April First Again

Check out NaPoWriMo.net for poetry prompts for the next 30 days. Let the madness begin.

Hello everyone, thanks for tuning into my blog for another round of NaPoWriMo. This time last year, I was lamenting the loss of my writing nook. We had just installed a new hot water tank and added a water softener in March 2016, and the new piping for the water softener sprung a leak.


Writing Nook 2016

Serene writing space
unrecognizable when
water rains down wall












This year I begin a whole new adventure. I qualified to read and score standardized tests for English classes. See I can do more than just poetize with my English degree. As I was qualifying for the job, they requested documentation to show Veronica Hosking was once Veronica Heintz. I pull out my marriage license, scan it to forward to them as proof, look at it on the computer screen and see – Veronica Heintz is actually Veroinca. Over 20 years of marriage and I never caught the typo.

It wouldn’t be the first time. When I was in preschool we decorated paper plates that the teachers then sent out to make them hard plastic. I wrote my name as Roin instead of Roni. I actually think it was a subconscious mistake because a teacher wrote Veronica on the plate. I couldn’t write out Veronica yet, but always did prefer it to Roni.

Poet’s signature
before she was taught cursive
lacks spelling know how IMG_1457.JPG








I think I have improved on my writing ability and once again I have a writing nook. Though a year later someone (who will remain nameless – only man in this house), has still not repainted the replaced drywall. It’s a good thing we’re not really married. 😉


Happy 45


Happy 45! Shawn and me at PF Chang’s Goodyear AZ


Black and white photo
celebrates another year
keep on loving life

On Saturday Feb. 25th, we went out to PF Chang’s to celebrate Shawn’s 45th birthday. The restaurant was overflowing, so we decided to dine out in the front, bar patio. No crowd, a lot quieter, and the weather was perfect for outdoor dining. Rachael took this picture of Shawn and me after dinner. The first few shots, the lighting created some strange effects and everyone was laughing. One reason why I like this photo; it isn’t an exact smile but Shawn does look happy. He so rarely smiles in photos. Then photobucket had canvas prints on sale. I was able to get a 10×10 print for $20 (including shipping and handling). The print arrived today. It turned out really nice.

Then On Sunday Feb. 26th, Shawn and I went to the Sabres/Coyotes game with other Buffalo State alumni. We also invited a neighbor from my old street in Hamburg, NY. I was wearing my Hamburg, NY sweatshirt. And when someone walked past me, to get to his seat he said, 1 4 7, no 1 4 0 7 5. At first I was a little confused as to why he was giving me numbers. Then he said, Hamburg’s zip code, right? Lol! Yes, I am wearing a sweatshirt that read, Hamburg, NY the town that friendship built. I kinda forgot – When I was 5.

Speaking of time flying, I can’t believe two months of 2017 have gone by. Right now Rachael is on spring break and next week will be Gretchen’s turn. And before we know it napowrimo 2017 will be here. Hopefully I will be able to write a poem a day this year. I have signed up over at napowrimo.net again.