Cee's challenge, FSS

Santa Clause meets Fandango

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I knew he had already arrived at the rendezvous point because I could see the groups of children waiting in line for Santa Clause to hear their desires and present them with one delicious candy cane of their choice.
The choice was either red, white, or blue. Why? Because he was a very patriotic Santa. His suit was bright red, while his beard was pure white, his big bag of toys was quite bumpy and quite blue.

Cee’s Color of my flag challenge
FFE, Word Prompts

An Old Adage — Inspired by Fandango

“Children should be seen and not heard,” words often spoken by adults when embarrassed at times when children speak the truth, as children usually do! Adults, at times not wanting to listen to ideas, especially when a child contradicts their view of truth.

There are those times, however, when children are entertaining, and say the cutest things. An example one day being disgusted seeing my grandchild in aw watching the box. Horrified while walking to the T.V., switching it off, looking at her and speaking my mind, I said, “When you grow up, promise me not watch this bad, evil T.V.” Her tender, obedient voice whispered, “I promise grandma, only to watch good, evil T.V.”

As much as I have always listened to children and loving what they say, there are those times when I, too, will be thinking, “children should be seen and not heard.” Admitting they can get quite noisy!




The Telephone Game

What is going on IS: Have you ever played or watch your children, grandchildren sit in a circle and play the TELEPHONE GAME?

If not, you missed great fun to play or watch,  it works like this; someone whispers into the first child a sentence and they, in turn, whisper exactly what was told to them to the child sitting next to them, and so on till the last child stands up and tells to all present what he/she has been told. That is absolutely what we see from these “politicians” a game they play over and over.

Beware of who you vote for, are these really the kind of people you want to run our Country, playing games; do you want a socialist America?
If you fear you will lose friends and family members by voting your conscience, nod your head to your friends, family, associates and go into that private box and vote to “Make American Great Again!”


Word Prompts

BOUQUET of devotions — Tradition

Spiritual Bouquet a Traditional Catholic Practice

A card the giver will offer to a special loved one. In the form of a greeting card, the giver will promise to pray devotional prayers, such as one rosary just for the intention of the recipient; or two or three, etc. rosaries. The idea is that you will pray for what you write down.    BouquetOf

The recipient will appreciate the card if hand-made as will the giver having the opportunity of doing so.

When a child in Catholic school, I remember enjoying creating these unique greeting cards. Today you will find many elements for enhancing hand-made greeting cards. My guess is you already have the makings of a greeting card waiting. Remember the essential ingredient is your promise to pray.

Today is Fathers’ Day this idea of a Spiritual Bouquet would be an excellent gift for any father to receive from his child be it the child is 3 or 33 or whatever.


My apology to Carrot Ranch since this post is not fiction and over 99 words, but thank you so much for the inspiration of the prompt BOUQUET.  

Word Prompts

Synonym not Cinnamon


A long time ago when I was a young mother raising my children, we watched Romper Room, which is my inspiration today with this challenge of using synonyms instead of the actual word.
The five words are as follows: shoe, sweep, wash, sky and duck. Looking at their synonyms was educational and surprising here are the ones I chose to use: LOAFER for shoe, READY for sweep, RUSH for wash, EMPYREAN for sky, and finally SIDESTEP for duck. I know I was surprised myself, but you can quickly verify my correctness by checking the Thesaurus.
Getting back to the inspiration of  Romper Room and it’s Doo Bee song I wrought this little jingle with the words of the challenge and my watercolor painting.       BBC

Don’t Bee a LOAFER
Don’t Bee in a RUSH
Don’t try to SIDESTEP truth




poetry, Tanka Tuesday by Colleen Chesbro

#Cinquain Challenge

Cinquains poetry
At the most basic level, a cinquain is a five line poem or stanza. The poem has one topic, and the details describe the topic’s actions and feelings. They have 2 syllables in the first line, 4 in the second, 6 in the third, 8 in the fourth line, and just 2 in the last line.

My post here is an acceptance of Colleen Chesebro Challenge Poetry; her challenge is to use the synonyms for the words “Care and Share” my choice according to Thesaurus was “Worry and End”.


