One-Four Challenge January

Robyn G, author and photographer of the blog, “Captivate Me,” hosts a photography/photo editing challenge each month called, “One-Four Challenge.” This week is the first week of four weeks of the same image edited four different ways.

If you would like more information about this challenge or would like to join in, please click on this url:

This is the image I will be working with this month.

First, I edited it through Pixelmater to give the water a blue tint. Next, I edited in Aviary where I used the Enhance>Scenery and the High Definition and increased the brightness.


Introducing a Few Blogs…

Starting a little late today, I would like to introduce you to some great blogs that I follow. Some of these bloggers are not new to WordPress while others are. Please check out their wonderful blogs!


Mark Bialczak, author of, “Mark Bialczak” Blog has introduced a new post coming soon in his future blogs. Please read: “Go Ahead, Ask Me What I think and Ya'll Get Free Advice.” To learn more about it:

Dear Abby, (ooops, I mean, Dear Mark)


lensaddiction, author to the blog, “Learning to See Light,” features beautiful photographs. Check out the latest post: Jim Goldstein Wants my Best Images of 2014″


Nihar Pradhan, author of the blog, “Makeup & Breakup,” is the Sage of the WordPress blogs. Check out his post: “Marriage vs. Divorce-A Dialogue with a Difference.”


lrod, author of the blog, “LROD'S BLOG,” features beautiful photographs and great writing. Read her post, “WPC: New.”


Caper Mom, author of the blog, “Caper Mom making my way through the madness.” She features her everyday life as a wife, mother, and full time worker. She is also in the process of writing a book. Check out her blog, “Vacation.”


plaridel, author of the blog, “Musings of a Random Mind,” features beautiful photographs and wonderful writing. Please check out his post: “A Day in Chinatown.”


aworldofdean, author of the blog, “aworldofdean,” is a young new blogger who is “up-and-coming” in this WordPress blogosphere. Please check out his post, “It's a Cliche'”.


Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I truly hope each of you take time to click on the url's above and give them each a little support.

Thank you!


Thirteen years ago yesterday, January 1, my neighbor brought me this adorable little 6-7 week old puppy. She told me she found her running down the street and asked me if I would take her. I agreed and immediately began looking for her owners. (I also immediately took her to the vet and got her puppy shots). I went to each neighbor and she belonged to none of them. I even put an add in the paper and no one came forward to claim her. I came to the conclusion she had been “dumped.”

About 2 weeks after she came to my house, she came down with Parvo (a highly fatal canine illness). I took her to the vet and with proper medicine he was able save her – because she had gotten her shots.

Two years ago in November, my brother’s dog bit her in the eye and she ended up losing that eye.

This is my baby, Bria. She adopted me 13 years ago, yesterday.

Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge by HopetheHappyHugger. If you would like to participate click on this url:



Step Right Up….

Each Saturday I am introducing a few WordPress bloggers that I enjoy following, viewing and/or reading their posts. Some of these bloggers are not new to WordPress, while others are new or are fairly new to this WordPress blogosphere. If you are not already familiar with these blogs, please check them out:


Colleen, the Chatter Master, is the author of the “Chatterblog.” Her blog is about, well, a little of everything — whatever is on her mind or in her heart. Please check out this recent post: The Things that Matter Always Do


Cat, is the author of the blog, “My Travels with Depression.” Cat struggles with depression, PTSD and related Agoraphobia and BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) and brings us into his inner thoughts regarding his weekly group therapy sessions. His generous honesty helps others understand these, often, debilitating illnesses. Check out Cat’s recent post: “Therapy – The Christmas Break.”


Amanda (Mandi) is the author of the blog, “Mandibelle16”. She describes her blog as “thoughts, expressions, and articles.” She is an aspiring writer and photographer. Check out her post, “Christmas Cheer.”


Caroline, is the author of the blog, “Beautiful Life with Cancer.” Caroline shares her daily life with her family among other things that come to her heart and mind. Please check out her heartwarming poem, “Staring at my Family.”


