January 25, 2019

Cloudy, Round, Colorful.

1. I am so glad the government shutdown is over, for now. Our national parks will be staffed again, and other government services will get back underway. My friends who have government jobs will get paid again. I hope that politicians will stop playing power games with people's lives.

Skywatch: Clouds seen from Shenandoah National Park. I was up there on Wednesday afternoon. I took a trash bag with me just in case I saw litter, but the grounds were clean. Skyline Drive was only open as far as Dickey Ridge because there is still snow to be cleared from the road, and with the government workers furloughed, the work did not get done.

2. For Black and White Weekend, I chose a picture with symmetry and contrast. These are outdoor cymbals at the Music Park at Rockland, near Front Royal.

3. Another blogger has mastered the art of creating beautiful frozen bubbles. Before I saw her instructions, I tried blowing regular bubbles on a freezing day. This is the only one that landed where I could photograph it.

I haven't tried her method yet of thickening the mixture with corn syrup. Watch Rosemary's video on How to Make Frozen Bubbles.

Sharing with Weekend Reflections.

4. I went to the post office to get stamps before the price goes up on January 27, and what did I get? John Lennon stamps!

5. Not many flowers are blooming in our frigid weather so I took pictures of artificial flowers in a local big box store.
Floral Friday and Friday Bliss.


  1. ...Linda, a wonderful and colorful post. I need to check out those bubbles. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend.

  2. Those cymbals look great fun - you'd just HAVE to try them out! Love your bubble.

  3. Great sky shot!
    Thanks for the stamp info. I will see if I can buy some more stamps before the price increase.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I can't understand your government shutdowns. Ridiculous. Colorful flowers! Artificial flowers are nowadays so real looking.

  5. I have seen those frozen bubbles, very clever. Have a good day, Diane

  6. Your sky shot is incredible!

    I've got a John Lennon image coming up tomorrow.

  7. Beautiful sky shot, and I love those John Lennon stamps! Here's hoping the shutdown is over (permanently).

  8. Loving the bubble shot. I'm so happy to hear the shutdown is over for now. My hubby is a big fan of American politics and I am sick of hearing about it from him LOL

  9. The frozen bubbles look interesting. I bought extra stamps ahead too.

  10. Lovely shot with the bubble. John Lennon stamps, wow like it.

  11. Those bubbles are fun! So pretty. If Oregon gets any snow, I’ll send the link to my daughter. Cool stamps.

  12. Great photographs.
    My favourites are the cymbals and your bubble :)

    All the best Jan


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