Friday, October 12, 2018

Room With A View - UYW

Standing at the window looking out over the parking lot I felt hopeless. Would I ever be released? I had been couped up in this room for 3 weeks.
Over on the next roof top I could see a pool and several kids running around. It looked like their mom was having a nap. Oh how I would love to dip my toes in that pool, even if only for a minute.
Turning I saw my new coffee plant needed some water. I sighed, didn't we all, in some form? Water, nourishment, substance for the body and soul.
Little did I know when I accepted the position of Creative Designer with the overseas organization that it would be both a gift and a curse. A gift and a wonderful one at that, living overseas with all expenses paid PLUS a salary, I mean it was a dream come true but then there was the curse. Had I realized when I accepted the position that I would be locked down in a resort/compound in the Middle East I definitely would have reconsidered saying yes so quickly.
I missed my family. I missed my friends but most of all I missed my freedom. Oh I could leave but only with a guard and still I was confined to the compound. Now granted, it was massive and had everything you could want or imagine, except for freedom. I could not leave these walls or go near the gates that were heavily armed with guards, tanks and who knew what else.
My room had a view and a lovely one but it was oh so lonely too. Walking over to the couch and sitting down I picked up the contract. A courier had dropped off my new contract this morning. I still could not believe it, picking it up and seeing that number! WOW, it had not changed since I read it earlier. THREE MILLION dollars to stay another year!! Could I do it? Should I do it? My head hurt, reaching for my cell I hit speed dial as I remembered the time difference I hoped he wouldn't be upset for this ungodly hour with his phone ringing.
"uh hhello?"
"Hey, I know it's a crazy hour to be calling you but I just needed to hear your voice." I waited, hearing him take a breath I knew he was rubbing his face and trying to wake up.
"Okay, hey baby, what's going on? Talk to me." As a smile spread across my face, just hearing his voice gave me strength.
"They dropped off a new contract today. You're not going to believe this!"

Your words are:
gift ~ hopeless ~ dip ~ plant ~ organization 

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
I’m using:               
They were submitted by:   

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado                      https://www.bakinginatornado.com
On the Border                               https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/ 
The Bergham Chronicles                        https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com  
The Blogging 911                            http://theblogging911.com/blog    
Climaxed                                 https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com   

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pumpkins

Our once a month poetry collaboration theme is...pumpkins! I mean, it is October. 😃



Orange and round,
Filled with sweet meat.
Autumn is here,
It's pumpkins we eat.

In pies or in cakes,
It matters not which.
Smoothies or shakes,
All our tastebuds will twitch.

The above poem is compliments of my husband. Author Darrell Bedingfield
you can find his book Accidental Tenderness on Amazon.

Pumpkins
Pumpkins pumpkins
round and sweet
full of seeds
and juice meat

pumpkins pumpkins
carved with faces
candles inside
in scary places

pumpkins pumpkins
orange or painted
sitting on steps
and yards with hay bales
by: Cognitive Script

https://www.bakinginatornado.com/2018/10/team-pumpkin-october-poetry.html
https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/2018/10/pumpkin-time.html
http://www.clutteredgenius.com/?p=9730

Friday, October 5, 2018

I Love Me - SSS

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 7 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado                             https://www.BakingInATornado.com
The Lieber Family Blog              http://thelieberfamily.com
The Bergham Chronicles                        https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com  
The Blogging 911                            http://theblogging911.com/blog    
Cognitive Script                       https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/
Never Ever Give Up Hope             https://batteredhope.blogspot.com    
Climaxed                                    https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

Your “Secret Subject” is:
Is it necessary to love yourself before you can love someone else? Why or why not?
It was submitted by: https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com      

