Thursday, October 27, 2016

Six Sentence Story - Stick

Which direction should I go with this blog hop challenge?  I thought of several different ways the word is used, but a story seemed out of reach until tonight.  This took me back to childhood memories living out in the sticks.  I'm linking this post to Six Sentence Story - Stick at Ivy's Uncharted blog.

Her black rubber boots slipped on the muddy red clay bank of the creek behind the barn.  She almost plopped down right behind the cow she was herding, but she managed to stay upright as she gave the cow one last poke on the rump to urge her to climb up the bank.

Seeing that Bossy was contently grazing now, she turned her attention to the creek where sometimes she found interesting rocks, and if lucky, agates for her collection.  What really intrigued her about the creek were what lived in it:  mussels, tadpoles, an occasional trout, bullfrogs, slithering garter snakes, and crawdads, as most people called here, instead of crayfish.

The crawdads often went to the deeper areas of the creek where they weren't as easily seen, especially when they stirred up the mud underneath them.  She grabbed a narrow stick she found in the undergrowth, and slid it gently into the water toward what she thought were crawdad pincers and waited, hoping to carefully lift it up from the water when he took hold.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #120 Heart&Petals

This haiku was inspired by the prompts at a blog hop Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #120 Heart&Petals. To read the haiku that others have written for this challenge, click on the link.

I'm sharing a photo of one of my favorite types of flowers.  The name hopefully isn't an indication of the future of the bride and groom.

Bleeding hearts

stepping down the aisle
her hands held heart-shaped petals
entwined with ribbon


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful

It is once again time to consider what has happened, or not happened, during the past week and jot down 10 things for which I am thankful.  It always amazes me what a diverse group of individuals we are that link up our posts to the blog hop Ten Things of Thankful.  We vary from one another in many ways, but the one thing that unites us is the desire to take stock of our lives each week and contemplate the ways we have been blessed.  Just in recognizing our blessings and sharing them with others, our blessings seem to be added upon.

1 - 2 Monday my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at a couple's home.  My husband had already met them, but I had not.  We both really enjoyed their company and hospitality.  They both know a lot about naturalizing properties with native plants, and since we are considering doing more of that, it was great to "pick their brains."  This "we project" is really more my husband's idea at this point, since doing a lot work outside at present isn't an option for me. I'm thankful to make new friends and to learn new things.

3.  A friend's husband passed away after a lengthy battle with ALS.  This is such a horrible disease.  He never complained.  I feel such sadness for his dear wife who cared for him in their home until the very end.  Both of them I consider to be saints.  My husband and I sat across from them at an Empty Nesters' dinner group quite a few years ago when they were first trying to figure out what was going on with his health, at the point they were being referred to other doctors.  To have watched how they have dealt with this unexpected detour in their lives has left an indelible imprint on my soul. I am thankful for having been able to see the love they have for one another.  They have taught not only me, but so many others by their example.

4 - 5  Thursday evening I attended a meeting at my church.  A representative from Catholic Charities met with us to explain their involvement with the Refugee Resettlement in Oregon and the need for volunteers in the community to help.  It was very informative.  One of the first things she explained was what the difference is between a refugee and a migrant,  to clear up any misunderstandings on that matter.  It was great to receive information as to ways those in the community can be involved as  individuals and/or as a groups.   I am thankful for opportunities to combine with other churches in the area to meet a common need.  I am thankful that even though there may be differences in how our worship services are conducted and some differences in how we interpret doctrine, we come together in a desire to help others.

6.  Friday morning I went for PT which included some massage.  Even though the massage wasn't very long, nor painful, I bruised from it. (?)  I am thankful for those in the health care fields who have training to help us improve our health. 

7.  My husband and I are trying to eat  a more healthy diet, but buying some bags of candy that were on sale, knowing I would want to have some on hand for the children who trick or treat, was our bane.  You guessed it!  The bags got opened sooner than later.  With the cooler weather, I am enjoying being able to make more soups and stews.  I am thankful for a friend that brought me some Tuscan tomato and basil bisque this week.  It was very yummy.

8.  One day we had very heavy rains most of the day.  The next day was combined with darks clouds intermittent with some sun. There is something about seeing the beautiful fall foliage still moist from the rain arrayed against blue sky and sunshine. The sight really lifts my spirit.  I was glad my husband was receptive to my desire to "Let's go for a drive."  I really wanted to soak up scenery for a while.

9.  Little by little I am making some progress in our home with the decluttering project.  It just takes me longer than I would like.  Patience, she said, patience.

10.  I am thankful that we received our ballots this week.  It truly is a blessing that we live in this country and have the right to vote.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Six Sentence Story - Fix

With some memories of children's antics, mischievousness, exploration or experimentation, depending on how you might think of it, I am sharing this memory for the blog hop at Six Sentence Story - Fix.  If you have a blog and like blog hops, consider Six Sentence Story which has different prompts each week .

How was it possible that it no longer worked.  It just stopped one day, or maybe in the middle of the night.  No amount of turning, pulling on knobs, or shaking it made any difference.  Mom didn't have the answer and neither did Dad.  He guessed it was up to him to discover what was broken inside it.  After breaking it apart with a screwdriver and staring at the inside, he wasn't sure where to begin to fix it. 

Do you have memories of a child breaking something in order to see how it worked, or perhaps thinking he/she could fix it?  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Share Your World -2016 - Cee's Photography

This blog hop post is in response to the questions asked on Share Your World - 2016 - Cee's Photography.  Chris from 61 Musings suggested these questions for Cee's challenge this week.

1.  If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room/space wood you start with?  (And why, if you feel like admitting to it.) 
It would  the storage room which needs to be less cluttered.  Once that is done I can move some other items into the storage room and free up some space in a couple of bedrooms.

2.  If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.) and does it work?
I use my reminders app on my iPad, the wall calendar and the calendar in my purse, and depending on what it is, I might use my notes app on my iPad.  Most times this works for me.

3.  If you could create a one-room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize:  sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc.), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)?
I think it would be a room with bright natural light!  Years ago when I was in Denmark, I remember how it felt being in a town that is noted by artists for its wonderful natural bright light.  It is so hard to describe, but I know how it felt to me.

4.  If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be, (if you know their name) and what would you ask?
I have searched for information about my ancestors for many years.  Although I've collected many names and dates, it would interesting to know more about what it was like for them to live their daily lives.  I select Mary Custer, my great-great-great grandmother as the person I would like to interview.
She was born in 1780 in Maryland and died in 1856 in Missouri.  She was married to Valentine 
Kimes, Sr.

Bonus question:  What are you thankful for from last week and what are you looking forward to in week coming up? 
I will refer you to my Ten Things of Thankful post I posted this weekend.  Although I listed 10 things, I guess not breaking any bones when I fell is pretty high in importance.  This week I am looking forward to getting over the increased pain that I encountered when I fell last Wednesday.

Monday, October 17, 2016

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #119 Hunter&Moon

Hunters in the fall venture out for meat to fill their freezers.  Poets are on the hunt for something to write for this blog hop challenge at RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #119 Hunter&Moon.  My post for Ronovan's challenge is about another type of hunter.

black ring-tailed feline
hunter stalked under moon light
at edge of forest


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful

Tonight as I write my post to link to the blog hop Ten Things of Thankful, I'm trying to divert my mind away from pain in my back.  I kept a bit of a short list this week, so I wouldn't forget some of these things.

1.  It has been many years since I needed to cancel services of any kind, so I'd forgotten that whole thing about giving a month's notice.  I was calling to cancel some of my Mom's services at her home which had just sold, and it was brought to my attention that she would still owe another month of payment, even though she wouldn't be living there.  In this case the new owners may or may not choose to use the service. I didn't want to give any earlier notice until the deal was final.  How can I turn this into a positive statement?  I'm thankful to be reminded of some things people should know (give a month's notice, and be sure you are talking to the one who takes care of stopping services).  I'm thankful that I didn't postpone taking care of the cancellations.

2.  Some people really like word games and some don't.  I fall into the first category.  One day this week I was visiting my Mom at the nursing center and saw a small group of residents in my Mom's area playing Scrabble with an activities' leader.  Mom was not one of those playing, but when I wheeled her near the game, I noticed that the playing board had ridges around each letter spot.  This seemed to be so perfect for anyone playing this game, but especially so for those who have less agility than they did in their younger years.  We have a much older version of Scrabble with no ridges.  I'm thankful for whoever came up with the idea of using ridges on the board and also enabling the board to spin.  Perhaps those suggestions came from people who have younger children or someone with less agility.

3. One day during the middle of the week, I decided to drive to town to do a few errands. My second errand was to go to an office supply store.  As I was trying to see the items on a lower shelf, I took a step backwards and must have bumped my shoe on a lower metal rack behind me.  I found myself being off balanced, and I couldn't straighten myself sufficiently to keep from falling.  On the way down I hit the back of my head, and about every spot on my backside and somehow even scraped my forearms.  No one saw this happen since I was the only one in the aisle, but with the banging of the metal shelves, a couple of workers came to inquire if I was okay, and if I needed them to call an ambulance.  I decided that wasn't necessary.  Mostly I felt I'd just injured my pride and added insult to injury since I am still trying to get back my range of motion from when I broke my arm, and have been dealing with a reoccurrence of back pain for several months.  The big thankful from this fall is that I didn't do any further damage to my shoulder and arm and that I didn't have to spend hours in the ER. 

4.  Thursday, the northwest was due for a big storm that was to hit in the evening and go through Saturday night.  The storm hit right as scheduled, but didn't seem to last very long Thursday evening.  As my husband and I were working at the computers, I heard a sound of dripping water in the next room.  The combined hard wind and the rain found a weak spot on the roof.  We quickly set up couple of containers to catch any further drips.  Since then there have been no more drips.  Yeah!  I'm thankful to have ears to hear, that we were close in vicinity to the sound of the drip, and that our house is dry inside.

5.  I'm thankful for the beautiful clouds that were a part of the storm system.

6.  I'm thankful that the storm didn't turn out to be anything like the Columbus Day Storm of years' past, as was forecast.

7.  One day this week as I was carrying a little bowl of grapes I'd picked, I saw something run between my legs on the ramp and run down the steps.  It startled me, but after looking closer, I saw that it was one of the two little fence lizards that seem to have taken up residence near our house.  I'm thankful for little creatures.  Since my husband grew up closer to the high desert, he particularly likes to see them.

8.  I'm thankful for my husband's assistance this week when I've taken it even easier than before this week's event.

9.  Once a month I have the opportunity to have lunch with some friends, and I am grateful for these times.  The number in the group varies from month to month, but it is always fun to attend when I am able.  Fortunately, Tuesday was a pretty good day for me, and I was able to attend.

10. Some people dread storms.  I don't like the destructions that often comes with a storm, but I must admit that I enjoy watching the lightning and hearing the thunder and the pounding of hard rain. Watching it from a safe place inside, I feel protected from this magnificent power.