Obstacles, impediments, challenges

Obstacles, impediments, challenges

Being human means we are always encountering new challenges. Some inspire us and make us feel energetic and eager. Others are draining. Many times it’s only our attitude that makes a difference but some challenges are just downright miserable and we just have to deal with it.

This brings me to Gigi. She is a rescue dog who had bone-cancer in one leg so it was amputated. With the sweetest disposition for any animal (critter or human), she doesn’t seem to notice her missing-leg challenge. She just hops along on one front leg. Granted, she doesn’t have to get a job, buy groceries or get along in traffic but she is an inspiration. Sometimes, we just have to work with the lousy challenges we’ve got. Gigi is inspiring me to try to maintain a good disposition!

I-70 through Utah

I vote for the I-70 through Utah as one of my favorite routes. The scenery is breathtaking. The mountains are multi-colored and the road winds around to show changing vistas with every few miles. The gorges and buttes and rivers are incredible.

Utah-2016

We’ve just returned from a trip through several states and I keep thinking of this particular stretch of highway. It was so enjoyable!

What we see, what we remember

What we see, what we remember

I find that my memories are stored in my mind as snapshots–quick glimpses of a moment or event. When I reflect on that small window, I then experience more of what happened and re-live the experience. My photos are a way of enlarging those snapshots in my mind as well as reminding me of the wonderful life I’ve lived. I love to share these and I encourage others to remember and cherish their moments and life.

I had a wonderful tea yesterday at the T Room teahouse in Montrose, CA. Here are some of my snapshots and memories.

 

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Guitars & Wood Boxes

Each year the San Diego Fine Woodworkers put on an exhibit at the San Diego Fair and each year I am enthralled with work displayed. This year is no different. There are beautiful lamps, sculptures, furniture and vases but as I viewed the work I became especially intrigued with the guitars and the wooden boxes.

The craftsmanship and artistry employed to make these useful objects beautiful truly adds to the charm of life. Playing music on a lovely handmade guitar is a treat for the musician and adds to the enjoyment by the listener. Storing treasures in one of these beautiful boxes makes the treasure all the more special.

This year’s theme is A Fair to Remember—and I would add that I found the Design in Wood exhibit very much worth remembering.

Beautiful wood artistry

Beautiful wood artistry

Sunflower Thief

Sunflower Thief

The sunflowers are growing tall and beautiful in the Fullerton Arboretum cultivated gardens. These individual plots are an interesting mix of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and they’re full of quirky garden toys and art. This little squirrel snatched one of the sunflowers, scurried up a Sycamore tree, and proceeded to nibble away. He didn’t seem to mind my watching.