Once upon a time…when I used to have time to play games, I was an avid “Simmer”. For those who might not know what I’m talking about, I’m referring to The Sims, the computer “life simulation” game from EA. I played the original Sims way back when, moved on to the Sims 2 and loved it, found myself disappointed with Sims 3, and gradually fell away from the game and the “simming” community. I’ve now learned that Sims 4 is coming up, so maybe I’ll have to make a little time and check the new version out when it arrives.

But, back to the DAILY PROMPT. Even  after I stopped actually “playing” the game, I remained an active member of the Sims community. I began creating my own “Sims” and sharing them through the Community Exchange.

I’m also a history lover, so one of the Sims I created and shared was Jackie Kennedy.

Jackie Kennedy created for Sims 3

Jackie Kennedy created for Sims 3

Another “simmer” downloaded Jackie, put her in a girl band, and uploaded the video to YouTube. It was hilarious. This all took place about four years ago, and even though I still have the video link, I haven’t been able to get it to work, so I’m not sure if the YouTube video is still there. I’m including it here…maybe someone can try it. If it works, please let me know. I’m guessing it’s probably too old.

Jackie Kennedy Girl Band Sims 3


The real Jackie Kennedy was definitely a “super star”, and in her own way, my Sims 3 version became a star, too.

Any other “Simmers” out there?


  1. Watering pots. Processed with Android Lomo Camera app | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. The Nest |
  3. Street lamp hiding in the trees | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. The Queen | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. Soviet Pupil | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Small Backyard Fence | Bright Moments Catcher
  7. Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up | Under the Monkey Tree
  8. I’d like to thank Y’all! | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  9. Shattered dreams | contrailsonmyheart
  10. Ready for Your Close-up | Geek Ergo Sum
  11. Get Read For Your Close Up. | Sister Hood
  12. Ready For Your Close-Up: Mr Men | suzie81’s Blog
  13. Daily Prompt: Superstar | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  14. Cast the “WHAT”? | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  15. Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up | littlegirlstory
  16. Casting Call [Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up] | unknowinglee
  17. The CB Conspiracy | jennifermarshcurtis
  18. “Ready for Your Closeup” | Relax
  19. Dicaprio Outraged, No Kenton Lewis Movie | The Jittery Goat
  20. A Hero Resting | The Ambitious Drifter
  21. Daily Prompt: Street Superstar | Amelie Lockhart
  22. On living the dream | The Magic Black Book
  23. Superstar? | Life & Times
  24. Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up | Alastair’s Blog
  25. Daily Prompt ~ Superstar! | Misifusa’s Blog
  26. Supernovae | Maggie’s Stories
  27. Daily Prompt: Ready For Your Close-Up | College Girl Dai
  28. Are You Free Mr Braff? | Tony’s Texts
  29. i am a superstar (cause the daily prompt said i was) | wannabepoet
  30. Ready for Your Close-up: Red Sprites Over Nebraska | Khana’s Web
  31. Oona Chaplin | vicbriggs’s Blog


When I saw “I Want to Thank My Cats” as the title for today’s DAILY PROMPT, I was really excited. I have some great cat photos to share. But, then I read on, and saw that for photographers, the prompt was “VICTORY”. I knew at once what picture I’d share today…but golly gee, I wish it had been the cats!

Anyway, here’s “Boomer”.

MVP of the "Lady Tigers"

MVP of the “Lady Tigers”

She’s one of our daughters, and despite being only 5’4″ tall, she was a very good basketball player. She began playing when she was about 9 or thereabouts, played AAU ball for many years, played also in a city-sponsored league, went on to become MVP of her high-school team in her senior year, then attended college on a full-ride basketball scholarship.  (Hey, as her Mom, I’m allowed to brag.)  During her college career, she played in 3 national NAIA tournaments, twice as a player, and once as a player/coach. The first year, the team went to the “Sweet 16”, the following year they made the “Elite 8”, and in her last year, yes, they got to the “Final 4”.

Now, that was exciting!



Today, “Boomer” is a para-professional for an elementary school, working with special needs children. She doesn’t spend much time on the court now, but as a result of her years in sports, she’s demonstrated again and again what it means to be a true “team player”. We’re proud of her, both for her illustrious “career” in basketball and for the outstanding young woman she’s become.

