I spied with my little eye…

BeckyB JulySquares: Perspectives

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I almost missed witnessing a clandestine dewdrop convention during a walk last week. Fortunately a glint of sun caught my eye…stopping me in my tracks.

What is that?

I carefully trespassed a few yards onto an expanse of lawn to investigate. Nobody was out and about…so I was safe to proceed.

First look:

drops far back

How the heck were those drops hanging there? No signs of a cobweb that I could see.

Gotta get closer.

Second look:

drops closer

Maybe…it really was magic.

Third look:

drops floating

Yup. Magic. That explains it.

So Many Tops

BeckyB April Square Tops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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Nice blouse!

Thanks, but…um…no this isn’t a blouse…

Nice shirt?…

Well, not really…

Then…what?

It’s a TOP.

So how do you adequately explain what isn’t a blouse or a shirt exactly? I never could figure that out.

Perhaps it’s a gender thing. Not something I ever prefer to default to. However…

Defining a top is harder than you think. Especially to a guy whose wardrobe basically consists of: button down shirts that go with a tie, mock turtlenecks and short sleeve T-shirts. Technically, not a top to be found.

Whereas, I have plenty of examples….so fortunately explanations are no longer necessary. 🙂

tops
Tops Collection

 

Perched On Top of the World

BeckyB April Square Tops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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gull on top
Hampton Beach, NH
March 2020

A chilly day at the beach a month ago…which now feels like many months ago.

A seagull surveyed the beach from the top of a light pole. Most likely looking forward to the return of warm weather visitors. Tourists settled in canvas chairs. Books open. Umbrellas up. Sand castles under construction. Spreading their beach towels on the sand…along with an endless supply of sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

This seagull and its buddies are going to be waiting longer than usual for their pick of the leftovers this season.

Sweet Topping

BeckyB April Square Tops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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More chocolate chips Mom…

A common plea…when I assembled the topping for our annual Christmas Morning sour cream chocolate chip coffee cake.

The sugar & mini chocolate chip & cinnamon mixture is first sprinkled between layers of thick batter carefully spread into a tube pan. The remaining is saved for the top.

A recipe is a recipe. Everything measured in cups, tablespoons and teaspoons. A scientific blending of ingredients designed for baked deliciousness.

Would too many chocolate chips weigh down the inner depths of the cake? Causing it to bake unevenly? As the sole family member with a food science background, those were my (and only my) concerns.

I am happy to report that nobody ever complained about the results…one way or the other.

coffee cake
Coffee Cake Topping

And I never had a satisfactory answer to the eternal non-scientific question:

Is it ever really possible to have too many chocolate chips?

Take it easy as you can…

BeckyB April Square Tops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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Guitars have a top, which I always figured was actually flat. You know…the part with the hole in it. That’s as much a I thought I ever needed to know.

Well! Apparently…some guitar tops are NOT flat. Who knew?

Jazz guitars have an archtop! And there happens to be one living in our condo. It is part of my husband’s collection – and according to him (a folk musician) – it adds another “voice” to his repertoire. In guitar speak that has something to do with the top’s curve and the deeper mellower sound it is capable of producing.

For such cool classic songs as Take Love Easy and When Sunny Gets Blue. Which he has played many times with beautiful results.

This Epiphone Zephyr Regent Archtop Electric Guitar (with a sunburst finish) was purchased in 1998.

archtop
Epiphone Zephyr Regent Archtop Electric Guitar

 

Pop Tops

BeckyB April Square Tops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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I was stuck indoors on a recent rainy day.

One lonesome forgotten can of beer left in the refrigerator. Craft beer no less…probably past its expiration date. But…no matter. It still served as a welcome diversion as it qualified for the April squares challenge.

It had a pop top on its top.

So here goes.

 

Side note:
At least pop tops now remain attached to the cans. We don’t have to worry anymore about stepping on a pop top when we blow out a flip flop…

(Thank you Jimmy Buffett…)

I Want To Hold Your Hand…

BeckyB April SquareTops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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In the pursuit of distraction from our current surreal life situation…

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Does anyone remember those Mop Tops?

The four young men who burst upon the music scene in the 1960s with Long Hair! (Scandalous!) Their nickname – the term for a “bowl” haircut – made this hairstyle a popular choice from then on. Much to the dismay of parents everywhere. Mine included.

I was a very excited 9 year old when The Beatles released Meet The Beatles. It was the first record I ever owned (and, yes, I still have it).

But I was even more excited to receive my very own “Beatle Doll.”

I still have that too, along with one of his bandmates – Ringo – tucked into a box labeled “Memorabilia” along with a stack of tattered black & white Beatles cards and a poster.

moptop
My very own Mop Tops
The surviving Beatles: Ringo and Paul

Yvonne, a family friend from Switzerland, gave me the Paul doll…as he was considered the cutest and therefore the most popular at the time. My new “Beetle” doll (as I spelled it) was the highlight of a diary entry and accompanied me to school the next day.

George, the often overlooked “quiet Beatle” was actually my favorite.

Apple Tops

April marks the beginning of a new squares challenge from BeckyB at The life of B

…I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph,

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I am hoping that an apple a day keeps the coronavirus away.

Maybe yes, most likely no.

But why not give it a try?

After being thoroughly washed and scrubbed, these four apples posed for a photo…cooperating to form a perfect square.

Their tops all shiny…clean…and virus free.

apple square

 

A Twilight Goodnight

BeckyB JanuaryLight…square photographs of words ending in light…

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I couldn’t let January squares finish up without posting one of my favorite light photos (with a few streetlights joining in) from a visit to Washington DC last month.

twilight

Evening twilight…those minutes before day becomes night…offers up colors in the sky you won’t find at any other time. Cloud cover, or lack thereof, only adds to the mix…filtering what’s left of the sun as it slowly disappears.

Momentarily leaving behind a unique palette…showcasing a truly peaceful twilight zone.