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Hello world! Today I am writing once again for Sunday Photo Fiction, which is now being hosted by Joe Owens! The task is to write a short story using about 200 words that goes with the photo prompt. Here is my story!

Share an Idea - Photo by Joe Owens

Share an Idea – Photo by Joe Owens

Joe had worked at the mini-mart for years. His task at the mart was to stock the shelves. However, today he got a promotion. He began training on the cash register, and he was taking over the job of writing the saying of the day on the sign outside.

Tina handled the task of the daily sayings for years. She had announced her retirement. Heading home, he was happy to tell his family about the promotion.

“Did Tina tell you how she came up with her daily sayings?” asked his mother.

“No, not really,” replied Joe.

“What are the criteria for these sayings?”

Thinking to himself for a bit, he answered, “I really don’t know.”

“You need to have a new sign for tomorrow, right?”

“Yes,” he replied.

“Do you have any ideas?”

“Nope, not a one,”

“So, then how can you possibly do this job if you have nothing to share?”

“Mom, I really need to think about this! Can we change the subject, pa-leeezze!”

The rest of the evening with his family was quiet. Heading to bed Joe thought about what he was going to do the next day when it came to him.

“Share an idea.”

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Thank you Joe for hosting and for the photo that inspired this bit of flash. Thanks to you dear reader for stopping by today! Have a spectacular Sunday! Be well! ^..^

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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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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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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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One Hundred - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One Hundred – Photo by Alastair Forbes

He sat at his desk, viewing image after image trying to pick just the right one. After reviewing all the photos in the folder entitled “For possible use,” he thought to himself that none of them fit the bill.

Finding just the right photo that would spark the imagination was not an easy task. Going back to his file of photos, he zipped through a number of them. One by one, they flew by on the computer screen. Finally, he found the one!

It was a photo of a lighthouse with a huge wave crashing over it. He had taken this photo in Seaham, Durham County. He could just picture in his mind the stories folks would come up with to go with this photo. There would be stories of love, life, death, murder, war, aliens, animals, birth, friendships, conspiracies and destruction.

It was perfect! With the photo chosen, he went to work on his WordPress blog. Adding a new post, he wrote, announcing that this was his 100th post of his writing challenge. He was turning the reins over to his long time friend Joe.

Little did Al know that he would shortly become the UK’s number one best-selling author!

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Each week over the last two years, Alastair Forbes has tirelessly hosted Sunday Photo Fiction! Thank you Al for this inspiring writing challenge, and for becoming such a good friend! Al is turning over the reins to his friend Joe Owens so that he has ample time to finish the two books he is working on. I wish you the best Al, and may this ending of today’s story come true for you!

Thank you dear reader for stopping by on this lovely Sunday! 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 Rochelle herself. Are you ready for my story?

Watching - Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Watching – Photo by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“There she is again, on the veranda, with a cup of coffee in her hand, and she is looking at us. Do you think she knows we watch her?” asked agent Riggs.

“With all the high tech equipment and monitoring devices, how could she?” replied agent Smith.

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On her veranda, Amanda turned towards the house on the corner. They were watching. Little did they know that she had her high tech listening device working. The ear bud in her ear allowed her to hear everything they said. Smiling, the watched was watching the watchers!

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Thank you to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers!  And thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by today!  I hope that you enjoyed my bit of flash!  Have a terrific Thursday, and be well….   ^..^

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