Music on a Loop – Little Do You Know

Little Do You Know by Alex and Sierra
I happened across this song one day while on Pandora, searching for new music.  I have never heard of Alex and Sierra before, but I thought that this song was so beautiful.  I played it on a loop until I had memorized every word and could sing along effortlessly (although I’m sure anyone else listening would wish for more effort, or maybe more talent). 

As I searched for different songs by Alex and Sierra, I found that there are several songs that are very pretty, easy on the ears, and pleasurable to listen to when you are in the mood for a nice love song/duet.  But my favorite one remains Little Do You Know. It spoke to me at a time when I needed to know that love could be beautiful, blind, and patient – sometimes at the same time.  

I sit here tonight listening again, playing the song on a Loop like a heart-broken teenager. 

Shapes in Clouds

Drifting puffs of water droplets gathered high in the sky give way to imagination with their Transient shapes.   

My kids and I were sitting on a blanket during the end of year picnic for my second-grader’s class, and found a lovely heart-shaped cloud floating along above us, lingering long enough to snap a photo.  

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Thank you all for visiting my site and liking my posts!!

When I began blogging, I never thought that many people would stop by to read what I had to say…much less like it! I have found so many interesting blogs and am enjoying every minute of this adventure!

Up for a challenge? This prompt shared from the blog site Brave and Reckless sounds interesting:

Mark you calendars– the deadline Brave and Reckless’ third writing challenge is coming up on July 9th.
Writing Prompt: “I Am More Than Breath and Bones”
borrowed shamelessly from TrE at a cornered gurl— check out her writing– it’s amazing
1. Using the writing prompt above, write a 100 to 800 word original, previously unpublished piece that integrates the writing prompt.  It can be poetry, prose, short fiction or even essay.  The prompt can be used as the title, you can use the phrase intact, or break it up however you want within the written piece.
2. Pick out an image to go with your submission
3. Write a brief biography
4. Send the following to christine.e.ray@gmail.com by midnight EST on Sunday, July 9, 2017:
◦ Your original piece
◦ suggested image
◦ brief biography
◦ link to where you post your writing (blog, Facebook page, Instagram, etc.)
5. Submissions will be judged by me and at least one guest judge.  If you are interested in being a guest judge for this challenge, let me know!
6. I will publish all submissions on Brave and Reckless as long as they are appropriate and you are welcome to reblog once they have been published. They will also get a plug on Brave and Reckless‘ Twitter and Facebook pages. It would be awesome if everyone who enters reblogs the winning submission to their own blog.

Please feel free to reblog and post this challenge invitation.
Looking forward to reading your work!

Focus

My daughter and I took a walk around our local public park, looking for interesting objects to capture with our cameras.  Focusing on anything that caught our eyes and seemed interesting.    These are only two of many captured images.

Field Trip to the Aquarium

Today, my youngest daughter had a field trip to Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  I went on this field trip with her and her second grade class.  We had a fantastic time. 

I have a to say thang God there are people out there that are called to be teachers.  Constant counting of heads, knowing who is where and which kid can have which food, being the masters of multi-tasking… They seem to be able to do everything at one time.  I felt like it was all I could do to keep up with my daughter, ADHD in full swing today, as she darted from one aquarium to the next, cutting in front of people who were taking photos of the sea creatures, in a hurry to see everything that lives in the sea.  

Once I was able to lasso her in and get her focused again on good manners and politeness, we really did have a great time.  The trip was great, and now we are safe at home after a little argument with the GPS navigation system.  All-in-all, this was the best field trip to date.  

Here are some photos that we snapped while there. 

It must be a block…

I have attempted several times today to write, and everything that I have written has been complete trash.  

My past & present tenses have alternated, my imagination stalled and blurry.  My normal spark of inspiration sits completely silent.  

It must be a block in my brain.  Better yet, a brick wall that was constructed over night and reinforced to avoid destruction.  I went to bed with so many thoughts racing around, and I ignored them because I needed the sleep.

Then this morning… the thoughts were all gone.  My mind was EMPTY.  Next time I will at least jot down my thoughts on a notepad, then maybe the brick wall will start crumbling down.  

So today, I enjoyed a walk around the lake with my daughter and my pup.  We had a great time and got to see some gorgeous flowers along the path.  There were sucks and geese.  It was a great day.  

Maybe later my creativity will reset.   For now I’m of to enjoy the rest of the evening with my family.  

Stormy Nights

A bright, blank screen was staring back at me.  The curser blinking, waiting, seeming to be impatient.  I sat thinking about this prompt, smell, and how it might inspire me, meeting a block — a brick wall in my thoughts.  I powered down my laptop and sat on the couch with my girls, watching and emotional episode of Dr. Who.  My husband was in the kitchen preparing some bacon-wrapped onions for a Memorial Day cookout, and the smell of the bacon had seeped its way into the living room.  I breathed it in, pondering the inspiration that might come from the hardwood smoked smell of uncooked bacon… nothing.  

I lay back against the overstuffed cushion on the sofa, holding my youngest daughter in my arms, and we begin to doze off. The scent of her fruity shampoo tickling my nostrils.  Still nothing…  The sounds from the television were invading my mind in my half slumber.  I hear sniffles coming from beside me, where my oldest daughter sits.  I turn my head to look at her, curious about the cause of those sniffles, and realize that she is saddened by the death of a character on her favorite show.  I doze back off to a light slumber, my dog now curled up beside me and my little angel.  The sofa has become a little crowded. 

Bright flashes of light entering through the open blinds slightly awakens me.  In the next moment, I hear a gasp from beside me as the television and lamp suddenly go dark.  There is no light in the house now, everything eerily dark until the next bolt of lightening lends us its illumination.  My daughters and dogs both wearisome and frightened by the sudden storm. 

My hands are blindly searching for the form of my cell phone, which must be laying nearby, hoping to use the flashlight feature to find some candles to light the room.  Momentarily, my heart flutters with excitement.  I love thunderstorms.Glowing cell phone now in hand, I make my way to the kitchen where there are oil lamps and candles saved for such an occasion, but I have to rummage around for a source of flame.

Once lit with a small glowing flame, the scent of burning oil fills the room and small tendrils of smoke rise up from the burning wick.  I love this smell, it takes me back to a place in my childhood.  Everyone gathered in the living room.  Picture windows void of curtains, overlooking the valley with mountains jetting up toward the dark sky in all directions.  Clouds so thick they appear to be a blanket laying atop the mountain peaks.  Oil lamps softly glowing on the table in the center of the room, providing enough light to make us okay with the prolonged darkness.  

I curl up now with my girls, my dog, and sit in quiet reverie as the sights and smells take me back to a happy place, if only for the time of a brief thunderstorm.  
SoCS Prompt by Linda G. Hill  :  Here are the rules:1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun