Single Shot Monday: Sideways Trunk…

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Last week, I zipped around Lake Ontario to visit writer friend, Keziah Fenton. We were meeting at one of her favorite haunts at Niagara Falls — Dufferin Islands. Let’s just say I can’t believe I lived in the Niagara Region for 11 years, and did not know about Dufferin Islands. Mostly, I ran up and down the Niagara Parkway. Anything that was on the Niagara Parkway — and there was a lot, including the falls — was thoroughly traveled. The rest of Niagara Falls, not so much.

Clearly that was an oversight on my part.

Dufferin Islands will be visited again and again.

I didn’t get a lot of clicks this time, as the conversation was flowing hot and heavy between us. The G-Man was sent out to shoot as much as he could. I’ll be sharing some of his shots here later. Thank you, Mr. G.

This image has a subtle beauty. What caught my eye was the crop of yellow-green branches growing out of the sideways trunk. The water is actually moving and the bright, little, red leaves are rushing along.

Do not go to Niagara Falls without visiting Dufferin Islands. The end.

Hover and click.

Autumn is in full swing here. I’m trying to drink in as much of it as I can.

And Monday rushes in sideways.


Close Shot Friday 073

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Hover and click, baby.

Hover and click.

I can’t emphasize that enough.

It’s all about pops of color this week.

I had to wade into this tree to get this shot.

Autumn is in full swing in my neck of Canadaland. And in a few other necks, too.

I am totally blissed-out on autumn.

Are you blissed-out on autumn, too?

This week is a rush.

A rush and a crush.

It’s cuh-razy, man.


TGIF, baby.

You know what to do. Meet you in the bar in 3…2…1…

I am so ready.


I’m Stuck At P Is For Pumpkin…

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I can’t get enough of these babies.

‘Tis the season.

I am neck deep in Scrivener II — advanced Scrivener — this week.

This be a blog quickie.

Hover and click.

You know you want to.

Let’s just eat pie for Hump Day.

Pie cures everything.

Pumpkin Pie.

With whipped cream.

I have a thing about whipped cream since visiting the Land of Lincoln.

Don’t ask.


Close Shot Friday 072

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Hover and click.

When you are surrounded by corn, best to embrace it.

I embrace the corn.

On every walk in the Land of Lincoln, I could hear rustling in the corn.

It might have been the breeze.

Then again, it might not.

Early in the morning, before decaffeine, it felt like being corn-stalked.

Rustling of the Corn.

LOL Sister said it was most likely deer.

That’s because she would like me to come back next year.

I’m thinking Tim Burton corn.

Maybe even Stephen King corn.

And I’m more like candy corn.

Just sayin’.

Really. I’m just kidding.


It was a thing of beauty, all that corn.

Here be Friday of the long Thanksgiving weekend in Canadaland. I can hardly wrap my two morning brain cells around that. We’re breaking with tradition and foregoing the turkey extravaganza. We’re going to chillax. We’re going to take the Super Techlet and the G-Pup to commune with nature. A fresh apple fritter might be involved. A Starbucks, too. Hello, City Girl!



Pick some apples.

Visit the corn.

TGIF, baby.

You know what to do. Meet you in the bar in 3…2…1…


Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian mates!

Back in the Land of Lincoln…

Meanwhile, back in the Land of Lincoln.

Just over the Indiana border.

Past the Village of St. Joseph.

If you hit Champaign/Urbana, you’ve gone too far.

Out in the corn and soybean fields sits the Dairy Barn in Sidney, Illinois. Population about 1200.

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Let me just say right up front I’ve never been a big fan of soft serve.

Actually, ice cream isn’t my dessert of choice.

After a visit to LOL Sister in September, I have to amend that statement.

I’ve never been a big fan of soft serve, but I’m a big fan of the lemon soft serve I had at Sidney Dairy Barn.

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We hit this place just before noon. It wasn’t even open yet. We waited.

Soft serve for lunch. Who’s with me?

I understand there is always a line of an evening during the season. As in, the place is hopping.

I looked at the board. It was Saturday. The featured flavor for the week was lemon. Worked for me.

Because I love lemon. Lemonade. Lemon tart. Lemon meringue pie. Lemon squares. Lemon chicken. As a kid, I used to suck on lemons sprinkled with salt. Freak girl.

Staff opened the window promptly at noon, and I placed my order. We all had lemon. I ordered the small, but thought about ordering the kiddie cone. Two tongue-swipes in and I wished I had ordered the equivalent of a venti or trenta. You Starbuck folk know what I’m talking about.

It was the best soft serve I have ever had. Somewhere between ice cream and custard. Soft and smooth. Lemon, but not tart. That lemon had been mellowed out. It was in the zone. Mellow, baby. And just a hint of sweet. Even the cone had a flavor, and it wasn’t the cardboard flavor I’m accustomed to. It was a little vanilla here, a touch of I-have-no-idea there.

How I managed not to get a shot of this lemon deliciousness, I do not know. It was gone before I could even whip my not-so-smart-phone out of my back pocket. Licks fingers. Smacks lips.

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Seriously cute. I need that cow. There is a nice, empty space in my office over the garage just waiting for that cow. If that cow goes missing, Sidney Dairy Barn, it wasn’t me. I swears.

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Could I please have a ride in this Moo Mobile? Please, with lemon soft serve on it?

Here be Hump Day.


P.S. If I’m on that route again, Sidney Dairy Barn, I’ll be back…checking out the featured flavor. Count on it.