Sounds Of Silence

Another week, and another go-round at The Sandbox Writing Challenge

Week 10’s challenge is to answer the question:


As I sit here pondering that question, I’ve decided to pull up the definition of fascinate………this was meaning number one……….

1. to attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall: a vivacity that fascinated the audience.

So, now I have the definition…..I’m still sitting here, with the window open, listening to the wind whipping through the trees….and still pondering as to what ‘enthralls’ me at this moment in my life (I’ve got a case of widow blues going on 😞) but then……..LIGHT BULB MOMENT 💡


I know, if I’m listening to sounds, how is that silence. For whatever reason I don’t consider nature to be noise. So for me it fits into my own personal definition of Silence. Be it the wind, rain, bird song, crashing waves, the peepers at night, I attribute all to my quiet time. Nature’s silence is soothing. It also makes me feel alive. It’s my elixir. My healer. So for me, what fascinates this gal right now, is the Sounds Of Silence.


MCM…Ed Sheeran

I cannot get enough of listening…….Ladies your welcome……

Men, stop what your doing, grab your lady and DANCE. You won’t regret it. I’m grateful for the memories of Jim and I dancing in the kitchen by the glow of the over-the-stove hood light.

The bittersweet truth …the life of this widow is spent dancing with his keepsake urn and memories……

So,,,stop what your doing and DANCE..SLOW.

Miss you Husband…will be dancing with you in my dreams!!



Do I Really Need To Impress?!?!

It’s that time again! The Sandbox Writing Challenge 2018-exercise 9. I hope you’re having fun playing in the sandbox with us. And maybe learning something about yourself? I so appreciate everyone’s contributions from last week. That challenge was a bit harder. But NOW comes the really creative part! (Evil grin…)

Actually this was also a hard challenge just to post because I realized as I was looking for pictures similar to the one in the book, the facial expression on the picture I chose was going to affect what you wrote. I matched it as best I could. So we’ll see what happens.

Imagine wanting to impress this woman. What would you say about yourself?

(And here’s a couple bonus questions for after you answer the prompt. How do you think different expressions on the picture would have affected your answer, or do you? What if it had been a group of younger women or a man or group of men? Really am trying to make a point here!)

As always, remember to include a link to this post on YOUR blog post. Or if your response isn’t overly long, feel free to leave it in the comment section below. If you would like to play with us and see the previous prompts, they’re listed in the menu at the top of the blog in The Sandbox Writing ChallengeBut please feel free to just jump in wherever we are at the moment! After all the prompts are really for YOU to get to know YOURSELF! So put your thinking caps on and have fun!!!


I realize there are times when one needs to impress an individual (seeking employment as an example). That doesn’t pertain to me at the moment (thankfully).


With that said, I’m not someone who looks to impress anyone. Not anymore. I stopped worrying about what others say or thought/think about me a long time ago. That’s not saying I intentionally look to shock or to come across unapproachable or unlikable..quite the opposite. I am an ambivert, who likes people.

It was my late husband (Wow..there’s a first…I’ve never referenced Jim that way in the 73 weeks/ 511 days he’s been gone), Jim, who really ‘got me’. I had a tendency to over-think things, apologize for everything that went wrong, even if it wasn’t my doing or fault. I was a people-pleaser. I wanted to be liked. I wanted and needed to be included….I would be, do or say whatever needed to in order to order to be order to ‘fit in’…yet not wanting to go ‘all out’ and draw attention to myself..instead wanting to blend in while being included….So, all the while, I never fully knew who I was… first go-round in the Sandbox helped me to excavate and discover so much of Me, Myself and I.

But it was Jim who opened my ‘eyes’ and my heart and helped me ‘see’……..with his love, encouragement and support, I grew into someone I liked and loved…and I still do. Even in death, his love transcends time….his support and belief in me I still feel…..and no longer do I feel the need to fit in or compromise who I am or what I believe.

I am a widow. Yet I don’t feel I fit the stereotype that some may have. It’s been brought to my attention a few times from some ‘concerned friends’ that I don’t act or look the part. Once again I am reminded that some people will get me, some have no clue. That’s not my problem.

So, in short, I’d answer that question with this answer……..I’d look said woman with the snarky face in the eyes and say……….with a smile, “Hello, my name is Linda, nice to meet you.”

Saturday Sound Bites-Simplify/Simplicity

I’ve missed the last few Saturdays of Lady Calen’s Saturday Sound Bites.

This weekend she poses the question….

If you could own only four possessions for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Ive decided to bend the ‘rules’ here and change it up just a tad, oh ok, I’m doing a total 360 here!! Instead of listing four possessions that would simplify…I’m going to share four things that to me, at this moment, exemplify the beauty and SIMPLICITY of a moment………

Like the unexpected , sporadic blooming of daffodils all around my property.

Looking up and seeing a sky full of cotton balls.

The flowering blossoms of a Pear Tree

…and unexpectedly finding a path that lead me to water.