Category: Challenges

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow Colors

I’m popping in to take part in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow Colors! We’ve experienced snow, sleet, ice, rain, record breaking temperatures and unseasonably warm temperatures all in the last week or so. We are due for more nasty weather tonight so I’m in great need of some cheerful colors to brighten my day!

bright lion
Colorful lion
easter basket and eggs
Easter basket and eggs
rainbow garland
Rainbow garland

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Have a great day!

-Kat

 

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Saturday Drop In

If I could be doing anything right now….anything, what would it be? I do think about this in those quiet moments. I would love to sleep but for some reason my brain is not hard-wired to sleep. I’ve always been this way….. I’m not a sleeper. I need to write. Like, I really need to write- the words are swirling around in my head. And they are getting louder and louder. Unfortunately the voices and sounds outside my head are even louder still. Sitting in a beautiful garden reading a book would be pure heaven. I’m sure there are so many cool finds at the thrift stores that I could wander their aisles for hours. I have a kid (okay, he might be 23 years old but he’s still my baby) who I desperately want to visit at his new school. And my little guys aren’t so little anymore. CJ is creeping up on me in height and Beej is creeping up on me in vocabulary skills. I miss my hours, my day-to day- ness with them. I just want to sit at a table with my best friends and talk and talk and talk and then laugh about something completely silly and then talk some more.

I’m bone-weary. It takes every ounce of effort I can muster to make myself move each morning. But something funny happens when I step inside the doors of the facility where my loved one is regaining her strength. I am able to tap into a super secret supply of stored energy and I get through the day. Those other things- those things that I took for granted two months ago…. they just fade away.

And my loved one and I catch up on what’s been going on since I left (sometimes less than 12 hours ago). She tells me the night time happenings and I fill her in on my walk to her room, who I saw, what they were doing. We discuss the day ahead. And we dream about the near future when she’s back home where she belongs and desperately wants to be.

At meal time we arrive early to get prime seating in the dining room. It might be the highlight of our day- seeing what happens next. Since the facility is both assisted living and post-acute care, the residents are an interesting blend. And one of our favorite things to do has always been to people-watch.

When we aren’t hanging out in the dining room, we engage in another of our favorite past-times. I recently dug up past magazine anniversary issues of our favorite long time running television show. We pour over them, asking each other, “Do you remember…?” This activity keeps us entertained for hours. “How old was X-character then?” she might ask. I reach for my phone or iPad and look it up. One question might lead us on an endless number of further questions. And we laugh at how little we remember or just the opposite- how we can recall what a character was wearing when they said something memorable.

Some days others come and visit and/or help out, and I squeeze in other responsibilities. Free time is a distant memory. But those times when we are at lunch or dinner, angling for the best view overlooking the entire dining room, enjoying the antics of our fellow diners or when we are huddled up in my loved one’s room desperately trying to remember when a character who is now in their possible mid 30’s was actually born and shaking our heads at how much times has flown, I don’t need anything more to affirm that I’m right where I should be.

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SoCS- Affirm

Ragtag Daily Prompt- Effort

Fandango’s One Word Challenge- Anything

Have a great weekend!

-Kat

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs

I found new subjects for this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs:

salt pepper and friends
Three Pairs! 
lady and the tramp
Oddly enough, this cute pair is always found cuddling together wherever they end up in the house!
woody and rc
Woody and RC- just goofing around!

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Have a great day!

-Kat

 

 

 

Christopher Robin

“yesterday, when it was tomorrow, was too much day for me.” -winnie the pooh, christopher robin

When I heard that there was a movie coming out about Pooh and his dear friend, Christopher Robin, starring Ewan MacGregor (sigh), I knew I had to see it! And what can I say? I loved it.

It’s filled with heart-tugging moments and such cuteness. While the story has been told time and time again, it doesn’t grow old. That silly old bear can be wise beyond his years. We can all use  a gentle reminder that our lives are happening now and that a little simplicity nevers hurt anyone!

My favorite movies are actually When Harry Met Sally and Wizard of Oz but this one will hold a special place in my heart. There is no doubting that. TTFN

tell me a tale in 100 words

 

TELL ME A TALE IN (EXACTLY) 120 WORDS Tell me about your 1st and 2nd favorite movies.  

Have a great day!

-Kat

Legos, Pompoms and Lumber

I can’t remember a time when there weren’t toys around the house. I know that there were years between my kids outgrowing their toys and the next generation slowly infiltrating our home with theirs but it just seems natural to find toys here and there. I consider them mementos of the little boys who occupy so much of my time these days.

bw legos geometric shapes
Ever step on one of these buggers in your bare feet???
bw pompoms
There is no end to the things you can do with pompoms- and the added bonus is that they don’t hurt when you step on them!

And finally, when the prompt fits….

bw lumber
Lumber

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Kind of Geometric Shape

Just Jot It January- Memento

Ragtag Daily Prompt- Lumber

Happy Monday!

-Kat

Sip, Sap, Sup, Qi, Xi, Taj

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When I saw the prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January 2019 the first thing to come to mind was this game that I play on my phone- Wordscapes. I’m on Level 3120 so I guess I’ve been either playing it for a long time or a lot! Every time I come across a puzzle with lots of 3 letter words I fall into this mode where I run through every combination of letters to knock those out quickly.  My favorite time to play this game has been when I was/am rocking Beej or putting him to bed. (He’s a great kid but has trouble settling down for the night. He has trouble staying in his room and I refuse to lock him in.) As he learned his letters, he has been known to point out which letter he would like me to use next. Now that he recognizes words, I am anticipating the day he starts helping me with my game….

Have a good day!

-Kat