[New post] Ready, Set, Done

Come join us as the Orples take the stage. and meet the challenge for Ready, Set, Done … ha,ha, This little ditty had been set up ahead of time, so it is perfect for today’s entry.  Plus, maybe Ralph will make new friends, too. We can never have too many friends. Like the orples, Ralph has a sense of humor, so come out and play with us. We will have fun. 🙂 Today, Olivia is visiting Ralph again over on Bluefish Way. This time, she was snooping around, and saw those bright red curtains. She just had to take center stage. So all I can say is, “Watch our Ralph, here comes Olivia.” It’s a good thing she didn’t read the accompanying blog post first.

Olivia takes center stage.

Olivia takes center stage.

I don’t think she’d be too happy if she knew about Mrs. Nosegay’s murder, or that the killer would simply walk away while the party resumed. She believes in justice, you know. If you’re not sure what’ I’m talking about, go see Ralph. Maybe he’ll re-blog this silly post to enlighten Olivia before she gets too carried away, and if anyone else would like to re-blog, please do, “The more the merrier”, as the orples and I always say. 🙂 The orples have been getting around lately. You can check them out while Visiting the Neighbors, if you’d like to take a stroll with these two clowns through other people’s blogs. If you would like to be included here, and possibly in a coffee-table book later, prey tell. In the meantime, please enjoy your travels, no matter where they lead you.

Blogging 101: Be Inspired By the Community

First off let us say this, I already feel blessed to be a part of a spectacular community that is quickly growing, as the orples and I keep stumbling on new blogs, and wonderful people. As we travel through cyberspace, we find ourselves exploring the world, tromping through the wilderness, visiting our neighbor’s domains.  Sometimes, I find it hard to squeeze in my own adventures. Believe me, Inspiration is not a problem for us—by any means. The world is at our ‘twigtips’.

One of Sonel's lovely friends meets the orples.

One of Sonel’s lovely friends meets the orples.

The above conversation came about as the result of a delightfully surprising ping-back my friend, Sophia (in Africa), created on a thread I began, involving a fly. Mr. Fly looked so cool sitting on that beautiful flower in ‘Sonel’s blog‘.

Meet Mr. Fly. This is where this story started.

Meet Mr. Fly. This is where this story started.

and then, this happened ….. After Sophia invited us to come and stroll through her blog, the orples met Mr. Fly (above), only to be told to go away.  Sophia stepped right up to the plate in the orple’s defense. She and her friends told Mr. Fly a thing or two, as you can tell by the conversation in the first picture with Ms. Barbet. I’m suspect this story isn’t over yet. No matter, while we waiting for that tale to unfold, if you would like to visit the neighbors, to see what our friends are up to, you’ll find the orples have been globe trotting, enjoying a variety of adventures, worldwide.

Someone please tell Mr. Fly that he might actually have fun, if he'd relax long enough to stop and play. He seems to be so serious.

Someone please tell Mr. Fly that he might actually have fun, if he’d relax long enough to stop and play. He seems to be so serious.

Anyway, back to our original story; Sophia told the story of Mr. Fly and his bad manners to the fine folks at Michelle’s Pet Challenge, and wha-lah! Sophia not only honored me with mega-links—I might add—she fulfilled her weekly critter challenge—two birds, one stone. Sophia really outdid herself, too.  I am still awestruck, and grateful for the effort she put into her beautiful post. I suspect she had fun doing it on her end. I know I’ve enjoyed the conversations on our end. If you would like to join the orples as they explore our world, prey tell through a comment on my of my blog posts. Leave me a link to your blog. Introduce yourselves. Check out what we’re doing, already. Read my other posts to follow the conversations, through post content, and comments to find out what we’re up to. Be nosy. All are welcome. Grab a badge and be an orple-keeper, too. As Olivia and Oscar always say, “The more, the merrier.”

[New Post] Photography 101: The Natural World

Walking along in the natural world, Olivia and Oscar scampered ahead of Robin, whose blog is Breezes at Dawn, and me, while walking in the woods not long ago. Wouldn’t you know, they weren’t gone five minutes when they got into trouble. This time it was Oscar rescuing Olivia. Usually it is the other way around. While we’re waiting for the orples to get UN-wedged, let’s continue to walk around through Robin’s blog. This is a different Robin than the Robin we surprised last week, when we played hide and seek. In case you don’t remember, click here, to see what I’m talking about.

The orples always seem to find trouble. I think Olivia has managed to get stuck.  Poor Olivia.

The orples always seem to find trouble. I think Olivia has managed to get stuck. Poor Olivia.

We will catch up with the orples when we get back. Maybe by then Olivia will have squirmed out from under that log. I sure do hope Oscar won’t be in too much trouble for laughing at her. If you care to stroll through some of our other adventures, please come with us to Visit the neighbors. And finally, if you’d like to be an orple-keeper and pickup your badge to proudly display your love of orples, please do. Oliva and Oscar would be almost as thrilled as me, if you do. And as always, the orples love ping-backs. Anyone familiar with the orples knows they love to make new friends.  Sonel went overboard with her ping-back, but we love her for it. 🙂 Check this out. She includes her own little story as she displays some awesome photos of her backyard friends along the way.

