Daily Post Photo Challenge “Enveloped”

Enveloped in … a cozy blanket …Cookie the hamster in my son’s gentle hand …a field of spring flowers …a favorite tree



Published by Kathy Simmons

I am an ex New Yorker who still misses the vibrancy of the city. I seek out the humor in every day life and relay it through my stories in the hope others will appreciate as well. I love to write about growing up with my fantastically unique Irish mother whose memory inspires me every day. Although she is no longer with us, her antics are an endless staple for my tales. I currently live in Connecticut with my husband, two sons and toy fox terrier Anabel.

19 thoughts on “Daily Post Photo Challenge “Enveloped”

  1. Hi Kathy,
    I love your selection of photos. That first one of the dog is stellar, and the one of your son melts my heart–brought to mind quite a few hamster shots of our cherished late hamster, Pandora, cradled gently and lovingly in my daughter’s little hands.

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      1. My condolences on your loss. It came as a huge surprise to me how attached we could become to a hamster and it was a big blow to us all when we lost Pandora.


      2. Naomi, that story was fabulous! Touching with humor mixed in as well. You are a great writer. I love to write but lately have gotten caught up in these wordpress photo challenges to kill time when I have writer’s block. I need to get back to the pen, so will try to refrain from next “photo” contest. By the way, I think your hamster funeral trumped ours but sounded beautiful. As for the vet visits, our two prior hammies were diabetic. We spent large amounts on meds but would have done anything to help them out. Vet even had us considering an operation at one point for another problem. They really do become part of the family. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to visiting your site and reviewing further to see what else we have in common. Your daughters are beautiful! I have two sons 13 and 15 and live in CT. Nice to meet you….

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      3. Hi Kathy,
        I really enjoyed your story too! I see so many parallels. I would never have known hamsters get diabetes!
        I wrestle with the same problem–it’s so much easier to tackle a tiny photo challenge instead of working on the more daunting task of finishing a novel. I’ve been posting less lately while trying to revise a final draft of a novel. Today I have one full day to dedicate to it, as dinner is already made, husband is coming home late, and both my kids are on overseas adventures. My kids are older than yours. My 20 yr. old daughter is a junior, studying abroad at Oxford, and my son is a college grad teaching abroad in Turkey. I remember how much time I spent parenting when my kids were 13 and 15–carpooling, hosting their friends and functions, (like Bea’s NaNoWriMo Club sleepovers), being a Girl Scout leader, etc. But my day to day parental duties and obligations are mostly now, except for family travel and school vacations, so I have no excuses and need to get cracking!
        It was nice meeting you too–I will enjoy following your story and your blog!


      4. Both your children seemed to have inherited an adventurous spirit I am sure fueled by you. Would love one or both of my sons to have opportunity to study/travel abroad. I just got both Irish citizenship since my mother was born there so they are duel citizens of US and Ireland. Not quite sure what that entails but thought it would be worthwhile. I could see the creativity of your children by the description of the hamster funeral and adornment. That is wonderful! They both sound like they are living interesting lives. I am still in throes of carpooling. My older son is a springboard diver and younger does many different things, all which involve driving. Once my oldest gets license next year, the world will open up a bit. I see myself where you are now and I now it will be here in the blink of an eye! Thanks for follow. I still have to get to your blog.

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      5. It goes way too fast, Kathy! I have a friend whose parents were both born in Ireland, and she got Irish citizenship for her children too. (My daughter and I went with her to Donegal to help her get birth certificates for the paperwork.) Maybe your kids will want to go to Ireland to study abroad!


  2. Beautiful captures, although I did read “cooking the hamster” originally which did have me a tad concerned but just for a moment – must be time for coffee! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Anabel (Toy Fox Terrier) is full grown and weighs in at 6 lbs. Small in stature but enormous spirit! She loves her comforts and often sleeps fully submerged under blanket of bed.


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