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  1. Today
  2. Started thinking about one of @Carlos Hazday's prompts this afternoon. Half an hour later, I've the basis for writing one of my usual short entries for the next antho, revisiting characters I used in 

    Thanks, Carlos. Maybe...  🤨  😄

  3. Teriyaki Chicken & Rice (with peas and carrots) for dinner, and sometime tonight I'll be making baked oatmeal cups.... 


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    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      I also thought about making the mixture, spreading it out on a baking sheet and baking it, then cutting it into bars

    3. Reader1810


      Sounds good either way, but I‘m not  good at adapting recipes, so I’d probably stick to how they’ve got it. 

    4. Renee Stevens
  4. Yesterday
  5. dog applause GIF

    Congratulations on 5 years I love reading your stories, you are such an AMAZING writer.....HUGS

    1. Mikiesboy


      Awwww, thanks honey...  xoxo

  6. "While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay
    There are frail forms fainting at the door
    Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
    Oh, hard times, come again no more."



    1. Reader1810


      Wow, Mavis Staples has an amazing voice.

      I need to check out the rest of her repertoire. 

  7. Congratulations @Mikiesboy for contributing to GA, and providing quality writing for our entertainment for the past five years. 

    Well done, tim and thank you. 

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    2. mollyhousemouse


      we are so lucky that you are here
      i'm always blown away by what you write
      and so honored to be a part of your team

    3. MacGreg


      Happy GAnniversary, tim. you inspire writing, friendship and a few other things.

    4. Mikiesboy


      Thank You, @MacGreg Sir ...  :blushing:

  8. Today is doomsday... AKA a visit from the vet :unsure:  Wish us all luck and intact limbs when the ordeal is over! 

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    2. clochette


      Dang you live with wild beats or what :blink:

    3. Valkyrie


      Only when it comes to the cat carrier.  That's a big ol' NOPE on both of their counts.  :unsure: The vet said they were really good for the exam.  

    4. ancientrichard


      Our old cat used to bite the vet at least once during a consultation, usually when he inserted a thermometer in her bottom. I suppose it was her way of letting him know his humble place in creation.  :)

  9. Hello everyone. I will update in 5 days max. I just came back from my vacation and have yet recover from it. 

  10. Great news! The echocardiogram that I was so stressed over, the results are in and everything is good. 

    Bad news, they still don't know whats going on with me and when I called to tell my mother the news, I got a 10 minute discussion on how I need to lose weight. How is it I tell her my heart looks good and she jumps on the weight bandwagon again. I dont think I'll ever be good enough just as I am.

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    2. Mann Ramblings

      Mann Ramblings

      even if you magically went down to an "acceptable" weight (whatever that nonsense is) she would likely find something else to bitch about. This is about her, not you. She's likely projecting her own issues and you're a convenient target. Remember that.

      Just because they're family, their opinions shouldn't hold more weight when they're in the wrong. It happens more often than we think.

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @chris191070 :hug:

      @Mann Ramblings True. i lost 40 lbs when i was pregnant with baby J (drove my doctor nuts that I kept losing) and she'd just start in on something else that i "should" be doing.

    4. Reader1810
  11. Last week
  12. Huzzah!

    After months of delays, I finally got my package. I'm not complaining either because they tripled what I ordered to make up for the inconvenience. :)

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    2. Ron


      And, yet, we still don’t know what... are there now enough sexy pink underwear lining your drawers to last a month, or possibly enough black jockstraps, or is it enough of the party-variety purple—fill in the blank—something or others...?

      I think we all have become curious creatures now.

      Enough of the teasing, buddy. Spill the beans! :P

    3. drpaladin


      Curiosity isn't always a good thing. :P  But I have nothing to hide.

      My freezer is now literally overflowing with premium meat. Satisfied?

    4. Ron


      Good for you.

  13. An extra chapter has been added, so now there are twenty one chapters in total..

    45,420 words.


  14. Since you all helped me name two horses, I'm back seeking assistance.

    What brand of cowboy boots would someone not a real rider get? They'll be horseback now and then, but they're more interested on how they look. Fashion over function? But the boots should still be adequate for riding.

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    2. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday


      Doc Martens cowboy boots? LOL No way! I'm googling.

    3. chris191070



      Thats the link for the UK store, so you'll probably need to change countries.

    4. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      Sorry, Chris, but I didn't see anything even resembling a proper cowboy boot! :P

  15. Halfway through Orientation Week -- made even more insane by multiple virtual meetings (two already, one more today, and one on Friday <sigh> ). All four of us on Staff for the Dept are feeling increased stress because of the added complications of this current situation.

  16. Still waiting for test results from the echo, but sometimes the best pick-me up comes in the form of Baby J. We gave him an old flip phone (sans battery) and this was what ensued...

    Baby J and hubby sitting on the couch, pretending to talk to each other on their phones:

    Baby J: hi

    Hubby: hi

    Baby J: *babbling*

    Hubby:  I love you

    Baby J: bye

    Baby J closes phone and starts giggling and laughing like a maniac.

