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Are you ready for a challenge? I wanted to announce a new blog site that I will be hosting.

It is called Mondays Finish the Story!

Mondays Finish the Story

For quite a while now I have been enjoying writing for two flash fiction challenges. One is Rochelle Wisoff-Fields blog, Friday Fictioneers, and the other is Alastair Forbes’ blog, Sunday Photo Fiction.

Mondays Finish the Story is a blog where a photo is provided with the opening line of a story that you get to finish! Not including the opening line, the challenge is for you to finish the story with 100-150 words!

I might have some kinks to work out, even so, I hope that you will join me and others in this new writing challenge!

Thank you in advance for helping me to make this site a success! Be well! ^..^

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The Ride - Alastair's Photo Fiction - 29-10-october-13th-2013

The Ride – Alastair’s Photo Fiction – 29-10-october-13th-2013

After waiting for more than an hour, we were finally strapped in the seat to take the ride. We were hoping we would not be disappointed! We both felt a bit of trepidation as the ride slowly moved to the top, then clicked into position.

We hung there for a while, our seat clinging to the center post. We looked at each other, my daughter and I, wondering why were we waiting for the ride to start.

Then, we heard the whirring begin as the ride started to revolve. While it started out slow, it got faster and faster and faster! We looked at each other not sure if we could handle the speed anymore!

All of a sudden our faces were splattered with some gooey liquid. Because we were going so fast we could not help but inhaling, and the liquid went into our mouths. We looked at each other in surprise because it tasted just like a chocolate cake batter! Why? Because it was!

Just like the creatures in that locker in that movie “The Men in Black,” we were just like them clinging to life on the top of an egg beater in some giant creature’s kitchen!
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This is an entry to Alastair’s Photo Fiction. They call this “flash fiction.” This challenge is to write something between 100-200 words to go with the photo. I made it to just 200! Thank you Alastair for the challenge!

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and wish you a marvelous Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

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I have a post that I want to do and have photos ready to go, but I am having a hard time coming up with a title…And it was in thinking about what to call that post that I felt inspired to spend some time on those rhetorical questions that I just love! I hope that these put a smile on your face!

** What do they call occasional furniture the rest of the time?

** Did you know that they deliver occasional furniture in semi-trucks?

** Why do they call that truck a semi?

** Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?

** Why are there interstate highways on the Island of Hawaii?

** Can you imagine getting sick at the airport and having the terminal Dr. wait on you?

** Why do Dr.’s just practice medicine?

** Why is it that your nose runs and your feet smell?

** If corn oil comes from corn, where does baby oil come from?

** Why do banks have Braille at the drive up ATM’s?

** Why do they call it a pair of pants when you only get one?

** Why is the person who helps you invest your money called a broker?

** If a clergyman can get defrocked, then wouldn’t that mean that electricians can be delighted, dry cleaners depresssed and cowboys deranged?

** We can buy Preparation H, so what happened to A – G?

** Why do you need a driver’s license to buy alcohol, but you cannot drink and drive?

** Why is it that when you transport something by ship it is called cargo, and when you transport something by car it is called shipment?

** If the little black box is the only thing to survive a plane crash, why don’t they make the planes out of the same material?

** Those 24 hour stores? Why do they have locks on their doors?

Now go out and have a great Tuesday!

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Let’s have some fun, shall we?  Can you answer these questions right off the cuff?  No research, just the answers.  I got these from a friend, and thought that this would be a fun blog to post…

Question #1 – Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

Question #2 – What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

Question #3 – Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year.  What are the only two perennial vegetables?

Question #4 – What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

Question #5 – In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

Question #6 – Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words. Name two of them.

Question #7 – There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

Question #8 – Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

Question #9 – Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter ‘S.’

Check back in about 6 hours for the answers!

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It was to be a day on the ocean! I am so excited to be going out fishing today, and also that I am taking you with me! So, pop a couple of Dramamine and let’s get going!

We arrive at the marina just as the Sea Wife II pulls into the pier.

Sea Wife II

We draw numbers for the fishing rotation and I get my lucky number: Three. There are six anglers today. Captain Kent takes us through the safety drills on the ocean before we head out. Our first mate is Reese and he is busy setting up the rods and lures. Captain Kent fires up the engines and off we go! As we leave the marina we are greeted by a pod of Spinner Dolphin.

