A Photo a Week Challenge: Whimsical

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/10/11/a-photo-a-week-challenge-whimsical/

The theme this week is: Whimsical – IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A WHIMSICAL PHOTO OR TWO.

In my former life as a registered dietitian I met some wonderful people who just happened to be my patients. Our common goal was improving their health through diet and lifestyle changes. Often the greatest challenge was achieving a healthy weight.

One couple – two retired public school teachers – came to see me together for several years for diet/medical issues including weight loss. With varying degrees of success. But always hopeful and motivated. One December they came in with the following gift for me. The Mrs. half of the couple – a former second grade teacher – made a set of “Before” and “After” holiday figures. She told me they represented my patients “before” they started diet counseling with me and “after” they succeeded…by following my advice.

Of course, real life did not always imitate art in this case, but I absolutely loved the sentiment.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Gilded

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/a-photo-a-week-challenge-gilded/

The theme this week is: Gilded – IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF GILDED OBJECTS.

I visited the National Portrait Gallery during a trip to Washington, DC a few years ago. I was fascinated by this painting of George Washington…and appreciated the quote posted above it.

It was displayed beautifully – in what I assume is a gilded frame.

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I was intrigued by the quote – and curious about its context. It is taken from a letter GW wrote to Catharine Macaulay Graham – a British historian made famous by publishing A History of England (Volume 1) in 1763…thereby cementing the belief that a woman could write history.  She was the first female English historian! – and of course there is a blog – Female Historian

Washington’s letter (containing the above quote) is a response to a letter he had received from Graham several months earlier. Very interesting reading.

I realize I have gotten off track from the challenge, but one thing led to another. Or, should I say, one question led to another.

…Since this photo was taken in 2012, the gallery has been refurbished and although this painting is still there, the accompanying quote appears to be gone.

A Photo a Week Challenge: From the Back

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/a-photo-a-week-challenge-late-from-the-back/

The theme this week is: From the Back – IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE ONE OR MORE PHOTOS WHERE THE SUBJECT IS SHOWN FROM THE BACK.

When my children were growing up, one of our many Christmas traditions was making special cream cheese sugar cookies. Mixing the batter, rolling out the dough, cutting out the shapes and decorating with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, red & green sugars. We made bells, candy canes, Christmas trees, stars, Santas and gingerbread men.

Our daughter is older than her brother by almost 6 years, so by the time he could participate she willingly offered her expert big sister help. Even as adults in their twenties, they wanted to continue making Christmas cookies. If possible, together.

I loved the sight of the two of them – for over 20 years – standing in the same place – in the same kitchen…using the same cookie cutters that I used as a child.  I have yearly photos documenting this activity – and my favorites are the ones I took from the back.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Ready, set, action!

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/a-photo-a-week-challenge-ready-set-action/

The theme this week is: Ready, set, action! – A photo or two that features movement of any kind.

Back in the 1990’s my very active son showcased movements of every kind…all day. Every day. When he was 3 ½, I showed him how to dribble a basketball. And he was hooked.

Channeling all that energy into basketball conveniently coincided with the emergence of the 1992 Olympic Men’s Basketball Dream Team. And then, more specifically Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. My son would dribble & shoot for hours and hours with the Dream Team in our driveway. His imagination was active too.
He played basketball all the way through high school and grew to be 6’3″ tall.

In the (35mm) photos below, at the age of 7, he gives his father a workout.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/a-photo-a-week-challenge-water-2/

The theme this week is water.

I have two photos to contribute.

Did you know that summer squash is 94% water?
Even though it (and its cousin the zucchini) overtake local gardens by the end of the summer, I still enjoy these summer vegetables over and over. Sliced, chopped, steamed, roasted…and in a cheese casserole if so inspired.
One day the light was right and the cut squash cooperated…

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…from summer
to winter…

One February morning, I raised the shade and found this!
Water where I didn’t want it….

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