[NaBloPoMo 2014] Dear Writer’s Block

Dear Writer’s Block~

It’s not you, it’s me. No, come to think of it, it really is you!

You were a lot of fun at first. I enjoyed hanging out with you and having all that free-time. I thought I was getting a break from all my hard work. But in reality you were invading my privacy, interrupting my creativity, and flat out trying to take over my thought process.  But not any more!

I can’t allow you to fill my head with lies, telling me that I can’t write or that what I write isn’t of any interest. I won’t allow you to flood my mind with non-sense and deception.

I would tell you that there’s someone out there who’s better for you, however, I don’t think there is anyone alive that is your type. You’re a liar, a cheater, and a manipulator. You use and abuse every mind you come into contact with.

I’m telling you right now… I am through with you! You are no longer welcome to take up residence here. It’s time for you to get out and move on. I am better off without you.

I’d wish you luck in your future endeavors… sorry to sound rude, but no one deserves the likes of you. So, goodbye and good riddance.

Sincerely,

Me
Writer

(Breaking up with Writer’s Block)
Writing Prompt: Writer’s Digest–The Writing Prompt Boot Camp

NaBloPoMo 2014 — Day 1

Today is a free-writing day if you are following blogher’s NaBloPoMo 2014.

NaBloPoMo is an interesting acronym. And I have to admit, just thinking about it makes me laugh. Even though I know what it is, it comes out wrong in my mind.

Nah-Bloe-Poe-Moe is what I believe to be the correct pronunciation. However, when I quickly read over it, my mind thinks Nah-Bloe-Puh-Blah-No and I have no idea why. Unless it’s because I enjoy cooking and poblano peppers are something that have been used several times on cooking shows that I’ve watched. Isn’t it strange how our minds work sometimes?

Happy NaBloPoMo 2014!

NaBloPoMo 2014 is Coming!!!

ATTN: ALL Bloggers & Writers:
November is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).

If you have ever struggled with material to write about or had writer’s block, this might be of some help to you. BlogHer.com hosts writing prompts each month. I was checking out the site today and found that the NaBloPoMo 2014 prompts list has been released.

You can read more by clicking the NaBloPoMo image on the opposite side of my blog.

Daily Prompt: Humble Pie

It seems that fairly often I have this issue. Part of it I blame on brain fog.
(I think I’m perimenopausal, to be honest, and i’m only 38).

The last big thing, a mistake that I can remember, was last  year when I swore up and down that my family and I had watched [and enjoyed] “Fast & Furious 6”. I did not know that Dwayne Johnson was in Fast 5. I thought he was only in the final 2 movies. It led to a big discussion on a good friends social media page.

I honestly wasn’t trying to make a big deal of it. However, I was very angry and annoyed when one of his friends joined our discussion. I found the ‘friend’ to be rude & obnoxious and I ended up doing something very impetuous. To make a long story short, I basically ended our friendship.

To this day I still don’t care to overturn my decision (which is highly unlike me). I am normally the type of person to forgive and forget and admit my mistakes. Not this time–I just didn’t care. It wasn’t a big deal, just trivial garbage. Though I have to admit, my friend can be a bit overbearing himself. I guess I was finally tired of him belittling me over foolish things.

Ah well, live and learn. I guess I’m learning to finally stick up for myself.

Daily Prompt: Keeping up with the Jones’

There are several items on my list of things I’d like, and luxury is not even related to those things on my list.

My most wanted thing would be a house. For the last few years we’ve shared living space, so really it’s a need. And Lord willing it will happen soon.

We don’t need anything huge. A single level with a basement would be fine, but I wouldn’t mind a 2-level home either.
It would have 3 [or 4] bedrooms and  1 1/2 or 2 bathrooms. There would be wall-to-wall hardwood flooring, carpet in the bedrooms, and tile in the bathrooms. The fourth room would be use as my craft room.
A large family room, having one wall lined with shelves for our collection of books.