Spinner Dolphin

As we head out, Reese gets the lines and lures out into the water. The ocean is calm with swells of about a foot.

Looking back at the Kona shore

We were out for about an hour when the reels started screaming! Stations 1 and 2 both had hits! The two anglers were fighting to bring in the fish. Unfortunately for angler number one lost his fish, but number two was struggling! Standing behind him and watching the line I spotted the silver flash of the fish as it darted under the boat. Reese grabbed the gaff and the fish was brought in! How exciting to see this 10 pound skipjack tuna!

Bringing in a fish

Soon we hit an area where the rain started to come down pretty good and we were all dampened by the rain.

Caught in a storm

Captain Kent turned the boat away from the storm and into deeper water. Looking back at the shore we see Moana Loa.

Moana Loa Volcano View from the Ocean

We were heading to what Kent called the abyss. The drop off there: 6,000 feet!

A View from the Boat

Fishing is a waiting game and I got to know some of the other anglers.

Barb - The Salmon Fishing Queen

Reese had put the big guns out there. Huge reels with lures that resembled squid. I sat in the chair and waited.

Patience is a Virtue

The lures attracted a tropical frigate bird that hovered and then dove down towards to squid lures.

Tropical Frigate Bird

We passed by an area where they are raising Amber Jack tuna.

Amber Jack Fish Farm

Well, the rest of the trip was uneventful. But then that is why they call if fishing and not catching! We headed back to the marina.

Coming back to the pier

Even though I did not catch anything today, I still had a blast on the boat and look forward to my next fishing adventure, wherever that may be! Thank you for coming along!

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Today marks a milestone in my life. Today, this is my 255th post! Today I celebrate the 34th anniversary of my 21st birthday! Today I was given the opportunity to celebrate The Buffalo Side of Double Nickels!

The Buffalo Side of Double Nickels

What is the Buffalo Side of the Double Nickels you ask?

The Buffalo side of the double nickels is many things. It is a landmark!

** As one gets older, most, not all, have learned from all the “mistakes” they have made in life so far. At the double nickel landmark you have learned so much from those mistakes, that you now possess a wisdom that you wished you had in your early years but realize you were too young to recognize when the lesson in front of you. You learned and you value the lesson that you were given.

** You have learned that when someone tells you that you have made a mistake, you can boldly look them in the eye and tell them that you did not make a mistake. You can tell them that you gave yourself the opportunity to learn something new and to grow from it. After all, you would not be the person you are today, if all those “opportunities” had not come about.

** You listen to what others say and you now know, from experiences learned, what they really mean and what they really want. Not much can be hidden from you as you have done it all, maybe, and you have learned. And, now you have the opportunity to make a wise decision, or possibly to share the wisdom that you have earned in your life.

** You value life in a way that you never realized could be possible. You find out who your friends really are, and you know that the good ones are few and far between. You value those that have traveled your life with you and you cherish the ones that at this time in life you have made. And you know that those in the latter group will be there with you, as will the few from younger days, for the remainder of your days, because of the wisdom and the grace you have learned and the understanding you share.

** You wake up every morning and value the fact that you are here! And you think about what you can do today that will make a difference to those around you, no matter how small that difference might be. And you smile to yourself because in some way you know how you have positively touched the life of another person, and while they might not yet realize it, you do!

** You have realized that you have to laugh at yourself before you can laugh at anything else in the world. And you find yourself laughing at yourself now just about every day, and you find that it makes you happy!

** You enjoy the wisdom of those who are older than you because you now get it!

** There are those who are your age that are still concerned with “looks” and you realize that even though your hair has grayed, your chin has doubled, and your weight has increased, that you still are a magnificent person! The hair is not gray, but platinum. The chin is not doubled, OK maybe it is. And while your weight has increased that is just one of the many trophies of hitting the buffalo side of the double nickels! I have not found out yet, but I am sure that “looks” don’t matter much and never did to Saint Peter! And I heard through the grapevine that he is fond of buffaloes!

** You have learned that you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

** And you now know how important it is to tell those that are important to you that they are important to you!

To all of those who have hit the double nickels before me, I honor you! To those who are approaching the double nickels, continue to realize the opportunities as they arise. To those who shared this special day with me at dinner tonight, I love you all, and I thank you for being my friends, and for being in my life! To my husband, you are the love of my life and I look forward to laughing with you daily for the remainder of my days!

Hugs to all today! I look forward gently touching all of your lives, and I thank you most humbly for touching mine!

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It is raining. It is cold! Winter has returned to the Foothills. And so has the wildlife! Step outside my back door with me to see what might be there…

I see you!

Please do click on the photos so that you can really see the detail in the photos, and those cute faces that I discovered were looking back at me!

The Real Deer View

How many deer do you see?

So, how many deer did you see in the last photo? Four? No, there are five! Check again!

And the Face to Love, Toby, was overheard saying, “Hey, I don’t care about seeing the deer! Take a photo of me!”

The Face

So I did!

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If you are married, or not but living together, there are compromises that need to be made on both sides. I could talk about general cleaning, sex and money, but I would rather not. You have to work that part out for yourselves. But what I do want to talk about is what happens in the kitchen!

From the get go in our relationship, and we moved in together before we got married, I told my husband that there were rules to our kitchen, and if he was not on board with these rules, then I should plan on finding someone else and someplace else to live. We loved each other and I knew that we would be coming to some compromises here.

The first and foremost kitchen rule is this: If I cook, you clean. No arguing. This is the rule. I will not cook an entire meal, clean as I go, and have to clean afterwards. OK – so this had to be modified after the first dinner I cooked for us. I cooked and did not clean as I went. He griped. I helped clean that night and since then, I clean as I go. This has worked out well. And, this rule goes both ways: I cook, he cleans, and he cooks, I clean. And, we clean as we go, or as my friend Conor in Ireland says you CAYG! Thank you Conor!

Next, I work and my husband is retired. As I work, and he is now retired, I cook 4 nights a week, and he is relegated to three nights. How does this work? Planning! My husband cooks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, which is why you rarely see food posts on those nights, and the rest of the time is mine. This takes some working out, depending on schedules, but for us this works really well. I finish my week, thanks to furlough Friday’s, on Thursday nights, and I start planning on Monday what I need for recipes I plan on cooking. BTW – before I started this blog, we did this then too.

Figure out the dinner menu. We both have busy days. Just like with Mom and Dad, at their house, whatever is put on the table for you for dinner, you eat. We both take into account what each of us likes and don’t like. He doesn’t serve me Lima beans and I don’t serve him brussel sprouts!

Margarine is not allowed in our house. Margarine is really bad for you, and butter is really good, as long as you do not over do it. If you want your recipes to taste really good, butter makes the dish. Margarine does not. There is too much water and oil in margarine. No compromise here: We both prefer butter to margarine.

Every now and then we do have frozen dinners. Not Banquet, nor Swanson’s. Sometimes you just do not feel like cooking, or putting a huge meal together. Whatever we choose, we make sure that the food is healthy.

No, and I mean absolutely NO, macaroni and cheese from a box. When I moved in with my husband, he had about a dozen boxes in the cupboard. Then I made him my macaroni and cheese. Since eating my macaroni and cheese that uses real cheese, he refuses to even look at a box of mac ‘n cheese. We donated the boxes to a food drive.

Everyone eats leftovers. No food goes to waste! Enough said.

Whatever you decide, whether living together or married, compromise is a big part of this life, and the kitchen is a good place to start!

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Have you ever looked at something in nature and found that you were looking at a face? Or an animal but it was not an animal that you were looking at? I thought that I would share with you some of these images that I was able to capture!

Indians in Robes

Looking Down on the Canyon

The Wolf

Face in the Desert Stone

The Resting Camel

The Old Man

In Repose

Does the face above remind you of someone?

Share with me what you have seen in nature! I hope you enjoyed the photos!

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So, you pick up a recipe and it tells you that you need a smidgen of this and a schose of that. Or maybe you need a hair more of something. How the heck does one measure something like this? Well now there is something coming to market that you can have or give to your friends that will give the measurement!

Inventor Jerrold Ridenour has created the perfect tool for these types of measurements. Take a tour of this new item:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jerroldridenour/smidgen-stick-the-smidgen-measurement-system

Good luck to your launch Jerrold!

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