A Busy Weekend

“So, what do you want to do first?” Billy sat on the bed looking through a brochure about San Antonio’s Riverwalk.  “I think some time we should do this boat tour of the Riverwalk.”

“Oh, don’t worry that and many more things are on the itinerary for the weekend. I have everything all planned out.” Joanne held up a notebook with many destinations written on it.

“I didn’t know you would have everything all mapped out for us.” Billy being more of a free spirit than a list maker said, “Did you happen to schedule any fun on the trip?”

(100 words)

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

The Greatest

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My love for you is so intense

I feel it from my head to toe

I desire your slightest touch

And long for your deepest love

I want your conversations

And I need your tenderness

I request your kindness

And I require your support

All of you is necessary

For all of me to live

A love this great

Comes only once

Don’t let it slip away

Please just stay

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challange (FOWC) – great

(Trying to put this in categories and give it tags and I could not access that … any one else having this problem today?)

Those Were Happy Days

Back in my youth there was a wildly popular show called Happy Days. When I saw this word prompt the first thing I thought of was Leather Tuscadero. It was actually rocker Suzi Quatro guest staring on Happy Days. She began the roll in 1977 and was on the show for seven episodes from then to 1979. Interestingly I learned she did not have to audition for the roll but was sought out after the show’s producer saw her picture on his daughter’s bedroom wall. Here she is doing the rock and roll classic Johnny B. Goode.

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – leather

Mumbles … Lucky

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As we approach the end of the year, I look back on some of my memorable New Years Eve celebrations.  I know a lot of years Mom and Dad would have friends over and we would play cards and the house was full of laughter.  One year we visited family in Omaha and went to a bar my uncle liked, to see a band called Cry Baby (I will never forget that as they handed out tear drop stickers at the door).

As my family grew, my husband and I carried on the gaming tradition with my daughter.  We played Monopoly or cards and snacked on food until the ball dropped in Time Square.  And we always had sparkling cider so the whole family could toast the New Year.

One of the traditions I still carry out is something my grandma always used to tell me.  She would eat oysters on crackers every New Years to bring good luck.  I also carry out a tradition that started when my daughter was a little older, we began opening a fortune cookie after midnight to see how lucky the New Year would be for us.

Now a lot of my family is gone, it is just my daughter and my sister and her family.  My daughter has her own friends to celebrate with.  My sister and her boyfriend usually go out and I just never cared to be out on the roads with all the drunk drivers that night.  So New Year’s Eve is pretty quiet for me.  My boyfriend works a 7am on New Years Day so it will probably be me and Words with Friends for the night… a drink of sparkling cider and some oysters, watching the ball drop in an empty Times Square.  May you all have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!

What are some of your favorite ways to ring in the New Year?

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


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He went to the teachers desk slowly, using crutches to compensate for the broken foot he had.  He handed the teacher a note from the office explaining his tardiness due to his injury.  He took his seat, and the classroom began buzzing with questions about how he injured his foot.  His teacher silenced the class and began his lesson.

Every time Ben hobbled into a new classroom the questions would bubble up and he would turn red with embarrassment.  The truth was that he was a “full-fledged klutz”, at least that is what his mother called him.  Ben had over-heard his mom talking to someone on the phone after he broke his foot and she had said, “He is so inept he can’t even walk across the yard without breaking his foot.”

The words had stung a little, but he was used to it.  Whenever his mom drank, she would say things she didn’t really mean.  Ben just had to take it in stride as a side effect of her alcoholism.  It certainly made him grow a thick skin at a young age.

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

The Outstanding Blogger Award

I want to thank Sadje over at Keep It Alive for nominating me – check out her blog it is awesome!


