The Swamp Fairy

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It was a warm morning in November the first time I saw the swamp fairy.  The fog curled around the tops of the trees and the autumn breeze smelled of fragrant flowers, even though the early frost had killed all the wild flowers.  I inhaled the intoxicating fragrance and peered into the dense foliage near the road.  It was a lovely peaceful morning.

I was out for my regular morning walk.  I had taken the narrow back road behind Blackberry Ridge where I lived.  This morning I could hear the chirping of birds, as tiny bugs hatched on the warm autumn wind, buzzed about my head.  I saw something darting about in the underbrush.  At first I thought it was a bird.   Whatever it was it made a pleasant humming sound.  The humming had a mystical quality to it.

My heart started to beat faster as I approached the bushes.  I could barely see her she was so tiny and brown.  She blended right into the dead and frost browned leaves hanging from the branches.  I did try to get a photo. She is there in the picture above, that bit of brown in amongst the branches.

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Here is a close up image of a swamp fairy.  She is the easiest to see in the autumn, the local people tell me, because the swamp looses the density of the leaves and vines which grow in abundance in the spring and summer months.  I guess they turn color too, depending on the season, for their own protection.

It is good luck if you see one.  The swamp fairies have special powers I am told.  I asked a few of my neighbors if they could tell me more about the little fairies.  Everyone laughed and suggested that I talk to Hilda McFarland, and old widow lady that lives at the end of the road.

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I have to go around the edge of the swamp to get to her house.  I took a photo of the swamp where the fairies live year round so I could share their habitat.

Tomorrow I will go and see Hilda McFarland to find out more about these illusive swamp fairies.

Have you ever seen a fairy?

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Thanks for checking in with me today.  I will see again tomorrow and let you know what I find out.

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Photography 101–Treasures in Nature

Photography 101 asks:

“Show us an image that represents a treasure to you.

Tip: Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.”

I had an interesting walk this morning.  It was very warm, almost 70 degrees F. and the fog had lifted from the ground.  Everything was wet and dewy.  Here are some images that I consider treasures.

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This is an image of some pale green lichen growing on the tree branches that were blown off in yesterday’s storm.

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This is the tree that the lichen came from.  See the pale green lichen on the trunk of the tree?  It faces north so never gets direct sunlight from this direction.

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I love the mixed images of the dead leaves (brown) and the live leaves (green) in this close up.

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This is a close up of a fence post. I liked the green foliage in the foreground and the starkness of the winter swamp in the background.

Nature shows me many treasures.  What may seem dead and brown at first can be truly beautiful if you look at its simple beauty.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I look forward to seeing you again!

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Weekly Goals for 11/23/14-11/29/14

In concert with Dorne, and her blog, Write Dorne, Putting Life Into Words, we have decided that we are going to define our writing goals and ambitions in a weekly blog post.  Both of us are interested in getting some of our work published.  Between us, we thought  that if we make our desires public, we would better support each other in achieving our goals.  If you are inclined to join us feel free and ping back to our posts for additional support.

Here were my goals for last week:

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1.  I did organize some of my recipe posts into my menu.  I need to reassess the need for this.  Done and  UNCOMPLETED.

2.  Submit a poem to a literary journal this week.  Done.  I actually submitted my short story called, “The Spider’s Lair,” to Bodega Magazine.  I also had a poem called, “Suspicion,”  featured on PoetrySoup.com’s home page this week.

3.  I did not walk each day and commune with nature. I will continue that goal into this week.  UNCOMPLETED.  Between the weather and my cold I fell short of my goal.

4.  Write for two hours each day – then stop.  Done.

5.  Allow 2 hours a day for emails and reading blog posts – no more!  UNCOMPLETED. 

This weeks goals:

1. Decide if it is necessary to add any more categories to your menu.  If not, move on and delete this goal.

2.  Submit a poem to a literary journal this week.

3.  Walk each day and commune with nature.

4.  Step away from the keyboard this week. With the holiday coming you need some time off. 

5.  Keep working on the 2 hour a day limit on reading and commenting on blog posts.

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Thanks for letting me share my goals with you!  I will see you all again!

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Gratitude Sunday–What Are you Grateful For This Week?

