Monday, January 26, 2015


Time for this week's link up with Karen Beth for Tuesday @ Ten where we have a full week to write on the word prompt.

This week's word is:

Finding it hard to focus now - on much of anything, including writing.

Nothing in particular causing that "un-focused" feeling...

Just having a hard time catching up on things; and trying to keep up with what I want to focus on -

And it would seem the inability to focus has consumed me so much that...

while supposedly fixing grilled cheese sandwiches on the stove-top...

I turned the heat up high - then turned away to butter the rest of the bread -

and the next thing I knew, flames were climbing from around the pan up to the top of the stove!!  I had the exhaust fan on and quickly turned the burner off - just in time!  As the heat decreased, the flames also decreased...

But -

Well, let's just say the smoke alarm works!  It blared for almost five minutes before we could get it stopped; and with the balcony door opened, the burner cooling off and the exhaust fan, we managed to get it all under control.

And later I found our poor cat huddling under my computer table...poor thing was scared to death!

What caused the burner to flame up so fast?

A few days ago I was boiling water, milk and butter to make boxed mashed potatoes...

and let it boil over when I turned my back to work on something else on the counter -

that is what was causing the burning when I turned it up higher to toast the bread!

What I need is a griddle!

And to FOCUS on what I am doing instead of getting side-tracked!

FINALLY - finished this week's Tuesday @ Ten post!!


  1. Oh, Barbara.....what a calamity! And your poor cat, you must all have been in "a flap" (as my Gran would have said)...

    1. It WAS a calamity! The cat was huddled under my table with such a look of despair! Poor baby girl!

      At least I didn't "freak out" - I just calmy (semi calmly) turned the burner off and removed the pot. I didn't know if I should throw a wet cloth on the burner, or splash water, or what...but the flames went down as the temperature on the burner did...hope I don't do that again!!!

  2. I have had that to happen too. I need to focus more. I have too many things going on at once like blogging, commenting, house work, facebook, twitter, taking care of pets, etc. etc. Did I mention grocery shopping, exercising. I guess we need to break things into more manageable time slots and focus on one thing at a time instead of trying to do five to six things at once.

    1. That is exactly MY thoughts, too, Mary!! I was definitely NOT focusing! And, I have so many of the same things going on at once as you do...including the pet and the hubby and the grand kids (I don't twitter; but am on Facebook way too much!!).

      Thanks for reading and commenting!


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