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June 19, 2019 at 5:50am
June 19, 2019 at 5:50am
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If you could time travel to any year, which one would you visit? Why?


If I could time travel to any year, I would have to go way, way back to BC times. Why? Because I'd want to meet Jesus in person. Not that I don't think I'll get to see Him eventually, but it'd be cool to see Him in Bible times. I'd really like to be one of His followers who would sit and listen to Him talk. Not that I don't try to live by His word in the Bible, but wouldn't it be heartwarming to learn from Him then? It would be totally awesome if I could write something that would be included in the Bible! I would be so happy to walk along the beach with Him. I don't know why but when I picture Him when I'm trying to relax, I always think about being on the beach with a lot of other folks who gather around Him and listen to Him teach us.

I'd just want to make sure I didn't go back during the time of His crucifixion. I wouldn't be able to handle all that pain. Not only the pain He took for me but for the pain of being His friend and seeing Him tortured and not being able to do a thing about it.

It's a little short today. But thank you for reading.

Have a blessed day.
June 18, 2019 at 5:54am
June 18, 2019 at 5:54am
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Prompt: Use these words in your entry: corduroy, drimys, live, babble, eastern, and genetic.


He walked into the bar in a pair of cream-colored corduroy pants and a dark skintight shirt. The bar had just opened and there would be a live band playing in an hour. She wondered if he was with the band.

Above all the babble of conversation, she overheard the man talking to the manager. Her excellent hearing helped her overhear the conversation of the two men. They were discussing something that had to do with genetics. Maybe they were family.

She looked around the bar which displayed a Drimys of fluorescent lights on the eastern wall. The two men's conversation wasn't extremely interesting so she refocused on her drink.

Not wanting to get drunk, she finished it off and stood to leave. That's when the man walked up to her.

"Leaving so soon?"

She smiled and replied, "Well, yes, I am."

"Oh, that's too bad. I was hoping you'd stay long enough to hear the band."

"No, thank you. I'm not interested tonight. Good luck. I hope things go well with you."

Then she walked out.



Pretty sad, but I used all the words! *Laugh*



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June 17, 2019 at 6:08am
June 17, 2019 at 6:08am
#960926
Unofficial 30-Day Blogging Challenge The Original Logo.

In this scenario, money is no object, so you can buy anything you want. Only thing is, you can’t buy this for yourself. What will you buy, and who will you buy it for? Be creative here!


Well, I don't know. I think I'd try and spread the wealth. I'd buy a car for my brother. He loves Corvettes and enjoys working on cars. He had to sell his last Corvette (his wife, well I won't go there).

Then I think about normal things like feeding the homeless, providing for orphans or children in need. I think I've talked about it before but I'd like to open a medical facility for the mentally ill where they could obtain treatment at a lower cost than they'd acquire at a regular hospital. I'd have to hire exceptional staff and hopefully, the money I could provide would do that.

I'd also like to pay for a babysitter for one of my friends who had to go part-time because she doesn't have childcare. I struggled with this when my kids were young and I know how frustrating it is. The difference is I couldn't go part-time. Financially it was impossible. And I know that's what my friend worries about, too.

A new truck would be a good thing for my dad. They're paying on a car right now and can't afford to buy a different truck. My Dad's truck is old. It still runs and gets him from place to place, but I know he'd really like a new one.

If I had this kind of money I could be providing for my girls already and meeting their needs. I'd buy some tools for my husband like a standing air compressor. There are quite a few things he'd like but other things always seem to come first.

These choices haven't been very creative but they're what I'd do if money was not a problem. Things that people need, not frivolous things they want.

Well, I hope you all have a marvelous Monday!
June 16, 2019 at 6:54am
June 16, 2019 at 6:54am
#960874
30 Day Blogging Challenge The Original Logo.

What's the worst part of cleaning up after a big outdoor barbecue?


Oh, my gosh. It's been such a long time since we've had a party. But, for me, the worst part of cleaning up would have to be doing the dishes. We don't have a dishwasher so everything has to be cleaned by hand. Unfortunately, I rarely do the dishes. It's completely unfair to my husband who winds up doing them all the time. He complains about it and I feel bad, but I still don't do them. I don't know what's wrong with me. The dishes will stack up and I'll wash them piece by piece as needed. It's completely awful of me, I know.

I can pick up trash and throw things away from the party, like cups and plates. But I just can't do the dishes. I don't know what it is about having my hands in the water. If there's a small number of dishes to wash I can do it. I get overwhelmed very easily. I'll dry and put the dishes away. But I don't do that much either.

With today being Father's Day I think I'll try to get the dishes done. My daughter and I are going to try and cook breakfast this morning as well. I don't cook either. I'm an awful cook, so he may not let me cook for him this morning. *Laugh*

So, yeah, the worst part of cleaning up after a big barbecue is the dishes.


Happy Father's Day to all you fathers!

June 15, 2019 at 9:30am
June 15, 2019 at 9:30am
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Prompt: Write about "Me Time".


