Blog All About It March 2019

Posted March 15, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Blog All About It Challenge / 22 Comments

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Welcome to my first post of the year of the Blog All About It Challenge.  This is the beginning of my second year participating.

What’s it all about?

Very simple!  Each month I take the word prompt for that month and create a blog post of anything I want using that word.  My personal goal for participating in this challenge is for you to learn a bit about me each month. 

This month’s prompt is: Luck

I admit that my mind went to four-leaf clovers and rabbit’s feet when I had my knee-jerk first response to the ‘Luck’ prompt.  I own a shamrock plant and have had it for 25 years come later this year. It’s a lovely plant that produces flowers each March or April and velvety green three-leaf clovers (no four-leaf ones as of yet).

However, I can’t honestly say my plant has much to do with luck unless you count me keeping it alive that long.

So, I thought about objects about my home that might be said to bring me luck.  I came upon a rather unusual choice.

But, a story first so I can explain how I arrived at my ‘luck’ object.

When I first got married and moved here to southeast Michigan, I had never been anywhere in the state outside this area.  We were both working and in school so not a lot of extra time or money. We determined to carve out moments when we could get away alone and incidentally see more of Michigan so we took this opportunity each year leaving work and school on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and not coming back until Sunday night giving us a good four-day time off before the holiday rush, mandatory overtime, and school finals.

One of these trips took us northwest through Lansing (so I could eyeball the capitol building), then Grand Rapids, and up the coast of Lake Michigan to gorgeous Grand Traverse Bay area (I want to retire there, for real).  We did the Sleeping Bear dunes, light house climbs, hikes, cherry orchards, and a lovely B&B. But, my hubby decided my visit to the area would not be complete until we drove around Little Traverse Bay and toward the top of the lower peninsula to visit Petoskey where we would hunt for a Petoskey stone along the beach.

This story is already stretching out so instead of explaining about Petoskey and Petoskey stones in depth (a rock with fossils embedded in it to make it look like a rock with cool designs), I will just say that our hunt was unsuccessful and we had to settle for buying a polished Petoskey stone at one of the tourist shops.  After bagging our cool stone and already off our schedule, we decided to drive back home a different route than originally planned. Apparently, I needed to see Houghton Lake. I loved the rustic woodsy area and we went back later to camp a few years later.

But, what this ‘shortcut’ did was have us avoid a bad accident and major traffic snarl on a two-lane highway that took hours to clear up and, incidentally, would have made us later arriving home than the detour to Petoskey and Houghton Lake.  Lucky we decided to go north and then east before heading south again.

Ha!  See, that Petoskey stone brought us luck.  We both said it at the time and I remembered that when I was hunting around for something to do with the prompt.

So, any fun objects around the house that might have kept you safe or out of trouble?  Do tell!

 

Blog All About It Challenge is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup.  You can check out more about it here:  http://www.herdingcats-burningsoup.com/2018/11/2019-blog-all-about-it-challenge.html

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Wow! That’s a really unique stone, and I can see how it brings luck! There is no way ever that I would be able to keep a plant for 25 years, so you get some mad props and kudos for that!!! The plant looks absolutely stunning and so healthy. Hugs and happy Friday! RO

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the stone is really cool especially under a magnifying glass. The picture isn’t as sharp with the colors.
Haha! I’ve killed my fair share of plants and now stick to ones I know how to keep alive. 🙂

Have a lovely weekend, Radiant Ro!

Mary Kirkland
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I love the look of that stone. That’s a really great story.

Sophia Rose
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Petoskey stones are so cool. One of these days, I’d like to go back and actually find one in the wild. But, the polished version does have sentimental attachment because of the story. 🙂

Ethan
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I’m not sure how much luck has to do with this, but I do have an antique piano that I’ve played on for over 20 years. It has been with me through so many life events, that I can’t imagine not owning it.

Sophia Rose
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Totally counts, Ethan! Having a piano to play and help keep your sanity is big time lucky.

Incidentally, I have an old piano and play when I have something on my mind, too. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
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cool stone and isn’t it funny how things just work out! thanks for sharing xo

Sophia Rose
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It is even better in real life. I’m a lousy photographer.

Yes, I forgot how much I enjoyed that trip and then how the hunt for the stone kept us out of that accident situation. 🙂

Lily
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such an interesting looking stone and wow what a journey with your husband 😀 awesome when a shortcut by accident leads you away from something potentially devastating.

Sophia Rose
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It was such fun detour and then we learned of the accident on the radio and both looked at each other. I remember I got chills thinking of the timing.

Lorna
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That’s a really unique and beautiful stone with a great back story. I’ve traveled some of that-Grand Rapids. and farther up north next to Lake Michigan. Michigan is a beautiful state and my birth state. I don’t have any lucky objects, but I do stand by my habit of knocking wood! And that plant! I lost all mine when I got cats. I didn’t even know you could get that kind of plant. It’s lovely.

Sophia Rose
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I can’t get over just how lovely this state is – in the parts I don’t live in, LOL. But, yes, isn’t that a great drive up that way?

I still knock on wood, too. And, as luck would have it, this old house I live in has a lot of wood trim, floors, and shelves. 🙂

Carole rae
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Fellow Michigander!!! <3

Sophia Rose
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Are you a troll under the bridge, too? 😉

vvb
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The rock reminded me of the design on a turtle’s back. Beautiful.

Sophia Rose
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Hey, you’re right, Velvet. It is a beautiful stone. I’ve seen other Petoskey stones and they are all unique though have the familiar pattern.

Reese
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Reese

And this is how I finally know what a shamrock plant looks like! I do have clovers, but I didn’t know this was different, it’s v cool

Sophia Rose
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The funny part is that this is the plant that everyone sells as a shamrock plant, but a real four-leaf clover comes from the variety that grows out in my travesty of a lawn. LOL
But, yes, it is a very cool plant and has a nice purple tone with the green.

herding cats
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Well that’s pretty neat. You never know, right? And whoa on keeping the plant alive that long. That would be some major luck here 🙂

Sophia Rose
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So true! Little choices can have big consequences.

LOL, I have two plants I haven’t killed over the years. I’ve decided to stick with those instead of trying to keep bringing in new ones. 🙂

Lola
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Never heard of a Petoskey stone before, but it does look pretty and how nice it brought you luck. And what a fun story of how you got it too. As a kid there was this small figure of a character from a tv show I would take with me almost everywhere as I believed it would bring me luck. I have looked for flour leaf clovers a few times too.

Sophia Rose
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I hadn’t either until I moved to Michigan and even then, they are not always talked about. They are very cool, though.

That’s neat about the little figure that brought your luck. 🙂