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Take Me To The Sea

Take me to the sea, let the water wash away my tears, let the salt heal my wounds and let the warmth of the sun encompass my soul.© ~Mac

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Animals

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“Take Me To The Sea©” by SBDMB (MM)

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Unlimited Possibilities

“Unlike a fountain that circulates the same water in an enclosed, perpetually recycling system, a human being circulates thoughts in an unlimited reservoir of self. Don’t limit yourself to being a mere fountain when you contain an ocean.”~Vera Nazarian

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Made by Human Beings

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©Flowing Fountain by SBDMB (MM)

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Between The Lines

“Don’t focus on the words I write,
pay attention to the ones I don’t.
These lines won’t tell you much about me,
try to read in between these lines.”
― Anjum Choudhary

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©Lines by SBDMB (MM)

 

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Geometric

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Where’s The Caboose?

Where’s The Caboose?

This train sits all alone outside, never more in use.

Its’ tracks don’t go anywhere, and where is its caboose?

It must be such a lonesome life, box cars it does lack.

This train sits all alone outside, on a single piece of track.

Where’s The Caboose© by SBDMB (MM)

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Trains/Tracks

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©The Lone Train by SBDMB (MM)

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Some Say It Southern

Came across this great sign the other day. As a transplant to the South I’m still learning to translate some of the sayings, and man is there a bunch! Often things are stated with quite a fiery passion and other times just good ol’ southern charm. So, in an effort to understand better, I recently came across a great piece written by another “Yankee” transplant to the South. Thought I’d share a snippet of hers and some more Southern sayings, below. I hope you enjoy and maybe get a giggle or two! 

“Translating Southern Sayings”

by- Copyright ©2015 Stephanie Henkel

As a transplanted Yankee living in the South, I am often surprised and amazed by the colorful Southern things I hear. Of course, there are the good old standbys we all know and love, like “y’all” and “down yonder.” But the richness of Southern speech goes far beyond one or two-word expressions and there’s a Southern expression for every occasion.

While their images and colloquialisms tickle the funny bone, Southern expressions usually convey exactly what the speaker intended. No one can mistake the intent and meaning of “I’m going to jerk a knot in your tail!” On the other hand, there are some Southernisms that it might take a Yankee like me years to figure out without a translator.

Whether you are from another part of the country or from another country altogether, I hope you enjoy this collection of Southern sayings.

Southern Expressions We Couldn’t Do Without:

  • Y’all.
  • All y’all.
  • Down yonder.
  • Bless your pea-pickin’ little heart!
  • Kiss my go-to-hell.
  • I wouldn’t walk across the street to piss on him if he was on fire.
  • If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay under the porch.
  • Why so sad? Did Chevrolet stop makin’ trucks?
  • Deep in the South where sushi is still called bait.
  • He’s about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
  • That sticks in your throat like a hair in a biscuit.
  • You’re so fulla s**t your eyes are brown.
  • He was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs.
  • He couldn’t carry a tune if he had a bucket with a lid on it.”

What is a saying that might be more common to your part of the country or world that others would find interesting, funny or hard to understand? Share in the comments!

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In The Kitchen

“There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.” ~Thomas Wolfe

I love this statement. But, honestly, I hate cooking! When I first got married, at the young age of 18, I had never had to take care of daily cooking. My mom really hadn’t prepared me. Thankfully, my hubby had a mom who taught all four of her boys how to cook as well as she did. Bless her, otherwise, we may have starved. I could burn a pot of instant rice…seriously!

Over the years my cooking has improved, substantially. Between early lessons from hubby and my wonderful mother-in-law, and lots of imput later from my Gram, I have come a long way. And while baking is my favorite, I just never have come to really love to cook. It’s not that I can’t, I have some pretty tasty recipes up my sleeve, I just don’t like to!

So, in walks hubby. He is quite amazing as a cook and doesn’t mind [it]. We have come up with an ebb and flow that works for us (unless we are both exausted, then thank goodness for take-out). I will come up with meal plans, we split the cooking and whomever doesn’t cook, cleans the kitchen. I do a lot of cleaning up the kitchen…and eating. 😉

The kids have also had cooking lessons from both of us, as I refuse to have them reliant on anyone to cook for them. They both have learned to enjoy cooking and baking immensly. I am often surprised by the talent. My daughter often will bake recipes from scratch that I didn’t do until into my adulthood, and with no help. It’s actually quite incredible!

What about you, do you like to cook or bake? What about a fave recipe? 

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©Plastic Cooking Spoons by SBDMB (MM)

 

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Plastic

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Thank The Bridge

“It is a good habit to thank always the bridge which takes you to the other side or to mention the name of the bridge or to take the photo of it or to repair it if you can! In short, do something good for those who do goodness for you!” ~Mehmet Murat ildan

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Looking Through A Window

(Traveling over a bridge, photo taken through the front car window.)

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©Bridge Through A Window by SBDMB (MM)

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One More Oasis

“Lovers dream of one more embrace.
One more kiss.
One act of love, no matter how small.
For in loving, lover and beloved
emptied themselves.
Now,
they look for their oasis
like men engulfed in flames.
Even filled to the brim,
they will never satiate.
For they continue to leak, these
cracked vessels.
How else did love seep through?”
― Kamand Kojouri

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Rocks

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©One More Oasis by SBDMB (MM)

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Sides Of The Sea

“There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to live by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace its audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands…” ~Cecelia Ahern

It always amazes me how beautiful the ocean can be at one moment and how angry and aggressive it can turn the next. Nothing more surprising and sad than to realize the destruction from these horrific storms that come out of the water. Really a “Jekyll and Hyde” of characters is hidden within the sea.

By now most people are aware of this huge hurricane name “Matthew” that has and continues to devastate thee Atlantic. From Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas, now headed for The States. Florida soon to be hit by a Category 3 to 4, many evacuated or in evacuation mode. Truly a scary event and the worst to hit since 2005.

Living on the coastline of South Carolina, our family has been in preparation for the past few days. Buying water, non-perishable foods, filling gas and propane tanks, as well as buying batteries. Today Hubby and Son have worked on getting the hurricane shutters in place and all lawn items have been moved indoors. They will soon be helping a neighbor do the same.

Thankfully we are outside thee evacuation zones that have been set for our area. These zones are due to not just one’s proximity to the ocean, but also the sea level. We are prayerful that by the time it gets to our area on Saturday it will be a “Category 2” or even less. Next will just be to ‘hunker down’ and perhaps some family board games or movie marathons (if we don’t lose power).

So much unpredictability, such is the way of weather and the sea.

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“Sea Surf” ©SBDMB

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Liquid

 

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A’Round’ The Town

“Patterns exist in our seemingly patternless lives, and the most common pattern is the circle.”~Dean Koontz, Deeply Odd

Spent some time out and about the neighborhood today. It was a great chance for me to grab some photos for two challenges I wanted to participate in. I decided that I’d combine them into one piece. I used my iPhone 6Plus camera and Corel PaintShop Pro for editing. I’d welcome some feedback!

Cee’s Compose Yourself: Black & White Post Editing

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Circles & Curves

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“Round Acorns”

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Black & White~Greens

 

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“Round Pumpkins”

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Black & White~Orange

 

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“Yellow Round Flowers”

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Black & White~Yellows

 

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“Reds Round Flowers”

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Black & White~Reds

 

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“Round Mushrooms”

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Black & White~White

 

 

 

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