Deserted trail in Zion National Park just after the rain.


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Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 5

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New Day, Old Trucks

Among Cee’s weekly challenges is her Share Your World challenge.  I always forget it’s on Monday so I’m always late. The story of my life. Anyway, here are her questions and my answers.

If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and things stored on them, people or animals), what would you put on it?

Well, my wife is already on the top shelf. And I have to genuflect at her feet every day- which is not easy for a guy with a bad knee. So once I get down there, I usually stay for awhile. The next shelf would have (wait, what? No electronic devices? This is going to be harder than I thought) books, then food and wine! We could change my answer to be wine on the bottom shelf, then food on the second shelf, then books on the third and get rid of my wife, because the rules say no people. But I promise you, she won’t be happy about it.

If you had a box labelled ‘happiness’, what would you put in it?

My wife, of course. But she’s a bit claustrophobic. So it would have to be a big box, at least 750 square feet, I would think. And she’s adamant that there be two bathrooms so she doesn’t have to wait. But I think I have to wait more often than she does!

What do you want more of in your life?

Time and mobility. What’s the good having all the time in the world but not being mobile enough to enjoy it? I watched my grandfather live to be 92 years old but he did not enjoy those last few years of his life when he had to rely on me to take him anywhere and everywhere.

Daily Life List: What do you do on an average day? Make a list of your usual activities you do each day.

Every day I wake up. Go back to sleep. Then wake up again. Every day. Then, depending on which day it is, it will vary. During the week I work. Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays I try to leave early and go to the gym. On the weekends we will usually take one day to go on a day trip to take photos! In the evenings, we go to bed after dinner. Sometimes before dinner. No television as we don’t own one.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last weekend we had to drive into California for a family gathering so we left at 8 am under a beautiful blue sky with puffy clouds. By the time we got 2 hours south, it started raining. Buckets! Cats and dogs! And the gusting winds tossed our car left and right. And the desert sand was pelting us. On the way back home at night it was more of the same. So what am I grateful for? For still being here! In the week coming up? We will be moving on March 1, so most of the weeks before that will be taken over by packing and getting rid of stuff!

Thanks to anyone who read all the way through. I appreciate it!

Prompts and Challenges

Cardinal Rule

On the way to Red Rock Canyon
Calico Basin Road
Fujifilm X-T1
January 29, 2016

Cardinal Guzman runs a year long challenge called The Changing Seasons and the rules are simple. You can read them by clicking on the link above. But, basically, you are to:

“Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. … Just keep the project going throughout the year. Try to shoot every month, so that in the end of the year, you’ll have a nice and diverse set of photos in your portfolio. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

Now, since I live in Nevada, it must be understood that our seasons are summer- when the daily temperature is above 100 degrees- and not summer- when the daily temperature is below 100 degrees. Therefore, all photos will appear to have been taken during the same season. But I promise they will be taken within one month of each post. Also, I tend to believe that posting a gallery of 5- 20 photos at a time diminishes the effect of the photos. So I will usually only post one photo a month. I hope no one objects.

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What one thing are you really glad you did yesterday?  Yesterday was a very lazy day. Unlike a lot of people on the East coast, our yesterday was an almost balmy 60 degrees so we puttered around in our garden. OK, with one slight modification- my wife puttered around in our garden. I worked on processing photos and ran outside whenever called to do something manly that my wife could not handle alone. She can handle most things alone so I was able to get a lot done!

Are you generally focused on today or tomorrow?  I would have to say both. I live very much in the moment and do not worry about what might happen in the future. But at the same time I do plan for the future.

Would you want to have as a guardian angel/mentor? What would they tell you right now?  I’m not sure I understand the question. Would I like a mentor/ guardian angel? I had one growing up. My uncle, who tended to believe in me and give me guidance more than my actual parents ever did. Who would I want to have as a mentor/guardian angel? Well, it would have to be a male as my wife is insanely jealous! And he’d have to be older and not too good looking as I am insanely jealous, too, and wouldn’t want him hanging around the house when I’m not home!

Would you rather live in a cave house or a dome house made out of glass?  It would definitely have to be a cave house as a glass house would afford absolutely no privacy. I don’t even undress until all the lights are off and there’s no full moon. Of course, we did remove all the blinds on the windows onto our garden so we could wake up to the sight of nature. So I have no idea at all.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I am grateful that my wife and I were able to kiss and make up after a stupid argument over the definition of a self made man. The argument occurred last Saturday night, the 16th, and hard feelings continued  into the week! Yes, our married life is like anyone else’s and though I am devoted to her, I can not understand why she can not see everything my way!

OK, so the photo that kicked off this week’s Cee Challenge was taken just this weekend in Barstow California. I processed it while Lynn puttered in the garden!

Now, go visit Cee’s Photography for other challenges every day of the week. Submissions are open to everybody of all ethnicities, political, and religious affiliations!