Motherhood Monday Fiction Meme #6 (on Tuesday)

Motherhood Monday Fiction Meme #6

Ever since she met her grandpa Ray, Marissa could remember his favorite saying, “if you like it, I love it.” As a young girl, she had no earthly idea of what it meant but Grandpa Ray would always use it. As Marissa entered her teen years, she thought that phrase had other meanings being that Grandpa Ray was known to be a ladies man, rolling stone, and a few other choice words often uttered by the older church ladies in their big hats whenever Grandpa Ray would be in their presence. None of this truly matterered to Marissa because she just wanted her Grandpa to be happy and he seemed happy when he was with one of his many lady friends.

When Marissaa got married, her Grandpa Ray came to the wedding by himself. Marissa was so happy to see him but truly was amazed that he was flying solo. During the reception, Marissa had an opportunity to dance with her favorite Grandpa. During the dance, she enquired as to his stag status and Grandpa Ray said that the ladies were there to just fill the void that was left after his wife died but none of them had ever fully fit into her shoes. He knew that his lifestyle bothered Marissa’s mom, but he felt that she dind’t fully understand how empty his heart and his house were after having been connected in every sense of the word to the love of his life by marriage for 60 years and having known her for 70 years. He remembered the first time that he laid eyes on her as she was pumping water at the well. She was a small boned lady but she was strong in spirit and she was determined to fill the bucket with water no matter how long it took. He watched her from afar and then sauntered over to offer his assistance and being a 14 year old, he fully knew that she would be in awe of his masculine strength. The truth was that Grandpa Ray wasn’t big in stature at 14 and he struggled to pump the water and Grandma just chuckled to herself but thought he was cute. They continued their friendship for another 6 years until they married.

Marissa had never heard this story and as the tears streaked down her face, Grandpa Ray told her not to cry on her big wedding day but to pray for the beautiful marriage and good times that her grandparents had enjoyed. Marissa knew this was the best advice and thanked her Grandpa. As the song was coming to a close, Marissa had to know what was meant by Grandpa’s favorite saying – if you like it, I love it. Grandpa now had the tears streak down his face as he remembered the first itme that he heard that phrase. After he had worked up a good sweat trying to impress Grandma, he asked her if she liked how much water he had produced and his chest was out like a peacock. Grandma’s response was “if you like it, I love it.” They both chuckled and Marissa kissed her grandpa’s cheeks and whispered she loved him with all her heart and she was so thankful that he was her grandpa.

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Motherhood Monday Fiction Meme #6

Motherhood Monday Fiction Meme

I am so honored to host this the 6th Motherhood Monday Fiction Meme writing project! Anonymom is the brainmom of this great writing project and it’s not too late to join us as we sharpen our inner creative fiction writing chops. 🙂

So, you are wondering, how do I participate? Use the following prompt to inspire at least 10 minutes of writing. What you write does not have to be a full story; the purpose of this meme is to have fun with the motherhood theme. Don’t worry about editing, just allow yourself to write freely for at least 10 minutes.

Once finished, post your entry on your own blog on Monday with the “Motherhood Monday” and “Fiction” tags, plus post a link back to here, so we can all enjoy your writing. Also, don’t be stingy with your blog love, please visit other Motherhood Monday participants and leave a comment for them and constructive criticism is welcomed and appreciated.

This week’s prompt is:

“My grandfather/grandpa always used to say.”

You can use the above quote anywhere in your story—beginning, middle or end. Also, any of the characters in your story can say it. Roll up your sleeves, grab a pen/paper or get comfy in your computer chair and start writing and don’t stop for at least 10 minutes! You will have a blast and be amazed at what is hiding beneath the surface. 😀

If you would like to check out what others have written in the past, visit

Almost all things embroidered!

I tell ya, it seems that everywhere I look there is something that is embroidered! A friend came over the other day with a cute top that I can’t go buy because of my Wardrobe Refashion pledge, so I took a picture of it with the hopes of being inspired. I love the trim and the embroidery.

shirt inspiration

I went to a huge flea market/yard sale on Saturday. I have been entirely too crazed to blog about it but the Pennysaver put it on and it was a hoot!! My hubby joined us and he is not a thrift/flea/yard kinda guy. 🙂 Of course, my parents joined us as well so the 6 of us went trolling and I found this adorable bag. The seller had mistakenly left a $20 bill inside of the bag because when she started selling she used the bag to hold her funds. I let her know and she was so grateful that she let me have the bag for free along with some other items for my son. It was handmade in South Africa and I won’t show the back which has a certain diamond company on it and I don’t want to talk about that, blood diamonds, and exploitation.

South African bag

SA handmade tag

I also started on the first project from Crafty Daisies. You can’t really see the rest of the design but I traced it on and hope to finish soon.

Crafty Daisies project

This is the floss that I scored at the flea market. The same sweet elderly lady also had 5 hoops, tons of scrap pieces, trim, thread, crochet hooks, and zippers. Yes, I took all of those items off of her hands. It was my social duty. 🙂

floss and more floss

And why I named the post, almost all things embroidered is because of this yarn that was on clearance at Joann’s for $.97. I purchased 4 to add with some of my stash for a scarf. I am not sure if I am going to knit or crochet. 🙂

cheap yarn

Wednesday Meme #2 – Four Things

Steff at On to Better Things tagged me with the Four Things Meme.

It is cute and fun so I thought I would give it a whirl.

    Four jobs that I have had in my life:

  1. Yogurt server at TCBY
  2. Bartender
  3. Legislative Director for Member of US Congress
  4. Policy Manager for a nonprofit
    Four places that I have lived:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Florida
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Maryland
    Four Countries that I have been to on vacation:

  1. Italy
  2. Switzerland
  3. I obviously need to travel more
    Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Thai Chicken and Basil with Thai Ice Tea
  2. 5 Cheese Macaroni & Cheese
  3. Bacon, bacon, bacon
  4. Warm nachos with fresh salsa that has lots of cilantro
    Four places I would rather be right now:

  1. Reunited with my son and my brother
  2. Everything else is not as special
    Four people that I am tagging:

  1. Hidden Art
  2. Anonymom
  3. The Ghetto Quilter
  4. Only Sometimes Clever

Wednesday Meme #1 – Laundry

Clothesline

Karen at Only Sometimes Clever tagged me for a Laundry Meme. I must admit, I had to chuckle because prior to marriage, I was the type of gal that thought it made more sense to buy more undergarments than to do laundry. 😉

Obviously things have changed, jury is still out if it is for the better… 😀

  1. In your home, who does the laundry?   I do.
  2. Do you sort your laundry?  Why of course.
  3. If you sort, how many different color/fabric type groups do you sort it into?  Let’s see, 1) darks (primarily blues and blacks), 2) whites, 3) lights, 4) lighter greens, pinks, reds, & purples (daughter’s wardrobe) and when necessary I wash my fabric for sewing and those are usually smaller loads but they are color sorted.
  4. Do you hand wash anything?  Not if I can help it. 😀 I will handwash sewing notions if I have picked them up from the thrift store.
  5. Are there any articles of clothing that you send out to be cleaned professionally?  Defiinitely.
  6. If you have any clothes cleaned professionally, is that drycleaning?  Or regular laundering/pressing?  Hubby’s in suit and ties everyday, so his work clothes all go out to the drycleaner. Usually they are drycleaned but we are thinking of going back to laundering/pressing his shirts but they will still be sent out because he knew prior to marriage, that the iron and I have a love/hate relationship. I have some items (suits, dresses, jackets) that I have drycleaned.
  7. At home, what detergent do you use?  Any detergent additives that you regularly use?  I use All’s Free and Clear variety that I can get in the 300 oz. tub from BJ’s for like $11. I also use bleach but after reading some of the participants, I am thinking that vinegar or baking soda sound like some good options. A has sensitive skin and the All works for her so I am sometimes leery of changing detergents.
  8. What whiteners/brighteners do you use?  Bleach.
  9. Do you use any fabric softeners?  Hubby likes his clothes to not have any static and to smell like the fabric softener sheet.
  10. How do you handle stains?  Pray that there aren’t any…okay, I pre-treat/soak in some detergent or bleach/detergent mix, depending on the stain. With the little people, it is usually food, grass or blood.
  11. Do you use different water temperatures for your different loads?  Yes, my whites get hot, darks get cold and everything else gets warm. All go through a cold rinse cycle and then an extra rinse.
  12. Do you use a tumble dryer, or do you hang your clothes to dry?  Once again, I don’t like to iron and feel that many items do not need ironing and the wrinkles will fall out. 🙂 I tumble dry just about everything. A has some dresses that I put in for a few minutes and take out and hang the same for hubby with some of his casual golf like t-shirts. I have a few items that are hung but most are thrown in the dryer.
  13. In your home, who folds the clothes?  The one who does the laundry, oh yeah that’s moi.
  14. Where do you fold your clothes?  (i.e., in the laundry room, at the kitchen table, etc.)  On the couch in the family room or on the couch in the basement while watching tv or being entertained by the little people.
  15. Who puts the folded clothes away?  Everyone puts away their own clothes including my 3 yo. I put his hanging items in the closet but he is responsible, just like his sister, for putting away the rest of his items. Hubby puts his clothes away as well, at his own rate. 😉 I put away my clothes, towels, sheets, etc.
  16. Do you have a certain day of the week you consider ”laundry day”?  I used to do laundry on Mondays..didn’t work. I pretty much do laundry everyday or at least every other day. I try to have it all finished by Saturday night as I do not do it on Sunday.
  17. About how many laundry loads do you do per week?  Too many! On average, 8-10, more if I have made some fabric purchases. Of course, the seasons impact the loads as well and having a daughter that has way too many clothes thanks to her Nana and Pop-Pop so she changes more than 1x a day.
  18. Do you iron?  I think most know this answer already…I do not choose to iron unless something is very wrinkled. My hubby irons his own items and will iron mine if I have something. I am quicker to iron fabric that is not sewn into something before I will iron our clothes.

There you have it, the Laundry Meme. Karen is so laid back, you can tag if you want, add/subtract questions, isn’t she great. 🙂 I am going to exercise my option to tag and I will try to tag folks that I haven’t tagged because I have to do another Meme for Steff.

I am going to tag:

1) On to Better Things
2) Muddy Boots
3) Always a Work in Progress
4) 5 Kids and a Dog