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[New Post] Blogging 101 . Your Dream Reader . Part 2 … Orples

Olivia is loving yesterday’s Blogging 101, writing assignment, which is why we’ve circled back to it, in spite of being a day late. If you read Part 1 of this post set, you’ll understand why this post was divided into two parts, this one being Part 2. Olivia is getting ready to garner some attention, and she can’t wait.

Olivia and Oscar discussing the  purpose of today's posting.
Olivia and Oscar discussing the purpose of today’s posting.

My ‘Dream Audience’? Hmmm, let me see, now… An orple audience would be fun loving people with open minds, opened to the playful side of life. Strategic Publishing has pegged How Orples Came To Be‘ as a children’s book, but I disagree. I think all of my ‘kiddie’ books, and especially my first book, explaining how orples evolved from oranges, are appropriate for any kid, of any age, right up through, and including one-hundred and two! My dream audience would appreciate the lessons to be learned though Olivia’s wisdom and loyalty. The orples help, Jack, their human friend indirectly rekindle his relationship with his father, after his mother’s passing away.  This book starts out sad, but ends on a happy note, with the door having been left opened for sequels. My dream audience would be writing to me, again, begging for more. They would appreciate the encouragement book 2 — ‘The Orples Make A Tree Home‘ gives children to think outside of the box in coming up for solutions as the orples turn their orange tree into an orple environment. And after my dream audience has read books 1 & 2, they would be eager to find out all about Olivia’s schooling in the book, ‘The Orples Learn To Read‘,—book 3 in the series, encouraging children to want to read and learn, in general.Olivia has a lot of spunk, while Oscar is laid back and lazy. I dream that my dream audience will, one day, wake up and realize—orples rule—especially Olivia!  And then they’ll rush out, buy orple books, and start telling their friends, and movie producers, and they will make me as popular as J.K. Rowling. Geeze, I think I need to go take a Valium. Olivia really is beginning to rub off on me, you know. Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, I wanted to mention that all of my books are self-published through CreateSspace  at Amazon, with the exception of my first book, which is printed by Strategic Printing, for the time being. Maybe you cared, maybe you didn’t, but now you know. Blessings to all who have stuck with me and read to the end. .) Olivia, Oscar, and I truly thank you.

Olivia Wants To Get Married

I think I’ve lost Olivia to love, or maybe she’s just infatuated with the idea of marital bliss? Either way, we can all thank Ralph over a post he made back in July. Evidently he is a thoughtful person, and was thanking his followers for his 1,000th sign up. “Well, goodie two shoes for him,” is what Olivia told me, kind of huffy like. Personally, I think Olivia is jealous over Ralph’s popularity.  She changed her tune as she continued to read and came across a list Ralph had made. She got to option #4 on Ralph’s list and is convinced he was asking her to marry him.  I keep telling her, he was being playful. She says that ‘I’m the one’ who is jealous. I don’t even know Ralph, although he does have a cool blog. Anyway, I hope Ralph doesn’t get mad when he sees what this silly little orple is up to now. You know, though, it could be since my book series, Brides just came out, Olivia is contemplating tying the knot herself. There are two main characters named Ralph in this trilogy, so maybe she’s got  a crush on one of them? — and now here comes this guy named Ralph, and Olivia is confused. Then again, Olivia is usually pretty smart, but then again, love does make people do stupid things — like marry a complete stranger — sometimes.  I hope Ralph steps forward and tells her, he was just joking. I think Olivia mistook the question anyway, to be honest. if you ask me, I think Ralph was asking her/you/me what ‘she/we’ thought, not what ‘he’ thought. But I couldn’t convince her of that concept. It is not easy being an orple-keeper, you know. You have to stay on top of these two little characters constantly to keep them in check. Olivia_Bride_Oscar was so upset when he found out about Olivia’s plans, he went fishing all by himself. He’s pouting right now, if you’re wondering why Olivia showed up alone. I keep telling Olivia that Oscar and I need her, here, with us. Why, just yesterday they were playing together at Swannanoah. Those two are the best of friends, or so I thought. You should check out some of their adventures in photos. They have a whole section of action shots, just click on the title of whatever post you might care to comment on.  The  Orples Overview category  gives you a better feel in the world of orples, too, for anyone interested.  As you’ll see, we were getting along just fine, then here comes Ralph, and his stupid list. I sure do hope Olivia changes her mind. You’d think she would at least want to meet Ralph before she just trots down the Isle with him. Ralph, if you stop by to visit, let me know if you want me to delete Olivia’s marriage announcement, or maybe your could even talk some sense into her for me. Sometimes she just sort of takes liberties, but always according to the Golden Rule. After all, she is a good little orple, and good little orples, as playful as they are, do respect other people’s wishes.

