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Down the Road - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Down the Road – Photo by Alastair Forbes

I find myself looking down a road, one that I never thought I would have to travel. But here I am standing on that road. I cannot see beyond the bend. I wonder, what lies there?

How did I end up on this road? No one knows the cause. Yet it can happen to anyone at any time. With me it began with a simple cold. One that I got over pretty quickly. But then I got another cold less than a month later.

Getting ready for work one day I notice that the glands in my neck are swollen. And they are in other places too! Did you know you have glands in your elbows? Neither did I!

So off to the Dr.’s office to see what the heck is going on. I have to have a blood test to see what that shows.

The results were not good. I have a number of elevated levels. And, I have smudge cells, which are blood cells that develop too quickly causing them to burst.

Today, I find myself on this road, looking towards the bend and wondering where this will take me. I have been diagnosed with cancer!
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A huge thanks goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

Thank you for dropping in for a quick read today, and have an amazing Sunday! May it be a day full of adventure!


“…show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community. It doesn’t even have to be an official monument. A legendary coffeehouse, a churchyard cemetery, the remains of a treehouse you’d built as a kid — anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.”

This is the topic for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! Let’s see what I can come up with, shall we?

My first thought for this challenge was of the monumental Grand Tetons!

The Grand Tetons from afar

The Grand Tetons from afar

WordPress is currently having issues as I am unable to upload a small 800KB photo. I might add more later, so do check back!

Have a great day and thanks for dropping by!


After the Festival - Photo by DLovering

After the Festival – Photo by DLovering

It was early morning in the town of Mijas, Spain. The remains of the festival held the night before hung swaying in the gentle breeze that the rising sun kicked up.

The Festival del Corazón went off without a hitch. There had been dancing in the streets. Everyone dressed in a variety costumes. There were games for the young, and red wine for the adults. The main event was the piñata!

Swinging from the center of the square hung this year’s piñata. As the body was broken open, it became a feeding frenzy for the vampires in the square!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers! And to DLovering for the inspiring photo!

Have an amazing Thursday! Thank you for stopping by!

Kleenex Please!


Our air here in the Sierra Foothills is loaded with pollen! For those allergy sufferers, having Kleenex handy is a must! Right Barb? I am amazed, though, by the blossoms on the Oaks here in the foothills. Why? These flowers hang down in clusters and yet the trees only get one or two acorns from each mass. Shall we take a look at these delicate blossoms?

Oak blossoms

Oak blossoms

To give you an idea of the amount of flower clusters, here is a shot of a few branches loaded with blossoms!

Hanging flowers

Hanging flowers

It is truly amazing how much pollen these put out. And the emerging clusters of leaves are colorful with a hint of rose color around the edges…

Oak leaves budding

Oak leaves budding

Let’s take a closer look at the blossoms, shall we?

Just hanging around

Just hanging around

Tiny little flowers

Tiny little flowers

Amazing, aren’t they? One more shot…This is of newly emerging leaves against the bark of a white oak…

Contrasts

Contrasts

As I am writing this my eyes are itchy and watery, my nose is running, and I am sneezing! Spring is definitely here!

I hope that you enjoyed these photos! Thank you for taking the time to drop by, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Buckbrush Ceanothus


Every spring here in the Sierra Foothills, one innocuous looking shrub goes into full bloom. The fragrance is a bit sweet and fills the air. The flowers on this plant are very delicate and are in clusters that resemble stars. The plant is called Buckbrush Ceanothus.

I wanted to share these lovely flowers with you today. While you cannot smell them at least you can enjoy their beauty! And, I will include some fun facts about how the native Americans used this plant!

Buckbrush

Buckbrush

This shrub can be found throughout the foothills. The variety that grows here is called “Sierra Snow.”

A bug on the buckbrush

A bug on the buckbrush

Various native American tribes had many uses for this plant. They Miwok Indians would use the branches of this plant for firewood. And the stems would be straightened and used as the foreshaft for two piece arrows. They would also take a stem of good length, shave and harden the end in fire, and use this as a tool for digging. With as hard as the ground gets here in the summer, that has to be some hard wood!

Flower buds

Flower buds

This plant is huge for our local pollinators! And the deer eat the newly emerged leaves, while rodents and birds, such as the morning doves and quail, will use this plant to hide themselves in as it provides excellent coverage!

Looking closely at the flowers, they resemble shooting stars, having 5 petals and 5 ancillary petals that complete the look!

Shooting stars

Shooting stars

Isn’t this a pretty flower?

I hope that you enjoyed this post! Have a terrific Tuesday and thank you for visiting with me today!

Rhody Rhapsody!


In the garden, every spring, I look forward to the delicate blossoms of my rhododendron. What amazes me about this plant, aside from the glorious flowers, are the leaves. In the spring and summer they are a beautiful shade of green, and in the fall and winter the leaves turn a rusty brown. The leaves are in transition, and the blossoms lovely, so I decided to share with you photos I took recently!

From the center

From the center

Delicate

Delicate

Floating

Floating

Light and shadows

Light and shadows

Ruffles

Ruffles

I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Have a great Monday! And thank you for dropping by!


The Cemetery - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Cemetery – Photo by Alastair Forbes

While vacationing in Auvergne, they came across a cemetery in the middle of town. They walked amongst the headstones and found one that was intriguing: The headstone of Marie Blackwood.

The story goes that Marie, a young innocent, at the age of 14, was destined for an arranged marriage with the Duke of Auvergne, a man 30 years her senior. On the day of her wedding, her sisters and mother helped Marie into her wedding dress made of lace and organza, with a high lace collar and lace sleeves. Her long auburn locks cascaded in curls down her back. Her veil: A wreath of silk chiffon, and carefully crafted rosebuds.

At the wedding , the guests admired her beauty as she made her way down the aisle towards the Duke. Despite the age difference they were a handsome couple. It was when they were in front of the minister, that one of the Dukes arch enemies ran to the alter and swiftly killed them both!

Today in Waverly Square, 216 years later, they stood in front of the headstone of Marie Blackwood. Looking closely, one can see her image as if etched in stone, of Marie in her wedding dress.
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If you click on the photo, then click on it again to enlarge it, you will see Marie on the headstone to the left!

Thank you Alastair for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

I hope that you enjoyed my story today! Have a spectacular Sunday and thank you for dropping in!