Randomness on Wednesday

Randomness on Wednesday

1. Good news on J’s progress! As he put it, he doesn’t need “nails” in his leg. Yay for no surgery! Follow-up in three weeks, and maybe the cast will come off.









2. Do you remember this little blonde–running on air, doing nothing when she grows up, always ready to give a leg up when needed? Well, she has a birthday this week! #4 Happy birthday, Z!

Wants to do nothing when she grows up











3. Last night was our monthly writers group meeting. I think it’s going to be a great year–new ideas, more writing practice, etc. If you’re in the area, everyone is welcome, so let me know if you’re interested.

4. Last year I thought I’d created the perfect writing spot, but it didn’t work out so well. I’ll share more in another post, in the process of moving to the upstairs.

5. Hubby’s home, I’m off to make fried zucchini sandwiches for dinner–one of his favorites.

What have you been up to? Feel free to share your random thoughts in the comments.


Random 5 Friday

Random 5 Friday at Nancy’s place–A Rural Journal. Come and share your week with us.

1. Rats! I have no mermaids this week! Maybe next week I’ll have more time to goof off look for them.

2. I was amazed humbled trembling a bundle of emotions when asked to write a daily reading for our church’s Advent devotional.

3. Hubby is away this weekend, dealing with legalities of his mom’s estate, and to visit his dad and siblings. He was greeted by yellow jackets (bees) in the kitchen of the house he grew up in.

4. I met my author-friend Evelyn for lunch today. It was a new restaurant for me, a breakfast-served-all-day kind of place. I try to shy away from carbs, but they offered a pecan-topped Belgian waffle that tempted me beyond my willpower limits. And it was worth it! I have no remorse.

5. I’m putting flannel sheets back on the bed tonight!

That’s a wrap for Random 5 Friday. Have a great weekend!


Share Your World–2013 Week 27

Cee has four Share Your World questions for us this week. I had to don my thinking cap! Maybe they won’t be so hard for you. Here are the questions–and my answers. It would be great fun to read your answers. You could follow the blue text above to Cee’s page and link your blog post there, or leave your replies in the comments below. 

1. Describe yourself in a word or words that start with the first letter of your name.
I’ve been sorting through my vocabulary of Ps (patient, practical) but when pro-life popped into my head, I knew that’s what I must choose. Anyone, of any age, should have the right to live. 

2. Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, nonfiction, educational?
If it is a book, I like it. There is always something to learn, no matter the genre. 

3. If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?
Very few. 

4. If you had only one book you could write, what would it be about? Assume it is a top-ten seller of any genre.
It would be a story of redemption, the protagonist–Yahweh Tsidqenu. (pronounced yah-WEH tsid-KAY-nu)

I hope you will take a moment and Share Your World.
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Share Your World–2013 Week 2

What better way to celebrate Post #500 than Sharing Your World? It doesn’t seem possible to have written that many posts. And you’re still here! And you brought friends, too! Thanks for making this a possibility, and FUN. 

Let’s take a look at Cee’s questions

What is your favorite color?

It’s so hard to pick ONE. I love all the earthy colors found in nature. My favorites tend to fall into the teal/jade/turquoise category and muted terra cottas. 

Favorite thing to photograph? Write? Or Cook?

I prefer to photograph landscapes, as they tend to hold still, giving enough time to set the camera adjustments. Most of my writing is non-fiction. I can’t believe Cee used that four-letter word: COOK. I used to like to cook, but not so much any more. My preference would be to grill vegetables, and bake muffins. 

Name two of your best personality traits.

I can’t believe I have to pick TWO. Ok, that was a play on Q & A #1. Definitely Pride and Humility. Ok, you know that was meant as a joke, right?
I value honesty and integrity, and hope they are evident in my life. 

What word or words are fun for you to say?  And yes Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious counts a a fun word!

