We’re Here!

Welcome to our new home!  After much soul-searching, we have bitten the proverbial bullet. As painful as it was, we had to make this long overdue move. Those who know me know that, like a cat, I do not take change well…unless it is my idea.

Blogger has become too difficult, controlling, and nonsupportive. Loyalty has no place in this at all. So, after researching, discussing with friends who are trustworthy, more researching, and many, many prayers: here I am!

Please be patient, as I get used to the terrain. It will take a while to get settled into the rhythm of this road. But, I know that with your help, I will.

This is an exciting new passage on my journey. I’m glad you are here. Come, walk with me.

"Group Therapy"

 
Well, Blogger has messed up, yet again. I am not sure that they have admitted there is a problem, even though I sent a report. I also alerted the Forum, which is essentially a group of Bloggers with issues. It is like Group Therapy for Bloggers. You can list your issues, but there is no guarantee that you will get help or be helped. The expert who comes into it acknowledges that you think you have a problem. He suggests things that you already tried. Others jump on the bandwagon, agreeing that, “Hey, yeah! I have that problem, too!” Then as the expert goes off to mull over the problem, we all sit and stew that we still have said problem. So, this is where I am. 
A week ago, this all started. It seemed that commenting on other blogs was slow to take. Then, responding on my own blog also was a problem. I can bring it up, and type comments in. But, when I click to publish the comment or response, it is slower than molasses in January. It seems to freeze, then sits there frozen, for up to thirty seconds.
Along with this, my Sparks link up disappeared. I was able to fix it, so no harm done. But, another Draft was corrupted and never posted on Sunday. I am still working on that one. However, the main issue seems to be with commenting. I know I am not alone, but misery does not love company. Misery wants solutions. Misery wants to not be miserable. Trust me on this. I want no issues!
I will keep trying to comment, but that is really time-consuming and not terribly satisfying. It takes forever. I will keep you updated on resolution of this issue. I will continue to post, but have reservations on that, having had two posts messed up. I feel very disenchanted with Blogger. It seems great for a while, then there is an issue like this.
If you have experienced this issue, please let me know how and when it was resolved. This is just so unacceptable for a Blogger, as you know. Commenting is part of the fun and camaraderie. I really am working on resolving the issue. Not that I can do anything myself, except go to Group Therapy, otherwise known as Blogger Forum. Yeah, there’s that. *Good grief*

Parts is Parts

The shine has dulled just a bit on the “New Year”. Our “blogging break” was not intentional. While we had some things scheduled to post, we have been a bit scarce. Now, I am trying to 
Bill is back on the road, battling weather and roads. He is pretty amazing. I could not do what he does. But, I have been busy in his absence and wish he were here.
My dryer quietly passed away on January 1st. It is barely three years old. The technician came out on January 2nd, but was unable to resuscitate it. So, he had to order a new motor. This gives thought to the old adage, “Parts is parts.”  It is not quite accurate in all situations. 
While my dryer was having part’s issues, Kenzie was, too. Also on January 1st, it seems she may have passed a kidney stone. She seems better, but, she is now being closely monitored for kidney/urinary function. It is too soon to be sure exactly what is happening. Kenzie will be eleven on February 9. Prayers are appreciated.
So, we are working on polishing this new year. Between worn out parts and polishing my slightly tainted new year, I have been a little busy. The blog break was unintentional. Thanks for sticking with me. I will be around in the next day or so to catch up with what I can. I do not give up easily. As Bill says, “The impossible just takes a little longer.” 

Teaser Fun

We would like to give a shout-out to TWOspoiledcats and their Mom (Pam). I know most of you know them. They join in on many blog hops, including Sparks. I thank them for the fun that they bring to everything. 

Pam and her boys are well known for the Poetry Day they host every Thursday. They also celebrate bacon every Saturday. Every Tuesday, they have a Photo Teaser. There are prizes for being the first one to comment, which as very early risers, we have been able to do. The Teaser photo itself has proven to be a bit of a challenge. But, it can be surprising to realize that you know. Such has been the case for me two weeks in a row. I fear I have peaked, now.

Last week, I was the first to guess the Teaser photo challenge. It was the Tangier Islands, located off the coast of Virginia. I had seen news stories and read about this place being severely affected by climate changes.

This week, I was the “First Right Guesser”, again. The Teaser was The Grand Palace,  the Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. In this case, I know people who are Buddhist, some of whom are Thai. Buddha has always been one of my many spiritual teachers.

If you have not joined the Tuesday Teaser, I hope that you will. The lessons of their special Tuesday school are fun and challenging. You will be surprised by what you already know, and impressed with what you can learn. Pam and her Two Spoiled Cats, Sammy and Teddy, make it so much fun. Thanks, guys! Hugs.

