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The NEW Weekly A Mused Poetry Contest

September 11, 2020

Gray clouds have parted, the sun is shining and fortune is smiling on us all because Chelsea is back with a new weekly poetry contest!

That’s right, you heard correctly! I know, it’s a little overwhelming and I’m feeling it, too, so let’s take a moment . . .

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It’s the weekly ‘A Mused’ Poetry Contest!

From Chelsea herself:
Welcome to the our new poetry contest! Hilarity is our goal; funniness, laughable lines, hilarious rhymes -amusement!

Where once I told everyone to write terrible poetry, I now tell you to write terrible poetry with the intent to make us all laugh:

The Topic is eccentrics.

The Length will be a limerick.

Please go here to play along.

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Here’s my attempt at hilarity, funniness, and laughably hilarious amusement.

Henry wanted his in-laws to leave
So he sneezed really loud in his sleeve
The in-laws, abhorred,
to the door they rushed toward.
And a sigh of joy Henry did heave.


(And for what it’s worth – this new WordPress editor whatever thingee? I don’t like it very much at all.)

Out for a walk this morning

September 6, 2020
I was out for a walk early this morning. I like walking before the sunrise brings my mind back to the realities of the day and the other walkers and runners and bikers go outside and clutter things up. My head lamp was lighting the path in front of me and a couple of knuckle lights were bouncing around in a rhythm I always enjoy. As usual, I was listening to a Grateful Dead show and this morning was one from 1994. I’m not a big fan of late-era Grateful Dead because it’s too easy to focus on Jerry’s painful decline at this point in his life, but this show was standing out as a gem. And then to make that gem shine brighter came this unspeakably chilling version of ‘So Many Roads’ and I felt like I could have walked forever.
“So many roads to ease my soul.”

Frustrated & Mad

August 24, 2020

I was out for a nice walk on Saturday morning when I turned up a neighborhood side street and saw this sign and decided to stop in.

Garage Sale

As it turned out, the garage really wasn’t for sale after all.

Color me mad. Bait and switch, anyone?

I had this same problem last October when I tried buying a yard.

And not that you’re particularly interested, but in late July 2019 the homeowner not-so-politely asked me to leave his property when I complained to him that holding a rummage sale where everything  was set out neatly on tables and chairs was dishonest because there was nothing for a person to rummage through. That made me angry, being kicked out of the beautifully organized “rummage” sale like that, but not as angry as I was a month later from the response I got from the person running a thrift sale when I told her that there was nothing particularly thrifty about her prices for what was little more than a driveway full of junk.

I’m going to stop going to these types of “sales” because this whole situation with outdoor household bazaars is just too bizarre for me.

And just between you and I, at this point, since I’m still angry about Saturday’s disappointment, I’m seriously thinking of talking to someone about false advertising and trying to find out what my legal rights in these situations might be. I’m guessing there’s an association or guild overseeing the Used Goods of Household sellers (UGH) that I can contact about this. Certainly there must be someone who can put the kibosh on these secondhand-good selling fraudsters and their scams.

In the meantime, I’d be curious to know if anyone out there in the blogreadingverse has ever had any luck buying a garage or a yard at one of these so-called “sales”.





The Writing Group (First Flight)

August 18, 2020

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

August 13, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a first flight. It can be anything or anyone that flies. What is significant about the first? Go where the prompt leads!

First Flight

I can’t say he took it all in, but today was a beautiful day for a first flight. The sun shined down from a bold blue sky and lit the runway.

“Ground control to Captain Griffin.”

“Griffin here.”

“We’re a ‘go’, Captain.”

And just like that things started to speed up.

“You got it?” I huffed as I started to run faster.

“I think so.” His voice was a little shaky, but not from fear.

“I’m letting go now, Griff. Hold the handles and keep pedaling.”

“I— I got it, dad!”

And just like that my son was flying.



What I Saw Today: 08/17/20

August 17, 2020

This morning I saw the  Bumblebee Nature Trail. No apiaries here. This is a place where bumblebees come to have fun and par-tay.

For what it’s worth, I did not see any bumblebees. Although I was there early and I’ve heard that bumblebees are considered to be notoriously late sleepers in the bee kingdom (probably because of all that partying?) and they much prefer brunch over breakfast. I think I heard that on an episode of NOVA once, but maybe not; maybe I heard it somewhere else.

