Rhythm of the Waves

 Papa Bear and I spent last week on Galveston Island.  It was heavenly! 
 I had to put my toes in the ocean as soon as we arrived.  The water was so warm!
What draws me there is the push and pull of the water, the rhythm of the waves.
Rushing in, washing across everything in its path...
and then retreating, sweeping the sand clean and smooth.
The push and pull of the water washes my spirit clean too,
 sweeping away all the stress, frustration and worries of life...
 until nothing remains but peace.  It is a beautiful feeling!
 Sunset is my favorite time on the island, the colors are magical!
The waves lapped gently as we took a ferry ride across the channel 
on our last night at the island.
So  many beautiful memories made together... memories to last forever!
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This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are push and pull.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Two Shoes Tuesday #98 - Push or Pull

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 30th writing themes to choose from are push and pull. 

Playing Dress Up

Papa Bear and I had this anniversary portrait made today.  It was such fun!  I think he looks so distinguished.... and resembles the banker in the Monopoly game! :-)

On This Day Six Years Ago

On this day six years ago I did something I wasn't the least bit nervous about... I married my beloved Papa Bear, one of the best men God ever made!
One would think that with my history of three miserable former marriages, that I would be wary of trying it again.  But I had it figured out this time, I made a list of the things those men had in common, then I chose someone who was the complete opposite!   
We were married in a private ceremony at a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in East Texas.  The only ones in attendance were the two of us, the minister, and the two innkeepers as witnesses.  We wanted it that way, intimate rather than a big fancy affair.
Marrying Papa Bear was the best thing I've ever done in my life!  My life has changed so incredibly much in the past six years, and I know that no matter what the years to come bring, we will weather the storms together and continue to celebrate the good times with joy and laughter. 
My story is a testimony to the fact that God doesn't always answer our prayers immediately, and we not only need to be praying but also listening to what He is trying to tell us.  Once I understood the lesson, Papa Bear was there and waiting for me, just as God intended all along.  In my case He most certainly saved the very best for last!  I hope we are granted many more wonderful years to share!
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This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are nervous and note.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!


Two Shoes Tuesday #97 - Nervous or Note

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 23rd writing themes to choose from are nervous and note. 

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Sept. 23rd

~TWO SHOES TUESDAY~
Stories, poems and essays - original fiction and non-fiction 
 Your choice of themes for Tuesday, September 23rd are: 
nervous or note
Find out more about Two Shoes Tuesday here
Put your thinking cap on ~ come and join us on Tuesday! 

Tread Softly


Tread softly on my heart
don't stomp across with muddy boots
I've worked too hard at clearing dirt away
Don't tell me that I'm still
not good enough to wipe your feet on
You didn't really know me then
you sure as hell don't know me now
My old worn heart may bear your scars
but I assure you it is whole
and I am strong, alive and well
 
~*~*~*~*~*~*~
 
I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures
where the word we are Pondering this week is "tread" 
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What If...

I was talking tonight with someone I care about, someone who has talked herself into believing that all the really good times in her life are in the past, and that the future can only hold "leftovers" or settling for less than the best.  I challenge that line of thinking, because my life is living proof that it isn't true.  We can be at the darkest point of our lives, or in the longest period of despair, and feel too hopeless about life to ever believe it could be good again.  Sometimes we can't see beyond the immediate issues overshadowing our lives, we can't see the faint light at the end of the long tunnel, and we have forgotten that the sun rises every morning on a new day. 
 
We have no idea what tomorrow might bring, something so different than what we have imagined!  If you doubt that, think back on the last ten or twenty years of your life... has it turned out exactly as you planned and expected?  Have their been some twists and turns and surprises along the way?  Of course there have been!  In reality we can't see beyond the moment, not even around the corner of tomorrow!  I had no idea that there was a man out there like Papa Bear, and that he would want me, love me!  I had no belief that the fairytale kind of romantic love was even possible.  I had no way of knowing what God had in store for me!
 
Before, in past relationships, I settled... I settled for less than I had dreamed of, for less than what I had hoped for, and ultimately for less than what I was worth... and I got what I settled for, not good enough.  Not enough to make a loving, lasting relationship work no matter how much effort I put into it.  After those very bad experiences I gave up, thinking it was just impossible, that there were no "good enough" men, and/or that I wasn't good enough to make any relationship work.  With that mindset there was no belief that the future could be better... and certainly no belief that it could be amazing.  I would have laughed at anyone who tried to convince me otherwise.
 
The thought I want to leave you with, is that ANYTHING is possible, whether we believe it or not, weather we are even able to imagine it.  When bad things happen, when life takes a detour through dark or difficult places, when old relationships end, it doesn't mean the end of the world.  It doesn't mean that there is no possibility for life to be good again, indeed even better than it was before, even happier.  Never give up hope!
 
Even though I am sixty years old now, and have done a heap of living in the last six decades, I absolutely believe that there are still more happy days ahead in my life.  Papa Bear believes that too. Some of the best days haven't happened yet... and I'm looking forward to them!  How about you?

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This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are before and after.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

Two Shoes Tuesday #96 - Before or After

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 16th writing themes to choose from are before and after. 

Smiles to Go!

This week Papa Bear brought home a package that came in the mail... a box from my friend Brenda over at BYG Adventures.  I'd been eagerly waiting for it to arrive!  You see, Brenda has some hidden talents in addition to being an awesome writer.  She makes these adorable crocheted wreaths, and I'd ordered the one you see above for my office door for Halloween.  I couldn't have been more delighted when it arrived, the picture doesn't do it justice!  I requested candy corn colors with a bit of black thrown in, and I love how it turned out!  The little witch, ghost and pumpkin  add the perfect touch.  I think it's impossible not to look at this wreath and smile, and that's why I want to share it with our clients at the office... folks who so need a bit of cheerfulness in their lives!
 
Here's more photos of some of the awesome wreaths Brenda has created.  I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite... I love them all! :-)
 
 





Brenda and her daughter Michelle are planning to open an Etsy store to sell their crafty creations, but if you'd like to order one in the meantime you can contact her at brendagladden@yahoo.com   The price is very reasonable, and she accepts Paypal.  They would make great gifts too!  Handcrafted gifts are original, fun to give and fun to receive.  I'm already thinking about how cute a pink or blue one would be for a baby shower gift. 
 
I can't wait to put my Halloween wreath up at work.  Thank you Brenda, for the smiles! :-)

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Sept. 16th

~TWO SHOES TUESDAY~
Stories, poems and essays - original fiction and non-fiction 
 Your choice of themes for Tuesday, September 16th are: 
before or after
Find out more about Two Shoes Tuesday here
Put your thinking cap on ~ come and join us on Tuesday! 

Plain Jane

Plain Jane lived her young life in a world of  beige and grey.  She was a shy, nondescript girl from a family of little means.  There wasn't money for new clothes or pretty things;  she wore mostly hand-me-downs, and kept herself out of the way.  But hidden beneath that drab exterior was a bright mind and thirst for learning, and when Plain Jane graduated she won a full-ride scholarship to a big city college far away.  Folks in the small town where she grew up expected her to be back home within a few months, unable to get used to city life... but they were wrong.  In the company of new friends at her college dorm, Plain Jane's life began to blossom -  she smiled more, talked more, and laughed a whole lot more.  She  discovered the fun of make-up, hair coloring, and shopping for clothes.  Her family knew the transformation was complete when she came home for Christmas with a whole collection of brightly colored fuzzy socks.  Even her mama had to smile.  Plain Jane was gone forever, and it was clear that this new girl who had replaced her was going to be a bright and shining star!
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This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are fuzzy and favor.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

#95 - Fuzzy or Favor

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 9th writing themes to choose from are fuzzy and favor.  

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 9th are: 
fuzzy or favor
Find out more about Two Shoes Tuesday here
Put your thinking cap on and come and join us! 

Her Story

"Oh my God, it's real... it's 'The Book'!" Anisa said, astounded as she lifted the hand-bound volume from the deep inside the old wooden chest, where it had lain buried beneath a pile of faded quilts. For as long as she could remember there had been a family legend about the book her grandmother claimed to be writing.  Now and then the old woman would share a tale or two from her life, but when prompted for more, she would simply smile and say "You can read about it in the book someday after I'm long gone."  Then everyone would chuckle, assuming it was just her way of putting the conversation to rest.
 
There were rumors that Anisa's grandma had lived a far more colorful life than one would think from the way she seemed to her grandchildren, a kind old woman, frumpy and plain, who kept mostly to herself, but every now and then she would stand up and let go with a tirade over some subject she felt strongly about. 
 
"Do you really think that Grandma led an exciting life back when she was young?" Sophie asked Anisa. 
 
