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Just Jot It January # 28 – Television

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Just Jot It January # 28 – Television

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 28th, 2020

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The prompt word for today is ‘television’, and it’s the one I suggested!

Thanks so much, Linda, for the mention, and for hosting this fun challenge each year.

Visit Linda G. Hill’s blog to see other entries, at the above link.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 28th, 2020, is “television.” Use the word “television” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

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Okay, here’s a funny thing – On Just Jot It January last year, the prompt for January 19, 2019 was ‘television’. 🙂

Here’s my post from then, where I mostly talked about our cat watching a cat video on the TV! Sadly, we don’t have our indoor cats this year.

https://wp.me/p3RE1e-6Kv

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I would say I don’t really watch much TV. It’s on all the time, and my computer desk is right beside it, so I look over once in awhile. The mister is the one who watches shows.

I am too restless to just sit and stare at the TV. I have to be doing something else at the same time, such as typing my blogs, and reading others. Or I have a book I’m reading at the same time.

What I can’t stand is the commercials. They are so annoying.

We don’t really watch movies, and I think we have Netflix, but don’t understand how to use it, so don’t ever see anything with that either.

Mostly we have on the old sit-coms re-runs.

We watch some of the local news in the morning, and the Jeopardy game show in the afternoon – while doing other things.

Anyway, that’s my take on watching TV.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

 

Flower of the Day – Puffball

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Flower of the Day – Puffball

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Yes, this is a Dandelion puffball. We have a few of them in our yard, along with some pretty yellow Dandelion flowers. These puffballs are the seeds that fly through the air and land to make more flowers.

Some say you can blow on them to make a wish. 🙂

This photo shows a white puffball on a stem, with green grass as background.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – January 28, 2020 – Grape Hyacinth

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Share Your World Combo

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Share Your World Combo

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https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/01/20/share-your-world-1-20-20/

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This is a combo SYW from last week and this week.

I’d like to thank Melanie for always coming up with interesting questions! Click the link above to see more. 🙂

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Where do you get your news?

We watch the TV news – local, and a few minutes of national.

What ‘old person’ thing do you do?

Everything I do is ‘old person’ because I am one.

When was the coldest you’ve ever been?   The warmest?

Coldest – 2015 Blizzard, Warmest – when our A/C unit went out in the TX summertime.

Do you eat food that’s past its expiration date if it still smells and looks fine?

No, I don’t eat expired food. Even if it is not expired, if it looks or smells funny I throw it out.

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https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/01/27/share-your-world-1-27-2020/

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What age would you like to live to?

Whenever … but my soul will live on.

2.  What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

Where all the stuff I know I have but can’t find goes off to. Sometimes they come back, though.

3.  Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

I’m sure it does.

4.  What outdoor activity haven’t you tried, but would like to?

I don’t, nor have I ever enjoyed outdoor activities. Well, this will never happen, but I’d like to walk in the woods.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

January Squares # 27 & Just Jot It January – Dazzling Sunlight

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January Squares # 27 & Just Jot It January – Dazzling Sunlight

Immersed in Liquid-Light

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

This month’s theme is “_____ light”.

We try to find & photograph anything with a word ending in light.

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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I took this photo today at about 11:35 a. m. with my camera pointed straight up at the sun. It was so bright and dazzling, I didn’t know if the picture even turned out, but this is what I got. The white hot sunlight throwing rays of light through the bare branches of our tree, all against the clear blue sky.

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“Get Together”, by the Youngbloods

“…We are but a moment’s sunlight … ”

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This is also for the Just Jot It January challenge.

Just Jot It January # 27 – Dazzle

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 27th, 2020

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Today’s prompt comes to us compliments of Debbie. Thank you so much, Debbie!

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 27th, 2020, is “dazzle.” Use the word “dazzle” any way you’d like. Have fun!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Flower of the Day – Rosy

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Flower of the Day – Rosy

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Here’s a nice little clear bowl with a couple of red roses and green leaves.

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“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – January 27, 2020 – Tulip

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Two Souls: Into the Fire # 258

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 258

Warning … adult content

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TWO SOULS: INTO THE FIRE

# 258

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Steve continued driving down I-40, heading for Oklahoma City. Ghost napped, and Linda was keeping up, following them. The first fast food place Steve saw, he pulled in. Linda and the kids pulled up beside him, in the parking lot of a McDonald’s. Stevie and Mandy were excited that this one had a play yard, and as soon as they were allowed, they made a beeline for it. Pretty soon, Linda had to call them over to eat their breakfast.