The Orples Go to Madrid

Today our travels take us to Spain with Meg. We will be in Madrid, admiring the many beautiful sights their ancient city has to behold. Not again! There go those silly orples. It appears Oscar has fallen. Thank God Olivia is there to save the day. What would he do without her? While Olivia and I rescue Oscar, you can check out more cool arches on Meg’s blog.


It looks like the orples are in trouble in Madrid. I hope Meg hasn’t wandered off too far. Olivia might need some help pulling Oscar up from the ledge below. These two! What’s an orple-keeper to do?

Come, join our adventure as the orples and I tour other people’s blogs. Please feel free to stroll through my blog category, ‘Visiting the Neighbors‘. The selection varies—and grows–with each new orple adventure. If you would like to be an orple-keeper, too,  grab your badge here.  If you’d like to play along, allowing the orples to play on your blog, with due credit given, of course, please let me know. I’ll add your name to my list. You can see what we’re up to by scanning my other posts. And of course, ping-backs are welcomed.

[New Post] Blogging 101. Start Personalizing

Whoever came up with this topic must have been reading our minds. Our, being Olivia, Oscar, and me. I guess I owe a big thanks to two blogs, one is Michelle at The Daily Post for posting this topic. I also owe Michelle much gratitude in guiding me along, showing me the avenues in which to follow, to make my widget happen.  If you would like to be an orple-keeper, please click the drawing to copy and create your own widget on your blog. The more the merrier, Olivia, Oscar, and I always say.  I am leaving it up to you guys to let me know if my widget works. If it doesn’t please tell me, so I can try to fix my problem. LOL. Links and I don’t always link up, if you know what I mean. 🙂 OrpleKeepersBadge111014     The second person I’d like to thank is Dolly at allaboutlemon, an old acquaintance who I have re-linked with. My links are messed up, from having changed my e-mail way back when, so if we used to be linked and we aren’t now, that is probably why. I’m working on fixing that situation. In the meantime, Dolly blessed me with a ‘You Are Loved’ badge, and if you knew Dolly, I’m sure you would love her, and her blog. You should check her out and if you’re browsing my blog, take note of the  lovely badge she presented to me, in my margin. Come join the fun and claim your badge. We do love an audience.

[New Post] Photography 101 . Landmarks

Okay, so the orples and I cheated to fulfill today’s post. But really, this is Orpleville, and not all landmarks are captured by photography. Take the Treasure Tree, a place sometimes referred into in our blog posts. Then, I thought, hmm, maybe my followers aren’t familiar with ‘our’ landmarks. So to keep you people in the loop, here is what we’re talking about.  Before the orples were orples, they were oranges, then through miraculous transformations, and big dreams coming true, the orples were freed from their tree. My book, “How Orples Came To Be” tells their story, while including the story of Jack, and how they accidentally helped their human friend rekindle his relationship with his father, after his mother died. If you want to know more, I’ve included links on my home page leading to various areas of my blog.

The Treasure Tree in Orpleville

The Treasure Tree in Orpleville

Once the orples were no longer oranges, their needs changed, so they transformed their orange tree into the Treasure Tree, shown above. And then, in book 3 of their trilogy, Olivia learned to read. She has so many books, Jack had to bring her a cooler to serve as a  library so her books won’t get wet when it rains. Olivia loves to learn. And she loves to travel. If you would like for us to travel through YOUR blog, let us know. If you’d like to stroll down memory lane with us and some of our friends before you decide to join us, please feel free to check us out by ‘Visiting the Neighbors‘.

The Orples Go to The Museum

Don’t be jealous because you didn’t get to go to France with us, Olivia and I brought you a link to Ren’s blog. It seems Ren got to go to France and visit the Museum last Spring. Lucky her, Huh? Poor little Olivia was shocked at all of the naked men gallivanting about, letting it swing in the wind. Oscar had to cover her eyes a couple of times, as she blushed so hard, she looked like an apple. Well, except for her shape, that is. She’s just as round as she ever was. Well enough chit-chat.  Come on, let’s follow the Orples to France to see the sight’s from Ren’s point of view. 🙂

Olivia and the Statue discussing how confining life can sometimes be ---- until your dreams come true.

Olivia and the Statue discussing how confining life can sometimes be —- until your dreams come true.

Hang on, Olivia and her new statue friend are discussing what it’s like to be mobile. No doubt, they’ll be with us in a minute when they’re done complaining about being stuck in one place. That poor statue should have stiff arms after all of this time.  If you would like to know how Olivia and Oscar were set from from the orange tree, Check out ‘How Orples Came To Be‘, available on Amazon.  Or if you prefer more adult material, just click on my little side tab for all of my book titles, including my first two ‘adult’ books, in the Brides Series.   And if you go see Ren, please tell her we said hello. 😉

[New Post] Daily Post. No Time to Waste

Life’s too short to …. take it away orples …

These two appear to be eager orples. They are ready to see the world.

These two appear to be eager orples. They are ready to see the world.

Silly Orples. I think they are right. Follow along. Join the fun. If you want to be added to our adventures, please leave a comment, and verbally invite us along. I may gather these blog entries and combine them for a book, down the road. Keyword—might.  If I do, you may include whatever credit info you like, linked to your contribution(s). For now, I link back to the source of my material, and would appreciate a ping-back. What a way to make new friends! So come join the orples and I, as we travel the world in Orpleland. 🙂 To follow our adventures so far, click here, and see where we’ve been already.