Words for Wednesday is a weekly writing prompt designed to get our creative juices flowing. A group of us take turns providing the prompts month about. This month the prompts have been found on Elephants' Child's blog (you can find her in my side bar) and this week the prompts are as follows: parasol, heel, wag, ascending, hood, stair rods, mint, tottering, chew, binder, coming and pelmet (the valance that hides the curtain rod) (yes, I had to look it up). Here we go: Claire tottered down the runway, one heel on and one heel off, clutching a 1920's parasol (in mint condition thank you VERY much). In her mind she was trying to decide how on Earth she was going to ascend the spiral staircase without coming down like a sack of potatoes on the landing below. Bill gave a wag of his head and consulted the pageant binder. "Claire Bentwhistle" he groaned. "That old broad can't chew gum and walk at the same time but I'm stuck with her because she funds this whole shebang. Every year she insists on leading the pageant contestants on to the stage." Claire grasped one of the stair rods to stop herself from sliding down all the way to the bottom and slowly pulled herself back into a standing position. She shook her head sadly. It may just be that she was getting too old for this. Nah! Ninety nine isn't old. She wasn't going to give up yet.
Poetry Monday is the brainchild of Diane of On The Alberta Montana Border (you can find her in my sidebar). Diane thought Mondays were a little drab and poetry was just what we needed. Each week she provides us with a theme that we can use, or not. Why not join us? It's fun and it's free. What could go wrong? Right? This weeks theme is 'a special Christmas memory'.
What is going on with beds these days? A few weeks ago I dropped into my favourite furniture store on a search for a mattress/box spring set. They had some lovely 'made in Canada' sets (two can play this game Mr. Trump) and I purchased one after giving it a test drive in store. It was delivered yesterday. The delivery men took the old box spring and mattress away and after they left I wandered down to the bedroom to check out my latest acquisition. Holy Hell!!!!! It's huge. This thing dominates the bedroom...looms over everything....I kid you not. Bedside tables that were once an a level with the top of my mattress are now a good six inches lower. I called the store and asked if perhaps there had been a mix up. Apparently the model in the store sat on a simple metal frame whereas in our house the set sits on a wooden bed frame. Well....there it sat and the first question that came to mind was "can I even get into it?" More important, "can I get out without falling on my face?" and finally, "What if I fall out of bed? I'll kill myself." I got into it but it wasn't pretty. Being over a 'certain age' I get up once or twice in the night. Never mind why. Getting back into bed was exhausting. Each time I got up I remembered that I was farther from the floor than usual so I was okay...until the last time when I forgot and slid out energetically and free fell the last few inches. Wow. I spent the first night in my new bed feeling alternately like Royalty and as though I were reenacting a part from the Princess and the Pea. I might just add that making this monster is a task as well...I had to have the hubs help to lift the mattress so I could tuck in sheets. This sucker is HEAVY. Anyway, this morning I poked around in the storage closet and found a small padded step stool that will now live beside the bed. Ridiculous. Anyone else need a step ladder to get into bed?
What is it now? Eleven days to Christmas? Yikes. Well all I need to do is keep the place clean and tidy and shop for food items for the day. Sounds easy but I've got a killer cold and all I want to do is sit and watch the dust settle. I'm going to drag my weary self out today (-15 here folks) and get my hair cut. One must be tidy for Christmas.
Poetry Monday is brought to us by Diane of On The Alberta Montana
Border (you can find her in my sidebar).
Diane knew that Mondays needed jazzing up. Each week she provides us with a theme which
we can use…or not… I usually do. Sometimes it’s not easy. This week’s theme is
‘our happiest family memory’. So many
directions one could go. I finally
settled on a day the three of us would agree was probably the happiest day of
our lives together.
process had been…
noises and tight spaces
with sour faces
packed and planned,
three of us.
planned on space
could sleep sound
thought to take some pics
before’s and after’s
no broken bones)
day ever hot.
for sure had ups and downs
things that made us frown
all that mattered.
1050 square feet,
what we were used to
This house has sheltered us
watched us celebrate
And good times.
most special day.
Even if you don't feel like attempting poetry, I would love to know what your most special family memory is. Maybe like me, they are all special.
Words For Wdnesday is a weekly writing prompt designed to get us writing...anything...just write okay. Anyone can play. There are no rules. Okay just one..you need to let us know you are participating so we can read. This month Elephants Child has provided the prompts and she has finished the month out with a bang. This is a terrific assortment of words. giraffe, puddle, thorny, evergreen, distant, tubular...and/or.... torrent, cab, aspidistra, faucet, teddies and carbuncle. Here goes: The dry and thorny looking evergreen sat in an icy puddle at the distant end of the empty and folorn tree lot. "I hope you don't mind," Jen said, "but it's free and that's exactly what I can afford." She and the cab driver (thank goodness he's my best friend Jen thought to herself) stepped out into a torrent of rain that felt like every faucetin heaven had been left running while the celestial occupants took a well deserved Christmas break. "Don't worry about it." Charlie said reassuringly as he helped tie the miserable looking tree to the top of the car. "I'd do anything for those girls of yours. I've got a little surprise for Mackie. The toy store was having an end of season sale when I was in yesterday. I picked up that giant plush giraffe she had her eye on and a couple of teddies for Alexa." He tightened the bungie cord over the tubular frame of the carry rack. Jen wiped a few tears from her face, grateful that the rain disguised her emotions. "You're a good friend Charlie. I know if Steve were here now he would tell you the same." Charlie felt the small box in his coat pocket and hoped she would be as pleased about this gift as she was about the toys. My humble apologies as there was just no way to work in aspidistra and carbuncle. My Dad used aspidistra in a strange way...You bet your sweet aspidistra he did.
Poetry Monday is the brain child of Diane (On The Alberta Montana Border). You can find her in my sidebar. Diane thought Monday needed a little 'somethin' somethin' and she was right. Each week she provides us with a theme which you can use or ignore as you see fit. This week the prompt is 'shopping' which is a timely subject. I, however, had problems with the theme this week. I took off in several different directions and ended up nowhere at all. Have you ever been nowhere? Not a nice place. This is what I finally came up with and it is not very satisfying but it's all I've got. Here goes:
Words for Wednesday is a weekly writing prompt. This month Elephant's Child has brought us the prompts and a fine job she has done of it too. the words this week are: invincible, wander, goofy, supreme, purring, pretend and/or linen, kick, puny, immense, zoom and sound. Here goes:
"I just hate it when she zooms in here, kicks everyones puny ("or immense as the case may be." Sandy inserted) butts and then wanders off purring with satisfaction." "She thinks she's invincible. How she manages to get in here without making a sound is beyond me. I can't pretend to know how she does it." "Well" Grey said, "I do have a goofy notion as to how we can rig up an alarm system." "Really? That would be super supreme. What is it?" "WE BELL THAT DARN CAT." And every mouse in the linen closet cheered. Many thanks EC for the great month of prompts.
Diane of On The Alberta Montana Border (see my side bar) brings us Poetry Monday each and every week. Our ranks are growing slowly...why not join us? Diane provides us with a topic each week although you don't need to use it. This week the topic is 'people'. I'm afraid I went a little dark with this one.
That was the 'wee man' question of the week. I had to give it some serious thought. Well, I said slowly, I think it depends on the person. I think heaven will smell of everything you love here on earth, it will sound like everything you love here on earth and it will look like everything you love here on earth. After careful consideration he decided heaven must look like Lego, smell like McDonald's hamburgers and sound like his dog barking. Hmmmm. Not a bad combo. Then I had to think about what my heaven would smell, sound and look like. When I smell my moms face power and the oil and grease on my dads hands from working with machinery, when I smell freshly baked bread and the smell of a well cleaned house, when the odour of Campbell's book store rises up around me, when Grandpa's pipe smoke envelopes me, that will be the smell of heaven. When I hear my dads harmonica and cows mooing and my mom singing softly as she works, that will be the sound of heaven. When I see the long lane way lined with maple trees and the little grey buildings with yellow shutters that once were home that will be what heaven looks like. Now.....here's the question. What will heaven smell, sound and look like to you? Have you ever thought about it? I'll bet you are thinking about it now. And all thanks to my 'wee man'.
Words for Wednesday is a writing prompt designed to get our creative juices flowing. This month Elephant's Child is providing the prompts. This week the words are river, dashing, free, shrug, interest, naive and/or light, wax, winter, bucket, disillusioned and super
"I really thought living 'off grid' would be super exciting." Shawna sighed. "I feel so disillusioned." She filled her bucket for what felt like the one hundredth time from the riverdashing downhill past the cabin. Paul grinned. "It's true you were a tad naive about the whole thing. You were enamoured by the idea of living off the land; of everything being free....water, power, food," "But it's not free!" Shawna interrupted. "It's hard work. "Every night I'm trying to function by candle light. The only amusement is watching the wax melt and drip. Every drop of water has to be hauled in from the river. Every log we burn in the fire has to be chopped. There is digging and weeding and picking and cooking...." she stopped, out of breath. Paul shrugged. "I have no interest in your petty whining. You signed up for this experiment so put up and shut up. Besides, you have no idea how much worse this will be once winter comes."
