Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Caves where monsters dwell...

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday! September is fading fast!

Here's hoping some of you, my faithful readers, might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise.  When you have your blog written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #37!



It looked like the topography of an alien planet with mountains, valleys, and deep dark caves for monsters to dwell.

She had walked to this place, haunted by the death of a dear friend. He was so young. The weather was hot and dry, but the brief interlude of rain had made the highway slick from the melting tar. Death was instant. No ambulance, no hospital, no close family.

The walk to this place, her sacred and secret place, was her escape from depression. She had to ask God Why? Why now, why so young? What might have been, if he had lived to hold her just once more?

She sat on a rock and listened to the sounds of birds and cicadas, imagining the creek bed full of water, tripping over stones along the way. The vision gave her peace as though God has answered her plea.

Your turn. Find a picture, write a story and post to your blog, then come back and join us to share.

Linda Kay


Monday, September 28, 2015

Sea and Sky

Joining in on Monday with Sally for Blue Monday. Come along for a boat ride!
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Where the sky meets the sea.

Where scenes along the way are breathtaking.


Where Schooners drop their sails to coast into the dock.


Have a wonderful week!Blue Monday Instructions

Linda Kay

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Toady

This little guy was sitting along the edge of a building, just after a downpour. I guess he came out for air, and he posed for me there. Sharing today with Eileen at Saturday Critters.



Little toad I see you there,
Did you come out to get some air?
The rain was just a few minutes at best,
Washing away your little nest.

Where will find another place
To hang your hat and wash your face?
While you're contemplating what will be,
Thanks for posing here for me.

Have a wonderful Saturday and weekend, my friends.

Linda Kay


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Country Club

Guess What? It's Thursday again, and time for a few more fence pictures to share with Theresa at Good Fences. This meme has been around for some time, and it always gives me a challenge to find something new to post.

We were driving through the countryside on our way back from Carson's baseball practice out at a friends ranch. The first fence is the standard rail fence that is really of no use except to maybe mark the boundary line for the property, and look like the countryside.



This fence at the corner of a subdivision serves to mark the boundary for the house behind it, maybe a bit of sound barrier from the road, and host the beautiful sign for the name of the subdivision. It's also more of a gray color, and the partitions are set up to adjust to the grade of the hill.


The last one is more just for decoration, and I apologize that it's a bit fuzzy. It was starting to rain, so I took it on the run. The building and fence are part of the Fair Oaks Country Club where my son-in-law and daughter were taking us for dinner. Nice place!




I couldn't resist this video about the "Country Club", Travis Tritt.




Have a great Thursday, and take a few minutes to check out others who have entered fences on the meme.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ginger

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday! September is fading fast!

Here's hoping some of you, my faithful readers, might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise.  When you have your blog written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #36!
(Photo taken by permission)

Little Ginger, face so fair
Against that crop of auburn hair.
You look so sad there watching me
Snapping a photo for the world to see.

Those of you who are real poets are welcome to add some thoughts to this in your comments. I'd love for you to add to the poem.  I couldn't resist this little Raggedy Ann for my Wednesday picture post. 

Linda Kay

Now it's your turn. Find a picture to post to your blog, then write a story or a poem about it and link back here to share with others. I can't wait to see what you write!



Monday, September 21, 2015

Weekend Events

Hard to believe it's Monday already. Joining in today with Good Random Fun, thanks for hosting, Tamar.

Good: My writing friends (also a critique group) and I are going to participate in a Book Signing event at the Llano Public Library. You can click on the link to see the write ups on all the authors in attendance, some of whom are going to make special presentations.

Random - The Lutheran Churches in Fredericksburg put on a Fall Festival on Saturday. Our Lutheran ladies had made over 500 jars of various jams and preserves in addition to many baked goods for sale. 

Fun: Grandpa and Grandma attended Carson's football game on Saturday. Those little guys, ages seven, eight, and nine, played flag football in 90 degree weather! We got to the game just in time to see Carson run for a touchdown! He was also really aggressive in grabbing the flags from the opposing team when they had the ball. Carson's team is red and white, he's in front of his dad, the coach. Those flags at their sides are attached with velcro. There is no tackling allowed, therefore no helmets. I chuckled at the dark paint under their eyes. The boys had been watching the Texas A & M Aggie game before their event, so they wanted to look like the big boys.


Have a great week, and I'll be back on Wednesday for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. If you get a chance, find a picture to post on your blog, write a story about it, then link in to share.

Linda Kay

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Barrel Racin'

We picked Carson up from school, then took him to Baseball practice. The practice was in a field created by the owners of a ranch. While there we met the lady of the ranch, Charmayne James, who is an 11-time World Champion Barrel racer. Click on her name to see the page to advertise her clinics. Some of her horses were nearby, so I got pictures of them. I tried to get them to look up and pose for the camera, but didn't get very far.





