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A children's writers blog centering around articles for parents and children's writers. A Nice Place In The Sun focuses on children's book reviews, articles of interest to parents, and children's book publishing. Newly established, the blogs author has recently posted Bizzy, The Busy Dog, its first children's manuscript, three book reviews and several articles of interest.
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1. Tuesday's Question, Down Memory Lane...




Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. I have been absent from my blog for awhile, but A Nice Place In The Sun, will always be here, that is, as long as Google will have me.

I decided, that it would nice to take a trip down memory lane to the funniest answers posted from some wonderful bloggers and friends dating back to 2008/09 believe it or not. I cannot believe how long my little place on the internet has survived and I thank of all of the readers who have helped me keep it afloat all of these years and you know who you are.

I was going to ask another original question but while I was going through Tuesdays Questions to make sure I hadn't posted the same question before, (because I have something like 50 Tuesday's Questions or more.) I found one that cracked me up, so I decided to take a walk down memory lane.         http://aniceplaceinthesun.blogspot.com/2008/09/tuesdays-question-when-was-last-time.html#comments

To those of you who are new to A Nice Place In The Sun, here is a copy of what I wrote on the 42nd Tuesdays' Question.

Hello, and welcome to the 42nd Tuesday's Question! Tuesday's Question is A Nice Place In The Sun's way of sharing weekly link love, getting to know my readers and introducing bloggers to other bloggers. I think it is a personal way of learning about other bloggers, much like writing a blog review but with the blogger participating on a more personal level. Because you learn more about the person behind a blog by asking questions that connect people to each other. All participates answers/comments are posted within the Tuesday's Question post on the same day, along with a link to their site, however, you don't have to own a blog to participate. All you have to do is write your answer in comments and I will publish them along with your name~


Now, I'm going to post the bloggers answers, some who are still blogging and others who have stopped. I'm also including my own answer, which I believe is no match for my buddies answers. Keep reading and I promise you will laugh. And please feel free to participate, because what I wrote above remains the same. If I do not respond to your comments it's due to the weather here in south La. We're experiencing the worse flooding we've ever had in the history of our city. So, forgive me for posting so late in the day and if you read any typos. :))


Please keep reading...The Question I asked in 2009 was: When Was The Last Time You Impulsively Did Something Foolish? 

 

 Here was my answer;  "When my son was a little boy, I took him to the zoo, and the first birds we saw were Penguins. I was surprised when we saw them because I never knew how adorable they were in person. I mean, this was the first time I saw Penguins up close, so without thinking, I put my finger through the bars of the cage to pet one. Which sadly, ended in disappointment for both me and the Penguin, the Penguin because my finger didn't taste like a cookie or cracker, and me because I had a puncture wound on my finger. I have a before and after picture of the penguin taking a bite of my finger below. "






 

Here is the Penguin before it grabbed my finger. 

And here is the Penguin after...

                                                              

Now, please read the following answers from my readers. I have added a link to the ones who are still blogging, just in case you might like to visit their blogs, which I have a feeling you will after reading their answers which are much funnier than mine.  

My first comment is from one of my dearest friends, Sandee of Comedy Plus, who is also one of the blogger's I wrote about who breathes air into Tuesday's Question. Sandee who deserves a medal for her friendship to me and her loyalty to Tuesday's Question, not to mention her spectacular comments. Here is Sandee's answer, which is so funny I dropped my coffee, I truly did. (She is still blogging.)  

"In my younger years I could have written a book on the impulsive and foolish things I did, but I'll stick with my older years.

In the early 90s, I took a trip to Mexico with a girlfriend for a week of fun in the sun. Well, little did I know that I was going to be approached to hear the sales pitch for buying a timeshare.

Yep, they got me and I decided to buy a timeshare and that way I could have all this fun every single year. It turned into a nightmare.

I never got a bill, but they certainly took my down payment. There wasn't anyone to talk to because they were in Mexico and I was here in California. It was almost a year before I connected with someone in Omaha, Nebraska that could help me.

