Photo A Day – August 20th through August 27th

August 20th: Wall

A wall of soda saying “Broncos Country”  YES…it’s football season!

August 21st: Shoe

After a two week hiatus, I made it back to the gym.

August 22nd: Friend

Not just any friend, but my best friend of all times and for more than half my life. I love this girl!

August 23rd: Bowl

It may seem like fall is upon us, but the summer watermelon is still delicious.

August 24th: Car

A lone car abandoned on the couch.

August 25th: Inside

My something special for being a good girl while The Banker was away.

August 26th: Funny

Today was a day of sorrow and grief, but I did laugh when I saw this picture.

August 27th: Hook


Sadly, my grandmother passed away and my family and I traveled to attend her funeral.  The Photo A Day Challenge was placed on hold.  I thought about taking the remaining pictures after the fact so I had something to post, but honestly, I didn’t feel like.

September is upon us….

have you started your challenge yet?


Photo A Day – September Challenge

Come for the challenge…stay for the blog

Wow!  It’s already September.  The kids are back in school, the weather is starting change and the stores are getting ready pull the Christmas decorations out.

It also means it’s time for you to find your September Photo A Day Challenge.  I hope that you enjoy this version brought to you by Between the Shutters.  I decided a weekly theme might be a fun change.


Day 1: Your Tree – This is the only one you need to keep pretty basic since we’re going to be watching the leaves change from summer into fall.

Day 2: Close up – Pick an object, a facial feature, a fabric and get up close and personal with it.

Day 3: Far away – Zoom out from you Day 2 photo, take a long distance shot from your window or a place you wish you were.

Day 4: Black – I’m thinking the color, but do with this what you wish.

Day 5: White – Again, I’m thinking color, but it should be the opposite of Day 4

Day 6: Morning – Your morning ritual, your coffee cup, the sunrise

Day 7: Night – your evening night cap, your dinner, the sunset

Day 8: Your Tree – back to the same tree and the same spot

Day 9: Your Favorite Spot – the place you would hang out all the time if life wasn’t so rude and made you do something else

Day 10: Table – the kitchen table, a side table, the milk box used as a table

Day 11: Door Knob – from the front door, from the back door, from the bedroom

Day 12: Pillow – from your bed, from your couch, the dog’s pillow

Day 13: Shelf – inside the kitchen cabinet, on the wall holding something

Day 14: Entry Way – what people see when they come in to your house

Day 15: Your Tree – back to the same tree and the same spot

Day 16: Pretty – something you find beautiful

Day 17: Unusual – something you find funky

Day 18: Organized – something you organized, an organized store shelf, a book on organizing

Day 19: Happy – a happy person, something that made you happy, Happy the dwarf

Day 20: Symmetrical – something symmetrical

Day 21: Lucky – your lucky penny, your dog Lucky, something your lucky to have

Day 22: Your Tree – back to the same tree and the same spot

Day 23: Something Orange – fall colors are all around us, pick one

Day 24: Apples/Pumpkins – pick the fruit or pick the vegetable

Day 25: Sweet Treat – what’s your favorite fall sweet treat?

Day 26: Something Brown – fall colors are all around us, pick one

Day 27: Fall Foliage – go outside and take another tree picture, take a picture of your fall decorations

Day 28: A Warm Drink – hot toddy anyone?

Day 29: Your Tree – back to the same tree and the same spot

Day 30: Something Red – fall colors are all around us, pick one

Photo A Day – August 10th through August 19th

August 10th: Drink

A perfect drink day or night…and BONUS…treat receipt!

August 11th: Love

BabyFace loves cool cars…and this race car was definitely cool!

August 12th: Bag

Perhaps one of my favorite bags of all times…

August 13th: Mail

Monday mail at the office…the slow day.

August 14th: Dark

My favorite kind of dark…dark chocolate.

August 15th: Sky

An evening sky…the sun trying to push through the clouds.

August 16th: Breakfast

I know, I know…breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Well, this day, all I had was coffee.

August 17th: Water

The water feature at the spa…great way to get me in the mood for my massage.

August 18th: Sweet

Sweet…free hot dog topped with SaSo.  The best damn hot sauce around!

August 19th: Radio

Sorry…I lacked creativity today.  The radio button in the car.  Out of focus at that.

Photo A Day – August 1st through August 9th

August 1st: Street

A cheery street to welcome me to the gym.  Some days I need that encouragement!

August 2nd: Book

Not to get all Chick-Fil-A on you, but I could resit.  The Book was literally on display when I arrived home.

August 3rd: Phone

The phone that sits on my desk.  I was tempted to leave it off the hook.  I resisted.

August 4th: Tree

The perfect sun spotlight on a beautiful tree.

August 5th: Left

Ah, the left overs of a wonderful bridal shower.

August 6th: Light

The newest light added to our house.

August 7th: Line


A perfect line down my Dove Dark Chocolate bar.

August 8th: Change

I honestly had change in my pocket at the end of the day…shocking since I hardly pay with cash.  I’m more of a plastic girl myself.

August 9th: Fence

Decorative white picket fence.

Photo A Day – July 29th through July 31st

July Photo A Day Success!

That’s right folks.  Today is already the last day of July.  And with only one fail for the month, I think I did pretty darn good.

I hope you join me for my August Photo A Day Challenge.  If you want to link your posted pictures to this blog, drop me a comment and I will add a new PAGE to this blog with your link.


July 29: Last Thing You Bought

Vacation Souvenirs: 2 necklaces, a sweatshirt and some salt water taffy.

July 30: Calm


Finally bedtime.  The calmest moment of my day.

July 31: Toothbrush


Didn’t seem right to take a picture of my used toothbrush.

Photo A Day – July 21st through July 28th

Here is a short preview of our family vacation this week.  Although I have roughly 100 blog post ideas, I’ll try to scale it back and not overwhelm you with all 700+ photos taken this past week.

July 21: 9 o’clock

9 o’clock in the morning and all packed.

July 22: Upside Down

An upside down inflatable kayak sitting alone on the dock.

July 23: Mirror

Woke up to this outside my window.  The water was perfectly still and as reflective as a mirror.

July 24: A Stranger

The awkwardness of photographing a stranger…without them knowing.

July 25: Heart

The heart of Seattle…the Pikes Place Market.

July 26: Sunshine

Another beautiful sunrise on the Puget Sound.  Who says the sun never comes out here?

July 27: On the Road

The road that lead to our Captains Cabin for the week.

July 28: Cup

An all too important cup of Joe to handle two cranky kids on the last day of vacation.

Photo A Day – August Challenge

Ack!  August is a week away.  How did that happen?

I’m a planner.  Well, at least I try to be a planner.  So I went looking for an August Photo A Day challenge.  But I didn’t find any posted yet!  What’s a girl to do?  Create her own!  So if I saw something interesting while driving down the road, sitting at my desk, or watching t.v., I would jot it down.  Thus became the August list.

My goal is to get at least 5 people to take my Photo A Day – August Challenge.  I would love if 50 people would join me.  500 people might get overwhelming, but why not?  Drop me a comment to let me know you’re in!  And then, more importantly, show me your pictures!

If I get enough people who want to share, I’ll create a new PAGE on Between The Shutters and let people link up with you and see your photos too.  But I have full rights to take it down your link if I don’t like your blog.

New to Photo A Day Challenge?

Here’s the deal.  You are given a daily topic, you take a picture of your subject and then you share you photo.  You can share it on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, Pinterest…where ever.  It’s suppose to be fun, not a chore.  So if you  miss a day, you miss a day.  No big deal.

August’s Challenge List

Do you need a more direction than just a single word?  For a bit more inspiration, here are some ideas:

  1. Street: the street you live on, from the window at a red light, from your office window (because you’re not working)
  2. Book: a book you’re reading, the tickets you just booked (to escape someone), your e-reader
  3. Phone:  someone on the phone, a cell phone store (with a line out the door) , phone lines
  4. Tree: tree branches, a single leaf, shade from a tree (that you want to take a nap under)
  5. Left: somebody who left you, the left side of the room, something left on the counter (because you are so forgetful)
  6. Light: the lamp on the table, sunlight, the light of your life (gag)
  7. Line: people waiting in line, parking lot lines, a line you drew (just to take this picture)
  8. Change: coins from your pocket, something you did/want to change, changing of the guards (that would be awesome to see)
  9. Fence:  fence around the pool,  a squirrel on the fence, something fencing you in (the caged animal you are)
  10. Drink: your adult beverage, a child drinking from their sippy cup, iced tea (I’d go for the adult beverage)
  11. Love: a person/place/think you love, a word that spells love, a heart (like a drawing, not a human heart)
  12. Bag: a purse, a reusable grocery bag, your lunch bag (hopefully you have something yummy to eat)
  13. Mail: junk mail (what a waste of paper), mailbox, a package you received in the mail
  14. Dark: a dark room, a shadow, dark chocolate (mmm…dark chocolate)
  15. Sky: clouds, a bird flying in the sky, sky blue (or Skyy Vodka)
  16. Breakfast: anything you ate for breakfast, an empty cereal bowl, what you should have eaten for breakfast (instead of the cupcake you ate)
  17. Water: a puddle in the parking lot, a water droplet on a plant, your glass of water (if you’re boring like that)
  18. Sweet: a sweet puppy, a sugar packet, sweet cream ice cream (drizzle this with dark chocolate for me)
  19. Radio: a radio antenna, logo of your favorite radio station (don’t stalk the radio personalities), the radio in your car
  20. Wall: a blank wall, art hanging on a wall, your Facebook wall (careful with sharing your names)
  21. Shoe: shoes in your closet, shoe laces, shoe store (just go shoe shopping)
  22. Friend: your furry friend, a stuffed animal , your best friend (you can stalk your friend)
  23. Bowl: a bowl from your cabinet, a bowl of business cards at a restaurant, a souvenir from a bowl game you went to (and your team won, it’s more fun that way)
  24. Car: cars in the parking lot (hopefully not the empty spot where your car was when you went inside), keys to your car, a car seat
  25. Inside: the inside of your empty chip bag (piggy), inside of your refrigerator, a room inside your house
  26. Funny: a funny face, something that makes you laugh, a funny looking anything (no, you may not take my picture for this one)
  27. Hook: Captain Hook (get his autograph too), a coat hook, a trailer hitch hooked to a truck
  28. Top: the top of the stack, a shirt (perhaps on the stack of laundry to do), a spinning top
  29. Pen: something you penned, your favorite pen, someone holding a pen (hopefully not your boss writing your pink slip)
  30. Orange: the sunset with orange clouds, an orange sock, a peach (you know, because its orange too)
  31. Key: your house key, the key word in the crossword puzzle, don’t take a picture of the key to your car for car (save it for this one.)

