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What Is It?!? – Week 19/52

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. – Edgar Allan Poe

Wow. Week 19, I can barely keep up, here I am a day late with very little time left for this day. Such is my life. Actually, this seems to be the norm now. Always busy, never enough time. Must make time to dream. So anyway, for the nineteenth time this year, I challenge you to tell me what this is. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? – Week 18/52 (Last Week’s Picture)

Fabio started off with, “Let me try again… maybe the seat of a chair? I know I am not good…” Alas, not the seat of a chair, but remember, this isn’t about winning, it’s about sharing your perspective! Brenda guessed, “placemat?” Not a placemat either. “Outdoor furniture?” Not outdoor furniture. But you can use it outdoors. “Athletic gear?” Not athletic gear. Jude mused, “Fabric?” Not fabric. “Leather?” Not leather. “Mmm… I like the light on this object so maybe it is something hard, like china or stone?” Not anything hard, this is flexible. “A plastic chair?” Not a plastic chair. “This is going to be some American thing that we don’t have over here isn’t it! Is it some sort of waterproof covering that you throw over furniture?” Actually, ding ding ding! You got it, indeed waterproof covering, in this case, a tarp. One thing I really like about having this blog is learning how some things are so different “across the pond.” I am always enlightened. In the meantime, Sarah guessed, “Is it a hat? Woven from straw or something similar?” Not a hat and not straw. “Ah, Jude got it! I never would have got that!!” I also love the interaction. Well done, folks! That was a great round of playing the weekly “what is it?!?” guessing game!

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What Is It?!? – Week 18/52

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your 18th (!) weekly “what is it?!?” mystery picture is ready for your guessing pleasure. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 17/52

Fabio started the guessing game, “Schelley, is it a cork?” Not a cork. Cee mused, “No clue. I’ll have tot put on my thinking cap. Maybe part of a tattoo.” Not part of a tattoo, but I can see that. Sarah said, “Looks like someone went a bit mad with some eyeliner on the back of their hand!!!” LOL! Not eyeliner gone mad. “Is it a piece of decorated pottery?” Ding ding ding! Yes, it is a piece of decorated pottery. Do you know what in particular made the decoration? “Yay me … I suspect it was string dipped in paint!” Not a string dipped in paint. “Was it something simple like a felt tipped pen?” Not simple. So what was it?

What you saw was a piece of horsehair pottery. This technique, created by Native Americans, was told to have happened when a Pueblo woman’s hair brushed against the very hot pottery just out of the kiln. What resulted was a beautiful pattern. She played with applying different items, and stumbled upon horsehair creating the nicest effect. It is indeed beautiful!

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What Is It?!? Week 17/52

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. – Henry David Thoreau

Oh, how I wish I had more time to go a-fishing. Don’t we all? Well, a day late, but here nonetheless, your 17th weekly “what is it?!?” mystery picture is finally ready for you to guess. What do you think it is? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 16/52

Fabio started the guessing game, “Schelley, let me try this one. It seems that you finally have heard our cries and put up something easier this week. Is it the back of a chair? If I am wrong, it will not be a surprise. Please bear with my ignorance…PS: Despite my complaints, frankly, I love this part of your blog show. Bravissimo, Schelley!!!” It almost pained me to say that this isn’t the back of a chair. But I’m so glad you enjoy these little challenges! And then isotel came along and figured it out. “I think it’s a … key?” Ding ding ding! Yep, it’s a key. Great guess! Sébastien even got it right. “This has to be definitely a metallic object..A cog or key?” Correct on two counts: metallic and a key. Double ding ding dings! Sarah said, “Well I never would have guessed it was pollen! I got this one, a key, but not quick enough” Triple ding ding dings!

So I guess that was an easy one, eh? Yes, what you saw was a key. A key that I found cleaning a drawer. A key to what? I have no idea. So even though the challenge was easy, the key truly is a “mystery’ subject! 😀

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What Is It?!? Week 16/52

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. – Abraham Lincoln

Just in time, your 16th weekly “what is it?!?” mystery picture now awaits your guessing pleasure. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 15/52

Kay started the guessing game with, “Is it water? Like from a sprinkler?” Not water. Shahn mused, “I was thinking water as well. The side of a rock?” Not the side of a rock. Sébastien said, “Believe I took this shot myself…Looks like rock texture to me…” Alas, not a rock. Sarah asked, “The edge of textured materiel, like a coat sleeve cuff perhaps?” Not material.

So what was it?!?

If you live in the South, you’re well acquainted with this pesky yellow stuff. Yep, it’s pollen. In this case, a mound of pollen on my green Saturn Vue. It’s everywhere!

