Stream of consciousness Saturday – Adulting

For Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “key.” Use it as a noun, a verb, or use it metaphorically. Have fun!

The key to Adulting – coffee and startling amount of willpower


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Til next time ~May you coffee kick in before reality does ~JP

Silent Sunday – Lovely Lakes

So Lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake ~Edgar Allen Poe

Make your heart like a lake, with a calm still surface and great depths of kindness ~Lao Tzu

This post inspired by Marsha’s Writers Quote Wednesday Water: Lakes

Til next time ~ Life is better at the lake ~unknown ~JP

Silent Sunday – Chose to Chance the Rapids

rafting on the Animas River in Colorado

“Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
‘Til what we put off ’til tomorrow
Has now become today
So don’t you sit upon the shoreline
And say you’re satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide…yes”

Inspired by Marsha’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday #29 – Rivers

Til next time ~Dare to Dance ~JP

Sunday Serenity – A Little Dose of Sunshine

Digital art collage

“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine” ~Unknown

Sunrise at Hart Ranch SD

“May you always walk in sunshine, may you never want for more” ~Irish Blessing

Sunrise over Kapaa

“I prefer moonbathing over sunbathing. I only love the sun in passing during dusk or dawn” ~Victoria Erickson

This post inspired by Marsha’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Sunshine. Take a peek for some sunny inspiration.

Til next time ~October’s comin’ baby ~JP

A World of Beaches – a Sunday Stills retrospective

For Terri’s Sunday Stills Beautiful Beaches. I began this challenge thinking, “oh I got THIS I am a beach kind of person.” I was rather surprised to find that most of my photos are of oceans and sunrise/sunsets over said oceans but not nearly as many shots of actual beaches as I expected. That being said, I did come up with a variety of beaches from around the world. So let’s dive in and get ourselves a dose of “Vitamin Sea.”

“One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”

~Anne Morrow-Lindberg

Watching clouds form at Lake Tahoe

Nothing soothes the soul like sand and water. Here watching clouds form over lake Tahoe.

South Jetty Beach, Florence Oregon

A vast expanse of white beach at South Jetty Beach near Florence, Oregon. No crowds, blue skies, white waves – what more could you ask for?

Resort Beach near Kapaa Island of Kauai

Oh yeah, color that’s what you could ask for color ;-). Here palms and landscaping mix and mingle with with natural sand and coral at a resort beach near Kapaa, Hawaii.

Beach at Kaikoura, NZ

Finally, the beach at Kaikoura, NZ. Snowcapped mountains in the distance, rocky shoreline, fur seal posing for his portrait. Ahhhh *insert sigh*

Til next time ~All that is gold does not glitter – JP

Sunday Stills – Ahhhh Summer Solstice – Again

In Sunday Stills this week, Terri invites to take a look at the Summer Solstice … again. While Marsha’s WQW prompt is June Holidays and Johnbo’s cellpic sunday invites us to get out and USE that cell phone camera! So without further ado, let’s get rollin’.

Little fluffy puffs of goose

Summer Solstice, also known as Litha and Midsummer’s Eve, is nearly upon us. Days are longer, nights are shorter, and the natural world is full of life. I adore Summer Solstice. The celebration of life, the long days, the warm evenings, a glass of iced tea on my deck, watching the goslings.

Young geese

It seems I can almost see them growing in just a few weeks. With the summer warmth and abundance of yummy green stuff, they have transformed from little balls of fluff into sturdy young geese.

Wee-bity bunny

“Life finds a way.” ~Dr. Ian Malcolm – Jurassic Park

A wee-bity bunny hides from the summer solstice heat in South Dakota. He is so perfectly camouflaged he is hard to spot. He was just a bit larger than the palm of my hand. Taken with my Moto g6, cropped and resized in windows photos and paint, yeah I know I’m such a techie ;-).

“Ancestor” metal sculpture Salisbury, UK

Because no Solstice celebration would be complete without some tribute to my beloved Stonehenge, “The Ancestor.” The Ancestor, built by Andy and Michelle Rawlings, made it’s debut at Stonehenge for the summer solstice 2010. It was built of thousands of bits of steel pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle and weighs about 7 tonnes. This shot was taken in front of the Holiday Inn Stonehenge, in Salisbury, UK.


There’s just something about a driftwood covered beach that says “I am Summer, come take off your shoes, dig your toes in my sand.” Here a couple of wild adventurers have ditched their shoes to dance in the waves on the beach near Kapaa, Hawaii.

A feather in the wind Westfir, Oregon

“Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind.”
~Shania Twain

For that other beloved June Holiday – Father’s Day, I offer

“There are things that I’ve forgotten that I loved about the man,

but I’ll always remember the love in Daddy’s hands.”

~Holly Dunn

That’s it from Castle Serenity have a wonderful week ~Peace ~JP