Remember your friends from childhood? There were the toys and there were the real-life friends. Both were important. I remember how Raggedy Ann and Lamb Chop did everything with me. Lamb Chop sat by me all day while I learned to tie my new plaid sneakers. I was three years old.

I hope you get out and play this weekend. Do it with someone that you love. Make memories. And, remember to play nice! See you soon.

A Note

We each bring our unique qualities to everything that we do. Even when we connect with like-minded others, our strengths and gifts vary. These are the things that add the many colours to paintings and various notes to music. These things both connect us and yet make us unique. Always remember to be your very best self and know that it is just right. Because no one is just like you.




Friendly Fill-ins: Week 102

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. Please link your post as directed. You can answer in the comments if you need to. Try to visit other blogs, if possible.

I hope this week finds you safe and sound. It has been a really crazy month for weather. We had two ice storms this week. The first one came over Sunday into Monday. It brought three inches of ice and snow. It also brought us Stormie.

I believe that things happen for reasons. I do not need to know why to do the right thing. God added her to my plate. He never gives me more than I can handle. We will make sure she gets what she needs, is loved, and given a good chance at life.

Chloe Jo has pretty good days and not-so-good days. Thank you to all who are praying for her. She has lost a lot of weight already; getting her to eat is a challenge. She is still Chloe Jo, in every other way. She loves life, just really hates medicine.

We are looking forward to the wonders of Spring and beyond. We wish you all the best, too. Have a wonderful weekend filled with love and joy.

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. New journals are bittersweet. I look forward to using them but am always afraid I will somehow ruin it. I do not rant or rave in my journals, but I do sort out feelings, situations, and events. I never want to put negative energy there. I want to make sure to only put truth there, but with purpose. I must always choose my words wisely. “By writing, I learn how to write”.

by writing you will learn how to write

2. I love to listen to music on the computer, while I write. My current vice is iHeartRadio. I have saved playlists for various moods. Most of my music is folk and folk-rock.


3. When I was a child, I loved to play Hopscotch. Growing up with the sidewalks of Chicago, this was a common game. I liked to make elaborate courts with coloured chalk. I would play it now, if there were someone to play with.


4. One kitten is more intense to raise, than a litter, believe. When there is more than one, they support each other. They entertain each other. They offer warmth and comfort to each other. They relate to each other. When there is a single kitten, it is so hard for them, especially the feral. Love leads the way, though. We just work harder.


May you have rhythm, but not blues!

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My Saturday Matinee

I have gotten into the habit of posting a little video each Saturday. It reminds me of the traditional Saturday Matinee when I was a child. Each Saturday, the theatres showed an early viewing for families with kids. I am sure some of you remember this special event.

With that in mind, I have kept up my own Saturday Matinee, so as to leave something fun or meaningful (or both) while I am away from my computer. Saturdays are for family errands and chores. On Saturday nights, Bill often plays music. Sundays are for going to Mass, spending time together, and getting Bill ready for the Road.

Most of you know I am a serious Monthy Python fan. I am also a devoted Muppet fan. The two, together, is pure fun! But, this video also has a message. The best-laid plans do not always come together. Sometimes our plans are altered by others’, or by circumstances beyond our control. No matter how we try to fix them, things may just not come together as we planned it.

However, usually, it all still comes out fine! Sometimes, those other factors make things even more special, more fun, or somehow, even better than what we imagined. And, if not, it usually works out, anyway…just as it is meant to.

Make it a great weekend! See you soon!

A-Z: The Loan



Jeff had a good thing but didn’t appreciate it. Bob saw a good thing and did.

Bob said, “Let me borrow twenty bucks to take her out on a date.”

Jeff replied, “She won’t go, but if she does keep the twenty bucks.”

He never had to repay the loan.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

This was the first piece of flash fiction that I ever wrote. Poetry has always been a labour of love. It is my agony and ecstasy. Fiction is something I just read…until blogging introduced me to prompts.

I know firsthand how prompts can get your creative energy going. Prompts are great tools. They can be used as exercises when in between pieces, or just as a break from your usual routine. I have several stories that were started but left unfinished. They will eventually become a story or poem.

The Loan was written for a weekly writing challenge. We were to write five lines inspired by a given word prompt. The word prompt behind this story was: awkward. This story came easily because it is true. I am the “she” in the story. The rest is history. In fact, it was the beginning of some great things!


“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse
J= Joseph
K= Knowing