Visions of Autumn


Travel Theme: Autumn / Travel Theme: Orange

My all time favorite Autumn photos are of my grandkids and daughters back in Spokane, WA.  I’m sure you will agree they are absolutely LOVELY!!!

Grandkids by Allie Hannah Photography - Spokane

Grandkids by Allie Hannah Photography – Spokane

During my recent visit to Seoul Korea I decided to meet up with friends, go hiking and just walk around some of my old stomping grounds.  My walk to Seoul tower brought me through some beautiful hilly areas with the trees just turning amazing colors.  I met a friend in Insadong and just happened to stumble on a dance and parade.  I tried finding out what the event was.. but will have to just label it improv Korea.  I really do love this place.

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The number three and Distance from Seoul


Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.

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As terrible as I am with numbers.. I love them.  I grew up on statistical commercials such as “Three out of four …”

Or, even the commercials that don’t specifically state numbers but use words like more than or less than.

Really powerful, RIGHT?!?

We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.

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My special number is three.  I have two sisters, two daughters, and two grandkids.  My birthday is the 3rd month on the 30th day.  Like a book, I have a beginning, a middle and eventually I will have an end.  I’ve only found three leaf clovers.  “I AM SAM” is sort of my favorite thing to say.  Weird right?!?

But enough of that.  Ailsa’s theme this week was photo’s with numerals.  I also do not take that many photos with numbers in them. However, I actually did on my trip to Seoul.  I hope you enjoy.

Counting …

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A Photo That.. reblogged from August 2012


Well, I usually don’t do this but I’m re-blogging one of my old favorite posts. This post was put together based on a contest that had already passed. I liked the idea so much that I decided to follow the post challenge and submit this blog based on that challenge. It’s still one of my favorite posts and I’m actually inspired to try to follow this idea on an annual basis. It was fun looking back and I want to thank the most recent commenter on this post who reminded me about it. Thank you blueribbonfair…

I hope you enjoy.

The Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shots photo challenge was held in January 2012. I wasn’t blogging back then but someone sent me the link thinking I might enjoy the challenge and they were correct.  The photos highlighted on that site were amazing.  I’m not competing in the contest obviously, but it was just a fun way to go back over some of the photos I have taken over the past few years and see what would fit where in each of the following 7 categories.

Even though I know that the contest is over, and you should also be aware of this, I wanted to participate whole-heartedly in this past contest that will reap me no reward other than my own personal satisfaction.  So here goes. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them and revisiting them.

For the purpose of the contest I had to choose 7 of my own photos, one for each of the following categories:

  • A photo that…takes my breath away

  • A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

  • A photo that…makes me dream

  • A photo that…makes me think

  • A photo that…makes my mouth water

  • A photo that…tells a story

  • A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

I like some of the following blogs for their amazing photographs and style, others for their incredible wit and ability to entertain.  Other’s largely because they offer guidance on some topics I am interested in, like food, travel and photography reviews. Finally, I feel these particular blogs have something to contribute to the blogging world and the world in general.  So in no particular order, here are some of my favorites.  I will probably edit the list to add more, but these are just off the top of my head.  Thanks for reading all.

Emma’s Life UnravelI Miss Me TooUtesmileTahiras,  Beyond Paisley,Where’s my BackpackGrandmother’s MusingsSued 51  

A year of good morning inspirations.. thanks Fran


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Morning on my balcony 2014

Jakesprinter is back in gear and he has been providing some inspirational ideas for blogging.  Inspirational quotes.  It’s been a rough couple of months here with the monsoon and all so I’ve decided to take up the challenge and at least once a week post something that inspires me in the hopes of inspiring you and therefore re-inspiring me.  It just so happened that this morning was the first time I saw the sun and the mountains in quite awhile.

For my first inspiration I am going to combine morning views from my balcony as well as some quotable quotes from a very inspirational friend of mine.  All of the below quotes and photos were taken from her wall. (With her permission) Except for the pictures from my balcony.  She never claimed to be the originator of the quotes and some of them might not even been her that said them … though I believe most all of these have come directly from her heart.

I cannot change yesterday, but what I can change is today.

Heading for a weekend of Cell phone and Facebook free time.  Swimming and chatting with some amazing friends. I could not ask for a better life.

