Posted in Prompt, Words, Writing

A Post About Nothing

Do you Follow The Confusing Middle at ConfusingMiddle.com here on WordPress? Well, you should! They give these super cool weekly Prompts to write about.. like this one.

The subject of “Nothing”.

You know, there is really no such thing as Nothing. It’s seriously impossible to do. You will ask someone, “What are you doing?” and they will reply, “Nothing”. But, that’s a Lie! They could have been Thinking, Daydreaming, Sleeping, Peeing, Picking Their Nose, Watching Television, etc.. but I guarantee you they were doing Something! It might not have been important but physical Nothing is impossible.

Future Plans? “What are you doing today?”. “Nothing”. is also impossible. You just don’t know what you are doing yet. You haven’t set any actual plans, but once again, you will wind up doing Something, whether you like it or not.

I think the only way I can believe in Nothing is in the Biblical sense. But even then, there was Darkness, and God said, “Let there be light!” (Genesis).

Posted in Creativity, Focus, Imagination, Writing

Last Quiz

Yay, and Boo for being the final Captains Quiz, but at least I can participate and I am sure some more will come next year!

That being said,. Here I Go:

1. Santa Claus is on a health kick this holiday season. Instead of milk and cookies, what snacks would you leave out for him?

I love raw vegetables so how about some Broccoli and Cauliflower Florets with sides of Ranch And Hummus for dipping. As for a drink, you can’t go wrong with a thermos full of hot water and his choice of flavored, herbal tea. Grab some honey or sugar cubes for the Reindeer while you’re on the way out!

2. Picture your 8-year-old self. You are home alone during the holidays, when burglars try to break in to your house. What do you do?

Burglars?..Oh, Heck No, I would be hiding somewhere and when they didn’t notice, I would sneak out.. maybe through a window, and run to my neighbors house to have someone call for help. I’m 8! Who am I to encounter a Burglar?

3. Have you ever bought a gift for someone else that you wanted to keep for yourself? If so, what was it?

Yep! A long time ago, I bought a stuffed bear for my BFF who collected stuffed animals, for Christmas. But, I fell in love with it. When I visited her house and saw the way she took care of things…or didn’t, I came home and unwrapped the bear keeping it for myself, and bought her a different stuffed animal that wouldn’t show dirt as much. No, I never told her and probably never will.

4. Which would you rather build: a snowman or a snow fort? Explain your decision.

A Snowman! I love Snowmen plus, it takes a lot of work just to build those! I don’t like playing in snow because I don’t really like cold weather. Plus, the song is ‘Frosty-The-Snowman’ not ‘Frost House-The-Snow Fort’

5. It is your job to remind others to drive safely in treacherous winter conditions. Write a Public Service Announcement that will play on the radio this winter.

Ladies and Gentlemen:. May I have your attention please! Due to the cold front coming through and other treacherous weather conditions in your areas; we would like to remind you to please drive safely this Holiday! You don’t need to drive to fast over the River or through the Woods to reach your destinations. Thank You.. This has been a Public Service Announcement.

6. There is a holiday party at your workplace and everyone must bring in one dish of food to share. What are you bringing?

Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl. My Spinach Dip is a bit different than the package in that I don’t like Water Chestnuts… Heck, those don’t even roast on an open fire!.. and I use Black Olives and lots of Garlic. Plus, with the Bread Bowl, the plate issue is at least partially solved.

7. Someone got you a hippopotamus for Christmas because you insisted, “only a Hippopotamus will do”. How did they give it to you?

Some people can be super nice and creative in gift giving! I love my Hippo! I was told we were going to visit the Zoo at Christmas but I didn’t know I would have my own Hippo! His exhibit had purple balloons everywhere.. because that’s my favorite color.. and I got to feed him and brush him. I named him Hilbert and I can visit him anytime I want because he’s mine.

8. What advice would you give someone who isn’t good at wrapping presents?

Here, Let me teach you like my mother taught me. Lay the paper down and put the box on top. Now cut around the box. Cute even for the edges if possible. Okay. Now fold the side across the back like so and tape. Then, crease the edges like this and fold, now tape. If you want to add extra tape, that’s fine. Add your bow and tag at the end.

9. In the movie, Home Alone, Kevin McCallister says, “Be sure to bundle up if you go outside. It’s a little nippy.” How do you stay warm when it’s cold?

It was cold today and I went to Starbucks. But on normal, cold days, I prefer to bundle up in my pajamas and robe and slippers, if I have nowhere to go and read books or watch movies while drinking something hot like Cocoa, Coffee or Tea. If I have to go out, I prefer to bundle up in Sweats and Long Sleeves as well as a warm jacket preferably with a hoodie and boots

10. Are you a Dasher or a Dancer? Why?

After my morning Coffee, I can become a Dasher but that depends on my plans for the day. I am also a Dancer as I have been known to dance to the music in the grocery stores and casinos if it’s any good. So, I guess I am a combination of the two. Hey, maybe you can call me a Dashancer!

BONUS QUESTIONS

1. Santa is about to put you on the naughty list this year. Convince him he’s making a mistake and that you were a good person in 2021.

Dear Santa,. I don’t understand. Let me share some of the nice things I did this year. I have given food to the hungry. I even volunteered at a Food Bank. I have done favors for and helped my friend when she was sick. I have tried to remember Birthdays and other occasions and wished people well. And, despite my age, I still believe in you and the Spirit of Christmas. I do hope you will reconsider.

2. There have been allegations that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was bullied by his fellow reindeer. The North Pole calls you in to give the reindeer a stern talking-to. What do you say?

Gather Round Everyone! – You know, I remember what it was like to be bullied for being different. I was the smallest and skinniest child in class. I was called ‘Skinny Bones Jones’ and ‘Sticks’ plus, I wasn’t good at sports so I was always the last to be picked on the team. It really hurt my feelings and it took me a long time to get my self-confidence back. I want you all to put yourself in Rudolph’s shoes..or nose.. and see how you would like it. There won’t be anymore Reindeer Games if I get this report, again!

3. On the television show, The OC, Seth Cohen created Chrismukkah as a way to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Meanwhile, on Seinfeld, George Costanza’s family celebrates Festivus – a secular and non-commercial holiday – on December 23. Create your own alternate winter holiday and tell me all about it. What’s it called? What are the traditions? Who can celebrate?

Window Look Out Day! This is the one day when you look out the window and admire the beauty! Yes, it’s cold out. So, light a fire and stay warm. But, be extra thankful for the natural beauty God has provided. Watch the Birds or Deer, whatever is in your area, and throw them some extra food. Teach your children about others who live in cold climates like Iceland or the North Pole. Pop some Popcorn, as well. This is one day to Be Thankful, Focus on the cold, and stay Warm. I think the end of January would be appropriate. Let’s make it the last Friday of January each year and give the children a 3 day weekend. Their parents can take over for one day.

Answers are due by Festivus – next Thursday, December 23 at Noon! Results will be posted on Christmas Eve.

Good luck!

Posted in Book Review,, Books, Creativity, Writing

‘Bitter Is The New Black’ by Jen Lancaster..A Book Review

Okay, This is my opinion on this book. If you are the actual Author or know her, I am in no way trying to offend. I am only a small fish in a large pond with her own views, after reading.

That being said;

“Bitter Is The New Black” is supposed to be a Memoir. Supposedly, it is fact and fiction mixed regarding the Author and how she began her writing career.

However,

If you have ever read any of the books in the , Confessions Of A Shopaholic’ by Sophia Kinsella, you will know it is about a girl with a shopping problem who receives letters from creditors and her creative ways of dealing with them. The situations she gets in are quite amusing.

‘Bitter Is The New Black’ and Jen’s situations are not quite as amusing as they are pretty much copied from the Confessions series with the exception of using email instead of actual letter writing. The topics and situations are a tad different, but the writing style is almost exact, taking the humor away and making one wonder

Does Jen know Sophia Kinsella and did she get permission to write this way?