Keep in mind that I hadn't paid the monthly payment on this timeshare because no one ever sent me a bill. Then they started threatening me because I hadn't paid all year. Hello, you morons...I never got a bill.

It took what seemed like forever and I finally got a portion of my money back. The peso was very depressed from the time of purchase to the time they refunded me my down payment. I lost about 500.00 on the deal and never saw the timeshare at all.

Foolish? Very and when anyone says anything about a timeshare, I run the other way. Especially if it's in another country. Pain in rear to say the least." 


The next comment, I received from another best buddy and loyal Tuesday's Question commenter, Dawn who doesn't blog anymore but does run a website entitled, The Horoscope Junkie.   

Here's Dawns, answer, 

"Would you like the long list or the short one? LOL Just kidding :)

I once posted a very angry rant. It was stupid but it was an impulse. I regretted it deeply. I didn't name any names but a lot of bloggers thought it was directed at them when in fact it was someone in my personal life.

I now live by the rule: Post in haste - Repent at leisure."  

The next comment is from Maunie, who isn't blogging anymore, but maybe she can be found on Facebook.   

"I can't tell you when I have not acted impulsively..one thing does
stand out when my younger son was
ten he had behaved so well in school for a week I told him I would take he and a friend to the circus...he invited six friends...not wanting to disappoint any of the boys I took them all. The headache that ensued
was bad enough...never mind the money...now I say disappoint...they will get over it...you may not make it." 

The next comment is from Mimi Writes who is still blogging, 

"While I love adventure, I am not typically an impulsive person and while I really like this ,I respectfully reserve the right as the Queen to refrain from answering the question. Ahem...."

(Laughing)

The next comment is from Speedcat Hollydale who is still blogging, but it has been so long since I've blogged on a regular basis, his blog is now closed to anyone who is not invited, but I'm posting his link anyway. I will get him soon, here is his answer,

"Ann, I think almost everything I do is impulsive! Sometimes this gets me into trouble, but I have always been a fly by the seat of my pants type of person. Never was one for regiment and agenda.

This probably will not be as funny as it was "live", but it is the first thing that popped into my head .......

"The whole family was out to dinner at one of those all you can eat buffets. It was not very busy, and the servers sometimes would disappear for a moment or two.
My dad said he wanted to get some of the roast, but the carver was not there. I told him that they told me to just help yourself, and cut off what you wanted.
Off he went, and I instructed everyone at the table to watch what happened next.
He grabbed the knife and started to whittle away at the meat ... shortly after the manager came running out and told him the he should not be doing this. His eyes looked back to me immediately! Of course, we all had a huge smile and then the table broke out in laughter. I think he was mad at me (at first) but returned to slap me on the shoulder and say, I should have known.

I have this best friend type of relationship with dad. My day of retribution will be soon at hand. Ha haaa!!!

P.S ... Not sure how to spell "retribution" Is that right ?? Please fix that if you post this :-)

My song today is "Fly me to the Moon". Just watched it at my blog again after seeing you on the chatbox." 


Me: 
(He did spell "retribution" right, but I'm gonna let him know (if I get invited to his blog) that I did have to edit some of this...laughing. 

My next comment is from Ettarose at who did have a blog entitled, Edge of Sanity, but her link brought me to some other site.  Maybe she's on Facebook too, but I laughed so hard at all of these comments I had to post them all again. 

Here is the last one written by Ettarose, 

"Annie, I don't always participate but when I do I enjoy myself.The worst thing I ever did was once at a seminar, I spoke out loud that men were so lucky (that was our question, why men were so lucky) because they had a penis. Now I know what I meant, I mean this is a business world folks. Little did I know I had to repeat this whole speech in front of the company President. I did get a caricature done of me chasing a man with fist raised." 

