A-Z: Mr. Peabody

Everyone knew that Mr. Peabody was living in the old car. It was obvious; all of the signs were there: the mess and the odor.

They tried to evict him for months, but he was an elusive old guy. He stayed in there,  eventually dying in that very car.

They found his little dead mouse body up against the blower motor fan blades.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

Written for a five-line fiction writing prompt, this tale is really a true story.  I named the little deer mouse Mr. Peabody, in part due to the musky smell that lingered in my car. We knew he was there by the little signs of decorating he was doing. I found bird seed in my trunk, though there had been no bird seed put there by us. My Kleenex box was suddenly a fluffy bed for someone very small. The foam under my seat was chewed into a small pile.

We did try to evict Mr. Peabody. I had the dashboard removed to clean out the vents. The car was detailed, twice. I also put repellents put into place. Mothballs, dryer sheets, and citrus-scented objects were put in the places that he frequented, to no avail…until nature took its course. When my air conditioner needed to be maintained and recharged, we found Mr. Peabody, just as my story says. He was then quietly laid to rest.


“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
L= The Loan
M= Mirror
N= Number
O= Ozark


First Date

Most of us can remember first dates. This scenario can apply to many kinds of new relationships, really. There is always the planning and trying to put our best self forward. We want to be thought of in a special, positive way. We too often try to be perfect. But, of course, we aren’t.

Thank goodness. Because, our date, and friends, are not ever perfect, either. Eventually, it all comes out. The imperfections and shortcomings are pretty universal. When those glorious imperfections are all revealed, they often show us in a unique light. Sometimes it is those little imperfections that actually make us special. That is when magic happens.


Friendly Fill-ins: Week 94

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. Remember to visit other blogs. It takes a while, I know. But, there is no rush, and it is very much worthwhile.

It has been an unsettling week here. The weather was very odd. Our 24” of snow on the ground is completely gone! We had rain, storms, and above average temperatures. There has been a lot of flooding.

For the second time just this year, a close friend of mine has lost a spouse. I am just trying to be there for support. My heart goes out to them. This is a very real fear, especially as we get older. One cannot help but look at one’s own mortality. While it remains a fear within most of us, one cannot live in fear. Instead, let us look at that love and celebrate it, now. It will comfort us later.

Chloe Jo took a turn for the worse. She has been having pain, along with her kidney and intestinal issues. Consequently, she has been very moody, irritable, and clingy. Bee and Clyde have been trying to not annoy her. They seem to have always understood that she has special needs. Bless their hearts. I won’t know anything about Chloe Jo’s status for a while. She had some med. changes and has another follow-up next week. She will probably have more tests, too.

I am still having health issues, too. Doctors, tests, etc. take time. So, it has been a busy week. Thank you for understanding that life gets in the way of fun and games. Even when I have to read on the run, and can’t always comment, please know that I am there and care. I appreciate each of you.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, warm, and healthy. I will see you soon. Hugs!

1. My favorite president is Ronald Reagan because he was a true American. In my humble opinion, that is what it takes to be President of the United States. He came from modest Midwestern roots. He worked his way up in life, setting and meeting goals. He was intelligent, humourous, and he had heart. Dubbed “The Great Communicator”, he was well-respected worldwide. He cut taxes, while increasing military strength, believing and proving “peace through strength”. He clearly reiterated the purpose of government. He brought control back to the people, reducing their dependence on “government”.

I base my belief and thoughts on personal experience. I was there, just beginning my adulthood. Beaten and desperate, America had come through a difficult period: the Vietnam conflict, Watergate, The Hostage Crisis to name a few. The gas crisis and job shortages were affecting everyone. Parents were laid off, friends couldn’t find jobs. Ronald Reagan renewed hope. And, he kept his promises. We all profited from his sensible thinking. It worked.

On a final note, Mr. Reagan also loved animals. He was quite well known for his dogs and horses.


2. This weekend, I have plans to make a special dinner for Bill. I am making homemade cabbage rolls, pierogis, and kielbasa. This was all by his special request. No music night, as his friend is in Poland, visiting relatives.


3. I wear my gold cross necklace every day. Bill bought it for me and I do not take it off. It is a constant reminder that God is always with me and that I am loved.

da Cross

4. I believe that we are responsible for the things that we do that we shouldn’t do. I also believe that we are also responsible for the things that we should do, but choose not to do. These are facets of karma.



~Cook up some fun this weekend!~

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Friendly Fill-ins: Week 92

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. Remember to visit other blogs. It takes a while, but there is no rush. It is very much worthwhile.

