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Friday, August 10, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday Five & Feline Friday - August 10, 2018

Well once again I've been absent from posting but I'm back today to join in on Willy Nilly Friday Five and Feline Friday.


1.  Every summer I try to get a photo of a butterfly but most often or not they fly off before I can get a picture of them.  I managed 2 of this lovely Swallowtail before it took off.

2.  Took a little drive earlier this month and spotted some Wild Turkeys.

A couple of the adults and some of the baby turkeys.  There were lots more but they were moving quickly and it was hard to get decent shots of them.
3. Enjoying some of the summer fruit readily available in this area.  Yummy Blackberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream.  Doesn't get much better!

4.  I like to do Black and White shots now & then.  This is a Cherry Orchard and wind turbine.

5.  Out on another drive.  Had to take a shot of the baled fields.

6.  I liked the way this building looked and the cool sculpture in front of it.  Will share a better shot of that at a later date. (Got to give you something to look forward too).

7.  I think I found the "Bat Cave"


                 It's "Speedy G" showing off that magnificent belly!

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Good, The Random, The Fun - July 23, 2018

Took a drive last week up a back country road to catch the sunset.  These shots are from that drive.  I had my mom along and we found a great spot to take photos.  There were quite a few other people there that had the same idea so it was fun visiting with them while waiting for the sun to set.

Sharing this with:  The Good, The Random & The Fun

Spotted this deer in a wheat field on the way up. (Random)

Shot of the valley and fields as the sun was just starting to set.  Used this photo for 52 Frames:  Golden Hour shot.

Another view of a farm/vineyard.

 The sun just before it set completely. (Good)

The night sky with the faintest hint of a moon. - Note I took this while waiting for my hubby to rescue me.  - See I ended up with a dead car battery and no jumper cables.  None of the people that were there to watch the sunset had any either.  Thank goodness I had cell reception and was able to get ahold of him and he came to my rescue.  - Always an adventure when I go out to take photos! - (Fun?)

Have a great day & a great start to your week.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Willy-Nilly Friday Five and Feline Friday


Joining in today for Willy-Nilly Friday Five hosted by Tom,
(The Backroads Traveller) and  Feline Friday hosted by Sandee, (Comedy Plus).

Let's get started on WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FIVE


We took a drive this week up Tollgate to the lake where my hubby is doing some work on a cabin up there.  Today's photos are from that trip.
1.  First up, a view of the Blue Mountains from the E.J. Haney Viewpoint.  Notice the crows in the trees on the right.

2.  We stopped at the Tollgate Store to get some snacks and outside the store was this (weird) metal sculpture.

It's a badger catching salmon.  After researching I'm not sure if this was a Bear or a Wolverine but it's not a Badger as they are much cuter that that.   It looks really ferocious and scary.

3.  One of the fancier cabins on the lake.

You have to be a member to use the lake and there is a gate with a code that you need to get inside as people actually live there year round.

4. We didn't see any deer on the way up (except for some horses which I made the mistake of saying, "Look at those big deer" before I realized they were horses) now I'll never live that one down.  Yes I do know the difference! - Anyway while we were looking at the lake this lovely deer was just walking by and munching on grass.

It seemed almost "tame" and hubby says it's there almost everyday.

5.  Some pretty wildflowers growing by a post on the ground.

6.  Can't leave hubby out since he's the reason we took the drive.  Here he is hard at work.

7.  On our way out we spotted this little family happily swimming on the lake.  I'm not sure what kind of birds these were but I'm "guessing" perhaps some type of a Loon.

All in all a very pleasant drive up and back.


Today we have, Speedy G just lounging around.  I love how he lays with his paws spread out in front like that.  He has to sometimes because he has such a big fat belly...see the next shot.

 We call him,  "Sumo Kitty" because of that belly!

He has such a sweet little face that I just couldn't resist sharing this shot too.

Leaving you today with a lovely musical selection to enjoy

One of my favorite songs by the Eagles....I hope we all have a Peaceful Easy feeling type of weekend. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Review - Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

Today I'm reviewing the upcoming novel,  Street Freaks by Terry Brooks.

