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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…

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The Pond at Evermore - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Pond at Evermore – Photo by Alastair Forbes

They sat hidden in the bushes at the edge of the pond. Legend has it that this pond is the home to the Evermore Fairies. They were determined to catch a photo that would prove the legend was true.

So for hours they sat, watching, waiting. The hours drifted by and Al nodded off to sleep. His gentle snoring became part of the music of the pond. After another hour, Barb noticed something flitting over the rocks in the distance.

She gently shook Al awake. Stretching and rubbing his eyes he looked at Barb. She put her fingers to her lips to indicate he should keep quiet. She pointed to the platform rock that was in the background on the left. They watched as a tiny winged creature set down. This one was followed by a dozen others. They looked on both smiling.

Al lifted his camera and snapped a series of photos. Quietly, they left the area and headed for the local pub. In the pub Al downloaded the photos to his computer. They reviewed the photos hoping that he caught the evidence they were seeking.

They were unaware that just like vampires one cannot capture fairies in photos!
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Thank you Alastair for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

And thanks to you for stopping by! May you have a special Sunday!

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I am taking over my Mom’s blog today just like I took over the chair last night from Scrappy! Hee, hee, hee! My name is Toby and I am the cutest, well I think anyway, of all of my brothers and sister! I wanted to share with you photos of how I ousted Scrappy from a chair that I wanted to myself!

After jumping up on the chair, I managed to tuck myself in with my head pushing apart his back legs! That has got to be uncomfortable for him! Yeah, it is a bit for me too, but I am determined!

I want this chair!

I want this chair!

He would not budge! So, I really had to get myself tucked in! And I think it is working! You cannot see it but I was working my shoulder into that fat belly!

Taking over

Taking over

Here I am working my amazing mental powers willing him out of the chair! I think it’s working!

I am out of here!

I am out of here!

Wahoo! Pay dirt! Here I am! Not only did my physical moves work but so did my mental! Just so you know, I enjoyed the chair by myself until Mom put us both to bed!

I thought he would never leave!

I thought he would never leave!

Hee, hee, hee!

Uh oh! Here comes Mom! Now how do I get this to you? What is that button to the right in that pretty shade of blue? Here it goes!

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Find the Clues - Copyright Alastair Forbes

Find the Clues – Copyright Alastair Forbes

The story goes that if you decipher the clues in the old stained glass window correctly it would lead you to where the Ark of the Covenant was buried. Fortune seekers were still trying to figure out the clues centuries later.

Alastair Forbes, known for his desire to find the Ark of the Covenant, after a night in the local pub, stood once again in front of the window. He stood off to the left of knight in the center pane when he noticed a tiny arrow pointing to the right followed by the number three.

Thinking this a clue, he moved the three steps to the right. There the lights hit upon another arrow. One that pointed down followed by the number six. Following the direction of the downward pointed arrow, he approached the building taking six steps.

At the 6th step, he noticed a loose stone beneath his feet. He pried it up carefully. Lifting it up he discovered a small box, which he opened. Inside was a map possibly indicating where the Ark would be.

Tucking it under his arm he strolled away, whistling. Alastair knew that he was on his way to finding his fortune!
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I hope that you enjoyed today’s flash fiction short! If you would like to take part, just click Sunday Photo Fiction!

Thank you Al for this challenge and for finding your way into my story! :)

Have a great Sunday my readers and thank you for dropping in!

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Today marks a milestone for Life in the Foothills! This post is #1000! When I started this blog back in June of 2011, who knew that I would still be writing and sharing with you in 2014? They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a painting celebrating 1000 posts!

1000 Posts!

1000 Posts!

Thank you 1000 times for reading this blog! Thank you 1000 times for all of your comments! Thank you 1000 times for inspiring me to continue on! Thank you 1000 times for all the great friendships I have made by writing this!

Thank you for visiting today and stay tuned for 1001! Have a fabulous Tuesday and see you tomorrow!

