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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