Five a Day — Putting My Feet in the Dirt

A reblog from ~M of putting my feet in the dirt. Such a good way to face each day. I loved it so much.

Do these 5 things daily!

I recently came up with an idea for a way that my family and I could improve our lives and also help others in the process. I call it “Five a Day.” I feel like so often, we try to do so much at once to make positive changes in our lives, and then we […]

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To live our very best lives- How to manage a bad day.

Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill has asked a question.

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So, without further ado, here is the first question:  How do you handle your very bad days?

Here is my response;

As you have said, Wendi, we all have our good and bad days. That’s life!

Even if one is not suffering from any illness ( but who doesn’t) we still have days when things go haywire. Nothing falls into place or goes according to the plan. What do I do when I am having a bad ( to put it mildly) day?

I have the following steps to combat this sort of situation;

1. I give myself the permission to be unwell. It is human to be sick or ill from time to time. We should go easy on ourselves and take it slow. Relax, take the meds we need and pamper yourself too. After all if we aren’t kind to ourselves, who will be.

2. We are responsible for maintaining our health and keeping ourselves happy as well. Don’t look to family, spouse or children to provide you with care during an illness. Be strong for yourself. Take your meds on time. Take the supplements and get rest. Don’t wear the martyr’s mantel and try to do everything for others when you are unwell. People can take care of themselves if we can’t do it for them.

3. Always, and I stress it, always do something only for yourself. If not every day, then at least once or twice a week. This helps lifts our morale and gives the much needed “me” time.

4. Keep yourself busy. If you’re not well, then try to keep your mind busy by reading some book you love, watch a movie or tv series. Or just meditate and listen to music.

So here are a few suggestion that can make a bad day, menagable.

If you want to answer Wendi’s question, head to her site about.

We all benefit from our shared experiences.


Weekend Writing Prompt #122- Museum

Museums are fascinating places. They are like a capsule of time period preserved with remnants of history, so that people who visit them can experience what that particular era of time was like.

To borrow the words of Lois Lowry;

…That’s why we have the Museum, Matty, to remind us of how we came, and why: to start fresh, and begin a new place from what we had learned and carried from the old.

A museum of history, technology, art or space, all hold equal fascination for the visitors. These are not only interesting but also informative. Taking the children to a museum is best use of the time. It often infuriates me that we would rather visit amusement parks than a museum which holds the key to not only the past but to the future too. We should dedicate a few hours enrich our lives.

Word count; 147+ 1 ( Prompt word)

Word Prompt



The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you. 

In response to;

Your daily word Prompt;







Weekend Writing Prompt #122- Museum





BrewNSpew Cafe – August 26, 2019- Graffiti Artist

“When the writing’s on the wall, the pages will be forgotten.”
― Anthony T. Hincks 

Presenting the week’s challenge – You may use the words and/or the image for this week’s prompt.

Word prompt – graffiti  (noun)  usually unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface.


prompt image – August 26, 2019


Life like and life sized images

They evoke a plethora of emotions

From wonder to awareness they make us feel

A sense of dread sometimes and awakening at others

Larger than life is their art and so are these artists

They express the emotions of the people at large

Painting the pictures we usually shy away from

These geniuses are nothing like the ordinary


A few examples of the 3-D Graffiti artist, Julian Beever. A truly remarkable artist!

In response to;

BrewNSpew Café- Graffiti



Writing Prompt #33 – Favorite Books

My summer reading list is…
All the books which have discovered recently. I read a very diverse range of genres and authors. I love mystery, magic and adventure too. Mostly I like my books to be entertaining and emotionally satisfying. A good conclusion and a seem-less storyline are something which makes for enjoyable reading.

Another favorite genre is historical fiction and romances. So when I discovered Mary Stewart, a British author who wrote historical fiction I was tempted enough to order a trilogy written by her on King Arthur. I am hoping this will a good read.

 Another great find is Louise Penny, a Canadian English author. She writes crime fiction and is a wonderful writer. Very well developed stories with good thrilling plot lines. I have read eleven of her book and there are two more on my list. Her latest will be on sale at the end of this month.

Lisa Keeble’s book, From His Perspective is also awaiting reading.

Another all time favorite is Nora Roberts, and her alter ego J D Robb.

Who are your favorite writers?

Do you find time to read when you are busy in life or blogging?

Please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments.

In response to;

Writing Prompt #33



Working on Us Week # 10- Social Media

Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess

has given her weekly Prompt post;

She says;

Week #10’s Topic comes from Michelle (Tigerchelle78) of, “Borderline and Beyond”  If you haven’t read Michelle’s bog, please make a point in doing so.  I admire her courage and strength and she brought up a great topic for this week.


Week #10 Topic:  Social Media Affects


Prompt #1 Questions:  (If certain questions do not apply, just write n/a).