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I wanted to share my stats with everyone from 2013! I am truly blown away by the numbers! My humble thanks for signing up to follow me, or for just stopping by! And, thank you to WordPress for my report!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 45,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I appreciate you visiting today! Let’s see what I can come up with for 2014! Any requests? :) Hugs to all and my thanks again! ^..^

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A huge thank you to Sharla Shults of Awakenings for bestowing upon me the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! I am truly honored!

Dragons Loyalty Award

Dragons Loyalty Award

The award is actually an amalgamation of two awards: The Versatile Blogger Award and The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Here are the rules:

THE RULES:

** Display the award on your blog – Done

** Announce your “win” with a post – This is the post!

** Present the award to 15 deserving bloggers – These are listed below…

** Drop them a comment to let them know – Pingbacks it is!

** Post seven interesting things about yourself – See below…

Seven things about me

** I love shellfish!
** I read every night in bed before going to sleep.
** My green thumb is brown this year in the vegetable garden.
** I used to make teddy bears, jointed and non-jointed.
** I love romantic comedies.
** I got a new camera that I am still learning how to use.
** It has been 37 years since I last went to Las Vegas.

My fifteen nominees are, and in no particular order:

About Elephants
de Wets Wild
Cooking with Chef Todd
Mountain Mama
Laurenisinsane
Vastly Curious
Gasm Travels
Fabulous 50′s
What’s On The List?
Ben Priest Photography
A Blog About Thoughts While on Forest Walks
The Why About This
Zeebra Designs & Destinations
Joshi Daniel Photography
The Unorthodox Epicure

Thanks again for the award Sharla!

And, thank you for stopping by today! I hope that you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Recently I was notified that I have been honored for an award! Receiving an award of any kind for my little daily blog is truly an honor! When I began this blog, I had no idea that anyone got an awards for doing this. I have been honored a number of times, and I would not be so honored if it were not for you my readers and my followers! It makes me happy that you think enough of my blog that you would want to pass on to me an award! To use Mike Myers words from that goofy movie that he was in, the name escapes me, it always makes me verklempt!  And I would like to personally thank Sharla Shults at Cat Nip of Life!

Here is the award recently bestowed upon me…

Best Moment Award

Best Moment Award

Sharla Shults is one amazing woman, and has been in my life for a short while, considering my years, yet she is one that I feel as if I have known forever! Old souls always find one another don’t they? Sharla has not only shared her life with me but also recently asked me to collaborate with her, providing photos to go along with her amazing, heartfelt, image provoking poetry! This too was an honor that brought tears to my eyes. And as I read her words from the poem she sent me, the photos in my portfolio immediately came to mind, matching her words perfectly! This, and this award with which she is honoring me with, is truly an honor! May I have a Kleenex please?

So let’s look at the rules for this award, again which is the “Best Moment Award.”

RULES:

Winners re-post this completely (the rules, I am assuming) with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.  Please click here to read the post where Sharla passes on the award, including her thanks to those bestowing it upon her.

My acceptance speech: With all my heart, Sharla, I humbly accept this award that you have bestowed upon me! I am truly honored that you thought so much of my blog that you would include me as one of those that are about the moment! In every post that I write, I try to capture that best moment! I look at the world around me, fall in love with it, and just want to share it with you, my readers! I always try to stop and smell the roses and it has always been my hope, in my ever evolving blog, to pass on to you those things in the world that you might not take the time to stop and notice. Of course, food has to be involved too, because I love that too! So, my thanks go out to all that take the time to stop by to read, to look at my photography, and to those who love my recipes, thank you for trying them and for your feed back!

Part of the rules of this award: “Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them of the great news.”

When I think of the “Best Moment” I think of those who live in the moment and those whose blogs reflect this. I am not to repeat anyone who has already gotten this award, however, I just have to! In no particular order, the following blog writers are always in the moment.

To Lisa at Zeebra Designs and Destinations: I pass this on to you Z for sharing all the best moments in your neck of the woods. Lisa lives in a small town in Ecuador and is one who has taken her passion for art and spread it around to the world around her, capturing the imaginations of everyone that she touches! I applaud you Lisa, or “Z” as I affectionately refer to you!

