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Reflection on A to Z Blog Challenge 2019

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Reflection on a to Z Blog Challenge 2019

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Now that the A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 is finished, we are to reflect back on our journey through the alphabet, as we did, one day at a time.

This was my 6th time to participate, and it was just as fun and interesting as it was every other time.

I didn’t have a dedicated theme to my posts this year, but posted a variety of topics, from true ghost stories to funny word definitions. A few of my posts were brand new, but most had been written a long time ago on here, but almost no one came to visit, or commented, or even pushed the like button on them. So, why not post them again to see what would happen this time around.

Well, I had a wonderful response from my readers! Thanks so much for your support. I appreciate it very much.

I enjoyed visiting the posts of those others who were taking part in the A to Z this year, too. There are so many talented and interesting people who blog out there, and never enough time to get around to every single one that was on the sign up list. So many of my regular blogging friends were also doing this challenge, it was all I could manage to visit them, if not every day, then at least a few times.

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For next year’s April A to Z, I will probably participate again. I may or may not have a certain theme, but I’m leaning toward that, as it seems easier to know beforehand what you will be posting about. As it is, we have almost a whole year to come up with something fun and new for a theme.

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All in all, I love this challenge, and plan on doing it again next year!

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Thank you for visiting! We did it! See you next April! Bye 4 Now!”

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The Mystery Box Chickens thank you for stopping by for a visit, and wish you a happy year ahead! They will take a little break, then will be hard at work on next April’s A to Z! See you then. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Yard Sale Tale – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Y

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Yard Sale Tale – a to Z Blog challenge 2019 – Letter Y

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Buy us something good.”

As promised, here’s a funny yard sale tale.

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Bookshelf fiasco – This yard sale was a couple of blocks from our house. I’d been to a lot of sales that Saturday morning, and this was the last one before heading home. We had an old Chevy van, and there was quite a lot of items in there that I’d bought. Some of those were potted plants…a lot of these, and I needed to get them home before they wilted in the heat of the day & being in the van for so long.

Well this sale…I spied a cool bookshelf for sale in these people’s yard. I was in a hurry to get out and buy it. I went up to the lady holding the sale, asked her how much ($15.00), gave her the money, and proceeded to get the bookshelf. However, some other customer was standing there dismantling the bookshelf, and about to haul it off to her car. I said, hey…that’s mine…I just paid for it. Well, she argued with me, but finally gave up. I mean, I had already bought it.

So, I get it in the van, and what do you know…it wouldn’t start. I tried starting it over and over, and it just wouldn’t. So I walked home and told the mister he’d have to go fix the van, and where it was. Well, he did, but it didn’t really need fixing. That’s because I’d been in such a hurry to get out, I’d just turned the engine off, and didn’t even put it in park. It wouldn’t start because of that. Yeah. He drove it home, and I was able to unload the plants, bookshelf, and other things. You know, we had that shelf for many years after that. It was worth all the trouble in the end. 🙂

Well, now I see how long this yard sale tale is, I think I’ll end it here. I do have some more stories, though, so plan on sharing them in separate posts soon.

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photo of books on a bookshelf found on pixabay

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

 

 

Waiting & Writing – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter W

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Waiting & Writing – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter W #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

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WAITING AND WRITING

I don’t know about you, but I’m not fond of waiting. Seems like everywhere you go, you have to wait in a line, wait in a room, wait to be seated at a restaurant, wait on the waitperson to take your order, wait on your food to come to the table, wait at stop signs and red lights, wait for your flight at the airport…waiting…ugh! Waiting is boring. When you have to wait at the doctor’s office, way past the time of your appointment, it is one of the worst. Would you agree?

So, when I know I’ll be in a place of waiting, I bring along something to occupy my mind and time. I always have a pen and paper to write on. I look around at my surroundings, at all the other waiting people, and write about what I see. This, then, is what I wrote, on December 9, 2014, while…you guessed it…waiting.

So, waiting at the eye doctor appointment with my husband. It is his appointment, and he likes to get to places early, in case we can get in earlier than anticipated. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not. This is one time it did not. We’ve been here forever it seems. The appointment was at 11:30, but we got here about 10:30 or so, and now it is ten minutes after 12 noon. He just now got into the other room…to wait some more, I’m sure. We were already tired and bored.

I did get the nose pad of my glasses changed, at no charge. It took only a couple of minutes, though. I wandered around looking at all the glasses frames to buy. I sat back down and checked my phone for messages on Facebook, Twitter, and Email. I brought my Kindle, too, in case I wanted to read something. We’d looked through a National Geographic magazine catalog, of things to buy from them…all very expensive items, but interesting. That took up maybe five minutes.

The waiting room was full of people, when we got there, then it kind of cleared out. Then it filled up again. Now, there only a few people left waiting. They all look as bored as I am. They are checking their phones, and reading magazines, too. I’m sure they are wishing they could get on with their appointment and get out of here…because it is so boring!

The place is nice in here, though. Good furniture to sit in, not just some hard plastic chairs. There are a few comfy chairs and a plush, leather (or fake leather?) couch. There are pretty flower arrangements on the glassed top tables, and at this time of year, a few Christmas decorations. I go over to see the ornaments they’ve arranged on the tree. There is a TV in one corner, up high, tuned to the game show Jeopardy, but the sound is turned down really low, so you can only hear it if you are sitting right by it…which we are not.

I did go out to the truck for a few minutes. I’d brought a glass of iced tea, so I wanted to get a drink, and just get some outside air. It is a nice day – not hot, not cold – a little damp feeling, though. I see some fire-trucks go by, then a few minutes later, there they go again in the other direction. When I get back inside, he has gone into the eye-exam room. They finally called him back there…yay! Wonder how long this waiting part will take?

I’m getting hungry. It is past noon; hope we can go get some lunch when we get done here. Where, I don’t know. Before we came here we’d taken some packages to be mailed at the UPS store, and also had gone by the mechanic’s shop to pick up an invoice for his work place. So, it started out a busy morning, but we are stuck in the waiting zone, for now.

I’m going to try and make up a poem about all this waiting…Hang on a second while I think… Ok…

Waiting

Waiting and writing

Writing about waiting

Watching the waiters

Watching the clock

Watching my watch

Waiting and watching

Watching the waiters is…weird

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Variable Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter V

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Variable Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter V #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter V

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Variable Definition = vituperation – The distinctive smell of sweat that is exuded after taking certain vitamins.

Sentence = Bonnie smelled like an orange when she worked out, after taking her vitamin C.

Real Definition = Sustained and bitter railing and condemnation; vituperative utterance (abuse)

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Variable Definition = varve – An insect egg; an undeveloped larva.

Sentence = Vector control reports that local ponds have been inundated with mosquito varve, and are due to hatch out soon.

Real Definition = A pair of layers of alternately finer and coarser silt or clay believed to comprise an annual cycle of deposition in a body of still water.

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Variable Definition = velamen – A breath refresher tablet, for men.

Sentence = Guys, tired of your mouth feeling fruity and minty? Velamen breath tablets are available in these new flavors…steak, beer, and jalapeno/cheese.

Real Definition = The thick, corky epidermis of aerial roots of an epiphytic orchid, that absorbs water from the atmosphere.

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© 2019 BS

UFO – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter U

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UFO – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter U #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter U

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Take us with you!”

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UFO MUSEUM, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO

We visited the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico, a few years ago. It was during the annual 4th of July UFO Festival. The city is geared up for a good time. There are street vendors, concerts, and some people even wear funny costumes.

The museum is a cool place to wander around in. There are displays of actual newspapers from 1947, telling of the UFO crash, investigation, and possible cover-up by the government. You can see set up displays, depicting what happened. There is art, and photo opportunities everywhere in the building. You can even pose in the many scenes, with the aliens, which in this case, are rubber dummys. It’s all in fun, and the kitschy displays are funny. There is a gift shop, also, where you can buy all things UFO and alien related.

They also had invited several authors to the museum for book signings and sales. At another venue, there were many more authors set up, signing their books, and visiting with the people who came by. There were several scheduled speakers in the auditorium.

We didn’t stay for the night-time festivities, but there are bands playing music, street dances, and I’m sure everyone had fun. So, whether you believe in UFOs, aliens, or not, Roswell and the UFO museum and festival, is a wonderful place to spend some time, if you get the chance.

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Book by Gloria Hawker called Morning Glory, Diary of an Alien Abductee. (pink flower with alien face in the middle, and surrounded by more flowers of blue & some green leaves)

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Title page of book I bought and got signed by the author. She wrote: “One day the truth of this phenomena will be known” Gloria

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Here I am at the Roswell New Mexico UFO Museum. I’m standing by a silver alien, and a giant silver sequined replica of a UFO.

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A fun postcard I made of a big UFO in the blue sky. My surprised face is in a circle on the bottom left. haha

A UFO called Outer Space I drew for the Color Your World challenge awhile back. It’s saucer shaped with a dome with black & gray title in the dome.

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© 2019 BS

Speaking of Spiders – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter S

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Speaking of Spiders – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter S

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Watch out for the web.”

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SPEAKING OF SPIDERS

Picture this…Your antagonist is staring at you with his four eyes. He waves his eight legs around, maybe scuttling back and forth. He has fangs that can inject venom. He can jump up to 50 times his body length. The female of some species of this adversary eat the male, after mating. He is a predator in every sense of the word.

However, you are a giant. You tower over your enemy. You have weapons of mass destruction near at hand. You have the advantage in this battle. What are you going to do? If you are like most people, you run screaming out of sight of your enemy.

This sounds like a good beginning to a horror movie, and the movie industry has taken full advantage over people’s fear of spiders. Arachnophobia…the abnormal fear of spiders, is a well know fact. The movies go to great lengths to perpetuate the notion that spiders are evil, bad guys, who are all out to get us humans. I love a good horror movie or book, even about spiders, but a real live spider is not evil at all. He is not going to come after you. If he is cornered, he will put up a defense, but mostly they just want to get away from us. And they have good reason to fear humans. We tend to stomp on them, or smash them, or spray them with deadly chemicals. We are the bullys, not the spiders.

In fact, spiders are very beneficial. They eat insects that are harmful, like mosquitos and flies. They spin beautiful, strong, silk webs with their spinnerets, that even medical and science are researching for their strength.

There are a few spiders that do deserve their scary reputation. The brown recluse, the black widow, and the funnel web spider. Their venom is powerful, but they do not bite unless surprised, disturbed, or attacked.

I like spiders. Granted, I don’t want to get bitten by one, but I won’t kill one, either. I don’t go screaming in fright. I look at them, I talk to them, I move most of them back outside, if they’ve gotten into the house. I’ve even named a few…like “Little Feller”.

He was a fairly small one, who lived in my bedroom for a long time. His little web was on a book shelf. I’d walk by and ask how he was doing. Then, one day we were taking down the shelf for some reason, so I carefully took Little Feller outside to seek his fortune elsewhere. I kind of miss him.

The picture below, is one I took of a nice spider I saw in my bathroom one day. He sat on his perch and watched me put hair coloring on my hair. We had a nice visit. I guess he was interested in the process. Afterward, I scooped him up in a cup, and relocated him outside. I wonder what he told his friends about the crazy woman who talked to him?

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Oh, the other night I woke up because I felt something crawling up in my sleeve. I got up to see what it was, and it was a medium sized spider! I brushed it off, but didn’t see where it went.

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Did you know that spider’s eyes glow in the dark? It’s really cool to see them. If you’d like to know how, here’s a link that explains it.

https://gizmodo.com/this-is-how-to-find-the-spiders-that-are-staring-at-you-1721584332

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Hope you enjoyed reading about spiders!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Raggedy Rags – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter R

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Rags to Riches – Chickens are Cool.”

The evolution of a rag…

You know, where do we get the rags that we use to wipe up stuff, or polish things? How do the fabrics eventually turn into a rag?