I may not have written a book series (but have written a book on a self-publishing site) but, I know what plagiarism is and also a fine line, when I read it.

I prefer books written written by oneself in their own style

Posted in Class,, Learning, Sharing, Writing

Saturday Sharing

Hello Class,

Another week has gone by and boy is the year going by fast!

I am glad you are all over 18 because the things I learned are a bit odd.

I watch different cooking shows and it was mentioned on one of them that Pineapple can make your semen taste better. Obviously, this was Not a professional show. Now, I cannot and will not have someone test this to see if it’s a fact. But, if you are a man, you may wish to test it with your woman. No, I really do not care to hear about the results.

The 2nd thing I learned refers to the Holocaust. The selections of how many people were allowed to live when the trains arrived was determined every day by how many workers were needed in the camp; despite the fact that a lot of work was useless.. like moving gigantic cement blocks from one end of the camp to the other.

Looking forward to reading about what you have learned this week. It could be about Anything!

Posted in Animals,, Life, Mobile Home Park, Writing

Manager, Pillow & Cat

My Park Manager is so annoying!

After having to ask someone to move the mattress from the front next to the house, I had to ask a neighbor today to move it back to the front NOT against the tree (God forbid my one old mattress makes the park look crappier then it already does) because the Junk Guy comes around, tomorrow. I hope he takes the mattress even if it’s laying down!

*I wrote a letter to the Mobile Home Park Management Company telling them about the Manager, here! No, I did not sign it or put a return address except as “A Park Resident”. It may not help, but it can’t hurt.

My Pillow from Fingerhut is on the way. I swear, that thing has traveled more than I have, in the last few days. HA! Mississippi, Texas and now it’s in Arizona. I wish it would get here. It’s been a terrible month for Migraines and I am really praying it helps…along with my new Mattress.. which I seriously Love!

Ending on a note to make you smile!

Most cats catch mice. My Suzy cat sleeps in them

Posted in Creativity, Writing

The Last Olympic Games

This is the last Olympic based Blogger Game about Paul at The Captain’s Speech. This time, the questions are True Or False about Him. Once again, I encourage you to check out his blog at ‘Captain’s Speech’ and once again, my answers are in Bold:

1. I used to have two pet fish named “Fish E.” and “Binoculars”.
A) True
B) False

2. I got lost in an Olive Garden (the restaurant).
A) True
B) False

3. I found $5 in a book at the public library.
A) True
B) False

4. I was vacuuming the house at Age 3.
A) True
B) False

5. I fell in a puddle at recess in elementary school.
A) True
B) False

6. I don’t drink coffee.
A) True
B) False

7. I keep a lucky penny in my sock.
A) True
B) False

8. I prefer to use a pencil instead of a pen.
A) True
B) False

9. I like cauliflower with tomato sauce.
A) True
B) False

10. I normally eat dinner after 7PM.
A) True
B) False

And now, a few questions from Paul, but I might not answer them all…See what I did there?  They are:


Did you have any pets? Have you ever gotten lost? Have you ever found money? Are you a cleaner? When was the last time you fell? Do you drink coffee? Do have any superstitions? What do you like to write with? What cooked vegetables do you like? When do you eat dinner?

My blogs official name is CatsandCoffee and my blogs title is Midlife Cat Lady so, Yes, I have pets. 3 beautiful cats! I had 4 but lost Puma to Liver Failure last February. I had to throw that in because I still miss her! I have always been an animal person having had Dogs, Cats, Hamsters and Fish growing up! I answered the Coffee question also, this way. I can’t start my day without Coffee. I do go to Starbucks once in a while for my Vanilla Latte with two extra pumps Vanilla, but not to often.

Am I a Cleaner? I’ll take the 5th. Lol. Actually, I do clean but I could probably do better. My mother was like model home level clean and I prefer more the Lived-In Look.