I hate to say it, but I hope many of you splatter your coffee or wet your pants because these gorgeous people made my day in 2009 and again today. Thank you for reading such a long post and I hope you will feel free to contribute. The floors open for your answers, which I will post along with a link to your blog or website.  And to those of you who recognize your own answers, I hope you enjoyed traveling down memory lane.  

Thanks for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun and come back, because here we have a lot of fun.  :))))

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2. To Swing On A Rainbow


She wished to swing on a rainbow into a sky painted blue, where the stars slept at night and angels flew. And when the sky turned black from day to night, she would dangle from a star like the string on a kite.

What would it be like if her wish did come true, what would it be like, if only she knew.  

 Ann Clemmons

I'm working on my final draft of a children's manuscript, so I thought I would just write a short post today.

Thank you for stopping by A Nice Place In The Sun and have a spectacular Saturday!


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3. Happy Feline Friday! Why am I always the first to arrive for band practice?

Happy Feline Friday! Feline Friday is a Kitty meme I found on my buddy Sandee of, Comedy Plus'  blog and Sandee discovered on her buddy Steve of  Burnt Food Dude's,  blog, which is where the meme originated.  -Us bloggers "pay it forward." -

Why am I always the first to arrive for band practice?



Feline Friday is a fun meme that is easy to join. All you have to do is post a silly or cute picture, video, or cartoon of a kitty Cat, perhaps your own. Then, paste a copy of the link to your post to Mister Linky's link list. The code for the link is available on Comedy Plus and Burnt Food Dude. (Just click on the links above for both blogs.)

I'm not sure why, but I couldn't add the link list...:(  Although, luckily you can find it on Burnt Food Dude or Comedy Plus. This is the first time I've had a problem with it, and I'm so sorry.)


     In any event, have a happy, fun, and worry-free day!
    And thank you for stopping by A Nice Place In The Sun.







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4. If Screen Doors Could Talk


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When my family visited my maternal grandmother in the spring and autumn months we sat on outside on her screen porch before the onset of sweltering Louisiana summers. The view of her front yard from the porch was intoxicating. You felt as if you were sitting inside a bouquet of untouched flowers beneath a pristine airy sky. 
Her house was in the center of three acres of land surrounded by azalea bushes, petunias, and moss sheltered trees; a yard my siblings and I couldn’t resist playing in for hours.   
 

The front porch had two front doors, one for humans and a door my grandmother had built in place of a bottom screen window for her beloved German shepherd, “Sam,” whose door remained swinging from its  hinges after Sam's death. I loved to enter the porch through Sam’s door and of course, play with it although my grandmother prohibited it.
Sam’s door was built for Sam and when a hinge broke or the wood cracked, she would have it repaired, but she never removed the door.  


Both of the front screen doors had their own stories and secrets, if only doors could talk. For example, my brothers and I could judge the mood of the “grown-ups” in our family by the way they closed the screen door on their way in or out, so again, both porch doors played a role in our family and both doors exhibited their own character.   

For example, there was an art to closing the front porch door, it didn’t close easily, so if you didn’t pull the knob gently, it would bounce against the door frame, which infuriated my grandmother, but if you didn't pull the door knob hard enough it wouldn't close at all. 
So, of course, I pulled the door too hard one day and it ricocheted against the frame then stopped leaving the door open about six inches. The house grew silent and I stood as straight as a soldier anticipating the expression on my grandmothers’ face. Her hazel eyes met mine, and she said,        

“Ann, I can see you were in a hurry, but you left the door open again, now go and close it.”  
 My brothers and I called my grandmother, “Nana,” so I said,

“Nana, why do you get mad when we pull the knob on the porch door too hard, and it doesn’t close, the door doesn't open into the house, just to the outside porch?”

I watched her eyes while she searched her mind for an answer, then, she looked at me with a perplexed look, as if she was asking herself the same question. Then she smiled and said,  

 “Because it lets the air out. “  
 

I’ve often wondered what she was thinking before she answered me and I'd like to believe she was thinking of her yard. Perhaps, she didn’t want the air inside the porch to blend with her Azalea bushes, moss sheltered trees and bouquet of untouched flowers beneath a perfect pristine sky. 


