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Armida is hard on phones. Armida’s Samsung phone decided to dive into the swimming pool! Naughty S5, you have to sleep on a bed of rice. S5 does not like rice. S5 is making lots of strange error messages! Time for Armida to have a new toy! Armida wants all mobile providers to go dive into the pool and drown, so Armida decides to try Project Fi. Armida’s shiny new toy just arrived by FedEx. Armida is excited! Yay for Google! Go, Fi, Go!
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The camera is phenomenal!!
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Magical Iceland

It is getting to be the time of year when I start yearning for Iceland. This is from my visit to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon last summer. It's one of Iceland's most popular destinations for photographers, and it's really difficult to capture the amazing pure turquoise colors of the glacier chunks without making the (almost always) overcast skies look like a Disney princess's gown. The scene changes from hour to hour as the ice chunks melt and shift in position, an exciting challenge. What I mainly remember from this particular evening was the magical shimmering light, which suddenly appeared, illuminating the sparkling ice shards, and hoping frantically that I'd be able to capture it. There were fifty or so other photographers trying to do exactly the same thing. All of us perched companionably on the rocks making murmuring-with-appreciation sounds (and occasionally 'omg, I can't believe I forgot my 77mm filter!' sounds) in many different languages, as the light changed second by second. Most of them probably captured the scene much better than I did ..but this still makes me smile.

Wishing you a shimmering, magical Thorsday!
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Thanks +Kayla Rose :)
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Judging from the look on his face that something didn't seem like much fun..

Soap please.
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This delicious poem about what happens when pianos go on vacation has been on my mind for days ... but +Dirk Puehl was the catalyst for this post :)

A Green Lowland Of Pianos

In the evening
as far as the eye can see
of black pianos

up to the knees
in the mire
they listen to the frogs

they gurgle in water
with chords of rapture

they are entranced
by froggish, moonish spontaneity

after the vacation
they cause scandals
in the concert halls
during the artistic milking
suddenly they lie down
like cows

looking with indifference
at the white flowers
of the audience

at the gesticulating
of the ushers

- Jerzy Harasymowicz

[Source: Postwar Polish Poetry, Czeslaw Milosz, ed.]
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Beautiful! Thanks, +Peter Quinton :)
+Jason Blalock - this is what the pianos feel about the concert season... :)
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Fruit in Training

It's that time again .... here in what's left of Orchard Valley, weensy fruits are emerging. Because we all need our Five a Day.  
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I'm in a very positive and inspired mood lately. Lots of exciting things happening, new friendships offline after a slow start moving to a new town, travel plans, and some creative projects I'm really enjoying. I feel like I've woken up after a long winter hibernation.

Is anything putting you in a springy mood these days?
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It's great to be busy +Trey Pitsenberger​!
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Gnomeland Portals

The Spring Frolic, a gala event in Gnomeland, occurred this weekend. I was allowed to take a few pictures. I was instructed to say that these entrances to Gnomeland are all very well guarded and only visible to humans when escorted by a gnome in good standing.
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L😄L ... They are sneaky little buggers
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Happy Mother's Day (in the U.S. and 40 other countries!)

The first time someone said ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to me, it was a surprise and a bit of a shock .. sort of like the first time someone called me ma’am at the grocery store. I was like, wait .. Mother’s Day is for my mom. But parenting is like that. It's a life experience that changed my perception of myself, forever. Having kids didn't make me a completely different person, but, I think, a more complete one. I discovered parts of myself that I didn’t know were there. It's a struggle sometimes not to lose touch with some of the less-used bits, but I don't think anything was permanently lost :)

Overall, the mom version of me is a better person. Less selfish. Kinder. Occasionally wiser. Way sillier (is that a real word? I hope so, I like the way it sounds.) More emotionally open. More aware of how everything in life is a spectrum. I've learned that a hug from a kid can put it all in perspective and remind me of what’s really important. In fact, I learn as much from my kids as they learn from me. Sometimes what I learn is to choose my battles .. and the ultimate wisdom that male humans are hardwired not to notice dirty socks on the floor. But honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing. My kids are the light of my life.

Today I’m feeling grateful for all the terrific parents and caregivers who inspire me, give me great ideas to steal, pat me on the back when I’m feeling discouraged, and remind me that even in our high-tech, high-speed society, it really does take a village. And I am so lucky to have people who listen to my stories and encourage me and say nice things about my kids. Those of you who held my hand while Colin has been changing schools deserve medals of honor! The gnomes are hard at work forging them.

Thank you, parents and stepparents and grandparents and honorary cool aunts and uncles of G+, for being my virtual village. Bouquets and hugs for all of you!!
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You are completely welcome ☺
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Lavender Serendipity

My lavender is returning to bloom, yay! It's been so dry and crispy I wasn't sure it would recover. I love the shape of the flower stalks, each one is slightly different. I'm so delighted by this friendly little bee, who was kind enough to wander into the frame. It's the first time I've ever managed to capture one on camera. I'm really proud of this shot, because I was using a locked-down tripod and a manual focus lens! A lucky accident I'm sure, but I like the results :) Wishing you a buzzy and productive Tuesday wherever your playground may be!
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The gnomes are hoping to find the stash of lavender honey, +Steven Spence. Something about a Provençal Mead recipe ....
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I think Photos is pretty bad. They change the way albums are created and shared every time I use it. And did they ever add any useful features, like duplicate photo detection? snark snark snark
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Ding dong!! 
It's May Day :)

While I was carrying this bouquet into the house, a hummingbird flew up and inspected it for nectar. I was amazed. I've never had one come so close to me before, and it hovered for several seconds. Of course I didn't have my camera with me ... 
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+Armida Evony How wonderful of you to write that....A nosegay of delightful words.....Hugs dear Armida xx
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Hi there! I'm the mom of two fascinating and funny boys, ages 10 and 16, who are polar opposites. I am passionate about encouraging kids to read and encouraging families to volunteer together. I take a lot of bad pictures, read a lot of books, and have extremely feisty gnomes living in my garden. I like to sing along, loudly, with a wide variety of music including baroque opera, country, and various quirky icelandic bands. I wish I could speak Icelandic or Finnish .. but at least I am a power user of Google Translate. My current fantasy is to find a sod-roofed hut in Iceland as a vacation home, and invite G+ friends to HIRL there with me. Sadly, I do not actually own the boots in my profile pic because they are custom-made and were no longer avaiIable by the time I found the link .. but .. I do have a lot of boots :) I am a real person, but I don't share pictures of myself publicly. My profile .. my choice. I'm an untypical California girl (Bay Area brunette, carnivore, don't drink wine or coffee) and tend to find nerds and vikings very sexy. And finally ... I totally have a crush on Finland. Yes, the country. Ask me why.

I mostly decide to circle people back from seeing their comments on posts (mine or other people's) and thinking we could have an interesting conversation. Please introduce yourself, I look forward to getting to know you! 
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