July Squares – Trees – Spirals

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July Squares – Trees – Spirals Squares Logo

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https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/07/27/tree-square-27/

This is a month long challenge, hosted by Becky of “The Life of B”.

This month’s theme is trees – and here is where you find the main details https://beckybofwinchester.com/square-daily-photo-challenge/
The most important rule of this challenge is that your photo Must be Square!

To join in, find out the details, and see other entries, just click the above link. It’s fun! 🙂

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I’ll also be adding a song to go along with the photo in one way or another.

Enjoy!

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A medium sized evergreen that the branches look cut in a spiral. This one is at my daughter’s house.

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“Song of the Trees” – Spiral Dance (Land and Legend)

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© 2021 BS

Monday Peeve

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Monday Peeve  TMP monday peeve

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2021/07/26/tmp18-roadwork/#comment-53499

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I’m joining in Paula’s Monday Peeve today, because this problem bugs me every time.

It’s the media storage space on WP. I run out of space all the time, because I post lots of pictures. But still, I wish they had unlimited space without buying ever more expensive plans.

I just renewed my subscription to WP, as I do every year, and it’s a paid for one. I think if you re-new for a year, we should get another year’s worth of media storage space. Right?

So now I’m out for the millionth time it seems. All I can do is delete a lot … a lot … of my post’s photos in order to put a new one up. This bugs me so much.

And, it’s not one for one either! Seems I have to delete about 50 to 100 photos to get space for one or two new ones.  Do you know how long it takes to go back through old photos to decide if you want to get rid of one or not? A long time.

I was going to do my Tree Square challenge photo today, and my next House post today, but nope, can’t upload a photo until I take a day out to delete some photos. Ugh!!!

So that’s my peeve today.

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© 2021 BS

Flower of the Day – Peony & Lily

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Flower of the Day – Peony & Lily

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A vase of cut flowers that include a large pink peony and some yellow lilies. There are a couple of green buds of the lilies that have not bloomed out yet.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

https://ceenphotography.com/2021/07/25/fotd-july-26-wild-sunflowers/

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

Two Souls: Into the Fire # 179

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 179

Warning … adult content

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“We had better food and ice cream than you did, too,” Ghost said, still telling Steve about what he and Zach had done.

“Man, I should have gone with y’all, instead of over to Trevor’s house. I like the day you had,” Steve said.

“Me, too…and we might do it again someday,” Ghost said, as he gathered up his things from the table.

“So, you and Zach are buddy-buddy, now?

“What’s that?”

“Friends.”

“Oh, I guess so. He said I was fun to hang out with.”

“That’s nice…just watch him…he better not go making any moves on you,” Steve said.

Ghost shook his head. He took his things off into the living room, where he lit an incense stick, and placed the crystal on the table with the others.

“Now, y’all get along. Y’all have to live on this here table, and be friends,” Ghost said.

Steve snickered, again.

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When Zach reached his and Trevor’s house, he found Trevor sitting on the couch, just staring into space. “Hey, Trev, what’s the matter?” he asked.

“Zach, I’ve had a long day,” Trevor said, and took a deep breath.

“Why…was it that hard to keep Steve busy?”

Trevor looked at Zach, his eyes dazed. “Yeah, it was. He was suspicious from the time he got over here. I kept making up things to do…just stupid stuff. Oh, he went along with it, but every few minutes, he said he’d better go. He didn’t like leaving Ghost alone.”

“Damn, sorry Dude…thanks for doing it, though.”

“Yeah, well…how did it go with you and Ghost?” Trevor asked.

Zach smiled. “It went surprisingly well. Ghost and I went to the junk yard, and he got Steve’s old car back. It’s being repaired, right now. He’ll have it by Christmas eve. We ate lunch at this crazy Cajun restaurant, and it was really good.” He got up to go to the kitchen. Grabbing a beer for them both, he came back and sat down on the couch.

“We went to a hippie store that Ghost likes.”

“A hippie store?”

