Travel Photo Challenge Day 1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA – PHOTO BY JONI CAGGIANO

Today I would like to wish all my fantastic blogging friends whom I love and care about a big Happy Holidays!  My fellow friend, blogger and incredibly talented man, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, has nominated me to participate in the “Ten Day Travel Challenge.”  Francisco is a multi-talented poet, musician, photographer and painter.  Please check his work Omnia Caelum . . . Poetry, Art and Music.  I will post one of my travel pictures every day for ten days, beginning with this one today.  I cannot disclose the location where the photo was taken.  

I must nominate others to continue this challenge if they so desire.  Today, for day one, I nominate my good friend, Stuart Aken, whose blog features his beautiful gallery of photography, writings, and close to twenty published books.  I recently wrote a review on his novella, The Methuselah Strain, an amazingly entertaining book; please check out my review on his site and other reviews of his beautiful works.  The participants post ten days of photographs without telling their locations. Remember, it is ten days, ten travel pics, and ten nominations.

78 thoughts on “Travel Photo Challenge Day 1

  1. Thanks for this, Joni. I think! So, ten pictures, one a day for ten days, and ten nominations. I’ll have to work out who to nominate before I start this one, but I should have plenty of pictures to pull the daily post from.

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    1. Oh you are so welcome. I thought of how you have been posting your beautiful photographs for months for others to enjoy and how much they have meant to me and you were my first thought. So hopefully you and I both can come up with people to nominate and we will also meet other photographers. I think I should have included the link of the first person who nominated Francisco too. I will do that when I post today. Thank you for taking this on. I was hoping that this would not be too much for you and could serve as your Covid pictures as well. So ten photographs, (don’t say the location) for ten days and ten different nominees. Also, wow I saw that you had published books I didn’t know about. Your publisher has a full library of books you have written, very impressive my friend. Please give my best to Valerie. Love to you both. Yea!!!!!

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      1. It’s so difficult to know how other bloggers will respond to these sort of events, Joni. As a means of spreading both enjoyment in the world, and increasing exposure for our other activities online, this is probably a worthwhile venture. It costs us nothing but time, which, as we both know, is a ductile dimension.
        Fantastic Books Publishing have put out 7 of my books so far, and they’re looking at another. I’ve also self-published another 6 titles, and had stories published in several anthologies and magazines. Dan, who runs FBP, has a stable of well over 50 authors. So far, I’m his most prolific author, but I’m also probably his oldest!
        I’ll collect the ten nominees I need and then start the posts, but as a separate post from the daily pictures, I think. It’s not a lot of work, after all.
        Keep safe and stay well.

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    1. Thank you so much my dear Bulbul. I am always grateful for your kindness and support. So glad you liked the photograph my friend. Thank you for your sweet comment. Hope you and your family are all well. We have been staying put except for grocery shopping. Hopefully we will all be blessed with a vaccine that works and that life will become more normal. Sending you lots of love Bulbul and hugs. 🤗💕❤️💝Joni

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  2. Oh how fun!!! This is absolutely gorgeous. Serenity. Period. Thank You, Beautiful!!! It will be lovely to adventure with You! And I will definitely check out his blog! Cheers, huge hugs and lots of kisses from the dragon, who all laughed when they saw the shot and said, “OH! We know exactly where she took that picture!!!” 🤣💕☀️💖🤗!

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    1. Oh you always make me smile. Thank you my sweet Katy. I can’t believe the dragons haven’t been by in a few days. Yes they will know the spot. I am guessing they are very busy. UPS and the mail are busy so I imagine you have them delivering all kinds of things for you. Thank you for reading and commenting Katy. You are such a supportive and lovely blessing. Have a great day with your sweet man. Sending love, hugs and please kiss the dragons back. 🤗💕❤️😘🐉🐉🧚🏻🧚🏻🧚🏻🧚🏻🧚🏻💝Joni

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      1. My absolute pleasure, dear Joni!!! You always make me smile as well!!! The dragons are so hyped up on gingerbread and candy canes they really haven’t been that productive, but they’re making us laugh a lot so that’s HUGE! They were overjoyed to receive Your kisses and are on their way to return them in person! 🤣🐉💕 And Thank You! I hope You and Your sweet man have a wonderful day as well! Huge hugs to You!!! 🤗💖🧚🏽💕😊!

