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Pictures for Pam, Day 41: Pink Beauty

Pictures for Pam, Day 41: Pink Beauty
(looks best at full size against black) (Sorry this post is so long!!)

6:45am....it's pitch black. It's just so DARK! I do not get up at o'dark o'clock! But, I guess I do after all. My younger self would be horrified to know that I willingly get up at 6:45am without a blaring alarm clock. Just like the Grinch, I can see my younger self screwing her face up into a blackened scowl..."There is no moaning? There is no crying?! Why, you actually climb out of bed in a very happy mood...looking forward to the day?!" My younger self would scream, "BUT IT'S PITCH BLACK OUTSIDE! AND NOBODY IS FORCING YOU TO GET UP! WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU?!!" LOL. I have to laugh because it really is crazy that I choose to get up so early. My younger self would never do it, but I'm happy to because it's so worth it!

Pumpkin and I headed down to the kitchen after my shower and I deposited her onto the window perch Steve made for her. From that vantage point she watched the Mama Bird Show...

While I whistle back and forth with Pumpkin, I turn on the espresso machine and the coffee grinder. Take my coffee cup from the cabinet and put it on the counter. It will take a couple of minutes to warm up...no worries, I've got plenty of other things to do!

Pet Molly, grab her bowl and remove the board that seals the dog door to keep the cold out. Go to the kibble container, pour in a cup of food, add some warm water from the sink, get dog food from fridge, scoop some into her bowl, mash it all together and call Molly. She runs eagerly from the living room to her feeding station and begins chowing down.

Take a tall glass from the cupboard, put it on the counter. Go to the spice rack, grab the red pepper flakes and the powdered ginger. While I'm over there, I open a different cupboard and take out the glass jar full of wheat berries. As I'm carrying these items to the counter I look at the plump wheat seeds and think, "Gee they look cool in there, I should take a macro of them at some point!"

I take a ½ teaspoon of ginger and put it into the glass. Sitting on the counter is a partially full gallon of something that says "Apple Cider Vinegar Drink". I give it a vigorous shake and fill the glass with the ginger in it. I give it a good stir and then pop it into the microwave for 45 seconds so it's drinkably warm.

While my drink is in the 'waver I open the fridge again and take out Pumpkin's veggie/fruit mix, a can of corn and two plastic containers--one which says "Pecans" and the other, "Chix bread". I grab one of Pumpkin's food bowls and add a big handful of veggie/fruit mix (carrots, peppers, celery, apple), and then a heaping forkful of corn plus a little more, and stir it up. I grab the ½ teaspoon and sprinkle a large scoop of wheat berries on top followed by a scoop of red pepper flakes. I open the two containers from the fridge and place a pecan on top and from the other I take out two 1.5" squares of bread (multi-seed wheat bread that's been cut into pieces), run them under the water for a second and walk over to the microwave.

The 'waver is beeping at me right on time...I pull out my drink, pop in the two 1.5" squares and let it go for 5 seconds. I whisk them out, place one on top of Pumpkin's food and the other one in the food bowl of her perch. Pumpkin sees it, immediately walks over to her bowl and begins "gronking" joyfully as she dives into her warm breakfast treat.

I take my drink over to the counter, open today's container of vitamins, pour them into my hand, stir my drink and swallow all of them as my drink goes down the hatch. Let's not forget the chaser...I get ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes and pop them into my mouth, chomping happily. LOL, you think I'm crazy! Steve thinks I'm crazy too but they are a nice boost for your metabolism and have other benefits as well.

Oh and what is an "Apple Cider Vinegar Drink"? A serving is 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tsp of cream of tartar, ½ tsp of salt, 1 tsp of lime juice and water enough to fill a 12 oz glass. WHY would I actually DRINK that? Well, because it's full of electrolytes and potassium and it's an essential key to my ketogenic lifestyle. It's also quite yummy once you get used to it! I love it! :)

Finally, I pull my shot of coffee, add water to make it an "Americana", and chug it down. I'm done! Pumpkin has thoroughly enjoyed the show and her treat, and now steps happily onto an offered finger. I grab her bowl of food, bring her up to her day cage, turn on her music and tell her I love her before quietly closing the door.

Trotting downstairs, I grab my phone, headphones, put on my shoes, scarf, gloves and coat and then pop outside, stretch my legs and I'm off for my morning walk. WHAT A ROUTINE!!

Today I'm sharing another dahlia from San Francisco. This pink blossom was starting to open up and I loved how its petals looked. I hope you like it!

Pam, I hope this pretty flower will put a smile on your face and maybe give you a burst of energy too. I bet your day is full of crazy routines just like mine...we need lots of energy but I wish I could send mine to you right now to help you feel better soon. Thinking of you always!

Explored on 12/20/18, highest placement, #4.

