Book, Family, Memoir, Non-Fiction

I Didn’t Win NANOWRIMO but,

I didn’t win, but I did manage to put together 46,444 words for the rewrite of my memoir, which I will take down the old one and replace with this one once I am done. It will be much longer than the first one for sure and hopefully better written.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

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Family, Non-Fiction, Prompt, Word of the Day Challenge

Lament – Word of the Day Challenge

Rules for the Word of the Day Challenge:

Today’s word of the day is LAMENT.

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I lament the loss of my father this past June. It wasn’t unexpected, but it was a shock just the same and I was in the hospital when it happened.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Family, Non-Fiction, Writing

The Blue Bird of Happiness

– by Tessa Dean (written in 2015)

When my oldest daughter Kat was married, it was a crazy time, and the wedding planning was rough as her father and I were divorced, and she and her soon-to-be inlaws paid for most of the wedding. I had no money as a divorcee struggling to raise a son alone, but I managed to pay for half the wedding gown.

The gown was beautiful, and it was made just for her. You know how you try something on, and you just know it is the one? She tried it on at the shop, and they had her out front so everyone could see, and all the customers came over to watch. She tried on several gowns, but we all loved the same one.  She picked out her bridesmaid’s gowns, but she had to be mindful of the fact that one of them was pregnant, and although she would have the baby before then, the dress would probably have to cover baby fat. The dresses picked out looked really good on all 3 of the girls. They were all dressed in dark blue or navy blue, not sure which.

Her sister, Karen, was the maid of honor. Her son was the ring bearer. Our son Will was on the guy’s side. He looked nice in his Tux.

On the day of the wedding, all of the women were at the beauty parlor getting their hair done. The girl did a beautiful job with the bride’s hair and incorporated her veil into the design. She looked beautiful.

While they continued working on the girls, Kat went outside to smoke. She was standing out there, and suddenly, we heard her yelling. She puts out the cigarette and comes running inside. Her words were, “A bird just shit on my veil!” She started to get really upset. We got some damp rags and started washing the bird poop out of the veil. It cleaned up nice, thankfully.

We convinced her that it was good luck for a bird to poop on your veil.

Then just as we get her calmed down, storm clouds start rolling in. Thundershowers were predicted.

We got to the church for the wedding with no rain, but by the time the reception had rolled around, it had already rained.

The pictures were supposed to be taken outside. They had a beautiful setting for pictures, but the dark cloud remained, the ground was soaking wet, and it was thundering again.

They took just the bride and groom out to the small river and put down tarps, and took a few outside shots. We had to convince her again that rain on your wedding day was good luck. What else could go wrong?

The next problem was that they wanted my ex-husband and me to walk in together. His girlfriend was mad about that, but she wasn’t family. So we walked in next to each other, but not holding hands like the other couples.

Finally, we were all seated, and my ex and I were at different tables. All the kids were at the head tables, so I sat with my family and Karen’s escort. Our friends were seated with the ex and his girlfriend.

The funny thing was that he didn’t dance with his girlfriend. He was dancing with an old friend that he was close to. Watching that, I believe that even though they claimed to be just friends while we were married, I think there was more than that going on. I was kind of mad, and so was the girlfriend. The bad thing was that I promised to give this girl a ride home. I promised, so I did it. I wasn’t happy about it. I didn’t say much to her on the ride home.

Even with the rocky start to their marriage, they have 2 beautiful children and are happily married still.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Family, Non-Fiction

I just finally moved into the assisted living facility.

It took over a year, but I finally got to the assisted living facility. I have been moving all week and am tired and in lots of pain. This was difficult. Now I have to find homes for all this stuff that really doesn’t fit in here. I have had to bear with the loss of some things I really didn’t want to give up. And the atmosphere is similar to a nursing home, but not as small or strict, although I need lots of help. They are taking over my meds which is great since I was starting to forget to take them.

The food is not as great as the sneak peek of the meet and greet we had. I don’t know if it is the same chef or if he quit, or if he was just there pretending to be the chef. It is mostly edible, at least.

I slept well my first night, which was last night. I hope that continues. I am not used to sleeping all night through. I got up and had breakfast and went back to sleep, though.

Hopefully, the change in living arrangements will spark my writing again. I haven’t written in a long time.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.wordpress.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

Family, Poetry

What do you see # 100 – September 20, 2021

Sadje’s rules:

Image credit; James Wheeler @ Unsplash

For the visually challenged reader, the image shows sunlight beams are falling on a mother and daughter walking in the forestholding hands.

Mom, I Need You!

Autumn arrives and seasons change.

Mom, I need you!

I don’t often call out for you,

But a mother’s love is stronger than the grave.

I know you don’t hold all the answers,

But now I need you.

Your wisdom I miss.

If you were here with me,

I could at least feel you close.

Passing on the love I crave.

I miss your hugs dear mother.

Hold me close and comfort me.

You will always be there for me!

I love you!

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

Family, Non-Fiction

My Grandson – Brayden John Hanratty (repost from other blog)

My Grandson – Brayden John Hanratty was born at 1:18 AM on December 6, 2019. He is doing well despite his rocky development. He was small compared to her almost 9 lb other two boys. He was 7 lbs 2 oz and was 20 inches long.

My daughter ws 40 and this ws her 3rd child. The other two are 23 and 14 now.

Tessa –