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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… ^..^


It is Monday again, and this is the day I devote to the other blog that I write, which is the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge. This challenge gives an opening line to a story that the writer must use and that they write a story that goes along 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.

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

“Hey boys, how ’bout y’all makin’ yer Ma some wind chimes?” This was how it all began for Jimmy Jack and Bobby Roy. They went to work on the wind chimes for ma and came up with the design of a wrench with cans of beans and beer for the chimes.

It went over so well with not only the family, but with friends and neighbors. Word got out and orders for wind chimes came rolling in. Next thing the boys knew they had a thriving business. They were having a hard time keeping up with the orders, and soon realized that they needed to hire help. And so the boys hired cousins and friends. They moved out of the barn and into a warehouse.

When Betty Sue created a website for them, sales went through the roof. Today the boys and ma live in the lap of luxury.

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Mondays Finish the Story

I hope that you enjoyed my bit of flash. If you would like to take part in this fun and unique flash fiction challenge, then just click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by and have a magnificent Monday! Be well… ^..^


Today I am taking part in Sunday Photo Fiction hosted by Alastair Forbes. This is a flash fiction challenge where you use the photo prompt provided and write a story that goes with the photo. The challenge requires the writer to create a story using about 200 words. Here is the photo and my story entitled “An Odd Job.”

As the sun sets - Photo by Alastair Forbes

As the sun sets – Photo by Alastair Forbes

The sun was low on the western horizon. I watched and waited patiently for it to dip below the horizon. Soon she would be awake.

I am a caretaker of one of the walking dead. It was an unusual job to say the least. I work from dusk to dawn. I prepare meals, enjoy the nightlife, and I travel. It’s a blast!

The vamp that I take care of, Arminell, is a real beauty. It was in the 1600’s at the young age of 17, when she was turned. She has raven hair, flawless skin, and eyes the color of the sky. I was lucky because even though I work for her, she is my friend. Other caretakers are not so lucky.

Ah, there she is. “Good evening Sally,” she says in greeting. She is wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt, her hair in a French braid. “What are we going to do today?”

“Let me get you something to eat, then let’s hit the city.”

“Splendid! What’s on the menu?”

I have created a food bank, you see. It works perfectly. Folks think they’re auditioning for a new stage play. “How about starting with a spicy Spaniard, and finishing with a cool Norwegian?”

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Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thank you Al for the amazing photo that inspired my story. And, to you dear reader, thank you for taking the time to stop by for a quick read. Have an amazing day and be well. ^..^

 

Bubbles


We find ourselves fascinated with bubbles, don’t you think? As a kid, one could buy, and still can, a bottle of bubbles, which had the wand included. Remember those? Or, you could buy that giant bubble maker. This was the tray, soap, and the huge wand. We love watching them float and admire the rainbow colors that we see. So, for today, I wanted to share some bubbles with you.

Can you tell me where these bubbles are?

Where are these bubbles?

Where are these bubbles?

So, where are these bubbles?

Here are some other shots of bubbles.

Red on the left

Red on the left

Red on top

Red on top

Red on the right

Red on the right

Rainbows on the bottom left

Rainbows on the bottom left

Big bubbles

Big bubbles

So, have you figured out where these bubbles are? Do you want to know? :) They are bubbles that formed when I poured coffee into my cup this morning! :D

Thanks for stopping by today and be well… ^..^