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Colline from Colline’s Blog, hosts a weekly Gratitude Project challenge that I really enjoy participating in.  This post helps to ground me and reassess myself each week.  It is exhilarating!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner which should leave everyone excited in the anticipation of a fine meal.  In addition, we should explore as a family what we are grateful for, now and as a reflection of the past year.  I try to look for the small things because they seem to always add up to the big things in the end for me.

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Image Credit: Alka Seltzer Cold Meds)

This week, I am grateful for medicine!

I have succumbed to some silly virus bug and I have responded well to the Alka Seltzer Cold tablets.  This got me to thinking about how easy it was for me to obtain some relief from feeling sick.  How many people in the world do not even have access to medicine or health facilities for illnesses much worse than my cold?

I thought of all kinds of horrible diseases that ravage the people of our planet and I felt humble.  I suddenly felt much better and decided it was time to get busy and meet my goals for this week!

What are you grateful for this week?

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Thanks for stopping by to visit.  I found the 20 Ways to Practice Gratitude on Pinterest.  If the image is too small to read, please click here to see the image.

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Pixel Prose Challenge–The Storm is Approaching

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I know it is Sunday when it is time for Amanda’s Pixel Prose Challenge.  Here is my contribution for this week:

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The Storm is approaching

I can hear its roar -

waves smashing against the shore.

Dredging the sands of time in tow,

as mournful winds howl and moan

scattering the rain drops far below.

Deep thunder rumbles

echoes in the dark autumn sky,

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communion on high.

A crescendo of nature

in land and sea –

mighty reminders of

the powers that be.

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Just the other day it was 26 degrees F. in the morning.  Today it is a balmy 65 degrees F. with a forecast of thunderstorms, high winds, and possible tornadoes.  You never have a dull weather moment in Florida.

Thanks for visiting me on this stormy day.  I can’t wait to see you all again!

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SoCS–“In” -spiration

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Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt this week was all about using the prefix “in,” any way we thought possible.  Inspiration came to my mind first… then infidel.  Crazy word combination so I am going with inspiration!

There are many types of inspiration:  holiday, writing, reading, clothes, decorating, etc.  I just want to concentrate on the act of inspiration and how to stay inspired.

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Inspiration is something that you must cultivate and grow if you want it to work for you.  Yes, we all have flashes of inspiration, although some people do not have a creative streak in them, and find inspiration a difficult craft.  The whole idea is to find ways to feed your creativity which then leads you to become inspired to do whatever you want to do.

I go to Pinterest often to find inspiration.  If you have not checked out what they have to offer you should.  Type in inspiration and be prepared to be taken on a wild ride of inspiration bliss!

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Thanks for listening to me ramble today.  I am a bit under the weather, even though I look forward to seeing you all again!

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Maya Angelou–For Lisa

Happy BLOGIVERSARY Lisa!  Who, from her blog, “The Rebirth of Lisa,” asked her loyal readers to take part in a celebration where we share our favorite quotes from the great Maya Angelou, Lisa’s favorite poet.

Have a joyous day Lisa! I am so glad I found your wonderful blog!  In honor of your day, I am sharing my favorite quote from Maya Angelou which is some sage advice, indeed!  <3

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I look forward to reading more of your writing.  You have the right attitude!

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure and check out Lisa’s fabulous challenge!

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Photography 101–Landscapes

Photography 101 shares with us today:

“Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.”

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This is a photo of the U. S. Navy’s Helicopter Training Field that I walk past each day on my walks.  This is right behind our house.  This is the far end of the field.

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Here is another view of the same field.  The field stretches on and on.  I love how vast this scene appears.

Thank you for coming to see how I am today.  I always look forward to our visits!

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Have I Become Invisible?

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I recently read an article entitled, “5 Reasons to Enjoy Being an Old, Invisible Woman,” by Kristine Holmgren, dated November 17, 2014; featured on Next Avenue, a PBS website.

I got a good laugh at the title of the article and then it got me to thinking – hard. Just because I am an older woman with silver hair have I become invisible?

Sometimes people do look at me differently, like the guy in the pharmacy last week who told me he has no idea what color his wife’s hair really is. Why he said this I have no idea other than to draw reference to the color of my own hair. This had nothing to do with the prescription he was filling, so I am not sure how to take that – barb or compliment?

