Bat’s First Day of the Monsoon Season

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Bat’s First Day of the Monsoon Season

“It’s the monsoon season” grumbles bat.

I’m going to need twice as much energy to fly!

Rain clumps my silky fur. 

And, the rain tricks my ecocolation, predators could catch me.

I hate monsoon season! “

All bat’s animal friends try to help. 

Monkey says, “Take my advice, find a big leaf and stay under it so you

will be dry”.

Butterfly says, “Take my advice, hide in a bush so the rain won’t ruin

your scales!”

Mouse says, “Take my advice, huddle in a hollow log like me and you

will be dry”.

The rain begins and the animals scatter to shelters.

 Bat was flying in circles trying to figure out what to do. He felt dizzy 

and fell to the soft ground. There he spies more friends with different

ideas. Frog says, “The rain will keep your skin moist, just soak it up!”

Lizard says, “You will find the best beetle larvae in the rain.”

Lemur says, “We need rain to help us chew plants“

Just then bat’s mother arrives and says, “I’ve been looking for you.

Shake off the rain and fly with me in this shelter until the rains stop.”

And that’s what they did.

Book Review

Here is a review of “Bald is Beautiful”. The book is written by Carola Schmidt and illustrated by Dian Ovieta. You can find it at Amazon using this link.

The author, Carola Schmidt is a pediatric oncology pharmacist who has written other children’s books about cancer. This book a sweet letter to a young girl who is losing her hair. Illustrations are beautifully done. The story is an uplifting view of real life struggles without going into specific details about the reason for the hair loss. Suggestions for positive activies are provided throughout the story.

A finished Project

Two years ago our small painting group started working on learning to paint like Van Gogh by attempting one of his famous paintings, Starry Night. My interest with Van Gogh started long before that. I’ve been enamored by Van Gogh’s paintings every since a college professor introduced his work to me during my first semester in 1974. For an assignment in English, I completed a research paper about Van Gogh and learned intimate details about his life. I’ve always had a copy of Sunflowers or the Cafe Terrace at Night hanging on a wall in my house.

One Christmas my son gave me a book about Vincent Van Gogh, one that I treasure. A few years ago a small group began gathering at my loft to paint together. We used You Tube video teachers to help us. When one teacher offered a lesson on Van Gogh, studying how he painted was a natural progression. Here was my beginning and where we stopped.

Then one friend suggested she and I finish ours. I hunted and found the YouTube Video by Ginger Cook. We completed them separately this week and shared online.

I’m really happy with our results, so much that I may try another, the Cafe Terrace at Night with help from Ginger Cook


I’ve been revising a story. Getting unstuck, that’s success for me. Now I wonder if the idea is even worthy of becoming a story. So I’m researching a bit more, collecting examples of actual behaviors before I make those changes. And that’s how writing flows. It seems to be one step forward and two steps backward. It’s still a dance!

I’ve found a free webinar by Alice Kuipers, on how to find your creative muse under even the most difficult of circumstances. I was inspired to get back to writing. Writing for Children

Here is a picture that may spark another story idea.

What kind of stories are you working on?

Tuesday Slice of Life

To honor Poetry Month and Earth Day, I offer a poem in the form of an etheree. This form of poetry has 10 lines with each line having one additional syllable. #NatureNurtures2020


Earth day


Growing stronger

Becoming action

To improve our planet

For wild animals and plants

Thereby improving our own lives

Protecting nature for our children

Making stewardship the ultimate goal.

Photo by Patricia J Holloway

Tuesday Slice of Life

I’m writing this as a slice of my life during the pandemic. I started a Mask Making project in late March. I’ve made 58 masks. I had to take a break after making about 20 because the sewing hurt my hands. After taking a few days off, I started again. I kept one for me and one for my husband and sent masks to family and friends all over the country. It gave me the feeling that I was doing what I could to help. It gave me purpose during this pandemic. Until I began writing this, I didn’t realize the effort it took me. I mailed more today.

Step 1. Watch various videos.

Step 2. Select the best design and pattern. I liked one done by The Fabric Patch.

Step 3. Watch the video closer to understand the specific details in construction. I watched all 3 of her videos many times, starting & stopping at critical points.

Step 4. Gather the necessary materials from my quilting stash. I have lots of cotton but have only made a few quilt blocks, never a whole quilt. (Except for a t-shirt quilt for my son.

Step 5. Select complimentary materials for inside and outside of masks. I found several different ones, but none with cars that my husband ask for.

Step 6. Find non woven material to fit between the front and back of each mask.

Step 7. Search for something to use for a nose bridge. I found that the plastic strip that seals bags of coffee works perfectly!

Step 8. Print patterns in 4 sizes and cut out several for each size.

Step 9. Layer the pieces with right sides together and the non woven material on the outside of each then sew the pieces together.

Step 10. Watch a couple videos again. I needed some hand holding.

Step 11. Use a seam ripper when wrong sides are sewn together.

Step 12. After sewing two sides together, add the nose piece. I tried using a zig zag stitch but broke several needles so I had to stitch these in by hand.

Step 14. Sew the front and back together on top and bottom.

Step 15. Turn the mask right side out and use fingers to press the seams.

Step 16. Fold the ends to the inside. As you stitch up these two edges add either a strip of elastic, or 2 shoelaces cut in half, or 18 inch long strips of fabric for ties.

Step 17. Send finished masks to friends & relatives that need them.

Pic of the flexible plastic for nose

Egg Hunt

They arrived!

Chick leader announced, “Finally! We should find the biggest eggs ever. We must watch out for dangerous Aliens.”

“But aren’t we the aliens here? Our eggscelent spaceship looks like an Easter egg”, Sulee said.

Jaja impatiently pleaded, “Come on guys! We must find the prized golden egg before dark.”

Chick leader bawked orders, “Let’s look in different places. Sulee, take two chicks and look under those rocks. Jaja, come with me. Earle, take the baby chicks on a walk. Let’s all meet back here at exactly 14 hundred hours.”

While the chicks were searching for the eggs, a fluffle of bunnies happened upon the giant pink eggscelent spaceship.

Bunny leader approached cautiously, “ Hey, what’s this?”

Peter answered, “It looks like a prize egg.”

Bugs added, “Let’s tip it over and roll it home.”

At 14 hundred hours the chicks returned to the site and began searching for their eggscelent spaceship.

In the morning compared with in the evening.

A comment from a Slice of a Life post found as I read Reflections on the Teche provided me with this idea for a slice.

In the morning I’m moving slowly.

In the evening I’m moving quickly.

In the morning I drink coffee to get going.

In the evening I drink iced tea to cool off.

In the morning it’s warm and sunny.

In the evening it’s breezy and cloudy.

In the morning laundry requires my attention.

In the evening dinner dishes require my attention.

In the morning in the morning I make time to clean.

In the evening I make time to paint.

In the morning I watch a training video.

In the evening I reflect the learning.

In the morning I make adjustments to my daily plan.

In the evening I plan for the next day.

In the morning I check on the wildlife to see what’s around.

In the evening I checked on the property and spied apple blossoms.

Slice of Life 2020 Day 31

Leaving March in the rear view mirror

Nothing in our world is clearer.

We’ve shared our emotions, successes and tribulations.

Is it time to review the Book of Revelations?

A new phrase came to light.

Social distancing is not a delight.

More restrictive shelter in place.

What’s happening? Where’s our grace?

Looking through the windshield.

Will farmers get working in the field?

Will our new normal find

We’ve left our favorite food behind?

Whatever is our future

We know we will nurture

This community of slicers.