Becky B’s Squares: Bright Sunsets in California

#BrightSquare Day 17

“As usual for a Squares Challenge month I will be sharing squares daily, and I would love it if you did the same. However if daily sounds too daunting, don’t worry. It is fine to join us weekly or even just pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your squares depends on you and also your blog. All I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.”

Becky B.

Bright California Sunsets

sunset, cattle, foothills, CA
Cattle turning their backs to bright sunset.

Waiting for Sundown

Ninety-five degrees
Cattle hooves drum, dust rises
Coolness come quickly

© Marsha Ingrao
#cinquain
sunset
Sunset

Sunsets

Temperatures drop
Sun drops behind gray foothills
Relaxing breezes

© Marsha Ingrao
#cinquain
Sunset
Sunset in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada

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After all these years, I learn something new every day. What new thing did you learn today? Leave me a comment When I create a technical Blog Tip post, if I quote one of your great comments, I’ll link it to one of your posts. If you send me a link to one of your posts, like Hugh Roberts often does, I’ll add it to my next Blog Tip post.

Do you know why you shouldn’t link to someone’s page?

When you add a link to someone’s blog, don’t use the link to their home page or any other page. They won’t get the notification. Link to a post.

Hugh Roberts

This does more than just notify your friend that you’ve linked. It keeps you current with your friend. Your best friends are not always the folks that come up in Reader. This is a way to make your visitations more intentional. If you haven’t had a chance to read the post, stop and read and comment.

My Coffee-Overdosed Computer Update:

My old computer is officially toast. Best Buy will drive a stake through its heart before they recycle it to make sure.

My new computer arrived Thursday. I thought I could at least open my One Drive and get started using my new treasure. Too many password tries locked it up. I took it in for its initial appointment on Friday. The Geek Squad expert (she’s been working there since October) got in and fixed it within a couple of minutes, so my pictures are all still in tact. YAY!

Apparently it is tradition here in Prescott to keep computers that come in for attention for 48 hours. It comes home just in time for Sunday Stills. I am so excited to welcome it to its new home!

Click the Pingbacks

Becky B suggests that we read at least two other #brightsquare posts. That’s another way to be intentional in your blogging and not get overloaded or overwhelmed. Here are my first few from today.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

enjoy Your sunset tonight with someone special!

Becky B’s Squares: Roses to Brighten Your Day

#BrightSquare Day 16

“As usual for a Squares Challenge month I will be sharing squares daily, and I would love it if you did the same. However if daily sounds too daunting, don’t worry. It is fine to join us weekly or even just pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your squares depends on you and also your blog. All I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.”

Becky B.

Bright Spring California Roses

bright peach rose with gold center Becky B's Bright Square
bright gold center of a peach rose at Woodlake Rose Garden

I’m also submitting this for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge and Jude’s Life in Colour of the month – pink.

Thanks for joining me in my first attempt to post every day for a month. Have you ever done a month of challenges and made it every day?

I got my new computer yesterday – mine drown in a cup of coffee last week. I messed up trying to set it up and couldn’t sign into to my Microsoft cloud where my pictures are stored. And so therefore the meaning of challenge becomes reality.

Have a great weekend.

Becky B’s Squares: Bright Spring Flowers

#BrightSquare Day 15 Cee’s FOTD

“As usual for a Squares Challenge month I will be sharing squares daily, and I would love it if you did the same. However if daily sounds too daunting, don’t worry. It is fine to join us weekly or even just pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your squares depends on you and also your blog. All I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.”

Becky B.

Bright Spring California Wild Flowers

blue flower
Baby Blues in Dry Creek, CA

I’m also submitting this for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge. Flowers are not only bright and beautiful but restful for the eyes.

Have a great rest of your week.

Becky B’s Squares: Bright Face Says, “Welcome Home”

#BrightSquare Day 14

“As usual for a Squares Challenge month I will be sharing squares daily, and I would love it if you did the same. However if daily sounds too daunting, don’t worry. It is fine to join us weekly or even just pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your squares depends on you and also your blog. All I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.”

Becky B.

Bright Puppy Missed Us SO Much

It didn’t matter if we were gone a minute, and hour, a day, or a month, Kalev is always glad to see us. Her face lights up like a neon sign, and her tail twists her body into a welcome home dance. It’s not a bright idea to pick her up until her ritual is complete. But if you wait too long, she starts her shrill screeching. Suggestions are welcome!

Pick me up now, or I’ll keep up the noise.

Kalev/Puppy Girl
white puppy

Yes, she is brighter than we are. I wondered if she was brighter in color or black and white. What do you think? Here is a link to her puppy tale and how she came to live with us.

Happy blogging. we’re almost half-way through the month!

What or who welcomes you home when you’ve been gone?

I invite you to tell your story of Faith, hope, expectations on Writer’s Quote’s Wednesdays today.

#WQWWC #20: Faith, Trust, Belief, Hope, Expectation

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom was famous for writing her family’s story during the Holocaust. The book, The Hiding Place, came out in 1971, and the movie followed in 1975. Wikipedia

Corrie ten Boom book covers The Hiding Place

A Time and Place for Faith

Corrie ten Boom spoke from a the roof of a drive-in movie theater snack shack in probably 1972 or 1973 in Portland, Oregon. As she spoke, I listened in the privacy of a friend’s car through the loudspeaker hanging on the driver’s window.

I didn’t know too much about the Holocaust at the time I heard Corrie ten Boom. My father did not fight in the war because of a disability. History doesn’t officially become history – in textbooks – until 25 years after the event. That meant that the end of World War II wasn’t officially history until after I graduated from high school. I listened blindly, to her story of faith, without even reading her book first.

The day she spoke it probably was raining, at least drizzling, it usually was during winter months. Corrie ten Boom was a short, plump older woman, and she sat on a high stool so people in their cars could see her. The pastor held a big, black umbrella over her head to keep her dry. Cars honked and blinked their headlights to welcome her.

She spoke for about twenty minutes telling us the story of how her family defied the Nazi’s by hiding and protecting Jews and Resistance leaders in their home. I remember being impressed with hers and her family’s faith and their determination not to be dominated by fear. Instead, they did what they felt God wanted them to do.

Even after they were arrested and sent to concentration camps under deplorable conditions, they continued to trust God rather than fear their persecutors. During those cold, damp twenty minutes on the snack shack roof, she did not dwell as much on the horrors of the Holocaust. She impressed on us, as we sat in the warmth of our cars, of the hope that she and her sister tried to share with the other prisoners as they leaned against each other in the bunks to try to sleep.

She told of many miracles. But the miracles did not save her sister’s or her father’s lives. The pastor and his wife put their arms around her back and stood close to her to keep her warm. She did not sound bitter about what happened to her and her family. Of course, she was sad especially that her sister died, but amazed and baffled that she survived. She told us that she trusted that there was a reason that she lived and the rest of her family did not. She said that her sister had more faith. Yet, it was Corrie that lived to tell the story on the cool day from the roof of the 82nd Street Drive-In snack shack in Portland Oregon

Great tragedies need and produce great faith and can inspire others to call on faith during their own times of tragedies. New Hope Community Church exposed us as young people to many speakers like Corrie ten Boom who shared their faith with us. It was an amazing time in my life.

We all die. We all lose people that are important to us. We get sick, lose jobs, go broke, and have unwanted responsibilities thrust on us. We face fear, and people who hate us for no reason. But we can all face our tragedies with faith. And in doing that, there is an inexplicable joy that bubbles up in us.

Do you have a story of faith you’d like to share?

Thank you to those who shared their Inspiring stories of Fitness last week.