Gray Days


Gray days strain at my nerves.
One now and then isn’t bad.
But day after day of gray after gray
Is starting to make me quite sad.

My psyche’s all out of whack
Mornings are like end of day.
I don’t mean to whine, but with no sun to shine,
Even my blue car turns gray.

A rainy day once in a while
Is surely a blessing indeed.
But rain every day, with more gray and more gray,
My patience quite totally exceeds.





Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Taking out some time to participate in Cee’s ‘Share Your World’ this week. Hop over to the link to get the details and share some of your own world.

Question # 1:  How do you like to spend a rainy day?

RAIN IN CITY - ENLARGEDI generally like to take advantage of a rainy day to do one of two things: read a book or write a book. Sometimes I just want to snuggle down with a hot cup of coffee and a great book and while away the whole day. Other times, I sit down to my computer and write, write, write. Either way, I guess you could say I have “storytime.”

Question # 2:  List at least 5 favorite treats.

  1. Trips to the Great Smoky Mountains
  2. Teaching someone about Jesus Christ or teaching someone how to do something that will make them happy.
  3. A book that captures my attention and won’t let go and makes me feel happy when I get to the words “The End.”
  4. Easy conversation and playing word games with friends and/or family.
  5. Chocolate
  6. Chicken Salad
  7. Coffee — especially with friends

Question # 3:  Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests.

I very rarely have out-of-town guests these days. When I do, I like to take them with me to church. We don’t have any great scenic areas or historic landmarks in my neck of the woods, so I’d have to take them on a trip with me to offer them that kind of entertainment. Since they are already on a ‘trip’ to see me, another ‘trip’ isn’t appealing. So we usually sit and visit or stop by a local restaurant for a quiet meal — where we can also sit and visit.

But as I was thinking about this question, I started remembering the years my family and I lived in Nashville, Tennessee. Almost all of our family was from the northeast, so we had a lot of out-of-state visitors during those years. We liked taking them to a lot of different places, but I think the two most popular things on the list were President Andrew Jackson’s home the Hermitage, and the original Grand Ole Opry (at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.)

Hermitage: Jim Bowen – License: CCBY2.0

My sister and I sat down one time and tried to count the number of times we’d been to the Hermitage, and I think we came up with 17 visits in about 3 years. Of course we didn’t mind, because we loved the place: old ante bellum plantation with everything you’d expect to see there. Since I’ve always been fascinated with history, it was like a dream come true to spend hours there.

Question # 4:  You are trapped in an elevator. Who would you want to be trapped with?

I do not want to be trapped in an elevator with anyone at all!!!  And this question reminds me of a story prompt I use with my students from time to time in my creative writing classes. It is not my own prompt, but one that was passed along by another teacher. You suddenly find yourself trapped in an elevator with the one person you cannot stand to be around. Tell the story.