What do you see?

It has been a few weeks since I have done What do you see? Thanks Sadje for hosting! https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/12/21/what-do-you-see-61-21st-december-2020/

We knew mom had gotten into the apartment the minute we saw our mural. All the work we had done, now covered by her image and her famous saying. Did she ever want us to grow up or move on? Billy and I decided after we graduated college that it was time to find our own place. Being twins didn’t mean we had to live together, it was just how life went. Mom was a wreck though. She cried about losing her boys and what would we do if we needed her? Would we have time to make good meals and clean up after ourselves? When it came down to it she wanted her twins to remain toddlers, listening to their mommy with awe and fascination again. Poor mom, she must be really upset to come paint herself on our wall!

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Strange but True

Jim has a good idea here…think of role playing. Would you be the cow or the doctor? Lol! Thanks for the contribution!

A Unique Title For Me

Every time she ate, it was like she was chewing her cud and eventually her rumination got on my nerves.  I was the dietitian who was hired to treat her Rumination Disorder.  Everything that she put in her mouth seemed to need another cycle of chewing.  Her significant weight loss brought her into the hospital where she was treated for malnutrition, and I administered a high-calorie tube feeding formula, which seemed to help.  I realized that her condition was much more serious when I heard her making mooing noises.  This is a rather uncommon condition, but King Nebuchadnezzar was driven into the fields and he ate grass for seven years after he was humbled by God for boasting about his achievements.  People can suffer from a psychological disorder called Boanthropy that makes them believe that they are a cow.  They try to live their life as a cow.

Written for Stine…

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Simply Six Minutes: Look Before You Leap (or Whatever)

John has a good way of looking at different peoples’ perspectives! Thank you for the contribution!

The Sound of One Hand Typing

We hear all kinds of stories about people who enjoy dressing up like and pretending to be something they aren’t: anime characters, characters from cartoons (Velma from Scooby-Do, Where Are You? seems to be very popular) and movies (Star Wars seems to be a popular one), animals, persons of the opposite sex, persons from a different period of time (thinking Renaissance Faires) or from a different country (Highland games, with pipe-and-drum competitions, Highland dancing, and Scottish heavy events such as the caber toss, all of which are done in Highland attire), infants, and probably pieces of furniture, for all I know.

I really don’t see the harm in it, which isn’t to say that I necessarily want to participate in those activities (I did have fun playing the bagpipes with the Invermich Gaelic Society Pipes And Drums for several years, which involved wearing a kilt and sporran, and no…

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Simply 6 Minutes – Strange, but true

Trish has a real eye opening reflection here! Thanks for the contribution!


We are human beings, not human doings. A friend said this to me many years ago. I was bemoaning the fact that I was more of an observer, less of a participant.

We all have a part to play, it takes all types.

Some are exalted and fly high above the rest, draped in fine metals and materials, imbibing only the finest ingredients.

The rest of us struggle along, day by trundling day. Middling awareness, most of us, finding joy where we can.

Some drag knuckles even lower still, oblivious to what they’re missing, because the struggle is real, and the prize is survival.

No time to play. Nor luxury to observe. Human beings in a very real sense

ABOUT Simply 6 Minutes

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
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Blogging Insights

Dr. Tanya hosts this weekly: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/12/21/blogging-insights-60-organising-your-blog/


How organised are you when it comes to blogging? Do you have a blog schedule or do you play it by the ear? I used to have a sort of schedule. My mornings are usually the same…wake up, let the dog out, feed the dog, feed the guinea pigs, make coffee, then sit and blog. Most recently I have been sitting down to make miniatures before blogging, which has left me a little out of the loop. I went to bed last night telling myself that I would blog before anything else today. It feels good. Almost like I am at work with my coworkers…My WP Coworkers!

How often do you’ tidy up’ your blog? e.g. go through your Drafts Folder, or go through old posts checking for broken links etc.? I don’t really go through my drafts folder and all that because most of my blog posts either get posted or go directly to trash. Right now, I do have some items to sort through, but the only reason to do it now is because it has been brought up. Every other week maybe I go through and try to put posts under the correct headings in my menu. I figure that way if I want to find something I just click on the category, and voila! Other than that I try to keep things neat all the time. I can say that I finally found a “theme” that I actually like. Not sure how long that will last. Usually six months and I am ready for something new. I have wanted to ask people..Is there an easier way than going into “customize”, etc. to move posts under their related categories? I do put the tags and all that, but I have to manually move them if I want them to pop up when I click on the menu.

5 Things

Go here to participate: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/5-things-you-miss-about-driving-to-work/

5 Things that you miss about your daily drive / commute to work.

  1. music – I listen to music sometimes when I am home, definitely in the car, but I don’t drive everyday so I do miss it.
  2. familiarity – I always liked “knowing” what to expect along my drive. That being said…
  3. new sights – I found it fun to see the new things people did to their homes or yards.
  4. quiet – sometimes I would be driving for so long before realizing that I hadn’t turned the music on. This was more common in the afternoons when I just needed to decompress.
  5. finding new routes – every so often I would turn down some random street to see if it got me to where I needed to go. Again, this was an after-work thing.

Truthful Tuesday: December 22nd, 2020

Come tell the truth here: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/truthful-tuesday-december-22nd-2020/

What gift that you received as a child still sticks out in your mind today? What made it so memorable?

The first gift that came to my mind was this doll, Baby Alive, who could crawl and eat and drink! She had real diapers so when you fed her or gave her a bottle, you had a real dirty diaper to change. I remember wanting this doll so badly. I also remember finding out after feeding her the included food, that the food didn’t go through her as quickly and as cleanly as the fluid, so we had to stop feeding her, she was getting all gunked up.

I think this is so memorable because as a child we used to receive the Sears Toy Catalog every year. I remember sitting down with it, and a paper and pencil, to prepare my list to Santa. I would have the toy or toys I really wanted at the top of the list. Baby Alive was one of those “top of the list” things I asked for.

Check this out: https://youtu.be/LLpDMLwV3Ug

And this is the real commercial! https://youtu.be/HA8RsYEr_J8

Three Things Challenge #455

Click here to participate! https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/three-things-challenge-455/

Have fun and your three things today are:


Miller walked around aimlessly, searching for the key, the key that would unlock the truth. He was tired of the darkness, tired of the feeling of empty sockets where his eyes once were. Where in this darkness was the tissue, the tissue that held the DNA to rebuild his eyes, make him a member of the “seeing” world? No one had an explanation, maybe that is why Miller felt he had to keep searching. In the darkness, Miller continued, listening to the familiar creak and groan of the old floorboards in his now dark home.

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