Monday, January 14, 2013


This week, Trifecta's word is:

1: lacking worth or basis : vain <idle chatter> <idle pleasure>
2: not occupied or employed: as
    a : having no employment : inactive <idle workers>
    b : not turned to normal or appropriate use <idle farmland>
    c : not scheduled to compete <the team will be idle tomorrow>
3: a : shiftless, lazy
    b : having no evident lawful means of support

This week's challenge is community-judged.


White breaths puff before their faces while they shape snow like wet sand on the beach.

On my side of the glass, steam subsides over their mugs on this idle afternoon.

"Hot cocoa!"

January is the coldest month of the year here.  I'm having some serious warm weather withdrawal.  But the kiddos?  Give them a bucket and some shovels, and they're good with bathing suits and sand or winter gear and snow.  I'm just glad they're old enough to go out there in the cold by themselves so I can stay inside and watch my breath fog up the glass as I watch theirs effervesce exhales of joy in play.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


Here's the weekend challenge.  As you'll recall from your elementary science class days, the structure of the earth can be divided most simply into three sections: core, mantle, crust.  Here's a diagram.

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti /

Give us 33 words from it.  Interpret the prompt however you wish--literal, metaphorical, or somewhere in between. 

Here goes...


Interplanetary Cake Pops

you're through
the crunchy,
colorful sprinkles
in the
shiny royal icing--
the soft,
you will taste
a Mama's Love
in the 
of these 
cake pops.

Cake Pops Decorating Station

At one of our holiday gatherings, we had a cake pop decorating station for the kids.  Because everything is better with sprinkles.  But since the waffle-like mold that made these cake balls failed to make them perfectly round, and some had a ring around the cake balls, they really looked like planets after they were frosted with colorful royal icing.  While the kiddos enjoyed the decorating, Mama's proudest about the fact that they liked to eat the pre-decorated plain cake pops rather than the artificially colored, sugary ones.  But this activity made for some fun times and a few nice photos!