Weekend Wrap Up

Well, this weekend is coming to a close. As usual, it was too short.

We decided not to go to my work get-together Friday night. Instead, we spent time with my stepson and his girlfriend. We went bowling, although I did not bowl. Long story, but I can’t physically can’t bowl. But, I watched the hubby and the kids bowl, and we had pizza and beer. After bowling, we went into the bar at the bowling alley, and my future daughter-in-law and I played some pool. I haven’t played pool in years, and I’d forgotten how much I like to play. We will definitely be doing that again.

On Saturday, my good friend was having a yard sale and we spent the day helping her out. When we were packing up at the end of the sale, I got tangled up in the tarp we had the clothes laid out on. I tripped, and came down hard on my foot when I caught myself. My ankle was already sprained, and I have a ripped Achilles tendon for which I’m doing PT, so this didn’t help matters any. I broke my toe, and I’m pretty sure the sprain is now much worse than before.

We were supposed to go to a friend’s place on Saturday night, but I was in pain and hubby didn’t feel well, so we begged off. I fell asleep on the couch and slept about two hours before I woke up and went to bed.

We go to breakfast with my father-in-law every Sunday, and today was no different. It’s practically the only time he gets out of the house, so we try not to miss a Sunday. After breakfast, hubby and I went to Wally World, always a fun adventure. We didn’t do much this afternoon, just took it easy, watching a bit of TV and doing laundry. I worked on my blog and did some writing, and finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I’m reading the series for, I think, the 4th time.

We’re getting ready to call it a night, so that we can be ready for work in the morning. So, fair readers, I bid you all a good night.

Until next time,

Beth VanHoose

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Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt: Are You a fan of self-help/advice books and what has been your favorite one?

Honestly, I have never read a self-help book. I don’t know if that means I’m well-adjusted or in denial.

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Happy Hooker


Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt: What is something you know that you could teach another person if given the chance?

I thought long and hard about this and finally decided that I could teach someone to crochet if I had the chance. My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was about 8 years old. I love crocheting. It’s relaxing, and it’s fun to see a strand of yarn emerge from the crochet hook as a bag, or an afghan, or a sweater. I love to create and be creative, and I am always working on a project. I teach myself new techniques and try new patterns.

I still have an afghan that my grandmother crocheted probably 35 years ago. I hope that items I’ve crocheted for others last half that long, and are cherished as much as I cherish that afghan.

Until next time,

Beth VanHoose

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The King of Horror


Wednesday’s NaBloPoMo prompt: If you could connect one-on-one with one expert, what would you want to learn?

I would love to sit down with Stephen King and have a lengthy one-on-one conversation. I am a huge King fan and have read most everything he has written. I’ve always been curious about what type of person he is to have such a vivid, horrific, and brilliant imagination. I would want to learn about what inspires him, where he gets his ideas, and to get his thoughts on writing.

Who would you like to connect with?

Beth VanHoose

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I didn’t get a chance to post on Tuesday, so I am doing Tuesday’s post today. The Tuesday prompt for NaBloPoMo is: Do you prefer to take advice from strangers or from people close to you?

It depends on the type of advice I am seeking. If I’m looking for  medical or legal advice, I’m probably going to use the services of a doctor or lawyer. While not necessarily strangers, they are professionals and experts in their field, and will give advice accordingly.

If it’s a personal matter, I prefer to take advice from friends and family, versus advice from strangers. After all, how good can personal advice be from someone who doesn’t know you?

Beth VanHoose

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Experts wanted


I’m taking part in August’s NaBloPoMo. The purpose is to write a post every day, one related to the topic. This month’s theme is KNOW. Today’s writing prompt is: Everyone is an expert in something. Tell us three things you are an expert in.

That’s hard. I know a little about a lot of things, and a lot about several things. I don’t know that I’d consider myself an expert on anything. That being said, I can name at least three things that I either know quite a bit about, or can do quite well, if I do say so myself.

1) Sarcasm – I am one of the most sarcastic people you’d ever care to meet. It’s an art. Sometimes my sarcasm gets me into trouble. No, really, it does. Hard to believe, I know, especially for those who know me, but it’s true.

2) Grammar – My family and friends call me a Grammar Nazi. It’s a title I wear with pride. I loathe poor (or no) punctuation, improper tenses, misspelled words, people who interchange it’s and it’s; your and you’re; they’re, their, and there. I can’t count the number of times I’ve wanted to correct a friend’s Facebook status or tweet. To me, improper grammar is like nails on a chalkboard – highly irritating and completely unnecessary.

3) Making Chex Mix – Family and friends love my Chex Mix. I get requests for my Chex Mix. I learned to make Chex Mix from my mom. I refuse to use the microwave. The oven is the only way to go. The recipe on the cereal box is only a guideline. I use more, sometimes a lot more, of everything. And my Chex Mix is damn good, if I do say so myself.

What things are you damn good at?

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