Monthly Archives: September 2019

SoCS for Saturday September 28, 2019


The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 28/19

Here’s your prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ent” “ten” “net.” Use one, use two or use all three (bonus points for using two, double-bonus points for using all three). As Linda would say, use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Here are the rules from Linda Hill:

 

SoCS badge by Pamela, at https://achronicalofhope.com/

Network entertainment? I can feel the tension as we all decide what to watch.

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

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

The Weekly Smile 9/30/2019 #weeklysmile – Found a new food pantry!


The Weekly Smile 9/30/2019 #weeklysmile – Found a new food pantry!

 

My smile came from finding a new food pantry. One that lets you choose what you want instead of going in and being handed heavy bags of chickpeas and spaghetti sauce and tons of wheat and peas and beans. 3/4 of what my friend and I got we put downstairs in the community room. Others took it, but it was killing our backs for very little we can use. This new place is great and you don’t need to take what you have no use for. We could fit everything into one cart instead of overloading 2 carts and two huge boxes. I miss a few things, but the place was dangerous and I fell down the steps getting to it. This is all flat area so we just rolled the cart in and put the heavy stuff in there and filled a couple of hand shopping bags with light stuff and then put them on top.

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

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

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Trent’s Rules

What made you smile?

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones 🙂

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! 🙂

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“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”

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#WEEKENDCOFFEESHARE : This Damn Pain


#WEEKENDCOFFEESHARE : This Damn Pain

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 having coffee, I would be drinking iced tea because I hate coffee and it’s still hot. You may have coffee or tea, whichever you prefer.

It is hot enough again to have the ac on. I do have the fans in the bedroom running because I like it cool when I sleep.

My pain is becoming much, much worse. I don’t know what to do. I can barely walk and my knees are terrible. I may have to resort to a walker non-stop. I would hate to have to use a wheelchair. I still drive, I have to and getting around with walkers and/or a wheelchair would be difficult while driving, but no one to drive me.

My breathing problems are still problematic.  It is hard to sleep when you feel as if you can’t breathe.

My writing has slowed down some and I added a new possible project or projects as I have several book ideas and I haven’t finished the memoir my life as a military wife. Chapter 4 is up now. I am spending so much time sleeping that there isn’t time for anything else.

I would also tell you that Sunday is still brunch with my BFF. We meet every Sunday including this morning unless something comes up, which isn’t often. I look forward to it. We go to a place called Friendly’s. I don’t know how far they go across the USA. Maybe just NJ and PA for sure. They have had a half-off breakfast 7 days a week for years now trying to stay in business and when we went today, they changed their menu and there it was half off only Monday to Friday. We had to cut down on what we normally order and people were walking out after seeing there was no more half-off breakfast on the weekends. We could have told them that. Even the wait staff don’t expect it to last long. Most of these restaurants have closed already and the few left have cut down on the amount off.

We found a new food pantry that lets you select your food, so we don’t have to lug all that stuff home and deliver 3/4 of it to the community table downstairs. I drive my neighbor and he lugs it all.

Time for a breathing treatment as it is almost time for bed and I want to be able to sleep.

Enjoy your weekend.

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

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

Weekend Writing Prompt #125 – Ultimatum – by Sammi Cox


Weekend Writing Prompt #125 – Ultimatum – 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.

*continuation from last weekend and at least 4 months worth

 (Last Weekend I wrote) 

Here’s a barter for you. Not your baby? We’ll stay together.

********This week!********

“But Connie please, I want you not her.”

“I will not go back to you unless you prove she is not pregnant with your child. My Ultimatum.”

“Linda I want a DNA test as soon as possible and I will be there, and I will get a judge’s order if need be. I also choose the doctor for the test,” Ron said.

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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

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

Friday #fotoflash September 27, 2019


DB McNicol’s #fotoflash

Photo courtesy of Morguefile

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Birthday Surprise – The Old Deuce Coupe

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Danny was disappointed when he looked at the pile of birthday gifts. None of them were large enough to be what he desired the most, a little car like dads jeep. He had hinted to everyone he knew, but here he sits with the little pile of gifts, and holding back the tears as he didn’t want anyone see him cry, he was a big boy now.

“Danny why aren’t you opening your gifts,” mom asks although she knows the answer. She couldn’t wait to show him his surprise. She had Bob take it out and put it on the other side of his jeep so Danny wouldn’t see it too soon.

Danny struggling with the wrap on his aunt’s gift was ready to chuck the whole affair and head to his room. Why does she always wrap the entire present in tape? Finally pulling off the last of the tape he finds a small helmet. “What’s this for, I don’t need it,” he says nearly in tears again.

“You’ll see Danny, just open your gifts,” mom says.

He opens the next one and finds a small leather jacket just like his dad’s and it even has stripes. He stops and puts it on immediately. Now he starts to grin, that miniature look of his father becoming evident on his face. The next one contains gloves. After opening a few more non-essential gifts he turns to his parents expectantly. “Any more?”

“Well, Danny it’s sitting just to the other side of your dad’s jeep.” And he was off. Wearing his gloves and leather jacket and the boots his sister had given him and hoping with all his might that he would see what he wanted to see.

“A mini-coupe, jeez thanks, mom and dad. Just what I wanted.” He jumps in and takes off across the yard.

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DB McNicol’s Rules:

Welcome to my Friday Foto Flash Fiction challenge! Each Friday I will post a new picture to be used as inspiration for your flash fiction written in 500 words or less. Be sure to include the photo, the source credit, and a link to this post with your storyEntries will close on Thursday at midnight Eastern Time.

Once your post is live, add your link to the list below. I hope you will visit the other entries (and check back often for new stories). Remember to leave them a comment in appreciation. Thank you and enjoy! Here’s your photo prompt.

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

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

 

Coping When You Have Fibromyalgia and You’re Told Nothing’s Wrong …When You KNOW Something’s Wrong!


Coping When You Have Fibromyalgia and You’re Told Nothing’s Wrong

…When You KNOW Something’s Wrong!

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What’s even worse is when the daughter who was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia first, denies it or brushes it off. She complains about the symptoms but doesn’t want to hear about it.

I have run up a high number of doctor and hospital bills because no one cares enough to educate themselves and I will find out after reading an article that my current problems had been due to Fibromyalgia. They will put me through numerous test for what they think maybe it is. They run up my medical bills. They keep me in the hospital so they can run all these expensive tests and in the end, they send me home telling me nothing is wrong. I AM in pain and I hate that nothing can be done about it.

And to make matters worse I have other problems that can cause the same symptoms so sometimes you can’t tell which is causing the problem. Or maybe it is multiple problems caused by all of them.

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

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

Thursday photo prompt: Harbinger #writephoto


Thursday photo prompt: Harbinger #writephoto

 

For visually challenged writers, the image shows an odd and ancient-looking magpie with milky eyes and one wing folded over his back, almost like a cloak.

This is the continuation of John and Susan. I have decided to make this a book. Obviously, there will be a different start and even changes to the chapters and names. I will take this to a certain point to keep your attention while I can, but like the other week when I had to break into this story because the picture didn’t work, it may end at any time although I will try to give you a gist of the story. 

History Continues

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Jack wondered how much of this story he should tell the boys and even Joanne. Although he came over here searching for her, she wasn’t easy to find although she did keep his last name. He was concerned with how everyone would take this.

He thought about whether he should continue with the boys in the room. His gaze wandered out the window, and he saw an odd and ancient-looking magpie with milky eyes, a harbinger of things to come.

Taking a deep breath, he continued. They had a right to know.

“Here’s the thing. I raised the boy I thought was Oliver and Joanne supposedly had John,” Jack said.

“Wait a minute supposedly I had John? That was the plan.”

“I know it was, but what we didn’t realize was that there was a screw-up at the hospital when they were born, and we each got the opposite baby. I have John, and you have Oliver.”

“How can this be?” Joanne asked, becoming increasingly upset, and she glanced at the boys. Both were staring silently at their parents. “How did you find out, Jack?”

“Well, we know that Oliver was born with one kidney. I have worked to make sure that he avoids most sports to protect the one kidney. Last month he got injured at school playing games, and when we had the tests, I was astonished to see that he had two kidneys. I had them repeat the tests. He definitely has two kidneys.”

“But I have let John play whatever sports he wanted as I had no idea he had only one kidney. He is a fantastic football player, and now he can’t play due to a hospital mixup? I know he is upset right now and I have to say I am too.”

“He doesn’t have to stop unless he wants to. As long as he understands the dangers, he can make the decision to play if he chooses. He is almost an adult.”

“Is that why you came here?”

“Actually no, it isn’t the only reason. I convinced myself that I loved Priscilla and asked you for a divorce, but I haven’t stopped loving you. Every now and then I would hire a detective to look for you, but it wasn’t until John started excelling at sports that you showed up in the searches by my detective.”

“You love me, still?”

*******397 words*******

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

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.