It Ended Just In Time, Next!

April apparently was the lull before the storm.  I finished NaPoWriMo though and I’m exceptionally proud of myself for that at least!  

May has brought the end of my daughter’s sophomore year of college and with it a final project that had us up until anywhere between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. for an entire week.  No, I didn’t help her with it per se, I just didn’t want to leave her downstairs alone working by herself and stressing out.  She stressed out anyway, but last night we all went out to Fridays for a celebratory dinner.  She’s officially a junior now.  Can’t believe the time went by so fast, but I can’t believe it’s almost my birthday AGAIN either.  Don’t ask which one, because I’m not sure I’m willing to tell anymore, and that my dears says a lot.  Age IS a state of mind, but my mind isn’t quite ready to wrap around this one, no matter that I feel about 20 most of the time.

May has also brought my very first root canal.  I wasn’t worried about it, despite my husband’s fear on my behalf.  (He is terrified of dentists) I have a pretty high pain tolerance so the only part I was dreading was the xrays which make me attempt to puke my guts up every single time.  They scheduled me for an hour and a half and three hours later I was on my way home.  In a fashion that is true to me, I had to REDO the only part I was dreading not once, or twice, or even three times.  I had to redo xrays FOUR times because their computer system upgrade over the weekend had apparently done something odd to the xray software.  Yay me.  So after three hours in the chair, I made my way home with a filling and four fewer roots than I went in with, along with a nice little bottle of Loritab.

The dentist said  it was going to hurt like a bear for two to three days. I think he was trying to prepare me just in case.  I had a small amount of pain the night of the procedure and went ahead and took the pain pills that night and about half of the following day since I wasn’t sure if it just didn’t hurt or if the pain pills were keeping the pain at bay.  I’m pretty sure it didn’t hurt, but I had a lovely day of drug induced coma the day following and am now back to myself just in time to begin summer vacation with my kiddo.

Next week is our self proclaimed “cupcake week”.  Another celebration for the end of her sophomore year of college.  She’s expressed an interest in dropping out of school and starting a cupcakery.  Ha.  Any parents out there know how that conversation ended.

She’s okay with school, just had a trying year and hopefully the summer will rejuvenate her for the next two years at which time if she still wants she’ll have my blessing to try to start her cupcakery.  So here’s the list of our cupcake agenda.  Anyone have any ideas for a new, or interesting cupcake to add to the list?

Reeses Peanut Butter Cupcakes

a chocolate peanut butter cupcake with a creamy peanut butter frosting.


Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes

A vanilla cupcake with fresh raspberry filling and a raspberry cream frosting.


Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

A pumpkin cupcake infused with caramel and topped with a spiced caramel cream cheese frosting.


Caramel Pear Cupcakes

A vanilla cupcake with pears and caramel topped with caramel cream cheese frosting


Banana Split Cupcakes

A vanilla ice cream cupcake filled with strawberries and pineapple topped with banana whipped cream frosting drizzled with chocolate and caramel topped with a cherry


Peppermint Patty Cupcakes

A dark chocolate cupcake baked with peppermint patties and topped with a chocolate peppermint frosting.


Hummingbird Cupcakes

A banana, pineapple and coconut cupcake with lush rum buttercream frosting


We haven’t worked out all the recipes for the following so feel free to offer suggestions and/or ideas!

German Chocolate Cupcakes

Italian Creme Cupcakes

Blueberry Pound Cake Cupcakes

Rocky Road Cupcakes

Peach Pie Cupcakes

Dreamsicle Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Boston Creme Cupcakes

Bananas Foster Cupcakes

Smores Cupcakes

Cucumber Cream Cheese Cupcakes

and the finally for all you ladies out there

the Aunt Flo Cupcake which will be a death by chocolate cupcake with an indulgent chocolate ganache filling and dark chocolate cream frosting topped with a Midol.  

Any suggestions?  

We’re starting next week most likely after a grocery list is made since she refuses to use any prepared ingredients for her cupcakes so everything must be fresh.


These are the cupcakes my kiddo did for my nieces wedding and the wedding cake I made for them.







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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


NaPoWriMo – Day 30 – at last!

So the final prompt is to write a “reversal” type of poem, something shortish where you take the original and turn it around to it’s polar opposite.  So I’m a geek.  I admit it.  I’ve been saving this particular one for when it is most applicable and I think this shall be my exit to NaPoWriMo.


The original prayer from Boondock Saints.


And Shepherds we shall be

For thee, my Lord, for thee.

Power hath descended forth from Thy hand

Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands.

So we shall flow a river forth to Thee

And teeming with souls shall it ever be.

The reversal:


Sheep we shall never be

Flee, Lucifer, Flee

Weakness absorbed into your hands

Our hands tho slowly deny your wishes

So I shall slow the sea away from thee

and devoid of our souls shall it never be.



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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


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NaPoWriMo – Day 29 – Allons-y

So the prompt for the 29th is to write a word that incorporates at least five words in another language.  Language is subjective right? I’m taking a bit of liberty with the Queen’s English and you might not agree that bugger or nutter is another language, but it’s the Doctor so honestly?  Who cares!  Let’s see if you agree.


Horses on spaceships

and Daleks oh my

Rose is now gone

and oh how we cried.