Now, go snap some pictures and have fun with them!


Photo A Day – July 16th through July 20th

July 16: Sign

This was found on the side of a very large cardboard box in the office kitchen today. I suppose it’s a sign that means “Don’t walk on this box.” I thought it was funny.  [Sorry, I didn’t realize how blurry this picture was until it was super-sized on the screen.]

July 17: Your Addiction

Oh so many addictions to choose from…but I would have to say one of them has to be my York Pieces.  Dark chocolate and a refreshing mint taste are the perfect summer treat combination.  Good to keep in the desk drawer or hidden in the cabinet.

July 18: Plate

I went the anti-plate route today.  Like anti-pasta.  Oddly enough, I ate from a bowl for all meals: oatmeal, Sunday Salad, and cereal.  The Peanut Butter Mocha Madness was my post-workout treat to myself.

July 19: Animal/Insect/Pet

Our resident little bunny foo foo who’s eating holes in my grass.

July 20: Eyes

Eyes of innocence.

Photo A Day – July 9th through July 15th

July 9: Big

This little dance bag represents BIG money…or BIG dreams, depending on who you ask.  Ironically, this was the last time this bag was packed since it needed to be replaced with a bigger bag to accommodate the growing dance apparel needed.

July 10: Your Favourite Colour

Okay, first of all, I spell it “Favorite” and “Color”.  I’ll assume that Fat Mum Slim is from England and that’s the English version.  If it’s good enough for the Queen, it’s good enough for me.   Secondly, I don’t have a single favorite color.  But I was keenly aware of the lush green tree with a beautiful blue sky as a backdrop.  It was one of the best views of the day.

July 11: Letter

I wasn’t sure  what direction I was going to take “letter.”  But then, I had this elusive cup sitting in front of me.  No other letters appeared but TM.  

July 12: Texture

Wicker balls found in my family room.  I bought these years ago with the intent of adding some nice texture to the red bamboo bowl I had set on the sofa table.

July 13: Open

While at Floyd’s Barbershop, I saw this open drawer.  There was something about the colors of the bumper stickers against the smooth metal that really caught my eye.

July 14: Building

FAIL.  Photo Cred goes to The Banker for this picture.  We are building a golfer.

July 14: Finger

My daughter and I flash “I love you” to each from across the room, in the car, or while leaving school.  It was the first thing I thought of when I saw finger.  Okay…the second thing.

Photo A Day – July 1st through July 8th

July 1 – Self Portrait

This picture actually was taken on July 1st, before I knew about the challenge! My son and I enjoying some time together in the bounce house.

July 2 – Busy

Our mama humming bird busy protecting her babies from the freak with the camera who keeps getting a little too close.

July 3 – Best Part of Your DayNow this might not look that exciting to you, but it was my first successful cut using my new Cricut Expression.  And it was the best part of my day.

July 4 – Fun

I treated myself to a mani-pedi on the Forth of July and opted for “fun” toes.  (And I promise my feet are clean, it’s just the look of the photo.)

July 5 – On The Floor

I packed 5 pairs of shoes for my 4 day weekend get-a-way.  This is what they looked like on the hotel floor.  Also why I needed fun toes.

July 6 – Chair

Nothing like a relaxing pool chair to bear the Tucson heat.  Ahhhh…..

July 7 – Garden

Cactus Garden.  It definitely has a strange beauty about it.

July 8 – Lunch

My first experience with In-N-Out.  I basically savored the first bite while taking this photo and inhaled the rest.  Delish!