Olivia To The Rescue

Being the helpful little orple that she is, Olivia is hanging posters for me to announce my new Brides Series. Even though only two of the three books in the trilogy are complete at this writing, she insists I should be getting the word out. In the meantime, Oscar is the one drooling over the pages of what’s about to happen next. Who’d have thought Oscar would even open a book? Hmm, these books must be pretty good to attract Oscar’s attention. He’d usually rather be out running around, exploring the physical world, or sleeping. Then again, Oscar likes to eat, too. The Orples books tell you all about Oscar and Olivia.  Or you can check out the topic in the margins of my blog page to get a glimpse into the world of orples, in general.   Brides_Ad_103014 Olivia was pretty upset when I told her she had competition.  However, at this point, I’ve convinced her to read my books before she discounts them.  Besides, the way Olivia loves to read, you’d think she would eagerly pounce on the story of the Sanderson family and their adventures. She snooped a little,  and decided to give my ‘other’ books a try. I think she was a little shocked at some of the language, since orples are not accustomed to such colorful words as Roger sometimes uses, especially if Yvonne has been pushing his buttons again.  Plus, Olivia and Oscar both like horses, which are abundant throughout the Brides books.  The orples have even been horseback riding themselves, and have a picture to prove it!

The Orples Visit Swannanoah . View 3

Those pesky little Orples are at it again. They reprimanded me for posting the wrong photo the other day (see Swannanoah . View 1), and have insisted I come back and re-post. They also insisted on coming along to supervise.

Olivia and Oscar tagging along to be sure I am posting correctly.
Olivia and Oscar tagging along to be sure I am posting correctly.

Wow, it’s a long way down. On the upside if the Orples do fall, they can bounce to the bottom, although, they do bruise easily, so let’s hope they don’t fall.

Angry Orples?

Whoa! Let me insert this little clip to appease Olivia and Oscar,  this blog is named in honor of the Orples, after all. They heard I’ve started blogging again and were devastated that I didn’t invite them to come along for my last two adventures (at Swannanoah). So to make them happy, let me reintroduce these unusual little creatures to those of you who don’t remember, or have not yet met, these little orange-people. They do love to explore when we go on our little field trips. Oscar and Olivia have found a tree to play on, or is that in?  Whichever; when you’re the size of an orange, you can fit in all kinds of places, including underground. Feel free to browse through some of their other photos, if you like these. If you look in the margin, there is a category, Orples in Photos.  There are also links to Amazon’s site in case you’re curious as to ‘How Orples Came To Be‘.

Orples on Stump 10.26.14

I think maybe while they’re in a good mood, I should tell them they have competition with my new ‘Bride’s Trilogy’.  Actually, to date, only two out of three books are available for sale to the public. Everything available to date in listed in my margin, for anyone who is interested. Just click on the appropriate Icon to go to that book on Amazon’s site. I’m still tweaking, ‘Brides. Book 3. Topeka, so it is unavailable for the time being. I’m also trying to get my e-books formatted correctly, which I’m doing myself using Kindle’s resources. One day I’ll end up blogging on that topic/adventure/nightmare?—perhaps a little of all three when you don’t know what you’re doing? Maybe I should ask Olivia how to do it. She seems to know it all, at times. Although, I suspect she may be a little huffy when she meets Roger and the gang from the Bride’s series.  Olivia likes being in the spotlight, with Oscar, and maybe Jack, and she might share the spotlight with Mrs. Mouse, but I doubt Olivia would have much patience with some of the character’s in Brides, since they sometimes use wordy durds, unbecoming to an orple’s demeanor.  You’d really have to read the books to know what I’m talking about.

Another Richmond Mural … in pieces

Recently, I’ve done two posts involving Murals. The first one was involving hands, and the second a warning about drug use. They were received relatively well, so I am adding another mural to the group, taken from the side of a little Latino Market/Restaurant in Richmond. Please Enjoy.

The overall view of the  Mural as displayed from a distance.
A close of the center of the mural
Left/Center Close Up
Right/Center Closeup

I wish I could share a little about the history of the location the Mural was drawn from, assuming it depicts an actual place, probably in Mexico.  If you know something about it, that I don’t, please tell us about it in the comment sections.  Otherwise, please simply enjoy the color and composition.

Window Shopping With The Orples

You’d think I would have known better than allow the orples to come along to the river. Now, I can’t go anywhere without them wanting to tag along. It appears they had stowed away on my Staunton trip. Evidently, while I was peeping in store windows, the orples were too.  Olivia loves to read.  She’s found a storefront that has really captured her attention. Look at all the stuff there is to read in that window! This might take awhile!

