OUR WEEKLY NINEPATCH FACEBOOK QUESTIONS

Following are questions you will see on our Facebook page in the coming weeks.

Week 1: “I prefer to take a shower (bath) because…”

Week 2: “When I go to a party, I…”

Week 3: “My routine for getting up in the morning is…”

Week 4: “I’m looking forward to…”

Week 5:” At the beach you will most likely find me…”

TWO COMMENTS FROM SEPTEMBER NINEPATCH FACEBOOK TOPIC

In response to the question, ““People might be surprised to find out that I…”

Gail (Sept.’19) commented, “Iworked for the FBI in the Department of Justice Building on Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C. way back in 1954/55.” 

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Georgene (Sept.’19) said, “I am an incredibly shy person. It takes a ton of energy for me to be social. I like being social once I know somebody… but initiating conversation is terrifying!”

THE MONTHLY QUESTION

June Poucher (Aug.’19) comments on our September question, “The best thing friends can do for one another is….” She says, “The best thing friends can do for one another is to respect what is important to the other, whether they agree or not.”

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What is the longest line you ever stood in?” will continue for comment into November and a new query will join it: “My favorite winter holiday family tradition is….”

INSIDE A PURPLE SKY

Hurricane Dorian’s purple sky
Hurricane Dorian’s purple sky

The sky turned purple
After tested by a hurricane.
Six women shared
How they got to where we
Were, in a large apartment
Building.

Most of us would agree
We are “the feminist six,”
Sitting with our wine
And our stories—poems
Pulled out of our pockets –
And our books,
Or painted canvases.

Common and uncommon, we are
Well- traveled, educated, how
Our secrets are not worth
The hiding—

Together the words of
Each of us—shared.

The evening had no real
Ending—
One of us would be marching

For “We the People”

September 23 in D.C. –

But hereafter all of us

will know
Each other in the quiet
Hallways,
Energized, not in the least
Bit old,
But growing younger—

Gayle Bluebird(Sept.19) “Just because one lives in a senior high-rise does not mean one’s passions end.  Myself, I find I have more time, less to worry about, still writing, planning and traveling. It should not be surprising that there are others like myself. Getting together to share our individual lives, past and present, is special.  If you like my poems you can order my newly published book, Early Morning Words on Amazon for $6.50.

THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY

It rose from the ground

as I walked by.

As if it was striving to catch

my eye.

It fluttered in the air like

a golden beam,

As the sunlight made its colors

gleam.

Further and further it flew

from me,

Til it disappeared

in the leaves of a tree.

For a moment only

it was beyond my sight,

Then it floated back into the

bright sunlight.

It paused for a while on

a beautiful flower

Just awakened from

last night’s shower.

I stared in wonder at

this lovely creature,

God’s exquisite work

of nature.

Carikibe is single and has no children. She enjoys reading, visiting and sewing. Right now, she is now cutting blocks for a new comforter. She adds, “I write poems that have the beat of rhyme.”

ANOTHER OF MY SISTER’S RECOMMENDATIONS

I enjoyed City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert.  A good author makes all the difference. 

I liked reading about Vivian, the main character, who had her first sexual experience at age nineteen. Rather funny.

Dottie (Sept.’19) adds, “Now I am reading another by Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love. It’s about Elizabeth’s life. Rather funny, but sad as well.”  

A NEW SERIES

Recently, I picked up a new book by Anne Perry.  She has started another series with a new character, Elena Standish. The book is set in pre- WW II England. Its title is Death in Focus. 

Thought I would give her a look.  Will let you know if I like it or not.

Patricia (June ‘19) says, “I don’t think Perry can ever top her Pit and Monk series.”

MISS JULIA TAKES OVER

The title is the second in this series by Ann B. Ross.   In this story, Miss Julia’s orderly world is turned upside down when Hazel Marie Puckett appears with her nine-year-old son, Little Lloyd. The boy bears a disturbing resemblance to Miss Julia’s late husband.

Miss Julia must tackle another disruption when Hazel Marie fails to return from a dinner date. Frantic, Miss Julia takes matters into her own capable hands.

She hires a private detective to investigate.

June Poucher (Sept. ‘19) adds, “Some of Miss Julia’s actions remind me of my mother. She was good at taking over.”

Self-imposed restraint is difficult.

James (Sept.’19) adds, “Rules, laws and tradition help to maintain balance.”

MORE ABOUT GRUMBLES

MORE ABOUT GRUMBLES

The Outdoor Kitty, Grumbles, is a character. He’s an-indoor-and-outdoor cat and a unique combination of tame and wild!

About dusk I go outside and call him. Sometimes I get quite a walk out of getting him to come to me. My yard is about two acres and when I walk around it several times calling my pet, I might get a full mile’s walk. As I go around calling, “Grumbles?”

No cat. Instead, I find squirrels, the occasional “evil” chipmunk, that bachelor buck, does and their fawns, a few crows, a catbird, a couple of hawks and songbirds settling in for night.

Finally, I hear that uplifted, high-pitched “Meow!” At last, The Outdoor Kitty trots out from the woods.

Malaina (Sept.’19) adds, “Of course, even though Grumbles took his time answering my calls, he ex-pected to be picked up and given a treat!”