  1. Another sunny day | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Logs |
  3. Bosch? Tefal? Rowenta? Braun? | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Rural Russia. Windy | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. Rural Toilet | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. It’s good to stay at home | Bright Moments Catcher
  7. Abacus. Testing Nokia Asha 210 Camera | Bright Moments Catcher
  8. Follow your way |
  9. Wash me! | Bright Moments Catcher
  10. Field flowers | Bright Moments Catcher
  11. Realisation Dream (Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats) | Amelie Lockhart
  12. Daily Prompt: | Under the Monkey Tree
  13. Speechless [Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats] | unknowinglee
  14. Headless Horseman’s Victory | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  15. Daily Prompt-Writing Will Help Me Win | readingwithafeather
  16. I’m so honored | Right Down My Alley
  17. I’d Like to Thank My Cats | Geek Ergo Sum
  18. Cygnets (Daily Prompt: Victory) | photo potpourri
  19. DP Challenge: Victory; the Water Villages of Ha Long Bay, VN | Travels and Trifles
  20. Daily Prompt:I’d like to Thank My Cats | Motherhood and Beyond
  21. I’d like to thank… | thoughtsofrkh


She Thinks She’s Very Clever


Meet Anna. Her full name is Anna Banana, and she’s an eleven-year-old Double-Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot. No, she doesn’t have two heads. The “double-yellow-headed” part refers to the amount of yellow, not the number of heads. 🙂

Anna Clever

Although this definitely is not one of her best shots, it will have to do today. She actually doesn’t like having her picture taken, and she’s even worse when it comes to recording. I do have one hilarious 5 minute recording of her “singing” opera — no words, just la-la-la-la sounds. Surprisingly, she actually managed to end on the right pitch. But if she sees me with my “smart phone” she shuts up and usually starts climbing all over her cage.

Anna does think she’s quite clever. One evening she decided to hide when it was time to go back inside her cage. Oh, she thought she was so smart to perch on the bottom rung of one of the chairs at the dining table. She was well-concealed beneath the long tablecloth…or so she thought. She forgot about her tail feathers sticking out.

As you can see, her favorite treat in all the world is a ginger cookie. Not just any ginger cookie. She adores “Anna’s Ginger Cookies” made by the Biscotti Company. The company even gave her a complimentary cookie tin all her own.

Anna's Cookie Tin

So, Miss Anna is probably the only parrot who has a cookie tin with her name on it…hmmm…maybe she IS a bit clever, at that!

  1. When my granny was young | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Be my guest! |
  3. Bzebza is digging his garden. August 2013 | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Paper Camera App by JFDP Labs | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. Picking Flowers | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. What’s going on? | Bright Moments Catcher
  7. Boys, what are you looking at… | Bright Moments Catcher
  8. Rural Russia. Russian Village Street Photography | Bright Moments Catcher
  9. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | View From The Third eye
  10. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | Under the Monkey Tree
  11. I tried cooking my sister | Improving Slowly
  12. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha 26|8 |
  13. Even CA could be funny at times-II | A few handpicked things in life
  14. Childhood Funny Words: Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  15. Funny… who me? | The Rider
  16. chipmunk (Clever) | photo potpourri
  17. Is it not funny? | Eccentric Lady
  18. Maybe, sometimes, always. | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  19. Fun with the cops 😉 | A few handpicked things in life
  20. I Never Said I Was Funny, I Simply Agreed | JuSt ViSiTiNG THiS PLaNeT…
  21. Not Really Laughing | Tony’s Texts
  22. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | littlegirlstory
  23. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | DCMontreal
  24. Daily Prompt: Clever | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  25. Funny How? [Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha] | unknowinglee
  26. Not so funny ha ha as funny, what?! | thoughtsofrkh
  27. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha | Purple Rosemary
  28. Only joking! | Sue’s Trifles
  29. A Fine Line Between Clever And Stupid. | The Ambitious Drifter
  30. Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha « Mama Bear Musings
  31. Laughter is the best medicine | A mom’s blog

Preparing for Winter


Remember the little tale about the Ant and the Grasshopper? Well, this picture is neither an ant nor a grasshopper, but a bushy-tailed squirrel busily gathering berries for winter.

