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5/29/15

Feline Friday- A Nap Before Breakfast

A Nap Before Band Practice
Happy Feline Friday. Feline Friday is a fun meme my friend Sandee with Comedy Plus  posts every Friday. The meme was created by Steve from Burnt Food Dude. This meme provides us humans with the opportunity to publish our own, and view others bloggers photographs, drawings, and videos of cats in their finest moments.

Camera's, videos, and human talent has opened a gateway into the adventurous world of cats, and boy are they photogenic.

I think the kitten in this photograph is taking a nap before band practice. While my feline is running around my apartment, jumping over furniture, intentionally scratching the back of my sofa, (instead of his scratch board), because I am writing.

Have a great day, and click on Sandee and Steve's link for more Feline Friday posts, they're terrific.

Note in reference to Monday's Stories: 

Jean from The Misadventures of Widowhood guessed the true story, congratulations Jean!  I truly appreciate all of you who participated, especially since I had to quit blogging for awhile, and lost a lot of readers. Your loyalty means the world to me.

Plus, I'd like to add that when my mother told me the story about the puppies, I didn't believe it either, and I still have questions, although she remains adamant that it's the truth.

Forgive me for any mistakes I may have made in this post, I'm racing the Louisiana rain. I have a desktop, and I'm afraid I may lose power.

Again, have a wonderful day, and don't forget to leave or read a comment. It's fun!

Oh, and you can still read Monday's Stories in the post below, and see which story you would have chosen.    
Bye again :)


 

5/26/15

"Monday's Stories" On Tuesday: Toby and Pete, And Grocery Store Items


On Monday of last week I published a post about publishing a new weekly post, entitled, Monday's Stories: Fact Or Fiction. 

Every week I'll write two stories, one will be authentic entertainment and the other highly colored fiction.
You will decide which story is true and which is pure imagination. I hope these tall tales will be different, fun, and challenging.  

Do you think you can tell the difference between a true story and fiction? 
This week, I will publish the correct answers on Friday, but next week, I will stop taking comments about which story you think is true on Friday, and reveal the true story in the next "Monday's Stories: Fact Or Fiction" post.

This is another clever suggestion from Sandee at Comedy Plus, because as Sandee pointed out, it will give everyone a chance to read others opinions throughout the week-end, as well as build readers anticipation. 

Stories begin after clicking "Read More."  Thank you for reading.

5/24/15

Put On Your Thinking Cap

Put on your thinking cap, because I'm writing the stories for my new weekly post, Monday's Mysteries , which I wrote a post about last Monday. Forgive me, but I've changed a few things about Monday's Mysteries, including the title. I realized that the title might imply that the stories will be mysteries, when one story will be true and the other fiction. The new title will be Monday's Stories: Truth or Fiction.

On Monday's post I wrote: "Every Monday I’m going to write two brief stories, one story will be authentic, and the other highly colored fiction.

You will decide which story is true and which is pure imagination. These Tall Tales will be brief, fun, and challenging. Do you think you can tell the difference between truth and fiction?" 


In addition to changing the title, my friend Sandee from Comedy Plus, suggested I wait a few days before I reveal the true story, and I think it's a good idea, so the true story will be published every Friday.

I'll post the links to the blogs and websites, (or your name if you do not have a blog) for those of you who guess the true story. You can let me know by leaving a comment. I love comments and I will reply. Take your time, you have until Friday. Although you're more than welcome to leave a comment today, just to say hello, or if you have any questions.  

Thank you and good luck!

Have a wonderful day. :)

Ann Clemmons

Special note: Thanks Sandee. 

5/22/15

Feline Friday: "The Difference Between Dog's And Cats"




Happy Feline Friday! Feline Friday is fun meme my friend Sandee at Comedy Plus posts every Friday. The meme was created by Sandee's buddy Steve, at Burnt Food Dude because he wanted his friends and readers to know he likes cats. I'm not sure why everyone thought Steve disliked cats, but it's been my experience that you have to own a cat to understand them. I've always been a dog lover, and never expected to own a cat, not because I disliked them, I just preferred dogs, and had never raised a cat. If you have never owned a cat this video will give you an idea about how cats and dogs love and learn to trust in their own way, plus it's fun to watch.


