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P is for Pinwheels, Pillows, and Painted Cows

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 19, 2016

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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “P is for Pinwheels, Pillows, and Painted Cows” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

P is for Pinwheels

Pinwheel in my yard. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Pinwheel in my yard. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

In April, pinwheels are seen about town for Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Learn more here:



P is for Pillows


Posted with permission by Katherine Scraper.  This post tells how a nursery theme inspired a customized gift.


P is for Painted Cows

Meet A. Cow, an exhibit for the Cow Parade, a charity event for children's hospitals. Photo-- Fayetteville, NC, home of the Airborne. Copyright 2012 Linda Andersen.

Meet A. Cow, an exhibit for the Cow Parade, a charity event for children’s hospitals. Photo– Fayetteville, NC, home of the Airborne. Copyright 2012 Linda Andersen.

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A fellow blogger, Carol Campbell–writersdream9  shared the post below featuring painted cows.  I hope you enjoy them too.


What “P” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

10 Responses to “P is for Pinwheels, Pillows, and Painted Cows”

  1. P is for Psalms of Praise–which my little granddaughter is enjoying at this very moment!

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    I love your choices for the letter “P.” Playtime. Time to play. Time to have fun. When under stress, playtime helps release the tension!

    • I love it and I believe I hear cheering from others visiting “A Writer’s Playground.” Who’s at bat? Who made a homerun? You, yes, it was you with your winning suggestion–playtime. Thanks so much for playing along to help release tension.

  3. Dear Linda, Loved the pillows and painted cows. Speaking of painted, we have painted bear sculptures in New Bern, and we had a couple of painted horses in Maryland. One was a registered Pinto and the other was an Appaloosa. Plus, my brother Richard and his lovely wife are both painters. Anne works in water colors and Richard works in oils.
    Other P words that come to mind are pea pods, playfulness, pontificate and persnickety. Hope you are having a pulchritudinous day. How’s Scotty doing?

    • Sarah, I loved learning about painted animals in other places. That would make a creative cross country tour. Onward Animal Sculpture Tours. You and your husband have such creative family members. Has your brother and sister-in-law ever painted an animal sculpture?

      I love your long lists of suggested words for each letter. Wow, you love lots of great words. Persnickety is one I especially like from your list.

      Scotty and I are at Duke for lots of appointments. More later on that! Thanks for asking.

  4. This has been fun and eye opening.

    “P” is for peace. Without peace in our hearts and minds, we could not navigate the stresses of life.
    Mindful walking,meditation,and visualization can change negative or angry thoughts to peaceful ones. Visualize a situation or a person who presents a conflict surrounded by light and love. Sit with this “picture” a few moments and mentally send the person or situation love and peace. This is not easy, but it will release your stress and bring more peace to your life and others’ lives.

    • Janis,
      What a perfect “P” word! Thanks so much. You have written meditations to help people visualize and change negatives into positives and peaceful alternatives. Bless you for all you do. The visualization exercise you shared is simple enough to follow and yet one we have to work at to do regularly. I’ll try to do better. Loved this! Thanks again.

  5. P-p-p-perfect post about puffy pillows, pinwheels, and parades, Linda. 🙂

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