Playmates

Remember your friends from childhood? There were the toys and there were the real-life friends. Both were important. I remember how Raggedy Ann and Lamb Chop did everything with me. Lamb Chop sat by me all day while I learned to tie my new plaid sneakers. I was three years old.

I hope you get out and play this weekend. Do it with someone that you love. Make memories. And, remember to play nice! See you soon.

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 102

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. Please link your post as directed. You can answer in the comments if you need to. Try to visit other blogs, if possible.

I hope this week finds you safe and sound. It has been a really crazy month for weather. We had two ice storms this week. The first one came over Sunday into Monday. It brought three inches of ice and snow. It also brought us Stormie.

I believe that things happen for reasons. I do not need to know why to do the right thing. God added her to my plate. He never gives me more than I can handle. We will make sure she gets what she needs, is loved, and given a good chance at life.

Chloe Jo has pretty good days and not-so-good days. Thank you to all who are praying for her. She has lost a lot of weight already; getting her to eat is a challenge. She is still Chloe Jo, in every other way. She loves life, just really hates medicine.

We are looking forward to the wonders of Spring and beyond. We wish you all the best, too. Have a wonderful weekend filled with love and joy.

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. New journals are bittersweet. I look forward to using them but am always afraid I will somehow ruin it. I do not rant or rave in my journals, but I do sort out feelings, situations, and events. I never want to put negative energy there. I want to make sure to only put truth there, but with purpose. I must always choose my words wisely. “By writing, I learn how to write”.

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2. I love to listen to music on the computer, while I write. My current vice is iHeartRadio. I have saved playlists for various moods. Most of my music is folk and folk-rock.

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3. When I was a child, I loved to play Hopscotch. Growing up with the sidewalks of Chicago, this was a common game. I liked to make elaborate courts with coloured chalk. I would play it now, if there were someone to play with.

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4. One kitten is more intense to raise, than a litter, believe. When there is more than one, they support each other. They entertain each other. They offer warmth and comfort to each other. They relate to each other. When there is a single kitten, it is so hard for them, especially the feral. Love leads the way, though. We just work harder.

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May you have rhythm, but not blues!
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Fill-in Statements: Week 102

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Each Thursday, my co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I provide Friendly Fill-In statements. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with your own responses. We hope you will copy and answer these on your blog, but please remember to link up here. If you need help, please let us know. If you don’t need help, just say Hello, so I will know you were here.

Week 102: April 20, 2018

1. New                  are                           .

2. I love to                   on the                    .

3. When I was a child, I loved to play                   .

4. One                   , I                      .

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My Saturday Matinee

I have gotten into the habit of posting a little video each Saturday. It reminds me of the traditional Saturday Matinee when I was a child. Each Saturday, the theatres showed an early viewing for families with kids. I am sure some of you remember this special event.

With that in mind, I have kept up my own Saturday Matinee, so as to leave something fun or meaningful (or both) while I am away from my computer. Saturdays are for family errands and chores. On Saturday nights, Bill often plays music. Sundays are for going to Mass, spending time together, and getting Bill ready for the Road.

Most of you know I am a serious Monthy Python fan. I am also a devoted Muppet fan. The two, together, is pure fun! But, this video also has a message. The best-laid plans do not always come together. Sometimes our plans are altered by others’, or by circumstances beyond our control. No matter how we try to fix them, things may just not come together as we planned it.

However, usually, it all still comes out fine! Sometimes, those other factors make things even more special, more fun, or somehow, even better than what we imagined. And, if not, it usually works out, anyway…just as it is meant to.

Make it a great weekend! See you soon!

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 101

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. Please link your post as directed. You can answer in the comment if you need to. Try to visit other blogs, when you can.

We are reaching the halfway point in the A-Z Blog Challenge. Yea for hanging in there. I have so much on my plate right now, that it is more like spilled alphabet soup! However, I am keeping my sense of humour, in spite of the burns (of said soup). I also stand by the fact that what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.

I need to mention the purple Sarcoidosis badge in my sidebar. April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month. I have chronic Sarcoidosis, affecting my lymph system and lungs. Chronic Sarcoidosis is a difficult autoimmune disease that can affect any system, but almost always the lungs. Bernie Mac died from complications of Sarcoidosis. With Rheumatoid disease and Sarcoidosis, I get knocked down occasionally (like now). I have had both of these for twenty-five years or more. As the Japanese proverb teaches, fall down seven times, get up eight!

Whatever trials you are having, I hope you find strength and peace. Reach out to someone that you trust. We all have moments of weakness. It is part of the human condition. So, be there for someone else, too. There is love and strength in that, as well.

May you enjoy a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

Here are my weekly completed fill-ins:

1. Living life keeps me extremely busy. It is meant to be lived, of course! But, I really am looking forward to things slowing down, even if it is just a little. But, I am also keeping a positive attitude no matter what!

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2. I believe that integrity is the secret to inner peace. I have found that being genuine and authentic to one’s beliefs, as well as sensitive to others, allows for a clear conscience. I take this to heart and make sure to keep it real, even when it may not be easy. And, it is not always easy. Namaste.

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3. A friend is someone who allows you to be yourself, without question or judgment. They will appreciate you just as you are. I have been reminded recently just how important this is.

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4. Right now, I am thankful for my friends, including all of my blog friends. Your kindness, prayers, and encouragement have been invaluable. I am very human. Life has been very busy, lately. But, friends are a key element in how one copes. Thank you. Group hug!

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Remember…
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A-Z: The Loan

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Jeff had a good thing but didn’t appreciate it. Bob saw a good thing and did.

Bob said, “Let me borrow twenty bucks to take her out on a date.”

Jeff replied, “She won’t go, but if she does keep the twenty bucks.”

He never had to repay the loan.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

This was the first piece of flash fiction that I ever wrote. Poetry has always been a labour of love. It is my agony and ecstasy. Fiction is something I just read…until blogging introduced me to prompts.

I know firsthand how prompts can get your creative energy going. Prompts are great tools. They can be used as exercises when in between pieces, or just as a break from your usual routine. I have several stories that were started but left unfinished. They will eventually become a story or poem.

The Loan was written for a weekly writing challenge. We were to write five lines inspired by a given word prompt. The word prompt behind this story was: awkward. This story came easily because it is true. I am the “she” in the story. The rest is history. In fact, it was the beginning of some great things!

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“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse
J= Joseph
K= Knowing

 

Fill-in Statements: Week 101

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Each Thursday, my co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I provide Friendly Fill-In statements. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with your own responses. We hope you will copy and answer these on your blog, but please remember to link up here. If you need help, please let us know. If you don’t need help, just say Hello, so I will know you were here.

Week 101: April 13, 2018

1. __________ keeps me                         .

2. __________ is the secret to                       .

3. A friend                            .

4. Right now, I am thankful                         .

 

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