Elizabeth authors the blog, “Tea and Paper.” She shares her world with words and gorgeous photographs. Please check out her post, “Here’s What’s on Top of my Christmas Tree What’s on Yours?”


Dreamer Girl whose “dreams are bright as city lights”, authors the blog, “Dreamer Girl.” She aspires to be a writer of poetry and short stories. Check out her poem, “The Invisible Sea.”


A fairly new blog in our WordPress Blogging world is the blog, “In Pursuit of Rainbow.” Check out her post, “The Chaos Theory”:


Kaygy is an aspiring (and humble) writer and poet. She is the author of the blog, “Randoms by a Random.” Check out her lovely poem, “Here’s to Friendship.”


If you enjoy photography blogs, take a peek at, “Gray Days and Coffee.” Her post features beautiful photos. Check out her photography post: “Raindrops on Pinecones and Fences and Bushes…”


Do you like trees? So does Carrie, (the tree hugger), author of the blog, “The Shady Tree.” Check out her post of her favorite trees for 2014:


And last, but not least, is Ady, author of the blog, roundWorldnMe. Check out her post, “Dreams of an Amateur.”


Normally, I will introduce five blogs that I enjoy reading, viewing, and following each Saturday. I doubled up this week because of the holidays.

“Some” of the blogs I introduced are new or fairly new bloggers and I hope you will help to support and encourage them as their blogs evolve in this blogosphere family of WordPress. I certainly am grateful for each of you that read, comment and follow my blog.

Happy New Year: 2015! I wish each and everyone of you the most wonderful year ahead.

Day After Christmas

Yesterday, Christmas Day, I enjoyed a wonderful meal cooked by my beautiful niece, Morgan. I contributed the pumpkin pies and Sweet Potatoe Casserole.

Her husband, Ramon, kindly took care of the kids while Morgan and I maneuvered around in the kitchen. Well, I mostly watched and visited with her.

Hungry little adorable faces (my great niece, Brielle, and nephew, Romi).
We did not have a White Christmas, but I woke up this morning to a White Day After Christmas and it is still snowing. Cowardly, I didn’t want to venture too far out in this massive snow fall (lol) so I settled on photos from my porch.



Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year 2015!

From Priceless Joy and Family

One Four Challenge Week 4

This week is Week 4 of Robyn G’s, author of, “Captivate Me,” One Four Challenge. This week I used Week 2’s photo and made the following edits:

iColorama: Style>Coherence

Pixlemater: Colorbalance (+); Green (-); Brightness (+); Temperature (+)

Many people preferred week 2’s photo. Others liked the orange and blue color of week 1. I tried getting the result of all these qualities along with the “painting” effect of Coherence. This is my result:

Which one is your favorite?

(I don’t have a poll yet, so please leave me a comment with your choice. Thank you!)

If you are interesting in participating in January 2015, please find more information here:

Check These Out!

Every Saturday I hope to write a post introducing you to different bloggers that I enjoy following.

Just in case you aren’t familiar with any of these bloggers, I would like to introduce you to their awesome blogs:

Ishpabla writes a daily post about different things she encounters during her daily activities that make her “smile.” Her post is called, “The Smile Project.” Her blog name is IshKishMish.


Lisa blogs about her thoughts and her Christian faith.


Ryan, author of, “By Ryan,” writes enjoyable short stories:


Jodi blogs about all the beautiful cards she makes and delicious treats she bakes. Her blog posts always includes beautiful photos.


“ComeTravelAlong” blog includes her beautiful photography:


Dawn, author of the blog, Lingering Visions, The Day After, blogs about her beautiful photography:


Just in case you haven’t seen the beautiful photographs produced by Jeff Sinon of Jeff Sinon Photography:


Jingdleon, author of the blog, Myrealjourney, blogs about her daily thoughts, activities, and more!


Next Saturday, I will introduce you to more wonderful blogs that I enjoy, and hope you will check them out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Nurturing Thursday

Becca Givens sponsor's a Nurturing Thursday Photo Challenge on her blog,

On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.

If you are interested in participating, click on her link below for more information:

My contribution for today: