Word Wednesday is early this month because of  World Kindness Day!

claque: a group hired to applaud at a performance.  (I’ve been a claque and didn’t know it.)

gad: to be constantly active without specific purpose ( Hmmm…What are Christmas shoppers?)

kind: Everyone should know this, just checking to see if you are paying attention.


Lesson Learned!

Here’s some advice. You can choose to follow it or not.  But don’t say I didn’t warn you.  Never, under any circumstances, watch people rehab a money pit house before bed.  I learned this lesson the hard way.  Last night, my husband and I watched one of these shows right before bed.

Then I fell asleep and had this dream.  Did I say dream? I meant…Nightmare!  My husband bought this house without asking me. It was made of wood.  Every inch of it needed scraped and painted.  Every room was covered in wallpaper.  There was no kitchen, only a big empty room with holes in the walls.

I couldn’t figure out which room would be used for what, they were all chopped up. There was no grass outside, only dirt.  The deck was falling apart and under it were sheets of lattice with roaches crawling everywhere. YUK…Did I say it was a nightmare.   All I wanted was to be back in my cute, little bungalow.

Yes, you can only imagine how happy I was when I woke up and looked at my surroundings.  I guess there are two lessons here.

#1.  Don’t watch house rehab shows before bed.

#2.  Don’t take what you have for granted.

My husband asked me if I could live anywhere, where it would be?   I didn’t have an answer.It’s something to think about. What would your place be and what would it look like?  Write down all the intricate details.  Mine will have round windows, arched doorways and a rooftop deck so I can watch meteor showers.  That I know for sure.  Maybe one day I’ll wake up and find myself in that house!  Wouldn’t that be a surprise?

Oh and  speaking of meteor showers , don’t forget to check out the Orionids this coming week. Find out more at http://www.earthsky.org

Happy house writing… till next week!



Here I am. I made it to Word Wednesday with a few hours to spare!  I hope you’re still out there!

schism:  a split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief. (i.e. I’ll leave this one up to your imagination, but I know what I’m thinking..ten letters, first letter W or G)

mellifluous: (of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear. (i.e.  Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, people on THE VOICE, my husband but definitely NOT me.)

fractious: tending to be troublesome (i.e. the “voice” at the self check-out that keeps asking me to remove the last item from my bag)

I caught a cloud!


Okay.  I know it’s not the third Thursday of the month.  But I missed last week.  As I said yesterday, I went off the grid and went to the beach.

And while everyone else seemed to be catching a cold, I was busy catching a cloud! It passed right by my balcony and landed in the palm of my hand. It was light as a feather, soft as goose down. And what’s even more amazing, is the fact that my husband was nearby with camera in hand ready to snap this photo.

That… is why you should never be without your camera.  I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “Oh, wow! I wish I had my camera.”  This morning was one of those times.

A new subdivision is being built around the corner from my house.  It’s now to the point where the grass seed has been put down. I was driving past this morning and lo and behold, a gaggle of geese were stomping around gobbling up the free, grass seed. But that’s not why I wanted my camera.

I wanted my camera because these geese were blatantly hanging out just beyond the big orange sign that read, “NO TRESPASSING.”

Quick!  Somebody call the Geese Police, please!

These geese obviously thought they were above the law, bad to the bone, fearless to the feathers, outright rule breakers.  Or maybe… they just couldn’t read. Whatever the reason, I’m hoping to catch these outlaws on camera.  And when I do, you’ll be the first to know. So, stay tuned.  I’m putting my camera in my purse and I’m never going to be without it again.

Now, here is my question to you.  If you had a camera in your hand this minute and could take any photograph, what would it be?  Is it on a metropolitan street, skyscrapers looming above with distorted window reflections closing in on you?  Are you witnessing a phantasmagoric scene? (See my words from yesterday, Word Wednesday;)  Riding a bike through an imaginative place?  Rolling pierogies in a church basement?  Or maybe it’s just a gaggle of geese eating someone else’s grass seed.  Whatever it is… it’s your vision.

All I ask… is that you take at least five minutes out of your busy day and use your imagination. Describe your photo in words.

Oh and by the way, I didn’t really catch a cloud.  It’s just one of those crazy, depth of field photographs, a dreamy, optical illusion.

Don’t forget to check out my column from earlier this month!


Word Wednesday is here!  Granted it’s a week late, but I have a good reason. Yes, I went off the grid and to the beach!   Now, I’m back, with some fun, new words for you.  Enjoy!

scad:  a large number or quantity (i.e. pieces of assorted candy I ate while on vacation)

taciturn: disinclined to talk (i.e. the sun-bathing turtle I saw)

phantasmagoria: a scene that constantly changes or fluctuates (i.e. the aurora borealis…One day I hope to see it up close and in person. )

ImageOkay. I’m going live. After my first post, which seems like ages ago, I’m back. And today is the perfect day because it’s… National Relaxation Day. So kick off your shoes, socks, flip-flops or whatever and hang out a few moments. I’ll tell you about the pic.  Yesterday my column in the local paper, the Fort Mill Times came out and there was reference to today being National Relaxation Day. My husband was driving home last night at eleven o’clock and saw someone changing the letters on an advertising board outside McHale’s, a local pub. He said it looked like the word, relax. This morning we drove by and this is what we found!  I’m thinking someone read my column!!!   I think that’s very cool.  Check out this link where you can read it too.  http://www.fortmilltimes.com/2013/08/12/2883778/ok-lets-cel-e-brate.html

Okay, one more thing and then you should go and RELAX. I belong to this FANTABULOUS writer’s group. Unfortunately, I missed the meeting last week but they did a wonderful exercise. I’m posting two quite different results of what I came up with. I won’t tell you what the rules and guidelines were. You will have to hop over to Joan Edward’s totally ADDICTIVE blog and look here….http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/15-words-to-prove-that-you-are-unique-writing-exercise/    Then you can do the exercise, too.

Here are mine.  Have fun!  Till next month.


“I’m telling you. It was a MONSTER.  I saw it.  And its tongue was as long as a daschund.”

“OK. Calm down. You’re a spirited ten-year-old sapling. Do you really expect a newscaster to broadcast your story?”

This guy was making me mad. If only I had muscle, I’d stuff him in a barrel and roll him down a long, slippery slope.  What was that word mom used all the time? In-cred-u-lous. Yes, that ‘s what this man was.

“Look, Mister. If I had a camera I could’ve taken a photograph. The monster was in the post office annex.   I’m ten. I know a monster when I see one. “

“Alright. Indulge me. Take me to the  scene so I can evaluate the situation. Let’s see if I can unveil one piece of monster evidence.  Until then, I wouldn’t advertise the fact that you think you saw a monster. “


It was a tongue. He was sure.  But why was he having such a hard time taking the photograph.  He’d seen worse things before in his career.

He wondered if it was slippery.  Or if it had muscle?  Did they say they found it at the Post Office annex?

“Oh great” he thought.  “Here comes that spirited, incredulous sapling who thinks she’s going to unveil the motive behind this crime? “

“I should have been a newscaster like mom wanted me to.” He mumbled.

Maybe he needed to sit down and evaluate his life. The nagging voice in his head had him over a barrel.  He didn’t want to advertise it, but keeping his true identity a secret was wearing on him.  Maybe he just needed to indulge himself and skip town for a long vacation.

New Word Adventures #1

I promised three new words. Here they are. Don't forget to use them! 

panoply: an array of something splendid (i.e. the cookie table at an Italian Wedding)

myriad: a lot (i.e. how much bread and goodies one eats over the holidays)

munificent: generous (i.e. people who help others in whatever way they can)