Daily Archives: May 18, 2019

Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (Non-Fiction) – May 18, 2019


Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (Non-Fiction) – May 18, 2019

The Prompt: “Take a trip down memory lane and share your best vacation/trip/holiday memory.”

Rules from: THE HAUNTED WORDSMITH

I don’t know how this will turn out, or if you guys are interested, but I know I have many nonfiction writers who follow me and I want to encourage everyone to write.

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Florida Here we Come

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Our vacations were always like the movie “Vacation” by Chevy Chase. It had a few fun parts though.

Our son was about 2 years old and the girls were about 10 and 12 years old when we finally decided to go to Florida and camp. The irony of the trip is that we would be near Disney World, but unable to afford going there. We decided on a day trip to Sea World would be our one splurge.

We were taking our pull-along camper. Camping was cheaper than staying in a nice motel or hotel and we could cook our own meals. I always hated the fact that I had to cook and clean. It never seemed like much of a vacation to me.

We were going to head down from New Jersey where we lived and stop in Virginia and the Marine Corps Base Quantico. We had our best friends there and it was Thanksgiving.

That night our son developed a huge lump on his neck. Our friends helped us find a hospital and on Thanksgiving, and in another state, we were sitting in the waiting room. He seemed to be in a good mood just had a huge lump on his neck.

After many tests, it was determined that he had strep throat. We didn’t understand. We had all had it 3 weeks earlier, except for him. It was strange that he had contacted it that late after the rest of us. He was given the pink antibiotic that needed refrigeration. Again, our friends helped us find a 24-hour pharmacy and on a holiday to boot. We were lucky.

We had to choose whether to go back home to NJ or continue down to Florida. We had the camper so we could refrigerate the medication so finally decided to go on. The next day the effects of the strep throat hit him, and he was cranky and now had a temperature.

We headed on out and had him laying down and taking his medication. We stopped at another campground before going on down to Florida. We noticed oil covering the front of the camper. The part facing the truck back. Not a good sign. Sick kid, sick truck.

Made it to Florida where we were to camp, unhooked and then went searching for a mechanic. The people there at the campground were great and took us to rent a car and find a mechanic. We left our truck and then went to some fishing piers and fished. Our young, sick son was the only one to catch anything. He had a little kid’s rod with two hooks and dropped it over. Pulled it up and there was a fish on each hook. Amazing!

Next, we checked out another aquarium which I believe was Marine Land and not the big one Sea World. We still didn’t have our truck back. It was cold, but the kids did swim once. Well, the girls did. Our son was still too sick for that.

We were supposed to get our truck the next day so we were told to go to Sea World, and they would let us know when it was ready. We went and it was so cold we had to wear our coats. We saw a good part of the park and of course, with four cameras we had brought with us, we had forgotten them all. We had to buy a disposable one. We got the call to come to pick up the truck.

We left, picked up the truck, stopped at the car rental place and dropped off the car and headed back to the campground. We were just pulling out of the car rental parking lot and the truck started to act up. We called the mechanic, re-rented the car and dropped off the truck again.

Now we had a problem. It was almost time to go home and it was possible that we wouldn’t get the truck back in time. The kids were in school and we both worked. I couldn’t drive the truck with the trailer, so he was going to have to stay and we tentatively made plans for me and the kids to fly back if necessary.

Well the mechanic came through and to top it off the repairs were under warranty, so it wasn’t going to cost us to repair it. Not quite the trip we planned but worked out at least. We hadn’t planned on Disney World anyhow so we didn’t really miss anything except a few hours at Sea World.

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

 

Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (HWDP) – May 18, 2019


Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (HWDP) – May 18, 2019

Prompt A (food challenge): Mac & Cheese

Prompt B (sentence starter): “I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”

Prompt C (photo):

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

Rules from: THE HAUNTED WORDSMITH

Welcome to the Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (HWDP). This prompt is going to be both familiar and different at the same time. To participate, simply read this post and follow where the muse takes you. You may select any, all, or none of the prompts…it’s all up to you. Link back to this post, or leave a link in the comments so that others can find you.

Have Fun!

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Red Hot

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you. Those coals are red hot,” James said.

“Well we don’t have a grill so how else can we heat the macaroni and cheese and the hot dogs,” I returned.

“Putting the pots directly on the coals will spread the ash around and also get it into our food. It might even burn the pots.”

“Then you make dinner, James. I don’t know what else to do.”

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

 

Weekend Writing Prompt #106 – Zodiac – by Sammi Cox


Weekend Writing Prompt #106 – Zodiac – by Sammi Cox

Sammi Cox’s Rules:

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem/prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem/prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

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Robby and Rhonda were still walking kissing softly now and then.

“Robby when will your wife arrive?”

“Rhonda, I don’t know when. What is your zodiac sign?”

There was a rustling in the undergrowth.

They both froze, but it was just a bear.

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Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

#WEEKENDCOFFEESHARE : book on hold, hospital


#WEEKENDCOFFEESHARE : book on hold, hospital

Directions from ECLECTICALLI

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday, February 8th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday, February 11th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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If we were to have a coffee chat this weekend or for me ice tea for sure since I don’t drink coffee and it is too hot for hot tea, I would tell you that I did some research and there is a large list of words and I mean just words that are trademarked and require permission to use. Believe it or not Just simply the word Marine if it pertains to the military is trademarked and requires a license to use. I had a specific plan in mind and now I find all this stuff is trademarked and needs licensing to use. This really sucks. My whole project has come to a halt.

I would tell you that I ended up in the hospital for 4 days. Swollen feet and legs and couldn’t breathe with any exertion. Good news, not a clot like they originally thought. Breathing problem seems to be a major asthma attack along with allergies ramped up. Think maybe the swelling is due to the leggings because I put them on when I got home and now today I am all swelled up again. I guess I can’t wear them. For my breathing, I have a nebulizer now and 3 types of medicines used twice a day. Still having a problem, but hope it starts working soon. I also hope the outdoor allergies stop soon.

I would also remind you that Sunday is the weekly brunch with my BFF. I may have to go in my slippers since my feet are swollen now and may not go down overnight.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Writing about the Military is not going to work very well.


I did some research and there is a large list of words and I mean just words that are trademarked and require permission to use. Believe it or not Just simply the word Marine if it pertains to the military is trademarked and requires a license to use.

Using it occasionally here and there is not going to be an issue I would think, but writing a book and using all those words and such could be big trouble. I found the military wives website and it uses that quote I used in the book name and chapter one. It talks about copyrights and such. It seems like it is going to be more problems than it is worth. I don’t want to get in trouble legally and it is such an important part of my book. I don’t know how I am going to rewrite this to be what I wanted it to be. I had a specific plan in mind and now I find all this stuff is trademarked and needs licensing to use.

I am glad that I got the inclination to look it up. The thought popped into my mind. The government in any form is something I don’t want to get involved with.

And chapter 2 about the skimpy dressing on base is against the dress code which I completely forgot about. I should have remembered. My ex-husband couldn’t get out of his car on the way to the base if he was in his camouflage. They were not allowed to be worn off base. I don’t know if I knew the dress code when I was dressing like that, but I didn’t get out of the car for the most part anyhow.

This really sucks. My whole project has come to a halt.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com