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Thanks for your visit and have a delightful day ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Monday, April 14, 2008

Fun Monday #2 - Double Nickel Challenge

this week's Fun Monday,
and I hope it's okay
to borrow this
graphic ;--)

They're calling it THE DOUBLE NICKEL 5&5 FUN MONDAY Challenge. The rules are simple: FIVE PICTURES - FIVE WORDS PER PICTURE. Any 5 (FIVE) pictures, any subject, and any 5 (FIVE) words to describe and/or explain each picture. CAN YOU DO IT???

This is my 2nd Fun Monday and
I'm giving it my best shot ;--)

Why is this fence here?

Start with your LEFT foot!

It's MY mouse, not yours!

Isn't someone gonna rescue me?

I love you ... marry me!
(Photos from Flickzzz)

Click for more participants this week.

Thought for Today
"Lots of people talk to animals .... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem." Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

Meme Monday #6


In case you missed them previously,
check out these memes and take your pick as a tag from me today ... (or not): Meme of Fours (modified or otherwise), Kind Fives, Make a Wish and/or Message in a Bottle, and/or any of the memes in last Monday's post. Remember to leave a link back to my blog(s) so I can see your posts once they're published and feel free to select any of the awards from my T-13 post last week to enjoy and/or share with others.

I wish to express my gratitude for these
Awards recently bestowed upon
Small Reflections

1. Thanks to Mary of Mary's Writing Nook for this wonderful 'friendship' award!

I'd like to share it with the following bloggers:

1. Joy (The Joy of Six)
2. Sandy (Momisodes)
3. Lucy (Lucy Creates and Diamonds in the Sky)
4. Betty of Betty's This and That
5. Karen (Journey to Authenticity)
6. Yertle (Smile, Play, Dream)
7. Joyce (Mom's Musings)
8. MPJ (A Room of Mama's Own)
9. Hootin' Anni
10. Mo (Gratitude Journal)
11. Eve (Adamswife's)
12. Phyl of Scrappy and Happy in Ohio
13. Tina at Tina's Odds and Ends

2. Betty of Betty's This and That shared this new 'beagle' award last week. I'd like to share it with all those who read and comment regularly here. I appreciate you all so very much!

3. Greatfullivin of Gratitude Journal designated Small Reflections as a 'Blog of Distinction' with this new award and I'll be designating recipients later, but at the moment ... I need to publish this and get myself moving because today is 'Retired Gals Lunch' and I'm looking forward to meeting up with my 'real world' friends in a couple of hours and have things to do first.

To those of you who have given me other awards that I've not yet shared, I'm truly grateful and promise that I'll publish and distribute them soon. Please bear with me while I live my life ;--)

It's Retired Gals lunch today!

A Final Thought for Today

"Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality." Alfred Painter


Joyce said...

Very sweet! I likey, and may join in, too. :)

Anonymous said...

Ahh, these 5's are great. Have a fun Monday!

ChrisB said...

Your five are great~ the cat and mouse one is just so funny!

storyteller said...

Joyce – I’m glad you liked my post today and are thinking about joining in the fun. Be sure to let the ‘host’ at Nekked Lizard Adventures know so your link can be added to the list once your post is up. Please check back here too … because you visited while I was adding ‘awards’ to my Monday post … and there’s some ‘bling’ here for you ;--)

EllenB – Thanks very much. I’ll be having a ‘fun Monday’ in the REAL world and visiting ‘fun Monday posts’ later than usual because my morning is getting away from me and I need to get myself in the shower soon so as not to miss my lunch with other ‘retired’ friends.

ChrisB – That’s my favorite too … thought the puppy with the rose is a close second ;--)

I’m delighted to find your comments already this morning … and I’ll be doing MY blog visiting late today or perhaps tomorrow. Have a marvelous Monday!!!
Hugs and blessings,

Phyl said...

OOOOHHH...I am doing the happy dance! i LOVE this award! oh, and for the record...take your time...remember...blog without guilt...when its not fun anymore, you might quit and i would miss you.

knowing me and my insanity...i will do the double nickle...lol.


Akelamalu said...

That's a great meme, I wish I had more time! Congrats on the awards, well deserved. :)

Alison said...

great fun monday pics and you chose the perfect captions for them...well done!

Molly said...

You are a busy person. You have done a fine job with the pictures and captions. Is this your first Fun Monday adventure? I know that this is the first that I have visited your blog.

Molly said...

Okay, I just read that this is your second time for Fun Monday...Welcome.

Anonymous said...

I like the line before you ended your meme (before the thought for today)...made me smile.

storyteller said...

Phyl – I love the ‘happy dance’ … it’s perfect!!! Have you seen the ‘gratitude dance’ on YouTube? There's a 'link' in the sidebar of my other blog. It’s pretty cool too ;--) I was hoping you’d understand about the ‘time constraints’ and bear with me while I work things through. I just got home a few minutes ago after having a delightful time with my retired friends … returned a few phone calls after feeding Molly and Ms. Kitty. I thought I’d take a few minutes to respond to comments before I take Molly for her afternoon walk (albeit a little later than usual) before I fix a light supper for myself. I’ll check eventually (either tonight or tomorrow) to see what you did with the Fun Friday challenge.

Akelamalu – Thanks … I know exactly how you feel because I’ve thought the same thing a few times after visiting your blog and seeing something ‘fun’ that you’ve done.

Alison – I’m glad you enjoyed them. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else did for this Fun Monday challenge, but may not get to do much visiting until tomorrow.

