Monday, September 1, 2014

Two Shoes Tuesday #94 - Target or Deceived

Two Shoes Tuesdsay
 
Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word, but please use it as the theme for your post. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through next Monday. 

Please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The September 2nd writing themes to choose from are target and deceived.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thankful Thoughts - August 31st

 
1.  It's a perfect Sunday Morning here, made even better by the knowledge that we have yet another day off tomorrow!  I am thankful that, although we both worked yesterday, we will still have two days to enjoy together. Lots of relaxation and very little work is on the agenda! :-)
 
2.  Just as it says in the illustration above, I am thankful for the way my life has turned out. I had some big plans when I was young, and others along the way that didn't work out either, but this chapter has turned out better than I ever could have designed or imagined.  Despite the daily struggles that we all have, I am very, very blessed!
 
3.  I am so delighted and thankful that our law firm has hired a wonderful new attorney for our office.  We had an opportunity to meet him and his wife on Friday, and go to lunch with them.  He is very young, just out of law school, and is from here so he won't be shocked at our somewhat barren environment or the skyrocketing cost of housing.  They are both just as friendly and sweet as they could be, and he served as a missionary for two years in Brazil, so he has a genuine compassion for people who are struggling.   I am so looking forward to working with him!  Attorney's are known for being a bit egotistical, and I see non of that.  Thank you Jesus for prayers answered!
 
4.  I am thankful that I survived Thursday, Friday, and yesterday of us removing and returning all the furniture in four of our offices for new carpeting... a pretty dark red that is 1000 times better than the very old, very stained earth tones carpet it replaced.  All that lugging, hauling, stress, and glue fumes has my fibromyalgia acting up big time, but it was worth it and this too shall pass. It is so fun to walk in and see it look so much nicer... and it's padded so much softer under my feet!  Two more rooms to go eventually when budget permits.
 
5. Have I mentioned before that we will be headed for a vacation on Galveston Island? :-)  I am very thankful that I can look forward to this kind of scenery just three weeks from today! Far, far away from work, worries, weariness, and the ever-ringing phones...YAY!
6.  I am thankful for the comic relief of furkids.  This morning Toby stuck his nose in the dry waffle ingredients bowl, as I was preparing waffles for our late breakfast.  It came up dusted white, which was funny.  I told him not once, but three times to get off the counter.  He did, and then would quickly return again.  (He is at toddler stage and doesn't listen well.)  But then Papa Bear stood up and said firmly "GET DOWN" and Toby Tyler scrambled quickly to the floor and under the china cabinet.  As in all houses, dad rules! :-) 
 
7.  I am thankful that I got to text/visit with both of my kids last Sunday simultaneously, and talked with both of them this week.  I'm a mom, I miss their voices!  My kids are the awesomest, and I cherish the relationships we have.
 
8.  I am thankful for the great phone conversation Papa Bear had with his oldest daughter yesterday.  Although she is not his biological daughter, they are very much alike and very close.  It did his weary soul good to visit with her at length, and I know it did hers too. I so admire the relationships he has with his children and grandchildren.  He is truly an awesome, caring, thoughtful father!
 
9.  I am thankful that today is the last day of August, and symbolically the end of summer, as kids and college students return to school, and God willing it will gradually cool off here!  We've still got another month or so of the hot stuff, but at least we are heading in the right direction. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year, not too hot and not too cold, and maybe we'll be blessed with a little rain. Time passes quickly though, just four more months to the end of the year.
 
10.  I'm thankful that the creation of gratitude lists has made me more mindful of my life and all the good things I have in it. I far less spend less time regretting the past or fretting about the future these days.
I'm linking up with Lizzi
at Considerings for Ten Things of Thankful ... 
Drop by, check out the awesome posts, and add a list of your own!
Ten Things of Thankful
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for the Coming Week

~TWO SHOES TUESDAY~
Stories, poems and essays - original fiction and non-fiction 
 Your choice of themes for Tuesday, September 2nd are: 
target or deceived
Find out more about Two Shoes Tuesday here
Put your thinking cap on and come and join us! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Cover-Up

In 2012  I did a series of interviews with my beloved husband entitled "Papa Bear's Tale".  In Part III  he told us about his tattoo... an awesome cover-up piece.  Here is that story in his own words...

"When I was fifteen I tattooed a crude J for John on my arm.  I've always hated it.  A few years back I found a decal in a motorcycle magazine that portrayed a bald eagle overlaying an American flag. I thought it would make a cool cover-up tattoo.  When I met Josie she decided to have it done for me as a Valentine's Day gift.  It turned out great, with vibrant color and amazing detail. I've been given hundreds of compliments on it." 

Six years later, the tattoo remains bright and bold, as you can see in the above photo of him holding one of our great-grandsons.  Papa Bear is a proud American, so it suits him well.  I was delighted that I could give him this lasting keepsake as my first Valentine's Day gift, I love it as much as he does!

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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures, where the word we are Pondering this week is "cover"... 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Two Shoes Tuesday #93 - Bench or Leave

Two Shoes Tuesdsay
 
Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word, but please use it as the theme for your post. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through next Monday. 

Please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
The August 26th writing themes to choose from are bench and leave.