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Bird of the Day – Gathering Around the Water Cooler

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Bird of the Day – Gathering Around the Water Cooler

BOTD: August 19, 2019 Great-tailed Grackle

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Every day the birds gather around the water cooler (the water bowl) out on the back porch. In these photos there are the always present doves, and some grackles.

The grackles love to pick a piece of cat food and dip it in the water for a second. 🙂

photos show:

  • 3 gray doves around blue water bowl
  • 5 gray doves and a black grackle on the porch (one grackle farther off in the grass)
  • Brownish grackle sitting on rim of water bowl, and then dipping piece of cat food into water

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Fan Of … Coloring Books & Escapist Coloring Club – August

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Fan Of … Coloring Books & Escapist Coloring Club – August

Fan Of… #19 — Rhododendrons

The Escapist Coloring Club Prompt – August 1, 2019

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I would say I’m a fan of coloring books, and always have been.

When I was a kid, I was always coloring, then later on I’d color in books my kids had, and now they have coloring books for grown-ups. They are all fun and have interesting designs and pictures.

I do have a lot of them … whole drawers full of them, and can’t resist getting more whenever I see one. Some I get from the stores that sell them, and some I get from yard sales.

I don’t limit myself to the so called ‘adult’ type coloring books, either. I still like the simple children’s type of coloring books, too. Sometimes I get tired of the teeny tiny designs in the current fad, and just want a larger area to color in, and maybe add my own shadings and designs within the larger parts.

I use regular crayons, colored pencils, and markers to fill in the spaces, depending on how I want it to look. All in all, it’s a fun hobby, and also relaxing.

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Here’s a few pages I’ve colored in the past:

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Also posted for the Escapist Coloring Club – August

The Escapist Coloring Club Prompt – August 1, 2019

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 192

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 192

Warning…adult content

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TWO SOULS: INTO THE FIRE

# 192

warning…adult content

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Linda took a deep breath, as she stood for a moment, there at the back-stage door. Steve was in there, waiting for her, she knew. She didn’t have time to hesitate any longer, though, as Terry and R. J. came busting out, talking and laughing, on their way to the bar.

She stood there, looking in, then hesitantly entered the room. There he was. Her eyes locked with Steve’s.

“Steve,” she cried, as she held out her arms to him.

“Linda?” Steve said, as he went to her.

They waited a few seconds, as flashes of memories came to them both, then they were in each other’s arms.

“I’m sorry, Steve, so sorry I never came back,” Linda said. “I had to keep away…you understand?”

Steve nodded. “Yeah, I do, and I am glad you got away when you did. It got so much worse.”

“I thought it might, and all I knew was to run,” Linda said. “I wish I could have taken you and our sister with me.”

Steve was overcome with his sudden emotions, and was having a hard time continuing, but after a minute, he said, “Linda, we have to talk, but not here.”

She nodded. “I’ll be here for a few days…we’ll have time. Kinsey’s letting me stay upstairs while I’m here.”

“Oh, okay…good. Tomorrow then?” Steve asked.

“Yes, anytime,” she said, and smiled at her brother.

Steve then remembered he should introduce Ghost to her. This whole time, Ghost had been across the room, watching, listening, but giving them time to re-connect. His head was filled with the extreme emotions from the two of them.

It was breaking his heart…the pain they both had been through as kids…some of which Steve had told him about, but it was amplified, now that brother and sister were together. Tears ran freely down his face.

Steve led Linda over to where Ghost was sitting. “Ghost, this is my sister, Linda, and Linda, this is my best friend, and my love,” he said.

Ghost looked up into Linda’s eyes and knew everything would be all right. He smiled.

“Ghost…” Linda said, and knelt down in front of him, taking his hands in hers. “You’ve captured my brother’s heart…and now you have mine, too. Thank you…thank you for loving him all these years, when I wasn’t able to.” She pulled Ghost into her arms.

Ghost could feel she meant it, and he lost his heart to her, too. She was a part of Steve, and that made her a part of himself.

Linda felt it too. She was as drawn to Ghost, as Steve was, and could feel a bond already, because of their love for Steve. Looking into Ghost’s eyes, she said, “Sweetheart, you have a beautiful voice, and an even more beautiful heart. I want to hear you sing again, but for now I must get some rest.” She knew it was her call to bring the evening to a close.

She stood, and giving Steve a hug, she said, “I’ll be waiting for tomorrow, Steve.” Turning, she left, to go upstairs to her room for the night.

