Once More With Feeling Writing Prompts: Day 12

My husband and I left for our postponed (by 11 years) honeymoon when I posted my last writing prompt.  I had intended on posting them with my phone while I was out of state, but it just didn’t end up happening that way.  Then this last week was spent getting my husband and oldest son ready for a trip to D.C. So I ended up not getting any of it done and only just barely got a post out on WMHB.  That said, this prompt is quite late, and I failed to do a prompt a day like I kept telling myself I was going to.  No chrome pigment powders for me!  That said, I’m penalizing myself.  After I finish all 30 prompts, I’m doing 11 extra so that I will have an unbroken 30 days of writing.  I’m doing this for me and not for sparkly glitters.

Just as a side note before I write on this prompt, I broke down and bought an adult coloring book.  I was at Target with my husband and two kinds, and the check-out register had coupons for Papermate products that featured two colorable sides.  Next day, I went to Dollar Tree and found two small adult coloring books that caught my eye, so I’m going to use it for therapy because I think I’ve been letting things get me too wound up and I do find coloring to be calming.  I was about to buy some coloring pencils for them as well when I remembered the art kit someone bought me one Christmas that I still have.  The only downside to them is that I’m still finding is that the sticks of color are easily broken when I sharpen the pencils, so I end up with a lot of wasted pencil.  Oh well, better than never using them at all right?  That would be a lot of wasted pencil!

Enough about my coloring escapades! You want writing and if I go to Facebook one more time, I’ll never get this post done!

Our writing prompt for today could be somewhat of a lengthy one, but I’ll try not to drag it out too long. As always feel free to follow along.  The writing prompt is: Who have you forgotten about until right now? Think hard and list five people from your past that you really should have written something about by now but haven’t. Circle the name of the person who stands out the strongest. Write a description or brief memoir of that person. 

I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to start this, but I’ll give it my absolute best. Also the person I’m going to write about will be highlighted in red.  Let’s get started shall we? Read more of this post


Coffee Crisis

The sound of smooth jazz played over the speaker-phone as Amy dumped out her coffee pot.  Her nose curled at the aroma of hot vinegar, but she knew it was a necessary evil.  She rinsed it thoroughly then refilled the reservoir and ran it again. This time, it ran through quicker, and though there was a lingering odor in the air, she couldn’t detect any vinegar in the water.  After measuring grounds, rinsing the pot and filling the reservoir one final time, she turned it back on.  While she waited, she prepared her mug with three spoons of sugar then glanced back at the clock.

It was now going on ten minutes of being put on hold just so that she could get her taxes straitened out.  She knew it was going to take this long, though.  Yesterday she’d been on for twenty minutes before getting to talk to a real human being.  The coffee maker hadn’t finished brewing before she’d gotten off the phone.  It hadn’t been a good day, but that wasn’t going to fly today.  If she didn’t get at least one cup of java into her system before the run around started, she was going to murder someone.

Five minutes later, Amy had a cup of sweet coffee in her hands and was laying back in her super comfortable office chair humming to the muzac version of a popular pop song.  Her own phone system wasn’t nearly so intricate.  Being a fairly new carpenter and all, her business didn’t require anything like that.  However, she imagined she’d use something similar to Offspring’s Intermission if she had one.

She continued to sip absentmindedly at her coffee while she waited. The jazzy tunes were beginning to lull her to sleep when the sound of a human voice startled her.  Her arms flailed wide as she tried to keep herself from falling out of her chair and onto the floor.  It wasn’t graceful, and she was glad no one was around to witness it.

As she put herself together, she noticed the office had gone quiet.  Down at her feet, she saw the scattered bits of her phone.  Whatever voice she’d gotten, was no longer on the other line, no music would play from the receiver.  She’d successfully disconnected the call by dismemberment of phone.  Frustrated beyond words, she grabbed up the bits and put them back together checking to make sure it wasn’t permanently damaged.  When she heard the dial-tone, she sighed and redialed the number to get back to the jazzy hold section of their phone maze.

Absently she toyed with her cup while contemplating the best tool in her arsenal to hunt down and dispose of the sadistic bastards at the tax office.  When she brought the cup to her lips, she was met with empty air.  She looked down to confirm that she had indeed consumed her first cup.  With a self-depreciating smirk, she got up to refill it.  Crisis Averted.

A Classic Blend

I’m doing another coffee log…wait what?  Yep, you read that right, I’m reviewing a coffee.  This isn’t from the Greenhouse, but it is something I found local.  The brand is called Douwe Egberts , apparently it’s a SaraLee company which is why I found these coffees at a SaraLee bread outlet.  I’m trying their Classic blend this time.  They come in small packages, probably just enough for a standard pot of coffee, I was able to brew three of my travel coffee cups with what they had in the package.  Anyway, on to the review! Read more of this post

Pai Mu Tan

Pai mu tan is the next tea I will review from the many samples we at the Garner Greenhouse received from the Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. The package reads: A white tea offering jammy flavor with sweet notes and a delicious lingering finish.  Good body with a satisfying cup.  The Luxury ingredients are White tea.

And now my opinion, such as it is…

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Provence Rooibos

“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!” Yes, it was my love of Monte Python and that one line from The Holy Grail that decided which I would choose next.  I was going to choose between the chamomile or the green tea, but then I saw what was in the Provence Rooibos and I couldn’t deny it!  It’s also from the Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. and it reads: Flavory with a floral and fruity bouquet; perfumy lavender notes.  Inspired by the ‘joie de vivre’ of France.  I find it funny that before really reading this bag of tea that I thought of a line from a French character, and the tea itself was inspired by a French expression.  The ingredients include rooibos (or a red tea leaf), elderberries, rosehip pieces, billberries, lavender blossoms, rose flowers, and natural flavors.

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Lapsang Souchong Butterfly #1

Surprise!  I’ve come back to give you a Coffeelog, although I have to admit, it’s not a coffee variety I’m reviewing, but a tea variety from the Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd called Lapsang Souchong Butterfly #1.  The package reads: A superior leaf lapsang souchong offers a crisp character with the remarkable and heady aroma of an oak fire.  It’s a black tea, and part of a package of free tea samples we received at the Greenhouse to decide on what new varieties we’d like to start carrying at the shop.  So, I haven’t been given money, and we may not actually start carrying this variety, though with a name like that, how could you not?  By the way, I was thinking of trying this one first but what cinched the deal was my toddler trying to help mommy by opening the package for me.  Well, then… Read more of this post

Hawaiian Hazelnut

It’s that time again! Time for me to tell you about some of the new coffee’s we got at the Greenhouse!  We have two that are organic versions of previous varieties, and one quite new one! For your pleasure I will be reviewing the new flavor which is Hawaiian Hazelnut.  I’ve honestly been drinking it off and on all week, but I was able to write my first impressions from the very first cup back on the 26th of July.   This is what I wrote down for you to browse. Read more of this post

Poke it with a Stick!

I took time out to enjoy the steadily improving weather with my sons Saturday.  They played, rode the four-wheeler power-wheels together and just generally had fun.  I raked.  Pinecones, pine needles, and leaves left over from the fall.  I picked up sticks, twigs, and dead tomato plants from the previous season.  Only question on my mind while raking was how to dispose of them? Read more of this post

The Itchy Ring

Every writer will tell you that there are certain things that they use to help them get words to a page.  Music is one, silence can be another.  It is really just dependent on the writer really.  I use a few things to help me, certain music generally, but there is one item I use for inspiration that is a bit unusual, but it really does work for me.  Read more of this post

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