One Word Photo Challenge

One Word Photo Challenge, July 23 – 29 :  Hippopotamus


I love the word prompt for this week.  Unfortunately, don’t have access to all of my photos on this new laptop but I wanted to participate so I did a search online and found a couple of pictures that I think will do.

My youngest child loved the TV show The New Zoo Review.  Her favorite character was Henrietta Hippo.  She is pictured below.

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Henrietta Hippo

She  had to have eye surgery.  Our priest came to see her after she came home and gave her a little stuffed pink hippo.  Sam is now 33 years old and she still has that hippo.  She slept with it until she was almost out of college.  I couldn’t believe it.  She named her little pink hippo Henri the Etta.

Henri the Etta

As I was searching I found the cutest little hippo costume.  Had there been one available in the 80’s I would have gotten it for Samantha.


I also found the coolest Hippo Sofa.  What do you think?  It would be a great edition to a family room wouldn’t it?


And finally I want you to meet Fiona.  She arrived prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo.


Take a look at Fiona taking her first steps.

I hope you have enjoyed my response to the OWPC this week.


Share Your World

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Here are my answers.

List some of your favorites types of teas. 

I don’t drink hot tea. I have never really liked it. I do drink iced tea by the gallons. I prefer it decaffeinated, unsweetened, with lemon, and my favorite brand is Luzianne.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

The traffic sign that describes most of my days is Caution. I have a habit of rushing into things before I think them through. I would much rather just do a task once instead of having to repeat it over and over.

What are a couple of things people could do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?

The most valuable thing someone could do for me in this instance is to allow me to vent freely without being judged. I am always able to handle what comes along if I can just talk it out. And make me a cup of coffee. 🙂

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do? Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.

I love to go fast so I would love to be a NASCAR driver. I realize that there is a school of thought that race car drivers are not athletes, but they must be physically fit to withstand the speed and conditions in the car for hours. So, as far as I am concerned, they are definitely athletes.

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am most grateful for the progress I have made in my spiritual journey this past week and am looking forward to continuing to onward.


Sweet Smell Or Bad Odor

Daily Prompt:  Fragrance


Have you ever walked into a department store and been assaulted by an aggressive woman with a spray bottle in her hand?  Before you can say no thank you, you are covered in a fragrance that sends you into a fit of sneezing and choking?  While you are gasping for breath the self-imposed dictator tells you the name of the weapon and what is sells for.  As if wanting to know is the first thing that comes to mind rather than the murder of the combatant.

I often wonder how many people run, not walk, screaming into the outside air for a clean breath winding up in the nearest emergency room.  After several respiratory treatments to open up those vital airway passages the assault starts over again because you are now the carrier of those nasty histamines.  They are in your hair, on your skin in your clothes…

It’s at this point that you realize you don’t even like how it smells.  It’s not a sweet smell that is pleasing which would at least make the pleasure worth the risk to life,  but rather a bad odor that warns of impending doom.

Who in their right mind thinks that this is the way to advertise a product for sale?



Kasey Kahne Wins Brickyard 400


Congratulations to my favorite NASCAR driver, Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 Team as they ended a 102 race winless streak yesterday with his 18th NASCAR cup series win.  His last win in 2014 was in Atlanta.


No sweeter feeling than kissing those bricks!

I have been a fan of Kasey Kahne since he first entered the cup series.  He reminds me of my son, not so much in looks but mannerisms.   He is always professional and respectful with his fans and the media.   Kasey’s perseverance finally paid off for him and his No. 5 Team yesterday winning in overtime.  I have never doubted his talent, he just needed luck to shine her light on him.

“To win at Indy, it’s unbelievable,” Kahne said. “I wish my son Tanner was here.”  This sums up what he was feeling yesterday after his win.  God willing, he will have many more wins to share with his son before he is finished with racing, and I will get to enjoy them as his fan too  🙂

Thank you Kasey!