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Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:44:18 AM

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Survivor wrote:



The pup is settled down beside me here. I had my oncologist give me an official note saying he is a service dog. He'll be joining us in the coffeehouse from now on.


Dogs, service or otherwise, are always welcome in here. Well, the cat might not be too happy but a bit of catnip will deal with that.cat

Anyone else for sencha (Japanese green tea)?


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:36:43 PM

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Mendala, he wrote: Anyone else for sencha (Japanese green tea)?

Me, I queried: Hope you don't take too much offense at this question, but is that stuff something to drink or is it best suited for putting on gardens needing fertilizer? ;)

Okay, LSU just whipped Vandy 66-38. It was 28-7 after the 1st quarter but things got a bit sloppy after that. Anyway, here's a plate full of pralines to celebrate. Any coffee left?

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Survivor
Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:00:16 PM

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Hey, Scott. Nice to see you, Bill. There is certainly coffee left. It's fun to watch how crowded it is getting around here. Nice to see.

And a lot of new stories to enjoy, as well.

By the way, the Mizzou Tigers are beating the South Carolina Gamecocks 10 to zip at present.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
DenimAngel
Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 5:31:58 PM

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Hi people
I came bearing gifts for the resident cat and for victor the pup
A big bag of cat nip and cat toys and
Victor's own water bowl and doggie treats and a couple of squeaky toys

A large sweet tea for me


henrietta_fielding
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 3:39:37 AM

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As Sara has brought all the toys, I'll just give Victor a cuddle! And say hello to the cat if he/she will let me get near!

A coffee to get me going to clean the house this morning will do very nicely!
Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 7:28:47 AM

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Good morning all. * pets various animals, then pours a hot Earl Grey *

We are kicking Fall off with a heat wave here. 27C and humid both days this weekend.

Rumple_deWriter wrote:
Hope you don't take too much offense at this question, but is that stuff something to drink or is it best suited for putting on gardens needing fertilizer?


No offense. Very much to drink though it might work as fertilizer, too. confused1

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Survivor
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 8:04:48 AM

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Nice to see you, Cynthia. Hi, Scott.

I'm having a cuppa java. That's what I need at this time of the day.

A storm system passed through but it looks as if it will not affect the Chiefs game in Kansas City later today.

Since I finally got a story written for the Back to School challenge I can think about the Moon challenge now. I have some strange ideas for it drifting through my head. We shall see.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
ladysharon
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 8:18:57 AM

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Good morning, coffee house patrons! My daughter just came into the room and said her colors and numbers from one to ten. Yesterday, we participated in the Beyond a Mammogram 5k that my job is a sponsor for. She had the best seat in the house by sitting in her stroller and taking in the scenery along the lakefront. I am fooling around in Photoshop Elements getting my aforementioned banner ready for debuting and getting a post ready for my website. I'm also thinking about setting up a YouTube channel to supplement my website, mainly with some book reviews and other things. There is a possibility I may vlog my life during the upcoming Christmas season. I also have to find costumes for my daughter and me to wear for Halloween and go trick-or-treating.

DenimAngel
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:23:08 PM

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Hi people
*checks the food and water dishes of the resident cat and Victor *
Does the cat have a name ?
Is the cat friendly?
*climbing up in my favorite chair with a sweet tea*
Happy Sunday people



Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 7:05:28 PM

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DenimAngel wrote:
Hi people
*checks the food and water dishes of the resident cat and Victor *
Does the cat have a name ?
Is the cat friendly?
*climbing up in my favorite chair with a sweet tea*
Happy Sunday people


Miss Purr is her name. Sentimental choice, I had a cat by that name. Born in our basement when I was four, shuffled off this mortal coil the year I got my Master's degree (yes, she lived to 20). And she's quite friendly. Too friendly sometimes.

* pushes cat out of the way as I reach for my tea *



I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Survivor
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 8:39:41 AM

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Good day. Now working on my second cuppa java. I had to take a short trip out to pick up some necessities from a store. I took Victor along because the temperature was only in the 50s F so not too hot to stay in the car.

However, it's still gonna get up into the 80s today. Staying inside mostly, getting some writing done. flower





All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
DenimAngel
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 3:22:29 PM

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Howdy folks
A large hot chocolate with a handful of marshmallows is my choice today . its dreary here
*petting miss purr and victor*
*climbing up in my chair*


Mendalla
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 3:43:21 PM

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Oh, oh, Sara's hitting the marshmallows. Time to restock. Does Costco sell them, I wonder?

Back to fall here, hopefully for good this time. Though you never know. I ended up cutting the grass in shorts on Canadian Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in October) last year, a day when I have also bundled up some years.

Rediscovered an old favorite song today.




I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
DenimAngel
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 5:07:23 PM

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Yep Costco sales 3 different brands of marshmallows *mumbles smarty pants ape*









Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:07:19 AM

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Perfect! I'll go get about six bags. icon_biggrin (just teasin')

Blood tests today. Main purpose is to check my A1C (diabetes stuff) but there's some other numbers my doc and I monitor, too.

Writing drought continues. I have ideas. I just don't feel like writing. Every time I start, it fizzles out after a couple paragraphs no matter what the story or subject matter. Oh well. I may try to use one of the challenges, probably the moon one, as a focus to try to jumpstart things. I have been able to get some ideas documented in OneNote at least.

* pours and English Breakfast tea *

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
darrenrobertbennett
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:10:47 AM

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Happy Tuesday, Everyone! Still working on my story (Queen of Back Bay) and working out the final ending details. It's hard to know where to end. I read the Kurt Vonnegut (one of my favorite writers) recommends starting the story as close to the end as possible. I think I did that much, but where is the end!? I may have figured it out this morning. Just need to put it on paper now. Hope everyone else is enjoying their coffee!
Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:03:08 AM

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Got to moving late today. After arising I fed and walked Victor. Then we both came back and laid down for an after walk rest.

I got up and made the coffee in about an hour. Sorry if anyone had to use the little packets of single servings.

I did the Back to School challenge. I am working on the Moon challenge now. A bit of sci-fi steampunk fluff. But fun for me.

Actually, I feel like writing a poem. I think I'll go ahead and do that today. I need to do some proofing for a friend but it will have to wait.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:10:24 AM

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darrenrobertbennett wrote:
I read the Kurt Vonnegut (one of my favorite writers) recommends starting the story as close to the end as possible.


But ... what if you don't know the end? How do you know where to put the start??confused1 I'm terrible for having an idea for where things begin and then letting them run as I write in hopes that I'll reach an ending.idea1

I'm putting on the kettle. Anyone else for tea?

* feeds the cat while the kettle boils *




I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
gypsy
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:25:22 AM

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Mendalla wrote:
darrenrobertbennett wrote:
I read the Kurt Vonnegut (one of my favorite writers) recommends starting the story as close to the end as possible.


But ... what if you don't know the end? How do you know where to put the start??confused1 I'm terrible for having an idea for where things begin and then letting them run as I write in hopes that I'll reach an ending.idea1

I'm putting on the kettle. Anyone else for tea?

* feeds the cat while the kettle boils *




Geez, too much existential writerly confusion as the rice and stir fry cooks for supper. Time zone slippage dears, time zone slippage.

Scott seriously I thought you were going to say you'd dealt with the hair ball from said cat.

Ours was the unexcelled master at projectile hair ball action just as the door bell rang announcing guests.

Darren, take heed. For both stories and fiction and cats.

More later... if you're unlucky geek



The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Junius



Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 11:34:26 AM

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gypsy wrote:

Scott seriously I thought you were going to say you'd dealt with the hair ball from said cat.


Better than having it cough up a tessaract (Captain Marvel reference).glasses8

Actually, a feline kaiju that shoots flaming hairballs could be ... confused1 Yeah, let's just park that one.

Rice and stir fry sounds yummy, depending on what you're putting in the latter.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:06:39 PM

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Hi Everyone. Well, here I am at last and finally managed to get the next chapter of Long Road Home submitted. It's been a hell of a week since I got back from Germany. My mum, is in hospital and is tomorrow going into a nursing home for what I fear will be her final days. She is 95, suffers from dementia and heart failure. She won't eat or drink now. Travelling back and forth to take care of the problems with the medical and welfare people, along with attending meetings the other side of the country has worn me to a stump.
Today, I decided to 'take a day off' and spent the afternoon working on the chapter. I got the last 1500 words done. Phew!

