Friday, September 23, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things - Sept. 23


Good day, everyone! It's Friday. A day to take a moment and celebrate the little (or big) things going on in our lives. If you'd like to join in, click on over to our host, Lexa Cain, and sign up. Thanks also to our co-hosts: L.G. Keltner and Tonya Drecker. 

1. The short story is coming along. I'm an over-writer, so I have to take my first draft of 9K words and whittle them down to 6K. Let the chopping begin!




2. Took a kayak trip yesterday on the unusually calm waters of Lake Ontario, launching from Braddock's Bay. Saw clear through to the bottom of the lake (depth at most 6 feet where I was) and huge mansions along the shore (feel sorry for whoever has to clean those puppies). An otter dove off an old concrete pier as I passed (no splash, so he gets a 10).


Image: Tony Sutton


On the way back, a bald eagle flew almost directly over my head.


Image: Brian Scott


Gorgeous weather. I'd have preferred some cloud cover though. The sunlight bouncing on the waves and reflecting on the underside of my hat nearly gave me a migraine. Anyone know where I can buy super-extra-impenetrable dark sunglasses? Or should I just get a welder's helmet and be done with it?




3. Fall! Don't you love fall? Cooler temperatures, brightly colored leaves, Halloween, apples. We had such an intense summer, I'm ready for a change. How about you?

25 comments:

  1. I tend to overwrite my flash fiction so it needs to be cut, but I underwrite my longer works so those needed to be added to.

    Good luck with your story!

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  2. Congratulations on all that progress on your book! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Awesome you're making progress.
    You saw all sorts of wildlife yesterday.

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  4. Oh, I've never seen an otter in the wild. How exciting. He most certainly gets a 10.

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  5. I love fall--it is just starting to turn here on the island but inland the colors are changing. That last photo is just beautiful.

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  6. Beautiful photos! I do love fall, and I would have loved seeing that otter and bald eagle. The welder's helmet comment made me laugh. Good luck with your word chopping!

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  7. You crack me up! Yay for the writing progress and the kayak adventure and thanks for the laughs! I sure hope fall comes to my part of the world soon. I'd love to finally turn off my AC.

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  8. The kayak adventure sounds fantastic. My bucket list includes kayaking down rivers in Canada, but who knows if that will ever happen. Congrats to your short getting so far! As to temperatures, I'm so disappointed that they haven't come down yet. But they have to, sometime.

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  9. Well done on your story... cutting back is always easier than needing flesh out :) And your adventure sounds incredibly fun. Loving your photos.

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  10. How beautiful. If those are recent pictures, it's amazing how much your leaves are changing already. Ours are still emerald green. An eagle is very cool.

    Congrats on your story!!!

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  11. It must have been so lovely to see all the wildlife on your trip. The colours of autumn are amazing. Good luck with the writing and cutting those words.

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  12. Those pictures are so lovely! I love autumn, for so many reasons. For years, I also wanted a pet otter.

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  13. Tamara,
    Sounds like a fun trip! I love otters. Awww! Happy editing.
    Anne from annehiga.com

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  14. Tamara, sounds like a nice venture! I'd like to catch a glimpse of an otter. That had to be cool! I love everything about fall and am so glad its here. It's been a hot and humid summer. Today is felt ever bit like summer still, so I can't wait for the change to happen. We may get a little break this week and that will be nice. Have a good week!

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  15. How exciting to see a bald eagle! And I'm a nut about otters. Well, sea-otters -- the only ones I see when we go to Carmel. Re: the sunglasses, I recently had eye surgery, and I bought a pair of "cocoon" sunglasses for about $50.00. They are large enough to fit over your glasses, if you wear glasses, but you can wear them as is, if don't wear glasses. What's great about the cocoons, is that the cover the vision of the corner of your eyes, they really do protect your eyes.

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  16. Lovely pics - thanks for sharing. The bald eagle brought back some happy memories of visiting Thetis island when in Canada 😊

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  17. I'm an over-writer, too. Here's to chopping down that word count! :)
    I wonder if the bald eagle flying over your head is a sign of good things to come! :)

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