This author goes on to say that on her 50th birthday something earth shattering happened to her. She felt like she grew old and invisible. Suddenly, people ignored her and they quit responding to her. She even lost the attention of men! Holy crap that is serious!

However, Kristine Holmgren goes on to say that age has advantages while living in the shadows with an invisibility cloak draped around her shoulders. I tend to agree, because frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn what most people think of me anymore. I feel like Popeye, “I yam’s who I yam’s!”

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These are my top five reasons why I enjoy being older:

1. People ask my advice now.

When I was younger, most people did not think I had enough experience at life to voice an opinion. Little did they know that I had already had enough excitement in my life while being married twice, raising five kids, and going to college in between all of the chaos life brings. Now that I am older everybody wants to know what I think. “The older I get, the less I know,” is usually my answer.

2. I now have the freedom to be myself and wear what I choose.

Young women today have unbelievable standards to live up to. Everyone judges each other on the way they raise their children, the clothes they wear, and how youthful they look.

On the television show, “Modern Family,” I had to chuckle at how the women are always beautiful, wearing full makeup, hair and nails done, all while they are cleaning their homes or cooking a Thanksgiving turkey. Hollywood is such a fantasy.  No wonder women have image issues.

In comparison, I am sitting here in my nightshirt and bathrobe drinking coffee and writing this blog post. No makeup, no fancy clothes. Judge me if you want, but I feel good. I am not out to impress anyone. My normal clothes in the summer are a tank top and shorts, while in the winter I wear yoga pants and a tank top, with maybe a sweater. Comfort becomes a priority when you get older. Embrace this and take advantage of it.

3. I can say what I think.

When I was younger I had to learn to get along in the working world. Most of the time, women tend to hold themselves back and not say what they think for fear of being judged. I know I did that. Part of this is because of male and female perceptions of women working that still tend to bog us down. It is better than it was when I was young, but those damaging perceptions still hang around today. Give yourselves a break. Husbands and wives have to work now to survive and raise their families. Don’t add any more pressure than what is already there.

So, as you can see I say what I think now that I am older. No longer do I get eye-daggers thrown at me. Instead, I find that most people respect my honesty and appreciate that I (tastefully) said what was on my mind. That is a great feeling. Try it.

4. I have not lost my “personal mojo.”

Unlike the author, Kristine Holmgren, I do not feel like I have lost the attention of the opposite sex or anyone for that matter. Our female aura is uniquely and personally ours. If you choose to portray yourself as an old woman – that will come through to others and that is how you will be viewed. I choose to be seen as a nice person with experience. It is not all about your looks. It is how you carry yourself and how you speak. I listen to other people too. Respect toward others is vital to how other people view you.

5. I spend my time doing the things I love.

I have a huge list of things that I love: Spending time with my husband, kids, and grand kids, blogging, reading, writing, gardening, crocheting, walking in nature, playing with my dogs, drinking tea, drinking wine, etc.

You get where I am going with this. The best part about getting older is finding the time to do all the things you wanted to do when you were younger, but instead put off because of all the other obligations you had in life.

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Embrace life. Look for the good in people and learn to be grateful for the little things. Do what makes you feel happy. Learn to find peace with becoming older. It is not as bad as it sounds.

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Thanks for visiting today.  I sure enjoyed seeing all of you!

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Last Calls for a Speculative Fiction Anthology

Silver Threading:

Great information here! 📖

Originally posted on Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors:

Wanted to take a minute and share this here in case there were any interested speculative fiction authors.

The Ink Slinger’s League is sponsoring a speculative fiction anthology in time for the holidays and we need your stories! If you write:

  • Horror
  • Paranormal
  • Sci-Fi
  • Fantasy

Or any mix of the genres, then we’d love to have a story from you.

To submit:

Mail your story(s) that are between 1,000 – 10,000 wordsto Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com by November 30th with a bio, author photo, website/twitter/facebook links, synopsis of at least one novel and buy links for that novel. It doesn’t matter if the story has been published before, so long as you have the rights to it. Stories do NOT need to have a holiday theme, though if you feel so inclined let the spirit move you. Authors may submit up to TWO stories for inclusion.

Stories can be adult subject matter…

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