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R is for Rose, Recyclables, and Remodeled Back Porch

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 21, 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  “R is for Rose, Recyclables, and Remodeled Back Porch” 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/

R is for Rose

This is a very hardy climbing rose, rooted from my mother’s bush.  Many years ago on Mother’s Day, my brother, sisters, and I wore a rose cutting to church in honor of our mom.  Wearing a red rose signified a living mother, while a white rose signified a deceased one.  My husband and I decided to stake our climbing rose to a trellis in 2012.  This photo shows the rose in bloom in 2013.  In 2015, we decided to remodel our back porch.  The rose and trellis had to be moved to install a heat/air wall unit that needed to be hung right where the rose was.  I am happy to say that the rose survived the move  and is budding again this year.  Hopefully, there will be red blooms by Mother’s Day.  More about the porch below.

What is your favorite color rose?  Can you finish this old poem?

Roses are red,

Violets are Blue…

Have you ever invented new endings to this poem?

Are you familiar with knock-out roses?  If not, look them up.

Rose by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

Rose by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

R is for Recyclables

One bag for plastics, one for cardboard, and one for newspapers.  We live in a rural area and haul our trash to the dump.  We also live in an Army town so we recycled Army laundry bags bought at a pawn shop to haul our recyclables to the dump.  Lots of recycling going on.

Recyclables by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

Recyclables by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

R is for Remodeled Back Porch

Over the years, our back porch began to suffer from neglect and turned into a storage area and an eyesore.  It was time for a major remodel.  In 2015, we did just that.

Roof leak caused damage to ceiling. Time to redo. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Roof leak caused damage to ceiling. Time to redo. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Indoor/outdoor carpeting stained from rain. Time to remove. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Indoor/outdoor carpeting stained from rain. Time to remove. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Rattan furniture inherited from husband's parents with replaced cushions and upholstery. Time to enjoy the backporch remodel. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Rattan furniture inherited from husband’s parents with replaced cushions and upholstery. Time to enjoy the back porch remodel. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

New tile flooring and heat/air wall mount unit. Grandmother's kitchen table and chairs. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

New tile flooring and heat/air wall mount unit. Grandmother’s kitchen table and chairs. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

What “R” 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!

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14 Responses to “R is for Rose, Recyclables, and Remodeled Back Porch”

  1. joycemoyerhostetter said

    Love this series and also your remodeled backporch. R words? Recyle, Reuse, and Repurpose. Also Reading, ‘Ritiing, and Research!

  2. Dear Linda,
    I loved your R words: rose, recyclables, and remodel. Cool. Loved your sharing your pictures. The pictures make your stories come “alive.”
    R stands for retirement, rent, and resolution. Good luck with all of your writing adventures. You blog is fun!

    • Joan,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the R words and pictures. I loved your terrific choices of “R” words. Everyone looks forward to retirement. I like to think of peaceful placed before the word resolutions. Thanks for the well wishes. Same to you. I appreciate your compliment about the blog being fun. I’m so happy to hear that.

  3. When I was growing up, in late September or early October every year, my mother would come in with the final rose of the season and sing “The last rose of summer.” It was usually a red rose. She loved to garden.
    The new back porch looks enchanting.
    Other R words that come to mind are rhubarb, rhinoceros, renegade. rubies and recovery. Keep up the fun posts, Linda.

    • Sarah,

      Thanks for sharing your last rose of summer memory. Loved it.

      Thanks for the compliment on our back pork remodel. We enjoy it a great deal!

      I look forward to your word list each day. I thought of ruby red when I was brainstorming too. Great minds think alike. 😉 I find comfort in the word “recovery.” Rhinos are fun to see. Maybe I’ll think on adding one to a story myself. Thanks for playing along.

  4. R is for being a Renewed creature in Christ!!

  5. Red roses are my favourite as well! ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

  6. Linda, your “remodelled” back porch loves lovely, warm, and restful. 🙂

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