“I love this little store, Oscar. I sure do wish it was opened, so we could go inside.”

A Path To the River’s Edge

I was going to post this set of shots earlier, but the orples were bugging me, and then they got hung up in some tree roots trying to cross the path, so I did a post on the orples to keep them satisfied.  If they can keep up, they can join us as I show you one way to reach the rocks bordering the James River. This is a popular hangout spot for old and young alike on our hot summer days in the city. When the rains are heavy, sometimes the rocks can no longer be seen as the river rises within the boundaries of its shores. To begin the trek to the river, we must first park the car, then climb some old steps onto the well worn path.

For those of you who are new to my blog and don’t know what orples are, you can go to the Orples Overview section of my blog to learn more about them, if you so desire. ;) In the meantime, it is off to the river we go…

Set off on the far corner of the parking lot, in the shade, our journey begins.
This is a better view of the steps leading up to the narrow path leading to the river. For those carrying coolers, with the intent of spending the day on the rocks, it is a challenging path, no doubt. Watch your step.
This is a better shot of the tree in the path the orples got hung up in on the last post I did ( Today 6.4.12). Wearing zorries is not recommended when trying to make your way over these roots. The bank to the left goes straight down the side of the hill.  Falling over the side of the bank would be a real bummer.
Once you get past the tree in the path, another set of stone steps beckons you further up the hill.
This structure stands at the top of the hill. I am not sure what it’s purpose is, really. It may have been a building that never was built, or maybe at one time there was a roof on those steel beams. This has been in for years, and I’ve never seen it in any form other than from that shown here. And I used to walk this path often, when my kids were teens and we’d come to the river. There is a porta potty tucked in the corner though, so it makes a great stop off spot, if you know what I mean.
A sign clues visitors in as to what this little path is all about and lists a few rules to follow. There is also a map of the trails, which can be accessed by bike or foot in most areas.
This is a better view of the map taken from the sign above.
It appears the orples have caught up with us. They seem to be mastering the steps. Good for them. In the background, there is a bridge crossing some railroad tracks. The gates accessing the foot bridge are locked at night to keep people off of the rocks after dark.  The bridge is caged to prevent people from throwing things over the side onto the train tracks below.
These are some of those trains I was telling you about, parked along the tracks.
And if you keep looking, you’ll see more trains.
Standing on the platform leading to a set of stairs going down, you can look out over the rocks. Not many people have camped out today. It is still early in the year, but as summer progresses, towels are spread out over the rocks, much like you see at the beach.
Looking down from our perch, you can make out the tops of people’s head that have taken the stairs down to ground level. I think we’ll bypass that trip today. Maybe later. For now, a birds-eye view will give you an idea of how far above the ground we are now standing.  If I remember correctly, there are five or six flights of steps down to the bottom.
Here’s one more look out over the outer shores of the river (hidden by the trees). Enjoy your view.
This is a better shot of those stairs Olivia and Oscar were descending in our earlier shot, heading toward the river.  Now you can really see the porta potty, I was telling you about earlier.
And here is a different perspective on those stairs we crossed awhile ago coming up the hill. I love the way the rock ties in with the elements of nature as though the steps are a natural part of their surroundings.
As we arrive back at the parking lot, it looks as though Olivia and Oscar managed to keep up, after all. They are going to be two tired little orples when they get home, no doubt. That was quite a trek to travel when you’re the size of an orange. My little orple buddies make me proud!

Weekly photo Challenge . Today . June 4, 2012

Today I was getting ready to set up a post along an interesting path, leading to some of the rocks on the James River. Of course, the orples have been haunting me, and pouting because they didn’t get to join us on our walk around the block in Richmond on Saturday and I’ve been ignoring them ever since. So before we stroll the entire path, let’s give the orples time to catch up. It appears they’re stuck in some tree roots along the path. They’re helping each other across, so we may have to wait for the next post … “A path to the river’s edge“.  Those silly little orples just have to come along sometimes, or they bug me to death.

“Grab my hand, Olivia. We will keep each other balanced.”

Stay tuned, we’ll visit the river when Olivia and Oscar get untangled and can keep up with the rest of us. ;) I wouldn’t want to leave them behind.

Enjoy today, whatever your day brings.

Weekly Photo Challenge . Today . June 3, 2012

Meet Caleb, my youngest grandchild to date. I watched him for his Mommy today, while she went to the grocery store. We decided to play outside while she was gone.  Caleb is 14 months old, now.

Little boys and sandboxes fit like a hand in a glove. :)
Hmmm, I wonder if the motor works?
“Wanna eat some sand with me?”