DAILY PROMPT # 1872 — where would you go on a shopping spree?

Well, the truth is that I don’t like long, involved shopping excursions. Back when I was young  — my teens and twenties — my family members and I — sometimes including grandparents and cousins — loved to go to large shopping malls in other cities or even other states. We’d spend the whole day and truly enjoyed it. But I think it was as much the joy of being together as it was the shopping.

Nowadays, I don’t have much family around, and I don’t even have a desire to plan an involved shopping trip anywhere. I’d rather know pretty much what I want — and specifically which store has it — and just go right to the store, make the purchase, and go home. 

There are two exceptions: book stores and candy stores.  If I had an opportunity to spend hours in a huge book store — the kind with unlimited variety — or a candy store — also the kind with unlimited variety — then I would seriously consider planning and executing a more involved shopping spree — even out of state.  I could easily spend hours — and hundreds of dollars — in either of those two kinds of establishments.

Craving Candy — limerick

It is candy I’m craving today.
Just can’t get enough; there’s no way.
I have bought by the bag,
And my conscience it nags,
That I’m eating too much every day.

I have friends who are nutritionists,
And to eat healthily they insist,
I feel guilty as sin,
When I spend time with them,
So their company I’ve had to miss.

Every time I must go to the store
I check my sweet stash to make sure
That I have quite enough
Of the stress-easing stuff,
And if not, I make sure to buy more.

Yes, I know that I eat to de-stress;
It’s a weakness in me, I confess.
But these sugary treats
Keep me smiling and sweet.
Health food never has that much success.

Chocolate for Christmas – Day 5

HERSHEY BAR - Janeb13 -- PX

It’s probably safe to say that the ‘first family’ of chocolate in the U. S. A. is Hershey. And ever since they created the first “Hershey chocolate bar” for WWII soldiers on the battlefield, they’ve held a special place in the hearts of chocolate lovers everywhere. The bars created for the soldiers didn’t taste nearly as good as the ones we eat today. Their purpose during the war was to provide nutrition in emergency situations, and they were made to hold up under extreme conditions so that they lasted for entire campaigns. You can read more about the history of Hershey’s chocolate bars HERE.


photo courtesy of Janeb13 @ pixabay.com




Chocolate for Christmas – Day 1

I enjoyed doing the coffee quotes so much in October that I decided to take Christmas week to focus on chocolate in a similar way.  So here’s my offering for Day 1: a chocolate cinquain.


It’s bliss
To think about.
Even more bliss to taste.
I just can’t seem to get enough:



photo: courtesy of Alexas_Fotos @ pixabay.com

Daily Post Prompt: Bliss




Share Your World 2016 – Week 38

Question # 1: Are you a hugger or non-hugger?

In general, I’m a hugger – although not with perfect strangers. There have been a very few times when I found myself with a stranger, who may have needed some help, and, due to the nature of our interaction, it seems appropriate to give them a hug when we parted. And, of course, there are that handful of people who are on my permanent “do-not-hug” list, generally just because I don’t feel comfortable about them. But chances are, if any of my blogging friends came along, even though I’d be meeting them physically for the first time, I’d definitely give them a big hug. I feel very comfortable with most all the people I’ve been blessed to know through our blogging community.

Exif JPEGQuestion # 2: What is your least favorite candy?

Anything sour!


Question # 3: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

Writing.  I know; I know … you’re all thinking, “She’s nuts.”  I can’t help it. I love to write, and for me it is fun. Now, there are some times when it’s aggravating, nerve-wracking, and frustrating. But those times are the exceptions rather than the rule.  However, I do have to say that playing word games with friends, reading, and eating chocolate all tie for second place.

Question #4: What smells do you love?

Coffee brewing
Fresh-baked bread
Cookies baking


To take part in the fun visit Cee’s site.




Fruit of the Season (also my 1,000th post on this blog)

Courtesy of Pixabay.com

Jelly beans are such a happy fruit.
What? You say they are mere candy, not real food?
Why, I beg to differ, sir.
Their nutrition strain is pure:
Refined sugar granulated,
Artificial color sated,
And at this time of the year, so fresh and good.

You can pick them fresh right off the shelf;
In any store, you reach right out and help yourself.
Like the grapes right off the vine,
Clustered tight with their own kind,
Plump and juicy, sweet and tasty;
To discard them don’t be hasty;
Munching them in times of stress aids mental health.


Share Your World, 2014 – Week 41

Taking part in Cee’s “Share Your World” challenge again this week.

Question # 1:  Would  you rather take pictures or be in pictures?ME TAKING A PICTURE - CROPPED

I most definitely would rather take them. I am not photogenic at all, and I can count on one hand all the pictures of me that I feel good about.  And to be honest, most of those were taken by my dad when I was in elementary school and he was a professional photographer. But I love taking pictures and working with them to make something unique whenever I can.

Question # 2: What did you most enjoy doing this past week?

Exif JPEGMaking my trip to the Smoky Mountains. I love the area and have since I was 6 years old. I’d live there if I could, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself the three days I was there — even when we had some pretty aggravating challenges at the same time.

Question # 3: What is your greatest extravagance?

Exif JPEGPaper products and candy. I find myself often using paper plates and plastic silverware just because I don’t want to have to take the time to do dishes. I have so many other things going on that I keep putting off dishes in order to do the other stuff. It isn’t that I mind the actual washing. It’s just that life has so many more important things going on that need my time and energy. I also love candy, so I tend to buy it even when I shouldn’t spend the money — or shouldn’t eat it.

Question # 4: Which letter of the alphabet describes you best?

LETTER  AThe letter A describes me best. I love to begin things. I’m generally pretty faithful to finish what I start, but it’s not always as much fun finishing.  I’ve occasionally tried to start too many new things while I’m responsible for continuing or finishing some that were started in the past. I have to keep a tight reign on myself.

Bonus Question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

HEALING EXP. COVER - NEW BLURBI’m super grateful for the trip I got to take last week. This coming week, I’m looking forward to finalizing some plans for a series of healing classes I’ll be teaching next month.


To join in on the fun, hop over to Cee’s Photography and get the details of how to participate.