Tit-for-Tat

She was age 56 and she didn’t look her age.

Retired and in a relationship with a man much younger she found herself
trying to fill up her days while her partner was at work.

Her new schedule consisted of 2 days working with a personal trainer at
the local gym, an afternoon quilting class mid-week plus one day to be
devoted to weekly chores.

She pondered ‘what to do’ on the extra day.

Skimming through the senior center’s monthly newsletter she decided on
the activity, Bingo.

Now the fun begins for the gal who suffers from anxiety and depression,
who doesn’t know a soul at the senior center.

She signs in, purchases 4 Bingo cards to use. At twenty-five cents per card
she thinks this is quite a bargain for a morning of fun with potential for win.

As she scans the large room to find an empty table, a man arises from his seat
to question the Activity Director.

“What is she doing here?”

Answer to him:  “Being age 56 she’s allowed as the minimum age requirement
is 55.”

At the end of the morning the Activity Director approached the new Bingo player
sharing the man’s inquisitiveness.

“Really, what woman claims to be older than her age”, a statement to which both
ladies shared a good chuckle.

The newbie was taken back a bit by the man’s question, one she’d heard before
in life, one which didn’t exactly sit well as who likes to feel unwanted without
valid reason.

It wasn’t her fault she looked younger in years; she’d led a healthy lifestyle.

To fix the issue the ‘older in years’ male had with her becoming a new member
she did a little ‘Tit-for-Tat’.

Each Thursday thereafter after purchase of her Bingo cards she made a point to
wish the man a cordial good morning followed by lovely day, 100% positivity.

True, twas a bit of quid pro quo.  In retrospect, me thinks one’s gotta love the
woman’s tactics dealing with the squawker.

A Day to Remember-Collective Story #5`Finale

Over the weekend Melissa shared details of her chance encounter
with ex-boyfriend, Stan.

He wants to schedule an interview for a position in his firm.

Motivational Monday Sondra wasted little time arranging a meeting
late afternoon.
Adamant about landing a brand-new job, she reconstructed her resume.

How will she explain her near daily-basis tardiness to a potential new boss?
Her old co-workers always pointed fingers and showed little empathy.

Will Stan understand?
High-volume traffic, buses and layovers were to blame.

The interview went quite well.
Stan, impressed by qualifications and truthfulness vocalized his decision
tout de suite.

“Sondra, you’re hired.”

NOTE:  series inspired by article in the May/June 2023 issue of the “Writer’s
Digest” magazine.

SoCS-May 13th

weekly prompt ‘usage of word with over in it’

Do I understand the assignment? Yes!!

Okay, let’s begin . . . internet research.

There’s 2,368 words available that begin with ‘over‘.

In descending order these words range from 15 letters down to 4 letters ‘over’.

In comparison only 141 words end with ‘over‘.

Their range starts with 12 letter words down to 4 letter word ‘over‘.

In my web search I also found words that contain ‘over‘ and words with the
prefix ‘over‘.

Are you confused yet? I am!!  I’m having a problem with the word selection
process.

“Discover

D ivulge particulars
I nfo communicable
S pread knowledge
C onversant definite
O verall conclusions
V ersed outstanding
E ssential statistics
R esult ‘whip-smart’

I think perhaps I should have stuck with first thought ‘over‘ the hill and through the
woods to grandmother’s house I go for this exercise-challenge.

Too late!!

https://lindaghill.com/2023/05/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-13-2023/

Vocabulary Words

This week on Twitter I came across a post promoting The Word of the Day app.

Being a frugal senior citizen surviving on a fixed income I had doubts about
installing it on my cell phone due to caution with regard to free trial periods
and in app purchases which accompany a multitude of apps.

Today during early morning hours my thirst for knowledge won the usual
‘want or need’ battle a customary ongoing conflict which occupies virtual
headspace when facing a decision about any prospective purchase.

Yes, I caved to my desire to learn more new vocabulary words and thus far I’m
enjoying the seven-day trial period of another app that deals with the Art of
Writing.

After typing my email address on the correct line and completing the required
queries I was directed to a vocabulary quiz. The two response options were
‘know’ and ‘don’t know’.  Honest answers placed me in the average vocabulary
range.

Overall, I was satisfied with the test results.

Curious to find an answer to a self-imposed question ‘how many vocabulary
words exist in English’ I wasted no time initiating a Google search. I was rather
surprised to locate a comeback in record time.

The response read, ‘roughly 1 million words’ with 370 new words added to the
popular “Merriam-Webster Dictionary” back in September of 2022.

Next thought to mind was when was the last time I accessed an actual hands
on dictionary. To my dismay a quick search through my book collection proved
futile.

My thick and well used two book dictionary, the accompaniment to an expensive
set of the “World Book Encyclopedia” was no longer available, sold or donated.

Moving forward I decided to bring up the ‘New York Times’ Sunday Crossword only
to access it I need to subscribe.

I’ll save that possibility for later.

My first word of the day. I opted for 3-5 words per day. 😊

National Toast Day-Feb. 23

Love for scorched bread ‘toast’ is universal.

