Give Thanks for Life, Love and Laughter – The Thanksgiving tag

IT’S DONE! I completed a basic online portfolio. Now I just to take the time over the days that I have off and build it up with projects that I can create on my own.

I haven’t participated in one of these in a LONG time and since I’m kind of boycotting work at the moment I thought I would do this. I would like to thank Kristian for this Thanksgiving Tag that was started by My Namaste 365. Now it’s no surprise, according to my children, that I have ruined the holiday with one click of the mouse but they’ll be ok. This is something of a list that kind of get’s my mind off of things and try to focus on the task at hand. I literally drew a blank on most of these 🤔

List your thankful ABC.
Add one theme clip art to your post.
Tag 3 people you hope would participate.

  • A- Art, in any form.
  • B- Brushes, as in all sorts of paint brushes for me to paint with (when I steal time).
  • C- Coffee, yup I’m addicted and drink it every day.
  • D- Dogs, if it wasn’t for my dog I would know what to do with myself sometimes.
  • E- Evening time, this is when my family is together the most.
  • F- Frustration-I know weird but if I didn’t get frustrated I wouldn’t set some of my goals.
  • G- Goals, they help me be a better me.
  • H- Havamal…there is so much wisdom in the words.
  • I- Ink, to both use to write and draw.
  • J- Jeans, a good pair can hide a multitude of sins.
  • K- Kids, mine specifically. They are the reason why I push myself.
  • L- Love, learning to love me, others, and to be loved in return.
  • M- Music, sometimes all you need are good tunes to get you through the moment.
  • N- Naps…I’m a mom. I’m happy if the kids get ’em or I do.
  • O- Okaying…pretty much what it sounds like and that’s what I’m doing. And that’s okay.
  • P- Projects. If I don’t have one these planned, in the process of, or just finished I feel off.
  • Q- Quiet, something I need in the mornings to get ready for the day.
  • R- Routine, I am a creature of habit and without some of my routines, I’m not myself.
  • S- Spirituality, I love that I can form my own path in the direction that I’m comfortable with.
  • T- Time, however I use it, I’m glad I have it.
  • U- Uncanny County, this podcast is awesome and lifts my spirits.
  • V- Vices, I have them and without them, I wouldn’t be suitable for public consumption.
  • W- Waffles, without them my son wouldn’t eat breakfast.
  • X- Xendochy…hospitality. I had to look this up. X was difficult.
  • Y- YUMMY food…this brings my family together.
  • Z- Zappers…the electric bug zappers. It’s a southern thing.

Nominations (it’s OK not to participate, I promise):

The Ministry of Shrawley Walks
Bitchin’ in the Kitchen
Lavender and Levity

6 Word Story: 7/29

I almost forgot about my 6-word story. I was super distracted while on my walk thinking about all the information from yesterday’s activity. It’s hard for me to admit my beliefs as they are judged or automatically used as a platform for some people to try and save my soul.

Prompt: Mischievous



Friday Funday Challenge

Friday Funday ChallengeGame On – You Name It!

First, I’m going to apologize for being so late on this but I’m glad that I got it out on a Friday (even though a week late). I have a lot more that I will be catching up on this weekend which is perfect because it’s going to be in the 100°s this weekend.

I didn’t want to let Kristian down by not completing this. Thank you for nominating me to participate in this (a week overdue but on a Friday at least). With the doctor telling me to do things that help me not focus on stress I chose to do this. So, thank you again Kristian (it helps more than you realize).

So here goes.

The Rules (because there are always rules, but these are simple)

  1. Thank the nominator
  2. Answer the 20 Questions
  3. Nominate two bloggers of your choice and notify them.
  4. Delete two of the questions in the list between 1 – 19 and insert two of your own.


  1. Your favorite color?
    Blue…or black. It depends because I like all colors.
  2. If you could have 1 super power what would it be?
    My superpower, I guess it would have to be able to accomplish all the goals that I set. To continue to grow into a person that I could be proud of.
  3. What is the one thing you wish you were great at?
    I wish I was a better writer.
  4. Dinner with anyone in History who would it be?
    Jesse James. I want to hear the real truth behind his ‘crime’ even though he was called the Robin Hood of the Wild West.
  5. List 3 things you would like to be remembered for?
    -Being an inspiration to other women

    -To be a published Author with at least one successful book.
    -To bring writers and artists together to collaborate on one successful continuing story.
  6. What do you think people misunderstand about you?
    I can look a little mean but I’m approachable (for the most part).
  7. Your main strength?
    My main strength (as of right now) are my gut instincts.
  8. What passions do you have?
    These seem to change as my goals and hobbies grow. First, my family, then painting and writing. Oh, and a little gardening.
  9. Name 3 pieces of music you love?
    – Praying-Kesha (Lyrics can stand alone but her voice, you can feel her pain and strength.)
    – Take Me to Church-Hozier
    – Someday Never- Comes-Creedence Clearwater Revival
  10. 5 weird things you like?
    *All things 80’s
    – Basically the nostalgia of a time I grew up in.
    *Podcasts– Particularly the horror genre or crime
    *I love the smell of fresh cut grass.
    *Black and white movies– The acting, lighting, and the overall production is much more appreciated. These films paved the way for today’s movie productions.
    *Horror– I LOVE horror. Movies, music scores, haunted houses, the occult, gory history…all that stuff.
  11. How important is education?
    I believe in education but not just from books but also from street smarts and common sense. When a person has both they can do and achieve anything.
  12. Your favorite childhood book?
    Anything by R. L. Stine
  13. Your hidden talent?
    Hmm…I can overthink a situation at the speed of light.
  14. An image that makes you happy?
    My kids being there for each other.
  15. Bullet-point your day so far.
    *Woke up
    *Dressed for work
    *Planned my meals
    *Wrote my 6-word story
    *Painted a popsicle
    *Doodled a popsicle
    *Cooked breakfast
    *Did the breakfast dishes
    *Killed a mouse
    *Watered the garden
    *Packed my lunch
    *Made my coffee
    *Made it to work by 6am
    *Worked a little
    *Posted my doodle(s)wash
    *Posted my painting to IG
    *Worked a little more
    *Told some to go away so I could work
    *Posted Fenton Friday
    *Worked a little more
    *Read some blogs
    *checked my doodlewash account
    *A little work
    *Answering these questions
  16. Place you would most like to holiday in?
    I would give ANYTHING to be able to go to Ireland with my family. We are on such a tight budget that our vacations are to the park or free zoo.
  17. What do you feel is your spirit animal?
    Spirit animal would have to be an Owl. They have so much lore around them but I would have to say it’s because they seem to have a fire in their eyes and their movements are with such passion.
  18. If you could go back in time and change one thing in history, what would it be?
    There would be so many things I would change. Umm…Christian wars. So many people were slaughtered that a lot of our own history has been erased. The only stories we have left are told by the victors.I just realized that there aren’t 20 questions. So here are my two (I’ll answer them) making it 20.
  19. What is your go-to rainy day activity?
    Writing or sleeping but during dark storms, it’s a horror moviethon.
  20. What is your favorite board game?

My two nominees are (I just realized how intimidating this is):

The Ministry of Shrawley Walks

Have fun.

My Fav!

I needed a mental break from all the writing and thinking I’ve been doing for the past couple of days and thought I would participate in ROE’s What’s Your Favorite Monday’s question. If you need a mental break or a little entertainment,  click on over and see what it’s about. While your there also wander through her valley of words.


This isn’t a huge surprise as my favorite holiday is Halloween. It’s something that my children haven’t grown out of because, well I haven’t. It’s not about the candy but the traditions that I grew up with. Without going into detail, yes we did decorate. Yes, we did wear costumes. We also ate certain foods (oh all the awesome yummy foods) and held sacred the ‘between hours’. Yup, you got it Irish Samhain which my grandmother was a firm, set-in-her-ways believer. And no I didn’t dance naked and we didn’t sacrifice anything. I still hold a feast for my family (my kids look forward to it every year), we do costumes, some trick-or-treating, decorate and I tell them the same stories that my grandmother told me.

So what is your favorite holiday?


Warning Quartet

I should have known or at least picked up on the warnings quicker. I guess that’s why I’m now hiding in my basement. It was a breezy summer night. The kind that you open the windows of the house and sit on the porch so the air kisses everything with freshness. I was sitting on the porch when the cicadas stopped singing in the trees. Unfortunately, I was so enthralled with my book to notice. But that would be the first warning if I had to guess.

Then the crickets stopped chirping but remembering back, it wasn’t in one area, it was all over. As if the whole county of crickets was spooked at once. This I noticed but didn’t think anything of it. I excused it away thinking that there may be a storm coming in. I went into the kitchen to fix myself a glass of Dr. Pepper and back to my rocking chair and book. I reckon any observant person would have at least turned on the news but not me. That’s why I’m now in hiding in the basement with the doors locked.

The lightning bugs were gone when I looked up. As a child, we would smear their glowing substance on us as children and play tag. Not seeing them echo light signals to each other made me stand up and walk off the porch. There weren’t any clouds in the sky or nature sounds anywhere. That’s when I couldn’t feel the breeze anymore. Not around my feet or through my hair. The darkness of the night even seemed to be more dangerous. That’s why I’m hiding in my basement with the doors locked and listening to the news through headphones of my radio.

I left my book and my drink on the porch and headed inside allowing the screen door to bang behind me. That’s when I felt a rumble through the floor. I peeked out the window and didn’t see anything but a cloud of dust getting closer and closer. How could a cloud of dust be moving without wind? Then I heard the screams. It was the screaming from neighbors and people that were trying to escape the dust cloud. There was the sound of crunching metal and wood in the cloud but something else. Was it bones crushing or trees? Or both? That’s why I searched for matches and candles to light in the darkness.

All I could remember seeing was the dust slowly blowing in my yard. After seeing body limbs and parts raining down from the cloud of dust, I took off in a terror to the safest place I could think of while carrying my dog. The news said not to go near the dust cloud and to hide from the darkness. If I had paid attention, could I have helped my neighbors? Could I have had time to drive away from whatever the danger is? I regret the quartet of warnings I missed. Now, I’m hiding in my locked basement listening to the news with my dog by my side, and sitting in a circle of candles and oil lanterns.

I’m already having a horrible day at work and decided that writing a short story might help. I had to try something with Discover’s prompt. It seemed boring until I was inspired by something that happened at work. It involved a young kid that was hired to do the custodial duties. He wasn’t good at it and barely showed up to work. I had to dust my computer area and clean the floors. It can be something so weird that gives you an idea. Would this be considered horror genre or thriller? I don’t know but I think this has potential but not on my top 5 list. Still had fun writing and feeling a little less anxious.

Lot’s of Socks

I was watching the news this morning and learned that today was the day to wear mismatched socks for World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). I proudly wore my mismatched socks today and told everyone why I did. I was pleasantly surprised to see others doing the same. I did a quick watercolor to honor the day. I wanted something whimsical, fun, and bright just like my niece who also has the extra chromosome. If I could be 1/2 the person she is I could do anything.

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