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Spring List and Kids

Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop

The Prompts:

1. Write a list of your top Spring must-haves.
2. Something your kids said that made you laugh.
3. What is an unpleasant experience you had eating? Write a poem, paragraph, or something else about the experience.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Inspired.
5. Tell the story of a mistake made in the kitchen.
6. Write about someone who made your childhood bearable.

Top Spring must-haves:

1.        A pull over hoodie for any occasion since the weather in my area can be unpredictable this time of year.  I also am cold natured or need iron pills.   

2.         A very comfortable, yet fashionable pair of flip flops.  I truly dislike shoes and socks on my feet.  However, stores frown upon barefeet, plus it’s gross to walk into public places and not know what I may step in.  I want them to be cute enough to match most outfits.

3.         I always have my phone’s camera ready to snap pictures, but I’m planning on investing on a good camera.  I love being outside when the weather is warm and I adore photos.

4.          Normally for my oldest daughter some type of allergy medicine is required.  I’ve never suffered from allergies but I can tell she is miserable at times.

5.            My youngest daughter is light complected, so sunscreen is a must this time of year.

This is a short list but I really liked all the prompts.  These made the Top 5.  Right off the top of my head, the funniest thing lately my youngest daughter said to me was a few weeks ago when she needed me awake.  She put her stuffed animal in my face and was making snoring/snorting sounds.  I ask her what in the world she was doing.  Her reply between giggles was, “You were snoring like a pig so I made “Teddy” copy you.”  I couldn’t help but laugh.  Kids do say the darndest things and the truth seems to come out of their mouths with no filters.  I can’t be the only parent who has had my child say something honest and in innocence not realizing they may be hurting someone’s feelings.  I really appreciate the adults who understand they are children and just being curious.  I’ve even met some amazing adults who has answered my daughters’ without being offended.  Now both my girls are old enough to know better and not just blurt out what’s on their minds.

Anyone have any suggestions to add to my list, or has your child said something that only innocence allows?

10 Unique Books



Ran across a blog, The Broke and the Bookish.  I do love list and books.  This week they are asking to list the ‘Top 10 Most Unique Books I’ve Ever Read’.  I’ve read so many books, so it may be harder than I think to list the most unique. We’ll see…………….

1.  I have to say Icy Sparks is a very unique book.  It’s set backwoods, Kentucky,  with the story being of a little girl growing up with her grandparents and trying to deal with symptoms of Tourettes Syndrome before anyone really understood this condition.  She finds herself hiding her tics from everyone and learning to be different, even once everyone in school sees her lose control.

2.  The Tutor sounds like any suspense novel.  A high school boy struggling with school and good grades with the pressure of ambitious parents and a very smart younger sister.  The uniqueness of the book is how ‘the tutor’ comes into their lives.  He isn’t there to harm them as much as he is to study them and try to get his writer’s block to end.  However, when the events aren’t going as planned, he sets off a motion of events to stir the action.  From fear of not being perfect and having to pretend he’s someone else, he ends up his hold over the family and this leads to a dangerous situation.


3.  Whispers and Lies is unique in a way that I can’t describe other than the author weaves a tale of a lonely, middle aged woman that tries renting her guest house out for company more than for money.  She ends up becoming close to her younger, vibrant tenant.  The book goes to show that nothing is ever as it seems.

4. I have always loved Judy Blume even as a child.  Summer Sisters is a unique book that takes everyone back to those awkward teenage years and reminds us of that one friend we all have had at one time or another. The friend you admire and find perfect, long to be like, but the relationship is toxic because that friend is so self centered.  The plot takes some very unexpected twist and the entire book has me feeling for each character.

5.  Blood Orange is a unique book.  From the beginning it is filled with suspicious characters, a tragedy of a missing child, the odd friendships forged during this horrible time, and then a mother having to self reflect and face facts that some of her actions led to her child disappearing.  It makes me stop and reflect on some actions that aren’t always flattering and make me feel ashamed but I have to own my mistakes and learn from them.  Excellent read.

6.  Cherry is the sequel memoir following her first memoir, The Liar’s Club.  I had read it and then found Cherry.  A memoir that goes through the coming of age in the days where hippies dropped acid and everyone found a peace in California.  Brilliant, honest writing is what you can expect.  This also led me to my favorite poetry book by Mary Karr, Viper Rum.  There is another memoir, Lit, and several other poetry books that are on my ‘books to read’ list.



7.  Once reading White Oleander by Janet Fitch, she immediately became a favorite of mine.  I was beyond excited when I ordered her novel, Paint It Black, and it arrived in the mail.  Her ability to weave a story so that the reader can relate with each character mixed with her amazing sentences, leaves me re-reading pages just for the sheer beauty of them.  Paint It Black is amazing. Unique in a wonderful way.  The story of a death, the grief shared by two people who hated one another and blamed one another for their loss.  Just as the reader thinks the horrible sorrow will bring the two together, it spins in an entirely different direction to where one could learn to live with the other, but at the cost of her kind soul.

8.  You don’t need to be a poet or even interested in poetry to enjoy Letters To A Young Poet translated from Rainer Maria Rilke.  It begins a young man, really just a boy, sends one of his heartfelt poems to a poet he admired, Rainer Maria Rilke, to gather feedback.  Rainer Maria Rilke responds to the man’s poem in a very honest, raw way.  He admits he is not one to judge another’s sufferings or minds and so he could only tell the gentleman how the poem made him feel, which was bored.   The boy responds back to this with further questions.  A bond of friendship is formed as Rainer Maria Rilke helps the gentleman to understand that his poetry must come from his heart, he must want to write whether published or not, and life’s experiences would reveal how much the young man has grown through his poetry.  There are so many lessons in these friendly exchanges, for both men I believe.  It is a unique book and a very good read, especially for anyone striving to publish their work.

9.  Glass Castle is a memoir that still holds me spellbound.  That’s the whole thing about a memoir………….. the writer has to make the reader interested in their lives, their story, non-fiction.  Jeannette Walls does this and so much more.  To read some of the strangeness that was her childhood, which was normal to her, is sad, funny, outrageous, and shameful.   To read how her siblings dealt with things and then to allow her to take us into her adulthood, and the secret she learns her mother had held onto all her life, it’s enough to make me want to cry.  Beautifully written and this is a very unique story.

10.  I saved my favorite book for last.  This book is probably the most unique book I have ever read.  It’s a book I would have glanced at the back cover, read the summary, and never touched it again, except for the fact I was laid up at my aunt’s house after having my gall bladder removed.  This was the only book she had in the guest room and boredom overtook me.  From the first sentence of the book, I was consumed with this family, their story, the characters, and how Anne Tyler takes a sentence and turns it into magic. This book’s character, Ian, struggles with a secret that he feels guilty about.  He turns to an odd church in search for atonement.  The book touches on feelings of humans and their guilt they carry, praying to their God for redemption, and not feeling the burden lifted.  You hear the stories of how the hugest sinners turn to God and find peace within from all their sins.  In this book, Ian is wondering when. When will he finally feel forgiven?  It is a wonderful book and parts of it made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes.  Other parts made me feel so sad and wish the book had taken a different turn.  That’s why it’s my favorite book.

Thank you all at The Broke and the Bookish for allowing me to link up with you!!!



Not Practical Stuff

So it is Tuesday and I cannot believe it is August already.  I received letters from the middle school, where my 11 year old will be going to for the first time this year.  I received information from the elementary school, where my 7 year old will be beginning her journey in 2nd grade. Ah, time flies.  Okay, to get on with the Monday Listicles, this week is 10 Impractical Things.


1.  Landline phones – In this day and age, it is impractical to pay for a landline service and a cell phone service. Remember, I grew up in the 80’s, where we had a landline, wall mounted phone, with a cord. Now children have cell phones, everyone seems to have cellphones, and you can do banking and other things from a mobile device. I don’t see the point in paying money for both.

2.  Glass tables –  In my 36 years of living, I have owned glass end tables and glass kitchen tables.  Before children were even thought of, I spent an ungodly amount of time cleaning the fingerprints and very visible dust from these tables.  After children, I tried once.  Especially with toddlers learning to walk, their little fingers grasp for the end of the tables.  I found them dangerous as well.  The last set I owned, my 11 year old, who was 7 at the time, fell asleep on the couch watching cartoons.  All was well, until she rolled in her sleep and landed on the glass table.  Thankfully the glass didn’t bust around her, but it did come loose from the table and scared me to death. Glass tables are now banned from my home.

