Sunday Photo Fiction – Daddy


For my tenth birthday, I helped my daddy string flower lights through the trees and around the back deck.  We laughed and joked and had mama yellin’ at us cause it was takin’ so long.  A bunch of family came; people I don’t really know or care about.  I was allowed two friends, but honestly, the only person I wanted was daddy.

He stood at the barbeque grilling my favorite cheeseburgers.  I watched the sparks fly into the twinkling flower lights and thought it was the perfect day of my whole life.

Two days later daddy left.  He was wearing his uniform when I came downstairs for breakfast and I noticed his huge duffle back sitting by the door.  Tears welled in my eyes and I ran to him and threw my arms around his hips.  “I don’t want you to go,” I said.

“I know sweetie pie, but I’ll be home soon.  You’ll see.”

I don’t know what he meant by soon, exactly, cause another birthday is coming up and he still isn’t here.  We talk to him sometimes and get letters, but it isn’t the same.  I catch mama cryin’ in her room, and sometimes I go to her and she wraps her arms around me and we cry together.

Daddy didn’t have time to take down the lights before he left, so I spend a lot of afternoons out back, staring at those lights.  Sometimes, I squeeze my eyes tight and wish daddy were home, just like I was wishin’ on a star.

My birthday’s coming up.  I can’t help but think about it as I’m out back after school trying to do homework.  I look up at the lights and smile, thinking about last year and daddy.  Just then, I hear the best sound I’ve ever heard coming from behind me.

“Sweetie pie?”

I think for a minute it can’t possibly be daddy, so when I turn, my eyes are closed cause I just can’t bear to look.  When I open my eyes a tiny bit, I see him and run, tears streaming down my face.  He’s standing under the flower lights when I wrap my arms around his hips and squeeze tight.

“Daddy, you’re home!”

The rules for Sunday Photo Fiction are to create a story/poem or something using around 200 words with the photo as a guide, although it doesn’t have to be center stage.

I haven’t posted anything for this prompt in a while.  I always plan to, but Sunday comes and goes and I always feel bad I missed it.  This time, I was determined to sit down and write something and I was shocked at how fast this one came together.  I’m a bit over on the word count at 370, but I’m hoping that’s okay.

Click the blue froggy link to read other amazing stories!

Happy Sunday!


Song Lyric Sunday – Come Away by Citizen Zero

When you start a new job, it sort of takes a while before you start to really get to know everyone.  I think it helps to do things outside of work, but that can cause problems as well.  It’s a fine line, I’m guessing.

My coworkers and I went out one night after work to a bar to have a few drinks and just hang out.  They ended up telling me that our IT guy’s son is a guitarist in a band, they told me the band name and I started following them on Facebook.  I even listened to a demo and liked it, but didn’t really pursue it further than that.  It wasn’t until this week that I noticed posts that they were releasing their debut album, State of Mind, and it was coming out on Friday.

I ended up finding an article on Thursday where they streamed the entire album, and I listened to the whole thing.  It is amazing and I fell in love instantly!  I haven’t heard an album that I loved this much in a long time.  I went straight to iTunes and ordered it, so now I’ve listened to the whole thing a few times.  I love the singers voice and the guitar riffs.  I haven’t found a song on the album that I don’t like.   Our IT guy says they don’t have plans to come to Utah on this tour, but I’m hoping they make it here soon.

The hard part about finding a band so new, though, is that no one has posted the lyrics.  I was going to just post the song without the lyrics, but this is Song Lyric Sunday, so I feel like I have to have the lyrics.  I’ve decided I’m going to write them out while listening to the song so I can have a semblance of an actual post for you (brings back memories of when I used to do that as a kid!).

The video I found is an acoustic version of the song.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and if you do, check out the whole album.  You won’t regret it!

