The Photo Shoot

Word Of The Day: Cheater, Futility, Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Disposable, Mischief,  K.L Caley weekly #writephoto prompt Arrowslit, JusJoJan 19, 2023, Complaint

Walking through the ruins with my husband I was in awe of the peacefulness there. I couldn’t get enough shots of them with my camera. I was still learning how to use all of the settings. What a good time I was having with each picture I took. Hubby chuckled at me saying I was just taking the same images over and over.

Gary just thought the disposable instant camera he clung to was sufficient to record our day. I hated to say it, but I told him he was using a cheater camera that didn’t require any talent. LOL Gary was usually such an easy person to get along with, but for some reason this day he just had one complaint after another. Too many pictures, it’s dark inside of here, I am ready to leave, when is lunch?

Trying to explain how the light in each of my shots was different due to the tunnels and the reflection of the water proved to be an exercise in futility. He just didn’t get it. Have you ever wondered if someone doesn’t get it, or if they don’t want to get it? I was beginning to think I should have gone on my little photo shoot alone.

We finally rounded the last corner of the ruins. It was certainly a breathtaking site. I looked at the love of my life and he had a look of pure mischief about him. I looked back at the ruins and before I was a lovely little table set with china and crystal and the most scrumptious looking luncheon. What a wonderful surprise.

As we sat down to enjoy our meal, he confided in me that he thought that I was taking so long taking pictures that our lunch was going to be spoiled.

I miss this man every day. I lost him suddenly on August 16th, 2016. He was good and kind and…ok just a bit annoying and could drive me crazy, but we knew we had each other’s back and I thank God every day for him being in my life.

“One-Liner Wednesday” & Jus Jo Jan


Jus Jo Jan 4, 2023

  • C Carry on when others quit.
  • O Overcome your doubts.
  • U Uphold your principles.
  • R Repent your misdeeds.
  • A Always remember to be joyful.
  • G Give thanks and praise to God.
  • E Examine your motives that they are true.

One Liner Wednesday Jan 4, 2023 – Courage

Courage means that you do what is right even if it is unpopular.

JusJoJan Catch Up

January 3 – Solo (Dar @

January 4 – One Liner Wednesday & Jus Jo Jan Courage

January 5 – Cancer (Lauren @

January 6 – Sweet (Ritu Bhathal @

January 7 – SoCS & Jus Jo Jan

January 8 – Friendship (JezzieG @

January 9 – Endurance (Destiny @

January 10 – Periwinkle (Maggie@

As I was packing up my house getting ready to move to North Carolina I came across an old friend’s grandmother’s dishes. When she and her ex divorced she asked me to hold onto them until she had room for them. We have enjoyed a friendship since we were in high school. Unfortunately, her ex telling her he had remained friends with my husband and I, we lost touch. I had missed her so much but had no idea where she had gone. Dottie is my one daughters god mother.

Well after I found the dishes I decided to see if her sister was still in the next town over and give her a call. To my surprise she was and she was happy to give me Dottie’s number so I could give her a call. I did and it was like we had just talked on the phone the day before. I was so happy since I had missed her over the years.

After we moved to North Carolina we made plans to head to Florida to deliver my sweet friends dishes. I met her husband and we have spent so much time together ever since. They travelled through my neck of the woods heading up to Pennsylvania for the various family events they attended.

Dottie and Frank stopped the last time they drove down to let me know her sister that was living with them had been diagnosed with cancer. I felt terrible. I had gotten to know all of her family over the years. I always feel helpless when someone you love is dealing with such a situations. I wanted so much to help Dottie, but all I could do was to listen when she needed to talk.

In 2016 after losing my husband I began making the trek to Florida solo. I have gone down to see them quite often. As a matter of fact, when Frank became very ill, I stayed with them for almost 4 months taking care of Frank. Dottie was still working at Disney so she needed a hand. As Frank’s endurance improved he needed less and less help from me. That was the year I really got into photography and posted a lot of the pictures on my blogs. Maybe some of you remember that.

One of the funniest things I remember from my stay in Florida that year was when Dottie wanted to get new drapes for her living room. Frank asked her what was wrong with the ones they had. Dottie looked at Frank and told him they were old and out dated. Oh! Frank said I guess you want the periwinkle ones you saw last week. Well Dottie and I looked at each other and we both started laughing out loud. Dottie said to Frank, “I didn’t know you knew what periwinkle was.” At that he replied, ” Of course I do it’s that stretchy material made from periwinkle.” Dottie said to Frank while laughing hysterically with tears streaming down her face “you mean polyester?” Frank looked at me hoping I could help him out and all I could do was laugh. So Frank just said polyester/periwinkle it’s the same thing.

I See Stars

Daily Prompt Jus Jo Jan the 2nd 2023 – Constellation by willowdot21

I am not much of a star gazer, but I do appreciate the beauty of the lighted night sky. I don’t have the ability to actually see the definition of even the Big Dipper as my depth perception is somewhat distorted. I don’t really know if that has anything to do with it, or if my mind just can’t see the vague outlines of stars creating a picture.

At any rate I discovered a Constellation I can wrap my head around and thoroughly enjoy. When I was researching cocktail recipes few years ago for a social event, I found this recipe for a Constellation.

Mixed Drink Recipe from Cocktail Builder


1/2 oz of Advocaat Liqueur
1/2 oz of Cherry Advocaat Liqueur (or blackcurrant flavored liqueur)
1/2 oz of Butterscotch Schnapps
1 dash of Blue Curacao Liqueur

Pour both normal advokaat and cherry advokaat in shot glass at same time, beside each other. Add butterscotch schnappes. Then add dash of blue curacao. There should be no set layers, it should be a mix of colors.


Happy New Year!

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 1st, 2023

Today is for reflecting on the past year and planning for the new year. For remembering the good times and the not so good times, family and friends lost and those that remain, for honestly assessing the choices we made and the outcomes those choices merited, and deciding if we want to repeat them or change them. If we are brutally honest with ourselves, we know that we go through life repeating the same choices over and over and over again with the same outcomes as a result. But still each year we come up with our ideas of what will make us better. Our New Years’ Resolutions.

I have come up with a few for myself this year. They are:

Take care of my soul, mind and body.

Treat everyone with respect and kindness.

Work hard and always do my best.

Develop more patience with others and myself.

Remember to do what I love.

I know that I am destined to fail at times, I am human, but instead of those lofty resolutions of my youth, I just want to be the child of God He wants me to be.

What are your resolutions for 2023?

Blessings to all and a Very Happy New Year!