CFFC Challenge,Wilting & Dying

We are now getting into the sad time of year where the beauty of the spring flowers are about done. Its about time to start planting the fall flowers of yellows and golds.

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Even though the under brush is dying, the determination to bloom still holds.
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The bloom of the sunflower has bowed in death, yet the birds still feast on the few seeds left.
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The pods of this beauty are curled in death but a new life is sprinkled to the ground for spring.
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The leaves of the tomato where fruit was enjoyed lay wrinkled in death at the end of a season.

 

Come join in on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week’s CFFC topic is Special Request: Wilting, dead or aging flowers and leaves. Be creative and mostly have a lot of fun.

But remember the beauty they gave us earlier in the year with their colors so vibrant and fragrances so dear. We bid them goodbye, dreaming of the next season come and encourage them to tell us “what about next year?”

I am reminding you as always to be kind and enjoy the simple things of life. I am sharing a picture group that shows pure joy…hope it makes you smile. Thank you Random Acts of Kindness for the Photos.

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Hummers Delight

As hard as I try to catch a picture of a hummingbird at my feeder, my phone camera is just too slow. But I do have a variety of flowers in my yard that they visit often, so I given you flowers from a Hummers perspective, in macro. Sorry, it the best I can do for now.

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This gets visited a lot. Don’t know if its a favorite or just close to the feeder.
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According to research, this Purple Sage is a favorite.
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I see them visiting this a lot as well, don’t remember what its called
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Petunias are a “tube” flowers and therefore a favorite.
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This is Lantana, probably not a favorite for hummers but a favorite of mine.

Hope you enjoyed a trip through hummingbird food for my yard, maybe it made you smile.  I leave you with encouragement from the scriptures and a reminder of the beauty of nature.

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Have a wonderful afternoon. Be safe and be kind.

Trust The Quiet? Never

Don’t Trust the Quiet

You think I would remember, I have pictures to remind me so

To not trust the quiet, like from your children of long ago

The quiet peace of sleeping dogs and the task that I get to do

No stopping them from fighting or chewing on my shoe

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But here there is only one, asleep at peace you see

For the house is still quiet, where is the other to be

I head to the back of the house as she runs pass me in a dash

There is something in her mouth I must catch her in a flash

My sharp tone scares her making her drop what she has

I look down to the foam pieces of a pillow it was know as

The pillows where she sleeps are small and seem untouched

Maybe it’s from old pillows I thought and hoping for as much

But my horror  was confirmed with foam pieces scattered about

And her coming back in my room, a small piece still on her snout

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The room is now re-closed for she still can’t be trusted

For the puppy that still remains has now been totally busted

I know I needed a new pillow, as this one was hurting my neck

This is not the way to do this, but alas, what the heck.

 

 

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Who???   Me???

I remind you as always the value of kindness. Even the animal kingdom understand this concept. So be kind with all kinds and enjoy these fun pictures.

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Tuesday Writing Prompt, July 28

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Cursive Writing

In an era of today’s technology, evolves neglect of writing by hand

And schools focus on futures of new projects they need to manned

We have no need of stationary, for everything goes by email

No remembrance or need of touch, to share our love through mail.

How very sad to become the robots we now have become

And forgetting the feel of love, in mail it once did come

Those of us who remember the beauty that writing can be

Can now use cursive writing as coded messages for others to see.

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Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda are currently hosting the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge which was started by our star writer Christine Ray. We hope to offer all of you something that will spark your creativity and willingness to participate.

 

Today’s prompt: Write a piece of prose or poetry around the words cursive, touch, and forget

So come join in on the fun and see what your creative juices can do. And as always…remember to be kind in all you do.

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Flying Ace, Diminishing Poetry

A New Flying Ace

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I came to the feeder but there was not even a trace

Between the bird and the chipmunks, it’s a hard race

Timing must be right, to win the fight, to be the new ace.

There’s no time for sitting in the soft lawn chair

Where you can sit, relax and grow long your hair

Time is wasted, food is gone, leaving you only air.

Donna Matthews of Go Dog Go Cafe has tossed out the challenge for diminishing poetry. Since I had never tried it before, I gave it a shot.

