School Trip


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“How about this one!”  

“I don’t care mom” Marie’s boredom is obvious as they peer in the glass at the beautiful cartouche in gold and silver.

“We can have one made with your name on it. It will be here in time for your birthday!”

“Fine! Whatever! Can we go now?”

Marie touches the necklace around her neck as she recalls the memory of the Egyptian exhibit. The school trip had been a nightmare and the museum was just one more boring stop.

What she wouldn’t give to go back to The Met and see it through her mother’s eye.

100 words

This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers June 6, 2018 hosted by our lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. It is a wonderful challenge. Please follow the link to give it a try!! 🙂


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If you are wondering what a cartouche is, you can follow the links in the story. I have included the definition as well as what a piece of jewelry would look like. They are beautiful and unique and I have one in gold.

Tending Her Garden


“Anonymous” Contributed by Courtney Wright

I found the old boots

Right where he said

Sitting next to the mouse                                                   

Long ago dead…


They were taped at the toes                                                 

Tattered and torn

The laces were gone

The soles were worn


He wanted to wear them

None others would do

Boots were much better

Superior to shoes


“Your mother gave me those

To work in the garden you see.

I need to tend to her roses

She will be home at 3.”


I smiled down at my dad

As he placed them on the floor

How do I begin to tell him

Mom’s been gone since ‘84.


This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers May 18, 2018 hosted by our lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. It is a wonderful challenge. Please follow the link to give it a try!! 🙂

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You bet your ass I jumped!! :-P

Yep! I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and YEP! I loved it and I will do it again! It’s been a long time since I did it the last time, but it is one of those events in one’s life that marks time. It has been 27 years since the last time I went skydiving. My daughter was only 2 at the time and my hubby thought I would do it once and have it out of my system. Nope… I did it 3 times and would have kept doing it but he said he did not want to be the single dad of a toddler and asked me not to jump again, so I didn’t. 🙂

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I have always talked about it though and recommended it to a lot of people. When I turned 50, I started talking about going again and this time I had full support from hubby! Then a friend sent me a text last week and said she wanted to go! So naturally I made plans and we went!! What a wonderful experience! Better than any ride at Six Flags, Disney World or Universal!

The most common excuse I have heard is “I’m afraid of heights!” Ok, I get that. I’m not, but strange as it may sound, you never feel like you are falling.

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The hardest part is opening the door and jumping out without passing out. However, if you are strapped to a tandem pilot, you kind of have no choice. But once you are out, the feeling is incredible. Even with the ground 10,000 feet below, you never feel like you are falling. The wind is in your face at about 120 MPH which is the same sensation as being on the back of a motorcycle going 120 MPH until the shute opens.

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Even then, there is peacefulness as you are coming down. You are floating to the ground and then you just stand up. It really IS that simple!!!

I had no fear! I trusted my pilot and had complete confidence in his ability. My guy.. Marcus has about 7000 jumps under his belt and jumps on average 10 times a day. It is a wonderful feeling and I can’t wait to do it again!

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I KNOW!! I’m crazy!! But you know what???? This is what I will say at the end of my life!
“I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived!”


It’s My Birthday and I’ll cry if I want to…

It's my birthday
Birthdays are difficult for some people. ME? My 30th birthday was awful. I found my first 2 gray hairs a week before. (I KNOW! Stupid! Why was I looking???) Although we did celebrate by going to a Kinks concert so it wasn’t that bad!

My 40th was GREAT! I took some close friends to Nashville on a Limo bus and we had an awesome time! But my 45th? Well….the world was coming to an end and I was having a nervous breakdown. But that was the year my daughter went away to school, I sold the businesses I had poured my heart and soul into and I didn’t like my husband AT ALL!! Well, he didn’t like me either so it was a mutual agreement. We are still together though and doing great now but it has been a long struggle. Anyone who knows me very well knows the story…. I also decided I needed to get a lap dog (in addition to the two English Springers we already had)! HA! I still tell people I don’t know what I was smoking! LOL! Pookie is a Yorkie and we can’t imagine our life without him! 🙂


Last year my 50th rolled around and everyone kept asking me what I was going to do. Hubby took the entire week off and we went on a trip so we could spend some time together and I could be with my best friend for a few days. It was perfect for me. I thought about getting a tattoo but I couldn’t figure out what to get, where to put it and in the end I completely chickened out because I am a complete woos when it comes to pain! I have seen some beautiful ink on people but I just don’t understand how they can sit still for it!

This year I decided I wanted a party. It was awesome fun and we had it at a local winery. As it turns out, I have several friends who are all Leos and share the same birthday or in close proximity so we all decided to have an impromptu get together (well sort of) we HAD planned it for several months. There was good wine, good food and good friends! I can’t think of a better way to spend the 22nd anniversary of my 29th birthday!! Although, there were a few missing who do not live close by and I miss them TERRIBLY!! You know who you are! I misses you a whole lot!! Hence the tears…. 😦

I love my friends and family and I feel so very, very, very blessed to have you in my life! Thank you for making my birthday weekend special! 🙂

I AM LEO! Hear me roar!



Today’s Observation:

“When all of the meek shall inherit the earth, where will all the Leos go?”

