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This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge subject is “Summer Lovin’.” Krista asks that we “share a photo that says summer lovin’ to you. It might be a favorite pair of sandals you can’t bear to part with, the homemade salsa you made with veggies from your garden, the flowers you planted, or your family frolicking on the beach. If summer is on the way in your hemisphere, show us something hot hot hot: your homemade sriracha sauce, some friends shuckin’ and jivin’ on the dance floor, or even the furnace or boiler that heats your home.” Are you ready for some Summer Lovin’? In the summer time, I just have to be near water!

There is nothing like cold water on a hot day!

Going under!

Going under!

There is nothing like spending time on a black sand beach in Hawai’i!

One view of the black sand beach

One view of the black sand beach

Or sitting on the beach enjoying the sea!

The calm of the sea

The calm of the sea

Or, how about snorkeling in it?

A snorkeler in the ocean

A snorkeler in the ocean

And, at the end of the day, enjoying the warm evening sunsets!

Watching to sun set at the waters edge

Watching to sun set at the waters edge

This is my Summer Lovin’! What is yours?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Be well! ^..^

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In the words of our Dutch relatives regarding MH17:

“Can you imagine a whole country mourning? Yes of course you can, we came in October 2001, just weeks after 9/11, to visit and saw a whole country in shock.

Today the first 40 victims arrived by plane and were transported the last 60 miles in a convoy of 40 hearses. This was shown live on television and a lot of people gathered on the route. Very impressive and emotional, one of the victims is a women of nearly 50 years who was a member of our fraternity/sorority (we were mixed, boys and girls). She was flying with her husband and son.

The whole day there were no commercial breaks on television (a first for the Netherlands I believe).

The Sad Final Journey Home – Mail Online News

One can only hope that the people who did this will see the mourning and understand the grief they caused.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other…That is what the parents wrote whose children died.

So, love to you both!”
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To our Dutch Family: Love to you all!

Nothing can take the pain away from the families of all the victims. Nothing can replace those lives lost. Nothing can eliminate the shock and horror that people around the world felt on hearing the news of what happened to those on flight MH17.

We can only hope that those who committed this atrocity will be brought to justice and made to pay for this crime against all of us!

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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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