As they sat there at the table, Steve laid out the next phase of the trip. “I want to avoid going down the middle of the city. This here road, or highway, or whatever it’s called that we’re on…”

“Interstate…” Ghost said, interrupting.

“Interstate, yeah…anyway,” Steve said, “it goes around the city, mostly, and comes out this exit to keep going. That’s what we’ll do. He showed Linda on the map. “We may get separated a little, but just stay on 40 and you’ll see me, after we get out in the open again. I’ll pull over.

Linda nodded, “Yes, I think I’ve got it.”

They finished eating, and Linda let the kids play for a few more minutes. As they watched, Steve said, “I figure we’ve got a few hundred miles in us today. It’s still early, and I’m hoping to make it most of the way through Arkansas.”

“With a couple of stops?” Linda asked.

“Yeah, and then we can stay the night in Little Rock.” He showed her where that was, on the map.

Ghost leaned in to take a look, running his finger across the Interstate line Steve had highlighted. Then, he stopped, making a circle around a town called Ozark. It was not too far past the Oklahoma border. Then he followed the line farther past Little Rock, and stopped at another town, Forrest City. They both were just off the I-40 highway.

“What’cha looking for?” Steve asked.

Ghost didn’t answer for a minute, just kept concentrating on those two towns. “We have to stop at these places, Steve.”

“Huh…why? There’s nothing there we need to stop for, and they’re barely even big enough to be on the map,” Steve said, shaking his head.

Ghost looked up. “I have to.”

Steve could tell he was serious about it. “What is it, Ghost? Why these towns? I mean, we’ll probably need gas and all anyway, but what’s the deal with these?”

Shrugging, Ghost said, “I have to find something.” He pointed, again, to the two towns. “It’s there…and…there.” They looked to be several hundred miles apart.

“Find what?” Linda asked. “Have you ever been to these places?”

“No, but there’s something. I don’t know what it is, but I can feel it drawing me to them. It’s mine, and I have to get it. It’s been waiting a long time,” Ghost said. He was getting that far-away look in his eyes, that Steve knew so well. The look that he knew Ghost was seeing things…visions of something, something important, and he’d be telling some fantastic story any second now.

Normally, Steve loved hearing Ghost’s stories, and loved that Ghost could do this, but not right now. They needed to get going, again. “Ok, so we stop at these towns. Then what?” Steve asked, trying to derail the story a bit.

“Hmm?”

“Listen, Ghost, we need to get back on the road. I don’t know what it is you need to find, but we can make a quick stop, if you want to.” He looked over at Linda. “Okay with you?”

“Uh, sure…I wouldn’t mind. We could get out and stretch our legs, I guess,” Linda said.

Sighing, Steve said, “Then we’ll stop. For now, let’s just get back on the road.” He got up from the table, while Linda went to get the kids from the play yard.

“It is important, Steve.”

“I know.”

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They were finally all back in the truck and van, and were heading east, again, to find something…something that was calling to Ghost. Steve kept trying to find a good radio station to listen to. Ghost was leaning his head back on the seat, but he wasn’t asleep. He wasn’t looking at the passing scenery, either. He was seeing something, though, Steve knew.

“You want to talk about it?” he asked.

“Hmm?” Ghost murmured.

“Talk – about – it? About what it is that you’re supposed to find,” Steve said.

“Oh, I don’t know what it is,” Ghost said.

Steve sighed. “This isn’t some wild goose chase is it?” he said, instantly regretting saying that, figuring Ghost would start talking about chasing geese, now.

“No, I’m not gonna talk about geese, Steve. I know what you mean, but I can’t explain it. I don’t know what it is I’m supposed to find, but I’ll know it’s the right thing, when I see it.” He thought for a minute. “It’s for sale. I have to buy it back, because it used to be mine, or my grandmother’s. It’s telling me to come find it, and bring it back home.” He rubbed his forehead. “It’s making my head hurt.”

“Well, don’t think abut it, then,” Steve said.

Ghost gave him a look. “Right, like I can stop it.”

“Well, why don’t you take a nap. It’s still a long way off.”

“Guess I’ll try,” Ghost said, and tried to get into a more comfortable position.

“Don’t hang your head out the window like that,” Steve said, as Ghost had done exactly that.