Although, I think the truth is, she didn't want to ruin a perfect day, and was probably relieved that I didn't break the front porch door, a fact that never occurred to me when I was a child. In fact, now, I also understand why we weren't allowed to play with Sam's door and why it took her so long to answer my question, in addition to why her answer didn't make any sense.  


Thank you for reading and for stopping by A Nice Place In The Sun. I hate to miss Aww...Monday's a weekly meme from my friend Sandee's blog, Comedy Plus, but I've been thinking about my grandmother lately, then last night I thought of her and the porch doors in the middle of the night, and I just had to write it down. But, I will certainly return to Aww...Monday's next week and I encourage you to stop by Comedy Plus and link up to Aww...Monday's  link list, it's a lot of fun. 

Have a fabulous day and a great week. And again, thanks for visiting. :))    

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5. Forgotten Language, by Shel Silverstein


Forgotten Language, by Shel Silverstein



Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly
in my bed.
Once I heard and answered all the questions
of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling dying
flake of snow,
Once I spoke the language of the flowers. . . .
How did it go?
How did it go?

http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/…/shel_silve…/poems/14830


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6. Wordless Wednesday!



Hey, it's Wordless Wednesday, one of my favorite memes that I discovered on Comedy Plus, one of my favorite blogs. Wordless Wednesday is fun and a great way to meet new friends. If you wish to participate just publish a photo that conveys a message without using any words.

After you've posted your photo add your name to the link list on Sandee's blog, (Comedy Plus) where you can also copy the Mister Linky's Code and paste it below your photo.
Have fun and thank you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun.







Thanks, again for visiting, I appreciate you. :)

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7. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL


Happy Fourth of July to my American friends. Thank you to my friends from all over the world for watching this video and visiting A Nice Place In The Sun. Have a great day!

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8. Happy Fathers Day!



Happy Fathers Day to every Dad who has changed a diaper, rocked his child to sleep, and will read my children's books when they hit the shelves. Just kidding about the last part of that sentence, (Not really) although I will say if you read to your children the moment they are born, it will enrich their lives and open the door to a world of opportunities.

Alright, I'm getting off track, Happy Fathers Day to all of you fabulous Dads!

This is your day and I hope it's a marvelous one!

I wrote the following story for my father, so feel free to leave a comment about your Dad or about any father you know and admire. Thank you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun.





For my Father-

When I was a small child, I rested my head on my bedroom window sill at bedtime waiting for my father’s car to pull into our driveway.  Most of the time I fell asleep, but occasionally I could hear the crinkle of leather from his Cowboy boots as they hit the concrete steps leading to our front door. My father’s job was dangerous so I was afraid he would not return if I went to sleep. I remember struggling to keep my eyes open for what seemed like years to ensure his safe return.   

The times I was awake at my window when he came home the pace of my heart quickened with excitement followed by relief.  
Sometimes, I wondered if he was my father or an imposter, I’m not sure why, but probably because I didn’t see him often. To me, he was an untouchable hero-  I can still see him in my mind’s eye, his black curly hair, greenish blue eyes, cowboy belt buckle, and of course, his boots.  



My father was a Captain at the Sherriff’s Office in our city for thirty years, although it was not his chosen profession. My Dad was a policeman because he had three children to feed, my oldest brother, followed by my middle brother, and me, the youngest.

He wanted to train horses, so my parents moved to a ranch in the country until they discovered my brother had Asthma and they needed to be closer to hospitals and doctors. This is a story I’ve been told, and I believe is true, although my father has never mentioned his dreams, and never complained about the sacrifices or choices he made, he just did the right thing. 


In any event, my parents moved back home and my father went to work for his father who was the Sheriff in their city which was convenient and lucky, although I have a feeling he didn’t see it that way. My father became a deputy sheriff to make a living, but that was not who he was or what he is today.

