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All Wet!


We had a day of rain on Monday and when it stopped I headed outdoors only to discover the turkeys were back! Taking a glance before running in the house to grab the camera, I thought these were all males. I was wrong! The turkeys were drying themselves off after the rain! So, for today, I will be featuring photos of all the lovelies drying off!

Here is a small group of females, feathers fanned to aid them in drying out!

All wet!

All wet!

There were eleven turkeys in the yard!

The gaggle in the yard!

The gaggle in the yard!

Here is the male bird. He has his eyes on the females!

The male

The male

A female spreads out her tail feathers, shakes, then settles back down with her feathers still extended.

Drying off the rear end

Drying off the rear end

A young male watches the females. You can see his wattle (red skin on the neck) is not as pronounced as it is on the mature male in the photo two above!

A male checks out three females

A male checks out three females

They are truly beautiful. In this final shot, a young female is preening.

Preening

Preening

I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Thanks for taking the time to stop by! Be well… ^..^


Welcome back for another edition of our kitchen remodel! We have gone through tearing out the kitchen, arrival of the cabinetry, and the beginning of the installation. Today, we mostly finish the cabinetry installation, and have the template done for the new quartz countertops! Shall we head on in?

The fellow who has been installing our cabinetry is doing a fine job. He takes his time, and is continually asking how we might want things as he goes about doing his job. To get the true flavor of the kitchen today, let’s take a look back at what our kitchen used to look like.

Before

Before

Here it is today…

After

After

To us, this is how the kitchen should have been originally been built. This was just a vacation spot for the family that built this house, so a normal kitchen was not really needed. Doesn’t it look great? Let’s check it out from different angles…

One view of the kitchen

One view of the kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

Now you might have noticed the cabinets that are missing panels. These are to be glass cabinets, which is what we ordered. Guess what? Glass does not come with the cabinetry! And, we were not told that we would have to get the glass until that day! A major ooops! The other thing that we are missing are the shelves for the salt and pepper display cabinetry. These came with a total of 12 shelves and it should have been 24.

Anyway, today the drawer pulls are getting added and the template is being done for the quartz countertop. So let’s see how this is going…

Here the installer is adding the pulls.

Handles are added

Handles are added

For the template, the fellow lays out strips of plastic to create the shape of the countertop based on the cupboard bases…This shot is of the island, and the front facing cupboards are for my salt and pepper shaker collection.

Making the template for the countertops

Making the template for the countertops

Here is the template for the sink area.

Sink area template

Sink area template

For the sink area, there will also be a backsplash of 4″. The fellow measures and makes notes for himself on the template back piece…

Notations for the backsplash

Notations for the backsplash

Well, that’s it for now. It will be two weeks without a kitchen sink before the countertops are installed. With the under mount kitchen sink, they do the installation at the same time as the countertops. I have finally caught up to where we are today, so next week, I will feature the countertop installation, and I should be able to go back to cooking and sharing recipes with you for Tasty Tuesdays!

Until next week, take good care of yourself and be well! Thanks for stopping by! ^..^


It is time once again for the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge!

Mondays Finish the Story

Using the photo prompt, and the opening line, I am tasked with writing a story using between 100-150 words. Are you ready for my story? Let’s jump in!

Jumping Frog Plaque - Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

Jumping Frog Plaque – Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

When it came to a challenge, Jim Smiley just had to jump right in! You see, Jim Smiley, named after his great grandfather, was a gamblin’ man. He landed himself a huge frog for the 150th Annual Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee.

Doing some research, he discovered that frogs could jump up to twenty times their length. His frog measured 13″. Jim figured that this frog could easily jump over twenty 20 1/2′. The record holder, Rosey the Ribetor jumped 21’5 3/4″. He had to beat this record.

Together, he and his frog, Legs, trained every day. It was not easy training a frog, but he figured out a method that worked!

Jim placed his bet on Legs. Hearing his name, he approached the starting line with the frog. Setting Legs down, he assumed his position. He beat the ground behind Legs. The frog pumped his legs and jumped! Sailing through the air, he dropped at 23’! Jim smiled. It was a new record!

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You to can take part in this flash fiction challenge! To check out the post on this challenge click HERE!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope that you have an exceptional week! Be well… ^..^


Hello world! Today I am writing once again for Sunday Photo Fiction, which is now being hosted by Joe Owens! The task is to write a short story using about 200 words that goes with the photo prompt. Here is my story!

Share an Idea - Photo by Joe Owens

Share an Idea – Photo by Joe Owens

Joe had worked at the mini-mart for years. His task at the mart was to stock the shelves. However, today he got a promotion. He began training on the cash register, and he was taking over the job of writing the saying of the day on the sign outside.

