Getting Out of Bed by Stevie Turner

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For all of you living with stroppy teenagers, I thought I’d tell you of the time back in 1995 when my then 13 year old son Leon was at his worst…

Leon never wanted to get out of bed in the mornings.  On school days it was the devil of a job getting him out of the door.  He would lie in bed later and later.  All the shouting and cajoling had no effect.

It got to the stage where my husband had to physically lift him out of bed and put him in the car, still in his pyjamas.  He would then get dressed in the car as my husband drove him to school.  He would have had no breakfast, as he had refused to get out of bed.

This carried on for some months, until I returned to work.  I made an arrangement with another mother that my husband would take their daughter to school along with Leon, and she would bring Leon home at the end of the day, where my mum would be waiting for him.

On the evening before I went back to work I warned Leon that we would be taking one of his female classmates to school, and that he needed to get out of bed earlier in order to get dressed.  Did it work?  No… it did not.

There was Leon sitting half asleep in the car in his pyjamas, and a dainty teenage girl sitting on the back seat trying not to grin.  Of course he now couldn’t get dressed because the girl was watching, and so he turned up for school in his pyjamas.  He had to run into the boys’ toilets, get dressed, and then bring his pyjamas out to my husband who was waiting in the car.

Funnily enough that was the first and last time he ever went to school in his PJ’s, and he never had any trouble getting out of bed after that.  Now I have to laugh when he complains that his own teenage daughter won’t get out of bed in the mornings!



Stevie Turner works part-time as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital, and writes suspense, women’s fiction, and humorous novels in her spare time. She won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her book ‘A House Without Windows’, and one of her short stories was published in the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’.

Stevie lives in the East of England, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and one screenplay, ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. It is now being read by a New York media production company.

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Making an Anthology, Snip-Snip and Paste-Paste by Cher’ley


 This blog by Cher’ley  Grogg

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Cutting and pasting isn’t what it used to be, now it’s copying and pasting, but it’s still not easy. I find that it is both frustrating and    calming at the same time.


Boys will be Boys—The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys is almost done. Just working on the cover and some formatting issues. The inside has been edited and put together very nicely.  I’m designing the cover, and I sure hope the other 11 authors will love it. I never knew how much pressure would go into the making of an Anthology. I worry about pleasing everyone and of course I want to highlight each person. I think 12 is the perfect number of Authors. Two of them are our very own Writing Wranglers and Warriors, if you count me, then there are three. Frank and Mike both wrote some great stories and poems.

Each chapter begins with a little clip about my son during his 1st 12 years of  life. This is from chapter 10:

Cover baby 10    When Tommy was ten years old, he soaked us all. We were at church, and they had a baptism service. It was so cold in the room       where the service was being performed that the ice had to be broken on the tub. The preacher said, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. He then dunked Tommy under the water. When he rose he spewed water from his mouth like a fountain and then shook like a dog. So the people who didn’t get hit by the spray got soaked by the shake. Cher’ley


The chapters end with a Fable and Thoughts from Parents. These thoughts were collected from different parents and then copied and pasted into the right age group. Here’s an excerpt.

Thoughts from Parents

  1. Puberty starts anywhere from 9-14 and many changes take place.
  2. Let your son know that some people will think that he sounds like his mom when he answers the phone. His voice will go up, down, high, and low before it settles into the voice he will have as and an older boy.
  3. A boy will look at his armpits every day to see if he has at least one hair. It will be a day worthy of celebration when he discovers that hair.
  4. Super-sensitive area, down yonder has a lot of nerve endings — which make it extra-sensitive — so if a soccer ball accidentally whams into a boy in that spot; it really hurts. The good news is that these injuries are not usually serious, though a boy will usually feel pain and even could be nauseated for a while. But always use caution.
  5. Schools and doctors try to teach boys the correct words for their private parts, but it’s doubtful that they will use those words, so be ready for the slang words.
  6. If there isn’t a man in the house, let your son know that Mom’s know about men parts, or supply someone for him to talk to like a grandfather, uncle, or doctor. Boys have a lot of questions during the big changes their bodies go through. You could also go to the library together and look up his questions and then discuss them.
  7. Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. Proverbs 19:20 NLT

This is so much different than the way things used to be done. I used to create newsletters for our church and it tookExamples of computer clip art. (Source: Open C...                 a lot of  cutting and pasting. Then there were tricks you learned like using tape around the edges of a cut clip art to                                  avoid  the shadows. I still have a  lot of rub on fancy letters (you had to use a tongue depressor or something like that to rub the letters onto the paper) and other kinds of stamps and stickers. I think I even still have some giant clip art books. Time to clean the file cabinets. *Smile*. I also have a zillion different kinds of pens and fancy papers, which I probably will never use again, but I can’t part with them.

After I put all the photos on the cover for the Anthology, I resized it sixteen times, before it was the proper size for the cover.


How about you? Has you creations changed a lot over the years? Do you still horde all your ink pens and fancy papers?

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores.

Stamp Out Murder”.

The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time   and the B&W Edition of The Journey BackThe JourneyBack 3

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We are having a conversation

Jennifer FlatenThis post by Jennifer Flaten

My oldest kids are girls and I am a girl. It goes without saying that we talk a lot. In fact, we (meaning the girls) sometimes have trouble with letting some else get a word in edgewise.

Our dinner table is always full of chatter, especially during the school year. Sometimes, I forget that my youngest is a boy. He doesn’t talk a lot. Actually, that’s not true; he does talk a lot, but only about his favorite subjects.

He can hold forth for 30 minutes about Mine craft (an Xbox game).


English: The Xbox "S" controller.
English: The Xbox “S” controller. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


How do I know it was 30 minutes? I timed it. It isn’t as horrible as it sounds, we were on our daily walk and I always use a trip tracker on the walk, so I know how long I was held hostage….err how long we walked.

On this particular day, the girls were at a friend’s house, so he had me all to himself. I now know more about Minecraft than I rightly should as an adult. Also, just for the record I know much more about Legos and Star Wars than I should thanks to other solo missions with the boy.

Yet, the other day when he and I were talking about the upcoming school year and  I asked him if there were any girls he hoped to have in his class this year he said no. I asked why not and he informed me that all the girls from last year were not very nice.

It seems that the girls in his class were “mean girls” to one another. One even put glue on another girl’s chair.

I agreed that was terrible. Then I couldn’t help but point out that he should’ve told the “glue” story at the supper table. He shrugged told me he didn’t think it was that interesting.

At that point, I had to explain to him that conversation isn’t just talking about things you find interesting. I think it may have sunk in because yesterday at the supper table he told a story about having to make coffee for his teacher. Of  course, after that he launched into a monologue about the Lego Star Wars…baby steps…baby steps.

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