    After a couple minutes, it starts all over again.


    I love that little boy!

    1. CassieQ


      That's adorable 

    2. Reader1810



      That is so sweet! Nothing like the giggle of a little one. :) 

  17. Okay, God help me! I cant get a potential story out of my head... and although I SWORE there wouldn’t be a sequel to the Johnny Breeze story, I'm wondering if my readers would be interested in a book about Daniel... I mean, he does have an evil bio father in prison who may or may not be planning an elaborate escape. Thoughts?


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    2. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      Hey, Fly.  :hug:  Sounds interesting.

    3. KayDeeMac


      Yes - I say bring it on!!

    4. proeros


      Definitely ! I need to read more from you.

  18. The following was published by a great novelist of her day to help fight the twin oppression LGBT people faced from fascists and thumb-sucking, sex-obsessed psychoanalysts. Her language here seems strikingly modern for today's gender discussions.


    from Women in a Changing Civilization


    [People should] release their richness of variety. We still are greatly ignorant of our own natures. We do not know how much of what we usually describe as ‘feminine characteristics’ are really ‘masculine,’ and how much ‘masculinity’ is common to both sexes. […] We do not even know – though we theorize and penalize with ferocious confidence – whether the ‘normal’ sexual relationship is homo- or bi- or heterosexual.

    Winifred Holtby,




    from Women in a Changing Civilization” Winifred Holtby Not a Passing Phase (London 1989), p. 144 https://archive.org/details/notpassingphaser00lesb/page/144/mode/2up







    1. Drew Payne

      Drew Payne

      I've always said that men and women are more alike than different, we are just socialised to be different. And what is normal? Just because you're in the majority in any society/group doesn't make you "normal".

      And isn’t it a bitch that something said nearly ninety years ago we STILL haven’t learnt from.

  19. Storms came through last night, but not nearly as bad here as further north and in Chicago.

    Clouds darken over the Gateway Arch

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    2. dughlas


      Incredible photo. Glad things weren't too bad.

    3. 1brokNangel
    4. chris191070


      Awesome photo 📷 


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    2. Albert1434


      I think you could bake cookies in that car :yes:


    3. clochette


      @spikey582 it sure feels like it but no, I'm still in good old Picardie. We're in the middle of a heatwave with 38°C in the shade  It was supposed to last 2-3 days but it's been like that since Friday and is forecast to last until Thursday or Friday.

    4. Daddydavek


      🍧 try some shaved ice with a little cherry juice!

  21. I ran across an interesting word. It's a British colloquial term.


    is a person who uses their job description in a deliberately uncooperative way, or who seemingly delights in acting in an obstructive or unhelpful manner.

    1. Valkyrie


      I work with several of these.  :unsure: 

    2. drpaladin


      I've known some, but we've always just called them a-holes. lol

    3. Valkyrie


      I have one I call BZ for short.  It stands for "Butt Zit", which is easier to say than "Festering pustule on the ass of humanity".  

  22. Air Force Academy Class of '24 complete Basic Cadet Training and receive their shoulder boards.


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    2. dughlas


      Definitely shirtless and both in running shorts so a lot of sweaty skin ...

    3. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      Start carrying your camera with you!

    4. dughlas


      Damn! I had my phone but I was too busy ... uhm, watching. 

  23. Happiness is meeting an old friend after a long time and feeling that nothing has changed.

    - word porn

  24. Yay for food poisoning... *sarcasm*

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    2. Daddydavek
    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @Mann Ramblings pretty much

      @wildone not sure what did it, but know it wasn't onions. I hate onions (especially raw) and use them rarely. I don't think I've used any onions for like 2 weeks and they were very thoroughly cooked.

      @Daddydavek :hug:

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Feeling slightly better, but not much. Fixed everyone else a pasta dish for dinner while I had soup and crackers, so hopefully its gentle on my stomach.

  25. because we all need to hear it from time to time


    1. dughlas


      Thanks miss molly, know that the same is thought of you.

    2. mollyhousemouse


      thank you, and hello Dugh! it's so good to see you. i hope you & your mother are well

    3. dughlas


      We are thanks. I am currently back at my home in PA but Mum stayed at her home in SC. We felt it safer than exposing her to travel. When I speak with her next I'll let know you asked.

  26. Congratulations on having "His Story" chosen as the Featured Story on GA this week! :thumbup:


    1. Drew Payne

      Drew Payne

      This is amazing. I'm speechless. This is such a personal piece of fiction and to be chosen like this. Amazing...

    2. Marty


      I've just skimmed through the six chapters again, and it's really no more than you deserve, Drew.

      It's a powerful piece of fiction! :yes:

    3. Drew Payne

      Drew Payne

      Thank you. This has always been the one story of mine that I wanted people to read because of its subject. I'm sure we all have that one story, about something that is personal/important to us, that we want people to read above everything else we have written. This is that story of mine.

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