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I love patterns and textures and Ben chose “Zigzag” for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! Are you ready for my take on this topic?

Check out the zigzag in this rock wall that I discovered in Murphys, CA!

The texture found in a rock wall

The texture found in a rock wall

Stacked lounge chairs form a zigzag pattern!

Stacked lounge chairs

Stacked lounge chairs

Looking up at the ceiling at a restaurant, one gets dizzy from the zigzag pattern!

The ceiling of the restaurant

The ceiling of the restaurant

Louvered windows on a cruise ship show off a different zigzag!

Louvered windows

Louvered windows

The amazing detail of this pincushion flower head zigs and zags!

Launching into space!

Launching into space!

Light reflecting off the water of a pool creates a zigzag!

Reflections 3

Reflections 3

Do venture out to see what others have posted by clicking here!

Have a great Friday and weekend! And, thank you for stopping by!

Be well! ^..^


The Flight - Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The Flight – Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

She looked once more out the window at the wing of the plane.

“Please come with me ma’am,” said the Air Marshall.

She got up from her seat, clearly agitated. “It was really there!” she said.

“Right,” replied the Air Marshall.

As she stood there in the aisle, she looked at the people around her. There was fear of her on their faces. They all watched as the Air Marshall snapped on the handcuffs. He walked her to the back of the plane.

Five minutes later, another passenger sitting over the wing screamed. “There’s a gargoyle on the wing!”
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers!

And, thank you dear reader for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

Uncle Buck Visits


Due to the drought and how dry everything is here one can see many plants dropping leaves and generally just drying out. This does not leave much for the wildlife in our area to eat. It is for this reason they come into our yard for a bite to eat. Most recently the deer are making an appearance, and Uncle Buck decided to grace us with his presence!

Meet Uncle Buck!

Uncle Buck comes to visit

Uncle Buck comes to visit

This is a young buck and has not reached his full size. Here he is munching on the seed that dropped from the bird feeder.

Eating the bird seed

Eating the bird seed

They are a bit wary of me, and as I sit and watch, he keeps a close eye on me!

You looking at me?

You looking at me?

He has had his fill of bird seed and is now moving off to another area of the yard to see what goodies he will find there.

Moving to another area of the yard

Moving to another area of the yard

A doe ventured through too, and she hopped the fence and is hanging out in the neighbor’s yard. She looks over at the buck in our yard.

What are you doing over there?

What are you doing over there?

And, he still keeps looking back at me…For him this is a healthy fear of humans!

Keeping a watch on me

Keeping a watch on me

I love all the visitors we have had and am happy to say, thank God, that we have not had the cougar come by! Those we do not wish to see at all!

Thank you for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday! See you tomorrow?

Be well! ^..^

Wild Turkey


You might remember an older post that featured wild turkey: Two hens and 9 chicks. Well, we have now been visited by another group and this one was made up of two Toms and two hens! The Toms are significantly larger than the hens, and there are other differences too! Let’s go check it out!

You can see the size difference in this shot. The Toms are on the left.

Two Toms, Two Hens

Two Toms, Two Hens

Now let us take a closer look at the Toms. First of all, they have caruncles on the top of their beak which the females do not. Their throats are also red compared to the female which is more of a gray color. Check out this Tom!

A Tom turkey

A Tom turkey

They look a bit peckish to me! :)

A bit peckish!

A bit peckish!

When they speak they make a noise that sounds like “Bloop, bloop.”

Speaking out

Speaking out

These birds are always on alert too! They watch us closely and watch the area around them too!

On alert

On alert

The dominant male starts to head out, and the others taking a bit of time do follow eventually. One other difference between the Tom and the hen is the tuft of feathers. You can see them better in this photo. They hang down off the center of the breast.

Tom crossing the driveway

Tom crossing the driveway

Cool, aren’t they?

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post! Thank you for dropping in today, and have a terrific Tuesday!

