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July 22, 2015

I'm going to start today to record on a daily basis whatever happens to strike my fancy. So, it is a very cool breezy day. I just posted 5 short book reviews to The Monthly Reading Challenge. I'm suppose to put away some winter wood today from the woodpile outside but I'm playing hookey from work to write so starting this blog will get done.

I'm having a daily fight with a flock of English Sparrows that are trying to take over my barn. They are making a terrible mess so they have to go. I have destroyed several nests so far they don't leave but they get out of the barn when I am around. I'm just starting the fight so I guess I don't know how far I have to go to discourage them.

I'm trying not to spread myself to thin on WDC because I find so many things that are interesting here and I am trying to work on a new story. I really enjoy sitting at my desk with a cup of tea and reading blogs on WDC.

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January 29, 2020 at 12:40pm
January 29, 2020 at 12:40pm
signature dancing owl

"Writing is a mirror. If someone doesn't like what your write, maybe it's because they don't like what they see in the reflection." quote from Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman

A girl, sitting alone on a rock at the edge of the woods, jumps when she hears…

Lilli sent me this on January 23. I just found it today. January 29,2020. I think I am going to revise it somewhat since I found it late.

Reading and audio Book

Scrabble, scrabble , scrabble, what's that noise? When you are alone in a large house every unidentified noise seems especially loud, or annoying, something to be checked out.

This is good story and I'm trying to stay connected to it. It's an audio library book, "Death Qualified," by Kate Wilhel. I'm into the last few chapters and the good stuff about the murder is about to be explained. So..... the dog opens up with an alarm bark. I get up to check it out. Just a rabbit at the feeder. I press the start button on the book.

My two teenage cats tear through the room, rolling over as they engage in a tumble of flying furry fun, then tear out of the room and up the stairs, back down the stairs, and back through the room. They continue galloping and thumping, noisy as bulls dumping riders in a rodeo. Of course, I stop to watch them. (press pause)

The room quiets. I start the book again. Scrabble, scrabble, scrabble. Out a north window I can see a red squirrel flitting around on the back porch. I press pause so I can watch the squirrel. So, that's the reason I find black walnut husks in the chairs on the back porch.

I start the book again, notice the time and press pause. I need to change the laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. Once more settled in my chair I start the book again. Press pause,then, jump up to fill the wood furnace with fuel.

Dog and cats begin to mill around. Jump into my lap. Use their paws to move things gently off the stand beside the chair. I check the time. Yup. Lunch time. I press pause, and fix lunch for my furry friends.

Scrabble, scrabble, scrabble, I look up while placing clean towels fresh from the dryer into the rack, in the bathroom. The squirrel has moved into the house. I shut the bathroom door. Take down a ceiling panel which drops the little red monster onto the floor. It's dazed. I trap it in an ice cream bucket, slide the lid on, and cart it outside and turn it loose. Someday, it will make a mistake and try for the cat food on the upstairs summer room balcony, where the cats will finish it off. Today, it gets a short time to live a few more days.

It's time to press play and get back to my story. I'm going to use my noise blocking, blue tooth, ear phones. Maybe, just maybe, I can hear a whole chapter before I have to pause again.

Just a day in my reading life.


January 8, 2020 at 10:45am
January 8, 2020 at 10:45am
Share a story from your childhood when you did something you weren’t supposed to. Did you get caught?

signature dancing owl

Cookie Jar Kid

I'm just dropping in to say hi today. Lost my ability to keep a schedule. To much up and down weather, to much wood to carry, to much laundry. Not enough time to just chill out, read books, play on the internet. Happy New Year to everyone! The family spread Christmas from the 23 to Jan. I went to see the newest "Star Wars Movie." *Cool*

I took cookies out of the cookie jar after school. My step brother caught me. Little bugger told his mom. I always got caught. It took me a while to realize I was always being watched. *Think*

Have you ever realized how closely cookie jars are monitored? *Angel*

It took me years to be nonchalant about cookies and cooky jars. Now I stare down who ever is guarding the cookie jar. and eat the cookies anyway. *Smile*

*MugLP* Cookies and tea, cookies and milk, cookies and pop................
December 13, 2019 at 11:04am
December 13, 2019 at 11:04am
Birth of Jesus

Christmas Greetings!


