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  • Dishing the Dirt Dishing the Dirt Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015 by
    Today's writing challenge subject is "Dishing the Dirt." She wouldn’t call it gossip. Not really. Edna liked to think she was helping others. Stepping up when others wouldn’t. Or couldn’t. She was simply giving them a little push in the right direction. “Alice Morley told her h...
  • Mitten Chewer Mitten Chewer Published on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by
    Today’s subject for the blog writing challenge is “Favorite Article of Clothing for the Winter.” When I was a child there was a standard “winter outdoor uniform” for pretty much every kid in the neighborhood. Back then we all had poofy coats, usually red or blue, with fake fur...
  • Ten Little Hotdogs Ten Little Hotdogs Published on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by
    No lie.  Today's writing challenge subject is TEN HOTDOGS.  Ha ha! Ten Little Hotdogs Ten little hotdogs sitting on their buns, One jumped off to have some fun. Nine little hotdogs sitting on their buns, Two fell down and rolled on crumbs. Seven little hotdogs sitting on their bu...
  • Grandma’s Secret Grandma’s Secret Published on Monday, January 12, 2015 by
    Today’s writing challenge subject is, “What is chill and how do I do it?” “Come on, Grandma. There is nothing to worry about. Be chill! You will love it!” Edna looked up at the towering coaster before her. “What is chill and how do I do it?” “You know, Grandma. Just CH...
  • Invisible Invisible Published on Friday, January 9, 2015 by
    Today's blog writing challenge theme is "Invisible." Things that are Invisible Hope. Faith. Peace. Joy. Love. Or are they? ...
  • Houseboats and Espressos Houseboats and Espressos Published on Thursday, January 8, 2015 by
    Today’s Lil Hoo Ha writing challenge subject is “Travel.” When I was young, we traveled. From houseboats on Lake Trinity to camping in Canada, sunning in St. Croix and eating ice cream through Italy. I was fortunate that my parents saved and invested, choosing family adventures over...
  • Willy Wonka Haiku Willy Wonka Haiku Published on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by
    Today’s Lil Hoo Ha writing challenge subject is, “Willy Wonka’s Greatest Candy Making Secret.” What better way to express this than in Haiku! Willy Wonka’s Greatest Candy Making Secret Dead Oompa Loompas. Orange blood nears choco river. Sugar substitute. [caption id="a...
  • Chocolate? Coffee? Beer?  Chili? Chocolate? Coffee? Beer? Chili? Published on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by
    What is my favorite winter comfort food?  Hand’s down. My famous beer-coffee-chocolate chili and homemade bread. Well, let’s be honest here. It isn’t MY famous chili. It is my co-worker’s wife’s famous chili. And to be even more honest, it is actually Allrecipe’s famous chil...
  • Spilled Milk Spilled Milk Published on Monday, January 5, 2015 by
    Funny how blood forms such beautiful patterns in spilled milk. Crystal found herself almost mesmerized as she gazed down at the mix of red against pure white. Shaking her head, she returned to the task at hand. Mop. Wring. Mop. Wring. How did it happen so fast? One moment she was grabbi...
  • ‘Tis the Season for the December Photo Challenge ‘Tis the Season for the December ... Published on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by
    This month's photo challenge theme was 'Tis the Season.  So many photos, and only five allowed! 1. I’ll start with the blurry one. Every year a house in my mother’s neighborhood has Santa looking out of the window. Not just Santa…. But SANTA. Like the most frightening Santa you hav...
  • Shopping.  With Style. Shopping. With Style. Published on Sunday, December 21, 2014 by
    Imagine the back wall of TJ Maxx. It has at least five rows of shelves holding more picture frames than the eye can see. I had to choose a frame for my daughter’s friend, without my daughter to supervise. I pulled three frames at a time and sent pictures of them to my daughter. The rej...
  • Until Next Year, My Beautiful Ocean Until Next Year, My Beautiful Ocean Published on Saturday, December 13, 2014 by
    Remember me? I ‘m still here! It has just been a whirlwind, as I’m sure it has been with all of you. Holidays… Bah! Last weekend was our final visit to Corolla until spring of next year.  This is almost a time of mourning for me. Leaving home is hard. Leaving the only place where...
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