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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… ^..^

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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… ^..^

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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… ^..^

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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! ^..^

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Today is devoted 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. Today, I went over the limit as my story just needed to. I think you will agree! Here is my contribution and the title is “Stuck in a Sub.” The opening sentence is in bold and italicized letters.

The Sub - Photo by BW Beacham

The Sub – Photo by BW Beacham

The crew of the Angel Flame received orders to head out. They made their way over to the pier to pick up passengers. Once there, they collected the tickets from the fifteen and helped them board the sub. With everyone in seats, crew-member Johnson closed the hatch.

He made his way into the sub and checked out the folks on board. There were 14 adults and one little boy. He explained to the group what to do in case of emergency, and then gave the signal. Captain Farthington turned the submarine towards the coral reef. The trip would be forty-five minutes long.

Johnson began describing the ocean life along the reef when all of a sudden there was a ripping sound followed by a noxious odor. A tiny voice said, “Scuse me.”

Over the next half hour, the people on board were turning green. After thirty “Scuse mes,” they were ready to get back to shore. The smell was so bad it could knock a dead man off a slab.

After the ride in the submarine, Jenny and Jeremy made their way to the Island Grill for a bite to eat. Walking in behind them was the family with the farting boy. Jenny said to the hostess, “Please seat them first.” When the hostess returned to take them to their table, Jenny said to her, “Can we please have a table as far away from them as possible?”

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Mondays Finish the Story

Thanks for dropping in today! If you would like to write for this challenge, then just click HERE!

Be well and have a magnificent Monday! ^..^

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Sundays I devote to writing for Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction. This flash fiction challenge indicates that we are to write a story using about 200 words that goes with the photo prompt. Here is the photo and my story entitled “The Ice Cream Truck.”

Ice Cream Truck - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Ice Cream Truck – Photo by Alastair Forbes

We had moved to this new neighborhood for the peace and quiet that it offered. After unpacking, we decided to enjoy the front porch. I prepared a drink for me and my partner and we headed out front to sit in the rocking chairs.

We sat, quiet within our own thoughts. “Do you hear that?” I asked my partner.

“Yea, what is that?”

“It sounds like that song from Disneyland.”

“Ah, ‘It’s a Small World After All’, I think.”

Down the street rolls an unusual ice cream truck. It’s transparent. It stops in front of our house. Next, we witness children running out from our closed front door heading towards the truck in the street. They laughed in delight as they sat on the lawn to eat their ice cream. My partner and I looked at each other in shock.

Then the truck slowly moves forward. As the music played, it drove off and disappeared. Looking back at the children, their ice cream finished, they slowly walk up the steps and disappear through the closed front door.

“Are you ready for another drink?” I asked.

My partner replied, “Make it a double.”

I took both glasses, and as my partner watched, I disappeared through the closed front door.

“What the heck?” he yells.

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Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thank you Al for hosting and providing the lovely photo that inspired this sweet story! I hope that all is going well with your two books.

And, to you dear reader, thank you for dropping by today to visit! I hope that you have a splendid Sunday, and may you be well…. ^..^

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Today is another grey and cloudy day. The last storm gave us .12″ of rain. Not much. I must say, though, that we have had some pretty amazing clouds lately. So I thought that I would share some of the photos I took of these amazing clouds with you today…

Thunderheads forming

Thunderheads forming

I see a face in the clouds

I see a face in the clouds

Looking to the east

Looking to the east

Is there rain in these clouds?

Is there rain in these clouds?

Surely there has to be

Surely there has to be

Roiling clouds

Roiling clouds

Amazing clouds, aren’t they?

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a great weekend! And, be well… ^..^

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