My favorite words are, “Where are you taking me for dinner?”
I had to throw that in as my hubby is my newest blog subscriber. 😀

You know the drill, you may leave your answers in the comments, or create a blog post and link to Cee’s. I love reading your answers and learning more about you. Clicking the links will take you to a Cee’s blog, on a new page. Thanks for playing along!


Writers Group Prompt for June 2011

I’ve taken the Writers Group prompt for June and decided to try my hand at a story told in dialogue only.

He Should Have Listened

“If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times!”

“Did you say something?”

“See? You never listen to me when I talk to you. Neither does your brother, Raymond.”

“Did you call me?”

“No, I was telling your sister that neither of you listen to me.”

“But I just did. So you weren’t telling the truth.”

“Wow, you just knocked him into the middle of next week!”

Finding Peace in the Drawer

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

I read this proverb earlier this week, and today it arrived in my email as the KLOVE power verse for the day. When a scripture is brought to my attention more than once in a short space of time, I take heed. After posting yesterday regarding the war in the plastic ware drawer, I was seeking today’s topic, and this morning it was dropped into my lap(top). 

Many of you commented, and shared that you struggle with the same things. I found comfort in the fact that I’m not the only one trying to find balance in life while accomplishing the things we deem necessary, along with a little time for fun thrown into the mix.  And get some sleep, while we’re at it.

Tracy suggested trying some small changes, and taking the time to truly evaluate them. This morning, I am going to put some new things into practice. Rather than plan thirty minutes of exercise per day, I’m going to aim for sixty minutes three times a week. I’m sure there’ll be enough housework and gardening on the other days to maintain a decent level of activity.

The guest speaker at our writers group last night compared his writing from one venue to another. Here in the city, his writing tends to be dark, but in a mountain cabin, the beauty of nature works its way into his poetry and prose. Another small change–I decided that I wouldn’t let the recliner swallow me today. I brought the laptop (which has been such a blessing!) to the little desk on the antique side-by-side in my bright and colorful sewing room.  Before writing, I had to remove the ironing pile from the chair, and in so doing, cut it in half by putting away the long sleeves and long pants for another season. I like this!

Next, I’m going to toss some of those unruly plastic bowls so The Drawer will have a more appealing look, and then I’m going to take a tip from Ed and find myself a wife! 🙂

Have a blessed day!

Dove image via Google Images/

Writers Group Devotion/July 2010

Psalm 111:2 How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in Him should ponder them.

I’ve discovered much about our God through the study of nature, and all that He has created; birds in particular. In Matt. 6:26, Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns; and yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” And Matt.10:29-31: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.”

I considered the many references to birds, fowl, and winged-creatures that are found throughout the Bible; and wondered, “What is so special about them?” So, I started observing their behavior, to see what I could learn.

1.    They wake up every morning with a song in their hearts, and sing it to anyone within earshot,  sometimes proclaiming it from the housetop

2.    Jesus said if we come to Him, we will thirst no more; and we are to be baptized in water as evidence of our faith. The second thing I noticed with birds is the commotion around the smallest puddle after a rain.  Starlings, especially, can be seen bobbing their heads and fluttering their wings with abandon! How much more should we be drawn to Jesus, the Living Water?

3.    I learned that most birds have a crop, which is a small pouch in their digestive system that will fill with seed, once their stomach is full. They gather as much food as possible, and then retreat to a safe haven for it to digest. Isn’t that a good example for us to follow when we fill ourselves with God’s Word, to then go to a quiet spot to ponder what we’ve taken in?

Birds have been important in the history of writing <displaying a large feather> as they provided the quill feather. <insert laughter here >

  • it would be the feather of a large bird; a strong, primary feather usually from the wing or tail of a goose
  • Wikipedia states that left wing feathers curve suitably for right-handed use, and right wing feathers curve to fit the left hand.

In closing, I have a quote from Mother Teresa: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”

May we ponder the seeds planted in us, and share His love through our writing.

By Patti S. Jarrett