1. Does social media affect your overall mental health?  If so, please describe how it does affect you?

Not now. Initially when I joined Facebook ten years ago and connected with my friends from school it would bother me if they didn’t respond to a comment or were unkind. Then gradually I was over it and now I am rarely on Facebook anymore.

2. How does it make you feel when you see family/friends posting pictures of them living their life happily?

It makes me happy for them but not envious. I am happy seeing them happy. What one sees on the social media is not the absolute truth!

3. Do the following people make you feel inadequate in any way due to your mental health?  


4. What has been your overall experience with social media?  And, what sites do you follow?

I am on Facebook, Twitter and instagram. But I rarely use them. I made separate account for my blog but I only share my blog posts there and don’t visit these sites much.

5. Have you considered not being on social media?  

Many times!

6. If you have quit social media sites, has it improved your mental health and stability?

Using them less has has made life more serene. One can avoid the pointless discussions and controversies.

7. Has social media ever triggered you in a negative way?  Explain how?



Prompt #2  We are all familiar with “Selfies”  Describe for us, what is the first thing you think of when you see your family/friends keep sending and/or posting selfies?

Frankly, I find it a bit silly and childish when someone is posting Snapchat and selfies all the time on social media or are sharing them with me. Not to be judgmental but I won’t do that ever. There are some occasions which call for a selfie but not all day, everyday!



• Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.

• There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything).

• You can do one or all prompts.

• You have from August 7th. through to August 13th. to submit your entries.

• Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.

• ( If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post).

• Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this weeks prompts, your viewpoint/feelings are validated here too!

• Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site!



Remember to create a pingback to this original post after you write your own post.  Also, you can choose one or all the prompts.  I really look forward to your responses.  Or, maybe I should say “We” all look forward to one another’s responses.


In response to;

Beckie’s Mental Mess

Working on Us



Time to take action

The universe is waiting for us

To do something to right the situation

The ice in the polar caps is melting and yet

Nothing concrete is being done to eradicate

All the harmful practices which are doing the damage

Hope that we get the news soon that the governments of the world

Have united to put to end all that is causing the environmental pollution

And disturbing the eco-system to go out of balance and causing

The global warming and effecting the seasons all around

Can we hope?

In response to the following prompts;

Your daily word prompt;






Word of the day challenge;





Getting ready to holiday?

What is your least favorite part of vacations? For me it’s the packing. The unreasonable fear of leaving behind something necessary always haunts me. I usually pack too much of everything, thinking of all ” eventualities ” and end up lugging way too much luggage whenever I am traveling. I know that scrambling my insides, by this stress of packing when going on vacation, is not only unreasonable but also avoidable the trick is obviously multifarious planning.

So keeping in light my previous experiences, and mistakes I have come up with a list!

Though I am the sort of person who often forgets the list altogether, I do try to keep myself focused and follow my packing list.

The most important thing to carry, I think for people of my age are the meds. One cannot just buy them anywhere with ease if you forget them at home. So make sure to pack the required amount of your medicines and keep them in a place where they are not exposed to heat. Also very important; Remember where you have kept them!

Clothes and other wearables are easy to replace if you take fewer than your requirement, but it does cost money. So keep enough changes of clothes but don’t over do, like me.

Always carry reading material. I luckily have a kindle, which makes this task easy. One small device carrying so many books. But don’t forget the chargers for all your devices. This has become almost as important as your meds! Where will you be if your phone dies and you need to call an Uber or find out where you need to go on your maps.

For summer getaways, sunscreen is another essential. Cosmetics for women and/or maybe men too add the required flair you need in dressing up while on a vacation.

So no need to tie your innards into knots, follow the list and get ready to fly! ( or drive)


In response to the following prompts;

Your daily word prompt;


Word of the day challenge;










Enjoy The Sunshine




Keep on making compromise

Avoid the sunshine and stay indoor

A habit which make you prone to disease

Or pick yourself up from that couch

Tighten the belt and square those shoulders

Make a dash or a run, reminiscent of school days

You have a choice: healthy or lazy

As both cannot go together try you may

Either be active and robust or be lazy, lethargic and in ill-health

Written in response to the following;

Your daily word prompt;






Word of the day challenge;





BrewNSpew Café March 18/2019

Word of the week –  

Velvety – (adjective) – resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface. Synonyms – smooth, soft, downy, fluffy, delicate, feathery.

The word velvety brings to my mind…… velvety dark chocolate! And I am sure I am not alone I’m my adoration of this ultimate goodness. This is such a mood lifter, even elevates your spirits and gives a boost to dull day. I am usually calorie counting and being careful in what I eat but I always try to fit in a square or two of these in my day, specially at the end when I have done what I could to trim down the extra calories from my diet. My favorites are the ones with either fruit or mint flavor added. After Eight being one of them. I sometimes indulge in the designer brands like Ghirardelli, Lindt and Godiva. But chocolate is chocolate, whatever the brand and we love it!

Written in response to;

BrewNSpew Café;


March 18/2019