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What I’ve Been Up To

So sorry for my absence of late. As some of you know I’ve been taking care of my mother-in-law since April when she had a total knee replacement. She was doing great. We were walking long distances and she was improving day by day. A week ago she had a bad fall and broke her hip. The right hip, the same side as her knee operation. She’s been in the hospital since falling. She’s had surgery on the hip and hopefully will recover quickly. I’ve been spending a lot of time with her at the hospital and today she is being released. YEAH!

Hoping that I’ll be able to get back to writing and blogging soon as I miss it and all of you and your writing.

Take care and hope to see you soon.    __________________________________





Night Sky

IWH Haiku challenge #34

All I saw were stars

Astronomically challenged

Someone help me out


The vast universe

So many constellations

Are ours to explore


Wonderous night sky

Truly beautiful to see

During a clear night


© Susan Zutautas 2019


This was written for I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #34.







Hélène Vaillant – So Sadly Missed


I’m so sad today with learning on Facebook that Hélène Vaillant had passed away. I started following her here on WordPress and later we became friends on FB.

I’ve only been here on WP since February of 2019 so it was a short friendship. I knew she wasn’t feeling well after the passing of her husband but I never imaged she was close to the end of her life.

Hélène was a wonderful poet and someone I will always remember.

After doing a search I’ve found many people that have written about Hélène and I’m so sorry that I missed all the posts.

RIP Hélène Vaillant.

Always remembered

Never to be forgotten

Rest in Peace my friend


A beautiful poem for Hélène from iidorun.

From Fandango.

Toronto Blues

This post is for July Blues over at BeckyB’s.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada Image by Susan Zutautas

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CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Image by Susan Zutautas




Catch and Release

This was written for Six Sentence Story over at Denise’s.


Image by Mr_Incognito_ from Pixabay 

Liberty, an Irish Setter, was a beautiful, well behaved, dog that my mom and dad had rescued back in the late ’70s.

She was funny as when we’d go for car rides, she wouldn’t do her business anywhere other than in our backyard. It didn’t matter if she was away from the house for six hours, she’d hold until she got home.

One day I was watching her in the backyard playing catch and release with a frog that came to visit.

She’d catch the frog, hold it in her mouth for a few seconds, then let it go and then run and catch it again, and again.

Liberty was one of the gentlest dogs I’ve ever known.


© Susan Zutautas 2019




Encased in Clay

cemetary grave


This poem is written for What do you See challenge over at Willow Poetry.


I died a very long time ago

Encased in clay, broken, total dismay

Now here I stand with head in hands

Staring blankly across the lands

My soul is still alive

Even though my body died

I stand in wait

Wanting to be taken to the gate

Yearning for my soul to be set free

Will it ever be?


©Susan Zutautas 2019






Taking Care of Family

This short story is for Six Sentence Story over at Denise’s.

The word prompt is EXTENSION. 


Image by Frank Winkler from Pixabay 

We’d packed up all her things loaded them onto a truck and headed for the Canadian border.

Being a snowbird for mother was now over as she was getting too old to be in Florida by herself and needed us to take care of her.

Luckily, we were able to renovate and add living quarters onto our house for her as there was no way we’d put her in a retirement or nursing home.

“It’s sure taking a long time to get there, can’t you drive a bit faster, you’ve got to be going under the speed limit,” mom said with a slight hint of sarcasm on the third day of the journey.”

“Here we are, this is our exit mom, we’ll be home in a few minutes.”

When we reached the driveway mom immediately noticed the extension on the side of the house and said, “Oh my, you’ve outdone yourselves this time, I can’t wait to see the inside.”


©Susan Zutautas 2019



Fibbing Friday

Fibbing Friday

  1. What is in your left shoe? My right hand.
  2. What did the tooth fairy leave you on their last visit?  A map to the dentist’s office.
  3. What is your favorite soup? Goat Head soup of course.
  4. What goes best with chocolate cake? Beer, then more beer.
  5. What is the strangest thing you have found in your yard? The Pacific Ocean.
  6. What is the moon made out of? Gouda.
  7. What is the real reason Pluto is not a planet? Because he’s a dog, silly.
  8. Why do rabbits hop instead of walk? Because they can’t dance but they can bop.
  9. Where was the last place you lost your car? Inside Walmart during a clearance sale.
  10. What was the last thing you borrowed? A cup of sunshine.
  11. What is the black pearl? Johnny Depp’s ring.
  12. Twilight wasn’t about vampires, what was it really about? Angels flying at dusk till dawn.
  13. Cats and dogs really don’t hate each other, what do they do when we’re not looking? Make plans together to drive us crazy.
  14. What do fish do all day in their tanks? Try to escape.
  15. What are stars saying when they twinkle? We’re going to make your life brighter.

These questions were answered for Fibbing Friday over at The Haunted Wordsmith. You should try this, it was fun.

What’s Your Lucky Number


Image by Erik Stein from Pixabay 

Numbers can be lucky, or so they say

What’s your lucky number, I ask if I may?


In poker, I have many, combinations that I’ll play

King, seven is one of my favorites, that I win at most days


Sometimes my lucky number is the number two

That goes way back from when I had twins, how about you?


Growing up I always liked the number ten

Maybe because it was the first double-digit,

but that was way back when


Some folks like the number seven

Makes me think of the store, Seven Eleven


There are so many combinations, that you can play

Have you bought your ticket, for the lottery today?


I’ve seen many people bet on sixty-nine

Whatever they are thinking, I’m sure is fine


As you can see

I have many favorites

I’ll just let it be


© Susan Zutautas 2019


This was written for a challenge @