Dona Nobis Pacem

~Peace be with you…
and pass it on! ~

“There is no path to Peace. 
Peace is the path.”  
                                 ~Gandhi

This year, Mimi, the founder of BlogBlast for Peace, has asked us to contemplate how we find peace in these overwhelming times. The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy and peace. And, we can all be part of this affirmative change. I have started a weekly post (with link-up) to share positive energy, which offers hope and leads to peace. It is called Sparks. Our purpose is to bring light to a dark world. Please come and join us here each week to spark some positive energy.

I am thankful for the opportunity to join with others on this day of hope and peace. I give thanks that I can reach out, knowing that others are reaching back. Peace starts with each of us. Together, we can fill the entire world with hope, love, and peace. 

“Gratitude is peace.” ~Anne Lamott
Day Four of my Giving Thanks series.

BlogBlast4Peace 2017

We are getting ready for the annual BlogBlast for Peace! This special event happens annually on November 4. We hope you will join us and others around the world as we promote peace on earth. This is easy to join, but so very important.

“How to Blog4Peace in Three Easy Steps”

1. “Save and Sign”…
Design your peace globe. Be sure to include the words: “Dona Nobis Pacem”, which means “Grant Us Peace” in Latin. You can find peace globe templates at the official website: blog4peace.com.

2. Send…
the finished peace globe to mimi@mimilenox.com. Your peace globe will be added to the peace globe gallery.

3. Post…
 your peace globe everywhere online on November 4, the official day for BlogBlast4Peace! Title your post “Dona Nobis Pacem”. 
The goal is for all blog post titles and social media posts to say the same thing on the same day, all across the Internet. Then watch for other peace globes! You are encouraged to blog for peace on any and all social media sites. Be sure to change your status to “Dona Nobis Pacem” and add your peace globe image. 

Please visit the official site of Blog4Peace or the BlogBlast for Peace Facebook page for more information.


We pray for peace for all living creatures.
☮ Peace be with you…and pass it on. ☮

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 74

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. The first two fill-ins are always provided by Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. You are welcome to answer in the comments, but if you link up, even more people can share!
It has been a busy week of projects and planning. My mind has been racing with ideas, both short and long-term. I am still working with someone on the project associated with an old post. It may take a while to complete this one, but it will be so worthwhile.

Bonnie and Clyde are ready for forever homes. Clyde has finally healed fully and is very active. Bonnie is her usual bubbly self. These two are incredibly smart, and well ahead of the usual learning curve. They are sweet little minions. 

I hope that you read my Sparks post. If not, please do. Every Monday, I will be posting a positive thought to focus on throughout the week. I did this many years ago, but it seemed to get lost in time. Now, more than ever, I feel a strong need to spark some positive energy.

I have been encouraged by several of you who have said you will join me. Thank you! The more, the merrier. I will post at 12:00 AM each Monday, beginning this Monday, October 9. Please link up your positive sparks, and leave me a comment. Cathy of Curious as a Cathy made the wonderful badge. Please make sure to add it to your post. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me. Let’s put out as many Sparks as possible! 

Please take the code for the Friendly Fill-Ins badge, as well as the Sparks badge. They are on my sidebar, now. (Thank you, Cathy! Hugs!) I highly recommend Cathy for her creative and technical skills. She is a great friend, too. 

Eli, of Coach Daddy, has posted his Six Words from September. He also has a Go Ask Daddy post that always makes me a bit teary. His posts are always both fun and thought-provoking.
The fill-ins were a bit thought-provoking this week. Here are my responses:
1. October is the perfect time to evaluate, assess, prioritize, and reflect. It seems to be a perfect time for putting many things into perspective, which allows us to move forward in positive ways.

2. Halloween stirs mixed feelings in many people, including me. There is that nagging element of evil, though I try to focus on the fun. I am not a fan of contemporary horror, but I do spend time with Poe.


3. Every October, I try to take in every moment of its special changes, including migration. I listen for the loons as they pass through our chain-of-lakes. I watch for the Sharpies who come to hunt each fall. I am aware of the Eagle and Owl who are suddenly more visible. I wish I could capture it all, but the fleeting magic of Autumn is brief.

4. My experience with the supernatural world is grounded in my faith and centered around God. There are some family legends, and I have had a few unexplained situations. However, there are enough unexplained things in daily life to keep me wondering. I do not need to look for trouble.

~Share some FUN!~
Bee & Clyde
Now, it’s your turn. Please link up with us here. 
Or, you can answer in the comments. 
   

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