Frank, aka PCGuyIV, is the host for Truthful Tuesday.
The Question: Considering how last year went and the current state of things, do you have any plans for Halloween this year? Will you be going to any costume parties, handing out trick-or-treat candy, or just staying at home with the porch light off so no one will bother you? Please let us know!
I am past the Halloween party stage. When the grands were little, we would go with them trick or treating. Last year I had no desire to have strangers interact with us. There aren’t many little kids here and the hilly streets make walking difficult. So for years we’ve had no visitors. Years ago I used to put out pumpkins we carved and repeatedly went to the door to hand out candy. Now a days ,I buy the candy and no one comes. This year, I still don’t feel safe with anyone coming to my door, so it is just as well that there aren’t rick-or-treaters.
Fandango’s Story Starter prompt today looks interesting.
“It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.”
It was in the spring of 2010 when I first realized that I could be debt free by the time I retired. I only had five more years to pay on my house mortgage. I was paying off my credit card bill in full each month. I put money away every month toward my “next car fund.” I wanted to pay cash for a newer car once I retired. I would have my life insurance policy paid off in 2015. I put away a little money for each grandchild’s schooling. I was getting ready for the next phase of my life. I wasn’t exactly sure when I would retire, so I needed to be prepared, just in case.
Photo credit Sebastian Wahlhutter
Sarah at Weejars is hosting the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie photo challenge.
Michael had planned for this extreme vacation for a long time. He had challenged himself a great deal since giving up his life at the New York Stock Exchange. He climbed Mount Everest, he traveled to Kalamata, Greece for the annual World Free Diving Championships, he went hang gliding at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, and of course he went extreme parasailing in Honolulu. The latest in extreme vacations was to go camping hundreds of feet above the ground in Italy. It would still be an adrenaline rush without a doubt. But the challenge this time was to rest and relax in the most unusual camping place ever. It was time to relax and read the news from his former life..
Linda is our host for SoCS. The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “if.” Start your post with the word “If.” Enjoy!
If it rains, the road gets wet.
If you pay your bills on time, your credit score goes up.
If you pay cash for everything, the credit people don’t trust you.
If your body tells you to stop, STOP.
If the fridge is empty, go to the freezer for ice cream.
If your gut tells you it’s wrong, listen to your gut.
If you miss trash day, you are in trouble.
If you treat others with the same care as you treat your dog, you’ll have loads of friends.
If you have a chance to make a sweet memory, take it.
If you leave dirty dishes in the sink at night, you’ll get ants.
If you love someone, tell them.
If you drink lots of water, your body will be happy.
If you find a deal on something you don’t need, skip it.
If you have a perfectly clean desk, I will worry about you.
If you keep your windows open for fresh air, you will have lots of vacuuming and dusting to do.
If you bake brownies and there are only two of you at home, freeze some for later.
If you know how to sew on a button, teach your kids.
If you find a receipt for something you no longer have, toss it.
If you enjoy singing but have a terrible voice, do it anyway. Just make sure no one else is around.
If you have a toothache, don’t avoid the dentist. It will just get worse.
If you see someone who could use an uplifting comment, give them one.
If you look for gratitude, you will find it.
If you leave this world without owing anybody, you’ll have done something great.
Thanks to Christine at #StineWriting for the weekly Simply 6 Minutes challenge. Use the photo prompt to write anything that comes to mind, in six minutes.
The mother told her children she wanted to go to the zoo so they could see how well animals got along. The family traveled many of the long paths to see the different animal habitats. They went to the gorilla cage only to find the gorillas fighting over a rubber tire. They went to snake habitat in time to see one snake swallowing another whole. They went to the penguin ice palace and saw one penguin shoving another fairly violently. At the chimpanzee cages the silly animals were throwing their feces at each other. The mother was getting very discouraged at that point. She opted to try one more habitat. She hoped the giraffes would be nonaggressive. She hoped her children would see animals playing together well. The trip ended wonderfully after all, because her son walked up to the edge of the enclosure and was met with this face.