Remember to take, a moment each day to count the endless blessings in your day.

Back in da day

Back in da day

Every single morning I search out this friend’s Facebook page because she never fails to post an insightful thought or word of encouragement to anyone who will listen. Sometimes it’s just a goofy picture of her or her friends and family that causes me to smile.  I don’t think she even realizes how much her words and photos encourage me each day.  Here’s to you Franny… Thanks for just being you and thank you for sharing. Love ya.

Living in acceptance is an amazing place.. Today is the first day of the rest of my life, watch me fly…
Looking forward and not backwards because really, I did not leave anything behind that I truly need today.
Sending joy for your hearts my friends and family…

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

What you would never guess about Fran by reading her posts, quotes and well-wishes is she that she is a survivor.  Every time I see her or chat with her online she is living proof that no matter what goes on in your life there is hope. You, and only you can really make a decision to save yourself.  She never shirks accountability and is humble enough to share her joys and sorrows.  Though she does focus more on the first then the last.  She INSPIRES me on a daily basis. I cannot, for even a second believe that I am the only one who is inspired.  Now that’s inspirational!!!

Just taking a moment to reflect on the blessings that life gives me each day. Friend’s traveling to see one of the great wonders of our state Coulee dam. . And the moments we take on our own deck enjoying the gifts from my children. Oh and the time spent checking out the chickens with a special grandson after a good night rest.

I never want to lose sight of these moments and countless blessings.

So take the time to seize the moments in your life.
The blessings are truly endless.
Women's Fun in Recovery Bonaparte Campout.

Women’s Campout.

Posting July 17 –

I love this post because I lived for a long blaming others for decisions I had made. Today I know that have been blessed with the ability to make choices that I can own and live with every day..
So the message; I leave you with today, turn right, or turn left. Take one step back or two steps forward.and before you know it you will see all the blessing left by you making your own choices.
Life is amazing.

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Posting from Fran July 28 – her birthday.. just one more day, month, year to be thankful. Thanks for the reminder.

Thank you all for the wonderful Birthday wishes. It truly means so much to me. I had the best day ever. For me it was about not making it about me. So many times in my life I would fill my head with great expectations only for none of them to come to light.

So yesterday was about spending time with the women that help me learn to live life on lives terms. Then it was like magic my boys called to wish me a happy birthday I do not know how they knew when I would be home but there timing was impeccable.

I never could have dreamed of the life I have today. Thank you all for being a part of my life. I am truly blessed.

She’s a woman who loves life, her friends but especially she loves her family.  I mean don’t we all. However, do we all express it so well?

My sister just posted pictures of my son’s at state finals. Not only do I have amazing boys. I have an amazing sister that captures the true love of horses that my sons have for riding and competing.
Thank you sis…… I so so love you and the time that you put into these amazing pictures. I could never put into words what this means to me.
Thank you again…
Congrats to my boys and the amazing men they are… If you click on this site and go to the album marked M and B Lyngstad you can see my boys and how handsome and amazing they are…

WOW Sorry about the ego but they are my boys…

So thankful to my sister that captured such great memories. I am a very blessed to have such handsome and kind son's.

So thankful to my sister that captured such great memories. I am a very blessed to have such handsome and kind son’s.

Some people are blessed with one sister,

maybe two… I am so lucky, I got three!!! And let me tell you, they are AMAZING!!

Love my big sisters!!!

WOW my sisters look great. What a blast from the past. High school days so many years ago.

WOW my sisters look great. What a blast from the past. High school days so many years ago.

Beautiful family and beautiful sister love.

Beautiful family and beautiful sister love.

For flash back Thursday I’m reminded of a true cowboy my daddy. I laugh because turned the TV low and behold gunsmoke is the first thing I see is Matt Dillon riding a buckskin horse.

See my daddy was like Matt Dillon kind loving and oh so handsome. Days may come and go but the love of my daddy will never fade. Just as the reruns of Gunsmoke.
So my message today is people my leave our lives but there memories will forever last in our hearts.

For flash back Thursday I'm reminded of a true cowboy my daddy. I laugh because turned the TV low and behold gunsmoke is the first thing I see is Matt Dillon riding a buckskin horse. See my daddy was like Matt Dillon kind loving and oh so handsome. Days may come and go but the love of my daddy will never fade. Just as the reruns of Gunsmoke.  So my message today is people my leave our lives but there memories will forever last in our hearts.