Thank you for visiting, and feel free to leave a comment, or check your "Reaction" in one of the boxes below this post.  To participate in this meme, just read Sandee's post at Comedy Plus  for more information and fun.

Oh, and if you have time, let me know "What Song Is In Your Head Today," the song in my head is posted on the sidebar.

Have a terrific day! Follow your bliss- :)



Special thanks to YouTube  and Arnabkacakstudio for the "Cat Versus Dog" video.


Ann Clemmons






5/19/15

Tuesday's Question: Have You Ever...??


Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. This weeks question is...
   
Have you Ever Discovered a Lost Item In An Unexpected Area? 

O.K., I'll answer first:

Last night I was thinking about a telephone conversation I had with my paternal grandmother many years ago. She called while I was looking  for my utility bill, and I must have sounded irritable when I answered the phone, because she asked me what was wrong.

I told her I was moving from room to room, desperately seeking the bill for my utilities, when she said; "Well, Ann, have you looked in the refrigerator?"

Can you guess where I found it?

Thank you for visiting, and I cannot wait for your answers.

Have a super day!

Dedicated to my paternal grandmother.  


5/18/15

Monday's Mysteries Are Around The Corner



Next Monday, I will post Monday's Mysteries for the first time, so stop by and leave the first comment, and I will post a link to your blog or website.

Every Monday I’m going to write two brief stories, one story will be authentic, and the other highly colored fiction.

You will decide which story is true and which is pure imagination. These Tall Tales will be brief, fun, and challenging. Do you think you can tell the difference between truth and fiction?

I will let you know which story is true when I reply to your comment- (And for you law breakers: Do not try to read the comments for the answer, because I have cameras. :))

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you will return to participate, or read the stories. (I don't really have  cameras.)

Have a great Monday. :))

Ann Clemmons

5/15/15

Feline Friday- Simon Claus-


It's Feline Friday! Feline Friday is fun meme my friend Sandee at Comedy Plus  posts on Friday's, which Sandee's buddy at Burnt Food Dude started because he wanted everyone to know he likes cats.

It's one of my favorite meme's. Here is a photo of my favorite feline, my cat Simon this past Christmas. I asked Simon to play Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, which he seemed thrilled to do, until he saw the Santa Claus hat.      




Have a fun, safe, and happy Friday, and thanks for stopping by A Nice Place In The Sun.

Comments make me happy. :)

And just a reminder, if you have time, let me know what song is in your head today?

5/12/15

Tuesday's Question: Hmm...What is it this week? Books, Children, life?

What''s The First Book That Made You Cry?




Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. This is the first Tuesday's Question I've written in a long time, so I'm rusty, but here goes, (Although, I know you already read it.)

What's the first book that ever made you cry? Feel free to the replace "cry" with "laugh," either word is fine, whatever emotion you felt the strongest from a book for the first time.


Frank Kafka, once wrote, "A book must be the ax for the frozen sea inside us."


What book helped break the "frozen sea' in you?


I know this is a tough question to ponder, or at least it was for me, so take your time, because you can come back whenever you wish.

Alright, it's my turn to answer this question. Note: The first book to make you cry doesn't have to be a children's book.




The first book that made me cry was Stuart Little, by E.B.White, although it might not count, because my mother read it to my brother’s and I when I was six years old, so when I think about it, Stuart Little may be the first book that made my brother's laugh or cry, because tears rolled down my face when Stuart swirled down the kitchen sink. All of E.B. White's books made me laugh and cry, so maybe this answer is not the best. But, it was the first book I remembered when I thought about this question, or one of them anyway.

That being said, the first novel I read that made me cry was Watership Down, written by English author Richard Adams, and I'm sorry, but I have to include The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton  as well, because I'm not sure which one made me cry first, and both novels affected me in a profound way.

