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Brie over at WordPress has chosen the topic “early bird” for this week’s photo challenge. She is asking for early morning photos. One of the things that I like about early morning photos is the intensity of the colors. Sunrises can be amazing with an array of color, and so can objects photographed in the morning light. So, now, let me take you on a trek through my early bird photos!

Here is one of the many spectacular sunrises that I get to enjoy in the mornings while having a cup of coffee…

It begins

It begins

On a cruise ship off the coast of Mexico, I watch from the deck as the sun lifts up on the horizon!

Sunrise over Mexico

Sunrise over Mexico

From the Sierra Foothills, down to Mexico, we now head out to the San Francisco Bay Area. Here is a sunrise over the San Mateo bridge!

Sunrise on the bay

Sunrise on the bay

Heading now to Alaska, here is an early morning photo of the majestic Mt. MkKinley, or Denali as the locals call it.

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

One last shot. This one is back at my house again. As the sun rises, clouds in the sky create shadows that offer up a very “God-Like” photo!

Casting shadows

Casting shadows

Well, that is it for my early morning shots! Thanks for coming along to see these amazing places, and remember, be well! ^..^


Thursday is the day that I devote to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Writers are challenged to create a complete story using no more than 100 words that go along with the photo prompt provided. Here is the photo and my story, entitled “3-Alarm Fire on Elm Street.”

Fire! - Photo by Roger Bultot

Fire! – Photo by Roger Bultot

A three-alarm fire broke out at 656 Elm Avenue this morning. Fire fighters responded to the call. The fire began on the second floor in the back of the building. Residents of the multi-family home got out safely.

One resident said that he heard what sounded like an explosion, which woke him up. He smelled the smoke, and was able to get his elderly mother, the dog and the cat out before the floor became engulfed in flames.

In the meantime, a local beat cop cited the fire engine for illegally parking on the street during street sweeping hours.

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Thank you Rochelle for hosting this flash fiction challenge, and to you as well Roger for the photo that inspired my story!

To you, dear reader, thank you for taking the time to stop by today. I hope that you have a terrific Thursday! Be well… ^..^

Patterns in the Wake


I find myself often hypnotized by water. The swirling patterns, the varying colors, and the white foam do it to me all the time…So, for today I want to share with you the patterns that I stared at while on a cruise ship!

It is artwork!

Artwork

Artwork

The ocean sure is beautiful! I can almost see Neptune looking back at me!

Neptune looks up from below

Neptune looks up from below

The sun sets and the moon rises…

Moonrise

Moonrise

The water darkens.

Darkness

Darkness

The next day, heading to the glaciers, I look down at the wake of the ship. Check out the amazing color!

Tri-color ocean

Tri-color ocean

One final shot…this one as we leave the glaciers behind, I notice the gentle roll of the wake in the bay.

Leaving the glaciers behind

Leaving the glaciers behind

Well, thanks for stopping by! Have an amazing day and be well! ^..^


It is another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Today we will be preparing a simple yet elegant beef stroganoff that is sure to please you and your family! It is the addition of whole grain mustard that really “beefs” up this recipe! Ready to head into the kitchen?

Ingredients
1 small onion, sliced thinly
1/2# of shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 TBS butter
1# steak, cut into 1/4″ slices
1/3 cup of brandy
1/2 cup beef broth
1 bay leaf
1 tsp whole grain mustard
1 cup of sour cream
egg noodles, buttered with parsley

Ingredients

Ingredients

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook until gently browned.

Brown the mushrooms and onion

Brown the mushrooms and onion

When these are done, remove from the skillet and set aside. Now we turn to the beef. Add this to the skillet and brown the meat.

Brown the beef

Brown the beef

Once the beef is browned, slowly add in the brandy.

Gratuitous pouring shot of the brandy

Gratuitous pouring shot of the brandy

Cook for a couple of minutes and then add the broth, bay leaf and whole grain mustard. Now tell me, doesn’t that mustard look amazing?

Bay and whole grain mustard are added

Bay and whole grain mustard are added

With everything now incorporated, add back the mushroom and onion mixture.

Mushrooms and onion are added back

Mushrooms and onion are added back

Cook for another couple of minutes. Turn the heat down to low, and add in the sour cream.