This year I had cats to help me trim my tree. Believe me a riotous time was had by all. So, I wrote this:

Tree Trimming

Now listen cats,

Let me sing in your ear:

This tree is old,

and very dear.

It's only job from year to year,
is to stand in a room and bring good cheer.

Every year it takes more time,
To shore up the limbs ,

with wire and twine.

Lights and packages dress the tree,

Yes, this year the tree is still with me.

Because the tree trimming helpers were feline all my tree decorations are unbreakable this year.

One Christmas thought: Jesus should not be about whether you are good or bad but, about whether you are interested in learning about God. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were interested in the subject of God.

November 30, 2019 at 12:44pm
November 30, 2019 at 12:44pm
Congratulations on making it to the last day of the competition! What was your favorite prompt from the last month? Did you learn anything new about your fellow competitors? What was the most rewarding aspect of participating in the competition?

owl for signature use *Ornament1B*

Quote:“Human beings are destroying earth and the universe by abuse of numerology, what I will not allow by my deep spiritual responsibility.”― Petra HermansRefereence: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/numerology

in Tilburg, Netherlands


History, Spirituality, Poetry

Member Since
May 2016


I get rewarded when I blog by being allowed to sound off about so many different subjects.

I liked most of the subjects we discussed this month. Also, reading other people's blog helps me know what other view points are about subjects.

November 24 we blogged about numerology. It was a subject we had never hit before. I found this information about a Netherlands author on Goodreads. She writes poetry and other types of Genre.

Sometimes the blog subjects bring out information I never heard before. For instance making manure piles to dry or to wet are suppose to kill the larvae of the house fly. Soldier fly larvae are actually used in the Southern states to eat and destroy pig manure. There are lots of different types of flies and I'm still learning about them and their joy in making a manure pile their special project. *Laugh*

Any Way. Merry Christmas.

November 29, 2019 at 11:54am
November 29, 2019 at 11:54am
Write about gifting! What’s on your list? What do you have your eye on for yourself and what do you want to gift to your family and friends? Homemade or store bought? What was the best gift you ever received?

signature dancing owl *StockingR*


“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer

I usually buy myself a gift. It's always something I really want but, won't spend money on other times during the year. I started doing this year's ago when K wasn't giving anyone gifts. I like and have always liked Christmas. It's a birthday celebration to me. However, it has been a type of problem since I was young, in families of which I've been a part.

When the children get older start to leave home have families of their own gifting becomes a strain as the family gets bigger. Some members of the family have more money than others. So, gifting becomes what binds the family Christmas together or finishes the scattering, so some members no longer want to get together. Really if I think about it, gifting is the excuse for a family break apart more than a real reason.

The to gift or not to gift happened in my fathers family. Then it happened in K's family. And somewhat in my family. Although, having been through it in younger years with other families I made it clear that the reason for the season was to enjoy each others company and not to feel obligated to bring gifts. Now some of us bring gifts others do not. No problem.

The other problem with gifting is when some people simply do not believe in Christmas as a holiday. Birthdays also suffer this phenomenon. I simply like to give things to people and I suffer from a monetary inability to give as much as I would like.

This season, I chose to buy a particular gift that I am giving to everyone outside of K and I. I have one gift bought for the cats and one for K.

All the children and grandchildren that consider me family are getting a gift from me. And, I had an idea about crafting something for the children who range in ages 19 to youngest is about 8. I'm going to spend sometime today on the crafting. The tree box is out of the closet and hopefully it will be down the stairs before the day is over. (I can't really tell what I bought family because of the blog)

The guys are getting ready for the first day of deer season today. Left overs from yesterday are what we eat. We love Thanksgiving left overs here.

I need to get my dog a coat I think he is now 10 so he seems to feel the cold more this year.

There is breach in my family because my two boys from my first marriage do not celebrate with us. I would prefer to be able to gift for them and their families as well but, at the moment that is not an option.

The best gift I ever received? Probably a collie pup. It wasn't for any reason just because. It was a surprise.

My first son brought me a piece of wood from his trip down the Amazon river. I made it into a stool fro the house.

