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September 16, 2019 at 6:19am
September 16, 2019 at 6:19am
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Prompt: If at first you don't succeed, you are running about average." ~ M.H. Anderson
What do you think? Is Mr. Anderson talking about writing or something else?

Just reading the quote and not looking up anything about it, I would say M.H. Alderson is speaking of life in general. There are many failures in life and it's how we respond to that failure that is the deciding factor about the kind of person we are, in my opinion.

I've read before that failure is what success is built on. You may fail more than once, but it's that you pick yourself up and try again using a different tactic that brings success.

I tried looking up information about M.H. Alderson but found nothing other than the quote itself which is unfortunate. I'd like to learn more about him.

So, I don't have any deep thoughts about the quote. I hope you have a happy Monday and that it passes quickly. *Ha*

September 13, 2019 at 5:58am
September 13, 2019 at 5:58am
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What is your favorite thing about the street on which you live?

Oh, let's see. I live in a mature neighborhood, not only the people but the trees as well. In the last few years there have been some younger people move in, but none with children near my kids' ages. Which is kind of a bummer, but it's okay.

The street I live on isn't too busy but can be at times. It was a fine place to help our children ride their bikes. (Ultimately, we took the bikes when we went camping and I set them off in the grass to learn to ride their bikes. It worked both times.)

Now that I'm sitting here thinking about the street I realized how long we've lived here. I wish it could have been like the streets I grew up on where there were other kids around my age to play with or to "hang out" with. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. There was another girl that my youngest daughter met who lived a few streets over from us that she got to know and was able to hang with for a while. But they moved.

The street I live on is filled with what some call cookie-cutter houses. But everyone keeps their yards cut (sometimes it may not look pretty, but it's cut). We've made some pretty good friends on our street.

We found the house we're now living in for sale when we were cutting grass in the neighborhood. My husband had a lawn care business at the time. We liked that it was a mature neighborhood with grown trees. I have to say, I like the street we live on. Now if I could just get my house the way I want it ...
September 12, 2019 at 6:01am
September 12, 2019 at 6:01am
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Do you make your bed when you get up in the morning or leave it since you will just mess it up again that night?

I thought I'd answered this prompt before so went back through my entries to find it. Here it is: "Making My Bed.

I'm not exactly Holly Homemaker. As a matter of fact, I'm probably one of the worst housekeepers out there. I do the bare minimum. I don't have an eye for decorating and I can't really hang things on the walls anyway. They are sheetrock and my husband is afraid that a chunk of the wall will break off if I try to nail anything into the walls. So, I have an extremely plain house full of clutter and dust.

Well, this is a short blog for today. I've already gotten off-topic.

Have an incredible day!
September 11, 2019 at 7:00am
September 11, 2019 at 7:00am
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The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. It's been 18 years.

Do you remember what you were doing when the news broke?

Yes, I remember where I was when the news broke. I was at work and someone said that a plane had flown into the twin towers. We all moved to the conference room to watch the tv. It was absolutely horrendous. All the blood seemed to pool at my feet. I sat down. I totally didn't understand what was going on. I mean, I could see what was happening but didn't understand it. I still don't get it. I mean I know that it was a terrorist attack and so many people were killed and it's not something I hope we ever again experience. But I don't understand the "why."

So, I just now looked it up to get the answer.

Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives.

It's so outrageous it's unfathomable. I remember that my brother-in-law worked at the Pentagon at the time and my sister-in-law was frequently there as well. It took a while to get in touch with them but when we did we discovered that he wasn't at work that day. Thank goodness. But to know that we were that close to the situation was nervewracking. He is the only one I knew who was affected by the attacks.

I was especially sad about a woman and her young daughter who was on one of the planes. She was originally from Ireland but had been in the states for quite some time. Although I was sad for everyone on the planes, these two stuck out to me and I can't say why. I think it was maybe because they said she was a native of Ireland and since I'm such and Ireland lover I remember them.

It makes me angry and sad. Angry because these people got away with what they did and so sad because of all the people who lost their lives that day and even years later. I know Americal will never forget and I'm sure many nations around the world will remember it as well.
September 10, 2019 at 6:01am
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Prompt: “Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings
What are some of your present blessings?

