#MidnightMadness – 10/1/2017

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I’m craving a hot drink right now and once and awhile I crave a stiff drink, and when a woman says something like this, you have to kind of wonder what she means by that.  😉

Sorry… it’s midnight.  I get silly this time of night.  Lol…


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September Writing Prompt Participants

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There has been such a good response with this month’s writing prompts, that I’ve decided to continue creating these on a monthly basis.  I was blown away by those of you who participated.  Your poems, stories, thoughts, and ideas were so creative and thoroughly enjoyable.  I want to give special mention to Dorinda Duclos, over at Night Owl Poetry.  She exceeded my expectations by completing every single prompt for September and spurred me on in the process.  So thank you Dorinda!  You completely amaze me by your determination and dedication, especially with all you’ve been going through.  Love you so much!  And without further ado, here’s the list of the amazing participants who are all incredibly gifted and talented writers.  Please take some time to visit their websites and get to know these wonderful bloggers.  Oh, and if I missed adding someone, please leave me a comment and let me know.  ~M

Links of participating prompt writers:

Day 1 – I tried to say goodbye
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/01/i-tried-to-say-goodbye-poetry/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/02/mans-best-friend/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/01/wasnt-worth-it/
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/09/25/i-tried-to-say-goodbye/

Day 2 – Meadows of light
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/02/meadows-in-light/
Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/meadows-of-light/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/02/meadows-of-light-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 3 – The Crack in the Corner
Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/the-crack-in-the-corner/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/03/the-crack-in-the-corner-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/03/that-mattie-she-was-probably-right-all-right/

Day 4 – Silly Putty
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/04/impression-upon-my-soul-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/04/silly-putty-silly-putty/

Day 5 – Creases of the heart
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/05/creases-of-the-heart-romantictuesday-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/05/elvis-lives/
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/09/28/creases-of-the-heart/

Day 6 – Orange Dumplings
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/06/orange-dumplings-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/06/miscommunication/

Day 7 – Willy Nilly
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/07/willy-and-nilly-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/07/busy-billy/

Day 8 – Looming Chaos
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/08/looming-chaos-poetry-of-a-hurricane-irma-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/08/rapture-of-the-church/

Day 9 – Paper Stars
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/09/now-a-paper-star/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/09/paper-stars-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/an-attempt-at-a-writing-prompt/
Night Unlatched – https://nightunlatched.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/paper-stars-never-fall/

Day 10 – Empty Promises
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/10/empty-promises-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/10/but-you-promised-me/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/another-writing-prompt/

Day 11 – Cigars and Bourbon
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/11/cigars-and-bourbon/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/11/mistress-of-the-game-poetry-septemberwriting/

Day 12 – A Feathery Kiss
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/12/feathery-sweetness/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/12/a-feathery-kiss-romantictuesday-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 13 – Illusionary Dreams
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/13/the-boy-in-the-moon-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/13/invite-me-over-ill-follow-crumbs/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/14/illusionary-dreams-writing-prompt-1392017/

Day 14 – Once a treasure
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/14/once-a-treasure-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/14/a-size-14/

Day 15 – Splintered Fragments
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/15/friday-fantasy-splintered-fragments-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/15/just-a-holy-day-not-a-holiday/

Day 16 – A Marked Discovery
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/16/fall-approaches-dailyhaikuchallenge-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/16/in-the-hands-of-the-potter/

Day 17 – Perceptions of Life
Confessions of a failed writer – https://confessingsofafailedwriter.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/i-like-big-words-and-i-cannot-lie/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/17/perceptions-of-life-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/17/what-makes-life-worth-living/

Day 18 – A Generous Portion
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/18/a-generous-portion-septemberwriting-poetry-freeverse/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/19/a-generous-portion-of-life-writephoto-challenge/

Day 19 – Tragedy Spelled Misery
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/19/tragedy-spelled-misery-poetry-acrostic-septemberwriting/

