#JustJoJan Day 23 – Colour

Why is it that everyone sees colors differently?  It makes me wonder if they are seeing the same color that I am, you know?  I was in my boss’s office today and we were going over some of my responsibilities in relation to a spreadsheet she had open.  Some things we determined were stalled, so she colored them gray.  Then, she asked me which ones I would like to keep if I had a choice.  Those she was going to highlight a “happy”color, but she picked this moody sea green.  As soon as she did it, she said, “Well that’s not very happy,” and changed it to a bright sky blue.

I’m sure some people would have looked at that color and thought it was perfectly happy.  She mentioned that she thought pastel colors were happy colors, but she couldn’t find one on the computer in that moment.  I honestly find most pastel colors boring.  I prefer my colors bright and dark.  I suppose that could have a lot to do with my coloring and the types of colors I can wear, but I think it also has to do with my perception.

I know white isn’t a color, but after a snow storm, there is usually a period of time when the clouds clear and the sky is a pristine blue with all the bright white snow sparkling in the sunlight.  I find that color beautiful.  Then there are days, especially where I live, where the inversion sets in and the sky could be a muted blue or a murky gray from one moment to the next.  It’s depressing.

It’s crazy how colors can affect your mood, too.  I’ve been enjoying the scenery the past few days because we had a pretty big snow storm, and in most places there is still some snow on trees and lawns.  The mountains are also covered and it makes for some beautiful viewing.  Just last week, though, I was thinking it was looking pretty dismal.  The grass was an ugly brownish-green and the trees had that non-color that happens during winter.  Those muted non-colors can happen during summer too.  Some of my favorite colors during summer happen during and after a rain storm.

Geez, I’m a moody person.

The ironic thing, if you can call it that, is my absolute favorite color is purple.  That’s a happy color, right?

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s word, colour, was suggested to us by Supernatural Snark.


Song Lyric Sunday – Comfort Me by Tim McGraw

For someone who doesn’t really listen to country music anymore, I seem to post a lot of it.  I suppose no matter what your current playlists are, you will always have those nostalgic albums that have a place in your heart.  Tim McGraw’s album, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors is one of those albums for me.

I haven’t listened to this song in years, but it perfectly expresses all those thing that are comforting to me.  It is also an easy song to listen to what with the violin and the banjo.  I also went out and found a video that has some pretty stunning scenery, so I hope you enjoy watching and listening and basking in comfort.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Wake me my lady don’t let me sleep
Open my eyes to the wonders you keep
Let me look at you see how you shine
I’ll fall in love like I’ve done every time

Lay me in soft green grass
Down where the river runs
Under the mountain caps
Gold with the setting sun

Walk me along the bay
Beyond the verdant trees
Carry me with your grace
Forever comfort me

You walk on water searching the east
The souls of the masses pass at your feet
Looking up at you with tears in their eyes
Fathers of fathers of fathers gone by

Walk me down old main streets
Ride me down rusty rails
Fields full of summer wheat
Peppered with rounded bales
Steeples where church bells ring
Lighthouses by the sea
Reach out through gathered storms
Faithfully comfort me

I am your tired I am your poor in spirit
Yearning to breathe, breathe free
Breathe free

Lay me in soft green grass
Down where the river runs
Under the mountain caps
Gold with the setting sun

Walk me down old main streets
Ride me down rusty rails
Fields full of summer wheat
Peppered with rounded bales
Steeples where church bells ring
Lighthouses by the sea
Reach out through gathered storms
Faithfully comfort me

Comfort Me

Written by Craig Michael Wiseman, Donald Wallace Poythress • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was comfort.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.


Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 1/21/18

I don’t know why, but it seems like we all complain no matter what is happening with the weather.  If it snows too much, it’s awful.  If it’s over 100 degrees for more than a few days, we’re melting.  If it rains too many days in a row, it’s depressing.

We’ve had a very slow start to winter where I’m at and all I’ve heard in the past few weeks is how people just want it to snow.  Well, it finally happened.  I’m staring out my window at piles of snow on houses and lawns and it is still coming down.  As much as it is cold and awful to drive in, there is something so comforting about snow falling.  I’m just happy it’s Saturday so I don’t have to really be anywhere and I can just enjoy it through my window pane.

It also doesn’t hurt that it’s time again to explore music.  So, get your thinking caps on, break out your playlists and let’s get to work!  Our theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “comfort”.  

As always, you can go your own way and post a song that has nothing to do with the prompt.  We’re all here sharing our love of music and lyrics, and most of all, having a great time!

I’m teaming up with Simply Marquessa  and her LyricalFictionFriday theme was based on today’s SLS theme.  Her posts go up on Thursday, so please check out her blog to delve into the world of music and fiction.

If you would like to suggest a theme, I am open to suggestions.   Please either pop it in the comments or send me an email at helenvahdati@yahoo.com.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not
  • 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 and #JustJoJan Day 20 – The terrifying beauty of the ocean

Oceans are great aren’t they?  I’v always been fascinated by them.  I haven’t had much occasion to visit them, but when I have, I’m always in awe at the vast beauty.  I’d pretty much only ever visited the Pacific Ocean until my daughter decided that she wanted to go to college in North Carolina.  She didn’t end up anywhere near the beach, but when we dropped her off for school her Freshman year, we ended up having a free day, so we took the four hour drive.  I’m so happy we did it.  There’s just something about it.

