Earworm

“What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?”

The song currently stuck in my head is “Say Something” by A Great Big World. The other day I was listening to this song and realized how much it symbolized Lola’s and Stephane’s relationship in “Reign”.

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere, I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

Say something, I’m giving up on you
And I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
And anywhere, I would have followed you
Oh, oh, oh, oh say something, I’m giving up on you

I love “Reign”, though I still have to finish watching it (currently rewatching Downton Abbey with my daughter). I actually almost started crying when I realized the correlation between the song on Lola’s relationship with Stephane. This song is powerful in so many ways.

 

This post is inspired by 365 Days of Writing Prompts from The Daily Post.

Earth Day 2017

My daughter decided that she wanted her grandfather to help her learn about plants and the like and got him to agree to buy her some plants.  My normal shopping day is Saturday for the household, so we went out shopping for plants and groceries.  As it turned out, it was also Earth Day which neither of us even thought about until we saw it on Facebook later in the day.

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The first thing my daughter wanted was Lavender, so we got this plant that her grandfather will help her plant in the yard somewhere.

Succulent

She’s always wanted a real succulent for her bedroom (she has a fake one currently), so we got this beautiful little succulent.

Cactus

This is the cutest little cactus I have ever seen!

Flower Pots

My daughter is very creative and she decided to decorate her own pots!

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Van Gogh is her creative inspiration.

This post is inspired by The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

Top Five Favorite Apps

I love apps that help me save money.  I found these and I’m saving all the money for my Christmas fund this year.

Walmart App

Walmart App

Walmart is a great app for making grocery lists, finding great prices and you can even submit your receipt for their price match guarantee.  I’ve already saved close to five dollars this year and I only started using it in the last month.

MobiSave

MobiSave

This app is great for saving money on buying things that you literally buy all the time at the grocery store.  They almost always have rebates for things like bananas and the such.  I’ve already made a couple of dollars from this app.

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flipp

Flipp is great for making shopping lists, finding the best deals (it uses keywords to find items in local ads) and coupons!

Checkout 51

Checkout 51

Also a great app for collecting rebates and always has something where you enter a contest with every grocery receipt totaling $60 or more.

ibotta

ibotta

Similar to MobiSave, this app offers rebates on basic items such as milk, bananas, etc.

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My Wish Garden

List the things you would add to your garden if you had a garden.

1. Money Tree – I mean, who wouldn’t want to grow their own money.

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2. Sunflowers – Pretty. Van Gogh had a brilliant idea here.

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3. Dr. Pepper Tree – Because I’m obsessed.

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4. Grapes for Wine – Alcohol, duh….

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5. Catnip – The kitties need something to make them forget about the three puppies that invaded their house.

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A Book You Loved and One You Didn’t

The 30-Day Writing Challenge asks “A Book You Loved and One You Didn’t”.

A story I enjoyed (and the one that made me read) was “Her Royal Destiny” by Carol Maxwell Eady.  It’s a historical romance regarding Queen Katherine Parr who outlived King Henry VIII.  I read this tale when I was in middle school.  It caused me to become absorbed in in the life of Henry VIII and I imagine myself somewhat of an authority on his spouses.

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The novel I didn’t care for was a more recent read called “Baltimore Blues” by Laura Lippman.  So terribly penned, I couldn’t give a damn for any of the characters.  I’m astonished that the author turned out twelve books for the series.  I pray she delved more into the construction of her characters in her recent books and devoted less time on the “fine art of rowing”.

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Pause

Spring

I take a moment to pause
And smell the sweet scent of rain.
The air is crisp and fresh
As I walk down the lane.

The trees and grass flourish
Becoming a vibrant shade of green.
The flowers peak out of their buds
And in the sun they preen.

Winter is coming to a close
And Spring is in the air.
I pause once more to sigh
And say a little prayer.

May the new life of this season
Bring happiness and peace.
May all the world’s hatred
Breathe in and finally cease.

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Book Review: Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman

Baltimore Blues

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This begins off with the main character, Tess, being unemployed after losing her job at a newspaper. I give Tess props for taking any job that came her way to pay the bills.  Since this was published in 1997, I won’t fault her for not attempting to write a blog to make a living since blogging didn’t become a thing until the late 1990s.

I want to point out I listened to this book on audio and liked the voice of the narrator, Deborah Hazlett.

As for the story, it goes downhill from there. I didn’t care about the characters. Tess, while spunky, was a bumbling novice and made a mess out of everything by jumping to conclusions. I care nothing about rowing and this is where a good majority of the description went in.  I became bored and found my mind wandering.

The breakdown at the end made scant sense. She would have never discovered the killer if he hadn’t had tried to kill her.  It didn’t add up that he did so because she was not anywhere near finding out it was him.

The fact she thought she wouldn’t be able to prove the other characters involvement in the death of an 11-year-old boy doesn’t wash.  You can’t deny a tape recording with your voice on it confessing to the crimes. She was in love with Jonathan, but after he was murdered she’s ready to hook up with someone else days afterward? Please, real life doesn’t work that way.

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Later

Time

How many times
Do I have to remind you
That “later” is a misnomer?
It never arrives.

Later becomes now,
Which becomes later,
Which becomes tomorrow,
Which becomes never.

When will you understand
That time is relative
And nothing ever happens
That you could not prevent?

“Later” is a heartless word
That forgets time and space
And remembers the random thoughts
Of man’s own inadequacies.

Its is not a moment
Or essence of being that
Relates to here and now
But a failing of human existence.

Later is an absence of
Adequacy in endurance,
Tolerance for procrastination,
Endurance of space,
Resilience of excuses.

Written for The Daily Post