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The Friday 56


“She thanked every saint she knew for her sons’ safe return from war. She read the letter over and over and cried on it. When my father got home he had to pry the letter from her hand. By then it was falling apart with her tears and the magic letters were stained and faded.”

This is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. If you want to join, read the rules below and don’t forget to add your post’s url to the Linky at Freda’s Voice.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

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Since I’ve gotten back to writing in this blog, I’ve also gotten back to reading blogs. They go hand in hand. Without reading and commenting on other blogs, you won’t get much traffic on your own blog. Also, one of the reasons I enjoy blogging is to make friends and have the (virtual) conversations that I lack in daily life.

While clicking on links from lists for NaBloPoMo and other blog challenges, I’ve come across a lot of younger writers, some of them really struggling with a number of issues and some of them just questioning and exploring. I guess it’s my maternal nature kicks in at these times and I find myself taking an interest in many of them and commenting on their blogs. I try to leave encouraging, even inspiring little “pep comments” whenever I can and I leave little bits of caring and support wherever I can. That’s just who I am.

Yesterday I got a reply to one of my comments and I replied back to the blogger then she replied to me thanking me for always being supportive. Another blogger, also yesterday, thanked me for supporting her “fledgling writing attempts”.

Needless to say, it has left me with a big smile on my face. I guess being me is making a difference to a few people. I guess my attempts at encouragement and support are hitting their marks. Yay! It really makes me feel good to know this.

And so I keep reading and commenting.

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If we were having coffee today, it would be later than usual because I’ve had a lot of trouble sleeping this week so I slept in today. It was bound to happen after not getting more than a couple of hours of sleep the previous four or five nights. So I didn’t fight it. I stayed under the covers and slept. So now I need some coffee to wake me up!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I finally opened the electric teapot that I bought and put away and never opened. I bought it in 2012 after I decided I would no longer use my stove because I had some scary incidents of forgetting that the stove was on then leaving the house. The last one on Easter Sunday in 2012 was the worst. I left the house a late lunch/early dinner and didn’t remember until three hours later when we were on our way home that I had left a pot of water heating for tea! I was sure I was going to get home to find the fire department putting out the fire but instead walked into a house full of smoke and the stench of burnt metal. So yeah, I bought an electric teapot that has an auto shut off. I found it last night so I set it up and now I’m using that so help yourself to the pot of hot water. There’s tea and lots of coffee today. I’ve set out my city mug collection and there are coffee filters next to the Melitta cone. Help yourself while I run to the potty!

Ah! That’s better. So where was I? Oh, yeah it has been a long week. I’m glad it is finally the 31st of January. I’ve been posting on this blog every day for the last 92 days. I’m looking forward to being able to take a day off if I need to. I don’t have an editorial calender for this blog but I’m really thinking of making one because it would help tremendously, I think. At least I will give it a try in February.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that this week will be busy, too. I have my grandsons coming over more and more often so with both of them coming instead of just the older one, that means more mess that has to be cleaned up after they leave. I’ve tried having them clean before they leave but usually it doesn’t happen before my daughter comes to pick them up and she’s usually in a hurry so they leave and their mess stays. I didn’t have the energy to pick up after them this week so the toys and the books have accumulated. It’s time to ge them off the floor and I should box up what isn’t being used and make a trip to Goodwill or Salvation Army and let them have a couple of boxes.

If we were having coffee, I would understand that you’ve probably squeezed this stop into your busy day and I wouldn’t keep you more than you could stay. However, I couldn’t let you go without telling you at least one cute thing one of my grandsons did or said this week. Anderson has a piggy bank here at my house and one at his house. He understands that he can’t use the money unless it is for something very special so he puts coins into it but we never let him spend it. The past few times I’ve given him coins for his piggy bank he says he will put them in later and then forgets. So a couple of days ago, he wanted to go to Jack In the Box for his favorite thing, an Oreo cookie milkshake. My daughter told him they are too expensive for him to get one every day (they’re $4 here for the small one). He was disappointed then he ran around the house for a few minutes then came back and showed my daughter a hand full of coins, mostly quarters, that he had gotten from his various hiding places around the house. He said, “Look Mommy, I found lots of monies so now let’s go get my milkshake!” I’m glad he’s got the concept of having to pay for things. Things are not free. And he also understood that Mommy can’t pay for everything.

Of course, that would remind me that I need to go get some vanilla ice cream and a pack of Oreos so I can make him a milkshake when he comes a little later. He loves whipped cream out of a can and always asks me to spray some whipped cream into his mouth but shhhh, don’t tell my daughter. It’s a “Nana secret”!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing some time with me. I hope your weekend is a good one and that the upcoming week is a little less busy for you. I know it has been a busy one for most of us!

See you next weekend!

This is a part of #weekendcoffeeshare hosted by Parttimemonster. They are really fun to write and more fun to read. Head over to today’s weekendcoffeeshare post on her page and click on the blue link at the end of her post for a list of other bloggers who are participating. Check throughout the weekend as we do them at whatever time we have available through the weekend so there are new ones popping up all day Saturday and Sunday. Why don’t you join us? Give it a try!>

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Okay, I have procrastinated long enough. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been tagged for this meme FOUR times. So Deadpan, Tigereye, Elissa, and Someone-Else-That-I-Can’t-Remember, here you go!

Here are the rules (I do memes my way so don’t be surprised if I fudge on the rules). I have to post five links to previous entries.

The first one must be about family. Let’s revisit my Accidental Traditions post which is kind of Christmasy but really mostly about my kids and I.

The second must be about friends. I would like to re-share Everyday Hero about my friend Dean Christy, who was not ever found. In fact, as of a week ago when I last checked, his body has not been recovered.

The third is supposed to be about me. Let’s laugh at me. Confessions Of A One Time Santa will do that.

The fourth link has to be about something I love. This is tough. I love my kids. I have three. Meet Tony, Tina, and Susie.

The fifth can be anything I want. This is tough. I think this one is kind of one of those posts that we can all relate to. It’s about life getting in the way of our plans.

Now, according to the second set of rules, I have to tag five other people, two of whom are new acquaintances so that we may get to know each other better. I want to know you ALL better and I don’t like tagging so if you are reading this, consider filling this out and posting it on your blog and then link back here.

Here are five bloggers I would like to introduce you to:


Quill Gordon

Steve Peer (go make friends with him, he’s far from home)

Ron — beautiful photography, and usually wonderful music to match!

The Little Fluffy Cat — for a view of life from a cat’s point of view

Okay, I’ve done my job! Whew!

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I Wonder …

While blog surfing the other day, I came across this blog in which the blogger, Crazy Lady Talking, wondered about different things and people. It made me think, and wonder.

With apologies to the original blog, here is my list:

I wonder whatever happened to my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Hart, who told a classroom full of five year olds that there is no Santa Claus.

I wonder if Bryan’s family still owns the huge Victorian house at the corner of 7th and Washington in San Jose. Bryan was in my class up until fourth grade when I moved away. He and his parents lived with the grandparents at the end of my street.

I wonder whatever happened to my best friend Lydia, after I moved away in fourth grade. I wrote to her and I called her but she was never home. (more…)

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