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Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Can I be a Tour Guide to a town I don’t fully know yet?

I’ve lived here a couple of years but know I will never see all this small town has to offer located near Irish Hills.  There are 5 Wineries in the immediate area.  I don’t drink the stuff but love to add wine to my cooking.  Stews, meats, stewed fruit, etc.

I had been wanting to move to this area for over 20 years and now that I have, I can’t afford it and the tourism has really died down.  Between fear of crime or terrorism and easy access to stuff in our virtual world, most don’t leave their homes but for work and school and then scurry back for safety and relaxation.  I really miss crowded tourist spots.  We used to take the kids to Prehistoric Forest, Stagecoach Stop, their favorite, Wamplers Lake, Twin Towers, Walker Tavern to name a few.


Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites Birds

I love birds.  I used to have finches for years in a super huge cage.  I can’t believe I used to take care of them the way I did.  I learned how to trim their claws but left their beaks to the Cuttlebones they always had, no problems with trimming.

Later with children we had parakeets.  Some were so loving and easily trained, just like a member of the family and other times, they were skittish and wanted to bite you if you tried to sit them on your finger.  So much for cheap department store birds.  Always try for the finger tamed well taken care of birds from breeders, they are a lot more expensive but worth it.  Healthier as well.

Birds of Prey, Turkey Vultures to be exact, are very prevalent in my area.  Sometimes you see swarms of them, maybe 30 or more at a time sweeping the skies in formation and then they are gone for a while.


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I purchased a small Christmas tree this year and placed a few small bulbs and black birds as decorations along with a string of battery operated micro LED lights.

Very cool picture appeared when I tried to take a picture of some snow out the window. The lighted trellis behind me reflected in the glass making it appear like a fairy land out in the snow!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene Lake Superior in the Fall

Taken years ago about mid October but it reminded me of a winters day with the cold winds whipping off Lake Superior.  All the tourists gone.  So Serene.

Some of my family trying to keep warm that day.

Daily Prompt: Mushroom

Found some mushrooms in a beautiful Fairy Garden one evening.  Magic Mushrooms I think they call them.

I just happened to saute some button mushrooms in butter yesterday.  I cook them the same day I purchase them so they are fresh and use them in various things such as sauces, soups or even by themselves.  I like adding them to egg drop soup and pumpkin curry soup as well as to my spaghetti sauces.

After knowing supposed mushroom experts that poisoned themselves when using kinds they picked themselves, I leave it to the markets for mine.  I don’t eat mushrooms all the time nor do I eat the wide variety out there.  Sometimes I don’t eat them for years at a time til they catch my fancy again.  Depends on what I plan on cooking and if any fresh are available.

Onions, Mushroom, Zucchini, chick peas, sauteaud in butter with various Mediterranean Spices of your choice sauteed in olive oil.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary Summer

Shed no tear!  O shed no tear!

The flower will bloom another year.

Weep no more!  O weep no more!

Young buds sleep in the root's white core.

John Keats

Even more temporary than the flowers that bloom are the hues of Autumn.

Weekly Photo Challenge & Daily Prompt: Ghoulish & Rounded

Both will pertain to the autumn and Halloween that some celebrate.

I love to decorate for fall adding a few old time Halloween touches throughout, as cheaply as possible of course.  I wait to get my pieces in sales, sometimes from clearance the year before.

We will start out with emphasis on curves such as the altered glass plate from Ikea I hang in front of the lighted trellis.  The roundness of pumpkins, gourds & squash prevalent this time of year and various decorative items.

Now we come to the “good stuff.” The ghoulish or macabre. Not my cup of tea but many like this stuff, especially around Halloween.


One of my sons LOVES Halloween and really goes all out each year.  This is him as the crow and that is his own hair, no wig.  The other videos are some of the special effects that he uses.  Enjoy this very “ghoulish” display if you dare!

Enjoy my PhotoDraw animated slide show for Halloween fun!

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