My parents divorced when I was nine so I stopped looking out of my window for my hero’s return. Then, as the years sailed by, he married a woman, then another and had another child, so he was lost to me for awhile and when we found each other again, we had our share of disagreements, most of them due to the fact that I was acting out for his attention. - Although, I didn’t realize it at the time.-  

Although now, I realize that heroes never leave and my hero will remain close to my heart, mind, and soul throughout my lifetime.  Every time I see a man wearing Cowboy boots I think of my father.-Who wore his boots in and out of his uniform and later, a suit. -  Except now, he is a professional fisherman and wears tennis shoes most of the time, so I suppose he is now a cowboy/fisherman.

My father didn't know what to do with children, but he made a lot of sacrifices to keep us warm during the winter and cool during long hot summers. He loved us and as I grow older I realize that love is the most important gift anyone can give.  

My Dad isn’t perfect, but I have never doubted his affection. Well, that’s not totally true, there were times when I wondered if he forgot about me, but deep down I knew he would never turn his back on me. Even to this day, it is because of him and my son I know I’m not alone in the world.   

My father taught his children character by example. For instance, I know he will always do the right thing, keep his word and that he has a loyal loving heart.- I’m lucky to be his daughter.-  

I love you, Daddy.

Happy Fathers Day!

This day belongs to you-  

Oh, and Daddy, catch a lot of fish. 

Thanks again for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun. :)


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9. Wordless Wednesday!

I discovered  Wordless Wednesday from my friend Sandee of Comedy Plus, and I immediately loved it. It's fun and interesting because you post a photo that conveys a message without using words.

The image speaks for itself whether its a photo capturing a moment in our lives or a cartoon imitating us being ourselves.
After posting your image or photo, copy and paste your link beneath Sandee's post on Comedy Plus' list of links then post Mister Linky's code  beneath your photo and we'll share the same links. Here's Sandee's link to the code. 

                                                     Have Fun!




Thank you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun. 
All visits and comments are appreciated  


                                                              Thank you Google Images

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10. Kermit the Frog-The Rainbow Connection


I'm a little low on energy, so I ripped this wonderful Kermit The Frog song off of my son's timeline. It touched me and I hope it does the same for you. Thank you, visiting A Nice Place In The Sun.

Have a day full of rainbows.

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11. Tuesday's Question "Do You Remember Your First Lie?"

Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. It's easy and fun. Plus, I will link your answers back to your blog, but be aware, I may post or share your answers, so please let me know if you'd rather I didn't, okay?

This weeks question is, Do You Remember Your First Lie? How old were you?

Hit "Read More for my answer:


Alright, I'll go first,



I told my first lie when I was still in diapers. My mother was still toilet training me when she discovered my diaper was wet, frustrated she said,

"Ann, how many times have I told you to tell me when you have to use the bathroom instead using your diaper?"

My reply, "I didn't use my diaper, David did."

David is my older brother who was out of diapers. I can't believe I actually thought I would get away with that one. Poor David.

Alright, it's your turn and I cannot wait for you answers. Thank you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun and I would love it if you would return. I love you all and I wish you a glorious day!  

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12. Happy Mothers Day!

Motherhood is an art impossible to explain, one which requires a vast sea of love, devotion, compassion, and understanding, unmatched by any affection we will ever know again.

Wishing all my readers a wonderful Mother's  day! 


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13. Awww Mondays- Are You Sure You Have The Kibbles And Bits?


Hello, and Happy Monday! Please join us for Awww Mondays. All you have to do is post a picture that makes you say, Awww...Make sure you add a link to your blog at the bottom of Sandee of Comedy Plus' post and she will stop by and visit your Awww Mondays image. What better way to start the week than with a smile?

After you post your image, add the code for Mister Linky's Magical Widgets; here's the link: and click on other bloggers links for more Awww Mondays images.

Thank you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun! :))   Have a super great week!




Are you sure you have the Kibbles And Bits?



