TMP — I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

My peeve is about my over-sensitive Apple Watch. Our year and a half year old dog, mostly pit bull, is a very playful, rambunctious dog, and when I roughhouse with her, I keep getting this message on my Apple Watch:

I touch “I’m OK,” and then I get this:

I touch “I did not fall,” and that’s the end of it.

So what’s my peeve? Well, I love my Apple Watch, but I wish I could either turn off this feature or at least tone down its sensitivity a notch or two.

Oh wait. I just googled “how to turn off Apple Watch SOS Emergency notification and saw these instructions:

You can change your Emergency SOS services as follows:

  • Open the Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab
  • Tap Emergency SOS
  • Turn off fall detection

Okay. Never mind. Please ignore this post.

Blogging Insights — For Melanie

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She usually provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote. But this week, her Blogging Insights post is a wonderful remembrance of Melanie, who passed away this past weekend.

So, in honor of Melanie, I’m going to cut and paste Tanya’s heartfelt tribute to Melanie, as Tanya speaks for all of us here on WordPress who knew Melanie.

Today’s Blogging Insights post departs from its usual format. I am dedicating this space to the memory of our dear friend Melanie B. Cee, who passed away yesterday. 

A good friend 

Melanie was a very supportive and warm hearted friend. She always had something positive to say about my posts. More than once, I thought of ending this Blogging Insights prompt but Melanie would say how much she liked it and I would keep at it.

A great blogger.

With her straight forward and humorous style of writing, Melanie’s posts were fun to read. She ran more than one prompt. Her Share Your World prompt was always a lot of fun.

Voracious reader and book lover

Melanie loved to read and would reccomend her favourite authors to others. I have never liked the horror genre but Melanie kept telling me to try Stephen King. Now I will do so in her memory.

Something she was strongly against was the banning of books that were written many years ago but were now deemed ‘politically incorrect’. Like me, she was of the opinion that books should be read in the context of their times.

Despite having firm opinions, Melanie was never judgemental or unduly critical. She believed in good manners and did not like noisy or thoughtless people. 

With Melanie in Utah and me in Lahore, we were across the world from each other. Yet we had similar views and ideas about many things.

I will miss her a lot.

Thank you, Tanya. We will all miss her a lot.

Share Your World — 11/7/2022

Share Your World

Before I get started with my response to today’s Share Your World prompt, I just want to say a few words about Melanie, who has been hosting this weekly prompt for at least the past few years. Melanie passed away over the weekend. I have been following Melanie’s blog for a long time and it’s hard to believe she has actually left us. Melanie was quite a character. She was quirky, brutally honest, funny, sad, and lovable. She will be missed.

Di, at Pensitivity101, who has been standing in for Melanie for the past month or so, has graciously agreed to continue to host this weekly prompt in Melanie’s memory.

1. Do you consider friends an extension of your family?

If I think about my immediate family, no. My wife, son, daughter, and grandchildren come first above all friendships. If I think of my extended family, though, there are some that I rarely speak with and some that I really don’t care for. So in that case, I have close friends that I consider to be more family than some actual members of my extended family.

2. Would you confide in a friend more than you would a family member?

My best friend is my wife, and there is no one I would confide in more than her.

3. How long have you known your best friend?

In the case of my wife, who as I mentioned, is my best friend, we met in 1976, so 46 years. I have several other close male friends that I’ve known since before I met my wife, but I don’t live near any of them anymore, so my interactions with them are a lot less frequent.

4. Do you believe distance has a negative effect on friendships?

Yes, I think distance does have a negative effect because there are barriers to getting together and sharing experiences with people who live far away. Telephone calls, letters, emails, cards, and text messages just aren’t the same as physical proximity.

That said, I am grateful for the friendships I have made with people from all around the globe via blogging. I probably feel more of a closeness with many of you who are reading this than I do with some real world friends who I see, talk with, or exchange written communications with much less frequently than I do with many of you.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #192

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows two men sitting on steps having what appears to be a serious discussion.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Storm


It’s November 7, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “storm.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.