Mumbles … Sample

I have done it again.  No, I have NOT fallen off of the face of the earth, no emergency trips to the hospital, I even survived close contact with someone who had covid but DIDN’T catch it.  I have no excuses, so I won’t even bore you with a sample of my day to day but sufficed to say I have just been caught up in life and have not put a priority on WP.  I aim to change that to a degree.

I want to at least get three posts in a week.  I think I can manage to do a word of the day, a picture prompt or some other kind of writing to “stay in touch” with all of you.  I feel bad for just kind of disappearing lately, but time has just been flying.  I mean the Fourth of July is already past, in the blink of an eye summer will be here and gone so I need to get my butt in gear!

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I will sample a bit of cold pizza when I heat up a couple of slices for a leftover dinner… it is so hard to actually cook for just one.  I live too much of a processed food life!  (Any ideas on EASY and quick meals for one?  I can use all the help I can get.)  I will be seeing you in the next couple of days.  Keep life simple and take a sample of nature everyday for some needed self-care.  Best to all of you! 


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

A to Z Challenge – Z is for Zig Ziglar

“A great attitude becomes a great mood, which becomes a great day, which becomes a great year, which becomes a great life.”

Zig Ziglar

There is something to be said about a good attitude, a positive outlook, a peaceful state of mind… all can be influential on the rest of your days and the days of all those around you. So if you want to be in a good environment you have to produce a good environment yourself. Happiness can be contagious, pass it on!

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y

A to Z Challenge – N is for Nietzsche

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

I choose this quote on a special day. Today, April 16, is World Semicolon Day. A semicolon is used when a writer takes a pause but the story goes on. It represents the troubles we have in life and we can take a pause but we are not done; our life goes on for another day. My life has been touched by suicide and this is a day I celebrate every April 16th. One of these years I am going to get my semicolon tattoo. Until then I pause to remember those without the “whys” who have stopped their stories. Those who still struggle daily. Those who have lost their way and feel trapped. Today I remember that their is a way out and asking for help is a difficult (but oh, so strong) thing a person can do. Life will go on; my story is not over yet.

For those in need of someone to talk to in the US please call 800-273-8255 for the suicide prevention help line

For more information go to project semicolon or see their Facebook page

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Mumbles… Bonus

I live… I did not dissolve into a puddle in the rain (for those days I am a close cousin to the Wicked Witch from Oz)… I did not forget how to type… I did not vacation in the stars on an alien spaceship… I have just been silent for a bit.

Life has gone on since I decided to stop writing daily posts.  I did not disturb some cosmic force by changing things and I feel more relaxed.  So, in my book that is a win.  I did not really intend to take a break from reading too, but it seems I have done that as well.  But I will shortly begin reading through post soon.  Since I am more than two weeks behind I will probably not comment a lot.  But I will read all I can!

Things have been ok… not great, but not awful either.  I have dear friends I connect with regularly and I know I would be lost without this communication and love.  Still have my doctor visits and health issues to monitor but day by day I continue.  AND it is getting nicer outside all the time.  Today they are expecting near 70 for a high… bring on Spring!

I am hoping to start posting more pictures again and I leave you today with a bonus.  This was a small bunch I poured out of my bag of baby carrots.  You take these little surprises with a smile and be glad your life has been enriched in some small way.  May you all find a little extra today!  (((HUGS)))

Mumbles … Itinerant

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Itinerant – a person who travels from place to place.  As a writer we are itinerant like, traveling from story to story through the words we weave together.  However sometimes there are roadblocks and detours, and that is where I am at.

I don’t want to hate writing.  I don’t want to lose my muse forever.  Some changes need to be made to assure these things do not happen.  I have been close to a post a day for 5 years now.  Lately I am struggling to get posts done.  It causes me anxiety and guilt which I don’t need to complicate my life.  So, I had to come up with a plan.

I will no longer struggle to post a daily word prompt challenge (sorry Fandango!) but that doesn’t mean I wont occasionally join in on the prompt.  I need to clear my head and sometimes the best way to do that is to write it out.  I will be writing more on my own whether it be what I am feeling, hoping, reliving or just flat out dreaming. I will still come close to a post a day, but I will no longer demand it of myself.

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I hope my readers will not be offended by this change in course.  I feel I am just ready to relax a little and regroup my life.  And my writing is a part of it.  So, this week I will begin some changes.  I hope you will all bear with me and stay along for the ride.  I can’t promise it will always be fun, but I will always put a little bit of me into all I do.

Thanks for reading and sticking with me.  May you all have a wonderful new month and remember Spring is just around the corner – HURRAH!


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Mumbles … Renounce

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I hereby renounce all claims that I am punctual.  Ok, maybe not all claims.  I can make it on time to about 75% of my appointments, I am good at picking my niece up and taking her to work and appointments, but lately on WP being prompt with posts…  NOPE!  Doesn’t seem like it is going to happen.  I “reset” with the new year and am now a week behind again.  How does this happen?

Partially due to an absent muse.  Partially due to just plain and simply life taking top priority… like Monday I have an out-of-town appointment so there is the hour drive, the stress of all of it (dr appt, my first time seeing this doctor and the drive through heavy traffic) and I know that will cause me fatigue… so not a lot of fully functioning hours to get done all that should be done that day.

I know I have mentioned the spoon theory before, and it is excellent in explaining how chronic illness only allows you so much energy.  Heck, after a day like Monday it has taken me out of commission for a couple of days before, depends on how it all goes.  But I do promise to keep plugging along.

Hopefully soon my muse will whisper in my ear again and I will not struggle so with posts.  I will do my best to keep up a post a day but make no promises.  And if it comes down to it, I will do a reset again.  But for now, I will just focus on what prompt is next and read all your wonderful posts I have waiting.  Thanks for being patient with me!  Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!


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The Past Is Gone

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We used to eat together

At the dining room table

Talk about our day

And what we learned in school

We used to share music

Let it play all day long

The artists and songs

That were our favorites

We used to treasure

Spending time together

Then life swept us up

And distance became miles

We used to be too busy

Work and kids activities

There were never enough hours

Just wasted moments that never were

We used to talk on the phone

Share a few brief moments

Talking of our treasured accomplishments

And disappointing losses

… then without a warning

They were gone for good

And I was left thinking

We used to eat together


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Give Me Wings

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I negotiate my life

And travel onward

Steadfast in my journey

I will make it

To the other side

No one can

Stop me now

I see daylight

Through the end

Of this long tunnel

And a new beginning

Is waiting

For me there

Amongst the flowers

And the sunshine

Hope does flutter

Her wings


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