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Blog Hop Around The World

My blogging friend, Patti, who writes A New Day Dawns, recently asked me if I’d like to participate in Blog Hop Around The World. I’m required to answer four questions, then (with their prior consent) nominate three blogging friends to answer the same questions next Monday. Here are the questions and my responses:

How does my creating process work?

As far as creating my blog posts, I usually just sit down at the computer the night before, look through my recent photos, and select a subject.  Some nights, it’s more difficult than others. In nearly four years of blogging, I’ve only published one post without a photo. That explains why I rarely go anywhere without the camera.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Some blogs are themed: they’re about a specific subject, such as cooking or gardening or writing. Mine could almost be a photography blog, just because so many posts are based on a photo or photos. But I usually just really write about what’s going on in my life right now.

What am I working on?

In addition to blogging every week day, I’m also a rubber stamper and make (almost) all my greeting cards. (I do admit to “cheating” once in awhile and sending a store-bought one. Shhhh…)

Why do I create what I do?

Blogging allows me to share my photos and my thoughts. I don’t have a huge following, but the comments left by my readers are so complimentary, they encourage me to continue sharing.

Now, as to the three blogging friends that I was supposed to choose to participate in the blog hop: among my friends that I thought might be interested in doing this, only two were able to play along at this time. They are:

Pam, who along with her sweet ginger cat, Sammy, write One Spoiled Cat. Pam and I have met in person several times, and I consider her a special friend.


Cindy at Mama’s Empty Nest.  Cindy has been one of my faithful readers and commenters for quite some time.

If any of my other blogging friends would like to take part in this, just let me know, and I’ll add your name to the list.

And, in keeping with at least one photo in each post, here’s a sunrise shot from June 11.

sunrise 5-15-2014 6-10-19 AM


~These Days Of Mine~



…And The Winner Is…

You may have thought that I’d completely forgotten about this contest. I published that post back in May about the photo contest I’d entered for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund 2015 calendar.

I’m so very honored to say that, yes, one of my photos was indeed chosen to be in the calendar.  The judges selected this photo for the March 2015 calendar page:

in the wind

You may also recall my contest, offering a not-yet-revealed prize for the reader who thought “In The Wind” (as I titled that picture)  might be the photo the judges chose.

There were 40 comments to that post, and of those, ten selected “In The Wind” as their favorite, or the one they thought would be the judges’ pick. I’ll name the winner of MY contest a little further along in this post, but here’s the prize:

in the wind canvas 12-30-2013 4-02-17 AM 12-30-2013 4-02-17 AM

An 8 x 10 canvas print of the winning photo.

And the winner of the print is:

My blogging friend, Cindy, at Mama’s Empty Nest.  I hope you like the canvas, Cindy, and thanks for being such a faithful reader!

And thank you to everyone who participated in the contest.

~These Days Of Mine~