SEASONS – SETTLING IN JULY (10-13)

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Join the fun Sunday July 10 Wednesday July 13 till 7 pm, Pacific time

LOVE all your beautiful photos you link up to SEASONS every week, and all the inventive, witty and thoughtful posts I read between Sunday and Wednesday evening!!
I appreciate the openness with which you allow others
to be a part of your life:)
What I really like is that there is no one-upmanship here, no vying for a first position – it’s fun just to share!

Am still living in the haze of last week’s 4th of July celebrations, On the other hand also mourning for five policemen being killed in Dallas last week.

 

This week it’s real. My first pic took 4 times, to load up –
next week’s SEASONS will be at http://Artworksfromjeshstg.wordpress.com

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Several of you shared your vacation/fourth of July celebrations, so it’s only fair I share some of mine. My first choice  was a small town parade, but we could only find one at 7 pm, right before the fire works.  My sense was that the parade would be a marching band, so we ended up going to Old Town Sacramento. The original swing railroad bridge which had a facelift to accommodate the doubling of the Sacramento population(see Wikipedia)and has these pillars on both sides of the Sacramento river. This version of the bridge is a vertical lift bridge and was opened in 1935. It had a paint job in 2001 in gold to match the capital building nearby.

 

 

 

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Old Town is kind of touristy/  You can imagine, with my previous job, I automatically observe people, but often it’s the kids who crack me up. This one looks like he’s going to be a police man, or a mayor. Anyway, he is going to have a VERY IMPORTANT JOB!

 

 

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The day before, we went to the Farmers market (another people watching place, when I’m not taking pics),
we saw this – is it pink broccoli? Anyone?
This is the color straight out of the camera -no photo edits!

How did your week go?

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A SECOND BEGINNING

WEEKLY BLURB: this is my next-to-the-last post before I run out of space on this blog. Click on my follow up blog  on Thursday July 21 and after at ArtworksfromJeshStG.wordpress.com (no capitals needed)

Back to a new beginning, because ABC Wednesday is back to A! In my family son and son-in-law have a new beginning – as in a new job, after their 2nd study/training.

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THE GOOD: Sittin’ on a bench and let the world go by, sounds good to me, right now!
Trees & Bushes, Reflections, Mundane Monday

 

 

FlowerMix_0983THE RANDOM: Didn’t think I would use flowers for another kind of subject,
but “Bits and Pieces” of My Beautiful World  is perfect in this sense.

 

 

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A sturdy fence is needed since the rail road is a little lower. A big Door opening to the crab shack in Old Town Sacramento – wonder how they close that one at night! A roll-up door?

 

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There are a whole series of windmills in Kinderdijk, Wil Fr.W., a Dutch blogger who is on the ABC -Wed. team, took us to when we were in Holland. The interior – the miller’s house – of this one was open – we had a great time together! Here you also see the Dutch right-white-blue flag  with horizontal stripes. The French have the vertical strips.

Fri Hunt: Begins with: Beginning (title post)
Favorite: birds on rock
Patriotic: Windmill Kinderdijk*

 

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THE FUN: These birds at Southern California Coast are calling out to me from my lazy bench, “ALLEZ” meaning in French, “Let’s Go!” (for ABC Wed., Water World, Sat. Critters)

 

Tell us something about your summer

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SEASONS – photo link is open Sunday July 10  to Wednesday July 13  till 7pm, Pacific time

 

Thanks to all the Hosts

Little Things  *  Good Fences*  Floral Friday Foto  * Thurs. DoorSky Watch*
Todays Flowers* Fri Photo Journal * Fri Greens * Weekend Reflection * Fri Hunt  *
Maleviks Rosen*  Pink Saturday  * Sat. Critters  * Our Beautiful World  *
Randomosity  *  Blue Monday  * Mundane Monday* Our World  *
Trees & Bushes * Nature Notes  * Tue Treasure  Tue Texture * Tue. Travel *
ABC Wed. –  A *  Water World  * Outdoor Wed. Communal Global  *

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SEASONS -CANT BELIEVE ITS JULY

The title for this SEASONS’s post I borrowed from R. MacWheeler  (see side bar for his newest book) who gave me this comment:):)

SmallSeasons2SpringSunset_4269 copy  Hello Season’s Bloggers  Sunday July 3 – Wednesday July 6 till 7 pm, Pacific time

HAPPY (BELATED) CANADA DAY AND HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
My new URL (when I run out of space here) : http://artworksfromjeshstg.wordpress.com

On my blog post (Up the Fourth of July -below- you can read more of what many Americans do on a day like that).

