Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of doors, knobs, drawers, cupboards, etc.



What will you choose to share?


Spring 2016 China 076


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In Chicago


Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee in person, we’d wouldn’t be at my favorite Starbucks in the downtown of my town. They closed it. I’m sure it was profitable because it was always busy, but maybe it didn’t make as much money as the more sterile locations. I’m not sure where we’d meet, but now in Illinois eateries and cafés are open as long as they only have 25% occupancy rates.

Life goes on. Most days are like every other day.

I was supposed to go pick up books I’d ordered from the library. They just opened to allow people to check out books. Unfortunately, I was busy working and didn’t remember my appointment on Saturday so I missed out. I had to make a new appointment and this coming Friday was the earliest time. I’ve set an alarm so I don’t lose track of time.

Once I pick up my library items, the sooner I can see some movies. I’ve been watching too much news, though we do need to be aware of what’s going on. I’m reading two good books, but it’s hard to read as much as I like. There’s something about the lockdown that makes


Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge



For this weekly challenge Xingfu Mama will make a post every Friday morning. To play along: Create a post with a photo of places one sits or might sit, or art about sitting, and maybe a little background or story about the spot or a picture of the view.

  • Add a tag “Pull up a Seat”.
  • Add a link to your post in the Pull up a Seat comment section, either by writing a comment with your URL or by creating a pingback.

Painting in a Gold Coast art studio, 2018

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Come join the fun!

Sculpture Saturday


Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Every week, the blogger at Mind over Memory hosts a sculpture photo challenge. It’s quite free-form allowing bloggers to post photos of any sort of sculpture they like.

I used to go to the Shedd Aquarium once a summer for its Jazzin’ at the Shedd. With CCP Virus I doubt I’ll go this year. It’s a shame because this evening event was so much fun. Held on Wednesday evenings, it was a perfect place to see the mid-week fireworks display. Alas, that too has been canceled. I hope next year it’s open.

If you want to join the fun create a post featuring a piece of sculpture and link it here.

Sepia Saturday

Three Girls Taking Tea : SEpia Saturday 526

Every week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share images based on a photo. This week we’re challenged to find photos inspired by this photo of three women who seem to be having tea or a picnic on a nice summer day.

I went over to Flickr Commons, which features archived images from all over the world and chose these photos.

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Seurat could have made a great painting of these folks.

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Source: Mennonite Church USA, n.d.

It looks like the 1940s or 50s. This family was in Argentina. Perhaps they were missionaries.

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Source: Provincial Archives of Alberta , 1943

A family having a roadside picnic.

If you’d like to see more Sepia Saturday interpretations, click here. You’ll be delighted with the posts.


I’ve missed the Starbucks in my town’s downtown. It doesn’t have a drive through, but it’s located in a spot with other eateries and shops. It’s a spot where people of all ages can easily bike to. I was at the Dollar Store yesterday and walked over to the Starbucks to read a sign I saw on the door.

I was hoping to find out when this hub for conversation, meet ups, homework, and creative writing. A knitting group would meet weekly to make blankets for the needy. The staff was usual cordial.

Instead I saw a sign that this location was permanently closed. It said we should go to the Village Square. I wasn’t sure which strip mall was the Village Square. I’ve looked it up. It’s a strip mall adjacent to the expressway. It’s on a very busy street which no kid should be riding a bike along. It’s surrounded by other strip malls. It just isn’t a good replacement. There are loads of Starbucks locations, but many are cold and designed for in and out service.

Now we’re still locked down and not able to sit in a Starbucks even though our state has moved to a new CCP Virus phase when an eatery can have 25% occupancy. I believe we will return to eating inside eventually and when we do people will want a place to chat with friends, to study or write in a café or to plan for small business, knit or what have you. This change was not well thought through.