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I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words, not including the opening line….Are you ready for my story?

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“As the year wound down to a close, they gathered around the table and raised their glasses.” Everyone was in good cheer. Christmas was coming up and they all knew that this year it would be fabulous.

As she looked around the room, she noted the amazing tree that was in the corner, decorated in gold. Lights twinkled on the tree making it glow. There was nothing like the fragrance of a fresh Christmas tree. A mass of presents lay on the floor beneath it.

Garland surrounded the windows and staircase; poinsettias were here and there around the room. A fire crackled in the fireplace. Looking out the window, she noticed a gentle snow was falling.

Laughter erupted around the table drawing her attention back to the group. She smiled and they all raised their glasses again for yet another toast.

John was the one leading this toast. “Here is to the biggest heist yet, and it going off without a hitch.”

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Mondays Finish the Story

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s bit of flash!  You too can take part by clicking HERE!   Thank you for stopping by today, and have a magnificent Monday!

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Today is the day devoted to Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction! This flash fiction challenge provides you with a photo prompt and asks that you create a short story using somewhere around 200 words. Today’s story is exactly 200 words! I hope that you enjoy it!

One Dark Cloudy Night…

One Dark Cloudy Night - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One Dark Cloudy Night – Photo by Alastair Forbes

It was a dark cloudy night. The bright lights from the roadway, and the red beacon of the radio tower stood as sentinels in the night. Beyond the row of homes, the lights on the department store glowed. Smoke wafted from a single chimney. The night was silent. As he sat on the rooftop eating a gingerbread cookie, he delighted in the scene before him.

He was enjoying the night, and got a good feeling that the rest of the night would go well. It had been good so far. It was not easy getting into some of the homes yet he managed. As the cookie crumbled, he caught the falling bits with his gloved hand. Now he was thirsty!

Getting up slowly, he decided that he needed to get back to it, and looked over towards the row of homes. While it was a short block, a number of folks lived in those homes, which the chimneys indicated. There was one for each residence.

Grabbing his bag, he jumped over to the next house. He smiled at the carrots on the rooftop. The boys will enjoy these he thought as he slid down the chimney to deliver the presents.

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Thank you Al for the inspiring photo, and to you dear reader for taking the time to stop by!  Today we celebrate the first day of winter!  Time moves too fast, doesn’t it?  I wish you happy holidays!  Be well!      ^..^

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In celebration of the holidays, rather than the traditional colors, Krista over at WordPress, has chosen the subject “Yellow” for this week’s photo challenge! Here are my photos featuring the color yellow!

Daffodil ruffles

Daffodil ruffles

The Skirt of the Daffidol

The Skirt of the Daffidol

Contrasts of rust and yellow

Contrasts of rust and yellow

The curves of a cut lemon

The curves of a cut lemon

Honey bees on hibiscus

Honey bees on hibiscus

The sun rises!

The sun rises!

A sunflower

A sunflower

There you have it! Shades of yellow!

Have a great Friday and weekend too! And, thank you for stopping by to visit! Be well! ^..^

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Griff - Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

Griff – Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

“You are not listening,” said Gwen.

“I am! I truly am!” replied Melanie. “What you are telling me doesn’t make sense!”

“What don’t you get? I am breaking up with Griff.”

“Why would you want to break up with Griff? He’s a great guy! You are perfect together! He is sweet, kind, attentive, handsome, intelligent, and he loves you!”

“He might be all that but you just don’t understand Melanie. He snores. He flosses his teeth at the table. He farts and talks about barking spiders.”

“What am I missing?”

“What you don’t get is that he bugs me!”

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Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Doug MacIlroy for the inspiring photo!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a terrific Thursday! Be well! ^..^

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There is something so very delicate looking about jellyfish. They gather up the water creating a balloon effect and then release moving forward. I wanted to share with you today some of the jellyfish that I saw when I was in Alaska! I saw two different kinds: One was a bright orange with long tentacles, the other was white with very short tentacles.

This one was in the bay at the town of Ketchikan. It was the bright color that drew my eye as I looked down on it!

Glowing jellyfish

Glowing jellyfish

Long tentacles

Long tentacles

It’s a real beauty!

Fanning out

Fanning out

This next one is quite different in not only size, but color.

Full of water

Full of water

This jellyfish was also in the bay at Ketchikan.

Release

Release

This last shot is of the same kind of jellyfish, but this one was shot in Glacier Bay!

Swimming along

Swimming along

Aren’t they neat?

Well, I wish you a wonderful Wednesday! Have one heck of an amazing day, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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The other day when I was wandering around the backyard looking at the little world out back, I came upon another area where mushrooms were sprouting. The only reason I noticed these is because the soil was being pushed up, and resembled a gopher trail. Looking closer I discovered the mushrooms! Great camouflage if you ask me!

Check it out.

They are hard to see

They are hard to see

Did you see them? There are three.

They really do blend right in, so I felt very lucky to capture these hidden beauties!

Blends right in

Blends right in

Here is the mushroom revealed!

The mushroom revealed

The mushroom revealed

Here are a pair from the side. There is a lot of dirt on top, and if I had not walked around the pushed up soil, I might have missed these!

Pushing up

Pushing up

When they do pop the surface, they are hidden amongst the leaf litter and soil debris, as you can see by this next photo.

Hidden by debris

Hidden by debris

One last shot for you…Here are the gills in a close up.

The gills

The gills

While I tried to identify this mushroom I could not find the name. Do you know what this mushroom is? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a splendid Saturday! Be well! ^..^

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Yes, they are! The turkey tails, that is! This is an amazing fungus that grows on dead wood. It is a colorful fungus with ribbons of colors and fuzzy textures. Every year, on one particular pile of dead wood by the woodshed, they are prolific! Let’s take a look, shall we?

Here is it looking at it straight on.

Textures of wood and a turkey tail!

Textures of wood and a turkey tail!

It has bands of color running across the surface.

Ribbons of color

Ribbons of color

Bands

Bands

One particular growth resembles a flouncy, ruffled skirt!

Ruffled skirt

Ruffled skirt

They grow in layers. These are new and will be larger later on in the season!Layers

This final shot is one that to me resembles a flower!

Looks like a flower

Looks like a flower

Isn’t this a cool looking fungus? I hope that you enjoyed these photos! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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