Sunday Photo Fiction and JustJoJan Day 31 – The Clumsy One


“Hurry up, my darling. You’re falling behind.”

Mother sounds stressed, but I know if I paddle any faster, I’ll end up face first in the water. It’s all I have to just keep upright and moving forward. I honestly don’t know why I ended up with the clumsy gene. At least I’m not the ugly one.

I’ve been concentrating so hard, I don’t realize how far away they all are.

“Mama,” I squeak loudly, hoping she will hear the fear in my voice and rush back for me. I know she’s always telling us we need to learn independence, but I’m too clumsy. I’m not big enough and I just can’t do it on my own! Why can’t she understand that?

“Mama!” I squeak louder this time because she’s so far away, I’m not sure she even heard the first one. I can feel my beak slipping in and out of the water and I know I’m starting to lose it. Just a few more waddles and I’ll be completely helpless.

Just when I think all is lost, she’s there, pushing me toward the others.

I’m never going to live this down, but at least my head’s still above water.

The rules for Sunday Photo Fiction are to write around 200 words in either poetry or story form based on the photo prompt. I also chose to combine Just Jot It January where today’s prompt, clumsy, was suggested by Judy at Edwina’s Episodes.

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Song Lyric Sunday – 100 Years by Five For Fighting

I have my sister to thank for this weeks choice. I was at her house all afternoon and they constantly have music playing. Most of the time it’s her husband’s music, but every once in a while, some of her stuff will play. This particular song came on and my first comment was, “I love this song!”

Sometimes years can go by without hearing a song, but then it comes on the radio or you hear it at a friend’s house and it’s like coming home. I also think the lyrics are rather fitting with the new baby in my life and the realization that time flies by so fast. There’s no way to hold on to it, so the best thing we can do is enjoy ever single moment to it’s fullest.

I watched the video, and I’m not going to lie… it made me cry.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. Feel free to read the “rules” below and join in with one of your own.

100 Years by Five For Fighting
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

I’m 15 for a moment
Caught in between 10 and 20
And I’m just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

I’m 22 for a moment
And she feels better than ever
And we’re on fire
Making our way back from Mars

15 there’s still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there’s never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live

I’m 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I’m a “they”
A kid on the way, babe.
A family on my mind

I’m 45 for a moment
The sea is high
And I’m heading into a crisis
Chasing the years of my life

15 there’s still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose yourself
Within a morning star

15 I’m all right with you
15, there’s never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live

Half time goes by
Suddenly you’re wise
Another blink of an eye
67 is gone
The sun is getting high
We’re moving on…

I’m 99 for a moment
And dying for just another moment
And I’m just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

15 there’s still time for you
22 I feel her too
33 you’re on your way
Every day’s a new day…

15 there’s still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there’s never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • Make sure you credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to my post that will go up every Sunday by 9am MST (or as early as I can…)
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

SoCS and JustJoJan Day 30 – An afternoon with my sisters

I spent the afternoon with my sisters. I pretty much invited myself, but I couldn’t help it. I had to get my baby fix in because it had been over two weeks. I also missed my siblings. Their choice of lunch was sushi, of all things, but it didn’t even matter.

(To be perfectly honest, lunch was pretty darn good. I stuck with teriyaki chicken and rice. I ended up trying some sushi, but nope. I still don’t like it…)

My sister made the comment that it’s pretty amazing how women can spend hours just sitting and staring at a baby and laughing at his faces and little baby squeals. Literally, the entire afternoon just melted away in Brody’s sweet baby face. It was also pretty amazing to get some girl time in, just talking and laughing about not much of anything.

We did discuss getting tattoos together, which is totally happening sometime this year. I’m not sure we have a solid plan yet, but it will all come together.

I feel like my blog has been flooded with baby, but I can’t even help it. I have to share his too sweet face with the world.

I just love this little guy!




I hope you all had an amazing Saturday!

Just Jot It January and SoCS are both hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt was “an”. I’m not even sure I used it in my post, but it made it into the title, at least.

Serendipitous Events – The Update

My serendipity just about ran out today. I called the insurance company to finish the claim on Jaxon’s phone and they are way smarter than I gave them credit for. They told me the phone wasn’t covered when it was lost, which is actually true. If I could have kicked myself I would have.

After the fact, it was easy to realize I should have used some mendaciloquence when I told them what happened to the phone. But, my first instinct is truth, and that’s what I told them.

