Mystery Blogger Award

Sadje of Keep It Alive has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger award.  THANK YOU so much for the nomination.  Be sure to check out her blog!  I am not sure I am up to the standards of the award, but here is why she nominated me…


The Mystery Blogger Award –

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Okoto Enigma

Rules (that I will loosely follow… yes, I am a rule breaker!)

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Answer the 5 questions you were asked
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 to 20 people (*here is where I break the rules a lot… no nominations or you could look at it as 600+ nominations…. EVERYONE who wants to can join in.  I hate to leave anyone out or put pressure on someone to get this done.)
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs (*consider yourself notified)
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post

Sadje’s Questions:

What is the most important thing/ person to you? 

Easily my daughter

If you were made the queen of England for a day, what would be the first thing that you would do? ( Funny/ Weird question)

Ask what I should have in the purse I carry… a comedian one said something about what does she need?  ID, most people should know who she is.  Money, who is going to make the Queen pay for anything?  And with all the servants with her all the time what does she “need” to carry.  … always wondered.

Name three things that we need most in today’s world?

PEACE, tolerance for our differences – equality, Trump to be out of office.

Do you believe in fate?

I don’t know… do I believe everything in life is all predestined to happen, no.  But I do occasionally feel there are certain things that were meant to happen.  A friend is meant to come into and sometimes out of your life for a reason for example.

What is your ideal way to spend a holiday?

With family… since my Dad just passed away this year family is smaller now.  I treasure those I still have with me.

3 interesting facts about me:

  1. I was on TV once answering phones for the Children’s Miracle Network telethon.
  2. I have had a total of 8 cats as pets since I was a kid to today and 1 dog.
  3. I had one of my poems turned into lyrics as a song thanks to a musician friend a few years ago.

My questions to all of you:

Would you ever want to be famous with the lack of privacy most celebrities have?

What country would you most like to travel to?

What is your dream home like?

If you could co-write with anyone (blogging world or published author) who would it be?

(weird or funny question) You wake up in a jail cell… what is the crime you just committed?

My nominees:

Each and every one of you beautiful people out there!  🙂

Thanks for playing along.  And once again thanks to Sadje!

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Sweet Sixteen

Bill sat at his desk shuffling papers.  He really wasn’t focused on anything.  He had just gotten off the phone with his mother.  She told him the previous day they had been at the doctor with his little sister Diane and the reason for her current health problems turned out to be leukemia.  There would be more tests and possibly surgeries.  It was too early to know for sure what the treatment would be.  The doctor did say family members should get a bone marrow test to see if they were a match. He thought, “Jesus, she is just sixteen!”

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

A Quick Update To The Thievery

As I mentioned yesterday Tygpress is harvesting our writing and pictures and posting them (without our permission) on their site.  Fandango has come up with a graphic to use to let those reading know that it was not an approved posting.  He said everyone is free to include it with their blog.

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I am not sure if it will have any effect on our posts being harvested or not, but it is a way to try to protect our work.

Mumbles … blasphemy

This is not the post I had planned on writing, but the day dictated what I had to say.

On an awful day like today I argue with God.  I argue why 20 innocent people doing an everyday thing had to die.  I argue why are there 26 more people in hospital beds.  Here in Iowa it was a tax free weekend for clothes shopping and people were out taking advantage of the tax break.  I don’t know if they had a tax holiday or not in Texas, but even if there was not back to school shopping going on, it was a Saturday which is always busy.  Why?

So today I am guilty of blasphemy.  I openly admit it.  I argue with God at a time like this.  I swear, I get angry, and I cry.  It is senseless violence.  It has to stop.  Until it does I will argue and cuss and question how a loving God can allow this to still happen. It makes me wonder if there even is a greater power at work?  It makes me wonder why?

My heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy in El Paso today.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – blasphemy — This, That, and The Other

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Friday Flashback – August 2nd

Fandango over at This, That and The Other  now posts Fandango’s Friday Flashback (FFF) every week of a post from a previous year on that date.  I decided since WordPress reminded me this week I first started something vaguely like a blog six years ago I would join in.  This particular post is from two years ago originally posted here  but this is what my take on looking towards the future was like that night…

In The Mirror

Standing with a towel

Wrapped around my body

I wipe the mirror of its condensation

I peer through the foggy air

Straining to see myself

The distorted image faces me

Like half a shadow

Only showing part of me

Not the whole picture

It is like my own view

Not quite sure of myself

Not knowing who I am

Like in this foggy bathroom

Eventually the view will clear

And I will see my future

Clearly before me

I only have to believe

Yours But Not Mine

While you sit there

Talking to her

Am I even

A random thought

(you’re always in my head)

You laugh and

Touch her face

Do you remember

The feel of me

(your touch still stirs my soul)

You leave with her

Arm in arm

Am I even

A flutter of your heartbeat

(you’re always in my heart)

You glance through the window

And see me there

But do you see

The tear on my cheek

(your heart will never be mine)


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

Friday Night Celebration

She stopped with her coworkers at the local pub.  She had a celebratory drink as the big project at work was finished and after all this was Friday, the start of a weekend.  Her partner on this project bought everyone a shot of tequila and the team slammed them down.  This was one of the secretary’s birthday too, so she ordered shots for everyone too.  Before she finished her margarita to head home, someone placed another shot of tequila in her hand and she downed it in no time.

Now she was getting ready to leave and one of the staff members asked if she needed a ride home.  “No, I’ve got my car and it is just about 10 blocks away.”  Her partner watched her swerve a little as she walked and came up behind her taking the keys out of her hand.  “You’re not driving any where tonight.  I can just see the serious repercussions of you getting behind the wheel after all those shots… so many things could happen, and I would rather not visit you in either jail or the hospital.”

She stumbled again and turned around saying, “You are right, I am a little tipsy.  Maybe I can order an Uber if I can just find my phone.”


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

A Beam of Light in a Darkened Existence

She felt alone so much of the time

Ignored by those who said they cared

She sat in the dark replaying another day

A day trapped behind four walls

But then a voice from her past

Came back to her briefly

A series of texts from an old friend

Brought back the sound of his voice

And some feelings that had never left

Overjoyed by the thought of seeing him

The thoughts broke through her darkened night

Giving her hope for a connection

A way out of this choking loneliness

If only for a few hours


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