I wish I could remember where I read this. I would love to take credit for the line, but I can’t. It was in a book or magazine or something I have read over the years regarding Leos. I have known many Leos and well……..none of us can be accused of being meek!


It is my Astrology sign and to some degree I believe it is true and accurate because there are way too many similarities for me to not have SOME truth to it. Do I read my horoscope everyday and abide the rules of my life dependent on that? By no means….. But I do think the time of the year we are born might lend some faction to our personality. I have met many other Leos and we have a lot in common. Likewise with other signs, there are ones we are most compatible with for friends and partners. It is consistent for me to have friends with the same Astrological signs; ones who are most like-minded, with similar personality traits. There is a strange connection and chemistry. When you talk to couples or friends who get along really well, chances are very good they have compatible Astrological signs. And then if you have a conversation with people who seems to disagree a lot, they have a tendency to have incompatible signs. This is based on my personal observation. This is not always true of course, but it is the case more times than not.


Now… I do not believe you should base a relationship on whether or not you have compatible signs. It just seems to be the natural order of things to gravitate to the ones we are most attracted to. I think there is some truth to that old saying “Opposites Attract”. It is a metaphysical fact that you must have opposite polar ends for even a magnet to stick to one another. So the same must be true with human nature right? But there is something to be said about wanting someone in your life who compliments you, completes you and has the things in their life you want also. Even though they seem to be opposites, they have a great deal in common when it comes to cultural beliefs, morals, religion, hobbies and basic needs. Who wants to always be with someone they fight with? Although……. Nevermind, that is a subject for another day.


I, personally, gravitate to people who enrich my life. I like to learn and grow and experience new things and getting to know new people. I have a tendency to steer clear of those who suck life energy from me and who seem to be pessimistic a majority of the time. Most people do not want to be around someone who is negative ALL THE TIME! Ick……. If you are not helping that other person grow in some way, or you are not learning or adding something positive to your own life, find those who do. It will drain you! Find a way to feed yourself mentally, spiritually and physically. Yeah, yeah…for those who know me! Shut up! Do as I say, not as I do….OK?


I have had the privilege of knowing many people in several areas of the country. The North and South mostly since I have not actually lived in the West, but I have several friends who have migrated to Texas from the West Coast and I can discern, to some degree, what they encountered growing up in that region. I know couples who have successful marriages and ones who have struggled the entire time and usually end up in divorce for one reason or another. But for those who stay together (baring any unusual psychological issues) there are always a few reasons they make it and those reasons are consistent. The main one I hear is: “We just get along and we don’t fight very much and if we disagree on something, we talk about it” AHHH…that communication thing!!! OH that’s what it is??? Hmmmm….. who knew?


Well, experts have known for many generations and it has been written about, researched, talked about and has been the underlying problem in most relationships across the board. It isn’t just marriages, but ALL relationships, friendships, marriages, children/parenting, boss-employee, siblings…etc. If you want a good one, you must have trust and communication. You don’t always have to agree on things but learn to talk about what is on your mind and most of all learn to listen! This is a two-way street. Even if you may not like to hear what the other person says because it causes you pain. Consider the importance of that other person and whether or not you want them in your life. If they aren’t important enough to work on the relationship and communication…..then move on! Or learn to love them where they are and know you have been the best friend, co-worker, spouse, lover, mom, dad, sibling you are capable of being. Then find others to compliment your life. I have found, the more I give to someone, the less I focus on my needs and somehow my needs are met when I least expect it.


I think I need to qualify my statements with “We are talking about somewhat normal, average people” not ones who have serious psychological damage and need help because of abuse or trust issues.


That is a whole other matter and not one I am willing to delve into here. But having been that person, I can tell you from my experience you CAN learn to trust again and you CAN be healed and have great relationships with friends, your spouse, business partner, siblings and even children! Rock on…..


This is just my observation!


Question: What’s  your sign? *giggle*



Today’s Observation:

Many things have come to pass in my (almost) 50 years on this planet. I have seen a great deal of life but I know there are many more things to see, feel, love, grieve, write about and experience for the next half century. My 50th birthday is right around the corner. It hasn’t really snuck up on me, but it seems like only a couple of years ago I was celebrating  40 with a few of my closest friends. That birthday really didn’t bother me. I didn’t dwell on it or feel like less than a person because my goals and dreams were nowhere in the neighborhood of what I wanted them to be by my age. We are sooooo NOT going to talk about 45 though! LOL~

At 50, I am in a different place in my life spiritually and inside my own skin. It doesn’t bother me to the degree it has other people. I have known men and women who have complete meltdowns around my age and do some really wacky things. They use the defense of “mid-life crisis” but I think of it as just an excuse to do something you have always wanted to do but knew you would NEVER get away with. Middle age finally allows us the justification to do it. (or so we tell ourselves)

So as I reflect on the next few years of my life, I choose to think of what I want to accomplish at the end of them. A wise person once said to me, “The next 5 years are going to go by one way or the other. Why not accomplish something during that time instead of regretting yet another 5 years with nothing to show for it.” My birthday is going to come whether I want it to or not. I can look back with regrets or I can choose to look to the future and what I CAN accomplish next. I think I will do the latter and not feel the overwhelming desire to turn back the clock……….

Here’s to another 50!

Question #1 What are you going to do with the next 5 years?mistakes