Saturday, January 31, 2015

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for February 3rd

Two Shoes Tuesdsay
 
Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word, but please use it as the theme for your post. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through next Monday. 

Please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The February 3rd writing themes to choose from are tangled and tower.

Please remember that the THEME of your post must be related to the prompt
 you choose, rather than it just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Three In A Row

When we got our new loveseat at Christmas time, the old one became the favored napping spot for Sophie and Tiggy (the two furkids on the left), and they loved it even more with assorted pillows and blankets... which soon became covered in cat fur like the rest of the house.  In an attempt to de-clutter things a bit, and also to dispose of  the jumble of boxes and baskets scattered around the room, I found these three inexpensive cat beds at Wally-World today, and parked them side by side on the loveseat to see how it would go over.  (I might have sprinkled a little catnip in them for aromatherapy purposes. :-).  In no time at all Sophie had settled in her favorite spot on the left, and Tiggy soon opted to join her.  Sophie wasn't too sure about that, as you can see from her paws extending over her bed.  She took a couple swipes at her sister but realized she wasn't going to dislodge her as Tiggy settled in for a nap.  Eventually Gracie climbed into the remaining bed on the right and spent her usual fifteen minutes soft-pawing it to perfection before she settled in.  Toby always opts to snooze up on the back, overlooking his sisters... and perhaps contemplating which one to chase around the house first when morning comes and he needs his exercise! :-)  I thought this photo was just too sweet not to share with you.  I'm happy they like their beds, it wouldn't have surprised me a bit if they had sniffed them and walked away to climb in a cardboard box - as cats are known to do.  I guess they approve of my selection!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Making Plans

I'm linking up with Patricia's blog hop In Other Words
where the creative writing prompt for this week is the following quotation:
 
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.
Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”
- Eminem
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The first thought that came to mind when I read the Eminem quote is John Lennon's statement that appears in the illustration above - "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."   That has most certainly been the story of my life, and I suspect that's true of most people. 

I've always admired folks who did a lot of planning for their lives and futures, and I think it's a good thing to have goals that motivate you to strive for something.  But I still smile when someone says "I'm going to be...", or "I'm going to do this or that in a few years" or, "someday I'm will...", because in all likelihood their lives will play out far differently than they anticipate.

I think though, that it may be a good thing that we don't always know exactly what's ahead or where the road will take us.  Not only would it be boring if we never encountered any surprises, but there are also a lot of tough times in life that we manage to get through when we encounter them. If we knew about them in advance we might give up before we ever got there.

I had a lot of wonderful plans for my life when I was younger, most of which never materialized. As I grew older I learned that each stage has its own interests and desires, and ten years down the road you will probably be less enamored with that idea and be focused on something else entirely.  Now I look back and smile at the things I thought were so important then, and there are only a few dreams that I wish I would have followed through with, such as completing college.

Just as Eminem says, life is indeed "a crazy ride", but when I look back at all the incredible things I've experienced, I wouldn't have it any other way!
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An Ill Wind Blows

(photo credit - Papa Bear)
 
Jessica stood at the ferry railing as it churned across the channel.  She had taken the late night ride to get away and clear her head.  Her face was tense with emotion.  She was way past fed up with the never ending struggle in her relationship with Chase, and it was time to make a move. 

Jessica and Chase had been together for five years, but his never ending-complaints and attempts to control her every move had turned her life into a nightmare.  She was ready to put an end to it. There was a problem though, Chase had vowed that if she ever left him he would make sure that no other man would ever have her, and she knew beyond a doubt that he meant every word.

Suddenly a huge gust of wind caught Jessica as she stood there and sent her long hair flying.  The raw power of the cold ocean air energized her and ignited a fire inside her that she hadn't felt in a very long time.  Her tense features softened and a strange smile spread slowly across her face.  She knew what she had to do.  Tonight Chase would breathe his last breath, come tomorrow she would be free.

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This story was written for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom  at Linda Kay's Senior Adventures.  
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Tomorrowlady

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Own It

 
I think we all know people who believe that everything bad that happens to them is someone else's fault. They never see their role in it; they never accept that there are consequences for their choices and their actions; they live in total denial.  In their eyes they are picked on, the universe singles them out unfairly.  Maintaining that attitude makes it so easy - if it's never your fault you bear no responsibility, and there is never a need to consider making any changes in the way you conduct your life.
 
I would like to believe that I never have a hand in the not so great things that happen in my life. Taking responsibility for our choices and actions can sometimes be uncomfortable and even embarrassing. But I know myself too well to ever believe I am an innocent victim of fate.  In fact I could easily be the poster child for poor choice-making in much of life, and I've had to live with the consequences of those choices.  I can't say that's been much fun, but it has been a powerful lesson.  Eventually it dawned on me that if I wanted my life to be different I would have to do something different.
 
Seven years ago I made a conscious choice to do something different when it came to seeking a partner, and in doing so I ended up with Papa Bear, the best guy ever!  But it isn't always that clear-cut and simple.  Sometimes despite our best intentions thing don't work out like we plan or we end up handling things badly.   We are imperfectly human, we make mistakes, and sometimes we just blow it entirely.  What's important is that we acknowledge our mistakes, that we own them, and that we make amends in situations where we can. 
 
Things that don't go well in our lives provide the perfect opportunity for introspection - what could we have done differently, what should we do next time?  No matter how hard I try,  there are times when I fall short, and times when I just screw up entirely.  I don't feel very proud of myself at those times, but I do feel better when I accept ownership, rather than trying to blame on someone or something else.  Making a mistake isn't something to be ashamed of, we all do it.  Shame comes in attempting to deny it or disown it.  It takes courage to admit our mistakes and deal with the consequences, but as a grownup I am  responsible for myself, and if I said it or did it (or didn't do it if I should have), I will own it.  That's called integrity, and it's an important part of who I want to be.
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Two Shoes Tuesdsay
This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are opposite and own.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!