Weekend Update – The August 6, 2017 Edition

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in photos, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

It’s been a hot week and a busy week. I’m glad to have an empty calendar today.

Mostly it was hot. Record setting hot. Triple digits for a couple of days and close to it the rest of the time. We’re supposed to have highs in the 90’s all this week too. On top of the heat we had lots of smoke in the air. It blew down here from wildfires in British Columbia. That made for some bad air quality for a few days. It also kept the temps down by a couple of degrees so a bit of a mixed blessing there.
smoky air in Portland


On Monday we finished the longest Kitchen remodel ever. We bought the house new in 1998. The kitchen was all white (cabinets, tile countertops, vinyl on the floor). In 2005 we had the white walls painted a sage green. In 2007 we covered the vinyl floor with a wood colored laminate. This year we finally replaced the dining set we’d had since we moved here. We also got rid of the brass knobs and that awful brass lamp. This week was the final step. We had the tile countertops covered with an engineered granite and I’m so happy with the results.

Kitchen as it began

Kitchen as it began


kitchen before new countertops

Before the new countertops


Kitchen finally done

Kitchen finally done


While I was refreshing things I also got a new laundry room rug to go with the new washer and dryer we got when our 23 year old washer developed a leak. It’s kind of silly how much this makes me smile.
Laundry room rug

Abby seems to have adopted it.
Abby likes the new rug


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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August 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Fun, photos | 0 comments

August 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for August:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 5 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my July 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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