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Kuàizi - Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

Kuàizi – Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

The three women sat down for a dim sum lunch at the Hong Kong Flower Lounge. They were the only non-Asians in the restaurant.

The server came by to drop off tea and one of the women asked the waiter for kuàizi. Surprised, she ran off and returned with three pairs.

As the carts rolled on by, they picked the dishes that appealed to them. The women all began to eat, each one deftly using their chopsticks.

The women realized that the entire restaurant got quiet. All eyes watched them intently, surprised to see these were not fork people!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Marie Gail Stratford for the inspiring photo!

And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop by for a bit of flash!

Be well! ^..^

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My dear friend Amy over at Petals Unfolding just posted a lovely series of macro photos on the bees she found hovering around her lavender. I realized that I forgot about the series of bee photos that I shot recently! We have lovely crepe myrtles in the yard and the trees hum with the activity of the bees every morning. So, I set myself up with the mono-pod and started snapping photos. My challenge was to capture shots while the bees not only moved, but as the wind blew. I took a whole series of photos and these came out the best!

The Honeybee

The Honeybee

Harvesting

Harvesting

Hairy

Hairy

Pollen ball

Pollen ball

One final shot! :)

Looking right at me

Looking right at me

Neat – huh? Be sure to check out Amy’s post too! You can get there by clicking HERE!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for taking the time to drop by!

Beeeeeee well! ^..^

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On our trip out to Stumpy Meadows, along the shore, aside from all the tree stumps which give this lake its name, are boulders. Looking at them, I noticed interesting colors and patterns. Tell me if you agree!

Blue ribbon

Blue ribbon

The doorway

The doorway

Debris

Debris

Contrasts

Contrasts

Loaded with iron ore

Loaded with iron ore

What do you think?

There was a docent at the lake. He was an elderly gentleman with a definite sense of humor! He asked me if I would like to see a fresh water crocodile. “Certainly!” was my answer. Do you see the crocodile?

Fresh water crocodile

Fresh water crocodile

Do you see it too? :)

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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Ben Huberman was chosen to pick out this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, and the topic he chose is “Containers.” He says, “From “Don’t judge a book by its cover” to “Don’t look at the jug, but at what it contains” (an old Rabbinic saying), we’re constantly taught that the contents of things are more important than the vessels, wrappers, and boxes that hold them in place. This week, let’s give outer shells their due and focus our lenses on things that contain other things.” So let’s go see what I have to share that fit this challenge!

Let’s celebrate the barrels that hold wine!

Barrels of wine

Barrels of wine

And the tanks too!

The tanks

The tanks

And the case boxes!

The tanks & wine boxes

The tanks & wine boxes

Let’s not forget the bottle!

5 Liter Wine Bottle

5 Liter Wine Bottle

I hope you enjoyed these containers!

Have a lovely Saturday and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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A Wink and a Smile - Photo by Adam Ickes

A Wink and a Smile – Photo by Adam Ickes

It hung on the wall of the accounting office for years, silently watching over the staff. It always gave Celeste the willies. She was glad it was taken down and going to storage along with old records.

Sometimes she thought she had seen the eyes of that darned thing looking at her and sometimes she thought that she saw the mouth smile. Always doing a double take, she realized it was a trick of her mind.

As the boxes dwindled from the corner, she looked over to the goat’s head trophy. It winked and smiled at her. What the devil?

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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Adam Ickes for the inspiring photo!

I hope you enjoyed today’s bit of flash! Thank you for dropping by, and have an amazing day and a wonderful weekend!

Be well!

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Yesterday I discovered when looking at one of the lovely blossoms in my garden something that did not look right. Upon closer examination I discovered a new species of spider that I have not seen here before. This is on the lovely little yellow flowers of a flower that I cannot quite remember the name of due to chemo brain! If it comes to me as I add photos I will let you know the name…So, check out this pretty little spider that is so perfectly camouflaged that it most likely saves its life and provides it with dinner!

I have researched and think that the name of this spider is Misumenoides formosipes. Frightening name but to me it is a beautiful yellow spider on my coreposis! I remembered the name of the flower! Wahoo!

Check this little guy out! Tell me, is it not a beautiful spider?

My first sight of the spider!

My first sight of the spider!

I think this spider is the Misumeoides Formosipes. I am giving this a common name: The Yellow Spider!

Misumenoides formosipe

Misumenoides formosipe

And, here are the other photos I took while this little guy ran away from me!

Does it see me?

Does it see me?

