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Happy first day of Spring! There’s not a whole lot of things that you can count on these days, but you can always count on spring coming around. I think it’s fantastic that one of the first flowers to bloom after a long, dreary winter is the bright, yellow, happy daffodil.

Spring is all about splashes of color. I love color. That’s why I love this baby, spotted elephant that I spotted at South of the Border in Dillon, South Carolina. He wanted to come home with me, but I had to say, “No. You’re too big to fit in the car.” And besides, I couldn’t take him from his home because if you go to, South of the Border, you can always count on spotting a spotted elephant! South of the Border, is filled with oodles of silly, photo opportunities, not just for kids. Just be sure you have a camera, a camera with a charged battery or at least your battery charger.

When I arrived at South of the Border, I couldn’t wait to get out of the car and start shooting. But, after about five pictures, my battery died. I forgot to charge it and I forgot the charger. So, I had to resort to shopping and eating. If you want to see the baby, spotted elephant and lots of other curious things, check it out. This year they are celebrating their 60th anniversary! South Of The Border ~ America’s Favorite Highway Oasis

Now for a… News Flash! Sunscribe Publishers has launched! Please check out the debut issue of their newsletter here,http://bit.ly/PGRHss . It’s filled with goodies! And take a moment to hop over to their website for more information on this newly launched, forward focused publisher, Sunscribe™ | Forward Focused™.  Congratulations, Sunscribe!!!

Oh, before I go, if you like trees like I like trees, check out my most recent article in the Fort Mill Times,There go the trees – and the neighborhood | Brain Flurries | Fort Mill Times.

Thanks for stopping by and spending a few moments from your time bank with me!  Until next time, I’m off to see what I can spot on this first day of spring!

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It’s the last Word Wednesday of 2013!  Enjoy the December fun!

ubiquitous:  existing or being everywhere at the same time (bread, cake and cookies at my house this month)

clatter: a rattling sound (listen for it on your roof on December 25th)

huggermugger: chaotic secrecy (people frantically hiding presents and forgetting where they put what.)

Word Wednesday is early this month because of  World Kindness Day!

claque: a group hired to applaud at a performance.  (I’ve been a claque and didn’t know it.)

gad: to be constantly active without specific purpose ( Hmmm…What are Christmas shoppers?)

kind: Everyone should know this, just checking to see if you are paying attention.

Here I am. I made it to Word Wednesday with a few hours to spare!  I hope you’re still out there!

schism:  a split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief. (i.e. I’ll leave this one up to your imagination, but I know what I’m thinking..ten letters, first letter W or G)

mellifluous: (of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear. (i.e.  Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, people on THE VOICE, my husband but definitely NOT me.)

fractious: tending to be troublesome (i.e. the “voice” at the self check-out that keeps asking me to remove the last item from my bag)

ImageOkay. I’m going live. After my first post, which seems like ages ago, I’m back. And today is the perfect day because it’s… National Relaxation Day. So kick off your shoes, socks, flip-flops or whatever and hang out a few moments. I’ll tell you about the pic.  Yesterday my column in the local paper, the Fort Mill Times came out and there was reference to today being National Relaxation Day. My husband was driving home last night at eleven o’clock and saw someone changing the letters on an advertising board outside McHale’s, a local pub. He said it looked like the word, relax. This morning we drove by and this is what we found!  I’m thinking someone read my column!!!   I think that’s very cool.  Check out this link where you can read it too.  http://www.fortmilltimes.com/2013/08/12/2883778/ok-lets-cel-e-brate.html

Okay, one more thing and then you should go and RELAX. I belong to this FANTABULOUS writer’s group. Unfortunately, I missed the meeting last week but they did a wonderful exercise. I’m posting two quite different results of what I came up with. I won’t tell you what the rules and guidelines were. You will have to hop over to Joan Edward’s totally ADDICTIVE blog and look here….http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/15-words-to-prove-that-you-are-unique-writing-exercise/    Then you can do the exercise, too.

Here are mine.  Have fun!  Till next month.

#1

“I’m telling you. It was a MONSTER.  I saw it.  And its tongue was as long as a daschund.”

“OK. Calm down. You’re a spirited ten-year-old sapling. Do you really expect a newscaster to broadcast your story?”

This guy was making me mad. If only I had muscle, I’d stuff him in a barrel and roll him down a long, slippery slope.  What was that word mom used all the time? In-cred-u-lous. Yes, that ‘s what this man was.

“Look, Mister. If I had a camera I could’ve taken a photograph. The monster was in the post office annex.   I’m ten. I know a monster when I see one. “

“Alright. Indulge me. Take me to the  scene so I can evaluate the situation. Let’s see if I can unveil one piece of monster evidence.  Until then, I wouldn’t advertise the fact that you think you saw a monster. “

#2

It was a tongue. He was sure.  But why was he having such a hard time taking the photograph.  He’d seen worse things before in his career.

He wondered if it was slippery.  Or if it had muscle?  Did they say they found it at the Post Office annex?

“Oh great” he thought.  “Here comes that spirited, incredulous sapling who thinks she’s going to unveil the motive behind this crime? “

“I should have been a newscaster like mom wanted me to.” He mumbled.

Maybe he needed to sit down and evaluate his life. The nagging voice in his head had him over a barrel.  He didn’t want to advertise it, but keeping his true identity a secret was wearing on him.  Maybe he just needed to indulge himself and skip town for a long vacation.