Another good gift was; My second son brought a book home he wanted me to read. It was a story about how the Devil treats women. He had to return it because it was borrowed, but it was a really good book. I've been looking for a copy of it lately, but I'm not sure of Author, or title, because it was an old book and I only had it long enough to read it. Did not write down pertinent facts. Also, it was probably 30 years ago that I read it.

My third son takes me to movies that I want to see on Mother's Day.

My daughter always brought me good additions to my wardrobe. She has good taste in clothing.

Now I'm looking for gifts people will find useful in today's tech age.

Give a gift that's needed if it's possible!

*CandyCaneP* *XMasTree* *BulbB*


November 29, 2019 at 11:33am
November 29, 2019 at 11:33am
Intentionally enjoy your day before writing today’s entry. Be present with your family and friends or make an effort to do something you love. At the end of the day, when you are content and the house is quiet, write a maximum of five sentences describing the most positive thing you will remember about today.

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It was a stormy day. We had everything planned. I was up by 5 a.m.,stuffed the bird and started it cooking, washed the potatoes and went back to bed to play kindle games until 8. Everything cooked and tasted delicious. k helped with fixings and furnace so we could watch the parade and most of the dog show in peace and quiet.
November 27, 2019 at 9:08am
November 27, 2019 at 9:08am
Write about a time when you 1st surprised yourself with your abilities. Is there a specific time you can remember when you were2nd convinced that you could not do something, and then you did it? Tell us!

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Quote: "Planning is useful, but the most interesting times in life come from moments that catch you by surprise." This is the opening sentence from: http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/surprise-quotes/


Sure to the first part and maybe no to the second. It goes to the core of my being to look back and think about being convinced I could not do something. My mind was blank while I was growing up. If I had an urge to do it I probably did not fail when I tried. If the sparking urge wasn't there I probably walked away.

When other people set me to a job I did not want I probably didn't participate in it with enough energy to care. If they set me to a job I did not want I'd walk away or tell them I couldn't do it. If saying no did not work and I had to participate I would know I was not responsible for the results.

Men taught me things, because my Grandmother told me, late in life, that the adult females of the family made a pact not to teach me anything. This did not hold out to be true because even if they use you, you are learning good and bad things from people. Which people will help you in life; which people to be cautious around.

My uncle taught me to drive a tractor, untangle yarn, and plant strawberries; my brother taught me to drive stick shift and scramble eggs, my first father-in-law taught me to use a hammer properly and showed me how to build a dog house; one of my daughters high school friends explained how the electrical systems on a car works, Richard J. taught me the way to change a tire and how to swim, K taught me to change the oil of vehicles, the drivers training teacher in high school was a man, a male math teacher in my son's elementary school class during a parents conference taught me new math, so I could help my son at home with his home work, My first riding teacher was a man from Ohio. All the farriers that I have known were males and knew hundreds of little tricks about horses, that they were willing to share. This is the short list.

This is just to illustrate why I'm the way I am. I'm a women taught by men. They taught me, a pretty little girl, to survive in a man's world. I soon learned as I became an adult that changing the oil yourself is for the birds. Get a mechanic to do the dirty work. And, I refused to wear rags around the farm I insist on neat decent clothing.

These things don't make me a man. They show me how to live and survive in situations, that women who grew up with mothers and females around them, maybe never needed to know.

I learned about makeup and clothing by reading my cousins Seventeen Magazines.

I was tough on my children because life is tough where we live. Not as tough as it was in the late 50's, 60's and 70's. Now, there are houses with running water, indoor plumbing, TV, WIFI, internet, cell phones. With all of this it's still difficult to heat homes because the commodities market keeps the prices so high and the markups are moved to the consumers, and good jobs are not easy to find. A lot more women are taking on jobs that once were only delegated to males. I admire women who joined the military and learned survival.

I'm not surprised and I'm not a no-it-all. I just kept learning as time passed, and I aged. So, yeah, looking back, I'm a little stunnedby what I can do if I try. If it needs doing and I know I can manipulate the doing part. I'll work at it until I succeed or someone comes by to help. If life needs doing get it done. If it makes you cry go ahead, then get the work done anyway. *Laugh* I'll probably live to regret what I just said.

