Beautiful reminders and blessings

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In the past month, I’ve had some extraordinary close encounters with some very amazing creatures.  The first encounter happened on my camping trip a few weeks ago.  I was sitting with my hubby next to the campfire in the early evening, when all of a sudden, a doe came rambling down the hill.  It stopped about 20 feet away from us and began to graze.  I got up from my seat to have a better look, and the doe merely raised her head in curiosity, while continuing to eat.  The doe kept her eye on me but showed no inclination of being afraid.  And as I walked closer to get a better look, she still kept grazing.  I decided to leave her alone and sat back down by the campfire, and several minutes later, she walked down to the pond, which was just beyond our campsite.  Hubby and I watched her stroll around the pond, and then she eventually disappeared into the forest.  It was such a rare and beautiful moment to behold.  Looking into the eyes of a doe was mesmerizing, and I could tell she felt safe with us there.  It was such a miraculous thing to witness, and I will never forget her eyes.  They were eyes of acceptance and trust, and the sheer beauty in her gaze overwhelmed me.

The second encounter began when hubby and I decided to play shuffleboard at a resort we were staying at.  As we walked up to the game area, a baby rabbit was sitting there nibbling away on a piece of grass.  We were so close to the rabbit that we could have stepped on it if we had not been paying attention.  The rabbit never once flinched as we walked past, but instead,  just kept eating while we played shuffleboard a few feet away.  I thought that perhaps the pucks racing toward it, might scare the poor thing away, but it just sat there happy and content the entire time.  When we finally decided we’d played long enough, the baby rabbit bid us farewell, and we left feeling as if we’d seen yet another small miracle that day.

The third encounter happened yesterday when I was visiting a nearby park.  My girls and I decided to go for a picnic lunch next to the river, and it was so beautiful that I wanted to capture the beauty of everything by taking a few photos.  The problem was, I had left my phone in the car, so I decided to head back to grab it.  As I was walking back, a bird suddenly swooped down in front of me, almost hitting me.  I thought the occurrence was very odd but began to continue to the car.  But something suddenly made me stop and go back to the spot where the bird had almost hit me.  Walking back, I came across a tiny yellow bird.  It was just sitting there peacefully in the grass, staring up at me.  It looked almost like it were about to fall asleep because of how calm and content it looked.  I stood no more than a foot away from that little yellow bird and spoke to it for a few minutes.  It sort of winked at me a few times and looked as if it were actually smiling up at me.  I couldn’t believe how tame and beautiful it was.  It could have been a baby bird, but it had all of its adult feathers and was bright yellow in color, so I wasn’t sure if it was newly born or not.  The nature of it was definitely odd and had I leaned down to hold it; I was sure it would have let me.  But at last, I knew I didn’t dare disturb it further, and so I left it there and headed back to my car.

The fourth encounter happened today, which prompted me to write this post.  I had been sitting in my office, working at my computer, when a dove suddenly decided to perch on the screen of my window.  I have always loved doves, and have had some interesting experiences with them.  In fact, I had one occasion, where a dove sort of saved my life.  But I suppose I will wait and share that story for another occasion.  For now, just seeing that dove, lifted my spirits and reminded me of all the times when animals have spoken to me in such extraordinary ways.  When I’m feeling gloomy like today, it’s God’s creatures who always cheer me up, and I’m thankful that I have such reminders of his everlasting love.  I hope the rest of you will find similar reminders in your own lives.  Those unexpected occurrences always seem to come just when we need them, but we must pay attention or we could end up missing those miraculous blessings that he sends our way.


Photo credit: Pixabay.com

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May 2019 Writing Prompt Participants

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Hey Everyone,

I know this post is almost a week overdue, but better late than never I suppose.  I was looking over my list tonight for the submissions that were my favorites and I honestly couldn’t choose between them, so I asked my family to choose for me.  And so the favorite of the month is… Green Eggs and Spam, by Larry Trasciatti.  Thank you all for another great month and I’m already seeing some great posts for the June prompts.  Keep on writing!  😉 ~M xo

 

  1. A Ripple in Time

Ladyleemanila – https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2019/05/12/friday-fictioneers-a-ripple-in-time/

Playing with words – https://playingwithwords.blog/2019/05/05/a-ripple-in-time/

Cosistories – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/a-small-time-ripple/

Prompted – https://promptedforten.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/a-ripple-in-time-dead-deer/

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2019/05/01/a-ripple-in-time-maywriting-poetry-freeverse/

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June Writing Prompts

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Welcome back to another month of writing prompts!  I thought it would be fun to try something new this month, and so I created these story starters with the hope that some of you will feel inspired to write some flash fiction.  Regardless of what you decide to write, just have fun with all of it, and don’t let your writing become a burden or a chore.  Have a great month!  ~M xo
 
1. The screen flickered, and then he was gone.
2. Sandwiched between pumpernickel on rye, she’d found her prize.
3. The crevices cracked further, with every loud thud.
4. And as the final door closed, so did her heart.
5. The shadows crept along as the night grew old.
6. At last, the bells rang, and he whisked her away.
7. The top of the spire reflected the embarrassed sky.
8. Except without her, he couldn’t make a decent pie.
9. The plot was evil, but she had never even known.
10. Soon it would be nightfall, which would surely seal their fate.
11. At the corner of 15th and 8th, she finally disappeared.
12. Against a hazy backdrop, they kissed until they couldn’t breathe.
13. The trouble was, she had never been without him.
14. Sunken eyes and bony cheeks were all that remained.
15. It was November, and the chill in the air was not from the cold.
16. Barberry was his first ingredient and his last.
17. Dancing in the street was her only chance.
18. The directions said to go north, but he headed west.
19. The sudden silence didn’t last for very long.
20. The hum of the distant mower gave her a thought.
21. On top of the pile was the answer to everything.
22. And even then, there was nothing they could do.
23. The radiator always reminded her of him.
24. Sitting cross-legged, and with a carefree spirit, she summoned him over.
25. Could it be that this was where the marker was hidden?
26. Melted wax and a bowl of crushed herbs gave away the truth.
27. Signaling the closest cabby, she made her escape.
28. And to the eyes of an innocent, there was nothing odd about him.
29. Eating their fill left them satiated and sleepy.
30. A scholar of 20, she’d made her mama proud.

