[New Post] Grateful and Guilty

Leave it to Ruth at Ruth Hentrick’s Photography, to leave the orples confused, feeling both grateful and guilty, rather cannibalistic, if you will.  We will need to write her a ‘thank you note’ for her generosity in sharing her snack with Olivia and Oscar.  They aren’t quite sure whether eating that apple is appropriate, or not. I guess so. When you start out as a fruit, I would say eating other varieties would be debatable.

The orples snacking at Ruth's place. They are debating the idea of eating an apple.

The orples snacking at Ruth’s place. They are debating the idea of eating an apple.

While these two are busy thanking Ruth, we can visit the neighbors and see what they’re up to. Drop me a line if you’d like to join in the fun and participate in our Orple Adventures.

[New post] The Daily Post . Achievement

I just fell into the coolest blog, traveling around in Orpleland.  If you are not familiar with Sylvia’s blog, anotherdayinparadise, then let me introduce you to her granddaughter, Tamsyn, and her achievements. How she and Oscar don’t break their necks, or pull a muscle (a twig, in Oscar’s case), is beyond me.

That looks like it might hurt. Ah, to be so lithe. :)

That looks like it might hurt. Ah, to be so lithe. 🙂

Olivia is smart, sitting this one out. While the kids are playing, feel free to check out what the rest of us are up to as we visit the neighbors. Let me know if you want to play. 🙂  This post will come up first, so keep toggling down. To open an individual topic, should you like to leave a comment, just click the title.

[New Post] The Daily Post . Trio no. 4

I think we should have told Jo we were coming sooner. I called her, yesterday, as it was such a crisp, bright morning, to see if she wanted to meet us at the caves. But then when we got in our speeding car, rushing to meet her, because we were behind schedule, we got stuck in the rocks on the other side of those caves in Carvoeira.  Maybe we should have picked another Daily Post Challenge, where we get better cell phone reception. I’m not sure if we’re meeting Joe in the right cave. There are so many around here. Oh, Jo, where are you?

Olivia and Oscar waiting to meet Jo in the caves in Carvoeira.

Olivia and Oscar waiting to meet Jo in the caves in Carvoeira.

While the orples are trying to find Jo, feel free to visit the neighbors, and if you’d like for us to come visit you, please be sure to tell me through a comment. I’ll add your name to my list. The orples are thrilled to have the opportunity to travel the world through other people’s blogs. We get to meet new friends, and so do you. And don’t forget, if you love orples be sure and grab an Orple Keepers Badge.

[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.

[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‘.

[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.

[New Post] The Daily Post . Bad Signal

Those nice people at the Daily Post have really done it now with their Bad Signal’ Assignment. “Oh man, I hope Olivia hasn’t checked my voice mail. My friend, Sally, called and left a message about my newest book, she just bought.  I’ve been writing an adult trilogy about the Sanderson family, and some other people.  My newest series is a family saga, stretching over about twenty-three years, so, of course, the peopling varies. Olivia was upset, thinking we were still in the prototype stage of that series, and we probably should be, since I’m sure I didn’t catch all of my errors, prior to self-printing. Olivia is still going to be bent out of shape, and she even likes the story. But she’s a perfectionist. She said I should pay an editor, instead of doing everything myself. I told her, I’m broke, and am playing catch 22 with fate. One day, when I’m back on my feet, I’ll reprint, then I hope the first printing will be valuable to anyone lucky enough to own a copy of this version.I keep hoping I’ll run into a big wig, publisher who thinks my Brides trilogy is the bees knees, and will want to reprint the story under their banner. Right now, the first printing is available for sale for both books 1 & 2, warts and all, on Amazon.com. Olivia is too busy being mad due to her competition to care why I self-published behind her back. I might have to spank her if she doesn’t straighten up and act like an adult. I wonder how old orples have to be, to be considered an adult? Who would I ask?

Olivia and Oscar have just found out Brides has been published.

Olivia and Oscar have just found out Brides has been published.

Back to my dilemma. What on earth am I going to tell Olivia to appease her? She and Oscar are my sidekicks. Besides, Olivia can be difficult when I hurt her feelings, which happens anytime she not in the spotlight. I think I’ve created a monster. For anyone unfamiliar with what an orple-keeper (me) has to put up with, you should check out ‘How Orples Came To Be.’.

[New Post] The Daily Post . Photography 101 . Connect

In keeping with today’s Daily Post Assignment, I couldn’t think of a better way to connect with others than to borrow a photo from across the pond, and connect with a friend in England. Here, for example, the orples, Olivia and Oscar, are reaching out to Gerry. He has given us permission to play in his blog and travel with him, from time to time. Come join us, and if you’d like to connect with the orples, prey tell. They love to play with both old and new friends as we surf through blogland, meeting new people along the way. In the meantime, I told you we were headed your way, Gerry. You didn’t believe us did you? No telling where we might end up next. For now, remember that photo that you took going into The New Forest? Here it is again.

Sharing adventures with Gerry in Great Brittan.

Sharing adventures with Gerry in Great Brittan.

When they saw your sign, the orples were reminded of their trip to the James river, overlooking the rocks from the tower, a couple of years back. I think you accompanied us on that trip? If not, just click here, and We’ll take you down memory lane since you were so kind as to have allowed us to visit on your blog. And if anyone wants to see what my other friends are up to click here, for a walk into the world of orples. This post was a Daily Post challenge—the subject matter was signs.  That’s kind of cool, huh?