Dave

Oh, to see his smile again

I always loved his laugh

He was from New York

And missed it terribly

But he fit in well here too

He introduced me to

The music of Genesis and

Gave me my first taste of sushi

I was in love but it wasn’t meant to be

He definitely had the city life in his veins

And I was young and naive

I will never forget the night it ended

Crying in his car in front of my house

I wanted to stay friends

But he was not so inclined

Even after more than 30 years

I still wonder where he is

And if he ever thinks of me

I do still catch myself

Looking at pictures of him

And the old feelings stir

I will always have

A place in my heart for him


Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August (FDDA) #18 – your first love

Two Timer

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“I can’t believe he did that!  Right to your face?” Melanie asked shockingly.

Carol just shook her head yes and said, “His lie was so obvious.  Of course, he said he forgot that I worked on Wednesdays, but still bringing that woman to where I work?  He doesn’t have a brain.  He should have known I would find out even if I wasn’t there.”

“Carol, the man is a slime ball.  I am so glad you found out now before you got anymore into him than you were.”

“Still It hurts.  I did like him; I don’t know what I did to send him searching for someone else.  I thought things were going well.”

“You are better off without him.  Sorry it does still hurt, but you deserve someone who will focus solely on you.”

“I guess Dan just didn’t care like I thought.  He can have that lady; his “tutor” can bail him out next time he gets another bad grade in English.”

“That will be next week, Carol!”  Both women began to laugh.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – slime https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/15/fowc-with-fandango-slime/

Happy and Grateful – Days 336 & 337

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

Here I am playing catch up once again.  It got tired out very fast last night and I was asleep before I knew it.  But it was the first day “after” my cold where I did not nap at all and I went out to get my Dad dinner.  I did a quick drop off in case the germs were still trying to leave me and find their next victim.  But just that little bit of activity really wore me out.  I was grateful to have the energy to go out though.

It was such a little thing but getting a nice hot shower and getting dressed (aside from the standard cold wardrobe of sweats and a t-shirt) actually was the happy point of the day.  It was like I felt human again… insert laughter here.

Today was another pretty good day.  Still not 100% but I had a little bit more energy, a little less coughing.  What really bothers me is that all the while I have been sick, we have had unseasonably warm weather.  Now as I am starting to get back to “normal” we will see temps falling starting tomorrow.  Oh well, it is December after all.

Today I did a little bit more.  Loaded the dishwasher (that is a lot of bending up and down) and took a quick trip to the store for three things my Dad needed.  It was pretty much in and out but I could tell I had more going on today.  I was grateful that errand is done now so tomorrow is currently free.

I was happy to return home to my comfy recliner and watch a movie with my boyfriend.  It was not an Academy Award winner, but it wasn’t a total waste of time either.  Now he has headed off to sleep and I fumble with words to make this readable.  I am not completely free of the “fog” from the cold either.  And let me tell you the word prompt today really threw me… in what I looked up it appears to be a saying from the UK.  I know I had never heard of it before.

Anyway… it is late and the eyelids are getting heavy.  Please remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  I hope you have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 334

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

Another month is ending… where did the time go?  I know the last few days are all a blur due to this cold/flu.  I think the fever is officially gone (and let’s hope it stays that way) now and I feel a little more clear minded.  I am still running behind in my posts… hope you all will forgive me.  Once again I will hope to post again tonight to catch up.  And I am reading your posts as fast as I can.

We are here for happiness and gratitude though.  And there has not been much going on in my life during this cold, but I did take a little time when I was awake to do something I remember as a kid.  Whenever we were sick we would read comics and play games if we were up to it.  So I did a few games of spider solitaire yesterday and that made me happy.  Nothing much special, but when you are sick sometimes the little things make a difference.

My gratitude has to go to my boyfriend during all this cold.  He is still getting over his with his cough hanging on and has had to put up with me being out of it.  One of these days we will be closer to healthy again.

