Author: Connie H.

St. Georg's Episcopal Church

Monday Walkabout : Black and White Edition

Downtown Fredericksburg is an eclectic town filled with historic architecture, tatoo parlors, beautiful murals, antique shops and seriously fantastic food.   And yet, you can still find a place a to park.  Even better! I started out this day with a view of the steeple from St. George’s Episcopal Church.    The current structure dates back to 1849 and George Washington attended the congregation in the orginal wooden structure that was on the site on 1738.     There are plenty of details that add to the charm of oldtown as well. Sconces outside shops       And patios down alleyways.       And ironwork steps       There is just so much to explore.

Star Wars Bokeh

Weekly Photo Challenge: Catching Up

A couple of months ago a friend of mine, Tabitha, ( who also happens to be a fantastic photographer) started a weekly photography challenge.  I was already on the hunt for one as a way to give me a way to focus on my own photography more, so I jumped on board. Some weeks I rack my brain over the prompt. Like when the prompt was “Pop of Color”       Or “Bokeh”     This one really did occur to me as I was falling asleep.  Since the prompt was “Sleepy” and I tend to have a lot of these moments, the photo means all sorts of things to me.     Some of the photos involve the dogs.  I didn’t tell Annie that the photo I took of her was because of her grey hair for “Straight Lines”     And Maggie simply likes to be nearby so when I was taking my photo for “Laundry” and she stopped to look out the window, I took advantage of the moment.     …

Cemetary Gate

Monday Walkabout – Old Town Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia sits right on the Rappahannock River. George Washington, Mary Washington, James Monroe lived in the area just to name a few.  Then there are the civil war sites.  More than you can shake a stick at, that’s for sure.  Several pivotal battles occured in the area.  At some point, I’ll have to tell you the story of The Sunken Road and the man who crossed enemy lines.  It’s an amazing story.     My walk began at the Confederate Cemetary.  The Civil War is one I hope to never see repeated in the United States again.  I’m always a little quieter when I walk near places like this.     From there I went downtown.  I turned a corner as I was walking and this bright blue door practically begged to have it’s picture taken.  I only needed to dodge a few cars to get it, too.     Down the road a bit is the Fredericksburg Baptist Church.  It is a beautiful building.  I have a lot of respect for their history …

Jefferson Memorial

Does Anyone Have a Magic Wand?!?

What I wouldn’t give for a magic wand at the moment.  Ok, ok.  Maybe I wouldn’t give up my children or even pay a whole lot of money, but it sure would make some things easier.  And I’m pretty sure I want them easier. Have I mentioned that we’re moving ?  No?  Yep.  We’re headed to the DC area.  It was a surprise to us, too.  It’s a good thing and we’re excited about it.  But there is A LOT to do!!  Hence the reason I’d like a magic wand at the moment. If I had a magic wand I could wave it and *poof* boxes packed!  A flick of the wrist and *presto* House sold!  Swwwish and *TAAAda* we’ve moved into our new house – with everything unpacked of course. Of course, knowing me, I’d end up with something much closer to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice with the first wave of the wand.  Brooms and Mops everywhere with my dishes landing in a broken heap! Oh well…. Nice thought while it lasted.  I guess I’ll …

New Year, New Word… Just One Word… Any Word..

Instead of picking one or two (or twenty – I need lots of work) goals to focus on for the year a few years ago I started choosing one word.  It worked pretty well.  Every now and then the word would pop into my head (or sometimes I would get smacked with it or beaten with it) as a gentle reminder of what I was trying to achieve.  It never affected just one area.  One little word managed to wind itself into many aspects of my life.  It kept me on my toes looking for opportunities of improvement, until by the end of the year I am a little sad to see that one little word go when it’s time to choose the next one. But it is time.  Last years word won’t disappear.  It just fades a bit into the background.  It was a great word.  I’m really looking forward to next year’s word now. It’s going to be a great year. What about you?  Do you set goals or is one word more …

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What a Crazy Roller Coaster

…. or sometimes I’d like to know what the Lord is up to…. (but I’ll get to that in a moment) When I last left you the week began on a sad note.  That week only got worse.  I really do try not to be too attached to things.  I promise.  But when I was rear-ended by an E250 van I was SOhappy I was driving a truck.  You’ll never, NEVER get me to drive a small car.  EVER.  Sorry.  And I do love my truck (her name is Maid Marian -crazy I know) and she is now back to being beautiful again – new hitch, bumper fixed, frame straight again (yes it bent the frame).  And I was able to drive her to Girls Camp.     We had an amazing time at Girls Camp this year.  Our theme was “Experience the Change” from Alma 5: 13-14 and we used butterflies as our “Mascot” for the week.  The great part about it was the girls worked hard to do what needed to be done.  …