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  1. Von says:

    Speaking from experience, I think it’s easy to constrain yourself too much by becoming fixed on what your blog is supposed to be about. Write about what you think is cool and the topic will emerge (and probably evolve).

    1. lauramccain says:

      Makes sense. Thank you!

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  3. naiobe says:

    Hey Laura, I read your post about hip-flexors and liked it. I have trouble with mine too. Stretching them is really challenging!

  4. Kathy says:

    Fitness professional. I dream about it too.

  5. Kathy says:

    I like the art.

  6. Its so sweet reading your post I cant imagine how happy Sadie is to have a loving home:-)

    1. lauramccain says:

      I’d say she’s pretty happy!

  7. naiobe says:

    My puppy really changed my life too. Congratulations on your puppy! I wasn’t expecting it to be so much like having an extra kid! It’s getting better now that he’s 9 months old and doesn’t have so many accidents, but sometimes I don’t exercise him enough and he’s bouncing off the walls at 10pm or chewing on me.

    I’ve heard SAD can start in the fall, I’ve even considered spending 10 minutes in the tanning bed once a week to try and fend it off. I realize tanning beds are supposed to be bad for you but I bet it would help with the winter blues and it’s crazy cheap. What if it works? 5 dollars to cure depression seems like a good deal.

    I just recently started blogging at and I worry about my punctuation a lot too. No one seems to know what a semi-colon does. I started blogging with the idea that I would write about technical topics. Mostly I’ve been blogging about running but it’s still pretty new. Someday I’ll write about technology.

    I like to read your articles. I feel like we have a lot in common so it’s fun. My favorite of your drawings is the top one. I think the colors and organic textures are nice. We turned my son’s bedroom into an art studio a few months ago when he moved out. My daughter and husband use it a lot more than I do, I have trouble giving myself permission to do art.

  8. lauramccain says:

    I need puppy maternity leave, but I suppose that ain’t gonna happen.
    I’m sure I have SAD. I should talk to my doctor about light box therapy; no tanning bed for me. A semicolon seemed called for there.
    Here’s a cute page about semicolons: .
    I’m going to hop over to your blog. Thanks for reading mine!

  9. Don’t know if you’re a student or indie, but I’m having similar writing issues as you today. I can to some different conclusions tho. Might want to check it out.

    good luck & happy writing!

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  11. Amber says:

    Maybe you could make another list w/ beliefs that would nurture you and your writing?! Number 1. could be: ‘everything I have to say is interesting!’ By being alive right here right now, this second makes you interesting. There is no other being on this entire earth like you. Go for it, make the biggest most nurturing list you can think of and see what comes up in opposition to it. I dare you! πŸ˜‰

  12. leereed says:

    How true! No doubt about it, jobs are important, especially to someone who doesn’t have one, but there are things that are more important still. Thanks for the reminder to help keep things in perspective.

  13. Mary says:

    Best of luck with your new gig, and with your art! I really like the picture.

  14. lauramccain says:

    Thank you, Mary!

  15. bzero says:

    You definitely have a skill in pointing out overlooked beauty to the world. Happy accident or no, you are certainly significant, and have a lasting positive effect on people.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you! And thanks for reading.

      1. bzero says:

        My pleasure. =)

  16. bzero says:

    I like the story so far. I need to make more time to write.

    1. lauramccain says:

      …and thanks!

  17. lauramccain says:

    Time is the problem.

    1. bzero says:

      Same here. Time is ALWAYS the problem. =/

  18. Tanya LeRaye Teague says:


    1. lauramccain says:

      Wow, I didn’t know she was a nurse for your Grandma! That’s nice to hear. The picture is from the 70s I think. Thanks for reading the post!

  19. bzero says:

    That “taking care of yourself” thing can be difficult when you’re used to taking care of other people or just not taking enough time to yourself. I need to work on the same goals, myself. Good luck! A healthier you will be better for your Dad, husband, and Sadie as well. =)

    1. lauramccain says:

      Good luck to you too!

      1. bzero says:

        Thanks much. =)

      2. bzero says:

        Thanks. Things have been going pretty well lately. =)

  20. Patricia McCain Maddox says:

    Really neat. I am always impressed, then maybe I’m partial.
    Luv you,

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  21. bzero says:

    I very much know the feeling. At least you devote your time towards generally-accepted worthwhile pursuits like creating art, while I waste my time creating wikis for games with 10 players and the like, and writing private journal entries that no one will ever read (although at least those I can enjoy when I’m old — I wish I’d started them sooner). Ah, existential malaise…

  22. smartybee says:

    I can’t believe how quickly they tore down all the buildings behind Wrubel – it was as if one day, E5 was there, the next, gone. (E5 is where IT Training used to live – what building did you work in?)


    1. lauramccain says:

      I was in E5 for probably 10 years, and in Wrubel for one or so.

  23. bzero says:

    Would the brown-on-brown coloring be Cammieflage? πŸ˜‰

  24. lauramccain says:

    Good one!

    1. bzero says:

      It’s what I do. #dork

      Have a good weekend!

  25. bzero says:

    It’s always a good idea to appreciate what we have. Thank you for the reminder to do so.

  26. bzero says:

    I’ve learned a lot about football from dating Jess, but not enough to develop life lessons from it. πŸ™‚

  27. lauramccain says:

    Maybe there are none.

    1. bzero says:

      Maybe. I could probably think of a couple from roller derby, though. =)

  28. smartybeeh says:

    Well, I guess it’s better than the view I have over my monitors, which is a meeting room that gets a lot of action? (However, it’s definitely better than the view I had at my old desk – which was the view of the back of the monitors three desks away from you!)

  29. bzero says:

    Good luck going back to school. As I may have mentioned in another comment (#badmemory), I’ve been talking about going back to school for about 10 years, and only finally filled out admission papers recently because my friend Marsh wants to go back, too. I recently freed up some free time (theoretically), so I wanted to make sure I filled that time with something important before my schedule coalesced into something new and I no longer “had time.”

    1. lauramccain says:

      Whatcha gonna study?

      1. bzero says:

        I want to brush up mt IT skills. I have a Master’s in Computer Science, but it’s 10 years old. =/

  30. kebenei says:

    Inspiration from within inspires us to overcome all that challenges us, in this book of our lives… Nice way to rediscover ourselves and start all over again… And appreciate us for who we truly are, perfect creations…

  31. DAD says:


  32. DAD says:

    Do not forget you are well traveled. First with your parents and then on your own.
    You have a tremendous imagination as your mother and I found out
    when you created your family with Tocool (I don’t know how to spell his name).
    I don’t know if you remember the time you came up with the name Adalinda that won us a picture in a Sear’s contest.

  33. bzero says:

    You are definitely not boring! Good luck with writing in the long term, and your festival in the short term. =)

  34. djmatticus says:

    Yep. There is nothing quite so fine as “hope.”

  35. I get very vivid feelings like this with weather and scents. A certain type of breeze will evoke so many memories sometimes. It is interesting to think of that with color; such subtle awareness involved. Maybe tomorrow I’ll take my journal outside and pick a color and see what comes up!

  36. bzero says:

    Cool picture either way. πŸ™‚

  37. sybaritica says:

    There aren’t any easy answers to this issue, are there?

