Mumbles … Scalawag

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I learned a couple of things today.  First of all, Scalawag is not just a term pirates used.  It was also a derogatory term used after the Civil War by Southerners towards those in the South that were working with the Northerners trying to reunite the country.  I always just thought it was a term for someone like a scoundrel or rascal.

But that is not all I learned.  I learned that Kirk Douglas wrote (along with Robert Louis Stevenson and two others), directed and starred in the 1973 movie Scalawag.  Never heard of it?  Neither had I, but I see according to IMDB it was made in Yugoslavia and only got a 5.1 out of 10 rating.

And I did a search for a quote with the word in it.  Leave it to George Carlin to come up with something, “I went through the usual stages: imp, rascal, scalawag, whippersnapper.  And, of course, after than it’s just a small step to full blown sociopath.”

I hope you learned a little something today too.


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

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

Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch

The movie theater was packed.  JoAnn turned to Shaun and asked, “Are you sure you want to be here for the debut of the movie?”

Shaun shook his head and said, “My brother got a bit part in it, I have to see how good or bad he did.  He said he did something only I would notice, said the director had no problems with it.”

The two of them entered the theater and got in line.  After tickets and popcorn, they were ready for the show.  Shaun whispered to JoAnn, “He said it is like the first ten minutes of the movie.”

When Shaun’s brother came on screen he immediately laughed.  JoAnn was puzzled but waited to ask after the movie what his brother Nick had done.  “Ok, what was so funny?  I didn’t see anyone else laugh.”

“It goes back to our childhood and I never thought I would ever see it again.”

JoAnn still looked puzzled and said, “Well…”

“It was the shirt he was wearing.  It said N & S Ranch.  We always fought over who’s initial was first at our ranch when we played cowboys and Indians, and since I was older, I usually won.  This time he won, with letters 2 foot tall.”

 

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

Onion Cake

She turned to her mom and asked, “What does Donkey mean, ‘onions have layers, ogres have layers?’”

Her mom looked at her daughter and said, “It means there is more than meets the eye.  Shrek is a complicated character as most people are and there are many layers of his personality that make up the whole ogre.  Do you understand?”

“Kind of like how your tummy has rolls in it, that’s layers?”

Her mom cringed and then laughed a little, “That is a different kind of layer honey.  It’s more like you like to spend time with both me and your Dad.  But you also like to play with your friends.  You like to sit quiet and read… those a just a few of your layers.”

“I have layers too?”  she asked. “Oh, I know… it is like the cake you made last week that had three layers of frosting.  That was yummy layers!”

 

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

Happy and Grateful – Day 362

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.

I have a tough week ahead of me.  I have homework from my therapist to do.  Writing down my pain (physical and emotional) in a diary.  It is part of acceptance therapy he is working with me on and as often as I have painful thoughts these days I will be writing all day long.  It is going to be tough to do, but I have already noticed some changes since we started this workbook and we are only 60 pages into the 200 page book.  So I am going into this week hopeful and scared at what I will learn about myself, but determined to get it accomplished.  For these last few days I hope I can do both.  I already had to note my sadness as I wrote my poem for “cozy.”

Besides seeing my doctor and watching the snow pile up… I did take my Dad to the clinic.  I was grateful the main roads were mostly clear of the snow and I didn’t slide around too much.  Now we are in for another system of about 3 more inches…only 81 days, 10 hours and 30 minutes until spring.  But who is counting?

I did relax a bit tonight and watch a movie with my boyfriend.  He got the new Kingsman movie for Christmas and we watched it.  It was good but it was another one of those movies with whispered dialog, so you turn the volume up but get BLASTED out of your chair when an action scene comes up.  I just sat in the quiet after it was over happily hearing nothing but the soft hum of the furnace running.

Ok… I am STILL behind on reading posts.  Let’s see how far I can get before my meds kick in tonight.  Please remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

 

Happy and Grateful – Day 356

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.

And then there were 10…. only ten days left in my challenge.  This year has gone by pretty fast and I am sure these last few days will be somewhat of a blur.

Today was a surprising day.  My daughter got off work early this afternoon and treated me to a movie.  We went and saw Hugh Jackman’s latest film “The Greatest Showman.”  It always makes me happy to see a good film and I love musicals.  It was my first time in our upgraded theater with the new assigned seating in the fancy new electric recliners.  It was a nice afternoon.

Then tonight my daughter came over to do laundry and help me finish the rest of the candies.  I did the rest of the potato chips dipped in chocolate… so yummy.  I was grateful for the help and the company.

Now I am headed back to sleep for a while… it was late when my daughter headed home.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 339 & 340

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.

I have not done so good this month… here I am playing catch up once again.  The fatigue got the best of me last night and if I don’t hurry it might get me tonight too.  So lets jump right into the action.

Yesterday was pretty quiet.  I did a little work on my Christmas cards I am making.  I need to get busy on that project so I can crank them out and then write some letters to go with them.  But I was grateful for the little bit of work I did get done on them.

I did actually order two Christmas gifts online last night too.  It makes me happy that I have started shopping.  I would love to be done a week before hand, but I have never been that organized so I will take what I can.

Today was all about running errands – library, bank, pharmacy and tobacco shop for Dad.  I got a lot accomplished but I feel it too and I’m pretty worn out.  I was grateful to get it all done though.

Tonight was movie night for my boyfriend and I.  I had checked out the movie Logan from the library and it was really good.  I was happy to be able to watch it.  I love my local library and all it offers – books, movies, music.

Ok now to post this… it has been a long day and I am tired.

(and this is the point where I fell asleep last night… ugh!  Let’s wrap this up…)

Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Days 336 & 337

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.

Here I am playing catch up once again.  It got tired out very fast last night and I was asleep before I knew it.  But it was the first day “after” my cold where I did not nap at all and I went out to get my Dad dinner.  I did a quick drop off in case the germs were still trying to leave me and find their next victim.  But just that little bit of activity really wore me out.  I was grateful to have the energy to go out though.

It was such a little thing but getting a nice hot shower and getting dressed (aside from the standard cold wardrobe of sweats and a t-shirt) actually was the happy point of the day.  It was like I felt human again… insert laughter here.

Today was another pretty good day.  Still not 100% but I had a little bit more energy, a little less coughing.  What really bothers me is that all the while I have been sick, we have had unseasonably warm weather.  Now as I am starting to get back to “normal” we will see temps falling starting tomorrow.  Oh well, it is December after all.

Today I did a little bit more.  Loaded the dishwasher (that is a lot of bending up and down) and took a quick trip to the store for three things my Dad needed.  It was pretty much in and out but I could tell I had more going on today.  I was grateful that errand is done now so tomorrow is currently free.

I was happy to return home to my comfy recliner and watch a movie with my boyfriend.  It was not an Academy Award winner, but it wasn’t a total waste of time either.  Now he has headed off to sleep and I fumble with words to make this readable.  I am not completely free of the “fog” from the cold either.  And let me tell you the word prompt today really threw me… in what I looked up it appears to be a saying from the UK.  I know I had never heard of it before.

Anyway… it is late and the eyelids are getting heavy.  Please remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  I hope you have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 331 and 332

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.

I think I am back to the land of the living… been sick the last couple of days and sleeping a lot.  Let’s see if I can catch up a little more today.  At least with writing posts… I am getting there on reading.

Day 331

This was our late Thanksgiving.  I could feel the cold coming on but you know the show must go on.  It was a memorable day, one unlike any other I have been a part of.  Got up and put the turkey in the oven and slowly gathered together all the trimmings to be cooked as well – mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, green been casserole, corn, rolls, stuffing and cranberry salad.  Enough food for an army.

After all hustle and timing was executed to get things done at the same time… I put the yams in the oven with the marshmallows on top to brown and waited.  …and waited.   … and waited.  Finally I thought they were almost ready and my boyfriend went to carve the turkey… it was not fully cooked.  We then discovered the oven was not heating up fully.  So we microwaved the turkey to finish cooking what we were going to eat and put the bird back in the oven.

All in all the turkey probably took twice as long to fully cook. By the time it was done I was coughing and starting to feel feverish.  So after my daughter went home I took some medicine and sat down finally.  Since then all I have done is cough and sleep.  We did have the maintenance crew look at the oven.  The element was broken and it took maybe 5 minutes to fix.  Not that we will need the oven anytime soon with all the leftovers we have now.  But we were together, could laugh about the troubles of the day and had a delicious meal still.

So to get where I need to go with this, instead of just babbling about the day…. my happy moment was being together with family.  I was grateful to have a back-up to finish cooking the turkey in the microwave.  Can’t imagine what we would have done without that.

Day 332

I slept.  I slept a lot.  And I was very grateful to be able to sleep most of the day away.  I did stay awake long enough to watch a movie with my boyfriend… we watched the suspense drama Split with James McAvoy.  It was really very good I thought and I was happy to stay awake long enough to watch it.

I can finally say I am actually hungry again… yesterday all I ate was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  So I am going to go take a stab at some leftovers for lunch.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Days 324, 325 and 326

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.

Ok… so I am a little behind.  I haven’t felt the best and I know that is no excuse for not taking 15 to 30 minutes to post this daily… I am sorry.  Monday night I fell asleep early and Tuesday I was with my daughter… so here we are on Wednesday and it is time to play catch up.

Day 324

I spent a lot of the day still worried about my friend I posted about last time.  It was a very quiet day… nowhere to go and no big plans of anything to do for the day.  So my gratitude was definitely the free time to do a little of nothing.  I was so wrapped up in nothing… I forgot all about my Monochrome Monday until today.  Let’s just say I took the week off for the coming holiday.  My happiness was watching a movie with my boyfriend.

Day 325

I woke up with a pretty sore back.  Did some of my PT exercises to try to loosen it up a bit.  Then took a nap.  Then took another… yeah two naps before my boyfriend came home at 4!  I then got kind of mad at my daughter.  She had said she would come over to do laundry and I got the impression she was talking about the early afternoon… I waited and waited, finally gave up and went to my Dad’s about 7 pm to get him dinner. Then of course she showed up.  So seeing her when I got back home did make me happy.  My gratitude would have to go to Nintendo for the day.  They came out with a version of Animal Crossing to play on the phone… I spent too much time on my phone yesterday!  LOL

Day 326

I was finally feeling a little bit better today.  I was able to make it into my craft desk and do a little card making.  I sent out two sympathy cards to friends who lost their mother this month.  Even if it is a sympathy card it makes me happy to create a little.  And tonight when I went to run a couple of quick errands I was able to talk my boyfriend into going with me, I was grateful for that.

Now I will try to stay on track the rest of my days doing this.  For the readers in America, have a happy Thanksgiving… I hope you share it with family and not employees in retail!  It is a day for togetherness not shopping.  But because I have a boyfriend in retail and a daughter in food service… our Thanksgiving will be a few days late (on Monday).  Once again I am sorry this was so late.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day