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      2. You are so sweet dearest Katy. I can just picture this giant dragon 🐉 maneuvering his big hands/claws to eat a gingerbread cookie and forget about what their stocking must look like. With your gift of writing and art you could do a wonderful children/adult book about the gift giving dragons. I know it would sell. Anyway maybe in your spare time and yes I am kidding I can tell you work very hard. Thank you for sending them back to me I have missed them. They are a real joy, take after you and your man I am sure. Thank you for the hugs I can feel them sending more. 🤗💕❤️🤗🐉🐉🧚🏻🧚‍♀️

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      3. You are the sweetest, dear Joni!!! Thank You for all of this!!! I actually DID write and publish a book for kids….and another that’s more like a kids of all ages book. And a short/true story NOT for kids…and a fourth book for kindof anyone…They were on Amazon for a couple of years. I took them off the market about 6 months ago…but after a crazy sweet talk with a very dear friend who wildly encourages my writing….I just republished them yesterday. 😄 I think we all go through the doubts and strange fits and starts of being painfully shy about our work. Anyway….Your idea is a wonderful one!!! I just may well do that someday!!! But You know….I think You started the whole dragon thing….so if I do….You’ll be roped in to participate!!! 😃 Sending You HUGE hugs and so much Love!!! 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖!!!

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      4. Oh that is so wonderful. I bet they are so well written. Also, the illustrations are amazing I am sure. Yes I do know about second guessing but we have to believe in ourselves. I definitely believe in you. Your amazing. I am going to look your books up after breakfast. I slept in again this morning. I can’t wait to see what you have for sale. I am so glad you put your books back up. Yea!!!! Thank you for letting me know. How will I find them are they under Katy or Forresting 365. I will look to see if I can find them but I may need a name. Also Katy do you have enough photographs to be in the Travel Photographs for ten days or time to do it. Let me know if your interested. I will see if you have given us the name of your books on your web site. Love you sweet Katy. Sending hugs and the dragons back too. They miss you terribly. Love you 🤗💕❤️😘💝🐉🐉🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️Joni

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      5. Oh GOODNESS!!! You are soooo very kind! Lord have mercy!!! I am honoured beyond belief. Thank You so very much. This is crazy sweet. I hope Your breakfast was delicious and yes….We All….People in general, could use to stop second guessing ourselves, couldn’t we? Life is far too short and flying by soooo swiftly to waste time on that! I have no idea if my books are well written or not…some people really like them and others really do not..but that’s the wonderful thing about expression anyway, isn’t it? There’s something for everyone! When I published them I put a “my books” page back on my website and links back on my blog. Thank You again for this kindness. And Thank You crazy amounts for thinking of me for the Travel Photo thing….I suck at that and would not be a good addition! 🤣 Sending Love and much Gratitude right back at You, dear Joni!!! Tell the dragons we’ll leave a light on!!!

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      6. Oh you are such a sweetheart. The dragons are already on their way home. I don’t remember your book page on your site maybe I missed it. If it was gone I hope you put it back up. My breakfast was wonderful thank you. Your poetry and illustrations are amazing my friend. Your work is too I am sure. You are right about second guessing life is too short. I do think we artist are a sensitive bunch. I am so happy I asked and you shared. Sending treats and lots of silk wrapped gifts for under your tree. I froze some happy tears from listening to a beautiful song giving praises to God. I froze them and they are now blue shining ornaments for trees. I sent you and your honey a box. Love and peace to you both. Joni

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      7. OH MY LORD!!!

        “Sending treats and lots of silk wrapped gifts for under your tree. I froze some happy tears from listening to a beautiful song giving praises to God. I froze them and they are now blue shining ornaments for trees. I sent you and your honey a box.”

        JONI! You just started my day with the most joyous laughter. Seriously!!! So beautiful! Ah. Thank You for these dear wishes! There is now a dragon book percolating in my heart, Thanks to You! I’m in the middle of reworking a book that I started 15 years ago and would like to finish and set free once and for all…but when that is done…I hope You will consider working/playing on a dragon book together!!! No worries if that’s not appealing….but I think we’d have some serious fun with our circus minds joined!!! 😃

        Yeah…I took the “my books” page off my website over a year ago. It’s back up. Why not, right? 🤣 I’m so honoured You’re reading my poetry….that’s soooo very old but it makes me laugh. Gosh. It’s such a gift, Y’all checking it all out. Thank You again!!!

        Although it’s see-through….I couldn’t help wrapping Y’alls gifts in sunshine with bows of stardust laughter!!! They’ve been treated with snow whispers so they won’t start a fire…so don’t worry! The fairies took off around midnight and they should show up by Christmas Eve!!! Thank You for the BEAUTIFUL tears that now decorate our tree! Love and Peace to You both as well!!! 🤗💖🎄💕

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      8. Now I can’t read a comment from you without Scott wanting to hear too. It is so sweet. He was reading to me all he could from your books on line too. We bought your beautiful ABC book as well, (The Wild, Unique Journey of Alanza, Bob and Gabriela; My Expressly Courageous Friends: A Kooky Alphabet Adventure). Who could resist a book with a title that holds all the alphabet in it’s amazing title. We fell in love with it as well.
        Katy your Ofe to Pipper Popper will be our next purchase. Katy your poems are so amazing as are your illustrations. Scott had fun reading those out loud to me.
        The two books are not suppose to get here until after the new year but they are our gifts to one another.

        I would be honored to work on anything with you. Anytime you want. You just let me know dear Katy. I am glad you liked my happy frozen tears.

        “Although it’s see-through….I couldn’t help wrapping Y’alls gifts in sunshine with bows of stardust laughter!!! They’ve been treated with snow whispers so they won’t start a fire…so don’t worry!”

        Thank you so much these gifts will be treasured forever. What fun you are. You make my family smile and a dollar amount can not ever compete with that.
        Peace, love, blessings and sunshine coming your way dear friend. Love y’all 🦋🤗💕❤️🐉🐉🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

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    2. So excited we got our Amazon home list ready and we got your ABC book (how clever-putting the entire alphabet in your title) and Mr White. Your covers on all your books are so unique. I love the Way you did the bathtub with the reflection on the black floor. We won’t get them to January 6. We will read them both together. Your poetry in Ode to Pipper Popper is beautiful Katy. I love your illustrations. We can’t wait our Christmas gift to one another. Sending you love my friend. Big hugs coming from all the islands trees. 🤗💕❤️😘🐉🐉🧚‍♀️🧚🏻Joni

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      1. Ahhh! I’m honoured! Thank Y’all so very much!!! And…rut roh! When I republished Mr. White, I changed the cover; so don’t be surprised! I never did feel that cover suited the story at all. So….a very different book will show up! Hope You like it! And yeah….when I was a kid I was ALWAYS searching for the alphabet on cereal boxes, etc….so had to put that there. I’m happy You like it! OH WOW! I love that You liked Pipper Popper! He’s not everyone’s cup of tea! 🤣 Sending Love right back from me and all the island trees!!! I hope Y’all have Your sweetest Christmas ever…despite Covid. HUGE hugs to You!!! Thanks again! 🤗💖🎄🌟🧚🏽💕😊

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      2. Is it him in the tub because I just loved that. How could anyone not love Pipper Popper, we read all we could and we both fell in love with your poems. They are absolutely precious. The drawings are so creative. You are something else.
        I can not believe you ever doubted how cleaver they are. We will have an amazing Christmas. We will watch Christmas Eve service on line and then we ordered a really nice Italian meal from a restaurant we would like to support. We will watch movies and snuggle on the couch. You and your handsome man have an amazing Christmas too. Sending you love you adorable thing you. God makes such wonderful things look what he created with you. Love ❤️ J and S

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      3. Oh gosh. You are such a DEAR, SWEET Love Bug Angel!!! Seriously, Joni. Thank You for all this sweetness!!!

        Yes, that’s Mr. White in the tub. After Y’all read it You may understand why that cover just never felt right to me. And I’m smiling so big that Y’all liked Pipper Popper! He cracks me up! He truly wrote/drew himself. Just came barreling out of me. I was strictly along for the ride! So funny and fun! I truly appreciate Y’all taking the time! Such a gift! I just remembered that I posted a little film where I read him to Y’all!!! It’s here:

        https://forresting365.com/2020/04/18/its-ill-read-you-a-story-time-%f0%9f%98%84/

        AND….YOUR BOOK CAME yesterday and I’ve started reading it! I absolutely love the cover, prayers and dedications. Soooo very sweet. And I’ve started chapter 1. The illustrations are wonderful and I’m really enjoying it! HOW COOL!!!! YAY!!!

        Your Christmas Eve sounds just wonderful!!! We’ve had a very lovely time as well. Just sweetness and gentle, silly quiet end of the year, snuggly, playing in the sun, movie/football watching, family and fireplace loveliness. Very blessed, we are. ❤️❤️❤️ Sending You so much Love and HUGEST hugs to You and Scott!!! 😊💖🦋🧚🏽🤗

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      4. You are welcome all true my kind Katy. We both loved Pipper Popper, the poems are precious and the artwork amazing. You are so creative Katy. Thank you so much kind one for sending the link. I have to wait for Scott to finish his bible study then we will watch it together. That is so thoughtful of you to send the link. I can’t wait to hear you reading it. Thank you for the kind words about my book. It is for young adults so I hope you don’t get bored. The message is a very important one. I do appreciate you buying it and reading. We are still waiting for your lovely books to arrive. I can’t wait to read them both. I already know I am going to love them. I think I am meant to write poetry not novels to be honest.
        We have had a wonderful time too and glad you have as well. It has been fun just being together and spending time. So glad you and your honey also had such a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for your sweet messages. I just woke up and saw them and they are making my morning special. Love y’all to pieces. Sending hugs too. J and S

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      5. Hey!!! You’re the kindest! Smiling so big! Thank Y’all for listening to it! 🤣 And I seriously don’t think Your book will be boring! Completely not worried about that! What I’ve read so far is anything but…..will tuck back in tomorrow for a bit! Lots of yard work today. 😅 Smiling so big that Y’all are going to read my books. Crazy sweet! It’s such a gift, isn’t it: being read or having Your expression looked at/taken in. It’s amazing. Love Y’all to pieces as well. Huge hugs!!! 🤗💖😊!!!

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      6. Oh my goodness we listened to you again this morning. Yes, it is a big blessing to be read. It touches the heart. You take care kind Katy. You have such a wonderful voice. Wow!!! Love you to pieces. We won’t get your books till Jan. 6th. However that will be here before we know it. Can’t wait. Love ya kind Katy. 🤗💕❤️🐉🐉🧚‍♀️🧚🏻

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      7. Oh goodness! I meant also to tell You I’m LOVING Your book!!! It’s really good! I’m not bored at all; in fact I’m learning a lot! Your research is off the chain. Paul and Ruth are both so lovely and wonderfully developed characters. They’re really interesting to hang out with. I like Ruth’s parents as well. I’m on page 50 I think…book is in the bedroom and Bill’s still sleeping! but I read a good bit yesterday and then as I went to bed as well. But…WOW!!! LOVE Paul’s surprise…and the illustrations are beyond perfect for Your story! Truly having a wonderful time! Thank You and CHEERS!!!! 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖!!!!!!

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      8. Thank you kind Katy. I was afraid you might be bored as it is a coming of age, dystopian novel. I am delighted that you are enjoying it. Thank you for all your kind words. You are right about the research. All the scientific related things were heavily researched as well as projections about ice caps, and flooding, etc. I used an illustrator in Sri Lanka from Fiverr.com. He only asked for 5.00 US per illustration but I knew that wasn’t fair. I paid him $20.00 and tipped him. He did such detailed work. I couldn’t afford to do that again though. You are blessed with the ability to do amazing illustrations and paintings. I just got an update on my order. Your two books will be here Jan. 4, my birthday. I am so excited. Sending love, hugs and blessings. 🤗💕❤️🐉🐉🧚🏻🧚‍♀️

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      9. WHAT?!!! Happy almost Birthday, Joni!!! How FUN!!! My dear friend Beth’s birthday is the 3rd. Some super cool birthday peeps running around! Ah! I hope You have a WONDERFUL birthday!!!

        Smiling so big at what Your wonderful generosity to the artist. He is crazy gifted and Your story and his work make a great marriage!!!
        Yeah…I didn’t know about the robot bees. Sad and crazy. Did You know You can pet bees? I’m being totally serious!!! They are so sweet and gentle. They will stand on Your finger and let You pet them….or let You pet them gently while they are on a flower!!! Nor did I ever think about the cruise ships sitting idle. There were also a few rediscovered species I’d not heard of that You mentioned! That was cool. I forget what else I hadn’t heard…but yeah…I’m really enjoying it!!!! YAY! Sending Love, hugs and blessings right back! Hope Y’all have a wonderful weekend!!! 🤗💖😊