“Yeah, it’s got crystals, incense, stuff like that. Here, I’ll show you what I bought.” He brought the bag over, and pulled out his purchases. “This book tells all kinds of things about the crystals, and what they’re good for, and about herbal remedies, and a bunch of other way out there stuff.” He laughed, seeing the expression on Trevor’s face.

Trevor picked up the crystal Zach had bought. “You really going to get serious about this?”

“Well, probably not as much as Ghost, but yeah, it’s pretty interesting. I’ll try it…sure…”

“How did you and Ghost get along?”

“Oh, we hit it off, actually. He’s pretty cool…funny…and he’s a lot smarter than I gave him credit for. I know he has his brain problems, but when he’s clear headed, he’s a real decent guy,” Zach said.

“So he didn’t act crazy, today, or flip out?”

“Nope, not once…and he even told me he was trying hard not to. There was one point though, when he saw Steve’s smashed up car…he pretty much lost it. Cried for what Steve had gone through.” Zach shook his head. “That was tough.”

They sat there awhile longer, going over things they’d done that day. “Did Steve mention what he was getting Ghost for Christmas?”

“No, I didn’t bring anything up to do with Christmas, and he didn’t either. Guess we’ll find out later. And…hint, hint…what are you getting me…and what do you want?” Trevor asked.

“Uh, really, Trevor, I don’t need anything,” Zach said. “I already have you, and we got rid of that bad stuff at the old house. But, what do you want?”

“Nothing but you,” Trevor said, with a grin.

“You…you already have me,” Zach said. He pushed Trevor down on the couch, and kissed him. “And, I’m ready for you to have me right now.” He smiled, and helped Trevor up. They made their way to the bedroom, and didn’t surface again until morning.

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Ghost had made popcorn for them, and they watched movies for awhile. Every so often, one of them would throw a piece, for Spirit to chase, which made them laugh. Ghost was in a good mood, after his shopping trip to Raleigh, and the present for Steve had been settled. Steve kept planning in his head, his secret trip to get Ghost’s gift, and every time he thought of it, he’d try to block it at the same time, so Ghost wouldn’t hear.

Finally, he had had this conflict so long, he developed a headache. “Ghost, I’m going to bed. This headache is killing me,” Steve said. “You can finish watching this movie by yourself.”

“You want some headache powder? It’s fresh.”

“Are you sure it won’t kill me?” Steve asked.

“I’m sure. I’ll go get it ready,” Ghost said, going into the kitchen to make a cup of hot tea, to put the remedy in.

Steve went to his bed, waiting for Ghost. “Don’t think, don’t think…” he kept repeating to himself.

Ghost came in, handing the cup of tea to Steve. “Don’t think about what?”

Steve had to say something to throw Ghost off. “Oh, uh…don’t think about this stuff you’re giving me,” he finally said.

Ghost gave him a look. “That’s not it, Steve, but fine…if you don’t want to tell me, then don’t. Now, drink this…all of it. You’ll feel better soon.”

“Okay,” Steve said, and took a tiny sip. “The thing is, Ghost, there’s a secret I have to keep from you…for Christmas, and I want it to be a surprise. And, it’s so hard, when you read my thoughts, and I try not to think of it, but it keeps getting my head.” He took another sip. “And, that’s why my head is hurting.”

Ghost frowned. “Steve, I’m sorry you’re having trouble with this. I’ll try not to. I don’t want to read your secrets. I don’t mean to, and I’ll try to block it out.”

“I know you don’t mean to…don’t worry about it,” Steve said. “I think tomorrow I’m going to go on my shopping trip, for your present. Then I can quit worrying about it.”

“Good…now finish drinking your tea, and go to sleep. Everything will be better in the morning. Me and Spirit will be fine while you’re gone.” He leaned over and kissed Steve. “Night…”

“Night, Ghost,” Steve said, and gulped the rest of the tea. Ghost turned out the light, and went back to the living room. The movie was still playing, but he’d lost interest in it, now. It was still fairly early…dark out, but not yet late enough for him to be sleepy. He’d never taken the nap he’d planned on earlier, but he was wide awake now, anyway.