Summer started  … Hotter than I expected, because last Wednesday I couldn’t see the Link list of SEASONS (sorry if you were not able to link because my weak internet connection), because there is a big fire (350 acre, already people evacuated)  close enough that it effected our internet connection. This fire is caused by arson.
The second day of this fire the Scoopers (planes that drop fire retardant) could not fly because there were too many drones in the sky – are you kidding? Heard that there is legislation in process to prevent this – because lives and homes can be at stake here!
The fire is why I’m posting this SEASON early, and the Linky list should take care of itself.  The fire is too far away to put us, or our house in danger, so don’t worry if you don’t get a comment back from me right away:)

 

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Star of India in San Diego

 

 

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Upstart Crow – coffee and books in Seashore Village, before Starbucks ever was around.

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SEASONS – A VIRTUAL VACATION (end of May)

SeasonsSmall2WidgeBlueYelSunset_4269 copyHello SEASONS Bloggers,

This Sunday is in memory of the fallen soldiers in the USA, called Memorial Day Wow, this has come such an international site- love the many comments on your favorite kind of vacation/holiday. This and next week you can show a photo of this (your photo can be from another season)!

As always, the above is a suggestion and you can do a totally different subject. Visit some others after you linked -really worth seeing their whole post!

 

For you at blogspot – if you comment by clicking on the “cloud” top right, your comment will not show on the bottom, (I see it on the top though).

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When you travel things do not always work out! Last time in Europe, at the museum of  Matisse, we hardly saw anything , because they did an overhaul for a new show in August. The guard we talked to, suggested jovial, “Well you can always come back next year!” We looked at each other, knowing he thought we were Americans, and all Americans are rich (haha), so we responded, “Maybe!”

Instead, we went across and had some fresh pastries and Tonic with lemon in the shade on the lawn (in Europe they drink Tonic as a soft drink). Nice (pronounce: Niece) is in the South of France at the Mediterranean sea. Similar climate as California, many of the same plants and flowers.

 

 

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We can’t always have what we want, so now I rather be … painting a water fall on the right (Bridal Veil Falls) or a nature spot – 3 1/2 hrs. away. If I’m not mistaken these are the Cathedral mountains in Yosemite National Park

 

 

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Or somewhere at the ocean ( near Corona deal Mar, Calif.) – fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, cruise, sailing ….

 

This photo link is open from Sunday May 29 – Wednesday June 1
Have fun seeing each others Virtual Vacations
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SEASONS – COME what MAY

 

 

SeasonsSmall2WidgeBlueYelSunset_4269 copyHello Seasons Bloggers in the Middle of May,

Last week was a blast with so many awesome captures as well as stories! Hope you visit some this week!

Am thinking about changing the name of SEASONS  a little bit (adding to it)

WHAT DO YOU THINK: TOP of the Season, BEST of (or: in) the Season, DETAILS of Seasons,  BEAUTIFUL Seasons, ENJOY the Season, or maybe you have another suggestion? Let me know!


Personally this year is like 2014 – so many changes, it’s hard to keep up!  These are my messy pics, and goes to show you, SEASONS is not only about flowers or weather:)
Now I am going to paint, having to stand on on scaffolding! If my late parents would see this, they would not get over the shock!

 

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One of our neighbors has the tradition to go to Napa Valley and give the first strawberries of the year to his neighbors:) That was a month ago. Finally now, I saw this strawberry patch in our area opened (higher altitude)

 

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In the background is the residence. You see the roof of the barn is almost as high!
Two hardworking people from Honduras. Later we discovered why that country – they had a political coup some years ago.

 

 

 

 

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now we have to figure out what to do with the heaps of soil:)

A studio on the left for my painting. A few weeks ago in my “SEASONS – What’s up in May” I showed you the “bones – beyond my dreams to have all this space and height to do art!

 

 

JoelJacob1546Five year old Joel, trying out the string bass of his daddy (friends of us), and hubby admiring…
Whatever your dream is, it can happen THIS  SEASON!

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The Photo Link of SEASONS opens and runs from
Sunday May 15 to Wednesday May 18 till 7pm, Pacific time
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ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Thursday is my “new day off” since the challenge SEASONS finishes Wednesday night, and I work on looking for photos for the weekly  challenges/memes I participate in. By the way, I can strongly recommend them – they are consistent, and they usually leave me a comment in return. That is important to me.
Am ambivalent about the “likes” of WordPress since it’s not Facebook. The latter I use for easy contact with friends and family. How about you?

