Day 7-30 Day Writing Challenge by Toots

Well folks, I am woefully behind on the 30 day challenge

Even so, I’m still going in chronological order if not every single day. Today’s prompt is: Discuss your favorite movie and why it is so special to you.

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I suppose all voracious readers secretly want to be writers which is partly why The Shining is one of my favorite movies. It was the scariest book I ever read, I read it when I was a teen and looked forward to the day they made it into a movie. It’s about a writer, Jack Torrence, who has the opportunity to take a job in a remote (and haunted) hotel. His thought was that he would get a ton of work done while his family would enjoy their time at such a beautiful location. This, of course, is not how the story played out. Stephen King wove the story in such a way that you slowly see the horror unfolding rather than smack you in the face with it, like so many movies of today do.  It remains for me, one of those movies I can watch over and over, now I want to see Dr. Sleep, the supposed sequel to The Shining. I always wondered what happened to that kid!


This post is in response to Toots 30 day writing challenge, if you are up for it, you can join in any time right here!


Day 4 of the 30-Day Writing Challenge by Toots

Me in Cozumel



Day 4 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge by Toots is:

“Something that excites you and fills you with joy.”

Well, that something is any chance I get to go on a cruise. I’ve been on two now, I loved both equally for different reasons. My first cruise was with my Sertoma group back when I lived in southeast Texas and was a part of Sertoma (a service group that does fellowship and fundraising for the community). We had a blast and it was so fun as my first cruise ever. The piano bar was just one highlight of the many that marked a fabulous experience. I have so many great memories, with pictures of course. Being on, in, or near the water is what really brings me joy, the cruise brought the excitement. I could go on and on but that cruise was a short one, destination Cozumel. There was more memories made at sea than Cozumel that time, but the highlight of the cruise was getting to swim with the dolphins, a once in a lifetime experience I’m sure!

My second cruise was longer, on a different ship, but with a few of the same people. My best friend since childhood accompanied me, and we made some new memories together. We went to Belize, Honduras, and Cozumel on that one. Oh my, I got to experience snorkeling for the first time in Honduras, I wanted to go again but did not choose that for another excursion. If I ever get to cruise again, I will! I loved it!

Belize was not what I had envisioned, yet I had fun taking in their zoo. Again, if I ever get to go back, I will pick a different excursion, I wanted the tropical paradise. What I got was a long (but entertaining) bus ride through the poverty ravaged country, a trip to the zoo, and some swimming at a strange sort of pool with slides and toys. It was hot as Hades and our time was limited, but we had fun.

Cozumel was a fun-filled day at the beach, now this is what I’m talking about! Drinks in my hand, toes in the sand, hanging out and meeting new people. I hated for it to end. Then we had like an hour to shop run around cashing in our coupons from the book you get on the ship during one of the promotion seminars. We got lots of jewelry and other souvenirs. We saw a fire show. I went to Senior Frogs and had the famous boob shot. What a blast!

Of course we had fun on the ship as well, not the same kind of piano bar this time, but there were games and music around the piano. My friend Kaye seemed to enjoy my Sertoma friends and their spouses, we ate fabulous food, saw wonderful shows…I’d recommend cruising to anyone willing to try it out! Let’s just wait until this coronavirus scare is over with, shall we?


For more cruise pics check out these posts here and here.




Day 2 of the 30-Day Writing Challenge

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It’s day 2 for me that is, of the 30-day writing challenge from Toots which I started yesterday. I’m guessing wherever you want to start is fine with her, I didn’t see it until after the month started, so I’m just jumping in and carrying on.

– Day 2: Something you regret not doing last year.

Hmmm, that’s a hard one. I can barely remember what I did yesterday, so how to know what or if I regret not dong something last year??

If I really sit and think about it I can come up with all sorts of regrets. Not making enough time for friends because I bury myself in this writing thing, but then again, that’s the only way to hone your craft. I make time for my dad because he needs me, (and because I love him, duh) but what about my friends? Do they need me? I need them!

I regret not writing more articles that might have earned me a paycheck, that is something I HAVE to work on harder this year, but I get bogged down with emails, writing challenges, writing stuff on Medium, etc. I prefer creative writing over business writing yet the latter is the one that could pay the bills.

I regret not making the trip to go meet my grandchild (a long story in itself) but it was a hard year with the medical issues I had and the fact that Dave’s mom passed and we had no time due to clearing up her estate and getting her house sold. I’m hoping we can find the time this year, but it’s a long way from here and that all depends on Dave’s job and how much time he has for vacation. Some things are simply out of my control, unless I were to make the trip alone, I don’t see that happening.

So, that’s about it, I’m sure I could think of more but my belly is speaking to me and I must go feed it! If you want to get in on this fun challenge by Toots, do it here!




Rising to the Challenge-30 Days Writing Challenge Thanks to Toots!

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Hey there, calling all bloggers!

I know you may not be all about another writing challenge and truthfully, I am strapped for time myself, however…

I was introduced to another new blogger when she so graciously decided to follow me, and I checked out her blog-which is what you’re supposed to do, right?!

So I saw she has started a new 30-day writing challenge to stimulate her creative juices, I thought her questions were intriguing and if you do to and want to play along, check out her post with the challenge questions here.

Maybe I can figure a way to incorporate two challenges into one or something, plus, I’m late in the game to start, I’ll just start my 30 days from this day forward. Go check out her blog and see what else you can learn about Toots, she seems like a nice, young gal.

Ok. The first question in the challenge is this:

Day one: Something you are looking forward to this year.

That one is easy, I actually have a few things I am looking forward to this year! Two have to do with music. I have a birthday concert coming up which I have already mentioned once a while back. That one is with my good friend Michelle. Then, my oldest son bought us tickets to go see Korn and Faith No More for our combined birthdays so we could attend a concert together, something we have not done in a long time!

The other thing I’m looking forward to is a girl trip with my friend Stephanie and her caregiver, Cristina. We are going to my favorite place, Port Aransas at the end of May. We are going to parasail, something I have never done! I am so excited about that…and maybe a bit nervous too. I’m sure it will be thrilling for this old lady, a new view on my beloved island. I hope I can take my phone so once we are airborne I can have proof I did it! Us ladies are going to have so much fun together, three days won’t be nearly enough yet I’m grateful they asked me to go, I have been missing the beach for a long time now.

I’m also looking forward to the possibility of a vacation with my husband, yet we are not sure when or if this will be a reality this year. We have not been on one for two years and he needs a getaway desperately. In fact, I feel guilty that I get to go somewhere and he doesn’t, so I’m really hoping he makes time for himself to relax. With all of my medical issues last year and family commitments as well, work being so time consuming and problematic, he just needs a break. I’m praying he gets one.

What are YOU looking forward to this year? C’mon and play along! I can’t wait to see your answers! #toots30daychallenge