Marriage Secrets–Mama Kat’s

I chose #2 from Mama Kat’s Writing Prompts this week.

“Your top 5 secrets to a successful marriage!”

1. Don’t even think about marrying someone you entertain thoughts of changing. What you see is what you get. Love it, or leave it.

2. How many times have I heard, “I’m marrying him/her not their family?” Don’t fool yourself. They will be YOUR family, too.

3. Do not nag, belittle, or berate your spouse. This is a partnership. A wounded partner throws off the couple’s balance. Support one another, instead.

4. I read this before and think it is worth mentioning here: Don’t yell at each other unless the house is on fire.

5. We have a shared faith. We grow together and toward our God. A three-fold cord is not easily broken.

Those are my top five marriage secrets. Hubby and I will be married 38 years come November.

Check out Mama Kat’s blog to see what others have chosen to write about.

The First Day of School

This will be linked to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop on Thursday.

If you want to join the meme, this link will give you the details and the five prompts from which to choose.


First Day of School
by Patti Jarrett

The sand of August was swept from our feet and replaced with the socks and shoes of September. School doors swung wide, swallowing students, teachers, office staff, the cafeteria ladies, and the janitor. The semester’s goal was to survive until Christmas, and the temporary cessation of studies.


Mama Kat’s–Lesson Learned

When I got Mama Kat’s email with the writing prompts Tuesday, I was leaning toward writing a sappy post about my first crush. Alas, you shall have to wait until another time for that one.

Since I’ve learned a few lessons in the last 24 hours, I’m going to decide on one of those and go with  1. A lesson you learned.  How timely! 

It all started 2-3 weeks ago when I told someone how happy we’d been with our bundled phone/cable/internet service.  We’ve been with the same company for over 30 years, which was before we even had internet. I’m pretty sure the phone had been invented at that time. 

Ever since that conversation, we’ve had intermittent outages with either cable, internet, or both. We have reset modems and cable boxes until our re-setter wore out. We’ve had service calls scheduled and service calls cancelled. 

After a 24-hour cable outage, service was scheduled for this morning, between 8-10:00 a.m. I got up early, dressed, did my hair, and applied a light dusting of makeup. Didn’t want to be scary or anything. 

The cardinal chirped, and I decided I could quickly put a scoop of seed in the feeder. Done, walked back into the kitchen and heard my phone’s tone for a new voice message. It was a recorded message, telling me the tech had come to my door but got no answer, so I needed to call and reschedule the appointment. 

I thought he should still be in the driveway, but no, he was gone. I called quickly, as quickly as one can, pressing buttons, navigating the phone tree to talk to a person–or hold for the next available associate.  The appointment was rescheduled for Thursday. Wednesday evening, I got a prerecorded reminder of the appointment, complete with message that the technician WOULD CALL when he was on his way. Why was there no call today, I wondered? 

Much to my delight, the cable was working this evening, and I cancelled the appointment, again. Here are the lessons I learned:

1. Do NOT even go to the bathroom when you are waiting for someone to show up.
2. It might be wise to wait for them on the front porch. 

And this is a bonus tip, having nothing to do with techs and service:
Keep the jar of almond butter upright as you unscrew the lid, or you just might condition your floor with almond oil, like I did. 

Now you know why I don’t do mornings. 
Linking to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop

But if we wait expectantly for things we have never seen, then we hope with true perseverance and eager anticipation. Romans 8:25

That One Time I Went Camping

I’ve noticed other bloggers taking part in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop on Thursdays. This week, I thought I’d check it out. Mama Kat posts five prompts to choose from, and I chose #2, “That One Time You Went Camping.” 

Those of you who have followed this blog for any length of time know my idea of  camping is staying at Motel 6. But there was ONE time…

I had a sweet friend in middle school, Karen. Karen’s parents owned a small camper on two wheels that could be towed behind a vehicle–a Serro Scotty camper. The only camping I’d ever done was beneath the old bedspread draped across the clothesline in our backyard, so you can imagine my jaw-dropping reaction to see such a camping vehicle.

One weekend, I was invited to go camping with Karen’s family–her dad, mom, and little brother. All in that little camper. How versatile it was inside! Things folded and unfolded to create a small booth for dining, beds for sleeping, it was quite the invention. It had a bathroom with shower that wasn’t big enough to turn around in, but hey, it was a bathroom! 

Karen’s dad skillfully parked the camper on a tiny plot of land at the campground, and connected the gas and plumbing. Then we were off to swim!

There was a small body of water, a lake or pond within walking distance.  All I remember is it was the dirty brown color of mud, with chunks of green algae floating on top. Not much swimming took place. 

For dinner, her dad lit the charcoal and grilled hamburgers. That might have been the best hamburger I’d ever eaten. Dinner was followed by toasting marshmallows, also a first for me.  When darkness closed in, we retreated to the camper where everything had been made into beds, and drifted off to sleep…eventually.

That’s it for my camping adventure. Thanks for coming along. Check out Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop and see what others wrote about.