“Shh, I can’t sleep with you talking and interrupting,” Ghost said. He didn’t change his position, though.

“Well, don’t get all pissy about it,” Steve said. Ghost didn’t answer, and Steve figured he’d best leave it at that. He changed the radio channels some more, and kept on driving.

As the afternoon continued, the sun beat down on them ever hotter. Steve had gotten tired of listening to the radio; it was mostly advertisements, static, or songs he didn’t like. Ghost was still asleep, slumped over in an awkward position. The window was still rolled down, letting in the hot air, and he saw that Ghost was getting a bit sunburned, now.

“Hey, Ghost, wake up.” He reached over, shaking Ghost until he woke up. “You’re getting all red. Sit up and roll up the window. I’m turning on the air-conditioner.”

“Huh…what?” Ghost could barely say anything, his mouth was so dry. “Dry…need water,” he managed to say, as he shoved himself into a more or less sitting position. He was squinching his eyes against the brightness of the day.

“Roll up the window.” Steve flipped on the A/C which at first blasted hot air on them.

“Aagghh,” Ghost panted, and tried to swallow.

Steve thought of how he’d love to pull over and moisten Ghost’s mouth with his own. “No,” he thought, “I can’t think it right now.” He looked over at Ghost again, relieved Ghost hadn’t heard that thought.

Ghost was coughing and choking, now.

“Ghost, you gonna be okay?” Steve asked, alarmed now.

Ghost shook his head, and gasped. His cheeks were still red, but around his mouth was turning pale, tinged with blue.

“Oh God, hang on, I’m pulling over,” Steve said, as he put on the brakes, grinding to a halt in the gravel on the side of the road. He needed to cool Ghost off quickly, but there wasn’t any water in the U-Haul. Linda had all the drinks in the cooler, in in her van, and she was still about a mile behind them.

With some trouble, as Ghost had somehow slid sideways in the seat, Steve unfastened the seat belt. He aimed the air-conditioner vents toward Ghost’s face. Then, he didn’t know what else to do, until Linda caught up with them. He watched helplessly, as Ghost’s eyes rolled back, and heard his jerky breathing.

“Hurry up, Linda,” he begged.

When he saw her pull over behind the truck, he jumped out, running over and hollering, “Water…cold water…ice…anything…now…”

“What is it?” Linda asked, handing him the key to unlock the back of the van, where the cooler was.

He didn’t answer, just grabbed a bottle of water, and some paper towels. She followed him, to see what was going on.

“Oh my God…he’s had a heat stroke or something.”

Steve wetted the paper towels, and bathed Ghost’s head, face, arms, and chest with the cool water. He tried to get him to take a sip of water.

“Steve, he can’t drink, he’s passed out. Just keep cooling him,” Linda said. She went to get more bottles of water, and to check on the kids.

“C’mon, Ghost, wake up,” Steve kept saying, as he pushed Ghost’s long hair off his forehead and neck, and kept blotting the paper towels on him.

Linda came back, handing Steve another bottle of water. “How is he?”

“Still out. What else can we do?”

“Try your phone. See if you can get a connection. I tried mine and it wasn’t working,” Linda said. “Here let me…” she took the water.

Steve found his phone and tried it. “Dammit, nothing,” he said.

Ghost seemed to be coming around, now.  “Ghost, come on, you’re almost there,” Steve said, hovering over Linda’s shoulder.

“What…why…it’s cold,” Ghost said, pushing Linda’s hand away. “Let me up.”

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Next part coming soon!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 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.

January Squares # 26 – Lighter Light

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January Squares # 26 – Lighter Light

Indecisive Flight

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

This month’s theme is “_____ light”.

We try to find & photograph anything with a word ending in light.

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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This is a disposable lighter flame/light.

It was not easy to take this photo, because keeping the flame burning with my right hand, I had to try to take the picture with my left hand on the phone camera.

Have you ever gone to a concert, and to show your appreciation for the musicians and the songs they play, everyone holds up a lit lighter? I have. It’s pretty cool. But the last ones we attended, instead of lighters, people just held up their phones that were lit up. How times change.

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“Light of Day”, by Joan Jett

 

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Just Jot It January # 26 – Busy

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Just Jot It January # 26 – Busy

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 26th, 2020

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Today’s prompt comes to us compliments of Saumya. Thank you so much, Saumya!