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

May Writing Prompts

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As you all can see, I decided to go with a book theme this month.  All of these prompts are based on real book titles, and there is one that I found so hilarious, that I couldn’t bear to make an adjustment to the original title.  See if you can find it.  😉  Have fun this month, and remember that you don’t need to do the prompts in any order.  Print them out, cut them apart, stick them in a jar and randomly pull them out.  Or, you could even tape them to your door and play pin the tail on the prompt list to decide which one you’ll write about.  Whatever you decide, just keep on writing!  ~M xo

1. A Ripple in Time
2. The Gregarious Gatsby
3. To Kill a Roadrunner
4. Anne of Gruesome Gables
5. The Hitchhikers Guide to Uranus
6. Fifty Shades of Embarrassment
7. The Call of the Child
8. Wednesday’s with Mary
9. Great Exceptions
10. A Tale of Two Biddies
11. The Cuckoo’s Falling
12. Lord of the Pies
13. The Sun Also Sinks
14. Interview With the Umpire
15. The Apples of Wrath
16. Presumed Guilty
17. The Da Vinci Road
18. Cloudy With a Chance of Grumbles
19. The Brat in the Hat
20. A Long History of Nearly Nothing
21. The Secret Life of Trees
22. Not All Tarts Are Raspberry
23. Illegally Brunette
24. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack
25. Where the Wild Things Aren’t
26. The Plunger Games
27. Green Eggs and Spam
28. Much Ado About Everything
29. The Devil Wears Polyester
30. Water for Hippos
31. The Age of Incontinence

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

April Writing Prompts

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Good morning all my fellow blogging friends,

I hope you’ve all been doing well and I’m excited to be able to bring you another month of writing inspiration.  I’m so thankful that spring is finally here!

Much love to all of you,  ~M xoxo

 

1. Foibles and follies
2. The bridge to Malawi
3. Toilet paper testimonies
4. Skinamarinky Dinky Dink
5. Rules of rejection
6. The blue screen of death
7. A fugitive on the loose, where’s the noose?
8. Flowering fields of fortune
9. April blush
10. Sounds of the city
11. Wafting waffles
12. Daisy trails
13. Phosphorescent filaments
14. Keeper of her heart
15. The founder of freedom
16. Outlandish suggestions
17. Gremlins and Girl Scouts
18. Senseless and staggering
19. Trendy traditions
20. Whispers of wonder
21. Funky fetishes
22. Goopy gobs of gumballs
23. Criss-cross applesauce
24. The sanctuary of subtleties
25. Purposeful pinches
26. Choices or chances?
27. Illuminating illustrations
28. Uneasy eggplant episodes
29. Dynamics of destined duos
30. Her name was Elle

 

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

 

March Writing Prompts

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Good morning all my fellow blogging friends,

I hope you’ve all been doing well and I’m excited to be able to bring you another month of writing inspiration.  Hopefully March brings warmer weather, and much needed encouragement to those of us who go dormant, and end up hibernating during the winter months.  I desperately need some sunshine!  Here’s to hoping we all see some soon!  ~M xoxo

1. A new fallen snow
2. The last link
3. Panicky and peculiar
4. Sorry, my cat fell off the cupboard
5. Delirious intentions
6. Viable creations
7. Self-centered situations
8. The boy without a name
9. Pandemonium of a new kind
10. Bristly, yet sensible
11. Fact or fiction
12. Swimming through raspberry jello
13. Stranded in Burma
14. Foolish incantations
15. Springtime splendor
16. Invincible endeavors
17. Douglas O’Malley
18. Burping and bellyflops
19. Silver sand
20. The kissing curse
21. Rocket launching ladies
22. The hipster hygienist
23. Nicked nails
24. Creator of days
25. Dimly lit distractions
26. A moose on the loose
27. Squinting through sky blue
28. The widow’s web
29. Partly paisley
30. Suffocated in sinopia
31. Unreplenished urges

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

February 2019 Writing Prompts

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Good morning everyone,

Here’s another month of inspiration and hopefully it gets you through this cold spell.  And if you’re living in Australia… Wow!  122°F in some places!  Well, I just hope it cools off for all of you soon, cause that’s got to be brutal.  Anyway, here’s the list for this month, enjoy!

  1. Circle in the sky
  2. Yorkshire pudding people
  3. The edge of forever
  4. In the midst of sadness and despair
  5. Blue jean babies
  6. Misty morning melancholy
  7. Splitting threads
  8. Magenta moments
  9. Pixilated paintings
  10. Billowy blobs and booby traps
  11. Macaroni madness
  12. Smuggling, snuggling, or struggling?
  13. Peach coffee and hazelnut tea
  14. Elevator love
  15. Loose laces and tight triumphs
  16. Hold your hankering horses
  17. Tassel filled follies
  18. The order of things unseen
  19. Matches and marbles
  20. Jellied geniuses
  21. Ragamuffin remembrances
  22. Simpleminded twists
  23. Deviant daughters
  24. Hippopotamus expectations
  25. Juggling Julie
  26. Mashed tator’s and creamed corn cake
  27. A gambler and a thief
  28. Evidence of greatness

 

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