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Being that I cannot be around people until my immune system gets back to normal, I wander around my little world. My imagination runs wild with me as I look at all the little details so many miss. So for today I decided to take you into the world of the fairies! The fairies are dainty little things, as they float and dance in the breeze. Their planets are an amazing structure of symmetry and beauty! Are you ready for a trip to a different world? Let’s go!

Planet Fairy

Planet Fairy

Symmetry

Symmetry

Before lift off!

Before lift off!

Lift off!

Lift off!

A visitor

A visitor

Enjoy your Tuesday, and thanks for visiting this other world with me today!

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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!

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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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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!

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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!

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Stage lights - Photo by Kent Bonham

Stage lights – Photo by Kent Bonham

It was dark inside the empty Bijou theatre. Bertie and Smitty were investigating the theatre for paranormal activity. One of the hot spots in the theatre was the stage.

Bertie sat in a seat where the audience would sit, and Smitty sat in a chair on the stage. They began asking the spirits questions. They were having no luck in contacting any one of the spirits that were believed to haunt the theatre.

As Smitty folded up the chair he heard a creaking from above. He asked again, “Is anyone with us?”

With that stage light number 18 came on!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Kent Bonham for the amazing photo that inspired this story!

Yea! Friday is here! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

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In the Fog - Photo by Alastair Forbes

In the Fog – Photo by Alastair Forbes

April 10th 1912. The passengers on the gangway boarded the newly constructed and state of the art cruise ship. The line moved slowly. Mary Mack was excited about this trip just as everyone else was!

Once settled in her cabin, Mary investigated the ship. She admired the 17th century William and Mary styled stair case with its gold trim. She discovered a Turkish bath on the ship, a reading and writing room, smoking rooms, a formal dining room and what they called the a la carte restaurant. Overall the ship was impressive!

People filled the decks looking over the pier to wave at their loved ones. Shouts of “Bon Voyage” could be heard from many. The ships horns blew as it departed the pier. Excitement filled Mary and the rest of the passengers and its crew.

Little did any of them know that they were headed towards their doom. For the R.M.S. Titanic, on her maiden voyage, struck an iceberg splitting the hull in two.

Standing on the shore looking at the pier from where the ship had once departed, a fog rolled in. The ghost of one of the lost, Mary Mack, looked on remembering that fateful day.
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Another great photo Al!

Enjoy your Sunday! And thank you for taking the time to drop by! I hope that you enjoyed my flash!

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Reflections. This is the subject of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. So, let’s take a look at what I have come up with, shall we?

Here is a photo that for me is a bit nostalgic.  This is one of our local lakes which I like to frequent. I love the range of colors in this photo. How about you?

Reflections of a distant bridge

Reflections of a distant bridge

Visiting this same lake in one of our earlier years here, there was a model boat race. I took this shot at this event…

Reflecting boats

Reflecting boats

I love the way the clouds reflect on Jackson Lake. In the background: The Grand Tetons!

The Grand Tetons

The Grand Tetons

In Yellowstone, I fell in love with the reflections in this colorful photo! This is at the Grand Prismatic Pool.

Reflection in a pool in Yellowstone

Reflection in a pool in Yellowstone

One of my most favorite reflection shots, which is the final one for this post, is when my husband and I took a walk along the San Francisco Bay early in the morning. This shot, which I have featured before, is of the sun rising over the San Mateo Bridge. The sun is behind the ever present fog, and gave me this lovely shot!

The rising sun over the San Francisco Bay

The rising sun over the San Francisco Bay

I hope that you enjoyed this challenge and the photos that I have chosen! Please take some time to check out what others have done for this challenge! You can get there by clicking HERE!

Have a great weekend, and thank you for dropping by!

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The Walkway - Photo by Adam Ickes

The Walkway – Photo by Adam Ickes

She looked down the wooden walkway in front of her. She was a bit nervous, and stood there chewing on her bottom lip.

“Jenny Mae, time to go.”

Jennie Mae gripped the handle of her suitcase, her pack on her back, then she began to run towards the tent at the end of the walkway. To the regular person this would appear to be a just another place to bird watch.

She kept her focus straight ahead. She could see the wind pulling up at the canopy. Reaching the end she stepped through the portal into the world of Hogwarts!
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Thank you Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Adam Ickes for the amazing photo! Take the challenge and click on the link above!

Have a fabulous Friday and thank you for dropping by!

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Venturing outside, what seemed early in the morning but was not due to the time change, I went to our hillside where I have creeping rosemary growing. The sound: The same as at the willows with all the bees! So today, I share with you my dear readers, the few photos that came out of the lovely little pollinators in my yard…

Check out the eyes on this visitor! Click on the photo twice to enlarge this one…Can you see the detail in his eyes?

A visitor to the rosemary

A visitor to the rosemary

Then I spied a baby bumble bee…Check this little guy out!

A baby bumble bee

A baby bumble bee

Now for a few bee photos…

Harvesting

Harvesting

Landing

Landing

Tucking in

Tucking in

It is another Monday and one deemed to be magnificent! Hugs to you for taking the time to drop in, and I hope that your day is spectacular!

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