Posts Tagged ‘Fall’


Thankfulness 2014: Week 2

November 20, 2014

Nov. 8 Tonight I am thankful for the simple fact we are staying in tonight … nowhere to go … no one to see … and I earned it.

Nov. 9 I am thankful for Crook and Heddie needing to take a walk tonight and spending an hour with the Chief enjoying the leisurely pace. Actually I am thankful for that fateful summer day when we stumbled into Her Majesty’s Hounds’ tent and T2 lay amongst the puppies thus beginning our love affair with retired greyhounds 9 years ago. Cassie, Andromeda, and now the twins raced into our hearts even if briefly (Andie was our foster). Being part of HMH, taking them in for G week, and T1’s entrance project and now first research project are just some of the ways they add to our lives. What special and majestic creatures. Definitely a good night for a walk.

Nov. 10 I am thankful for the beautiful fall weather and colors. I love this time of year, always have. Dark greens and browns contrasting with flame reds and brilliant oranges. Warm jackets on sunny days. A time to begin to slow down and prepare to slumber and renew. I am thankful we live where we can experience the wonders of nature and the seasons (though I probably could do without winter if I’m being totally honest).

Nov. 11 Veterans Day I am thankful for the freedoms I enjoy because of the men and women of the past, present, and future who serve honorably to defend those freedoms. There are so many to name just in my family and living where I do I have met some amazing service men and women and vets. Merchant mariners have served alongside our military in times of war as well, supplying our troops and risking their lives. Thank you, Veterans, and God bless.

Nov. 12 I am thankful for situations that scare me and challenge me to rise to the occasion. I am thankful to also have the opportunity to do so on my terms and not out of necessity. I can see how it would be so much easier to shelter and circle the wagons … but even though I am no longer young and dumb I still want the fullness of life. In the past decade I’ve probably grown more in the last three years than in the previous 7 … makes me really look forward to the next decade being even better.

Nov. 13 I am thankful for the warm blankets and shelter of the home we’ve built together as the weather turns a little colder today. It is not just a house. It is the memories, love, and shared experiences. I pray that we are good stewards of these blessings though we fall short.

Nov. 14 I am thankful for the members, past and present of the Piedmont church. When I think of my college friends, with only a few exceptions, it is these that I count. They are the ones who helped me reaffirm my faith, welcome me into their lives and homes, watched my relationship with the Chief blossom, got snowed in at our blizzard wedding, and invited us back to say God speed to an amazing family and still remembered us. And I love seeing and hearing what wonderful young men and women all the children I babysat have become. (Stop making me feel old, ok?) I know God guided me to where I went to college and to these people. Definitely a blessing. It was worth the round trip tonight and thanks to the Chief for driving!


Writing Workshop: FALL!

September 26, 2014
The remaining vine has a few fruits starting. Yeah! I love fall and I love pumpkins!

The remaining vine has a few fruits starting. Yeah! I love fall and I love pumpkins!

So my front flower beds are a joke. Way back when I hired a landscaping firm to landscape for us and they did a lousy job. The Chief has tried every weed barrier and trick known to man and the weeds are outrageous. Of course the girls and I do not weed and this is horrible because I know weeding would be a way to show the Chief we love him … he usually spends two days when he gets home weeding and trimming back trees.

Last year both of us chucked rotting pumpkins over the rail not really caring where they landed. They sprouted amongst the overgrown weeds! I was so excited and laughing because the vine actually grew up a tree instead of spreading out on the ground. I wasn’t sure we’d get any fruit because the “accidental” spaghetti squash only produced an invasive vine. But lo and behold this week the chief found fruit on the pumpkin vine while he was clearing out the brush and weeds! I stopped him just after he pulled out one of the vines. “No! Please save one of them for me! I want pumpkins! I promise to plant them proper next year!”

The Chief is being nice about the condition of the flower beds this time… maybe because T1 and I actually worked on one half of it and made an effort.

P.S. In addition to weeds, the flower bed has grown corn and sunflowers from bird seed. I wouldn’t be so lucky if I tried to plant a garden…

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This week’s prompts:

1.) The first day of Fall is September 23rd, take a photo and share what the first day of Fall looks like in your next of the woods.
2.) Share a quote you love.
3.) Write about an embarrassing moment!
4.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: late
5.) Pinterest inspired! Try something you saw on Pinterest and share the results.


Writing Workshop: The Bride Lives!

October 12, 2011

I’m answering early so I do not miss posting tomorrow. Plus, I’m really excited about this. I’m not a poet but I gave an acrostic a shot and I did a little rhyming. This ties into my Frankenstein collection. I’m holding my very first one. As an English major we had to take a Senior Literary Criticism class in order to graduate. I’m not sure if the teacher always picked Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley or not, but that was the book that year. We had to read the original and the edited version, watch Young Frankenstein and at least one other version (choices included the original and the new one (at the time) Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) and The Bride starring Sting). Then we had to apply different theories and forms of literary criticism to the work and write a thesis paper. I have collected Frankenstein monsters and the bride ever since. I proudly display them at my front door every Halloween. Please do not be too critical of my poetic attempts!

The Bride Lives! (Halloween 1995)

2.)   Write a poem about a memorable Halloween costume.

The groom had a stand-in, a little nuts

Hair sprayed black and white, standing straight up

Eye liner and painted lips, skin made paler

Black nails and combat boots, no blushing for this bride

Reason to celebrate? Halloween, of course!

Iridescent bat pin on my collar, who is her tailor?

Dreams took MW Shelley on a wild ride

Everything pays homage, Senior Lit Crit is the source. 

This Week’s Prompts

1.) A list of ten things you should never ask your spouse.
2.) Write a poem about a memorable Halloween costume.
3.) Speech!! Tell about a time you had to speak or present in front of a group of people.
4.) What was the last thing your child cried about? Write a blog post about the problem in the voice of your child.
5.) A recipe that went all kinds of wrong.

Bonus Vlog Option!
Sometimes it’s hard to put yourself out there on video, but it’s a fun and different option for a post and a great way for your readers to get to know you better. The problem is many of us don’t know what to vlog about…this bonus prompt option will give you the inspiration you need to create a short video for your blog. Now to drum up the courage…

6.) Do your kids wear helmets? Why or why not? (My example here).

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