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Cee’s Foto Challenge Topic this week is Orange. Those of us who have seen nothing but white lately (snow) need a little color in our lives…thanks, Cee!

breakfast, eggs

smashed pumpkin

I can never miss an opportunity to post my favorite “orange” thing: my cat, Zoee.

calico cat

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In my neighborhood

I’m a little late participating for this week, but better late than never! These photos were all taken on my morning walk.

The day started with some rain; as soon as it stopped I went for a walk around my neighborhood. I like to walk a lot in the spring, despite my allergies; it feels so freeing after being cooped up for the winter. It is lovely to walk often and watch the trees, bushes and flowers change as spring progresses.

walking up the hill

Walking here is bittersweet for me now as I will soon be moving somewhere else. I love my neighborhood because it is a circle: one way in, one way out. It doesn’t cut through to anywhere. No one comes in unless they are coming for visit someone who lives here so it is peaceful and quiet.

We have sidewalks but we don’t really need them. There is so little traffic you can walk on the road.


I can see my house at the end of my walk and feel a pang.

house from afar

Rounding the last corner…

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I’m a couple of days late, but Cee’s challenge this week was to show rainbow colors. I photographed all these objects in my home.

crocheted pillow, colorful

A crocheted pillow my grandmother made for me

colorful cat plate

A colorful cat plate on the wall

mexican art

Sun and Moon art bought in Mexico

We need all the color we can get indoors during the winter months!

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Here’s a photo that definitely fits Cee’s Topic this week.

Concerts on the Common, Boston

Concert’s on the Common “uniform”

What is it, you may ask? When I was in my 20s I was a volunteer usher for a summer outdoor concert series in Boston. This was the “uniform” we wore over our clothes. I had a couple of them, one plastic and one cloth. Getting rid of stuff some years ago I decided I would only keep one. This is it: I figured I can use it for an apron sometime (I haven’t though).

The next couple of photos are MOSTLY red and white (I know I’m cheating a little).

flowers, bench

Red Flowers and White Bench

Moving Vans

Moving vans

It is funny that although the trucks are red and white, the word “yellow” stands out the most!

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The blizzard I just experienced was white, white and more white.

snow, blizzard


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fire fighter teddy bear

Fire frightens me, so I’ve always kept my distance. Although you’ll find no direct fire pictures here in response to Cee’s topic this week, it has relevance for me. For over fourteen years I worked for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a non-profit organization that publishes “codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.” Most of the artwork we had at the organization were pictures of famous fires! We had two antique fire trucks in our lobby! Everyone’s office and cube contained items associated with fire. Here are a few of my items.

Mesa fire truck replica

This replica fire truck was given to me by the fire chief of Mesa, Arizona, while I was on a business trip. Mesa at one time was considered one of the best fire departments in the country, thus the commemorative fire truck.


Fire Prevention week is the middle of October every year (the week that contains October 9th). This was a big to-do at NFPA; we had a week-long “celebration” of sorts with contests and events every day. We received a commemorative tee-shirt every year; this is one of my really old ones.

Fire Prevention Week t-shirt

Then there were the trinkets: mugs, pens, pins, etc; these are just the ones I could easily find. My favorite things in this picture are my two lead fire fighters. They were in my drawer when I started working there so I adopted them! (In case you are wondering, the one with the red hose is a haz-mat guy.)

lead fire fighter toys and pins

My working there always seemed a bit ironic to me — to be surrounded by images and spend so many hours engulfed by a subject that frightened me — but at least I learned a lot of ways to prevent it from happening and to diminish the losses that can result from it.

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Cee’s topic this week is water. But don’t expect some beautiful serene scene from me!

ice stalagmite

You’re wondering what this is? My husband has a pump rigged up with a garden hose to remove the excess water from the top of our pool liner. After it rains a lot we run the pump. Sometimes we forget to shut it off. This time it was on long enough and at the just the right temperature to form an ice stalagmite!

ice stalagmite too

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Cee’s topic this week is timely because it is the holiday season. I never post pictures of my family, but that’s what comes to my mind for the topic today. We just had a Christmas get-together last weekend because my relatives were coming from another state that couldn’t get here on Christmas. This is a picture of my niece and my great-nephew! It makes me happy to be around all my nieces, nephews, and great-nephews and nieces!


Happy Holidays to everyone!


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