement, nerves, anticipation and, yes, there was a lot of hard work being part of a marching band of over 300 teenagers!


April 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm 30 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life


A street in NW Burbs of Illinois…


walking gitchy

last walk before heading to school

This is ‘the street’.  Syd’s street.  We spend a lot of time walking, talking, sniffing and barking along this street.  On the north side is a farm and on the south side are houses and a pond.  I took this photo last autumn because this was Sydnee Pee and Jordan’s last walk before Jordan left for college.  I remember thinking that my Pnut has grown up and life would never be the same again…

March 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm 35 comments

time to wake up…


no more quiet sleep

the feathered reveille tweets

time to awaken





Lake Defiance – Moraine Hills State Park


ps:  When I shot this photo, I was looking at the various states of thawing.  It was not until I returned home that I saw the ‘closed eye lid’.  Can you see it? (left side, middle of the photo – reflection of the grass in the water).  Don’t you think it is about time for all of this winter nonsense to call it quits?

March 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm 18 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections


A Reflection



once upon a lifetime ago…



living one’s dream



March 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm 12 comments

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