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Posting a photograph a day in August.

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Day 30 Photography challenge topic (Self-portrait) Queen Poo Pah

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Day 1 of the personal challenge began with a self-portrait and Day 30 ends with a self-portrait.  This one was done as a  joke.


Donate to the Queen Poo Pah Travel Fund - Traveling the World one Dime at a Time.
Fundraising Goal:  50 cents

I'm ending the month with my first bouquet of summer.  I did this arrangement for a friend's 20th year in business celebration.  The company is growing, which is encouraging to hear.

After I took this picture, I tied a re-purposed scarf on the neck of the vase that complimented the flower colors.

Sunflowers Hot Cocoa rose Yellow and pale orange mini roses
I have been housebound for the past week.  This was the first day I was able to drive around so I popped into Amador Thrift's Shop 1/2 sale.  Pictured below is two scarves, one pink and one gold, and a leopard print tank top.  Standing guard is the Romeo, previously part of a Teleflora gift.  Too bad for him, he is about to be de-frocked and sent to the great thrift shop beyond.  Muffy…

Day 29 Photography challenge topic (Black & White)

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This was the most difficult topic of this personal photo challenge.  I thought of just taking an picture of something black and white but I think the true intent was to make an image black and white, as I've done here.


This oak tree is interesting in that two of the branches have melded together.  Zipper also made an appearance in the background.

Day 28 ~ Flowers and a Mad Tea Party

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Yellow gladiolus - my photo challenge topic of flowers.  I had removed nearly all of my gladiolus bulbs to re-do my garden this year.  When these glads came up, I was delighted that they were YELLOW, one of my favorite colors.

I have joined in with Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for her Mad Tea Party, and my party cohort is Mad Hatter Muffy Vanderbear!  Here is a link-back to the Mat Tea Partiers Mad Tea Party 2012.

Also, for those interested, I am hosting a photography challenge for the month of August.  Fun, light-hearted topics to finish out the last month of summer.

How to Treat Elves Morris Bishop
I met an elf-man in the woods, The wee-est little elf! Sitting under a mushroom tall -- 'Twas taller than himself!
"How do you do, little elf," I said, "And what do you do all day?" "I dance'n fwolic about," said he, "'N scuttle about and play;
"I s'prise the butterflies, 'n when A katydid I see, 'Katy didn't' I say, …

Day 27 Photography challenge topic (From a distance) and upcoming Mad Tea Party.

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I was sure I wouldn't be able to capture an image under this topic "from a distance."  Luckily, the deer family showed up to finish off the last of the fallen plums.  It is the first time I've seen the fawns.


Be sure to check out my July 28 post, Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist Wonderland calling ... has created an unusual thematic blog.  I've also popped onto What Jean Likes for her Aloha Friday Hop.


Day 26 photography challenge topic (Close-up)

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This froggy in the tree caught my eye - you don't usually see them chillaxin at the top of a small tree, but there he was.  So he is the day's close-up for the challenge.

Blog hopping at Katherines corner ~

Day 25 Photography challenge topic (Something pink)

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This will be a "few things pink" combination of thrift shop finds.  I present Pink Tutu Troll by Russ (retail $9, TS price $1.50) and the silver-toned pink rhinestone scarf clip in her hair ($1.50) both from the Amador Hospice Thrift Shop in Jackson, California.


My two blooming pink orchids are in the background.  The pink jewel-toned scarf was from the lot of scarfs featured on my Day 15 post.




Zha Zha Gabor and "Pinky?"  




Lana Lobell.




Mamie Van Doren.

Day 24 Photography challenge topic (Animal)

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Pretty, pretty Madeline posed for the 24th day's photography challenge topic of Animal.  

Day 23 photography challenge topic (Sunflare)

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"Sunflare" today's topic and a shot from the garden - Princess Diana pink rose, hot cocoa rose and sunflower.  Also from the garden - some critter, be it wasp or scorpion, stung me not once but twice, one on each foot on Sunday so I spent this afternoon in the emergency room.  Seems I had a reaction to the bites and the infection started up my legs.  Antibiotics, tetanus shot and pain killers later, I am hobbling around with two bandaged feet.  Note to self - wear boots and long pants in the garden hereforward.