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Is that leg a pincher?

Is that leg a pincher?

What an amazing spider, isn’t it? And, as the heat came up today it disappeared. I am really happy that this new spider showed himself to me and that I can share this with you!

This morning I go off for what is hopefully my last chemo treatment. I have to admit that I am not looking forward to this treatment due to the side effects. I am, however, grateful that I do not have it as bad as others, but it is still uncomfortable. I most likely will not be doing any posts for a couple of days.

One of the things that I should mention is that with the chemo treatments I have been having neuropathy in my hands and now in my big toes. Neuropathy is the loss of feeling in the fingers and toes. At least mine is not as bad as it could be. What I have just written took me about an hour to write this post as I have to keep re-typing.

So, I will be on hiatus for a couple of days due to the chemo. I wish you the best and that you be well! Thank you for sticking with me through all of this, and thank you for visiting with me today!

Again — be well! ^..^

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When we were at Stumpy Meadows there was a mother and son enjoying paddling boarding on the lake. What could be better on a hot day then a day with Mom on a lake? This actually looks like fun and some good exercise too! Let’s take a look, shall we?

Paddle boarding at Stumpy Meadows

Paddle boarding at Stumpy Meadows

You can see from he ripples on the water that there was a bit of a breeze.

Sunday outing with Mom

Sunday outing with Mom

Stumpy Meadows got its name from all the trees that were cut down to make this reservoir. Look at the shore in this photo…Be sure to click to enlarge the photo!

Taking a break

Taking a break

I could hear Mom calling out to her son to follow her!

Follow the leader

Follow the leader

After a while they got tired and started to head for shore…

Heading to shore

Heading to shore

This boy is very lucky that his Mom spent the day with him doing this! My Mom: Forget getting her out on the water on one of those boards! My Dad might have enjoyed this!

Enjoy your Tuesday! Thank you for dropping in today! Be well! ^..^

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Under the Lake - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Under the Lake – Photo by Alastair Forbes

She had had enough of him. She planned her get away and today was the day she would leave. She picked up the already packed suitcase. The timing was good as he was not at home, or so she thought.

She headed to the garage. Fear welled up in her throat. Out of the darkness, he was there. He grabbed her arm with force. The suitcase dropped and opened on the floor. Looking back at him, she watched as the hatchet came down. A look of shock crossed her face. Blood sprayed his face and clothes.

He drove to the lake. A passerby noticed all the blood covering him. With the body now stowed in the boat, he headed out and looked around. He was alone. He cut the engine dropped her wrapped body secured with the anchor into the lake. He watched as the body sank noticing rainbows shining down in the distance.

This he took as a sign of good luck. No one would ever leave him for another man. When he reached the shore, he tied the boat up and returned to the car. He heard a noise. Looking up, he saw police surrounding him, guns drawn.
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! And for the photo that inspired this bit of flash!

Thank you, dear reader, for taking the time to stop by! Have a lovely Sunday!

Be well! ^..^

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The Impending Storm - Photo by Kelly Sands

The Impending Storm – Photo by Kelly Sands

To the folks of the small town of Dingle it looked like ordinary cloud cover. There was to be a chance of rain. And they needed it!

The season had been a fairly dry one. The last few had been fairly dry ones. This was for them a seven year drought! Many in the town said prayers asking that this be the storm to end all storms!

On the other side of clouds, the fleet set up for the attack. The clouds were the perfect cover. Then came the rumble of thunder and the commander shouted, “Fire! Fire! Fire!”
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers! And thank you to Kelly Sands for the inspiring photo!

Enjoy your Thursday! Thank you for stopping by!

Be well! ^..^

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One of my favorite Foothills critters spend their mornings and afternoons on our deck and they join us for cocktails every night! That would be the Pacific Chorus Frogs! I wanted to share some photos of these little gems that come to visit with us every year!

This one is green.

Green phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

Green phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

This frog can change colors! Here is another one in the brown phase…

The brown phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

The brown phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

Could this one be green with envy?

Totally green with envy!

Totally green with envy!

It is unusual to see them green against brown. Here is one of the brown ones emerging from his house getting ready to out in search of food! I keep telling them to go after the pesky flies that bother us!

Coming out of the frog house

Coming out of the frog house

And, now he is on the move!

On the move!

On the move!

If I can capture it, I will try to take a video of these critters making their way down our front deck looking for some dinner! We call it the March of the Frogs! :)

Have a lovely Tuesday and thanks for dropping by! Be well! ^..^

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