This morning as I came up the stairs and the aroma of corned beef filled the air. I was magically transported to days of yesterday. Days of my daddy cooking for the ones he loved. Uncles cousins, grandkids, kids, grandma, and his friends countless to go boxes and pounds upon pounds of corned beef and cabbage, baby red spuds.
I guess should say the best part of the day was the joy it brought to my dad. His eyes would sparkle and his brows would curl up in his devilish way and he would laugh the whole day through.
So many times we forget that family and friends are the glue that pieces our lives together.
So today I challenge you to pause and thank some of the glue that has bonded your life together.
Thank you . Sending you blessings from my heart to yours.

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 Its because the kids just make me smile... Nothing better than time with them...

Its because the kids just make me smile… Nothing better than time with them…

I am still missing a few pieces of my life, but what I have put back together is more amazing than ever.
So just always remember piecing your life back together can mean positive changes. Take the time to put the pieces back one at a time, and you will never regret the process.
Sending joy and happiness to all my family and friends.

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

Well on this my friday in the office day.. My heart leaps as, I await the arrival of my son for the evening.
Its amazing, no matter how old my children get how much my love grows for them every day… I am such a blessed woman and so grateful I can see what a blessing they are in my life… This is something I never want to forget.
I wish this blessing for all my friends and family. Sending love to you and the ability to always see the countless blessings in your lives…

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So if nothing changes, if nothing changes. Its again time to take action…
Life is about change. What are you willing to do? Are you willing to go to any lengths for that happy ending to an amazing day.
Looking forward to change………..

I feel like I know her family as well as I know my own .. I know I don’t but she’s such a proud mother and is not afraid to express it.  I love this and it’s a reminder of how we should all treat all of our family.  Thanks Fran. Don’t ya kind of want to hang out with them?

Counting the endless blessings in my life this morning.. After a weekend a way I see my beautiful niece will become a bride oh what joy that brings to my heart to see her filled with joy.. I see a picture of my son and his father riding hand in hand and the tears of joy of a bond that can never be broken.
Sometimes in life its not about what we get to do, in life, its the simple joys of seeing life in action in others. Hearts that go pitter patter, or the love between a father and a son… Again the endless blessings and joys of life that make me so so grateful for the gifts I have been given….
So just for one moment today look outward, find the joys of others, give some joy to another and at the end of the day take that moment to count the endless blessing and the gift we have been given…

From Childhood to Adulthood, no matter the change or struggle Fran has known how to have a good time.

Happy Halloween.. to the ones I love..

People laugh at me when I tell them this is my favorite holiday but as far back as I can remember Halloween was the day you got to be anyone you wanted to be or not be.

The days we laughed at the memories of my mom making us eat the hot dogs and sauerkraut that I love today before we could go out trick or treating.

It was a time to come together as a family laugh see good friends and see pure sugar joy on the faces of children and adults.

In my memories will live the days of the pack of little skunks, the herd of cow’s the package of oreo’s and one giant glass of milk, the pumpkin patch. The year the we had the entire cast of the Wizard of OZ.

And truly what is more cool then an inexpensive meal that feeds the soul and does not kill the pocket book. The love of family when we come together to laugh and watch kids grow up. I wish all holidays could be so amazing.

I hope that you all have an amazing Halloween and take the time for a meal with family and watch the children grow and laugh…

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Living in the here and now.. Because if I trip over what tomorrow may, or may not bring. I am screwing myself of all the blessings I can truly receive in today…
So pardon me; as I head out to enjoy the amazing gifts, of watching the tree’s turn from green, to the amazing colors of fall. Then I am going to jump in my car and head out to see some amazing friends in Arden for some reading and laughing…
I am still free today to make a choice to live just for today…
Sending the gift of choice to you my friends and family.

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Posting from Fran Dec 2013

As time passes it doesn’t get any easier. Today would have been mothers birthday and I’m having a tough time being without her today. Tears have come and gone all day. My mother was an amazing woman who would have given anything she had to some one in need. She was tough when she needed to be soft and sweet when she thought you weren’t watching. I love and miss my mother everyday! Happy Birthday Mom! Celebrate in Heaven!