I was back to square one – freaking out and wondering what the hell I was going to do.

I finally decided to call the ski resort, just in case. I described the phone and left my number. The person I talked to said they didn’t have it but she would call if it turned up. The plan was to call my carrier after work to see what my options were.

About an hour later, I received a phone call… and they had his phone!

I had to take a pretty scary drive up the mountain in the snow and rain, but his phone is home, safe and sound and it actually still works!

Keeping the insurance on it, just in case…

Friday Fictioneers and JustJoJan Day 29 – The Chateau


PHOTO PROMPT – © ceayr

Looking out the window at the expanse of her chateau was a mixed blessing. She still enjoyed the heart-wrenching view, but she no longer saw flowers in rainbow colors or trees and hills in vibrant green hues.

The colors were gone now, replaced with shades of gray.

One of these days, she would venture through the walls; but for now, she remained by the window in her bedroom.

But every now and then, if a door was left open, she would venture through the halls and remember what it was like to live and love before it was all taken away.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly flash fiction prompt where we are given a photo and asked to write a 100 word story – beginning, middle and end. This one is 101 words. I also combined Just Jot It January hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt, ghost, was suggested by Barbara at teleportingweena.

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JustJoJan Day 28 – Serendipitous Events

For some reason, I have always equated serendipity with love. Maybe it’s because I saw a movie with that title (or something close to it) when I was younger and it was a love story. I’ve come to realize the word doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with love.

The story I am about to tell you is ongoing, so I’m not sure if the ending will be completely serendipitous, but I’m pretty sure it is all going to work out. Last night, I wasn’t so sure…

I received a phone call from my son last night letting me know he lost his phone while snow boarding. And it’s not like he left it on the bus or lost it in the lodge or on  the lift. No, he had it in his coat pocket that he forgot to zip up when he went down the slopes. I’m pretty sure that phone is buried in ten feet of snow next to some nice trees and they just might find it sometime around June, if ever.

I just got Jaxon a new phone in October. It happens to be a new iPhone 6S with 64 GB. His first question was, “Is there insurance on it?” And of course, my sickness deepened because I declined the insurance, not wanting to pay an extra $11 a month.

I was upset last night, to say the least. I knew I couldn’t buy him a new phone. I didn’t know how to activate his old phone on my account without messing everything up. Needless to say, I had a very restless night.

I was going to call my cell phone carrier first thing this morning, but as it happens, I was so busy, I couldn’t do it until lunch. Right before I went to lunch, I logged onto my account and checked to see if they were running any specials to add insurance on his phone, and wonders never cease, I was able to add it! I decided to wait and call them on my way home, and sure enough, they verified that his phone had insurance and they gave me the claims number.

I called and tried to process the claim tonight, but according to them, they need another 24 hours for processing. So, I’m hoping the events will continue to be serendipitous and my son will have a new phone on Saturday.

He did have to fork out some of his summer earnings to help pay for the deductible, but it’s a whole hell of a lot better than paying for a new phone!

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt, serendipity, was suggested by Jan at JT Twissel.


JustJoJan Day 27 – Mendaciloquent Answers

We all lie. I know there’s some of you out there who are shaking your head and believe me, I’m one of you. It’s hard for me to admit that I lie, but we all do it every single day. Sure, it’s usually in small, insignificant ways. I hardly doubt most of you do it in a mendaciloquent way (which is just a very big word that means “to speak in a deceitful, but artful and convincing way”… according to the Urban dictionary).

I’ve had this argument with the boyfriend before. I flat out told him I never lie and he basically told me what I just said to all of you at the beginning of this post. I’ve always thought of myself as honest, probably to a fault, and I’m not sorry about it.  But after our little “argument” I started noticing the little things I did, and sure enough, you could categorize them as lying. The boyfriend said “lying” is too strong of a word for it, but that’s basically what it is.

I believe honesty is always the best policy. But what if your honesty hurts someone? Do you still tell the truth?

I think I’ve learned that maybe the blunt, brutal truth isn’t always the best policy. There are ways to soften things so it doesn’t hurt quite as much. But that almost sounds a bit mendaciloquent – or maybe I don’t necessarily understand the meaning of the word.

