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  • blueribbonfair 10:57 pm on May 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: emergencies, emergency situation humor, flash flooding, flash floods, flooding, , , natural disaster, qualms, , sailboats, survival, word press daily prompt   

    Yes, "Qualms" in View 

     “Qualm” Daily Prompt of the day on WordPress…..

    Yes, even though I tried not to I started having “qualms” when it rained like Noah’s Flood was on the way and especially when I looked up the weather channel to find when it was going to let up; I was starting to have some trepidation. My “qualms” about that evening became, even more, pronounce when I saw the warning in red that there was a flash flood watch in effect and you might want to evacuate to high ground in the city

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    I wish I was a bird. I could use a boat or an anchor anytime now….

      Epic Missouri Flood 2017Epic Missouri Flood 2017 Video on it which I commented on.


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    Water by my steps  2 days after the flood.


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    No that is not a pond or lake with a boat dock to the left by the water.  This was a parking lot right in the middle of the floodplain.

    My daughter was out of school for a week and one of my sons did not work for a week while they fixed the damage. So thankful that I was slightly higher up and on the other side of town. One of my son’s girlfriend’s parents lost almost everything. My daughter’s college a few years back was flooded so much that students climbed on the roof and had to be rescued. I used to look at images of Missouri flooding and tornadoes, wondering who would live in such a place; my home state is Washington. So here I am in the area that this is far more likely to happen in? At least I have bragging rights to having survived and lost nothing in the worst flood where I am at.



  • blueribbonfair 1:07 am on August 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creepy, , , , horror, hustory, , museum of death, museums, , vice, word press daily prompt   

    Creepy Vices via the Museum 

    Word Press Daily Prompt. This week for the subject of “Vice” I thought I would share a museum to visit if you are in the neighborhood of L.A.  or New Orleans.

    Vice is a failing or defect. I would put this museum display at the top of the scale for this.

    A vice House of Horror Rated 10


    Museum Of Death


    The World Famous Museum of Death was founded in 1995 to fill the void in death education in the USA. With locations in Los Angeles and New Orleans, the Museum of Death is a self-guided tour lasting approximately an hour, but those who can stomach it may stay as long as they’d like.

    Great reviews and warnings here: Yelp

    Not for the faint of heart and children according to reviews. Use common sense and wisdom before entering.


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    • theeditorsjournal 5:01 pm on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Oh now this is interesting although the reviews I scanned didn’t tell me much. From what I gleaned I’d visit.

      • blueribbonfair 5:25 pm on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I could not find much with reviews either. I would probably visit, but not 100% sure of it.

    • rommel 4:37 pm on September 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That must be interesting. I always enjoy unique places so vthos is right my alley.

    • ghostmmnc 10:57 pm on September 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That would be something I’d like to see! I do have a coffin keychain from the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, TX. My daughter visited there, and brought it back for me.

    • lisadorenfest 12:33 am on September 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds very interesting to me…albeit scary. I’d love to visit when I am back in the states. Great entryway!

    • Bun Karyudo 2:32 pm on September 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The Museum of Death! Really? Wow! They should ask people to hand over all their money before exiting and tell them, “Well, you can’t take it with you.”

  • blueribbonfair 9:49 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aldous Huxley, Bob Marley, cd players, cd's, John Green, miniature, , music quotes, vinyl records, word press daily prompt   

    From Large Vinyl Records to……”Miniature” 

    Something smaller that you can take with you and also has a player you can carry along to listen on the go.

    Shaped and flat like those records we loved, complete with music tracks like the original.

     A “Miniature” sized music powerhouse:

    • Expresses feeling and thought I cannot find my own words for.
    • Acts like a pain- killer elixir for all my negative conditions.
    • Music makes my life “sing.”


    Daily Prompt via Word Press


    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays





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    One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
    Bob Marley




    “Some people have lives; some people have music.”
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    • amileinmyshoes 10:11 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love that music is so portable now. However I miss that crackle on record.

      • blueribbonfair 10:25 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I have such great memories of records back in the 80’s. That crackle is a beautiful memory.

    • Madeline Scribes 1:55 pm on August 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      How appropo that I’m listening to Warren Zevon while reading this lovely piece about music. I too love that music is more portable these days, but my husband is a new fan of vinyl and collects all kinds of LPs to add to his collection. There are records everywhere in our house these days!

      • blueribbonfair 3:17 pm on August 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for commenting. I have gotten rid of record collections and especially regret giving away my music from 70’s- 80’s. Wonderful vinyl has made a comeback. I have downsized and moved so much.

        • Madeline Scribes 4:37 pm on August 29, 2016 Permalink

          I’m a proponent of downsizing, but for some reason I have never been able to part with my music. I still have all of my cassette tapes. *blushing*

    • Christy B 8:47 pm on August 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Bring on the music 🙂 It has a way of uplifting me when I need it

    • lisadorenfest 12:39 am on September 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I too love the portability of music but miss the sound of music on records. Music soothes my soul.

  • blueribbonfair 1:52 am on July 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: breakfast, , cozy mystery, Diane Mott Davidson, , gravy, kitchen, pancakes, , Sanctuary, word press daily prompt   

    Sanctuary Kitchen Special 

    I hope your home has one spot that is a sanctuary for the soul. At times mine has been the kitchen’ I am sure many would call that their sanctuary spot when it comes to having fellowship with family, that quiet moment with a book and tea or coffee in that special breakfast nook or there are those  that find whipping up food, baking, and recipe making as the ultimate elixir. Take the cozy mystery caterer Goldy Bear Schulz for an example here:   book goldy bear 269746


    Once and awhile when I have the time, I like to read up on trends. On food, I found this PDF guide:What’s Hot Foods trends.

    2 items sounded really delicious at the time: Ricotta Pancakes and Regional gravy.

    All Recipes Pancakes (Ricotta Pancakes) I had no problem finding quite a few recipes for this one, but “Regional gravy” was not anything the search engine could understand well even though I put in the top cities in Missouri in the topic to search with.

    So I have made a couple of gravy offerings I found to fit into a regional niche for my own kitchen: 1. Gravy Recipe 2. Gravy Recipe.

    So whether you cook in the kitchen, eat the finished products or do both. Find the way to use you kitchen for a sanctuary this week.   Enjoy!




    This is for the: Word Press Daily Prompt.


  • blueribbonfair 8:16 pm on June 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , locked, locked in, regrets, spilled milk, , word press daily prompt   

    Locked in…..Regrets 



    “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.”-Kurt Vonnegut  via Good Reads


    Lately, I am regretting so much of my life.

    ” I never ever thought this could happen to me.”

    That being the awesome and full of potential individual I am that I would reach a certain age and look back on what appears to be a ” wasted life.”

    This is a long story and even with the ” air” running, my trailer is hot and so stifling I doubt if I can tell it all in one sitting.

    But with the way I have been feeling the last couple weeks, I figured the Word Press Daily prompt here :  Word Press Daily Writing Prompt, fit so aptly with all the regrets that are haunting me so I cannot breathe- even though I try to be positive-I thought like journaling, putting them out here on my blog as the notebook page would be a way to vent and gain control of the melancholia which has me in its grasp.


    As I said, it is quite a long story. I want to get it going because of the prompt for today. But the heat will have me fleeing to the coolest room in the house soon.

    Anyway, though I would love to do a very long post and cover all of my disappointments right now, I think I am going to make this a series. I really would like to have these posts on a schedule, but my shifting sand life with all the extraneous circumstances make it extremely hard to have any schedule at all. That coupled with my anxiety, depression and extreme  sensitivity which makes me even hide from people, and even as crazy as it seems  also interactions on the internet.

    I really like blogging photography and short posts because I always have so much going on. I am amazed by bloggers I follow and individual blog posts I discover, how some people either type so well, unlike me or have the time to post long written out articles like this one all the time. (* I have been on Word  Press today visiting blogs I follow, following up on my visitors, like and comments as well as finding prior unknown blogs that have encouraged me, awed me with beauty and expanded my horizons making me thankful.

    I actually prepared a couple photos today for photo challenges I follow, which are my favorite blogs to do. They are fun and happy to do. I love photography and have learned a lot, becoming better at it-In spite of just using a cell phone- as well as playing around on photo editing spots. (Cell phone camera fits in with my “regrets”….More on that in another post.( Let’s start from birth with this sad journey.) I warn you, though, the worst of the saga comes much further on.

    It is said, ” Do not cry over spilled milk.” Which is great but what if it is not only a glass or gallon but a trough -full that drowns those in its path? And the years have passed and blurred so fast, you were never able to clean  any of it up and it has soaked in and ruined the ground you are standing on.

    I was told I always have a choice in everything. At the time, I agreed with this counselor. But then, I thought, “Do most of  those victims in the right place at the wrong time choose to be tortured, held against their will and raped chose that to happen in their lives?” Not all of life is in our control.

    I said the latter to draw the conclusion that many things I umbrella under the “regret” theme I had nothing to do with, nothing I could have prevented. The main regret, though, that led to much fallout was even though, I was young and ignorant/ naive of so much in life. One major bad decision………

    So let us start at the beginning. Circumstances beyond my control, no choice in the matter…. I was adopted ( My parents were wonderful and that is not the issue.) I was adopted because my mother was only 17, I do not even know if my biological dad knows I exist. And there are things that effect you in the womb I did not know then and actually back then no one knew much either.  It is being discovered how  pre-birth connections have a major effect on the baby.  To be continued……………….


