Parcheesi Please

The tension was high

A battle of highest standards

We had played a thousand times

And that estimate was low

For a good share of the time

We kept track of who won

But it has never been about winning

It is the time spent together

More like two friends sharing time

Then a mother and daughter playing

But it was a bond

And with each time we would

Roll, move and repeat

It was another laugh

Another minute

Another silent embrace

Of love from me to you

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

*Today has been eleven years since my Mom died and I still miss her like crazy. This is just one example of “repeat” for things she would do with me. I really miss those games. We would listen to music and laugh… good memories I hope I will never lose.

Mumbles … Television

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The prompt I am writing for is a week old… OMG, how did I get so far behind!?  Please forgive me.  This new medicine routine I am on is really kicking my but.  Plus I have added pool therapy twice a week I need to make time for.  If I could just have a couple of good days I think I could get caught up, but naps keep sneaking up on me and my boyfriend is on a leave of absence for a month and so I am spending more time with him which means less writing time.  Speaking of writing… let’s talk television.

I grew up in the era of a tv in every room.  Ok it wasn’t to that excess, but the living room had one, a small portable in the kitchen, (why I don’t know but,) a small one in the bathroom and then of course one in the bedroom.  Although growing up my sister and I shared one and it was never on at bedtime.

By the late 70’s the television became a toy too… the Atari 2600 game system and space invaders and pac man hit our house.  My dad even designed holders for the joysticks so you could have a more arcade like experience… and it was easier to get a high score.

The 80’s came with cable television and many more choices.  Then I grew up and work and family life took a lot of my tv viewing away.  There just wasn’t time for it.  We more often would use the set for VHS and DVD viewing.

Now the news is just depressing.  There aren’t many good shows on anymore.  I sit here today taking advantage, as I often do, of the music channels my cable company offers.  Listening to a little adult alternative today while I write.  And the music leaves me less distracted for reading prompts too, which is what I should go do to try to catch up some more.  Do you have a favorite television show or channel?

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

Happy and Grateful – Day 365

This has been a long year… but I made it to the end.  When I started out on my challenge to write a post every day for a whole year about what I was happy and grateful for, I never thought I would make it.  Some days were hard to find a happiness, some days I didn’t feel there was anything to be grateful for but I dug deep and always found something.

By far my daughter brought me the most happiness and gratitude during the year.  But if I had to guess second place I would guess things that come close to healing me (doctor, meds, etc).  Some days I resorted to the basic needs – food, roof over my head and warmth or cool surroundings for the season.  But I found something every day.

This final night of the year I was happy to have survived another year.  Happy to be surrounded by those I care about.  And happy to have enough to get by. My boyfriend, my daughter and I all got together to play cards and toast in the new year (raspberry schnapps and cranberry juice – YUM!).  I may not have won the games – my daughter won both that we played – but we shared a few laughs and had a good time.

Time to get sappy… my gratitude for the night.  I am grateful for all of you readers who have stuck with me.  I plan to stick around for a while longer, but will not be doing the Happy and Grateful posts anymore.  I hope it is something that is beneficial for me and entertaining for you.  I want to thank you all for reading.  I am still amazed I have more than the 10 people I thought might follow me.  Now at over 350 I am stunned.  I am absolutely speechless at the 16,000 views and wondering where the 7,800 visitors came from.

Most of all at the end of this year I am in awe that I am now only 5 posts away from 1000 posts.  I know the Happy and Grateful along with the daily prompt poems this year account for the majority of that.  But I think I still have a little creativity left in me to share.  And for that I hope you will stick around and bear with me on this new journey.

As always I hope you remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  May 2018 be wonderful for all of you… HAPPY New Year!

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 118

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

Well… lets see how much sense I can make.  It is 4am and I have had 2 shots and 2 drinks while playing cards tonight, more than I have had to drink in a long time.  I recommend the raspberry schnapps, the watermelon vodka is ok in a mixed drink but a little too intense for a shot for my taste.

My friend from Georgia is back with us for the weekend before she gets in the car to drive back home on Wednesday.  I am going to miss her.  I also worry about the somewhat unstable situation she is returning to.  BUT… it is her life to live and I have to trust she knows what she is doing.

… oh by the way, it was once again cold and rainy today.  But we stayed in tonight and played card games for 5 hours or so…it was lots of fun.  How many of you have played Cards Against Humanity?

To stop babbling and get to the point of this… I am happy to have this time with my friend and more so I am grateful she is here still – about 9 months ago she had a health scare and almost left us.

