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Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (HWDP) – May 19, 2019


Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (HWDP) – May 19, 2019

Prompt A (genre challenge): Comedy

Prompt B (sentence starter): “Come on down!”

Prompt C (photo):

Image by Peter H 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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Come on down!

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

“Come on down!” Bob Barker, the MC of the game show “The Price is Right” yelled.

The monks began clapping and shouting out their guesses. They lived in the monastery and had no idea what the items sold for, but they wouldn’t miss the show for anything.

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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 (Non-Fiction) – May 19, 2019


Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (Non-Fiction) – May 19, 2019

We will stay on memory lane for a little while longer and visit music and what it means to you. Is there a special song that brings back memories? How has music influenced or affected your life?

Prompt: Music and You

THE HAUNTED WORDSMITH

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You Are Not Better Than Me!

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

In the 4th grade, I wanted to play the trumpet. My parents arranged a payment plan for the trumpet and I started lessons. The teacher didn’t want to teach me because I was a girl. The worst part is that she was a sewing teacher and not a real music teacher anyhow.

Each year there was a different teacher. A few years later my brother decides he wants to play as well. He got his trumpet and I was continuously made to play in front of all of my parents’ friends when they came to visit. I hated to perform in front of people like that. I was still just learning and it was embarrassing.

And then the worst thing happened. My parents actually told me that my brother was better than me. I was so upset and my self-esteem suffered a huge hit. It ruined playing the trumpet for me. They never got it.

I told them when I was about 50 that what they did was hurtful. My mom said we wouldn’t have done something like that. Finally, she apologized. It didn’t help much, but better than nothing.

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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 (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

 

 

#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

Thursday photo prompt: Wicker #writephoto


Thursday photo prompt: Wicker #writephoto

Sue’s Rules:

Every Thursday at noon GMT, I publish one of my photos as a writing prompt.  If you know where the photo was taken, please keep it to yourself until the challenge is closed and I usually share something about the place during the round-up.

Use the image and title provided as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT)  on Wednesday  each week,  and link back to the prompt post with a pingback to be included in the round-up.  There is no word limit and no style requirements, except to keep it fairly family friendly and not passionately political.

All posts will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.

Don’t talk back

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

Walking down the pathway Madge, Maisie and Mimi began arguing with Elinor, the head witch. The argument continued as the women made their way from village to village.

“If you three don’t stop arguing with me and between yourselves, I will turn you into something that cannot talk back to me.”

The women stared at her and continued complaining about their plight in life. They didn’t for one moment believe she could or would do anything about their complaints.

Days later their husbands were looking for them. They were nowhere to be found, but the strangest thing happened. Three figures of women showed up alongside the village road and made from twigs. They even sort of resembled Madge, Maisie, and Mimi. Elinore just smiled if anyone asked her if she had seen them.

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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

100 Word Challenge – inspiration is the word ESCAPE


100 Word Challenge : This week’s word is ESCAPE

Wedding Cake

There are days even weeks or longer where I need to escape my life. I just can’t tolerate the real world anymore. If it’s bad, reading won’t work because I simply won’t be able to get into a book. I have many around here I have started, but not finished.

I can binge tv shows on Netflix and lose myself in something. The hours go by and I rarely notice it. I can also binge on DIY shows, flipping houses and cooking shows even though I hate to cook. I love the baking shows with fancy cakes and cupcakes. Yum!

*****100 words*****

Tara’s Rules

1) I provide a one-word prompt.
2) Write anything you want using that prompt, either as inspiration or as part of your 100 Words.(That means you don’t have to actually use the prompt word, it can be implied.)
3) Your story has to be EXACTLY 100 words (because someone will ask, hyphenated words count as a single word.) This is the one rule I will be a stickler about.
4) Submit your story here as a comment, as a Facebook status, or as a blog post. (Add the specific FB status or post’s URL to the Mr. Linky list just under the prompt.)
5) If you write a blog post, please link back to this post. It makes it easier for me and the other Wordsters to find you.
6) You have one week to write your story and link up (The link stays open, so you can really submit stories whenever… this is the one rule I don’t really enforce.)

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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