 The book is available HERE for pre-order.  I received a ARC in exchange for my honest review. - Let me first say I have long been a Fan of Terry Brooks fantasy novels so I was super excited to read his new book, Street Freaks. - This book however is a Sci-Fi book and I wasn't exactly sure if I would enjoy a departure from his Fantasy series.

Overview from Amazon: 

It begins with a dire call-right before his father disappears and his skyscraper home's doors explode inward. It is the kind of thrilling futuristic story only Terry Brooks can tell.

"Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks." his father directs Ashton Collins before the vid feed goes suddenly silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous heart of the mega-city of Los Angeles; it is a world Ash is forbidden from and one he knows little about. But if he can find Street Freaks, the strangest of aid awaits-human and barely human alike. As Ash is hunted, he must unravel the mystery left behind by his father and discover his role in this new world.

My thoughts:  Right from the start I got caught up in this book and wanted to keep reading and reading until I finished it.  I had to force myself to put it down and get some sleep.

The main character, Ash is a 17 year old teenager who suddenly finds his home broken into and fearing for his life he barely manages to escape and from there he sets out to find, Street Freaks.  When he does he is at first astounded by the other kids he meets who are known as, "Street Freaks" because each of them has some modification known as "tweeking" that sets them apart from normal teenagers.  They run a business of building fantastic racing machines and even racing them.   Ash finds himself to be in grave danger but he isn't entirely sure who is pursuing him and what they want him for.  He soon becomes a part of the Street Freaks and together they discover his secrets and why he is being hunted.

For some reason this book reminded me a little of Blade Runner and also Mad Max all rolled into one but in a unique way that made me root for the Street Freaks and kept me on the edge of my seat so to speak until I finished the last page.

Which I might add gave "hint" to the possibility of a sequel which I would certainly enjoy reading if that happens. 

I would give this book 5 Stars because it just was a super fun and faced pace read that kept you guessing as to how it would all end.

Thank you Terry Brooks and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday Five and Feline Friday

Yikes!  Summer is going by so quickly and I've not posted much about it.  Seems like I'm so busy trying to keep up with yard work, housework, taking care of my mom etc..that I barely have time to breath much less blog.  I miss it,  so every now & then I manage to do a post just to let you all know I'm still alive.

Joining Tom (The Backroads Traveller) for WILLY NILLY FRIDAY FIVE
and Sandee (Comedy Plus) for FELINE FRIDAY

1. June was a nice cool month and we had a nice surprise on June 29th with a tiny rainshower and a rainbow.  This is the best shot I could manage of the rainbow....

Others were much luckier.  You can view their shots HERE and HERE

That same evening the sunset was just wonderful and I snapped this shot of it:

2. Drove up to Bennington Lake one evening and spotted these colorful kayaks out on the lake.

3.  I also found some Queen Anne's lace to photograph.

Here is an "artsy" edit of the same photo.

4.  On the way out of the lake I spotted a Quail sitting on a fence post.  I quickly pulled into a nearby turnout and quietly got out of the car and got as close as I could without spooking the quail.  I've always wanted to get a shot of a quail like this.  Sadly I didn't quite get the quail in good focus but it's not a bad shot and I'll keep working on getting just the perfect shot of a quail.

5.  We didn't go out of town over the 4th of July but we did manage a picnic at one of the local parks.  Below are shots of us having a good time.

6.  Bonus shot of one of the many hanging baskets in our down town.


A shot of Bandit watching one of the other cats.  He has such gorgeous eyes.
It's a HOT one here this week.  The high today is expected to be 102 so I'm leaving you with this musical selection.

Have a great weekend.  For those of you in the "Heat Wave" areas stay cool and safe.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Review - In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon

In Peppermint Peril is the debut book in Joy Avon new series: A Book Tea Shop Mystery.

The book takes place in a charming little town in Maine called, Hearts Harbor. The main character of the story, Calliope (Callie) returns to Hearts Harbor to spend Christmas with her Great Aunt Iphigenia, (affectionately referred to as Aunt Iphy).  Aunt Iphy runs a Book Tea Shop that serves up loads of yummy treats all with a "book clue" in them.

As you get into the book you discover that a special Tea Party has been set up at Haywood Hall where Callie spent many happy times as a child.  Callie is now a Travel Tour Guide but is spending the Christmas Holiday with her Great Aunt.

As the town all gathers at Haywood Hall for what they believe to be the reading of the owner's new will a murder takes place.

Callie takes it upon herself to help solve this crime because it involves people she cares about.  She meets up with the town Deputy Sheriff Falk , whom at first she isn't even sure he's qualified to solve a murder.  As the story unfolds they end up more or less working together to put the pieces of puzzle together to solve the murder.

There are a couple of "subplots" in the story that tie into the story line without distracting the reader from the main plot.

After the inital confusion of trying to figure out what a Book Tea Shop actually was I started to really get into the story.  The characters were easy to follow and relatable.  There seemed to be a hint of a "romance" to possibly follow between Callie and the Deputy in future books in this series.

It's an, easy to read book free from foul language and explicit sexual situations.  If you are looking for a charming read with a bit of mystery I would recommend trying this new series.  Available here on Amazon for Pre-Order.

Thank you to Net Galley and Joy Avon for an ARC in exchange for an honest review of this book.  -  I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.  I give this book a 4 Star Rating.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wordless Wednesday - June 27, 2018

Welcome! Joining WORDLESS WEDNESDAY today.


        Okay so it's not totally "wordless" but it works.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday Fun

Joining in on TUESDAY FUN over on Comedy Plus

First at SOOC (Straight Out of Camera) shot:

Spotted a hubcap in the up against the street curb the other night while on a short walk.  Took this shot - Can you see me?

Let's have some fun with this photo...

Not to different, just a little boost in color. - Continuing on....

Playing around on PicMonkey with the levels and such.  Sort of Black/White abstract look to this one.

 Took it over to BeFunky for a different look.

Finally edited both on BeFunky and PicMonkey...I added a butterfly and saying to the shot.

 My how that hubcap has changed!!!

Hope you had as much fun looking at my art as I did creating it.

Enjoy your day.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Book Review - More Than Meets The Eye

Today I'm reviewing the book:  More Than Meets The Eye by Karen Witemeyer. 

Description of the book off Net Galley:


Friday, June 15, 2018

Willy-Nilly Friday and Feline Friday - June 15, 2018

Welcome everyone.  Thank You to everyone who left comments on my (MIA) post from earlier this week.

Life has been so busy the last few months, some good, some not so good but all is well.

It's time for a little Friday Fun so let's join the party.

Tom (The Backroads Traveller) is hosting WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FIVE

May flew by so quickly...lots of things going on.

The annual Ducky Derby was held on May 19th and as usual I purchased my 5 ducks in hopes that one of them would make it to the finish line and I would win a prize.  Alas, once again I did not win.  - Oh well, it's all for a good cause.
2.  Hubby celebrated a birthday the next day (May 20) so there was birthday stuff to take care of.  Here he is blowing out those birthday candles.

 3. He took a 5 day trip back to ND to watch his oldest granddaughter graduate from high school.  While he was gone I went to the Wildhorse Casino again.  Took my mom along.  We didn't win but we didn't lose all our money either. - Better than that though was that a local store had a promotion that if you bought a $5 and higher Scratch ticket and it was a losing ticket you could put it in a box and have a chance at the end of the month to win free lottery tickets.  Guess what.........

I won!  There were 3 winners drawn.  I won 2nd Prize - A packet of 50, $10 tickets. - We all had fun scratching them off and I ended up winning, $330.00 off the tickets.  I probably had put in about $50 worth of losing tickets but I gained that back plus extra and it was just a lot of fun finding out that I had won and the excitement of seeing if any of the tickets were winners was great.
4. Usually you see people walking their dogs but have you ever seen someone walking their.....

Pet Goats!
5.  I wait all year for the local strawberry season to start and so for the last couple of weeks we have been enjoying these lucious berries.

 In other news...I finally joined the ranks of Smart Phone owners.  Boy has that been a "learning curse I mean curve" for me!  I've accidentally taken "selfies", dialed my granddaughter while she was in school, called my daughter and didn't say anything because I didn't realized I had called her, hung up on an important call because I pressed a wrong button and the list goes on.


Harley wasn't feeling well yesterday and he spent most of the day sleeping, I caught this unusual pose of him while he was sleeping. 
Fond this video while searching for songs about Cellphones and just had to share it. - Hoping I don't become like this.