Poetry Contest


The cover photo on this page represents writer’s block at a time when typewriters were in use. (Photo prompt by Marcella Leff, administrator)

You may write a poem in any one or all of these forms- HAIKU, ACROSTIC, FREE VERSE, or RHYMING QUATRAIN about writer’s block. Explanation about your poem is permissible. Photos with your post will be deleted. You may post as many poems as you want but comments are counted per poem only.

Winner will be judged by the most original comments. One person can make many comments but only counts as one comment for winning at the end of the time limit. Your own comments do not count because you cannot judge your own poem. Comments being counted begins on June 9TH, 9:30pm if this event was posted earlier than stated date/time.

Contest will be from June 9 until June16, 9:30 pm. All members are invited to enter this contest. You can add your friends to join. Challenge them.

Administrators may post examples of poems but are not eligible to win. Administrators can like your poems but their comments do not count.

A new prompt will be posted every week. Winner will be posted on the main group page.

I cover my ears wanting to scream
I feel a headache coming on
I didn’t want to see your face
A scene from way back in a dream.
You always come at the
Most inopportune times
An uninvited guest for sure
Run away,I say, go chase the cat!
I rest my head upon my arms
Tears fall into the pit of keys
I have a deadline for heaven’s sake
Come on brain, turn on that charm.
My eyes fall heavy, they rest; I sleep
I chase words in clouds of air
What’s that noise? oh crap he’s home
Now I am in trouble, way too deep.
I stand, I yawn, I scratch my head
I head for the kitchen door
I really wish I wasn’t here
I’d rather be in bed or dead.
I mix, I fry, and make a mess
I chop the lettuce  fine
I hurry and leave that heated room
Slipping  on my prettiest dress.
I fix his plate, I butter his bread
I pour him his cold beer
I watch him eat  then the light comes on
New ideas racing straight in my head.
I leave him sit, to burp and fart
I race to my set of keys
Ideas bouncing round and round
I must catch  them before they depart.
Written by,
Terry Shepherd

If You Are Bored

Have you ever been bored enough on your computer to check your spam in your email box? If you haven’t please don’t open any spam, but check out the titles to draw you in. Sometimes I sit here and laugh at what I read; they are so ridiculous. Other times I want to reach through the screen and choke some of these spammers.

Anything and everything is running through our spam. From something really rotten like trying to get the innocent readers to open up something that looks like it is from their bank, to crazy, wild crap like how a guy can expand his manhood.

I have even had email spam letting me know if I want a bigger penis, this is what I should do. I have to sit back and laugh so hard I almost pee my pants. I guess it doesn’t help that my name is spelled like a guy’s name; but I believe the spammers send this crap out to anyone.

So if you are bored, just glance through the email spam box, but please don’t open any of it,  unless you are positive it isn’t spam.


Sixty-Watt Light Bulb

I had to share this experience with you. I used to be a Pharmacy Technician. I am not the brightest light bulb in the world but I am at least a 60 watt bulb.bulbSo yesterday I went to the pharmacy and I will not name the business. When I arrived home and was looking at the medications I received, I noticed one was not the same amount of pills.

Since all of them were supposed to be for three months, I felt like there was an innocent error so I called the doctor. They assured it was and would call a new prescription in. By today I hadn’t heard back from the doctor nor the pharmacy so I once again called the doctor.

” Yes, we called it in yesterday. Sorry that happened. If there are any problems, let us know.”

I called the pharmacy to see if they had received the script for two months. This is the moment I wondered who was actually on the other end of the line. Let me explain that the medication instructions were,  po bid pc;

take one pill by mouth twice a day after meals, usually after breakfast and after dinner. So for this script I would require 2×30=60 pills for one month supply.

I am talking to the pharmacy technician and she says they did not call a script in for two months; only one. I asked, ” How many pills were given and did you fill?” She states,”120.”

I didn’t say a word, but I was thinking oh brother.

I said thank-you and told her I would be out tomorrow. I don’t know what she was thinking but I am glad I am at least a 60 watt bulb. Other wise I would have been back on the phone with the doctor raising cane about the mixed up prescription again.

Are You Bored Yet? Try Looking at What I Found

I did what I needed to do today so I ventured onto U-Tube and looked at various videos. I came across this one that fascinated me. It took up a few minutes and I enjoyed watching it.

Do you want to see it also? I thought so, so I got the link for you. Enjoy, even the kids will like this, but if they want to try any of the tricks, an adult will be needed for supervision.

