A Heart for Gardening

Gardening has found it’s way back into my heart.  In fact, it has been there all the time.  This year, I insisted upon buying myself two potted hanging plants for Mother’s Day.  They are hanging above my front porch.  I love seeing them because they are reminders of the brighter side of life.

This week, I started to grow a celery cutting in water as well as planting some Cosmos seeds.  I will begin container gardening which may be much easier than planting in the ground.  I have quite a few seeds that need to be planted.  I am looking forward to putting more seeds in some soil.  This gardening project is going to bring forth lots of good things.

© Shirley Brittenum

July 4, 2018



I am so thankful today.  Perhaps it’s because I did not have to work a full shift and arrived home early.  The weather is so hot and the air-conditioning at work was not working properly.  Therefore, I am thankful that my boss was so kind and said that we could leave work early.  What a great way to begin the weekend!

As I think back, I have a lot to be thankful for each day.  Especially the small things that happen to me.  When I recognize the small things, I believe I make room for greater things to happen in my life.  Being thankful each day is a practice I intend to continue regularly.  It will lead to better circumstances along the pathway of life.


Shirley Brittenum




In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Community Service.”

Community service is done by workers who volunteer in various positions of neighborhood agencies. They serve with well-meaning intentions. Yet, many neighborhood residents and their dwelling places go on neglected with little hope of improvement. The real changes do not seem to come fast enough to make a real difference. The goals of the community agencies need to be re-examined if there is going to be any positive changes.

The community service agencies need to see beyond getting its pockets lined with government funds that seldom reach the neighborhood residents. They should access regularly the impact that they are making on their assigned communities. This would help the people, their homes, and their children take pride in the services being given to them.

Community service should be charitable, helpful, and educational. It would be good for the agencies to teach recipients how to be accountable of the funds that they receive. This may cut down on misuse of funds. Also, the recipients need to  learn how to give back by volunteering as a part of community service. The recipients would appreciate their gifts more when they earn them. As the neighborhood residents begin to flourish, community pride will become evident in the sight of all to see.

Shirley A. Brittenum



Taking a Stress-Free Break

It was great to take a break from a hectic day to have some fun. My husband and I traveled several miles across town to enjoy ourselves. We went to a fantastic recreational center with my Social Services group from church in our local city. Our group members chose bowling for the quarterly fellowship. We had food, fun and entertainment during our time together.

The conversation was great. We cheered those who made strikes and those who came close to doing so. Some experienced bowlers did great at scoring well in bowling. One lady member offered to coach anyone who had trouble aiming their ball toward the bowling pins. She did very well in making a great score. We took pictures with our cell phones. The atmosphere was relaxing and much cooler than the heated outdoors. It was a great afternoon of enjoyment.

After a while of bowling, gift cards for the quarterly birthdays were passed out to some members. It was great to see them smile upon receiving their gifts. Everyone enjoyed the fellowship and will look forward to the next outing. There’s nothing like great fun and fellowship on a Saturday afternoon.

© Shirley A. Brittenum




In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wrong Turns.”

It was a bit confusing for me when I went to the employee cafeteria at my new job. The route consists of winding hallways and a connection to another building. At first, I went with someone so that I could become familiar with the directions. Later, I started to go alone so that I could learn the way. After several weeks, I started to get better at going there by myself.

Well, on yesterday, I went to the cafeteria to get lunch. I succeeded in getting there just fine. However, my return trip to my department was not the same. I made a wrong turn down a hallway. After a few steps, I realized that I was not going the right way. I turned around to head back in the right direction. When I saw someone coming near me, I just politely let them know that I had made a wrong turn.

As I continue to travel the route to the cafeteria, I will get better at it. Many times, I only go there once or twice a week. In fact, I may make the route a part of my walking routine. This will help tremendously. After all, regular trips on the route will be helpful. Eventually, I believe that practice will help me to get it right.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Delayed Contact.”

If I met my brother for the first time this year, I know I would be happy to be acquainted with him. He is my youngest brother and he is very special to me. During November of 2013, he and my sister-in-law moved to our city. It is his hometown, however he has been away from here for many years. I am proud of his serving 20 years in the armed forces before retiring at a young age. I tried to discourage him from moving by letting him know that it is not so great living here. Besides, my family and I wanted to be able to visit them sometime later. However, he wanted to be near family members who live here.

I would be happy to meet my brother now, because he is so thoughtful, giving, and a gentleman. He is always willing to help my family and me, if we need transportation for my daughter after she gets off work. Last year, he and my sister-in-law traveled across town in the rain to pick me up after church. Then, we went to a neighboring town to eat at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ®.

Also, my brother and sister-in-law were so helpful to me last fall when my daughter started a new job in their area of town. I was able to spend the evenings with them until she got off work. This suggestion saved me travel time and gas. I am so grateful for their help. Before they moved here, they were so supportive when there were weddings, funerals and my college graduation. They are still as supportive now that they have moved here.

My brother and sister-in-law are a blessing to my family and me. I appreciate all that they do. Sometimes, we get a chance to go out for lunch or dinner and enjoy each other’s company. Their presence is a great refreshment to our lives. Truthfully, I am thankful that my brother and sister-in-law came to live in our city where we can spend quality time together.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Beyond the Pale.”

Thursday, I joined many people who visited the new sporting goods store in our downtown area. After seeing a news story about the grand opening, I said that I wanted to go to visit the store. However I got the opening date mixed up and went the following day.

I am glad that we waited because there were too many people in attendance on the first day. Initially, my family and I started out for a walk in the downtown area. Deciding to walk in the direction of the store fit into our plan to visit the store.

I am not a sports lover, however I do love fish. We were told by a couple from Kentucky that there were blue catfish swimming in the pond.  I wanted to see the blue catfish and the huge fish bowl display. I was tired when we arrived at the store, so my daughter and I sat in the lobby.

My husband went into the store ahead of us. After relaxing for a while, my daughter and I went inside along with my husband. He had canvassed most of the store and wanted us to see some of it. It is a huge place. We saw boats, alligators and fish in the pond, large swamp-land trees, race cars, clothing, etc.

I have not visited the sporting goods store in another part of town that is a part of the same ownership. It was a new experience for me. When we went inside, it seemed like we were in another city different from our own.

I was impressed with the store and the variety of displays available. It will be a great attraction for our city for the upcoming summer months and beyond. I do look forward to returning to the downtown store location. It has a lot to offer all ages and many interests.

© Shirley Brittenum