  38. Peggy says:

    Hey Laura, When you find all that money would you tell them that you know of another person who needs a boatload as well. I have devoted my life to serving others in part-time status with often full-time and then some hours only to realize that I am now getting to old to get a job that pays well. I have waited to long and now will have to depend on my husband’s retirement (when we do retire) to carry us both through until we reach that midnight hour. Well, I guess we don’t have to worry about taking it with us when we go. There will be none to take or leave for others.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I’ll put in a request for you.

  39. flandriaman says:

    Hi Laura. Reading your post just now was like reading about myself.

    I’ve spent the last 4.5 years working on my novel (6 months of plotting, 4 years of actual writing, albeit in between renovating a house and a full-time job for the most part). I won’t lie to you; I’ve thought about quitting too, but whenever I do, I’m reminded of Vanessa Bell in The Hours, talking about her sister: “Your aunt is a very lucky woman, Angelica. She has two lives. She has the life she is leading, and also the books she is writing.”

    As true a fact as ever there was one. I’d never want to leave behind the world I’ve created, the characters I’ve grown to love, or miss those rare real-life events that make you go “Hey, that’s just like in my book!” Sure, it’s hard work, but it’s worth every tap on your keyboard!

    As far as your lack of reading is concerned: I wouldn’t worry about that. I hardly ever read any books growing up; in fact, I still don’t. I won’t deny it makes me feel less confident at times, but never less of a writer. As long as you enjoy what you’re doing, what you’re writing, nothing else matters.

    In short, go for it! Take your time, see where your story takes you and vice versa. I’ve finished 13 out of 17 chapters so far, and I can honestly say I don’t regret writing a single one. Good luck!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks so much for your words of encouragement! I’m sure I’d regret it if I quit.

  40. rebecca2000 says:

    A novel is really hard. I write my blog everyday, and it is hard work. The idea of writing a novel on top…whew.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Then there’s the day job.

  41. taly says:

    You got a reader if you ever develop your plot. You go girl – focus. We need more perfect places, and I’d love to see your idea of it. I believe if you actually think it through, you’ll create one in some possible world some possible place right under our noses in an extra dimension that we can sometime sense with some organs we do not know we have, or know them well but no idea that they can do that. Writing is super hard, so just let it pour out.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! I do have the start of something at least.

  42. rebecca2000 says:

    I think you should take it and make it part of your blog.

    1. lauramccain says:

      That’s a thought.

  43. rebecca2000 says:

    Feel better darlin’.

  44. Draug419 says:

    This is so good! I love the comparison of fears to river stones, and later orbiting satellites. πŸ˜€

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  45. deanabo says:

    You have a gift for writing. Love it.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you so much for saying that!

  46. rashmenon says:

    ooh, this is amazingly good! i love the similes and your rpose reads like poetry, no better than poetry πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks much!

  47. kymminbarcelona says:

    Love everything about solid fears like smooth, round stones.

  48. Katie says:

    There is a great metaphor here, crushing fears would be awsome.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Maybe we can handle our problems better if we make them less abstract.

  49. Tom MacInnes says:

    First time I have read your work and, I have to say, I liked it a lot. In particular, I really like your opening verse. Everything about it was simply perfect. Well done, overall! Can’t wait to read more of your work in the future.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  50. jannatwrites says:

    I love how you describe fears…how comfortable we do become with them, and how liberated when we can cast them off.

    1. lauramccain says:

      We do love our comfort.

  51. trifectawriting says:

    This is really, really beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up with us this week. Hope you’ll come back on Friday and play along for the weekend challenge, too.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks so much!

  52. rashmenon says:

    You have a way with words and your writing is powerful, eloquent and evocative. Have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please accept it and check out my qs to you at:

    1. lauramccain says:

      Wow! Thanks so much. You are kind.

      1. rashmenon says:

        πŸ™‚ not kind; merely fair in applauding talent and skill πŸ˜€

  53. After a quick visit to your weekly photo challenge I came back this morning to find this wonderful post! Metaphors, and the language of poetry, give our lives so much more depth…which you’ve done so nicely here πŸ™‚

  54. kgwaite says:

    I liked the way your packaged this piece up in the supposition of being a writer.

    1. kgwaite says:

      that is ^you not your. tired.

      1. lauramccain says:

        It is late.

  55. Magical! Reminds me why seasons and its changes excites me every time and gives me hope. Beautiful in every way. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    1. lauramccain says:

      If it were up to me it would be spring all year long. I hate being cold.

  56. deanabo says:

    How great! I enjoy your imagination.

  57. Annabelle says:

    Loved this: “Carla or Sandra would probably have trouble finding a boyfriend because boys in Anticipation are never quite real. They are handsome, sensitive, rugged, athletic, intelligent, but not real.” It says so much!

    1. lauramccain says:

      The boys in your fantasies are always perfect.

  58. Nice work. Unique take on the prompt. Anticipation, USA actually sounds very real. In fact it sounds like the town I live in, minus a Walmart (thankfully). I liked this a lot.

  59. Patricia says:

    I once lived in a town like that eons ago. The boys were just like your description of the guys in Anticipation. There was only one problem, they all turned out to be losers.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Isn’t that always the way?

  60. Love this fanciful expository piece! The clincher for making the town ring true was, of course, those boys being unreal.

  61. Draug419 says:

    I very much want to read more about your little town of Anticipation! (: I think your protagonist would definitely have the courage.

  62. Paula J says:

    What a great way to treat the challenge.

  63. rashmenon says:

    Anticipation, USA is rich, imagintaive. I love the laconic tone of the narrative too. good job, Laura!

  64. Ah…it rings so true!

  65. That question has kept me from calling what I write (or used to)…poetry.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Maybe it’s ornamental prose.

  66. Lol I like your title. Sometimes we have those days where we have no idea what it is we are going to say/write. Sometimes it can be because we have so much on our minds. Other times, it could very well mean that we must take the time to keep our mind still. I think what you did with this entry, was a nice way to start. Keep writing and you will begin to find answers to things you had no idea you had questions to. πŸ˜‰ And yes I do agree, that when the year starts on January 1st, we do not feel any different than the day before. lol πŸ™‚

  67. rebecca2000 says:

    LOL Love it. I love to make up words.

  68. djmatticus says:

    Hah! Alas, in my youth I would have coveted the flangiprop. I always wanted to be the best at shouting insults, but I was one of those poor unfortunate souls who could only think of something witty and vulgar to say when given proper time to ponder and practice through trial and error. The trophy would never have been mine. Sad, sad times.

  69. HJM says:

    Good luck on the marketing job, oh and the grocery shopping on Saturday. Around here (and probably everywhere) everyone is at the grocery store today and not happy about it and it can make for a unnerving experience. It gets better when it warms up but it’s still cold out there.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks much!

  70. Patricia Maddox says:

    I truly enjoyed this story. Without a doubt there are lots of loving people in this world, you being one. Love you

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks! Love you too.

  71. Patricia Maddox says:

    I think that this one would be a bit difficult to follow. Although, if one could keep up with the story, they would deserve accommodations. It doesn’t sound like anything I read before. But, from what I read, it might turn out to be quite humorous.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Each of these is the first line for a different story.

  72. “A lot to do at work, and not enough time to do it in” has been the story of my life for the past couple of months. I wish things’d change for the better there, for both of us, but I doubt that’s going to happen any time soon… :/

  73. Hi there! I understand this is somewhat off-topic but
    I needed to ask. Does operating a well-established blog such as yours take a lot of work?