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 26th, 2020, is “busy.” Use the word “busy” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

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Today our prompt word is ‘busy’,

I guess we were a little busy today, as we went out to eat at lunch time, then to the grocery store. But, that’s a normal kind of day, so maybe not that busy.

Busy sounds like Buzzy a little bit. Reminds me of bees buzzing around – bzzzzzzy bee!

Here’s a couple of purple flowers with  bees that I took quite awhile ago. The bees are very busy gathering pollen from the pretty flowers.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

The Quiet Life – Song Lyric Sunday – Duets

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The Quiet Life – Song Lyric Sunday – Duets

 

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The prompt today for SLS is find a song sung by a duet.

Thanks for the prompt today, Jim, and for hosting this weekly musical challenge. You keep it interesting.

Join in, and also see other entries by clicking the link below. It’s fun!

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2020/01/25/i-am-not-here/

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Today we have songs performed by two people in a duet. There are many artists that collaborate like this, and they usually are very good. For mine today, since it’s for duets, I give you a duet of songs by the same couple. Enjoy! 🙂

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Kasey Chambers is one of our favorite singers, and we have several of her albums. She and Shane Nicholson, who she duets with on these songs, were married in 2005, have two children, but separated after eight years.

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In October 2013, the album, “Wreck & Ruin”, won Best Country Album at the 2013 ARIA Awards

“The Quiet Life”, is the second single from Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson’s duet album, “Wreck & Ruin”. Producers are Nash Chambers, Kasey Chambers, and Shane Nicholson. It is on the Liberation Music & Sugar Hill Records labels.

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We could be the talk of the town tonight
Carry home your shoes in the morning light
Or we could just stay here a while
Wrapped up in the quiet life
We could sail away to Tobago
Fly across the Gulf of Mexico
Or we could just stay here a while
Wrapped up in the quiet life
Now and then I’m loving the world again
And I’ll be fine living in the quiet life
We could get a job on the movie screen
Smile on the cover of a magazine
Or we could just be man and wife
Happy in the quiet life
Where the clock don’t move so quick
Where the water don’t make you sick
Traffic don’t keep you up at night
Here in the quiet life
Now and then I’m loving the world again
And I’ll be fine living in the quiet life
Living in the quiet life
Sleeping by a firelight
Maybe I could make you smile
In the quiet life
We could be the talk of the town tonight

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Lyrics found on songisite

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From a Wiki article:

In 2008, Nicholson joined with wife Kasey Chambers for the critically acclaimed Rattlin’ Bones roots/country album, which debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA charts, achieved platinum-plus sales and eventually won an ARIA Award for Best Country release in Australia in 2008 and also receive five Golden Guitar Awards in Australia in 2009.

“Rattlin’ Bones”, by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson.

 

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[Chorus]
Smoke don’t rise, fuel don’t burn
Sun don’t shine no more
Late one night, sorrow come round
Scratching at my door
But I cut my hands and break my back
Draggin’ this bag of stones
Till they bury me down beneath the ground
With the dust and rattlin’ bones

[Verse 1]
Left my home and left my love
Caught on a rusty nail
Devil rose up heavy with gold
My soul’s not for sale
Then a holy man in a house of God
He offered me a book of prayer
But when I left my home and I left my love
Left my faith back there

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Smoke don’t rise, fuel don’t burn
Sun don’t shine no more
Late one night, sorrow come round
Scratchin’ at my door
But I cut my hands and break my back
Draggin’ this bag of stones
Till they bury me down beneath the ground
With the dust and rattlin’ bones

Shut my eyes and hang my head
Darkness makes no sound
Climb it up, bottom there
Earth’s on the way back down
When a sadness falls on the morning bird
Wonder what the day will bring
But I shut my eyes and hang my head
At least that bird can sing

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Smoke don’t rise, fuel don’t burn
Sun don’t shine no more
Late one night, sorrow come round
Scratchin’ at my door
But I cut my hands and break my back
Draggin’ this bag of stones
Till they bury me down beneath the ground
With the dust and rattlin’ bones
Till they bury me down beneath the ground
With the dust and rattlin’ bones

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Lyrics found on Genius Lyrics

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Flower of the Day – Holiday Bouquet

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Flower of the Day – Holiday Bouquet

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This is a Christmas bouquet of a large, dark red rose, some pine cones, and white mums and daisies, all on the branches of an evergreen tree.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – January 26, 2020 – Dahlia with Raindrops

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS