Word Weaver Contest

It’s time again for Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest.  There’s still time to enter!!

This is actually one of my favorite stories that I have written.  It was one that just came to me out of no where, and was easy to write.  I’ve applied some of the tips that Dan gave me in my critique, and hope it’s even better than the first time I posted it.

If you’d like to enter his contest click here and find out more about it.

 

Sparkles in Time

“It’s time Mr. Jensen.”  The nurse’s hand gently rests on my shoulder.  I look up into the most caring eyes I have ever seen.  How can she do this every day and still be so compassionate?

I pull myself up from my chair, as she graciously directs me, “Go down to the end of the hall, make a left and it’s the first door on the right.”

I begin my journey down the pristine hallway, brightly lit with a faint scent of disinfectant.  Behind my eyes flash all kinds of memories; sparkles in time like fireworks that split the night sky.  Memories of walks along the beach, the sun warming our faces, and the cool water splashing her feet.  She loved the outdoors. I ‘m not sure which season she liked best, crunching leaves in the fall, walking in the first snow fall, or finding the first flower bud of spring.  Being with her family had to be her favorite.   It didn’t matter if it was a big holiday celebration or a lazy afternoon watching movies, she was content.  And oh, how she loved our kids, how she would do anything to comfort them and keep them safe.  My heart is heavy as I try to fathom how we will manage without her. I’m going to miss how she greeted me at the end of each day when I came home.  I could just see the love and joy radiating from every fiber of her being.  But how can I be sad when I know she had a perfect life, filled with happiness and love, she, the perfect companion.  Another memory brings a smile to my face; the first day I laid eyes on her.  Here it was Christmas Eve, she was introduced to me as Holly, looking adorable with a red bow. It doesn’t get any better than that.  I quietly laugh to myself.

Still lost in thought, I’ve managed to find the room. I reach out to open the door.  As my hand grips the door handle the cold steel jolts me from my reverie, and plunges me into reality.  I know once I cross this threshold, my life will be changed forever.

I enter the room, and there I see my wife.  Our eyes lock and it’s almost as if time stands still. Even though her face is blotchy from crying, she is still the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.  Her green eyes are even more vibrant, probably intensified by the red puffiness that has overtaken her lids.  The absence of tears leads me to believe that she is now trying desperately to be strong. This makes me love her even more, if that is at all possible.  My arms ache to hold her, so I quickly close the gap between us with two long strides.  When I reach her, she collapses in my arms, all I can do is hold on tight.  I strengthen her with my embrace and then I look down at where Holly is lying, her breathing a bit labored.  I stroke her soft, auburn fur, “Hey girl, it will soon be over.  We’ll miss you so much.”

Together my wife and I continue to rub her ears and caress her back. Whispering comforting words as the vet injects the serum that will bring her everlasting peace.  Her eyes flutter closed as she takes her last breath.

That same nurse is there by our side, she escorts us into another room where we can spend a few more moments to grieve.  Before she leaves she places Holly’s collar in my hand.  The familiar jingle of her tags, which once symbolized vibrant life, now clanged with a hollow sound of a life gone too soon.

Holly was my wife’s Irish Setter; my gift to her one Christmas.  Ten years ago, my wife was diagnosed with cancer and began chemo treatments.  I knew my wife would need all the love and support she could get during this time.  What better than the unconditional love of a pup?  She always wanted an Irish Setter, it was the perfect gift.  They became instant buddies and were inseparable.  Holly knew exactly what my wife needed when she needed it.  When all my wife could do was lay in bed, Holly was right there beside her.  As my wife grew stronger they would go for walks.  Holly was there barking to encourage her to go a little further, or tug her sleeve when she needed to stop and rest.  Holly grew to be the life force in our family, always there for each one of us, with a warm nuzzle or her comforting presence.  My wife is now cancer free, though the irony is not lost on me that the reason Holly was brought into our life, is the same reason she was taken out of it.  I am grateful that her cancer came later, after she lived a full life and she didn’t suffer long.  Still, knowing that will not erase the pain or fill the hole in our hearts.  Only time will mend this void in our life with memories that sparkle so bright from a love so pure.

