Tuesday, July 21, 2020

It's Over When It's Over: Word Counters

Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks a number between 12 and 74. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with. 

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The July number is 34. It was chosen by Mimi of Messymimi's Meanderings.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month's theme, It's Over When It's Over.

~ You can't lie it away. They say when you assume it makes and ass of (yo)u and me. Well, when you lie it makes a liar of you. Period. It's over when it's over.

~ You can't pretend it isn't happening, life isn't a fairy tale, deny, deny, deny may work for affairs (or in front of congress) but it doesn't stop reality. It's over when it's over.

~ You can't put the responsibility for action on others. Some things require action. It may not be comfortable or convenient, but without everyone doing their part then when it's over may just be never.

~ You can't disavow science. The cold hard truth about science is that it is. Whether you acknowledge it or plant your head in the sand of denial is immaterial. It's over when it's over.

~ You can't blame others as a way to divert attention. Shiny objects may be fun to look at, but only temporarily. Turn back around and reality is still there. It's over when it's over.

Grilled Maple Balsamic Shrimp is a quick and simple dinner, just marinate, skewer, and grill. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Grilled Maple Balsamic Shrimp
Grilled Maple Balsamic Shrimp is a quick and simple dinner, just marinate, skewer, and grill. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

~ You can't buy your way out of it. There are things money can buy, immunity isn't one of them. So put your wallet away (unless it's for funding research). It's over when it's over. 

~ You can't make up solutions. They could be harmful, even lethal. How about we leave science to scientists and medicine to doctors? It's over when it's over, and they'll tell us when that is.

~ You can't apply your own timeline. Set all the dates you want but they're not written in stone, best write them in pencil and have a big eraser. Because it's over when it's over.

~ You can't rush the finish line, even when it's in sight. Sometimes you can sprint, other times you need to take each step gingerly, purposefully. Tortoise and the hare folks, tortoise and the hare.

~ What you actually can do is follow advice, be safe, safeguard others, listen to scientists and doctors, take precautions. It's still over when it's over, but we CAN impact whether that's sooner or later.

Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:

Messymimi’s Meanderings 
On the Border 

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Grilled Maple Balsamic Shrimp         

Printable Recipe

2# large shrimp, peeled, deveined
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 TBSP olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 green onion, chopped

*Place the shrimp into a resealable plastic bag.
*Mix together the maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic and green onion. Pour into the bag with the shrimp. Very gently, turn to cover all the shrimp. Refrigerate for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. 
*NOTE: if using wooden skewers, be sure to saturate them in water for an hour before using.
*Heat the grill to medium heat.
*Remove shrimp from marinade and skewer. Place on the grill and cook for about 2 minutes per side or until the shrimp is pink and completely cooked.


  1. Ohmyword, yes! At some point (now) one's tendency to divert attention, ignore, obfuscate, or simply deny just does not work. Those chickens have definitely come home to roost! You are so right. It's over when it's over.

    1. Unfortunately the human toll for doing all of the wrong things is just way too high. And it's still not over. Not for us anyway.

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    1. Good. Now we just have to convince those who don't get it.

  3. You are so right, it is over when it is over. It isn't over. For those who got COVID-19 it isn't over either, as doctors find after effects. My in law who had COVID-19 in April may be facing that, as per some recent test results. Also, people where I live are letting their guard down and things are no longer getting better. Sadly, those who haven't "gotten it" yet - I despair that they will ever get it. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. Agreed. I don't, in normal circumstances, care if ignorant people make uninformed decisions in their lives. But when ignorance jeopardizes the lives of those of us who care about ourselves and others, that's a huge problem.
      I really hope your brother in law stays healthy. I'll keep him in my thoughts.

  4. oh yeah! I pinned this. Looks amazing! I would have never thought of that combo, but now that you have, I can't wait to try!

    1. That's great. Let me know what you think when you do.

  5. YES YES YES and OMG those shrimp look spectacular!

    BTW has your thing about "when all the walls are caving in"...wow. Who could've known how extra-true that would be in 2020?

    1. LOL, yes, all the walls have been caving in for all of us and I don't know about you but I've been doing a whole lot of baking!

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    1. Thank you. Using a certain number or words to get out your thought is actually more challenging than you'd think it is.

  7. I guess gounting words is something some people like doing I would rather count money and of couse I have more words then money.................like mosy


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