Day 6 of the 30-Day Challenge by Toots-Bucket List

Oh, how I’d love to fall

Right out of a moving plane

Soaring to the ground below

Only to cheat death again!

Flying high above the ocean blue

Parasailing with you, and you

Swinging legs and thrilling heights

Eye to eye with other’s flights

Can you guess my two bucket list items?

Well the ultimate is not a poem stated here, living the dream by the ocean is my penultimate on the list!


Day 5 of the 30-Day Writing Challenge by Toots


Daily Routine

Obviously, I’m not dong this 30-day challenge on a daily basis, yet here I am with number 5 on the list anyway.

Upon waking, I usually check emails on my iPad before I ever get out of bed, this helps me prioritize my time. Then I stumble into the dressing area and take the first of the 6 pills I take in the morning. Luckily, only one is a prescription, the rest are supplements. After that I decide contact (yes I only wear one) or glasses and head to the kitchen where I make one or the other-apple cider vinegar tea, or coffee. Both are a process, but I have it so down pat now that I can drink my ACV tea while I’m preparing my coffee, by the time it’s done, I have finished the tea. I only drink the ACV tea a few days a week, to detox my liver and help me maintain my weight.

While I’m making the coffee, I apply coconut oil to my legs from the knees down, this my little dog Whiskey likes to lick off and that is how my morning starts. she is in such a habit (Brandy sometimes joins in) that she will gripe at me if I don’t remember. I know it sounds weird, but that is how I get the coconut oil into her, which is as good for her coat and insides as it is for me. Most of my readers know how I drink my coffee; with coconut oil, grass-fed butter, sweetener like Stevia, a dash of Ceylon cinnamon, and a smidge of pure vanilla extract. Then I whip it up in my Ninja blender cup and pour it into my thermos coffee cup, it lasts all morning without going cold!

Most of the time after that I head straight into my home office and sit down to blog, answer blogs and emails, and do my writing for the day. Sometimes it’s just the blog(s) and sometimes its blogs + an assignment on Medium. When I have opportunities, I write for magazines or other paying publications, but I have not had any work like that in a while. Most of the time, I submit previously written pieces to paying contests, hoping to win. That is not paying me anything, but writing on Medium is starting to pay of, even just a little.

Sometimes if I need a break, I will do a bit of housework or work on a Diamond Art Painting project. Sometimes, I get out of here and go run errands, and other days, I go have lunch with Dad and hang out with him a while, it just varies. I know, I need to spend more time writing the kinds of articles that will make me some money, I have just not been inspired lately. It’s more fun to answer to challenges, or blog about the word of the day or whatever.

If I feel like I’m stiffening up, I will stop and do some exercise. Depending on how the day is shaping up, depends on when I take care of my personal hygiene, put on clothes and make-up and get ready for the day. There have been days I got so into what I was writing, I stay in my pajamas til lunch!

Later on when my husband gets home we either prepare dinner, eat leftovers, or go out to eat, depending on what day of the week it is. The rest of the night is usually spent watching tv and messing with games or something on our iPads, sometimes we break routine and play pool. Other times I may color in my adult coloring book on my next project for Linda G Hill’s Escapist Coloring Club. Every once in a blue moon I might try to crochet something, but I’m no good at it. I should practice more.

I always have water or ice tea next to me, my JUUL, and if I’m not eating a meal, I’m chewing gum or sucking on a sugar-free hard candy, but most of the time it’s nothing but a drink. Lots of days I completely skip lunch, but when I do, I’m freezing and ravenous by dinner. So I try to have a snack in that case.

Wow, after writing all this, I sound like a complete bore. I’m really not, at least I don’t think so, but when you are a writer, you do spend lots of time alone. Other than date night with my hubby and lunches with my dad, I do go to Bunco with friends once a month, and occasionally there are other social events on my calendar, I also volunteer once a month for my church’s mobile food pantry.



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