Suddenly the weight of a knife felt heavy in his hand. A warm sticky flow of blood ran across his knuckles. He felt blinded like in a tunnel, completely disoriented by this wave of total darkness. Slowly the light came back and he saw the gruesome view in front of him. He felt his grip loosen on the handle of the knife and was startled when he heard the echo of the knife falling to the floor. What had he done? And even more puzzling was, who was this poor soul laying in a pool of blood at his feet?


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – handle


The substance was all over the floor by the time the police arrived. It was kind of an iridescent green and it was growing. Slowly it had expanded from the stove across to the front of the sink. What it was John couldn’t possibly guess? He did know it covered the body of his roommate though, who lay on the floor dead.

“Are you the one who called about the body? What is this stuff?” The officer took a couple of big steps around the oozing mess and turned to face John.

“I don’t know, I was upstairs and heard a loud boom. When I got down here Don was on the floor covered with this slime and it was spreading.”

The officer looked at the slowly moving edge of goo and said, “Let’s step away from this stuff until haz mat gets here.”

The two men moved into the living room and the officer once again asked, “What is that ooze? Did you have a science experiment go wrong?”

John just shook his head and replied absently as he looked out the window. “I don’t know but it looks like it is coming out of the neighbor’s window.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – substance

Fan The Flames

You used to treat me like your love
Now I feel more like a friend
You used to kiss me passionately each day
Now it’s a brush against the cheek
We used to spend hours exploring each other
Now we barely even touch
Tell me what happened
Where did the fire go
I want to taste you once again
And feel the heat rise between us
It is time to bring the passion back
It is time to fall in love again


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – treat

Mumbles… Attitude

Someone once told me to “have an attitude of gratitude.” Last year, all 365 days, I did a happy and grateful post every day. It did help me to appreciate the good in my life. It let me see the good through the blindingly bad. It is good to be reminded of that every once in a while.

The last week or so has been a little rougher on me again. I am drowning in stress and it is taking a toll on me mentally and physically. But I am still taking steps forward. I began a twice a week physical therapy for my back, neck and shoulders. One day in the heated pool (great for my lower back, I have done it before) and one day more traditional PT. This of course though adds two more appointments in a busy week.

I continue to see my therapists and doctors as scheduled and find little bits of hope in advice they share. My PT therapist offered many options to do gentle exercises at home (including looking for GENTLE yoga videos on YouTube, why didn’t I think of that?).

I have rearranged my thinking on my appointments and errands throughout the week. Instead of looking at a week full of appointments as taking up the whole day, I take those 4 appointments (at most an hour each) and add up how little of my time in a week they will actually take. It is much more manageable that way.

I am tackling one thing at a time and tying to be happy when each task is done. That is not to say there isn’t fatigue or pain (or both) when I am done, but the point is I am done. Up until the end of September things seem to be pretty well booked, so I am doing what I can to not get overwhelmed.

The good side of all of this will hopefully produce a little less pain, a little more energy and lots of things accomplished. Plus I have a couple of things to look forward to including a visit from an out of state friend in just short of two weeks. So today I am thankful for a day with only one thing I “have to” do and more time for the computer, WordPress and maybe a game or two of Words With Friends. How is your attitude today?

Have a good day/night everyone! (((HUGS)))


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – attitude

Friends For… A While

We were a tight group of friends
Or so I thought
We all brought something
Different to the group
A gentle soul
A go getter
A wild child
And a quiet one
Yet somehow we all meshed
The problem was
There was only one
Who put forth effort
To keep the bonds strong
The nucleus of the group
The planner
And when she got sick
Things fell apart
No more gathering together
No more being there for each other
We became strangers
And the perfect friendships
Became just individuals lost and alone


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – nucleus

The Willow Tree

It’s been too long
Too long since I’ve seen you
Wont you take some time
And meet me below the willow tree

It doesn’t matter
If it’s night or day
As long as you come
And meet me below the willow tree

Rain or shine it’s all the same
You’ll put your hand in mine
Reach out for me once again
And meet me below the willow tree

For once there was a time
Our love blossomed there
So wont you take some time
And meet me below the willow tree

Below the willow tree
There is new romance for you and me
As long as you come
And meet me below the willow tree


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – below

She Wore White

The day had come. She was so thrilled with the way it was coming together. The guests were slowly filing into the backyard setting. The florists had come and gone leaving a beautiful array of flowers that left a fragrance in the air. The caterer was cooking up more aromas for the reception to follow.

She moved her gaze from the window to her beautiful daughter. She sat in front of a mirror putting finishing touches on her hairdo. It was hard to believe her daughter was a bride, but she made a most beautiful bride in her mother’s eyes.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – setting

On The Street Where I Live

This began as the brain child of Fandango at This, That, And The Other.  To make a long story short, he thought it would be nice to see the streets of fellow bloggers.  So I eventually remembered and took my camera out on the way to my Dad’s last night.  Stopped in the driveway and captured a look into my neighborhood.  It is a pretty quiet street for the most part.  Lots of apartments in the area and all sort of people… singles, families, college students, couples, etc.  Anyway… I am a fan of black and white so here is a monochrome look into my world.  (Sorry I was so late with my link Fandango! But I am here at the party now.)

On My Street BW

Does anyone else want to share a bit of your world with a picture of your street?