Today’s poetry form is called Diminishing Verse Poetry. From Brewer, “The main rule of diminishing verse poetry is to remove the first letter of end word in the previous line.”

Come join in on the fun to see what you can do. And as always in whatever you do, remember to be kind. Let others shine with you.

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What do you see #39

WHAT DO I SEE??? What do you mean!! Look at these prices! How’s a mouse gonna survive? But look… they are buying P-nut butter for the DOG! I like P-nut butter. Why can’t they buy P-nut butter for the mouse. No, no. They expect me to grovel for mere crumbs for food. I already lost my home and having to live in this open basket. What if it rains…WHAT IF THEY HAVE A CAT!??! There is just no respect I tell you, just no respect!!

What a fun picture for “What do you see #39”. Tie in with Sadje and Keep It Alive and join the fun.

And remember as always, try to be kind.

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Is It a Full Moon?? Evening Humor

Do you have those days when you think…why did I get out of bed?? Linda G Hill has a post she shares periodically called “What Day is it Anyway?” so I have one to share with you that I am still not sure was real except for the spot still on my sidewalk when I got home…

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Let’s start the day over..(Oh, good grief no) but only with words.

Got to sleep until 7 before the dogs wanted up, which was great as it is usually 6 when they start stiring. Don’t know why I complain as before retiring I was up at 5…but I am retired now…well semi, didn’t like full retirement.

The morning routine was normal – took my shower, had a bagel with cream cheese and was ready in plenty of time to leave for my part time job. I had plenty of time for a quick email to my boys to let them know I love them…it’s a mom thing. I get that done, put the puppy up, gather my lunch bag, my keys, my phone and set the alarm and I am good to go. I open the door and all hell breaks lose…

Scooting right between my legs into the house is a chipmunk aka ground squirrel. My bird feeder attracts them but usually they run from you. Don’t know what spooked him to run towards me…and Mimi, a coonhound/black lab mix, 65 pounds.

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And the chase was on. I could  not help but think of my friend Carl and his squirrel story as it ran through his house with his two small dogs chasing. Good grief.

Mimi is barking that high pitched coon hound holler/bark thing they do, tables are being knocked about, I chasing both trying to catch the squirrel with a dish towel that was being used as a dust cloth and then…the alarm goes off because I didn’t close the front door. Crap! I got it turned off before it went full bore and called the police, meanwhile squirrel and dog are going nuts but fortunately staying in one room. The squirrel made a dash for the hall  but Mimi hit the broom going after him and knocked it down spooking the squirrel who did a quick u-turn right inside the bookcase since the bottom of it was empty. I grabbed the (new) round dog bed and covered him to keep him in there so I could grab him. I am crawling on the floor trying to catch this varmint, and I am sure this was an interesting chuckle for my guarding angel and who ever may have been watching from heaven. You know they do.

Thinking I have him, I get to my feet only for him to wiggle free and fall out of my hands…right into Mimi’s mouth. NO! I screamed and sweet Mimi dropped him but I think the damage was done. He lay there limp but I was able to get him back outside to hopefully regain consciousnesses and run/limp away. I lay him gently in the shady part of my front stoop and went back inside…to start the routine over. Got Mimi settled with a Milk Bone, reset the alarm and out I go. I check on the squirrel and he is still unconscious but seems to be breathing. I look toward my car…wait, where is my car…oh, crap again!! We had a bad storm last night and I moved my car to the garage in case we had hail. The garage is out back with the walkout basement. I park out from so I don’t have to deal with stairs. I lower my head shaking…I am not going back in that house, I will just walk around.

I get to the gate and can’t get it open. Because of the rain, the wood had swollen locking the gate in place. The people who put up my fence really did not understand what all was involved in putting up a fence…I am sure you have read my earlier post of that nightmare and me having to rebuild the front portion of my fence.

Now what? No way can I climb the fence. The triangle hoe thingy was laying there where I dug up some weeds the other day so I used it to slip in the crack between the gate and the fence and pry to gate open…eating up precious time in trying to get to work on time.

