Wednesday, December 31, 2008

How to write a short story- choosing a point-of-view

Yesterday I gave the steps for writing a short story. Today I am going to do step one, choosing a point-of-view.

I gave a lot of thought during the day whether I wanted first person, third-person limited or third-person omniscient. I am going to do first person, because that is the hardest point-of-view for me to do. I want to write a story in which the character truly comes to life for the reader.

Tomorrow I will be working on creating the characters. I hope that all of you enjoy working on the short story with me. Please tell me any ideas or concerns that you have. I welcome all comments.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

How to write a short story.

For the next couple of weeks I am going to show you how to write a short story. Today I will give you some basic instructions.

1. Choose a point-of-view:
first person
third-person limited (narrator who focuses on one person)
third-person omniscient (narrator who gives thoughts and observations from more than one

2. Create your characters: have a protagonist, antagonist and possibly other characters;
develop the character's characteristics and physical traits

3. Create the problem or conflict in one of these forms:
main character vs. himself/herself
person vs. nature
person vs. society
person vs. God/fate
person vs. person

4. Create believable characters and setting with vivid descriptions and dialogue

5. Build tension by letting the main character have several failed attempts at solving the
problem. This section may need to be skipped in a short story

6. Develop a crisis which will make it the last chance for the main character to solve the problem

7. Have the main character solve the problem through some positive attribute such as courage,
creativity, or intelligence

8. Extending the ending is a possibility by reflecting upon the story and its significance to the

Monday, December 29, 2008


As I grew up we always had dogs. I think the most we had, when I lived on the ranch was four. These dogs were not here for the purpose of herding cows. Most of them were strays, which were found wandering on the county road. Most of the dogs were mixed, but one of them was a blue merle collie. She looked just like a wolf when she showed up one dark night. She was rightfully given the name Wolf, when she had puppies later on, one of them was named Lobo (wolf in Spanish).

All of the dogs on the ranch were/are lots of fun to be with. Now I live in another state and have my own dogs.

When I got married, my husband and I decided we would get a couple of dogs. We saw an ad in the paper and went to the farm to choose our puppies. We got two girls, Sue and Lady. They are part beagle and part spaniel. Lady looks like a typical beagle and Sue is black and white. That was almost ten years ago.

When we were going to have our first child, I saw an ad for two beagle/border collie puppies. My husband took a look at them and then we had our third dog, Kody. He is all white with black spots.

None of the dogs at that time had been fixed. When my son was almost one we had 15 puppies. Lady had seven puppies and Sue had eight puppies. Let me just say, once puppies get old enough it is not fun to clean up after 15 puppies. They were lots of fun with their own personalities. They were all different colors of black, white and brown. There were several puppies which were shaggy, which was the only proof that Kody is part border collie. He has short hair. Sue, Lady and Kody were good parents.

When the puppies got old enough we sold all of them but seven of them. Two we had decided to keep and three of them were going to be for my sisters and dad. The other two we had not been able to sell and we brought them out to give to people. The two family friends that chose them have enjoyed their dogs for the last four years.

I am not sure how many of the puppies that we sold are still living. I know of one that was lost, when she did not come back after she went with the snow machine. As for the five dogs that we have, they have all gotten out of the yard at least once. They have all either come back or we found them. We are lucky, because we have beaten the odds.

I am glad that I grew up and I am glad that my children will have that chance with some of the nicest dogs I have ever known.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Write a poem about snow.

Tonight I have a special guest writer. Her name is Jessica and she wrote this poem on December 9th. If any of you would like to be a guest writer leave a comment and we can give you a voice.

Nebulae of Silence

Dots in a
of neverending
of light
from the
toward Earth
Nebulas of

milky ways
shaping a path
onto flowing
slopes of

Saturday, December 27, 2008

What are your favorite 15 things?

Write down 15 of your favorite things and then save them for your writing prompts.

  1. No wind
  2. my children
  3. my husband
  4. God
  5. rasberries
  6. 4-wheelers
  7. spring time
  8. elk
  9. my family
  10. west of the Mississippi
  11. Montana
  12. England
  13. food
  14. a good book
  15. dogs

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Day after Christmas

My day after Christmas was a lot of fun. We went to feed some horses that belong to a friend of my sister. They had gotten out their pasture, so we had to get them back in. I have never had that much experience with horses, even though I have lived on a ranch. I am used to cows, so it was tricky to figure out how to get the horses where I wanted. I finally just opened the fence where they were and let them back in to the pasture. It was cold and windy, but it was a fun challenge working with the horses.

The rest of the day was cold, snowy and windy so we stayed inside and played the games we received. I had never played Apples to Apples before. It is a game where everybody has five cards in their hands and they have to pick which one matches the card that is drawn. One person is the judge and decides which one matches best. It was a lot of fun. I did pretty well until I got cocky and then I didn't get anymore cards.

I hope everybody is having a wonderful time for your holidays.

Here is a recipe you can use for your New Year's Celebrations.

1 Cup mashed ripe avocado (2 avocados)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon grated onion
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon chili powder
Combine the above in a small bowl
1/3 Cup mayonnaise
Spread the mayonnaise over the mixture sealing to the edges of the bowl. Chill. At serving time, stir in mayonnaise.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

How was my Christmas Day?

Merry Christmas to all. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Where I am it is soooo windy. It has been that way since we got here. It is so windy it is hard to stand up. We did have fun opening our presents and eating our turkey dinner. If any of you read yesterday's entry, we opened presents at 2:00, like when I was younger. People didn't get into the house from feeding the cows and calves until almost lunch time, so we just waited. It was fun opening the stockings. My sister got a book written by a 13-year-old local girl. I got some fun jewelry. Not all the bracelets fit on my wrist, but I like the green colored gems and cats. The temperatures were warmer today, so even the dogs were able to enjoy being outside.

Enjoy your holidays and look forward to a writing prompt tomorrow about an aspect of the weather.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

When does my familly open their presents?

I grew up on a ranch and so in the winter time, as also in the summer time. Ranch work comes first. It can be a disapointing to a kid when it comes to opening presents Christmas time.

My grandma lived in the house next to us, so sometimes on Christmas Eve we would go to her house so she could open her presents. It was always fun watching her open her presents. We would then go back to our house to hang our stockings and put out the milk and cookies for Santa.

My brother and I would always awake before dawn, even before our parents who are very early risers. We would go look at the presents and the stockings. We would then go back to my room and wait for everybody else to get up.

When our parents woke up we would be able to open our stockings and one present. The rest of the presents would have to wait until after the cows and calves were fed. I remember when my parents fed with horses. That meant it would be close to lunch time before we were able to open presents. Even with the use of 4-wheelers and tractors and other vehicles it still took a long time to feed. Sometimes we didn't have to wait very long at all. The time can be anywhere between 9:00 and 2:00 when we could open our presents.

We always had our turkey meal for the lunch hour. We had turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, shrimp dip, cranberry sauce and some type of vegetable. It was a good meal. We could always have different family friends here too for the meal. Of course it depended on the weather.

The afternoon was always about playing with what we received. It was always lots of fun taking the gifts to our rooms to examine them and decide which one to play with first. As we got older any books we received, were usually looked at first.

At night my brother and I would give our presents. I thought it was better, because then people would remember what we gave. It was a lot of fun putting the presents at the table before supper. Our supper would turkey sandwiches and the other leftovers. Yummy.

Christmas was always a fun time and it made it even better when we needed to feed the cows first.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

How was my traveling this year?

We have finally made it to our destination. We had a wonderful trip. We even pulled a car. I was so lucky that we didn't notice there was a car. The only time we could really notice was when we hit a bump or accelerating. The gas mileage was horrible, but that was o.k. It was all under $2.00 a gallon. We were in Nebraska though and we had gotten gas for $1.95, we then went drove through the town and saw it for $1.49. We did have to spend the night in town again, but this year I was able to drive my truck up the mountain. It is snowing now and we shall get to see how much snow there is in the morning.

I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays. I look forward to hearing what your holiday trips were like.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

What is your most interesting Christmas memory?

What is your most interesting Christmas memory?

My most interesting Christmas was last year. The trip started out well enough. It took us (my sister, my two children and two dogs) about 16 hours of driving including our stops for supper and gas. We made it to our hometown by 7:30 p.m. My brother and his wife were planning on driving down the mountain for the Christmas Eve service in our local town. They started out, but it just got too foggy and snowy for them to see. They turned around and went back home.

We knew we would have to stay in town of 2,000 people. We were to stay at a family friend’s house. She was visiting her daughter for Christmas. We drove to the house and got the heat turned on. My sister took care of the kids while I got the dog kennel and puppies into the house. We then unloaded the most important things, so they wouldn’t freeze. My sister decided to go to the Christmas Eve service at church while I got everybody to sleep. We had a good night’s sleep. And said, “Merry Christmas” to each other. My sister gave the presents she had. After getting something from our food storage for breakfast we thought we go see what we could find for lunch. I had already talked to our mom and we knew we would be spending the day in town. We drove around and nothing was open. We found there was a gas station open and we were able to buy some burritos. When we went out, we had a flat tire. I called one of our family friends and they came and put the spare tire on. We went back to the house and spent the rest of the time watching some videos on the computer.

The next day we had to wait for my family to finish feeding the cows and calves, then they came and got us. It was windy, but the graders had gone up. We left my pickup in town and we went up into the mountains. My youngest sister and sister-in-law were there making dinner. We had our Christmas meal a day late and opened presents two days late, but it was worth it. It was lots of fun.

I got four new tires, because they had bulges in them, so this year we should have no trouble at all.

We are leaving tomorrow. I pray that our trip will end much better this year. This year we are towing a car. Please pray for warm temperatures, no wind and no snow for us. As soon as I am able to I will tell you of this year’s journey.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

List of Writing Prompts for a Memoir

I have not left for vacation yet, so tonight and tomorrow will have blogs. Tonight I am going to give you more writing prompts for writing a memoir or telling stories to your kids.

1. My friends and I liked
2. I should not have....with my friend.
3. My favorite teacher was...
4. My favorite subject was...
5. My best friend was...
6. My favorite family vacation was...
7. My penmanship is...
8. My favorite memory of college is...
9. I joined a fraternity because...
10. My favorite flower is...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sick Children

Today I am going to write about sick children. Have any of you ever had a child who vomits every time she is about to get new teeth. My daughter who is only three has gotten sick for a couple of days when she gets new teeth.

I really wish that it would not happen that way. She feels miserable, but at least it goes away. The last time she got her bottom molars she vomited for a couple of days and then she developed a cough for a couple of weeks. It would only happen at 4:00 in the morning. She would then sleep with me for the rest of the night. It was not fun.

I hope this time will not be so bad. She has been good for the past three hours though. She has had something to drink and now she is eating crackers. She has gotten sick enough times that I usually let her judge when she is able to eat and drink. I do follows a nurses suggestion for giving just a little bit of water at a time right after she gets sick.

I hope tomorrow is better. There may not be a posting for the next couple of days, because we will be travelling. Keep checking though, because I might have time to write something. I can always list some writing prompts.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Write a poem about food choices in the United States of America

Children in the United States can eat many different kinds of food. The children in this poem want the food they are currently crazy about.

A will only eat Apples,
B, bananas.
C loves vitamins from Carrots,
D makes bread from Dates.
E dives into Eggplant,
F swims like the Fish he eats.
G stuffs her face with Grapes and
H for every meal eats Ham.
I loves a dish of Ice cream, not a cone.
J puts Jalapenos on his tacos.
K peels her Kiwi,
L has Italian dressing on her Lettuce.
M warms his Milk to drink it.
N boils his noodles,
O goes to Florida to get Oranges.
P pours cream on her Peaches,
Q hunts for Quail,
R takes a handful of Raisins.
S makes Squash pies,
T fishes for Trout in streams.
U bakes an Upside-down cake.
V eats Veal,
W spits seeds from Watermelon.
X needs an X-ray from the food he ate,
Y has Yogurt for breakfast every day.
Z fries Zucchini.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Digital photography vs. film photography

When I was younger and started taking pictures I used a black and white 110 camera. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of people, buildings and animals. When I was older I had color film for my 110 camera and it was even better to see my pictures in color.

