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Six Sentence Story: Right

Linking up with Denise of Girlie on the Edge again this week for another Six Sentence Story. This week's prompt: right.
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Ever have one of those days when no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to go right? If only she had been trying to be a straight man in a comedy duo instead of a children's chorister!  

As the children sang, "Wave on, wave on, forever, The banner of the free," one little girl on the front row jumped right up, holding three fingers in the air, and proudly (and loudly) announced, "I'm free; I'm free!" The teachers giggled along with the children as the chorister, trying to maintain composure, patiently explained, "The word 'free' in this song isn't about an age; it means we have the power to choose." The little girl popped up out of her chair again, so excited to share: "I have shoes!" 

The chorister--who also was wearing shoes, by the way--felt like walking…
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Ten Things of Thankful: Reading, Writing, and Smelling the Flowers

You probably thought I was going to say 'rithmatic at the end of that title, didn't you? 😉 Don't be silly! This week has been bursting with new growth and blossoms in the yard. I take a garden walk multiple times each day, and each time I do, I'm delighted with the progress I see. 

1. I'm thankful that, although I will probably have to wait years to enjoy blossoms on the lilacs I planted this spring, the little "Miss Kim" lilacs I planted last year are blooming. I prefer the common lilac varieties, but these little Miss Kims have the same scent. 

2. I ventured out to a local nursery this week, and purchased some fuchsias. I love fuchsias, and think I've found the perfect spot for them: in planter boxes on the north side of the house, where it is fairly shady. I'm thankful that they seem happy so far, and I'm looking forward to their beautiful blossoms.


3. Speaking of shade, not far from the fuchsias is one of my favorite areas of the yard, where…

Six Sentence Story: Eternal

It's time once again for another Six Sentence Story. Each week, Denise from Girlie on the Edge gives a prompt word and invites all to write a six sentence story based on the prompt. This week's prompt is "eternal," and at first I was thinking that would result in a deep, meaningful story--and then I got another idea. 

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Sure, she had worked before, doing the typical early-teen jobs of the time in Oregon--like babysitting and strawberry picking--but this would be her first, get-an-actual-check-at-the-end-of-each-week kind of job. She was dressed in the required uniform: the (soon to be not-) white apron; the oh-so-attractive hair net (topped off by the are-you-kidding-me hard hat); with the day-glow orange, squishy, yet strangely uncomfortable, earplugs in her hand, ready to be inserted once she entered the cannery. 

She carpooled with some friends, and they arrived at the parking lot in the dark, in time for the 11 p.m. start of the graveyard shift. Enter…

Ten Things of Thankful: May Flowers, Continued, and Other Garden News

When John and I moved into this house, we realized that our yard had quite a few iris plants. Most of the year, they look like giant, overgrown grass blades, but in May, they explode and fill the air with an intoxicating fragrance. This week, we've been enjoying their beauty.

1. I'm thankful for irises.
Monday afternoon, I went to the Red Cross to donate whole blood. 
2. I'm thankful that something that is so easy for me to do is actually helpful for someone.
I might have mentally said, "Yeah, yeah," when the phlebotomist gave me the instructions about avoiding exercise for the rest of the day. I knew I had raspberries and strawberries arriving that afternoon that would need to get planted. As soon as I got home, I started digging holes. I must admit that, even though I only needed a hand trowel, digging 70 holes when down a pint of blood took more energy than I would have expected. 
3. I'm thankful to have that project done!

Earlier this spring, a master gardener …

Ten Things of Thankful: Mother's Day Weekend Edition

Mother's Day is nearly here, at least in the United States, so it's a perfect time to reflect on the women in my life.

1. I'm thankful for my mom. I think she's as close to perfect as you can be and still be permitted to remain on earth. Her heart is pure gold.

2. I'm thankful for John's mom. She is always thinking of others, and I think she did an exceptional job raising her children. :-)

3 and 4. I'm thankful for my grandmas. My dad's mom was talkative and fun-loving. She was joyful, even though she had experienced the loss of close loved ones throughout her life. My mom's mom was quiet, petite, and incredibly strong. She never stopped learning. Both were loving and kind, and wonderful cooks/bakers. 

5. I'm thankful for my sister. She's intelligent, articulate, and caring. I love it when people think we're twins. 

6. I'm thankful for aunts and cousins, sister-in-laws, and nieces. We don't see each other often enough, but I'm pro…

Six Sentence Story: Gulf

Every week, Denise from Girlie on the Edge invites writers to pen a six sentence story based on a prompt word. It's a fun challenge, and I enjoy reading the stories that bloggers come up with. Feel free to visit Denise's blog and see for yourself! This week's prompt word: gulf. 

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Though it had been planned for weeks, she wonders if she can actually go through with it. Logically, it makes sense. One little step and it would all be over quickly. But here, standing on the high platform, primal fear rages deep inside her. I don't want to disappoint my children. Pressing ahead with that thought, she starts forward, leaving the security of the platform, and zip-lines across the gulf, where she arrives safely on the other side. 





Ten Things of Thankful: May Flowers Edition

Although apparently April was the driest on record here (or at least in Salt Lake City), the lack of showers didn't stop the May flowers. I love walking around my yard and seeing what has bloomed.

I'm thankful (1) not only for what is already blooming, but (2) for those plants that will bloom in the future. I had to pick up a prescription at Costco the other day, and when I walked into the store, there were some peonies for sale. I've seen peonies growing in my neighborhood, so I impulsively added one to my cart. I'm thankful (3) for John, who dug a hole and planted the peony for me. It's so nice to see something growing on the hillside. 

John has been doing so much work in the yard lately. In addition to planting the peony, he dug holes for four lilacs that I planted sometime in April. (Anyone else having trouble keeping track of time?) One of the lilacs is in the photo above, near the rock, but as it is just a skinny twig of a thing right now, it's barely visib…