Absolutely Zabulous!

April was full of alphabet posts for the A to Z Challenge. Now I must post my reflections. This was my first year doing the A to Z Challenge, and it just about killed me. I’m prone to exaggeration, but seriously…it’s hard to post every day.

The pros to this challenge were meeting new bloggers and forcing myself to write.

Meeting new bloggers is always fun. I loved what others came up with for their letters (and sometimes was jealous and wish I’d stolen their idea). A lot of bloggers had themes (which makes the challenge that much more challenging). Vikki did an author theme. John did a crazy apocalyptic world theme. My hat is off to anyone who did a theme. You are talented. Continue reading

Zany Zoo

Z is for Zoo (and THE END of this challenge).

I love going to Zoos with my kids. When they were little, we went to the Hogle Zoo every time we drove through Salt Lake City, Utah. Last month, I went to visit my oldest daughter and asked her what she wanted to do while we were in town…and she surprised me when she said, “I want to go to the Zoo. I haven’t been since I was a kid.” How could we disappoint her? So we went to the Zoo…and here are some of the Zany Zoo creatures we met. Continue reading

Yielding in Yellowstone

Y is for Yellowstone and Yosemite…two of the greatest parks in the U.S.

I wrote about Yosemite earlier last year Here and Here. Now I’ll post a little about Yellowstone. It was set aside in 1872 as America’s first national park. It has tons of geysers, hot pots, and wildlife galore (bears, moose, elk, bison, wolves, coyotes, bald eagles, and other critters). Continue reading

X-country Racing and Awards

 is for X-country racing.

I love X-country skiing and my kids do X-country running. Both are endurance sports, and require lots of stamina and effort. Other things that requires those traits are this A to Z Challenge (which is almost done. Whoo hooo!) and Blog awards. I love getting awards, but it take effort and a lot of work to answer the questions in a fun way, think of recipients to hand off new awards to, and then link to everyone you’re supposed to. Can you hear me huffing and puffing? Continue reading

Quite different Queens

 is for Queen.

I just finished two books this week about Quite different Queens. The first book was by H.B. Moore entitled Esther the Queen. This well-done historical fiction fleshes out the biblical story of the Jewess Esther, her cousin, Mordachai, King Xerxes (Asahuerus), and wicked Haman. Continue reading

Picture Perfect Poetry

is for Poetry.

And this one is Picture Perfect. It’s called Swan and Shadow by John Hollanders, and mesmerizes me every time I see and read it. It’s not just a poem for your ears, but for your eyes as well. I didn’t want to type it…I’d make too many mistakes and you wouldn’t have a Picture Perfect Poem then of a a swan and its reflection, but probably more like a T-Rex eating a goat, which would just be wrong. Continue reading