Travel Theme: Frames

This week, I’m trying to write a post everyday, since I’m trying to participate on the National Blog Writting Month. Lately all my posts have been either flash fiction written in reponse to writing challenges, or photos posted in response to Photo Challenges.

Yesterday I posted a text, so today I’m shooting for a picture.

And today’s picture is in response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge: Frame.


This beach that’s being framed is Hollywood beach, in Florida, where we mat my parents last April to go on a cruise together, departing from Fort Lauderdale. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this wall with a window and the beach beyond it, being framed by the window.


The Opening Day (continuation to The Closing Night)

The public was ecstasy and applauded him for about 30 minutes, waiting for him to come back and take a bow.

He never got to hear the applause, though, as his last trick was to vanish from the stage, reappearing on a nice little boat off the coast of Indonesia.

That’s what he wanted for his life now. To find enchantment on places he has never been, where people go to him for the person he was, not for magic tricks.

The boat came to a resort, with all of the commodities he would ask for. The place was gorgeous and that morning was stunning. He was able to lay down on the beach and relax with the thought that he had all the time of the world to do whatever he pleased, including nothing at all, like a spoiled house cat.

Now this is living the life of Riley.

This post was written in response to this week’s Monday’s Finish the Story challenge, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. The sentence provided this week is  Now this is living the life of Riley, which I chose to use as the ending sentence, rather than the first onsw, although it would still work okay-ish at the beginning.

I also took the liberty to be inspired by 2 pictures, the one provided:

but also one that would better fit my intention to update people on the whereabouts of Aluin, my magical guy from The Closing Night:lifeofriley


To read other stories written in response to the same prompt, click the blue frog below:

50: Good morning, day!


Waves breaking at the shore, sun starting to shine low in the horizon, a breeze blowing lightly and fresh.
She stands, watching the waves and feeling the sand between her toes.
The sand feels cold. A bigger wave makes the water find its way to her ankles.
Good morning, day!


written in (late, actually post due date) response to the Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty

Wanderings from the past week

Last week I was on vacation in California. The hotel we stayed in was in Newport Beach, but we also visited Disneyland, San Diego and Santa Monica.

And walked a lot!!!!

I did not track the walks, except by one, but I was always wearing my fitbit, which can give you guys an idea of how much walking was done.

Fitbit sets a standard goal (that we can change, but I never bothered to do so) of 10,000 steps a day, for a 70,000 steps weekly.

On the days of my trip, which were Friday to Friday, so 8 days, I walked a total of 108,922 steps!

I was under 10,000 only once, on March 31st, when I did ‘only’ 9351.

The one walk I tracked, was the only ‘official’ walk, that I did with the hotel people, who organizes daily 3-mile walks to a state park that goes along the beach. The hotel is at the top of a hill, so the walk had a big elevation change.

Here’s the details and pictures of that one walk:


But in spite of all the walk, I’m still much heavier than I’d like to be, and walking consistently helps me lose weight. So today I went for a log lunch time walk.

I did 4.33 miles, in 1 hour 13 minutes, with an average pace of 17:10.

Travel Theme: Bright

I’m just about (in a couple of days, actually) to hop on a plane to go to a much brighter place at this time of the year, so if this theme came next week I’d sure have fresh-from-the-camera pictures to post.

But I’m still here, so I’ll be using some old pictures from previous travels.

Daddy and baby at the beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sun reflecting at the water, Maui, HI, USA

Bright colored tulip on a bright day, Mount Vernon, WA, USA

This post was written in response to Travel Theme: Bright