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For today, a lovely rainy day, I thought that I would share with you photos from the past of the amazing critters we see here in the Sierra Foothills. There are many that come to visit us. Are you ready to check them out? OK! Let’s go!

Here is a young fox. Since living here, I discovered that these little guys love strawberries. I had 300 berries ripening in the garden, and when I went to go and harvest them, they were all gone! Thinking my friend that comes to help me in the yard had eaten them, I found I was mistaken when one day I caught a fox at the berry patch!

To catch a thief

To catch a thief

We have an abundance of deer here too. They come and go, and we consider ourselves lucky when we step outside and they look up at us with those big brown eyes!

Deer Face

Deer Face

There are many squirrels here too. We have the gray squirrel and the ground squirrel. The gray squirrels drop pine cones from the trees, and the ground squirrel steals veges from my garden!

A squirrel

A squirrel

One of the other critters here, that we hope we do not have a run in with, are the skunk! The dog and I got sprayed one night, and it took a week to rid myself of the smell!

Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Recently I featured photos of the wild turkey in our hood. We love seeing these birds. They actually end up picking at the ground clearing areas for us. We like that! No weed whacking where these critters have been!

A Tom turkey

A Tom turkey

Nature’s janitor here in the foothills are the turkey buzzards. They are huge birds that keep the area clean for us!

Gaining momentum

Gaining momentum

In August/September we are visited by a huge spider! It is the male tarantulas looking for a mate. They call it “The March of the Tarantula.” This one was on the frame of our front door!

Tarantula

Tarantula

Ah, but there are many more! I hope that you enjoyed the photos of some of the critters in my yard and neighborhood! Have a spectacular Saturday! Be well… ^..^

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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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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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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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