"I don't know," Anisa replied. "When I asked mom about it once she said that Grandma's life had been pretty hard.  I know she was married and divorced several times, and I heard that some of her husbands didn't treat her very good.  But she must have kept a lot of that story to herself, because even Mom said she didn't know why Grandma would sometimes get that faraway look in her eyes and seem so sad."
 
"Do you think it's ok if we read this?" Sophie asked. 
 
"I don't know why not," Anisa answered.  "Grandma always said we could read it after she was gone, and she's been gone for five years now.  Come to think of it, she died five years ago today... strange coincidence, isn't it?"
 
With that the girls settled on to an old dusty sofa in the attic that they had pulled up near the window for more light, and began to slowly read thru the pages of their grandmother's handwritten life story.
 
Over in the far corner, the dust stirred a bit. A wispy transparent figure hovered near the wooden chest observing them, and although they were too absorbed in what they were reading to notice her, she was smiling. This was the story of their beginning too, and her influence would continue on into future generations just as she had planned.
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I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures, where the word we are Pondering this week is "book"... 
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Deception

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Her mother had warned her about sleazy men with shifty eyes and leering grins, but she had failed to warn her that she would encounter many men, and women too, as she went out into the world, who appeared to be kind and good and totally trustworthy, but in fact were none of that. 
 
Kiana had been raised to be trusting and open, eager to make new friends, and all too willing to let them into her life.  Piece-by-piece her heart was broken as those she let get close to her turned out to be much different than what they presented.  Her mother, always pragmatic, said "That's just life, Kiana, learn to be a bit more careful and watch for signs that things are not exactly as they seem."
 
When Sheldon came into her life Kiana thought she'd finally met The One... the man who was everything she dreamed of and with whom she wanted to share her life. Sheldon was a few years older than Kiana, but maturity suited him well.  He had a good job with a banking firm, and played important roles in the community and his church.  He treated Kiana like a princess, with flowers and fancy dinners, and lovely things to wear.  He talked sweetly and paid attention to what she said and what she liked.  He opened doors, and spoke of her glowingly to all his friends.
 
Eventually Sheldon convinced Kiana that it was time for her to move in with him. So she ended her apartment lease, and took up residence in his lovely home. At first everything seemed perfect to those on the outside, like a fairytale romance was being played out before their eyes.   Then Kiana's appearances with Sheldon in public became less frequent, and her mother noticed that she often didn't respond to calls or texts for days.  When asked about it, she said that she was just so busy with Sheldon and their life together, and didn't have a lot of time to keep in touch.
 
Kiana finally agreed to meet up with her mother with lunch one day a few months later.  Her mother was shocked to see her daughter looking so thin and pale; dark circles underneath her eyes barely concealed by makeup.  Once again Kiana had an answer, stating that she'd been sick with the flu, and was starting to feel better now.  Her mother wasn't all that sure though, the usually bubbly Kiana was now quiet, and something just seemed off.  The friends Kiana had before she met Sheldon also told her mother that they rarely heard from her and she was never willing to go out.  She had even dropped off Facebook and Twitter, and gone were the days of sparkling posts about the new love of her life.
 
Sheldon failed to show up at work one Monday morning.  When his boss called him on his cellphone, he responded that he and Kiana had gone to the mountains over the holiday weekend, and had problems with their airplane connections coming back. He assured his boss that he would be in tomorrow, but he wasn't.  Kiana's mom was also worried, and the few texts she'd exchanged with Kiana in the last few days seemed strange, not her usual manner and style of responding, and then, since Sunday there had been no response at all.  She called Sheldon, who said not to worry, that Kiana had been sick again, but was doing just fine now and they were at the airport and headed home.  He said that they were in the process of  boarding the plane, but promised to have Kiana call her Mom as soon as their plane had landed. 
 
That was the last contact anyone had with Sheldon or with Kiana.  Police investigators found records indicating that the couple had travelled to Mexico the prior Friday, but that only Sheldon had returned to San Francisco the following Monday.  Sheldon never returned to his job or his house and his Mercedes was never found. The case remains unsolved, without leads warranting more investigation.
 
Things are not always as they seem then, those who appear to be good guys may prove in the long run to be the worst.  Relationships are always infused with risk, and yet we continue to attempt them, and we must.  But be aware of the warning signs for yourself, your sister, your daughter, or your friend. If something tells you in your gut that it isn't right or as it appears, don't hesitate to investigate, and if it's your relationship don't hesitate to run!
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This was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are target and deceived.
If you enjoy writing, come and join us!

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.