The kitchen would have plenty of cupboards, a large pantry, and large counter space so that I could make my ‘famous pies’ as my mom would say. I’d have a stacked double oven like my grandmother had in her kitchen.

We would have a double wide garage for our vehicle and for my husband’s play area; he’s a grease monkey.

The house and garage would be on a decent size property. It would be fenced in so the kids would have a big area to play in and we could plant a garden as well.

Thanksgiving 2013

Had a busy start to the day, and my body hurts, but it was a great day. I had a wonderful dinner with my family. Just the four of us this year. We grilled our turkey, an interesting change. It had a nice barbecue-y,  smoky flavor to it.
While hubby was out grilling the bird, I was inside prepping and cooking all the sides: stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. We also had jellied cranberry sauce and I made a fruit pudding for dessert.
I don’t think I ate all that much, but I still feel full enough that I haven’t even touched dessert.

We have plenty of leftovers to make those scrumptious hot turkey sandwiches.  I like them one of two ways. Place a slice of bread on the plate, then layer some turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and sometimes cranberry sauce. Top it off with another slice of bread and smother with more gravy. The other way is to turn the above into an open-faced sandwich. Yummy either way.

A very Happy [and safe] Thanksgiving, from my house to yours!!

Daily Prompt: To Boldly Go…

An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2014 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!

I’m not the type that makes New Year’s Resolutions and I haven’t thought about setting goals in several years. So this is going to take some thought.

One goal I’ve been working towards, but haven’t been as diligent as I should be, is losing weight. It’s not an easy thing to do. I’m not one of those people that need to lose only a few pounds. So it’s going to take some work.
And don’t feed me this garbage about some magic pill, weight loss beverage, or some other “miracle weight loss” thing. It’s ALL bunk!
Truth of the matter is… all you’ve got to do is get off your lazy bum & MOVE!  (I could write a whole other blog topic on this alone).

There are a couple of other things I’d like to be better about doing; forming better habits. I want to be better about spending time reading God’s Word and praying. I want to get closer to the Lord.
I want to be a better wife for my Beloved husband and a better mom to our two blessings.
And I need to learn to better manage my time.

Daily Prompt: Simply Irresistible

Tell us about the favorite dish or food that you simply cannot turn down.

With Thanksgiving only days away, the BEST dessert hands down has to be the Pumpkin Cheesecake my grandmother makes every year. It doesn’t matter if I have room for it or not, I cannot pass it up.

I wish I had the recipe, but there are many versions out there to choose from. So I’m not hurting for a source by any means. Unfortunately we have no oven to bake with, and we live 700+ miles from family, so no cheesecake for us this year (boo hiss!).

Close Call? More like a Near Miss

I can remember a time when something bad happened, however, it didn’t result in the worst way.

When I was little, about 5 or 6 years old, I went to a neighborhood playground with my sister. There were slides, a jungle gym and some really cool horse swings (kind of like these).

I had a favorite swing and never used any of the other ones. That particular day some other kid was using my swing. I was not happy about it and a fight ensued.

I told the kid to get off the swing because it was MINE! They said, “NO!” and started to swing. Again I yelled, “Get off of it! It’s MINE!” “NO!” they yelled back as they swung higher. Without a second thought, I walked over and stood in front of the swing and I told them again to get off the swing. And then it happened… BAM!
The swing hit me knocking me to the ground. I was crying. I heard a girl scream, “Oh my God! She’s bleeding!” Blood was everywhere.

My sister picked me up and hurried me home. Upon entering the house, my mom heard me crying and came running. “What happened?”, she asked grabbing a towel and an ice pack (made with a water-filled rubber glove). My sister explained.
Then mom made the dreaded phone call [to my dad]. I just knew he’d be furious for having to leave work.
He wasn’t suppose to use the work truck for anything other than work, but rushed right home. He scooped me up and put me in the truck. Then got in on his side and drove off with me sitting there holding a ‘frozen hand’ to my face.

They cleaned me up, put some iodine and a bandage on the cut above my right eye, and sent me home. No stitches, thankfully.
And thank GOD I still have my vision!