It wasn’t until I was in college that I had a 35m camera. The Minolta camera was even more fun than the other cameras I had used. I was able to get clearer pictures of things far away. That was important to me, because I was always trying to take pictures of wildlife and the mountains.

When I was married for about a year my husband got a digital camera. At first, I was not too sure about it. The more I used it though, the more I liked it. It was really nice being able to take a picture and then see if it was good or not. I was hooked.

A couple of years ago I was given a Canon Rebel Xti for a present. I have the two lenses that came with it and now I am in love with digital photography. I can do so much more with my dslr than I could do with my 110 camera. It is lots of fun to take pictures of the elk and mountains. I have been learning that all the different lenses are great to have. It is fun to take the pictures I have always wanted to.

I even have my young children taking pictures with their digital cameras. I enjoy seeing what they see. I am glad that I don’t have to pay for the film, because they take thousands of pictures. I just have to worry about running out of space on my hard drive.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cold Weather

I don’t know about the rest of you in world, but this cold weather is really starting to get to me. I think I am physically and mentally becoming older. I am no longer fond of temperatures below the freezing temperature. As each year goes by I just want to bury my head in the covers and wait for spring to arrive. That is hard to do though with two young kids.

My children love to get out in the snow. They like to get outside in any kind of weather. I just wish it were warmer for them to be able to play outside. I am looking forward to having some sunny and warmer temperatures. I will be putting them in their snowsuits and all the rest of the winter apparel and then send them outside.

I will have fun watching them rolling snowballs, getting jumped on by the puppies and pushing the snow off their slides. I will give them ice-cream buckets to scoop up the snow so they can make snow castles.

I will look at them having fun and it will make me want to go outside and have fun with them. I will then get on all of my winter apparel and send myself outside. I will roll snowballs, get jumped on by the puppies and use the ice-cream buckets to make the biggest snow castle.

I just hope there is enough snow to build a snow castle at least 4 feet high and also sticky enough. I have changed my mind about winter. It is fun.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Write an acrostic poem.

When you write your acrostic poem, make sure the first letters of each line are vertically aligned to form a word. Here is an example.

My Husband

Jonathan, light
Of my life.
Nothing stands in our way.
And I will love you,
Today and forevermore.
How can I support you
And give you what you need?
Now as always God Bless you.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Write a poem about two opposing views of winter.

Two Opposing Views

Bleak, dreary winter,
That I don’t like. Snow and cold.
Wish it was summer.

Beautiful snowdrifts
Provide fun for kids,
Who all love sledding.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Freestyle day!!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been reading this blog. Thank you very much for reading this. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to read what I write. I hope you are having a nice holiday season.

I had Christmas number one today. I received money for my gift today and I thought I would buy some used books from the internet. Does anybody have any suggestions? I am always looking to expand what I read.

Thank you and having a good weekend.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ideas for helping to begin and write a short story

Sometimes it can be difficult to think of different ideas when writing stories. Here is a list of ten ideas that may help you write your short story.

How many characters will there be?
What will happen in the story?
What are the names of the characters?
Who is the main character?
Where does the story take place?
What is the time period?
Why are the characters doing what they are doing?
Are there any moral lessons to be learned?
How many words do you need?
What is the point-of-view?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

List of different writing prompts.

Here is a list of different writing prompts that you can use to help you in writing a memoir.

My parents felt strongly about teaching me…
What habits, characteristics, or values did I acquire when I was a child?
We did not have these modern conveniences when I was younger…
The first job I got paid for was…
My father’s job was…and he did…
My mother’s job was…and she did…
What major event in the world helped to change it?
My favorite colors were…
My favorite foods were…
My favorite movie was…

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What is your favorite birthday memory?

My birthday is in early August. My best friend was usually able to come and spend the night. My favorite memory is when a fun sleep-out in the yard turned into a major rainstorm.

After watching the original version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, having dinner, cake and opening presents, it was time to get ready to go sleep in the tents. My friend, Alice, and I would be sleeping in the larger blue domed tent and my brother, Billy, would be sleeping in a red pup tent. The tents were already set up, because in the summer time we always enjoyed playing in them during the day.

The three of us had fun talking, telling stories and thinking about what we would do the next day. We heard some lightning in the distance and did not think much about it. The news had not said anything about storms. Billy fell asleep as Alice and I continued to talk about our plans for the next day and what school was going to be like with our new teacher.

All of a sudden the wind started to blow and rain started pouring down. Billy had the pup tent fall down on him. We could hear him hollering for help. I thought it was so funny and I still do. He remembers nothing about it. Alice and I got out of our tent to help him. My dad came out of the house and told us to come in. I didn’t want to, but we always listened to my dad. It was a great idea, because then the lightning started.

We got our sleeping bags and put them in the house as well as Billy’s wet, limp tent. Alice and I left ours out, because we thought it would be safe since it was staked down very well.

Billy decided to sleep in his bed and we took the sleeping bags to my bedroom floor. We talked a little bit longer and then fell asleep listening to the rain.

When we woke up the next day and looked out my window there was no tent. We had breakfast and then thought we would out with the 4-wheeler and look for the tent. We drove ¾ of a mile to the nearest barbed wire fence. I saw all the cows looking in the same direction. We drove in the direction they were looking and there we found the tent. It was torn a little bit, but it was still in good condition.

I always enjoyed celebrating my birthday with Alice and Billy, but that was by far the best one.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What is your favorite genre?

I am not sure about many of you, but I find that my favorite genres change on average every couple of years. Currently my favorite genre is Christian fiction. I enjoy reading the young adult books best, because they have themes that teach better than adult Christian fiction. I have not been able to find many good Christian adult fiction, they seem to be mostly romance. It is important when I read to be able to learn. I like learning more about God and I know it is important for young adults. Sometimes churches do not teach the young adults or do not know how to teach them. It is good that there are writers who will take the time to write quality books for people at an impressionable age.

