Photo Blogging Challenge – Summer Fun

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The theme for the August photo blogging challenge was “Summer Fun”.

Summer has been so busy for me this year that not all the photos I’m going to feature were taken in August, but they were all taken by me in the summer of 2017.

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The Tall Ships Festival came to Boston this summer and I watched the parade of sale from Castle Island in South Boston with my husband & in-laws.

We had a great day and a beautiful view!

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I also joined my in-laws for a weekend on their vacation to Plymouth, MA.

This lobster was one of many on display – not far from Plymouth rock.

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I took this art shot while waiting for a Bos Lady Project event to begin.

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My birthday is mid-August (14th) and my in-laws surprised me with a cake and presents a few days early.

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My cousin Michael celebrated his 2nd birthday in August with a firefighter themed party!

This amazing cake was made by his God-mom.

Thanks for checking out my photos this month!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

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Photo Blogging Challenge – Look Up

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The theme for the May photo blogging challenge was “Look Up”.

I had a lot more fun with this challenge than I thought I would and ended up having to pick my five favorites from all the photos I took that fit the theme.

May brought me great news in the job world!

I became Chief Development Officer at Respond, Inc. – a domestic violence nonprofit on May 15th.

With a few days of time off left before the job started, I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with my Mother-in-law (a retired art teacher). It was a great day and was where I took the photo below.

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Dale Chihuly sculpture in the center of the MFA

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I love the cherry blossom trees in Quincy, MA.

Here’s one in full bloom not far from my condo.

I’ve never made my love of  nonprofits a secret. This year I served on the development (fundraising) committee for Community Servings LifeSavor gala. I was on the balloon pop sub-committee – soliciting donations for prizes in the balloon pop at LifeSavor gala.

Community Servings believes food heals. They live that mission by  preparing and delivering 9,600 meals each week to individuals and families who are homebound and living with critical and chronic illnesses. The made-from-scratch meals are medically tailored to meet the nutritional and medical needs of clients who are fighting illnesses like HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and many others.

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Here’s what the balloons looked like on the night of the gala and I’m happy to say we sold out!

I mentioned earlier that I tried to enjoy the days off I had before starting my new job. That included taking trips into Boston, where I took the photo below.

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On the Red Line between Park Street & Charles MGH stations is my favorite view of Boston. Remember to look up, or you’ll miss it!
I didn’t do anything to this photo to add effects and I like how it came out.

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This tree is in front of the candy store Sugar Heaven in Somerville, MA

 

Thanks for checking out my photos this month. I always have fun taking photos that fit the theme all month.

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Color

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The theme for the April photo blogging challenge was “color”.

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Like others, my first image was taken around Easter.

These eggs were decorating the lobby of my apartment building.

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I love the pink sunset in this photo – taken on Cape Cod – in Chatham, MA.

The seagull waiting for his dinner at the fish pier also made me smile.

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This is the Boston Tea Party Museum

I like the yellow of the ship, red of the building, and even the blue windows of the new construction in the city.

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This is from the carousel on Boston Common

I took this photo on the Saturday of Boston Marathon weekend – on a fun walk through the city.

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This final photo is from the restaurant Novara in Milton, MA.
The space used to be a movie theater and they kept some of the posters.

I was amused that a movie that stars mostly black & white dogs was advertising it’s in Technicolor.

Thanks for checking out my photos this month. I always have fun taking photos that fit the theme all month, then seeing which 5 speak to me as the best to feature.

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Four

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In honor of the 4th anniversary of the photo blogging challenge, the theme for March photo blogging challenge was “Four”.

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Here are 4 delicious Bruschetta from Artu in the North End of Boston

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We had a 4 player game of Splender going for family game night

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Did you know there are only 4 female Governors in the USA?

The panelists in the photo above all ran for Governor in MA but lost.

Their message was to keep running!

