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Colors, colors, colors

spring grass

For the last few months, I’ve been taking a photo a day, using prompts from Fat Mum Slim.

It started out as a one-month happiness habit trial, but I’m carrying on because it’s a lot of fun! 

And I’ve been sharing the photos here once a month because photos are so much more delightful when you get to share them.

This month’s prompts from Fat Mum Slim were mainly colors.

Unlike last month, I got my SLR out for more of my photos, and I’m happy I did.  All of my faves from May are SLR pictures.

A phone can’t be beat for portability, but it is just not quite the same as an SLR for quality.


white flowers


This is a chalkboard I made from an ugly framed Goodwill print.  You can see my whole process (including before photos!) in this post.

black chalkboard

Zoe’s been faithfully adding seasonal chalk art year round.


Mr. FG gave me this Galileo thermometer eons ago, when my kids were preschoolers.

I was sure it would get broken in fairly short order, but it’s survived our four kids plus countless small visitors.

Galileo thermometer


Zoe made this little felted guy for my birthday.  His name is Tedly (because no one at our house can ever give anything a normal name!)



Mr. FG’s aunt gave me some iris bulbs years ago, and once they’d lived here for a few years, they finally started blooming.

And this is no thanks to me, because I have done nothing to help them along!

yellow iris


I took this photo and the one before by putting my camera down on the ground, pointing it up, and pressing the shutter button.

I like the unexpected view from the ground.

oak leaves


blue flower


The school where Zoe has her dance recitals is a pretty unattractive one, built in the 1970s.  But we shoved the ugliest stuff out of the way in the classroom/dressing room and made the best of it.

Zoe dance

I love the way the light shows the purple in her dress.  It almost looks like a painting to me.


I knew I’d find something that fit this assignment in Sonia’s room.  She loves aqua. And nail polish, as you can see.

Aqua nail polish


I got this peony plant a long time ago at Aldi and it refused to bloom for years.  It finally got its act together, though, and I’m so happy.

Pink peony bloom

Also of note: I’ve had this in my border for quite a few years, and the voles have not touched it.  This and the hydrangeas are my sole survivors.

Also also of note: I moved this peony last fall and it seems to be none the worse for the wear.  Phew.


The flowers aren’t the grey part, obviously. 😉 I love my gray living room walls.



brown grasses


My very adorable laptop.

Snoopy Woodstock mac laptop decal


My watch, which is a fitness tracker but looks like a regular stylish watch. I love it!

(It’s a Withings steel watch, without a heart rate tracker)

withings fitness watch

Pop of Colour

I love how this one little flower is sitting in the middle of all the green.

pop of colour FMS


pink carnations


Sonia’s managed to get a couple of baby succulents to sprout.

cacti baby

One Colour

So, there are technically way more colors here than one. But yellow is the main one. 😉

yellow perennial


Sonia is always good for a patterned piece of clothing.

polka dot shirt

Black and White

piano keys


The chalk bucket, which hangs on Zoe’s chalkboard wall.

chalk bucket


Zoe suggested this for the prompt, so don’t worry that I’m dissing her. 😉

It’s something she painted, and when we paint her room gray this summer, it’s not going to clash. For now, though…

clash painting


I decided to go literal with this one.

This fan is in my kitchen and I know home designers hate ceiling fans but in the summertime, I LOVE having one in my kitchen.

kitchen ceiling fan


How my coffee starts: dark.

How it ends up: pretty light brown because of the cream.

black coffee

What I Wore Today


On My Feet

NOTHING.  Which is how I like it because then I can spread my toes out.

bare feet

I hate shoes.

On My Head

Right now my hair is long enough for a bun, and if it’s slightly damp when I coil it up, it will stay in a bun with no pins.  I just twist it up and tie it in a knot.

brown hair bun Kristen

But I’m thinking about getting a haircut soon, which means my bun days will be over for a while.

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Tuesday 4th of June 2019

I enjoy these posts. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi Louise

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

My Mom said that peonies are a "sign of a settled neighborhood." They do take a while to get right, (as Diane said above, they can't planted too deeply or they won't bloom), but once they are in place, they are set for decades! Lovely collection of photos. This sort of thing really forces one to pay attention to the small blooms. And Go Ceiling Fans! A great invention!

Diane Needham

Monday 3rd of June 2019

Your peony was planted too deep so when you transplanted, you must have not have covered up the roots as much. So happy you will have such a beautiful plant to enjoy for years to come.


Tuesday 4th of June 2019

I love your pictures. Opportunities to find good shots are always popping up. My husband was heading to the faucet outside to give the dog water and he caught a few pictures of a female hummingbird on the feeder only a couple feet away. Amazing seeing them captured in flight with a camera on a phone. And the new flowers with their shapes and colors in the spring are always a pleasure. You must have gotten someone else to take the shot of the top of your head to show your bun. I grew mine out long as I hate having hair in my face and long hair gives me so many styling options with braids, updos or just up in a ponytail and short hair is so much work to keep it looking good. So while you are contemplating taking a seat for the barber to chop off a good chunk of your hair, you may want to just trim the ends so you have the option to put your hair up, especially during the hot summer months.

Molly F. C.

Monday 3rd of June 2019

Kristen, I admire your photographic skills so much. I have a very nice camera gifted to me by my husband years ago, and he still teases me that I don't know much about what it all can do. It is a Canon SLR, and I should really know better. Anyway, the photo of Zoe in her purple is stunning. And I love Sonia's vintage style.

For Annie: I just bought an expensive pair of flip flops. Brand is Oofos. I'm on my feet a lot, and thought they would be better for me than going barefoot at home. They cradle the arches, reduce stress on feet, knees & back, do your taxes... :) There are slide styles too. They can be found online & in stores.


Monday 3rd of June 2019

The purple one of Zoe is absolutely beautiful! Well done!


Tuesday 4th of June 2019

Thank you!

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