Steve and Ghost just stayed there, lost in their thoughts for a few minutes.

“I like her a lot,” Ghost said. “Do you think she likes me, too?”

Steve grinned, and said, “Ghost she fell in love with you just as much as I did.”

Ghost caught his breath, at that, and hugged Steve, with his face pressed into Steve’s shoulder. Steve could feel Ghost silently sobbing, at the relief he felt…that he could release some of his worries.

“It’s gonna be okay,” Steve said. “Do you feel that it is, now?”

Ghost nodded. “Yeah,” he said, his voice muffled.

“Now look at me,” Steve said, raising Ghost’s face. “Tomorrow I’ll come here and we’ll talk. I’d be happy if you come, too, but you don’t have to. It might take all day. She’s only here for a short time, and I don’t know yet what her plans are. But we’ll talk it over, and work it out.” He stopped, as he saw Ghost shaking his head.

“No, I won’t come with you, Steve. This is for you and her to talk about…private stuff. Later, you can tell me what’s gonna happen next, but only if you want to tell me other stuff.”

“Yeah, we do have the past to reconcile, but you are part of that, too, Ghost. You are my family, and you are a part of her now, too…so maybe you should hear it all,” Steve said.

“I don’t know…I’ll think about it,” Ghost said. “I think it might be too much for me to know. I already know some of it, and it breaks my heart already, Steve.” He squeezed Steve’s hands.

“I understand,” Steve said.

There was a knock at the door, and then Kinsey came in. “Everything good?” he asked.

“Yeah, it’s all good, Kinsey,” Steve said. “I have my sister back. We’re gonna get together in the morning, to talk.”

Kinsey came over, giving Steve a hug. “I’m happy for you. I know you were anxious about seeing her again, but she felt the same…and now you both can move forward.” He looked over at Ghost. For some reason he was getting a mixed feeling from him…like happy and sad, at the same time, if there could be such a thing.

“Come here, Ghost,” Kinsey said, pulling him into the hug. “I love you guys. Now, I’m closing up, locking up, all that. Y’all can stay here tonight if you want to.”

“Oh, guess we’ll go on home, Kinsey,” Steve said. He began gathering up his guitar, and other equipment. “We’ll be outta here in a few.”

Kinsey nodded. “Okay, then…see ya in the morning.” He left to tend to his chores.

Steve sighed. “What a night…” Looking at Ghost, he noticed he was still bare footed. “Where’s your boots, Ghost?”

“I don’t know…I guess out there.”

“Well, go get them. It’s cold out there, and you need to put them on. I’m taking this stuff out to the car…come on out, when you find them,” Steve said. He lugged an armful toward the back door.

Ghost went back to the stage, to find his boots and scarf. As he stood there on the stage by himself, he could still feel the lingering essence of the music, the band, his friends, and the crowd. “It is good, what we did tonight,” he thought.

He found his things, but just stood looking up at the ceiling, at the twinkle lights, still on, and then over to his writing wall. This place represented love to him. It was his home, and his family, just as much as his little house in the woods was. Smiling, he put on his boots.

He did not look up toward the upstairs balcony, and the rooms upstairs, but he could feel that Linda was there…looking over the railing…watching him. He knew she was wondering what his story was, and also sending thoughts of love and caring down to him.

As he left the stage, he paused, not looking back, and whispered…”I love your brother with all my heart, Linda…” Then he went out the door.

Linda started, when she heard Ghost’s voice. It was very quietly said aloud, but she could also hear it loud inside her head. It was such a strange feeling, that she’d never had before. Who was this Ghost?

She watched Ghost leave, then went into the small apartment Kinsey had let her stay in. She made a phone call to check on her children…she’d left them at home with their Aunt Lisa…her and Steve’s younger sister. She would tell Steve tomorrow that Lisa was found, too. So much to catch up on…

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Ghost had come outside, getting in the car with Steve. He leaned back in the seat, propping his booted feet up on the dash board. “I got ’em, see?” he said.

“Umm, yeah, I see,” Steve said, and started the car.

After a few minutes driving down the highway, Ghost said. “She was watching me. She was looking over the railing upstairs, and she just watched. I sent her a message…I said I love you.”

Steve looked over at him. “You said you loved her?”

“No, I said I love you. I said, I love your brother.”

“Oh, what did she say?”