My favorite author currently in Christian fiction is Wayne Thomas Batson. Mr. Batson writes fantasy, which is really exciting to me, because I have always liked fantasy. He is a middle school reading teacher and he writes for the kids he knows so well. He has written The Door Within Trilogy and he has written Isle of Swords and then continued the story in Isle of Fire.

This genre invite us to learn more about God in a very subtle way. I find that I am always looking up the different verses that are talked about in the books that I have been reading. I usually read the entire chapter of the book and sometimes surrounding chapters.

I am glad I have discovered young adult Christian fiction. It will help me learn more about God.

Monday, December 8, 2008

What is your favorite hobby and why?

My favorite hobby is photography. I like being able to take pictures of everything to see what little things I can see in the bigger picture.

My favorite thing to take pictures of is elk. I have yet to have the best lenses for taking individual pictures of elk. I have taken pictures of herds of elk. In central Wyoming it is not very hard to find large herds of elk on their summer range. I have even taken pictures of elk and antelope with cattle.

I also enjoy taking pictures of nature and people. It is unbelievable what types of nature you can find in the park or even in your backyard. I have enjoyed taking photos of leaves, flowers and grass in our yard and the squirrels in the park. My kids are wonderful subjects. They are young enough to have been born when we already had a digital camera. They have had thousands of pictures taken of them. They enjoy posing and can be disappointed when they are not included in the picture.

I am glad that digital cameras have been invented so I can take as many pictures as I like and bad pictures can just be deleted. I know I will always be able to improve my skills and enjoy the pictures for years to come thanks to digital cameras and my favorite hobby photography.

And the answer to “Write a Riddle” from December 6, is cafeteria dishroom!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

What do you remember from Spring Break?

Spring break is fun for many people. Some go where it is warm and some go see there families. This is what I remember from spring break.

Free Time!!

It’s time for spring break!!!!
No more English, calculus, and cafeteria food.
The track team goes to Florida,
Show choir to Disney World,
Others go home, to San Padre Islands, Texas, Florida,
Chicago, New York, and Atlanta.
I’m going to Wisconsin
To see my grandma.

No worries, sleeping late,
Home-cooked meals; chicken, stuffing, spinach, BLT’s,
Spaghetti, meatloaf, and beef-macaroni-bake.
After that I’ll be able to come back with a smile.
It is time for spring break!!!!!

Has anybody guess the answer to yesterday’s riddle? One more day and I will give you the answer.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Write a riddle


Time and space very small
Needing much more

Items coming one after another
Not enough time to get it all done
Burning hands and dirty clothes
Clinking and humming
Grey, silver, and white flashing by
Needing much more time and space

What could it be? I will tell you on another day. Please post what your ideas are. Please check this website out to see what other sites have been added to this blog carnival.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Freestyle Day.

Do you sometimes have no idea what to write? I know I do. Here is a poem that I wrote when I had no idea what I was going to write about.

No Idea

Poetry is hard to write without ideas
Or in standard form.
Thoughts float by on the breeze.
I wish one would stop for me.
I ponder writing poetry and all the great poets;
Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, Ben Johnson, John Donne.
I wonder about the trouble they had
Think of ideas, putting them on paper.

It made a thought stop floating and come rest by me
So I could write this poem.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

What is your favorite Season?

I would have to say that my true favorite season would be spring. This poem shows the changes between winter and spring where I grew up.

Change of Season

When snow begins to melt
Off the mountainside
And Deer Creek fills with water.
Iris, May flowers, and salt and pepper
Grow to their full beauty.
The grass turns
From brown to green.
Blue birds, meadowlarks, and robins,
Returning from winter homes
Make nests in cottonwoods.
Baby animals are in the barnyard,
Calves, chicks, and lambs.
We know its spring

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Does your past bother you?

Does your past bother you?

I have written about many things since I have begun writing. This poem should be important to all of us, because it shows how easily we can lose what is important to us if we are not careful.

My Past

I journeyed to the other side of the fence
And realized I didn’t like it,
I’m unable to go back where I belong.
I miss everything I took for granted;
Friends, family, and husband.
Don’t come to this side.
If life is not good now,
Don’t give up hope.
Stay with those who love you,
Stay happy and content.
Don’t leave your side of the fence.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bad Hair Day


Bad hair days are something else, but I will never let them get me down. I love those days, because then I can look like the rest of the people who are always looking like just got out of bed. I am sure it took them many hours and lots of time to get the hairstyle that just comes naturally to me. I have short hair, and that means that it is about 4 inches long. This is the perfect length to have a bad hair day every day. I wake up, get out of bed and I always look like a monster that crawled out of a cave. I love it. Some of my hair looks normal and flat, some is all tangled up and the rest is sticking straight up in the air. The only way to fix the problem is to get my hair wet or wash it. I guess I would be better off if my hair was curly or wavy, because then it might look like a coordinated mess. It wouldn’t be fun though. How can you have fun if your hair looks perfect all the time? I like the mess. I wonder if the way your hair looks reflects on the way the rest of you life? I might want to think about that. I stay home all the time and my hair is a mess, so is the house. I think I should start doing my hair every single day. I AM tired of a messy house so I think I will try this little experiment to see if I can get a cleaner house.

The kids always like to pretend a monster is chasing them, so here I come. I will start my experiment tomorrow.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Energetic Kids

I would have to say that the best part of my day is spending it with my energetic kids. From the moment they crawl in bed with me in the morning until I kiss them goodnight at the end of the day they are what keeps me going. I have two kids, a boy who is almost five and a girl who is three. My son, Joe, is pure boy and my girl, Sally, is girl all the way. Joe likes hunting and trucks. He will creep around the house stalking elk and polar bears. He spends the afternoons playing with his cars and trucks. Sally likes wearing dresses and playing with dolls. She never wears shirts and pants. Her dolls are always wearing the latest fashions.

They love playing with each other and running races around the house. That is their favorite thing. They have an aunt that runs cross-country in high school, so they like to run races in the house when she is running. Cooking is the second thing Joe and Sally like to do the most. They have pretend food and dishes and they like making people birthday cakes and dinner. They wear their aprons and are always busy doing dishes or laying out them out for the meal Joe and Sally have prepared for me.

I enjoy cooking for them and caring for them every day, with their help of course. We often have our bumps along the road, but the energy Joe and Sally have gives me the energy to get things done. I am doing what I need to do for my energetic kids, so they can grow into energetic adults.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Write about a time when the power went out.

When I was younger I lived in a area where the power went out frequently and sometimes for days at a time. We had a gas stove and a coal heater, so we never worried about heat or warm food. Our light was kerosene lanterns.

This past winter I had my first experience losing power for more than an hour in a big city. It was December and it was my son’s birthday.

We started out the day by using the computer to talk with my sister to see if she had electricity. She lives about an hour away and she did have electricity. There was electricity a couple of blocks away too. Ours was out because of all the ice on our older lines. The kids and I had a fun day playing and enjoying the silence that comes with no electricity.

My husband decided that he would buy a generator so we could have lights, use a little heater and keep the fridge cool. It was nice how my husband was so concerned with us. I told him several times that it was not a problem, because temperature changes usually don’t bother kids and I was used to no electricity. My husband decided to go to the local store and buy the generator anyway. When he got home it took him 45 minutes to get the electrical cord out and get the generator hooked up, but then we had lights and a little heat. I thought it was good to have the fridge going again, so things stayed cold. It didn’t help our supper. We had bowls of cold cereal.

My son opened up his presents, no cake, as I had been unable to bake one. Right after we got doing all of that, the electricity came back on. And our house got warm again and my son had a birthday to remember.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The joy of a cold or is it joy?

I wonder does anybody think that a cold can be joyful? I really do not think so. I know that I have not had any joys out of the colds that I have had in the past three months. This first cold I had in over a year began the first of September. I was coming back from vacation in Wyoming. We were driving and because of the elevation change, my ears got so plugged they hurt for three days. I could never get them to completely pop. The next couple of colds were not so bad for me, but they were really bad for my daughter. She would wake up at 4:00 every single morning. She woke up at the same time for at least a week. It was terrible. I was so tired from being awakened every night. Now, this latest cold I have in not much better than the first. I have had it for about a week and most of the time my nose is so plugged I can’t even breathe. I am just glad that I am old enough that I can take the cold medicine. I just suffer along with the kids when they get sick. I know there is no joy to having a cold.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Where does a hermit live?


Surrounded by pines
High in Horse Canyon
Is a hermit’s log cabin.
The chinking is falling
From cracks between the logs.
There are holes in the roof.
It has one room
With a stove, bed, sink,
Couch, table, and chairs.
It may seem like nothing,
To him it means his life.
He doesn’t mind
The poorness of it,
Wind through the pine tops
And howl of the wolf.
The creek and mountains
Give him what he needs.
Sitting on the bank of smooth Sno-Shoe Creek
He catches trout and suckers.
He hunts in the mountains
For bear, elk, and deer.
It’s the solitary life he leads
And beauty of the wilderness that he loves.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008


There will be no writing prompt today. I am just going to tell everybody Happy Thanksgiving!! Please take time to tell people how you are thankful for them. Do not spend too much money on Black Friday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Write about Love, Life, and Wealth

Love is a knife that cuts a heart into many pieces.
Love is a rose that slowly opens to its full beauty.
Life is a road that curves and twists, with both wrecks and repairs.
Life is the inside of a tunnel, protected from the world.
Wealth is the devil in disguise trying to hurt somebody.
Wealth is a sunny day that makes love and life wonderful.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Write about a tense time at camp.

The Ride

When I was at a camp and riding in a suburban with some of my friends, I realized there was a great deal of tension in the air. It was probably because of the rainy weather we were having. The tension was bothering me. I decided to write about it.

There’s tension in the air,
It grows stronger every minute.
It’s starting to strangle me.
People have been together
For too long.
I wish it would stop,
It is going to
Make me go insane.

I am almost there!!!
I will leave the vehicle
Before I go insane.

Monday, November 24, 2008

What is my message in a Bottle?

I am so excited to have you read this message. Have you ever heard of the kindest and gentlest person in ever, Jesus? He is a person that lived around 2000 years ago and died for all of our sins. His Father influenced people to write a book called the Bible, which still influences people today. It tells of us about when God formed the earth, animals and people. It also tells us how we should behave and it tells us of Jesus, who died for our sins so we can go to heaven one day. I have been studying the Bible for some years, but I still don’t understand it all. I wish I knew more so I could tell write more to you. If you would like some more information about God and Jesus, please send me a letter. So you can change your life as I did mine.

Sam Jones
555 Welby Lane
Chytown, Maa.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

More on Byron Stripling

More on Byron Stripling

He had gentle controlled power
When he came on stage.
When I heard him
I was overcome with awe.
The trumpet was ordinary silver.
It produced notes
I’d never heard before.They put the best to shame.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Freestyle day!!

Byron Stripling

He is the only one
who I immediately fell in love with.

I wish I could see him again,
the powerful man who said,
“Play like a stakin piece of pizza.”

Friday, November 21, 2008

When we got our first computer

It was in December of 1986 when we got our new computer. It was an Apple IIe and it was from a store in the largest town we live near. We got it shortly before we were going to New Orleans for the New Year, so we had to wait until we got back to use it. It was a really fun computer to use. My favorite game was Lemonade Stand. I really enjoyed making the lemonade and then seeing how much I could sell. If I remember right I was successful seller. It was just too bad we didn’t live in an area where we could sell lemonade on a daily basis. The other game I really liked was for the Civil War. I enjoyed planning my battles and then winning more battles then the Civil War generals did. That computer was fun and I still enjoy the computer even though it has changed greatly. It has become even more fun. I wish I could still play those other games though and show them to my children.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

What is this in the mail?

It wasn’t until a recent summer that I received something in the mail that was totally unexpected, but I knew exactly what it was. I was on vacation in the West and when we pulled into the drive I saw the box sitting by the mailbox. I was really glad that it had not been raining. The package could have been wrecked and I would have lost a valuable family resource. When I saw the address was from Denver I knew immediately that the package contained the volumes of our family history. I was so excited that I would finally have my own copy. I enjoyed reading my parents copy. I was hoping that sometime I could have my own copy, but I was not sure how I could afford it. God was blessing me by giving me a treasure that I will always keep safe.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

If I could change the alphabet

If I could change the English alphabet I think I would combine some of the letters together. I think AAAAAA should be a letter. There are some days when I feel like screaming and that should be a letter. I think we could get rid of the letters Q and Z. We don’t use those letters very often and if we don’t use the letters, we probably don’t need the letters. I think we could use the rest of the letters though, let us shake it up a bit though and say it backwards. I would like AAAAAA will be the first letter of my alphabet. Enjoy it everyone.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Should I use bleach or not.

Should I use bleach. Write about something that does not want to stay white or clean, but you keep trying.

There are many things in this world that never want to stay white or clean, like the stove or white pants. We have problems staying white and clean, because of our sins. We are very fortunate that Jesus died for our sins. We now have a chance of being white and clean. I am glad that Jesus is there so he can help stay white and clean.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Write about a dream you can remember.

Trophy Room

A dream of falling from a balcony
Toward an unknown brown leather couch
In an unknown room filled with trophies,
Animals from Africa; lions, gazelles, hyenas, water buffalo
North America; wolves, bears, elk and moose.
I never reached the couch. I woke up.

Years later, my boss’s house, the trophy room
I found my nightmare,
The room, balcony and couch.
Hard to go to the balcony,
The fear of falling forever.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tell the story of a mistake made in the kitchen

When I was younger, one of my friends would spend the night a couple of times a month and we would have a lot of fun. Lots of our fun would be in the kitchen. We would fix all different meals. My brother would also help us. Some of our meals were great, the ones were we used a cookbook and those we did not use. There was one meal that did not work. We shall just call it Tuna Surprise. I had to double check with my mom to see what exactly we put in it. We decided to put in; tuna, cream of mushroom soup, pork and beans, corn and blue food coloring. Separately all of these ingredients look and taste great, but together they are gray and yucky. The casserole was thick and my mom was the only one who ate it and she said it tasted good. I am not sure what the rest of us ate that night, but I am sure we fixed enough food to fill up. I know since then my experiments have gotten much better. The only time my meals don’t work out is when I try too hard to make it good. And you know, a person can’t always judge something by its looks.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Three things to say in my obituary.

When someone writes my obituary there are at least three things they should mention. I hope they remember to mention my years in 4-H, how much my family means to me and most importantly, how I tried to live for God.

Friday, November 14, 2008

What do you take when you have to evacuate?

Oh, no I have ten minutes to evacuate my house forever. What am I going to take with my. I am so glad that my family and pets are safe. I know I am going to grab the two laptops and the hard drives. I am not going to lose the pictures I have taken of my children. I am also going to make sure that I get my camera. The last things I would grab are several books that are not replaceable and the small safe, which holds our important documents. I do not want to have to replace social security cards and other things like that. I would ask the children to quickly think of something that was of importance of them that they would like to continue to have. I would not try to grab anything else, because other things are materialistic. As long as I have my family and pets, everything else can be replaced.

I think that everybody needs to think of the things they would take with them, because with all the floods and fires that are taking place in the United States they need to be prepared.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Write about a member of your family


Uno, dos, tres
The first beginning numbers.
Cuatro, cinco, seis,
The age my sister was.
Ella juegaba el tennis dos veces.
Both times she loved it.
Siete, ocho, nueve, diez
Let’s go to another place.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

City or country life?


The elk’s bugle
The coyote’s howl,
Wind blowing aspens,
Seas of green grass,
The great Rockies,
That is what I miss.
The city- too crowded,
Rush of people,
Buildings too tall,
No clear air.
My soul is trapped.
I need silence.
I need mountains.
I have to leave,
To be free.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Feel free to leave your comments. I welcome them.

Write about your favorite place

Write about your favorite place

Boxelder Canyon

Bugle of bull elk
Howl of coyote and wolf
Wind through firs and pine
Large drifts on edge of trees
Cozy fires on stormy nights

Next day glorious
Sun glistening off snow
Cold winter wind
Miles without a soul
There are signs
Elk, bear, and lion
Looking for food
Cold air bites cheeks
Smell of wood smoke
Cures cabin fever

Monday, November 10, 2008

Compare your day to a game played during recess

There is only one game that I can think of that would be able to compare my daily life and that is freeze-tag. To me, each of my days starts and I want to go and tag all of the things that need to get done during the day, but something always tags me first and it is so fast that nobody is able to un-freeze me. I wish one of these days; I will be the fastest runner, so that I am the last one standing on the playground who never gets tagged. I am tired of being frozen before the day starts.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Daily Activities I do not like

The daily activity that is not one of my favorites is getting out of bed in the morning.
There are five daily activities that are worse than getting out of bed in the morning.
-make my son’s bed
-clean the house
-fold the laundry
-cleaning the kitchen floor
-looking at the backyard

Saturday, November 8, 2008

What can you say to your husband to show him respect?

Today’s blog is going to be a little bit different. I need the help of the reader. I would like to know your opinions about respect and how you can verbally show a husband respect. I would also enjoy reading you opinions on what to say to others as well.

I have been married for a long time and I am just realizing what it really means to biblically show your husband respect. A woman is to show respect like the man is to show love. It is difficult to remember that a husband needs the respect more than he needs to be told, “I love you.” I know a wife can say I respect the job you do or I respect the way you listen to what I have to say. I am looking for something more extraordinary. Thank you for your time and effort.

Friday, November 7, 2008

People's opinions

If anybody ever wants to comment or say something about what I have been writing I welcome it. If you like it tell me and if you don't, you can certainly say it too. I am always interested in new writing prompts too.

Thank you.

What do I tell my family on my deathbed?

