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Persistence Pays Off

This weeks challenge is “Language”



French was not a favorite subject of Katie’s and she hated the homework that went with the class.

She’d bring home her homework and her mother would always insist on helping her with French as she was failing the class. Her mother would make her write out un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, and so on until she’d hit one hundred. Katie did this for a month hating her mother for making her do this.

Then there was practicing the language itself. Not only did Katie have to write out sentences, but she also had to memorize them and translate them into English.

At the end of the school year, Katie received an award in French for “Most Improved French Student”. Everything her mother made her do, paid off in the end with persistence.


© Susan Zutautas 2019









Image by Bing N. from Pixabay


I sat in silence staring across the room

My heart a flutter as I assumed

You were alone and staring back at me

Never had I felt to this degree

Never did I ever foresee

What was about to happen to me

There was no doubt at all

All that I felt was enthral

© Susan Zutautas 2019


This was written for Sammi Cox – Weekend Writing Prompt #113. 



SOFTMOC Birkenstock Shoe Review

new birks

Last August I had purchased online a pair of Mayari Birkenstocks.  I am one that wears my Birkenstocks all year round. Yes even in the Winter months. In the snow? No of course not, only in the house. Normally I will get 4-5 years wear out of the shoes. I’m a huge fan of Birkenstocks and have been wearing them for years.

Yesterday morning when I put my shoes on the toe strap broke. I was very surprised. Great I thought just my luck, being that it’s beginning of summer. I got online and started looking to see if there were any reasonable priced Birkenstocks on sale. Then thinking to myself maybe the company I bought them from would either fix the sandal or possibly give me a discount on a new pair. Luckily I’d paid for them through my PayPal account and I was able to get all the information.

I sent SOFTMOC shoes an email and they replied back to me within an hour. They informed me that all their products have a 1 Year Reasonable Wear Guarantee. All I had to do was to go into a SOFTMOC store with my sales receipt (which the sent to me) and show the shoe to a salesperson. If I wasn’t close to a store then I could ship them to head office.

I was happy as I knew of a SOFTMOC store not too far away from me. Yesterday afternoon I returned the pair of shoes to the store and showed them the email SOFTMOC had sent to me along with the receipt. No questions asked the sales girl went into the back room and brought back a new pair of sandals for me.

It’s so nice to see that there are still retailers out there that care about their customers and I have to say I’m a very happy customer and will continue to shop at SOFTMOC.




Down at the Plant

Every person at the plant was wondering what the upcoming meeting was going to be about.

Some suspected a big layoff as the work that was coming in was sparse and the fact that all overtime had been suspended for the last month had them worried.

The managers and supervisors were all in the dark too and were being asked by several people what was going on and all they’d say was everyone would find out at the meeting after lunch.

Gathered all together anticipating the worst the employees sat in silence waiting for the CEO to begin.

“Hello everyone, I know you’re all wondering why I called this meeting today and for what purpose.”

“First, off next month we’re getting in a big contract to process and we’ll be needing all hands on deck and I want you all to be prepared for overtime hours and if you had vacation time booked, it is now canceled.”


© Susan Zutautas 2019


This short story was written for Six Sentence Story over at Denise’s. The prompt word for this week is PROCESS.



Bridge or Fence



“Seems like a strange place to put a fence don’t you think? Looks like they wanted to give you the impression that it’s a bridge, yet I don’t see any water, do you? Want to go and explore?” she asked.

“I’m sure it’s private property but … what the hell, he said, Let’s see where it goes at least.”


There was a bridge, across the road

From here I could see there were toads

We crossed the road and to our surprise

The bridge was covered in big black fly’s

Then it hit us like a ton of bricks

The smell was bad and it was thick

So we left the bridge alone

Decided to run, all the way home


“It’s bloody sewer pipes. Why make such a pretty bridge over something that smells so bad!” she said.

“Come on, let’s get as far away as possible from this place. They probably did this to deter people from poking around on their property.”



© Susan Zutautas 2019


This post is for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #34.










Stained Glass and Pottery Blues

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

July 3 blues

Image by Susan Zutautas

A stained glass piece I made for a cabinet insert. All the petals are blue in the flower except in this picture two of the petals are picking up colours from the background.

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Image by Susan Zutautas

A coffee pottery set that was given to me from my sister-in-law. She purchased it in Venezuela.



All Alone Reflecting


Gabriel Isak




Choices she made

Sadly, hurting some

Not intentionally

Regretting it every day

Wanting to make amends with some

The ones she absolutely did love

Forgiveness does not always come easy


© Susan Zutautas 2019


This Etheree is a poetry form that consists of 10 lines of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 syllables was written in response to a challenge over at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  Photo Challenge #270.



Canada Day Blues

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

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Lake Couchiching Park, Orillia, Ontario July 1st, 2019

Spent a beautiful sunny day at the park yesterday enjoying all the Canada Day celebrations.

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Keep our Parks Clean

blue flowers july 2

All photos are the property of Susan Zutautas. Please do not copy or borrow without first obtaining permission.


Blue Sky

This post is for Beckie’s July challenge July Blues.

blue July 1

Image by Susan Zutautas

She Was the Sun

This poem was written in response to July Writing Prompts over at Putting My Feet in the Dirt.

She was the sun

She warmed my heart

I never knew that we would part

She was so young

It wasn’t fair

Still, I see her everywhere

She dries my tears

When I cry

Wanting her to be alive

She comes to me in the night

When I dream all is right

She was my mother

And will always be

A big part of me


© Susan Zutautas 2019