Taking in Life Around Me......#Sundaystills.....Theme: Plunge

This #sundaystills challenge is hosted by Terri from Second Wind LeisureIt's a great themed photography challenge that you'll enjoy. I love seeing the other participants interpretation of the theme each week...it causes me to think outside the box. I joined in hopes of it pushing me to get out and take more photos...I have to some degree, but I also like that Terri is okay with us finding photos in our archives, which is also a lot of fun. So check out my photos and then head over to Terri's page to participate or visit other's posts. There are some awesome contributors who always inspire me. 

This weeks theme for this week is Plunge. When I saw that I thought "what in the world am I going to use for this one". I'm typically a "literal" thinker and it sometimes takes a bit for me to think outside the box, but a few things came to me after awhile. 

Plunge can take on a few meanings..You can take a literal plunge into water, which, if I'm honest, I don't care for..I'm not a huge fan of swimming. Or you can take the plunge into something that is out of your comfort zone, maybe take the plunge into a new friendship, business, move out of the area. Maybe it's plunging into a new book. Here's what I came up with. 

I am afraid of heights. I try not to be, and I've gotten much better. Not everything causes fear...If I'm in an airplane or in an enclosed space, I'm okay, well, except for the Big Wheel in Seattle, that made me nervous for awhile. This trail above is called the Eagle Crest trail..it is narrow..see the cable on the left? Anyways, I went on this hike with a friend...I challenged myself, I also stayed along the wall. There wasn't room for error, and I'm kind of a klutz. I smiled politely at passerbys, occasionally saying, sorry, I just can't walk on that side. It's a beautiful hike. Sadly in 2017 it was devasted by a forest fire started by a teenager who threw a firework over the side. It also trapped several hikers overnight who were not prepared to spend the night in the wilderness. Thankfully everyone made it out but I can imagine how scary that was. I think they recently reopened the trail. 
I'm also NOT a fan of being in the water...deep water, rushing water. I'm not a strong swimmer, so that's probably why, but several years ago my family all wanted to go white water rafting..the girls all had friends going and to be honest, I did NOT want to be left out. So I "sucked it up buttercup" and went. I told the guide (who looked like a young Matthew McConaughey) that I did NOT want the raft to tip. Ha! Thankfully it didn't and I didn't fall off, though one did. That was definitely taking the plunge. I'm in the back row on the left next to my husband. 

I took the plunge and ate raw oysters in 2021 in honor of my dad who had passed away the week before. I probably won't do that again. Yuck. 
I literally took the plunge last year and did a polar plunge in our local lake with my hubby and some friends. Hubby is the second in from the right. It was cold and there was still some snow on the ground. 
My hubby talked me into going to the top of the Astoria Column. While it is enclosed, there are spaces between the steps and if you look down, you can see it all...not my favorite thing. The column is 125 feet tall and has 165 stairs. The artwork is called Sgraffiti which is an Italian renaissance artwork and was done by an Italian immigrant. The column was completed in 1926. 
Tongue in cheek, I plunged into taking down the Christmas decor, which ended up taking almost the entire day. Now my house looks bare and I need to find some things to fill some spaces. 

The other thing I plunged into last year was reading...I might have shared these photos last week. Sorry for the repeats if I did, but I challenged myself to read 48 books and I accomplished that. Some were easy reads, some were longer and took awhile. Do you see a familiar author in the first photo. In the third photo there is also a book written by another blogger who usually posts on Weekend Coffee share but I believe also sometimes here on Sunday Stills..I don't remember.  This year I've plunged deeper and challenged myself to 54 books. 

This year I hope to plunge into: 

* My word of the year: Savor
* Getting out and photographing more
* Making a slight change at work that hopefully will allow me to have an extra day to delve into more time to pursue a few things.
* Reading more
* Whatever else may come my way that peaks my interest. 


  1. Before I take the plunge here, I love your WOTY--savor! Great choice! Well, not only did you do a polar plunge last year, you plunged into many things that you fear! Gotta hand it to you there! Your ideas for 2023 into which you can plunge sound awesome! As for your reading cloud, was that from Goodreads? Someone else showed theirs, too, but she cobbled it together.

    1. Thank you Terri.Yes, those are from Goodreads. I just took a screenshot. I found a gal on IG (from someone else) who created ones that you can insert which books you read each month so I'm going to do that. The one with the 12 recommendations from friends I got from someone's IG page. I still have the blanks if you're ever interested.

  2. I agree with Terri Kirstin, savor (or in our part of the world we spell it 'savour') is a great WOTY! Oh my that track under the rocks - I couldn't have done it (due to my fear of heights and edges), you are so brave and the whitewater rafting looks scary but fun! You've certainly taken the plunge in a variety of ways and shows your adventurous spirit!

    1. The hike was definitely nerve wracking in spots, but I'm glad I did it. There was one thing I did in Switzerland as well, but I couldn't find a picture of me doing it, just a video.

  3. Gosh for someone who doesn't like heights and swimming much YOU did wonderfully with your 'plunges'. Yes Terri does make us think and then become creative and I enjoy that. The oysters though, really?? Denyse

    1. Haha. I try to challenge myself as much as possible. I did not enjoy the oysters, but did it as a tribute to my dad. I probably won't eat them again..haha.


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