The A to Z Countdown

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly writing challenge: “Countdown.”

A letter to myself

Bucket List

Cooking and Recipes



F The four F’s, find out what they are.






Live, Laugh and Love





Quiet time



To -do List




X is for Hugs

Yes to life


I plan to use this A to Z countdown to write new posts next year on these topics. Hope you all will join me.


P1070730 P1070731 P1070734 P1070735 P1070738 P1070739Converge means to come together and meet.

I took these pictures in December 2013 as we were traveling through a blizzard in Central Illinois. The snow covered ground and cloudy skies converged to create an infinitely stunning landscape.

Are you ready for winter?


For my daughter’s fourteenth birthday, she wanted an “art party”. She told me, it would be a small gathering of five teenagers. I was comfortable with the idea, but neither me nor her could think of what the girls could do. So I talked to my friend Monika, who does art work as an hobby. She agreed to come and teach the girls a new craft she had learned a few weeks ago. It was similar to the”God’s eye” craft that children make, but it is made with four sticks instead of two.
P1080510Monika arrived with samples of art work that she had made and the girls were very happy to get started with two sticks and each one chose the yarn that she liked.
The girls talked liked young ladies as their fingers turned the yarn around the sticks. They talked about boys, girls, school, books, teachers, homework and more. They encouraged each other as they worked. I found they often admired each others artwork.
At the end of an hour and fifteen minutes the results were very angular and stunning!
Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.
Mary Schmich

Cover Art

For this week’s Word Press Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. If your cover art is for a book, is the book fiction or non-fiction?


CanadaNationalParksModI hope you enjoy my cover art for my imaginary book, “A Travel Guide to Canada”.  This cover photo reminds me of the song from the movie “Lion King”, “there is more to see, than can ever be seen and more to do than can ever be done”. Have fun checking out how many places you have visited in Canada!

Picture Courtesy: My daughter’s favorite T-shirt. (Of course published here with her permission) 🙂


Dreamy is this week’s photo challenge from word press: we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you.

We were traveling on a cruise ship in 2009 from Aswan towards Luxor temple on the river Nile in Egypt. In the early morning hours, when I opened the drapes, I was pleasantly surprised by a scenery that looked dreamy to me.



The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

-Eleanor Roosevelt