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Zen Garden - Photo by A Mixed Bag

Zen Garden – Photo by A Mixed Bag

He sat on the warm sand of the beach thinking about where he would make his next million. He stared off in the distance watching the sun sparkle off the surface of the ocean. It was hypnotic.

The laughter of children drew his attention. They were playing a game with their little shovels and buckets. As he watched, he noticed how intent they were on moving the sand around sharing details of their game.

He watched as they grew quiet intently moving little rocks around. One little gal went over to a pile of seaweed and grabbed a small handful. She ran back over to where her playmates were, and breaking the seaweed apart planted the pieces into the sand.

He found himself mesmerized by the kids and what they were doing. He found that his own hand was stroking the sand, making it even. It was then that it came to him. One of those “zen” moments.

Taking some sand with him, the went home. He created a small tray, filled it with sand, gave it a few stones, tossed in a couple of pieces of artificial plants and a mini rake. He just created the first Zen Garden!
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

Happy Easter to you all and thank you for dropping by!

The Eye in the Sky


Just a quick post for today. The moon was truly amazing the other night as it moved slowly up through the trees. Of all the photos that I took, this one came out the best!

The eye in the sky

The eye in the sky

Have a wonderful Saturday and thank you for taking the time to drop on by!


This week’s topic for the WordPress Photo Challenge is “On Top.” This got me to thinking about what photos I can share with you that shows you the perspective of being on top. So, here we go!

What better place to start on top than Half Dome in Yosemite!

The top of Half Dome!

The top of Half Dome!

How about this lovely cactus with a blossom adorning its top?

On top of the world

On top of the world

Here is a different spin. This is the topside of one of the many tarantulas that stop by during mating season!

Top side

Top side

Here is a shot in Big Trees State Park, CA, looking up at the tree tops. Make you a bit dizzy? It did me!

Looking up a big tree

Looking up a big tree

Here is a shot looking at the top of one incredible thunderhead. This was in Leavenworth, WA.

A massive thunderhead

A massive thunderhead

Thank you to Sara Rosso for choosing this topic for the now Daily Post Photo Challenge!

Be well and thank you for stopping by! ^..^


The Helmet - Photo by Douglas M MacIlroy

The Helmet – Photo by Douglas M MacIlroy

He was a picker by profession. He spent most of his time on the road collecting.

On one of his trips he came across a huge hay barn that was loaded with what most would consider junk. He stopped and introduced himself and got permission to go through the barn with the owner.

It was there that he came across an old diving helmet. The helmet was once used by Carl Maxie Brashear, the first black American to become a US Navy Master Diver.

His daughters loved the helmet, and it became a constant on play day with Daddy!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers! And to Douglas M. MacIlroy for the great photo to put this story to!

Enjoy your Friday! Thanks for dropping by!

Make My Day!


I have been doing a post a day, on occasion more than one, since I began this blog in June of 2011. I love sharing with all of you my photos, recipes and the “other stuff” that I sometimes do. I would like to thank all of you who take the time to read my blogs for giving me a moment of your time! I appreciate all the likes you give to my posts as well as your comments!

The other day for Sunday Photo Fiction, I did a post called On the Road. This was to be flash fiction, and in reality, this is my story. I have been diagnosed with Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma.

I start chemotherapy today. I am not sure how I will be feeling and so I might not be posting every day as I have done in the past. I will post as I can. Heavy sigh…Writing posts for this blog, I confess, is my one big addiction, to which my husband can attest to.

So, to you my dear readers, I want to thank each and everyone of you for sticking with me, some of which go back to my first post!

Now I am going to be taking a positive attitude and not let this get me down. Daily affirmations and positive thinking are key to me getting through this.

Now, I was asked in the WordPress Photo Challenge to post a selfie…I did not do this because I am really rather shy. Just for today, for those who really want to know what I look like, I decided that you get to see me as I really am!

Just me as I normally am!  Ask my friends!

Just me as I normally am! Ask my friends!

Now I would like for you to do one thing for me if you would be so kind. Please make this post the best day I have ever had with WordPress by clicking on the like button, and leaving me a comment!

I am not sure when I will feel like writing because of the treatments, so please hang in there with me! As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in almost every movie he made, “I’ll be back!”

Peace be with you, and know that I hold each and everyone of you in my heart! I am humbled by the number of followers of which you are one, and, I thank you for your love and support of this blog!

I am heading off for my first chemotherapy treatment…I will see you again when I post next…

Tomorrow’s Fruit!


Wandering through my fruit orchard I see that the blooms are fading. This year, due to the drought, I will not have a lot of fruit but I did find that we will have some, that is if I can get to the ripening fruit before the birds and raccoons! So today I wanted to share what I found on my fruit trees!

The 3 in 1 cherry tree is fully loaded! We have never gotten a lot off of this tree, and this year each and every branch is heavy with fruit!

Just one mass of cherries

Just one mass of cherries

Most of the almonds on my tree are close to the top. Not quite what we had last year, but still there will be enough!

Almonds

Almonds

Check out these itty bitty nectarines!

Nectarines

Nectarines

And, this fuzzy little fruit is tomorrow’s peach!

Peach

Peach

On my plum tree, which is a 5 in 1, only one branch is fully loaded. We had some hail damage and that knocked off the blossoms…

Plums

Plums

One final shot…These blossoms are on one of my apple trees. I got lucky with this shot to have this lovely little pollinator in the photo!

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

I can just imagine the flavors of each one of these! How about you? :)

Have a great Tuesday, and thanks for taking the time to drop on by today!

The Bullocks Oriole


As we sat on the front deck enjoying our evening cocktail, a flash of an iridescent orange caught the eye of my husband. Running inside I grabbed my camera only to miss the photo opportunity. The following evening, I did come out with camera in hand and we sat and toasted the day, loved ones, and to good health. Then we both saw this bright orange bird returning to the oak tree where it landed the night before!

This bird is the Bullocks Oriole!

The Bullocks Oriole

The Bullocks Oriole

Now, we did not know what this bird was until I downloaded the photos for a closer look. Then I was able to identify it by doing a search on the internet! This bird migrates to our area in spring and stays through the summer.

Pretty bird

Pretty bird

The bird that we saw is a male. The females are generally grey-brown in color with a slight tinge of yellow on its face and underside of the tail. They are monogamous for the season and both rear the young.

Radiant orange color

Radiant orange color

What we like about these birds is that they are bug catchers!

They love hanging out in the tree tops!

They love hanging out in the tree tops!

Hopefully this male will find his mate and make their home somewhere in our yard!

Have a spectacular Monday, and thanks for dropping by!