Three Things Thursday – Go Fish

Three things I’m thankful for, that make my life awesome

1.  Playing Go Fish with Miss M.
The delight on her face is fabulous whether giving another player a card from her hand or telling them to “Go Fish.”

2.  Chicken Fried Steak
Not just any Chicken Fried Steak. It must be accompanied by fries, not mashed potatoes, and the gravy should be on the fries as well as the steak. Mmmmmmm.

3.  My gold fingernail
Gold Finger . . . The woman with the Midas touch . . . Yeah, not so much . . .
gold finger



Jellybean and Rattlesnake

We had a great Easter Sunday with so much food that none of us were hungry until the following day. We played board and card games and even played Egg Roulette. (Oh, so fun, yet oh, so messy!) Once again, the g-kids collaborated on a story. They knew the routine well, but this time, they disagreed frequently on the direction of the story. That has never happened before. It was a challenge to get their stories to merge, but they were happy when they did. The important thing is that they had fun and appear to enjoy the process.

This is the result of their collaboration. It isn’t the best story they’ve ever written, but they liked it.


Jellybean and Rattlesnake

easter_bunnyOne Easter morning, Jellybean, the Forest Easter Bunny, was hopping along the trail to delivery Easter eggs to the forest animals. He hopped and whistled; whistled and hopped. Suddenly, he stopped and opened his eyes wide. Right in front of him, he saw something amazing! It was a giant Easter egg! The egg was pink and blue with red flowers. “Did it come from a giant?” he wondered.

Jellybean’s friend, Rattlesnake the Bunny, came up behind him. Rattlesnake’s face was as surprised as Jellybean’s!

Rattlesnake asked, “Is this yours?”

“No,” answered Jellybean. “It isn’t mine. Is it yours, Rattlesnake?”


Just then, they heard a booming voice behind them. “WHERE IS MY EGG?” [Note: Mr. D. insisted upon all caps.]

Jellybean and Rattlesnake felt the ground shake. They were scared, so they ran into Rattlesnake’s home. Peeking out the window in the door, they watched as two giants, a boy and a girl, walked up to the giant Easter egg. The girl giant picked up the egg and put it in her basket. The two giants laughed and said, “Let’s find more!” Then they walked away from the forest.

After the giants were out of sight, Jellybean and Rattlesnake opened the door and crept out to the trail. They looked around to be sure the giants were not still nearby.

“I still have to deliver these Easter eggs to the animals in the forest. You can come along if you want to, Rattlesnake,” said Jellybean.

“Yeah, I want to!” said Rattlesnake.

The two bunnies hopped together to each animal’s home and delivered all the Easter eggs.

After all the eggs were delivered, the bunnies returned to Rattlesnake’s house for an Easter lunch and a game of tic-tic-toe.

~The End~

The Day Imagination Ended

The popularity of coloring books for adults fascinated me for quite some time. I understand people are holding coloring parties as well. Barnes and Noble displayed a variety of them, taking up almost half an aisle. There were some on sale (bargains are usually a good thing), so I chose a flowery one called Glorious Gardens. I have colored pencils and a good set of markers, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Finding time to color took a few weeks, but I eventually found the time and desire to color. There were so many pages that started to blend together, but then I found a page filled with sunflower-looking outlines that appealed to me. Could have been daisies—hard to tell. The feel of the page in the book was lovely and I bent the binding back enough to allow the page to lie as flat as possible. Choosing the colors from the markers box invoked pleasant sensation. I do like color. So far, I’m enjoying the experience. Picking up a yellow marker, I began “painting” the petals of a flower in the center. I picked up another yellow variant and worked a flower next to the first one. Then, picking up a lovely shade of green, I started coloring a couple of leaves. This isn’t fun. A memory flooded my thoughts.

When I was about four years old, my favorite coloring book was filled with kitten images on each page. I’d color each paper kitten in varying rainbow colors, pretending to interact with each one depending upon what the kitten was playing with. I remember bouncing a ball of paper on one page to “play” with a kitten pouncing on a ball in its paper world.

Sitting on the sofa one day, I was coloring a kitten with a bright orange crayon. The kitten was standing up on its hind legs pawing at something unseen above the coloring book page. My crayon traced the tail and the legs of the kitten. I pretended my little orange kitten was chasing the crayon and made swirls all over the page. That was the precise moment my Dad saw (not observed) my actions and he yelled, “Color in the lines!”

Color in the lines.

I never touched my beloved coloring book again.

Glorious Gardens currently sits on the shelf with my markers waiting for me to try again. Maybe one day.


Three Things Thursday – Comfort Food

Three things I’m thankful for and that make my life awesome

1.  The wireless mouse that supports my laptop. Ever faithful and ready to perform its duties (even without a tail)

2. Tuna Casserole. Old-fashioned, creamy, wide egg noodles, crushed potato chips topping. Epitome of Comfort food

My thread spool rack. Can you spot the spool that looks like a radioactive symbol?radioactive symbol

Anger Inside (Reblog)

Poignant, meaningful, and relevant. Michaela put into words what I couldn’t.

I hope you, Dear Reader, enjoy reading her work and finding it applicable as much as I do.


Yeah….who am I kidding?
I’m still mad at you.
I was so looking forward to the fun!
The energy, the sharing, the teamwork.
When we’re both on….it seems to flow.
And if one of us isn’t, it’s rough.
Earlier on it was you, for whatever reason.
Over time, as we worked out the wrinkles,
Our system improved.  The teamwork evolved.
A little more giving and sharing and helping.
With you, somehow, my confidence is shaky.
But I always keep trying.  How else will I get better?

Visit Anger Inside to read the rest of the poem.

Three Things Thursday – Comfy Socks

Three things I’m thankful for, that make my life awesome
Socks so comfy, you wear them three days in a row.

2.  Cranberry Poppy Seed Bread. Sweet and tangy. Can’t remember where my recipe came from, but whoever developed it is on my Newest Bestie List.

3.  Text messaging. Seriously, what can be more amusing than autocorrect?