Day 540: I Spy

I chose this title today because:

  • “I Spy” reminds me of an old game (“I spy with my little eye …”),
  • I Spy” reminds me of an old TV show (and its theme song)

(video on YouTube here)

  • and “I Spy” is one of those topics that lets me post whatever images I want.

Let us begin!

I spy, with my little eye, something that begins with the letter “d”.



Hmmm. That’s probably difficult to see, with the angle of the picture and the barrier of that fence.

Let’s do that one over, with something closer, more recent, and easier on the eyes. Again, I spy, with my little eye, something that begins with the letter “d.”


That’s my neighbor Karen’s new dog, whom I met yesterday morning.  That puppy spied me, too:


Let’s face it, I might as well just end this post here. Everything from now on is going to fade in comparison, cuteness-wise.

But there’s more to life than cute, right?

I spy, with my little eye, things that begin with the letter “t.”


Again, I’m making this difficult, aren’t I?  Indeed, when I saw that, this weekend, in Arlington’s Bicentennial Park, I remarked to bf Michael, “Can anybody really tell what those are?” Michael pointed out that stone carvings were not easy to execute, and he suggested I not be so judgmental.

I’d like to give you a better chance with that one, too. I spy, with my little eye, things that begin with the letter “t.”





Those are all trees I saw at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, shown previously in this post. I am happy to present them to you again, in their true colors, since I inadvertently was filtering all my photos back then.

I have to tell you, when I look at those filtered photos (in posts starting here and ending here), I still feel a little bad. Slightly green, perhaps. As a matter of fact, I have been avoiding revisiting those posts. And when I do, I have thoughts like these:

What was I thinking? How could I have NOT noticed how odd all those photos look?  It’s SO obvious to me, now.  And I pride myself on my ability to see and observe! Ha!

But then I remember how it helps to

  1. let go of the actions of the past, and
  2. embrace the idea of “good enough.”

And sometimes, you get a do-over. Like here, today!

As for those original posts with the greenish photos, I am leaving them as they are, for the most part.  However, I’m going to change all the photos of people in my life, because I want them to appear to others, as they do to me, with all their beautiful colors.

I spy, with my little eye, things that begin with the letter “f.”










Before I’m something that begins with the letter “l” — “late” — let’s do one more game.  I spy, with my little eye, something that begins with the letter “c.”

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you might guess that it’s …


But it’s actually this:


That can’t possibly be good for me, could it?

Thanks to “I Spy” (both versions), dogs, my downstairs neighbor Karen, people who do their best, trees (no matter what color), friends, cats, chia, chocolate, and — of course! — you, for spying here, today.

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24 thoughts on “Day 540: I Spy

  1. I spy, with both my eyes, Ann dwelling again on photo filters that the rest of us may have forgotten about, but, dang, there she went and brought it up.

    I spy, with both my eyes, Ann-taken pictures bright and colorful and vibrant and making me smile, the t’s to the f’s, stone-etchings and trees and a great collection of friends.

    Have a great day, spying things with your discerning little eye so I can spy them later with both my eyes, Ann.

    • I spy with my big eyes a friend with a carefully-composed, completely captivating comment. Thank you, Mark. I also wanted to tell you that (1) I love the word “dang” and (2) Whole Foods Market, where I found the chocolate chia, was giving out free samples of a coconut snack named “Dang” and — dang! — those thangs were good!

  2. To follow up on what Mark has already successfully done: I spy, with my little eye, an “s” and an “f.” “s’ for smiling and “f” for faces. Love the game, your write up and reminders of one of my favorite shows, “I Spy” with Robert Culp and Bill Cosby.

    But, most of all, I love the unfiltered photos. Beautiful shots in the park and elsewhere, Ann. 😉

  3. I spy with my little eye something beginning with H.
    Robert Culp. He’s a hotty!
    Now we’re showing our age 😉

  4. Fun! And I’m glad that you stopped overusing filters – not that I had any issues with YOUR use of filters, but it seems every where I go the pictures have been filtered, and I just don’t think you can improve on Mother Nature!

  5. Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Inspirational Blogger Award! You can find the post here:

    I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    • I am very honored — and inspired — by your kind nomination. I don’t do Awards these days, but I would like to congratulate you on getting that award from people here!

  6. Gene Phillips

    I would probably have to go back and redo many of the photos I was unhappy with and that would be OK as long as I didn’t get obsessive (or should I say too obsessive) about it. I believe in the principle of muddling through, of, for example, striving to be good but not perfect. One of the very, very few phrases in ancient Greek that still comes to mind is “metron ariston (The middle way is best).” I should say that that is how I remember it, but I see on the internet that the phrase may be “Pan metron ariston (All things in moderation.” I like the product of my imperfect memory better. When I took up the study of Japanese art history, I was pleased to see that the Buddha also decided on a middle way by engaging in neither extreme austerities or sensual indulgence in his search for enlightenment. Of course, he is believed by many to have achieved perfect wisdom, which is not a goal of mine.
    On another note, my memories of “I Spy” did not include that opening sequence at all…tennis, really?

    • Perfect wisdom is not a goal of mine either, Gene, but I certainly appreciate the wisdom in this comment. And, yes, in “I Spy,” Kelly Robinson (Robert Culp)’s cover was tennis pro, which allowed him to travel all over the world for his various spying jobs, without suspicion. That was pretty wise of them, wasn’t it?

  7. It was very supportive of Michael to remind you of something new to be non-judgmental about (stone carvings) during your years of living non-judgmentally.

  8. You made me smile big with all your spying Ann 😀

  9. A fun post!

  10. Pingback: Day 675: Eyes | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  11. Pingback: Day 896: I Spy (Part 2) | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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