Mumbles … Autographs

Today’s word prompt is wise. It takes me back to my childhood. When I was in 5th or 6th grade it was popular to have autograph books. Living in the middle of Iowa however meant not many famous signatures. So like a high school yearbook I had my friends, family and teachers sign it.

I ended up with a German language entry from my grandfather, a joke from my gym teacher, a request to speak up (I told you I was quiet and would mumble as a kid) from a friend, just to name a few. The one that stood out and I recall to this day was a word “puzzle” from a student teacher we had at the time.


Any ideas what she was saying? She wouldn’t answer what it was at first, said I needed to study it and try to figure it out. I tried. I tried again. I asked family members for help. You must remember this was before the days of texting and LOL, ILY, and BRB; so one letter abbreviations were still a few years away. I am going to challenge you to try to figure it out. I will eventually give you an answer as she finally did for me. Give me your guesses and have a little fun with this.

I did eventually move to an autograph book that had some famous people sign. I took it with me to Nashville in high school and got a few singers to sign it. It was great fun getting those signatures! We were there for Fan Fair (where artists gathered at the fairgrounds to meet with fans, promote new albums and perform) and I took advantage of the signature chances. Did you ever gather autographs? What is one signature you would love to have?

On a side note, I am back home as Dad’s shoulder has improved. So I am slowly but surely getting to posts. I have this pesky thing called sleep that keeps interfering with my night time writing… I guess I really wore myself out this week. So I am trying to tackle a lot of WordPress this afternoon… wish me luck! Have a wonderful day/night!


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

Happy and Grateful – Day 321

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.

Even the worst day huh?  This has been an agonizing day of fatigue.  There was another change in the weather – a slight warm up and rain to possibly turn to some snow in the early morning.  Needless to say I am aching all over and I took 3 naps today and still feel like I did not sleep… I guess that is the nature of chronic fatigue.  Add in a good side order of depression and you have a day I would have liked to have missed.  But I put one foot in front of the other take one breath after the other and keep on going.  If I am lucky I find some good.

Today I found that good here on WordPress,  One of the people I follow made me laugh.  First and only time today I laughed and for that I am grateful.  I know laughter is good medicine, I need a little more of it in my life, but it is hard to find some days like today.

Now happiness blooms from laughter, but I don’t think I have ever used the same thing for both my happiness and my gratitude before and this close to the end I hate to change my pattern.  So I give my happiness to a fleeting thought, a memory.  It is something simple but the hug from a friend can mean a lot… I have made it known here before how I miss my best friend.  Today it was the memories of a hug from him that got me through the day and made me closer to happy if only for a moment.

Now I plan to rest yet again and hope that I find some relief from this horrible fatigue I face,  Let your friends know how special they are.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy And Grateful – Day 72

As March begins I continue with my goal to find happiness and gratitude every day.  There is at least some small thing that can bring a smile and give you a moment to be grateful for.  Please join me in looking for the good moments of the day … it would be great if you would share them in the comments or on your own blog.  Be aware of the little wonders of the day!

Today I am going to throw things back to WordPress.  I read a lot of good posts today, saw some fantastic photographs.  I am continually in awe of the fact I get to do what I like to do (write) and there are actually people out there that seem to like it too.  This is a great community of talented people.  Every day I get to enjoy others work and share my own is a day I am happy for.  And I am so grateful for every like, follow and especially the comments.

On tough days writing and reading have always been a couple of my escapes…. today was no different.  I just want to thank everyone for reading AND writing the words that help keep me going!  (((HUGS))) to all!