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14. Wordless Wednesday! "Let The Good Times Roll! "

Wordless Wednesday (WW) is a simple post featuring a photo that speaks for itself. It's a great way to meet other bloggers and share pictures that speak to us without the use of words.

All you have to do is paste a photo and add a copy of the WW code for Linky's Magical Widgets list here on Comedy Plus,  Then, be sure to add a link to your post on the list below Sandee's Photo.  

Thank-you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun and as we say in south Louisiana, "Let The Good Times Roll!"


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15. Words...


I think I made a mistake for writing, "Leave Of Absence," especially to those of you who have been so loyal to ANPITS. Yes, I have my troubles like everyone else, and so what if I cannot write posts as often, I can still write words.

I just didn't want any of you to think I abandoned writing on my blog, as so many people are doing these days. I will continue to do the best I can and I appreciate your understanding, loyalty, and friendship.

Lately, I realize how important words are; words are the core of our souls, without lyrical expression we lose sight of one another or worse, ourselves. Words bring forth the essence of the human spirit; it is our fundamental nature to express ourselves without abandon.
And now, we have the best opportunity we’ve ever had to use them, so let’s use them wisely.

This passage was written by me, so I suppose I will eat a few words for breakfast this morning, with the exception of "expressing ourselves without abandon." :)))

Thanks for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun. Have a great day! 

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16. Happy Easter!


Have a happy Easter from me, the rabbit, the kitten and Simon. Please you all 

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17. Leave Of Absence


Unfortunately, I have take a leave of absence due to illness, but I will be back...so don't give up on me just yet. I have been blogging for a long time and I love many of you and appreciate the years of support, friendship, and laughter. So, I plan on returning as soon as possible and will post some videos in the meantime, I'm just not well enough to write to keep up.

In the meantime, please enjoy the posts I have archived and know I will return as soon as possible.

As always, thank you for visiting and have a super happy day!  


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18. Dexter, My First Crush...Do You Remember Your First Crush?





Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. I have a Doctor appointment out of town today, so if I do not respond to your answers today, I most certainly will tomorrow.  Thank you, Sandee of Comedy Plus for you wonderful answer to last Tuesday's Question and thank you Ann of Snap, Edit, Scrap.   for yours.

Please, if you have the time, read Sandee and Ann's answers to Sibling Rivalry they're simply fabulous and thanks to both of you for participating. I appreciate you.

Okay, this weeks question is:  

Do you remember your first crush?   Alright, I'll go first...

My first crush was on a boy named Dexter who sat next to me in the third grade and he was fascinating. Dexter had action figures hidden in his desk and maps he drew of oceans, rivers, mountains and streams.                                                                                                                                                                                        


I loved it when our classroom was full, because I could pull my desk close to him and ask him questions, although he never answered me.                                                        

He smelled like nickels and could draw Charlie Brown as well as Charles Schulz from the Peanuts cartoon. - Or, at least, I thought he could.-

I think he drew Charlie Brown because our third grade teacher's voice was reminiscent of the adult voices in the Peanuts television specials, but to me all teachers sounded the same. My teachers shared the muffled inflections of grown-ups, "bloc, bloc, bloc, bloc...with a "Good morning children, you sure look bright-eyed and bushy tailed today."-An introduction that made me feel like like a rabbit.-

Our teacher's name was Mrs. Keysler, and she wore cat-eyed sixties style glasses with a chain that jiggled when she walked, so she could clear a path for herself down a crowded hallway of children- Mrs. Keysler had power.-

I drove poor Dexter crazy most of the year, but he was a good sport, because if the tables were turned,  I would have requested a different desk.  But, he had a way of ignoring people, especially me. I asked him stuff like, "

"What did you have for breakfast today?"

He responded by looking at me like he wished I would miss a day of school. So, I finally quit trying to talk to him, although I still stared at him like a starving wolf would glare at a loaf of bread.

