Prompt – A Round Tuit

A Round Tuit

Daily Prompt

“Quickly list five things you’d like to change in your life. Now, write a post about a day in your life once all five have been crossed off your to-do list.”

My Daily List would look like this”

1. Get Around To It
2. Get Around To It
3. Get Around To It
4. Get Around To It
5. Get Around To it

Yes, I definitely need A Round Tuit. Would a round tuit point me in the right direction?

I think rather than composing lists a mile long, I need to make a list within the list of things that I need to prioritize.

My Secret: I LOVE making lists. Sometimes the lists give me more satisfaction than actually crossing off the items I’ve accomplished. Creating lists means I AM ALIVE and I have HOPE for the future. Hallelujah!

Prompt – Magical Memories

Daily Post – Hand Me Downs – September 10, 2014

Clothes and toys, recipes and jokes, advice and prejudice: we all have to handle all sorts of hand-me-downs every day. Tell us about some of the meaningful hand-me-downs in your life.


I live amidst many memories and I cherish their presence.


Pinocchio, a book that sat on my father’s bookshelf when he was a child brings me joy. I like to look inside and read his name written in my grandmother’s hand, Jimmie Davis, Christmas 1943. In 1943 World War II was being fought across the water. Although far removed from the fighting, my father and his family lived in a state of preparedness for an air attack from the enemy. My grandfather worked in the Shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. If there had been an attack on our shores the Newport News Shipbuilding would have been a prime target for attack. Someday I will give this book to my oldest grandson.


I love these fashion sketches my mother drew the year I was born. I like to imagine her, large with child (me), passing the time away creating beautiful outfits. Her drawings have such a lovely style. The same fashion and decorating sense has carried over into everything she does today; anything she wears or decorates is lovely!


I cherish the Bibles of my grandparents. So often I will hold them in my hands, open the pages, and read some of the verses they found precious enough to underline or comment upon in the margins.


A dry sink built by my grandfather now holds toys for his great-great-grandchildren.


A cabinet built by my grandfather holds treasures too…


…a purse handed down from my great-grandmother…


…flowers pressed from eighth grade graduation, and a devotional book, once belonging to my grandmother.


I hear the ticking of my grandmother’s clock every day. Its chime often connects me to thoughts of her.

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My great-grandmother used this iron to get the wrinkles out of her clothes and household linens. She would set it on the stove or beside the fire until it was hot. I am so grateful to have this in my home as a keepsake of her.


And last but not least, a throwback to a post I made about all my stacks of books. The love of books, and the books themselves, were given to me from my grandmother. She loved to read and when I think of her I see a sweet lady, curled into a corner of the couch, feet drawn up under her, smiling happily as she read her stories.

Prompt & Praise – Sisters singing “It is Well”

Daily Prompt – Moved to Tears

“Do movies, songs, or other forms of artistic expression easily make you cry? Tell us about a recent tear-jerking experience!”

Yes, singing, especially old hymns in acapella, can move me to tears. My own singing often is interrupted by a flow of emotion as I sing the words that lift up my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Bible is FILLED with verses that describe singing as a way to praise the Lord.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! ~ Psalm 95:1

Prompt – The Daily Prompt/Books, Books & More Books


Books on the floor in stacks

Digging Up Your Digs – 500 years from now, an archaeologist accidentally stumbles on the ruins of your home, long buried underground. What will she learn about early-21st-century humans by going through (what remains of) your stuff?

The Daily Prompt – Books, Book & More Books

They are everywhere…stacked in every spare space in my extra room. Do you think the archeologist would realize that the person who lived in this house LOVED books? Tee-hee! 🙂


Books on shelves


More shelves…


Books in my grandmother’s china hutch


Books in the closets. I LOVE BOOKS! 🙂

People & Prompt – The August Blues and Mary Engelbriet

The Daily Prompt for August 27th was this question:

“August Blues/As a kid, were you happy or anxious about going back to school? Now that you’re older, how has your attitude toward the end of the summer evolved?”


I was usually very happy about going back to school. One of my favorite shopping experiences as a child was going to a store with my parents and picking out a new notebook, pencil bag, pens, crayons…all the wonderful supplies that had the potential to help make me a star student. Well, I don’t think I was ever the star pupil, in fact I know so, but I still had a good time imagining myself as such! 🙂 The school supplies were the perfect prop to propel me to what I hoped was great success.