Busily preparing for the winter months to come

Busily preparing for the winter months to come

I got this shot outside the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence.

  1. Daily Prompt: The Effort behind sucessful blogging | tokʞaali’s blog/site/ɹǝʌǝʇɐɥʍ
  2. Daily Prompt: Effort | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  3. Success Enough | Daily Prompt: Secret of Success | likereadingontrains
  4. Diary of a Mud Run | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  5. Effort | The Magic Black Book
  6. jennifermarshcurtis
  7. How do you spend your Sundays? | We Live In A Flat
  8. Success! Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  9. Effortless Blogging? | The Ambitious Drifter
  10. Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy | ourmulticolouredlife
  11. The Secret of a Soldier | Beyondpen
  12. The Lurker’s List | What It Takes to Become a Successful Blogger
  13. A Successful Blogger? What the what? | Emotional Resonance and Rocket Launchers
  14. Daily Prompt: Secret of Success | My Atheist Blog
  15. It’s good enough for me… | thoughtsofrkh
  16. There’s No Shortcut To Success! | Creative Mysteries
  17. Aiming for Zenith! On My Way to Success | Things To Rave About
  18. Daily Prompt: Secret of Success | Under the Monkey Tree
  19. “Secret of Success” | Relax
  20. Daily Prompt: Secret of Success | littlegirlstory
  21. Daily Prompt: Secret of Success « Vicariously Poetic

Walking with Harry

You can still go walking with Harry Truman in his hometown of Independence, Missouri

You can still go walking with Harry Truman in his hometown of Independence, Missouri

Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was a walker. He began each morning with a brisk stroll — much to the consternation of the Secret Service agents who had to keep up with him.

Today, in his hometown of Independence, Missouri, you’ll find his favorite route turned into an official “walking trail“. It’s a 2.7 mile walk along the sidewalks in town. Along the way, you’ll see the familiar figure of history’s most famous walker on these bright blue-and-white signs.



  1. Nature’s Contrast | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Enjoying Nature |
  3. Russian accordionist | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Picking Flowers | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. Walking through Stroitel of Belgorod Region, Russia. March 8, 2012 | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Welcome to Russia |
  7. My first walk | The Magic Black Book
  8. A Walk in the Clouds | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  9. My philosophy on shoes | tokkaali’s blog/site/whatever
  10. Daily Prompt – These boots are made for walking. | Kate Murray
  11. Things I Think Pre-Coffee : These Boots Are Made For Walking | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  12. Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking | Postum.Scriptum.
  13. These Boots Were Made For Kicking! | alienorajt
  14. Fall Walk | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  15. Walking The Essex Coast | The Essex Coast
  16. Unknown Chuck Taylor Sneakers | Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking | likereadingontrains
  17. Daily Prompt: Walk « Vicariously Poetic
  18. Shoes – I have no shame | mostlytrueramblings
  19. Resting – Zermatt, Switzerland | alternative.reality
  20. Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking | littlegirlstory
  21. What Ever Happened To My Connies? (Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars) | The Jittery Goat

The Aliens Are Landing

When I saw today’s DAILY PROMPT, I knew exactly what picture I should use. When playing around one day, I made this silly picture of alien ships landing.

Yeah, it’s FAKE.

Don't worry. It's not real.

Don’t worry. It’s not real.

This was actually a photograph I took of the Mississippi River in Illinois.