    I am completely new to operating a blog however I do write in
    my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

    1. lauramccain says:

      It takes time, especially if you have a day job. I keep thinking I can post everyday, but life gets on the way sometimes.

      Some days I’ll write a little poem, or do some kind of digital drawing, just to say that I did in fact do something creative.

      My advice is to just do what you can, and remember that at the end if the day it’s just for you.

  74. Lance says:

    The movie is called The Hollywood Job, and the mystery is which one of them will fond a gig in 2015. My bet is on Allstate, he was Cerrano in Major League and President Palmer on 24.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Ahh, I see it now!

  75. Kathy Smith says:

    Your posts make me laugh. I hope that does not distress you. Try to enjoy the warm days and don’t worry about fall/winter coming. You can’t do anything about it anyway, so don’t waste time worrying.

  76. mmeller says:

    We’ll keep an eye out for you at Gen Con. We’ll be there Saturday and Sunday.

  77. Sparrow says:

    Dear Laura,

    I saw Margaret left a comment on Facebook and wanted to share an entry about you written last week.

    Hopefully, I’ll see you solo at 4th Street.


  78. Peggy Haywood says:

    The fall is my favorite time of year. It is the time when God paints the trees and makes them colorful. It is the time when you can stroll in the gentle breeze that reminds us that winter is coming. It reminds us that we are alive and just as we grow older and change so does the world around us. If there were no fall, there would be no winter when one sits in pajamas and can cuddle up on the couch with a warm cup of something to drink and a reason to relax. Then God reminds us that he is in control. Just as our lives go through seasons they too can be renewed born again just like the earth in the spring and full of the beauty that we see in summer. The fall is a time to hold hands with your loved one stroll through the leaves and remember the past year and the years that have gone by. I know some people do not like fall but I guess you can see I do. Don’t be grey, smile God is doing his thing.

    1. lauramccain says:

      That all sounds nice, but I’m still not a fan. I have no choice but to accept it, and maybe enjoy a little. The sun did finally come out today!

  79. duebyfriday says:

    yes! a great motivational post, it must have made a great speech wish I was there!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks! I really can’t remember giving the speech. It was several years ago.

      1. duebyfriday says:

        either way! great stuff, looking forward to reading more

  80. Robby Benson says:

    It was me… please come and say “Hi.” Love working at IU… r!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Hi Robby Benson,

      OMG! Are you serious?
      I thought, this guy is hot, but that’s not Robby Benson.
      And I said you might sell me some meth! I’m a dork! I’m soooo sorry about that!

      You seem like a really nice guy. I bought your book!

      So, wow!

      Thanks for reading my silly post!

      My husband Ernie is a huge fan. He can’t believe he saw you and didn’t talk to you.
      He bought an 8×10 of you on eBay and plans to try and get an autograph. How can he do that?

      Have a great day,

      Laura Reed

  81. Incognito says:

    I believe you saw Robby, but NOT at Walmart. He and his wife Karla are warm, approachable folks with a strong social conscience, so they would have been shopping at a different chain store.

  82. fe squared says:

    owww..keep it up!!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  83. Peggy Squires says:

    This definitely has possibilities! You’ve stated a real problem for Cindy to handle. I wonder what kind of mess could happen next? What barriers might get in the way of her cleaning it up? What would she have to overcome within herself to get past those barriers? Yep, definitely, possibilities!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Peggy! She’s in a bit of a pickle of her own making.

  84. Peggy Squires says:

    It is most aggravating that so many of us grew up with math anxiety. I like the way my daughter was taught in Montessori school–with beads and blocks and things. Making it clear that math is fundamentally about, well, spatial relationships, sort of. And as a dancer, you’re good at spatial relationships…

  85. ramblingbee says:

    Oh man, if I’d run into Robby Benson anywhere, I would be very likely to say “oh god will you stay put I have a 20 year old coffee mug for you to sign”, run home, and grab my very old and well loved Beauty and the Beast coffee mug for him to sign. And then I would never use it again. XD Oh man. I am so jealous.

    1. lauramccain says:

      And I go and say he looks like a meth dealer!

  86. Peggy Squires says:

    ((I am putting this in double parentheses so no one else will know that fall’s beauty is getting to you.)) Gosh, who knows, some day I may write something in praise of summer’s glare and sweat…

    1. lauramccain says:

      I miss that sweat.

  87. Peggy Squires says:

    To be satisfied with what you have and what you are–is great.

  88. ramblingbee says:

    Are you going to do the writing as part of NaNoWriMo? If you do, and keep tally of your words, let me know – I’ll move my whiteboard out to the front of my cube and you and I and Tarn can toss our word counts on it. πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      I am done with NaNoWriMo. It is just not for me.

  89. Peggy Squires says:

    Writing is difficult. It can be satisfying. Besides, if one doesn’t write, then one suffers from a perceptible deficit–or to put it another way, one feels better after having written, like after having exercised.

    Or: Never mind why, lady, just keep it up!


    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for the encouragement Peggy!

  90. Peggy Squires says:

    Very nice. Quietly rich.

    1. lauramccain says:

      ‘Quitely rich’ makes me think of fertile soil.

      1. Peggy Squires says:


  91. Peggy Squires says:

    Like. A slice of life. I like the way the line “I have not yet started to make the list
    I need to make” is divided in such a way that “I need to make” stands alone.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Interesting observation

  92. Peggy Squires says:

    Is there any kind of reading you associate with happiness?

    The graphic is great. Maybe if you’re doing less reading and more art, it’s a good balance! How did you get the textured look?

    1. lauramccain says:

      Just playing around with Photoshop. Children’s books make me happy. Encyclopedia Brown is a series I loved as a child.

  93. what a pity you associate reading with being unhappy !!! reading can give you so much happyness !! but so can creating art ofcourse !

    1. lauramccain says:

      That is true. I can get past it though.

  94. Thelonius Munch says:

    Glad to hear you enjoy dancing en troupe. What helps you think? Wine helps me….

    1. lauramccain says:

      The shower is a good thinking place.

  95. Monique says:

    This made me smile … you are a brave soul! We need more people to spread a good word.

  96. Monique says:

    I nominated you for the WordPress Family Award! I hope you don’t mind! Keep up the good work ~

    1. lauramccain says:

      That is kind of you. Thanks so much!

  97. lauramccain says:

    I’m either brave or a fool πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  98. Peggy Squires says:

    I hope he gets well soon and thoroughly! Thanks for sharing the older post about your miracle kitty.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Peggy. I think he’s in good hands.

  99. Peggy Squires says:

    Somehow this reminds me of Chinese calligraphy.

  100. Peggy Squires says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.
    It’s not every kitty who gets to be a miracle. It’s not every human who gets to give a home to a miracle. Blessings…

  101. Monique says:

    Losing a pet is so hard! Stay strong.

  102. Peggy Haywood says:

    So sorry that you lost your kitty.

  103. Peggy Squires says:

    Love the Christmas card!
    I’m sorry this has been such a difficult time for you.
    The exercise and planned yoga sound like marvelous ideas and fine ways to treat yourself well. And I’m a great believer in physical therapy, should that be necessary.
    Here’s hoping that your New Year is off to an excellent start!

  104. Peggy Squires says:

    I always forget to check “Notify me of follow-up comments…” Checking now…

  105. Monique says:

    I can’t seem to stop having the all over ache from a simple work out! Let me know if the stretches work for you …at 46 I should have much more balance and be more flexible! Happy New Year!