Be well! ^..^


babso2you:

I was looking for something different to serve up and came across Conor’s Italian Meatballs! I made this dish over the weekend and I must say that this dish is very tasty! I like the rosemary used in the meatballs, and the sauce is superb! I am re-blogging his post so that you can try this one too!

Originally posted on One Man's Meat:

Italian-meatballsPretty aggressive headline, don’t you think? There are a couple of reasons for this. Reason number one is because that’s what the people around the table told me. Reason number two is that I want some reaction. I am fed up reading recipes for meatballs (and all sorts of other stuff) that just can’t be any good. In my research for this post, I came across one recipe that recommended boiling the meatballs in the sauce for three hours. Fine if you want to fire them out of a canon to sink a ship but not much use if you want to eat them. Get real. 

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5 Spice Beef


I have recently added a new spice mix to my ever growing spice cupboard. It is “Chinese 5 Spices.” This mix actually contains 7 ingredients and is a very flavorful blend. It contains cinnamon, star anise, fennel, ginger, cloves, white pepper and licorice root. That’s it! No preservatives! I have used this mix to make spareribs, and now a braised beef dish, and love the results! So, are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients - missing the ginger root

Ingredients – missing the ginger root

Ingredients
2 TBS peanut oil
3 slices of fresh ginger, trimmed
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 1/2 # beef stew meat – cut into cubes the size of you pinky finger from tip to first joint
2 TBS hearty red wined
1 whole star anise
1 1/2″ length of cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spices
3 TBS dark soy sauce
2 cups of beef stock
Several sprigs of cilatro

This dish takes no time to put together and then cooks in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. So, let’s get that oven going! Set if for 350 degrees. Get out your cast iron dutch oven to start the cooking process!

Add the peanut oil to the pot and heat the pot to high. When the oil is hot add in the ginger, onion and garlic.

Sliced onion, minced garlic and slices of fresh ginger

Sliced onion, minced garlic and slices of fresh ginger

Stir until the aromas hit your nose. Then add in the beef and brown.

Brown the beef

Brown the beef

Once the beef is browned, add the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the cilantro. Combine well,

All ingredients added and ready for braising in the oven

All ingredients added and ready for braising in the oven

cover, and place this in the oven. Set your timer for 2 1/2 hours. Let it do its thing…

Half an hour before this is done, prepare some steamed rice and a lovely green vege. When the timer goes off, remove the pot from the oven, and don’t forget to turn the oven off!

Right out of the oven

Right out of the oven

By now your veges and rice should be done as well. Remove the cinnamon stick, the star anise and the sliced ginger before serving. Then plate it up! And, top each serving with sprigs of cilantro!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

The aromas are amazing, making your mouth water as you serve this up! And, it is very flavorful! This can be made ahead and served the following day and the flavors will be even better!

Please do let me know if you try this simple, flavorful dish! To my friend Conor: Do you dare try this one? :)

Thank you for joining me in the kitchen! Enjoy your Monday! Be well!


One of Many - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One of Many – Photo by Alastair Forbes

Standing at the top of the hill, Al looked out over the ruins. All that was left there were the foundation stones. It was the fourth week of his vacation and he needed photos for his Sunday Photo Fiction Blog.

He had thus far taken more than 1,000 photos and he was looking forward to figuring out which he would use for the flash fiction blog. It was not an easy task choosing a photo. He liked the photos that made folks stop and think about what they would write.

He thought about some of the places he had already seen. There was the Bay of Indigo where he photographed the rusted old boat stuck in the sand on the beach. There was that amazing view from the window of his room at Casamere featuring the old church spires in the distance. He was excited about the shots he took inside the Biot glassworks. And, there was that unusual statue in the center of town at Viogneir.

As he stood on top of the hill, looking over the remains of the ruins at Asterlorn he smiled, and thought, “I wonder who AnElephantCant will kill here.”
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

And thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by and visit!

Be well! ^..^