I still love collecting supplies and props that will help me succeed. One of my favorite “school” supplies are notebooks of all kinds. They are a tool to prevent me from forgetting an important date, and keep me on track with menus, entertaining, vacation plans, etc. I also include Bible verses and other inspiring thoughts within the pages of my notebooks.


One of my favorite artist/illustrator/decorators is Mary Engelbreit. I have two of her books. loved her magazine, and still use old pages of her calendars to create the collages that decorate the covers of my “to-do” notebooks.

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I put anything and everything in these books of mine, but when their “season” is over, I am glad to replace them with new blank pages. They aren’t created as a keepsake, they are a tool to keep me moving onward and looking up.


My notebook pages always have a section for jotting down new blogging ideas too! 🙂

You can read more about Mary Engelbreit here: Mary Engelbreit/About Me Page

Prompt – Why, Thank you!

Why, Thank You!

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” ~ Proverbs 27:6

why thank you

Sometimes a compliment is the best gift you can receive. At times, when it is intended as a back-handed criticism, a compliment can feel like a slap in the face.

“What’s the best (or rather, worst) backhanded compliment you’ve ever received? If you can’t think of any — when’s the last time someone paid you a compliment you didn’t actually deserve?” WordPress Daily Prompt on August 26th

Fortunately, when I read the blurb connected to today’s WordPress Daily Prompt, only a few of those dreaded back-handed compliments came to mind.

A compliment meant as a sneaky insult is the killer of friendships. When a family member is guilty of this veiled behavior, it is a black mark upon the relationship.

Best reaction: Forgiveness, Forgetfulness, but also a degree of Watchfulness. The old cliche is a true nugget of wisdom in this case:

Once burned shame on you twice burned shame on me!

A true, heartfelt compliment is like a bouquet of flowers for the spirit.

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The above photograph is a rendition of the first photograph in the post, rendered into a flower by the kaleidoscope effect found on the free site Lunapic. Check out Lunapic here:
Lunapic Free Photo Editor

Prompt – Daily Post/You Robot

You, Robot – Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

A robot would do this dreaded job for me: Cleaning Soap Scum or Mildew off of the Bathroom Shower Walls


I do dislike this job, but have found some shortcuts around it. Number one on the shortcut list is Blue Dawn and Vinegar for soap scum. It works. IMPORTANT TIP: The solution does not work if you don’t heat the vinegar. Use equal parts Dawn and HEATED vinegar. A link with a good explanation can be found here: Blue Dawn and Vinegar

To remove mildew I use pure bleach in a squeeze bottle with a tip. I squeeze it onto the mildew spots. I always seem to feel choked if I use spray mildew removers. It stays with me for over 24 hours. When I use the bleach in a squeeze bottle none gets in my lungs. Please remember to use rubber gloves when using bleach out of the bottle.

To read the Daily Prompt follow this link: The Daily Prompt/You Robot

Prompt – The Daily Prompt at WordPress/Opening Lines

I’ve decided it might be fun to take part in the Daily Prompts from time to time. The editors provide one line or word and invite WordPress bloggers to take part in the challenge. Today I accepted and below is my response to the invitation.

Jamaican Bird alongside the beautiful sea.

 Today’s Daily Prompt – Opening Lines is this:

“Opening Lines – What’s the first line of the last song you listened to (on the radio, on your music player, or anywhere else)? Use it as the first sentence of your post.”

“Ole Pirates they did rob I…”

This is the opening line of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” Redemption Song is one of Bob’s last songs, and is quite a departure from the normal reggae melodies that created his most known works of music.

Redemption Song has become one of my favorites. Perhaps it is the purity of Bob’s voice along with the acoustic guitar accompaniment. Most likely it is the timeless character of the words, many of them still so applicable to this day and time with all its horror and strife around the world.

I think my favorite line, and the favorite of so many is this one:

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our MINDS…”

Here is a version of the song from a concert in Dortmund Germany. There are a few instruments added in, but they don’t take away from the song.

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Daily Prompt – Opening Lines

You can find more information on Redemption Song here:
The History of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song