21 Days Til Christmas


21 Days Til Christmas

Silent night

Crazy night

I am pooped

Shopped now drooped

Round and round my eyeballs go

Body moving but oh so slow

Oh how I wish this was over

Can’t even muster my dog Rover

Silent night

Crazy night

Written by,

Terry Shepherd


(Words tuned to Silent Night)


The Jungle of the Grocery Stores

Have you ever thought about how smart and creative the people are behind the scenes who represent our grocery stores? I didn’t, I admit, although I have seen television programs that show the hard work that goes into placing items on shelves so we, the consumers will see it first.

I make a list when I go to the grocer. Not because I mind so terribly picking up an item more than I needed; but for the fact, that I will forget what I truly went there for. Going to the grocery store is like walking into the opening of a jungle. Beauty hits us with all its greenery. Long, flowing trees, sounds of wild animals.

Our eyes are instantly taken aback at our new surroundings. We need to take note of reality though and watch for wild bores and venom  snakes. We also have to stop and listen to the chatter of all the monkeys.

Now we need to transfer these scenes to humans. You walk into a lovely grocery store. you hear beautiful music playing and see all the bright colors and bright lights. People are coming to you if you are standing still for a second and ask if they may assist you.

You notice those little end-caps that are so in tune with the season. Above them are dangling cute signs of what a bargain this would be, so pick it up and toss it in your cart. You won’t be sorry, at least until you enter the check-out lane.

You have your list in your hand. You hold tight to it making sure you have not forgotten anything on it. You mentally count, 1,2,3,4,5 items; but when you get to the check-out gal or guy, you discover as you are unloading your items there are at least six more things in.

Do you let the employee know that you have changed your mind and you hand her the items that were not on your list? Most likely not, you feel a little ashamed or embarrassed. Your head hangs down for a quick moment while you mentally kick yourself in the butt for falling for those familiar tricks. You place every item on the belt and watch her/his fingers do the tallying. You gulp as you hear the total of your bill.

Go ahead, it’s too late now. Open you purse or wallet, take that plastic card or green money out and hand it to her. Come on, don’t be this way. She/he is trying to get the money from you but you keep pulling back just enough where they can’t touch it.

Here is an article I found through google just to prove  the reason I spent more money and took more items at the store is not entirely my fault. I walked into that jungle with the beautiful trees, and the bright colors. I admired the chatty monkeys; but I forgot to be aware of the venom snakes.


Grocery Store Tricks And How To Avoid Them

by heather


If you’ve ever been to a grocery store and ended up buying way more than you went in there for, then join the crowd. We’ve all done it. Thanks to subtle marketing tactics, the grocery store is a minefield that’s designed for one thing: making us spend money.

For instance, did you know that the type of music that’s playing while you’re shopping can influence your buying decisions? Did you know that the in-store bakery wafts those delicious fresh-baked bread smells around the store for a reason? Did you know that, statistically, you’re going to buy 40% more food than you planned on?

Yeah, grocery stores are crafty. So, let’s take a look at some common grocery store tricks, and how to avoid them.

Grocery Store Trick #1: Sales on the End Aisle

Most people assume that if products are located on an aisle end-cap, then it’s a bargain. But according to Smart Money Magazine, this is far from the truth.

A product may “look” like it’s on sale, but many times this is all smoke and mirrors. The original price that’s shown is actually an inflated one, making the “sale price” look really good.

Why do grocery stores do this? Well, companies pay big bucks to have their product placed on the end-cap. That’s prime real estate, and grocery stores actually earn more profits off product placement than they do selling food to us minions. So, the products on the end-cap paid a pretty penny to be there. It doesn’t make sense for a company to pay such a high price and then sell their product at rock-bottom prices. So, the price is manipulated to make you think you’re getting a bargain.

Money Saving Solution: You’ve got to put on your investigating hat here. Walk down the aisle and check the price of similar brands. Oftentimes, that “bargain” isn’t much of a bargain at all, and you can even find lower priced alternatives further into the store.

Also, know what you normally pay for the items you buy regularly. It helps to keep a small notebook on hand so you can write down prices. This can help you compare what’s real and what’s inflated when things go on sale.

Here is some nice, slow and relaxing music to listen to while you read and ponder on your next visit to the grocery store with your list in mind.




Grocery Store Trick #2: Slow Music


How many times have you walked into the grocery store and found yourself meandering along the aisles, singing along to John Mayer or Norah Jones?

According to Bankrate.com, music in a major chord with a slower beat is statistically proven to sell more groceries. Why? Because we slow down. We spend more time in the store because we’re walking slower and enjoying ourselves. All this means that we end up putting more stuff in the cart.

Money Saving Solution: If you can, do your grocery shopping with your iPod. That’s what I do. I put on the high-energy song list I use for when I go running, and practically dance my way through the store. I get what I need and get out.

If you can’t shop with your own iPod, then do your best to ignore the music being piped in. Remember, it’s there for a reason. The longer you’re in that store, the more money you’re going to spend. Try singing AC/DC to yourself and get the heck out.