Ordinarily, I couldn't take my eyes off Dexter, but one day he brought stiff competition. Dexter's brought a new whistle to school and it wasn't one of those toy whistles you get in a Cracker Jack box... no siree, Dexter's whistle was A + silver army grade whistle, and I was fascinated by it.

He noticed me staring at it resting on the corner of his desk by his drawing pad, and to my surprise, he quietly picked it up and placed it in my hand, while Mrs. Keysler continued speaking in the background, bloc, beep, beep, bloc, blah…

Anyway, I was holding the whistle Dexter put in my hand, plus, I was sitting close enough to him to touch his copper colored hair. I was in a trance, all of this was simply too much. So, I turned the whistle over in my hand, put it in my mouth, and blew it so hard a blast echoed forth like a trumpet.

Every student shook their heads and covered their ears. The floor in the classroom felt like it bounced beneath the surface of the earth and hung there. -Which was followed by a few seconds of stinging silence.-

Then, the mixed voices of my classmates began to fill the emptiness and they were all too eager to began pointing their index fingers toward the criminal. 

That finger pointing thing, is such an annoying tactic among tattlers, whose goal in life is to retire as the teachers pet. I face felt hot from the stares, as the little self-serving informants fingers continued to point in my direction. I heard one little girl cry, “Oh, she is soo dumb!” and of course, I sat there horrified; my face flushed with humiliation.

Humiliation is just one of an array of emotions I associate with the day I blew Dexter's whistle; it's also one of those funny to me now, not so funny then, experiences especially since my teacher made me stand in the back of the classroom the rest of the day with my back turned toward the wall.

After that, Dexter looked at me with a cautious look for the rest of the school year and the girl who called me “sooo dumb” turned out to be one of my closest friends, years later.

We never know what our children are going through in a day, or much, if anything, about their first crushes.

My mother thinks to this day that I just blew a whistle in the middle of class for absolutely no reason that she can phantom. Do you know who your children are thinking about today?



Mrs. Keyster




Mrs. Keysters Third Grade Class

I'm circled in purple, Dexter is in Blue, and the "Oh shes' so dumb friend" is circled in yellow.

Our Close- ups:

Me
"Mean girl/closest friend"



Dexter









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19. Happy Feline Friday!

Happy Feline Friday! Steve of Burnt Food Dude started Feline Friday. A fun meme that is simple to join and fun to post.

All you have to do is post a picture, drawing, cartoon, or video of a cat, then visit Steve's blog, go to the top of the menu bar and click on the Feline Friday Code.    
Paste the code under your cat picture, add you name and link and join in the fun. It's a great way to meet other bloggers and see a variety of adorable cats and kittens being themselves. You can even post a photo of your own feline when he/she is not looking. :) Have a spectacular day! 




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20. This Week-ends Favorite Movie Moments- Ghost

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21. Sibling Rivalry



Hello, and welcome to A Nice Place In The Sun. I'm back...but I'm still regaining my sea legs, so I haven't written anything new and I've been worried about it. Then, this morning, I remembered a second grade essay written by my brother David and I realized I'm not the only writer in my family...I mean geez...;)


How long is he going to hold it against me?


Do you have any sibling stories to share? Can you guess my sibling David’s and my birth order? Am I younger or older than David? What birth order are you?

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More posts coming soon...Have a great day!

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22. I Resemble A Mouse On My Birthday


Hello, is anyone there? I resemble the mouse in this image today. This past week, I've been in bed nursing a sinus infection and watching the ceiling swirl.  

I think my bed is floating across the room, but I can barely lift my eye lids, so I'm not sure.

The middle of my nose has grown an inch or two, my forehead resembles Frankenstein's, my eyes are droopy and red...I'm sorry, I'm sure you can relate, after all, I'm not the only person who has suffered from a sinus infection, it's just that viruses love me so much they overstay their visit.