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      10. Thank you my friend. I don’t celebrate birthdays much but we will get your books in the mail and we will start ready them together. What a sweet story about bees 🐝 I am going to try that this year. What a precious thing to share. Did you look up some of the prototype robotic bees there are already so many patents out. I hope to teach children about what we are doing to our environment, the effects of bullying and also how there is already a shortage of water. I am glad you are learning something that means kids will learn too. We did have a nice evening I hope you and Bill did too. I can’t wait to rub a bee this summer. Thank you for sharing that. You know you could be a bee whisperer. Sending you so much love my friend. I do pray for special blessings for our world this New Year. 🤗💕❤️🐉🐉🐝🐝🧚🏻🧚‍♀️🐝🐝

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      11. Sounds like a sweet way to spend a birthday! Mr. White’s a bit rough….so….😕. And I was working on something with Alanza and found some typos. Very funny! 😅 Yeah….the bee thing!!! I can’t take credit. My sweet friend, Rosemary, is a master organic gardener and she hired me a few years ago to assist her. One day we were sitting out in her garden weeding and were surrounded by bees. We were just enjoying their company and remarking on their beauty and she started talking about petting them. I though she was joking…but no!!! Too fun and funny. My favorite was telling Bill …. seeing him laugh as I had, and then watching him go outside and discover it was true! So magical!!! So, Yay Rosemary!!! And happy bee petting, sweet Joni! Sending You so much Love right back!!! 🤗💖🌻🐝🧚🏽💕😊

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      12. Well still you pet bees 🐝 so I think you are a bee whisperer. Rosemary sounds very special. I can’t wait to try it. We have so many bees in our bee and butterfly garden. Lovely story. I am so excited for our books to come and I can’t wait till Scott reads it to me tomorrow. Sending so much love back kind Katy. 🦋🤗💕❤️😘🧚‍♀️🧚🏻🐉🐉🐜🐜🐝🐝

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      13. Ok Lovely Miss! I’ll take it! Official bee whisperer I am!!! 😁 Y’all are going to have such a fun time petting them! Bill and I are like little kids in the garden. 😃 And You are soooo sweet about my books. Lord have mercy!!! No worries at all if they turn out to not be Your cup of tea, dear friend!!! Sending HUGE hugs on this most wonderful Birthday Eve!!! 🤗💕🎉🐝🧚🏽! Still loving Yours!

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      14. How sweet Kind Katy Bee Whisperer. My honey is like a child too in the vegetable garden. In our bee and butterfly garden are milkweed grew so many butterflies it was crazy. We brought one in the house and it emerged and it took a while to get his legs then we let him outside and he flew off. They don’t have monarchs till the second year and the third year they have flowers. We checked on them everyday. Your books came yesterday and my BD gift is Scott is going to read in its entirety “The Intrepid Now of Mr. White.” After breakfast and I am excited. I love that it is a play. Thank you for all the love my friend. Sending you monarch butterflies whose bright yellows and oranges will leave you with magic paints that color. 🤗💕❤️🦋🐉🐉🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️Joni

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      15. OHHHHHH!!!! Wait! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I thought it was the 5th?!! Ack! I am so sorry I missed wishing You that! And wow…what a crazy sweet honour. Seriously. Thank You for including me in Your celebration! And I hope You had a SUPER FANTASTIC day and that this year is nourishing, beautiful and joyful beyond Your WILDEST dreams and that Y’all land somewhere that makes Your heads absolutely spin at all the beauty surrounding You! Thank YOU for all the Love, beautiful Joni!!! And Scott! While Bill and I are down here roaming through the yard taking in all the butterflies, Y’all are likely up there at the same time doing the same thing! How fun! 🦋🦋🦋 Thank You for the magic colours to paint with! Perfect timing as I’m going to be painting today! Yay! Sending HUGE hugs and birthday cake made of dragon laughter and fairy kisses topped off by butterfly jokes wrapped in psychedelic candied raindrops that crack open on days You may feel a little blue!!! 🤗💖🥂🦋🎉🎂💕!!!