  1. Icicles on the house | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Time |
  3. Getting By: Fake Equilibrium | The Magic Black Book
  4. My “Seasons” Calendar 2013 | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. The Ambiguity Of Fences | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Peking to Paris 2013. Belgorod, Russia. Sports and racing complex “Virazh” June 19, 2013 | Bright Moments Catcher
  7. Pants on Fire | Lost in Translation
  8. Zenit Camera | Bright Moments Catcher
  9. Raindrops on the windows | Bright Moments Catcher
  10. You’re lying | contrailsonmyheart
  11. Pants on Fire | Geek Ergo Sum
  12. What you know…or you think you do | MC’s Whispers
  13. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | Under the Monkey Tree
  14. The Last Lie… | The Rider
  15. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | View From The Third eye
  16. Daily Prompt: Fake | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  17. Poseur | Poesy plus Polemics
  18. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire « Mama Bear Musings
  19. Mikki only plays with humans | We Live In A Flat
  20. My Ex-BF is Getting Married | Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | Being a Huntress
  21. If you doubt the lies to be true just ask the blind man he saw it too! | jennifermarshcurtis
  22. Daily Prompt: Pants On Fire | Vagabond
  23. The Algebra of Truth | clarior e tenebris
  24. This Girl Is On Fire | Upstairs Productions
  25. The secret to telling porkies is to not reveal the truth. | thoughtsofrkh
  26. Are Them Pants on Fire? | floatingsheep
  27. kevindeisher
  28.   | The Jittery Goat
  29. “Pants on Fire” | Relax
  30. All art is fake | The Ambitious Drifter
  31. Hope* the happy hugger
  32. I Am OK* | Not a Punk Rocker
  33. Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire | mostlytrueramblings
  34. “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince | Unconventional Wisdom From The Rabbit Hole
  35. The Day I Broke the Rules… | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  36. Daily Prompt: Fake. | 3rdculturechildren
  37. 10 Day Blogger Challenge – Half Way There! | fibijeeves
  38. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | Moments Thru Lens
  39. Pants On Fire: Little White Lies | suzie81’s Blog
  40. Ooh look, your nose has grown! | alienorajt
  41. The Big White Lier! | Everyday Adventures
  42. I’m OK | Life is great
  43. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | pandora’s island 2
  44. Believe it or not… | Life & Times
  45. Daily Prompt: Pants On Fire|Lies of the Heart | Reject Reality
  46. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | My Atheist Blog
  47. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  48. The Last Lie We Told | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  49. Daily Prompt: Definitely a Fake | Far from Done
  50. Liar, liar, pants ablaze with molten embers | polysyllabic profundities
  51. The Opposite of Love is Not Hate…wp daily prompt | Daily Observations
  52. Little Lucy Liar | Maggie’s Stories
  53. What if I told you? Would you believe me? | Okay, what if ?

The Race is On

I caught this at Shawnee Mission Park in Kansas:

The Race is On

Come on, hurry up. I’m going to get there first!




  1. First | The Magic Black Book
  2. Wrong way. Taken with HTC One V | Bright Moments Catcher
  3. The Last Leaf | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Who is Bzebza? | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. What’s going on? | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Daily Prompt: Viral – Work in Progress | Let There be Peace on Earth
  7. What is IT? | Upstairs Productions
  8. Wild |
  9. The Gap |
  10. Posing |
  11. Awesome Pizza From Awesome People For Awesome Patrons | The Ergot
  12. First ! | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  13. Let’s take a drive to Changi Beach | We Live In A Flat
  14. Viral | Geek Ergo Sum
  15. Remembering Nana | A mom’s blog
  16. Photo opportunity | Life & Times
  17. Going Viral [Daily Prompt: Viral] | unknowinglee
  18. Daily Prompt: Viral | Under the Monkey Tree
  19. 100 words | dawnyhosking
  20. The First Hit Went A Little Like This | Molly Greye
  21. SEIZING THE MOMENT! Are you ready? | Movers, Shakers, Leadership Makers
  22. New York Times: Daily Blunder | I really just pretend to know stuff
  23. Daily Prompt:Viral | Motherhood and Beyond
  24. Daily Prompt: Viral « Mama Bear Musings
  25. Mommy Guilt | jennifermarshcurtis
  26. Boise Is A Meteorologically Oddity; It Has No Weather | The Jittery Goat
  27. 148. Dancing with the Mouse | kevindeisher
  28. First Contact | The Ambitious Drifter
  29. First… | Apocayptic Wonder
  30. I say tomato… | Sue’s Trifles
  31. prime subject (First) | photo potpourri
  32. A politician can be an idiot | MC’s Whispers
  33. Freinds | cellarfloor
  34. Daily prompt: We live in an accident-free world, but not in a good way | DCMontreal
  35. Daily Prompt: Viral | littlegirlstory
  36. Shoving subjects down students’ throats- Like a Boss | Ideas Opined
  37. A Message to the World | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s