You Ask, I Say

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You ask me what time it is

“It’s late.”

Is my reply

You ask me if I’m tried

“It’s late.”

Again I speak

You ask me why I am so quiet

“It’s late.”

Is all I say

You ask if you can do something

“It’s too late.”

I say with tears

You ask just one more question

Is it time to say goodbye


Is all I say

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

Late Night

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The girl turned the doorknob as quietly as she could.  Stepping inside she began to slowly close the door behind her when the light flashed on.  “Mom, I didn’t know you were still up.”

“Yes, I am as my daughter was supposed to be home two hours ago and just now came home.”

“Listen mom, I can explain…”

“Explain why you turned your phone off?  Explain why you let me worry for two hours with no word?”

“Mom, Benny ran out of gas and we had to walk to Casey’s on the edge of town. My cell apparently died as we were walking because when we got there it was dead.  Please don’t lecture me on my curfew, I didn’t…”

“No, you didn’t.  Didn’t think that I had worried.  Didn’t consider I have a meeting first thing in the morning I need to be well rested for.  I will lecture you, but not tonight.  Right now you need to go to bed and I need to calm myself down so I can finally sleep.”

“Mom, I really am sor…”

“Upstairs, we will talk tomorrow.”

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

Running Late

“Karen will you hurry up, we are going to miss the previews.”  Sarah was standing at the door waiting for her roommate to get ready to go to the movies.

The apartment phone began to ring.  “Sarah, can you get that?  It might be Tom.”

“Hello?” she said with a sigh.  It was not Tom; it was someone selling car warranties.  “Let’s go Karen.  It wasn’t Tom by the way.”

“Ok, be there in a second.”  There were some noises coming from Karen’s room.  “Here I come.”

The two women left the apartment and got into Sarah’s car.  She may have gone a little fast to the theater, but Karen said it was ok, because there were no cops around.  They pulled into the parking lot 7 minutes until start time.  Sarah said, “You get the popcorn and pop and I will get our tickets.”

Finishing in their lines at about the same time, they headed to the theater.  They flew open the door, found their seats and the lights almost instantly went down.  Karen smiled and turned to Sarah, “See, plenty of time.  It was perfect timing.”  Sarah rolled her eyes in the dark.


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

This Day

She was so happy

This was the day she dreamed of

She was a bride

This was the start of a new chapter

She was in love

This was the man she’d share her life with

She was worried

This was taking too long to start

She asked why

This was the news she got

She was jilted

This was the worst day of her life


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

In The Nick Of Time

She ran down the hall afraid she would be late.  The first bell rang three minutes ago so she had two minutes to dash down the hall and upstairs to get to her class on time.  She was just furious with herself for having hit the snooze button on her alarm.  As she went up the stairs she realized no other students were still in the halls.  It was eerily quiet.  Mr. Hampton always stood at the door to close it right when the second bell began to ring.  She bounded up the last few steps and saw Mr. Hampton at the door.  He looked at her, then at his watch.  About two feet from the door the second bell began to ring out through the empty hallway.  Mr. Hampton said, “Miss Taggert I expect you to be here on time tomorrow.  I will let it slide this time, but you will not have that luxury next time.  Now take your seat.”


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

Happy and Grateful – Day 341

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.

Today started a little late.  I overslept and woke up 15 minutes before I was supposed to meet my daughter for coffee.  So I rushed around and got ready as quick as I could.  We then met at the book store and shared some stories and coffee.  It was a good way to start the day.  I was happy she finally had a day off and we could connect.

It was my usual Thursday doctor’s appointment this afternoon.  It was well overdue… first there was no appointment on the Thursday of Thanksgiving and then the following week I was sick so it has been three weeks since I had seen him.  I was more than grateful for the appointment.

I am starting to feel my night meds kick in, so I will stop for the night.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 297 & 298

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.

I apologize for not getting my posts on last night, fatigue caught me early and unaware.  I woke up about 4:30 in the morning lights still on and laptop open on my lap still.  Lets hope I can post this without falling asleep first.

Yesterday I got to meet with a friend I used to work with and have lunch with her.  We talked for a couple of hours… it made me happy to visit with her.  And I was grateful she wanted to treat me to a late birthday lunch and picked up the tab.

Today was a worrisome day. My boyfriend was home from work because he didn’t feel well when he woke up for work.  But I had to take my Dad to the clinic and then to his Wednesday coffee group so I worried about him while I was gone.  When I got back home he was feeling a bit better so I was grateful for that.

I spent the evening playing phone tag with my daughter.  First she was busy, then I was busy, but we finally connected and talked a little bit and that made me happy.

Now I must find sleep… before it finds me.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/ day!


(Oh man, I had it all written and just needed to put tags on it and send it out into the blogging world… so close.  Oh well, please forgive me again!)

Try To…

I’m told to recreate

To improve my frame of mind

But how do I

Get the energy to do anything


Do something you like

To boost your spirit

But how do I when

Nothing is appealing


Watch a funny movie

To put you in a better mood

But what do I do

When nothing is funny


I’m tired and it is late

Late in the day

and late in my life

…time is almost up

Day 76 – 100 Days of Happiness

I have a habit of being late… but this one was not my fault!  Today was our late Thanksgiving dinner.  My daughter and boyfriend both worked on Thursday so we planned dinner today after my daughter was off work.

I always stress about getting things done at the same time or at least close so nothing gets cold, and I think i pulled it off pretty well.  My daughter ended up working more than an hour later than expected so we were in a holding pattern for a while, but nothing burned and it all got cooked close to the same time.

It was good to have family around the table and stories and laughter.  I am very thankful they are in my life and accept me and all my flaws.  I love them all.

Now the dishwasher has been run once.  There will be another load of dishes in the morning and it will be all cleaned up.  We even had enough room in the refrigerator for all the left overs. I can’t wait for turkey sandwiches tomorrow!  Yummy!

Day 70 – 100 Days of Happiness

I really need to get back on a writing schedule at night or I will be a day behind forever… but then that is one thing about me, ask any of the family and they will say I am perpetually late.  That was the only detention I got in school was for tardiness.  My daughter says I will be late for my own funeral.

But I am not here to talk about my inevitable death.  My happiness for yesterday… I finally got a couple of recall fixes taken car of for my car and sought the irritating source of a LOUD clicking noise the car was making.  If I had been feeling better I would have been pacing back and forth worried about the bill.  Car repairs can be so expensive and right before the start of the holiday season unwanted expenses really hurt.

I got the call that the car was fixed and they told me the total on the bill I about passed out.  All the work outside of the free recall fixes was covered under the extended warranty policy so I just had a $50 deductible to pay.  My car is nice and quiet, does not leak oil, and is safe again.  And I still have money for groceries – Yippee!!