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March Photo Challenge Catch-up



I don’t know who I’m kidding when I say I’ll post/comment while on vacation. Every time I leave town I fail miserably at blogging. From now on I’ll be a little more honest with myself and my readers: vacation time is for vacation, not for blogging. Now that I’m back in sunny and humid Kentucky I’ll catch up on the days I missed.

Prompt: Sparkle

About this photo: For March 25 we have a photo taken at the Mix bar, located at the top of the Mandalay Bay Casino. These glass bubbles stretched WAY up into the air. Just breathtaking.

Prompt: Drink

About this photo: This was actually taken on March 26, too. Go me 🙂 Here we have a terribly overpriced glass of chardonnay from dinner during our girls night. We were actually dressed in cocktail dresses with makeup AND clean hair and none of us thought to take photos of ourselves. We did photograph the food, though. Priorities, you know.

Prompt: Fresh

About this photo: While the photo was not taken on March 27, these fresh dates were purchased on the 27th. We started our day with a visit to Red Rock Canyon, which was breathtaking and yielded some of awesome photos (that I will post later this week). After a few hours in the park we were not ready to return to the Vegas strip so we just started driving. My friend, Natalie, realized that we were ONLY 30-some miles from the California state line, why not drive there for a photo with the sign? On our way we saw another sign for the China Ranch Date Farm.

Fact about Belle: I LOVE DATES!

The thought of freshly picked dates was just too much so off we went on what ended up being one of the top 5 spontaneous adventures of my life. Here we have a few of the delicious dates sitting in a pretty antique dish on my deck. Right after taking this photo I devoured them. So sweet and decadent. Does anyone know if dates make your uterus more receptive? If so, my FET should be a success as I brought home 3 pounds of the yummy fruit!

Prompt: Cozy

About this photo: I REALLY wanted to get a photo of my kitty, Yums, basking in the sun but she was being a grouch and refused to look content. I didn’t want PETA coming after me so I opted to photograph Fermi, who happens to be an excellent model.

Two years ago Mr. Husband started remodeling the back mud room with new windows. Originally intended to be a quick fix, the “sun room” remodel has turned into this epic battle after we realized the walls that held the old windows were rotting out. This room has now been essentially rebuilt from the ground up. In a few more weeks we’ll lay the tile and then, after month after agonizing month, the room will be completed.

Despite its unfinished state, the sun room is a favorite of the cats. Whenever we are having kitty contention we open up the windows and they all file out and assemble themselves, one cat in each window. It is adorable, and a little creepy that we have a cat for all four windows!


Prompt: Cut

About this photo: I wish I could say I was a good gardener, or even really cared about landscaping, but I’m not and I don’t. My first few years in Lexington I tried to plant flowers and landscape to make our little house look more presentable.  Year after year, though, my plantings would fail. It seems relying solely on Mother Nature to nurture plants once they are in the ground does not always work. I have now given up, resigning to the fact that we will forever have “that yard.”

The few things that actually grow in the yard were not put there by me. Actually, I suspect a few of the plants were put there by squirrels and such as they pop up in the strangest places like these tulips that showed up in the middle of the grass along the fence. There is no flowerbed meaning that when they are growing we have to avoid mowing the area if we want to see them bloom. Last year Mr. Husband forget they were there and plowed over them. This year, though, he remembered and when I came home from Vegas I found these beauties smiling at me through the window. I considered cutting them and bringing them into the house, but decided that they would be happier outside. Plus, it’s nice to see some color in the middle of our very neglected yard!



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  1. March 29, 2012

    Welcome back! I love the photos, and am glad you took vacation time to just vacation. It’s so important to leave everything behind sometimes.

  2. March 29, 2012

    What pretty dates! And I love your cozy little kitty:) Sounds like you had a great getaway!

  3. EmHart #
    March 30, 2012

    Glad you had such a lovely time away. That kitty is just asking for a head scratch, right behind that ear.

  4. March 31, 2012

    Glad your vacation was fun!! I love the pictures too!

    Didn’t realize you were in Lexington, KY – we’re just north of Cincinnati. I’m sure Lexington will be rocking tonight for the game!

    • April 2, 2012

      I didn’t realize you were around Cinci, either! Mr. Husband and I venture to Cinci on a regular basis to get our big city fix. I think we’ll be checking out the botanical gardens and zoo this spring, too. We’d love it if you guys wanted to meet up sometime!

  5. April 1, 2012

    Welcome back!

  6. April 1, 2012

    Welcome back! Glad you had a great trip. Beautiful pictures! Those glass bubbles are amazing.

  7. April 1, 2012

    I just wanted to say thanks for hosting the photo challenge this month. It was such a great distraction during a stressful month for me, and it helped to have something to blog about in addition to the tension in our lives.

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