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What Is It?!? Week 15/52

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyam

Life is full-speed ahead! I am hoping that summer will bring with it a refreshing pace in life. (… and leave the heat and humidity behind, that would be such an oh-so-nice summer!)

Enough about the speed of life (which seems sometimes to be speedier than the speed of light!).

Without further delay, your 15th weekly “what is it?!?” mystery picture is ready for your guessing pleasure. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 14/52

Sébastien started off the guessing game with, “Thanks for the answer to last week. Seems so obvious now. For this week, looks like something melted…So first thought would be snow but I’m also thinking about sugar…” This isn’t melted, not sugar or snow, but interesting perspectives! Lilmisspoutine guessed, “toilet paper.” Not toilet paper. LOL Sarah came along and mused, “It seems so obvious now! Ok, guess no.1 for this week – bread?” Drum roll please … Ding ding ding! Bread indeed. Wow! “Good grief! First guess! It just made me think of the lovely fresh bread my hubby makes at the weekend.” There’s nothing like fresh baked bread. Cari jumped in and said, “Not that you’d have reason to believe that I got this right without looking at the previous comment (lol) but I really was about to say that I thought it looked like bread.” Then you get a ding-ding-ding, too! Fabio guessed, “Some kind of resin, Schelley? You already know that I am not good at all with guessing…” Not some kind of resin, but great perspective! And it’s not about how good you are at guessing, it’s all about sharing your perspective.

So yes, what you saw was bread. Good old fashioned bread.

P.S. Each week you’ll find the answer to the previous week’s mystery picture. I would never leave you hanging! 😉

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What Is It?!? – Week 14/52

If you didn’t think this year is going by quickly, knowing that we’re already into week 14, oh my, that proverbial clock’s tick keeps on pulsing faster and faster! And, time got the better of me. Yep, it happened. I missed my usual Monday’s “what is it?!?” post. Oh my! By the time I finished helping my 11-year old with homework, there was no more “time” remaining. Enough of excuses!

Your 14th weekly “what is it?!?” mystery picture is now ready for your guessing pleasure. (Finally!) Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 13/52

Jenna started off by saying, “It’s something beautiful.” Now that’s a perspective that makes me smile! Jude’s perspective, “My first thought was cinnamon toast, but I suspect that is just wishful thinking. Could it be a rock as in sandstone?” Not a rock or sandstone, but that’s what it looks like to me. Sébastien said, “Beautiful…I’m torn between a wafer of some kind or a paper page.” Interesting perspectives, too. Neither a wafer or paper page. Sarah asked, “A ham sandwich? Or a biscuit?” Not a ham sandwich or biscuit. Mmmmmm. Hungry. “Ha ha ha! I keep thinking of gingerbread too when I look at it though I think that’s to do with its colour.” Nor gingerbread.

So what was it?!? What you saw was the space between the bark and trunk of a pine tree. Interesting, eh?

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What Is It?!? – Week 13/52

I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see. – Duane Michals

I’m giving y’all a week away from the illustrious iPhone macro clip-on attachment photographs; instead, this week you’re getting your ordinary – yet lucky number 13th – “what is it?!?” mystery picture to guess. Do you have any idea? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 12/52

Jude started with, “Looks like a handful of mixed dried fruit – raisins, currants, sultanas!” Not mixed dried fruit. “Muesli? or Granola?” Neither. “Is it something edible? Or am I completely in the wrong ballpark?” Stay in the kitchen area; however, you wouldn’t want to EAT this, but you would want to _____ this. Mmmmmm. Remember, this is kind of microscopic, so you’re seeing this REALLY CLOSE UP. “A seed? Mung bean? Something you would grow?” Wrong type of bean. Yes, this is something that was grown. I wouldn’t grow it, but I’m sure thankful that others do! “Coffee bean?” Ding Ding Ding! Coffee grounds.

… Meanwhile, we still had another round of guessing. Linda mused, “Hmm, trail mix or some kind of cereal?” Not trail mix or cereal. “Hmm, What about some kind of sprinkles on a cake or donut? Am I allowed this second guess?” You are allowed as many guesses as you’d like! However, these aren’t sprinkles on a cake or donut, although that sounds really good right now. Fabio, on vacation in Sao Paulo, said, “Let me guess: some kind of cereal or sugar?” Neither cereal or sugar.

So wow, who would have thought that ground coffee would look so much like cereal or dried fruit?!?

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What Is It?!? – Week 12/52

I recently purchased a “clip-on” macro, wide angle, and fish eye lens for my iPhone, and have been more than pleased with the macro capabilities of this tiny lens! As a matter of fact, last week’s picture I took with my iPhone and macro lens, and decided to do the same this week. After all, a girl’s got to play with new stuff, right?