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    • lisadorenfest 9:48 pm on June 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You write beautifully. I am very saddened to hear that you are struggling with regret, depression, and anxiety.

    • Shauna 4:04 am on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply


      I hope writing this down will help a bit with your depression and anxiety! *hugs*

      • blueribbonfair 10:48 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I thought I had replied to you, but I do not know where it went. So if I replied elsewhere just note, my mind is gone. Just in case, either way, thank you.

    • Jean Reinhardt 10:22 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I also find it difficult to write a long post, so I really appreciate the effort you put into this one. It’s very well written and I love that meme at the end. Hugs xx

    • Miriam 10:52 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I tend to write in short spurts too. I hope that writing helps you … and I’m really sorry to hear how you’re feeling. Know that you’re not alone.

    • DebtGirl 6:28 pm on July 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Regrets suck, I have them too, the what ifs! I am sorry they are weighing heavy on you. It will and can only get better! Xoxo

    • blueribbonfair 7:09 pm on July 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement and your comment.

    • calmkate 10:56 pm on July 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well written and the meme at the end clearly demonstrates that you have a strong SOH! I guess there are very few of us that have not experienced some kind of depravation at the hands of another … we can’t control or change that, it does shape us but doesn’t define us … how we use that ‘lesson’ to grow is up to us?

    • ANM7 6:42 pm on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s just me of course, but I generally have a practice relative to regret: I rebuke it and send it back to the pit it came from.
      Self-importance is what my psyche seeks with indulging in regret. Yes, I could’ve dis and dat, humph. Yeah right, given the circumstances, time, my mental state, period and etc., I would have just done a different variable of “Waste” is all. Be careful with regret, it wants to freeze you in time. Stop, enjoy the present moment and give thanks for that. It’s just another version of “The grass is greener…” You will be fine.

  • blueribbonfair 9:01 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , drafts will not save, , word press daily prompt,   

    What is up with the day I decide to do a long post and even write stuff with the daily prompt and Word Press will not post today or do my photos. I am so frustrated! the post needs to be done today or it will not be in on time. Murphy’s Law in terrifying action!

    • blueribbonfair 9:02 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      But it worked on this spot! After I wrote this I thought it probably would not work on posting this either.

  • blueribbonfair 11:58 pm on January 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: believe, , , , notes, word press daily prompt   

    Reason to Believe 

    The daily post prompt today is so apt to my feeling…….Daily WP Prompt.



    Sometimes it seems as it is all that keeps me standing.


    May the music never die.

  • blueribbonfair 9:02 pm on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , pingbacks, word press daily prompt   

    Gave up trying to post a daily prompt post with a laptop with only the built in mouse. Cannot get #pingback to work. How to do it? I tried looking in support, but gave up, not finding that specific question on there.

  • blueribbonfair 8:21 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: always reading, , learning to read, love of reading, , reading blocks, , word press daily prompt   

    Reader’s Block: What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without reading a book (since learning how to read, of course)? Which book was it that helped break the dry spell?

    Such an easy question for me. Though I do go through spells where I am slower at reading my books or -as now-have less reading time-
    As far as I can recall since I learned to read in 1st grade, I have (NEVER) had a time I was not reading some book. All these years and I never ever thought about this question. quite a long stretch of book reading.


  • blueribbonfair 5:23 pm on September 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blurting out secrets, keys, locked and sealed, , locks and keys, secrets, secrets told, unlocking secrets, word press daily prompt   

    Spilled the beans When I should have Not! 

    Locked and Sealed: (It was at the beginning.)

    The word press prompt today is sealed up secrets you opened and told.



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    So my latest “faux pas”:

      I told the who the lasted anonymous donation  for payment to my son’s welding school was of $3,000.

    The whole story:

    My youngest son is at a welding school that costs over $10,000. he got scholarships and help to pay for it. He was halfway done with the school and we thought it was taken care of.  Any way at this time , they called him into the office and told him he still had the $3,000 to pay left. He was given 2 weeks. We prayed and brought it before the church. The money came in by an  anonymous  donor.

    Now, mind you if someone had not let out the secret prior to me; I would never had even had this “secret.” I really did not even care to know who the donor was, but my brother blurted it out with the, “Do not tell anyone!.”

    Need less to say and since I do not want to bore anyone;To sum it all up, when my other kids came to visit I blurted out to them who did it.

    In my defense: The guy that paid the rest of the school bill was “a real skin flint.” I was so astounded and impressed that it was extra easy to blurt this out. I wanted to brag on this young man I have known since he was about 4.



    From http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/locked-and-sealed/




    • Amy 6:27 pm on September 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for sharing the story!

    • Deb 6:43 pm on September 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so glad you son can finish school not. It was very generous of that person to pay.

    • Budom 8:49 pm on September 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That was a great story. It is nice your son had a happy ending. It goes to show you never know from which direction help will come from.

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