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FOWC – Address

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FOWC – Address

FOWC with Fandango — Address

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Today, Fandango’s One Word Challenge prompt is ‘address’.

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These are a couple of my address books (green corrugated with a bear on the front – first page of the book & showing alphabet tabs – yellow book with pink flowers on front)

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We’ve moved in the past so many times that we’ve had lots of addresses to our houses. I can’t even remember them all. Except, I do still have some old address books in which I wrote down our own address, plus lots of others I needed to remember. It’s kind of fun looking back at them, and thinking about the houses we lived in, and what city or country we were living in at the time.

One fun thing I do once in awhile is look up our address on that Google street map thing. That’s interesting to see ours, and others we know, and their house and neighborhood.

Sometimes I’ll put in our address, and choose a city I’ve never been to. There are, believe it or not, people living at our same address in far off places. I can see houses and streets, and the address is sometimes a store or building site. It’s fun, but sort of creepy too, that with the technology available that we can even do this. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘the spy in the sky’. I guess it’s from some up in space satellite taking pictures all the time.

I’ve even seen the people with the company taking the street view photos right here on our street across from our house. They have their truck well marked, and are out there with their cameras taking photos in all directions.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Flower of the Day – Berry Rosy

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Flower of the Day – Berry Rosy

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A large yellow rose, some red berries, a white carnation, and some green leaves makes a nice arrangement.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – December 12, 2019 – Poinsettia

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Two Souls: Into the Fire # 238

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 238

Warning … adult content

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TWO SOULS: INTO THE FIRE

# 238

warning…adult content

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Linda sat down by Ghost, and hugged him close. “Oh, Ghost…I don’t know what to say. I wish my brother wouldn’t act like that.” She could feel him still crying, so she rubbed his back, and kissed his head. “Go ahead and let it out. It’s okay.” She rocked back and forth, humming a soft song…one she sang to the kids at night. She could tell that he was calming down, the tension easing from him.

She wasn’t thinking consciously about anything, but some thoughts didn’t have to be taken out and examined. Ghost innately heard them. He whispered just barely loud enough for Linda to hear. “I love him…that’s why I stay.”

She was surprised he’d picked up on her unvoiced thoughts, but only said, “I know you do, and I know he loves you…it’s just, why?” She shook her head. “Why does he get so angry, so fast?”

Ghost sat up and looked into her eyes. “Because that’s all he knew. It happened to him the same way, and…and he’s better, now. He tries so hard to learn another way. I show him all the time…love…that’s all…all these years. Some of the old ways are still in there and it’s like a scar. It heals, but it’s still remembered…maybe forever.” He sighed.

Linda had never heard anything like that before. It made sense, now. “I know he’s better, but you shouldn’t have to live in fear of him losing control at any moment. It’s not right,” she said. “Is he still seeing that counselor?”

“No, I don’t ever see him go anymore,” Ghost said, shaking his head.

“Well…I’m going to suggest that he does. Therapy isn’t a one time deal. It takes work, and I believe it will benefit him, and you…well, all of us, if he continues to go.”

“I know.” Ghost said.

They sat there in the shade of the truck, for awhile, waiting for Steve to return. “I’m getting us a bottle of water from the cooler,” Linda said, getting up. Ghost got up to help.

“When he gets back, he’ll probably apologize to you, and he’ll be sorry he acted the way he did. I’m sure it’s a pattern, right?” Linda asked.

“Um-hmm, all the time,” Ghost said.

“Do you know what you’ll say to him?”

“No, I never know what I’m gonna say ahead of time. It just comes out when I say it, and that gets him mad sometimes, too.”

“That’s what I thought,” Linda said. “Here, go give this water to the kids, and make them sit in the shade awhile.” She looked off down the highway. “I think I see him coming down the road. I want to talk to him first.”

“Okay,” Ghost said, as he took the water bottles from her.

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Steve pulled the car up into the parking area. He could see Ghost over by the kids, and saw Linda waiting on him, by the U-Haul. He knew she was going to give him another lecture. Shutting the car’s engine off, he just sat there for a minute. He’d tried to figure out what he was going to say to Ghost, and now Linda was waiting to hear what he had to say. He rubbed his hands over his face…wishing this day was done, already. Getting out, he walked over to face Linda.

“Well, did you get it?” she asked.

“Yeah, the clerk had it behind the counter,” he said. “Look, Linda, I’m sorry I blew up earlier. I know I shouldn’t have…I just wasn’t thinking straight.”

Linda was just looking at him. Then she said, “Steve, I was going to yell at you, and probably give you what for, but…well, something Ghost said hit home. I’m still not okay with you talking like that to Ghost, but I can see why you did. Not because Ghost messes up…we all do…but  because of what our dad put us through…you especially. He yelled, and threatened, and beat us. That’s what you learned, that it was how you dealt with things. It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now, and it’s up to you to break the pattern of abuse. Steve…you love Ghost. You don’t want to hurt him, and he loves you, but there’s only so much a person can take.” She sighed, hoping she was getting through to him.