As I lay here on my bed dying of a rare form of cancer, I have some words of advice to give all of you, no matter the age. Although the younger generations would have a better chance of a lifetime benefit.

First, always make sure you eat a well balanced diet. It is so important to continue to eat all the fruits and vegetable, I would not follow any food pyramid, but I would say it is not all wrong. I would like you to still eat meat, but make sure you do not eat very much and do make sure it is the leanest meat, like elk. Do not eat the unclean meats. Sweets and alcohol are fine in moderation, but make sure you only take what is the healthiest. I know that most of you will not heed me, but it is best for you if you do.

And MAKE SURE YOU EXERCISE!!! There are so many different ways of exercising today. I have never tried the Wii, but I hear it is lots of fun. I am not to particular on how you do it, but please do.

The final thing that I am going to say is that follow the guidelines in the Bible. Jesus is our savior and we need to strive to be like him. I know that none of you can perfectly be as Jesus is, but you can work hard to try. And you can be so thankful that Jesus died so that if we mess up once in a while we are still saved. Just read and study the Bible, during the week when you are not in the fellowship of other Christians and you will have a life that others can only believe in. REMEMBER MONETARY WEALTH IS NOT IMPORTANT.

Thank you for listening to my words. I know you will have a wonderful life. May God bless you.

For those of you who read this, if you would say something different I would be interested in knowing.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Write a 26-word story where every word begins with a different letter of the alphabet

Dad has a pink bat with orange jelly. Cat goes limp. Frank kicks Mouse’s nest. “Run, stay, yellow zebra.” Elk has x-ray van. Umbrella is quick.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

One of my favorite things

I would have to say that one of my favorite things would have to be a bright sunny day. It always makes me happy when I wake up to the sun shining and the birds singing. I am very lucky to be able to live in a place in the world where the sun shines most of the time. The only time that it does not shine much is in the winter. I get tired of the gray days. I would much rather have the sun warming my face, but I put on a smile and I know the day will come. One of the benefits of the sun is also the vitamin D. I think there are many psychological benefits as well. I have noticed that people are much happier when the sun is shining. Perhaps most teenagers should live in sunny climates, so they are not so gloomy. I just know I will always live where most of the year the sun shines. Wish I were in a sunny spot right now.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Today is the day to vote. I hope that everybody that can does or has. This is a right that many of us have not had for very long in the United States. Younger people today may forget that it was just in the last century that women did not have the same rights they do now. I have been voting for many years. I can still remember my first time. It was out in the country and I went with my parents. It was a warm summer afternoon as we walked into the building. Those I saw I had known all my life and they greeted me with a warm smile, as they knew it was going to be my first time voting. I remember filling out the card saying who I was and what my party affiliation was going to be. I then took my card into the booth and punched holes in the card. When I had finished voting I took my ballot and stuck it in the box. I was very proud that I had exercised my right to vote. I look back on that time with fond memories, because people no longer vote there.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Write a poem about my hero

Silver is the color of a cowboy’s spurs.

Black is the color of his boots,
Silver is the color of a cowboy’s spurs.

Brown is the color of his chaps,
Black is the color of his boots,
Silver is the color of a cowboy’s spurs.

Blue is the color of his shirt,
Brown is the color of his chaps,
Black is the color of his boots,
Silver is the color of a cowboy’s spurs.

Dark brown is the color of his skin,
Blue is the color of his shirt,
Brown is the color of his chaps,
Black is the color of his boots,
Silver is the color of a cowboy’s spurs.

White is the color of his smile,
Dark brown is the color of his skin,
Blue is the color of his shirt,
Brown is the color of his chaps,
Black is the color of his boots,
Silver is the color of a cowboy’s spurs.

Black is the color of his hat,
White is the color of his smile,
Dark brown is the color of his skin,
Blue is the color of his shirt,
Brown is the color of his chaps,
Black is the color of his boots,
Silver is the color of a cowboy’s spurs.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My most embarrassing moment and my thoughts on it

I would have to say that my most embarrassing moment happened in Montana.

I was there with my 4-H range team for Montana Range Days. We had left from Douglas earlier that day and I had not had anything to eat since the day before. It was after I had some lunch that I was not feeling very well. When we went to the field to look at plants I got sick while we were still driving in the car. I was in the back seat in the middle, not a very good place to get out. Fortunately for me, it just went all over me. I was so lucky that it did not go over anybody else. At that point in time I don’t think that part was very embarrassing it was later when Brady mentioned it at the Pizza Hut when we were eating supper. I know that my face got as red as the table clothes on the tables. It was fine though I was pretty experienced with getting sick. I had just gone way too long with out eating. It was a good learning experience. I took care to not do that again. I am much better about things like that now. Looking back on the experience I was so dumb for not having a little bit of something to eat, especially when I knew that I could sometimes get sick from riding in the back seat of the car. When you are a child you just never know what kind of things you should do or not do. I guess I just learned different lessons when I was younger.

I am pretty sure that was my most embarrassing moment. I cannot really think of any other thing that could be my most embarrassing moment. I am sure that there could be different moments, but my memory has decided to erase them. I could ask different people if there are some embarrassing moments, but I don’t think that I will. I prefer to have some dignity and just have the memory of one thing that did not go right for me that day in Montana.

I know that there will be more embarrassing moments in my life, but I truly believe that they only are what you make them to be. It does not matter what other people think of your actions. It is only how you see yourself. If you happen to be a self- conscious person everything can be embarrassing to you. Even what you find embarrassing others may not. Embarrassing moments are just your perceptions of your life and the lives of others.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Would dry leaves help or hinder a game in the woods?

