ONE-LINER WEDNESDAY

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Having watched for numerous weeks now Linda Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday posts, I decided to finally take a chance and try it out.   I am sharing a slogan I’ve been seeing on local businesses and billboards around here lately.   Not sure why they are all displaying this, but I began to see it at one of those pivotal moments and it spoke to me.

“Hesitation kills more dreams than failure.”

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WINTER’S FIRST SNOWBALL – A BLOGGING-IN-TANDEM ADVENTURE

A prompt for you from A.PROMPTreply

This post is not complete.  

I have news that I’m excited about but it isn’t complete yet either.   

I thought it might be interesting to give you part of the story thus far and see if you can fill in the blanks.  Mind you, I’m not asking if you can figure out my news….I think that will be pretty obvious (at least to those of you who follow me regularly).  Instead, I’m interested in seeing how close you can come to the story I’ve written based only on the picture clues.

But then I got to thinking….there is another way to go with this.  It would probably be quite entertaining to see what sort of post you can come up with using these pictures that has nothing to do with my own story. 

So take your pick, try and match mine or come up with something completely different. 

I’ll post my tale of Winter’s First Snowball (thus far) on Monday (11/03/14) and tell you then who has come closest to my original story and also who has come up with the most contrary tale based on the picture prompts.  

Here’s how it works –

  • Each picture (or set of 2 pictures if side-by-side) should have text to accompany it.  The pictures here are in the correct order to match my story.
  • Write your tale (either below in the Comments or copy the pictures and post your story on your own blog and link back to this post so everyone can read them). 

And so we begin…..

                        

 

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Credit, once again, given to Google Image Search.

WINTER’S FIRST SNOWBALL – MY VERSION

 So here we are a week later.

I am now posting my own story as I wrote it before I posted it last week as a prompt with no words.   Sparrow guessed my news having just been through it herself, but no one came up with a story or even tried to match mine.  Not quite as exciting as I had hoped and definitely not a blogging-in-tandem adventure, but am posting my completed story just the same… 

 Finally, Life was starting to calm down.

    

We actually had some time to relax and begin to try and process all that’s happened in the past year.  

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But of course, people like me aren’t content with that.

People like me start thinking.

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I began

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And then I got the….

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I started to look around.

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I just wanted to know what was out there and maybe get acquainted with the market up here. But of course, looking around aimlessly doesn’t really tell you much. I needed to figure out what sort of range I should be looking at.

I noticed there were a few open houses the next weekend. So we decided to go and just have a look.

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Perhaps get acquainted with some of the layouts and issues of houses in this area.

It was just a look.……really.

Just ruling out neighbourhoods and stuff like that. 

Except……

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THERE WAS A HOUSE!
This house that seemed like it was MADE just for us.

It had so many things in common with our last home..It was just uncanny.  

We didn’t mean to find it. 

Really we didn’t.   

But….

We HAD to have it.

Which meant….
Making an agreement,

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Meetings with the money people,

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Signing a ton of papers,

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Sending in an inspector,

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Making a list,

Checking it twice,

And trying so hard to get all the pieces to fit together.

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The snowball effect had begun.

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By this time, we were back under a lot of stress….
Everyday again seemed like another day we were trying to keep each other going…..

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And yet, so far, we are finding the answers to everything that comes up

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Sometimes, it takes some

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Other times, it takes

And when all else fails…..

In the end, though….all we’re hoping for is the big stamp of approval

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So that we can finally come in for a landing.

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And then we’ll probably spend our winter….

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Credit, once again, given to Google Image Search.

THE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR CONTINUES…

Courtesy of Google Image Search

Last month, Juls from The Indecisive Eejit nominated me to continue the Virtual Blog Tour. My first thought was PANIC!   A virtual blog tour….I had no idea what this was or what it entailed.   But Juls kindly gave me almost a month to prepare so I was grateful for that.   What I’ve discovered is that a virtual blog tour is aimed at highlighting refreshing and creative blogs (and their bloggers) to the blogging community at large to, in turn, inspire, motivate, and just get acquainted.   Okay, so not being sure that I’m inspiring or motivating in any sense of those words having basically just begun in this whole blogosphere thing, I’m going with the last one…..getting acquainted.

The three rules of this tour are as follows:

  1. Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour)
  2. Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.
  3. Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
  • What am I working on?
  • How does my work differ from others of its genre?
  • Why do I write/create what I do?
  • How does your writing/creating process work?

