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Happy Monday! Every Monday I devote my post to a flash fiction writing challenge that I host. It is called Mondays Finish the Story. This is a flash fiction challenge where I provide a photo and the opening line to a story.  The writer is to use the opening line and write a story that goes with the photo.  The word limit is 100-150 words, not including the opening line. Here is my contribution to this week’s challenge. The opening sentence is in bold and italicized letters.

Sherman City Hall - © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Sherman City Hall – © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

“The Mayor and the town manager waved as their next victim approached.” Their smiling faces were welcoming. Sarah waved back at them as she hopped off the train.

“Welcome to Sherman,” said Mayor Gillespie.

“Thank you!” she replied.

“And, what brings you to our small hamlet?”

“I heard that there are some good hiking trails to the wilderness beyond.” What she was here for was to investigate what happened to her brother. His last call to the family was from the train that would drop him off here.

Heading into the building, they offered her a coffee, which she gratefully accepted. It was hot and slightly bitter.

“So, where are you from?” asked town manager Wilco.

“Eugene Oregon.”

“We had another visitor from there. Now isn’t that strange?”

As Sarah looked around the room, she saw her brother’s jacket hanging on the coat rack and stood up. The room began to spin.

“Got us another,” said Gillespie to Wilco laughing maniacally.

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Mondays Finish the Story

I hope that you enjoyed my bit of flash!  You too can join in on this exciting challenge.  To get there click HERE!

Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Have a magnificent day and be well… ^..^


Angel That Rolls - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Angel That Rolls – Photo by Alastair Forbes

She was not supposed to have any contact with humans. She ignored the rule. Sitting outside a cafe, she watched people walk by as she sipped on lemonade.

“Ahem,” he said.

Looking over, she saw a man. He had warm brown eyes, rusty brown hair, a strong square jaw and a mustache. He was gorgeous and he was looking at her. They both stared at one another.

“May I introduce myself?” he asked.

Still staring, she nodded. “My name is Charles. Charles Rolls,” he said. “This might seem a bit impertinent, but may I join you?”

Tongue-tied she nodded her head. He pulled the chair back, sat and struck up conversation. Soon they were talking animatedly. The talk turned to cars, and he offered her a ride in his. Off they went.

She loved the ride. At the end of the day, when it was time to go, she kissed him on the cheek. Removing her coat, she spread her wings, winked at Charles and flew off.

Charles never wanted to forget her and the time they spent together. To commemorate her, he had her effigy created. Today one can see her on the hoods of all the Rolls-Royce cars.

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A huge thanks goes out to Alastair Forbes of Sunday Photo Fiction for the inspiring photo and for hosting this flash fiction challenge.

Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction

To you dear reader, thank you for taking the time to stop by. I hope that you enjoyed my bit of flash fiction. Have a splendid Sunday and be well… ^..^

Speaking Out!


My husband and I both enjoy the birds that visit us here at our home in the Sierra Foothills. They have been a great source of enjoyment, and the subject of many of my recent photos. So, for today, I thought that I would share with you some recent photos of these birds speaking out.

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Check out all that food!

Check out all that food!

Where's the seed?

Where’s the seed?

He's hogging all the food!

He’s hogging all the food!

Are you listening to me?

Are you listening to me?

I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Thanks for stopping by and be well… ^..^


This week Brie Anne over at WordPress has chosen the topic “Muse” for this week’s photo challenge. She asks what subject keeps bringing you back to it, and inspires you. My muse has always been water. And, without further ado, here is my muse…

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Nature designs a water and sand pattern

Nature designs a water and sand pattern

Water crashing on the rocks

Water crashing on the rocks

Swirling waters

Swirling waters

A view of the river

A view of the river

Air bubbles

Air bubbles

I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Thanks for stopping by and be well… ^..^


It is time for another story! Thursday’s I devote the day to writing for the Friday Fictioneers flash fiction challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge requires that you write a story of no more than 100 words and that the story have a beginning, middle and end. So here is today’s photo and my story.

Garlic Shop - Photo by Kent Bonham

Garlic Shop – Photo by Kent Bonham

Walking along the promenade, window-shopping, we came across this store called “Trak All the Way.” We could smell the shop before we came upon it. Garlic! I love garlic!

Heading inside we were surprised to find that all they had were religious crosses and, of course, garlic. It was then that we realized the reason that they sold what they did was to keep the vamps away.

The sun was setting as we turned to leave. The woman ran over, hung a cross around my neck and handed me some garlic. “No charge,” she said. “Be very careful going home.”

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Thanks goes out to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Kent Bonham for the photo that inspired this story. As to you, dear reader, I thank you too for taking the time to stop by today.

Have an amazing day and be well… ^..^


Since going through chemo, I have had issues with my hands. Not only do I have neuropathy, but tremors, or shaking, too. This makes taking photos, especially macro shots, hard to do. I gave it a go the other day and wanted to share with you some of the photos I took.

The center of a clematis

The center of a clematis

Galardia

Galardia

A very tiny spider on coreopsis

A very tiny spider on coreopsis

Russian sage

Russian sage

Artemesia

Artemesia

Water from a sprinkler

Water from a sprinkler

The top of a red hot poker

The top of a red hot poker

Weedicus Unknownicus

Weedicus Unknownicus

Spirea blossoms

Spirea blossoms

Out of the 175 photos I took that day, these were the best. I am hoping that eventually my hands will stop shaking. Thanks for dropping by today and be well… ^..^


Time for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! I devote Tuesday’s to posting easy to make recipes. Today is no exception as we head into the kitchen to prepare a pork loin dish that is sure to please those at your table. Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
2 1/2# pork loin (there should be two in the package)
4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped, set 2 aside from the 8 for later use
5 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped
10 sage leaves, chopped
1 cup Pinot Grigio or other dry white wine
Fresh ground salt and pepper
9 crimini mushroom, sliced
1/2 cup milk

Ingredients

Ingredients

One hour before cooking this dish, remove the pork from the refrigerator so that it warms up a bit. After the hour, take the olive oil and add it to a cast iron dutch oven. Turn the heat on to medium, and when it feels hot, check by holding your hand over the oil, add in 6 cloves of chopped garlic, the rosemary and the sage. Saute for two minutes.

Saute the garlic, rosemary, and sage

Saute the garlic, rosemary, and sage

Carefully add in the pork loin. You want to brown these on all sides.

Add in the pork loin

Add in the pork loin

Brown on all sides

Brown on all sides

Remove the pork to a dish and set aside. Slowly add the white wine to the pan, scraping the bottom to lift any of the browned bits at the bottom.

The wine is added

The wine is added

Add back the pork and season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Add back the pork loin

Add back the pork loin

Cover the pot partially. Cook this for an hour, turning the meat every 15 minutes. If the juices at the bottom appears to be too low, add a bit of the water.

Midway through cooking

Midway through cooking

After an hour, remove the pork from the pot.

Now let’s turn to the mushrooms. Add in the mushroom to the pot and saute for about 5 minutes.

Mushrooms added to the juices in the pot

Mushrooms added to the juices in the pot

Turn off the heat and let the liquid cool. It needs to be cool so that when you add the milk it will not curdle. Let the meat sit and the gravy cool for about 15 – 20 minutes.

When the gravy is cool, add in the milk.

Milk is added to the gravy

Milk is added to the gravy

Then turn the heat up to medium low. Heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is hot.

While the sauce is doing its thing, slice the pork loin into one inch slices. When the gravy is hot, pour a bit over the sliced pork loin.

Sliced pork with gravy

Sliced pork with gravy

Put the rest into a gravy boat, and serve with the sliced pork.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Now doesn’t that look good? I served the pork with 3 cheese potato wedges and steamed peas.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Tasty Tuesday. Stay tuned for next week’s recipe. We will be preparing those amazing looking 3 cheese potato wedges. Be well… ^..^