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      16. Oh what amazing gifts my friend. Thank you so much. I love and appreciate them so much. It is another BD and we had a great time sweetie and you were very much a part of it. Sending love. 🤗💕❤️🦋😘🐉🐉🧚🏻🧚🏻Joni

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    1. “Silly rabbits 🐰 are for kids.” Of course that is not my line. That is why we forget we still play like children. That is a good thing. I thought you might know Francisco as he is one of Gabriela’s friends and that is how I found his site and yours too I believe. So much talent both of you, wow 😳. You may not know my friend Stuart Aken he has some amazing work to view as well as his almost twenty books he has written. I love meeting new people through people I already know. We are all connected in this world I really believe that. By the way are you guys having to stay locked up without your masks on and being really safe? We are. I am guessing you two are staying safe as well. Please do Katy. Sending you bundles of love and hugs as well. The fairies are still with Gabriela and my friend in Seattle who has the exact same foot injury. They send their love though as do I always. 🤗💕❤️😘💝🐉🐉🧚🏻🧚🏻🧚🏻🧚🏻🧚🏻🧚🏻🧚🏻

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      1. TRIX! I used to LOVE TRIX!!! 🤣🐰💕 I DO know Stuart and LOVE his blog! It IS very fun meeting soooo many wonderful people! And as for talent, as beautiful Bill would say, “You’re talkin’ ’bout Yourself, Now!” 💖 Yeah….all is well here. I really like that here in our little community it is up to the individuals. So all businesses are open (Thank God! I know people who own small businesses whose entire lives would have tanked had they had to shut down!) and people distance/wear masks (or not but mostly do) and it’s all been flowing fine. We had an initial shut down back in Feb or March or whatever….but that was it. Masks everywhere but life goes on. We’ve even gone out to eat on our Friday date nights through this whole thing (once the initial shut down was over) and been fine. Some of my socialising is on hold….but I treasure the freedom we have here. People are smart and respectful. And we’re being safe! I can’t WAIT ’til the whole world can breath a sigh of relief after this passes. Can You even believe it’s been so long?!! Ya’ll stay safe and well too!!! And WHAT? Did sweet Gabriela injure her foot? I didn’t know that…is she ok? I’m sending You HUGE hugs and SOOOOO much Love!!!

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      2. I am glad your island folk are respectful and everyone is so nice. That is a blessing and that the locals are getting support. We are ordering Italian to pick up for Christmas Eve. It is a restaurant that is very close, and family run. Trying to keep the locals going in our little town outside of Raleigh as well. We are still looking at cabins around the hot spring area. I really want to move. We have a beautiful home but I feel guilty about taking up too big a footprint for just two people. We don’t need more then 1200 square feet.
        Yes dear Button (Gabriela) hurt her foot and I think it is a painful injury. She has to wear a boot. I love Button, she encouraged me to try and publish and I haven’t told anyone yet but I have had a piece accepted in an anthology. It is very visceral and hard to read as it is about Haiti. My experiences on mission trips rolled into one poem. The words are all from real experiences but painful to read. I hope she gets where she can get around soon. You are a blessing to me Katy. I am very grateful for our friendship and it is more valuable than gold. Big loves, hugs and a wonderful Christmas with the 🐉🐉. 🤗💕❤️😘🧚🏻🧚‍♀️⛄️Love Joni
        Your not a photographer as well are you my friend?

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      3. Oh nooooo! I am so sorry to hear that Gabriela hurt her foot! I hope she gets better soon!!! And I can’t stop smiling that You call her Button!!! Adorable!

        CONGRATULATIONS that You have a piece accepted in an anthology!!! it doesn’t surprise me at all! I bet that IS a heart wrenching poem….the experiences You had there must have been life changing and perspective gifting beyond imagining. You’ll have to let us all know when it’s out!!! What DOES surprise me is that You have not published your work yet!!! I SAY DO IT!!! You are amazing!!! That truly stunned me that You haven’t.

        YOU, dear Joni, are a blessing. From Your Faerie Queen smile to Your constant outpouring of Love and support all around…truly! I am grateful for our friendship as well!!! Big hugs and a most Joyous Italitan flavoured Christmas to You and Your beautiful Man!!! Abbondanza!!! Sending tons of Love!!! And no….I am horrible at taking pictures! Never have my phone/camera with me. 😄❤️🧚🏽💖🎉🐉💕😊💐

