Life in progress

The Escapist Coloring Club – mid-month April 2018

Okay, I’m way off the middle of the month, but I still want to remind everyone that there’s still time to link your colouring project to the monthly prompt. You can find it here. The comments in this post are turned off to ensure all pingbacks go to the original post.

We only have one entrant in the comment section this month so far. If you’ve completed a project but haven’t added your link, please do it soon. Our one and only colouring project this month comes from Colline. You can find her post here:

Colouring is fun and relaxing. I hope you’ll join us!

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234. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Sunday, April 22nd, 1:00pm
Mona and Sparky


Mona: (while texting) I’m so ugly.

Sparky: Who told you that?

Mona: I did. (lifts cell phone) And Martina agrees with me.

Sparky: Martina can go suck eggs.

Mona: You think so?

Sparky: Yeah. You’re beautiful. What does she know?

Mona: I’ll tell her. (starts texting)

Sparky: (after a while) What did she say?

Mona: (reading) “I’m not a mongoose.” What does that even mean?

Sparky: I don’t …

Mona: Wait! There’s another text. (reading) “And Sparky’s ugly too.”

Sparky: See? I told you she don’t know nothing.


Next stop: Monday, April 23rd, 5:00pm

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#SoCS – It Spoke of Life

It’s funny how life finds a way. Though it’s rarely spoken of, we instinctively seek out the things that keep us alive. The sun, for one.

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I found these when I went outside this morning. The same flowers that the other day, before the ice storm, were in such lovely bloom. Their warmth is apparent from the way they seem to have melted their way through the snow.

I went for a walk today along my usual path by the water. I always go alone, and today was no exception. But I just happened to be on the phone with one of my kids when I got to this gazebo, seen in an old picture:

It’s often used for wedding pictures–I see photographers there with couples doing practice shots on a regular basis, and I’ve even seen a wedding party there once. What I realized today when I was on the phone is that it looks much more romantic than it literally sounds.

Today, for the first time in the years I’ve been going there, I spoke while I was standing under the roof. It’s made of metal. My voice echoed tinnily (is that a word?)–my voice echoed off the metal roof making me sound like I was speaking somehow through a transistor radio. I hurried out of there before I said much. I seemed very loud to my own ears.

It occurs to me that that’s an illustration of how our words can ruin an experience.

Sometimes it’s best to just stay silent, and take in the beauty: let it speak for itself.

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