Thankfully, I also did not see a can of Bumblebee tuna left by a litterbug.

If you like taking pictures of the things you see please share a link to your blog in the comments so I can go and see what you saw.

Bumblebee trail

What I Saw Today: 08/11/20

August 11, 2020

Today I saw the numbers ‘7’ & ‘8’ misaligned on a wall calendar. This is a great of example of not only reckless typesetting (tsk… tsk…), but of why proofreaders are so important to the balance of life.

I don’t know about you, but seeing this type of typesetting blunder this morning has pretty much ruined the entire month of October for me.

I had more to write about today but it’s going to have to wait while I try and process this lapse of professionalism.

If you like taking pictures of the things you see please share a link to your blog in the comments so I can go and see what you saw.


What I Saw Today: 08/10/20

August 10, 2020

What I saw today.

Today I saw a parking garage downtown that was open. Not really an uncommon sight with so many people working from home nowadays.

In a world of things to see this was a rather boring thing to have seen today.

I also saw a work crew putting up a steel cage around a hole. I think that might be just a notch below a green “OPEN” sign on the boring scale, but only because no one on the work crew was looking at me or at the fence so there was nothing that made the scene interesting.

(Like a green “OPEN” sign is interesting. Yeah, I know.)

And for all I know they might now even have been the work crew that actually put up the fence and were simply admiring the work of a different work crew. Or, since I don’t know when the fence was actually put up, for all I know they could have been a work crew assembling to take down the fence.

They might not even have been a work crew at all because they might have hijacked the original work crew on their way to lunch and tied them up in an large truck and stolen their work crew clothes. I hope that’s not the case because if there’s a work crew of imposters walking around I think we might all be in trouble because who knows what kind of work they might do. Or worse: might not do. Let’s not even think about that, ok?

Speaking of imposters, have you ever read about “Imposter Syndrome”? It’s kind of interesting. People who deal with Imposter Syndrome, while fully competent, doubt their work and fear that others will call them a fraud. Their success isn’t viewed as a result of anything they did, but because of simple luck, or that they’ve somehow managed to convince other people that they’re smarter/better than they really are.

The work crew I saw was not an example of group Imposter Syndrome because they folks clearly acted as if they knew what they were doing.

If you like taking pictures of the things you see please share a link to your blog in the comments so I can go and see what you saw.

OPEN sign


The Writing Group (Carrot Ranch)

August 10, 2020

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

August 6, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about molten lava. It can be real-time, such as a volcanic event or the result of one in the geologic timeline. Or, think about making the prompt into a metaphor of heat. What is so hot? Go where the prompt leads!

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The Writing Group

Reading in front of people has never been comfortable for me and tonight was no different. I swallowed.

“My love for her felt like hot lava burning in my heart.”

I saw Jean grimace.

“Not good?” I said.

“Well,” she shrugged. As analogies go . . .”

The other three members looked up.

It got quiet.

Someone coughed.

“What? We know lava’s hot; and it burns, right?”

She had a point.

“So maybe just ‘My love burned’?”

“Better.” Jean smiled

I felt myself blush.

What nobody knew was that the hot burning lava in my heart burned for Jean.


What I Saw Today: 08/09/20

August 9, 2020

What I saw today.

Today I saw the toxic droppings of a human slob. You’d think at this point in my life I would no longer be surprised by the nauseating and disgusting behavior of humans, but I’m not.

If you like taking pictures of the things you see please share a link to your blog in the comments so I can go and see what you saw.

Band Aids



What I Saw Today: 08/08/20

August 8, 2020

What I saw today.

Today I saw an insect trap for the gypsy moth survey program placed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

What’s a gypsy moth? From the MN DNR‘s website: “The gypsy moth is an invasive forest pest from Europe that is one of the most damaging tree defoliators currently in the U.S. Aspen and oak top the list of over 500 preferred host species.”

Hopefully they catch a lot of them in this thing.

So this guy goes to the doctor.

“What wrong?” the doctor asked.

“I keep thinking I’m a moth, doc,” the guy said.

“I can’t help you with that. You need a to see a psychologist.”

“Yeah, I know.”

“So,” the doctor said. “Why did you come to see me?”

“Your light was on.”

If you like taking pictures of the things you see please share a link to your blog in the comments so I can go and see what you saw.

Insect trap

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