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39 comments - The latest ones
WOW! Stunning macro.
Awesome colours.
Beautifully captured.
Oh! Superb bokeh.
Perfect work, Janet.
19 months ago.
What a busy morning!
19 months ago.
neira-Dan club
pimpante !!
19 months ago.
 Ludmila Litvin
Ludmila Litvin
Lovely flower indeed!
19 months ago.
Gudrun club
Perfect shallow DoF! You show the dahlia to perfection and have created a lovely bokeh.
19 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Eine schöne Blume und viele ausführliche Worte - wir lesen sie mit viel Interesse.
19 months ago.
Superbe ********
19 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
A really superb floral macro; lovely colours and amazing details Janet.
19 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Gorgeous capture!

Admired in:
19 months ago.
uwschu club
Ein blumiger Guten Morgen Gruß.
Hab jetzt auch endlich Urlaub und genieße die Freizeit
19 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
delightful dahlia, superb 3D quality: the flower is escaping out of my screen !!!
19 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Totally gorgeous, Janet ! I do love dahlias !!!!!!!!!
19 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
19 months ago.
Ruth club
This is beautiful Janet. Pam will love this.
19 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Il porte joliment son nom ce magnifique dahlia !******************
Ce panel de couleur douce est un vrai régal visuel Janet, bravo .
19 months ago.
Nothing is better than an early morning pink beauty Janet! The surprise look on her face is just a nice welcoming moment! Can't imitate the face exactly, although I do try!! Ok, have a wonderful Thursday with lots of pretty surprises my dear pod sister.
19 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image.
19 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wonderful again, Janet !
19 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I was so absorbed by your encyclopedic account of your morning routine I almost forgot to look at the photograph..!! That's not a complaint by the way...........I love your rambling narratives..!!

As to the photo................well, it's just absolutely, astonishingly, beautiful..!! I really love the colours and the detail as always.........and the smooooooth background too. i also really like the lack of symmetry in the petals as it's so unusual in this type of image..!!

O U T S T A N D I N G....................
19 months ago.
cammino club
Another beautiful Dahlia variation!!!
19 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo et couleurs pour Pam. Nicole.
19 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
beauté et delicatesse janet !!
19 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful picture!
I was lazy today (It's half past ten p.m.) and tried an internet translator. That's the result ;-))))
19 months ago.
RHH club
The colors of these dahlias always charm me and this is a real winner. Like the fact that you photographed it just as it's opening. Wish they weren't so much work, staking and digging and dividing and all the rest. Guess I should plant some but the deer would probably eat them like they eat everything else, so perhaps there's no point. In any case we're focusing on plants that attract birds (and that the deer won't eat), so the yard will have a more natural look than nicely manicured dahlia beds.
Pumpkin is a real gourmet! Red pepper flakes and for breakfast! But eating them yourself is a bit ... unusual. I guess I'm on Steve's side on that one. Even our more unusual breakfasts are more traditional - quinoa with an egg, avocado and grape tomatoes on top and a dressing of olive oil and red wine vinegar, for example, or crepes with fruit.
Have had a nasty flu here but we're getting over it just in time for the arrival of all the different family members. Setting up tables and chairs in the garage (heated) for meals, getting beds ready, etc. Nancy has baked six (?) aluminum roasting pans heaped with cookies of various kinds in addition to all the cooking we did.
19 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Wow Janet - you make getting up at dark o'clock and feeding the pets and getting ready for a walk sound really interesting!!!!!! How do you manage to do that? It's great learning of what you do each morning, where is Steve while you are bopping along in the kitchen? I've got apple cider vinegar but red pepper flakes?????? Errr no thanks!!

Keep on writing like this please, it's a joy to read.
19 months ago.
tiabunna club
What a lovely close up of this dahlia, Janet. I enjoyed your morning routine narrative too: though my breakfast is somewhat more pedestrian, the shot (or two) of freshly brewed coffee is an essential part of facing the day. :-)
19 months ago.
niraK68 club
irgendwie reckt sie sich scheinbar neugierig ins Bild
total schön Janet
19 months ago.
 Soeradjoen (very limited time)
Soeradjoen (very lim… club
Very beautiful!
19 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
19 months ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
une merveille mon amie gros bisous et bon we !
Joyeuses Fêtes à vous ! et bon we
19 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A beautiful flower, lovely colour with nice bokeh!
19 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Gorgeous image!!
19 months ago.
Puzzler4879 club
Simply fantastic, Janet, as always! A Blessed Christmas and a Safe, Healthy and Happy 2019 to you and yours!
╰⊰✿ Amazing Details ❁⊱╮
19 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Délicate fleur et rendu !
19 months ago.
 Marek Ewjan Stachowski
Marek Ewjan Stachows…
beautiful flower & very attractive picture
have a happy weekend, Janet → Marek-Ewjan
19 months ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Beautifully captured....lovely colours.!************
19 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
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19 months ago.
 M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj )
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Excellent !!!!
19 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
You made me laugh a lot with your morning preparations, especially since before I understood everything, I thought you were making YOUR breakfast, ah ah ah !
Exquisite macro*********
19 months ago.

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