Friendly Fill-ins: Week 93

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 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. Remember to visit other blogs. It takes a while, but it is very much appreciated. And, you will be so happy that you visited everyone.

I am taking everyone in one-by-one or two-by-two in for annual visits. So far, so good. Nothing new. George had his shots this week. Precautions were taken, so he had no reactions and sleep it all off. He is very sensitive. Next week, Grizelda and Chloe Jo will go for their annual shots. Chloe Jo will have her usual (frequent) evaluation, too.

I am happy to say that I was a First Commenter and First Right Guesser over at the Tuesday Teaser! A few weeks ago, I knew one, but held back my guess. When I later found out I was right, I regretted not guessing. This time, I quickly blurted it out, and thought maybe I should have waited. But, I was right, and first! So, trust your instinct! Thank you, Angel Sammy, Teddy, and your wonderful Mom, Pam. I have added the coveted badges to my Page.

After nine straight days of measurable snow, we finally have had a break. This week actually got in the 40s two days. We had a big meltdown and fog! But, there is still a month of Winter. It all comes out in the wash, as Granny used to say.

We are still considering our link-up options. If you have questions, ideas, or concerns, please let us know. We no longer have JavaScript, but that won’t stop us!

I look forward to everyone’s fill-in responses. These were fun! Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, warm, and healthy. I will see you soon!

1. My Chinese zodiac animal is the Pig. I actually studied Chinese Astrology many years ago. A very close friend was Japanese. I learned everything I could and shared it with family and friends. I still have a couple of very old books about it. Here are Pig facts, for those who are or love a Pig. Please remember, this is just for fun!

In the Japanese and Tibetan zodiac, the Pig is known as the Boar. It is the last of the twelve signs. Legend has it that when Buddha was preparing to leave the Earth, he called to order a great meeting. The Pig was the last one in attendance. Not as fast as other animals, he was deemed slow and lazy.

There are five elements in Chinese astrology: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The most natural element for the Pig is water, commonly associated with emotions and intuition.

The artistic Pig strives for a life of beauty. She is governed by intelligence and centered by philosophy. These traits make The Pig a calm force and natural leader. She is also a romantic soul, known for her sensitivity and compassion. She is known as self-sacrificing and obliging, prudent and sensible. But, she can also be insecure, precise, even meticulous, finicky, and sometimes can be a bit naive.

Pigs do best with the other two signs of the 4th Trine of Chinese astrology. These signs are the Rabbit and the Goat. They are similar in traits and temperament.


2. My zodiac sign is Gemini, in western astrology. Born May 26th, I am the May twin. It is said that The Twins are mirror opposite. That has certainly been my experience.


3. Income tax season is over at our house. We have had the same accountant for over twenty years. Unfortunately, he is now semi-retired. I fear losing him to his full retirement. When that happens, we do plan to see someone who was trained by and worked for him.


4. In hindsight, I wish I had believed in myself and trusted my own intuition more than I did. Many times in my life, I went with what was right for others, out of loyalty. That loyalty was not ever returned. Ultimately, that was a very painful lesson. However, I do believe in karma.



~May Maneki-Neko bring you both happiness & fortune!~

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Ruth had spent all weekend putting away her holiday decorations. Now empty, the house had been filled with friends, family, food, and love.

Now tired and hungry, Ruth was grateful for holiday leftovers. While she ate, Ruth reflected on her very favourite leftovers. Memories; because they offer comfort, never expire, and can be increased.

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Tomorrow holds feelings
that yesterday dreamt of.
I can only think what I feel.
Melancholy streams
from yesterday into tomorrow.
Now, the sun sets
on my moon’s horizon,
promising that I will
understand tomorrow
what holds me today.

Poem & Image: McGuffy Ann Morris

As we bid farewell to a fatigued 2017,
we celebrate the hope that 2018 brings!
Happy New Year!

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 86

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. You are welcome to answer in the comments, but if you link up, more people can share.
The holidays have been busy here! I am grateful to be blessed with sharing the special times with Bill and the critters. Being together, like it used to be, is truly wonderful.
New Year’s Eve we will be at Bill’s friend’s place. They will be playing music. I will be “with the band”, meaning listening to them. I am so happy that Bill is able to have the time and opportunity to play music. Consequently, I will be essentially unplugged this weekend. I will read and catch up as I am able to. Thank you for understanding.
Sparks will be open Monday through Friday. Come, join us. Share yours whenever you are able to. It is amazing what positive energy is generated there! Thank you. You all inspire me.
Please know that I wish you a new year filled with many blessings and much happiness. I look forward to more mutual sharing of this journey called Life. Hugs!
1. On New Year’s Eve, I attend Mass. I pray diligently for peace and guidance, strength and wisdom. I know if I have those, I will be okay whatever comes. Ending one year and beginning the next with gratitude and hope is important to me. Yes, then we can celebrate with music and friends! Bill has played music with the same guys (whenever possible) for almost 30 years. They are all decent guys, too.

2. One goal I have for 2018 is to get some household projects finished, now that Bill is home more. There are some things that need to be re-done or updated. It will be great to have them all done! 

3. In 2017, I accomplished maintaining peace of mind. Health concerns (ours and furkids), job changes, life changes, sorrows, etc. can be draining. It is seriously difficult to maintain peace when you are not settled within your own spirit. Those who were always there, and continue to be, mean more than I can say. I am here for you, too. Namasté.

4. I found and kept my spiritual groove in 2017. It has helped me to find the balance (again) between myself and the world at large. When things get stressful, it is easy to lose your place. But, I worked on it, and on me. It is okay; I am okay.

~Here’s to 2018 beginning on a good note!~
Happy New Year!

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Fill-in Statements: Week 86

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 own blog, but remember to link up here. If you need help, please let us know. It’s all about friendship.
Week 86: December 29, 2017:
1. On New Year’s Eve, I                             .

2. One goal I have for 2018 is                        .

3. In 2017, I accomplished                    .
4. I                 in 2017.

The Regift

Tom sat silently, watching Mary put small bits of paper into a beautiful Christmas box. When finished wrapping the box, she was satisfied that it was filled with so many scribbled scraps. On each paper scrap was a Christmas memory that Tom and Mary had shared.

These priceless memories were meaningful to both Mary and Tom. As Tom’s memory faded into illness, these paper scraps would help her give Christmas back to him. 

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