Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #94 –At Home

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The Lens Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Amy.

Says she: “This week, we invite you to share photos taken at home.”

Most of my life words and phrases make me think of… SONGS. I’m an old rock-n-roller, 50s/60s/70s stuff mostly. A lot of you bloggers refer to songs also. (Might make a good future theme, photos that depict a song.) ANYway, I bet a lot of you queue up Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s In My Room this week. HERE WE GO!

We often watch morning news. Shown here, the mayor of Denver announces an extension of stay-at-home, as different municipalities (and people) are itching to get back to work. Just be careful! It’s a life or death decision. The sunburst above the TV is metal-craft from a visit to Sedona, Arizona many years ago. The scrutinous will note that morning couch time can run long.

From whence doth one observe the TV at home, morning, noon, and night, these days? From the couch/sofa/davenport. It looks like the following, with me sitting where the laptop sits, and the laptop sitting on my lap:

In addition to the laptop, note the various accoutrements necessary for good couch-potatoing. Phone, tv remote, COFFEE, books, and magazines. All facing the tv, of course.

Another HOME song that came to mind is She’s Leaving Home by the Beatles.

She(we gave her most of our lives)
Is leaving (sacrificed most of our lives)
Home (we gave her everything money could buy)
She’s leaving home, after living alone, for so many years (bye bye)

Except she is not leaving home from here. I digress.

What does one look at on yon laptop on lap? In addition to endless scrolling of news sites (ENDLESS I say! Ad nauseam.), I view YOU, dear bloggers, and work on my own posts for Lens-Artists or Lapham’s Quarterly:

Occasionally, very very occasionally, I exercise. Following is my equipment. If I get sore using rubber bands and 3.3 pound weights, I am is serious, serious trouble. (I’m in trouble.)

Behind the sofa and tv viewing/exercise area, is the home office that I share with m’lady, SheWhoShallNotBeNamed. For your viewing pleasure I show you my portion of the bookshelves:

Far too many objet not-d’art to point out. A few closeups, perhaps. Leather-covered writing books purchased in Florence/Firenzi, Italy. The paper is not replaceable and I have too little of import to say, even in my legend-in-my-own-mind mind, so they are display items only:

The twelve years of Lapham’s Quarterly occupy prominence, with year 13 in progress. At least that passion takes priority over wine and beer. Perhaps we are privileged if we have time to entertain a passion, even if it’s only binge-watching 90+ hours of Homeland on Showtime, or all three seasons of True Detective on HBO. That’s like reading a fiction book, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Tell me I’m OK!!!

Speaking of beer, I love this beer can from El Rancho Brewing. A 16-ouncer that once briefly contained the seasonal ale, winter of ’18-’19 I believe. Great graphics, it sits in front of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I have my priorities!

Finally, and there is always a finally in life, a poor photo of a good photo, IMO, ‘last dog’, gone now, unusually well-groomed at the time and sitting in sunlight on the stairs of a former home.

A few extra copies of Lapham’s Quarterly reside nearby, as well as an empty L.Q. slipcase for year 2021.

All photos are NEW this week, taken presciently yesterday with my Panasonic ZS-200. I do not aspire to be a good photographer. I just get lucky sometimes, but not this week.

You Got Lucky by Tom Petty.
Even The Losers Get Lucky Sometimes by Tom Petty.

That’s all folks! Stay-At-Home until you can’t stand it anymore, and on pain of DEATH (real death, people) run screaming into the streets, tearing out your hair (not a problem for me) (the hair). Deepest sympathies to any who have lost family or friends. This is nasty stuff.

Stay safe, be well.

Kudos to the tireless leaders of the weekly Lens-Artists challenge.

Weekly Challenge info from Tina:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.

34 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #94 –At Home

  1. I so enjoy your “at home” tour. I really like your book shelves, John. Your comfy place looks like my hubby’s corner. 🙂 Happy to see my post showing on your laptop.

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  2. John, I enjoyed this visit a lot and as someone who grew up during the British Invasion and afterwards, I loved the Beach Boys. (Actually saw them in concert once.) I also have an empty beer can displayed, mine being from Black Tooth Brewery in Sheridan, Wyoming. And I feel the same about those notebooks–I wouldn’t want to use them.

    After our recent move, we decided against cable and have Netflix and CBS All Access, as CBS has almost all our favorite TV shows, not that we like that many, but… Gives me more time to read, but we’ve been watching “Hinterland” on Netflix and season 8 of what we consider to be one of the best things ever made for TV, “Foyle’s War.” We have them all on DVD with the exception of Season 7, which has somehow disappeared and must be re-ordered. And I have a spot that looks much like your “office.”

    Cheers and stay well!



  3. Nice to know a little more about you John. Your home looks so lovely. Love the leather bound books and glad you don’t use them as I think they are too special to use..perhaps I am wrong and they should be used??

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  4. Thank you for the peek into your life John. Clearly the pandemic has not hurt your sense of humor nor your taste for irony! Be careful w that couch laptopping. Mine has fallen more than once from a similar position!!

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  5. This was a fun trip around your room. GREAT song choices – I remember both quite well. I also like the arrow labeling. I have a MacBook Pro as well and I will look for the app. Nice job on the photos and “narration” :). We stopped watching Homeland a few years ago because it made it hard to fall asleep! (the News was and is scary enough!) Well done show though.

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  6. I can’t be a couch potato, John. I need to move around and sit in different places throughout the day. I have two laptops in different places and use my phone to check on blogs and write comments so I don’t have to use computer all the time.

    Great tour of your home activities. 😊

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