What’s Up Wednesday {10.28.20}

for: https://mixandmatchmama.com/2020/10/whats-up-wednesday-10-28-20/

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1: WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:
Tonight I made turkey meatballs to go with the homemade tomato sauce I made last night. I also made brownies on Monday.

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:
I was in Walmart looking for one of the strings of bells to hang on our back door (because the dog insists on jumping on the door even as it is being opened) and I saw a Santa suit. It made me remember how my son used to dress up as Santa every year to go to school right before Christmas vacation. I’m not sure I even have a picture of him in his Santa suit.

3: WHAT I’M LOVING:
I’m loving the progress that I am making on my house…When I’m done fixing it up I won’t want to leave it!

4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
Leaf blowing and leaf vacuuming! Living amongst the trees, we have a lot of leaves to get off the grass!

6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
Just started a brand new miniature. It should be super cute! A two story loft apartment. Today I got the floor pieces cut out and glued.

7: WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
Turkey on Thanksgiving. I was never a big turkey fan until I tried it with gravy…Now, fagetaboutit!

8: WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:
I just started reading Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins. All I’ve been watching is election stuff…I hope this week goes by fast.

9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
Lately it’s been a weird mix of music, but today in the car it was 70’s Rock.

10: WHAT I’M WEARING:
My fuzzy sweaters! It is finally cold enough outside that I don’t look like a freak wearing them!

11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
Having my good friend over for Margaritas!

 12: WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays….Tom’s on the 1st, mine on the 2nd, my mom’s was the 5th, my son’s was the 10th, Mary’s on the 11th, and David’s on the 14th. There is also Christa’s on the 1st, Aimee’s on the 22nd, Christine’s on the 2nd with me, and my stepmom, Laurette’s on the 30th.

13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW:
James is coming next week to start the work on the gutters and facia boards. After that he is fixing the two windows that won’t stay up and building the new closet to move the washer and dryer. While he is doing that David and I will be taking down the cabinets in the kitchen. After the washer and dryer are moved James will be working on putting in the new cabinets. While he is doing that I will be tiling the wall for the new shower in the bathroom. I really hope I get my home equity line of credit! The interest will be a lot less than credit cards!

Thanks for staying and sharing my month with me! It is fun to think of all the things that actually get done in a month!

Book Review – Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse

Written by Sherrill Joseph: http://sherrilljoseph.com/

Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse by Sherrill Joseph is the second book in her Nutmeg Street Detective series, and it has only gotten better! Join these young detectives as they use logic and other clues to solve a mystery that hits very close to home. 

Lanny, Lexi, Moki, and Rani are becoming well known in their neighborhood for solving mysteries. The four juveniles are smart, talented, and pride themselves on their impeccable manners and mature conversation. In this second book, Isabela de Cordoba is a young woman who has just turned 21 years old and with this birthday milestone she gets a letter from a relative long gone, her great, great grandfather. The letter alerts Isabela that there is a valuable green emerald hidden on her property, a gem worth millions of dollars. Isabela needs help finding it and when she starts hearing noises in the house, while she is home alone, she invites the Nutmeg Street Detectives to come and stay to help her solve the mysteries of her ancestors and find out if her home is haunted.  

There are many new characters introduced in this story and for the most part it can be understood without having read the first book, but it helps to know who these kids are and where they come from, all information that helps the reader understand the characters better. Based on wealth and a lot of good luck, some young readers may not relate to the characters as well, as they present themselves as four very privileged individuals.  

I give this story five out of five stars for its believable characters and fast-moving plot. In this second book of the set, Joseph has portrayed a young person today, including their use of cell phones for flashlights and pictures! This book will keep you wondering and turning pages right up to the end.  

©2020 CBialczak Book Review

Simply 6 Minutes Challenge – Oct. 27th 2020

Thank you for this great contribution!

jaquintinwriter

challenge: write ‘whatever’ comes to mind from viewing the picture

I see the inground pool and I reminisce about years I lived in the countryside.
My neighbors on one side purchased inground pools and on the other side of
them was those, including I, who could only afford above-ground ones.

Each summer we women would gather around poolside while we watched
our young children play and sometimes disagree. There was one game they
played where spoken over and over were the words ‘Marco Polo’

If only I could turn back the clock and relive those happier times of my life.
Sadly we make decisions based on circumstances and for some of us there are
no re-dos.

On occasion I dream about days and nights gone by only dreams often become
nightmares – ones I wish ne’er compare to happier yesterdays.

Word count: 129

https://christinebialczak.com/2020/10/27/simply-6-minutes-welcome-to-the-challenge-10-27-2020/

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#Simply6Minutes: poolside drama

This is a great contribution to Simply 6 Minutes!

sound mind journey

poolside drama

she: can you see the pool?

he: pool?

she: yes can you see it?

he: ya

she: you need to do something

he: thing?

she: ya, thing, like cleaning

he: cleaning? why?

she: what can you see?

he: ya, I see water

she: the dirt! the leaves!

he: ya, so?

she: so!!! do something!!!

he: ok, wait till i finish this (busily watching the screen of his mobile)

she: (silent. leaves.)

she: (returns. Hand full of stuff. Throws at him.)

he: (loudly yep) what…is this for?

she: (more loudly) do something or i’ll do something to you!!!

nothing happens after a long pause, followed by a loud splash. Someone falls into the pool.

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Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 10/27/2020


Welcome to the 6 minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

Christine Bialczak




*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

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My Contribution:

I sat looking out the window at the pool. We had it put in about four years ago and the kids had loved it for the first two years. After that it sort of sat unless I went in it, which was fine, I liked to relax and float about.

I guess the time was coming for me to drag out the cover. It wasn’t that is was hard to put on, but it was hard to drag out of the shed without picking up all the dirt and dragging that into the water. I usually had Bill here to help me but he was off with his buddies. I could wait but I started seeing leaves start to fall yesterday and the last thing I want to do is clean out all leaves before all the leaves fell in the pool.

I never knew if I was worth it to run the pump all summer if I was the only enjoying it.Then agian…..

The Weekly Smile for the 26th of October, 2020 #weeklysmile

https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/the-weekly-smile-for-the-26th-of-october-2020-weeklysmile/

I am not sure I have ever participated in the Weekly Smile but just reading Trent’s post made me smile! Thanks, I would say mission complete!

Anyhow, I have a few things to smile about…First, I picked up my new kitchen cabinets and David and I loaded them into the house. Now for the install….

Second, I was able to leaf blow my entire driveway and the edge of it on only one tank of gas!

Third, Lindsay stopped over Saturday night. I know kids love moving out into the world on their own but there is something to say about not being alone EVER since she was born! Lol! And now I’m supposed to get used to it?

It is nice to think of all the positives. Click on the link under the picture to participate via Trent’s site.

©2020 CBialczak

From my desk: 10/26/2020

About two weeks ago I took out my brand new, used only once, Stihl backpack leaf blower to blow the leaves on the driveway. It has to be done because the driveway is long and steep and tires slip when the leaves get wet. I won’t even talk about the snow! Anyhow, I blew the driveway, which was the second time this year, and it only took about 45 minutes. Looking at the front lawn I thought to myself, “hmmm, not too many leaves. This shouldn’t take too long.” Three hours later!!!

David bought from a neighbor last week a mulcher that you hook up to the lawn mower tractor and it vacuums up the leaves! He finally got it working last night. He took one loop around the front yard and the whole thing was full! The bin part of this could easily fit two adults sitting down! Thank goodness for this though, because I don’t know how many more times I can blow the front yard….and not all the leaves are down yet!

Peace to you all!

Vault: Weekend Writing Prompt

https://sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/2020/10/24/weekend-writing-prompt-180-vault/

I’m helping you….

Open the safe 

Open the vault 

Take all the money 

It’s never your fault. 

Take all the money 

Hurry up run! 

What did you say? 

This isn’t real fun? 

Why are you worried? 

Why are you scared? 

It’s not a big deal 

It’s not like I cared. 

Go ahead and cry 

I will just say goodbye 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Strange: Ragtag Daily Prompt

For the Ragtag Community: https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/10/24/rdp-saturday-strange/

It’s True

If you think that I’m strange  
 
Then maybe so are you  
 
If you think the sky’s grey  
 
It’s still really blue.  
 
If I think that you’re weird  
 
Then come along with me  
 
I have something to share  
 
Something for you to see. 
 
If this doesn’t make sense  
 
then you are totally right  
 
It’s like saying a real zebra 
 
isn’t black and white. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry