Ben H. threw down a photo challenge to look at things abstractly this week.


Meander on over to the Daily Post and throw some photos on the pile!


iphriday–empty chairs

People with empty chairs where their loved ones used to sit have been on my heart over the past several days.

My mom came up last week.  At one point in our marathon coffee clatching (I LOVE it when my mom comes up), we reminisced  about my grandma.  Grandma Margaret has been gone for almost 17 years, and yet my mom still misses her.  We all still miss her–except my youngest daughter and the four tumbly, hilarious, adorable younger children of my brother’s who never got to know their great grandma.  They would have loved her.

I also had coffee with a friend of mine who’s been widowed for 7 years.  She still gets misty talking about John.   I’ve watched her work hard to make the choice to be thankful for the life she has, but every day her grief still threatens to choke out her gratitude.  She keeps fighting for joy though, and has been a great example to me.


iPhriday gives anyone who wishes the chance to share the images they’ve saved on their phones.  I’ve noticed I’m more emotionally attached to the images on my phone than to those I take with my fancy shmancy camera.  While scrolling through this week’s shots, I laughed at the funny snapchat shots,  was proud of my daughter for her performances at the band competition, and felt the tug of loss as I chose this shot.   We’d love to have you join us in sharing the meaningful, mundane, beautiful, arty, funny, frustrating, memorable shots that are stored on your phone!  Just tag your post iPhriday, or link to one of mine so I can locate you and feature you on the GD&C blog.

Here’s a list of the lovely lovely iPhridians who have joined me in the share:

iPhriday: standing out@Fitly Spoken

iPhriday: Riverside Trip@Mara Eastern

iPhriday–away from home@Deb’s World

iPhriday–shopping in style@PedalWorks

iPhriday–Contemplating Life and Eternity@Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist

iPhriday–Painted Benches@The Travel Lady In Her Shoes

The Promise@Apple Hill Cottage

iPhriday–Purple Haze@Eileen On



How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June.  My goodness how the time has flewn.  How did it get so late so soon?  –Dr. Seuss


The Daily Post theme this week is Time.  I stole the quote and one of the photos from a post of mine from last September.  With every trip up and down my stairs and through my dining room, I see the result of time on my walls and shelves.  It makes carrying laundry baskets so much more fun!

iphriday–critter tracks

This iPhriday thing hasn’t been going on for very long, but I’m already thankful for how making more use of my camera phone has helped me to develop more of a photographer’s eye, and to just pay more attention to the good things in life.  Also, it’s been great to get to know the pholks at the bottom of the post who have joined me in the iPhriday photo phun.  🙂   If you’d like to join us, post on Fridays and then link to one of my posts.  Or, add the tag iPhriday to your post so I can find you.  I live in the Central Standard Time zone in the USA, and I will post around noon my time on Fridays.  If you don’t get yours posted before I post, I will feature you the next week on GD&C.

Mr GD&C went on a walk with me last Sunday out at the lakes.  Besides visiting the bajillions of geese, we enjoyed seeing all of the critter tracks in the freshly fallen snow.

24 years, and I like him more than ever:


Canada Goose tracks:


Nebraska person tracks:


We weren’t sure about these–squirrel or bird, maybe?  They weren’t more than an inch or two long:


These were even smaller, so we were thinking a mouse:


The deer are plentiful around this area:


I am inspired by my fellow bloggers who have also posted for iPhriday.  Their posts are creative and interesting, and I’m glad they are sharing the memories they’ve captured on  their phones. Sled down the inter web snow hill and check out their posts!

iPhriday–Low Light Conditions@PedalWORKS

Google Photos App@Eileen On

iPhriday–Never Stone For Bread@FitlySpoken

Cauliflower, cauliPhlower@I Do Wander Everywhere

iPhriday Photo Challenge: Winter is Making a Presence@The Travel Lady In Her Shoes

iPhriday–Clouds in My Phone@Deb’s World

Fall Was Coming to Breckenridge@Eileen On