 

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Finally got the gate open and I head between my house and my neighbors house to get to the back yard. Got to the garage, no issue, got to the car no issue. So I opened the passenger side door to put in my lunch bag and my breakfast juice and realize…I don’t have my purse. This time its D___!

I get in the car, drive back around to the front of the house to go get my purse. I almost have to body slam the gate to get it open – the hoe is on the ground inside the fence. I go inside, unset the alarm, grab my purse, reset the alarm and finally I am off to work! I did not shut the gate…just in case I needed to come back for some reason.

So, that was my day start…how was yours…

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Life is filled with things that can drive us nuts if we let it. It is hard to keep our calm at those times but rewarding when we can. Sometimes we can even chuckle at life as it throws its curve balls. Remember to watch for those curve balls but swing hard for the good pitches. God will reward us when we do. And as always remember to be kind, even when you don’t feel kind…

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Fandango February Expressions

Each day during the month of February, at around 6 am Pacific Time, Fandango will be posting an old adage, an old saying, a familiar expression that we’ve all heard and have probably used during our lifetimes. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, will be to post a story, a poem, an image, an interpretation of what the expression means to you, or to do whatever it is that you want to do based upon the daily adage.

All’s well that ends well.

How fun to remember some fun expression you have heard over the years especially when you were a child, this expression has fond memories of my mom when we did something stupid that turned out okay. Like jumping out of the barn window hoping the hay below is soft. Kids! How did we ever survive.

And as we remember those sayings remember to add kindness where we can. kindness helps us survive those famous sayings.

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Fun with Fibbing Friday

It has been a while since I have been on this blogusphere as I have been uber busy. So I am playing with as many of you as I can tonight.

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Di writes:  “This week it’s my turn to host the Fibbing Friday challenge as I alternate with PCGuyIV.
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Below are 10 questions, the answers to which are entirely up to you.
The idea though is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly or even outrageous, in your response as you evade the truth.   Ready?
Off we go then…………………..”

QUESTIONS:

1. Why did the boy remain on the burning deck?

2. Where will you find a toad in the hole?

3. What do you call a shell-less snail?

4. How many eggs are in a clutch?

5. Why do we say someone is a barrel of laughs?

6. Why are horse races in furlongs and athletics in metres?

7. What are love handles?

8. What was Granny Smith famous for?

9. What is the difference between a toe flip and a toe loop?

10. How many teeth are in a honey comb?

MY RESPONSES: 

1. Why did the boy remain on the burning deck? He was roasting marshmallows.

2. Where will you find a toad in the hole? The hole refers to a hollow knot of a tree from a decayed limb and that is where you will find the toad.

3. What do you call a shell-less snail? Homeless

4. How many eggs are in a clutch? Two, one for each wing.

5. Why do we say someone is a barrel of laughs? It’s an old play on words from back in the circus days of clown not having costumes and using barrels instead.

6. Why are horse races in furlongs and athletics in metres? Duh, because horses have fur.

7. What are love handles? This refers to the over sizes handles on the side of dutch ovens

8. What was Granny Smith famous for? Her paintings

9. What is the difference between a toe flip and a toe loop? The direction of the turn

10. How many teeth are in a honey comb? The teeth refers to bees so its the size of the comb of a bee hive.

As you are smiling at the silliness of Fibbing Friday always remember to share your laughter and be kind.

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JusJojan & Monday Windows a Possibility

It is a possibility to join two blog ideas that have nothing in  common but in reality if you turn your words right anything can be a possibility. For instance…

The possibility for modern day construction to be able to replicate the beauty created in older stone work of buildings made in the early 1900 is not really possible or feasible thus making it an impossibility.

Coming home from work today I caught the image of the windows of the 3rd and 4th floors of the county government building and was intrigued by their beauty. I was driving so I apologize for them not being straight, plus it is my phone camera.

This spring I plan to make a blog post on the beauty of the stonework in my area. Some of it is quite beautiful and some of it you look at and go ‘what were you thinking’ thus proving the possibility of most any design regardless of it making sense. Maybe by then I will have a real camera.

May you have a week of great possibilities that make you happy. And if you do or even if you don’t, remember the rest of us struggling with our impossibilities and be utmost kind.

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