Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our house to yours. May all your holidays be filled with good tidings, comfort, and joy. 

christmas 2019


It’s a busy time of year and I’ve not written much as of late. I’m hoping that will change, come the end of January.  I will be driving south with my mother-in-law (a snowbird) to Florida in January to make sure that she is snuggled in for the winter and then I’ll fly home, then I’ll be able to get back to doing what I enjoy which is writing.

So until next year, I wish you all well.



Christmas Baking Shortbread

shortbread 2019

Susan Zutautas


Christmastime is near

Sweet aroma of shortbread 

Fresh out of oven


One pound of butter

One cup of powdered sugar 

And four cups of flour


Christmas baking has begun and the first batch of shortbread cookies are out of the oven. Many more to bake over the following few weeks along with other goodies.  If you’d like to see the three recipes that I use every year please click here.





Misery 6 Word Story Prompt


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay


Lost and alone in his misery.


This was written for Saturday Six Word Story.


Remembrance Day – Haiku


Image by Kevin Phillips from Pixabay 

Remembrance Day

Honoring the brave people

Serving our country


Eleven o’clock

On November eleventh

Silence, two minutes


Courageously fought

Those who died for us

Did not die in vain at all


Sacrificing all

For our wellbeing

Always remembered


The ones that returned

And ones that died are heroes

We thank all of you


We wear the poppy

Commemorating soldiers

Each and every year

© Susan Zutautas 2019




Smoke and Water Haiku

This haiku is for a weekly challenge over at Ronovan Writes.

Word prompt: Smoke&Water


Image by Pexels from Pixabay 


Smell of smoke lingered

Odorous for many weeks

Water depleted


© Susan Zutautas 2019


Rodeo #1: Modern Tall Tale

This is what’s happening over at Carrot Ranch.

rodeo oct 9

Tall tales are the stuff of dime-store novels and pulp fiction.

What is a tall tale? One that openly exaggerates and magnifies the truth to the point of being unbelievable. The story itself is hyperbole. But we want to believe it because it’s humorous, melodramatic, or sensational.

This contest asks you to give a tall tale a modern bent. Don’t rely on the stories of Pecos Bill or 19th-century dime-store westerns. Go past the early sci-fi and detective stories of pulp fiction. Write a tall tale that is recognizable set in the present time.

Have fun, exaggerating!


  1. Write a tall tale and exaggerate something that happens to someone somewhere.
  2. It can be fiction or fictionized BOTS (based on a true story) but must be exaggerated to the point it couldn’t possibly be true. It’s okay — tell a whopper of a lie as a story!
  3. It can be humorous, sensational, or melodramatic from any genre.
  4. Use original details to express your tale.
  5. Make the judges laugh or gasp in surprise.


  1. Every entry must be 99 words, no more, no less. You can have a title outside that limit. Check your word count using the Entries that aren’t 99 words will be disqualified.
  2. Enter this contest only once. If you enter more than once, only your first entry will count.
  3. Do your best to submit an error-free entry. Apply English grammar and spelling according to your country of origin style. As long as the judges can understand the language, it is the story that matters most.
  4. Use the form below the rules to enter.
  5. If you do not receive an acknowledgment by email WITHIN 3 DAYS, contact Charli at
  6. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 9, 2019.
  7. You may submit a “challenge” if you don’t want to enter the contest or if you wrote more than one entry.
  8. Refrain from posting your contest entry until after November 28.


Charli Mills, Lead Buckaroo at Carrot Ranch, will collect stories, omitting names in order to select the top ten blind. Please refrain from posting your contest entry on your blog. A live panel of judges from the Keweenaw will select three winners from the top ten stories. The blind judging will be a literary event held at the Roberts Street Writery at Carrot Ranch World Headquarters in Hancock, Michigan. After selections are made, a single Winners Announcement with the top ten in each category will be posted on November 28. All ten stories in each contest will receive a full literary critique, and the top winner in each contest will receive $25 (PayPal, check, Amazon gift card, or donation).

via Rodeo #1: Modern Tall Tale



Flowers and Foliage

flower 1

White Asters


flower 6

New Guinea Impatiens

I’m amazed at how well

the flowers are doing

this year. All of these

photos were taken


September 20th, 2019.

Cee’s FOTD

flower 2

White Asters

flower 3

flower 7

Wandering Jew and Calathea Triostar

flower 4

One lone dandelion 

Wordless Wednesday Wheels

wheelsowheels 1

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.