Come Away by Citizen Zero
Written by:  I wasn’t able to confirm it, but I believe a combination of band members wrote all the songs on the album

Dark clouds rolling over town
Heartache came pouring down
Feeling so strong
A cold rush through my bones
I don’t wanna walk alone

It’s a slow burn
But we all go up in flames
I’m burned
Looking to make my escape

Come away with me, come away with me
Come away with me, come away with me
On and on I search for something
On and on and on
But, you gave me something I can feel
To make it through this night

I swear, love, this is life or death
Drink my cup and save your breath
Crackling fire burning cold

It’s a slow burn
But we all ignite
I’m burned
Looking to make my escape

Come away with me, come away with me
Come away with me, come away with me
On and on I search for something
On and on and on
But, you gave me something I can feel
To make it through this night

Take a breath
We’re gonna start a war tonight
We’re gonna light that flame
Let it burn

We don’t have to be alone
Fighting fires all alone
Trying to stay warm

Come away with me, come away with me
Come away with me, come away with me
On and on I search for something
On and on and on
But, you gave me something I can feel
To make it through this night
To make it through this night
To make it through this night
To make it through this night

The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to share a song you’ve heard recently for the first time and fell in love with.  It is open to anyone who wants to share music, so please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.


Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 8/14/16

I have a tendency to find bands and singers I like and only listen to those ones.  My daughter opened my eyes to a much more diverse music library, but I still find myself falling back on the old “favorites” playlist.  It’s nice, but I do love finding new music.

Also, I realized this week that my “favorites” playlist has to fit on a phone that is running out of space, so it’s pretty limited.  My son reminded me this week of a band that I started listening to a few years ago and completely forgot about.  When he played one of their songs, it was almost like discovering them again for the first time.

What about you?  Are you stuck on the same singers and bands or do you branch out and listen to new things?  Well, if you’re the type to listen to the same things, this one might be tough for you because for tomorrow’s Song Lyric Sunday, I want us to post new music (at least new for you).  Post a song you heard recently for the first time and fell in love with.

While I have many times in my life when I don’t hear anything new that I like, I do find something on at least a monthly basis, so I’m thinking this one shouldn’t be too hard.  🙂

As always, feel free to post a song that has nothing to do with the theme.  We’re all here to share music and have fun after all.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song you choose
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Feel free to use the Song Lyric Sunday badge by copying it into your post or add it to your site to show you are participating.


SoCS – Cashing in the Gold (or Not)

The direction my thoughts are going in might be a stretch for the prompt today, but I’m just going to run with it because it’s SoCS and it’s best not to overthink it (which I have a huge tendency to do).

I’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics this week, but sometimes I find it rather odd.  I’m watching sports that I would never just sit down on a random Saturday and watch.  They just really aren’t that interesting to me; but you add in the Olympics and the really high stakes (are the stakes really that high, though?) and you get this strange excitement to see someone do well in the competition.

The other thing that makes it fun is that the commentators usually go into it with a clear favorite, but sometimes a random person they weren’t expecting busts through and shocks not just themselves, but literally everyone.  It really can be enjoyable, or maybe I’m just a highly competitive person and I like watching highly competitive sports.

We were talking about the medals they receive and sort of wondering about them.  My fiance said that they aren’t pure gold; it’s really just a coating, but it made me think.  Does it matter?  Are they really earning those medals for the value?  I think I’ve heard stories of people cashing them in, but I don’t think there are a lot out there.  I believe there are some things that don’t have a value, no matter how much they’re worth.

This thought, in turn, makes me think about my job.  I’ve had this thought before, but I find it so fascinating.  I work with millions of dollars… not literally, but on paper.  But even if it was literally, I don’t think it would change how I see it.  I processed paperwork for an invoice a few months ago that was almost $800K.  As huge as that dollar amount is, though, I wasn’t thinking of it in terms of cash… it was just a number or a transaction; just a piece of paper that I was processing really.

I don’t even think of it in terms of, “How would it be to have that much money?”  It’s strange that we can be around money and work with it, but it doesn’t necessarily become personal like that.