Day 20 – Applesauce Pie
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/20/applesauce-pie-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 21 – Sprinkled with love
Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/sprinkled-with-love/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/21/sprinkled-with-love-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 22 – Fountain of fizz
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/22/fountain-of-fizz-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/21/water-baptism/

Day 23 – Blanketed in bliss
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/23/tastes-of-autumn-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/24/blanketed-in-bliss/

Day 24 – Profound destiny
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/24/profound-destiny-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/24/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-24th-2017/

Day 25 – A pinch of happiness
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/25/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-25th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/25/a-pinch-of-happiness-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/25/a-pinch-of-happiness/

Day 26 – Peppered pickles
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/26/pickled-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/26/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-26th-2017/

Day 27 – The silvery substance
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/27/autumn-nighttime-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/27/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-27th-2017/

Day 28 – The embers erupted
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/28/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-28th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/28/a-raging-inferno-septemberwriting-fiction/

Day 29 – Between the lines
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/09/24/between-the-lines-september-writing-prompt/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/29/alone-by-the-window-septemberwriting-poetry-of-loneliness/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/29/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-29th-2017/

Day 30 – Scattered Rose Petals
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/30/scattered-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/30/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-30th-2017/
A Soldier’s Walk – https://asoldierswalk.com/2017/09/30/scattered-rose-petals/

MidnightMadness – 9/30/2017

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I saw this on a church sign a couple of months ago and thought it was quite funny.  The sign said…

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

I was thinking about the many ways this could be interpreted, and it’s still making me laugh.


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Alone…

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“Sometimes I just like being all alone.  There’s freedom in seclusion.”  ~M


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#MidnightMadness – 9/28/2017

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At the dinner table, the question of the day was…

If you happened along a creepy tunnel, and you saw a light at the end of it, would you venture in further to investigate where the light was coming from?

Both of my girls said, that they would investigate the light, and I said I’d turn around and go back the way in which I came.  Brianna thought that was unwise, and said the place I came from was probably worse.  I said, “Well, I came from that place and survived, so it must not have been that bad.”  And yet she insisted that going towards the light in the creepy tunnel was still the better option.  Then at the last minute she added this… “Well mom, you’re forgetting… we all initially came from a creepy tunnel.”  I couldn’t help but bust out laughing.  The joke was totally lost on little Auti.  Thank goodness for that!


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The way to success…

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“You must be eagerly willing to fail, in order to achieve anything in this life.”  ~M

 

So keep trying and never give up!  😉 xo


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Medical Expenses

This is my dear friend Walt and he could really use your help right now with some of his medical expenses. I’m sure all of us can forgo at least a cup of coffee this week and donate $5. What do you think? Let’s see how many of us can join together and help him meet his goal. He’s only got 3 people who have helped him so far, and I think we can certainly beat that! 😉

Walt's Writings

I am having total knee replacement of my right knee on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The surgeon has told me that it will require a hospital stay of 2-3 days. Medicare will cover only 80% of the costs and my Blue Cross supplemental Advantage Plan requires copays of $300 per day for the hospital stay and $325 for the surgery. Each follow up with the orthopedic surgeon is a $40 copay.  The recovery period for this surgery at my age is 6-8 weeks.

The surgeon has also informed me that I will need 6 weeks of physical therapy, 2-3 times per week. My copay for each physical therapy visit will be $40, which amounts to $$80-$120 per week for 6 weeks which will amount to $480-$720 total. My wife Susan is taking family medical leave for 5 weeks and 3 weeks of that will be unpaid leave, which amounts to…

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MidnightMadness – 9/26/2017

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I must be really tired, as I nearly put toothpaste on my face.  But now that I think about it… I could have put cold cream on my toothbrush, and that would have been way worse!  😉  Nite all… ~M xo


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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Life goes on…

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Good morning everyone!  Come in and sit down and I’ll make you a cup of your very favorite hot or cold drink.  I have a variety of options, so take your pick.  I’m drinking a steamy mug of hot chocolate, which is filled to the brim with whipped cream.  And yes, I’m being naughty and not following my paleo diet to perfection at the moment, but once and awhile we all need a little flexibility in our lives, and after a month like this… well, let’s just say hot chocolate has been sort of a saving grace for me.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my life has been completely turned upside down these days and I hardly even know where to begin.  I suppose I’ll start off by saying that I feel completely blessed and thankful that my two oldest daughters have both survived this month.  One had her home threatened by a huge fire out in California, and my other daughter who lives in Florida was in the middle of hurricane Irma.   Both are fine now, and that’s such a huge relief!

Here at home, there has been turmoil as well.  The first week of school was a bit rough, after finding out that hubby is deploying overseas and also that our 4 yr. old dog Pippa has bone cancer.  I’m trying my best to make Pippa as comfortable as possible, but the vet said her days are certainly numbered.  She may only live a few more months which is really sad to me.  Hubby felt so bad when he found out and misses us so much, that he made a surprise visit home over this past week.  It was nice to see him, but at the same time, it was so hard to say goodbye, especially knowing that it may be another year before I see him again.

Here’s some good news though, I had been dealing with depression at the beginning of this year and I’m feeling so much better.  I was also having some physical ailments that caused me to lose 22 lbs.  However, I am happy to say, that all of those issues seem to have been resolved.  It was determined that I was having some terrible side effects from one of the meds I was on and once I stopped taking that, I began to feel like myself again.

I am presently working on several poetry books and figure over this next year that I should be able to knock a few of them out while hubby is away.  That is of course if I don’t end up with any more hiccups.  All I can do is continue to try.  It’s been very hard to stay motivated and inspired.  I had a friend whom I wrote about here.  This friend was the one person in my life, who really inspired my early days of writing.  And even though he finally contacted me and ended up explaining why he no longer wanted to be friends, it has still been very difficult to continue on without him.

In fact, as some of you know, I started my new blog just a month ago and ended up taking all of my poems off of this one.  I needed a fresh start, as many of the poems I had written on this blog reminded me of my friend.  I knew I needed to finally let him go from my heart and mind, and came very close to deleting my blog altogether.  But I decided I couldn’t quit, and so instead I started over.  I also knew that eventually, I wanted to take my old poems off of my blog anyway, due to the fact that I do plan to publish them in the near future.   So ultimately, it forced me to do something prematurely that I knew I would eventually have to do anyway.

I know I haven’t been around as much lately as far as reading blogs goes, and I apologize to many of you who I haven’t visited on a regular basis like I used to.  But life has just taken its toll on me lately and I just haven’t had as much time for reading.  It’s hard to keep life in perfect balance and I know it’s foolish to even try.  I just hope that you all know how much I really do care about you.  When I say I love you guys, I really do mean it.  All of you here on WordPress have become like family to me.  It’s hard to explain it, but when you’re so isolated because you live in a place with hardly any family or friends around, your internet buddies become everything to you.  If you’ve written a coffee share this weekend, please leave me a link so that I can catch up with you.  Hope your week is filled with love and happiness!  ~M

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Forgiveness

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“There are some people you just can’t stay mad at, no matter how hard you try.”  ~M


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The illusion of love…

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“Love creates the illusion we need, so that even someone undeserving of our love can often take advantage of it.”  ~M


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That’s unexpected…

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“Well… that’s the way of a writer, you never know what you’re gonna get.  The words have a mind of their own and we just hold the pen.” ~M


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MidnightMadness – 9/19/2017

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I have no idea how we got on the subject of hair, but as we were all sitting around the dinner table, my sixteen-year-old daughter Brianna ran her hand through her hair and said, “Look, mom, my hair is as soft as butter.”  I gave her a nod of agreement but then nearly spit out my food as my nine-year-old daughter Autumn replied, “Well, that’s just because your hair is so greasy!”  Brianna and I both nearly peed our pants after hearing that one.  We must have all laughed for at least ten minutes.  Oh, the things that girl says!   😉

 

Do you question love?

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“People who question love are people who have never known love.”

~As spoken by my daughter Brianna Cook (age 16)


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You’re worth more…

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“Never fight for someone who won’t fight for you.”  ~M


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