“She didn’t say anything. I think she didn’t know why my voice was in her head.”

“Yeah, that is kinda freaky,” Steve said. “I guess she’ll get used to it, though, if she spends any time around you.” He laughed.

Ghost agreed, and laughed, too. “I know, ’cause y’all never know when I’m gonna say something.”

Steve gave him a look. “Ghost…you’re saying something all the time.”

“Yeah, but not always to your head,” Ghost said.

Steve pulled up into their driveway, and they carried in their equipment. Both were happy the show had been a success, and the meeting with Linda had been good, but knew tomorrow would be intense.

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Next part coming soon!

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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 liscense is taken in including them in this story.

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

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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 pairings, religious themes, and fantasy horror.

Bird of the Day – Robin

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Bird of the Day – Robin

BOTD: August 18, 2019

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We see little robins around here a lot. This one was hanging around the front yard one day. It was going from the tree to the ground and sidewalk, and eating the cat food kibbles we leave for the cats. For some reason, birds just love cat food. 🙂

Photos show a red breasted robin on the ground, and in the tree.

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Redneck Woman – Song Lyric Sunday – Singing About Another Singer

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Redneck Woman – Song Lyric Sunday – Singing About Another Singer

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/singing-about-another/

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Today for SLS, Jim Adams, (A Unique Title For Me), has asked for songs from bands/groups that mention other singers/bands in their song. There are quite a lot of them, which surprised me.

Thanks for the prompt, Jim! 🙂

To join in this fun weekly challenge, just click the above link for instructions. You can also see what others have posted, too.

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“Redneck Woman”, by Gretchen Wilson, was released as a single from her album, “Here For the Party”, in 2004. It was written by John Rich and Gretchen Wilson, and is on the Epic label.

From Wiki:

The music video includes the following guest stars: Big and Rich, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams, Jr. and Kid Rock, all of whom are name-dropped in the song. The music video was ranked #11 on CMT’s 100 Greatest Videos in 2008.

Redneck Woman — Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, George Strait, Charlie Daniels/The Charlie Daniels Band, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams, Jr.

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[Verse 1]
Well, I ain’t never been the Barbie Doll type
No, I can’t swig that sweet Champagne
I’d rather drink beer all night
In a tavern
Or in a honky-tonk
Or on a four-wheel-drive tailgate

Oh, I’ve got posters on my wall
Of Skynyrd, Kid and Strait
Some people look down on me
But I don’t give a rip
I’ll stand barefooted in my own front yard
With a baby on my hip

[Chorus 1]
Cause I’m a redneck woman
I ain’t no high class broad
I’m just a product of my raisin’
I say “hey, y’all” and “yee-haw”

And I keep my Christmas lights on
On my front porch all year long

And I know all the words to every Charlie Daniels song
So here’s to all my sisters
Out there keeping it country
Let me get a big “hell yeah” from the redneck girls like me
Hell yeah
(Hell yeah!)

Victoria’s Secret
Well, their stuff’s real nice
Oh, but I can buy the same damn thing
On a Walmart shelf half-price
And still look sexy (sexy)
Just as sexy as those models on TV

No, I don’t need no designer tag
To make my man want me
You may think I’m trashy
A little too hard core
But in my neck of the woods
I’m just the girl next door

[Chorus 2]
Hey, I’m a redneck woman
I ain’t no high class broad
I’m just a product of my raising
I say “hey, y’all” and “yee-haw”

And I keep my Christmas lights on
On my front porch all year long

And I know all the words to every Tanya Tucker song
So here’s to all my sisters
Out there keeping it country
Let me get a big “hell yeah” from the redneck girls like me
Hell yeah
(Hell yeah!)

I’m a redneck woman
I ain’t no high class broad
I’m just a product of my raising
I say “hey, y’all” and “yee-haw”

And I keep my Christmas lights on
On my front porch all year long

And I know all the words to every Ol’ Bocephus song
So here’s to all my sisters
Out there keeping it country
Let me get a big “hell yeah” from the redneck girls
Like me

[Outro]
(Hell yeah!)
Hell yeah!
(Hell yeah!)
Hell yeah!
(Hell yeah!)
I said hell yeah!

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This next song is by Jana Stanfield. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her on several occasions, and is a wonderful and friendly person. She performs all over the world, and is a Keynote Speaker.

Bonus Song:

“U B U , I M E”, by Jana Stanfield, is on her 1994 album, “The Trick is to Learn to Enjoy the Ride”

In this song, she is writing a letter to James Taylor.

 

So many people I would rather be, people smarter, more talented than me
James Taylor, for example, next to him I couldn’t hold a candle
Found James’ address in a book, opened up my heart and with a hand that shook
I wrote “Dear James, I want to be like you, please write me back and tell me what to do”
Well i checked the mailbox every day, waited for a letter but it never came
He sends letters his own way. Checked my answering machine and it was sweet baby James

CHORUS:
B.S.U.R., S.U.C., S.I.M., I.M.
U.B.U., I.M.E
U.B.U., I.M.E
WE’RE EXACTLY WHO WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE
U.B.U., I.M.E
U.B.U., I.M.E

I started thinking as I wrote this song, how cool it’d be if James could sing along
What a brainstorm it would be so fun, a duet with James Taylor on my new album
What if he invited me to join his tour and be his opening act around the world
My head would swell to over twice its size if he would feature me on Saturday night live

Then I’d be a megastar, I’d shop at Walmart in a chauffered car
I could get lost in this fantasy, but James’ voice brings me back to reality

Chorus:
B.S.U.R., S.U.C., S.I.M., I.M.
U.B.U., I.M.E
U.B.U., I.M.E
WE’RE EXACTLY WHO WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE
U.B.U., I.M.E
U.B.U., I.M.E

Just in case this song is a success
I’d better get my answers all prepared
When a thousand young girls are calling me for advice
This is the message they’ll hear

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© 2019

Flower of the Day – Pastel Roses

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Flower of the Day – Pastel Roses

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As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.  ~ Ben Hogan

This is just a simple bouquet of cream and pale pink colored roses.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – August 18, 2019 – Dahlia

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Bird of the Day – Stork

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Bird of the Day – Stork

BOTD: August 17, 2019 King of the Hill

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This fun challenge is hosted by 2019tv “Granny Shot It”. To join in just click the link above to find out how, and see other entries. Thanks so much! 🙂

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This is a white stork we saw at the Kansas City Missouri Zoo last year. She is white, with some black along the wing edges, and red around the eyes. Her beak is orange. There is also a baby stork with the large stork. They are getting a drink from a black bowl.

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Coo-Coo – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – ‘co’

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Coo-Coo – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – ‘co’

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS August 17/19

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “co-” Find a word that uses “co” as a prefix and use it in your post. Have fun!

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For today’s SOCS we have the prompt word/letters ‘co’.

Linda G. Hill hosts this fun weekly challenge, and you just never know what the prompt will be, but it’s always fun. Join in why don’t you! Click the above link to find out how easy it is, and also see other entries.

Thanks so much, Linda! 🙂

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cocococococococococococococococococococococococococococococococococococococococococococococococo

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There, that is out of the way. Just wanted to make a whole line of ‘co’ to see what it would look like. 🙂

It’s actually Friday afternoon here when I’m typing this part. I need a nap. But, I keep trying to think of something with the ‘co’ letters. Should it be like co-operate? should it be like co-conspiritor (whatever that is, and however you spell it – not gonna look it up), or should it be like cocoa, or coconut?

How about confuse, confused, confusing? I know … pro and con!

Well, time for a break 🙂

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Okay, now it’s Saturday morning. Time to think of more ‘co’ things.

The doves outside are always cooing. Sometimes they are on top of the house and I can hear them really good through our vent in the stove hood thing. I guess the outlet pipe is right by where they sit and coo to each other.

How about Coca-Cola? I like to drink a Coke sometimes, but have started drinking the sugar free kind called Zevia, made with the sweetener Stevia plant. It’s good.

And now I’m coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs with all this thinking about ‘co’. Wish I had a cookie!

Wishing y’all a completely contented weekend! 🙂

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© 2019 BS

Flower of the Day – Purple Salvia

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Flower of the Day – Purple Salvia

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These are medium tall flowers, with the petals going up the stalk. They are deep purple to blue in color, with some green leaves below.

Salvia is also called the Seers or Diviners Sage.

From Wiki:

Salvia divinorum (also known as sage of the diviners, ska maría pastora, seer’s sage, yerba de la pastora or simply salvia) is a plant species with transient psychoactive properties when its leaves are consumed by chewing, smoking or as a tea.[2] The leaves contain opioid-like compounds that induce hallucinations.[3]

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – August 17, 2019 – Dahlias

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