I’m sure that if you live by an ocean, you’re sitting there scoffing at me that they’re not so great.  I do the same thing about mountains.  I’m surrounded by mountains and can pretty much take a twenty minute drive and find a trail to hike on that will take me into the mountain wilderness somewhere.  I really do try to appreciate the beauty, but when you see it every day, it’s hard to appreciate it.

My husband is fascinated with the movie Jaws.  For whatever reason, that is his go-to relaxation movie.  In the almost five years (holy cow!) we’ve been together, I couldn’t even tell you how many times he’s watched it.  We have it on DVD but he also has a version of it saved on our DVR so he can easily watch it anytime he wants.

He ended up recording some special on the Reelz channel about the true life story behind the movie.  It used to be interesting when movies would claim they were based on a true story, but it’s happened so much, I think it’s lost its impact.  I’m not sure if Jaws used it, but it is, in fact, based on a true story.  In 1916 there was a shark terrorizing the New Jersey coast.  It was pretty awful to know that the movie followed the actual story almost exactly.

However, I was delighted when it turned out that the death of the shark happened in real life and wasn’t just a happy Hollywood ending.  Two fishermen caught the thing in their net and one of them beat it to death with a broken paddle.  Can you even imagine?  I can’t!

I suppose the moral of the story is that while nature can be beautiful, it is also terrifying in many ways.  It kind of makes you think twice about jumping into the ocean…

Just Jot It January and Stream of Consciousness Saturday are hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt is: ““oc.” Find a word that starts with “oc” and use it in your post. Bonus points if you start and end with your post with an “oc” word. Have fun!”


#JustJoJan Day 18 – Revolt (to a certain degree)

I consider myself a pretty decent person.  Sure I get upset and I’ve done some bad things in my life, but I think I’ve lived a pretty normal life without too much trouble.  I also realized today that I’ve always been somewhat afraid to revolt against authority figures or the “system”.  I even have a hard time raising hell in a restaurant when my food is wrong.  I will usually just pick at it, pay for it and then leave.

I don’t know.  I think I’ve gotten better in some ways, but today I had to deal with the fact that I am firmly in rebellion.

I have a bill from a doctor’s office that I am refusing to pay.  I’ve said things like that before, but I’ve always caved when things got hard and just ended up paying it or whatever.  Not this time.  This time, I am prepared to go the distance.

The great thing about today is that I finally decided to stop dealing with the doctor’s office altogether, because they so obviously don’t want to deal with me.  Since they blamed my EOB and the fact that they need to bill me how my insurance company paid the claim, I decided to give them a call.

I wasn’t calling them to ask for help.  I honestly just wanted to know why they paid the claim the way they did so I could go back to the doctor’s office armed with more information.  Information is always a good thing, especially when someone is trying to use it against you.

I was humbled and amazed that the insurance company actually helped me.  After hearing my story, the lady on the phone decided to give my claim an exception and she is going to submit the claim for processing (even though it was out of network).  Not only that, she said I could file an appeal if they try to bill me for the remaining balance.  She basically said they should be writing it off, but if they aren’t going to do it nicely, then we have other ways of getting it done.

I honestly cried.  This has been such a nightmare and I’m just happy I found someone who agreed with me and is willing to help me.

I plan on never going to that clinic again.  Now that I’m thinking about it, I should honestly post their information on Facebook and what-not, but I’m not at that stage yet.  I guess I’m in revolt, but only to a certain degree.

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s word, revolt, was suggested to us Sandra at What Sandra Thinks.

Lyrical Fiction Friday Reveal: “Cocoa Skin Against Mine” #lyricalfictionfriday

It’s time again for some flash fiction, hosted by Marquessa. Doesn’t it seem like the weeks just fly by? Let’s get our writing caps on and show up strong.

Please participate using the link below. Comments and pings will be turned off here.

Simply Marquessa

Today’s lyric prompt is:

 “Your cocoa skin against mine…Is all I need to help revive me...”

For the rules, click on the lyric above.

Be inspired and write!

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

All Rights Reserved ©2018 Marquessa Matthews

I’m partnering with the following lovely blogger-writers who are promoting my Lyrical Fiction Friday Challenge as I cross-promote their respective challenges:

Be sure to check out their blogs, have some fun by participating strong and making a few new friends!

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One-Liner Wednesday and #JustJoJan Day 17 – Who likes sewing?

I was editing an interview and came across this rather delightful exchange.  The interviewee had mentioned that she didn’t like sewing and what followed was a rather delightful exchange between her daughter and the interviewers.

Cheryl: I didn’t like sewing either.

Lorrie: I’m right there with you.  (to Michael) Are you good?

Michael: No, I’m actually awful at sewing.

Lorrie: No, I mean questions.

Michael: Question wise, I’m good.

One-Liner Wednesday and Just Jot It January are hosted by Linda G. Hill.