Seasons2WidgetBlueYelSunset_4269 copyDon’t forget to link to SEASONS – the link will open on Sunday (instead of Monday) , so from Sunday  -Wednesday. Anyone can join!
Am giving some suggestions or how to find a subject (although you are free to do your own thing).

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THE GOOD: In 1911 this Tower bridge over the Sacramento River replaced the old railroad bridge,
since between 1910  and 1935 Sacramento’s population doubled in size. It was the first lift bridge in
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of the California high way system.
Reflections, Sky , Fri Greens, and ABC Wed.

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Nature Notes, Water world, Sat. Critters
Ducks enjoy their day

 

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THE RANDOM & Outdoor Wed. a door on Balboa Island

Warm Heart: it takes considerable skill  to hang a door well. People are stressed when a shoddy job has been done. In Southern California one of hubby’s specialties was hanging beautiful doors, simple ones like this (this one is not one of them), or elaborate ones with side lights, etc.. People gushed about his work, gave him tickets to fancy restaurants, Xmas presents, etc., referred him to their neighbors and friends, which put a smile on my face!

 

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THE FUN: My cowl (round scarf) – after the Lodge Pole pattern of Sarah Gresbach on Craftsy. Had been looking and looking since the summer for a thinner yarn round scarf /cowl – finally saw and liked this one – My super fast knitting project
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THE FUN:  Sometimes I like sharp, sometimes blurry. Like a Memory
(ABC Wed, Fri Floral Foto, Today’s flowers, Bloom Friday, Maleviks Rosen)
A photo edit, NOT a painting. But … it could become a painting:)

 

 

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Tue Treasure & Tue Texture
Among the big Sequoia’s in the South of Yosemite Nat. park they left the trees that were burned in a fire a few years ago. Considering all things – very sad, but the upside is  that what nature left is still exceptionally beautiful. (you see stripes because the sun shines on certain parts). The fence must have been built after the fire!

Friday Hunt:
Start with N: Not Cool (referring to the fire)
Vintage: my take: the charcoal-ed trunk
Favorite: the Irises above

VERY WISE TO  CONSIDER ALL THINGS ( Six Words Saturday)

Sunday Scavenger:
Photographer’s Choice  (5 photos)

Thanks to All the hosts!
Clicking on the sites of these memes, brings you there!

Little Things Warm Heart  *  Good Fences Thurs. Doors*
Sky Watch Weekend Reflections * Floral Fri foto  *  Todays Flowers  *  Blooming Friday  *
Fri Photo Journal * Fri Greens  *
* Fri Favorite  *  Fri Hunt *
Maleviks Rosen Six words Sat. * Sat. Critters  *
* Sunday Savenger ** Randomosity  * Mundane Monday  *
*Our WorldNature Notes  *Tue Texture  *  Tue Travel  *  Tue. Treasures * Trees & Bushes *
*ABC Wed.-M  *  Outdoor Wed.  *  Water World Communal Global  *

 

WEEKEND EXPLORATIONS and Beyond

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link up your photo on Mon-Wed in SEASONS- Spring has Sprung

I explore, not only in weekends
Six Words Sat.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Stairs (1)  Green (2)
How do you feel Today (4)  Flower (4)  Hair (4)

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(1). STAIR cases, Old Town Sacramento, as far as I know an abandoned building
Randomosity: THE GOOD, Tue Treasure  & Tue Texture, & ABC-a Keeper

FRIDAY HUNT  March  18 with Teresa from Eden Hills
Start with L  – Logic (pic of painting (4 ))
favorite: the staircase in Sacramento (1)
Lace (2)

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(2). These espaliered trees and white blooming tree are like LACE – a pretty foreground and neutral background
Found in Muiden, the town belonging to the Muiderslot castle in the Netherlands.
Also for: Tue Travel, Trees & Bushes, Nature Notes, & Communal Global

 

 

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(3). Are you hungry? For Sat. Critters & Nature Notes

 

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(4.) HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Sassy:) I should be asking you how you feel, because I am the therapist

FLOWER: it’s on the painting I am painting this for Easter – I will call it The Promise.

HAIR (sassier)  My hair is fine. With an official document they told me I should put down: grey, because “it will always stay grey” – I sighed at the logic!
(sassiest) When we left, the officer had that crooked smile as if to say, “I won!”