So here is you’re 12th weekly “what is it?!?” mystery picture, ready for your guessing pleasure. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 11/52

Sweetness commented, “I have no bloody clue.” I got a good laugh. “You have no idea how long I looked at that dang picture lol.” Sorry if I made your brain hurt! … seriously, I know how you feel, I’ve had friends post pictures and challenge me to guess, and I’ve no bloody clue either! Lilmisspoutine said, “looks like the flip side of CDs or DVDs … which they’re probably not” Jude jumped in, “I don’t know, I can see how you think that. The colour and the reflections. Maybe they are hanging up somewhere, like a wind chime?”  Not the flip side of CD or DVD or hanging up like wind chimes, but great perspectives! I’ll give y’all a clue: this is inside. Mic mused, “Here is my guess: it is the edge of a cymbal on your son’s drum set.” Not the edge of a cymbal, but another interesting perspective. (And I can totally see that now.)  “Ahh! I thought I had it!” And he usually does! Sarah pondered, “The way the metal is worked it could well be a cymbal! If not, then possibly knives or other cutlery in the kitchen?” Not knives or other cutlery. “Saucepans?” Not saucepans. “Wine cooler?” Not a wine cooler. Then Mic came back, “If it is not a cymbal, maybe it is part of a light fixture or lamp.” And that is the Ding Ding Ding!  Wow. This is part of a glass lamp that was in our room at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk in San Antonio. Great guess, Mic. “Glass!!? I think you had us all fooled on that one…it looks metallic. I have to admit that my guess on this one came out of left field somewhere…not my first impression.” This glass lamp happened to have a metallic part in the middle (that concealed the wiring), so that gave the metallic look and feel.

So yes, what you saw was the edge of a glass lamp.

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What Is It?!? – Week 11/52

Greetings from San Antonio, Texas! Ian and I are enjoying spring break with my brother’s family (except for poor hubby, who has to work!), but you’re still getting your weekly mystery picture fix. 😉

So here is you’re 11th weekly “what is it?!?” mystery picture, ready for your guessing pleasure. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 10/52

For the last two “what is it?!?” mystery picture posts, I’ve noticed something. When a mystery subject was guessed here on WordPress, my Facebook players just couldn’t identify what it was; but then the reverse happened this past week. The Facebook link was guessed immediately, but not the case here on WordPress. Anyway, without further ado, let’s go over what was guessed!

Jude asked, “Is this the real colour Schelley?” Yes, it is. I sure was tempted to convert to black and white, but liked the color image better. Sarah asked, “Is this a metal nail or pin?” Well, it is metal, but not a nail or pin. “Hmmmmn, a part of an ornament?” Not part of an ornament. “Do you hang something over it?” Well, you could, but it’s not made intentionally for that. Jude came back and guessed, “Is it a railing? Like on a fence?” That would be a ding ding ding! Yes, indeed, it is part of a fence.

So if you were wondering what a macro picture of a fence looks like, your wish was granted! LOL! 😀

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What Is It?!? – Week 10/52

Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill

Another Monday, another mystery picture! Below you’ll find your 10th weekly “what is it?!?” picture (in total, mystery picture #375!), ready for you to guess. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Last Week’s Picture (Week 9/52)

Oh, last week’s picture was fun. Jude started off with, “Oh last week’s was so hard! And this week isn’t any better – I shall have to think about this.” I promise, I don’t intend to make these difficult. Sarah said, “This is really obscure! Last week’s one – very clever! Have you colourised this?” I didn’t change the color on this one, but I will say that it picked up the ambient lighting of my red walls. The subject itself is very close to its color. Fabio agreed about this being a difficult mystery subject, “Schelley, too hard for me to guess, but I loved i! Thanks much!” And then Brenda popped in, guessing, “The top of a Spanish conquistador’s helmet?” Alas, it’s not the top of a Spanish conquistador’s helmet. Mitch pondered, “Looks like some sort of glass item.” Not glass. Mic asked, “Is it my imagination or are all of them harder this year?” Again, I promise I’m not intending that! Sreejith guessed, “Edges of a rose petal ???” What a great perspective, but not edges of a rose petal. Joanne asked, “Is it a section of a drill bit?” Not a section of a drill bit, but I can certainly see that. After some sleep, Jude returned, “OK. I’m back. Still can’t make out what it is, but as a guess I shall say something material – like curtains or possibly a cushion?” Not material. Think opposite. “So something hard. Plastic? Or metal?” Metal. Ding! “So, a frame of a mirror maybe? Or curtain finial? It does appear to have a twisted appearance.” It is indeed twisted.  But I cannot expect you to know exactly what the subject is, other than it’s metal. Hint: the subject picks up the ambient lighting from my red walls.

So what was it?

What you saw was part of a twisted metal lamp stand. The light from the lamp reflecting off of my red office walls gave this the warm, reddish glow.

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