It was a wonderfully sunny day when we decided to play our new and improved game of hide-and-seek. The pink, purple and blue leaves of the purpa trees had finally all fallen as the weather on Turda had grown colder. My friends and I were excited about our game. We had been talking about it since the spring. Our new game had only one rule. Hide in the leaves. One person would count and the others would hide in the leaves. We were lucky that there had been so many leaves on the trees and no wind. It meant that we had five feet of leaves to play in. I was going to be the first one to count. I decided to count to 100 to make sure that everybody would have a chance to hide. We had not even gone into the leaves, so we were not sure how it would be to go walking or running through them. We had been saving them until they were perfect. My friends ran into the leaves laughing as they tried to find a place to hide. I thought I would listen carefully to see if I could figure out where everybody hid. I counted to 100 and decided to go into the leaves. I knew that I would have to walk carefully, because I did not want to run into anybody and I was unsure how I would be able to see. The suns’ light shining through the pink, purple and blue leaves were beautiful. I could see through the lighter colored leaves and that helped me to see where I was walking. As I pushed the leaves away I could see that they did not close behind me. I knew then all I had to do was to find the paths that my three friends had made and go find them. I decided to wander around the in the leaves looking at the different shades of colors until I found a path. The first path I found was beginning to fill in again, so I knew I had to work quickly. I ran quickly to see who would be hiding at the end of the path. It was Georgie!! The two of us then quickly found Xristy and Marky. The four of us decided that this was the best fun that we had ever had playing in the leaves and we would play our new game tomorrow. We just hoped the wind wouldn’t blow away our leaves.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Three different areas to spend $500 million

If I had exactly 500 million dollars to spend and I could only spend it in three different areas, I would first give 200 million dollars to the very poor in the areas of the United States that need it the most. I would give it to different churches, food banks and shelters. I would make sure that it would be given to organizations that are very reputable and have the means of reaching the people who need it the most. I think that using the pay-it-forward system would work well. If I made the condition that if I help those then they would help the next person they felt needed help, perhaps then we could really help those around the world. I feel people are so wrapped up in worrying about people in the rest of the world they forget about the many homeless and those people who just need a little bit of help here in the States. I believe in helping the people at home first. If we can help our citizens to be stronger, then more people will be able to help those in the rest of the world. And I am sure in this current stage of economic slow down there could be many people in our own communities that could use the help.

I would then buy land in the critical winter ranges of the Rocky Mountain Elk. I would spend 200 million dollars to procure land in Wyoming, Montana, or Colorado. I know this may not buy much land, but I would look for land in the greatest danger for development. I would put as much of the land as I could into a conservation easement with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. I will use some of the land to raise cattle and possibly begin to have the dude ranches that I have wanted for a long time. I would be constantly looking for ways to improve the ranches and make them better for those who use them in the future.

I would take the last 100 million dollars and invest it in rental properties. Rental properties would be good in this economy as so many people are downsizing. The prices of my rental properties would be most reasonable as there are so many people in need of good housing all over the United States. I would keep working for a living so I can pay for my children’s college. It is always beneficial to start a career with no debt.

I would always make sure my money was working for me in the best way to help others. I am sure there are many other ways to help people with this amount of money and if other people have ideas I would love to have them. I just wish that I had that much money so that I could help people in the way that I desire, I need to remember that there are many small ways of helping people with little or no money.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

what I thought of President Bush's campaign stop in 2004

I had written to this prompt four years ago and I thought that since the presidential elections are soon this one would be a good to post.
It was earlier this week that I saw on TV that President Bush was coming to town and there were tickets available. I thought of mentioning it to my husband, but by the time he woke up, I had forgotten it. It was a couple of days later that he asked me if I wanted to go to the rally. I told him, “sure if you would like to.” I had never been to something like that before. I thought about it each day until this Friday, September 3. I had seen parts of rallies before on TV but they really don’t show what a rally is really like. They capture some of the atmosphere and of course the words the candidate say, but they never show the before and after.
We would drive to the old grocery store parking lot and then walk the short way to the park. It seemed like a good idea until I heard that there were going to be bus rides there too. I thought it might be a good idea to ride the bus over instead of walking all that way. My husband kind of shrugged that idea away. I was like o.k. I really thought it was a good idea when we saw that we couldn’t walk straight to the entrance. We had to walk two to three blocks around, because of a security blockade. There were protestors close to the entrance. I was quite nervous since this was my first rally. I wanted the protestors to be peaceful. I have seen a lot on TV, which became violent. The police did arrest two teachers. I never did catch exactly why. They could only stand on the sidewalk and they may have been trespassing on someone’s lawn.
There were city dump trucks, garbage trucks, and water trucks parked inches apart, which I thought was for the trash. My husband said it was for security. They were the blockade against the protestors.
Getting through security was easy. All we did was show our ticket and id several times. I don’t think they even looked that closely. Getting through the metal detectors was easy too. In the airport, my shoes would have set the alarm off. Here they did not. I thought it was odd that security was a bit tighter.
We got through the gates at about 4:15 and then we found a place to stand/sit. We still had to wait until ~5:30. It took a long time too. We got some water to drink; because with the warm muggy weather I was very thirsty by the time we got done walking. I spent some time playing with our son. He had fun with the grass and the plastic drinking cups. My husband held him some too. There were some different politicians speaking and there was a band playing. I never did catch the name of the band. There was also a lady on the stage that was signing everything. That was the first time I had really seen a person doing that.
At certain times the crowd moved closer so we were able to stand a lot closer than we originally were. When the president first got there I couldn’t see anything. That was because I am short and people were waving their signs. It was nice once everybody put their signs down. In some spots where I was standing I was able to see the president pretty well. The speech lasted about 45 minutes. He said what people wanted to hear. I thought it was very good. He did make references to John Kerry and John Edwards. From what I could tell, it was factual. He focused on the idea that he was in our state. He made us seem like we were the most important people to him. I thought that was a very good tactic.
After the speech was done we waited for him to leave and then we walked back to the car. This time we didn’t have to take the detour. It was very nice. Some of the blockade trucks smelled terrible.
All in all I thought the opportunity to see the president was very interesting. It would be interesting to go to a campaign rally of John Kerry’s just to see what and how he talks about things.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


These postings are going to be writing prompts that I have thought of and then I will write 500-1000 words about them. I welcome all thoughts that people have to give me. If you would like to give me writing prompts I would enjoy that. I would not like to have any ideas that may hurt other people. Thank you. And I hope that everybody enjoys reading Rayray's writings.