Weekly photo challenge: Refraction

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The Weekly photo challenge is Refraction.
For this photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework.
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This object is a living creature. It is all clear and reflects the sun that shines on it. I think it is some type of jelly fish.

My trip to Pismo Beach in California

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My son had a week long school fall break from school this week. We took a trip to Pismo Beach State Park. We took our travel trailer and stayed at the state beach campground. My husband brought my son’s bike and locked it to the bumper of our trailer. My son went to ride the bike and it was gone. Someone had cut the cable on the lock and took the bike. They stole the bike. My son was very upset.
The beach is a drive on beach so we drove to the beach everyday and my son would walk the beach and found lots of sand dollars.
We took or lunch and ate on the tail gate of our truck. I love listening to the waves crashing into the shore. I threw a potato chip for one bird and then all of the sudden a lot of birds flew over to eat the chips.
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They were all chirping and making a lot of noise.
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I walked up the beach and found a lot of sand dollars too.
We left Thursday to go to Death Valley. We stopped for gas at Bakersfield, CA at an Arco gas station, convenience store. My husband went into the store to pay. I was sitting in the truck.
Some guy gassed up his car and drove off with the gas pump nozzle still in his car. It ripped off the pump. He then drove over the curb and hit the window of the store. Knocked over a trash can and then backed up. The glass didn’t break. My husband said it bowed in and made a loud noise. The clerk jumped over the counter and ran out to the car. The driver was an old man. They (some people)were trying to stop the man and opened his car door. He kept backing up. They got the old man out of the car and stopped the car.
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Here is the pump hose that he ripped off.
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As we left, an ambulance was pulling in the drive to the store.
We could not find a space in an RV park at this small town by Death Valley so we just drove home.
Pictures of the ocean and beach will be in my next post.

More horses

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There have been a lot of wild horses going thru the neighborhood. Two days ago, I came home from getting my son from school. I saw a group of horses walking down the street. These are the pictures from that day.

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I got two carrots and walked towards the horses and broke up a carrot and threw it to them. Then they started practically running towards me. I threw the whole carrot down and walked back to my house.
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They went down the street and started eating grass in yards. Some guy down the street blew a horn and had his yard rigged to zap them somehow, because they took off running away. It sounded like a taser gun.
Bye horses.

Biscuits and gravy

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My favorite place for breakfast is the Gold Dust West casino. They have biscuits and gravy and scrambled egg with hash browns for $5.99. I love biscuits and gravy but I am surprised that I like egg on it too. I grew up on bread and gravy. My mother always had gravy for dinner and my dad would give me a piece of bread to eat the gravy with. I quit eating bread and gravy when I got older. I just didn’t know how to make the gravy very good. I found the gravy mix for white gravy with sausage at the store, so I bought it. The trick is to make it with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of milk, stir in the gravy mix and let it bubble and thicken, always stir it and then simmer very low so it does not burn. I made biscuits and then melted 1 tsp butter in a little pan and scrambled one egg. Cut open two biscuits and then put the egg on top of the biscuits. Pour your gravy over the whole thing. Yummmmm. Takes as good as the restaurant. I did not make hash browns though. This is enough for me to eat.
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Imagine

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I was looking at this painting and I started to imagine that I was in it. I would be sitting at one of the tables with an icy cold sweet tea. So cold that water would form on the outside of the glass and drip down the side. It would be a nice day, not too hot. I have a plate of fish, in case I see a dolphin swim by. (Yes a dolphin would be in my fantasy.) I see a bird come by and land on the rail with his eyes on the fish.
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I wave my arms to make him fly away. “Shoo, go away bird, you can’t have any fish!, I would say.”
Just then a dolphin pops his head out if the water. hi I throw two fish towards the dolphin and he jumps out of the water and catches one and dives back into the water. The bird dives into the water and gets the other fish. He was flying around waiting for the chance to get a fish.
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I hear a man on the other side says “Good catch”. I look at him and he winks at me. The dolphin pops his head out of the water again for more fish. I throw all the fish into the water for the dolphin. The bird dives in to get a fish too. The man laughs.
I pull out wet wipes out of my giant purse and clean off my hands.The man says “How about I join you and we get something to eat?” I look at him and say “Sure but I brought something to eat.” I grab my purse and pull out a package of white sausage gravy mix and biscuits. “I am going to have these made for me, I love biscuits and gravy.”
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“I had more in mind, perhaps a nice steak dinner and a glass of wine”. I looked at my package of biscuits and gravy and said “Sure, lets go have steak.” I packed up my stuff and said “I’ll meet you around corner and we will find a steakhouse.” Steak would be better than bread.

What you imagine you would do in this picture?

Weekly photo challenge: Fray

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The Weekly photo challenge is Fray.
Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.
Burning man is Monday. People are coming into town that go to Burning man and they are called Burners. They take strange vehicles and decorate their bikes to go into the desert for a week. It is like another world.
I saw a car that they made to look like a snake.
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A pink fuzzy decorated bike with a pony head.
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Loose meat sandwich

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My husband wanted to make a loose meat sandwich, not a sloppy joe. We got some good meat a Rallys , the 93 with 7 percent fat. I don’t like a lot of fat in ground beef.
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Here is the recipe. It was really good. I put mustard and bar-b-que sauce on it.
1 lb 93/7 lean ground beef
1 onion chopped
1/2 beef bullion cube
1/2 cup water
pepper (couple shakes)
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon steak sauce

I also added a squirt of tomato paste, not much about a spoon worth.
A tsp of sugar and a little bit more pepper.

Saute been and onions until cooked. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.

A Diamond in my pocket by Lorena Angell

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I just finished reading a book I got from Amazon. It is an e-book and I got it for free. It is free at Amazon here. It is A diamond in my pocket by Lorena Angell. I got it on my Kindle. It is a paranormal story. A girl has to carry a special diamond to these immortal people called the Death Clan. It is the story of her journey with people that have running powers and healers and the diamond keeps giving her all kinds of powers. It was a fun read and I read the book in a day. I just could not put it down.
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If you like these kinds of stories this I suggest you read it. I really enjoyed it.

My trip to Tijuana to go to the dentist.

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I went to the dentist in my town and he gave me a list of what I needed done. Two root canals and crowns that would cost me $4,400.00. I started looking at prices in Tijuana and found a couple of travel blogs that recommended Baja Oral Center in Tijuana, Mexico. I made an appointment for July 7th. We drove to San Diego and stayed by the ocean in an RV park called Campland on the Bay. That place is expensive and crowded and packed. They crowd you in close together and the place is just dirt with a fire pit and picnic table with full hookups for $100 a night and up. But it was a place to stay and I wanted to go to the beach.
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I do not go to the dentist because I am kind of afraid of going. My front tooth broke 4 years ago and it was getting shorter so I had to finally go. My husband made an appointment too. We drove to the border and parked on the USA side and walked over to Mexico. We walked to the taxi area and I gave the driver a printout of the directions to the dentist. We got there fast. They drive crazy in Mexico. It was not bad going to the dentist, it was frightful driving back to the border. There are roundabouts and everyone goes at the same time. We found the dentist office and went in. It was so hot. I was the first appointment and I guess they turn off the air conditioner on Sunday. We were hot and sweating. The dentist called me in and took a look at my teeth. He said he would bond my front tooth, it didn’t need a root canal and I needed a root canal on one of my back teeth. He would do it for $850. My dentist wanted $2,400 for that tooth. I said OK and waited to go to another office down the hall to do the root canal. That cost $300, but the crown would be $550, it would be porcelain. It was a woman dentist and it seemed like it took forever, I guess it was a couple of hours. I then went back to Dr. Garcia and he worked on my tooth getting it ready for the crown. I would have to come back on Wednesday for the crown. We got a taxi and went to Revolution street. My son wanted a big Mexican hat.
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His is black but just like this. It was like a velvet with Mexico written on it with colored strings all around the brim. He paid $35 for it. I got two bottles of tequila, you are allowed to bring back a liter per person back across the border. We got a taxi and went to the border to wait in line. It was hot and the line was so long. It was hardly moving and we stood there for 5 hours. It was just awful. I was hot and my back hurt and my feet hurt and my mouth was now hurting. While you stand there in line, there are people begging for money. Vagrant people was singing really loud in your face holding cans, shaking them at you to give them money. One guy was sitting at a keyboard, singing really bad. There was a guy on the side-walk that looked like he was dead. Cops were standing by him, lifting up his shirt to see if he was shot or stabbed I guess. They would kick him and we finally saw him breathing but he never opened his eyes. The line finally moved past him. I was so glad to finally get through the line and back into the U.S. I dreaded going back on Wednesday because I didn’t want to wait in that line again.
We went to a beach on Tuesday that we found that allowed dogs. The ocean is so beautiful. I love the waves and walking in the sand. My dog hated the ocean, the waves would come up the sand and she would freak out. A few waves came in and drenched me while I was walking along the beach. My dog got wet too.
Wednesday came and we had an appointment to go back to the dentist. My son stayed in the RV. He didn’t want to go back to Mexico. I got my crown and the doctor fixed my front tooth that was broke. It only cost $60 and it looks great. He even fixed my top one for free, it was a little chipped so he smoothed it out and bonded the edge. My husband got a bridge for the top teeth for $450. I was so happy to have my teeth fixed. The dentist was very nice. We got in a taxi and went back to the border. There was no line, it took us 15 minutes to wait in line inside the border building. I was so happy that there was no line. Do not go to Mexico on a Monday after a holiday weekend. It was a zoo. It was after the 4th of July. Wednesday was not busy at all. If you do go to Mexico to the dentist, do not go on a Monday. It is hot because they do not cool the building until Monday. It takes a while to cool down. Other than that, I would go back to have my teeth worked on if I need it. There was a lady in there, paying for her dental visit. I talked to her. She was from Texas and said she has been going to Dr. Garcia for years. She had all her teeth veneered. She said it cost her $300 to fly to Tijuana and $80 a night to stay in the hotel in Tijuana. That was less than my RV park space.
We did eat at Old Town in San Diego one night. The food was great. My son was not thrilled with the bay water to swim in. He likes the ocean better, he said the water was cleaner. This is the Campland beach. It was packed with people but the part I took the picture was not crowded.
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