On the fourth day of Christmas break…

On the fourth day of Christmas break…

…I went to MIT and Harvard.  I guess I’m educated now.

On the first day of Christmas break…

On the first day of Christmas break…

…I went for a really long hike.

Hiking, in my opinion, is one of the most peaceful ways to spend a morning.  I love feeling the crisp, pure air on my face and hearing nothing but crunching leaves and chirping birds.

Hanging Rock, NC in winter

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November Photo Challenge 2019

November Photo Challenge 2019

I have only ONE MORE MONTH in my 365-day photo challenge!

Simple Joy Saturday #60

Simple Joy Saturday #60

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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I saw this post on Instagram, and I think that it summarizes my month pretty well:

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Despite the cold weather, the 35 deadlines, the panic, and the darkness, November brought joy.  Here’s why:

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October Photo Challenge 2019

October Photo Challenge 2019

I could describe all 31 of these photos in one word:  uninspired.  Honestly, I didn’t try very hard to get good pictures; I am just proud that I still haven’t missed a day.  Maybe I will get some better shots next month.

Also, I counted 16 pumpkins in these pictures.  Let me know if I missed any.

Simple Joy Saturday #59

Simple Joy Saturday #59

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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October has been atypical and unexpected, so I’m skipping all of my normal categories and just sharing three things that have brought me joy this month.

An inspiring video:

An LOL moment:

If you’ve followed this blog for long, then you know that I love Old Salem.  I’m there so often that tourists think I work there (see image below).

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A fun evening:

Last Friday my mom and I painted pumpkins — I haven’t done that since I was a little kid!

What were your simple joys this month?

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September Photo Challenge 2019

September Photo Challenge 2019

Each month, my photos seem to develop an unintentional theme (or two).  My mind was somewhat consumed with sunrise/sunset/golden hour for the first part of September.  I checked the sunrise and sunset forecast most days, hoping for a brilliant sky.  Sunrise became the subject of my photos on September 1, 6, and 8 (and later on day 21).  I chose photos of the pre-sunset golden hour on September 2, 3, and 5.  On September 12, I took photos of 6 different things before deciding that my best photo that day was of –you guessed it– the sunset.

At the end of the month, I kept taking pictures of yellow plants.  Maybe I’ve just been feeling really bright and sunny lately.