Memorial to Fran's mom

Memorial to Fran’s mom

My own mother passed in 2005.  Every year, especially around Christmas I really think about my mom.  This particular post inspired me to express my feelings and properly grieve for mom.

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

This morning was absolutely full of blessings…I have not gotten kids off to school in forever let me just say starting your day baking muffins and making sausage and eggs.. Brushing a little one’s hair and find a solution for the child that does not have just the right shirt to wear for the day..
These are truly blessings that can not be erased. Oh I would in a minute go back to raising children all over today to have these blessings every morning..
Life never has to be full of the things we have to do. We can pause and reflect on the things we get to do.
I know, I can not turn the clock back to change the past. I can look forward to the future of Grandkids and and the little people we get to have in our lives to love for free and for fun…
So my message today, is take a moment, to enjoy the blessings that just magically appear out of no where.
Have an amazing weekend all…

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

No matter what never judge the nut by its shell because you never can tell what it may be later in life…

539114_10151196144476322_1976457422_nMy hair may be gray..I may not look like a supper model. I have joy in my heart. As far as I can tell thats enough…
Remember we are all different,

we just get to be who we are nothing more nothing less.

Sending happiness and much joy to the ones I love…

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 Life is like a book of endless chapters. In the last few years I have opened and closed many chapters of my life. Which has shown me the way of growth and faith.

The best part is I could have never predicted all of the amazing blessing’s I have today. I am not talking about material things I am talking about the things that matter the most in life. Love…. Faith….. Trust………..

Morning on my balcony

Morning on my balcony

Imagine if you can.. this was only about one year’s worth of inspiration…

If you want to share an inspiration quote or link.. I would love it.

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A Tale of Two Cities – Spokane and New York City


Ok.. so I love my job.  I love my life.  I am blessed with it all.  However, I’m still a little homesick and sometimes envious of so many of my friends.  Maybe it’s Facebook’s fault.. seriously.  There is a thing called Facebook envy.  This is something that revolves around how our self esteem and even our happiness is negatively affected by spending so much time looking at the perfect lives that our friends and family are projecting on this and other social network sites.  Everyone I know seems to be spending their time with family and long time friends. everyone is having a great time and toasting the holidays.

Realistically we all know that we all post only the best portions of our own lives and our best looks on social media.  Even knowing this, I can’t help but feel a little sorry for myself on a bad day and wish I was also hanging with my family and friends. (Picture me stomping my foot, pouting or throwing myself on the couch and crying about how everyone in the social media world is spending so much lovely time with their family and close friends.)

The Daily Post’s May 5 prompt “A Tale of Two Cities” made me go back and look at my favorite places in the world and I finally narrowed down the two places I would split my time with if I could only split my time between two places.  In fairness it only took me about all of 2 seconds to decide on these 2 places however, it was fun looking back at all of the places I have been.

My first choice is an obvious one.  Spokane, Wa because that is where the majority of my family is.  Spokane is where I grew up and where I finally returned to raise my kids.  Spokane is the place where I always wanted to leave but always love returning to in order to reconnect with friends, family and just the city.  I especially love Spokane in the Summer.  My city has a beautiful river that runs through it, a giant park in it’s city center that was once a rail station and became the home of the 1974 World’s Fair which ended up transforming the city.  (World Fair Spokane, WA) It was the smallest city to host the world’s fair and it was also the first to focus on environmental issues rather than on futuristic themes.

Then:

Now:

Other events Spokane is now Known for:

BloomsdayLilac FestivalArt FestHoopfestPigout In The ParkSpokane Interstate FairFirst Night Spokane

My own personal visions and memories of Spokane.

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My second city would be New York.  I love it so much that I have actually been requesting it adopt me.  I love New York for virtually the same reasons I love Spokane.  I have a variety of friends and family living there.  Every trip I have taken there has been loaded with fun and great memories.  New York will always hold a special place in my heart and mind.  Even if it doesn’t adopt me. Though I don’t know why it wouldn’t.  Maybe there is a law against it.  I’m not sure.  I do love New York and I love my friends and family who live there.  There is always something going on in New York and always someone who is willing to do it with you.  Whatever IT is.

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  6. Life is Great
  7. New York and Pennsylvania
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