Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

This week’s challenge is a photo of warmth.


The sea lions on Pier 39 in San Francisco warm themselves under sun while napping all snuggled together.  Although they do smell (more than a bit), I could delight in watching them for hours.


Here’s a list of what I’m enjoying this month…

  1. Making Banana Bread
  2. Saying Sayonara to Summer: by attending outdoor concerts at Quantico Marine Museum and the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, catching a baseball game and visiting a Virginia winery
  3. Visiting San Francisco
  4. Learning Eka Pada Koundinyasana B

  5. Bliss Massages and Brunch

Let me know what you’re enjoying this month, and thanks so much for stopping by!


In a recent whirlwind weekend getaway to San Francisco, my feet ached after walking over 25 miles racing to see all the sights.

While there, I took two tours one to see the California Redwoods in Muir Woods and the beautiful town of Sausalito and the second was an urban hike in San Francisco.  I mocked the word hike, but it really wasn’t a joke as we climbed and descended hill after hill and discovered secret stairs between buildings leading to secret gardens and picturesque views.


Today PicturethePretty.com is one-year-old!  Over the last 12 months, I made 452 new follower friends, with over 4,800 views.  This time last year I was in Afghanistan, wondering whether or not I could go to Italy ALONE.

At the time I began this blog, I was finishing up a six month stint in Afghanistan. I ran there for a scenic divorce-moon (why yes that is the opposite of a honeymoon and I did indeed just make the term up).  While I was there I made some rather extravagant travel plans with someone.  This someone cancelled his plans to travel Italy with me and I was finally forced into thinking about my newly single life.  Could I travel alone?  Would I enjoy living alone?  Could I be happy all on my own?  The answer… to living, traveling and be happy is the same…

I will always have a much better time alone than with miserable company having travel fights with my companion on trains, planes and automobiles (we’ll save those stories for another time).


Ever since venturing on 11 trains, a bus, a boat and a handful of taxis in just six days, I have continued to finally become comfortable in my skin while trying not to give up looking for love. Hopefully in the future I will find someone to share my life with, but until then I’m hoping to make life as interesting and fun as possible… all on my own.  Next up will be a whirlwind, jam-packed, no time for silly sleep trip to California.

In the last year, I have undergone some significant transitions from living on a different continent, a long bout of unemployment, and now settling into a new job.  I hope that the next year brings many memorable changes as well – most of which I’m sure I can’t even imagine now.

Thank you so much for following my journey and I hope you will continue to take your time to follow me and let me know exactly what you think every step of the way!


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