To Penny at The Why About This: I pass this on to you Penny for not only sharing the good moments of life, but for sharing with all of us who follow you, the trials and tribulations of life. You live in each moment as it comes, and I have had the privilege of you including me in those best moments that have occurred in your life simply by following your blog!

I know that this might be a bit unusual, but I just have to pass this back to Sharla at CatNipofLife for sharing those best moments in life that mean so much to all of us! I truly enjoyed the cuddles I got from the post I linked to, and hopefully you did too! Sharla, you have shared with me so many best moments recently! Hugs to Jim on his recovery, and hugs to you too for being my friend! I hope that we meet some day in person! Just as I hope to meet Lisa and Penny in person too!

I cheated a bit on the awardees! But, I am in the moment right now, so please forgive me!

Please take a moment to wander around the amazing blogs of these three incredible women that I have been given the privilege to meet and get to know!

Hugs to all, and love to all! Yes, that means you too my readers and followers! Now go out and have a wonder Wednesday, and thank you for visiting today!

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I am always curious how people find my blog and I take a look at the search terms in my statistics to see how it is that they find me. A couple of days ago, while looking at the search terms I Googled one particular phrase that led someone to my page. I just happened to look at the “images” and found one of my photos leading me to a website that was using one of my photos as their own. You might remember this photo from a post I did in March of 2012.

Toby #1

Toby #1

I was astounded when I saw this, and immediately looked for contact information on their site and graciously asked them to remove my photo as they did not have my express written permission to use my photos as is indicated on my blog page. They ignored my request.

So, I next turned to the WordPress Support Forum and the folks that responded to me were most helpful. What I want to share is the information passed on to me by helpful members of the WordPress community.

I needed to find out who was hosting this website so that I could contact them directly. I was directed to this website that can help you figure out who hosts the offending site: Who is Hosting This?

I was also directed to information that would help me with this issue. Here are a couple of links to articles that were very helpful! These articles are chockful of very useful information!

From the site “ManoloFood.com” I was directed to a really good article entitled: Whine Journalism and How to Bring the Splashback

From WordPress, more great information: Content Theft and What to Do

I have been contacted by the hosting website of the offender and had to send them a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) notice, which I have done. This is a letter to the web host that you sign under penalty of perjury. It indicates the site illegally using your content and you add in the link to where your content was stolen from. It asks for the hosting website to immediately remove or disable access to “the infringing material.”

Currently, the offending site does not have any photos showing on the page where my photo was illegally used. I am hoping for a quick resolution of this violation.

A huge thank you goes out to Raincoaster, Happiness Engineer MacManx, and TimeThief!

Hopefully my fellow bloggers and followers, this will not happen to you. And if it does, I hope that the information passed on to me and included in this post will help you!

Have a great Thursday and thanks for visiting!

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Inspiring is defined as having an animating or exalting effect. I have once again been honored with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by three amazing bloggers!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

My humble thanks go out to Susan at Gasm Travels; Julie at Cookie Crumbs to Live By; and to Shlehora at Shlehora!

The rules of this award:

1 – Display the award logo on your blog (top). Done!
2 – Link back to the person who nominated you. Done!
3 – State 7 things about yourself. This and the remaining are below!
4 – Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5 – Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 things about myself:

* I love it when it snows!
* My first pet was a toad whom I name Ferdinand Magellen
* I love the patterns found on the Zebra
* I love a good avacado
* On our recent cruise I ate 3 lobster dinners!
* I love to write
* I love yellow roses and white carnations

Now I am to nominate 15 bloggers. This is where I cheat…with less than the 15! Here are my nominations:

Lily Mugford
Sustainabilitea
Julia Bailey
Ruth Nina Welsh
Cindy’s Art Blog

Congratulations to you all! You are very inspiring indeed!

Enjoy your Tuesday and have a great day!

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