Happy “National Chocolate Mint Day” (if you’re reading this on the 19th). If you prefer, it’s also “National Caregiver’s Day” as well.
“National Caregivers Day on the third Friday in February honors the health care professionals across the country providing long-term and hospice care. The celebration recognizes caregivers who provide quality, compassionate care every day.”
This seems like an especially relevant celebration, considering the critical work of caregivers and other health professionals during what seems like the unending pandemic. Cheers and hats off to all of them.
Here in chilly but lovely California I’ll be celebrating “Thank God I don’t live in Texas” day. Frigid temperatures, power outages, and water outages too – what an awful, deadly combination. I can’t imagine what the clean up and death toll will be once all is said and done. Much of the rest of the county appears to be covered in a swath of cold and snow as well. I feel the urge to put on another sweater every time I see the news.
Here in the writing castle where the trees in the backyard are beginning to bloom and the grass is green and growing, I’m still plugging away on home repairs. The drywall in the living room and dining room have been repaired, and I painted the kitchen over the weekend. Next up: giving the kitchen cupboards and deep-clean and a bit of re-staining. I’d hoped that my kitchen floor replacement would be complete by now, but the flooring contractor is currently missing in action. I REALLY don’t want to have to install my own kitchen floor, so I’m hoping he reappears soon.
While I’m waiting for the reappearance, I think I’ll take a break, grab my favorite notebook, and give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.
Care to join me?
For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), if you’re not feeling random, we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.
If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, I hope either today’s random words or writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.
Prompt: Baby, it’s cold outside!
Feel free to interpret the prompt any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:
zipper property battery fire
bucket nude document costume
parade arson wept cuddly
bodies dramatic massive frost
I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments. If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future “what-if” prompts. Ideas are always welcome.
Happy writing to all!