Ok… back to reading posts for me or I may just take a nap.  In the meantime, remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude every day.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 331 and 332

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

I think I am back to the land of the living… been sick the last couple of days and sleeping a lot.  Let’s see if I can catch up a little more today.  At least with writing posts… I am getting there on reading.

Day 331

This was our late Thanksgiving.  I could feel the cold coming on but you know the show must go on.  It was a memorable day, one unlike any other I have been a part of.  Got up and put the turkey in the oven and slowly gathered together all the trimmings to be cooked as well – mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, green been casserole, corn, rolls, stuffing and cranberry salad.  Enough food for an army.

After all hustle and timing was executed to get things done at the same time… I put the yams in the oven with the marshmallows on top to brown and waited.  …and waited.   … and waited.  Finally I thought they were almost ready and my boyfriend went to carve the turkey… it was not fully cooked.  We then discovered the oven was not heating up fully.  So we microwaved the turkey to finish cooking what we were going to eat and put the bird back in the oven.

All in all the turkey probably took twice as long to fully cook. By the time it was done I was coughing and starting to feel feverish.  So after my daughter went home I took some medicine and sat down finally.  Since then all I have done is cough and sleep.  We did have the maintenance crew look at the oven.  The element was broken and it took maybe 5 minutes to fix.  Not that we will need the oven anytime soon with all the leftovers we have now.  But we were together, could laugh about the troubles of the day and had a delicious meal still.

So to get where I need to go with this, instead of just babbling about the day…. my happy moment was being together with family.  I was grateful to have a back-up to finish cooking the turkey in the microwave.  Can’t imagine what we would have done without that.

Day 332

I slept.  I slept a lot.  And I was very grateful to be able to sleep most of the day away.  I did stay awake long enough to watch a movie with my boyfriend… we watched the suspense drama Split with James McAvoy.  It was really very good I thought and I was happy to stay awake long enough to watch it.

I can finally say I am actually hungry again… yesterday all I ate was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  So I am going to go take a stab at some leftovers for lunch.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 329

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

Today was another day of fatigue… only two naps though.  And now I am wide awake too late in the night.  I have yet to understand why fibro can cause such profound fatigue during the day but still give me trouble sleeping at night.  Just one of many mysteries surrounding fibro.

I would have to say my happiness today came from a late night phone call.  My daughter called after work tonight and the conversation ended up on food.  One thing led to another and she talked me into making her a sandwich she would stop by and eat.  It is one my Dad got me hooked on and I passed it down to my daughter.  The combination may sound awful but the taste is really quite good.  I made her a peanut butter and pickle sandwich.  It made me happy to see her for a short while tonight.

My boyfriend made it through his shift at work today ok.  But came home pretty wiped out.  His fever is gone and he said instead of feeling like a train hit him, it is now only a pickup truck.  I am grateful he is feeling a little better and has the next two days off to recover.  To be on the safe side I filled up on Vitamin C and had some Echinacea tea today trying to keep it away from me.

I need to try to close my eyes and sleep now.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 328

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

I woke up to a blinking cursor… out like a light in the middle of my post last night.  Darn fatigue!!  So let’s try to back up a few hours and get this done finally.  Oops!

It was the infamous Black Friday when hundreds stand in long lines for a chance to save a few dollars on something going on sale hours later.  …I have never understood why.  There is no sale that will get me out of sleeping and standing in the cold (although this year’s weather was unseasonably warm) at 4am.  I have always figured if I was meant to have it then it will be there when I arrive fully rested later in the day.  So I do not partake in the insanity that is Black Friday.  Most years the sales are on the same things except a few hot item toys and my daughter is well past the toy age.  So I was grateful to stay home and away from the crowds.

Actually spent a lot of the day worrying about my boyfriend who I am sure has the flu – body aches, fever and stuffy nose.  But there is no excuse on one of the busiest shopping days of the year not to be behind the register.  He did manage to make it through most of his shift and management let him leave about and hour and a half early.  He came home and just slept and took medicine.  I was happy he was able to rest fairly well all night.

