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One Down Four to Go - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One Down Four to Go – Photo by Alastair Forbes

There were five levels of magic. One was earth, another fire, and the rest were water, air and spirit. She had to master all five in order for her to feel her full power. If she failed, she would die!

Her first task was to master earth magic. In order for her to master it, she had to be able to manipulate objects from the ground, moving them from one place to another.

Struggling, she held her hand out, palm parallel to the ground over a boulder. She felt the magic start to build inside her. Her hand started to shake, and it began to glow in an amazing rust color. Then it dissipated.

She tried again, hand extended, eyes closed; she visualized the boulder rising in the air. She felt the power building. Breathing deeply she opened one eye, watching the rust color magic encircling the boulder. Her hand was steady, but the boulder refused to move. Her magic ebbed.

Taking a deep breath, she tried once more. Giving it her all she watched as her magic gathered, surrounded the boulder and watched as it lifted into the air. “Wahoo,” she thought to herself. “One down, four to go!”
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! This photo and the last: Old items from days gone by!

Thank you for taking the time to come by and visit! I hope that you enjoyed today’s bit of flash fiction! Be well! ^..^

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Every morning I have been checking on the two praying mantis in the yard to see if the praying mantis that I wrote about earlier in the week are still there. Yesterday I discovered the smaller of the two was no longer there. What I found instead was a large brown one! I got some really neat photos of this big guy and wanted to share what this bad boy looks like! Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them so that you can really see the detail of this beautiful, beneficial insect! Ready?

Hello!

Hello!

All legs!

All legs!

My what big teeth you have!

My what big teeth you have!

Watching

Watching

Beautiful shades of brown!

Beautiful shades of brown!

One final shot…

See you later!

See you later!

Pretty amazing insect, isn’t it?

Enjoy your Saturday! Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Be well! ^..^

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The Lava Lamp - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Lava Lamp – Photo by Alastair Forbes

They sat in the living room with a plate of little blue meanies in front of them. He ate one; she ate one. There were not many, but there were enough. On the turntable was a Yes album; the song playing was “Starship Trooper.” The mushrooms were now gone.

After about a half hour, they both found themselves sitting there with silly grins on their faces. The cat sauntered into the room looking first at him, then at her. As she turned to make eye contact with the cat it jumped straight up in the air and then shot off to parts unknown.

He turned down the lights in the room, and sat back down. She began to giggle. He looked over at her. “Your legs have disappeared,” she said breathlessly.

A wide smile broke his face and he said to her, “Your hair? Snakes!”

They both began to laugh hysterically. As the laughter died down, he got up and went into the back of the house returning with a lava lamp in his hand. He plugged it in. As it warmed the goo inside began to move. A column lifted. As if one they both shouted, “Dead baby!”
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Thank you for the inspiring photo Al! I have not seen one of these lamps in ages!

Thank you dear reader for stopping by to look at my bit of flash! Have an amazing Sunday and be well! ^..^

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Accidents Happen - Photo by Roger Bultot

Accidents Happen – Photo by Roger Bultot

Driving slowly, he grabbed the bottle of Wild Turkey. He drank long and slow. Wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, he belched loudly. Resealing the bottle, he tossed it next to him. He looked back at the road. The double yellow line of the road kept crossing over itself. Closing one eye resolved the issue.

Suddenly, something flew out onto the road in front of him. He slammed on his brakes missing the critter, ending up in a wall of ivy. Shaking, he backed out. The turkey standing on the side of the road winked and gobbled.
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Roger Bultot for the photo that inspired this story!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have an amazing Friday and a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Be well! ^..^

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The Desk - Photo by Jon Wayne Fields

The Desk – Photo by Jon Wayne Fields

She sat at her desk, quill pen in hand. She had a story to tell. She had already written notes laying out the story. She had her cast of characters, built around folks that she knew, and would disguise them well enough so as they were not recognizable.

She grabbed a clean sheet of paper, and slowly dipping her quill pen in the inkwell, she began to write.

“It is truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

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Thank you goes out to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers and to Jon Wayne Fields for the photo that inspired this story!

Sometimes I have to really sit and think about what words I will put to a photo. Today this story just fell right onto the page! I love Jane Austen, and I love the story “Pride and Prejudice!” A must read for anyone! I could just imagine her sitting at a desk like this! How about you?

Chemo went without a hitch yesterday! Hoping that today will be the final of all needed treatments! :)

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a terrific Thursday! Be well! ^..^

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Let's Barbecue! - Photo by Bjorn Rudberg

Let’s Barbecue! – Photo by Bjorn Rudberg

“I don’t like it!” said Molly.

“There is nothing wrong with pink” said Raul defensively.

“Yes there is! It just does not fit.”

“Well,” replied Raul, “if you really want to get into it, how about you do something to clean up your deck!”

Molly glared at Raul. “What is wrong with my potted plants and my barbecue?”

“What is wrong is that most of your plants are dead, and let me ask you this: When was the last time you used that barbecue?”

The following day Molly lit the barbecue and started cooking. Raul sizzled as he cooked.
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers! And also to Bjorn Rudberg for the photo that inspired this story!

And, many thanks to you dear reader for taking the time to stop in for a bit! Have an amazing Thursday and be well! ^..^

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I decided today, being laid up with an ankle injury after falling over one of the cats, that today I would share with you some photos of a recent road trip! I had all sorts of plans of things to be done, including heading out to take more photos, but alas, I am housebound again, and not from chemo! That is coming up next week! So, let’s hit the road for some shots! :)

A bridge on the road…

Graffiti at the Rock Creek Bridge

Graffiti at the Rock Creek Bridge

The leaves on the Buckeye trees are browning, the flowers spent, and the seed pods are now developing. Later in the season, these little pods will resemble pears.

Developing Buckeye seed pods

Developing Buckeye seed pods

Stopping in a town, I admire a building and spy a crack in a wall.

Cracked

Cracked

Driving on a dirt road we come across an area where fire swept through last year. I found it interesting that there was a fungus growing on a burnt up tree.

All burned up!

All burned up!

The hillsides were covered with spiderwebs. The sun was shining just right, so you can see one of the bowl shapes that covered the hillside.

Thorns and webbing

Thorns and webbing

The remains of wildflowers!

Spent

Spent

I love finding faeries, and they are everywhere!

Faeries

Faeries

And upon returning we stop at a creek…

Rock Creek

Rock Creek

I love the peacefulness of the Sierra Foothills! I hope that you enjoyed the shots on the road!

Have a wonderful Wednesday! And, thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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