Summer Storm

Photo by Shiva Smyth on

The sky had turned a greenish grey

Rain poured down sideways

Driven by the howling winds

As the lightening flashed all around

Thunder added to the incessant din

The summer storm was full force

As the hail began to bounce on the pavement

Trees cracked as branches fell

Sparks flew as power lines snapped

And my fear began to rise

I paced

I held a flashlight

I turned up the radio for news

Then just when I thought I would explode in fear


I realized the hail had stopped

The rain was lighter

The winds had diministed

And the thunder distant


The storm was over

And I stepped outside

To look for the rainbow

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – incessant and din

Summer Storm

Photo by Greg on

It starts slowly

Just a drop or two

The sidewalk is dotted

And the asphalt turns darker

Slowly the winds increase

And the rain falls faster

There is a flash in the distance

And a low rumble of thunder

Begins to get louder

The winds grow strong

A downpour at an angle

Lightning and thunder within a few miles

It rages for a while

Even produces a little hail

Then almost as fast as it started

The winds die down

The rain slows to a sprinkle

The clouds move onward

And the faintest hints of color in the sky

As a rainbow shimmers in the aftermath

Of the summer storm

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

Fandango’s Friday Flashback – May 15th

Every Friday Fandango asks us to look back through our past entries on this date of a previous year.  This week we go back to 2017 When I was posting a weekly “Monochrome Monday” picture at the time.  That is what I will share today…

Monochrome Monday – Horizontal Tree

This week I am also posting for the Weekly Photo Challenge as well as my Monochrome Monday.  This was a picture from a bridge after a rain storm, I thought it fit the reflecting challenge quite well.  Have a great week everyone!

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Mumbles … Flippant

Today has been a rough day for me.  My fibro is in a flare and has me hurting a lot.  I blame it partially on the unending rain we have had.  But the weatherman says that tomorrow there is going to be a dry day.  So, when the fibro flares I also have issue with thinking clearly.  And I have tried all day to come up with a post for flippant… I’ve got nothing.  I tried to write a poem and a short story, and my muse was on vacation for much of any writing.  I was even struggling to come up with comments today.  I hope you will forgive me for my lack of words today.  I am going to dig back into the posts I am behind on and hopefully when I wake up tomorrow, I will be in a little better shape.  Oh, and as for flippant… it is one word I have usually heard regarding someone not being serious or showing a lack of respect.  Something I have never been at least on purpose.  Good night everyone!


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



Pink Splashes


She stood in her pink rain coat and matching boots looking at the window.  Making sure her Mom was watching, she ran to the puddle and jumped in with both feet.  The resulting splash reached all the way to her face and she squinted her eyes shut and then let out a huge laugh.  She calmly walked out of the puddle only to turn around and splash again.

After about 15 minutes her hair was drenched and she was soaked but she jumped one last time as her Mom opened the door, “Ashley, it’s time to come in and dry off.”

She laughed and skipped up to the door.  “Mom, did you see me?  I splashed a lot!”

“Yes,” her Mom answered.  “I saw you splash all over.  Did you have fun?”

“Oh yes Mommy, I did.  Can I splash again when Daddy comes home?”  She asked her Mom with a big smile.

“No sweetie, we have to eat dinner and then it is movie night.”

“Can I watch The Little Mermaid tonight?”

“Yes Ashley, you can.  Now let’s get you cleaned up.”

person wearing pink knee high rain boots standing on brown floor
Photo by nicollazzi xiong on


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

Cloud Burst

The day was nothing special
Just a walk along the shore
Then the rain began to fall
Thunder took us by surprise
We were huddled together
Standing next to a lighthouse
We began to kiss
Searching out each other
Like the ships guided by the lights
Finding security in each other
We warmed ourselves with passion
As the storm drenched us
We crashed like the waves on the rocks
Together we found pure pleasure
As the rain stopped falling


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

Happy and Grateful – Day 228

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

It was a busy day today with coffee day for Dad, a stop at the tobacco shop (for my Dad) and dropping off books to my daughter.  Then I did a little paper work at home for my boyfriend… I am tired tonight.  But I was grateful most of my errands took place in between the little rain showers we had today.  I just wish we had gotten a little more rain than we did though.

Tonight my daughter came over to share some tacos for dinner and then try to catch up on our soap watching.  We had a purely girly moment and got all happy for a new plot twist with a surprising new couple getting together.  We laughed and cheered them on … it was a purely cheesy moment, but you have to be silly every once in a while.

All in all it was a pretty good day… I am just trying to hold onto that fact as I wind down in the lonely hours of the night.  I will do some more reading and try to get to sleep soon.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!