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It is Monday and once again I am participating in the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge. The rules for this challenge are to write a story that goes with the photo and uses the opening line provided. The word limit is between 100-150 not including the opening line. Here is the photo and my story!

On the River - Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

On the River – Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

“When the team heard the dam explode, they knew they had limited time to make it to safety.” The team made their way into the rapids, hoping that with their paddling they would be able to get farther down river.

They could hear the roar of the water from the dam as it rushed towards them. “Strap in!” shouted Captain Venisant. “All paddles in!”

The team complied with orders. Each man grabbed a hold of the strapping. The roar of the water was loud. Taking a quick look back, the Captain shouted, “Brace for impact.”

The water crashed down on them. The men held on tight. The rocks at the rivers bottom battered them. The raft slowly began to rise. Finally, it surfaced.

Each man drew a deep breath. They made it without casualties. “Well done men!” shouted the Captain.

They all looked at each other. Smiles adorned every face. Then they heard the roar. Turning to look ahead, they hit the top of the falls.

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Mondays Finish the Story

You too can join in on this flash fiction writing challenge! To get to the page, click HERE!

Thank you dear reader for stopping by today! Have a marvelous Monday and be well… ^..^

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Today, I wanted to share with you some photos of flowers that I have taken over time. The photos move me, and maybe they will move you too! These photos speak for themselves! Ready?

Butter and cream

Butter and cream

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Sunshine

Sunshine

Pink clusters

Pink clusters

A splash of red and white

A splash of red and white

Glory in yellow

Glory in yellow

Hanging its head

Hanging its head

Shades of yellow

Shades of yellow

I hope that these flowers spoke to you! Thanks for stopping by today, and have a spectacular Saturday! Be well… ^..^

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Things are moving forward with the kitchen remodel. One thing about doing a remodel is coping with not having a kitchen sink! Ah, well, it will be worth it in the end, right? So, let’s see where the kitchen is at right now, shall we? C’mon, let’s go!

Let’s start with the number of boxes that held the new cupboards. This photo is from last week.

New cupboards arrive!

New cupboards arrive!

Our installer, Jay, began by setting the cabinets out. Most of the day was unpacking and breaking down cardboard. He worked from a map provided by the cabinet place that had each cupboard numbered. I took the photos after he was done for the day so I would not be in his way…

Here is a shot looking at the beginnings of the island. Behind this are the cabinets that will make the pass through.

Island and pass through

Island and pass through

In this next area, the cabinets are situated under the windows. In the area where there is no cupboard, this is where the dishwasher will go. The kitchen sink will be located under the right window.

Counter top under the windows

Counter top under the windows

To the right of the refrigerator is the utility cupboard. This will house the most used kitchen counter top appliances.

Utility cupboard to the right of the refrigerator

Utility cupboard to the right of the refrigerator

Next let’s take a look at where the pantry is. It is located in the background. The two lower cupboards actually pull out. There are a total 5 shelves in each including the base.

The pantry in the background

The pantry in the background

After the first day of the installation, here is what still has yet to be opened. This is only what is in the house as there is more in the garage.

Boxes left to open that are in the house

Boxes left to open that are in the house

In case you are curious, the cupboards are made of a pecan wood.

Thanks for dropping by and stay tuned for the next installment of the remodel! Be well… ^..^

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We encountered some issues as we took apart the kitchen. It has truly been a challenge taking it down. The other challenge is eating, and cleaning up when you do not have a sink! Anyhow, how about we head into the kitchen and continue on with tearing it out!

We pulled apart the remainder of the island in the kitchen.

We have taken apart the island

We have taken apart the island

The next part of the project was the removing the remaining enclosure that used to house the electric oven and the dishwasher.

Working on the oven enclosure

Working on the oven enclosure

We found a terrible patch job on the drywall in that area. Not only that but we needed to move the electrical switch for the garbage disposal. This used to be on the front wall of the kitchen sink. We were now going to move it to the wall where is really should be.

