Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

Hiya, Welcome back to PEP! Happy early Valentine’s Day. I’m single so its not a holiday I celebrate. As such just a simple wish for everyone that does celebrate it.


I’m actually fairly glad this last weekend is over, mostly Saturday, as it was hectic with handymen coming in and out of my house. I rent a house and the landlord decided to fix a dimmer switch and laundry doors that had been broken. She also did some work in the kitchen that I’m happy about.

This week’s question: Write about your first love: whether a person, place or thing? A fitting question for this week, really.

My answer: I’ll be writing about a couple of ‘things’ so to speak. My first loves, the first things I remember having a passion for is music and writing. I’ve been listening to music since I was little and can remember playing random notes on a piano when I was 4 years old. I started lessons when I was 11 and took them until I was 18. They only ended then as I was a senior in high school and time was limited as I prepared for college. Plus, the teacher I had at the studio I was learning at had reached his limit of what he could teach me-he was fairly young. So rather than change studios for only a year as I’d already been accepted at ACU, I simply dropped lessons. I still own my piano and keyboard and play every now and then. I also played percussion from 11-18, unable to play in college due to the ability of my high school band. I do still want to learn to play the guitar and I still remember everything I’d learned on piano and percussion. It was always a hobby of mine, not something to be a career. But I’ve been writing little stories since I could read and put the alphabet together. I have two novels in second draft status, four novels in first draft status and another two in progress as well as multiple short stories. I plan to be published one day and am on my way to figuring out how.

What’s your answer?

This week’s baking and cooking: This week cooking was French Onion soup, the picture is posted below. It was actually really good. February is Soup and Stew month and this next week’s soup is Nacho Cheese Chowder. It looks to be a really simple recipe so I’ll let you know how that goes. Last week’s baking was Ultimate Chocolate Chip Oreo Brownies. It is Rich and gooey and delicious. This next week I’m planning to bake a Victoria Sponge Cake but I’ll keep you updated on that as my landlord just replaced the oven I’ve been complaining about with a new stainless steel digital oven plus a new stainless steel dishwasher. So, I’ll be playing with both this next week and will let ya’ll know, probably on the baking update on Friday. I’m looking forward to it.

This week’s writing:
“I wanted you to fight for me and you didn’t.”
“How could I? I didn’t think we had anything to fight for. You’re the one that insisted we had to hide, that we couldn’t be a couple in public.”
“Why should I risk everything when you wouldn’t even fight for me as a friend. We can be friends in public.”
“I didn’t know that?! I thought we weren’t allowed to be anywhere in public.”
She huffed, “Friends in public was the first step towards to taking our relationship public. I can’t make you socially acceptable immediately. It has to be one step at a time. The first step is you being my friend. I can make anyone acceptable but I don’t know if I can do that now after your screw up.”
“No. If you wanted me to fight for you, you have to be willing to fight for me as well. Not to mention, communication is key in any relationship. I can’t know your plan if you don’t tell me!”
Terrie winced, “Fair enough. Alright, I’ll recover from this screw-up if you go with me on taking our friendship in front of everyone else. From there, it’ll be slow going but we can eventually admit that we’re more than friends. Deal?”
© Paula Crofoot

Monday Motivation: Love should be an inspiration, not an obligation.

Writing Prompt: “I look at you, and I just love you, and it terrifies me. It terrifies me what I would do for you.”

Music I’m listening to as I’m posting this: Cowboy Casanova: Carrie Underwood-Play On

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