Carolina on My Mind

I love the close up pictures!

Tammie Rogers

In my last post I mentioned how I strive to take photos of our “backyard” birds in their most natural setting. However, it’s been winter and the local birds that stick around have been taking advantage of the food we have provided at feeders. This results in photos of birds in a less than natural setting. That doesn’t detract from the beauty of the birds.

This next group of photos was taken at the feeder. Yes, I do try to crop the unnatural parts away when possible, but it isn’t always an option.

When the photo is taken in a more natural location, it is usually more appealing to me.

Some species, like the Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Goldfinch tend to perch in branches and therefore present themselves as…

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FTWT – Hubert Writes for the Glory

A thoughtful contribution to Simply 6! It made me stop and think about perspective! Thanks for participating!

Very Important Stuff Here

“Yesterday was Tuesday, I think. That means it has to be Wednesday. Which means the day after will be Thursday, but if I close my eyes for a second it will be Tuesday again. Then Wednesday. Then the month will be over. Then the year.

Yesterday I was in high school. Now today I have 2 or 3 kids and they all look like me. They each have their own personalities, but are still young enough to see me as their father, a symbol, something above. But tomorrow they will be gone. Hardly a phone call. They will have their own lives.

Naturally, I want to slow things down a bit. But at the same time, it’s nice that things run on a thread. At least I’m not immortal. At least things don’t drag on and on. But I wish what little time I had had more meaning. I wish…

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Gathering Dark: Book Review


Gathering Dark by Candice Fox is a fast paced, keeps-you-guessing, suspense thriller featuring a main character who has been put into the worst scenario possible and who is now trying to deal with it and get her life back. Then the other main character is a cop who is also put in a bad situation, but her situation just keeps getting worse.  

Blair was going to be a new mother when she was convicted of murdering her neighbor.  
Jessica is the cop who put Blair away ten years ago for the murder. Now, Jessica is being questioned by her coworkers but also begins questioning herself in Blair’s murder case. Had she jumped for a conviction without really looking at the evidence? Is she just looking for false clues to make herself feel justified? There are many other players in both women’s lives and some of them are more powerful than others. With each new chapter you are brought closer to these women, but your understanding of the truth gets more skewed. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was a slow read at the beginning trying to organize who is who, as the chapters alternate between Blair and Jessica. Although the plot seems somewhat predictable, the author has thrown in enough loops to make you question who is really at fault here. I would recommend this book to readers who like reading about the twists and turns of truth and suspense.   

Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge 3/02/21

Hysterical morning conversation that I think we all have, at least quietly in our heads! Thanks for the contribution!


Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 3/02/21 by Stine Writing

Hold Up There Paco!

As I came down the stairs randomly chatting I stopped in my tracks as I reached the table. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I saw my dog Bruno seated at the table eyes so baggy I was surprised they were not touching the table.

Before I could take in what I was seeing I heard him say.Whoa! Do not say another word. Do I look like I have had my coffee yet? No, I have not. It is still dripping into the pot.

You can talk again once I have my coffee in a cup and I have had my first sip. Hmm, we better make that after my second sip.

Why? I have no idea what kinda of stupidity you are going to hit me with first thing in the morning. I…

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6 Minute Poem – Retired and Adrift

A great poem many people can relate to I am sure! Thanks for the contribution!

Sillyfrog's Blog



Of all the things I’ve lost,

I find myself misplaced and tossed.

The days and dates are fluid now

Adrift in time and space, but how?

Retired days are rows of clones,

A daily curse of aching bones.

I’m much confused but understand

The heavens are not human planned.

Although I waver ’bout my place,

I’ll wear no doubts upon my face.

[Created in 6 minutes.]

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Instinct Prevails

Jim’s contribution this week to Simply 6! It made me laugh out loud!

A Unique Title For Me

Wrinkles knew that he had no chance of ever catching that squirrel, but he couldn’t help from chasing it.  When it ran under the chain link fence, Wrinkles had a full head of steam going and he slammed into it, smashing up his face.  He did not need any more problems in his life, as last week he got flees and those buggers chewed the heck out of his hide.  He looked into the mirror and he thinks that he may now have pink eye, or should that be pink eyes, because both of his eyes were itching and they looked pink.  Wrinkles was aware that Friday was his birthday and he hoped to be back on the gravy train real soon.

Written for Stine Writing – Poetry, Positivity, and Connecting!, Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Simply 6 Minutes

There is always something new to learn each week. Thanks for the contribution

The Sound of One Hand Typing

I never saw the movie If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, the 1969 comedy starring Ian McShane and Suzanne Pleshette. IMDb says it’s “The humorous adventures of a group of American tourists taking an eighteen-day guided bus tour of nine European countries.” I remember movies from that era, such as The Magic Christian with Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr and The Party with Sellers and Claudine Longet, and they were crazy, and now, of course, I want to see them worse than anything and am wondering where I could find them. I know Turner Classic Movies has The Party and probably the others, but is there a single place that has them all?

The reason I want to see the oversexed crap from the ’60’s and ’70’s is that, compared to the oversexed crap Hollywood is producing these days, the older stuff is practically Cannes material. At least…

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