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My daily blog with my thoughts on a variety of subjects.

I have found that I enjoy journal prompts,
and I am writing this blog for

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30-Day Blogging Challenge 
April...It's April...I forgot what I was going to say.
by Emily

At that time I began this blog. I like these
kinds of prompts because they cause me
to think about things I've never thought about
before, form opinions on different subjects,
and I can write about ideas that are new to me.

I hope that you'll enjoy my blog, and in
reading it, perhaps you'll learn to get to know
me just a little bit better. At least, I hope so.

And so, get comfy in your chair, grab your
coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or soda, and get
ready to find out what thoughts I'm sending
your way from my mind to yours . . .

April 2, 2012 at 11:18pm
April 2, 2012 at 11:18pm
Thou shalt not steal


April 2: Have you ever had something stolen from you? What was it? How did this make you feel? Did you get it back?


I guess I've been fairly lucky in this regard. Although I've only had one real instance in which I've had something stolen from me, it was, now that I think about it, minor, especially when you consider the value of the item stolen; but at the time, it meant a lot to me.

I had something stolen from me was when I was about ten years of age. At that time I was in a rollerskating phase. I could not get enough of rollerskating that summer. I would skate from the time I got up until it was time to go to bed; only stopping when my mother would call me in for lunch or supper. My best friend Laurie had a pair of rollerskates, too, and together we would skate up and down the sidewalks in front of our houses. I remember that the best part of the rollerskating course was about a block away because there was a hill, and rollerskating down that hill was so much fun. I loved rollerskating so much that I even slept with my rollerskating key on a string around my neck just so I wouldn't lose it.

There was another girl in our neighborhood by the name of Debbie. She was always jealous of the friendship that Laurie and I had, and it seemed as though she was always trying to break up our friendship. I know it's silly now, but when you're only ten years old, little girls have a hard time playing together when there's a group of three of them. I found this to be true when my daughters were growing up, also. They were okay when there were four of them, but for some reason three little girls just never seem to work out.

Anyway, one day Laurie and I were sitting on her doorstep getting ready to go rollerskating. As we were doing this, Laurie noticed that Debbie was on her way over to put on her rollerskates to go skating, too. So she told me to hurry so we get away before Debbie even had a chance to get her skates on. In my haste, I must have left my rollerskating key on the doorstep because when I needed to use it later that day, it wasn't hanging around my neck. After searching my memory, I realized where I left it, but when I went back to retrieve it, it was gone. I knew who had taken it—Debbie. As a matter of fact, when I asked her about it, she couldn't even look at me as she denied it, so I knew she was lying. I couldn't prove she took it, but I knew she did.

I was heartbroken, and after that, rollerskating just did not hold the same joy for me as it did before. Somehow, I think that not having my own key took away the freedom and independence of rollerskating. It wasn't the same, having to borrow someone else's rollerskating key all the time. Besides that, I always had to rollerskate when someone else was rollerskating, just to be able to borrow their key.

Luckily, a ten-year-old gets over these things quickly. Life is too short when you're only ten. Before you could say "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" I was riding my bike—up and down the sidewalks in front of our houses, and yes, down that wonderful hill!

April 2, 2012 at 9:01pm
April 2, 2012 at 9:01pm
Who wants to go on a road trip?


April 1: In honor of the journey ahead, list your must-haves for a successful road trip. Feel free to expand with your favourite road trip anecdote.


As would be true of any road trip, the key to success would be planning ahead. Such was not the case when my husband and I decided to take a road trip with my sister and her husband from Minnesota to Montana and and then down into Wyoming one June many years ago. Our final destination was Yellowstone National Park.

Of course, there were many beautiful sights along the way, some of which were the mountains in Montana, a sight which a girl from Minnesota had never seen before. We camped along the way, not minding having to sleep in tents on the ground (this was thirty-five years ago). We thought we had everything planned. . . that is, until when we camped at the foot of the Grand Tetons.

I remember that night after we put out the campfire before we went to bed, my husband remarked to my sister and her husband, "You know, it's getting pretty chilly out here, you guys. You better bundle up tonight." And then he laughed. And it was getting chilly! Little did we realize how chilly it really was getting to be.

When I woke up the next morning, my first thought was: It is freezing in here! And then I noticed Mike was already out of the tent. I put on my shoes and bundled up in my jacket. Then I zipped open the tent flap and was shocked by the sight I beheld. There was my husband standing in front of the campfire, making scrambled eggs, but he was standing in almost a foot of snow, and the snow was falling at a snowstorm rate! All I could think was: You can tell he's from Minnesota!

How could we have planned better? By checking the weather report! We hightailed it out of there (my husband and brother-in-law would have stayed if we sisters hadn't insisted) and checked into the nearest motel. By the way, we met a park ranger as we were leaving who told us that blizzard warnings had been announced all morning long. No kidding! A hot shower never felt so good!

So, now that you've heard my favorite road trip anecdote, here is my list of successful road trip must-haves:

1. The usual things: Clothing and personal care items (this could cover anything from a comb to hot rollers—you decide).
2. Chocolate: Don't leave home without it!
3. Good company: Just so you don't get bored!
4. Fabulous music: To liven things up a bit.
5. A good sense of humor: This will never hurt and always helps.
6. Various snacks: To ward off those munchy attacks until you stop for real food.
7. A camera: To take pictures of all the beautiful places you'll see (don't forget to put a new battery in before you leave.
8. Games: For the kids in the back seat (trust me, Mom, you'll be glad you brought them—take it from someone who knows).
9. A map: In the unlikely event that you get you lost.
10. Car keys: Just one of those important minor little details.

The most important thing, that above all the rest, is: HAVE FUN!

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