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Krista, over at WordPress has chosen “Reward” as this week’s challenge topic! She says, “Reward is filthy with possibility: it could be your third grader’s beaming smile after reading her first chapter book, a steaming mug of chicken soup after a long run in the cold, a photo of your brand-new baby — your reward for patience during nine months of construction, or your extended family gathered around the dinner table.” Here are my rewards:

A calving glacier splashes into the water after a long wait…

The splash!

The splash!

A hike takes me to a point where I can view the awesome Yosemite Valley…

Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the background

Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the background

After working hard in the garden…

The garden today!

The garden today!

we have an abundance of plants that gave us loads of vegetables!

The entire bounty

The entire bounty

Tomorrow's bounty

Tomorrow’s bounty

We feed the hummingbirds here in the spring and summer months. I was rewarded, after years of feeding them, to have on actually land on my hand!

Hummer on my finger!

Hummer on my finger!

There is nothing better than being rewarded at the end of the day with a glorious sunset!

The sun descends in the sky

The sun descends in the sky

I hope that you like the photos that to me are all rewards! Thank you for dropping by today! Have a fabulous Friday and be well! ^..^

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A late posting today, and did not get around to this yesterday, due to chemo and a cold on top of it! I tried my hand again today in writing for the Friday Fictioneers! This challenge requires that you write a bit of flash fiction that is no longer than 100 words, and that the story has a beginning, middle and end that goes with the photo prompt. Here is my story.

Just Walking to School - Photo by Dawn Q Landau

Just Walking to School – Photo by Dawn Q Landau

They found Marilu Hennesy’s body in 1940 by the train tracks. She went missing on her way to school. Her killer was never found.

Years later, Lizzie Montgomery walked the same route where Marilu disappeared. With her dog Ruff, they were making good time on the way to school. She heard the dog yelp and quickly turned around. The dog was gone. She called for Ruff and began searching the woods.

Ten minutes later, she found his dead body. Falling on her knees, she cried. Hands grabbed her from behind and tied her up. She squirmed. “Settle down 48.”

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I hope that you enjoyed my bit of flash!   Thank you for taking the time to stop by!  Be well…    ^..^

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It is time for another installment of Mondays Finish the Story, which is a flash fiction challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to a story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words, not including the opening line… Are you ready for my story?

Underwood #4 - Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

Underwood #4 – Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

The old typewriter had a mind of its own. The odd thing is that whoever owned this typewriter had bestselling books. Let’s look at some past owners.

In 1926, the first owner was Ernest Hemingway. After a night of heavy drinking, he awoke one morning to find “The Sun Also Rises” stacked neatly next to the typewriter. He did not remember writing this book which became a bestseller that year.

Margaret Mitchell owned it too. No matter what keys she struck, it typed something else. When she was done, “Gone with the Wind” was in her hands. It became the 1936 bestselling book!

This unique device found its way to George Orwell. His fingers flew over the keys, his mind whirling with a story. The typewriter produced two books for him. Both were quite different from what he had in mind. “1984” and “Animal Farm” made the bestsellers list in the 40’s.

The typewriter is now mine.  :)

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I hope that you enjoyed my entry into the Mondays Finish the Story challenge!

Mondays Finish the Story

If you wish to join in on this challenge, well, then just click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have one heck of an amazing week! Be well… ^..^

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I am taking part today in Sunday Photo Fiction, now hosted by Joe Owens! Welcome, Joe, to this flash fiction challenge! This challenge is for the writer to create a story using the photo prompt, and a word count of about 200 words. Please click on the photo to enlarge it so that you can see the details, which my story is based upon!

The Ranch House - Photo by Joe Owens

The Ranch House – Photo by Joe Owens

They bought an old ranch house and acreage a couple of months ago and were very excited about the property. Mary would have ample land to set up her vegetable and rose garden. Dick would be able to have his horses. The dogs, Brutus and Mango, would have room to run!

Having just moved in, Mary began to notice something odd. Doors were open that she had closed; items were moved; faucets turned on by themselves; and she was seeing a cat, yet they had no cat.

One day, she had a visitor, a neighbor named Constance. She said she lived nearby. Mary invited her in, offering coffee. The two women sat at the kitchen table getting to know one another. After about an hour, Constance left.

Mary headed to the back of the house to inspect boxes left by the previous owner. She wanted to see what they contained. Discovering an old photo album, she leafed through the album. Then, a photo of a woman caught her eye. The dress was Victorian; and the face familiar. Putting her glasses on, she looked at the photo again. Her mouth dropped open when she realized that the woman was Constance!

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Thank you Joe for hosting this challenge, and to you too dear reader, for taking the time to stop by to read my bit of flash! Have a spectacular Sunday! Be well…. ^..^

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This week the topic for the WordPress Photo Challenge is the rule of thirds. Here is what Jen H. has to say: “The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. If you focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture, your photograph’s background will also be beautifully blurred in that blank space. The blurred area behind your focal point is referred to as bokeh, and when executed well, it adds depth and artistry to an otherwise simplistic photograph.” Here is my go at The Rule of Thirds!

Wild mushroom

Wild mushroom

Fly on a daisy

Fly on a daisy

African Daisy

African Daisy

Fushia

Fushia

Flowerus Unknownakis

Flowerus Unknownakis

Wild Berries

Wild Berries

A white wolf

A white wolf

Did I meet this challenge?

Thank you for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a wonderful weekend! Be well… ^..^

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Once again, I am participating in Rochelle Wisoff-Fields flash fiction challenge Friday Fictioneers. This challenge requires the writer to come up with a story that has a beginning, middle and end that goes along with the photo prompt. The word count: 100 or less. Today’s photo is by Marie Gail Stratford. Are you ready for my story?

Crystal Legends - Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

Crystal Legends – Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

Taking a sip of red wine from his glass, Bacchus looked over its rim adoringly at Diana. She ignored him as she always did. He was already in his cups.

“Diana, my love, come hither! Lay your ruby lips on mine,” he said, leaning forward and puckering.

“Get away from me you lush!” she replied pushing him away.

Bacchus stumbled away, and walked down the lane with the glass in one hand, the bottle in the other. Stopping near a pile of clear quartz, he accidentally spilled his wine staining the quartz forever.

This is how amethyst got its color.

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Thank you Rochelle for hosting this challenge, and to you dear reader for taking the time to stop by today!  Have a terrific Thursday and be well!      ^..^

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I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a flash fiction challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to a story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words, not including the opening line… Are you ready for my story?

The Musicians - Photo by BW Beacham

The Musicians – Photo by BW Beacham

“Little did they know when the photographer took their picture that they would find themselves trapped in a painting.” The photographer chuckled to herself, smiling as she walked away from the waterfront.

After snapping a couple more photos, she returned the art gallery. Walking into the back room, she hooked up the camera to the synthesizer. Turning it on it began to whir, pop and snap. Heading over to the printer, she watched as the painting emerged.

With everything framed and hung, she was ready for opening night. At six o’clock, she opened the doors. The art community gathered in her gallery, sipping wine and admiring each piece. All was going well.

A man who was admiring the painting of the musicians approached her. Reaching inside his jacket, he pulled out a wallet and flashed his badge. “My name is Detective Schmidt from the New Orleans PD. Can I ask you some questions about your paintings? You see, what I find very odd, is that the people in each of your paintings are folks who have been reported missing.”

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I hope that you enjoyed my entry into the Mondays Finish the Story challenge!

Mondays Finish the Story

If you wish to join in on this challenge, well, then just click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have one heck of an amazing week! Be well… ^..^

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