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Griff - Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

Griff – Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

“You are not listening,” said Gwen.

“I am! I truly am!” replied Melanie. “What you are telling me doesn’t make sense!”

“What don’t you get? I am breaking up with Griff.”

“Why would you want to break up with Griff? He’s a great guy! You are perfect together! He is sweet, kind, attentive, handsome, intelligent, and he loves you!”

“He might be all that but you just don’t understand Melanie. He snores. He flosses his teeth at the table. He farts and talks about barking spiders.”

“What am I missing?”

“What you don’t get is that he bugs me!”

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Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Doug MacIlroy for the inspiring photo!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a terrific Thursday! Be well! ^..^

Catching Jellyfish


There is something so very delicate looking about jellyfish. They gather up the water creating a balloon effect and then release moving forward. I wanted to share with you today some of the jellyfish that I saw when I was in Alaska! I saw two different kinds: One was a bright orange with long tentacles, the other was white with very short tentacles.

This one was in the bay at the town of Ketchikan. It was the bright color that drew my eye as I looked down on it!

Glowing jellyfish

Glowing jellyfish

Long tentacles

Long tentacles

It’s a real beauty!

Fanning out

Fanning out

This next one is quite different in not only size, but color.

Full of water

Full of water

This jellyfish was also in the bay at Ketchikan.

Release

Release

This last shot is of the same kind of jellyfish, but this one was shot in Glacier Bay!

Swimming along

Swimming along

Aren’t they neat?

Well, I wish you a wonderful Wednesday! Have one heck of an amazing day, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

Art on a Ship


When we went on a cruise, one of the things that I noticed was that there was artwork everywhere! It was in the hallways, staircases, and in the main gathering areas. I wondered what it would be like to have a cruise line want to use your art. Imagine? For today, I wanted to share the variety of the art that we saw! Ready?

I love this artist’s work that we saw on the outer wall of the art gallery on board.

Landscape at the art gallery

Landscape at the art gallery

At ceiling level, near the elevator, was this bit of metal artwork.

Hanging from the ceiling

Hanging from the ceiling

On the walls in one of the corridors I found these next two pieces which are of ships…

Painting of a cruise ship

Painting of a cruise ship

Ships

Ships

Outside one of the restaurants, this piece was on the wall.

From outside one of the restaurants

From outside one of the restaurants

Art could be found on the floors too! Check out this floor!

Tile work on the floor

Tile work on the floor

Now if I could only get them to feature my photography…. :)

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for dropping by today! Be well! ^..^


I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words, not including the opening line….Ready?

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“They say that life is a game of chess…” Gary had counted on winning the next and biggest game he had ever played. Here’s how it went down.

Richard and his wife Sonja meet their new neighbors Gary and Sammy. They became fast friends. One day, after playing a game of softball, Gary suggests to Richard that he sleep with his wife Sammy, which Richard does, while Gary sits in a bar in town.

Hearing sirens the following morning, Richard looks out the window and sees the emergency vehicles stop at Gary and Sammy’s house. Something bad has gone down. They remove Sammy’s body, and the following day Richard is arrested for murder.  She had been bludgeoned to death with a bat. His fingerprints were on the bat by the body, and they had semen.

They took Richard away, and Gary smiled. Wearing gloves and using that bat was one way to get out of a bad marriage.

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I hope that you have enjoyed today’s bit of flash!  You too can take part by clicking HERE!  Thank you for stopping by today, and have a magnificent Monday!


The days move so fast these days, and here it is Sunday once again! I am taking part in Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction! This is a challenge that asks that you to write a story using about 200 words that goes along with the photo provided. Here is my story:

The Room with a View

The Room with a View - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Room with a View – Photo by Alastair Forbes

He sat in the window of the tower, a bird’s eye view of the world. The room was warm because of the fire burning in the hearth. He stood and stretched, then sat back down watching as the woodpeckers flew to the roof above.

He was lucky. Very lucky, some would say. He had been alone in the world trying to fend for himself and doing just OK. Others in his world did not care for him, and he had the scars to prove it. He was homeless. His daily amusements were chasing the birds in the park, and sometimes the deer too.

It was a cool spring day when he came upon the castle. Two people were sitting outside and he went to them begging for a bite to eat. He was so hungry. The woman disappeared into the castle and came back out with goodies for him. He was so happy, and so he said to her. She examined him, noting his limp and recent injuries.

Lifting him up in her arms, she carried him inside, gave him a warm bed, water, food, even a name. He looked back out the window knowing he was one lucky cat!

My name is Scrappy!

My name is Scrappy!


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Thank you Al for the great photo and to Scrappy, who inspired this story as I looked at him staring out the window!

And, thank you dear reader for stopping by today! Have a special Sunday and be well! ^..^

Good Camouflage!


The other day when I was wandering around the backyard looking at the little world out back, I came upon another area where mushrooms were sprouting. The only reason I noticed these is because the soil was being pushed up, and resembled a gopher trail. Looking closer I discovered the mushrooms! Great camouflage if you ask me!

Check it out.

They are hard to see

They are hard to see

Did you see them? There are three.

They really do blend right in, so I felt very lucky to capture these hidden beauties!

Blends right in

Blends right in

Here is the mushroom revealed!

The mushroom revealed

The mushroom revealed

Here are a pair from the side. There is a lot of dirt on top, and if I had not walked around the pushed up soil, I might have missed these!

Pushing up

Pushing up

When they do pop the surface, they are hidden amongst the leaf litter and soil debris, as you can see by this next photo.

Hidden by debris

Hidden by debris

One last shot for you…Here are the gills in a close up.

The gills

The gills

While I tried to identify this mushroom I could not find the name. Do you know what this mushroom is? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a splendid Saturday! Be well! ^..^


This week the topic selected for the WordPress Photo Challenge is “Twinkle.” The challenge requires me to find anything that twinkles…I think I have just the photos! Let’s go take a look!

Sunlight on ice crystals catches my eye.

Ice crystals

Ice crystals

The twinkling lights on a cruise ship make the interior festive!

Lights

Lights

I would not have seen this spider web if the light didn’t catch the drops of water just right, which is what made me look in that direction.

Raindrops on a spider web

Raindrops on a spider web

I could have taken 100 photos of this scene and all would be different due to the moving water.

Sunlight on the water

Sunlight on the water

You can really see the twinkling in this photo of icebergs floating in Glacier Bay.

Icebergs

Icebergs

One last shot, that of Christmas lights in the square of Prescott, AZ.

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Did I do OK? :) Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend! Be well! ^..^