 The subject is, "is it necessary to love yourself before you can love someone else?"
 My answer is not a simple one. 
 For years I’ve put myself down and did not hold myself in a high regard at all. I was very self doubting, negative, and brutally self defeating.  
 I had a friend tell me that if I was as forgiving to myself as I was to others I would be in a better frame of mind. Why you ask, because I would forgive people in my life of offenses and wrongs that they had done me without any second thought. I would forgive their faults and their shortcomings even though most of them should have been red flags to an upcoming abusive relationship. To the point of forgiving abuse even though deep down I knew they were not sorry and it would happen again.  
 In not loving myself I loved others to an extreme. Almost smothering. Because   I was afraid that they would see me as I saw me, very unlovable and unloving, and they would leave.  
 I did not want to be alone or lonely. 
 Had I in fact loved myself the way I did them, I would have realized I did not need them. Not in an arrogant way but in a self preservation way. 
 I do believe that you need to take care of your self in more ways than just appearance. Sometimes we need a mental break from life, like a hot bath or sitting on the beach and watching the sunset. Maybe even watching videos of babies giggling on YouTube. Sometimes we need a physical break and we need to get away.  We need an emotional break and we need to take a hot shower and cry until we get it all out. Then we can look at things fresh and start over. In doing any or all of these  that is loving yourself and if I can do these things, like love myself it makes me free to love someone else without restrictions or unrealistic expectations. 
 I can love myself and I can love others with freedom when I am secure in myself and my abilities. It is not arrogant nor is it being selfish to take care of oneself and to love oneself. It is the highest form of a complement to love your self and freely give love and love others with realistic boundaries. 
 As a mom, the greatest gift I can give my children is to show them that it is okay to love yourself, take care of yourself and to love others with the same respect.
Thanks Jennily

Friday, September 28, 2018

Watermelon Song FF

5 Captions 1 photo...what would you say?
Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday
of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants
submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture.
Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up
with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.
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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Dawn of Cognitive Script. (me)


1. Well, what do you carry around in your front seat? Me? Watermelon, in case I get hungry.
LOL


2. You've seen the commercial "what's in your wallet?" well, not much after this trip.


3. Watermelon to the package, hey boxy, you're cramping my roll.


4. Isn't it lovely? Sitting there so unsuspecting...duh duh duh


5. I've got a lovely bunch of...oh wait, I've got a big melon? YES!
I love big melons and I can not lie
you other people can deny
when a farmer walks in with a big ol' pile
I get a big ol' smile up on my face
You get happy, you get all jumpy
'cause you know that melon is juicy
Oh I wanna get wid ya, take a picture of ya
and have a bowl full of ya...
Watermelon!

I'll stop before I scare the britches off ya! LOL
Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:


Baking In A Tornado             https://www.BakingInATornado.com
https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 14, 2018

Hammy Goes To The Vet - uyw

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

Susie ran into the room crying  "Mommy, Mommy! Help me, Help Hammy!"
Her mother turned around with every nerve on high alert, "calm down honey, what's wrong?" but she was afraid she knew as she looked at her daughters outstretched hands. One lifeless hamster...
Oh dear lord what will I do with her now, thought her mother. Hammy had been an incredible companion for the little girl almost her entire life.
She gently took Hammy from Susie and felt a small but faint heart beat.
OH PLEASE MOMMY! SAVE HIM! Susie cried.
So Barb grabbed her phone, purse, keys and headed toward the garage. "Come on!" she yelled back behind her.
Susie took off like a shot.
They were in the car and headed to the vet. Barb called on the way but the receptionist didn't sound positive. She didn't care, she would do whatever necessary to save Hammy.
Upon arriving they were escorted to an examining room to wait for Dr. Gaines. Soon after settling in, Barb overheard the tech in the hall saying "his usage has expired, ya know they normally only live 3-4 years" she was livid and if she found who said it she might string them up on rope! Thankful that Susie was too young to understand the conversation AND it may be true, but how dare they!
Dr. Gaines came in, examined Hammy and said that unfortunately he thought this was the end. Hammy has had a good life "but I'm afraid there's nothing we can do". Poor Susie understood that. She bawled, no wailed now and Barb was sure that everyone in the waiting room could hear her.
That was of no importance right now, comforting her daughter was her priority.
So they sat there, holding Hammy, stroking his fluffy fur and talking sweetly to him until his last breath. Dr. Gaines gently wrapped him in a cloth and they took him home for a proper farewell.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                      https://www.bakinginatornado.com
On the Border                            https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/ 
The Bergham Chronicles                https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com  
The Blogging 911                        http://theblogging911.com/blog    
Cognitive Script                           https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/
Climaxed                                  https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com    
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom          https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ 

Your words are:
Hamster ~ Usage ~ Alert ~ Nomenclature ~ Incredible ~ One 
It was submitted by: https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Thank you Jules for the words, they were a true challenge and I just could not figure out how to use nomenclature.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Another Year Has Passed - anniversary poetry

Each month we choose a theme, this month is Anniversaries. 
This month is difficult for me as today would have been my Daddy's birthday. He passed in 2013 just six days before my birthday, seven days before my oldest son's birthday and thirteen days before Father's Day.
To say I miss him is an understatement.
He is better off, no more pain and sickness, which helps some. I don't think it ever goes away, you just find different ways of adjusting.

