#SoCS, Non-Fiction, Prompt

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 13, 2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “above/below.” Use one, use both, use ’em however they inspire you. Bonus points if you use them both. Enjoy!

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Split Level

Non-Fiction by Tessa Dean February 2021

I was getting a little bit tired of looking at houses. We had our house on the market finally. It took a while to convince my husband that we should move. He loved our house mainly because it was on a lake and he could launch his boat or canoe anytime and fish. I hate all the woods surrounding us and although the water was pretty we had young children to keep an eye on, not to mention their friends safety to think about.

So we were looking for a house with a basement since we didn’t have one and I would have preferred a split-level house since it was both above and below ground. The best of both worlds I thought.

The last house of the night turned out to be a split level which was a nice house, in a a nice neighborhood. So we were going to try for it and put down a deposit. However the contingency was if we sold our house. So the realtor got back to us and said she was sorry, but they had another buyer who was able to move right in so they were going with them. We got the deposit back and I told my husband we might as well stop looking. So many houses and nobody wanted to wait until we sold ours. So I resigned myself to living there, but we did upgrade the house by adding a family room downstairs and a large master bedroom upstairs. The new room upstairs was a dormer so it wasn’t quite the full length of the house, but close. It was large enough for me to create a small office on one end of the room and we put in a huge window since it overlooked the lake. Beautiful view I have to admit.

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Here are the rules for SoCS:

2019-2020 SoCS Badge by Shelley! 

https://www.quaintrevival.com/

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#1linerWeds, Non-Fiction, Prompt

One-Liner Wednesday – Drive Slowly

One-Liner Wednesday – Drive Slowly

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

I had an appointment at the drive-through brain scraping for my Covid Test for my hospital procedure and there was a person leaving and none in line, but I was early, what to do I think, so I pulled up and said I’m early and they said no problem. Not like they were fighting to keep the line moving.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Non-Fiction, Prompt

SHARE YOUR WORLD 2-8-2021

SYW Artic Ice

Welcome to Share Your World and Melanie’s Rules!  

QUESTIONS

In your opinion, do May/December (older partner with much younger partner) romances ever work? I think they can work sometimes. An older male and a younger female aren’t so bad, but I tried it with a younger male. I was 50 and he was 24. I found it awkward in several ways. I prefer older men, preferably at least 10 years old than me.

What physical action or gesture do you find romantic? Kissing and holding hands.

What is your idea of a romantic dinner? Seafood since it was always a special meal. Now I have a neighbor who makes me a shrimp dinner at least once or twice a month and we aren’t in a relationship other than friends.

Is ‘love’ a real ‘thing’ or merely a physical chemical response and brain activity pulling our emotional strings? I honestly don’t know because I fall in love after meeting someone for five minutes sometimes. I don’t know them I just fall in love and fantasize about our relationship that is in my mind completely. And I certainly was NOT in love or even felt love for my husband. He’s been gone for 21 years now and he is miserable with his girlfriend and I am poor, but happier. Go figure.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a published book on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#weeklysmile, Non-Fiction, Prompt

The Weekly Smile for February 8, 2021 #weeklysmile

The Weekly Smile for February 8, 2021 #weeklysmile

My smiles:

The smile is that the prompt story I wrote about last week is now 29 parts.

And secondly my covid vaccine finally stopped hurting. I have had worse reactions, but it was very uncomfortable for several days. Now it itches.

And thirdly I finished my memoir and put the rest of it up on my blog.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Book, Memoir, Non-Fiction

The first part of my memoir is now complete

I have now completed the first part of my memoir. There are 9 chapters. Click here or on the page above that says books for the link to read it.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Book, Memoir, Non-Fiction

Here is the final chapter in my memoir “Government Property – A Memoir of a Military Wife”

Click here to read the entire memoir. This is the last chapter.

Chapter Nine

Time to Re-enlist?

We had about one year left of his current enlistment. His four years were almost up. He had a year and a half left of reserve duty as well. He had to decide whether to re-enlist or get out and just live out the time left in his reserve status and hope he didn’t get called back into full duty.

We were trying to decide if we wanted to have another baby. We needed to do this before his time ran out, or he had to re-enlist. It was getting close. We required over nine months to have a baby and make sure everything was okay for travel with a newborn. So, we had a few months to try, and then time runs out. Do we re-enlist or not?

At that time, the Iran Hostages were a big issue. Our decision depended on who would become president of the United States and perhaps land us in a war. Neither of us wanted him to be sent overseas during active wartime.