Add the sour cream

Add the sour cream

Stir continuously until steam begins to rise from the pan.

Heat through

Heat through

The dish is now ready to serve! I like serving this over buttered egg noodles that have a bit of parsley added. Here is what the dish looks like before you gobble it up!

Serve over buttered noodles with parsley!

Serve over buttered noodles with parsley!

There you have it! With preparation and cooking time, expect to spend an hour in the kitchen. This dish will serve four.

Thanks for stepping into the kitchen with me, and I hope to see you back next week! Be well… ^..^


It is Monday which is the day that I devote to the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge. The rules for this challenge are to write a story that goes with the photo and that one uses the opening line provided. The word limit is between 100-150 not including the opening line, which is in bold italicized letters. Here is the photo and my story!

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

“The neighbors were not happy about my choice of yard art, so much so that I actually received a complaint letter from the Homeowners Association.

The letter read, “It has come to our attention that you have recently installed extremely large art pieces in your yard. Our CC&R’s, if you read them, indicate that there is a height limitation of six feet on all garden art on properties within the association. We demand that you remove these pieces at once. Have a nice day…” The letter was signed by the Board President.

Frankly, their letter upset me! Honestly, I feel they are picking on me yet again. This is not the first time they have sent me a letter. I received another one when I put up the huge shed out back. I got yet another over the old rusty farm pieces.

What I don’t understand is why they never said a word to my neighbors about their six-foot phallus and testes!

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Mondays Finish the Story

I hope that you enjoyed my story! If you like to write, you can join in on this challenge by clicking HERE!

Thanks for taking the time to drop on by! I hope that you have a magnificent Monday and be well…. ^..^


I knew that they were watching me. It was that gut feeling. You know the one that I mean. I always ask myself, “Self? Are you listening? Who wants to argue my gut?” Usually, that feeling is right. Something is not write.

It was no different today. Try as I might to reach Joe Owens, the now host, who seems to have disappeared, of Sunday Photo Fiction, my attempts failed. They were watching, and the proverbial “they” had blocked the photo for this week’s flash fiction challenge!

Not wanting to be thwarted from my weekly writing event, I contacted all the commenters of the challenge. I had to let them all know that they were not alone! I had to let them know that there was that secret government agency that had hijacked Joe!

I contacted Agent Al Forbes, of the A.W.O.L., Association of Writers Oversight League, because what else could I do? My Sunday was all out of whack! How can I write a story for a flash fiction challenge, when there is NO PHOTO? Arrgghhhhh….

Being sympathetic to my plight and that of many others, I decided that I would not stand for the Sunday Photo Fiction photo being censored!

To each and every one of you who write for this challenge: Let’s protest against the censorship that has taken our joy of Sunday away! Joe is missing in action, and even so, let us write about those who have censored the weekly photo by Hannah Duncan!

Be there, or be square, or, just write! Let nothing stand in the way of our enjoyment of writing for the Sunday Photo Fiction!

I have done my job…now you do yours!


Over the crest in our driveway, we watched as the first of the male turkeys sauntered into the yard looking for the bird seed that we pull out for the little birds. They have been visiting us quite frequently this year. One female turkey was in the group. But what amazed us was the newest addition to the troop. Want to see? :)

Hanging out with the turkeys

Hanging out with the turkeys

Yes, it is a peacock! A female peacock!

A female peacock

A female peacock

What would happen if she mated with a turkey? What would you call it? A peakey? A turcock? A peturkcock? :)

She has such a lovely profile!

Such a lovely profile

Such a lovely profile

The boys, well, they are admiring her beauty!

The male turkeys admiring the new gal

The male turkeys admiring the new gal

She hears the sound of the camera shutter and is wondering at the sound…

Curious

Curious

Then she looks in my direction!

I am looking at you!

I am looking at you!

Now you might be wondering why there is a peacock in the Sierra Foothills. Well, the story goes that someone up here at one time raised peacocks, and they got loose, and kept getting loose. So the person gave up on them and let them go do their thing. Their call is very distinctive and we often hear them in the morning and the late afternoon. There are about a dozen that roam in our area!

One last shot…Isn’t she a beauty?

What a beauty!

What a beauty!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you have an amazing Saturday! Be well… ^..^