Going in a more light-hearted direction, what do you do when your children ask you questions you aren’t ready to answer? Do you tell them the truth or do you evade their questions… I’ll tell you when you’re older, or ask your Dad

Again, I’ve always told my kids that I will answer any question they ask me. There have been times when I’ve asked them a question back… are you sure you want to know? Jaxon told me once, “never mind, I don’t want to know”. But Adelle, she’s like me. She wanted to know despite my caution and I think she was sorry afterwards. That might have been one of those times I didn’t need to be quite as honest as I was… maybe some mendaciloquent answers would have worked just fine.

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s rather cumbersome but slightly enjoyable word was suggested to us by Coralee at Musefully Mendaciloquent.


JustJoJan Day 26 – Love is Oneness and Oneness is Love

I ended up staying late at work tonight so I’m feeling rushed to get something up, and yet I’ve thought about oneness all day and can’t think of anything specific to write. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I write about oneness a lot on my blog. If any of you wondered, it is something I absolutely believe in – that we are all interconnected beings.

So, instead of coming up with my own words and struggling for an hour to write something, I’ve decided to use other people’s words. Below are some beautiful quotes by people I admire and respect, and some I just barely came across tonight. I hope you enjoy!

“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”
Alan W. Watts

“We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.”
Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

“There is in each person, in every animal, bird and plant a star which mirrors, matches or is in some sense the same as a star in the heavens.”

“Wherever I go, whomever I meet, I see myself in their eyes, because I am a part of everything, because I love.”
Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

“True communication is communion- the realization of oneness, which is love.”
Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“To see the divine in others, we have to love. Where love is thick, faults are thin. If you really love someone, then it is difficult to find fault with him. His faults seem negligible, for love means oneness. This oneness comes from our conscious acceptance of his reality as it is.”
Sri Chinmoy

The thing that struck me with every one of those quotes is how they all reference love in one form or another.

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt, oneness, was brought to us by Carol at WritersDream9.


JustJoJan Day 25 – Street Magic

The actual word we are supposed to use today is “prestidigitation”, but since I have to think  about how to pronounce it every time I write it, I don’t want to actually write it in my post more than once. I hope you’ll thank me for that.

So that word up there means “to perform magic”, which I think is easy enough to write about.

I never really did like the older magic shows – the bird coming out of the hat, sawing a woman in half and you know… the really cheesy ones. It wasn’t until I saw David Blaine perform on TV that I realized I enjoyed street magic a lot; the up close and personal stuff that can’t really be possible, and yet, he did it.

My boyfriend loves the show The Carbonaro Effect on TruTV. I can watch it for a few minutes, but then it starts to get really boring. I don’t know if Michael Carbonaro just talks too much and I get tired of his rambling stories, or if I just can’t believe that people really believe some of the things he says to explain his magic. I wonder how many non-believers he goes through before finding someone to fall for his stories?

He does the up close and personal stuff too, so I’m not sure why I don’t like it as much as when I saw David Blaine’s Street Magic, but I just don’t. My boyfriend loves it, though. He watches it all the time when I’m reading upstairs and I hear him laughing. It makes me smile to hear him so happy, even if it’s for a show that I don’t much care for.

I can’t decide if I would like magic better if I knew the secrets behind it, or if it would really fall flat if I found out how it was performed.

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt, prestidigitation, is brought to us by Pamela at Butterfly Sand.


Sunday Photo Fiction and JustJoJan Day 24 – The Hive Compulsion


“C337, you are in an unauthorized area. Please return to your tank.”

The compulsion to obey the monotone voice was strong, but her memories were stronger. She was human. She could feel.

But how? Why?

The questions haunted her, but she didn’t have time. She continued to struggle her way across the stark lobby.

“C337, you are in an unauthorized area. Please return to your tank.”

Her eyes were focused on the big glass doors leading to freedom, but her feet started to slow. It wasn’t just the voice repeating the same words over and over again. It was like the computer had a direct link to her brain and each time it spoke, the compulsion increased. She had no idea what she’d find outside those doors, but she knew if she turned around she would find warmth in the hive.

“C337, you are in an unauthorized area. Please return to your tank.”

“I’m human,” she screamed into the emptiness. “I wasn’t meant for this!”

She wasn’t sure who she was trying to convince, but in the end it didn’t matter. She stopped two feet from the door, sat down and waited for them to return her to the hive.

The rules for Sunday Photo Fiction are to write around 200 words in either poetry or story form based on the photo prompt. I also chose to combine Just Jot It January where the prompt today was “compelled” brought to us by Willow at Willowdot21.

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