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      4. Dearest Katy, we are something else. I quit talking about my dystopian young adult book because I didn’t know if anyone would enjoy it. It is a long book and it is based on my belief in God and what we are doing to our world. The world my characters live in is based on scientific predictions and not pretty. A kind man from Sir Lanka illustrated my book. We have been reading the intros to your books and I adore your adventure book very much. It is beautiful Katy. I have read the first two poems and they are spectacular. I was right about you. The illustrations are divine and words beautiful.
        Your followers love you and would love your books. Did you ever hear about the author SARK? Her books are great, she was crazy successful and she wrote and illustrated a whole book on Napping.
        I will likely buy the book on the homeless man and I like books to hold on to.
        Thank you for your kind words. My book is under JK Caggiano. It is really for kids 12 to 18. There is a lot of history about real people in our world even our current President is referenced, not pretty.
        Anyway I hope your books are now in your store with a link. This is a great time to buy gifts.
        You are a blessing, I appreciate your kind words about me but know they are coming right back at you.
        I will write a poetry book one day.

        Sending you so many hugs and so much love to you dear Katy. Your intro on your ABC book is reason enough to buy it. The fairies are still mostly with Button helping with her foot. So silk worms are on their way in a ballon made from the colors that love gives us. They are weaving you and your handsome man sweaters that are cozy and lovely. 🤗💕❤️🦋😘🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚🏻

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      5. OH WOWOWOWOW!!! Ok. I’m going at this reply back-ass-wards…but You, my sweet Lady, have already written MANY volumes of crazy beautiful poetry, I am certain!!! And WOW! Your book sounds intense and I bet it’s wonderful! I will check it out and read it for sure! Thank You for telling me about it!!! Also, I’m overwhelmed at Your response to my books. Y’all are so very kind to gift me so much time. Thank You!!! That is so sweet of You to buy Mr. White. It’s a bit intense and rubs some people the wrong way. It’s honest and raw. But it’s true and very thought provoking.

        I hope You know what a blessing YOU are. Just a ray of sunshine. I hope You start talking about Your book again! And I’m sending You so many hugs and so much Love right back to You, sweet Joni!!! I love that the fairies are with Button!!! 🤗 That’s the best nickname ever!!! I also forgot to say yesterday that I continue to wish Y’all well on finding the perfect place to land. I know it’s there and it will be PERFECT! “So silk worms are on their way in a balloon made from the colors that love gives us.” Ok. That’s BRILLIANT! Love it!!! Yes! Sending that right back at You! They’re weaving for Yo and Your handsome man as well! How fun! Laughing! Great way to start the day! Thank You!!! 🤗💖🧚🏽🦋💕😊

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      6. Yes we are going to buy Mr. White. I was out much of the day so it will likely be today that we place our order. I know I won’t get it by Christmas but if it is what I think it is about after Scott read to me what was available on line. I also thought it might be a great book to share with our grandchildren too. I like raw it is real. There were so many homeless people in Seattle that I passed every day downtown walking to and from my job. Your books are precious as is your poetry. You are special my friend. We spent an hour reading everything we could together. He has an amazing narrative voice. Did a lot of plays before I married him. We did Cabaret together. He was the MC and we sold out after the first night. I played the Russian whore and telephone girl. It was fun but too much practice and I did not want that kind of life. Sending you love back Katy. Thank you for sharing your work and telling me. What a gift. Love you both to pieces. 💕❤️🐉🐉🧚‍♀️🧚🏻Joni

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      7. OH WOW!!! Thank You so very much for buying Mr. White. You lived in Seattle….so You may well understand Mr. White and how our intentions and Youth blended with his situation in a crazy and perhaps tragic way. It’s so bewildering. Can’t stop smiling at Scott reading to You! That’s really sweet!!! LOVE that Y’all did Cabaret together! That’s such a wonderful show!!! How very fun!!! Thank YOU for sharing YOUR work with ME!!! I am very excited for Your book to come and to read it!!! YAY! Cheers and hugs all around! A gift, indeed! Love Y’all to pieces as well! 🤗💖🐉🧚🏽😊

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      8. We are excited to read your books together. Yes I have a feeling that I know where and what Mr. White might be about. My honey is always reading something to me. He reads my poems that I write before I ever post any and that is how I decide if there any good.
        Thank you for buying my book Katy it means a lot. I just hope you like it.
        Cheers and hugs all around to y’all as well dear Katy. Love y’all to pieces too. Love J and S

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      9. Oh I really hope you like it. How sweet you are my friend, now you have given me the chills. How thoughtful of you Katy. Very kind, maybe you can read it with your sweetie. That is what we will do. Sending you love, thank you again I am truly touched Katy. Yay!!!! 🤗💕❤️🧚‍♀️🧚🏻🐉🐉😘🧜🏽
        Love and tons of hugs for making my morning.