3.  White carpet –  Unless you live alone with absolutely no company at your home or pets, or anything, then white carpet is beautiful in magazines, before people walk through the home,, even with shoes off.  Things get spilled.  One spot, even cleaned obsessively, can ruin the whole look.  

4.  Bottled Water –  I know this one is going to get a lot of disagreements.  Please hear me out first.  I know people who have well water, which taste refreshing, since I’m hooked up to county water.  I understand the wanting of water to be pure without chemicals and such.  I pay a water/garbage bill every month.  It seems impractical to me to buy water for the home.  On a trip, I understand. For the home, I have found just buying the cleansing filters to go over the faucets will suffice.  Also, I shower daily in my water, I don’t buy it. I brush my teeth with the same water, not bottled.  Paying a water bill and then buying water at the store seems like a waste to me. 

5.  Algebra –  I was placed, much to my dismay, in Pre-Algebra while in 7th grade.  I didn’t even know what was happening.  We took some test the end of 6th grade, suddenly my friends are in regular math classes and I’m in Pre-Algebra.  I done the work though. 8th grade comes and I’m placed in, you guessed it, Algebra. I passed with a D. Meaning barely.  Now time for high school.  1 Algebra credit was required to graduate.  I took Algebra in 9th grade, again, but failed. It was boring. 10th grade comes around, I take Algebra, again. Failed. Boring and boring.  This is the point when I get called to the guidance office to speak to the woman about my math credits for high school.  Guess What????  The ‘D’ I managed to make in 8th grade had counted as a high school credit.  Except nobody bothered to wonder why I signed up for Algebra two more times!!!! Besides wasting two years of my life in high school, and by the ‘failed twice’, it’s apparent, I wasn’t catching on, I also have worked many jobs.  I have experience in all sorts of things.  Not one time have I ever had to use Algebra for anything. Not once. Sigh. 

6.  Drinking age by law –  I’m under the assumption that all states in America have this law. Maybe not. Here in Virginia, the drinking age is 21.  Underage possession of alcohol is a charge.  Distributing alcohol to a minor is a huge no no.  What I cannot understand is this, when my 18 year old cousin gets a leave from the Army this fall to come in and visit family, if I buy him a beer, not only will I be breaking the law, but so is he if he’s caught with it.  Now, whether or not I buy him a beer is not the focus.  I just cannot understand a law that allows our children to vote, smoke, and be considered an adult in every sense of the word.  An adult, that even against parents’ wishes can go out and enlist themselves into our military, but may not consume an alcoholic beverage for 3 more years. 

7.  Mini Sodas –  I believe these are 8oz.  I can drink one in a swallow if I’m thirsty.  I’m not sure what the purpose for these are, other than to waste money, when you could have bought the 12oz cans. lol

8.  Microwave Slippers –  I know someone who owns a pair. The plan is to heat the slippers in the microwave for so long, then wear them, and your feet are warm. First, I thought the point of wearing slippers in part, is to keep your feet warm.  Also, I just really don’t feel comfortable wearing something on my feet (or anyone else’s) and then popping it in the microwave. Weird. 

9.  Love Quizzes –  Maybe I’m cynical and I am guilty of taking those ‘love quizzes’ in magazines.   The ones with titles like ‘Is He The One’, ‘Are You Compatible’,  ‘Is He a Cheating, Lying, Dog’.  While fun, I do know people who religious believe that if the magazine says they aren’t compatible, then they are calling off the wedding.  While these types of quizzes can be fun, there is no possible way that answering 10 questions and tallying up your score can predict your love life.

10.  Snooze Buttons –  I probably couldn’t and shouldn’t admit to the times I have overslept because of this button of satan.  The clock goes off, even sitting across the room (as suggested by countless morning people), but I really could use that extra 5 minutes.  Having to reset the clock would be a lot of hassle and then i’d be awake, grumpy, but awake. However, there’s that handy, impractical ‘snooze button’ to hit while half asleep, and bam – instant 5 to 10 minutes.  No harm in that, until I hit it again. After about the 3rd time, the handy snooze button seems to sense I’m not wanting to get up, and the clock stops going off at all. Sigh.  I don’t need this stress.  I make myself late enough. lol. 


So here are my 10 Impractical Items.  I see items that are impractical every minute, but this was actually a hard list for me. hmm.   Head over to Monday Listicles and let everyone know what you find impractical.