So now, I will sit here and enjoy an enormous cup of strong, black Arabica if I may please. coffee



The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:29:10 PM

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My Dad was like that in his last days, Anna, so my heart goes out to you. He was only 80, too. Have a hug or two on me. And we'll make sure the coffee is of the "spoon stands up on its own" variety, at least for you.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 1:13:09 PM

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It was my fate to have my father pass before he was seventy. He had smoked his entire life and had numerous strokes and heart attacks. Then my mother had to go through cancer with bungling doctors ending her life much too short in her seventy-sixth year. I've been so much luckier and I know it.

We'll all share a hug for the heartaches we have gone through.

The coffee I make is always Arabica, Anna.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 1:23:49 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
My Dad was like that in his last days, Anna, so my heart goes out to you. He was only 80, too. Have a hug or two on me. And we'll make sure the coffee is of the "spoon stands up on its own" variety, at least for you.


Survivor wrote:


It was my fate to have my father pass before he was seventy. He had smoked his entire life and had numerous strokes and heart attacks. Then my mother had to go through cancer with bungling doctors ending her life much too short in her seventy-sixth year. I've been so much luckier and I know it.

We'll all share a hug for the heartaches we have gone through.

The coffee I make is always Arabica, Anna.

flower


Thank you, gentlemen. I am ok with it all but the last few days have been so busy that my holiday seems but a distant memory now. dontknow

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
gillianleeza
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:04:00 PM

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Dealing with aging parents is quite stressful especially when you don't have the help and support of other family members.

I hope you can relax at least for a time.

I am lucky that my parents are doing well considering their ages and my father's dementia. Also that they can afford the retirement community they are in now.

I really really need to catch up on my reading but I have been finding it hard to do much of anything. After my parent's house sale and their move, I had surgery.

The recovery has been a bit problematic and I will need further treatment. It should all be fine eventually but some days I struggle.

I hope everyone is doing well.

I'll have ginger ale and sit in the corner and try to read until I get sleepy enough to go to bed.

Cheers!
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 5:48:25 AM

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Good morning! Coffee's on, kettles boiling, and I picked up some goodies on the way. Muffins and donuts for all.

Got a new story in mind to write. It's a bit of a spooky one so I'll move quickly on it to get it up for Hallowe'en. Doesn't tie to any challenges, just a nice old school ghost story.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:35:44 AM

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Mendalla wrote:
Good morning! Coffee's on, kettles boiling, and I picked up some goodies on the way. Muffins and donuts for all.

Got a new story in mind to write. It's a bit of a spooky one so I'll move quickly on it to get it up for Hallowe'en. Doesn't tie to any challenges, just a nice old school ghost story.


Thanks for the donuts and muffins. Reminds me I need to make banana bread since no one ate the bananas I bought.

I love a good old fashioned ghost story. Can't wait to read it. Since I had time I went through all the bookshelves in my house and pulled out several collections of short stories. I'm going to tackle them next. Do you have a favorite short story or short story author?

The first two collections I pulled off my bookcase were by Joe Hill and Henry James.

Mother nature must have been listening to me because today it is beautiful and cooler with less humidity. The 90s return for the weekend but I will enjoy having the windows open for the next couple of days.

I'll take a muffin to go. Need to start going through my attic. After cleaning out my parents house it made me realize I need to start purging some things in my own.

Cheers.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:04:49 AM

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Good morning folks.

Finally have my first cup. Have to let it cool a bit. Now I can get this poem done this morning. I'll move on to the Moon challenge later.

The pup is settled down next to me for his first morning nap.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:14:56 AM

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gillianleeza wrote:
Do you have a favorite short story or short story author?



Hard to pick a favorite short story, but some of my favorite short story authors are M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Ramsey Campbell, and Shirley Jackson. Robert Bloch, best known for the novel behind Psycho, wrote some really good ones over his long career (in fact, he and H. P. Lovecraft "killed" each other off in an informal trilogy of short stories that came out of their correspondence). Haven't read Joe Hill much yet, but I was a big fan of his father (Stephen King, for any who don't know) through the eighties and he wrote some damn fine short stories. Sometimes prefer them to his novels.

Tea-time.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:25:20 AM

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How y'all are? Me, I'm in need of coffee.

Larry, don't you dare bother Vic. For is it not written that one should, "Leave sleeping dogs alone'?

Favorite short story writers: Hemingway, Poe, O. Henry, Eudora Welty, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

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OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

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