Also: THE RANDOM

 

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(5). THE FUN-  sailing – as soon as there’s some wind – Harbor San Diego  Also for: Water World

Thanks for Hosting!
Fri Hunt * Six Words Sat. * Sat. Critters * Sunday Scavenger  *
Randomosity  *  Mundane Monday  *
Our world. * Trees & Bushes. * Nature Notes * Tue Treasure. * Tue Travel *
ABC Wed.- K * Water world. * Outdoor Wed.  * Communal Global *

 

A Random Mundane Scavenger

A tongue in cheek title after some of the memes of this post running till Wednesday. Am still experimenting with organizing my pics for the week, so I can have longer periods to paint!

Sunday night I’ll put up the post “SEASONS – Almost Spring” above this post. Link is open Mon-Wed. till 7pm, US Pacific time at the same time as I’m running this post

Any one can join the fun!
You do not have to hold to the suggested themes, but can do your own thing:)

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For Scavenger Hunt:
Something you wore (1)
Window & Red (2 & 3)
Loud (4) Fork (5)

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1. SOMETHING  YOU WORE and The good – in Holland -workshop in Heerhugowaard  (1  1/2 hr. N. from Amsterdam)
In my work – yes, work, but is such fun:) -as an artist, I do not want to get paint on my clothes, so as  simple and as roomy as possible

For Randomosity
The Good (1)
The random ( 2)
The fun (6)

 

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2. The random (2) and FOR Our World, Trees & Bushes & Tue Treasure  & Tue Travel
How old these bridges are depends on which neighborhood in Amsterdam this is. Most likely the first half of the previous century. One of the most fun things is to take a boat ride. You will see different periods of time in architecture, and the tour guide gives you a ton of info! Also, great for camera clicking;)
When venturing out with a rented car, be ready to pay 15 Euro per hr. for parking! Very lucky, to have good friends who drove us around with the Amsterdam fervor – double parking, etc. – I knew he had some excuses in mind if he would be caught.

 

 

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3. For Nature Notes Kinda crazy – when we get our groceries half an hour away, the cherry trees are blooming, but at 3000 feet we had another dusting of snow earlier this week.

 

 

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4. WINDOW (2) & RED (3) – What a creative and idea! Just perfect (ABC Wed)
In a mosaic work shop I participated she came with an old  window fame – this was Audrey’s first mosaic ever with glassy(Tue) textures.

 

 

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5. LOUD ( 4)  and for Mundane Monday If you think mosaics is for sissies, some handle a drill bit going through wood and stone to make their design!

 

 

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6. A little FORK (5) for my pear torte and the fun (6)

 

Thanks to All the Hosts
Scavenger Hunt Randomosity Mundane Monday  *
Our world  *  Nature Notes Tue Treasure * Tue Texture Tue Travel  * Trees and Bushes *
ABC- Wed. – J  * Water world  * Outdoor Wed.  * Communal Global *

 

From the HUNTS to WEDNESDAY

 Am experimenting – don’t know if I give up my weekly story because of my new challenge/meme SEASONS (in the post coming Mon – Wed. *Seasons- March is On,* because even with perma links, the post on top gets all the comments!

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Friday Hunt
of Teresa – Eden Hills
Start with J – Joy
Favorite: Hutong Beijing (below)
A cuppa: a cup of joy

 

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A CUPPA JOY – from cell phone – with permission

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Scavenger Hunt UP – a church tower in Amsterdam
The blue sign underneath the clock is the shield of Armor of this city.

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FRUIT- & THE GOOD: didn’t know until an art friend gave  me a bag of persimmons as a thank you for coaching her in her art endeavor – delicious!

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NEIGHBORHOOD- & THE RANDOM: a normal residential neighborhood called a hutong, in Beijing. These are not poor people who live in a one room house, and a bath house for the whole neighborhood. They have normal jobs. No wonder the peope in the West are seen as  rich. (Tue Treasures, Tue Travel, Tue Texture)

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SMILE! & THE FUN:
When you are in the middle, you have to do”something” to attract your 3 (grand) sisters’ attention!

 

Thanks to All the Hosts!

Friday Hunt * Scavenger Hunt Sun.  *   Inspired Sunday  * Randomosity Mundane Monday * Small Monday*
Our World  *  Tue Treasures  *  Tue Travel  * Tue Texture  * Trees and Bushes  * Nature Notes * Sidewalk Shoes *