Cybermen and Oods

have run amok

technology crude

although banished with luck


The Tardis she whines

her insides glowing

the universe is far larger

than what we’d be knowing.


The Doctor pops in

and then he pops out

sonic screwdriver buzzing

all over and about


He’s saved Queen Victoria

although she didn’t like it a bit

and he snogged Madam ‘de Pompadour

a right buxom little chit.


He’s saved us at least

a million times over

from Judoor and a Plasmavore

from Vegas to Dover.


We don’t know his name,

this Doctor bloke

but he’s nutters and handsome

and literally quite broke.


We none of us liked Donna

in her big ugly gown,

her whining and crying

and bringing us down.


Martha’s a bit better

at least she don’t whimper

she stood up to a rhino

with a rather frightening temper.


The Time Lords all gone

but for the one

with a lovely brown suit

and some Converse for fun


He zips all about the universe fair

saving humans and aliens quite rare

with a twinkling eye and a headful of hair

finding love just once with lady fair


So if you’re about London

and hear that distinct sound

wave goodbye to your friends,

and embrace the space-bound!


Take a look at The Doctor

and say “Bugger it all”

Hang your coat on the handrail

And let yourself fall.


Your life as you know it forever gone

Worlds undiscovered you’ll always see

The birth of a star and a bright new dawn

But your final words will be Allons-y



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NaPoWriMo – Day 28 and a Rainbow

Working on prompt again, or attempting to do so.  Out of all the craziness that I’ve come up with this month, I think that maybe, I’ll have some works to go back and polish that might actually be worthwhile.  I’m hoping this will be one of them, although I sit here and the words flow like water off a ducks back, and that always worries me somewhat.  I suppose I’ll have to wait and see.  The prompt for today was to think of a color and go with it, but….

I think of a color and something about that color reminds me of my daughter, then another and again, my daughter, so I’ve twisted the prompt a bit and am again writing about something near and dear to my heart, my little girl who despite being 20 is and will forever be, my little girl.


I think of yellow,

and remember the soft

down that was more

like a corona around your

newborn head.


I think of blue and see

all over again 

those enormous eyes

taking in every little

thing even at only a 

moment old.


I then thought of red

and my heart swelled

once more because you

were there, at last

and I couldn’t have loved

you any more.


Green brings memories 

of Easter egg hunts

and playgrounds, bare feet

in grass, tickling

and making you laugh.


Orange the little bow you

wore in your hair

to cheer the Panthers

on to victory or more often



Purple was your favorite color

and Christmases and Easters

and birthdays were festooned

with purple grass and bows,

clothes and ribbons and 

stuffed purple bunny rabbits.


Twenty years have passed

and I still see you like that

some days

this tiny gift given to me

to hold and cherish,

I see you grow in my minds eye

from an infant to a toddler

to a tween and then high school

and dating and driving


But twenty years later,

all your colors remain

as a grown woman.  

You’ve given them new meanings

over the years, but still

there’s a rainbow that is you.


You are my rainbow,

all the colors that live

and breathe,

that bring joy and laughter

and heartache and pain.

That’s what it should be.


That’s what it means to be a 

parent.  To love another soul

as much or more as your own.

You glitter with all the colors

of my rainbow, even though they’ve





Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


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NaPoWriMo – Day 27 and frogs.

Okay, so I’m back on prompt.  Maybe.  Still British, which makes me laugh since the phrase I thought of right off the bat was oh so very southern.  Let’s see where this goes.


If frogs had wings

I think every day would be


at least for me.

Can you see them?

In the backyard?

The park?

The grocers lot?

Fat little bellies,

Silly wee legs,

WIngs a buzzing

over their heads!

No more butt bumping

no lily pad hopping

if wishes were fishes

and pigs could fly

if beggars had ponies

and paupers had rye

we’d all be happy

we’d all be free

the frogs the pigs the paupers indeed

but most very especially, me.



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NaPoWriMo – Day 26 – Not an erasure!

I think you’re getting the non-prompt theme here now yes?  And yes, the voice inside my head is still British.  Hm.  A bit too much Doctor, but at any rate….. Allons-y!  🙂


Brilliant topaz eyes that

find mine each night

melting all thought

and leaving me wishing

for something vague and distant

a spark of flame seen

through the fog.


Still a child of six

in my mind

after all these years

she sits in her doorway home

doling out wisdom to any

who will meet her eyes.



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NaPoWriMo – Day 25 – Not a ballad I’m afraid

I think maybe the sea shanty was my limit on musical influence since I have absolutely no sense of rhythm, hence my issues with pentameter and meter and melody and well all those things that truly lovely poets might have in spades.  So off prompt we go again.


He waits at the airport

dressing in a Bloomingdale suit

purchased in 1948

a scuffed overnight bag

in the chair beside him


In the midst of thousands

no one has noticed him

still sitting after three days

drinking coffee and smoking

gift shop cigars


He checks his watch frequently

comparing it with the 

flashing departure times.


Smiling and rising to greet her

his wife comes to take him back home now.


By the time he arrives

all memories of LaGuardia

are forgotten

he won’t remember anything

and may even wonder where

all the cigars came from.


He doesn’t smoke.



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