SoCS ~ July 30th

This week’s prompt words: wash/awash

Once her daily quota, three machine loads of wash,
were hung on the clothesline to dry it was time to pack
a lunch and head to the beach area of her summer residence.

From the comforts of her lounge chair the young mother
peering thru her expensive sunglasses for several hours
kept a watchful eye on her three children playing close
to the awash.

https://lindaghill.com/2022/07/29/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-30-2022/

Three Things Challenge ~ M40

This week’s theme: music
Today’s words:  melody – harmony – song

The harmony from one of the avatar characters videos I created
this week appears to be stored in my musical memory bank. 

Over and over the repeated words ‘two birds on a wire – one says
c’mon and the other says I’m tired’ from the song I chose for the
video emitted from my mouth during and following my evening
shower.

Although my ears enjoyed the melody which appeared to keep
me in an upbeat mode, I do wonder ’bout the significance of
both the words of the popular song and this odd happenstance.

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/07/30/three-things-challenge-M40/

Thirst for Wealth Could Leave One Broke

A lottery win is every player’s dream.

The odds of winning a jackpot are ‘near zero’.

There are a number of manners in which to play the lottery.

One can choose their own numbers or opt to have a little fun with scratch tickets.

Tickets can be purchased at gas stations, local supermarkets and most convenience
stores.

On occasion amid grocery shopping and errands frugal me often treats herself to
a few.


My preference is word puzzle cards which are offered for sale in several different
denominations. The enjoyment for me is more in finding words which takes more
time compared to other tickets thus extending my period of enjoyment.

Yesterday the last stop of the day was the convenience store where the store clerks
know their regular customers.

The store was packed already with more people entering, and the clerk who
had no available assistant handled the situation with finesse.
Being the son of the store’s owner and employed there for years has advantages
in customer service.

He chose to tend first to all customers purchasing food items with cards and
leave the lottery players to last. There was good reason for his decision.

Before me in line stood a foreigner who weekly spends a wad of cash on the
fool’s dream. While tending to customers the clerk was running the man’s
‘choose your own numbers’ tickets thru the lottery machine.

I couldn’t believe the grand total = ‘$408.00‘.
It’s amazing the machine didn’t overheat.

Following the lengthiest transaction I’ve ever witnessed the foreigner asked for
scratch tickets from the back wall display.

When he left the clerk stated, “a sickness, he’s not going to win, and he’ll be back
again Tuesday” to lose more cash.

Besides the thought of ‘what a waste’ I wondered what this lottery player did
in the workforce.

I know that if one doesn’t play there’s no chance to win, yet to lose such an
exorbitant amount of money would certainly leave me in a devastated state.

Playing the lottery is okay until it becomes an addiction then family suffers.


Overcoming an Avoidance Pattern

The Sunflower (genus Helianthus) a flower found in the
backyard vegetable garden triggered a panic attack for me.

While browsing racks of women’s tops in one of the mall’s
popular clothing stores I came across a navy-blue tunic
adorned with sunflowers.

Suddenly I was overcome with fear and sudden desire to
flee the store leaving behind the shopping cart.

I pondered the sequence of events and soon made a near
unbelievable discovery.

The blouse on the clothing rack bore a strong resemblance
to the one I found hanging on my adult child’s bedroom
door (unworn with tags on) when I was cleaning out her
apartment following her departure to Heaven.

Thus began an avoidance of any and all sunflower items.

Time heals and this year I chose to participate with other
players in the seasonal summer quest on the Fairyland app
I created 12 years plus 10 months ago in memory of my
beautiful daughter a.k.a. Tuffi McGuffi.



Tooting My Own Horn Today 😊

Tis a bit out of character for me to boast about anything until I considered ‘why
not’ ~ people do it every day on social media via uploading photos and videos of
their ‘happiest’ moments.

Few people know much about me. There are personal reasons I keep my life
private. The penned poetry I post is done in a manner for the reader to think,
guess and form ‘their’ own opinion.

On a whim toward the end of April (Poetry month) I placed an entry into a
Poetry contest held at my local library.

The first surprise for me was seeing my poem linked in on various websites.
A few weeks later I received a beautiful card with the monetary gift certificate
and words of congratulations.

I consider this a turning point (an honor) within the writing -poetry community.
It fueled my desire to go forth in hopes to attain the last goal I’d set for myself.

With the assistance of an already published author I met during my tenure on
WP I now have knowledge of what it takes to get a book published.

1. It sometimes pays to take a chance; you’ll never win if you fail to try.
2. It’s okay to ask for help rather than try to DIY. Some individuals are
wonderful humans = NICE.










Virtual Friends 😞

Throughout the day while doing my chores and errands
I thought about this morning’s discovery on my WP app.

Previous to the discovery I was replying to comments from
my notification section.

I accessed a post written and published yesterday via a
different path and found the text one huge square void
of paragraphs, sentence following sentence.

This of course was a bit disturbing to me, so I checked
other pathways to the post and how it appeared when
transferred elsewhere.

Fine in the Reader, a little different on actual site but
not too bothersome so I continued with the seek ‘n find
search leaving the app on the cell phone for last.

All was fine there, and I could breathe a sigh of relief. 😊

I don’t use the phone that much to read posts, etc. and
today I decided to peer around and familiarize myself
more with the app.

I came across a section ‘a followers list’ with each person
who follows me listed and the date in number of days,
months ending with the year they hopped onboard this
gal’s blogging followers’ ship.

I failed to see a friend’s name on this list, a blogger
whose prompts I’ve participated in on a frequent basis.
I double-checked and ‘no’ the name was nowhere to be
found.

What a disappointment for me. I don’t know what to think
or if I should question said individual.

To hide behind a masque is something I expect on social
media apps, not on a blogging site.

As I end this post, I shall leave you with a quote I heard
from an Instagram reel:

“Unfortunately, some people will learn to appreciate you
by losing you. Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.

If people treat you like an option, leave them like a choice.
You are worth being loved and valued.”

I made the decision to refrain from prompt challenges in
the future and concentrate on my own project(s).

There were numerous bloggers on the list whom I don’t
follow at this time and I shall make time to check out
those blogs to see what we may have in common.

I have no idea if this is some crazy error or a reality
check on here for me.

Six Sentence Stories

Prompt: bookmark
A new book, a new bookmark.

7:00 a.m. – a new week ~ good intentions.
The weekend, amid current record heatwave I faced a few frustrations.
Black carpenter ants taking a leisurely stroll across my carpet became
a valid reason to leave the comforts of my air-conditioned apartment
and drive with windows down (car A/C broken) to purchase ant baits
at the local hardware store.
Home again and time to relax I accessed my cell phone and typed
my first WP reply which flew into outer space with an accidental tap
somewhere on the cell phone, bummer message erased.
This morn ‘chuckle, chuckle’ I finished the task on the laptop moved
on to submit a chosen prompt ‘bookmark‘ and surprise was when
I double checked and found I needed to write ‘five’ more sentences.

https://girlieontheedge1.wordpress.com/2022/07/24/sundays-six-sentence-story-word-prompt-222/

Three Things Challenge ~ M34

This week’s theme is PERSONAL

Today’s words are: single – individual – alone

Living alone often is a challenge, especially for the senior citizen.
You are one individual responsible for nearly everything, a huge
to-do task.
IMO ‘single status’ is far from what people think it’s cracked up
to be.

Loneliness is associated with a number of health risks. 
Who knew?
A fact I recently read in several medical articles states that
loneliness is comparable to a person smoking 15 cigarettes
per day. 
https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/07/24/three-things-challenge-M34/

SoCS ~ July 23rd

This week’s prompt:
‘first 2-5 words at the top of the page of reading material nearby’

Sitting at my computer desk, I looked to my left and atop of
Friday’s literary heap, temporary clutter, stared back at me one
of several journals I’ve purchased in recent months.

The first 5 words read, “always remember YOU are BRAVER than”.

I prefer lined journals and find them to be quite beneficial to me,
a notetaker of important info for possible usage at a later date.

At the same time, I took note of how each journal I’d purchased
was based on an inspirational title. 

https://lindaghill.com/2022/07/22/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-23-2022/

Stroll Down Memory Lane

Thursday afternoon
teleported back to past
twenty-first July

a special broadcast
AM radio station
50s-night event

hours sat, listen
tunes favorites reflect days
carefree teen onetime

mug root beer soda
full bowl cheese flavored popcorn
refreshments supra

attendance price free
comforts home, relaxation
reminisce costless