March Photo Challenge Day 9

Today’s prompt is soft.


Okay, okay, I know it’s detergent, not fabric softener, but here’s the deal.

I’m not a fan of fabric softener. Liquid fabric softener, dryer sheets, none of that. I don’t want to smell it, or taste it, or feel it burning my eyes.

This has become quite the bone of contention in our household. My husband loves ‘smelly-good stuff.’ If he had his way, we would have boxes and boxes of laundry stuff, potions and powders and bars and balls.

I am content making my own laundry detergent with unscented soap and washing powder. Apple Mango Tango smells like vomit to me. I don’t want lavender or mountain breezes in my sock drawer. It all smells too strong and artificial for me.

So we compromise by alternating between homemade detergent and his favorite, Tide. And every once in a while, if he’s been a good boy, he can have some kind of fabric softener, as long as it doesn’t make my eyes water.

March Photo Challenge Day 8

Today’s prompt is heal.

I’ve been racking my brain for this prompt. I intended to take a photo somewhere at my counselor’s office, but she’s actually in the hospital with some kind of eye infection. Hopefully she’ll be fine in a few days.


Instead you get my Healing Garden body spray. This stuff smells great, and is nicely cooling when it’s 80° in March.

March Photo Challenge Day 7

Today’s prompt is purple!


The very first thing I thought of for ‘purple’ was Mardi Gras, but ehh.

We don’t have a lot of purple around the house. My husband has a purple shirt that he looks very handsome in, our daughter has a purple cat that she looks absolutely adorable squeezing, and, well, that’s about it.

But we went to Home Depot today for a safety brace to install a ceiling fan, and when we went to the garden section, these flowers caught my eye. Aren’t they bright and pretty? I didn’t make note of the name, so I have absolutely no idea what kind they are. I have a black thumb anyway.

I think this is cheating, though. My husband took this photo. My pictures didn’t turn out as pretty as his. I tried to tell him he could join in, but he said all he wanted was the credit. Thank you, sweetie!

March Photo Challenge Day 6

Today’s prompt is challenge!

You know how sometimes when you’re in a hurry, you button your shirt wrong and have one tail hanging lower than the other?

Apparently you can do that with puzzles too.

20120306-173944.jpgWait, what?

20120306-174007.jpgOkay, what’s going on here?


I cannot tell you how this happened. I didn’t even add or subtract any pieces, I just moved these around.

Yes, I know, a rather mundane interpretation of ‘challenge,’ but the first two I thought of were just too depressing.

March Photo Challenge Day 5

Today’s prompt is commute!

I don’t really commute anymore, and I don’t miss it at all. This was (well, it still is) my favorite spot on the way home:


Because it’s my exit! Only one and a half miles to home.

Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving.

On another note…

Belle, there’s no prompt for Bama, but we’re trying a new pizzeria in Tiger Country and what do they have on the front counter?

20120305-144346.jpgI hope it’s not supposed to be for tips, because there’s no way they’d get any around here!

March Photo Challenge Day 4

Today’s prompt is illuminate!

I’ve always been a fan of light. My take on home lighting is more of the ‘let there be LIGHT!!’ school, while my husband would be okay with blackout shades and one 40 watt bulb per room. I like books, art, and writing in notebooks, but glare is the enemy of his hobbies. Luckily for me, we have overhead lighting in every room, with three in the living room and two in the kitchen.

But none of those are my favorite. This one is:


This is actually the only lamp in use in our home right now. He lives on my bedside table, because I’m the reader. I’ve had him for years and years, after inheriting him from my best friend.

The head of our bed is wedged into a former closet, exactly wide enough for the bed frame and two tables. It does feel safe and cozy, but the downside is my lamp. The glass shade is very heavy, probably too heavy for the pillar base. When we got a new box spring last week, we must have unbalanced my table, because every little movement in bed caused the shade to rattle and the lamp to walk.

I’ve already had a light that was ‘secured’ to the shelf above me wake me up by falling on my face, and I was starting to worry a bit that this heavy lamp would brain me some night. My husband wiggled the table and bed around a little and stabilized the shade with those long screws. Yes, small ones would probably be better, but it doesn’t walk anymore, so I don’t worry about imminent impalement.

Despite his vampiric tendencies, my husband is almost as much a fan of this lamp as I am, mostly because he really likes it, but I’m sure somewhat because he’s simply adjusted to it being a permanent fixture in our home because I like it so much.