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Next part coming soon!

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© 2019 BS

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This is a work of “fan fiction” based on the novel, “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite. All credit for the original characters, places, and some backstory mentions, belong to Ms. Brite and her publishing affiliates. Only newly introduced characters, places, and original elements of this story are entirely from my imagination. Character descriptions are a blend of the original book descriptions and my interpretation of them.

All songs included in this work will be solely owned by the original performers/writers and will be credited. Creative license is taken in including them in this story.

No harm is intended toward author, musicians, or people and situations to whom there may be a resemblance.

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The content herein is rated by me as being at the high end of MA (Mature Audience). It includes strong language, violence, sexual themes, including same sex pairingsreligious themes, and fantasy horror.

Highway Star – Song Lyric Sunday – Cars

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Highway Star – Song Lyric Sunday – Cars

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For SLS today we have songs about cars (cars, vehicles, automobiles, jalopies). Thanks, Jim!

To join in this fun weekly challenge, and to see other entries, just click the link below.

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https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/07/24/awesome-autos-classy-cars-jumping-jalopies-and-various-vehicles/

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Fun topic for today’s SLS, and so many songs to choose from. I kept choosing one getting it all ready, then changing my mind. Finally I went with this one. It’s good.

I remember the first time I heard it was in Germany where we were living at the time, when we bought the album.

From a Wiki article:

The guitar solo would gain recognition when readers of Guitar World voted it No. 15 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”.[10]

“Highway Star”, by Deep Purple can be found on their 1972 album, “Machine Head”. It was written by Ritchie Blackore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, ad ian Paice, and is on the EMI and Warner Bros. labels.

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Nobody gonna take my car
I’m gonna race it to the ground
Nobody gonna beat my car
It’s gonna break the speed of sound
Oooh it’s a killing machine
It’s got everything
Like a driving power big fat tires
And everything
I love it and I need it
I bleed it
Yeah it’s a wild hurricane
Alright hold tight
I’m a highway star
Nobody gonna take my girl
I’m gonna keep her to the end
Nobody gonna have my girl
She stays close on every bend
Oooh she’s a killing machine
She’s got everything
Like a moving mouth body control
And everything
I love her I need her
I seed her
Yeah she turns me on
Alright hold on tight
I’m a highway star
Nobody gonna take my head
I got speed inside my brain
Nobody gonna steal my head
Now that I’m on the road again
Oooh I’m in heaven again
I’ve got everything
Like a moving ground an open road
And everything
I love it and I need it
I seed it
Eight cylinders all mine
Alright hold on tight
I’m a highway star
Nobody gonna take my car
I’m gonna race it to the ground
Nobody gonna beat my car
It’s gonna break the speed of sound
Oooh it’s a killing machine
It’s got everything
Like a driving power big fat tires
And everything
I love it and I need it
I bleed it
Yeah it’s a mad hurricane
Alright hold on tight
I’m a highway star
I’m a highway star
I’m a highway star
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Roger Glover / Jon Lord / Ian Gillan / Ritchie Blackmore / Ian Paice
Highway Star / Not Fade Away lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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© 2021 BS

 

Fibbing Friday – Trivia

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Fibbing Friday –  Trivia

This weekly challenge presents some questions that we are to give wrong answer to. It’s all in fun.