Ever have any major run-ins with demon garden insects?

Day 22 Photography challenge topic (Hands)

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Barbie fashionista's hands ~ satisfying Day 22's topic of "hands."


It's Sunday, so I'm chillaxing.

Day 21 Photography challenge topic (Faceless image)

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I've decided to change the challenge topic today to suit my purposes because:

1.  I was not in the mood to do a faceless self-portrait; and

2.  I am large and in charge!

Day 21 photograph challenge topic is "Faceless image."


A four-legged resident of Amador County, California.





Let's do the Hokey Bokeh and TWO sunshines in one week.

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"Bokeh," this photograph challenge topic was a new term for me.  It means areas in the image are out of focus and this picture qualifies.  I was tempted to change the day's topic to "Something Cute" but then I realized I didn't have to.  These two sweeties were at the Goodwill in Sacramento off of 16th Street.  They photographed well but there were numerous chips - ya gotta give them credit for surviving for as long as they have.  I place them as 1950s-1960s figurines.


The reference to sunshines is that I received TWO Sunshine Blogger Awards in one week.


My second was from Gwen of A Little Unhinged, another blogger I met on a blog hop.

Now, if you haven't participated in a blog hop, it is the thing to do!  I tripled my readership in one week and found some fun and interesting blogs.  I will be co-hosting a Blog Hop with her in the next couple of weeks.  

Give a visit to Destiny at Rockin' Mama, a different take on the mommy blog.



AND Shane at Whis…

Day 19 Photography challenge topic (Something orange) and Rural Thursday

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Something orange!  The photography challenge topic of the day, and Mr. VZ's Kubota.  A man toy with a useful purpose.  Doing tractor work for him is the same as commando thrift shopping for me ~ NIRVANA.


Add a tad of feminine ~ something orangeand yellow, yellow and orange.



Lastly, a pop onto the Rural Thursday blog hop ~


Horseplay in Amador County, California.


A Rural Journal

Day 18 Photography challenge (Your shoes) and TSF

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The photography challenge topic - Your shoes, and these are my brand spankin new shoes.  Each year I hit up the yearly July sale at the Birkenstock store in midtown Sacramento birkenstockmidtown.com/.  These are Pikolinos, a brand I never encountered before - very comfortable, the leather color and detailing is unique.


These shoes are included - just for kicks and giggles ....



A jaunt to Eco Thrift meant procuring all of Tami's fav things ~ a brown t-shirt ($1.50) a bag of goodies ($1.50) and a Talbots short-sleeved, lined chartreuse sweater $4.99 (white tags were half off).


Bag of goodies, from the top ~ blue white fur-lined dog booties, three girly doggie outfits (black one needs repair - I'll jazz it up), Build A Bear camo shorts, a pink braided hair tie, and Build a Bear cowboy boots.


Last in the Build A Bear category - a shiny pink formal and, I believe, a headdress from a child's costume.  

I'm scheming on some Pinterest posings for the Muffy Vanderbears.

Day 17 Photograph challenge topic (Technology) and the Sunshine Blogger Award

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I really chafed against this topic, and am trying to stay as true to the suggested challenge as possible, but technology?  What would I photograph ~ my android phone, my laptop?  A low tech old typewriter?  Here then is the equipment room I've set up at work.  This rack system really is nice, and I stayed on topic.


As an aside, I have been "nominated" for a Sunshine Blogger award by Mama's Mumbo Jumbo, a blogger I met through a recent blog hop.  She is a Floridian SAHM.


Doncha hear the angels singing?  
And now for the rules (yes, there are rules ....)
1. Include the award logo in a post, or on your blog page. 2. Answer 10 questions about yourself. 3. Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers. 4. Link your nominees to your post and comment on their blog letting them know about the award. 5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.
Now, for the Q & A...
1.  What would you most like to change about yourself?  
I wanna be a
2.  What is your theme song?       by Rick Ja…