Photo Blogging Challenge – I Spy with My Eye

February’s photo blogging challenge theme was “I spy with my eye…”

I had fun with this challenge.

I spy a lot of snow outside my window
I spy a toddler looking at her fish toys
I spy a heart in mashed potatoes on Valentine’s Day

My husband is pretty great.

I spy my daughter identifying colors in my mom’s newest painting creation

This final photo is my favorite

My daughter looking at me holding a magnifying glass

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s photos.

I know February is a short month but this one felt like it flew by for me.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Outside the Box


The theme for the May photo blogging challenge was “Outside the Box”.

I had fun with this theme and let photo opportunities find me, instead of going into a month with a planned set of photos to fit the theme.


I found this art in Davis Square in Somerville, MA

My husband Dave & I were visiting shops for Free Comic Book day, and I knew as soon as I saw this art that I wanted it to be a part of my “Outside the Box” post this month!

Red Sox

I volunteered at Community Servings Gala in May, staffing the sports section of their silent auction. I thought the way they created eye catching displays for each item was “outside of the box”.


It must have taken some “outside of the box” thinking to add a live canary to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum library room.

Finally, I’ve written before about how much I love walking on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on a nice day. My last 2 pictures are both from the Rose Kennedy Greenway.


This is Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei

I think it definitely took “outside of the box” thinking to display the animals of the zodiac this way – but it’s captivating and beautiful!


Greenway Carousel

I could write a whole post on my love of the Greenway Carousel. I was there the day it opened to be one of the 1st to go for a ride. (I let kids go first – I’m not a monster.)

What makes this carousel one-of-a-kind and embody “outside of the box” thinking is that every animal on the carousel is native to Boston! Animals include: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl, and harbor seal.

The Carousel was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. I always appreciate when sites plan for everyone to be able to enjoy them!

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 – Games

I’ve participated in a Photo Blogging Challenge this month, facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network. The theme for January was “games”. My in-laws like to have family game nights, so I thought of the board games we play there. 100_2213


Just a sampling of the game collection at my in-laws house


One of the games we played this month was the “Seafarers” expansion for Settlers of Catan



Seafarers game in progress – popcorn optional, but delicious

So there you have it – my 5 January photos!

I enjoyed the challenge, because it got me back in the habit of taking photos with a digital camera, rather than my phone.

I’m looking forward to future photo blogging! Thanks to PJ for creating the challenges!