Skipping Rocks

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The two children walked by the creek, picking up rocks and throwing them into the water.  “Did you hear that Billy?”

Billy stopped and asked, “What sound John?”

John turned and said, “The thunk when I threw in that last rock.  I know is hit something.”

“Where did you throw it?”

“Up ahead that way,” he said pointing to the area of bushes at the edge of the creek.

The two boys walked close to the edge of the creek and stopped suddenly.  Grabbing a stick Billy probed at the item the water had washed up, and they both screamed.

(100 words)

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

(A2Z) Song Searching

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Styx, Sawyer Brown, Skillet, Scott Joplin… Seven Nation Army, Stormy Monday, Sweat Pea, Sara Smile… Stage, staccato, Sing Off, symphony… so many singers.

This is all about friendship.  No, it is not Thank You For Being a Friend (it is not on my list for T even).  This is about a friend I got to know about 11 years ago.  He had fallen on some rough times and something about the two of us just clicked.

He didn’t have a perfect life and he developed a bit of an attitude to get him through the worst of it.  One day he called me up and told me to go to my computer to search for a song.  It was by the group Band of Skulls and it was called Sweet Sour.  The reason he wanted me to be aware of the song was the video reminded him of the attitude he had growing up.

The video features kids walking through a neighborhood trying to look tough.  A scuffle takes place and well, just watch.  This one is for you Jack!

Blogging A to Z April Prompt


Mumbles … Riddle

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Why did the man throw the clock out the window?  He wanted to see time fly!  I’ve heard that joke many times.  That and about a dozen others that seemed to be repeated a lot were a part of my childhood.  Every day after school I’d rush home to watch The Floppy Show.  It was a local television show featuring Duane Ellett and his dog (a puppet in a box) Floppy.  In between cartoons there would be children there in the studio who would stand in line to tell Floppy a riddle.  Why did the man put the car in the oven?  He wanted a hot rod.  What time is it when it’s thirteen o’clock?  Time to get a new watch.  They were all pretty basic riddles and jokes.  Occasionally a child would make up his or her own joke… often with a off the wall punch line that didn’t work.  But Duane and Floppy would still laugh at every one!  It was a unique way to keep children interested in the show.  It lasted for many years from 1957 to 1987.  It was even a cult favorite among college students in the area.

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In this day and age there is nothing locally made other than the news.  No cartoon kids show, not late-night fright flicks on the weekends, it is a real loss to the current generation.  No, they were not smooth seamless perfectly polished shows… they were pure and innocent.  Something this world could use a lot more of!


(Both images from Google search)

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

The Neighbor’s Tree

The elderly gentleman stepped onto the porch, turned towards his tree, “You kids get down from there or I will give you a good comeuppance!”

The two children in the tree stopped climbing and turned to look at the man in a puzzled manner.  The young boy said, “What’s that mean?  Are we in trouble?”  His sister looked down at him on the lower branch and said, “I think so.  We better get down.”

The old man shook his fists at the children and said, “And don’t come back, you’ll ruin my tree!”  The children hit the ground and ran.


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


As Alice ambles aimlessly
The big branch begs Billy
To climb carelessly with Chris
Doug ducks down
Eunice entices echoes
Frightened Frank fidgets furiously
While Gloria gnaws gum
Honeybees hound Howard
Ingrid inspects ivy
Joe jump joyfully
Kneeling Kevin knows kicks
Leaving Lewis laughing loudly
Meanwhile Mary mumbles
No one notices Nora
Organized Oliver orders
People pick pinecones for Penny
Quietly Quintin questions
Ron’s recent report
Sadly Sue sighs
While Terry tries t-ball
Ursula unfolds an umbrella
Violently Victor vomits
Walter walks in water
Xavier wants x-ray vision
And Zachary zips his zipper

Happy and Grateful – Day 281

The month of October is upon us.  Fall is in full swing with the leaves gathering on the lawn… maybe a pile or two to run through even.  The evenings are getting dark earlier as the days grow shorter.  And a few of us look forward to a good scare with Halloween coming this month.  Everyday has at least some small portion of good in it.  I am looking for that good with this challenge to find my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join in with the challenge by commenting or writing your own blog… let’s find some goodness today.

Today was another perfect fall like day.  Sat with the window open beside me listening to the birds sing and the kids play.  I have to shake my head at least a dozen times when there are a few of the neighbor kids out there.  If I had talked like that at their age I would have been in so much trouble.  And we have new upstairs neighbors who will yell at their mom from the playground… and the way they talk or back talk to her is astonishing!  Times have sure changed.

Today my boyfriend and I went to the grocery store and restocked the refrigerator.  It took almost an hour at the store… I am paying for it tonight with leg cramps.  My back is also not very happy with me for all the lifting and bending putting stuff away.  But I am grateful I am done with shopping for us for the week.

My happy moment… not so many today.  Feeling pretty down tonight.  My boyfriend and I watched a couple of movies tonight and I don’t recall laughing at all.  One was an action drama and the other was a “horror” film.  Nothing great, just something to pass the time.  No messages or texts from friends.  No answered emails.  No change in my Dad’s pain levels.  I did hear from my daughter this morning but it was a one message post and run.  Let’s just say I am happy to have seen another day from start to finish.

I am going to let my nighttime meds do what they are supposed to now and hopefully sleep.  Remember to find your happiness (no matter how small) and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 208

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date…”  Over 12 hours later I am finally posting, will you forgive me?  I had been going on only 4 hours of sleep and a 45 minute nap… that caught up with me and I went out in full light, TV on and still in my jeans and t-shirt.  So the fatigue captured me last night and I am still trying to catch up today.  Oops!

Yesterday was a beautiful day as is today.  There is still some humidity in the air, but the temperatures are much more manageable.  Now if we could just get some rain…

This post is all about kids.  Yesterday was Miracle Treat Day at many Dairy Queen’s across the country.  It was a day when all Blizzard Treats purchased would provide a dollar donation to The Children’s Miracle Network.  CMN is a network of hospitals that works with children and families of children facing disease and injury.

I took a tour of our CMN hospital here in Iowa once and got to see some of the benefits the funds had created for kids and families… things like specialized surgical equipment for smaller bodies, recreation equipment that is inclusive for those in wheelchairs, programs that focus on the well-being of the kids during treatments, and many more services.

As you know I have a daughter who I love with all my heart, she is healthy.  When she was little, a boy almost her same age was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer and not expected to live past the age of 12.  His mother worked with me.  I was so grateful that my daughter was healthy.  Incidentally that little boy is now a young man working in the nursing field… still monitoring his cancer, but doing well in remission.  He was helped by some of the things CMN donations provided.

Yearly Miracle Treat Day happens and I love ice cream.  So yearly my daughter and I buy Blizzards to support CMN in a small way.  I am still so grateful that I didn’t have to face the fear of a short life expectancy for her.  I am happy beyond words to help a cause I believe in every year in this way and other fund-raising events that take place.  And honestly the ice cream is so yummy! 🙂

Do you have a charity that is close to your heart, that makes you grateful, that you are happy to help on a regular basis?  Cherish those in your life who are well and be aware of how lucky they are.  Find your happiness every day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 175

June brings warmer weather and the start of summer.  Hopefully it brings many ideas from my muse too.  I continue to write for my challenge to find the things that make me happy and grateful each day this year.  Please feel free to join me in this challenge with comments about your happiness and gratitude or start your own blog.  There is always something good to find in each day.

Due to the BEAUTIFUL outdoor wedding yesterday and my boyfriend’s mom staying the night with us, I am a little late with this post.  I find it very hard to write with others around and the words were just not coming last night so here I am in the quiet of the afternoon posting while my boyfriend naps.

The weather was about as close to perfect as you could get for an outdoor wedding.  It was in the low to mid 70’s and a light breeze blowing.  We did have a small grey cloud float by that let out about a dozen rain drops, but isn’t rain on your wedding day supposed to be good luck – does anyone know if that is the saying?  So above all else I have to say I was grateful for a beautiful day.

The highlight of the wedding of course were the kids.  Two ring bearers (around 4 years old) and two flower-girls (about 20 months).  All but one of them made the trip down the aisle, one of the flower girls had to be carried.  Then the happy couple had their “kids” both there.  A German Sheppard to walk the aisle with the groom and a beautiful white (not sure of the breed) dog walking with the bride and her father.  They were all rather well-behaved for the amount of people around.  But it was after the ceremony when the big kids came out to play.

The couple is big football fans and tailgate a lot.  The color scheme was after their favorite college team.  And apparently the mascot is for “rent” by the hour for events.  So the wedding party had the mascot there for pictures and dancing.  It was so fun to watch the bride and groom’s faces light up at this moment… made me happy.

By the time we got home (I had to take some food to my Dad still after the wedding) it was getting late.  We chatted a bit and went to bed.  Now I should put down the computer and find some happy and grateful for today, huh?  Stay happy!