Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Round Robin Photo Challenge

I was asked to choose the topic for this weeks photo challenge and since I'm near the finish line for Nanowrimo, I chose "what are you thankful for?" This picture represents what I'm thankful for and that is the beauty in my everyday life. These are beautiful iris' that are blooming at the end of November and in 24 degree temperatures in my yard. They stand tall and strong despite the harsh world surrounding them. I watch everyday as they fight to live. If you look close you can see the sun hitting the mountain and the fall colors. Awesome!
I had to add that I'm thankful and blessed to have shared my grandson's first year of life!
Never leaving out my husband, who made it back safely from the harsh storm that hit WA over Thanksgiving. He really got to spend quality time with his grandson's.

I'm going to reach 30,000 words by Thursday in Nanowrimo and I'm so thrilled at my progress that I will finish my novel. I can probably lift a small truck with my one typing finger, but I'm THANKFUL for the push the contest gave me.

Special thanks to Pam and Helen who cheered me on everyday! You all have made this 30 day challenge easier and thank you for all the cards and he emails that comforted me when I lost my Manny dog.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tammy,
What great photos! Family is so wonderful, and your grandson is so cute! Congratulations on the novel! That's an awesome accomplishment! I've written several short stories and some poetry, but I don't think I could write a novel, every day for a whole month! Amazing. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! --Robin

gina said...

what a wonderful entry!! and a great topic for round robin. i love the iris'...absolutely beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Breathtaking photo of the irises, Tammy!

And congratulations backed by much admiration for what you've accomplished in NaNoWriMo. I know I can't begin to imagine the focus you must have to reach 30,000 words using one finger (even though it's a very experienced finger!). I'm sure I'd have forgotten my line of thought if I had to depend on just one. You have reason to be proud and I give you a standing ovation (while juggling my laptop to less)!

I hope we'll see more from you when December comes around; I've missed you my friend.

:D Star

Linda (Lou) said...

Strong work! Writing a novel. What an endeavor. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures with us.

Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear that you finished NaNoWriMo. I didn't get through it again this year but I will continue to work on my novel. :-)

Your grandson is getting so big.

Steven said...

I love seasonal surprise flowers. Great looking family. You do have a lot to be thankful for!

Nancy said...

Oh Tammy... I can never express how I feel when I read your entries. It just creates this feeling of wishing I could climb through the computer, give you a hug, and be your close friend.

Love,
Nancy

(And I have always loved "the river song"....)

Deb R said...

YAY that you're about to finish NaNoWriMo!!!

That's a wonderful list of things to be thankful for.

Carly said...

(((((Tammy))))))

it's so much fun having you as a friend and Robin! :) You have a beautiful family, and that smile of yours lights the world! :) Awesome challenge you chose for us. Thanks for that! :) Big smiles here! :)

Love, Carly

PS I am sitting here freezing... this cold snap we are having is LARGE! To see the iris in your yard is quite a blessing, thanks for posting that amazing photo!

Anonymous said...

Iris are one of my favorite flowers---so lucky to have them blooming in the fall.

Sonia said...

What a beautiful and happy pictures! Just lovely!

Love the music's background!

Anonymous said...

Wow - what a view - irises, mountains, sunshine, people and all! Congrats on the NaNoWriMo too :-D x x x x x

Shirley Buxton said...

Only today came to your blog. You have uplifted and strengthened me by your courage and positive outlook.

I pray for your healing and continued joy and blessings.

Shirley Buxton
www.writenow.wordpress.com

Living Part Deux said...

Your might and power and will are so immense - I cannot speak the right words to describe you. In my list of women who have inspired my life, you are on top. The pictures are so sonderful. And your accomplishment, your book - INCREDIBLE!!! The blog world resounds with cheers. Do you hear them, my precious Friend?????

Anonymous said...

That photo of you says it all, the joy in your eyes - the sparkle from your smile. I am still amazed that you took on this writing when others like myself felt they couldn't committ to it...and there you are doing it with one finger. YOu are my hero Tammy, you constantly remind me to be thankful and grateful and to look beyond......
LOVE and LIGHT to you!
XOXO

Suzanne R said...

The novel sounds awesome, and I love your pictures! Thanks, too, for choosing such a great RR theme. And stopping by mine!

Anonymous said...

You are most welcome, cheering you on is a pleasure. You are a bright light in my life!

Janet said...

Good luck! I loved the pictures :-)

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your Manny...:-(

paris parfait said...

All these photos are fantastic! Such a photogenic family and the Irises are lovely. Hooray for you for doing so well with the novel. You continue to inspire me with all you do, how you meet every challenge head on and unflinching! xo

Helen said...

So excited you did so well and being selfish so glad to have your blogging back. You have had a rough Month but still came through you are a survivor. Love ya

pepektheassassin said...

You are most definitely a WINNER! I am truly in awe of your strength and your passion for life. I am thankful to "know" you as my friend, for your goodness and for your optimism and your caring spirit. It will be nice to have the "Daily" part of you back again (after you take a deep breath and a well-deserved rest).

tinker said...

Beautiful photos, Tammy. Glad your husband made it back home safely. Congratulations, lady on your book! Woo hoo - Way to go, Tammy!

xo

Sacred Suzie said...

What a beautiful life. I'm thankful we all have so much to live for.

Turquoise CRO said...

Yayyyyy! Congratulations! Tammy on finishing your novel! Where can we get a copy??? LOL Looky at those beauty full Iris's!!! What SWEET grandsons! Happy Week-end sweets! xo, Cinda

Anonymous said...

The thought of you writing your novel certainly spurred me on in my NaNoWriMo challenge Tammy - I loved reading your excerpt it was great stuff. Keep going as it's going to be a very readable, amazing book! Can I order a copy now?

Susannah said...

Tammy, i'm in london on my friend's computer and at last i can see your blog - for some reason my computer at home won't let me access it anymore (weird!) - but i've been thinking of you loads. i'm so sorry to hear of your loss, sweetheart. that must have been such a blow.. hugs to you, i truly know how you must be feeling.

big congratulations on your nano achievement - you put me to shame :-) sending big snuggles to you and your family (and isn't the wee one getting big!) Sus x

Chris said...

You are one of the richest people I know. For every "bad" thing in your life that most people would whine about, you have treasures, like those in these photos.

You inspire me.

Chris
My Blog

acumamakiki said...

I'm glad to see you're back! I've missed you. xo

Amber said...

Yay for your writing! Such a cool goal to achieve. :)

I'm sorry about Manny, if I didn't get to tell you. :(

The pic here are so sweet! He is really growing, your little guy. What a cutie.

And also, I see you are reading The Lovely Bones. It is good. But if you like it, you should also read "The Mercy of Thin Air". Different author, but similar idea, and the writing! Oh my. It is really beautiful. I loved it even more than Lovely Bones. ;) Do you ever listen to books on cd? I have it on cd, and book-form.(I got it as a give away when i was at Borders). I could send it to you.

:)
:)

Anonymous said...

The Iris photo is beautiful by the way.

Jerri said...

So sorry to hear about Manny, Tammy. You're in my heart, as you have been throughout NaNoWriMo. As I wrote (and sometimes whined to myself about the challenge I'd taken on), I was--as always--cheered and inspired by your work and your attitude.

Beautiful pictures. Glad to see you back blogging.

DEREK said...

these are wonderful look at all that snow.