To join in this weekly challenge, and see other entries, just click the link below:

https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/fibbing-friday-july-23rd-2021/

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  1. According to the old TV commercial, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? … 500? Has anyone really counted? At some point you just have to bite into it.
  2. What did George the Grocer, a.k.a. Mr. Whipple ask us not to squeeze in his store? … You shouldn’t squeeze other customers, or try to squeeze into an already formed line at the check out.
  3. What song begins with the lyrics, “Livin’ on spongecake…”? … Sponge Bob’s Theme Song.
  4. According to the song, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”, L.A. is a great big what? … Smog producer?
  5. What does Tony the Tiger say about Kellog’s Frosted Flakes? … They’re so sweet they’ll give you diabetes!
  6. Aside from caramel-covered popcorn and peanuts, what can be found inside a box of Cracker Jacks? … Little bitty parts and pieces of insects
  7. What does Lucky the Leprechaun say that kids are always after? … Kids are always after their next sugar high
  8. What toy was touted by its jingle as being “fun for a girl and a boy”? … Silly putty
  9. According to its marketing, what product just “keeps going and going and going…”? … The everlasting gobstopper candy
  10. Who was known as, “The Man of a Thousand Voices”? … Lots have tried to claim this title, but really it was a Mynah bird named Murry!

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© 2021 BS

House # 19

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House # 19

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After the Mr. got back from his stint in S. Korea, he was assigned to Ft. Hood TX. The town it’s next to is Killeen TX.  We did live in government housing right there on base in one of the Villages for family housing. It was called Chaffee Village.

I don’t have any good photos of the outside of the house, but this first one is from a google search. Ours looked like this, where it was brick and siding, with a large divided type window. There were two houses connected by a carport.

The second photo is one I took of our front windows. It looks like the girls had taped up Halloween decorations on the window panes.

We lived in this house for almost 10 years. We liked it fine. There were three bedrooms, a large living room/dining room combo, a kitchen, and two bathrooms. We had a huge back yard which we had fenced in, and a couple of large trees in the back yard. One was more of a huge bush that had pretty white flowers growing on it in the summer.

We had a patio where we cooked out sometimes, too. All the neighbors were friendly and all the kids in the neighborhood knew each other and would roam around everywhere. There were activities for all on base. We really liked living here.

A couple of things we got used to by living on a large Army base was helicopters flying over, sometimes landing right by the road, seeing tanks driving down the road was common, the bugle playing of reveille in the early mornings, the playing of taps in the evenings, and soldiers marching here and there.

We also got used to hearing the cannons booming and our windows rattling when the troops were out in the field for training.

One strange incident that happened on more than one occasion was with our phone. It was a phone hung on the wall, with an extra long curly cord. Sometimes this phone’s receiver would just shoot out from the base of the phone, the cord stretched all the way across the room. The phone wasn’t broken at all, and you’d think if it was, it would just drop down to the floor. But no, this was forcefully thrown of it’s own accord. Never knew when it would happen, and just lucky we weren’t hit with it, though we’d just be sitting there when it happened.

Well, I can’t tell ten years of memories in one post here, so moving on … the Mr. retired from the Army after his last overseas post, which was Somalia. The girls and I just stayed here while he was gone.

Then it was time to move again … and we went back to our home town for the last three houses.

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© 2021 BS

Prize Winner? – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Color

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Prize Winner? – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Color 

https://lindaghill.com/2021/07/23/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-24-2021/

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “color/colour.” Use it as a noun, a verb, or pick a color and write about it–use it any way you like. Have fun!

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I love to color in coloring books, and I always have. I remember when I was a kid, hoping the dime store/variety store we shopped at would have a prize for being the 100th customer of the day. I of course would be the winner when I came through the door. haha … anyway the prize would be I could have any whole aisle of the store for free! I always chose the coloring books and crayons. I wanted them all.

I ‘helped’ when my girls were coloring, because I wanted to color, too. Now there are loads of coloring books for grown ups to enjoy, and yes, I have whole drawers full of them.

It’s fun to find out there are many blog challenges about colors, and I do some of these, too. Linda’s Escapist Coloring Club is one, and Jennifer’s Color Your World is another. Some others have dedicated days or weeks for photos of one color or another.

I like to use all color markers, pencils, crayons, and pens for coloring the pages. There are so many ways colors affect our lives. From the things we see every day, to beautiful scenery here on earth and up in the sky.

Hope your weekend is full of fun and color! ❤

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS