Friday, June 19, 2015

Time Out

 
I'm taking a much needed break from blogging,
I'll be back when life settles down a bit.
 
In the mean time I'll be checking out some of your posts, 
and I'll be hanging out at Facebook as usual.
 
If you've enjoyed writing for Two Shoes Tuesday
Please participate in Six Sentence Stories at Ivy's blog -
It's easy and it's fun!
 
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Coloring - Not Just for Kids

At one time I supervised the reception staff at a non-profit agency.  One of our receptionists who was near fifty had experienced a rough childhood and occasionally those memories would surface.  One day while discussing kids and school supplies, she noted sadly that she never had a brand new box of crayons.  Such a little thing, but symbolic of so many things that she went without, including nurturing relationships. 
 
I remember shopping for school supplies each Fall so fondly, and that box containing a rainbow of bright colors all perfectly pointed helped fuel the excitement for the coming term.  I decided that it was long since time to rectify this situation for our receptionist, and on her next birthday she received her very first box of 64 brand new crayons, along with some wonderful adult coloring books with beautiful designs.  She cried.  It is so often the little things that matter the most.
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This story was written for Two Shoes Tuesday here at my blog
where the prompts this week are Crayon and Crash
 
Tomorrowlady

Monday, June 15, 2015

Two Shoes Tuesday #135 - Crayon or Crash

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 June 16th writing themes to choose from are:

CRAYON or CRASH

Please remember that the THEME of your post must be based on the prompt
 you choose, rather than it just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

In the Face of Danger

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We are often told that fear is irrational, but I don't think that is always true. There are legitimate concerns about things we might be afraid of, things that are happening or could happen in our lives... fear of the loss of a job, or a loved one. Fear that someone we care about in in a situation in which they might be harmed.  Fear of what the future will hold as we grow older, what medical issues we may have to deal with, and if we will have enough income to meet our basic needs. 

That's just a small, off-the-cuff list, there are many more potential dangers and legitimate reasons for fear.  Legitimate to me means things that could realistically happen, as opposed to irrational fears like the odds of a meteor crashing through the roof of my house or a serial killer showing up on my doorstep.

Sometimes if we start thinking about bad things that could happen to us or the people we love, anxiety kicks in and it becomes hard to breathe.  Our mind dwells on it and it becomes hard to sleep at night or focus on our tasks during the day.  Our relationships begin to suffer because we are preoccupied with fear.  If we give into it, fear can rapidly become overwhelming.

I've given a lot of thought to what we can do about fears that threaten to take over our lives and destroy our inner peace.  For me, the answer is a simple, even though I sometimes need to remind myself when I feel my level of anxiety start to grow...  I believe that there is a power/force greater than I, which is loving and wants what is best for us, and I believe in the power of prayer.  "Let go, let God" in whatever terms you want to use.  We have to surrender the things we have no control over and focus on the things that we do.  We may or may not be able to prevent some bad things from happening, but we can pray for protection, for guidance, for courage, and for peaceful hearts.  That way we will have the strength we need to deal with any fears that actually do become realities, remembering always that we are never left alone, we will always be surrounded by God's love to see us through.
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I'm linking up with Patricia's blog hop In Other Words
 where the creative writing prompt this week is the following quotation:
 
"Danger is real, fear is a choice."
- Will Smith

 

Thankful Thoughts - June 13, 2015


1. This has been a week of life challenges for a couple people that are important in my life.  I am thankful that I have learned in sixty years that we do survive what at times feels so overwhelming, and we come through on the other side stronger and ready to take on the next obstacle.  We need to remember that we have survived everything life has thrown at us so far and have an inborn ability to overcome.
 
2.  I am thankful that Papa Bear and I had a wonderful long-weekend in Ruidoso for his birthday.  It was green and beautiful, and the mountain air smells so fresh!  The break from our work routine did us both a lot of good.  Being away together is my favorite thing always.  I posted the following birthday photo of him on my Facebook page which garnered the most likes of any of my posts ever, much to his pleasure.  I tell him that's because I am such a good promoter, letting people know what an awesome guy he is!
 
3.  I am thankful for the new coworker at our office, bringing our team back to three once again.  Ideally we need four and have had that at times in the past, but we've also been struggling along with just two of us for awhile now so I am overjoyed that a little of that overwhelming burden has been lifted.  She learns quickly and isn't afraid to pitch in and get to work.  Hoping she'll decide to stay! She is also an intelligent conversationalist, which I enjoy - I'm not good at trivial chit-chat.
 
4.  At the moment I have four of my five furkids gathered around me within hand's reach.  How I love when we share our quiet time together!  The fifth one is snoozing happily on the cat tree.  If only we could all nap whenever the urge strikes us!  I am thankful for each and every one of them and the joy they bring to our house.
 
5.  Someone that matters to me found the strength and courage to break free from an unhappy,  opportunistic relationship this week, with much cheering from her friends and supporters on all sides.  I know how hard it is to make that move and stand firm with it, so I am extra proud of her for realizing that this isn't what she wants for her life or her future, she deserves so much more!
 
6.  I am thankful for good vision insurance at work and some gift money from my son which enabled me to order a new pair of glasses this morning.  Trifocals are so blasted expensive!  I really like the new frames I picked out - see below (please ignore unwashed Saturday hair), I was never really happy with the last ones I chose.  I've been wearing wire-rims for the past 40 years, so this is quite a change. They are plastic all the way around, the bottom half is just lighter in color, and there are rhinestones on the bows.  You know how I love things that sparkle! :-) They will be ready in 7-10 days, can't wait!
 
7.  I am thankful for the beautiful view we have of summer storms. I love their raw power!  Living in such a flat, rural area, we can see the storm clouds build up and roll in, watch the downpours and lightning bolts streak across the sky, and feel grateful when they move on without doing any major damage.  We have had such an unusual amount of rain this year with more looking likely for today, it's nice to keep that West Texas dust settled. 
 
8.  I am thankful and happy when I take a risk with sharing a story on my blog that I'm not certain others will relate to or like, and it garners a positive response.  Sometimes I am doubtful about the quality of my efforts, and surprisingly those often seem to be the ones that go over well.
 
9.  I say this every summer, but I am so thankful for air-conditioning in our vehicles, home and office.  Days are already hitting the 100 degree mark here and will soon be much hotter, and heat makes me so sick.  It is awesome to be able to escape that.  I often wonder how it is that it didn't seem to bother us so much when we were growing up and a couple fans were all the A/C that existed. While it wasn't quite this hot in South Dakota, it was certainly humid and sticky at times, and I remember it being hard to get to sleep on warm summer nights.  Here it cools down nicely after dark.
 
10.  I am so very thankful for the friends and family in my life that don't judge me or voice their opinions on what I am or am not.  It is hard to deal with the criticism of people who don't really understand me, and are basing their opinions on what they think they see on the surface.  Although it can be easy to forget, it's best if we keep such opinions to ourselves unless asked, and our judgments to the very minimum.  When someone misjudges me, it reminds me of how hurtful that is and that I shouldn't be doing it to others.  If you can't say something positive, just keep it to yourself! :-)
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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

Friday, June 12, 2015

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for June 16th

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 June 16th writing themes to choose from are:

CRAYON or CRASH

Please remember that the THEME of your post must be based on the prompt
 you choose, rather than it just appearing as a word somewhere in your post!