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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
The real way to attract dragonflies is with water.  However, some plants appeal to them also.  Dragonflies feast on mosquitoes, midges, and other pests.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Weekend Adventures
#pocketwin: Lagenlook Aprons
Thursday Yardening
#pocketfail Eddie Bauer
Aspects of Game Design
Guy in a Wheelchair Builds a BBQ
Emotional Intimacy Question: Gratitude
Poem: "Sojourners"
Wednesday Yardening
Cuddle Party

My social media campaign #pocketfail (along with #pocketwin for good examples) have attracted a little activity. \o/

There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 2 with a theme of "respect is a need." I hope to see you then!

Poetry in Microfunding:

There is one open epic.

"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins and is now complete. Johan reveals a secret.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and is now complete. Kenzie and Pretty Ears talk about next steps.

"Everyone Can Dance" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and has 15 new verses. Shiv realizes a possible catch in the plan.

Weather here has been intermittently rainy. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of sparrows, a flock of mourning doves, several house finches, a pair of cardinals, and a rabbit. Currently blooming: violas, petunias, pinks, marigolds, alliums, lantana, torenia, million bells, moss rose, firecracker plant, salvia, nasturtiums, phlox, gaillardia, clover, Asian lilies, daylilies, golden rain tree, cleome, and a bunch of other things. Mulberries are ripe. Crabapples and apples have green fruit.

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Here is my card for the Winterfest in July Bingo fest. It runs from July 1-30. Celebrate all the holidays and traditions of winter! (See all my 2019 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


Just Friends Snuggling by the FireNaughty ListThe Winter SoldierChristmas
Deer ElsaMake a Gingerbread HouseInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3Advent Wreath or Calendar
Silver and GoldAggressively Festive Holiday SweaterWILD CARDActs of KindnessNational Fruitcake Day - December 27
Baking/Cooking Hot CocoaThe Christmas ListFamily PortraitsKwanzaa
BlanketsHiding GiftsDominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey)IcemanPretty Paper

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Today was mostly sunny, hot, and sticky.

Round One: I fed birds and decided it was too hot for more.

Round Two: In the evening, I picked a few mulberries.

A shasta daisy is blooming in the prairie garden.  The red bergamot is still blooming in my strip garden. 

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