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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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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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Yesterday morning, stepping out the front door, I noticed a herd of turkey’s. The herd was mostly female and there was a Tom looking for a mate! He was all fluffed up, tail feathers spread, and he was gobbling at the females! It was quite a sight to see, so for today, I am sharing the photos I took of this buff male!

It was amazing to watch the male expand his plumage and chuff at the females. Here is the Tom in all his glory!

Tom showing off his plumage!

Tom showing off his plumage!

What was funny was that he kept circling the females but never got really close. Here is a side view of this handsome male.

Side view of a Tom Turkey

Side view of a Tom Turkey

The females make a small peeping sound. It is the male that makes the gobble, gobble sound. Here is a shot of the male while he is calling to his potential mated!

Calling all females!

Calling all females!

The females are listening! They choose which male they will mate with.

The hens listen to the song of the male

The hens listen to the song of the male

Check out his amazing backside!

Lovely backside!

Lovely backside!

Let’s take a closer look at the male’s face. The fleshy thing hanging above his beak is called a snood. The red fleshy part at its neck is called the wattle. The snood fills with blood and elongates when the male is trying to attract a female.  If you go back to the photo where the male is calling to the female, you will see how long the snood gets.   The larger to snood the more the females are attracted to the male…

A face that only a mother could love!

A face that only a mother could love!

Part of the mating ceremony is the fluffing out of the feathers. They fluff out their wings dragging the tips along the ground.

All fluffed up

All fluffed up

I spy another male in the group. This one is a younger male as the face does not show the fully developed snood. He hangs back and is watching the other male!

Another younger male

Another younger male

Turkey’s are really fun to watch! I hope that you enjoyed my photos today! Thank you for dropping in, and 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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With our remodel going on we seem to be getting a lot of help from Toby and Scrappy! They have been getting inside of what we need to remove, grabbing pieces of debris and carrying them off…and the list goes on! We took a break, and came back into the house to find that Toby had commandeered a box that I was going to pack things in. Scrappy had to get involved and they both set to playing! So, today I share the delightful images of our cats and their antics!

Is it OK if we play with this box?

Is it OK if we play with this box?

Mr. Cute and Mr. Adorable

Mr. Cute and Mr. Adorable

Scrappy teases Toby with his paw in one of the holes

Scrappy teases Toby with his paw in one of the holes

The claws are out

The claws are out

I see you!

I see you!

I'm going to get you!

I’m going to get you!

Coming over!

Coming over!

Come on now, I still want to play!

Come on now, I still want to play!

They sure had fun! Shortly after this they curled up together and fell asleep!

Nap time!

Nap time!

I hope that you enjoyed the photos of my boys! Thanks for stopping by and go out and have a wonderful Wednesday! 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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