We all have them – we all need them.

But where do they come from?

Sure, there are specialized rags you can purchase for certain jobs. There are those usually red, square rags called shop rags. There are terry cloth wash rags, or maybe you call them wash cloths, and you also have the ones for the dishes, called dish rags.

But what happens when these become worn from so much use? Do you just throw them out, or do you re-purpose them for the dirtier jobs you have around the house?

One time I heard that well-worn rags were a good extra wedding gift. That’s because most everything a couple receive for gifts are brand new, and they probably won’t want to use the pretty ones for a really messy clean-up job. It takes awhile to use the new ones so much that they become tattered and raggedy rags. So, a bundle of already broken in rags might be a thoughtful gift. Kind of unusual, but very useful.

Some things you may have will make good rags. These include old T-shirts cut into squares, old towels that have seen better days, and no longer needed cloth diapers all make great rags.

Anyway, here’s some of my rags, showing different ones and how they progress from sort of new to the oldest raggedy rags.

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© 2019 BS

 

Quirky Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Q

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Quirky Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Q

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Chickens are Quite Quirky”

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Quirky Definition = Quokka – The sound a trained parrot makes.

Sentence = I taught my pet parrot to talk. He can say, “Polly wants a quokka,” all the time.

Real Definition = A Quokka is a small marsupial animal found in Australia.

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Quirky Definition = qualmish – A breakfast cereal, served hot.

Sentence = Every morning, Timmy added raisins, brown sugar, and cream, to his bowl of qualmish.

Real Definition = Feeling qualms; nauseated; overly scrupulous; squeamish; of, relating to, or producing qualms.

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Quirky Definition = quidnunc – The name of the most famous sled dog in history.

Sentence = As winner of many sled dog races, Quidnunc was in high demand for stud service.

Real Definition = One who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip; a busybody.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Poison Potatoes? – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter P

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “We like French fries!”

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I always check my potatoes for green poison!

POISON POTATOES?

Are your potatoes poison? They could be. The potato is in the family of the deadly nightshade plant. All  green parts of the potato is highly toxic, including leaves, stems, sprouts (eyes), and even any green parts on the peeled potato.

If eaten, it will cause, at the very least, an upset stomach…and at the worst…death!

In the past, this alkeloid toxin was used as a remedy for ailments such as, pain relief, an anti-inflamatory, and to ease the symptoms of rheumatism. I would hope these were not administered orally! If they were, I wonder if the doctor wondered why his patients were not getting any better, or even died!

Cooking the potatoes will remove and destroy most of the alkaloid concentrations, so they are mostly safe to eat. Try not to use any potato that shows even a hint of green to the white part, just to be safe. Exposure to light will also cause a potato to turn green, so store in a dark place.

There are many varieties of the potato, and are a staple food source all over the world. I’m not going to stop eating them, but I am careful to cut away any green I see on them.

For a look at this information on the potato, and 9 other common foods that are a bit poisonous, follow this link. http://listverse.com/2009/01/06/top-10-poisonous

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“Poison”, by Alice Cooper, was released from his album, “Trash”, in 1989. It was written by Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, and John McCurry, and is on the Epic label.
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© 2019 BS

Nutty Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter N

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Nutty Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter N

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Sometimes you feel like a nut.”

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Nutty Definition = nobble – To take a nibble of an apple while playing the apple bobbing game.

Sentence = At parties, Janie was the best apple nobbler.

Real Definition= To incapacitate, esp. by drugging; to win over to one’s side; steal, swindle, cheat.

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Nutty Definition = nimiety – A truce between enemies; amity.

Sentence = After a fierce battle on the field, the red team and the blue team finally called for nimiety.

Real Definition = Too much; excess; redundancy.

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NuttyDefinitionnon troppo – Opposite of tropical; a cool, dry climate.

Sentence = After living in the tropics for many years, the Jones family were re-located to a non troppo region.

Real Definition = Not too much; without excess – used to qualify a direction in music

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© 2019 BS