Tina handled the task of the daily sayings for years. She had announced her retirement. Heading home, he was happy to tell his family about the promotion.

“Did Tina tell you how she came up with her daily sayings?” asked his mother.

“No, not really,” replied Joe.

“What are the criteria for these sayings?”

Thinking to himself for a bit, he answered, “I really don’t know.”

“You need to have a new sign for tomorrow, right?”

“Yes,” he replied.

“Do you have any ideas?”

“Nope, not a one,”

“So, then how can you possibly do this job if you have nothing to share?”

“Mom, I really need to think about this! Can we change the subject, pa-leeezze!”

The rest of the evening with his family was quiet. Heading to bed Joe thought about what he was going to do the next day when it came to him.

“Share an idea.”

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Thank you Joe for hosting and for the photo that inspired this bit of flash. Thanks to you dear reader for stopping by today! Have a spectacular Sunday! Be well! ^..^

Critters in the Hood


For today, a lovely rainy day, I thought that I would share with you photos from the past of the amazing critters we see here in the Sierra Foothills. There are many that come to visit us. Are you ready to check them out? OK! Let’s go!

Here is a young fox. Since living here, I discovered that these little guys love strawberries. I had 300 berries ripening in the garden, and when I went to go and harvest them, they were all gone! Thinking my friend that comes to help me in the yard had eaten them, I found I was mistaken when one day I caught a fox at the berry patch!

To catch a thief

To catch a thief

We have an abundance of deer here too. They come and go, and we consider ourselves lucky when we step outside and they look up at us with those big brown eyes!

Deer Face

Deer Face

There are many squirrels here too. We have the gray squirrel and the ground squirrel. The gray squirrels drop pine cones from the trees, and the ground squirrel steals veges from my garden!

A squirrel

A squirrel

One of the other critters here, that we hope we do not have a run in with, are the skunk! The dog and I got sprayed one night, and it took a week to rid myself of the smell!

Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Recently I featured photos of the wild turkey in our hood. We love seeing these birds. They actually end up picking at the ground clearing areas for us. We like that! No weed whacking where these critters have been!

A Tom turkey

A Tom turkey

Nature’s janitor here in the foothills are the turkey buzzards. They are huge birds that keep the area clean for us!

Gaining momentum

Gaining momentum

In August/September we are visited by a huge spider! It is the male tarantulas looking for a mate. They call it “The March of the Tarantula.” This one was on the frame of our front door!

Tarantula

Tarantula

Ah, but there are many more! I hope that you enjoyed the photos of some of the critters in my yard and neighborhood! Have a spectacular Saturday! Be well… ^..^


Krista, over at WordPress has chosen “Reward” as this week’s challenge topic! She says, “Reward is filthy with possibility: it could be your third grader’s beaming smile after reading her first chapter book, a steaming mug of chicken soup after a long run in the cold, a photo of your brand-new baby — your reward for patience during nine months of construction, or your extended family gathered around the dinner table.” Here are my rewards:

A calving glacier splashes into the water after a long wait…

The splash!

The splash!

A hike takes me to a point where I can view the awesome Yosemite Valley…

Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the background

Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the background

After working hard in the garden…

The garden today!

The garden today!

we have an abundance of plants that gave us loads of vegetables!

The entire bounty

The entire bounty

Tomorrow's bounty

Tomorrow’s bounty

We feed the hummingbirds here in the spring and summer months. I was rewarded, after years of feeding them, to have on actually land on my hand!

Hummer on my finger!

Hummer on my finger!

There is nothing better than being rewarded at the end of the day with a glorious sunset!

The sun descends in the sky

The sun descends in the sky

I hope that you like the photos that to me are all rewards! Thank you for dropping by today! Have a fabulous Friday and be well! ^..^


A late posting today, and did not get around to this yesterday, due to chemo and a cold on top of it! I tried my hand again today in writing for the Friday Fictioneers! This challenge requires that you write a bit of flash fiction that is no longer than 100 words, and that the story has a beginning, middle and end that goes with the photo prompt. Here is my story.

Just Walking to School - Photo by Dawn Q Landau

Just Walking to School – Photo by Dawn Q Landau

They found Marilu Hennesy’s body in 1940 by the train tracks. She went missing on her way to school. Her killer was never found.

Years later, Lizzie Montgomery walked the same route where Marilu disappeared. With her dog Ruff, they were making good time on the way to school. She heard the dog yelp and quickly turned around. The dog was gone. She called for Ruff and began searching the woods.

Ten minutes later, she found his dead body. Falling on her knees, she cried. Hands grabbed her from behind and tied her up. She squirmed. “Settle down 48.”

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I hope that you enjoyed my bit of flash!   Thank you for taking the time to stop by!  Be well…    ^..^