I took a long holiday break, and some of you know that “breaks” can sometimes be the same as “stops” for writers. So, I’m patting myself on the back for walking back onstage.

I chose this prompt because my house  has been “pillaged” by the armies of people who have come and gone and by the wrapping and unwrapping of gifts. It also seems that taking down decorations and getting rid of Christmas trees gives the place a look much like the barricades scene in the musical Les Miserables.

To get back to my regular routine is going to take monumental patience, strength, stamina, and a clear head. I do, however, have a plan. It is to take regular “hot chocolate with marshmallows and peppermint sticks” time-outs. I’m thinking every two hours is a good formula and will keep me in a better mood as I make order out of chaos.

By the way, here is a link to the best hot chocolate recipe on the internet. It’s made by Stacy over at http://wickedgoodkitchen.com/homemade-hot-cocoa-mix-worlds-best/. You know it’s the best because she uses the world’s best cocoa powder and she has a picture of a Kitchenaid mixer at the top of her site. ‘Nuff said!

Image result for vintage kitchenaid mixers

Think of me, please, as I plow myself out of this mammoth pile of all things holiday. The light is bright at the end of the tunnel.


Author: gebbysmith

I am a retired school teacher, school administrator, designer, retail business- owner, writer, fisherman, gardener, music-lover, dance-lover, theater-lover who lives in Mississippi. My husband, four doggies, and I live on a small farm and have fun every day making things and working on our house..

6 thoughts on “Pillage”

  1. I truly wish you all the very best. I don’t have a mess but I am in a no-man’s land not “hearing” my muse or have any thrill to pick up my camera. I know the courage it takes to walk back on stage, so kudos for you. ❤


  2. Welcome back, Grace! I have missed you. And not only because of your break, I have been a bit horrible playing catch up with my Reader. I promise to be good as soon as I get my reading routine. 🙂 I am glad you came back. You are right, sometimes, the breaks become permanent. Here’s to a terrific blogging year!


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