I spied with my little eye…

BeckyB JulySquares: Perspectives



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.

Now…you’re gonna need an ocean…

Inspired by SixWordSaturday


My husband and I went for a walk yesterday and stopped next to this beautiful patch of nature’s greenery. I make it a habit to look down for unexpected photo opportunities. Perhaps this was one! The sunlight was filtering through the trees…only a light breeze in the air. It looked promising.

However, my eagle eyed husband soon interrupted my concentration…

Look Out!

Me: What?

H: Be Careful. Don’t go near that. He pointed down at the plants.

Me: Why not? (I always ask why)

H: It’s Poison Ivy! See the three leaves!

Me: Are you sure? So many plants have 3 leaves, don’t they? I don’t stop and count.

H: Yes!

Me: Whatever. But it’s so pretty. I have to take a photo. I inched closer. My inner 12 year old really wanted to get a macro shot…but then again there’s that itching possibility.

Fortunately my inner adult took charge. Which was a good thing.

I didn’t end up needing that calamine lotion after all.


poison ivy


Fresh, local and ready to go

Left behind by the tide, this mass of twisted swirls caught my eye a couple of months ago. A week before the beaches were closed to the public.

Looks like an artisan salad to me.

I’d just add chicken.

And balsamic dressing.

seaweed swirl

Or not.

I miss my walks on the beach. But the good news is they will be back open on June 1st for walkers and runners. And hopefully photographers too. 🙂

citysonnet photo a day challenge: Twisted, swirl


Bits and Pieces of the Past

Inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #95: bits and pieces



ticket stubs


I saved these ticket stubs…scraps of paper…bits and pieces from my past. I found them tucked in a drawer, old jewelry boxes and a business card case. Ancient rubber bands barely held some together. I smiled as I arranged them for this photo.

Allow me to share a few ramblings…

I remember…seeing Whoopi – my comedy idol – and waiting in the theater’s back parking lot afterwards hoping to see her.

There was the night we saw Bruce Hornsby and his heartfelt tribute to Jerry Garcia who had died a few weeks earlier.

A concert I never thought I’d attend had been #1 on my bucket list for years: Barbra Streisand. Tied for #1: Carole King. And there was Bonnie – could never get enough of her. And Bruuuuce…you know who I mean. Amazing.

When we took the kids to see the one-of-a-kind Harlem Globetrotters – back in the days of the basketball and Chicago Bulls craziness that consumed our family.

When You’re A Jet….a local professional theater did this fabled Broadway musical justice beyond our expectations. Again, a favorite.

And…Writers! Anna. Elizabeth. Joyce. Sonia. Atul. Inspiring and captivating…they welcomed us all into their world for an hour that went by much too fast.

I shared most of these events with family and friends. In theaters and concert halls both large and small. In New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington, DC. Singing, laughing and can’t-help-but-get-out-of-my-seat dancing…ain’t too proud sweet darlin….

I attended a few of the writer’s talks alone and will admit there was no singing and dancing, but laughing…yes.

Unique memories of a time gone by.

As far as I know, all of these once packed venues are closed for the foreseeable future. I hope that someday we all have another chance to collect more bits and pieces like these.

This song has been going through my head ever since seeing V.J.’s prompt. So in the spirit of live concerts please enjoy…


Where did all the flour go?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touching

…post anything that stimulates or delights your sense of touch.



Fun fact – the grocery stores may run out of regular plain wheat flour, but around here they don’t run out of gluten free flour!

People may be desperate to bake, but lucky for me, apparently not that desperate.

So, armed with “Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour” and a multitude of other ingredients, I tackled a complicated – but exceptionally delicious – corn muffin recipe this past week.

Since being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009, my expectations for success in baking have nosedived…using recipes with as few steps as possible. However I made an exception after my daughter introduced these muffins to me several years ago. I was hooked.

They do have a strange expensive ingredient…Crème FraĂ®che…which can take a bit of searching in the dairy aisle. The container I had bought last month was still sitting in the refrigerator…its expiration date fast approaching.

And it proved to be what moved me to action as the rain poured outside and the light was low.

Having-something-to-use-up is a powerful motivator.

Baking kept my mind off the latest surreal news of the day…with delicious results.




Where the heck is that squirrel?


Dutch goes the Photo: Animals


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Taco & Lutra on the Lookout
December 2019

L: I told you I saw a squirrel!

T: Nope, it was a cat.

L: Hey, this is my house, I know what I saw.

T: Just because you live here it doesn’t mean you’re smarter.

L: Yeah it does. My humans think I’m really smart.

T: Whatever. I’ll give you this one cuz you’re older.

L: Hey! a few white whiskers don’t mean I can’t see.

T: Maybe. Maybe not.

L: Don’t argue with me or I’ll get my little human to chase you…

T: Like I said…whatever…but it WAS a cat.

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



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.