Ah, me time. I usually get me time early in the morning. I purposely get up early so I can have some quiet time to myself to write. Sometimes I am so sleepy I don't get anything done, but most of the time I'm good. Other than that, I don't really get me time. I do go to two different writing groups if that's considered me time.

Other than that, I don't really get me time. Occasionally, I'll take a day off of work to spend at home or running errands, but that's not frequent enough! *Laugh*

Yay! Saturday's finally here!
June 14, 2019 at 5:56am
June 14, 2019 at 5:56am
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Father’s Day! What is your favorite memory of your dad?



I don't know that I have a favorite memory, there are so many. My dad was the "fun" one, I guess. He was the one to drop me off at different gatherings with friends when I was a teenager but couldn't yet drive. He's the one who encouraged me when I got into modeling. Not that my mom didn't. She worked nights so she wasn't there. I don't hold anything against her.

I'm trying to think of a specific incident or something that makes a memory stick out. Oh! I know. My dad used to pull out his old 45 records and we'd sit for hours listening and singing to the music. As a teenager, he sang in a band and he had lots of 45s. I think that is one of my best memories of my dad.

I'm lucky enough to still have my dad with me. My parents were very young when they had me. My dad was in the navy and got out right around the time I was born. He was just twenty-one. He's seventy now and is suffering from COPD. He smoked for years. He's not smoked now for a good number of years so there's that. He was on oxygen for a while. He still has it, but I don't think he absolutely needs it but every once in a while.

We had a falling out when I was about eighteen-nineteen. Unfortunately, I didn't speak to him for quite a few years. That really hurt him. But we're all good now and have been for quite a while. I feel better and so does he.

I have this thing about getting older and it makes me sad sometimes to see how his hard work has taken a toll on his body. But he's still going and I'm glad.

Well, I hope you all have a fabulous Friday!!
June 13, 2019 at 6:06am
June 13, 2019 at 6:06am
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Summer reading time! What books do you plan to read this summer?


I don't have any specific books picked out, but I do have a little magazine from my library that lists all kinds of books to read. It's in my purse. I started looking through it and there were some good books that I thought I'd like to read, but I can't remember their names. I need to finish going through it and pick out some.

Mostly I listen to audiobooks. I've been listening to Lisa Scottoline's books. I really like her. The books have lots of twists and suspense. I don't find myself as attached to the books as say, Outlander but I do like the emotional pull. There is one book of hers that I found I liked I lot where I felt pain for the main character. It was about a man who was in Afghanistan in the service. While he was away his wife was holding down the fort, so to speak, with their young daughter. During this time she had become a closet alcoholic and one day when her sister had taken the baby out for a while to give her some time to herself, she was drunk and cut herself severely on a kitchen knife. Unfortunately, she bled out and died.

He came home for the funeral but had to go back. He made arrangements with his sister-in-law and brother-in-law for them to keep the baby until he came home for good. He was asked to re-up and he decided that he would. Well, he got injured losing his arm. He was sent home.

So the story is about him trying to make a relationship with his daughter who doesn't know him. It was a sad story but it didn't end that way. The book is called Don't Go. I would recommend it.

I do miss having a book in my hands though.
June 12, 2019 at 5:47am
June 12, 2019 at 5:47am
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What issues do you care most about? What topics do you find yourself discussing most passionately, whether online, at the dinner table, in the classroom or with your friends?


I don't think they're issues that I care most about, but I do care about them ... honesty and commitment. We've talked about both at the dinner table. For example, my daughter wanted to quit something, I don't remember what, but I told her that she made a commitment and she needed to follow through with it. She didn't necessarily want to, but she did finish it. Oh, I think it was the choir. She had some trouble with a couple of girls and she wanted to drop out of the class. She carried on, but I don't know what kind of crap she took from those girls. She never shared that.

My youngest daughter is like me and is honest as honest can be. We both do things "by the book." It's not always a good thing because sometimes you come off as a tattler or know-it-all when that's not the intention at all. My dad told me once that I was too honest. That statement threw me for a loop. I didn't understand what he meant until I got older.

So those are just a couple of issues I care about. There are more, but they're not coming to mind at the moment.

I hope you have a pleasant Wednesday. *Smile*

June 11, 2019 at 5:49am
June 11, 2019 at 5:49am
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Prompt: An excessive heat warning has been issued for Las Vegas this week. We will be having triple digit temperatures. How do you keep cool in triple digit temperatures?

Well, if and when it gets to triple-digits in my area I stay cool by staying inside in the air conditioning! *Ha* However, if I have to go out, I definitely put on a hat and sunglasses and make sure I wear sunscreen. Then I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible. (Find the shade!) Waterparks are fun, too, but not necessarily in temperatures that hot. Drink lots of water and/or Gatorade.


Here's a page about the effects of high temperatures. https://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/programs/geh/climatechange/health_impacts/hea...



June 10, 2019 at 6:04am
June 10, 2019 at 6:04am
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Prompt: "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams (The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul) Let this quote inspire you blog entry today.


This quote tells me that we're in the right place when we least expect to be. We have our plans and something comes along to change those plans.

I've never read his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or any of his other books. He sounds like a funny man.

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams


Have a fabulous Monday.

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