I have to say I have many blessings. First and foremost, I'm alive today! That's a blessing in itself. Next, there are the blessings I call my children. My oldest will be twenty on the 30th and my youngest is almost fourteen. I have been blessed.

Some of my present blessings are: I have a home, a roof over my head to keep us all safe from the outside elements; I have a job with insurance and tuition reimbursement benefits; I'm able to have both of my girls in school, even though the money has been tough, almost impossible to come up with.

I am blessed with vehicles for all of us to get back and forth to work and school with and we're able to put gas in them, which is a good thing. *Ha*

We have three pets we're able to enjoy and love.

I have the frustration of having a completely cluttered house because of all the "stuff" that we have that doesn't have a spot. We have an extremely small house and way too much "stuff." As much as it aggravates me, I need to stop and realize how many people would wish for "stuff."

As far as material things, besides the "stuff," we have a camper and a regular ole trailer in addition to three vehicles. We're also able to pay for all four of us to have cell phones. It's amazing how easily they've become a necessity as opposed to a privilege.

I am blessed with still having my parents with me. They were young when they had me, which makes it kind of nice. Well, it has its bad sides as well as its good sides. But, my parents are just 70 and 68.

I am blessed with a brother as well. Although we're not as close as I'd like to be, we do love each other. Maybe I'll have to change things up. I think I'll give my brother a text or a call and arrange a time to get together with him. Maybe we can get together on a weekend. Thank you for this prompt.

Finally, we are blessed with good neighbors who keep an eye on things and we always watch out for each other. I'm glad we get along with all of them.

This was a good prompt to start off my day. It's a calming thing to think about your blessings.

Have a blessed day!
September 9, 2019 at 6:29am
September 9, 2019 at 6:29am
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Prompt: Write a tribute to a grandparent or someone you think of as a grandparent.

I'd have to write about my Dad's mother, Grandma Bell. She was the grandma I was closest to, basically because my Mom's mother wasn't actually in the picture.

My Grandma Bell spoiled me to no end. We would go over to her house every Sunday for dinner and to just visit. Grandma is the one who taught me to play the organ and checkers. They had an organ with little letters on the "home" keys and they were color-coded. My grandma would sit with me for hours playing the organ. I loved it.

She would also play checkers with me. It wasn't just any checkers game either. She had this huge checkerboard, it must have been 2 ft x 2ft. We'd drag that board out and put in on her dining room table and play and play. She would always beat me, but I didn't care. I had so much fun with my grandma.

Once she slipped me a drink of her beer because I wanted to taste it. She gave me a sip and said, "Don't you tell your mother." *Laugh* It was our secret. But, you'll be happy to know I didn't like it.

She used to quilt and she had this huge frame in her second bedroom where she had the quilt she was working on at the time. I'd always ask her to show me how she did the quilting and she told me that she'd show me but she'd only do one stitch because when she got to Heaven she'd have to take the stitch out with her nose. *Laugh* *Rolling*

When I got older, they had moved to a different house, she would let me go into the spare bedroom and read her books. That's where I got turned on to books, at my grandma's. She had lots and lots of them. They were all romance books. I would spend hours at a time in the bedroom reading.

Grandma always had this thing about thirteen people sitting at the table to eat when she had all of us cousins and aunts and uncles over. If she made thirteen people sitting down to eat, she'd wait for someone else to finish before she ate. She said that if she had thirteen people at the table she'd run out of food. I thought it was a strange thing and clearly it made an impact on me.

She passed more than twenty years ago, and I miss her. I wonder what kind of advice and support she'd give me today.

September 7, 2019 at 7:09am
September 7, 2019 at 7:09am
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Prompt: I remember a day in the early autumn when...

I remember a day in the early autumn when I went antiquing with my neighbor to a place called Grafton. We parked the car and began our trek from one shop to the next. I don't remember much of the shops but I remember that they were nice to look through. I always love to see how people decorate and put things together. Sometimes they put stuff together that I would have never thought of. I wish I had a place to put things together like that. But, my house is small and cluttered with stuff on every surface and the floor. (I and my family are pretty lazy when it comes to straightening up.) So, no pretty decorating for me. I do put festive tablecloths on my table though.

Speaking of kitchen tables, when my neighbor friend and I went to Grafton, she bought herself a new dining room table. It's a table I would have never chosen but it was pretty. We bought pumpkins and I bought an outside fall decoration that you stick in the ground. I also have a wreath that I made with my mother that I hang on the front door. That's the extent of my autumn decorating.

But, I love to go walking in Autumn. The crisp, cool air is perfect. I'll have to take my daughter with me. She likes to exercise and is always trying to get me to do things, especially since I need to lose weight. The problem I have is when I get any spare time I like to be on my computer writing or reading. I also need to do homework. I put that off quite a bit. Not a good thing.

My friend and neighbor is no longer here on Earth. I miss her very much. She was the person who always reminded me that life is too short to have a bad attitude. Be happy and enjoy life. I try to remember what she taught me. I'll always remember that time we went to Grafton and how much fun we had just looking around.


September 6, 2019 at 6:25am
September 6, 2019 at 6:25am
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What is your favorite source of news? Why?

I really don't have a favorite source for news. I rarely watch the news. I guess I depend on my husband for anything newsworthy. He's the newswatcher. I rarely have the radio on in the car so I don't really hear the news that way either. I do have a news app that I'll look at every once in a while, but that's mostly for the weather. There's rarely anything good on the news anyway. It's a lot to do with people, especially kids, being shot or missing. Or someplace has been robbed and property destroyed. I don't want to hear about all that. It drives me crazy.

For example, the first report that comes up on my local news internet page is that a policeman was caught on camera kicking a suspect in the head. Seriously? What is wrong with people? See why it drives me crazy? That's just the first one. Then there's another one where a woman was found dead in an alley with a gunshot wound. Still yet, another about an officer-involved shooting. There are two "good" parts, one about an art fair and another about a ballet dancer who was shot and is now dancing again. Once more it was a shooting.

A school apprehended a student who, they say, was in an altercation. He went to a car and brought back a knife. Apparently, the child's parent was able to talk the knife away from him. Again, what is wrong with people? Gee, I remember when I was in school; you simply fought it out and that was it. Typically, it didn't become physical, but sometimes it did. I guess weapons weren't as readily available then, as they seem to be now. But this goes to show that if a person wants to harm someone, they don't have to have a gun.

There is, however, the morning show I watch because my husband has it on in the morning and I don't turn it off until we're ready to leave. They have some fun segments on there, like a couple of moments when they show a dog available for adoption from the local pound. They also have a segment where people can send in pictures of their dog to be shown on the air.

Other times I'll read news online when I have an assignment or a prompt like this one. But just to look at the news, it's not very often. So, I have no favorite source of news.

Have a happy Friday!!
September 5, 2019 at 5:51am
September 5, 2019 at 5:51am
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Neva asked you what was your favorite birthday gift. I'm curious what was your worst birthday experience or gift?

Well, I have that down. Isn't it amazing? I have no idea what my best birthday gift was, but my worst birthday gift was nothing. I actually got nothing for my sweet 16 birthday. My parents had just moved us all from Texas to Illinois right before my 16th birthday. School had already begun and I knew nobody and that's who came to my party ... nobody. My cousin came over and brought some of her friends. Not that they weren't nice, but they were a couple of years younger than me. I was so angry with my parents for moving me away from all my friends right before I turned 16. My birthday is November 1st and so it was just after Halloween. There was a haunted house (an old church) just up the street from where we lived. That's what we did, went through the haunted house.

And to top everything off, there was a guy in the haunted house (a worker) who picked me up off my feet and was carrying me toward a coffin. My mom had to stop him. "Put her down!" she told him. Scared the living daylights out of me. So, yeah, what a sweet 16 birthday, huh?

September 3, 2019 at 6:11am
September 3, 2019 at 6:11am
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Prompt: My favorite birthday gift.

Ah, birthday presents. I don't get them much anymore now that I'm getting older. I don't really remember my birthday presents. I guess they didn't make as much of an impact on me as Christmas presents. Most recently, my parents bought me an alarm clock. I asked for it because the one I had stopped working. There were too many times when my husband woke me up for work because my alarm clock never sounded.

We typically only celebrate birthdays with dinner out. For the girls, we usually invite family to join us if they can.

So, I can't say what my favorite birthday gift would be because I frankly don't remember them. That's awful, I know. But my memory hasn't been the same as it used to be for a while now. I'm not pleased about it. I think I need to do some memory games.

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday. Sometimes it's hard after having a day off.

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