Too Much

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The people

The noise

The unending conversations

It was like

A sensory overload

Too much talk

Too much sparkle

Too much of the holidays

She excused herself

And left the party

Taciturn for the rest of the month

In an attempt to

Recover some peace of mind

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

Happy everything!

Many of you are spending the day with family and friends today celebrating Christmas. Some of you celebrated Hanukkah recently. And there are many other special days you may be celebrating around the world. So, instead of a simple Merry Christmas I wish all of you a happy everything! (((HUGS)))

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

Mumbles … Settle

The holidays are here, and I hurt.  This is the first year without my Dad.  My mom has already been gone for more than 9 years.  I miss the old family Christmas’ so much.  This year it was really hard to put up the tree, it was usually Dad’s job.  It just didn’t seem right.

The depression is heavy, and I have tried to “fake it until you make it” but I feel like I am just settling for a half of a holiday.  Growing up he would always take his vacation around Christmas so he would be home with us while school was out.  He not only would decorate the tree, but he did most all of the Christmas decorations.  Decorating reminds me so much of him.

And he never just wrote our names on cards, he had a stylized printing he did that made the letters of our names appear 3D.  It is such a small thing, but I miss it so much.  I made the usual cookies and candies and know there were some he loved I used to make extra of… this year I didn’t and that hurt.

So, I settle for what I have and try to enjoy the festivities.  We have done two of our three celebrations; we will have our last one in January.  Then comes his birthday a week later, followed by the day he died a year ago.  It is going to be a rough start to the New Year.


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


“What are you going to do with that old thing?” my husband asked me.

I looked at the worn basket and said, “I thought we would use it to put Christmas cards in this year.  I will give it a coat of paint and a little glitter and it will look festive in no time.”

“But the wrap on the handle is coming off.”

“Dear, I can use glue to put it back in place.”

“What made you think of this project now?  It is only the first of November.  Can’t we celebrate Thanksgiving first?”

“You know every year we get cards as early as the week of Thanksgiving.  I want it ready by then.  Besides I have a lot of craft projects to get done before Christmas, don’t be such a Scrooge.”

“Just don’t rush the holidays, I want to enjoy all of them.”


Written for Fandago’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – basket