A to Z Challenge – Y is for YoYo

“I think anybody who goes away finds you appreciate home more when you return.”

YoYo Ma

This is so true… maybe a hint of absence makes the heart goes fonder. It is also related to just being homesick when you are away from home. From small to large, there are so many things that a person can miss about home. From a special coffee cup to start the day out, to the feeling of sleeping in your own bed. After all, home is where the heart is, and absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Past letters…


Home Sweet Home

They scanned the newspaper, hoping to find something.  They had been looking for an affordable house to move into for about a month.  Prices were so high, and the market was definitely in favor of sellers right now.  Hal turned the page and asked Melissa, “What about this, a modular home?”  He was pointing to an ad for modular homes that said, “A great alternative for the first home buyer.”

Melissa said, “I’m not sure what it is.”

“It is a pre-fabricated home in pieces the way I understand it.  I would have to call and get information for sure about it.  It does say it is a great alternative and there are not a lot of options out there right now.”

“We have nothing to lose, let’s call ‘em.”

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

Surprise Mom!

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He walked down the corridor to the room at the end.  The door was shut and he softly knocked on it.  A distant voice answered, “Just a minute.”  Apartment 9 was where his Mother lived.  He hadn’t seen her for almost a year as his job had sent him out of state.  She didn’t know it was him at the door.

She opened the door with the chain on still and was about to ask who it was when she let out a scream.  “Johnny!  You’re home!”  She shut the door, ripped off the chain and flung open the door.  “Why didn’t you call, I would have had dinner ready for you.”

“No Mom, tomorrow is Mother’s Day so I am home to take you out to dinner.”

“You have always been so good to me Johnny.  Come in and sit down.  How have you been?”

“Wait a minute.  We have reservations for 6 o’clock so you need to grab your coat and purse and come with me.”

“Oh, I need to change.  I am not dressed for going out.”

“Mom, you look as beautiful as always.”


I hope all you Moms, want to be Moms, and Dad’s who are Moms too, have a wonderful Mother’s Day tomorrow.  And a special wish to those without their Moms or children… know this is still a special day of remembrance. HAPPY Mother’s Day!

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

A to Z Challenge – H

microphotography of orange and blue house miniature on brown snail s back
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The letter H…

Back in 1920 a house was built.  Around 1962 a newly married couple moved into it.  Their family began to grow, and, in a few years, there were four people living there.  The kids grew up and moved away.  The circle of life touched the family, first with the mother dying and then the father.  If you haven’t guessed, this was my parents that bought the house.  Now that both my parents are gone my sister and I own the house.  She already has a house.  My boyfriend and I were renting an apartment.  My sister suggested I move back home and just give her money for her half of the house.  So, we have been working out the details and payments.  It feels good to be home again, but so empty without Mom and Dad here.  The house, now being 100 years old, needs lots of work and TLC.  It, however, is more than a house.  There are so many memories here.  I am truly grateful to be home.

Enough To Bring The House Down

A strong foundation

Four walls

And a roof over my head

I have a house


Your arms

The touch of your hand

And the gentlest kiss

I am home


A deep kiss

Full body embrace

And unbridled passion

I am in heaven


A good bye

Never to meet again

And emptiness that never ends

I’m in hell on earth


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

Destination You

Too many white lines
Blur my vision
Coffee is in my veins
As I try to fuel myself
My grip on the wheel
Has become too tight
Traffic is lite at 4 am
Lulling me into weariness
But the highway before me
Is the road back home
Back to you
And much needed peace


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

Happy and Grateful – Day 364

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.

Next to last day… and as a side note, I may be late on my last post.  My daughter will be here for a night of games so it not only is going to be waiting for midnight, but also waiting to see who wins the battle.  LOL

Today was bitter cold.  The furnace has run almost nonstop and it still feels a bit cooler in here.  But that is winter in Iowa.  Tomorrow is supposed to be the coldest day with possible record-breaking lows.  I am grateful to have the warmth and comfort of a home… I know they said on the news the homeless shelters were full tonight.

I did get to come closer to being caught up with my reading on WordPress.  If I make it much later after I post this I hope to read more.  I am happy I found the time to read today.

One last call for ideas on what I could do this next year now that my Happy and Grateful is nearly done.  I am pretty sure I still want to post nearly every day… I would be lost without my writing.  Any ideas?

Ok… time to dim the lights and read myself to sleep.  Remember to find you happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day and PLEASE celebrate New Years Eve smart… don’t drink and drive!

Happy and Grateful – Day 313

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.

It was a cold day today.  Right around the freezing point most of the day with a cold wind blowing.  A good day to stay inside.  And that is what I did for most of the day.  I fought fatigue a good portion of the day and succumbed to two naps.  But I was grateful to have a day with not much planned where I could take the naps.

I was feeling a little better than I was last night, but still missing my friend.  It is getting close to the holidays and at one time he was going to be here for the holidays, but that changed and I wish I could see him again.  I worry I never will see him in person again.  As he will not be coming back here and I don’t have the money or energy to travel.  I am glad we still keep in touch somewhat through phone and texts.

Tonight’s happy moment … I have a hard time with this one tonight.  I am going to go with one I don’t know if I have used before or not.  With the upcoming winter they are talking about the homeless and the coming cold…. I am happy to have a roof over my head and I can afford the heat to stay warm.  Having known someone who was homeless for a while I know circumstances can come up and it all can vanish too easily.

Now I am going to finish watching the end of the musical Chicago and hope to get to sleep soon after.  Please remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day.