Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge

The Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge by XingfuMama gives us an opportunity to share some of the best moments of our week.

From the post: “This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.”

Goldfinch mural by Jaya King

I was walking around midtown Sacramento when I spotted this vibrant new mural by Jaya King outside of Cada Apartments.

Jaya has been an artist for Sacramento’s annual Wide Open Walls Mural Festival (which began in 2016) since 2018.

I love all of her murals, but found this one to be particularly striking. The natural light coming in through the glass ceiling made the scene feel more serene.

a different angle of mural by Jaya King

Jaya King and more of her murals can be found on Instagram handle: artchickjaya

Next up are some of the new babies in my potted garden. Clockwise from top left: echeveria purpuruem, haworthia cymbiformis, haworthia cooperi variegata.

Below: more haworthias and sedums

Below: more echeveria purpureum, and several varieties of sempervivum

The planters are terra cotta glazed with thinned acrylic paint. Not so very long ago, that was a project of its own.

Next up: jewelry! Nothing fancy.

My post-breakup self-care routine involves treating myself to a Betsey Johnson trinket. You can guess how much I’ve been through lately by the number of new trinkets ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gold pave frogs hugging pearls

The pin in the bottom left says “I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.”

sunflowers with yellow gemstones for centers
all together

New jewelry deserves a photo shoot, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

These have been just a few of the things that sparked some serotonin for me this week. ๐Ÿ™‚


12 Comments Add yours

  1. XingfuMama says:

    Love these. The mural really jumps out of that concrete wall and the frogs made me smile.

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Sadje says:

    Lovely pics. The mural is amazing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Sadje says:

        Youโ€™re most welcome

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  3. Steven S. Wallace says:

    I love the โ€œchallengeโ€ โ€ฆ itโ€™s a noticing meditation. It mustโ€™ve been a nice moment for you to take it in and spend time in the presence of a well-placed beautiful piece of art.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I love doing photo posts like this, and reliving the fun times ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Deepthy says:

    Lovely photos! I especially loved the mural – might try to draw that one day (albeit, not as well ๐Ÿ˜‚)
    Thank you for sharing your hoy with us!๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Thank you so much! You should totally do that, will still be fun no matter how it turns out ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. Deepthy says:

      *joy (sorry!)


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