The Boston Globe had a great article on this inspiring night! In Faneuil Hall, a call to service for a new generation of women

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Speaking of inspiring women, these are 4 items I bought at The Lady Project Summit last weekend.

All the books were signed by their authors at the Summit.

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There are more than 4 trophies here from a weight lifting competition that my brother competed in, but I’m taking some creative license here. 🙂

I’m so proud of my brother David and unbelievably impressed by his weight lifting abilities!

His results for the day were a 465 pound deadlift, 365 pound squat, and 205 pound bench. Just wow!

I was happy to be able to be in the audience to cheer him on.

 

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Tis The Season

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I am looking forward to a new year starting this evening. 2016 was filled with health issues and uncertainty for me. I got laid off in January and have been temping. I’m hoping I land a full time permanent job in fundraising soon.

The theme for the December photo blogging challenge was “’Tis the Season.

Hope you enjoy my photos!

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Santa visited my 3 year old cousin on Christmas Eve!

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The city of Quincy loves Christmas – the building is our old city hall

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This musician dressed as an elf with her puppet sidekick made my commute very enjoyable!

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The Prudential Center in Boston is very festive – with the wreath above and ornament outside

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Finally, here’s a shot of Boston in early December

The joke in MA is “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”.

 

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Water

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The theme for the October photo blogging challenge was “Water”.

My Father-in-law retired last year as an Engineer working for the MA Water Department. My brother-in-law is currently an Engineer for the MA Water Department. The family joke is that my Father-in-law is never lost when we’re traveling somewhere – he’s just looking for water towers. (I can attest to this happening on a trip to France.) The theme of  “water” for this month made me smile, since it’s a big part of my in-laws working lives.

The first photo is from a trip to Minneapolis, MN early this month.

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On Columbus Day Weekend, 15 of my husband’s family members headed for a house in New Hampshire to have a fun weekend of leaf peeping.

img_20161008_103936686_hdrLake behind our rental house in Madison, NH 

Now back to local to MA photos.

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I hope you enjoyed my water views!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – “Your City” Quincy

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The theme for the September photo blogging challenge was “Your City”.

I’m a proud resident of Quincy, Massachusetts (pronounced KWIN-zee).

Quincy is the 8th largest city in the state. It’s known as the “City of Presidents,” since it is the birthplace of two U.S. presidents — John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams — as well as John Hancock, a President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Ok – enough talk about the historical significance of my city – on to the photos!

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Quincy has a vibrant public art scene

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There is a lot of construction in Quincy Center (the part I live in) right now.

This spot is being turned from a street to a pedestrian walk way.

The church on the top left contains John Adams and John Quincy Adams tombs. I actually recommend a tour. Not as creepy as you’d think!

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As part of the construction – the city put in these traffic lights – but they don’t make sense!

The shot above is what cars see when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk. But most times, cars still barrel through and I’m taking my life in my hands when I step into the street.

The city is working on a public awareness campaign to explain the signals – but I wish they’d just installed normal signals everyone is used to!

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Here’s a side view of one of my favorite places – the Thomas Crane Library

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Our city seal is on the side of trash barrels in the city.

I agree that Quincy is beautiful!

Thanks for taking a tour of the center of Quincy, MA (my backyard). I love it here!

Quincy also has a beach, marina, and 4 different subway stops on the Red Line of the MBTA.

Here’s a bonus photo for you:

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Me and my in-laws celebrating “Ring a bell for Rosies” on Labor Day

My husband’s grandmother (wearing the red around her neck and in her hair) is President of the MA chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association.

Photo above from left to right: My brother-in-law Doug, Aunt-in-law Ellie, Sister-in-law Jen, Uncle-in-law Michael, Mother-in-law Martha, Uncle-in-law Matt, Aunt-in-law Maria, Nana (Bertha Glavin), me, and my husband

My father-in-law Marcis was taking the photo and recording the day. The church I mentioned in the 1st photo is the one we’re in front of. They kindly rang their church bell for us, in celebration.

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!