One Bright Shining Moment

The Friday Post

Ahhh, Camelot.

(If that means nothing to you, hasten ye to rent the Camelot DVD. Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero…just do it.)

This previous week, the weather wrought much difficulty. The mud, in which my car has been stuck not once, but twice–in our own freshly graveled driveway.

The wind, which took down our beloved ArroyoNet–and which, though we patched it as best we could (including several sojourns to the roof antenna), has never been the same. No more phone, and basic email and browsing are not to be taken for granted.

(Comcast continues to be a FAIL. A persistent one.)

The ice, which freezes the yard gate closed on a daily basis no matter how many times I chip it free–there’s trenching to be done, but not until the ground thaws.

The cold, which froze someone else’s water line in our tiny community well system and took out our water, killing the fridge icemaker and the water filter.

And then, of course, the settling of disturbed ground, which created Duncan’s sink hole and sent him on his rough tumble.

So yeah…that’s been the weather, these weeks after we moved in.

But one morning last week?

Ahh… Camelot.

For one bright shining moment…

more snow!


yet more snow!

plus some sun!

and some sky!

About Doranna

My books are SF/F, mystery, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. My dogs are Beagles, my home is the Southwest, and the horse wants a cookie!
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23 Responses to One Bright Shining Moment

  1. Lorraine says:

    Lovely. Just lovely!

  2. Adrianne says:

    Oh! Very pretty! And you have flying saucers too! (next to last photo)

  3. Doranna says:


    This is a back yard that pleases the muse considerably. 8)

  4. Doranna says:


    I wondered if anyone would see the flying saucers! My very first!

  5. Tori Lennox says:

    Gorgeous photos, Doranna! Say hi to the aliens for me. 🙂

  6. Kevin says:

    I’ve been asked by the overlords to respectfully request that you remove the photos of our craft and disavow any knowledge of our presence here until after the invasion. Thank you.

  7. Doranna says:


  8. Peggy says:

    You won’t mind the mud TOO much if you keep looking at those gorgeous pictures. I’m sure the aliens will be friendly.

  9. ComcastMark says:

    Cool pictures. Cool UFOs! The aliens told me that you wrote something about Comcast 🙂
    How can I help? Can you provide more details? I work for Comcast.


    Mark Casem
    Comcast Corp.
    Comcast Customer Operations

    • Doranna says:

      Hi, Mark–

      Glad you like the UFOs.

      Oh, gosh, look, I forgot to cloak the ongoing cable fail with the assigned nickname. I was tired last night. Gotta love that google alert feature!

  10. Doranna says:


    Yes, the view does distract from the mud. Must remember to look UP! Er, as long as I’m not walking. Then, must look down. Or else FALL down. This is the slipperiest mud there ever was!

    I’m adding straw and shavings. It’s good for brick-making, right?

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, those views! You are going to be so happy and productive there that the rest of us won’t be able to stand you (no fear–we will.) But seriously–love the views. Love the cute little aliens…they’re so sweeeet (let’s see what Kevin does with *that*!)

  12. KarenJG says:

    I knew it, I just KNEW it! That notsayin’cast company takes its marching orders from aliens!

    But, WAY cool back yard! Especially with aliens! You’ve described it, and it sounded lovely, but nothing beats a picture for the whole “socks-knocked-off” impact.

    Um. Does this mean you have to write some science fiction novels now? You know, seein’s how you have a personal relationship with the local aliens…?

  13. Doranna says:

    Elizabeth–those views are a balm! I only wish I could truly capture them on “film.”

  14. Doranna says:


    Gosh, I don’t know…I’ll have to see what the little voices in my head say.

    They’re real, you know.

  15. ThatBrunette says:

    I see those pictures as lovely but also as trouble. Snow to be shoveled. Trees that might fall. Snow plows that won’t come for a few days. And, worst of all, bad drivers. If it would only snow in back yards, I would be happy. I only want the snow in spots where it won’t be an inconvenience.

    Watching my 5 year old out in the snow might change my mind. 🙂

    Happy Fresh Fiction Valentine’s Day!

    • Doranna says:

      Oh, all those things were going on in the background, for sure. As in Thursday…snowed in! Interstate closed… There is, I’m discovering, some particular combination of factors that makes the snow around here a more slippery beast than any I’ve been in…and I’ve been in a LOT.

      But here, on the land, there was beauty. 8)

      HFFVD! You’re in the contest!

  16. Valerie says:

    UFO’s….oh my. And such beautiful photos. Here in Germany, we are having masses of snow and below zero temps. Centigrades, that is….brrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

    “Happy Fresh Fiction Valentine’s Day!”

  17. Doranna says:

    Brrrrrr! is right! We were 4F last night…beautiful clear night, full moon off the snow. I was out at midnight to feed Duncan Horse, didn’t need a flashlight!

  18. Kimberley Coover says:

    The pictures are beautiful! But like life – to get that one special moment
    you have to live thru all the “poop”. I hope that as winter continues, you are blessed with more days of beauty and fewer of ice and mud.

    Happy Fresh Fiction Valentine’s Day!

    • Doranna says:

      Ahhh! Ahhh! Massive snow melt today! New sinkhole across the driveway! (sigh)

      Thank you for those kind thoughts. I hope you’re right!

      (And HFFVD–got you in the contest!)

  19. Lisa Garrett says:

    Your pictures are beautiful but I love balmy FL. Actually it is only 40 degrees here in NW FL. Thanks for sharing with us!
    “Happy Fresh Fiction Valentine’s Day!”

    • Doranna says:

      Oh, but it’s good to love the place you live! 8)

      HFFVD to you, and you’re in the contest!

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