So with that...be sure to stop by the other participants and see what they have written.

Another Year Has Passed

Another year has passed
it could be happy or sad

Another year has passed
time to remember our past

Another year has passed
party time, let's celebrate

Another year has passed
come to together with family and friends

Another year has passed
life moves on and we grow

Another year has passed
it's a little easier to smile

Another year has passed
and we will celebrate

Karen of Baking In A Tornado https://www.bakinginatornado.com/2018/09/september-twelfth-anniversaries-poetry.html
Diane of On The Boarder https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/2018/09/times-twenty.html
Sarah of My Brand Of Crazhttps://sarahsbrandcrazy.blogspot.com/2018/09/10-years-of-lifetime.html
Lydia of Cluttered Genius http://www.clutteredgenius.com/?p=9675

Friday, September 7, 2018

Well Bust My Britches - SSS

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 8 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 


Well bust my britches! Of course Karen would want to know my "embarrassing story" and I'd love to say I don't have one. Actually I have several but I'm choosing the least embarrassing one. Well, not really because they were all really bad in my head.

So it's shopping day. I'm out the door with my favorite shirt and jeans on. Double check, yep, list, phone, wallet, debit card and keys. So I'm off. I hit the first store, in and out in record time. The dreaded Wally World, now I drive straight across the street, I survived that my reward is an iced coffee from DD. Mmm mmm
Now I'm out in traffic again, it is horrible here in HOTLanta. I make it to my favorite store, Aldi. I get my shopping done. They had everything on my list. I bag it all up and to the truck I go. It's loaded up, I return my cart and head for home.
Once everything is in the house, took a couple of trips. I'm off to the little girls room.
Okay...I'm sitting there and look down. Hmm my jeans look funny.
OMG to my horror, oh it is NOT funny! My jeans are ripped!! NOT a tear, not a little hole. I mean RIPPED like a BIG gaping hole!
HOLY CRAP WHEN did this happen???? Did I walk around in ALL THREE stores like this? Could anyone see my thighs?? Oh dear sweet mama!
I can't even get up. I'm sitting there horrified. I finally get up the courage, get up and check myself in the mirror. I can't tell.
I go about putting away the stuff and groceries. Hubby comes home for lunch and I'm like "Hey look at my butt and tell me if you see anything"
OKAY not the best way to ask this question!
He's like "woo hoo I've got time."
I said "time for what?"
He said "never mind, obviously that's not what you meant."
I just rolled my eyes. "NO that's not what I meant!"
I said "LOOK "
He said "okay I'm looking but for what?"
I said "do you see anything?"
He says "yes, your butt, why?"
I said, "do my jeans look weird?" I walk a little.
He said "wait, wait, come here"
I walk over to him, he looks at me and says "Umm you can't wear those out anymore."
I'm almost in tears! OMG You can tell!!!!
He's laughing, I'm laughing/crying "It's not funny"
Aww come here I'm sorry.
I said, OMG I was all over 3 stores! he said "honey you were in WM do you really think anyone noticed?"
I said "OMG I hope not, I don't want to be one peopleofwalmart.com"


Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                             https://www.BakingInATornado.com
The Lieber Family Blog                          http://thelieberfamily.com
The Bergham Chronicles                        https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com  
The Blogging 911                            http://theblogging911.com/blog    
Cognitive Script                              https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/
Never Ever Give Up Hope                 https://batteredhope.blogspot.com    
Climaxed                                           https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com  
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom          https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/      

Your “Secret Subject” is:
Tell us an embarrassing story.
It was submitted by: https://Bakinginatornado.com