With the oven/dishwasher enclosure gone, we turned our attention to removing the tile countertop. Thinking that maybe we should try removing the tiles from the backsplash, we loosened a few only to discover that an inordinate amount of glue was causing major holes in the drywall.  We decided that we would tackle this after we removed the counter.

Removing the backsplash takes the wall with it!

Removing the backsplash takes the wall with it!

Working on the counter, we had to jimmy the top up due to the huge nails in the side walls of where the cupboard and drawers are.

Next is removing the counter top

Next is removing the counter top

The countertop snapped in half and we moved the boards to the pile of debris outside. Here is the area now without the countertop.

Counter is gone

Counter is gone

Removing the side walls was easy.

Removing the remainder of the cupboard

Removing the remainder of the cupboard

We pulled off the rest of the backsplash tiles, and began doing some patchwork.

All gone!

All gone!

As we finished up the truck arrived to deliver our new kitchen cabinetry!

New cupboards arrive!

New cupboards arrive!

This is only half of it as the remainder is in the garage.

One final shot for today and that is of the debris pile! Goodbye to the ugly black appliances and the stainless steel sink!

The debris pile

The debris pile

Well, that’s it for today! Stay tuned for next week’s post which will feature the installation of the new cabinetry!

Thanks for dropping by today, and have a terrific Tuesday! Be well… ^..^

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I need to say “Thank You” to Aquileana over at La Audacia de Aquiles for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I am truly honored!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Now, as you know, when one wins an award, there are rules that go along with the award. And, here they are!

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to your blog. – Done

2. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do. – Done

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate other bloggers.

5. Contact your nominees and provide a link to your post.

So, seven things about me…I love photography, cooking, writing, gardening, traveling, collecting salt and pepper shakers, and finally, eating lunch out with the gals! There seven things.

Now on to my nominations….I am pleased and happy to pass on this award to:

Scrapydo Dog

Anneli’s Place

Momus News

Petals Unfolding

Lola Rugula

A Yorkshire Lass in Ireland

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thank you again Aquileana!

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Today, I get to express myself through photography with this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge! So, here we go!

Majestic!

A Lioness

A Lioness

Regal!

Such a regal face!

Such a regal face!

Content!

My name is Hamlet!

My name is Hamlet!

Electric!

Bright night

Bright night

Vibrant!

Vibrant

Vibrant

One last shot! This one is a bit silly!

Silly!

My husband

My husband

Thank you for dropping in today! Have a fantastic Friday! Be well! ^..^

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I am taking part in Alastair Forbes’ weekly flash fiction challenge: Sunday Photo Fiction. Each week Al asks that we write a story with a beginning, middle and end using about 200 words. He also provides a photo prompt which we are to use for our stories. Here is mine for today.

The Honeymoon - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Honeymoon – Photo by Alastair Forbes

Suzie had booked a trip on the Sea Cloud II for herself and her new husband, Jeremy. This was to be a honeymoon trip. The day after the wedding, they boarded and a steward led them to their cabin. The room was spacious for one on a small vessel like this. The ship set sail.

The crew gathered everyone together for a muster meeting. The crew took them through the safety drills on the ship in case of emergency. When it was finished, they headed back to their room to change for their first dinner on board.

Dressed to the nines, they headed to the dining room where the fare was touted as being some of the finest on the sea. They both agreed afterwards that it was indeed the best they had ever had on a cruise.

After dinner, they took a stroll around the ship. Stopping at the aft, they embraced tenderly. As they parted, Sue said, “I love you.” Shoving Jeremy hard, he fell backwards going overboard. She would report him missing in the morning.

Back in her room, she opened the bottle of champagne, raised her glass and said to herself, “To Jeremy, husband number 5.”

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Thank you Al for the challenge and the photo that inspired this story! And, to you dear reader, thank you for taking the time to drop on by for a quick read! Have an amazing Sunday and be well! ^..^

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