I have no idea if I’m making any sense.  I was up late, slept poorly and am up early typing away because I couldn’t sleep…

I would love to have more money than I do; I think we all would.  But I suppose at the end of the day, it’s all about perspective.

Happy Saturday everyone!

This rather random post is brought to you by Stream of Consciousness Saturday which is hosted by Linda G. Hill. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “cash.” Use it in your post as a noun or a verb… or a name! Enjoy! Feel free to click the link and join us in our stream of consciousness writing.  Oh, and check out our cool new badge!  I didn’t win with my entry, but there were so many good entries (including the winner below), that I’m not sad about it.


It’s Time To Vote for the 2016-17 #SoCS Badge!

I’m a bit late in sharing this, but I think you have some time left to go vote. I’m not saying you should vote for mine, but… 🙂

It’s after midnight, which means this year’s contest is closed for the new Stream of Consciousness Saturday badge. We have seven wonderful pieces of art to choose from! Anyone can vote: make yours count!

I’ll name them all to make it easier for voting purposes. Here are the contestants in order, according to the time of their entries:

KG, with “Long and Winding Road”

Dale, with “Thoughts”

Willow, with “Wildflowers”

John, with “Digital Sky”

JoAnna, with “Rocks and Water”

Helen, with “Fast-Moving Stream”

Deborah, with “Firework Fantasy”

Please be sure to check them all out before you vote!

The poll will be open for one day. If it doesn’t close down automatically after 24 hours, I will close it when I get up on the morning of Friday, August 12th. The results will be announced before the Friday SoCS prompt is posted, and…

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Mindful Monday – Saying Goodbye to Morning Coffee

I’ve been having health issues that have caused me to make some changes in my life.  It’s funny how you don’t realize something until it sort of hits you in the face…

My doctor asked me if I drank a lot of caffeine and my immediate response was to say no, but that’s because my morning coffee is such an embedded part of my day, that I completely forget about it as an actual “thing”.  I didn’t think I was drinking a ton of it, though – I usually only had two to three cups in the morning and then switched to water by about mid-day.  It was only recently that I started making an almost daily run at lunch to the gas station for a diet coke, which probably didn’t help anything.  I don’t know, I still don’t think it was a lot.

My body decided it was finished with it, though.  I always say I need to listen to my body and what it’s telling me, but I don’t think I ever expected it to upset me so much.

I miss my morning coffee.  I think it became such an emotional experience for me – having a cup while I sat down at my computer to write; sharing a cup with my sissy as we talked about life and anything really; just the smell of coffee as it was brewing while I made breakfast for the family.  It was a little bright spot of happiness every morning and I pretty much resent not being able to do it now.

Perhaps time will help – it’s only been a few days, after all.

Why is it we create such emotional experiences surrounding food and drink?  I don’t even think we realize we are doing it until we are either forced to stop or decide to stop for one reason or another and then wonder why it’s so hard.

Even now, I’m thinking that maybe I can get to a point where I could have just one cup a day… that wouldn’t be so bad, would it?

I imagine this is what anyone says who is addicted to something in their life.  Maybe it’s a good thing that I’m letting it go, not just for my health, but because I am so obviously addicted to it.

Happy Monday everyone!

Bee at A Spirit of Healing is currently hosting Mindful Monday while Colleen at Silver Threading is away.


SoCS Badge Contest Entry

I’ve been wanting to do this since Linda started the Badge Contest for Stream of Consciousness Saturday two years ago.  I finally just decided to sit down and figure something out, with a little help from my son, Andru.  I had one all done and he looked at it and told me he didn’t really like it.  So, I went back to the drawing board a few times and he gave his “sort of” input so I could get this one done.

I think he got tired of all the changes and different things I tried because he finally checked out, but I think he was still a huge help. 🙂

The picture is one I took at lunch this year (there’s some pretty amazing scenery by my work), but I played with it a little bit in the picture editor on my phone.  I hope you like it!

SoCS Badge 2016-2017

Oh, and don’t forget to go to Linda’s blog and vote next Thursday for your favorite one.