For those of you not familiar with rodeos and barrel racing, here's a video to see the challenge. Note the horses also have to be highly trained. Bumping a barrel is a five second penalty.

Have a special Saturday, my friends. And catch the next rodeo that comes to town! Sharing today with Eileen at Saturday Critters.

Linda Kay

Friday, September 18, 2015

People on Friday.

Some people observations:



1. Have you ever met up with an absolutely impossible person? When I was walking Polly one evening this week, I was in the street, but she was walking on some paving blocks along the curb of the road. Not in the grass, mind you. A guy came busting out his front door, "I want you to keep your dog off my property!" To which I replied "She's not in the grass." He came further toward the edge of his porch, "Are you going to stand there and argue with me?" I said, "No, just saying I always pick up after my dog." He said,"Those paving stones are also my property and I don't want your dog on them! Stupid people!", and he walked back into his house. I was in shock, and really angry. The next day I as thinking of how the city really owns the first four feet of his driveway, and he scared me so bad I thought maybe I should talk to the police about him, but finally decided that I was wasting too much of my precious time on an idiot!

2. A new neighborhood friend mentioned that she was really pleased with the product of our landscaping and asked for the name and phone number of our contractor so she could call him. So nice to get a compliment.

3.
We received an email from our friends from camping days to let us know the place where they were going and there were motel rooms available at the site. Would we be able to join them? For sure we made a reservation and will spend a couple of days with our camping friends, cooking out, enjoying some fruits of the vine, and sharing some laughs later this month.

4. My hubby suggested that we go for a walk last evening, even though it was almost dark. 

We were able to observe this beautiful deer just beyond the street lamp, probably foraging on someone flowers! It was nice to be able to enjoy the cooler air of the evening on a peaceful walk with my Sweetie.








5. What's with a big increase in the number of spam posts? I had gone a long time without getting too many of these, now all of a sudden there are several each day. We can delete these, but they are annoying! Stop it, already.

My Friday post would not be complete without a picture from my Facebook friends;
This is for all of you who post about the frustrations of trying to lose or at least control weight issues. Love yourself just the way you are today. Worry about that after the weekend! Have a special Friday and fun weekend all.

Linking in with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday. Thanks for hosting, ladies!

Linda Kay

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tall Fence, Short Fence

There are many fences to be found in the wide open spaces of Texas, and many of them are rock. Around subdivisions, these get pretty elaborate, with lots of brick and rock, even a cap stone of limestone.

Then there are many of these low fences that don't really serve a purpose, like keep the deer in or out, but they definitely add to the beauty of the countryside.


This type of fence reminds me of the old cowboy song by Roy Rogers. This brings back lots of memories of Saturday mornings and the Roy Rogers Show with Dale Evans. Anyone remember?

Joining in today with Theresa at Good Fences. Be sure to check out what others may have found to share on this fun Thursday meme.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Orleans

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday! Can you believe it is September?!

Here's hoping some of you, my faithful readers, might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #35!

My picture today is of a painted piece of slate taken from a building in New Orleans, and it brightens up my kitchen.

Carla climbed the painted green steps up to her room in the old building. Wisteria vines hung from the eaves, their purple blooms beginning to fade with the approach of autumn. Despite the aroma of the flowers, she felt heavy inside and tired from the day of hard work. Her small dog, Josie, greeted her as she unlocked the door to go inside. Picking up Josie's leash, she clipped it onto her collar and made her way back down the stairs for a short walk. 

The air was getting cooler, as she noticed the humidity was also much less intense. They made their way down the street, walking toward the park at the end of the block. She heard the laughter of children as they neared the playground equipment area and smiled at a coffee vendor in his little kiosk. A park bench beckoned her to sit with Josie. Her mind was many miles away, thinking about loneliness. Her family was in Chicago, and Joe had left her here in New Orleans. What was she thinking to leave all that she had to move with him?
There had been signs, but she ignored them, thinking that happiness was in her future. 


Sounds from Bourbon Street wafted through the air, the familiar jazz playing in the bars and restaurants. The noisy parade was making it's way through the city, with tourists all decked out in beads and buttons. These joyful sounds only made her sadder. She reached won and petted Josie. A man sat next to her on the bench and unfolded the top of a bag of bread crumbs to feed the pigeons.

"Mind if I join you here?" Josie looked over at him and noted his clothes were neatly pressed, his shoes polished and expensive. 

"Okay by me. Do you come here often?"

"Usually every day. I find it a nice break at the end of the day. What about you?"