Grocery Store Trick #3: The Bakery

Could the smells of fresh bread, cakes, and strudel that are being pulled out of the oven almost hourly have anything to do with the stack of carbs currently sitting in your grocery cart?

Um, how many ways can we say “YES”?

Grocery stores know that people love the smell of fresh baked bread. Which is why so many stores have in-house bakeries. People are far more likely to buy more when they smell baking bread. After all, it’s one of the most comforting scents out there.

I know that I have a serious, serious weakness for baked bread. I fall for this one hook, line and sinker.

They also hook you into to buying more with those “free sample stations” that are strategically located around the store. Get a taste of that spinach dip and you’re far more likely to throw it into your cart.

Money-Saving Solution: Simple. Don’t go the grocery store hungry.

If you’re full from lunch or dinner then you’re far less likely to fall for the impulse buys that the smell of cooking food usually leads to. So the best time to go grocery shopping is after a meal.

This will also eliminate your urge to sample food. Usually the stores put out calorie-ladened, ultra-tasty processed foods anyway. Who needs it?

Grocery Store Trick #4: Coupons, Coupons, Coupons…

If you think that $1 off Folger’s coffee coupon is a good deal, it might be. And, it might not.

According to Bankrate.com, when people have a coupon they automatically assume that whatever they’re buying a good deal. But that’s not always the case.

Bankrate.com interviewed Arun Jain, a marketing research professor at the University of Buffalo. From the article:

“My studies have shown that if people have coupons, they won’t check if it is a bargain,” says Jain. “A lot of people don’t check the unit price.” He explains that coupons and sales are often inspired by a store’s overstock. If the supermarket has a lot of cans of tuna to move or if the product is about to be withdrawn, they’ll “promote” it with a sale or coupon. Basically, we may buy something we wouldn’t normally buy because it’s discounted and, as a consequence, they get their backroom cleaned out.

This also ties in closely with Trick #1. Remember, just because you have a coupon it doesn’t always mean that you’re getting the best deal.

Money-Saving Solution: You’ve probably heard this one before, but don’t use a coupon for something you normally wouldn’t buy.

And again, try using a price notebook. When you know how much your regular purchases usually cost, you can make smarter buying decisions. Knowledge is power.

Grocery Store Trick #5: Crowded Aisles

Ever wonder why the horizontal aisles at the front of the store are so dang crowded? When you’re lining up to check out, it takes all your effort not to trip over tables loaded with rotisserie chickens, fresh baked breads, cut flowers, and containers full of brownies and cupcakes.

That stuff is there for a good reason.


Because by the time we’ve lined up we’re tired and ready to get out of there. And everyone knows when you’re tired and cranky, you’re more likely to buy yourself just a little “something” for a treat to perk up.

That bouquet of fresh flowers? You might have had the strength to resist it when you walked in, but the more you eye it while you stand in line the more you’ll picture it on your dining room table. So, into the cart it goes.

Same goes for those fresh-baked cookies. You might have passed them up initially, but listening to the woman yell at her screaming child ahead of you lowers your ability to resist temptation. Those cookies start to look pretty dang good the longer you stand there. So, you grab a package to eat one now.

Money Saving Strategy: Try to do your grocery shopping late at night, or in the middle of the day. This is when standing in line isn’t an issue, and you’ll be able to breeze by all those temptations.

If shopping during the day or late at night isn’t an option, then just be aware that all these things are there for one reason: to get you to part with an additional $2 or $3. Be strong. Resist.

Last Word…

I’ve fallen for several of these tricks myself, especially the bread trick. I’m a sucker for artesan loaves! But, I’ve also grown more aware of how I’m being roped into spending more money at the grocery store. I keep my iPod in my purse, and am actually spending less now that I’m using it, mostly because I go through the store faster.

Do you have any crafty tips or tricks for saving money at the grocery store? Know of another grocery store marketing ploy that you’d like to share? Send them in!




Who Created Elevator Music For the Impatiently Waiting?

I have been on hold waiting to talk to important people off and on all morning. Now it is afternoon, and I have the crock pot cooking supper, the hum of the tower on the computer, and nothing else but dead silence.

Do you enjoy silence? I do at times. I would love to make a suggestion to those companies that love to play the elevator music. Play something else for heaven’s sake! It is November, a time where an important holiday is approaching.

What about playing Over the River and Through the Woods?




Or, how about the theme song from Charlie Brown  Thanksgiving?




Well, I finally got a call-back from the company. This business of holding and listening to elevator music has ended for the day. I hope not to hear this music again in the near future; but if I do, maybe it will be something geared towards Christmas.

