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WOD Challenge 07-18-21 Nobody Expects to Win

More interesting light fixtures at Winstar

Nobody expects to win at a casino.

However, losing still sucks, because even though you don’t expect to win, you have high hopes. Oddly enough, we won back more more money at the penny slots than the dollar ones, yet we still lost our money in the end. Alas, we still had a good time because we were there for more than just gambling.

I give you a parting shot as we were leaving this morning, I guess I’m obsessed with lighting, as I found these very interesting light fixtures. We had a lovely time, and now it’s back to business as usual. What can I look forward to next? I better get to planning something, lol!

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When Is Your Writing Cathartic?

Happy Mercoles everyone!

When is your writing cathartic for you? What subjects give you that emotional release?

I find that writing about my mom and our relationship, or talking about how much I miss her, is when it’s cathartic for me. Also, my kids and our relationship. So maybe for me it has to be that personal connection. I’ve written pieces that have made me cry when I looked back on them. Others that have made me angry, made me laugh, or made me remember a specific time in my life.

I should draw on this more, before writing starts feeling like a chore.

What about you? Does just the act of writing something provide that cathartic release? Or do you also feel like you need that personal connection? Tell me in the comments!


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WOD Challenge 3-24-20 Write Your Own Obituary

You know, I was just thinking about this for a post the other day! Due to us all hanging out at home more, I thought what a great time to encourage others to write their own obituary, it is a writing exercise someone taught me a while back. It’s great practice, providing a fabulous prompt if you are stuck for something to write.

What would you want to leave behind? This is a chance for you to examine your lives, say what you want to be known for, or simply contemplate your own worth. Have you accomplished everything you ever wanted to? Would you die happy and ready if the time came tomorrow? How about we all give it a shot and then, if you feel like it, share them with me. If you don’t want them posted here, you can shoot them to me an email. I think it could be an interesting introspective. I’m going to try it myself, I may learn something!

The other thought I had was crafting our own autobiographies. Who knows? One or some of us could become famous someday for the words we write today! Maybe some of you have already done this. I actually had one started myself, but WORD has locked it from me and I can’t figure out how to get back in. (Me and my computer problems, ugh!) It was going to be called, “Me and My Short Self, A Memoir.”


My obituary would go something like this:

Kimberly S Smyth

Kim was a loving wife, mother to Sean, Joshua, and Christopher, daughter to Gus and Betty Robicheaux who never took life too seriously, choosing to take it as it came, one day at a time. A planner as well as a pantser, she loved to entertain family and friends, write, craft, play games, and work in her yard. A born caregiver, she worked for years in the medical field, as well as caring for others in her family. She was liked by many, loved by a few, loved her family and friends fiercely, and leaves a legacy of written words behind. She is survived by her husband, David, her children and grandchildren, her father, and her brother, Kevin. Her extended family is all over the world. She loved to volunteer her extra time when she could, take trips to the ocean, and a great margarita. Summer and spring were her favorite seasons, and music was her first love.

Ok, this is hard y’all. Obviously, this needs some work, but you get the idea. At any rate, it’s good practice and it get’s you to thinking about your life and what you can say about it. What do you think? Feel like taking a stab at it yourself? Good luck, then, I can’t wait to see your posts, or read your emails.



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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




WOD Challenge 2-27-20 Mockery

I don’t mean to make a mockery of the process,

Yet in this thing I must confess

Earning money for writing is hard!

Each day words hammered out with no regard,

To whomever chooses to pay attention

Hoping for recognition, or affection

Fame and fortune is so far off,

I might as well write it off.

Maybe I should drive for Lyft,

Or dash some food to those adrift

Too lazy to go get their own darn food,

Line my pockets with cash, that’s good.

Come home and write a poem about that!

Maybe then my wallet get’s fat.

Ah, who am I kidding, writing’s my bag

Someday with luck I’ll earn some cool swag.

It’s just that there’s so many other things to do

Than pound out my words for the people like you

Not knowing the reason… am I just a joke?

Spinning my wheels day after day like some ignorant bloke?

Sorry, my week has been rather lackluster,

Unfocused, small pieces have been all I could muster.

Next week will improve, I’ll make sure of that now

I’ll research more places to become a cash cow.

Put a plan into action, yes that’s the ticket!

Soon I’ll be infamous like Lemony Snicket!



This silly poem was brought to you by Cyranny with her WOD Challenge

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