© Carrie Ann Alexis

 

Happy Homemaker Monday 07.17.17

Good Morning!! Summer is going by fast, hope everyone is enjoying it.  I finally decided to splurge and I bought myself a bike.  I am so not a shopper. If I can buy it online, I do, and that is what I did.  With 25% off, 10% cash back, AND free shipping, I’m like…click…add to cart please!!  #onlineshoppingbeastmode  It will arrive on Tuesday, but I will have to put it together, but I am up for that challenge!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

Hopefully I’ll try this one this week.  We had a little set back in our kitchen, our fridge is on its last leg, but it is 20 years old.  So we ordered a new one, it was great everyone was having sales, but not so great when we have to wait until Wednesday to get it!!

These look pretty yummy, my youngest loves bacon and mashed potatoes and gravy.

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

 

HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN:

This Wednesday will be the Hollywood Cruise Night that my uncle runs.  Lightning McQueen, and the DeLorean from Back to the Future will be out there, going to check that out.

At the end of the month we have our annual Pierogi Fest, a weekend full of fun and food.  Maybe I’ll venture out this year.  In August the P1 Aqua X Jet Ski races will be back, looking forward to that again.

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

We are better together!!

 

 

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ON MY PLAYLIST:

Heard this one the other day…I toggle back and forth from new stuff to 80s.

Happy Homemaker Monday 07.10.17

Good Evening!! I missed last Monday’s post, as I was preparing for the Holiday.  It’s a big deal here with it also being my youngest son’s birthday.  My brother and his granddaughter were here on Sunday for a visit.  My other brother and his family were going to join us on the 4th, but my sister-in-law got sick so they had to cancel.  More on our holiday below.  Hope you have a wonderful week!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

RECIPE I DID TRY:

I saw a video, and thought that looks kinda yummy.  My son and I are big mayo fans, so I thought it would be worth a try.  My Uncle is the event planner for our little town, so he is always out and about, and Saturday we have a farmer’s market on the main street, and he is always there.  My son walked over there to give him something for my mom and he sent 12 ears of fresh sweet corn.  So I made it that evening, and also tried this.  I really enjoyed it, my son, who usually loves everything, just thought it was okay.  It’s a unique flavor.  This isn’t the actual video I saw, and the one that I did see, showed that you also use melted butter on the corn as well, and that is what I started with.  I didn’t use the Mexican cheese, but the video suggested you can use parmesan, so that is what I did.  I also didn’t’ use as much chili powder, so probably not as authentic as the Mexican version, but hey, what can I say, I’m just a Polish gal trying to spice things up a bit. 😉

The funny thing was when my mom told my son that he was going to get 12 ears of corn, my daughter thought she said 12 YEARS, and she was like, what are we going to do with all that corn?  So that was the joke of the day for us 😀

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN:

We started the holiday actually on the 3rd.  We had gotten Ben a mountain bike for his birthday, and it was in the garage.  So my daughter and I came up with a little scavenger hunt kinda thing for him to get clues that led him to the garage.  He was really surprised and enjoyed the hunt too.  Later that night we saw the fireworks, which we watch from the next block over from us.

So the 4th is a pretty big thing around here.  I didn’t have to work at my job 4 days prior, so that was nice, but I was busy doing things around the house.  I like to grill all my food the day before, and then I put all the meat in a roaster and turn it on to warm up while we are at the parade.  I was in the middle of a project, but I stopped in the afternoon to go pick up a new propane tank for the grill.  On our way home, we are driving down the main street, and there are chairs already lined up for the parade!!  So I tell the kids, we have to go back out and put out our chairs!!  Normally my sister does this the night before, but she was going to be sitting in another spot this year, and the spots were being taken already, in the middle of the afternoon!!  So we packed up the chairs and went back out and secured our spot.  Even took some rope and tied them all together.  A little ways down from where we put our chairs I saw someone had actually used a bike lock to lock their chairs to the lamp post!!  Yeah…they must be new in town.

This year the parade started with a flyover of two jets, and then 4 planes kept circling and doing tricks for a good 20 minutes.  The parade is always a lot of fun.  We came home and ate, and then the kids went with their dad to see his family, and I was able to enjoy some quiet time and relax.  This year I didn’t take a lot of pictures, I just wanted to enjoy it instead of trying to get a good shot.

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

Coincidentally, there was a drone flying through our fireworks, the boys and I were waiting for it to get hit by a firework, but it retreated before the grand finale.  I also saw a drone flying overhead at the parade…maybe it was following me 😀  But it’s an awesome view from a drone.

 

FAVORITE PIC FROM THE CAMERA:

Ben was 7 when he first found this hamburger cake, and he has gotten one every year since then. This year he almost didn’t get one. But there was one left and sat way off to the side at the store, he just knew it was for him.  Funny how the cake is actually getting smaller and not because he is getting bigger.

 

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ON MY PLAYLIST:

 

For A Good Cause

This is my friend Kathleen, (you’ve met her here before on my blog) she is teaming up with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and will be shaving her head to cure childhood cancers. She is trying to reach a $5000 record breaking goal.  Kathleen and I have been friends since high school, her and I went to concerts together, hung out at the teen “night club” called Club Soda, and danced several nights away.  Life took us in different directions, but we re-connected through Facebook.  Her t-shirt shop is in town, and I can drop in there any time and it’s like no time has passed, she is still the fun, crazy girl I remember from high school.  I cannot believe that she is going to shave her head!! This is a girl, in high school, who had shoulder length hair, with a bleached blonde streak down the side, and would not cut her hair short, because she thought her ears would stick out (which they don’t!!) So I admire her bravery in doing this, but it’s no surprise, because that’s the kind of person she is.

If you donate this week, The Junkyard T-shirt Shop will MATCH your donation!! How awesome is that?  So if you’d like to donate click on her pic, or click here.

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday 06.26.17

Good Evening!! Another late post, but it’s still Monday 😀  We’ve had some nice weather and more fun stuff going on in town.  Let’s get to it.

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

This cake looks very rich, I’d like to try it at least once 😀

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN:

In town this weekend we had an 80s Live Music Night, a Sand Sculpting Contest and the opening of the Whoa Zone.

Lora & Kathleen

Friday night my friend Kathleen  who owns the Junkyard T-Shirt Shop hosted a 80s Live Music Night.  Back in the day, her and I went to several concerts together, and we still love our 80s music.  Our town has a small band shelter off the main street, the band performing was called the Breakfast Club.  They mainly played 80s music, but being that it was a diverse crowd, they also threw in some other stuff too.  It was packed, the weather was beautiful and I ran into a couple of old friends, so it was a good night over all.

 

Kathleen had a couple of costume changes, I thought the Risky Business outfit was clever, (she had shorts on underneath) and she was also dressed like Prince by the end of the night.  They had a costume contest, where this guy, dressed up like Boy George was among the contestants, and the Doc from Back to the Future.  Had I not had to work, I was going to let my big hair down and join in the fun, but that would have taken some time, lol.  I did wear my Choose Life shirt though 😉

This is the second year that we had the Sand Sculpting Contest, but it just hasn’t taken off yet, not a lot of participation.  There was a professional sculptor out there, they dumped 10 tons of new sand, and this is the sculpture he created.

Also on Saturday, the Whoa Zone opened on the lake.  It was a pretty cool day, so there weren’t a lot of people on the lake, the water is still pretty cold, but I know this will probably attract a lot of people on those really hot days.

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

This is from America’s Got Talent.  Amazing!!

 

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ON MY PLAYLIST:

I have way too many favorite 80s songs, but here are two of my favorites!!