Day 58-Post #2-Correction Needed

Well, folks, as usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short. A correction to my earlier post is necessary since today is actually DAY 4 of the Light Up Medium, Light Up The World campaign. Now that that is out of the way, here is my light for the day! Now, go light yours peeps!


Day 58-What If….Week-I Played With Graphic Design?

Today I wanted to take my lesson on graphic design and illustrate some of what I learned. 

I also wanted to speak on yesterday’s post, I was one day late in the Light up the World challenge started by Tre on Medium, but no matter-I’m in it now. So, today is actually day 3.

image My image for today, representing day 3, unity and joy. What could be sweeter than jellybeans? I wish all the candles were lit, but at least there are three. Multicolor candles and jellybeans for unity.

Light up Medium, Light up the World! Tremaine L. Loadholt

Please remember to light your candle tonight at 7:11 for at least 17 minutes, take a picture and post it all over social media. 

Check out Tre’s original post on Medium and follow along will you?

As you can see, I’ve used a few tricks to

Illustrate some very basic graphic design

Underlining, italics, bold, margins, media

With more practice I’ll get better. AND I still created the content 

I wanted, by continuing on the quest to Light. It. Up. I’ve also started writing some on Medium myself, and hope to be published in The Weekly Knob where the writing prompt for the week is “candle”. So far, nothing I have written goes to that yet, this is all part of the campaign to get millions of people to light a candle in unity to stop the madness going on in the world and gear the conversation towards peace, love and hope.

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Day 57- What If…. Week-

Today I decided to turn back to creative writing this week because of a seemingly brilliant idea that came to me just as I was falling asleep last night, I thought of having a week of scenario type stories focusing on What if…..

I had a lovely story almost written in my mind, then I fell asleep-and you know what they say. That is a disaster, now I can’t recall the particular story except the very beginning, or what my point was, or the direction it was supposed to go. Lesson here, always keep a notepad by the bed to jot these ideas down, but what if my husband is asleep? I don’t want to wake him once the light is off, so some ideas that I had to remedy this was to use a lighted pen, or a small flashlight, or at the very least, I could get up and take my iPad into the other room.

Why I can’t fall asleep on Sunday nights is a mystery to me, maybe because the weekend is over and I know I’m working Monday, so I start mentally preparing myself with to-do lists or writing projects come unbidden into my head. I had 3-4 of these such projects back to back racing in my mind last night, now I can only recall bits and pieces.

But now I have an idea.

After reading the word prompt on Medium for this week’s edition of The Weekly Knob, I am inspired to write a little on the subject of  Light up Medium, Light up the World. The word prompt is “candle”,  while I can’t write the same story in the both places, I can write a “what if” story. So here goes:

What if we, as a nation, lit a candle every day at a certain time in solidarity to end the madness and bring some positivity and light into the world? What do you think it would change? Would we be so busy lighting candles and thinking of our individual reasons for doing so that we would forget the hate and negativity going on in all the dark corners of the world today? Would we for once, get caught up in the action of doing something as a group to bring happiness and peace to the world that we ignore all the ignorant and inane things in the mainstream media today? What if we also said a prayer for peace and unity every time we lit that candle? Would the nation be healed? Maybe not, maybe so, I bet we’d have more of a fighting chance by coming together in this action than not. I say we try it for a week. I say, if the nation lit a candle and prayed everyday for a week, say, at 7:11, the healing would begin. What if we shared the news we were doing it, like we do every other insignificant thing we plaster all over Facebook and Instagram and Twitter? Spread the news, make it happen. Don’t you want the madness to stop? All the shootings, the press about the shootings, the riots, the protests. Light. It. Up. Light the candle, say a prayer and spread the word. I’m going to, because I really do. I want it to end and light to come back into the world. The light of Jesus. The light of God. The light of peace. I pray you do too.


Day 56-Free Days-One Lovely Blog Award

My blog has been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award, thanks to Anuradha over at Aromas of my Kitchen for the lovely nod, check out her awesome blog, and discover recipes and beautiful food photos.


The rule are as follows:

  1. Post to accept the nomination

  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.

  3. List 7 things about yourself.

  4. Link to the blogs you nominate.

  5. Notify the recipients of their award.

  6. Post the rules!

Seven things about myself-

  1. Although I’m only 4’9″, I spent 4 1/2 years in the Army as a lab technician and medical assistant, the first few months as a combat medic.

  2. My favorite pleasure reading is the horror genre, particularly Stephen King books.

  3. I’m a pretty good pool player.

  4. My favorite clothing store is New York & Co. because I can wear pants off the rack without needing to hem them.

  5. I love hard rock music (think Korn, Stone Sour, Alice in Chains)

  6. I used to be a member of the Sweet Adelines Barbershop singing group.

  7. I switched from smoking to vaping 2 years ago and never had another cigarette.

I would like to nominate the following blogs:

1. Mehrling Muse

2. Recipe in a Bottle

3. Http://

4. Hearts Everywhere

5. Izzie’s Kitchen

6. The Beachy Quilter

i would like you to know that you can decline the nomination if you want to. I love reading your blogs and would love others to do the same, however, it solely depends on what you want.

Happy blogging!

Day 55-Free Days-Fall Festival & Bunco!

Today was a busy one around the Smyth house, we got an early start with Dave heading out to play golf at 7:30 in Dallas and I went to help out with the Fall Festival at our church.

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There was sporadic shoppers, plentiful of goodies and crafts galore! Hopefully they did well, the jewelry I donated wasn’t selling when I left but was going to the craft store if it never did. Maybe it will do better for them there.

When Dave got home, we went to lunch-spoiler alert-I had a major cheat day because we were trying the new Pancho’s Mexican Buffet on Rufe Snow. This place was iconic since childhood,  they had all closed down around here until this new one popped up, and I just couldn’t help myself from having a couple of hot, buttery, flaky delicious soapapillas with honey. Mmmmmm! I’ll get back on track Monday. It was soooo worth it. 


Everything tasted just the way I remembered it, and there is no “health” food there. I tried to be good, choosing the verde stew, baked chicken and 2 small flautas. Turns out they were made from flour tortillas and tasted like heaven. Another cheat, lol. Not to mention the small cheese enchilada-yeah, MAJOR cheat meal.

Then we were treated to a visit from my son and his girlfriend, whom I promptly dragged off to play my first ever game of Bunco! OMG, I don’t know what I was so nervous about. What a fun and easy game, we had a great time and Becky even won a nice prize. I will be anxious to play again next month, and luckily everyone was so nice and many of the ladies seem to live close to me. Here are a few pics from the game.

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Actually, I didn’t think to take pics until people were winning prizes at the end. It was great fellowship, food and fun and I’m so glad I went. You can’t go wrong with a room full of rowdy women, lol. This group is a mix of people that are friends of a girl my brother went to school with, that’s how I got invited. I was unaware there was an entry fee, and someone in the group (Tina) was kind enough to pay my way in and made Becky and I feel welcome and wanted.

All in all it was a great day and now it’s time to relax and enjoy the visit with my kids.

Have a good night and see you tomorrow when it’s likely to be raining on the patio. ⛈