I am very klutzy so I Fall a lot. I don’t remember the last time, though.

No, I am not Superstitious. I believe in God and really think Superstition comes from the other side.

I prefer Pens verses Pencils. Especially, Pens with Purple Ink!

When Do I Eat Dinner? – Well, the good thing about being an Adult and living alone is, I eat when I am hungry. Although, I try not to eat a full meal to late and to cut Caffeine off, early.. unless I am out somewhere super late since Caffeine keeps me awake.

Cooked Vegetables? – I love steamed Cauliflower, Frozen (defrosted and cooked obviously) Peas & Carrots, Corn On The Cob, steamed Artichokes…I could probably go on..but it just makes me hungry.

Anyway, I look forward to more Blogger Games in the future and am looking forward to seeing the final scores after this one.

I

Posted in Creativity, Life, Phone, Writing

Saturday Sharing

Welcome to todays installment of What I Learned This Week.

Please join the discussion in the Comments

First, I learned if you switch phone plans and phones periodically, you can really save money!  Cricket had a great deal which included a Free Phone at $5.00 a month for the next 6 months with Autopay. This is actually a government program for those who qualify, and the phone is a Cricket Ovation 2 with 5 g. which is really good.

The 2nd thing I learned is about the Tarantula:

The male Tarantula is the one that goes looking for a mate. If he sees a nest and maybe a females leg hanging out of it, he knocks…. Pay close attention to the next part. It’s funny and creepy as hell….The female meets the male at the entrance and if she likes him, she approves. If she doesn’t like him. She eats him! Imagine? Knock..Knock… “Hello,. Oh Hell No, You are totally ugly and have an attitude. But, I am hungry and now you won’t waste anyone else’s time!”…

Oh, but it gets worse..

.So, the female has approved. Now the male…. probably to make sure the female doesn’t change her mind…stuffs his ladies mouth with some webbing..a gag, if you will….Bet, you never knew Tarantulas were kinky! But alas, their not. He has to use his hands/claws/legs? to get his juices/etc and put them inside the woman…How sadly unromantic is that?

I also learned a male Tarantula can live 12-14 years, if he doesn’t get eaten.

I actually learned more about Tarantulas but am starting to get itchy writing this, so I will end, here.

Looking forward to hearing/reading what you learned.

Posted in Creativity, Music,, Prompt, Uncategorized, Writing

Don Henley – The Heart Of The Matter Lyrics – video Dailymotion

The Confusing Middle has given us the word, ‘Forgiveness’ as this week’s Prompt. Before I get into this:. Why don’t you go visit the site? It’s really cool and thought provoking….I’ll Wait…

Twiddling my thumbs…do do do do, do do do, do do do do,..do,.. do do do do do, thinking weird thoughts, hmmm..do I have time to o…Oh, You’re back? Great! Hope you are a new Follower for them, now.

Okay, So the first song I think of when thinking of Forgiveness is the one above.

But, Forgiveness does not have to be romantic. God say to forgive others 70 x 7, I believe…I could be mistaken. I know there are a lot of 7’s….

Anyway, Forgiveness does not mean forgetting or that the hurt is gone. Emotional and even physical healing takes time. It doesn’t mean you have to let those people back in your life, either. Forgiveness means you can keep going through life without the hardness in your heart or your need for revenge. It means learning about and setting up Boundaries that you decide and will accept.

So, there’s my post on Forgiveness, and if you didn’t like it, Forgive Me for wasting your time.

Posted in Humor, Writing

Want To Play A Game?

I have just started Following Paul at The Captain’s Speech.   He has lots of fun and interesting games for us Bloggers to participate in.  This series is called The Blogger Games, and while I know nothing about him except what I read in his About page, I am going to participate!

Each week, the Games will consist of multiple choice questions about Paul which follow specific topics. This week, the topic is food:

Warning:. I did copy some of the wordage from another Bloggers Post, so please forgive me.  I have added and changed a few things so it’s not complete plagiarism.