BYE, Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2019 at 12:11pm
November 26, 2019 at 12:11pm
Thanksgiving is coming up later this week in the US. Today, tell us what you’re thankful for. Make a list describing at least five things you’re thankful for.

Manx Cat from Japan *Strawberries*

Quote:“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.” – Alexander Pope



1. Sunshine in the fall and winter months.

2. A Home
3. WDC helps keep me sane.
4. Turkey on Thanksgiving for me, bird seed for the feeders, hay in the barn. Harvest.
5. Health of body and mind

You only asked for 5 so I'll stop now. However, there are lots to be thankful for each day, something new.


November 25, 2019 at 5:39pm
November 25, 2019 at 5:39pm
If you could be a fly on the wall of any living person’s life for one day, whose life would you want to observe?

Owl with signature*FlipFlops3*

Today's quote: “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” -J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Fairies and Movers

I'd rather be a fairy on the loose. But, if I had to be someone small and observing at this point- I would be observing, President Trump. You see I'm quite fed up with the discussions I watch on the news.

I saw Candidate Trump speaking from somewhere on the news before he was elected. He was standing behind a podium , yelling I am a Christian. I turned to someone in the room and said, "Now there is going to be trouble." See if you say you are a Christian you are saying you believe in, follow advice from, and try to live for the glory of a living being, that is infinite in time. Someone braver, smarter, and more accurate than humans.

Then, I read a book about President Trump's first few months in office written by a journalist. According to the author the whole Trump family including President Trump was sure he would lose? They weren't prepared. *Rolling*

If you sit back and watch the whole scenario. The country is just slowly moving on. Like, if you move into a new house and the movers know where to put everything and you're just in the way. You might say," no that box goes in the kitchen," but, the movers just set it down in the hall and go out to get more boxes. And, you look at the label and sure enough that box goes in the hall. So, you put it in the kitchen and the guy with the clipboard checking the labels on the boxes puts it back in the hall. duh! Efficiency reigns.*Box*

I want to know why the Electoral College put him in office? Why he is using up people as advisors and quickly throwing them away? Someone told me he is running the country like a corporation. Is that the way to run a corporation?

I don't have an opinion of what is going on.Just lots of questions. And, what happened to the troops he sent to Saudi Arabia? And why did he send them there if he did send them there? Watching players fumble the ball isn't fun is it?

I want to be an accurate observer and relate the truth. I've heard several people say the Republican Party is on it's way out. If it's a two party system who is going to take it's place? I say there! Life is change. We can do it.

On the other hand, it's kind of dangerous in the White House right now so I guess I'll just stay home and muddle along like always. Silence is golden.

This is where If the blog is going to come up missing this is the one that it should happen too.edit! (to which it should happen.)

THE END*FlowerR*

November 24, 2019 at 11:10am
November 24, 2019 at 11:10am
What numbers hold special meaning for you? Consider dates, times, ages, years, or anything else you can count.

Owl with signature *PenG*


Since I missed the blog yesterday let me just say I learned a lot about organized writing from the courses I took on New Horizons Academy. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and journalism all have their own writing style. Every thing I learned from New Horizons was adding to my writing knowledge.


Assigning numbers to every random event can cause a lot of stress. It's also a way to avoid the day to day living that is necessary for survival. Placing faith in numerical patterns is what causes a cult rift in numerology, which is normally considered a science. There is a lot of historical writings about numbers that are really interesting.

One of the ones I remember reading about is the historical violent happenings that occur on the 11th day of the 9th month Since reading about it, I have a tendency to watch world events around 9/11 every year.

Using numbers to try to predict future events though is kind of maddening. I believe it is tied to other cult undertakings. I don't look for special meaning in any special number. Although, people who are into numerology will assign numbers to different people they are trying to figure out.

Nature seems to be balanced properly with numerical patterns.

Quote from: https://www.livescience.com/37470-fibonacci-sequence.html

Discovered by Leonardo Fibonacci == Nature's Secret Code: Each number in the sequence is the sum of the two numbers that precede it. So, the sequence goes: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and so on. The mathematical equation describing it is Xn+2= Xn+1 + Xn


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