“I’m giving you this advice, Steve. Do something about it. I know you’re trying, but I suggest you continue to see your counselor, to keep working on it, before it’s too late.” She stopped for a minute, giving her words time to sink in. Steve was nodding his head, like he understood what she was saying.

“Do you really understand how serious and important it is?”

“Yes, I do, Linda, and I promise I’ll try harder. I have to.” He looked down at the ground. ” I know I shouldn’t, but I do sometimes take for granted that Ghost will always be here with me…now…except at the same time, I’m so afraid he’ll leave me, again…and Linda, I’d die if he ever does. I mean that.” He brushed away tears.

“I know, I know…” Linda said, hugging him tight. “Now, go to him and make it right. You’ve hurt him so many times already, you can never be sure when it will be the one time too many.”

Steve took a deep breath, and looked over toward Ghost. He was standing in the sunshine, eyes closed, and his head thrown back. The breeze was blowing his long strands of hair around, and he was smiling. the kids were doing the same, and they all turned slowly around and around, with their arms stretched out.

Steve caught his breath. This was Ghost…as one with the elements…and he wanted him. He whispered, “Ghost…” and as he watched, Ghost stopped turning, and looked at him, those sky blue eyes, seeing into his heart…knowing his love and lust. He walked slowly over to Steve, took his hand, and led him to the far side of the truck.

Steve started to make his apologies, but Ghost silenced him with a long, deep kiss. There was no need for words. All was right, again. They spent a few more minutes with each other, vowing to continue, when they got to the motel, later on. They heard Linda corralling the kids, getting them ready to get in the car, so they came back around to see if she needed help.

She looked over at the both of them, and could tell they would be alright. “Everything okay?” she asked.

Steve smiled, “Yeah, we’re good,” he said. Ghost just looked dreamy eyed.

“Then let’s get going,” Linda said, as she settled Stevie and Mandy into the car.

“We’ve got about two-hundred miles to go, before we can find a motel for the night. It’s pretty much a straight line down the road, so it shouldn’t be a problem.” They pulled back out onto the highway.

In Linda’s car, she had put on a kid’s movie for them to watch on the little DVD player, and they did watch for a little while, but soon both were asleep. She followed the U-Haul at a steady pace, and wondered what Steve and Ghost were talking about.

They weren’t discussing deep thoughts, just commenting on the passing scenery. Then, Steve remembered what started the whole mess back there, in the first place. He’d wanted Ghost to call Kinsey.

“Hey, you still want to call Kinsey,” he asked.

“Oh, yeah, I could I guess,” Ghost said. He reached for the phone. Steve had put it on the seat between them. Thinking for a minute, to remember how to dial Kinsey’s number, he then punched it in. After a few rings, Kinsey answered.

“Steve…Ghost…what’s up? Where are y’all?” Kinsey asked.

Ghost was smiling. “Hey, Kinsey, it’s me. We’re driving in a U-Haul,” he said.

“Oh, where are you…are you on your way home?”

“Yep, and we’re staying at a motel tonight, and …hey, Steve, did we do the border thing yet?”

“Yeah, about fifty miles ago,” Steve said.

“Kinsey, we did the border thing…huh? What border? Um…California, and what was next, Steve? Oh, Arizona. What? Oh, yeah, everything is going good. We stopped a few times, and I lost the phone, but Steve found it at that little store. Did you see my cat? Is he okay?” Ghost asked.

“Yes, Spirit is having a good time with Zach and Trevor. Don’t worry about him,” Kinsey said.

“That’s good, and we’ll be home soon, I think,” Ghost said. “Oh, Steve said three days.”

“I’ll see y’all then,” Kinsey said. They disconnected.

Everything sounds good at home, then?” Steve asked.

“Yeah, all good.”

Steve turned on the radio, found a station that faded in and out a bit, but sang along to whatever song they played. So did Ghost, at least for a few minutes, but his eyes kept shutting, and soon he nodded off. Steve kept singing along for awhile, seeing the desert scenery go by. He liked it, but missed the woods of home. As it began to turn into twilight, he was more than ready to get to their stopping place, find a motel, and fall into bed with Ghost. Only about fifty more miles, he thought.

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Next part coming soon!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 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 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.

Christmas Memory # 7 – Whirlwind Eve

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Christmas Memory # 7 – Whirlwind Eve Click to view

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For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

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I’ll call this one Whirlwind Eve. That’s because it was Christmas Eve, and I was in a whirlwind of activity.

When you’re still just kind of starting out, trying to make everything festive at Christmas is sometimes not all that easy. We didn’t have much money back then, but still wanted to get gifts for everyone in the family, and some for our friends.

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The mister only got paid at his job on Christmas Eve, so after he came home, we’d have to go do all our shopping then. It was always a race to get it all done before the stores closed for the evening. There weren’t any 24 hours open stores back then. They might have stayed open until six or eight o’clock; I’m not sure.

