A to Z Theme Reveal: 2018


This is my third year to participate in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Whether they have taken this challenge or not, most bloggers know what it is all about. Every day, with the exception of some Sundays, during the month of April, the challenge is to publish a blog post for the letter of the day. So, April 1st, I will again be taking up that challenge, too.

Today, we officially begin our frenzied mission with our “Theme Reveal”. Many bloggers choose the have no set theme, preferring to just go with the flow. However, most seem to choose a theme to keep them channeled. That is part of the beauty of blogging, doing it your own way.

Two years ago, I chose poetry as my theme. April is National Poetry Month. I shared some of my favourite poems. Some poems were well known, while others were not. I chose poetry by well-known poets, as well as by poets who were not very well known. Some of the poems were written by myself.

Last year, I shared a Soundtrack of Lifeblood Songs. These were songs that had lyrics that are meaningful to me. Some of these songs went back to my childhood, while others were newer, yet still powerful to me. As a writer, words are important to me.

May 2017, Bill answered my list of songs with his own soundtrack. He chose songs that had special musical compositions. As a guitarist, he speaks through music. After he critiqued my list, I challenged him to create his own. He did. That may have been a first for the A-Z Challenge: Non-blogger blogs A-Z Challenge Rebuttal. He had fun!

I have contemplated my theme for the past year. I knew what it would be, having decided last April. But, each post has been an ongoing evolving plan. And, it may very well continue to evolve.

My 2018 A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal is… “My Writeful Heart”. This April, I will share things that I have written. I will share musings, poetry, and stories. Some pieces will be older, some will be new. Some of these have been shared before, some have never been seen. I hope whether you have read them or not, you will still enjoy what I share. I always share my heart and soul. After all, the message and motto of my blog is: Live. Laugh. Love. Share.


Sparks: 24

Each Monday, I post a positive quote of some kind. It becomes my meditation thought for the week. I hope that perhaps it can feed another’s spirit, as well.

There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy.  The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. But, we can change that.

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. There is hope. Together, we can light up the entire world!

Easter is almost here. As a Catholic, in preparation for Easter, we make personal sacrifices. The idea of sacrifice is to forgo things that are “important” to us. In giving up these things, we honour Jesus’ time of fasting and self-sacrifice. 

My Lenten focus is always twofold. In addition to the tradition of withholding from myself, I also have a tradition of giving of ourselves to others. There are so many little things that we can do for others. These small deeds are usually so very appreciated by the receiver. The more you do good deeds, the easier they are to do, too. I feel it completes the meaning of Christ’s teachings.

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Sparks is open Monday through Friday each week. When joining, please post a positive quote or inspirational words. Be sure to add the Sparks badge to your post so others can easily find it. Come back and link your post to ours here. Let’s send out bright Sparks!

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Sometimes, we are victims of our own behaviours and habits. We can become complacent with our daily lives and end up stuck in a rut. We have the same routine, with the same results. Yet, we muddle along.

Until, suddenly, something happens to alter our destiny. It is then that we are faced with the realization that what we are doing is not working well for us. As humans, an occasional epiphany is just what we need to face ourselves and our lives. It is then that we can make positive changes.

Spring is here, offering renewal. We can find hope in this season of fresh starts and new beginnings. Whatever you do, be good to You. Have a great weekend. See you soon!

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 97

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. Don’t forget to visit other blogs. You will be glad that you did.

After missing a couple of Tuesday Teasers, I was happy to get to school…no, I was determined. I woke up very early and decided that I would just start my day, anyway. While I did my morning routine, I kept refreshing the home page of Two Spoiled Cats. It paid off! I was one of three First Commenters. And I was first Right Guesser. I was pretty sure of my answer, so went with my gut. I am glad that I did. Thank you, Sammy, Teddy, and Mom Pam. You put a lot of work into The Teaser to make it fun, and we appreciate it. Hugs! I have added these to my Badges page.

Chloe Jo is still having health concerns. We are having some trouble getting her pain stabilized. She has a good few days, and then she is miserable. The minions learned very early to not poke the bear. I think Bee is a bit afraid when Chloe Jo has a bad day, so avoids her. Clyde tries very hard to cheer her up. Bee and Clyde are very animated, chatty minions. They also both play fetch and are formidable opponents.

The Pelican came to our area right on schedule. They have been hanging out around the lake and neighboring channels, and adjoining waterways. They upset the seagulls, but that is Spring business as usual. They always work it out.

I have seen a pair of my beloved Sandhill Crane, too. They were in a cleared field off the backroads. It is a bit earlier than usual for the Crane. I tried not to worry, as we got more ice and snow. If God sees the tiny sparrow, then surely, He sees the Sandhill Crane!

May St. Patrick of Ireland and Irish eyes smile upon you! And, may St. Gertrude of Nivelles smile upon your cats! March 17 is the feast day for both saints. Celebrations are in order.

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

1. When I am nervous, I  immediately evaluate my situation. I am not prone to feeling nervous. I meditate, listen to music, and write. These always help me stay on track. If I can take a brief timeout, I can maintain calm and inner peace.


2. When I am angry, I cry. I am always surprised, too. It really takes a lot to anger me. When I reach that point, it is inevitably an injustice against someone and I want to see it righted for them. I fight my own battles much more quietly.


3. Today, I know for sure that things happen for reasons throughout our lives. We do not have to know what the reasons are. We do need to learn from each experience, trust our instincts, and keep going. As Granny said, it usually comes out in the wash.


4. For St. Patrick’s Day, I always cook up a big pot of corned beef and cabbage. I also wear green. I have even been known to drink green tea.

KermieTeaWell, close enough!

~Beware of people that dislike cats.~
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Fill-in Statements: Week 97

Each Thursday, my sweet 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. Even if you don’t need help, please say something, so I will know you were here. Thanks!

Week 97: March 16, 2018

1. When I am nervous,                           .

2. When I am angry,                          .

3. Today, I know for sure                        .

4. For St. Patrick’s day,                        .