We have seen the condo and it is not for us. Not this unit. Oh it is very nice but it faces South and the hot hot sun was pouring in. Stifling hot in there with no heat on in November. Yes you could save on heating costs BUT I can't stand it to be too hot so we would have the blinds pulled all the time and be living in a dark cave. Too depressing. There were lots of good features. Plenty of storage. New appliances. New flooring in the kitchen and one of the bathrooms. Did I mention plenty of storage? The down side was the oddly shaped living/dining room which was going to make furniture placement practically impossible unless we went and bought all new furniture sized for midgets. We are not big people but really....it would have to be sparsely furnished. So anyway...not this one...but we are getting close. There will be another call soon I am sure. And Bob the guy who wanted to look at the coat we had for sale....he has what you might call an 'arm deficiency' ... the sleeves were too long so that was a no go as well. Ah well...tomorrow is another day.
Poetry Monday is the brainchild
of Diane (On The Alberta Montana Border) she of the newly published book. You can find her in my side bar. Jenny O joined in (Procrastinating Donkey
also in my sidebar) and so did I. We
could use more joiners. It’s fun.
Each week Diane provides us with
a theme which we can use or not….
I've been AWOL for a while. Oh, I've been around but not much. It's been a kind of a busy time. I don't see it improving much. Our daughter's partner has had some serious health problems which has left her pretty much on her own to look after the kids. She's physically disabled herself so...... Anyway, Grandma's been on tap as taxi service and emergency 'pick up sick kids at school' service among other things. It was going to be a spell of getting the house organised for Christmas and to that effect I have been on the go...the house is still in need of a deep down cleaning and organising but I DO have all the gift shopping and wrapping done. I don't like leaving everything to the last minute. I still have to take our daughter to Chapters/Indigo for a book buying session and she wants to use my computer for some on line gift shopping of her own AND I still have to take the kids shopping for their gifts to their parents and each other. Now you would think that there is quite enough to keep me out of trouble and away from blogging for a bit longer BUT...and it is a big but.....something else has come up that threatens to send me into a tailspin of business and organising and ... oh gosh I don't know what all. What could have me running in circles and pulling my hair out? Are you ready for this? We finally got the call from the Elliott Community that there is a condo available. We have an appointment to view it on Tuesday in the afternoon. Can you imagine trying to prepare for a move at this time of year with Christmas on the horizon? Well, it may happen if we like this unit. We have waited close to four years for a unit to come available so we may have to just jump on it if we like it. Funny fact. For four years we have been positive we want to leave our home of 31 years and make this move for our own security in our old age. Now that it may become reality I find myself not so sure anymore. Funny huh? Not so funny! This weird feeling inside is stressing me out no end. I will leave it to more powerful hands and mind than mine...I will know when I see it if it is to be. I expect that a feeling of calmness and acceptance will flood me if it is the right thing to do. Here's hoping. At any rate, I will try to keep up with Poetry Monday and Words for Wednesday and I will drop in on all of you once in a while but until things settle down around me and I can get my brain to stand still for a few minutes things will be a little spotty regarding my attendance in blogger land. Don't give up on me.
Elephant's Child is providing the prompts this month (you can find her in my sidebar). This week the words are: agonizing, murder, sleet, stimulating, flowers, offer and/or dramatic, distinct, zany, typical, sip and discovery. here we go: "This is so typical of you to make the big dramatic gesture and offer me flowers after every zany, ridiculous stunt you pull." Jan took a sip of the rather stimulating cocktail Phil had prepared for her. "Just spare me the agony and tell me what you did this time and I'll try to subdue my urge to murder you." "Actually, it was more like something I 'didn't' do." Phill hesitated and then blurted it out. "I left your Pookie outside and went to town and totally forgot about him. He was out in the sleet and freezing cold for hours until Mrs Robins next door discovered him frozen to the lamp post out front and took him to the vet. He survived but the vet says he'll have a very distinctive appearance for a while until his fur grows in." Jan took a very deep breath as she considered what her next actions would be and whether or not they would land her in jail.
Poetry Monday is brought to us by Diane of On The Alberta Montana Border (you can find her in my sidebar). Jenny of Procrastinating Donkey and myself thought it sounded like a great idea so we jumped on board. We need more passengers on this poetic trip. Why not join us? Each week Diane provides a prompt to help stir our creative stew...this week, as we have just acknowledged Remembrance Day in Canada, the topic is 'remembering'.