    1. lauramccain says:

      The stretches seem to be helping me. I hope to create an every day routine for myself.

  106. lauramccain says:

    Happy New Year to you too Peggy!

  107. Monique says:

    I’m kind of nervous about this Zero to Hero thing! Good Luck to you.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I may quit half way through. Who knows? Good luck to you too!

      1. Monique says:

        Noooo!!! You can do it!

  108. Peggy Squires says:


  109. Peggy Squires says:

    Feet in your pants? As in, footie pajamas?
    Dancing is a myth? As in, a deeply meaningful way of looking at the world, passed from one generation to the next but ever renewed in the transmission? Oh. Yeah. I guess it is.
    So, then, music isn’t our ONLY hope.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Stream of consciousness nonsense.

  110. Tara says:

    Oh! Hey! Thanks for the shout-out! I’m starting a similar feature on bookish stuff I love. I’m trying to connect more with my fellow bloggers and be less of a wallflower. So…hello!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Hi! It looks like you put a lot of work into your blog. I admire that.

  111. Cteavin says:

    I have Rodney Yee’s yoga videos in my iTunes. I did one of 1 hour workouts on Tuesday (I rotate them everyday).

    Good job on the collage!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  112. Monique says:

    YOU can do this … hang in there … 22 more days.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I seem to be compelled to keep going.

  113. mtnslamgrass says:

    Thanks for finding and following my blog Laura. Yes, dailydepravity is about lots of things. And definitely, cooking and eating can be debaucherous πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      It looks intriguing.

  114. csimec says:

    cute bird!

  115. Peggy Squires says:

    Oh, so that’s where you work!
    You know, just going by sound, I’m not sure one would want to be in a bloggy mood…

    1. lauramccain says:

      It sounds bad.

  116. Mama Cormier says:

    I love your birds. I teach art to 7 to 11 year olds and am always looking for interesting ideas.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks! I’ve become obsessed with drawing simple birds.

  117. Mari says:

    I suspect your problem lies in your confusion between knitting and crocheting. You do not knit a chain, you crochet a chain. Your photo here is also of someone crocheting, not knitting.

    If you want to teach yourself how to knit, not crochet, I recommend reading Stitch’nBitch by Debbie Stoller and studying videos on

    1. lauramccain says:

      I just don’t know the terminology.

    2. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Mari. I have made an update to straighten out the knit/crochet confusion.

  118. Alice says:

    I’m grateful you stopped by, Laura, and look forward to reading more 😊

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for having that post for me to talk about!

  119. LobsterB says:

    I had a lot of trouble when attempting to learn “English” knitting, which is the style most folks use. When I was shown “Continental” knitting, I found true love.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Interesting! I didn’t know those two types existed.

  120. The first customised theme looks very nice and I think brown suits your theme very well. In my opinion, a simple background is best. Otherwise, it will be too distracting. $30 is a lot just to get your theme customised, so I’ll leave my blog as it is if I were you. After completing today’s assignment, my blog will probably still look the same since I don’t plan to pay just to customise my theme. Haha.

    1. lauramccain says:

      It was a fun exercise at least.

  121. Monique says:

    15 more days …

    1. lauramccain says:

      It’s actually been a good learning experience so far.

  122. Hiya, Laura. Just stumbled across your blog. Didn’t know you wrote.
    (from the dearly missed E5)

    1. lauramccain says:

      Hey! I dabble.

  123. Peggy Squires says:

    Maybe I could pick you brain when I get ready to start blogging? (she said hopefullyJ)

    1. lauramccain says:

      Just start, and do it for you!

  124. Monique says:

    I know what you mean. The reputation daily prompt reads were very boring! 12 more days …you can do it.

  125. areed090290 says:

    I’m starting to get over this zero to hero challenge too. I’m trying to keep up with it, but I didn’t really WANT to write about my reputation..I could honestly care less…I just want to write for MY reasons.

    Zero to Hero wants to go against me on that one though.

    1. lauramccain says:

      It’ll soon be over :).

      1. areed090290 says:

        Good riddance!

  126. michelle w. says:

    Looks right to me!

  127. Peggy Squires says:

    I think I’ll be glad when you’re done with Zero to Hero. I like the blog when you do it your way.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I need a break after this.

  128. Monique says:

    Its getting old. 9 more days.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I’ll need time off after that.

  129. Welcome to the challenge. Delighted to have you join the fun. Your image works well in monochrome with strong contrast and tones. Happy Phoneography Challenge.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  130. Monique says:

    Oh Cool Idea … I wish I had thought of that!

    1. lauramccain says:

      This one was low stress.

  131. Hey thanks for your lovely comment on my blog and mentioning it here. I would have loved to participate in this fun 30 day challenge, but found it a bit too late.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I am getting so burned out on this challenge. πŸ™

      1. Well it is nearly over! Hang in there

  132. Thanks for the kind words. πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      You are welcome!

  133. Monique says:

    You’re ahead of me now!

    1. lauramccain says:

      I was on the verge of quitting, but it’s so close to being over.

  134. Thanks for joining us, Laura, and please to do again. Your photo in B&W has a lovely old-time look.


  135. Absolutely GORGEOUS picture. Those are barn owls, right? One of my favorite animal species =)

    –Love and Liberation–
    Jan Smitowicz

    1. lauramccain says:

      They are very noble looking birds.

      1. Definitely!

  136. Monique says:

    Don’t stop! 2 more days! You can do this! I had too! Cmon …

    1. lauramccain says:

      I’m just starting not to care.

      1. Monique says:

        Its trying …but your so close!

  137. Peggy Squires says:

    You can do some amazing things, Laura. It looks like magic to me! I love the treatment of the branch/wood in the final version.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Simple Photoshop filters, not much skill involved.

      1. Peggy Squires says:

        Or, of course, you could take a moment to join me in affirming the magic in your eye…

  138. lauramccain says:

    I did make certain choices that effected the outcome, so I’ll take some credit. I do want to get better with Photoshop so that I can have more control. Not enough time…

  139. Preeti says:

    Beautiful blog! You have a way with words… Thanks for dropping by and deciding to keep tabs on my β€˜experiments’….keep blogging ans stay blessed!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  140. I wear two pairs of pants a lot–the layering is a plot against the “weather.” Thanks for becoming a subscriber. Happy blogging.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Layering is the key to happiness!

  141. rebecca2000 says:

    I just had cake batter ice cream with cookie dough. mmm. I think you have a really great plan.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Sounds yummy! Thanks

  142. Chocolate is my favorite, especially on the dark days of winter. Hope to see you for tomorrow’s challenge.

  143. Hi! First of all, thank you for following me! As you’re aware, I’m a new follower of *your* blog…but I really enjoyed the handful of posts I read! Therefore, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Thank you for inspiring me in a positive and creative way in such a short time! πŸ™‚ If you’d likeβ€”no pressure, I promise!β€”pass this award on to others by reading more about the award here:

    Happy blogging! πŸ˜€

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you! These awards are a bit of work, but I’m gonna give it a go.

  144. Peggy Squires says:


  145. Monique says:


  146. Thelonius Munch says:

    Not jump ahead to anything with Prince? … You have discipline of steel.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Everything in it’s time.

  147. Well done, it could be so many different objects. Happy Phoneography Monday.

  148. rebecca2000 says:

    To think things through and fight compulsion.

  149. My fish tank full of ideas are fighting right now too. I think sometime we ‘want to do’ so much, we do nothing πŸ™‚ Hope you find some time!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Yes, too much often leads to nothing.

  150. Peggy Squires says:

    Sounds like a nice day! When is Bloomington Belly Dances?

      1. Peggy Squires says:

        Thank you! I need to put that on my calendar. Whee!

      2. lauramccain says:

        You’re welcome!

  151. Exactly, in fact I like that you’ve turned the pasta into something unrecognizable. Happy Phoneography Challenge.

    1. lauramccain says:

      It looks kind of yucky.

  152. I was wondering what that was as I missed the title at first glance. πŸ™‚


    1. lauramccain says:

      It looks a little like internal organs,

  153. Lovely to meet you Laura, now following & I look forward to seeing more of your creative space. Thank you also for following my blog. πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      You have some interesting posts!

    2. lauramccain says:

      Thanks to you as well!

  154. william mccain aka dad says:

    Yes, I often remind myself that owe so much to the little boy that was me who have such big dreams.

  155. Monique says:

    Pop. We don’t call it pop in Texas ..but o have friends and family from the north. Has nothing to do with your post .. but it made me smile.

  156. Peggy Squires says:

    Delightful!! I love it!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Peggy!

  157. Monique says:

    Thought provoking post

  158. Monique says:

    So….no A to Z challenge for you?

  159. lauramccain says:

    I hadn’t heard about that one.

  160. Peggy Squires says:

    In my capacity as Part of the Universe, I am replying to your communication. Allow me to recommend: No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri et al.; Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Gregg Jacobs; and/or Sound Sleep Sound Mind by Barry Krakow. We understand a lot more about how to treat insomnia than we used too. If you have any reason at all to think you might have breathing problems while sleeping (awakening with dry mouth or headache? snoring?), Krakow’s book is very worth reading. The other two books came out earlier. Once a prospective client called my psychotherapy practice for insomnia treatment, and I couldn’t see her for about 3 or 4 weeks, so in the meantime I suggested those books. She called me back later to cancel the appointment–working with the books alone, she had solved her problem. Good luck!

  161. Peggy Squires says:

    Perhaps among the things revealed in a work of art are aspects of the artist’s self. But also I think we create art to express something that seems important. I don’t mean that every story needs a moral or that every painting is an allegory. But an artist at work feels, “It is important to express This”, whatever This is. And the work of art, once out in the world, reveals something–about truth, beauty, reality, humanity? Sometimes it reveals much that the artist was unaware of, or didn’t intend–it speaks something different to different observers.
    There is more than a little mystery here…

    1. lauramccain says:

      You are too smart!!!

  162. Monique says:

    Happy Birthday! You are still young! It is not to late … definitely devote time to yourself.

  163. litadoolan says:

    6 sharp words!!

  164. Peggy Squires says:

    Go for it! Good for you!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Peggy!

  165. ramblingbee says:

    I really like the bracelet with the green beads! It’s super pretty.

  166. lauramccain says:

    Thanks Beth!

  167. Peggy Squires says:

    Sounds like a lot of heavy/dark viewing or listening. When I want entertainment, I want fluff. I also like sweet white wines, like Reisling…

    1. lauramccain says:

      Derek is actually light. It’s kind of a feel good show.

      1. Peggy Squires says:

        Sounds like a good balance!

  168. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  169. mmeller says:

    Yep, that’s an ant. And the flower is Queen Anne’s lace. It has a couple other names that I can’t remember off the top of my head, but I think it’s part of the carrot family.

    Sounds like the interview went well. It’s tough to describe images well.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for the flower and ant id! Those do look like lace.

  170. Peggy Squires says:

    Describing things for the visually impaired seems like an interesting challenge. Three cheers for recognizing your strengths!

    As for Queen Ann’s Lace, according to Wikipedia, it’s β€œDaucus carota (common names include wild carrot, (UK) bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, and Queen Anne’s lace (North America))…Extra caution should be used when collecting D. carota because it bears a close resemblance to poison hemlock. In addition, the leaves of the wild carrot can cause phytophotodermatitis,[3] so caution should also be used when handling the plant….Folk-medicine holds that an infusion of the seeds will inhibit pregnancy….D. carota was introduced and naturalised in North America, where it is often known as “Queen Anne’s lace”. Both Anne, Queen of Great Britain, and her great grandmother Anne of Denmark are taken to be the Queen Anne for which the plant is named.[6] It is so called because the flower resembles lace; the red flower in the center is thought to represent a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace.”

    1. lauramccain says:

      Now I don’t have to look it up. Thanks!

  171. jackdermody says:

    Would you like to review an audiobook designed to help answer job interview questions? If so, your copy is free. Just send me an email. Thank you.

  172. Paul says:

    Sounds like fascinating work.

    Good luck to you!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks! It is a very interesting process they go through to help students with disabilities access educational texts.

  173. Peggy Squires says:

    I think the 8-word prompt has promise.

  174. My art teacher put me off art, she had narrow minded views about what art is. I was hopeless at painting, and grew up thinking I was not creative. An old school friend commented on some of my artwork and said “if only she could see you now.” I loved that comment. πŸ™‚

  175. Paul says:

    That is awesome news – the new job, that is. Congratulations!

  176. Congratulations on the job πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  177. Peggy Squires says:

    Congratulations on the new job! Also on all the hard work on your dancing and good self-care you are putting in.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Peggy!

  178. Thank you for visiting my blog ! I wish you good luck with your new job, with your jewellery making (I really loved the necklace pendants) and with your blog of course ! Take care !

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  179. Peggy Squires says:


  180. Monique says:

    You are brave! Good luck!

    1. lauramccain says:

      I talk a big game.

  181. Peggy Squires says:

    Do you know what time you’ll be performing at 4th St. Fair?
    And yes, breathing is good. Especially a nice, long, slow, gentle exhalation.

    1. lauramccain says:

      It’s supposed to be between 1 and 2.

      1. Peggy Squires says:


      2. lauramccain says:

        Update: It will be between. 1 and 1:15.

  182. Paul says:

    That’s terrific.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I didn’t realize this was published. I’m working on uploading pics now. Thanks though!

      1. Paul says:

        Oh, I thought you were being funny. It really is funny.

  183. lauramccain says:

    I see what you mean. Nope, just having trouble with the software.

  184. Peggy Squires says:

    Cool! There are many avenues for creativity. You’re finding some interesting ones! Including fine belly dancing, BTW!!

  185. lauramccain says:

    Consistency is needed to keep your blog audience though.

  186. Felicia says:

    Beautiful Picture! We learn new things everyday πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      Looks prettier in the pic than it does in real life.

      1. Felicia says:

        Sometimes it takes a look through another set of “eyes” to see the beauty lol

  187. Peggy Squires says:

    Visionary. A vision through closed eyes.

  188. Paul says:

    What a great method!

    1. lauramccain says:

      It’s working so far.

  189. Peggy Squires says:

    An encouraging message! Thank you!

  190. lauramccain says:

    You are welcome!

  191. terraburrah says:

    Why did you choose to make him red? That’s kind of curious, actually. If he was some type of skin tone – other than red – he’d make an interesting creation πŸ™‚
    Well, still interesting. Even in red. πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      I was kind of trying for brown. Who knows?

  192. Monique says:

    “Frozen” Umbrella. ..The up and coming thing… well if you’re 4.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I know a grown up who would love a Frozen umbrella.

