I’m doing ok with it so far, for someone who never leaves her rural 25 mile radius anyway.
Though I’ve had to be a bit creative about some of the photos.
For instance, I am not going to encounter a real live bride unless I stalk a church & since you can’t swing a cat without hitting a Baptist church in my corner of the world I wouldn’t even know which church to stalk. But I did come across her while cleaning out my spare room closet
This bride doll belonged to my mom when she was a little girl & she passed her on to me. Lacking daughters, I have to decide whether to give her to my nieces or keep her until I might have granddaughters.
There are no public fountains in the area so I’d thought about going to Lowes and taking a photo of one in their garden store. But Lowes can be weird about you taking photos of their stuff and there are no other home improvement stores in a 70 mile radius so getting kicked out of Lowes would really put a crimp in the gods forsaken mud room project. Then I happened to be in Sheetz waiting for a Sheetza pizza (my kids’ favorite lunch) when I spotted this
I had a great idea for a border photo. Down the road aways (it is too a word spell check!) there are two houses separated by two fences with a three foot wide strip of grass between. Makes me wonder just how badly you have to get along with your neighbor to feel the need to put up your own fence because you can’t stand looking at their fence. But this is Virginia, and only in Texas are you more likely to get shot by an irate homeowner for trespassing, even if you are technically across the street so I went with this much safer photo of a cross stitch project I am working on.
Someone playing an instrument was a total fluke. DH plays guitar, something I regularly forget as he only picks up a guitar during years with a national election in them.
The outside steps also required me to think about things I already knew but forgot about. These are the stairs to our back atrium. I never go back there now that they are roofed over & I don’t need to unclog the drains every time it rains
This is a rope swingish thing that belongs to my former neighbors up the road. The child puts his foot in the loop & holds on the rope while his brother grabs the bottom of the rope & pulls it back as far as he can run & lets go, letting the sibling on the rope fly free and shriek at the top of their lungs that they are “ABOUT TO HIT THE TREE!!!!”
The neighbors were upside down on their mortgage & have been foreclosed on & kicked out, so I didn’t have to worry about being shot for trespassing.
Always a nice bonus.
Then there is the shadow, which was deserving of a blog post all it’s own.
I also have photos for a clothesline, a trail, a library & someone playing with a ball.
This leaves me needing a pier (I need to get to the lake), a roadside stand (drought has made these somewhat hard to find now that firework season is over), a train (mostly a matter of timing), an historic landmark (this is Virginia, I just need to pick one), a statue of an angel (requires visiting one of the older local graveyards), a horse (mostly a matter of timing as well as there are 3 horse farms within 10 miles of the house), someone dancing (Mayhem has volunteered if I don’t find someone doing it spontaneously), a church (as I mentioned, you can’t swing a cat without hitting one so I just need to choosing one), a movie poster (slightly tricky from a parking standpoint) and me with something symbolizing my nation (depends on just how cynical I am feeling, as one of my female friends bought a new pistol and we are having Girls with Guns day today & several of us are going target shooting & there will be photos of me shooting guns, which do symbolize our ‘right to bare arms’ nation. But I am not sure I want to go there)
Stop by Rinda’s place to check out more scavenger hunt photos!