Friday, February 9, 2018

A Life Honored

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. 
photo credit: Adobe Stock found at: Next Avenue

She stood in front of the podium.
She looked out over the crowd. 
The lump in her throat grew with every passing second.
Silently she prayed, I need help Lord. This pain is too great, my hope is in you for that is the only way I can make it through this. Amen
She lifted her head and as she did, happiness formed inside. How? How could she be happy at this, the worst hour of her life?
But she was happy, it was an honor to stand here and give this eulogy, her final farewell to the man she loved more than life itself.
She drew in a deep breath, exhaled and began..."thank you all for coming here today and joining me in the celebration of a life well lived."


Your words are:
hope ~ help ~ happiness ~ honour ~ pain

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                      http://www.bakinginatornado.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen                  http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
On the Border                               https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/  
The Bergham Chronicles                    https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com 
Southern Belle Charm                        http://www.southernbellecharm.com  
The Blogging 911                            http://theblogging911.com/blog 
Climaxed                                    https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom            https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Her Frosty Heart

Hi and welcome to the February group poetry post. Each month we pick a theme, then each blogger chooses their way of interperting that theme into a poem, hiaku, lymeric or prose. Be sure to visit each one as their links are listed at the bottom of this post.
This month's theme...frosty.

Her Frosty Heart

Young love
so hungry and lustful
a heart so warm and free
but oh how cold it becomes
when she is a woman scorned

A once warm loving heart
now cold, ridgidy and unforgiving

She stares out the window 
at lovers walking by
hand in hand
all starry eyed

She snorts and laughs
oh you fools
she says to herself

And then their eyes meet
for a moment the ice begins to melt
her frosty heart
it feels something

She turns and looks the other way
no she has been here before
and will not go down this path
love only becomes lonely nights

Her frosty heart begs
it cries from within
it warms to feel the warmth again
if only for a few fleeting moments

She glances back
but alas he is gone
oh wait, what is this?
He is beside her asking if he may join her

Her frosty heart 
oh it begins to sing
songs of love and spring
the melting begins

she wants to be young and free
to love and be loved
but dare she
yes, she must.

Visit the other participants:
Karen at Baking In A Tornado
Lydia at Cluttered Genius
Jules at The Bergham Chronicles

Friday, February 2, 2018

On The Road Again

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 10 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. 

Your “Secret Subject” is:
Are you a traveler or more of stay close to home person?
It was submitted by: http://www.southernbellecharm.com

Those who know me, know I am a traveler! I love to travel and in my former job, I was able to do just that, travel. Everyday, all over the state and sometimes out of state. Best part, it was on someone else's dime! Yes, as a private driver I was able to see places I may not have been to otherwise, discover hidden treasures of small towns and the excitement of large cities all while being paid. It was by far the best gig ever, second to being a wife/mom.
On any given Saturday you can find me behind the wheel tooling down the road. Where to you ask? Anywhere. It is common for me to get up, get in the car and just go. Oh I'll have a general direction in mind but not always a set place. Sight seeing, driving along country roads, stopping at road side markets, buying souvenirs, trinkets and handmade items. All the while taking a ton of photos. If you are a friend of mine, you've seen your share of my wanderings, photos and well more photos! I'm a shutter bug.
Now with that being said, if it is cold, rainy or nasty I quickly become a couch potato. Perfectly content to curl up on the couch, blanket, coffee, a good book or movie and my kitties. We will hibernate here all weekend and not feel the least bit guilty about it.
So, am I am traveler or a stay at home person? Well, I'm both. I'm multifaceted and proud of it.
My friends all joke that my theme song is "On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson because I am...always on the road. No better place to be, except on the water but that's a different post entirely.



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                            http://www.BakingInATornado.com  
Never Ever Give Up Hope            https://batteredhope.blogspot.com
The Lieber Family Blog              http://thelieberfamily.com 
The Bergham Chronicles                        https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Southern Belle Charm                        http://www.southernbellecharm.com     
The Blogging 911                            http://theblogging911.com/blog
My Brand of Crazy                          https://sarahsbrandcrazy.blogspot.com/
Climaxed                                    https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com    
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom            https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/         

Friday, January 26, 2018

Spilled Water and an Elf

Funny Friday, January 2018


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 Jules of The Bergham Chronicles.




1. Look! The Elf is holding my water. giggles ensued from Whit.


2. AH HA! Caught in the act. I just know it was this sneaky elf that spilled water all over
the floor. Jules exclaimed


3. Chad... Um Jules you do know that is an inanimate object and can't spill water.


4. Jules to Chad. Oh yeah that what he wants you to believe.


5. Whit to Chad. Oh Daddy you're so funny.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Baking In A Tornado             www.bakinginatornado.com


Bookworm in the Kitchen          http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/


Southern Belle Charm                    http://www.southernbellecharm.com


The Bergham Chronicles                       http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/


Cognitive Script                 https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Friday, January 12, 2018

Organized Sniffles - UYW

Welcome to the first Use Your Words group post of 2018.
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. 

It was late Monday morning and I was beyond thirsty with a serious case of the sniffles. It had been a hectic weekend with another move behind us I was desperate to have my rooms tidy before returning to work.
As I entered the office I remember I had withheld a bit of information from my boss, I moved again. He was always on me about moving, called me a gypsy. I can't help. I have wanderlust, gypsy blood, antsy, call it want you will. But HR hated to see me face, another form to redo, more files to update. Geez you think they'd be thankful. I was giving them job security.
I walked past my boss' office door, which was cracked ever so slightly. RAE he boomed, stop in here!
I sighed. Pushed open his door and said "hey boss, what's up?"
He looked over his horn rimmed glasses and said "is it true? You moved AGAIN?"
I gave a slight shrug and said, "could be".
He sighed then, and said, "well at least you have the organization skills to keep up with things and have them in an orderly fashion in no time, RIGHT?"
"um yes sir"
He said, "good, now shut the door. See the misses and the family, well, we're moving, downsizing, and I, cough...she needs help organizing and packing. I'll give you time off here, pay you double if you agree."
Stunned I stood there, mouth hanging open when he boomed again, RAE!
"oh umm yes sir, um, yes, I'll be glad to go over."
"Good, don't remove your coat, go straight over today, now as a matter of fact, you're late. I told the misses you'd be there at 9. So get a move on." He handed me a post-it with the address and said "now get going."
I turned to head out and sneezed. He said, 'whoa! are you sick?"
No sir, just the organized sniffles, I laughed and said 'bad joke, I'm allergic to cardboard actually." 
"Oh good, well get going."
And that was that. Helping my boss pack and move soon word spread and everyone was asking for my help. So much so that I quit that lame job and became a full time organized packer and movers helper.

** as this is fiction it could be true as I myself just moved for the 4th time in 4 months and it was also my 37th move.**

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

Your words are:
sniffles ~ hectic ~ organization ~ thirsty ~ withheld
It was submitted by:  http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/         

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Nine R's - poetry Jan 2018

Welcome to the first installment of 2018's poetry challenge. Myself and several other brave souls set out to conquer a topic/theme each month. This month it is "rebirth".
At the end of this post you will find links to the other's. Please be sure to stop by for a visit.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, situate yourself in your favorite chair, prop up your feet and delve into our musings.
Thank you for stopping by, comments are welcome and appreciated. 

Nine R's
Rebirth - starting over
recovery - refresh
rehabilitation - changing old habits
rejuvenation - revitalized
renewal - a new beginning
restoration - repairing the old
revival - a new lease on life
reincarnation - becoming something new
reawakening - remembering your why


Be sure to visit the other participants.

Karen - http://www.bakinginatornado.com/2018/01/be-true-rebirth-poetry.html
Jules - https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/2018/01/rebirth-of-jules-poetrycollaboration.html
Lydia - http://www.clutteredgenius.com/?p=9352

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Year Was 1982 -SSS

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 10 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. 

The year was 1982, so long ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. December the 29th to be exact. The year I became a bride. I was 16 1/2 (remember when you HAD to add the half because you wanted to be older). Oh man, I thought I knew it all, had it all figured out and nothing could stand in my way. Boy was I wrong. Looking back I realize that I didn't know a damn thing bout life. How to run a house, yes, how to pay bills and create a budget, yes, how to cook, yes, how to do laundry, yes, how to be a student and a wife...well not exactly.
My mother pleaded with me not to go through with it. My dad threatened to kill him if I was pregnant, which I was NOT by the way. Family and friends gathered in the living room of my grandparents home. It had been 79 degrees earlier that day but shortly after the "I Do's" the rain began. It fell fast and hard, so did my life and reality.
What had I done? WHY had I done it? I never told a soul that I regretted it, that I was scared shitless, that I had made a mistake. I went about my life happy as a clam on the outside but knowing deep down it was all wrong.
Wrong guy, wrong time, too young, and on and on.
If there is anything in my life I regret it is getting married at 16. However, with that being said, I would not go back and change it.
Why? Because any change in the past alters the present and my present is incredible. So even if I had a pill or a Delorean I would not take the "do over", I just wouldn't.
Yes lord knows I've had my share and a few others shares of disappointment, hardship and grief, but in the grand scheme of things it has worked out. I saw the path for myself, it was hard, I saw another path I thought was easier but didn't see the ambushes that lay in wait around the corners. I didn't see that at the top of the hill I had to go down at break neck speed.
No way I could have known that life would be so unfair, mean and downright hateful to me. But I made some bad decisions early on and learned very difficult lessons from them.
Today I am stronger, wiser and a lot bolder.
So, no do overs for me.

What about you? Is there a time or event that you would "do over"?

 Your “Secret Subject” is:
January is a time for do overs. Pick a year and do it over.

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                            http://www.BakingInATornado.com  
Never Ever Give Up Hope                      https://batteredhope.blogspot.com    
The Lieber Family Blog                           http://thelieberfamily.com  
Part-time Working Hockey Mom               https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ 
The Bergham Chronicles                  https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com    
My Brand of Crazy                              https://sarahsbrandcrazy.blogspot.com/ 
Southern Belle Charm                        http://www.southernbellecharm.com   
Climaxed                                           https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com 
The Blogging 911                                   http://theblogging911.com/blog