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      10. I am sure I will!!! I really liked the cover and what it was about. I’m a HUGE sci-fi fan and this already looks like it would make a great movie….the cool cover and description are VERY intriguing. LOVING that Y’all will read together! My sweet Bill is not a reader and doesn’t like to be read to! 🤣 He joyfully announces now and again that he’s a prolific non-reader! 🤣 Although, I bought him a Zombie version of A Christmas Carol….I’m planning to have a big fire going and a nice cup of Bailey’s for us and reading to him on Christmas Eve. I think he’d like that!!! 🤣 I mean, it’s Zombies for God’s sake!!! 😄 Sending y’all much Gratitude and lots of Love!!! Have a great one!!! 🤗❤️🧚🏽🎄🐉💕😊

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      11. Your Bill sounds very special. I love that you got him a zombie version of a Christmas Carol. I love a cup of Bailey’s. Sounds like a very special Christmas night you have planned. I am wishing you both blessings and so much love that the chimney is pouring out hearts with it’s smoke.
        Love to y’all and feeling very blessed that I met you Katy. 🦋🤗💕❤️🐉🐉🧚🏻🧚🏻

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    1. Oh yea!!! what a blessing. Stuart has been posting photography for months now for those closed in, as he lives near someplace with famous trees. I don’t want to give anything away. We are in NC and believe me right now people in our area need to be closed in. The statistics are not good but I do believe a vaccine is on the way. I am so delighted you enjoyed the photograph. That makes me smile. This has been a challenging time for folks. Francisco has done lots of travel as he is from Valencia. Stuart lives in the UK. So lots of exotic photography from them.

      So you are a stuck time traveler. That is just not fair. You could just get into your machine and snatch up a couple of vaccines and then you would be good to go. However, you are obviously a kind time traveler waiting your turn. Thank you for your kind words as they are truly appreciated. Sending hug’s, love and blessings your way. 🤗💕❤️Joni

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    1. Thank you kind and talented sir, I appreciate it so much. Can’t wait to see yours. I want to use my computer so I can get a better look. Sending more hugs to you both. You will be virtually hugged a lot today. I have missed hugging people. 🤗💕❤️🦋😘

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      1. Thank you I can feel those warm hugs. It is very cold here today. Hugging is something we do a lot of in the south and I bet you do in Spain too. All the best to you two, Joni 💕❤️🤗🦋

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      2. Absolutely! But lamentably now we just rub elbows and keep distance. No more two kisses, one on each cheek like we used to…I fear Joni, that those days are gone forever, that the world has changed, just like after 11 SEP 2001…take good care my friend and all the best,
        F

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      3. We think alike my friend. We both look to God as do you as I know you have shared this. It is so comforting to know Jesus and know we will be fine. I remember being kissed on the cheek often myself as did my husband. What a wonderful group of people so kind. Love ❤️ Joni 🤗💕❤️

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    1. You are very kind my friend. I don’t see myself as a professional photographer like my friends. However I do think I have an eye. If the conditions are beautiful, then I can take a decent photograph. The other work is God not me. Thank you dear Navin. I really appreciate your gracious heart and loving heart. Sending love and blessings your way, I hope you can feel them. Love Joni

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    1. I know haha 😂. We almost never get snow. When we do they shut everything down it is really strange. I
      Am talking the slightest dusting. I love snow ⛄️. Everything gets so wonderfully silent in the world and everything looks clean and pure. I hope you are having an amazing morning my friend. Love ❤️ Joni

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      1. Oh thank you Colleen. I know what you mean about the snow. When I lived in the Pacific Northwest I was a snow skier and if it wasn’t busy I would like to just stand on the side of the run and listen to the sound of silence. It is the most wonderful sound if you have never experienced it. All you need is that beautiful snow and no activity from people or animals. Perhaps because we don’t hear quiet often. I am very grateful for my ability to hear and my other senses too. I am glad you are having a quite peaceful morning. May you be blessed this up coming week as well. Love ❤️ Joni

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    1. You are a sweetheart my sweet friend. We stayed here for a weekend, it is gorgeous. We had such a peaceful weekend. Thank you my dear friend. I hope you are resting with your foot up and being good. Love you to pieces my friend. 🦋🤗💕❤️ Hugs

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