And, you know what? Today is my birthday. Yes, I'm thirty years old today. (A lie)
Yes, I lived through my tender years and now it's time to celebrate.  I'm not going to let this virus stop me...No-Sir-Ree-Bob, not me, I'm getting out of bed so that I can resemble the image below instead...






 Then, get back in my bed...


In closing, I want to thank everyone who participated in Tuesday's Question last week and let you know I will post your links and answers this coming Tuesday.

Plus, I want to thank my loyal readers -you know who you are- for your patience while I was away. My cat, Simon will not post for me when I feel bad or I'm working offline, so I beg your pardon, and again, I appreciate you.

Thanks for visiting and reading A Nice Place In The Sun.

More posts coming soon...Cheers!







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23. Wordless Wednesday! "I Need An Assistant"



Wordless Wednesday is a simple blog post featuring a photo or image that speaks for itself without using words. If you would like to participate in this fun meme, just post a picture with a thousand words and add you link here on Comedy Plus. 

See image below:




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24. Tuesdays Question- Have You Ever Skipped A Day Of School?

Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. I wonder if I should have phrased this question, "Have You Ever Been Caught Skipping A Day Of School?" But, then I thought, maybe you never have skipped a day of class, but if you haven't, you can still tell us why.

I began asking questions every Tuesday since 2007 in an effort to get to know my readers, for you to get to know me and to encourage conversation between everyone who leaves comment, so feel free to comment to each other.

If you write a blog or website I will link back to your site, plus, I must warn everyone who comments, if I like your answer it may show up in a published post.

Although, please let me know in comments if you would like your answer to remain within this post and your wishes will be respected.

Alright, now's the time to tell, Have You Ever Skipped A Day Of School? 

I'll be fair and answer first:



Have You Ever Skipped School? 

I'm ashamed to say that yes, I have, although I rarely skipped the whole day. In high school I skipped math class on a frequent basis and never got caught, but one crispy Spring morning a friend and I opened our front doors to the intoxicating fragrance of  Magnolia Fuscata's, which are tiny magnolia blossoms that smell like banana's. Magnolia Fuscata's are one of the most heady scents found in the Southern United States, so we when we stepped off the school bus, we couldn't resist making a run for a field of clover across the street from our school.

Once we realized we hadn't been noticed and we caught our breath, we lay on the soft bed of clover, laughing, then opened our books and began to read. -novels not textbooks-

It was blissful, I can still feel the feathery clover and smell the promise of Spring on it's way...until...we heard footsteps marching in our direction.

I don't know why, but we pretended we didn't hear him, when our Principal said,

"Miss Clemmons, just what do you think you're doing?"

I think my friend was relieved because he didn't address her by name, so she just kept reading, it was if she thought if she didn't speak, he wouldn't see her.

But, the reason he said my name was because when he called my house and asked if I was ill our housekeeper told him,

"No, she's not here, and she's not ill, she's probably across the street in that field of clover reading. Go look, I'm sure you'll find her."

Okay, that's my confession, now it's your turn: Have You Ever Skipped A Day Of School? And, if you never skipped class, why? 

Brag Tag
   
Please feel free to grab a Brag Tag for your blog/website to let everyone know you had the courage to tackle Tuesdays Question. In any event, thanks for being such good sports, and have a super great Tuesday!

Note: I cannot remember how to add the link to the image, so I beg your pardon. Although, you can still add the tag, I'll figure it out eventually, and do not feel bad if you would rather not post it. I completely understand. You cannot post everyone's images, besides some of you may prefer to keep your courageous actions to yourself. :)

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25. Awww Mondays

Every Monday, Sandee of Comedy Plus  hosts, "Awww Mondays", a fun meme where all you have to do is post a picture that makes you say, "Awww" It's a great way to begin a new week and meet new friends.

So, be sure to join us by posting your own "Awww Mondays" photo and adding your link to Sandee's post on Comedy Plus. 

Oh, and here's the link to the Awww Mondays code  which is also listed on Comedy Plus along with a fabulous photo. Just paste the code under your post.

The following picture is my contribution:








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