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It is past time that I feature, as I do every year, the pretty feet contest! This year we have a number of exciting contenders! You get to vote on whose feet you like the best and in a couple of weeks I will announce the winner! Are you ready to check out some really pretty feet? Let’s go!

Contestant #1 – Buffalo

Buffalo

Buffalo

Contestant #2 – Cougar

Cougar

Cougar

Contestant #3 – Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

Contestant #4 – Flamingo

Flamingo

Flamingo

Contestant #5 – Frog

Frog

Frog

Contestant #6 – Koala

Koala

Koala

Contestant #7 – Meerkat

Meerkat

Meerkat

Contestant #8 – Wallaby

Wallaby

Wallaby

There are the contestants for 2015, and now you get to vote! Just click on the button to register your vote.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Be well… ^..^

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Every blogger out there is bombarded with Spam. Some person writes scripts for these folks and they comment on a photo that has nothing to do with their comment. So, let’s take a moment to laugh at how ridiculous these can be, shall we?

First will be the photo from the blog I wrote, then a random comment. I do have a disclaimer to this post, just in case someone might think that I am naming them or their content. It is this:

“This post is a work of FICTION. Names, characters and incidents are the product of this author’s imagination, or is used in a fictitious manner. Actual resemblances to actual persons or businesses living or dead, or actual events are purely coincidental.”

Now for the photos and the spammers comments.

Repel from here

Repel from here

The comment for the photo above: “The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Opera.”

Wild Weekly Challenge #4 Award!

Wild Weekly Challenge #4 Award!

And the comment is: “proЬɑЬly it is tɦe very first toսcɦ սpon yoսr ѡeЬ site, inɑdvertently…” That makes sense doesn’t it?

Pre-cooked hot Italian sausage

Pre-cooked hot Italian sausage

And the comment is: “Ridiculous story there. What happened after?” What?

A developing strawberry

A developing strawberry

And the comment is: “They were on hand to see and support Barack and Hillary.” This one has me scratching my head. How about you?

I am green with envy!

I am green with envy!

The spammer says: “Life in the Foothills is the most effective.”  Most effective what?

What caught my eye

What caught my eye

Now, does this one make sense? “Your post shows other health benefits of viagra.”  Hmmm…maybe they need to take a class to learn about anatomy.

All I have to say to the spammers is this:  Really?  And, thanks for the laughs!

Enjoy your day, and thank you for stopping by.  Be well…   ^..^

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I’ve been challenged by my friend and author Anneli Purchase, to join the Lovely Blog Hop to share some of the things that have helped shape my writing and my life. Many thanks Anneli!

The blog rules include telling a bit about myself and my interests. So here I am, Barb Beacham, sharing bits and pieces of who my life with you!

Selfie

Selfie

First Fond Memory

Putting on the thinking cap, I realized that I have many fond memories. One of the first was as a very young child, and it is of my Grandpa. I lived in New Jersey, and in the winter my Grandpa would break out the sled. We would sit on my Grandpa’s back as we went sailing down the street on that sled. What fun we had!

Books

I was in fourth grade when I joined The Scholastic Book Club. The first book I read was about the life of Babe Ruth. I enjoyed baseball, and wanted to impress the boys too, which is why I read this book. I have been an avid reader ever since. I read every night before going to bed. I enjoy murder mysteries, romance, science fiction fantasy, historical fiction…oh the list could go on and on…The last book I read is The Wind Weeps written by Anneli Purchase. I am currently reading “Embattled” by Darlene Jones.

Libraries

I spent a lot of time in libraries. Either I was researching something for a school project, or looking for something to read. One of the things I enjoy the most, next to the written word, is the smell of books. There is nothing in the world like it, and to me I find it comforting!

Passion

I have not one, but many passions. Photography, cooking, writing, blogging, working in the garden are just a few.

Learning

There is not a day that goes by that I do not learn something new. I love expanding my horizons!

Writing

Oh, how I love to write! I have two books in the works. And, I have notes all over the place all with ideas of stories! I have three blogs that I write. One of my blogs is a writing challenge and I have so much fun choosing a photo from the thousands that I have taken, and then creating an opening line that goes with the photo. If you like to write, come and join me and the many others who write for my blog! It is Mondays Finish the Story. I also write for two other challenges. They are Friday Fictioneers, and Sunday Photo Fiction.

And, this now brings me to the point where I am to nominate another for the “Blog Hop.” This is where it gets difficult! I follow so many wonderful blogs…all of which I enjoy immensely!

As I sat and thought about this, hard choice that it is, I nominate Michael over at Morpethroad.

Be well and thank you again Anneli for passing this on to me!

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Do it with your heart!

Do it with your heart!

This saying comes from the Dhammapada, which is a collection of quotes from Buddah. I once took a class in Eastern Philosophy and read the entire book. It took a while because the sayings really make you think…Here are a few more:

“Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do.”

“As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.”

“It is easy to see the faults of others…it is hard to see our own.”

“Like a lovely flower full of color but lacking in fragrance, are the words of those who do not practice what they teach.”

Take each of these with you today, and see if you can find the truth for yourself! Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day! Be well! ^..^

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Today I am featuring the amazing words of William Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

“This above all; to thine own self be true.”

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post! Have a splendid Sunday and be well! ^..^

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Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

I just have to admire Lao Tzu for his wisdom and his words that I find inspiring! More Lao Tzu quotes:

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.”

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”

May you have a magnificent Monday! Thank you for stopping by! ^..^

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God gave us dogs. He gave us the dog to show us what unconditional love is. He gave us the dog for companionship. He gave us the dog to comfort us in time of need. And, he gave us the dog to lift our spirits! Here is a video that my cousin shared with me about God giving us the dog!

I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did! And here is to the little flower that lives with us in our house and is a great source of love, joy, and comfort to us both!

The Astro flower

The Astro flower

Thank you for visiting today, and have a wonderful day! Be well! ^..^

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