Remember, these questions are from and about Paul.

1. At which restaurant did the waiter pour ice cubes down my back?
A) Red Lobster
B) Pizza Hut
C) Swiss Chalet
D) The Cheesecake Factory

2. Which of the following fell out of the bottom of a takeout container and onto the sidewalk?
A) Pasta
B) Noodles and Honey Garlic Chicken
C) Burger and Fries
D) Chicken Noodle Soup

3. Which condiment would I never put on a hot dog?
A) Relish
B) Ketchup
C) Mustard
D) Hot Peppers

4. Which is my favourite donut chain?
A) Krispy Kreme
B) Time Hortons (sic)
C) Coffee Time
D) Country Style

5. As a kid, I would make a “Saturday Night Drink” that consisted of: ice, lemon slices, and which soft drink?
A) Ginger Ale
B) Sprite
C) Coca-Cola
D) Diet Pepsi

6. Where did I eat watermelon for the first time?
A) After my softball game
B) Field Trip
C) Friend’s Birthday
D) In the street playing road hockey (snack break)

7. Which food did I mispronounce to a cafeteria worker at school?
A) Rhubarb Pie
B) Provolone Cheese
C) Falafel
D) Potato Wedges

8. Which dessert did I drop on the floor at a buffet?
A) Brownie
B) Cupcake
C) Ice Cream
D) Lemon Bar

9. Which of the following cereals have I never had?
A) Cinnamon Toast Crunch
B) Corn Flakes
C) Shreddies
D) Rice Krispies

10. When I got braces, which food did I start cutting in half before eating?
A) Crackers
B) Grapes
C) French Fries
D) Sandwich

My turn to share…
Paul says: Tell me about you and food. What do you like to eat? What don’t you like to eat? What foods are overrated? What condiments do you stay away from? Any fun food stories from your past?

Let’s see, I am a Flexitarian which means I am a Vegetarian but I also eat Fish and Chicken, occasionally.  When, I did eat meat, I enjoyed Liver. I have always been a picky eater… partially because I have a rare, metabolic disorder and most food would cause me to hurl…. but as I grew older I have branched out to a lot of different cuisines. I love Italian, but not Tomato Sauce.. although, I do like Tomato Paste. I think the main cuisines I am not overly fond of are Hawaiian and Mexican. Although, there was the time we went to a Luau in Hawaii and I finished my and my parents Poi before they explained what it was. I really couldn’t figure out why they served Chocolate Pudding before dinner. HA!

Anyway, I believe I Bolded my answers.

Check out, The Captains Speech if you want to participate.

Posted in Animals,, Humor, Life, Me, Writing

Saturday Sharing

Hey, it’s Saturday, and this is the part of my blog where I share what I have learned this week. I hope you will join me and share what you’ve learned, in the comments.

1. A Whale is related to the Hippopotamus. This actually came from a blog I Follow, but I can’t find the person to give credit to, so, if it’s you…Thank You!

Facts from ‘The Gentle Barn’ in California. ‘The Gentle Barn’ is an animal rescue organization that rescues abused farm animals. I totally want to visit! Can we say Bucket List item? They even encourage you to Hug A Cow! Okay, back to things learned:

2. The Turkey is the closest living animal to the Dinosaurs. Gives a whole new perspective to Thanksgiving Dinner now, doesn’t it?

3. The Pig actually has dog like tendencies and likes to have their bellies rubbed. *They are also quite smart and they are clean animals when not playing in the mud…but, I knew that.

4. If you are allergic to Wheat (Me) and you usually take GlutenEase Extra Strength, you need to take 2 pills of GlutenEase Regular verses one of Extra Strength, to get the same results. Yeah, that was a tough life lesson.

5. And finally, Critical Racial Theory is now being taught in schools. It’s pretty much Marxism or reverse Racism teaching about all the terrible things White People did, over time

And, the bell has rung so class is over. See you all next week. Same seats. Keep your eyes and ears open to learn something new.