"Me, too. Just come out after work to walk my dog, Josie. She likes to watch the kids and the birds."

"Maybe I'll see you here again tomorrow then?" He stood and tucked the small bag into the pocket of his suit jacket. "Name's Carl." He offered his hand.

"I'm Carla, nice to meet you." His handshake was warm and firm. Then he walked away.

Carla began her walk home. Her mood had changed dramatically, and she had just walked to the park. 

Now it's your turn. Find a picture that speaks to you, post it on your blog along with a story, then come back here and link in to share with others. Also be sure to see what others have written. This is your writing exercise!

Linda Kay




Monday, September 14, 2015

Blue on Monday

I have sooooo many pictures of the beautiful sea from Maine, and I hope you don't get tired of seeing them! Sharing these today with Sally for Blue Monday.





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Have a wonderful week ahead!

Linda Kay

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Oreos?

Some interesting to share with you and with Eileen for Saturday Critters. Be sure to see others' blogs who have joined this fun meme of nature.


This inquisitive gull appeared in the windshield of the boat we were riding in on our tour to Monhegan Island in Maine. He would sit and look in until the captain gave him a tidbit.


Belted Galloway cows resting in the shade....we call them Oreo cows.

Have a blessed Saturday and a fabulous weekend!

Linda Kay

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Look-Back

It's been a week of more landscaping, shopping, dental work, movie going, etc., etc., so I thought I'd share some pictures with you.

1. The back side of our shadow box fence was put in place, making the new boards stand out since they weren't yet stained. In addition, hubby built some brackets to mount some lattice work for vines he intends to plant. These were made of treated lumber, which of course did not match the cedar.

So my job was to first stain the braces a "red cedar" to get them closer to matching the stained fence, then to finish staining the new boards that show up in between the stained boards. I found a nifty little stain sprayer to do the job, and really finished pretty quickly. Just have to now add the lattice work to two more places on the fence.


2. My older daughter decided we needed some retail therapy, so we drove to San Marcos to the discount mall to go to our favorite stores: Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and Soma. We filled up the cart....actually she filled up most of it. She was on a mission, and I was just along for the ride to spend some time with this very busy lady!

3. Remember by unhappy visit to the new dentist, and then my follow up on Monday about my real dentist? Well, the article that told about his harrowing experience and the loss of part of his leg also said he would be open for business this week. So I called and left a message to tell him I'd sure like his opinion on what I needed done. Needless to say, he thought I need much less work, and at a much more reasonable price, bless his heart. I already have a temporary crown in place. He has a great sense of humor. I mentioned that he had lost weight. He said he lost some in the hospital and then sixteen pounds when they took his leg. He is really getting along well, and a prosthesis is being made.

4.  Part of our landscaping will be completed with mulch in the planting beds and around some of the rock. Since the city won't let the landscaper put anything in the street, they had to deposit it on my driveway until they could get it dispersed into the beds.

5. We called our friend Coleen to see if she would like to go to the movie with us to see "A Walk In the Woods" with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.


The story line is great and the acting is pretty good, being that Robert Redford is in it, but I think he needs to retire. Nick Nolte makes the movie. RR is not the heart throb he once was, for sure, and his lines left something to be desired. Just a nice movie then off to Burger Burger here in town for a great hamburger with onion rings and sweet potato fries.

And for all my writer friends out there, I thought I'd share this with you as well.
Joining in with Amy at Five on Friday, and Tanya at Willy Nilly Friday 5. Be sure to check others random Friday thoughts!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda Kay

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Traveling Roadside Fences

Along the interstates, there are so many fences, so we took a few shots to join in with Theresa for Good Fences on Thursday.





I have no idea where each of these was taken, but how fun to have a purpose for those many miles of driving, just get out the camera and take a few shots. I'm guess most of these are created as sound barriers for the houses on the other side, or maybe just for looks along the roadways. The first one was the best of these.

Have a great Thursday, my friends, and be sure to visit others who have joined in with Theresa.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New York Skyline

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday! Can you believe it is September?!

Here's hoping some of you, my faithful readers, might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #34!

My story today relates to this picture of the New York City skyline...

The bus runs smoothly along the highway on the journey to New York. The police officer next to him snoozes with the handcuff latched firmly around his prisoner's wrist and under the folding arm rest. Marty returns to face rehab and the chance to get his life back. He leans back against the head rest, his thoughts of Annie occupied his mind. She was so helpless lying there in the hospital bed, with the tubes and machines monitoring her vital signs. A tear made its way down his cheek as he felt the sadness of remorse. He was the reason. She had taken on what should have been his responsibility and her life was now in the balance.

Marty stretched out his lanky frame and tried to find a comfortable position. His long dark hair had been pulled back in a ponytail under his Giants baseball cap. The officer stirred at his movement, feeling the tug on the bracelets, but again nodded off to sleep. When he looked at his hand, he saw that his hand was still trembling and he needed a fix. But he had to go through with this for Annie. He wondered if she was doing better and whether their parents had arrived at her bedside.

The money from his drug deliveries had been stolen, and he had nowhere to turn but to his sister, Annie. She had immediately come to his aid, and she arranged for a policeman friend of hers to help them. The result was a trap for the suppliers. Annie stood in for Marty to pick up a planned drug delivery and she was wounded by one of the drug dealers in the encounter. He last saw her only briefly in the hospital before they put him on a bus to get him into rehab. He couldn't let her down. He remembered her last words to him, "This is your chance, Marty. Don't screw it up, okay?"

This is a short follow up to my book Annie's Love, and Marty will be a part of the next novel, Out of the Darkness. Family love can be our strongest bond. Now it's your turn to find a picture that speaks to you, post it in your blog and write a story. Then come back here to link in on Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. I look forward to your story!

Linda Kay

Monday, September 7, 2015

We have grass!!

Joining in for Monday Good Random Fun

Our sod has been laid and we are now watering it to keep it alive until it roots. This first picture is looking from the patio to the back gate, noting hubby's flower bed set up for planting. The gate at the end of the yard has to stay out until the tree is planted back there in probably January.


The next picture is the left side of the yard, where sweet hubby plans to build his shed with a pergola in the front of it (that's why the stones are laid out there...not permanent).


No longer have to take Polly out to the neighbors' yards for her morning ritual! 


Random: You might remember my tyrade about the dentist on Friday....that was a new dentist, as my dentist was for some reason unavailable, and his answering machine sent me to the new one. Well, I found out what had happened to the good doctor. There is an article in the Fredericksburg Standard about his loss of a leg to a flesh-eating bacteria, contracted in the Gulf. He evidently had a spider bite on his ankle, had noted that the water wasn't very salty, and neglected to wear his waders to go fishing. You can read more of the story here. He agreed to the article so other would be aware of the dangers. Yikes! Pretty scary!

Fun: Bought these cute little tangerines at the store, so we have fruit on display and at the ready for a snack instead of chocolate!


And another cute quote from my Facebook Friends:

Life is great...Have a really special week, my friends, and for you in the States, an enjoyable Labor Day.

Linda Kay

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Brahma Mama

I had to get these cow pictures to share with Paula. I know she will love these critters, and I'm joining in with Eileen for this Saturday's Critters.  I think a couple of these are Brahma mamas, one is an Angus, but not sure about the one with the white face. And the little ones are anyone's guess!



They were certainly happy to be posing for the camera, and very curious.

Have a great weekend, a fabulous Labor Day celebration for those of you in the States.

Linda Kay

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Reflections

Since we have our "five" memes back on line again, I thought I'd share some of the events of the week with you. Join in here with Fives on Friday! and join in for Willy Nilly Friday 5.

1. We have ordered two of our trees for planting. We took down a big oak tree and several small, spindly cedar trees when we bought the property, so now we are putting in two chinese pistache trees. Since the trees have to go dormant at the nursery, we can't have them transplanted until January, so we will have empty spots for a while yet. These trees grow really fast, and are quite lovely, as you might see from the pictures.

2. Last Sunday afternoon was my Do -it- yourself assembly day. Hubby is working on a work bench in the garage, so I'm in charge of these. So first I laid out all the parts and the instructions, and grabbed a Phillips screwdriver. The first project is a fire pit for the patio.

Ready? Drum roll!!!  Ta-dah!


3. My laundry room has wonderful cabinets, but no place to hang clothes out of the dryer. So I decided to get something to remedy that situation. Here are all the parts, and no screwdriver needed!

My new little hanging cart even has wheels, so I can roll it from the laundry room with all the clothes hanging, folded clothes in the basket in the bottom, into the bedroom for the closets and the dresser. Yeah! Can't wait to do laundry next.


4. Ugh! Dentists! I am a white-knuckle dentist patient. When I was a child, I had to climb so old wooden stairs to an upper floor of an old building in my small town to see the dentist. The stairs echoed as I climbed them, and I was greeted by the odor of the dentist office, whatever it was. The dentist was a huge man with thick black hair on his body...scared me to death! In any case, when I had my teeth cleaning this week, I was told that some of my old silver fillings are making small cracks in my teeth, and they need to be crowned....3 of them at $1400 per tooth! And I need a deep cleaning, $500 per side. Yikes! Anyone got some spare change around?

5. Here is my Friday share from my Facebook friends....
Have a super Friday, and fabulous weekend!

Linda Kay
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