Me in the Middle is Still Blogging

Just stopping by to say I’m still blogging!

I’ve slowed down a bit and really miss my connection with all of you. I miss my creative flow too! So, if you stop by and don’t see any recent posts, please, please don’t give up on me. I will be back!

Some good things going on in my life are visiting the beautiful Shenandoah National Park and taking fantastic photos.

 

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And I’ve been doing some sketching while relaxing on a friend’s back porch that overlooks a natural pond. He has birds building their nests in his Boston Ferns (and also in the birdhouse). There’s a Blue Heron that visits down by the water’s edge and we’re hoping to get a pic of him so I can try a sketch.

 

 

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. It’s a great time to take a break from social media and enjoy the great outdoors.

I’ll Be Back!

 

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter Z

 

Letter Z

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

Zoo Lovers Day

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Zoo 2

Image from Pixabay

“Each year on April 8, National Zoo Lovers Day is observed.  This would be a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the millions of people who visit them each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun-filled day.

A few zoo facts:

  • The Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765.
  • The United State’s first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York.
  • There are 350 zoos in the United States
  • Approximately 175 million people visit a zoo each year.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had more than 9.8 million annual visitors.
  • More than 3.2 million people visit the San Diego Zoo each year.”

Zoo Lovers Day

 

AtoZ2019Z

 

This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter Y

Letter Y

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

Yuri’s Night

Yuri’s Night 2019

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Astronaut at spacewalk. Cosmic art, science fiction wallpaper. Beauty of deep space. Billions of galaxies in the universe. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Image from Pixabay

“Yuri’s Night is the World Space Party. We hope to see you dream, explore, and celebrate with us at the hundreds of YN events held around the world each April.

“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!”
— Yuri Gagarin, 1st human in space.”

Yuri’s Night 2018

 

AtoZ2019Y

This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter X

 

Letter X

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

(X) Ex-Spouse Day ~ April 14th

(Couldn’t find any ‘X’ Holiday in April)

X

Image from Pixabay

“National Ex-Spouse Day is observed annually on April 14th.  This day recognizes one’s ex-spouse.  The question has been asked why would one want to celebrate their Ex? We are not sure there is an answer to that question.

For a wide variety of reasons, sometimes marriages just do not work out. Recent statistics show that the divorce rate for first marriages is at 50 percent.  Some people find that they get along better after a divorce than they did during the marriage. Unfortunately, all divorces do not turn out that friendly and the experience can be painful and traumatic.  Regardless if it is a friendly separation or not, there needs to be a way to manage the situation when children are involved.”

Ex-Spouse Day


AtoZ2019X

This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter W

Letter W

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

World Health Day

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World Health Day

Image from Pixabay

“Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.

Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world.

But millions of people still have no access at all to health care. Millions more are forced to choose between health care and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home.

This is why WHO is focusing on universal health coverage for this year’s World Health Day, on 7 April.”

World Health Day 2019

(I realize this may not happen entirely and I respect those who still strive to educate and bring healthcare to  those who don’t have it.  )

 

AtoZ2019W

This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019