  193. Neville says:

    I am actually glad to read this weblog posts which
    consists of lots of useful facts, thanks for providing
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  194. Peggy Squires says:

    The subject matter may not be your thing, may not be fun to work with, but it seems to offer some really valuable skills–tools that many of us should have in this information era. And, as you say, it’s just one class…Good luck!

  195. Peggy Squires says:


  196. Peggy Squires says:

    This is effective. So much so that now I’m worried about you. ?

  197. Allison Gray says:

    So sorry for your loss. Cammie was a lucky pup to have such a loving family.

  198. Peggy Squires says:

    It sounds like you were all lucky to have each other.

  199. Paul says:

    That was nice.

  200. Paul says:

    He’s adorable!

  201. Perhaps a collection of short stories to start!?

    1. lauramccain says:

      Not a bad idea.

  202. love your commitment and focus. maybe saying it in a blog won’t make it so. maybe it will. maybe by writing those words, you’ve already sat down, typed, thought, and committed to memory what YOU WANT, so maybe there’s a lot more going on that WILL make it so! Accomplishments??? completely over-rated. It’s like trying to READ the whole internet- Life will never BE DONE, always evolving and changing so just FLOW with it, have fun, and keep inspiring all us readers with YOUR experiences and thoughts. you never know how your words will affect others. here I am, a total stranger, and unknown friend, giving you positive energy and reading about your life in another part of the world!!!! LOOK AT YOU_ YOU’RE A WRITER!!! have a great week my friend!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for the supportive words. I guess one has to just keep plugging away!

  203. samratkel says:

    A well woven use of the prompt word!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you! I wanted to just get something out.

      1. samratkel says:

        It was a great read!!

  204. Peggy Squires says:

    I can’t find words. But I am following.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Words, schmerds…

      1. Peggy Squires says:


  205. Peggy Squires says:

    Cheering for you all the way!!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Mucho!

  206. Aiko says:

    I remember those toes!!! Go go go girl!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Go I will!

  207. Karen says:

    I can’t tell the date that you posted this so I don’t know if you are still at Bloomington hospital or not. If you are, I want to come see you!

    1. lauramccain says:

      I’m here until April 3rd.

  208. Peggy Squires says:

    I am even more impressed at the fine dance you did at Bloomington Bellydances.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I was at a “normal” then.

  209. tanya teague says:

    You are so beautiful inside and out. I will always Thank God for Your Beautiful Mother and the time when I got to really speak with her and realized where your genuine caring for others came from. Both very sweet calm souls.This picture is amazing of You and Your Husband. Blessings and love, mercy & comfort to You Both and Your Dad. Tan

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Tanya! I’m always proud to say my mother was a nurse. They are the best!

  210. Peggy Squires says:

    Ernie is a true mensch.

  211. Peggy Squires says:

    Congratulations! Well done.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Peggy!

  212. Liby says:

    I have to say, I was really confused by your dad’s shirt, for a second. πŸ˜€

    1. lauramccain says:

      I didn’t even notice that. I’going to fix the picture.

  213. Peggy Squires says:

    So glad you’re finding some good resources. Three cheers for the Rollator making life easier!
    Mike’s been using a walker for about 3 weeks now. We’re fortunate in that his April 15 surgery may provide considerable help (by making more room inside his vertebrae for his spinal cord). Being adaptive is what it’s about! So good for you!

  214. Liby says:

    It’s so beautiful. Now to decorate your walker!! I know I’d be all about the streamers and cat stickers.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Something to think about.

  215. Patricia Maddox says:

    No matter what, you’re someone who will always walk with pride! I love your cane. Not allergic to it. lol

  216. Peggy Squires says:

    I like the flower! I agree that the thought of all those words is mind-blowing.

    I haven’t been following Finding My Own Way as closely as I would like to recently, and probably I won’t be able to for a while. My husband has been coping with an increasing spine problem and is going in for extensive surgery on Friday. We’re hopeful of a good outcome but best-case scenario, it will be at least 5-6 weeks before things start to approach “normal”. So if you don’t hear from me for a while, it’s not lack of interest, but lack of computer time!

    Keep up the good work!

    1. lauramccain says:

      I hope everything goes well. Sorry he has to go through that.
      Thanks for the encouragement!

  217. G says:

    Hello – Would love to hear how Inner Balance app works for you. I have a brother with MS and a good friend with MS. My good friend using the app frequently to help him manage his energy levels and to help him with mental focus. I happen to work at the company that created the app. If you have any questions let us know if we can perhaps help. Thanks and wish you all the best.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I’ve only used it a few times. It helps I think. I’m sure regular practice will be beneficial. I may write a post about it eventually.

  218. Pauline Charlton says:

    Laura, I am so sorry to hear about your health and that of your Dad. Thanks for letting me know. Let me know how we can help. I hope Bill improves soon. Are you to of the hospital now?

    1. lauramccain says:

      He’s in the hospital in Indianapolis for electro convulsive therapy. It’s several weeks of treatment. I’m doing fine. MS is something manageable these days. I’m going to be fine.

  219. Marta Frant says:

    Very poetical.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I couldn’t decide if it was a poem or not.

  220. True George says:

    Or she go to to one of those joints that have a neck massage while getting her nails done….

    1. lauramccain says:

      That works too!

  221. Swoosieque says:

    You are an inspiration, and, yes, disappointment can be a huge motivator! I believe it teaches us to look with a wider vision, as you have expressed so clearly in your post! Nice to meet you!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks so much!

  222. Peggy Squires says:

    You are such a creative dancer. You always come up with something unique and fascinating. I haven’t been able to perceive any wonkiness–what I notice is your creativity.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I know that nobody notices. Just wishing things could feel like they used to. C’est la vie, eh?

  223. Karen says:

    I took that class in the first Summer Session too! I think you will like it! One class to go, that is super!!

    1. lauramccain says:

      I’m kind of excited about it. I just wrote a paper defending libraries against a guy in the UK who thinks they are not necessary. I have this passion about libraries, but I don’t want to work in one.

  224. Liby says:

    Yes, I have done those ball moves too! Let’s have ball rehearsal!

    1. lauramccain says:

      We could do a ball choreography!.

  225. Peggy Squires says:

    I wonder if realizing that one need not do great things as a specific milestone of maturity? I think that enjoying life is a great plan and that making art, music and dancing is a great way to do it.

  226. Love this! Make up is one of the most common masks out there. I use it to bost my self-confidence and people buy it! It is a bad thing not feeling comfortable in your own skin but we all know that it takes time to grow on us. But there are also times when I have a neutral mask on my face, but people don’t see that I actually am happy on the inside. Looking forward to reading more of your work! Please check out my take on the prompt at

    1. lauramccain says:

      Make up can be kind of fun too!

  227. Encouraging post. Thank you!

    1. lauramccain says:

      You are welcome!

  228. writeintent1 says:

    I really like your writing style …very precise and clear.
    Looking forward to read more from your blog πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!!

  229. bagunsnotes says:

    Reblogged this on Bagun's notes Blog.

  230. bagunsnotes says:

    I share in your hope, and yes you’ll be fine, great even.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks much!

  231. Sonia says:

    Looks like a beautiful beach.

  232. Love fractals. Actually heard them referenced not long ago on the John Tesh radio show I like to listening to in the evenings sometimes. Said they were excellent to just look at to reduce stress and help to refocus thoughts. Found out there are a bunch of apps on Google Play for them too. Way beyond words to explain them or how amazing they are.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I’ll look at the fractals and let other people do the math to make them.

  233. 83unsungheroes says:

    Onwards and upwards indeed! I hope everything continues to help.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  234. Peggy Squires says:

    Onward and upward indeed! I’m wanting to learn some healthy recipes too–main dishes with a bit of meat and a lot of veggies and very easy to prepare. If you find anything delightful, let’s share!

  235. lauramccain says:

    Sounds like a plan!

  236. elaine says:

    coloring do help us to relieve ur stress and increase concentration… :)go ahead i do too coloring these days. Invfact two weeks back only i posted about coloring πŸ™‚

  237. I love coloring! Use whatever works for you. I also find using a mala to concentrate my thoughts eases anxiety.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for the tip!

  238. Marta Frant says:

    I’ve read an article recently about a woman who quit her 9-5 job to start her own jewelry making business. She has gone through tough times and now she is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in this field. What do you think of it? πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      I would love to be able to sell jewelry for a living. I have to get good at making it first.

      1. Marta Frant says:

        Believe in yourself and good luck!

  239. feistyfroggy says:

    Enjoy reading your posts. I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you so much! The thing about these awards is that they require a bit of effort when you accept. I will endeavor to follow the guidelines.

  240. I thought surley I was the in,y person who listened to Nina Simone during a workout. Xo.

  241. Peggy Squires says:

    You have a tough row to hoe, Laura.
    Anxiety sucks.
    I sometimes tell my clients, “Shoulding on yourself is a filthy habit.” (It sounds more humorous when spoken than it looks when written.) I know all about the unpleasantness of “should”, from personal experience. Sometimes it’s illuminating to try translating the word “should” to “refuse to”. As in, “I refuse to read more.” It’s interesting to see what you notice if you make that translation.
    If you decide at some point that you actually want to read more, can I babble out some favorite titles and authors? Mostly in the realm of fantasy?

    1. lauramccain says:

      Saying “I refuse to” feels ridiculous. It makes me think I will do the thing in question.
      I’m currently reading the Welcome to Night Vale novel.

  242. First of all, thank you for writing about this. Periodically I experience anxiety attacks. I first experienced this back when we were in high school. I honestly thought I was dying during the first one. I also find that doing anything artistic calms me down. I have also used Brainwave apps which has helped me a lot with anxiety and pain relief. While I have a blog on here, I have not been as faithful in posting to it as I ought to be. You are an inspiration my friend.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks Alicia! Art is pretty therapeutic isn’t.

      1. Yes it is. I think lots of people suffer from this in silence. It is brave to write about it. It inspires and helps others to know they are not alone.

  243. Peggy Squires says:

    Of course it is just as well not to try to interpret someone else’s dream. But it strikes me that an important element of this dream is that the people in it are trying to get your ball back to you.

  244. lauramccain says:

    I like that! Maybe I’m not ready to catch it. Thank you Peggy. That struck a chord!

    1. Peggy Squires says:

      Not ready to catch it….Hmmm….Interesting to muse about what “it” may be. And what it would take to be ready to catch it….

      Glad a chord was struck.

  245. Peggy Squires says:

    Three cheers for exercise and hydration! Keep at it, Laura. I’m rooting for you.

  246. Peggy Squires says:

    Oh, and at least three cheers for recognizing yourself as an artist!

    1. lauramccain says:

      It comes and goes.

  247. nanamaz says:

    Brilliant Laura, mines a blue version, and yes to begin with you feel self conscious, but it’s giving you scaffolding/support and being able to sit and rest is how you’ll cope and achieve, my steroids have piled the weight on me, and I’m in constant battle to stay fit and stay strong. Your dad will be in my thoughts and hoping he will also feel stronger, bless you and yours.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks so much!

  248. First of all, I am happy for you! I’m glad what you are doing is finally working! I hope it continues to work! Hugs to you!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks so much. Hugs back!

  249. Margaret (Peggy) Squires says:

    It takes a lot of courage to live your life right now. I’m cheering for you!

    1. lauramccain says:

      I don’t know about that. MS is not that big of a deal in my case. Thanks for the cheer though!

  250. Margaret (Peggy) Squires says:

    I know what you mean about being done with New Year Resolutions.
    Focusing on exercise, nutrition, and creative expression seems like a very good idea, though.
    I was thinking of attacking my excess of Stuff by writing down what I manage to get rid of every day. Maybe I’ll play with that idea but right now it seems like just another chore, and I don’t need one of those.
    I know! I resolve to keep muddling through!
    Happy New Year!

  251. Margaret (Peggy) Squires says:

    Oh, and I really like the look of the beginning of the mixed media piece!

  252. rogershipp says:

    “I am someone who wants to do more. I have a lot of interests and not enough time to pursue them” I am in that category as well!

    I am so glad to see your visits on my blog. If one of your passions happens to be writing flash fiction 100+ stories, give our writing community a try. We would love to have you.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I am interested in trying some flash fiction. Thanks!

  253. lauramccain says:

    It is so easy to create new chores for ourselves!

  254. athling2001 says:

    Wow- mysterious. Now I want to know more.

    1. lauramccain says:

      The 200 word limit is quite challenging. Thanks for the comment!

  255. rogershipp says:

    I was not ready for the new driver to be herself… Enjoed!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for commenting!

  256. Singledust says:

    When you meet yourself travelling on the same road! I have never been so taken completely by a short story like this. Love the way your mind works to weave this tale,

    1. lauramccain says:

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  257. athling2001 says:

    Well done. I like the way the story went from conversations which meant nothing to such deep and silent language.

  258. Margaret (Peggy) Squires says:

    Excellent! Or should I say,”Egg-cellent!”? I am adding this to my recipe trove. Thanks for posting.

  259. lauramccain says:

    Experiment with the seasoning. It makes a nice dish to have on hand for a quick breakfast.

  260. BeTZzZ says:

    Wow, It must be quite fascinating to see your dad’s pictures. Digitalize them and keep them for much longer.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Maybe I’ll find the time someday.

  261. Margaret (Peggy) Squires says:


    1. lauramccain says:


  262. Margaret (Peggy) Squires says:

    Fun! Cool stuff! Good advice!

  263. There’s also a documentary on DMT on netflix if you are interested. It’s called the same I believe so it might be by the same guy. DMT is fascinating drug though! Hope you’re nice and productive tomorrow, I’m enjoying reading your blog by the way!

  264. Patricia Maddox says:

    What a wonderful way to get to know my niece.

  265. This is Kat. says:

    These look great, and they remind me of some pieces I created last year!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  266. Living Well says:

    Sorry about your Dad….

  267. widowcranky says:

    Sadly I think the world has always had these issues, but our new culture of social media and its many contributors means that you now hear much more about it and and has made the world a much smaller place by allowing every Tom, Dick and WidowCranky to comment. It can be very hard to single out the opinion from the fact, especially on Twitter. So yes, read things that make you happy, look at your immediate world around you and take joy in the things you love, take a walk in a park, look at amazing art, and speak to people who are on your wave length and you’ll soon see that the world is not so grim and there is an abundance of beauty surrounding you…it can just be difficult to see it through the noise sometimes.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Very well said! Noise is a good word to describe much of what’s out there.
      Thanks for the comment!

  268. Margaret (Peggy) Squires says:

    Beautiful. Just starkly beautiful.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks! I could spend all day photographing fallen leaves.