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Let’s see – back then everyone bought everyone in the family something, and also for any friends. I’m pretty sure there were 20 in all. We had to budget only $100 for it all, including wrapping paper and things like tape and tags and bows. Our gifts had to be $5 or less. All had to be done within an hour or so.

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Then we had to go home, wrap it all up, and get ready to go to our friend’s family gathering, of which we were always a part of. It was fun, though, and we’d make it in time. We wouldn’t get back home until midnight or later, then get up early on Christmas morning to go to my family’s houses (Mom’s for gifts and Grandma’s for lunch and more gifts)

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These kind of whirlwind Christmas Eve & Christmas mornings were the usual, even up to when we had our own girls. But then we moved far away, and we’d have our own little celebrations for the holidays with the four of us. It was quite a bit different, but wonderful anyway. We did miss the earlier kind of days, and now remember them fondly.

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little pictures from Free Clip Art

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Color Your World – Denim

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Color Your World – Denim denim color your world photo challenge badge

Color your World: Denim

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Today’s CYW has the color Denim as the topic. Thanks, Jennifer (of Tourmaline) for hosting this fun colorful challenge.

The photos show:

  • Denim art (word inside flower shape with stripes & petals)
  • Denim color sample
  • Denim facts – Hue family = blue, Year introduced 1993
  • Denim Crayola Crayon
  • Skeleton driving a Denim colored car
  • Denim colored car wash brushes
  • My painting of tiny dog in Denim blue jeans pocket
  • R2D2 robot with Denim accents

 

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Flower of the Day – Sparkly Poinsettia

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Flower of the Day – Sparkly Poinsettia

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This is a red poinsettia flower/plant with green leaves. It has been sprayed with gold glitter, making it very festive.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – December 11, 2019 – Poinsettia

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Christmas Memory # 6 – Follow the Clues

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Christmas Memory # 6 – Follow the Clues Click to view

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For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

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We may have done this one more than one time, but the one for today was a lot of fun.

It was quite a few years ago, when we decided to make a game of finding our Christmas presents. We’d hid them, then wrote out clues to follow until we’d find the gift. The clues would say something like – take 10 steps forward – turn right at the doorway – go down the steps, and so forth. There would be a lot of clues that had us going all over the house and garage.

This one we called the Catholic Casserole Christmas.

Now, we are not Catholic, but there is a store in town that sells religious items, and is run by the Catholics. I think it was called ‘Brother John’s’, and has all kinds of beautiful things to buy, which we did sometimes.

Way back in the store they had a little eating place, where you could eat lunch, or have coffee or tea or a dessert. It was a nice little area with a few tables and a short menu. One of the best was a casserole dish. It may have been a King Ranch Casserole. You could eat there, or you could buy a full pan of it – frozen – to take home and heat up for later.

That’s what we did, for my daughter’s present. We hid it in the freezer out in the garage. The clues she followed eventually led her to the hidden casserole. It was her favorite, and she was so happy to get it.

It was a fun kind of game to play, and we all had to search for our gifts that year.

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Do you have any fun traditions at Christmas time? 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 Bs

Christmas Memory # 5 – Odd Gifts

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Christmas Memory # 5 – Odd Gifts Click to view

 

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For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

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Have you ever gotten a sort of strange gift from someone for your Christmas present? I’ve had a few like that.

Once, when I was a kid, I was expecting some kind of toy I guess, but what I got was a set of suitcases. They were a set of three – large, medium, and a smaller one for maybe make-up things. They were made of hard plastic (?) material, and blue.

If I’d been older, and did a lot of traveling I might have appreciated them then, but it would be a long time until I ever traveled anywhere. I did use them though, at that much later time.

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I don’t know if women still use portable hair dryers on their curler rolled hair or not, but I did many years ago. This was actually a pretty good gift at the time, but still was odd. It was a large egg-shaped portable hair dryer that had a fold out neck with a hood you sit under. It was supposed to be like being at the beauty salon using their hair dryers.

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Now, these were pretty odd, I think. I got electric saws. Yes, the kind you cut wood with. I’d at some point mentioned I liked the big plywood cut out shapes for Christmas that people put out in the yard for decoration. It would be fun to make some and paint them. That’s all. So what did I get? A hand held kind of jig-saw that I had no idea how to use. We didn’t have any wood to cut, either.

Then the next year, I got another one. Only this one was a big jig-saw that you had to bolt onto a work table. Still didn’t know how to use one, or even wanted to by then. We did check prices on plywood – pretty expensive, so didn’t get any. The mister tried using the saw on some small wood pieces, and that didn’t work very well. So, here we are with two saws nobody uses. Here’s the one on the work table – it’s still there after many years.

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Anyway, I’m sure there have been other odd gifts I’ve gotten over the years. How about you?

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Flower of the Day – Reindeer & Rose Buds

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Flower of the Day – Reindeer & Rose Buds

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These ceramic reindeer hold little rose plants with red buds. The reindeer include a bright red one, a gray one, and a white one.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – December 9, 2019 – Holly Berries

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS