Archive for January, 2012


Posted on January 25, 2012 2:35 pm under Grandma Tidbits
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“Don’t stare.” my mother told me.

For two weeks, I had hugged the news close to my heart. Grandpa was coming to live with us. The day had finally arrived and my father had left to fetch him. Soon the car crawled up the drive and my feet ached to run and greet him. My mother’s hand restrained me and my mind filled with confusion. Why couldn’t I look at Grandpa?

In the weeks that followed, the admonishment was repeated. Don’t stare at the food dribbling down Grandpa’s chin. Don’t stare at his lumbering walk or fumbling fingers. Don’t stare. I longed to spend time with him, to sit nearby, to look at his beloved face, to listen and be heard. Don’t stare.
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How To Be Paid For Green Living

Posted on January 24, 2012 2:01 am under Environment
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This post brought to you by Cellitused, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine.

Our family tries to live a green lifestyle.  Whenever possible, we repair broken items and give away unneeded items.  We have reduced our utilities and use our recycle bin regularly.  Some things have defied recycling and cell phones are at the top of the list.  

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The Right Order

Posted on January 23, 2012 4:56 pm under Family
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Our neighbor and his fiancé, Cathy, took advantage of yesterday’s warm weather to sit out on the front porch. I did the same and we chatted for a few minutes. Their conversation centered around babies and Cathy was debating the merits of different baby slings. Aren’t they putting the cart ahead of the horse? They haven’t settled on a wedding date, but they’re talking about babies? Perhaps, you’ll remember that Jed was the guy who went looking for cheap diamonds. The guy can’t afford designer engagement rings, but he thinks he can afford babies. Now that is clueless! Read more »

A House Of A Different Color

Posted on January 23, 2012 3:47 pm under Family
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Last night, I used Google maps to show Miss Muffin the street where her mother grew up. I love the ability to virtually cruise around the streets. Technology has really improved the view over the last few years and I thought the images were quite clear. It was fun to see our old home without having to hit the road. I was disappointed to see that our peony, rhododendron and rose bushes no longer enhance the outside, but otherwise, the exterior looks much the same as it did twenty-five years ago.
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Living In The Presents

Posted on January 23, 2012 12:05 am under Microfiction
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Awaiting Gifts
Shrek and Fiona always brought presents, when they returned from their travels. Donkey couldn’t wait. (102)

Hygiene Shifts
Donkey used to have such a brilliant smile. “His breath is worse than an ogre’s”, Fiona confided to Shrek. (106)

Causing Rifts
“Dental floss and toothpaste?” Donkey muttered, as he futilely searched the gift bags for his favorite coffee and cigarettes. (126)

Tears and Sniffs
Donkey wailed his disappointment. Shrek blustered, while Fiona tried to sooth. She even offered to paint his toenails. Not her best idea. (138)

Succinctly Yours offers a weekly photo and word as inspiration for your microfiction. How low can you go? Choose the 140 character or 140 word option.

This week’s word was bluster.