Now I must get on with my day instead of sitting here all day I have things I should try to get done.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful day/night!

Happy and Grateful – Days 324, 325 and 326

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

Ok… so I am a little behind.  I haven’t felt the best and I know that is no excuse for not taking 15 to 30 minutes to post this daily… I am sorry.  Monday night I fell asleep early and Tuesday I was with my daughter… so here we are on Wednesday and it is time to play catch up.

Day 324

I spent a lot of the day still worried about my friend I posted about last time.  It was a very quiet day… nowhere to go and no big plans of anything to do for the day.  So my gratitude was definitely the free time to do a little of nothing.  I was so wrapped up in nothing… I forgot all about my Monochrome Monday until today.  Let’s just say I took the week off for the coming holiday.  My happiness was watching a movie with my boyfriend.

Day 325

I woke up with a pretty sore back.  Did some of my PT exercises to try to loosen it up a bit.  Then took a nap.  Then took another… yeah two naps before my boyfriend came home at 4!  I then got kind of mad at my daughter.  She had said she would come over to do laundry and I got the impression she was talking about the early afternoon… I waited and waited, finally gave up and went to my Dad’s about 7 pm to get him dinner. Then of course she showed up.  So seeing her when I got back home did make me happy.  My gratitude would have to go to Nintendo for the day.  They came out with a version of Animal Crossing to play on the phone… I spent too much time on my phone yesterday!  LOL

Day 326

I was finally feeling a little bit better today.  I was able to make it into my craft desk and do a little card making.  I sent out two sympathy cards to friends who lost their mother this month.  Even if it is a sympathy card it makes me happy to create a little.  And tonight when I went to run a couple of quick errands I was able to talk my boyfriend into going with me, I was grateful for that.

Now I will try to stay on track the rest of my days doing this.  For the readers in America, have a happy Thanksgiving… I hope you share it with family and not employees in retail!  It is a day for togetherness not shopping.  But because I have a boyfriend in retail and a daughter in food service… our Thanksgiving will be a few days late (on Monday).  Once again I am sorry this was so late.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day

Happy and Grateful – Day 320

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

There was a cold wind blowing the leaves off the trees today.  It definitely felt like a fall day.  And we even had a little sun off and on too.  It was still bearable enough to walk to my appointment to see my therapist.  And I was glad to see him today…. it was another day where I felt my depression.  I have been fighting to “be happy” and I am just too tired to do it the last couple of days.  So in light of that my happiness was the opportunity to talk to my doctor about it.

I needed a refill on my prescription today and did not feel at all like going across town to get them.  I texted my boyfriend to see if on his way home he could stop and pick them up.  I was grateful he was able to do that for me so I was able to take my dose as soon as he got home after work.

I am going to curl up with some hot chocolate and watch a movie until I drift off.  I hope you remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day.

Happy And Grateful – Day 318 & 319

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

Fatigue got the best of me last night… forgive me for doubling up on my posts.  Aside from being exhausted yesterday I had an ok day.  I had a doctor’s appointment and that went well.  And a decision was finally made on when we would be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my daughter (as she and my boyfriend both work that day).  I was grateful we were able to come up with a time to all gather together.

Yesterday I was happy we had medicine and pain patches in the house.  This time not for me, but for my boyfriend.  He apparently slept wrong and woke up with a terrible back ache.  That way I didn’t have to run to the store to get more for him, as the fatigue level was high all day yesterday.

Today was a day of mostly sun again thankfully.  It really brings the day around when it is out.  I got a little bit of work done today.  Got a load of laundry done, that is always an accomplishment.  Did some work on my computer… I think it is all updated and working right now.  I was grateful for the energy and clear mind to get that all done.

Tonight I would have to give my happiness to watching a movie.  It was on the life of the artist Frida Kahlo… it was very interesting. And it had some great actors in the cast as well.

It is late and morning will come too fast.  I need to turn off my mind and relax so I can sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day.