#WeekendCoffeeShare – Sunday March 26, 2017

Good News is it looks like I was finally able to follow our host Nerd In The Brain so now I can easily get to the coffee share to link to it.  The bad news -I’ve been sick the past couple days.  I’ll have to ask that you bring your own coffee and stay a safe distance.  I’ve been told that this particular cold bug is nasty, well maybe not nasty buy a bad cold but it’s a short one.  I’m hoping so but then even with the so called “short ones” I end up with it going into my throat & chest and end up with a nearly non-stop cough that lasts a good couple weeks before subsiding…  Sometimes I think the cough is worse than the cold because nothing seems to really help it (except maybe the benzonatate my doctor has prescribed for my asthma).

That all aside, what all have I been up to??  Well, as you know from last week, I had a facebook party which went reasonably well.  In order to stay active in my Mary Kay business, I have to reach a certain production point every so many months.  Well between this party (which got me roughly half of what I need) and another one I believe it was earlier in the month (or maybe end of last month) I should be good to go -not that that means I get to quit working.

We got our bookshelves up this last week and got doors on one of the cabinets (there’s one more set of doors to go on one more cabinet).  About the time we were going to start getting books one shelves, was when I started getting sick so that hasn’t gotten done yet.

I’ve been trying to follow some more challenges and prompts (or at least blogs that have those) so I can have a bit more fodder for my blogs.  I’m hoping that by having more prompts & challenges I’ll be able to do more with Taini Writes.  Of course that doesn’t do anything to help with me actually sitting down to blog there.   I’m now doing my  Tuesday Chatter (note: this is the one from last week) and Weekly Smile posts over on the family blog Life Happens at The Carrs.  My final blog is Public Safety Tidbits.  To be honest it’s not the kind of blog where writing/blog prompts & challenges really help much.  It is a blog dedicated to Public Safety type stuff be it Fire, EMS (Emergency Medical Services), Police or other Public Safety related things.  I post on there whenever there is something for me to blog about but since it’s not like I am actually in the field of Public Safety myself there isn’t as much done on there -still if you get a chance, and have an interest in Public Safety related stuff, I hope you’ll check it out.

Well that’s about all I’ve got and my coffee is drunk.   Going to make my second cup in a bit, as soon as I take care of a little business I forgot last night (being all loopy from being sick), then on to check my e-mails, some social media platforms, and maybe read a few blogs.

Hope you all have a super week.  See you next week.  I should be better by then and can actually offer you coffee.


5 years with WordPress

5 years ago I began my wordpress journey.  It doesn’t mention a particular blog, only that I registered 5 years ago.  In actuality, my very first blog was actually Life Happens… (Which originally had a different name – don’t ask me what at this late date), but I wasn’t doing much with it and it kind of lie dormant for quite a while.  This blog here was the 2nd one to be started up and is my main/personal blog.  Not sure of the start date but it was a few years back.  I’ve started a couple others more recently – Taini Writes and Public Safety Tidbits.

Lately, I’ve been a bit slow in the blogging department…  There’s been a lot going on and I’ve been focusing my time on my new business.


A Look at my 2014 Blogging Year

Seems the the WordPress Stats helper monkeys have  been hard at work putting together a summary of my 2014 blogging year (along with all the others that they’ve been busy doing).

My busiest year here was on January 03 with 71 views, the most popular being Daily Prompt Challenge: Progress (I can only hope that I have succeeded in having “followers” (is that what you call them) that enjoy my blog and blog that you can enjoy reading) and most of my readers came to my site through DailyPost

My most viewed post was Words That Describe Firefighters.  I have created another blog called Public Safety Tidbits for my Fire, EMS, and Police related blogs.

I want to thank Cee N. Photography, Stanton Sunshine, Writing and Ruminations, and Khana’s Web for being my top commenters.

So that’s 2014 in a Nutshell…  Now, Happy 2015 and Happy Blogging

#Writing 101: What Are You Scared Of

As you can tell, I’ve been skipping/missing days in this whole Writing 101 gig  (but I did say early on that I’d be doing this as I could and never promised to get to each and every day)…   I did take a look at yesterday’s assignment  but then I never did do parts one or two  so three was sort of out of the question (unless I take the time to go back and do the other two)…

So today

“What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears. If you’re up for a twist, write this post in a style that’s different from your own.”

I guess the main things that I am afraid of (or things I fear) would be snakes (more specifically venomous kinds), being stuck or entrapped (different from claustrophobia – I’ll refrain from explanations on this at this time), and fear of dying (well more the fear of suffering)….  Guess you could say pretty typical fears.  Nothing out of the ordinary there.  Going to attempt to write something with this in mind  that may or not be my typical style (as I am really not entirely sure yet what my “style” is…

The door was stuck….  again….  How many times had she begged and begged for the door to be fixed.   It hadn’t been the first time Norma had found herself unable to open the door,  but usually her husband was there to open it for her.   But this time he wasn’t there,  no one was….  No one would be for days. 

“Why had she picked this time to, stupidly, go into the basement?  Why hadn’t she just  waited until Jack got home.”  Norma tried to swallow down panic as she tried, yet again, to open the door  but to no avail.  Panic welled up even bigger than before…  Refusing to be pushed aside.

Suddenly she heard a hissing sound followed by an unmistakable rattling sound…   Again and again Norma shoved her weight against the door  the hissing & rattling sound grew stronger louder   She was going to die down here alone.   A slow painful death.  She hadn’t even thought to bring her cell phone with her.   A scream lodged in her throat….

“Sweetheart, wake up.  You’ve been dreaming again.”

Norma’s eye’s flew open, her breath coming in uneven gasps.  Sweat dripping from her brow.  She wasn’t in the basement.  There wasn’t even a basement in this house.   And she wasn’t alone.  Her husband, Jack, was right there next to her pulling her into his arms  his lips tenderly brushing against her forehead as he gently rocked her back and forth.

It’s a bit rough, but let me know what you think.

#Writing 101:

Today’s Writing 101 Assignment is to:

“You’re told that an event that’s dear to your heart — an annual fair, festival, or conference — will be cancelled forever (or taken over by an evil organization). Write about it.

For your twist, read your piece aloud, multiple times. Hone that voice of yours!”


Melanie couldn’t believe her eyes as she scrolled through her facebook feed.  Several of her Fire/EMS friends had liked, shared, and commented on posts all saying that the local Firefighter Fund Bash (the one that took place every year to support the local volunteer fire stations as well as helping those who had been injured on the job and the widows & orphans of those who had died in the Line of Duty) was being taken over by an organization who’s goal was to do away with all volunteer fire departments forcing the small community to be solely covered by that of the larger city fire department.

Not wanting to be rash and believe something  just because it was plastered all over FaceBook, Melanie opened up a new window in her browser and did a search for “Firefighter Fund Bash” and “Take Over”…  Sure enough several sites, including a number of well-known reputable sites, had articles relating to the new take-over.

Melanie was outraged.  “This can’t happen”  she thought to herself,  If that organization takes over the bash will be a shambles….  No doubt this is just another of their plans to make a laughing stock of the annual bash and the local volunteer fire department.”

Her outrage growing, Melanie opened up her word processing program to pen an article on what she thought, followed by a letter to the editor of the local paper.


This is a work of fiction, written for the  above Writing 101 Assignment for today