Never Leave — Short Story

Hi Everyone!

I found a fun writing prompt at Writer’s Digest. As always, I don’t believe in ghosts, but I surely do find them entertaining to write.

Hope you enjoy!


I never would have married you if I’d have known you would kill me, my dear Thomas.

When Father and Mother insisted that I accept your invitation to the annual Lewisburg Debutant Ball, I should have declined.

But I went.

And you stole my heart with your charming smile. Your blue eyes that crinkled when you laughed. That timbre in your voice when you told me that you had loved me from the moment you first laid eyes on me.


I was told that you would make a fine husband. That, with your family name, you could provide me with everything that I was accustomed to having.

So we wed.

And you did give me everything, but in return for what?

At first I thought it was your unquenchable love for me that you kept me to yourself that first year. The next year I began to see that you were keeping me as your own caged bird. I missed my family and friends from high school, but you made me stay at the house. You carefully monitored my comings and goings, even if it were to the store.

You accused me of smiling too long at the post office clerk.

You accused me of enjoying the company of the milk man who came by our house every day.

Why Thomas? The man was more than twice my age. And I missed talking, simply conversing with other humans.

By the third year, Mother was sneaking over to visit. I would carefully slip out of the house to visit my sisters. And I incurred your wrath.


I began planning my escape. I had to leave, Thomas, dear. You had captured me. I had no other choice.

But you knew where I would be. You knew that I wouldn’t get further than my own family home. You caught me once again and brought me back to my prison.

Until that bleak afternoon, stormy and curtained with rain. Suitcase in hand, once again. This time I would not run home to Mother and Father. This time I had a bus ticket that would take me far away to a relative who promised that I could live with her. I could get a job. I could get a perspective. Because, in spite of everything, I still loved you, my Thomas.

Yet you came home early that day, and fatally caught me in my flight.

As you squeezed the last breath from my fragile body, you told me that I would never leave you again, and you were right.

You were right, my darling Thomas.

I’ve kept my promise as well, my dear.

For every night, I come back to visit you in phantasmal, amorphous form.

It is your turn to be imprisoned.

For I will never leave.


10 Bible Verses to Jump-start Your Week

2bible_oct25I don’t know about you, but my Monday is getting off to a very s-l-o-w start!

The weekend was so much fun, filled with family and friends, and now it’s back to work.

Never fear, here are 10 verses (or a collection of verses) to start our week out great–even if you are having a slow start, too!

  1. Romans 10:12
    “…the Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him…”
  2. II Corinthians 4:16
    “…Our inner man is being renewed day by day…”john14
  3. II Corinthians 5:20
    “We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
  4. II Thessalonians 2:16-17
    “May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”
  5. I Peter 1:17-16
    “Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.'”
  6. Isaiah 40:29
     “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”dumb_bells
  7. Psalm 7:10
    “My shield is God Most High who saves the upright in heart.”
  8. Psalm 9:1-2
    “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you. I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”
  9. Galatians 6:10
    “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”
  10. Philippians 4:8
    “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”


Chalk Paint Shelves – Creative Friday

new_shelves_chalk_paint1Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I re-finished shelves to put in my craft room and would like to share!

The idea was to use homemade milk paint from an online recipe.

Did not work for me, so I canned the idea and went back to my trusty diy chalk paint.

Loved it!

I added vintage wallpaper that I bought for next-to-nothing at an estate sale. My friend, Joyce let me borrow some wallpaper adhesive to stick the paper to the back of the shelves.

The cabinet had dated and tarnished brass knobs. Rather than going to the store and buying some, I use Royal Decoupage and some scrap fabric that I had on hand. (I think I’ve had the decoupage for over 10 years, and it still works!)

After allowing them to dry, overnight, I trimmed the fabric back and screwed the knobs to the.

Woohoooooo! Happy with the results!






Your Walk Across America

Skip_PocoAfter I dropped Princess Buttercup off at school this morning, I saw this really tall, skinny man with a backpack, skateboarding along the sidewalk. He dropped his board on the road and jogged across the street, jumping back on his skateboard in one fluid motion when he got to the other side of the road.

I wondered if he was skateboarding across America.

It seems like a wonderful adventure.

I started thinking: if I were to “walk” across America like this guy (if that’s what he was doing), how would I do it? Bicycle? Walk? Skate?

Then I knew it instantly. I know that it would be a problem, logistically, but I would definitely choose horseback like the early settlers.

How would you traverse our country?

How would you walk across America?