To the Sunset of 2013…and the Dawn of 2014

My blogging holiday hiatus is almost finished, and all I can say is, “Whew! Glad that’s over!” I feel like I’ve neglected my faithful followers for the last few weeks. For that, I apologize and hope you all understand. I’ll be back soon. So in the meantime, enjoy a few iPhone photos I took using a nifty little clip-on macro lens that my wonderful husband gave me for Christmas.

May the new year find you in fine fettle and be filled with good fortune. Cheers!

White Flower Macro iPhone

Christmas Cheer: A Trifextra Flash

And now for a little vintage Christmas cheer for Trifecta’s Trifextra writing challenge. This week we were tasked with writing exactly 33 words that would even make Scrooge laugh out loud. In the words of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” I hope this makes you laugh.


Christmas Cheer

“Mommy, why’s Daddy swerving?”

“Daddy had a nip of the high life, Timmy. Grammy gets on his last nerve.”

“Gee, it’s a good thing the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community, Ancient People

This week’s photo challenge for the Daily Post was to show Community. For me, ancient rock art, petroglyphs, and dwellings of the indigenous people of the American Southwest represent community. I took these photos a few years ago in Arizona, near Tucson and Sedona.

Circle of Life

Petroglyph of the Hohokam near Tucson, Arizona, Saguaro National Park. The Circle of Life.

Various petroglyph scenes found near Tucson, Arizona.


Kokopelli petroglyph at Honanki Heritage Site near Sedona, Arizona

Rock paintings and petroglyphs near Sedona, Arizona

Montezuma Castle and well – An ancient Sinagua 20-room cliff dwelling near Camp Verde, Arizona.

Momma Needs a New Shoe: A Friday Fictioneers Tale

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Copyright – Adam Ickes

The ramshackle shoe house was bursting at its seams, a perceptible throb of breeding junk and unruly children. Gertie stood on the rotting deck and marveled at it with contempt. Her 50 years amounted to a surplus of misfortune crammed into a leathery hovel.

Discouraged, she shouted, “That’s it! This ain’t no life!”

The crunch of tires on gravel broke her self-pitying rant as her husband’s jalopy sputtered up the drive. A smile replaced her puckered brow. He hobbled from the truck and mumbled, “I suspected you needed more room what with this brood and junk, so I bought you a matchin’ shoe house.”

This fairy tale was written for Friday Fictioneers photo prompt and hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Check out the other stories/poems here. The challenge was to write a 100-word story based on the photo. I admit my story is 104 words. I tried to shave it down but decided since I’ve never gone over before, I would be forgiven, hopefully.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls

See Ruby Falls…

On a recent road trip, my husband and I stopped at Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We took the Ruby Falls cave tour. For those of you who don’t know about Ruby Falls, it’s a spectacular 145-foot waterfall located 1,120 feet beneath Lookout Mountain.

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge was to show GRAND. I thought an underground waterfall qualified.

Scatter: A Trifextra Flash, Week Ninety-Seven

The dazzle of the setting sun across the basin is blindingly breathtaking, but my view is myopic. In our favorite place, I honor his last wish as his ashes scatter into the wind.

Setting Sun

This tale was written for Trifecta’s weekend challenge, Trifextra Week Ninety-Seven. The challenge was to add thirty of our own words to the following three words, for a total of thirty-three: Myopic, Basin, Dazzle.

Curious Creations: Six Peculiar Patents, Part 2

People invent the strangest things. I found six peculiar, modern-day U.S. patents, accompanied by their highly artistic drawings. These are inventions that we just can’t live without, as you will almost certainly agree once you’ve had a look. Which one is your favorite?

If you want to see a few unusual patents and drawings from the 19th century, check out Part 1: Curious Creations: Six Peculiar Patent Drawings. Continue reading

Natural Selection: A Friday Fictioneers Tale

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Copyright – Randy Mazie

The tour group stared at the ruins as their guide telepathically explained its mysterious history. “We believe this structure, called a parking garage, was erected over 2000 years ago. It housed motorized transporters called automobiles. Any questions?”

“Is it true automobiles consumed gasoline?” asked an adolescent.

“Yes, but the oil reserves were depleted in the year 2049, shortly before the Occupation,” replied the tour guide.

An adult asked, “What do the hieroglyphics mean?”

“Historians have translated them to mean, ‘Do not invade.’ Perhaps a plea for us to leave their planet. As we all know, humans weren’t the fittest species.”

I’ve been missing from the world of blogging for a couple of weeks. I took a short break to visit family and friends and picked up a nasty cold along the way. I’m feeling much better now. It’s good to be back.

This story was written for the photo prompt from Friday Fictioneers. The challenge was to write a 100-word or less story. You can join the fun here.