Actually, it had to have been The Outsiders that first cracked the ice in my soul, because I read it in Junior High School, I think I remembered Watership Down first, due to an unpleasant experience I had when I was a freshman in high school.



5/8/15

Spring Cleaning, Under Construction, Remodeling My Empty Nest, Writing New Stories, Hmm...

I guess it's obvious that I couldn't settle on a title for this post, but I trust that many of you get my meaning; but, I suppose I could have entitled it 'Drifting.'    

Because 2014 was a crazy year for me, one of those years I do not care to repeat. I spent the year riding an emotional roller coaster, or floating about in a daydream. In any event, I haven't had enough time to dust, nail, or rearrange my cherished spot on the internet for what feels like an eternity.

I can't believe how long it's been since my last post.  

I finally finished a children's manuscript, so, I've been busy researching agencies that may be interested in representing children's material.

I feel sad about the fact that my blog resembles a ghost town, especially since it used to be such a lively place to hide. I hope my old readers haven't given up on me and will return, and that new readers will discover my/our "place in the sun."

Incidentally, I hope the construction worker to the right of this text is going be alright, because I'm do not have blog owners insurance.  (Now, I understand why construction workers wear those funny looking hats.) I need a hard hat to wear while I'm cleaning my house, in addition to a pair of boots.

 The title of my manuscript is "Bizzy, The Busy Dog," and I'm working on another one entitled, "The Hobo."  

I've decided I should let my blog readers in on the titles of my offline work because you're a spectacular bunch of people, particularly those of you who have been loyal friends since I began writing A Nice Place In The Sun. You've helped me find my voice, and supported me through many unedited silly posts, and I'm grateful for your friendship.

If this is your first visit, I welcome you and hope you will return. I posted a few links to posts on my sidebar, and I'm looking forward to posting new stories soon.

Thanks again! Have a super great day. :)

Oh, and I appreciate and respond to all comments, so if you have time, please feel free to comment, e-mail me, subscribe, or step in with a broom, mop, nails and a few construction workers. :)

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Today's Popular Children's Picture Books

Today's Popular Children's Picture Books
Click on the titles below for the link to Publishers Weekly.com

The Boogeyman Man From Planet-Lackawanna-

You will lose yourself in the imaginative dreams of eleven year old Theodore Wilson's. Don't miss this review coming soon.

More reviews and available for purchase on Amazon .com. Just click on image of book and the link will take you there.

Thank you!

Upcoming Book Review

Upcoming Book Review
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Motherhood- Courage


Motherhood is an art impossible to explain, one which requires a vast sea of love, devotion, compassion, and understanding, unmatched by any affection we will ever know again.- Ann Clemmons

Courage-

Courage



Humor-

Humor


Words-

Words are the core of our souls, without written, vocal or lyrical expression we lose sight of one another or worse, ourselves. Words bring forth the essence of the human spirit; so express yourself without abandon.

Ann Clemmons

Written Phrase

Why is it that those we should know or believe turn out to be the ones we least understand? I suppose the world is an illusion until we find our way home.-Ann Clemmons

Favorite Phrase

I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense...

Beatrix Potter’s Journal, 17 November 1896, from the National Trust collection.

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The Storyteller, by Dawn Drover

Alone in her world
of make believe
weaving her stories
of magic and light

She brings joy
to the eyes
of innocent minds
less jaded and free

For only they know
what's in her heart
holding the secrets
she guards so well

Life's hidden mysteries
belong to those
whose wisdom and truth
shine on in imagination


Written for Ann
~Dawn Drover~

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Most of the worlds' great things were born of adversity and hardship; because these roadblocks encourage us to dream, imagine and believe.- Ann Clemmons

Favorite quotes-

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”'


F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Lines from The Great Gatsby)
"A Southerner Talks Music"

Mark Twain

"A book must be the ax for the frozen sea inside us."

Franz Kafka

An author values a compliment even when it comes from a source of doubtful competency.

- Mark Twain in Eruption

"I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself"

Mark Twain

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