The Rules:

  1. Provide a link to the creator’s original blog post (Very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

The questions I was asked:

  1. How did the Covid-19 affect your life? I am an introvert so I don’t do a lot of socializing except with my small circle of friends… so there has not been a huge change to my life. It is the impulse outings I miss and of course having to wear a mask everywhere, which is a bit of a challenge sometimes with my asthma and anxiety.
  2. What one special thing would you like to do for the world? Me personally… not much I can do for the whole world except do my best to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  3. It’s almost the end of the year, what one thing do you want to accomplish before saying goodbye to 2020? Getting caught up on my reading and posting on WordPress!
  4. What do you look most forward to in 2021? Two things. First a president that lies less frequently and a lot less obviously and the end of the Corona Virus
  5. What is your favorite song of all time? Favorite, just ONE? Musically you have to give a nod to Queen and Prince both ahead of their time. Lyrically “Imagine” has always been a favorite. And growing up I loved the music of Mason Proffitt who had a lot of good things to say in their lyrics. One Love One You will always be number one in my heart as it was the first dance at my wedding. Ok, I will stop there of we will be here all night. Ha, ha!
  6. What one book would you recommend to everyone? There is a book called 29 Gifts: How a month of giving can change your life by Cami Walker. It is inspirational in showing how powerful giving can be to the giver. It is one of my favorite nonfiction books.
  7. What one question would you like to ask me? It is a question I have asked others and no one has been able to give a concrete answer… how do you keep your faith strong when there is so much sickness and ugliness in the world? I just dont understand how a “loving” God can let it all happen.

My questions:

  1. Name a series you would like to see modernized and brought back to television.
  2. Are you a watcher or participant in sports and what kind?
  3. What solo artist or band was the most influential in your opinion and why?
  4. What is your favorite biography that you have read?
  5. Do you enjoy your family size or have you always yearned for another smaller or larger family?
  6. Name one person living or dead you would like to spend an hour talking to.
  7. What is your favorite form of art – painting, sculpture, street art, drawing, etc.?

My nominees:

…Oops, I forgot. I don’t do nominees. I follow all outstanding blogs and I don’t want to leave anyone out. SO, consider yourself nominated and answer some questions if you have the time. Thanks for being so wonderful!

Once more, THANK you Sadje! 😄

Musical Heaven

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He stood on the stage singing of a virtuous and righteous man.  A man who was born into poverty and searched for a better life.  A man who found God.  Steve and Kris had come to the concert to see a new artist play.  They knew his father was in an old-time rock and roll band and had assumed his son Chris was a rocker too.  The music spoke of salvation and going to Heaven.  They had nothing against gospel music as long as it was good.

They often explored new bands and artists together.  There was something about the rush of a live show that made them feel alive.  And if some positive message was thrown into it as well, that would just be a bonus. They sang and swayed to some standard hymns.  Listened closely to the original songs.  They screamed and yelled for an encore.  And they went home happy to have heard an up-and-coming artist sing his heart out.  It had been a beautiful night.

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

Mumbles … Guile

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“As parents know, little children are, by their nature, without guile. They speak the thoughts of their minds without reservation or hesitance as we have learned as parents when they embarrass us at times. They do not deceive. They set an example of being without guile.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

Just a little quote to share with this post … I have gotten very far behind and have set a goal to be back to at least only a day or two behind by the first of the year. I have been reading and writing as much as I can today. So, I once again ask for your patience in getting to your posts eventually. I really want to start the year out with a clean slate in front of me.

So it’s time to get back at it and think about the next FOWC. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. It was certainly a different year with so many missing at celebrations and those gone for good. Be safe everyone … socially distanced (((HUGS)))!

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

Quilting Bea

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She sat down at her sewing machine and began to join the scraps of fabric.  Within an hour a pattern was beginning to form.  Bea had been doing quilting for most of her life.  She would sew day and night; in her skills she was adroit.  By the end of the month, she had the quilt ready for the final stages of sewing.  This she did by hand like her mother and grandmother both did.  Her quilt took on character and beauty.  When she finally finished it, she hated to give it away, but knew it was going to a good home in the chemo ward at the local hospital.

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

Opening Her Eyes

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She was stubborn to a fault,

And impetuous at best.

She charged headfirst

And forgot to heed the warnings

That, one day, she would regret.

But everyone saw it coming,

No one could change her mind.

She flew of to meet her destiny,

Leaving the risks behind.

She wanted to be a model,

She definitely had the looks.

But the photographer was a con man,

A no-good basic crook.

He tried to take her picture

Wearing nothing but a smile,

But she drew on her stubbornness

And called him out, a liar.

She came home dejected and discouraged,

But certain about the future –

She would never again by used.

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