MODIFYING LISTS

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http://528squarefeet.blogspot.com/2014/12/makin-list-and-checking-it-twice.html


MODIFYING LISTS



I am a list person. That’s just the way my brain arranges things.

Do this. Then this. Now you can have a little free-time. Your fifteen minutes are up… time to do this.

Sometimes my lists are too involved to complete in day (having to account for more limitations than I used to have to accept).

There are times that life overtakes a list day and the fruits of my labors are sadly nil.  It is hard to not become apprehensive and despondent about life moving forward.

When I first retired, I had a honey-do list a mile long. I was so far behind in things that should have been done it was overwhelming.

After almost a year of my retirement, I have learned to adjust my planning – there are going to be good days and there are going to be bad days- this will just be a fact-  I have to allow for the necessary chores to be in my day … but I have to plan for the fun times as well.

Then I have to remember that ‘fun’ requires as much energy – which there is only so much in me per day- as ‘work’.

There are days when I am required to be away from the house for appointments… Those days the list has to be thrown-to-the-dogs. Trying to accommodate life-at-home and life-away-from-home is not a task that will countenance success on both fronts.

So while I am still very consciously a list person, my lists are now extremely fluid in their entitlements.

At the close of each day, I complete my check-offs and pronounce the day a success.



Written for DAILY ADDICTIONS: MODIFY.   I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Life in Retirement; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

 

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A LITTLE SELF PROMOTION

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A LITTLE SELF PROMOTION



After much fanfare and applause, the speaker allows his audience to sit and he begins…




Thank you…

Thank you for this lovely occasion to interact with own blogging constituents.

There are so many writing opportunities on-line to allow a novice writer (and more experienced ones) to hone their craft it is hard to know where to begin.

You know about Fandango’s One-Word-Challenge or you wouldn’t be blogging here.

For a little self-promotion… Daily Addictions offers a word-for-the-day prompt you could also use in your repertoire.

There is also a weekly photo challenge offered by Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner.

Please, continue to enjoy Fandango’s prompts… but by all means you are cordially invited to visit these other tow opportunities as well.


The speaker humbly bows his head, and sits.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE WORD CHALLENGE: PROMPT.   I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Life in Retirement; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

Nessie’s Secret

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https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/haunted/articles/loch-ness-monster


Nessie’s Secret



“What do you mean… three more have been detained?”

“Two photo-journalists and their oarsman, sir.”

“What did they see?”

“Enough, sir. Both of the journalists were submerged with their cameras as Nessie was trolling back to Headquarters.”

“Why didn’t our radar pick them up?”

“Portable subsonic scramblers were used.”

“I think we have a mole.”

“I agree. But logistically, what do we do now, sir? Three deaths, two photo-journalists and their oarsman drowning on a calm sea night. A bit of a stretch, sir.”

“What if they just disappear?”

“No can do, sir. We’ve checked their phones and they had just texted their last location while Nessie alerted us of intruders.”

“Who did they inform?”

“Magnus Llewellin, sir. The editor of …”

“I know who Llewellin is. What are they…”

“They had his private number, sir. This one is going to be hard to cover up”.

“Well, find a way. This faculty has been Scotland’s best kept secret since before the World War I. I won’t be having it exposed on my watch.”

With that dismissal, Inspector Scot turned on his heels and headed back to the lock-up.

***   ***   ***   ***

“Detective McPherson, has a fog alert been broadcast for tonight?”

“No, sir. When see that one is immediately issued.”

“Sir?”

“Offer the oarsman and the journalists a welcoming snack and give them our most sincere apology. Scramble all internal communications until we have them on their way home. Allow them to take their phones and their cameras… unharmed.”

“Sir, are you sure?”

“Yes, detective. I am afraid on their return journey they will be encountering a large pleasure yacht that will intercept them. I expect, all on board our inquisitive rowboat will be tragically lost at sea. See that the divers are ready to retrieve their communication’s gear.”

“Yes, sir.”



Written for MICROCOSMS 144. Requirements: Use the ideas Spy; Loch Ness; Thriller  and create a flash fiction story (under 300 words) within the 24-hour time frame.

Share Your World: 10-15-18

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Share Your World:  10-15-18



  • What’s the biggest screw up in the kitchen that you were responsible for?

  • What, in your opinion, makes people believe absurd conspiracy theories?
  • In 40 years what will people be nostalgic for?
  • Is a hot dog a sandwich? 


What’s the biggest screw up in the kitchen that you were responsible for?

Wow! There are FAR, FAR too many to mention…

What, in your opinion, makes people believe absurd conspiracy theories?

The need to explain the unexplained… Plus, now ALL THINGS in science and politics seem extremely politically driven. I suspect there are more conspiracy theorists now than ever before!

In 40 years what will people be nostalgic for?

  • CD music (almost true now.)
  • Monitors (of any type, flat-screen televisions included)
  • Fit-bits
  • I-phones
  • Stoves/ ranges in the kitchen
  • Bathtubs
  • Paperback books
  • Newsprint newspapers

Is a hot dog a sandwich? 

Yes… It has meat, bread, condiments… All the things necessary for a sandwich.



newsywbannerWritten for Share Your World:  10-15-18. Requirements: Answer the four questions.

ONCE UPON A BALCONY

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https://www.reluctantgourmet.com/8-tips-to-grill-like-a-pro/

ONCE UPON A BALCONY


The balcony (mine happens to be a first-floor balcony… guess it’s called a patio) is where I do most of my stargazing and birdwatching.

I occasionally enjoy lounging in the sun and read a book.

I hope to soon learn more about grilling and enjoy some outdoor cooking?

I have never used a grill on the patio as of yet…

But I have started collecting a couple recipes for marinades for chicken!

I might even be brave and try a few veggies on the grill…

Or even a kabob…

Any great easy grilling recipes you have to share?



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE WORD CHALLENGE: BALCONY.   I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Life in Retirement; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

HOBBIES AND MORE HOBBIES

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http://getitright.me/coloring-with-crayons/crayons-and-paper-coloring-with-1/


  • HOBBIES AND MORE HOBBIES


I have many activities that I am trying to find the time to enjoy now that I am supposed to be enjoying a life of retirement.

  • I have been tempted to try a cooking seminar…
  • I have found a piano teacher…
  • I am enjoying the seminars that a local college offers for senior citizens…

Drawing is not an activity that I think I would find relaxing. Many years ago, I tried a water color class… For me, it was a disaster!

I enjoy sketching cartoon characters… Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck, and Pluto. But even as a kid I was not into drawing cars and trucks or people.

I have learned that I am more of a keep-in-the-lines and enjoy coloring than an illustrious sketcher of still-life.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE WORD CHALLENGE: DRAW.   I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Life in Retirement; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

NO NESTING SHELTERS

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NO NESTING SHELTERS


If you read much of my blog, I am sure you have come across many bird-watching  musings.

It may surprise you that I have several places for my feathered friends to drink and numerous feeding stations, but I have NO nesting facilities.

My neighborhood has far too many cats.

I have to be happy being a McDonald’s but not a La Quinta Inn.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE WORD CHALLENGE: SHELTER.   I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Life in Retirement; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.