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IPhriday Photo Challenge: Bloomers

Bridal Wreath Spirea Up Close and Personal

Bridal Wreath Spirea Up Close and Personal

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Iris Time

Iris Time

A Splash of Violas

A Splash of Violas

A Splash of Violas in Waterlogue App

A Splash of Violas in Waterlogue App

A Splash of Violas in Brushstroke App

A Splash of Violas in Brushstroke App

Walking around the neighborhoods the blooms are bloomin’! Here are some of my favorites for the IPhriday Photo Challenge. Bridal wreath spirea produces the loveliest arched boughs of highly scented flowers. In early to mid-spring, this perennial shrub produces clusters of tiny flower head blooms on cascading stems, looking much like a bride’s bouquet! Wouldn’t these color combinations be beautiful for a spring wedding? I’m making quite a collection of notecards with my IPhone Apps, Waterlogue and Brushstroke! If you missed the blog I posted about the easy way to make notecards look Here!  I hope you enjoyed our walk through the village today! Get out there and see what’s going on in your neighborhood for IPhriday Challenge posts!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Tumbleweed

 Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed

Ok, It’s Day 104 of the Color Your World Challenge and we’re looking for Tumbleweeds!  By definition, a Tumbleweed is a plant in a desert that breaks away from its roots and is blown across the ground by the wind. I like this photo, but I wanted to explore the Tumbleweed a little more so I found a site called Tumbleweed Tiny Houses!

 

The Lindin ,Tumbleweed Tiny House

The Linden, Tumbleweed Tiny House

You need a Tumbleweed Tiny House in yourTumbleweed landscape! Both the Tumbleweed landscape and the Tumbleweed Tiny House provide solitude, don’t you think? It makes it possible to breakaway from your roots. But what if you don’t want to breakaway?

Every retired parent should have this to live in, right in their children’s backyard! If the kids need to move, you can just roll away behind them! And I think they should pay for it too! It’s better than a nursing home, your children can keep an eye on you, and when you’re gone they have a backyard retreat!  Perfect! I would never use the upstairs of the Tumbleweed Tiny House either, I wouldn’t be able to climb up there. Let the grandkids have overnights, I’d never leave the one comfy chair in that kitchen! I believe this could be my last tiny house! The size is right, not much to clean or dust, and it moves on wheels! What more could anyone want? But, why does it cost $61,000?

Tiny Houses are the rage here, especially in places like California, where home prices and apartment rental is so high. What do you think about this living plan? Could you live in a Tiny House?

Tumbleweed has been part of the Crayola lineup since 1993. It is known as Moon Rock and Squid Tan in the “Discovery Series,” and Boardwalk, the color for New Jersey in the “State Crayon Collection”.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! 

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

Thursday Doors: April 14, 2016

Prison Door iInside Doge's Palace

Prison Door Inside Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

Today, let’s take a peek at some of the doors in Venice, Italy. I’ve been dreaming of sunny vacations for the past couple of weeks! Venice, Italy is one of those sunny, magical, dream come true spots on earth. But, it wasn’t so sunny for those who were sent to jail from the olden days until 1930.

This prison door has two big bolt locks and the peep window also has a lock! The door is narrow and one would have to be very short or stooped to get inside the cell. The cell is very small and windowless! The prison was attached to the Doge’s Palace, (the home of the ruling duke) by a passageway called the Bridge of Sighs, aptly named because you had to walk from the Doge’s Palace, where you were sentenced by a tribunal, over to the prison. It was your last look at the world, through a thick, marble, trellised window.

Inside Looking Out from Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

Inside Looking Out from Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

 

Looking Up at the Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

Looking Up at the Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

This is the Bridge of Sighs as it looks from the outside. There is a canal between the Doge’s Palace and the Prison.

To walk around Venice you follow very narrow pathways tucked between old buildings. You walk and suddenly the path comes to a dead end at a doorway! It’s easy to get lost or disoriented.

Narrow Pathways Between the Buildings in Venice, Italy

Narrow Pathways Between the Buildings in Venice, Italy

 

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

 

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

 

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The buildings at the main intersections have  arrows directing you to the most popular spots, so you know which way to go to the most familiar sites. Here to cross the street you look up!

Look Up to See Where You Are in Venice, Italy

Look Up to See Where You Are in Venice, Italy

The best way to get around quickly is by gondola! The doors are at water level! Just step outside your place into a gondola! For a post about my gondola experience look HERE! All the photos were taken at close up and personal gondola level!

 

The Water Level Doors in Venice, Italy

The Water Level Doors in Venice, Italy

At the end of the day treat yourself to a sit and a drink! Nothing better than being served by a gent in a white tux! I hope you enjoyed our excursion around Venice! To see all my posts on Venice just click in the tag area on Venice!

The Florian, Venice, Italy

The Florian, Venice, Italy

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Tropical Rain Forest

Tropical Fruit with Coconut Ice Cream for a Tropical Rain Forest

Tropical Fruit with Coconut Ice Cream for a Tropical Rain Forest

I have never been to a Tropical Rain Forest, but if I did go, I would eat grilled fruit! Well, come to think of it, I like grilled fruit, and  I don’t have to be in a Tropical Rain Forest to enjoy it!

I hate trying to think of things to eat every week! It is a real chore, as it seems you eat the same things over and over! Well I experiment a lot now by using an APP called Yummly! I love it because you can tailor the recipes to your particular food likes or dislikes. There are over 1 million recipes to choose from with gorgeous pictures and instructions. When you find a recipe you like you can save it and automatically add the ingredients to a grocery list. The most important feature for me is allowing me to see the recipe, on my list, that I have bought the ingredients for. I used to look through all my cookbooks for particular recipes, make a list, and then get home from the grocery store and not be able to remember what ingredient was for which recipe! Sometimes I couldn’t remember which book I had found the recipe in! What a senior moment! Now, even if I do not get the ingredients on the list, the ingredients do not go away and I can save them for another week and never lose the recipe either! You can look for recipes by Ingredients, Occasions, Tastes, Diets, Allergies, Nutrition, or Cuisine, just to name a few filters. If you wear an Up band you can save the calories and information of the meal to your band! You will know how many calories you consumed with any meal!

You can add other things to the list, like toilet paper, soap, all your staples or anything else, all added to one list. I LOVE this APP!

Summer is coming so it is time to grill fruit! Since I have not done a video for awhile I thought I would share a  Grilled Watermelon Pizza recipe.

There are 25 recipes for this on Yummly! Enjoy!

Tropical Rain Forest is a green color in the Crayola Collection that was added in 1993.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! It is Day 103!

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Timberwolf Walkways

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Day 102 of the 120 Days of Crayola is here! Today’s color is Timberwolf, a gray, brown, tanish color to be sure! These unique walkways were found in Montepuciano, Italy. Montepulciano is a hilltown and these are the shortcuts through the village, from the top of the village down to the lower village. Or you could take the road which circles the village, which is much longer! A little steep you think? At least there is a handrail! This is where I attended Il Sasso, the Italian Language School, one of the most memorable times I spent in Italy!  For a short post about my experience at Il Sasso, look HERE!

Timberwolf is known as Old Man Granite Gray, the color for New Hampshire in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola: Tickle Me Pink

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

 

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

 

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

 

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Day 101 in the Crayola Challenge and today we are tickled pink! Are we excited because it is coming to an end? What a challenge! Or are we tickled pink because we have found so many of the colors? Or are we tickled pink because we have learned so much about the history of Crayola? It doesn’t take much to Tickle Me Pink! I like lots of things, mostly simple! But, I have loved everything about this challenge! I loved sorting through the photos looking for a particular color. I loved researching the history of the colors and the Crayola (Binney &Smith’s) beginnings. I loved learning how much the crayons have influenced our learning skills!  So much to be Tickled Pink about!

My photos today were taken in Venice, Italy! Even the street lights are Pink!

Tickle Me Pink has been a Crayola color since 1993. It is also known as Pulsar Pink in the “Discovery” series, Scruffy Pink in the Hallmark “Ugly Duckling” set, Hedgehog Pink in the Hallmark “Mouse and Mole” set, Giselle’s Pink Dress in the Hallmark “Tales of the Tooth Fairy” set AND Wild Prairie Rose as the color for North Dakota in the “State Crayon Collection.” Whew that’s a lot of pink!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Tan

Doge's Death Mask, Venice, Italy

Doge’s Death Mask, Venice, Italy

Day 100 in the Crayola Challenge and we are looking for Tan? Tan????? I was hoping for something outlandish here! But Tan it is! Tan, added to Crayola in 1958, is also known as Sandy Beach in the “Discovery Series,” and Grand Canyon, the color for Arizona, in the “State Crayon Collection.”

 My photo is of a Doge Death Mask from Venice, Italy. It can be seen in the Doge’s Palace. The seat of the Doge was initiated in 726. While the Doge, or military leader, had great power he was constantly under strict surveillance. He had to wait for other officials to be present before opening dispatches from foreign powers and he was not allowed to possess any property in a foreign land. The Doge ruled for life (although some were forcibly removed from office) After the Doge’s death an inquisitori passed judgement on his acts and if anything improper was found, compensation would be taken from the Doge’s estate. I like that idea, and wish it could be applied to our government officials today!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Sunset Orange

Sun Going Down Over Budapest, Hungary

Sun Going Down Over Budapest, Hungary

I could only find one Orange Sunset in all my pictures, but I like it. This is Budapest, Hungary in the evening light! It is Day 99 in the Crayola Challenge! We’re counting the days down!

Sunset Orange, added to Crayola in 1997, is also known as Panhandle Paintbrush and is the color for Oklahoma in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Sunglow

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

 

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

 

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

 

Morning Light in the Doge's Palace, venice, Italy

Morning Light in the Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

 

Welcome to Day 98 in the Crayola Challenge! Today we are getting some sun and a glow! We are in Venice, Italy! What more could you ask for to get a glow? The sun is right, the colors are right and the mood is right!

Sunglow is a fluorescent color, introduced in 1990. It is known as  Bee-Utah-ful, the color for Utah in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: Icicle Cottage

 

The Icicle Cottage

The Icicle Cottage

About two weeks ago I featured The Green Cottage and said I would be showing more of my favorite landmarks. This is the Icicle Cottage to everyone in my family. It is one of the best preserved and charming Victorian cottages anywhere. Built by John Eli Brattain around 1883 notice the “gingerbread” trim on this home. My family always called this trim “icicles”. Mr Brattain was a woodworker by trade and the trim was cut by hand, so no two pieces of Icicle trim is the same.

The Icicle Cottage Painted in Waterlogue

Icicle Cottage Painted in the Waterlogue App

 

The Icicle Cottage Painted in the Brushstroke App

 Icicle Cottage Painted in the Brushstroke App

I also love the HUGE tree in the front garden and the yellow climber that has overtaken the tree on its way to the top! This tree is a show stopper in the Spring!

A Side View of Icicle Cottage

A Side View of Icicle Cottage

 

THE Tree

THE Tree

 

The Climbers' Blossom

The Climbers’ Blossom

I hope you have enjoyed our stroll around the village today! Get out and enjoy your spot and take a Photo with your phone (or Photos, I can’t help myself) for The IPhriday Photo Challenge!

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