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© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

“The only residents remaining in the small town of Miners Hill are spirits.” So goes the rumor. I love visiting ghost towns.

Driving into the town, I pull into the parking lot of the hotel at the top of the hill. I put the car in park, unfasten my seat belt and get out. It is so quiet.

I head towards the front door of the hotel. It is chipped, peeling, and open. I walk in. Dust covers the floor. A huge mirror hangs behind the front desk. There is a bell on the desk. I walk over to it and tap. A ding rings throughout the lobby. I can hear footsteps behind me. My heart begins to race.  Turning, I look.  I do not see anyone.

Behind me, I hear a voice. “Welcome to the Miners Hill Hotel. Would you like a room?” I turn towards the voice. No one is there. The front door slams shut and locks. I gulp.

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This is my contribution this week to the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge!

Mondays Finish the Story

If you feel like joining in on this challenge, then click HERE!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by today! Have one heck of an amazing week! Be well… ^..^


Anchors - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Anchors – Photo by Alastair Forbes

The forty-foot swells came from out of nowhere. The captain, buckled in to his seat, held tight to the wheel, sweat dripped down his face. The crew battened down the hatches. Water swept across the decks taking with it anything not tied down.

Up and down, the ship rode the waves. The winds howled, making the crew believe that the Seven Sirens sang to them. Water slammed into the ship, tossing the crew to the left, then to the right. The captain was heading for the shore.

Suddenly, all heard the sound of ripping metal. Ice-cold water rushed in. Crewmen were swept out to sea. The captain felt the ship list to the left. Over the loud speaker he yelled, “Abandon ship! Abandon ship!”

He let go of the wheel heading outside. A huge wave rushed in pinning him to the door of the wheelhouse, then grabbed at his feet pulling him out to sea. He thanked God for his life and surrendered himself to a certain death.

The storm raged on and the Odyssey quickly sank. All that remained of this ship: A pair of anchors, now on display at Odyssey Park. None of the crew survived.

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To Alastair Forbes: Thank you for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction, and for the amazing photo that inspired my story!

Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thanks go out to you too, dear reader, for taking the time to stop on by for a quick read. Have a splendid Sunday and be well… ^..^


We have a lot of butterfly activity this year. They came early due to not having a real winter. I feel greatly rewarded when I catch shots of these quick fluttering insect. So, for today I wanted to share some of the amazing butterflies in my yard…Click on any of the photos to get better detail!

I found this one in a corner of my greenhouse. It is a White Swallowtail.

A White Swallowtail Butterfly

A White Swallowtail Butterfly

This Gray Hairstreak is on my rose bush.

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Here is the Woodland Skipper drinking juice from a marigold.

The early bird butterfly

The early bird butterfly

This one is called a Holly Blue.

A butterfly in the forest

A butterfly in the forest

I caught this one on the rocks. It is a Buckeye Butterfly.

Buckeye Butterfly

Buckeye Butterfly

This next one is a White Sulfur butterfly. Notice that there are two tiny eyes on the wing.

White Sulfur Butterfly

White Sulfur Butterfly

Aren’t they neat? I hope that you enjoyed these photos! Have a splendid weekend! Be well… ^..^


Cherie Lucas Rowlands over at WordPress has chosen the subject “Broken” for this week’s photo challenge. I think I have photos that will show you something broken. Let’s go and see what I have, shall we?

The gauges on an old tractor…

Old gauges

Old gauges

Old, rusty trucks…

Abandoned in the ghost town

Abandoned in the ghost town

An ancient Indian ruins…

Collapsed roofing and walls

Collapsed roofing and walls

A crack in a wall…

Cracked

Cracked

Broken branches…

One huge limb

One huge limb

I hope that you enjoyed my images of broken things. Have a great weekend and be well… ^..^


Water - Photo by Santoshwriter

Water – Photo by Santoshwriter

With water at a premium, they did all that they could to capture every bit they could. Today they went into the forest.

“Mom, look at what I found!” exclaimed Sheila.

Heading over to the shrub, her mother bent down to take a look. There were leaves covered with drops of precious water. “Wonderful!” her mother said.

For years now, with the drought ongoing in California, the people did what they could to get water. Big companies had drained the State of water all for the mighty dollar.

Sheila gently grabbed the leaf. Sadly, it was just a drop in the bucket.

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Thank you Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Santoshwriter for the photo that inspired this story.

To you my dear reader, thank you for stopping by for a quickie read! Have an amazing Thursday and be well… ^..^


We have had more cloudy days in May than we had from January to April. The clouds are dark and heavy looking. The sad part is: No rain. The other day, with the dark sky, and the sun just setting, we witnessed turkey buzzards flying in circles. Here are a few of the shots that I captured of them…

Circling

Circling

Looking down

Looking down

Wings fully spread

Wings fully spread

All lit up!

All lit up!

The sun's reflection

The sun’s reflection

Heading out

Heading out

The turkey buzzard is such an amazing bird. My husband said to me the other day, “Can you imagine flying like that looking to find something that has died?” I can’t, but there has to be enough to keep these birds going.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazing day, and be well… ^..^


When I was a child, we used to go to the Nut Tree located in Vacaville. After ordering your food, they delivered to your table sliced pineapple with marshmallow sauce. Looking for a sweet treat for after dinner with friends the other night, I tried my hand at marshmallow sauce. There are recipes out on the internet for this sauce and most use corn syrup. I do not use corn syrup, so I made my own sweet mix that is a substitution that is better for you. So, let’s head off into the kitchen to make some of this tasty treat that goes well with pineapple! This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups of sauce.n Here is a preview…

Preview

Preview

Ingredients for the corn syrup substitute
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup of boiling water

Ingredients for the sauce
1 large egg white
2 TBS cold water
sugar syrup from above
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Ingredients

Ingredients

Place the egg white in a mixing bowl and using your hand beater or stand mixer, beat the egg white on high speed. To check if the egg white is ready for the next step, lift the beater out of the egg white and you should have soft peaks form. Here are three photos showing the progress.

Begin with the egg white

Begin with the egg white

Midway through beating the egg white

Midway through beating the egg white

Egg white is ready for the water

Egg white is ready for the water

When this is ready, the next step is to add the water. On low speed incorporate the water and then add in the sugar syrup.

Water and sugar syrup added

Water and sugar syrup added

Increase your speed to medium high.

Just about ready for the powdered sugar

Just about ready for the powdered sugar

The mixture will become creamy, white in color, and should be almost double in size. This process should take about 8 minutes. Here it is when it is done.

Ready for powdered sugar

Ready for powdered sugar

Turning the mixture back to low, gradually add in the powdered sugar.

Powdered sugar added

Powdered sugar added

When this has incorporated into the mix, add in the vanilla.

Vanilla added

Vanilla added

Once this is done, refrigerate the sauce for about 4 hours. You will need to stir it before using. Here is what this sauce looks like over a couple of slices of pineapple.

Sauce served over pineapple

Sauce served over pineapple

You can use this sauce over ice cream, brownies, strawberries…the list is endless! I hope that you try out this delightful recipe! It is one that is sure to please you, your family, and guests!

Thanks for dropping by for another issue of Tasty Tuesday! Be well! ^..^