Stuck Together With Peanut Butter

It took me a while to come up with a response to this week’s photo challenge prompt, “Together“.  My first thought was to post a picture of my family eating together.  (Every time we sit down to a meal at the dining room table, my oldest nephew never fails to smile and joyfully point out that we are all eating “togeeeeether” – “together” being one of his new favorite words.)  Unfortunately, my sister would see me drawn and quartered if I posted a picture of her children on the internet (outside of Facebook, that is), successfully killing that idea.

What other possible example could I think of that would represent the word “together”?  Why, the peanut butter and jelly combination, of course.

Almost as good separate as they are together.

While I admit to being a wee bit hungry when I chose to use this image as my challenge response, the more I thought about it – and tried to justify it – the more I liked it.  After all, while an adventurous spirit is always welcome when one is attempting to create new culinary (sandwich) masterpieces, permanently changing such a tried-and-true pairing is simply not done.  Peanut butter and bananas or honey is nice, but peanut butter and jelly belong together.

I retired to my room this evening after my nephew informed me that he “loves me with peanut butter” – the ultimate expression of “I love you”.  Nowadays, peanut butter is more than just a food item in my house; it is a highly sought after term of affection.  PB&J is more than a sandwich: it is the new metaphor for family, for being “togeeeeether”.


Sorry: no photo post today.  However, we did get quite a bit of rain…and should continue to only see more as the days go on.  Looks like my photo will have to be of an indoor scene, this week.  Luckily, I need to run a few errands tomorrow morning.  Looks like opportunity come knocking!

“I love mirrors.  They let one pass through the surface of things.”
— Claude Chabrol


(Photo response will be posted tomorrow.)

Happy Birthday, Terry Prachett!

“This isn’t life in the fast lane, it’s life in the oncoming traffic.”
— Terry Prachett


“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”
— John Barrymore


“Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.”
— Lord Chesterfield


“A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.”

— Robert Frost

Going The Distance…With Automattic!

Whew!  I just finished walking three and a half miles for the Automattic Worldwide WP 5k…and I feel pretty good!  If you have not heard of this walking/jogging/running challenge – brought to you by the folks at Automattic – I would recommend clicking on the following link.  Come and join the movement!

Old faithful.

As I am rather camera-shy (and a bit clumsy when holding a camera with the intention of photographing myself), I hereby give you a picture of my walking shoes!  These shoes and I have seen many miles together, and tonight was merely another excuse to tack more on to that final count.

Talk about rough terrain ahead...

This is my walking route (yes, that is a treadmill).  While I would have rather walked the requisite 5k outside, it would have forced me to come in contact with our extensive mosquito population.  (Some years back, this species and I had a falling out over our individual eating preferences: I suggested they pick their meals a little less raw, and they picked me as their meal.  Unfortunately, we have never been amicable since.)

It took me a little under an hour and a half to finish my walk, as I chose to walk at a pace much slower than I usually prefer.  Instead of watching an episode of JAG while I walked – as I always do – I decided to watch a few episodes of Stargate Atlantis on my Kindle Fire (my inner geek is showing).  I needed to slow down my walking speed to ensure that I would be able to watch my shows in their entirety without accidentally doubling my walking distance.

Crossing the finish line.

This is what I saw as soon as my walk – and show – were completed (the middle set of numbers being my distance).  Perhaps not as picturesque as a wooden clearing or sunny path, but a testament to my accomplishment all the same.  Success!

I am quite happy that I decided to participate in this challenge, and will do so again in the future.  I strongly encourage you to walk with us, readers, and the sooner the better – you only have until April 29th to clock your miles!  Good luck!

No Time


“I HAD no time to hate, because
The grave would hinder me,
And life was not so ample I
Could finish enmity.

“Nor had I time to love; but since
Some industry must be,
The little toil of love, I thought,
Was large enough for me.”

— Emily Dickinson

A Lakeside View of Earth Day, 2012

This is my city.

A lakeside view of the city.

Welcome to the Navy Pier.

In the image on the left the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and the Shedd Aquarium are clearly visible, and you can see the expanse of the Navy Pier stretching out in the photo below.  Most visitors come to the city of Chicago to admire and explore the beauty of these man-made structures, in a place where old architectural styles are found mixed in with more modern building designs.  However, if you make your way over to the Museum Campus (and you will – you simply cannot visit the city and not enter one of our great museums), it is the view of Lake Michigan that will take your breath away.

Towards the center of the image, you will see the Chicago Harbor lighthouse, still standing sentry as it has for over a century.

This picture (on the left) was taken during an early spring day in Chicago, one with an over-abundance of sunshine and no wind to speak of (hence the placidity of the water).  While the splendor of the city is always worth seeing, I often find myself drawn to the lake, and pass through Millennium Park every chance I get to admire the view.  Without Lake Michigan – the largest freshwater coastline in the world – Chicago would not be the city that it is, or perhaps even a city at all.

On this day, Earth Day 2012, we should all take a moment to think about the wonders of our planet that we take for granted every day, whether they are famous – much like Lake Michigan – or little known – such as a local fish hatchery.  Without the water, oxygen, and edible sustenance our home provides us, our species would have never survived; we would not be here today.  If for no other reason than the survival of the human race, we – as a planet – need to continue to take better care of our Earth, both for ourselves and generations to come.

Happy Earth Day!

Here Comes The Sun…Eventually…

Fortunately (for me, that is), the sun decided to make a brief appearance today, despite predictions of rainfall for this weekend.

I almost did not have a submission for this week’s “Sun” photo challenge.  The Weather Channel has been predicting rain – not sun – all week, and, true to form, my town has yet to see any actual precipitation.  I had to play a game of tag with the sun this morning, just to capture this picture for my challenge response.  It was like trying to photograph a still pond: just when you think you have a clear shot of calm water, a fish decides to make an appearance – starting a ripple effect across the pond’s surface that distorts your focus and delays your ability to take that picture-perfect shot.  This photo shows off the sun in all of its glory this morning (for all of the ten minutes it was visible) – a perfect way to start the day.

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