So here goes:

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What am I working on?

This implies that I actually have some grand plan in mind or some wonderful novel I’m just waiting to dash off at the appropriate moment.   Sad to say, this is not the case.   As I sit here writing this, I’m still trying to recover from the perils of the past year and get some kind of plan for my future figured out.  My blog is the place I’m bringing some of my new discoveries to looking for feedback, both on photos and writing.

Having left my writing club behind in Saint Michaels when we moved, I’m also involved in trying to set up my own writing club here. My aim is to connect with senior citizens in this area and get them jotting down their memories for their children and grandchildren thereby also imbuing them with a meaningful diversion that of course they’ll all be very good at – writing/talking about themselves and all the things they’ve lived through.

I really enjoy working with seniors. I find them always anxious for some new way to stay involved, inspiring in their resilience, and a wealth of information about the past. I think this will be a venture of great purpose and hopefully I’ll bring something new to the community here.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Again, this implies that I actually have some novel pages in my head waiting to be written out and published. I surely do not.   But in speaking of this blog, I think my blog is a bit different because it was originally set up with the purpose of bringing my writing from that club in Saint Michaels to the cyber world. I don’t see a lot of memoir groups around. I think it’s a grand idea and one we should all try to get our parents/grandparents to do.   People just have no idea how much they missed before they arrived on their family scene.

For my own “work” on this blog, I just really enjoy writing. Since our move this year, I’ve really missed the writing club and I’m still “finding my feet” on here blogging….so, I’m still in an experimental stage I guess just trying to figure out what people enjoy and what they don’t and what I really like to write about!

Why do I write/create what I do?

When I was in that club in Saint Michaels, all the other members were senior citizens and then there was me in my 40s. They had all the history in the world to share in their writings and the only thing I could do was to try and take a different approach…sometimes humour, sometimes banking on my younger approach (i.e. One prompt we had was MANNERS. I took that and wrote about cyber manners – a view I knew none of them would dare to approach).

On this blog, I started with the writings from the club and I’ll still be doing writings from that club and hopefully my new club.   But I’m also adding a few more random posts about things that come to mind (my own prompts, if you will).

How does your writing / creating process work?

That really depends on what’s prompted me to write.   Sometimes, I just need to get something down on ‘paper’ and I’ll sit here and type straight from my thoughts (similar to the Stream of Consciousness posts I see on WP) and then go back looking for typos.   Generally, I sleep on it to make sure nothing else comes to mind before I post it. And then, of course, something else comes to mind and I have to revise.

However, if I am working off of a prompt, I generally let the subject stew in my brain for days until THE ANGLE makes itself known. Once I get THE ANGLE, I have a pretty good idea what I’m going to write.   At that point, I just sit down and write and usually…..I end up in a totally different place than I thought I was going. LOL.   After that, again, I try and sleep on it and see what else comes to mind before I go with it as a final.

If I’m really stuck on a prompt and THE ANGLE doesn’t care to make itself known, I might perhaps at least get a phrase or an idea in my head that I want to use.   I’ll sit down and write that phrase or idea and just see where it goes as I write.

And the tour continues…….

My special thanks to Juls again for the nomination.   This is the last “award-type” thing I’m going to take on on here, but she’s followed my humble blog from almost the beginning and has been a total inspiration to me with her own double blogosphere she has going on in addition to everything else she manages to handle in her life so I’m participating in this one for her.

I follow many different types of blogs all of which, I think, have something really unique to offer.   With that said, there are blogs that won’t accept awards, don’t have time right now to take part in this, or are too shy…believe that or not.   Even narrowing it to blogs that aren’t too shy, will accept awards, and do have time, I still only get four picks out of so many that are truly written by gifted people. In the end, I’m going to bring to your attention four blogs I haven’t highlighted before which I think you should check out.   If they decide to pick up the mantle of this tour and carry it on, that would be awesome and they should continue the Virtual Blog Tour on 27 October 2014 by posting the answers to the above four questions, etc.

Little Miss Menopause, in case you can’t tell by the name, has a most unique perspective on life and her blog is almost like a trip to the virtual literary amusement park! One of her more recent posts tried to point out the similarities between football and fashion.   Loads of fun!

Naptime Thoughts has a most enjoyable blog. Some of her stuff has me falling out of my chair with laughter.   I would call your attention to the Fat Lady and the Bicycle and Naptimethoughts Goes Roller Skating as two very good examples of her humour.

Cheergerm  is a neat little blog that upon first look seems to be just another cooking/recipe blog.  But a closer look and you’ll see these wonderful stories wafted in between the ingredients of delicious meals and snacks.   Reading and eating?  It’s totally a win/win!

Marla over at A Pendulum World has a very new blog and some really interesting perspectives.   I especially enjoyed her post comparing weeds in the ground and our habits!

SELECTIVE HEARING

Another weekend on the bikes….

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We were due for rain Saturday but it never showed up so we headed out to see if we could catch some of the fall colours before they fade. However, autumn doesn’t seem to have taken a firm grip here and the scenes were not yet ripe. This is not to say it was a wasted outing. If I’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s been that sometimes, even though I’ve laid these very great plans, Life has other ideas and I don’t end up doing what I intended to do when I set out. I’ve also learned there’s not much you can do in that case except go with it. So that’s what I did on Saturday. I did manage to get some of the fall colours I wanted, but the impending storm-that-never-happened actually drew us over to the beach side of the park to witness the awe-inspiring waves crashing about and the full cover of clouds above. It was at once, forbidding and inviting.

As I was snapping away with my camera and then riding along again, I couldn’t help but notice my son, obliviously riding ahead on his own bike and really missing a lot of the scenes that were stopping me dead in my tracks. I thought to myself that this is the difference between the young and their elders….the young just go full steam ahead asking, “Are we there yet?” always anxious to move on to the next horizon whereas we adults have already put in our time running from one thing to the next and now have learned to step back and enjoy the ride more.

Perhaps, after this past year and all the changes we’re still going through over here, things are resonating with me in a different way in my head this autumn. Perhaps, I’m just getting older.    But for whatever reason, I’ve been unusually pensive. In any case, as a parent, I always feel the need to keep teaching and trying to expand my son’s outlook. Yet, with him riding 50 yards ahead of me on a bike at a speed I couldn’t hope to match, there really wasn’t much opportunity for conversation. Nonetheless, it was still going on in my head…What I heard nature saying that I felt I’d tell him if only he’d slow down a bit…..

LIFE LESSONS FROM THE SEAT OF MY BIKE

Sometimes along the way through life things will be PICTURE PERFECT1

And yet….in the background CHANGE is happening every moment.2
Sometimes things are going to FALL apart3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And often the way to go will not be CLEAR.4Some paths will seem very EASY5At times the road will be ROUGH and seem UNENDING,

8And almost always, there will be OBSTACLES you didn’t count on.6

Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re swimming UPSTREAM.9                                            You’re going to get WORN OUT                  10                                                                     And you’ll even feel like GIVING UP11                                                                           But you must KEEP ON SWIMMING!12

 

 

 

 

 

                                                        Slow down and NOTICE the journey…..sometimes it’s the most beautiful part.13 PAY ATTENTION so you don’t miss the hidden treasures,14LOOK for the un-mined gold along the way…it’s all yours.

7There are always going to be moments you just have to HANG ON and HOPE,15

When you just have to CLING……16

…to the CONSTANTS… 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and maybe even strike off in a completely NEW DIRECTION.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This means realizing there is MORE THAN ONE WAY to get what you need,19Remembering that MANY parts make up the whole,20

That every scenario has many LAYERS, 21And sometimes just STEPPING BACK a bit gives the best view of what’s ahead.23

   Know that there are REWARDS at the top of every climb.

Sometimes they are small and
Sometimes they are large,
But they are always there.

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There will be times when you feel the need for a little SOLITUDE to recharge yourself.

25PEACE is as easy as this, if you take the time to look.

Don’t be scared to be DIFFERENT – Celebrate it.  Different is the new cool.

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Hold on for the people who accept you warts and all but still rejoice in the MAGNIFICENCE of you.

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Know your own STRENGTHS,
Never underestimate your own POWER,

28And always nurture your CURIOSITY.

29Of course, none of this was shared on our outing.  Maybe another day my legs will forget they’re on the other side of 40, get a burst of energy, and I’ll manage to catch up with him or maybe he’ll slow down for a bit at some point.   Perhaps then, I can point out a few “conversations” along the road we’re sharing at that moment.  Just a few will be enough, I think.  After all, that’s what parents do…..encourage new paths for them to discover on their own, right? 

But for now, this is my road and I’m happy to just keep listening.