Summer hurray!
School over off the hook —
end homework worry free — yes sleep

“And wisdom is justified by all her children.”
Luke 7;35
Word Prompts

The Saint Who – PROVOKED

Today the word prompt is “provoke” immediately it came to my mind to write a little about Saint Venantius, who at the age of 15 years old provoked his executioners for preaching Christ to others.

I was introduced to St. Venantius recently by my 16-year-old granddaughter who asked me to paint a picture of her favorite saint,
Saint Venantius. I searched the Internet for his story, and myself became acquainted with this teenage boy who lived long ago and captured my granddaughter heart, who insisted her firstborn son would be named Venantius if it was the Will of God someday she would have a son.

So here on my blog, I am pleased to share my watercolor painting of the saint; with the instruments of his torture.

When you read the story, you will agree he certainly did provoke his executioners to their confusion and insanity.



There attempt at scourging him was thwarted miraculously by his guardian angel, he then was burnt and suffocated by the smoke of fire of which he was suspended over. Again an angel stamped out the fire and set the saint free. Antiochus, he ordered Venantius to be thrown to the lions. Only to see the lions crouched at the feet of the Saint. Next, the youth was dragged through a heap of thorns by the cruel soldiers, and they, the soldiers, were suffering from thirst, after which the Saint knelt on a rock and signed it with a cross; immediately burst forth cool clear water. This miracle converted many of those who witnessed the event.

Our young Saint finally had his new beginning in eternity when the governor had Venantius, and his converts beheaded, in the year 250.


How your Guardian Angel must have smiled.
To see a heart filled with such love and just a child.
Eyes gaze to heaven and His Cross your only weapon.
Beaton dragged, roasted with fire until they did perspire, yet you continued to inspire. Marking a cross upon a rock to burst cool water and quench their agonizing thirst; now angels disperse. The enemy hurled you into a lion’s den to see you devoured; the angels again blocked the torments with each hour.



via Daily Prompt: Provoke


CONTINUED … God’s Attention

Continued from the previous post on Getting God’s Attention: 

Fatima, in 1917 the world was given directly from Heaven a peace plan. It was so easy maybe too easy, which is why the world, for the most part, ignored it. Why do I say, her message was ignored, just look at the world, do we have peace?
Our Lady said many things; one such quote would be “many souls go to Hell because they have no one to pray for them.” Not only is the Fatima message a peace plan but it has a lesson for us within the above quote. What do Jesus and Mary desire most of us? They want our charity. We are His instruments. God does not need us, but it is His Will that we co-operate with His grace and exercise true charity for the salvation of souls. “Many souls go to Hell because they have no one to pray for them.” Our Lady gave such a despairing quote to the Fatima seers (children).  Fatima
This quote goes hand in hand with a new commandment which Jesus gave us. In John 13; 34) “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: that as I have loved you, you also love one another.” A new COMMANDMENT Jesus called it! God reminds us of this in numerous other places through the Bible.

· “I urge, therefore, first of all, that supplication, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men.”
–Timothy 2; 1
· “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God, is on their behalf unto their salvation.” –Romans 10; 1
· “but others, save, snatching them from the fire.”
–Jude 1; 23
Ponder also our purpose; “Know, Love, and Serve God in this life.” What better way to Serve God than to obey His new commandment.

Your prayers for everyone can be more than just words. A prayer can be your daily disappointments, frustrations, your emotions, your work, tears, joys and even your thoughts; all offered up to God. Always remember that praying for others is how God answers us.



A long, long time ago when I was in kindergarten back in the middle 40’s, an excellent nun would have us recite this tender little prayer each day.  I still remember it!  childrenJesus hanging on the cross,
Tell me was it I?
There are great big teardrops, Lord,
Did I make you cry?
I have been a naughty child
Naughty as can be.
Now I am so sorry Lord;
Please come down to pardon me!



Never stop praying for your offspring no matter how old they are. The world is pulling the young in the wrong direction, and it is difficult for the youth of today to understand the Truth of their purpose in life, which is to Know God, to Serve Him and to Love Him in this life so we can be happy with Him forever in the next life.

We are all in this fight together against the world, flesh and the devil let us pray for each other and our children. To make our prayers strong, we must unite them in thought; thinking of the entire world.