SoCS: Lips and Gremlins

It’s been one of those weeks. Blipping tiring and frustrating. Mostly work related with a bit of messed-up weather. The Elevator Story I was out of town for a couple days this week, at a business meeting in Madison. One of my peers had been bemoaning the fact that “the gremlins” were after her all day Monday. Anything that could go wrong, went wrong. I sat next to her during the Tuesday portion of the meeting. At about 4:00 pm,Read more

It’s Okay!

At first, I LOL’d over Monday’s “Shame Your Pet” cat calendar page. I have a cat that yowls at 3:00 am out of pride for the smelly Baby Ruth he leaves uncovered in the litter box. Yeah, cats are weird. Then again… There are times when I think we’d all like to yowl about something at 3:00 am or any time of the day over the things that bring us joy. The first bike ride of the season. The coolestRead more

SoCS: So Far or As Of?

So far, it’s been quite the week for her. As of early Monday morning, March 5th, 2018, it hit without much warning. She knew she was in trouble, but not to what extent. It didn’t seem quite so powerful then, certainly not enough to keep her home from work. On Monday afternoon, trouble grew. Into tiredness, inability to think, her chest tightening,a cough developing. Quitting time became an hour before quitting time. That’s all she wrote. In her mind, she’dRead more

Upright and Breathing

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”  ~Steve Maraboli~ Words to remember, to live by. Often, I am asked by friends, family and acquaintances when meeting, “How are you doing?” Sometimes I answer with, “Awesome! I am awesome!” Sometimes I answer with, “Good, I can’t complain.” Sometimes I answer with, “Hey, I’m upright and breathing. Life is good.” SometimesRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Speed

“The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness.” “Good thing we have other people to help us remember.” ~Vera Nazarian~ And pens and post-it notes. And Outlook calendars. And Google calendars. And appointment cards. And the part of our brains that once-in-awhile remembers stuff. This was not the one-liner I intended to use today. I had an outstanding idea for One-Liner Wednesday on Sunday morning while fixing the bed-head, faux mohawk that was myRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Remedy

Yeah, beer And chocolate And puppies or kittens. Beer And pumpkin pie And warm, woolen mittens Beer And summer sun And a favorite movie Beer And family love And music that’s groovy Beer And magenta sunsets And soft Mr. Bunny Beer And one-liners And signs that are funny Beer This post has been brought to you by beer, beer and beer. It has also been brought to you by Linda G. Hill’s “One-Liner Wednesday.” All you need to play along every weekRead more

Gummy Bear Truth

Do you ever question your sanity? Do gummy bears or other gelatinous objects talk to you? Does a horned animal give you daily affirmations? Who tells you that you’re not the crazy one? Or are you crazy? While pondering the answers to these questions, please enjoy a musical interlude provided by one of me-me-me favorite Muppet characters. Happy, Joyful, Sane Wednesday! This post has been brought to you by a crazy little puppet with orange hair. It has also beenRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Sunshine

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”  ~ Helen Keller ~ There’s no better way to start a Wednesday than with your face in the sun. If you can’t see the sun today due to clouds or rain, feel free to stare at the happy little sun on your computer screen. Sunshine is positivity and light! It brightens the spirit and produces smiles. It gives warmth in the summer and hope during winter months. SunshineRead more

The Bare Truth

TRUTH 1: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” ~Abraham Lincoln~ TRUTH 2: Some doors don’t give away what’s really inside. TRUTH 3: Some doors are just not exciting enough for Norm’s Thursday Doors. TRUTH 4: A sign always tells it like it is. TRUTH 5: Very few can resist beer and aRead more

Wednesday Word of Thanks

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating “National Correctional Officers’ Week.” Each year, the first full week in May is recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, commemorating the contributions of correctional employees who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country. I thanked my co-workers with a white-chocolate raspberry cake (no ice cream) this morning. If you know someone – a friend, family member, neighbor, acquaintance – who works in a correctional setting, pleaseRead more

Half and Half Bike Ride

In response to this week’s photo challenge, Half and Half, I present photos from a Wednesday afternoon bike ride on the Wiouwash trail. Blue skies, temps around 75F, and split images made it a perfect 14-mile adventure. Click on the Half and Half link at the beginning of this post to peruse the bevy of talented photographers and their interpretation of this challenge.Read more

The Helium Chronicles

Let’s think beyond a single post written with a single focus, and lean toward the “weekly” part of “weekly writing challenge”: you’ll start your post today, but revisit and add to it over the next several days. MONDAY The sound of “helium” escapes from a Motorola cell phone. It’s a pleasant sound (in theory), one that manages to awaken a sleeping subject. This morning, at the start of the dreck that is called Monday, I dread helium as it officially signalsRead more