Egyptians invented the first closed oven for leavened bread.

The electric toaster dates back to 1893.

In 1912 pre-sliced  bread  came into existence with the original
automated  bread slicer.

The word ‘toast’ originated from the Latin word, ‘tostum’ reference
burned or scorched bread.

Worldwide it’s a staple found in near all households likely prepped
using the most popular toaster available, the pop-up.

Toast is known for having a healthy mix.  Warm toasted bread can be
found in meals prepared for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The first observance of National Toast Day took place in the UK in
2014.

Spreads for toast range from butter and jam to healthy avocado, even
mashed banana.

How do you like your toast?

Comments welcome. 🙂🙂

Single Tasking Day-Feb. 22nd

Single tasking referenced as monotasking, a practice which over time
became lost due to our busy world, is known for increase in production
plus conservation of one’s energy.

To minimize interruptions and distractions appears to be an amazing skill.

The history behind monotasking is unknown and same applies to its origin.

Two famous people, masters at single tasking were Benjamin Franklin, the
Founding father of the US and Beethoven, a well-renowned music composer.

The benefits of ‘single tasking’ far outweigh those of the opposite ‘multitasking’
which identifies with half-finished projects, extreme exhaustion and the potential
for burnout.

Topping the list of ways to celebrate this day is to do one thing at a time, a single
task. 

Enjoy!!

National Pancake Day-Feb 21st

A stack of pancakes, a batter-made breakfast, contains ingredients flour, milk,
eggs, oil or butter. Variations can be found in the majority of cultures.

Synonymous names for pancakes are griddle cakes, hotcakes and Johnnycakes.

Pancakes date back to the Stone Age and appear to be the oldest breakfast in
history.

On record the largest pancake ever made was from the UK flipped by a pair
of cranes in 1994.
It measured 49.3 feet in width.
The one-inch-thick monster cake weighed a whopping three tons and holds the
Guinness world record.

This delicious meal is served with various toppings ranging from maple syrup,
fruit or berries to ‘yes’ even whipped cream.

Today in observance of National Pancakes Day drop by your local IHOP
restaurant, enjoy a free stack of Buttermilk pancakes. Upon leaving tis a
favorable gesture to offer up a monetary contribution which goes to local
charities.

NOTE:
Recommendation – do a quick Google search to check if this offer is
available in your local area.

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National Cherry Pie Day-Feb. 20

It’s Presidents Day ‘Washington’s Birthday’ the only official federal
holiday during this short month.

Banks, post offices and schools are closed; for the rest of us it’s business
as usual.

George Washington, the first president of the United States, favored cherries.
The cherry-tree myth, a famous iconic legend dates back to his childhood days.

A little history of the pie:
1. Pie arrived in America with the first settlers.
2. The colonists cooked their pies in ‘coffyns’, long narrow pans.
3. Crusts, designed to hold the filling during baking process, usually
weren’t eaten.

Fast forward . . .
Cherry pie is often referred to as a ‘great American dish’.
Countless recipes of this pie are available in cookbooks.
Creative cooks search for new versions of this pie on the image-based
social media network, Pinterest.

A slice of homemade cherry pie contains approximately 486 calories.

Far from a pie enthusiast today in celebration of National Cherry Pie Day
cherry pie served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream (personal preference)
embodies definite appeal.

Visual sample of a cherry-baked cookie 😊 yummie.

World Whale Day-Feb. 19


Yearly on the third Sunday of February appreciation is shown
for the large aquatic mammal ‘the whale‘ inhabitant of our
world’s oceans and an important part of our ecosystem.

This special day of celebration of whales began in Maui, Hawaii
year 1980 to honor the humpback whale and raise awareness to
its possible extinction in the future.

The Maui Whale Festival is a free event which attracts crowds of
people who enjoy watching a most impressive parade of lovely
floats and costumed characters.
Also offered are children’s events and a wide variety of musical
entertainment Hawaiian, etc.

Whales range in size from the ‘tooth dwarf sperm’ measuring between
6′ 7″ – 8′ 10″ to the full-grown ‘blue whale’ length 98 feet, largest on
earth.

Whales are magnificent creatures.

In 1946 a moratorium was put in place limiting the annual catch.

Sadly, throughout the years there’s been a decline in the health of
oceans due to pollution.

To save the whales we humans need to educate ourselves more and
reexamine our behavioral patterns.

To celebrate ‘World Whale Day’ look for educational programs, a
whale watch tour or an art exhibit in honor of our ocean’s grandiose
giant.

SoCS-Feb. 18th

Today’s prompt:  use a word that starts with ‘pro’

Anyone whom I’ve become friends with during my
tenure on Blogosphere would never sink to the level
of attempting in any manner to destroy me.

Beware of new fake friends.

Opposite of the narcissist, I’ve always been kind,
genuine and honest.

It’s become obvious to me we all don’t play by the
same rules.

I have no room in my life for an iota of negativity from
absolute strangers.

When I look in the mirror the gal looking back is very
proud of her life’s accomplishments.

Below please find a few quotes collected here and there.

https://lindaghill.com/2023/02/17/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-feb-18-2023/