365 photo challenge: mountain

Mount Rainier over Tacoma, Washington, USA.

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It’s probably taken me the last 24 hours to climb a “mountain.” Not just any mountain, for it felt as though I was scaling Mount Rainier, what with the monumental effort I had to exert to get to the summit. My friend Sylvia, and perhaps other like-minded seniors, will understand how ominous it is to undertake any task that involves technological lingo.

Reading the book and writing its review for my previous post “the daughter’s walk”…spokane to nyc, were easy. Figuring out the remaining components required to publish my post on Blogging For Books and retailer Amazon.com was excruciatingly painful. My back still aches from the stress. But my mind is still doing cartwheels and handstands from the phenomenal exercise it got. I’m positive I grew trillions of new brain cells that are building new networks even as I type.

Through the many hours that I labored to copy and insert images from Blogging For Books to my blog with the corresponding URL links, and then go through a whole other process with Amazon.com, I probably racked up enough miles for a frequent flier’s trip to Europe, or maybe even Australia. But just as journeying to either destination would require a lot of preparation, so too it was necessary for me to jump through hoops to get everything perfect for publication of my review on Blogging For Books and Amazon.com.

Lesson learned? “Free” doesn’t really mean “free.” Getting a free book required not only writing a review, but having the wherewithall to publish it on 2 other sites besides my own. That is certainly a “no brainer” for someone with the wherewithall. But even though I’m a couple of months shy of my blog’s one-year anniversary on WordPress.com, I still don’t know it all…technologically speaking. I know just enough to publish my posts, and include some pictures. Except…

i did just climb…a “mountain”…so take a hike…alzheimer’s…hugmamma. 😉 

(Note: So now that you know the “behind-the-scenes” story, won’t you read my post “the daughter’s walk”…spokane to nyc and click on “rank my review.” My arthritic back thanks you…as do I!)   

365 photo challenge: faith

 this is the real deal…………………………………………………not an optical illusion

have faith, i tell you…..have faith!………………………………………….hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: fool

This young man is nobody’s fool, that’s for sure. He does love clowning around however.

meanwhile, he’s got the heart… of a prince charming………………hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: clip

Not too long ago, this is where my husband might have gone for a clip and shave.

But for years now he’s been just fine with “Super Cuts,” a no fuss, no muss kind of place.

just like my hubby……………………………………………………………….hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: wonder

Never thought I’d one day see the real thing, when I developed a crush on actor Louis Jordan who starred in “Three Coins in the Fountain.” But I did!

 

and the trevi fountain was truly a WONDER to behold!!!…………hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: action

in st. mark’s square…ready…set…………………………………………………..action!!!

actually, i think this was more action than she could handle…..hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: beyond

Training with New York City’s American Ballet Theatre’s Ethan Stiefel one summer at Martha’s Vineyard, was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence that went BEYOND my daughter’s wildest imaginings………………………………………

and mine, truthfully………………………………………………………………hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: indeed

The definition of INDEED as an adverb – in fact, truly; as an interjection – an exclamation of surprise or skepticism.

have you ever seen more skeptical stares than these?…hugmamma.

what’d i do?…what’d i do?

365 photo challenge: heads

venetian masks to glamorize the fronts of…………………………………. our heads.

did i miss mardi gras?……………………………………………………………hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: loaded

too many of these and I’d be…………………………………………………………………….

OVER-loaded!!!…………………………………………………………………….hugmamma.

365 photo challenge: valuable

Have signed on to My Life in Photos – 365 Challenge. The blog’s owner has invited readers to post a picture a day in correlation to a given word. Today’s word is valuable. I might have cheated, combining my previous post with this one, for my daughter is priceless. Instead, I’ll shine the spotlight upon another who has immeasurable influence upon those fortunate enough to call her mom…my beloved mother-in-law. In her mid-eighties, she celebrated her birthday last week.

A loving woman, my husband‘s mom, whom I also call mom, has taught her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, about generosity, compassion, faith, humility, acceptance, and joy. She has a wonderful sense of humor, laughter coming easily. And she withholds judgment, preferring to think kind thoughts about others.  My husband, the eldest of 12, was blest with the best parenting money could not buy. My husband and I have learned by osmosis, he from his mom, and me from both my husband and my mother-inlaw.

……………………………….valuable……………………………………………….hugmamma.