As you read this, I am probably out shoveling snow. If I don’t, who will? We are in a snow storm. Eh, I’m good. This is my element. Cold hands, warm heart. The whole cold, hard truth. It’s just Winter. Give me the North Woods, any season. So, I am out clearing snow. I am digging out a spot for Stella and Kenzie to graze upon. I am also clearing the driveway for Bill. We’ve got this.

Bee made the LOL Home Page. We have several out there, with various cats. But, this was Bee’s first time to share. Here she is, in here Winter hibernation mode. Of course, our current cats have no idea as to the harsh reality of Winter. Nor will they ever know. This is not true of many of our past cats, who had been stray and/or feral. There were many.


Kenzie is eleven today. She does show her age a bit, but she has come a long way. Watch for her post on Sunday, as we celebrate her senior happiness. At her current age, she wears her blue hair well.

Please check out Sparks on Monday. There are some really great vibes there. The positive energy is rejuvenating. The sharing is comfortable and supportive. To those who participate: thank you. Go forth and shine, shine, shine. But, even if you don’t want to add Sparks, come read the posts. You will be so glad that you did. I go back all week just to soak up the goodness.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe and warm. Always, be good to You. See you soon!

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. The Winter Olympics have always been my favourites. You probably are not surprised. I especially enjoy the ice skating, ice dancing, luge, and bobsledding. The US Bobsled teams have benefitted greatly from the research and development programs of former NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine. After leaving auto racing, Geoff went full throttle into his other love: bobsleds. He is well respected worldwide in this arena.


2. I think the most romantic movie and book is The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry (1905). It is usually considered to be a short story or novella, but, that is unimportant. The story is beautiful. Young newlyweds secretly sell their most prized possession to be able to afford a special gift for their new spouse. The best movie based on this story is called, The Gift of Love (1978). It starred Marie Osmond. This simple story beautifully illustrates what real love does.


3. Recently, I had an odd experience when I was just waking up one early morning.

It was this past Tuesday, about 5:45 AM. Just as I was looking at the clock, the doorbell rang. The dogs heard it, too. They ran to me, looking very puzzled. I thought this was quite odd, and was just as puzzled, too. The doorbell chimed, but it sounded diminished.

I grabbed my robe as I put on my slippers. We all headed to answer the door, as the cats ran amok. Stella and Kenzie did not utter a sound. I was thinking maybe Bill had come home due to a schedule or load change. Things happen in trucking, especially during bad weather. Yet, I still felt apprehensive.

I slowly opened the front door. And, no one was there. The freshly fallen snow was untouched on the porch, the steps, and the yard. There were not even any tracks on the snow-covered road. Not even the plow had been by, yet. No one had been by; no one had been there. Yet, the doorbell had chimed. Stella and Kenzie were my witnesses.

I know I had heard the doorbell. The dogs had heard the doorbell, and had run to alert me. The cats reacted as they always do. Some hide, some are greeters. What do you make of this chilling tale? It is true and truly creepy. Don’t you agree?

Shh - final

4. I believe that love does not conquer all. However, I believe that it can give us the strength to withstand what we need to. And, I believe that if we weave that love into these situations we can make everything a little bit better, if not easier.


~Make time for some Winter fun!~
Cats playing

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Friendly Fill-ins: Week 91

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. Remember to visit other blogs. It takes a while, and you will be glad that you did.

I am settling into WordPress. Thank you all who have helped. I finally have the links up on most of my Pages. I still need to link up my book reviews. But, life is busy.

I am still battling a chronic cough. Lots of appointments and tests have given answers to some things, but more questions about other things.  Among other things, we are looking at changes in my asthma treatment. Nothing is simple with autoimmune illnesses.

We are into February, now. Happy Ground Hog Day! No matter what Phil or his friends say, Spring begins next month. So, stay warm and think Spring.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, warm, and healthy. I will see you soon! Here are my weekly Friendly Fill-Ins.

1. Trust no one. You had to see that coming. I am an X-Phile. Okay, now that I have that out of my system, on with my real thoughts on this. Trust is something that is there or it isn’t. If it isn’t, there is a reason that needs to be evaluated. Trust is earned, and once it is broken, it is never the same. It can be rebuilt, but the stain remains. Be trustworthy.

xfiles kitty cat

2. I would protest antagonism. The negative pot-stirring has got to stop. The hate and negativity are destroying us all. We are burning down our own House. If this continues, there will be nothing left of the House that our ancestors built.

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3. I have had Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) since I was a kid. It is severe, now. I have it most of 24/7. If you are not familiar with it, thank heaven. Really: you should go thank heaven. If you are familiar with it, bless your heart. I have tried everything, but relief eludes me.


4. Right now, I am working on my second installment of my dog stories. I posted Velvet’s story a while ago. It is time to share Grits. I will have his story ready very soon.

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"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*