Know everyone can go at any time… tell those you care about you love them and treasure every minute you can with them.

Happy and Grateful – Day 1

It was good for me to take part in a challenge last year where I found at least one thing that made me happy everyday for 100 days.  So as the new year begins a new challenge is born.  I will try to balance through happiness and things I am grateful for.  There may be days of struggle but there is always some small happiness and something to be grateful for.

For the start of this challenge I started the year in the best way possible, with my daughter over to ring in the new year with my boyfriend and I.  We played games long past the start of the year at midnight. Then after more of a nap than a nights sleep my daughter and I went shopping for bargains.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing my daughter.  She is a remarkable young lady, but I may be a tad biased.  She makes me happy and I am so grateful we have a good relationship.

It would be great if some of you would take part in this challenge with me.  Please feel free to comment about your happiness and gratitude if you don’t want to commit to a full blog.  This is going to be a great new year full of positives.  (((HUGS)))

100 Days of Happiness

Yes, that monster fatigue caught me off guard again last night (and today as I will explain later) so another double post.  Please forgive me…

Day 81 – I had just enough energy to make it to one store to look for two more Christmas gifts for my daughter and niece.  To my surprise, they had the popular one I thought they would be out of (an expansion pack for the game Cards Against Humanity… can be quite a fun game, but you have to watch who you play it with as it is not a game that suits everyone) and I got the next to last copy of the game (The Game Of Phones) I wanted.  It is always a guessing game what they will run out of, but this was a good shopping trip with no out of stocks!  Hooray… I am two gifts closer to being done with my Christmas shopping!

Day 82 – Today has been a day to take care of myself and take it easy.  I realized I have had something going on every day this week even if it was only a trip to the doctor that day.  I have been on the go every day.  So today was my day to relax.  My boyfriend and I started watching Quantico on Netflix.  And I even managed to put my fatigue at rest with two short naps today.  One this afternoon I kind of planned.  Tonight however, it just kind of happened.  But that is ok.  It is my body’s way of saying I needed some rest and I got it.  I was happy to have a day to recharge a bit!

Day 41 – 100 Days of Happiness

Tonight was another hard-fought battle.  My daughter, boyfriend and I all played a couple of card games, laughed and had a very nice evening.  I did not have luck on my side tonight, and my daughter came out the winner of both games.  We played a game called Loonacy, which is similar to the card game War only with matching pictures instead of numbers.  Then we traveled down the highway of Mille Bornes.  We trash talked each other and laughed a lot.  Now at half past 3 in the morning it is way past time to settle down and try to get some sleep… but it was well worth the time together!

Day 35 – 100 Days of Happiness

This day… it holds mixed emotions for me.  Growing up my Mom always made a very big deal about birthdays.  I still miss her on my birthday.  Plus her birthday is just less than 2 weeks away… hard to believe she has been gone for 6 years.  Hard to believe I made it to today.

I was told 13 years ago I had breast cancer.  So in light of having what is too often a death sentence I survived.  And am glad to say I am another year older.  I just am not too sure about this year.  I have no problems saying I just turned 50, I have problems being 50 with very little to show for it in the midst of my battle for disability.  I never thought I would be here so soon.

But today is about happiness.  That extra year I have survived.  The wonderful memories of birthdays of the past.  And making memories of new.  Today was a nice day… had dinner with my boyfriend and daughter at a local Mexican restaurant – the fried ice cream for dessert is sinful!  Then we came home and played a card game.  It is moments together with family that give me the most happiness.  And lucky me I get to do it all over again next week when the rest of the family can get together with me and wish me a happy (this is from my older sister) half a century.

The candles have been blown out and the games put away.  I may not have the youth I wished to hang on to, but I have the greatest gifts – life, love and family.  (((HUGS)))

Day 13


Today my “baby” turned 22… she is my whole world.  Adjusting to her growing older, growing up and moving into adulthood has been hard, but I could not be prouder of her than I am.  She has advanced in her job, she has held together an apartment on her own for over a year and is now sharing a place with her closest friend.  She has turned into a remarkable woman.

Today we had a late lunch out and then returned to celebrate with a few gifts, cake and some card games.  It was a good day for her… I always try to make it a special day for her.  I even laughed some real deep laughs and smiled for a while.

Now the cards are put away and my daughter has gone home. We are having a light dinner and I have me feet up resting my back.  The washing machine hums in the next room and my boyfriend is watching football.  …today was almost a “normal” day, even a happy day.