Time passed, and I didn’t get pregnant. The only way to do it, so we had the baby in the military, was re-enlisting. We continued to weigh the issues. They were starting preparations for going overseas to the war zone. The wives were all being issued power of attorney since their husbands were going abroad. No one was exempt. The whole unit was going.

We decided not to re-enlist and quit trying to have another baby. He put in his request to get out in December 1980. His enlistment date was December 26, so we figured that would be his separation date in 1980. Our best friends were also getting out that very same December, but they had a separation date before us. It was quite a surprise when they told us Andy’s separation date would be December 8, 1980. Due to the holidays, the people who were not re-enlisting got earlier separation dates. Now we were getting out before Charlie and Kim were.

We prayed they didn’t rescind his separation date and make him stay and go overseas after all. The closer time came, and they were starting the procedures to send the unit abroad, the more we worried about this happening.

We started packing. Slowly packing things we wouldn’t need daily at first, and then more and more of our belongings. We had to decide whether to move with a U-Haul or have the military pack us up and move us. 

One thing we couldn’t get out of was the military inspection of our quarters. We had to pass it, or we weren’t going anywhere. We did a cleaning, but with the threat above our heads about what would happen if we failed that cleaning inspection, we finally decided to hire a cleaning service that would clean and stand that inspection for us. That meant getting out of our housing unit early. We had to stay with someone or at a motel for a couple of days. They would clean, and per the contract, they would stand the inspection.

We decided to go with the U-Haul option. He would drive the U-Haul, and he would have the two dogs. I would drive our car with the children and our cat, who needed a cat box available.

We made arrangements with one of our neighbors on the court to spend a night or two there until we could leave on our separation date. They took us, our children, and our pets in, thankfully. A motel would have been more difficult.

We packed the last of the boxes in the U-Haul and moved down the street for the night. The next morning, we went to leave. Our neighbors had gathered around to say goodbye, and we started to load the vehicles with children and animals. The cat escaped us and took off. We looked for him everywhere. By now,  I was in tears. We had to go, and the cat was nowhere in sight.

My next-door neighbor promised to keep an eye out for him, and if she found him, she would keep him. It was all I could expect. It was better than nothing.

Still crying, I got the kids buckled into the car. Andy got the dogs in the truck, and he proceeded to leave the court, which led to the highway. I was following him. We had to go out to the road and then turn right to the turnaround to get to the other side.

We drove down the highway. We turned around and headed back when my neighbor Caroline came running across the highway to the median. She had the cat in her hands. We stopped on the road, and I got out and got my cat, thanking her profusely.

Now we could go. We had about a 10-hour trip, not counting stopping for food and bathroom breaks. Andy didn’t have a radio, so he was traveling with just the dogs for company. I had the radio on, and just before we got home, they announced John Lennon’s death on December 8, 1980. I started to cry, and when we stopped for a bathroom break, I got out crying. Andy asked me what was wrong, and I told him. He wasn’t as upset about it as I was, of course. I was the Beatles fan, not him. Plus, I was the emotional one. Things like that didn’t bother him.

We got back into the vehicles and finished the last leg of our trip, and eventually arrived at his mother’s house. We had made arrangements with another friend in New Jersey to store our belongings until we could find our own home. We could stay with his mother, but our belongings couldn’t. She didn’t have the room to store them, although there was a lot less than we would have had if we didn’t use some of the furniture supplied by the base. The truck had to be emptied at his friend’s house and then returned to UHaul.

We were now civilians again. Our lives were about to change. Military and civilian life was different.

#SoCS, Non-Fiction, Prompt

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 6, 2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flag.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

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Flag and Drum Squad

Non-Fiction by Tessa Dean February 2021

“Oh mom, can I join the flag squad,” my twelve-year-old daughter, Kitty pleaded. “It will be so much fun and we get to go in parades too.”

“I don’t know Kitty. You have joined so many things just to quit in the first week or so.”

“I won’t Mom, I promise.”

Against my better judgement I allowed her to join the squad with her friends. She was in the squad long enough to get the uniform and then sure enough came the complaints. She didn’t want to practice and she didn’t feel like marching on parade day. Another failure in a long line of them. I did force her to continue for a while, but it didn’t make sense to spend my time dragging her to things she didn’t want to do. My husband didn’t agree with me on letting her quit, but when I told him that if she continues then he would be the one dragging a crying, complaining, pain in the neck kid to practice and parades. He changed his mind real quick.

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Here are the rules for SoCS:

2019-2020 SoCS Badge by Shelley! 

https://www.quaintrevival.com/

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#weeklysmile, Non-Fiction, Prompt

The Weekly Smile for the First of February, 2021 #weeklysmile

Trent’s Smile:

My smiles:

My colonoscopy didn’t kill me and it was all good news so far. Still have the pathology report to call for, but she is not expecting anything bad to show up.

The second smile is that the prompt story I wrote about last week is now 21 parts and I may not go the young adult romance route. I have been thinking of making it a thriller/mystery to go with book one that is currently in beta reader stage. I would have to add something to book one to link it up to make it a series and then decide who would die and would do the killing which I find to be the hard part in this one. I knew in my first one who was going to die, but this story started as a young adult romance and I am getting fond of the characters so don’t know if I want to change it to be a murder mystery to add to my series. The original book 2 is on hold. No ideas coming. I will definitely have to write an outline for this one. These prompts are basically space holders and I will have to add a lot to make the story move at a smoother pace.

And thirdly I had my first Covid Vaccine on Monday. The only problem is that my arm has been sore for about 36 hours so far. Not severe, stiff is I raise it or pain if I touch the spot. Still have to get the second one though and I understand that is worse than the first one. The good news is that they came here to the senior citizen housing I live in so I didn’t have to go out to get it.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#1linerWeds, Non-Fiction

One-Liner Wednesday – Is time ever wasted?

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

One-Liner Wednesday – Is time ever wasted?

I know I have the same 24 hours as everyone else, but I waste most of it and nothing gets done.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#JusJoJan, Non-Fiction, Prompt

#JusJoJan prompt the 31st – “Candy”

#JusJoJan prompt the 31st – “Candy”

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I was rushing across the highway with my daughter in her stroller. The traffic was bad during the day so I was hurrying as fast as possible. Suddenly she threw something out of the stroller. It was a stuffed animal and I briefly slowed and scooped it up and continued running to get to the other side and safety.

When I got home I looked at the stuffed animal and realized it wasn’t ours. It had a price tag on it and I had never seen it before. I looked in the stroller to see what else she had helped herself to. Stolen is the the word, but she wasn’t even two years old and had no idea what she did was wrong. She wanted it, she took it.

I also found a candy bar in there. I was faced with a dilemma. Did I fight the traffic on the highway to run back to the store to return it or not. They obviously didn’t know it had been lifted by my quick fingered daughter since no one came after us and I was embarrassed not to mention having to fight the traffic again with her in the stroller tossing things out. I decided not to risk another trip across the highway.

The next time we were out in a store with her in the stroller I had to keep my eyes on her at all times. She did it again. She reached out and grabbed a pack of gum. “Oh no, little girl we aren’t doing this again,” I told her sternly. I made her take the gum and give it back to the lady at the register. I explained what she did to the woman and apologized, but my daughter fought me to keep that gum. She didn’t chew gum, but she just grabbed whatever she was near enough to. She didn’t understand what she did wrong at that point, but we had to start somewhere. And I had to pay closer attention to her and her quick, sneaky little fingers. She was our first kid and we had no idea what kids do. Daughter number two never got the chance to do it. We knew better after that.

(NON-Fiction)

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Linda G Hill’s Rules:

Hey there! Welcome to the 8th annual Just Jot it January challenge! This year is going to be far simpler than the last couple of years. One prompt per day, link to that post, that’s it. Details below.

But why should you participate in this challenge? To keep the ol’ fingers warm and meet up with an awesome blogging community, that’s why! Just Jot it January, AKA JusJoJan, is a challenge to write a post every day of the month of January. We’ve grown from a handful of participants in 2014 to close to fifty for the past couple of years. Let’s see if we can make it to sixty this year!

Here are the JusJoJan Rules:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list), counts as a “jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5). The prompt will be the word in quotation marks in the title of my 2am post. You don’t have to follow the prompt every day, but that will be where you leave your link for others to see. You’ll get a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday and on Saturday, when your prompt will be the Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS, which will appear at about 9:30am Friday. Each prompt post will include the rules.

3. Please ping back or link to the daily prompt. To ping back, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! Note: A) The newest pingbacks will be at the top of the comments section. B) Ping backs only work if you’re blogging on WordPress. Everyone else must paste a link manually.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. If your post is NSFW, do not ping back. Please leave your link in the comments with a warning.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg