’20 Resolution/Empty Nest Update

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re doing great! How are your ’20 Resolutions shaping up? Have you conquered them? Failed? Decided to forget about them? I hope the answer is: VICI!

I just happen to have an update on mine:

Pickleball –

I continue to challenge Jeff and I continue to lose. But, please don’t forget I did beat him uno time! My motto is: be challenged, work thy booty offthere’s reward when the playing field is leveled. I’m just grateful that he plays with me. I can’t speak for him, but I hope he’d tell you that his wins have been hard fought!

Narrow Down Empty Nest List –

Presto: a narrowed down list:

  1. Artistic Endeavors (blog, flash/short stories, draw)

  2. Travel far away so I don’t think about it so much

  3. Volunteer

  4. Get a job bit the dust

  5. Go back to school bit the dust

  6. Beg girls to blog with me until I die bit the dust

  7. Hope to be a babysitting Grandma soon bit the dust

Two out of three of my 2020 resolutions are VICI! If it sounds like I’m bragging, forgive me. It’s not because I think I’m amazing and have this “goals” thing figured out. Hardly!

My third resolution:

Get Mom Using Cell Phone –

Is far from conquered. And worse than that, I haven’t a speck of confidence it ever will be, especially by midnight December 31, 2020.

In fact, I’ve been waiting to write this blog because I’ve been very so hopeful to report fantastic news: Y’all! Mother called me from her cell. I have her number in case she loses power in her home. Which, btw, happened a few weeks ago.

Thunderstorms and tornadoes blew through Atlanta knocking out power from Buckhead to Dunwoody. We couldn’t get in touch with Mother and though we weren’t terribly worried, there was concern because we couldn’t reach her. My sister, 3,000 miles away, called Mother’s neighbor who walked over to her house in whipping wind and rain.

Long story short, I/we recently insisted upon Mother activating the antiquated cell phone that she has. Monitoring this task is similar to asking a toddler to rearrange their bookshelf. [She likes it the way it is and sees no point in doing it.]  Prayers accepted. Stay tuned…

Thanks for reading!

Love, Shelley

Add In:

I’m adding flash fiction stories to blogs. Originally they would be 333 words or less, but I’m adhering to overall flash rules of under 1500 words (never over 2,000).

A while back, I completed a creative writing course through The Writers Bureau/UK. The attached is a second place winner in a recent competition that I thought you might enjoy. FamilyMeal  All I can say is, it stuck in my mind. I had to read it more than once and even asked my family to weigh in before fully grasping what the heck was going on — comments, thoughts, and opinions?

If my stories are unpolished and not ready to share (like this week), I’ll seek others. I hope you enjoy them!


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