Share Your World – July 24.2017

Cee’s ‘Share Your World’ challenge is a great way for bloggers to get to know one another better. If you’d like to participate, you can get the details HERE.


Question # 1: List some of your favorite types of teas.

My very favorite tea of all is English Breakfast Tea. I also enjoy Irish Breakfast Tea, and Chamomile Tea. I especially like Chamomile if I’m super stressed because it is a very soothing, calming drink.

Question # 2: If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

I’m assuming this question means what kind of traffic sign would best represent what my day is like. That being the case, I’d have to say a “Yield” sign. That’s mainly because I’ve had several very stressful, problem-filled days this past week, and I know from past experience — and am being reminded again today — that the best way to deal with those days is to “yield” to the Lord and His promises. His Word says that we should cast all of our care on Him because He “cares for us affectionately and cares about us watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:6-7.) He has promised to deliver us from every evil and to heal us of every ill. So my job is to believe those promises and speak them over my life, yielding up my problems to Him so that He can solve them — and yielding myself to Him, knowing I’m coming out in victory.

Question # 3: What are a couple things people could do for you on a really bad day that would really help? 

Well, no matter what’s causing the bad day, prayer from friends who believe strongly in the Lord and His Word will always help. And, of course, in the same way that a mother’s kiss and a few of her home-baked cookies will help us when we are children — so a friend’s warm hug and a sweet treat prepared or purchased “just for me” always seems to help as well.

I’m reminded as I’m writing this of the first Christmas I faced after my mother’s death. I was in my early 30’s, but I felt some of the “little girl” coming to the surface during that first year without her. We had always been very close, and I missed her horribly. (I still miss her very much even 30 years later.) I was not actively grieving because I knew she was with the Lord Jesus and rejoicing in His presence. So I rejoiced in that truth. But my life had a very empty and lonely place nevertheless.

One day, just a few days before Christmas, a really good friend of mine came to my door unannounced with a gift — a plate piled absolutely full of all kinds of homemade Christmas cookies and candies. I was so surprised and delighted I didn’t have words. The specialness of the gift was not in the treats themselves, but in the fact that it brought a particular kind of comfort and love to me at that crucial time.

You see, all of my life, my mother had made loads of Christmas goodies every single year, and my sister and I found that one of our favorite Christmas experiences was working with her in the kitchen at those times — and then indulging in all those goodies for the next couple of weeks. In my sadness, I had not tried to bake or plan special menus during the holidays that year. I missed our special Christmas indulgences, but trying to make them myself just wasn’t the same. I think it was the love my mother put into making all of those things that had been the real blessing after all.

But when my friend handed me that plate, I felt the power of that same love. She had put together that gift as a special act of love for me personally, and that gift did more than anything else the whole year to make me feel less bereft and less hurt. It was almost as if my mother had sent her to me with those particular treats.

So even though it may sound a little trite to some people, the truth is that yes, in the midst of a really bad day or bad experience, sometimes just a little homemade cookie or fudge can change the whole atmosphere and direction of that day. It’s all about letting people know they are loved.

Question # 4: Regardless of your physical fitness, coordination, or agility, if you could be an athlete, what would you do?

Well, I have to admit that I am not big on athletics. I’m a person who walks briskly to help myself stay fit, but I rarely engage in athletic games. I like word games. However, I do enjoy playing tennis occasionally, and I really enjoyed archery when I was involved in it during my school years. I also loved dancing, and took several dance classes in college. But to say that I’d devote myself to any one of those things with the commitment and rigor required to be considered an “athlete” in that field would be stretching it a good deal.  So — I guess I’d just have to say I’d prefer to be a Scrabble or Bananagrams champion.




30 Words From ‘Thermostat’

PENCIL PAPERI’m taking up the challenge to see how many words I can get out of the word ‘Thermostat’ in 2 minutes. My list is below. (And remember: if you’re taking part in the challenge, no fair reading my list until you’ve written your own.)





How Many Words Can You Make From The Word ‘Thermostat’?

Hey, how about a new kind of writing challenge for the new year?  It doesn’t require you to write a whole story, but it does put your brain to work. This challenge will force you to stretch your thinking muscles, be a little creative, and dig down deep into your vocabulary reservoir.

Set a timer for 2 minutes. Then write a list of all the words
you can make from the letters in this word:

When the timer goes off, you MUST stop. If you are in the middle of
writing a word, you can finish the word, but that’s all. You can’t use
any letter more times than you find it in the word. Contractions and proper names are allowed. Abbreviations are NOT allowed. (Once you’ve stopped, if you read over the list and see typos, you may correct them.)

HINT:  It may be easier to write them by hand and then type them in once  you have the complete list. Because you have to hit the “shift” key and the “return” key at the same time in order to space down just one line in the editor window, it takes more time to type the words into the editor in a list format.

Play fair. Don’t read anyone else’s list until you have written your own.

Post your list on your own blog; then come over here and give us
the link to your post in the “Comments” section below.

The challenge will run through Monday, January 25.
So have your link in the “Comments” section by the stroke
of midnight (in your own time zone) on that day.

I’ll post my list in a separate article and put the link on this page as well.

Have fun


Share Your World, 2015 – Week # 1

It’s a brand new year of Share Your World. Why not participate if you have the time. It’s easy, and it’s a great way to get to know fellow bloggers better. Cee Neuner  is the hostess, so just hop over to her blog and check out the details.

Question # 1: How do you get rid of pesky telemarketers?BLUE TELEPHONE

To begin with, now that I have Caller ID, if the number looks suspiciously like a telemarketer, I don’t even answer the phone, and they seldom leave a message. If I do answer, and I learn that it’s someone marketing anything I’m not interested in, I politely interrupt them and say, “Let me save you and me both a lot of time. I’m not at all interested in your product/service.”

If they are polite, they say “Okay” and terminate the call. If they are not polite and try to get pushy and argue with me or try to put pressure on me to listen to them anyway, I then — also politely — say, “I’m hanging up now. Thank you. Good-bye.” And I hang up. I understand that they are just doing their job, but once I’ve made it clear that I’m not interested, they owe it to me to stop tying up my phone and accept my refusal. If they will not, then I feel I’m totally within the realm of good manners to sign off and terminate the call myself.

COFFEE MANQuestion # 2: What are you a natural at doing?

Two things: Eating and Talking — sometimes doing both at the same time, although doing both simultaneously can get a little messy if I’m not careful.



BARBER CARTOON - BLUEQuestion # 3: How often do you get a haircut?

Depends on the mood I’m in. I’ve always been a person who liked to change my hair — sort of like with my blog. I get bored easily. So when I get my hair cut short, I generally go for a trim every couple months until I’m tired of that style, and then I let it grow out. Once it’s longer, I don’t get it cut until I feel the style is sagging because of not having attention, and then I go for a trim. I guess you could say I’m pretty laid back about haircuts. But I do trim my bangs and the top section myself almost every month because I don’t like the bangs hanging on my eyebrows. And I’ve also noticed that when I’m feeling blah or just out of sorts with myself, getting a haircut gives me a new lease on life, so I have been known to get a new cut just because I needed a change.

APE WITH BANANA - WP CLIPARTQuestion # 4: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

Writing and Playing Word Games, like Bananagrams.   (If you’re not familiar with Bananagrams, I’ll tell you that it is a word game similar to Scrabble, in that each player works with letter tiles to create words.) I also love teaching, and 90% of the time it is total fun for me as well. But, honestly, if I had to choose just one single thing that gives me pure pleasure, I would have to say writing.

CARTOON WRITER CLOTHED - editedBonus Question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for all the wonderful Christmas gifts I received. I was so blessed by people who generously put great thought and effort into my gifts. This next week, I am looking forward to spending some extra time writing on my newest novel Prissy On The Prowl.