F is for Freeways

Today I’m combining challenges. It’s F day in the A to Z Challenge (I suppressed the urge to publish a blank post with the title “F is for Fuck it”). This week at Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge, the theme is Freeways, Highways, and Expressways.

This first photo was taken while riding on the infamous New Jersey Turnpike. (I recently watched Three Amigos for the first time in forever, so I had to use the word infamous.)

NYC skyline
NYC from the NJTP

This photo was taken last summer in Virginia. You may be able to see the satellite dishes and other communication equipment that are part of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Sunset and NASA Wallops flight facility satellites

This one was taken on a snowy New England road.

Snowy road

These last two aren’t really freeways, but Cee said that’s OK 🙂

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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

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Things That Are Wet: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

shower head

I’m kind of a procrastinator, so here’s my entry for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Things That Are Wet. I took this photo before I went to the hardware store so I would know what I needed to replace when I was there. I always kind of liked the composition, though, even though it was a total accident.

Mossy rocks and the creek in the Delaware water gap recreation area

This is from my post on the Delaware Water Gap.

blue crayfish in pet store fish tank

I saw this little creature at the pet store. More fun underwater friends are here in the post Colorful Ocean Creatures.

water fountain on a sunny day

Here’s a fountain, doing a special dance for the sun.

old town canoe at the lake on beach chained to a fence

Here’s an old canoe by the lake.

Pond with water lillies at the arboretum

This is from the rose garden that I visited last summer.

Things That Are Rough: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

Rough

Here’s my entry for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Things That Are Rough. Some textured bark on a pine tree.

Rough pile of old icy snow

What was once an inviting, fluffy mountain of snow is now a dirty pile of chopped ice. It melts a little each day but freezes again at night. Try to play on this and you’ll slip, the rough chunks of ice scratching your hand as you brace your fall.

Cactus and yellow flowers in New Jersey

I featured this photo of the catci in a recent post about a trip to a rose garden last summer. Thanks to my friend Maria F., I now know their name: Opuntia humifusa. Thanks, Maria!

Bee and pollen on thistle

Here’s a very happy bee on a pointy thistle.

Note scratched into the paint on an old door

This is rough on an emotional level. When I read the note that was scratched into the painted-over glass windows on a padlocked door to an abandoned house, I couldn’t help but wonder about the circumstances. More photos and speculation in this post from several months ago.

Things That Are Smooth: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

Rose petals

Here’s my entry for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Things That Are Smooth. As a recent lucky recipient of some roses, I enjoyed their look, scent, and the soft smoothness of the petals.

Different colors of fiestaware

This image shows some of my everyday dishes, which are Fiestaware. Besides the beautiful range of available colors, I love the feel of these dishes–smooth and heavy, they are sturdy and don’t chip very easily. Plus, I love Fiestaware because it’s an American classic. It’s been around since the 1930s, it’s widely available today, and the manufacturer, Homer Laughlin China Company, started in 1871. I would love to visit them someday in Newell, West Virginia, for a factory tour and a look around the company museum and store.

With help from The Bread Kitchen's video, I did a 5-strand braid!

This was my first attempt at making my own challah. I love working with bread dough, and often find that “kneading until smooth” turns out to be quite a lot of work indeed.

golden delicious, pinata, granny smith, opal, pink lady, gala apples
From top left, Golden Delicious, Pinata, Granny Smith, Opal, Pink Lady, Gala apples

This collection of smooth apples was part of a tasting that we did at home, when it seemed that the grocery store had too many varieties to keep track of. They were all pretty yummy.

Things That Are Cold: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

icicles, rust
This week’s topic for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge is things that are cold.

Snow on a fence and trees

I see a pattern with my images: they are mostly based on the weather. Snow and ice and cold is all I can think about. The temperatures will drop this weekend to their lowest of the winter so far.

snow on trees

I wonder how I would have done this challenge in the summer time? Maybe images of ice-cold drinks sitting out in the sun?

slide, playground, snow

Speaking of summer, it will be nice to get out to the parks and playgrounds again.

snow and ice on the lake with dried grass

Or go swimming in the lake.

dock, snow, ice, night, grass

Or go check out the marina near the beach.

Dried hydrangea in snow afternoon sunlight

Looking at flowers again in warm weather.

snow pile, stop sign

Or even just looking at stop signs without being reminded of snow.

ice frozen to a wall, icicles

But for now, my world is full of things that are cold. And that includes me!

 

Things That Are Hot: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

Campfire for smores
For this week’s Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge, the theme is things that are hot. This campfire made some yummy smores last summer.

Canned spicy peppers
This is a mix of spicy peppers that I pickled and canned last fall. Jalapeños, Scotch Bonnets, and some others that a friend grew but couldn’t remember the name. They sure were hot when I was cutting them up!

Toasting a marshmallow
Another campfire for smores from last summer. I guess that’s all I do in the warm months.

Two mugs of hot cocoa with marshmallows
Marshmallows again. I really didn’t think I ate them that often.

Blue flame
(You could totally toast a marshmallow here if you had to.)

Pink or Magenta Flowers: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

Hardy mums, chrysanthemum
For Cee’s photo challenge of pink or magenta flowers, here are some of mine. I saw these pink mums this fall and it was the first time I had seen them in this shade of pink.

Pale pink hyacinths in a vase
A similar thing happened recently with these hyacinths. I had never seen them in this pale pink before and I didn’t know they grew in a long-stemmed variety.

Hydrangeas in fall
A third recent discovery of mine is that the hydrangea bush (that’s been outside all the years I’ve been living here) turns pink in the fall. I had never noticed.

Japanese cherry blossom pink
But I always notice the cherry blossoms in spring.

pink tulips bouquet
Sometimes you need to get a flower fix at the grocery store.

Lilly and black eyed Susan's
And sometimes they are growing right outside your door.

pink bleeding hearts flowers
Sometimes they are bleeding hearts

Rose wet with rain next to stem of a cut rose
Or broken hearts.

And sometimes…
pale pink peony

…sometimes they are peonies.
pink peony opening side view

Blue and Purple Flowers: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

purple and orange pansies
For Cee’s photo challenge of blue and purple flowers, here are some from the archives. Pansies from the early spring.

Purple morning glory next to celery and tomato plant
A morning glory plant that was a Mother’s Day gift that bloomed in July.

Pink and purple hydrangeas

Hydrangeas in summer.

purple lilacs in vase

And finally, some lilacs that I had close to Mother’s Day.

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Orange and Yellow Flowers

Orange ranunculus
As part of Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge, here are a few photos of yellow and orange flowers. Yellow daffodils in sunshineI took these images last spring and summer. I guess I had intended to post them but never did.

Orange and white daffodil

These images were featured in past posts, but I figured that they fit the theme so I included them too.

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With no flowers outside to look at, the more the merrier, right?

Flowers on a Tomato 'Lemon Boy'
Flowers on a Tomato ‘Lemon Boy’

Even vegetable flowers are worth a second look.

yellow and orange flowers

Flowers provoke so many different emotions. Even the most cheerful colors can lead me to think of things serious and sad. So to wrap up my thoughts for this week, I want to say RIP David Bowie and Alan Rickman, two beautiful voices that will be missed.