Fanning the coals – to get the flame

Some days I have no idea what I’m going to blog about. On those days I get more and more nervous as the day rolls on.

Today was no different. I came home from work and had no idea what my last blog of the month would be. No spectacular finale for the Zero to Hero Challenge. What was I going to do.

My anxiety kind of took a back seat though as I walked into a cold house not looking forward to cleaning out the wood stove and making room for some more logs. The wood stove had been pretty much going non-stop for a couple of days and now the ashes were really piling up, so as I got digging away with two attention starved dogs pawing at my feet who had been cooped up all day I realized there were still some good coals going, so I dug around them.

After throwing the bucket of ashes outside in a 3 foot snow bank which I’m sure my garden was under, I came back in and proceeded to put a couple of logs in the wood stove. Once the dogs had been outside for a run, feed and patted sufficiently to constitute a caring owner I noticed that my logs had not caught yet.

Frustrated, tired and hungry still with my coat and boots on, I tromped over to the wood stove opened the door and took a closer look inside. I decided I needed to fan the coals, so I picked up our antique bellows (which I purchased at a garage sale and my husband managed to ruin by setting the ends on fire) did I mention that these were precious , anyway I digress, I started to fan the coals, happy the bellows still worked,  fanning and fanning, while little ashes floated up into my face. I cursed as I fanned, thinking THIS IS RIDICULUS and  then POOF!

Just like that, flames shot out from under the logs and I had my fire going, and POOF just like a lighting bolt, I realized what I had been doing and came to discover my BEST BLOG OF ALL!

My Zero to Hero Challenge has been about fanning the coals. All this time, day in and day out for 30 days every time I blogged, every time someone commented, every time someone followed, every time I enhanced my site, the coals were being fanned, and finally, hopefully the fire has started.

I needed to see that visual image of what hard work does, no matter how much I want to be a writer or an artist or a traveler or a crafter, if I don’t fan the coals they’ll be no fire.

So THANK YOU to everyone that helped me to light my fire, thank you for the follows and the comments and Zero to Hero for all the great advice, it has been an honor working with you.

Mucho Gracias,

The 50 yr old KID


Testing out the wordpress app

Testing out the word press app today on my iPhone – one more day to go for the zero to hero challenge , it’s been a challenge to stick with something this long as not everyday I feel like blogging. Im looking forward to blogging just once a week , and spending more time on the subject , hopefully this has helped me to build a good foundation to continue .

A two Post day

Why two blogs in one day – what!

Yesterday I didn’t have time to blog so today I’m making up for it with two blogs  – see “how many teapots do you have”.

It’s kind of cheating I know, after all I did make a commitment to blog everyday for 30 days in the Zero to Hero Challenge.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 50 years, it’s that sometimes you just have to give yourself a break. Don’t concentrate on the things you didn’t do or couldn’t do, (like staying on your diet) but concentrate on the things that get you where you need to be.

So if I have to “cheat” and write two blogs in one day to stay in the game, than that’s okay with me. Aiming for perfection is something to be admired but the willingness to accept less that perfection is finally perfectly for me!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider – What would my book jacket look like

My Book Jacket


By Colleen Creates

The Blurb;

The Itsy Bitsy Spider carefully, methodically spins a delicate web going unnoticed. Around in circles it moves creating intricate detail, repeating patterns day after day until one day the web is visible to those willing to look in dark places.

The story tells the tale of a young mothers struggle to keep the peace and free her mind from patterns that keep the web strong, but she must be stronger if she is willing to break free and have peace. The web can be broken with the flick of a finger, but is she willing to let go.

(I took this picture some years ago when I got my new camera, I was wondering around the yard one day and noticed this very large spider web under the deck. When I started to edit the picture and uploaded it to Flickr, I thought to myself this would make a really cool book cover, so I gave it a title, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” This was probably at least 5 years ago long before I ever thought about writing and I never thought I would be blogging about it!)

Daily Prompt: Book Jacket: The Itsy Bitsy Spider