Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Friday Faithfuls

Over at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Friday Faithfuls, Jim Adams has asked us about the inevitably of our own deaths. I am praying that the end of my life is not coming soon. But, I am also a realist.

1) Do you hate talking about your death and are you planning to postpone all the decisions and leave them up to somebody else? I procrastinated for years before finally getting my living trust completed. I thought I knew what I wanted. Once I found out my diagnoses, I went full steam ahead to get everything sorted out. “Just in case,” I had everything finalized and notarized before going in for surgery last month.  

2) Have you made any arrangements that will determine what you would want to happen when you die? My spouse and my cousin know I want to be cremated. 

3) If you can no longer take care of yourself, would you like to live in a nursing home or receive in-home care from a caregiver? If at all possible, I would rather stay at home.

4) Do you have a will, and do you know how you want your assets to be distributed? Thankfully, the paralegal sent me a questionnaire before my in-person appointment. I made my decisions in the privacy of my own home. Everything is spelled out quite clearly in my living trust. 

5) If you have pets, have you figured out what will happen to them? My spouse will  exclusively own Annie. 

6) Do you have life insurance, and do you think it is enough to take care of your final expenses? Before I retired, I paid into a life insurance policy for five years. There will be no expenses for anyone else to pay. 

7) Do you want a big funeral? I do not want a funeral at all. If my kids want to do a celebration of life after the dust settles, that is their prerogative

8) Have you decided where you will be buried, or if you want to be cremated, or if you are donaing your body to science?  I’d like my ashes spread at the beach. That way, I will be one with the place that gives me peace. Constantly moved around the earth seems perfect to me.

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9) Will you be writing your own eulogy? No funeral = no eulogy

 

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Saturday Mix

Sarah is our host for the MLMM Saturday Mix challenge. Click here for more info on how to join in.

The ‘Double Take’ challenge focuses on the use of homophones* to build your writing piece. You have two sets of homophones and you are challenged to use all of them in your response – which can be poetry or prose.
Our homophone sets this week are:

do – first note of diatonic scale
doe – a female deer
dough – uncooked bread
and
doc – a physician
dock – where a boat is kept

The wafting aroma of the bread dough baking in the oven caused the curious doe to come to the window and sing the do, ray, me song at the top of her lungs.

The buck, hearing her song, wandered over to the window by the dock. The bucks antlers scratched the window which caused the woman’s husband to run into the kitchen. When the buck saw the doc rush to the kitchen to come to the aid of his wife, the buck ran away as fast as he could.

The photo was taken outside my friend’s kitchen window.

 

Photo Challenge #428

Depression is a scary adversary.
You may or may not know when it overtakes you.
It destroys all joy and happiness as well as peace of mind.
It steals your ability to complete daily functions.
Your world begins to cave in all around you.
There is always hope though.
Your tribe can assist with awareness.
They can show you the way out.
Help is there when you are ready.
Slowly return to the world of joy.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge.
Photo credit: Marco Bianchetti at Unsplash.

Opposing Forces – Saturday Mix, 2 July 2022

Sarah is our host for the MLMM Saturday Mix. You can go here to find out more about this week’s and how to join in.

Sarah says:
” This week we are dipping our toes into the pool of OPPOSITES. Our challenge is all about “opposing forces” and the use of antithesis in our writing. You will need to use the two opposing words in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our words this week are: – stop and go   – here and there”

I wish they would stop exploding fireworks close to my house.
They always set them off very near here.
If they could just go further away, I would be happy.
They should take them over there near the college, away from houses and pets.

Sarah Goes Job Hunting

Image of attractive hostess smiling in restaurant

Sarah, the young hostess, wasn’t faring well at fairing down the possibilities of a new job. Her dream of being a hostess in a fancy restaurant, went up in ashes when she broke her boss’s karaoke machine and speakers. Sarah snuck back into the restaurant one last time. She approached the head waiter and asked him about getting a referral from the chief. The waiter quipped, in his nasty way, that it would be impossible for any teenager to be hired as a hostess again. He further explained that her pernicious behavior had all the wait staff snickering behind her back. She left the restaurant deciding that the head waiter was just a flabby boor, who believed only an adult could do her former job.

Sarah needed some inspiration quickly. The balance in her checkbook was less than fifty dollars. Her puppy needed his last shots, and she needed a new lens in her sunglasses. The glasses could wait. The puppy could not. Sarah asked her friends if they knew anyone who lends money to unemployed hostesses. Her prospects were somewhere between slim and none.

Sarah just might have to take that job her cousin offered. Her cousin said it was a golden opportunity to make easy money. Sarah worried about working in a fabric store though. After all, she couldn’t tell the difference between velvet and wool.

MLMM – lens, lends, fairing, faring
#MVB-PROMPT-  ashes, machine, snickering, inspiration
FOWC – referral, quip, nasty
Daily Spur- teenager, velvet
WOTD Challenge – pernicious, flabby
Daily Word Prompt – boor
#EM-RWP – balance, golden
#TTC – puppy
Rag Tag Community – wool