  269. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh I can tell you had some fun putting this gallery together. Thanks ever so much for playing along. πŸ˜€

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for hosting these challenges!

  270. trablogger says:

    Indeed, it look quite florescent !

  271. Irisdescent says:

    Yes, I agree! Do what you like, and enjoy doing it! It doesn’t matter whether you’re an outsider, because as clichΓ© as this may sound, you only live once, so enjoy what you’re doing while you’re at it πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      Sounds like a good plan!

  272. So very interesting! Love writing that provokes tboughtfulness….you hit that buzzer! Happy New Year!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for stopping by!

  273. Gail says:

    Losing a dog AND a parent. Man, that’s a lot to deal with in one year. I’m so sorry for your losses. Wishing you a great 2018 filled with many blessings!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Than you. Life is a rollercoaster!

  274. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh how fun is your photos for this week. Thanks so much for playing. πŸ˜€

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks for the fun challenge!

  275. Catherine says:

    Hi – Just finished Y is for Yesterday and I can relate to what you are saying. I always hoped that Sue Grafton would finish the series by bringing Kinsey into the present day. Now we’ll never know what will happen to her. Funny how you can get attached to a character, but I have been reading about her for over 20 years! I hope you do write something about a detective who is fan of the Alphabet series. I would like to read it πŸ™‚

    1. lauramccain says:

      It’s like losing a friend.

  276. Janine says:

    That.. is awesome, Laura!! I was beginning to think that I knew absolutely no one else with with a basic, freezer on top, fridge like the one we continue to have!!!πŸ˜„ Now I am convinced that we are completely alone. 🀣 Congratulations!!😎 You give me hope for the future 🎢Enjoy!

    1. lauramccain says:

      My parents even got one in the 1990s!

  277. Karen says:

    I am sorry you are dealing with all these health problems! I do appreciate you sharing your story with us. I hope the supplements work for you. Scott and I just spent $200 on supplements that are supposed to help us lose weight, sleep better, hurt less. So in my mind, $400 to fight all that you are experiencing is not too much! Good luck!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks! I hope the supplements work for you. Life is mysterious adventure full of magical unicorns and chocolate shakes!

  278. Nanette Eisenhart says:

    I’m worried about Kinsey, too! I keep trying to make it all okay in my mind and it just isn’t. It’s kike Harry Potter with no big seven. πŸ˜”
    Thanks for the remembrance of these fabulous series and it’s wonderful writer, Sue Grafton.

    1. lauramccain says:

      It isn’t easy.

  279. This post was absolutely beautiful and inspiring! I am really looking forward to reading more of your fantastic posts! I hope if you have the time you will check out my site. Through keeping things very real and full of truth, I always aim to encourage and inspire others through my words!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks so much! I will indeed check out your site.

      1. You are more than welcome! I hope your weekend is going well!!

  280. Singledust says:

    you have such a beautiful soul and your words have left an impact on me. i love how you say your limiting condition has pushed into the direction of being a writer, you have fashioned a diamond out of coal. so beautifully written, i had tears, i do wish you all the very best on your writing journey and that life will treat you gently from here on.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m happy You took something from the post!

  281. Cee Neuner says:

    I like the rendering of your third photo. Wonderfully done.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks. That one was with DistressedFX.

  282. Honestly I think it is perfectly normal to have random breakdowns. We deal with SO much with MS and it does build up in our minds, heart and soul. The most important thing is getting back up, dust ourselves off and keep living the life we were meant to live. None of us really wanted to have MS, but we do get to figure out the best way to keep on with our lives. Yes, we have to make adjustments at times, even daily, but we are still alive!
    I have had several meltdowns over the past few weeks because I think back to just last year when my body was not as beat down. I was able to do so much more it seems. Heck this year I am fighting to work 6.5 hours when at this time last year I was working anywhere from 8-9 hours without even thinking about it. Life comes with changes that we just need to accept and find ways to manage it. I hope you are having a nice relaxing weekend. Please never be disappointed when you have a meltdown out of nowhere, it happens!

  283. klara says:

    interesting editings.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Those apps work wonders!

  284. I loved this! I am the type that believe in signs or messages from the Universe. I remember after my grandfather that I loved so much passed away, I was sitting outside for my lunch break and I kept seeing a butterfly. I swore it was the same butterfly everyday and I thought it was my grandfather sending me a message that everything was going to be okay and he was safe and comfortable. Of course I have always had a love for butterflies, but now it seems when I am really down and just sad, I see a butterfly. I might be wrong but I think it is my grandfather letting me know life is going to be okay and I will get past whatever it is I am dealing with!

    1. lauramccain says:

      I believe that is a message from your grandfather. Our loved ones are always with us.

      1. Oh my goodness your comment just made me cry! I definitely believe our loved ones are always with us and that butterfly was him to give me comfort. Of course I believe all butterflies are magical and a true sign!

      2. jjdfoss says:

        one of my loved ones died , peace to you ga ga

      3. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer are with you.

      4. jjdfoss says:

        thanks my girlfriend broke up with me …… i think

    2. jjdfoss says:

      i seen mothman once if you wanna interview me i dont mind

      1. lauramccain says:

        Was Mothman scary?

      2. jjdfoss says:

        hell yeah

  285. πŸ™‚ I didn’t know that there was a magazine out that was named, ‘Artful Blogging’; thank you for bringing that to my attention.

    1. lauramccain says:

      You are welcome! It’s a Somerset Studios publication. They have a lot of cool mags.

  286. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a wonderful post for this challenge. Loe the variety of things you came up with.

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thanks! And thank you for hosting these challenges.

  287. Tina Schell says:

    Very cool! A unique find for the challenge!

    1. lauramccain says:

      Thank you!

  288. I know how difficult it can be parking in the disability parking, but my goodness it is SO helpful on these terribly HOT days which seems never ending! I was diagnosed with MS 18 years ago and just got the disabled parking 3 years ago. I remember crying about it because I never thought I would get to that point. I am self conscious about it as well because people tend to judge, which is just rude! I will admit though, even on these horribly HOT days I refuse to take the last spot because someone in a worse situation may need it!! I hope you have a great weekend and stay cool! Do you have a cooling vest? The MSAA offers it for free to those with MS, so it may be something worth looking into!

    1. lauramccain says:

      I haven’t tried a cooling vest. I sometimes use the thing you soak in water and put on your neck. It dries out too quickly.
      You held out a long time for the parking permit! I probably wouldn’t have gotten one without my husband’s encouragement.
      Thanks for the tip about the vest!

      1. I held out purely and totally because I was too stubborn and did not want to admit how much I hurt ALL the time! Sometimes being stubborn does not help us at all!
        I have a cooling vest, but I have not used it yet. It is something to look into though as I am sure you can get this for free!! I am glad you have a supportive husband because we do all need that! Take care and best wishes!!

  289. Margaret (Peggy) Squires says:


  290. ~M says:

    Awesome! It’s good have you participating in the prompts. Great start! πŸ˜‰

      1. ~M says:

        You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

  291. Cee Neuner says:

    That dog is so precious. Wonderful photos for this week. Thanks for playing. πŸ˜€

  292. Lovely black and white dog πŸ™‚

  293. lauramccain says:

    Thanks! That dog is a pit bull named Rufus. He lived in the apartment complex I used to live in.

  294. and orange is the new black β™₯

    1. lauramccain says:

      That goes without saying πŸ™‚