Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sundays - Easter Blessings!

Hello from Chicago and Happy Easter to all! I hope that however your day is spent, it is enjoyable! We plan to do some laundry, take the dog out to a public park (if any are open) and treat ourselves to dinner at one of the fine dining establishments in the area--preferably one without a drive-through!

What will be different for us this year, is the annual egg hunt and family get-together.  For the first time in 27 years, I did not stay up until midnight filling and hiding eggs, arranging baskets and setting out items for the Easter meal prep.  It's bittersweet for me.  It was actually nice to come home from work at 9:30, fall into bed, and sleep in until 8:00.  I told my children to hide their own eggs this year.  Does this qualify me for "mom of the year" status?

It's all part of the journey...subject to change at any moment.  Life is good, and I'm so very grateful to be a part of it!

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Like Ribbons of Light

Welcome to one of my favorite weekend memes, Saturday Centus! This weekly writing challenge always puts me to the "imagination" test, and I love it!  Jenny Matlock from Off On My Tangent has tossed out a great idea for us this week. We are to write a piece that begins with the words, "Our Fingers Entwined Like Ribbons of Light" using our choice of expression which could be prose, poetry, lyric, etc. Our only requirement is that we use no more than 107 words.  My submission follows with the prompt in bold.  Enjoy!

Our fingers entwined like ribbons of light.  It felt incredible to experience my mother's touch again after so many years. My entire body was engulfed in the warmth of the light as I explored her face with my hands. She was so beautiful and her smile drew me closer as we embraced.  Then, in an instant, I was pulled back from her and she faded, along with the light and the warmth.  I cried out to her, but she was no longer there.  My body shook. I opened my eyes and found a masked medical team hovering above...cheering.  They just scored a three-pointer at the buzzer!

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Jenny Matlock

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Frags on Friday - Spaced Out!

Welcome to Friday Fragments #241, a weekly wind down sponsored by the magnanimous Mrs4444 (pronounced "MrsFours") of Half-Past Kissin' Time!  I love this segment of her blog as it gives one a chance to reflect, reject and renew oneself prior to the weekend!

I've had a "Space Mountain" of a week emotionally, but it's been good...great learning experience... humbled my ego somewhat, encouraged me to let go a little and trust the big guy a lot more with my silly little life!  "Oh, just surprise me, God!  I know it will be great!"

Spent last Sunday picking up the VW Bus, and praying that it wouldn't break down between Missouri and Illinois.  It ran out of gas...but it didn't break down!  What a lesson in trust.  Also got our taxes done, had lunch with my girls and was the recipient of not just one, but two, hugs from the #2 son, while #1 son was recuperating from his variety show the night before.  Next time, Boneman!  I need two hugs from you!

I was having coffee with some friends and watched one of them break a perfectly to-die-for cupcake in half, pulling the bottom half over the top so that it became a cupcake-sammich!  I began to hyperventilate and lose consciousness.  I was quickly brought back to reality when I began to gnaw on a carrot that I had been holding.  I enjoyed that cupcake vicariously through my friend, after repeating to myself...I don't like cupcakes...they are evil...they will cause me to lift off into outer space!  Somehow, the conversation changed from evil sugar to permanent make-up tips.  My other friend revealed her beauty secrets that she acquired while in one of our coastal, sunny states.  She is drop-dead gorgeous to begin with, but I was not aware that her brows were tattooed, her eyeliner was tattooed, and her lip color had been tattooed!  I sort of choked on my carrot thinking about the procedures, but then realized just how much money she has saved by "not" waxing, not buying and applying both eyeliner and lipstick.  She also described what she had done with her lashes, but I can't remember as my mind was totally mush from her description of the lipstick tattoo!

What? Too much info?  Sorry, I just wanted to share a little of my week.  Hope you've had a great one!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Good Friends Hereafter

Welcome to Saturday Centus, #151, the brainchild of a most prolific and entertaining blogger/writer, Jenny Matlock.  Each week she challenges her readers to write a post from a prompt of her choice, or the choice of a guest blogger/writer, using a certain amount of words (normally about 100 plus the words in the prompt), and using a form of our choice (poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, song or rant).  This week's prompt is Thank You, Beryl! and my story follows.

Growing up, there was a family on our block from England. I was fascinated with the language, our differences and the things we had in common.  There were three kids and their parents, Jack and Beryl.  I could listen to Beryl's voice for hours.  She had a quirky sense of humor that made me laugh.  Even when she was dying of cancer, she was full of wit.  We talked shortly before she passed, and I asked her to give my love to my mom when she saw her.  She said she would.  I am sure they met and my message delivered...thank you, Beryl!

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Jenny Matlock