Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes

It’s an absolute privilege when I encounter an artist that allows me to photograph him/her while they work. This artist was cleaning a few brushes when we walked up to see his work. I asked if I could photograph him and he nodded his head in approval. I was thrilled!

The time is approximately 2:30, the air is starting to get a bit nippy and the sun is now starting to hide behind a few clouds, peeking out here and there. The building the artist is painting is a small restaurant, although not very clear, there is a man sitting by the window.

Painter 2

He studied the subject as we watched, mixing his paints carefully and wiping it off his brush, mixing again until he had what he was looking for. What a wonderful God given gift to be able to capture on canvas what we see with our eyes. Amazing!

Painter 3

A close up of his artwork. In this photo you can clearly see the man in the window. I wish I could have stayed around longer to see if he would include the man on the bridge. However, as you may know an artist can not be rushed and the multiple strokes he had taken took some time.

Painter 5

This week Michelle’s Weekly Photo Challenge is – Threes. A great challenge and one I hope you get to participate in. Visit the site to see some wonderful posts by fascinating bloggers.

Do you like art? What is your favorite genre?

Field of Flowers Award


I always get excited for a fellow blogger when they receive an award and super hyped when I am nominated for an award myself. Six day’s ago a fellow blogger from The Ravenously Disappearing Woman nominated Still-Times for the Field of Flowers Award. Get excited!

Thank you so very much to the fabulous and inspiring writer from The Ravenously Disappearing Woman. Grab a cup of coffee and wander over to her blog, you’ll find yourself fully absorbed in her writing. She’ll make you laugh, cry, cringe, and educate you on emotional eating. Absolutely fascinating! There are two posts in particular that cut to the heart. Her Day 20 post and Day 14 & 15, yeah – read these and let me know what you think :).  

The Field of Flowers Award was created by Petite Magique Poetry & Photography from the heart. The reason for creating this fabulous award – “because there are some people who I would give a field full of flowers if I could. Not just a couple of flowers…No, a field full of them”. Pretty awesome wouldn’t you say.

Field of Flowers Award Rules

  1. Thank the fabulous blogger who nominated you.
  2. Place this decorative award on your blog.
  3. Nominate 7 other deserving bloggers and write a little something about why you chose them.
  4. Let your nominees know that you nominated them.

My 7 Nominees

  1. This Man’s Journey – I have many favorite blogs. This one touches the heart, mind, & soul. He writes so beautifully about life, his life, family, love, devotion.. This blogger truly deserves a Field of Flowers for his inspirational posts.
  2. That’s How I See The World – I love the way NgTom expresses himself with words and photo’s. There is one phrase he has in his about page that I love and caught my attention.- “taking a break back to nature may be a proper way to heal the restless heart“. 
  3. LOOTB – I love to read about this young couple. Take a tour with these awesome world travelers, It’s all being done in the name of Education. Giving back to communities in way’s some of us only dream of. Traveling and giving back… living Life Out Of The Box
  4. Give me 5 Minutes a Day – I need to read a devotional everyday. At times I run out of the house and forget about my devotional until I realize I’m missing something. Not my cup of coffee, not my computer, I’m missing my morning juice – my inspiration or motivation. At times a little humor is all that is needed in place of a devotional. I’ve turned to this blog to find that faith juice I’m talking about. Brad writes about good positive things that make life a little better. Check him out for a good dose of inspiration and a good laugh! Brad, I’m sorry that I forget to click that darn Like button, but I promise you’re touching my heart. 🙂
  5. My Hong Kong Husband – You are going to love and laugh at her multicultural posts. Oh what a hoot… read this post to start to understand why she is a riot! Why you’re dating a white girl? She’s awesome and a barrel of laughs!
  6. Pavlos Zikos Photography – An awesome artists that is truly an inspiration. His work is fantastic!
  7. Living in Another Language – Read all about their life in Korea. You’ll really enjoy her No Poo posts. Amanda is a riot and her blog is amazing! Her writing is also very inviting and down to earth, love it!

There you have it, a good deal of thought went into this post as I struggled with the many, many fun blogs I enjoy and which ones to nominate. I do hope you take the time to enjoy each blog listed as each one is unique and well written.



Behind a Locked Gate – Shanghai

At the boat dock

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you see a photo like this? Do you remember them movie Schindler’s List? I immediately thought of the movie from so many years ago. The setting is all wrong though for a historical drama such as Schindlers List, this is Asia not Europe. I was not gifted with the art of writing; but, I’ve been looking at this photo and dreaming up all sorts of story lines that could go with it.

We were getting off a ferry boat at The Bund in Shanghai when I saw this image. Luckily I had my camera in hand and was able to snap a few photo’s.

What do you think of when you see this photo?


Snow & Smiles in Shanghai

These photo’s were taken in Shanghai, E. Nanjing Pedestrian Street, one of the largest shopping area’s of the city. What was the excitement? Would you believe snow had many people pointing and taking pictures? In the last picture, I was able to capture the young ladies expression, the simple joy of snow and the photo’s she had caught on her camera. Great timing!

Shots taken with iPhone 4s.

Snow photo 1 snow photo 2 snow photo

Weekly Photo Challenge – Selfie

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge is a Selfie. Yesterday we had temperatures of 34 F here in Luxu. We finally had a winter like day with a mix of snow. The wet snow reminded me of the beautiful state of Michigan, our home. In a blink of an eye it was gone! So much for enjoying the beauty….

I took this selfie during my walk around the lake. The snow had melt and the day was pretty bright. I don’t take selfies very often and actually I feel quite silly doing so. What the heck, here it goes……


The afternoon was so windy I had to wear my scarf over my ball cap so I didn’t lose my cap. I felt silly but didn’t want to lose the ONE cap that fits my big head!…

To give you an idea what the snow was like here is a pic of my husband….


Waste Management In The Alley’s of Luxu China


Waste Management In The Alley's of Luxu China

In the narrow alley’s of this old town where car’s can’t get through, waste is removed via a man pulling a cart. The alley’s and the life we see here is so different from the Shanghai streets where glamour and glitz radiates from the pavement.

I could sit and watch alley life go by all day long….

Fresh Veggies At The Wet Market – Luxu China

Photo’s were taken outside the Luxu wet market.  On this particularly cool day the veggies looked pretty nice and fresh. The green leafy vegetable to the back is bokchoy. I’m not sure what the green and purple veggie in the front is called. Do you know the name?

Vegetable Vendor 4No matter how many times I see it, I don’t tire of watching the locals hard at work. In this photo, I’m particularly interested in the method and scale she uses to weigh her veggies.

Vegetable Vendor 2The cost of fresh vegetables and fruits in this area is amazingly low. To put into perspective, our family of 4 usually spends about 100 RMB ($16.00 USD) per week on fruits and vegetables.

Vegetable Vendor 3I am grateful that we have a local TESCO to shop in; however, I am also very appreciative of these vendors that supply us with the freshest of produce and vegetables on a daily basis. Enjoy!