MJD – Some days are busier than others … and today was busier than most. Yup … it’s my 2nd time playing with the Fun Monday crowd and I loved this challenge. I’ll definitely be over to visit you later tonight or tomorrow for sure.

Zamejias – I’m always happy to generate ‘smiles’ and/or laughter … thanks! ;--)

How fun to find more comments upon arriving home from my adventure in the ‘real’ world today. I love meeting new friends and I appreciate my ‘regulars’ for stopping by in my absence. I hope you all had a day as delightful as mine was!
Hugs and blessings,

Betty said...

Hi Virginia,

I enjoyed your Fun Monday pictures,especially the one of the cat cuddling up to the computer mouse.

Thank you so much for the award. I love it, and it's already on my sidebar. I will post about it later.

Anonymous said...

Well, the first kitty picture got me, then you had the little kitty picture, THEN the puppy picture... what are you trying to do to me! Love them all. Thanks for playing. (not too bad for your 2nd Fun Monday!) :)

BS said...

Isn't Fun Monday FUN ?? Great pictures.

Melanie said...

I loved your pictures for Fun Monday. Very FUN!

And thanks for playing Meme Monday too! Congrats on your awards.

Our Happy Happenings
Livin' With Me

Greatfullivin said...

First, I just love your pictures especially the polar bears. CUTE! Thank you so much for the wonderful award, I just love it! I love being counted as a friend as well. Congrats on all your awards, you deserve them all! Hope you enjoyed lunch! I will get my awards posted later this week. Thanks again and Big Hugs to ya!

Mother of Invention said...

These are so good! Do you google images?

Joy T. said...

Love all the pictures you shared for Fun Monday! I love polar bears so that has to be my favorite but they are all great. Congrats on the awards too!!

storyteller said...

Betty – You’re most welcome … and I’ll be over later to see what you’re up to. I’m glad you enjoyed my 2nd Fun Monday post today.

NekkedLizardLady – Thanks for your kind words. I love Flickzzz for animal photos and this challenge was lots of fun. I wish I’d had time to visit others yesterday, but I’m looking forward to ‘catching up’ today (and perhaps tomorrow as well).

BS – Yez … Fun Monday IS delightful … and I appreciate your visit to mine while I was off playing with friends in the ‘real’ world yesterday.

Melanie – I’ve learned I can do more than one thing when I plan ahead … though some days do have a way of getting away from me. Thanks for leaving the link to your other blog. I enjoyed my visit there ;--)

Greatfullivin – You’re so welcome … and I’m happy to have found YOU in this ‘virtual’ world. I’m glad you enjoyed the ‘fun’ view of polar bears after my more ‘dire’ sharing last week with my ‘Stranded’ post.

Mother of Invention – Actually, I seldom think to use Google, but I have used Photobucket (ever since doing the ‘meme’ of the same name) and I have Flickzzz, Cute Overload Press, and Lolcats ‘n’ Funny Pics in Google Reader … so I use them for photos … but I try to remember to leave a link and a ‘source’ when I share. I’m wondering if I forgot in this post and need to check when I finish responding to comments.

Joy T – Thanks for your visit and kind comment today. I enjoyed following the link back to your blog to see your Fun Monday post too.

I hope you all had a marvelous Monday and are enjoying a terrific Tuesday today!
Hugs and blessings,

Jo Beaufoix said...

You found some gorgeous pics. I love the cat and mouse and the dancing polar bears.

Sayre said...

Oh, how wistful - Won't someone rescue me??? I love your Fives. The elephant started me off laughing!

Jan said...

You found some graat ones for Fun Monday.

Momisodes said...

Those captions are perfect! Very clever and well done :) I love the "start with your left foot." And that poor kitty in the tree!

Thank so much for sharing this lovely award. I will surely add it to Momisodes :)

Hope you're having a lovely week!

Joy Des Jardins said...

Thank you, thank you once again for this sweet award Virginia. (I'm back in business with my sidebar problem.) Those pictures are too adorable....ohhhhhh!

storyteller said...

Jo Beaufoix – The photos are from Flickzzz … and yez there are some AMAZING pictures there!

Sayre – I’m glad you enjoyed them. I had lots of fun creating this post … playing with possibilities.

Jan – Thanks … this was a nifty challenge and everyone came up with such interesting, varied ideas.

Sandy – You’re welcome! We gotta keep the ‘luv’ moving through the Blogosphere right? Feel free to pass any or all of the awards along to others.

Joy – I’m happy to share … and I hope that means your awards are back up where they belong. I’ll try to remember to send the HTML code for these in email soon.

It’s so much fun to find more comments this evening. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you all had a delightful day.
Hugs and blessings,

ShannonW said...

I love the photo of the dog holding the rose.

Karen said...

I just love that Retired Girls image--it makes me smile every time! Thanks for the awards--I'm putting them up now!


storyteller said...

Shannon – Me too!

– You’re welcome. I’ll come see soon.

Thanks to you both for your comments. I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday.
Hugs and blessings,

Tina Coruth said...


I love those photos!! The cat with the mouse really cracked me up and it is sooooo cute!

Congratulations on your awards. Thank you for giving me the wonderful friendship award! :-)


storyteller said...

Tina – Once again … you’re quite welcome and I appreciate all your kind, supportive comments. I’m delighted you’ve enjoyed my posts enough to ‘catch up’ in this manner … so that YOU!
Hugs and blessings,

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