I’m Back

I’m Back

I am like the ghost of past

I left you all but it didn’t last

I did move to downward south

I drove my family mad with my big mouth

Today I moved into my house

No family here, quiet as a mouse

A little fearful I must admit

Have to get used to this just a bit

New neighbors new sights

New routes, what frights

I can find my clothes and a pan or two

I found my plates and even shoes

Moving is something not too fun

I am glad the mess is almost done!

Written by,

Terry Shepherd



I’m Gonna Get Ya Sucker!

I was invited this early evening  to go to a fish fry given by a local church. I met a few of my friends there. The fish were being fried outdoors in electric fryers and the food and seating were indoors.

Although it is chilly enough I had to wear pants and a long shirt, it was still warm enough to have the double doors open. I ate more fish than I should have considering I had enough fish last night for dinner to last me for several days. The meal consisted of fish, french fries or onion rings, coleslaw and dessert. I knew I did a good job of eating when it was uncomfortable to stand and breathe.

Outside they had one of those air rides for kiddies. There was lots of laughter and the fun kind of screaming going on. A gathering of this kind always brings those uninvited guests and this was no exception.

Nobody wanted to talk to them. In fact, when too many were present, people got up and walked to another spot. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a physical fight happening as I looked around at the crowd and saw hands fighting the air. I heard some choice words being spoken. I could just tell that people wish these nasty guests would leave. I bet at least 50 or so came together in a crowd. They were determined to take over. I finally got fed up of moving spot to spot  so I said my farewells and headed to my car.

Would you believe they tried to chase me down? They wanted me to stay so they could do their thing. I told them no. I yelled leave me alone, but they ignored me. One of them actually sat on my car. How bold was that?  I hurried and got my camera and took his photo in case I needed evidence later, then I jumped in my car and locked my doors immediately. Calming down and thinking I am safe, I pulled my camera out and looked at the face I had photographed. Do you want to see why these guests were not welcomed? Alright, here is the photo.



Wiggle With Jello


I have been on the bored side the past two days. When I am bored, I bathe instead of shower. I watch more TV than listen. My home is like a rubik’s cube. Boxes everywhere. Fragile lining my living room. Everything else lined up in no real pattern in Al’s room. A few are scattered in my bedroom. It looks like a mess. Only when the last box is loaded on the truck will I believe this home looks neat and tidy.

I have called all Utility Companies and told them  to disconnect me on certain dates. I have given all information to the new owners. Tomorrow morning I take my car into the shop and have it gone through its annual physical. Do you think Medicare will pay that? LOL

I will run a few errands tomorrow and meet the gals at the Moose for dinner and music. I have one more time I can visit here. Monday I go to my doctor to get refills to hold me over until I locate a new doctor. I will get teary-eyed as I say good-bye. Once again this is a great doctor who also helped take care of Al until he went to Hospice.

I didn’t do crap today. Mainly because it is chilly and cloudy outside. I don’t believe we hit 60 degrees today. For the next few days it will be chilly here and cold at nights. I swear I am not turning on that big bad furnace. I will wait it out until I move. I will hibernate under my blankets like a bear hides in his cave. Maybe I will be forced to pull out the long johns and slide into them, the way this weather is going. Last year on this day it was a high of 96 degrees; big change isn’t it?

I have noticed the past two days the Halloween commercials are coming to life on television. I have to admit this helps me get a little excited about the decorations I shall soon see. I have seen one Christmas commercial. There is wasting no time for a big bang of a buck is there.

I am watching The Middle right now and even the topic is about Christmas. One of the kids asked his family, what is Christmas all about, what is life about?

Interesting topic but glad it isn’t based on toys and money only. The sad thing was neither parent answered his question.

I ruined my sleep for tonight. I took a nap today. I wasn’t really tired, I was more bored; but now I will be wide awake tonight. I already know the routine. I will have my regular snack at 11pm. Sugar-free jello with two tablespoons of lite cool-whip. I have it every single night. It satisfies my sweet tooth. It makes my Diabetes happy. My only fear is that doing this over and over my body may turn into a red ripple of gelatin with a touch of white in my hair. Oh well, there is zero calories in jello and in my lite cool-whip there is less than 10 calories and hey, they sell hair color kits in the stores, so I will take the risk. I haven’t heard about jello causing cancer, at least not as of yet.

Are you watching your sugars too like me? Have you ever tried a sugar-free buttercream frosting? If not, here is a video to show you the ingredients and directions.





Recipe for Diabetic Powdered Sugar

Makes 3-4 cups


  1. 1
    Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender.
  2. 2
    Whip until well blended and powdered.


Well, another episode of The Middle is on, so this means I have been yacking at you for half an hour. I better sign off or you won’t come back and visit. You all have a great night,  hugs and love, me.












cool whip strawberry jello salad