Lens-Artist Challenge #200 – Every Little Thing

“The older I get the more I realize

the things that cost nothing hold the most value.” ~unknown

Purslane Bud – Macro

This week, Amy invites us to share every little thing that makes you smile. I like this challenge because the further I move away from my days in Corporate America (it’s been four years now) into my “re-wirement” journey, the more I appreciate the little things life has to offer.

Most of those “little” things I find in my own backyard like this cute little chipmunk. He and his friends come out in the mornings and evenings to gather what the birds have dropped below the feeders. They move quickly and are quite entertaining to watch!

“There is good in everything

if only we look for it.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Chipmunks & Petunias

One part of my garden that brings me joy is this wall of Limelight Hydrangeas. We planted these in late 2019 and last year was the first year they bloomed. I can’t wait to see how many blooms they have this year!

“When a gardener gardens, it’s not just the plant that grows,

but the gardener themself.” ~Ken Druse

Limelight Hydrangeas

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know my favorite “littlest” things are the hummingbirds.

“A hummingbird is the spirit of pure joy. She is the messenger of beauty and wonder.

She reminds us to taste the sweet nectar of life.” ~unknown

There are so many other “little things” I enjoy, but I’m afraid there isn’t enough time (or space) to capture them all in this post. But hopefully these give you a glimpse of what I enjoy and maybe even brought a “little” smile to your face as well.


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“Just One More Try……”

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to just try one more time.” ~Thomas Edison

How many times have you come close to giving up on something but then decided to give just one more try and then found yourself succeeding? I know I have🙋‍♀️.

I’ve also witnessed this first-hand with our 8 year old granddaughter, recently. She is a very good horse rider/whisperer. She excels at this beyond her years. But, one of her horses, a rescue horse, is very frisky and doesn’t really like to be ridden.

But, with the help of her father and a strong determination to gain the trust and confidence of the horse she set out to conquer both hers and the horse’s fears. She must have tried 3 – 4 times to get on the saddle. With each and every try and her father by her side, the horse and the rider began to bond and soon trusted each other.

The triumph really paid off the next week at horse camp when she was the only rider (and probably the youngest) who was able to control the one of the more mature (and larger) of the horses! ❤

What are you trying to succeed at? Don’t give up….keep giving it “just one more try.”



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For the Love of Photography – “Beautiful Hydrangea”

The arrival of June has finally brought us some long overdue sunshine and I couldn’t resist getting out to take a few photos of the blooming hydrangeas in our yard.



I found this little guy wandering around on one of the blooms.IMG_7293 060118 Hydrangea with Beatle copyright

We’re heading into our second year in the house and these beauties have more than doubled in size.

IMG_5564 060318 Hydrangea copyright

“Beautiful Hydrangea, mighty and bold your blooms we see,
Yet soft and fragile your petals may be.

                                                                                                               —–Donna Robinson”