January 17, 2014

USE YOUR WORDS!! January 2014

Today’s post is a writing challenge that I hope you find as much fun to read as it was to write. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

By the way, this is another brainchild of Karen from Baking in a Tornado!! That woman is SO amazingly creative!

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:               winter ~ snow storm ~ sliding ~ hairpin turn ~ loving life

They were submitted by:    http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com

Winter Graphic SSaS

I am about to tell you a TRUE story of winter sledding in West Virginia. I was about 10 years old and we had just had a ginormous snow storm (the norm for West Virginia). Some friends and I decided that we REALLLLLY needed to head out and go sledding or in this case tubing. SIGH....

One of my friends and her sister rounded us all up and drove us to their grandparent's house. They had the BEST hill ever for tubing. It was steep, it was long and it had a dozen hairpin turns. PERFECT!!!!!

We get there and trudge up the very steep, very long hill. When we get to the top we decided that we didn't want to actually wait and take turns. It took too long to get to the top!!! We have about 6 of us and 2 big tubes. That't it! 3 to a tube!

We start to pile on the tubes. Somehow I am in the middle. OK, no biggie. Sounds good to me. It means I won't be flying off the sides, right???

We start sliding down the hill. We start picking up speed! We start screaming! We start holding on for dear life!!!!

And that, my friends, is when I got mushed into the middle of the tube. The very middle. Where the hole is.

All the rest of the way down the hill my posterior is getting the beating of a life time!

We FINALLY make it to the bottom after what feels like FOREVER!!!

And I collapse. I can't move an inch!

But you know what?? It was SO MUCH FUN that no matter the bruises I was still loving life!

And after a while, we trudged back up that hill to do it all over again!

Thank you, Evil Joy Speaks for the GREAT words! I had almost forgotten about that experience! LOL

Now! On to the AMAZING bloggers that have signed up for Use Your Words!!!!!!!!!!

http://BakingInATornado.com                   Baking In A Tornado

http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com        Juicebox Confession

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch          Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com           Battered Hope

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com          Spatulas on Parade

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com               Evil Joy Speaks

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/          Stacy Sews and Schools

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com.au            Searching for Sanity

http://www.justalittlenutty.com                         Just A Little Nutty

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com               The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                   Follow me home . . .

dates2diapers2.blogspot.com                      Dates 2 Diapers 2


  1. Ouch!! It's funny that some of our favorite memories are from skin-bruising, butt-breaking trips down a snow hill? I miss the days when we could heal faster. Great story, Stacy!

  2. I'm laughing . . . and cringing! Sounds like so much fun, yet so painful. Great story to tell with your words!

  3. Thank you, Michele!!!!!!!
    I miss those days, too. SIGH... AND the snow! ;)

  4. Thanks, Karen!!!! Those words were absolutely perfect for me! :D

  5. OUCH! That sounds like a blast!
    What a fun memory.
    I would have been terrified but I'm a total goober in snow.
    Awesome words.

  6. We are soul sisters! I keep bruising my bum snowboarding but back to it time and time again I go!!!! I love this!! I love that it brought a memory alive for you again! Thanks for taking the words I gave you and using them!!!

    Have a fabulous weekend and remember to warn your kiddos of the danger of the "middle of the tube!"

  7. LOL! So glad you like it!!
    You gave me great words!! THANK YOU!!!!!
    My kids have only done mild sledding. We really ought to take a vacation to the mountains in the winter just so they can go tubing! LOL

  8. Your story brings back so many winter sledding memories! It's nice to reminisce and remember those fun trips flying down snowy hillsides. Except the time I landed on my face. But anyway..... Great post!

  9. OUCH!!!!!!!
    Yeah, I once ended up with a bloody nose. SIGH....But it was still fun! LOL


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