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The Power of Love

Thought for the day:
 
Your love has the power to transform lives!

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What Could Go Right?

Thought for the day:
 
Most of the things we fear don't happen,
start asking yourself what could go right!

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Are You Willing?

Thought for the day:
 
Is your mind open to learning, or do you keep it tightly closed?

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Nothing But the Truth


 Truthfulness is probably the one characteristic I value in people above all else.  I would much rather have someone tell me a truth that is difficult to hear, than a lie that will appease me.  I cannot abide liars, and in my experience, if someone is comfortable telling little "white lies" they will in time become adept at telling big lies.  The concept of "white lies" confuses me anyway - a lie is a lie is a lie! 
 
Truthfulness and trust go hand in hand, if someone cannot be trusted to tell the truth, they cannot be trusted at all.  I don't care to expend my energy in dealing with such people, and I most certainly don't want them as friends!  The thing about being truthful, is that it's not only the morally correct way to conduct yourself, but also the easiest way to live.  If you always tell the truth, you don't have to remember what lies you've told, or scramble to cover one that's being questioned. 
 
I am blatantly honest, in fact I've been accused of being too forthright, and over the years I've learned to temper my speaking with more kindness and compassion.  There is more than one way to state the truth, but for me it is important to always stand up for what I believe to be right and true, even if indeed at times I have found myself to be the only one in the room standing up and speaking out.
 
Truth is not something that is determined by a majority vote, in fact lies are often far more popular, but that doesn't alter their nature - many people believing a lie does not make it true.  That's why it is so important that we don't believe every bit of information that's fed to us by the media and social networking sites.  Before you accept something as the truth, take the time to check the facts, and be careful not to let your emotions color your interpretation of the truth. Truth and opinions are not always the same thing. The grass is still green and the sky is truly blue, even if rose-colored glasses give it a different hue.   
 
If you choose the path of speaking the truth, complete and unaltered, you will be able  at yourself in the mirror without wincing and sleep in peace at night. There is no drug that can give you that same feeling.  For me, being truthful is the only way to be.
 
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I'm joining Patricia for In Other Words
where this week's writing prompt
is the following quotation by Lily Tomlin:
"The best mind-altering drug is truth."

Always Grateful


Thought for the day:
 
I am not perfect, but I am ok just as I am, and I am grateful for that!

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Journal Notes 6/26/16


On Thursday we were informed by the owner of our law firm that our branch of the firm, the only branch in Texas, is being closed effective July 29th.  I've been expecting this for some time, but it's still hard to come to terms with.  I've been there four-and-a-half years.  I like my job there and my coworkers.  In many ways it has suited me well.  In six more months I would be eligible for three weeks of paid vacation each year, and now, once again I will be back to ground zero. 

I've looked at both unemployment and early retirement - something I long to do, but neither of those payments will be adequate to help pay the bills and cover the outrageous cost of health insurance for even the most basic plan. So I must soon began job hunting at 62, with a variety of issues which make it difficult for me to work but are not severe enough to qualify for disability.  I would love to work from home, but nothing legitimate seems to exist in our area for that.

I am having a hard time coming to terms with this, I had planned continue working where I was until I turned 65, and then to go part-time once Medicare kicked in.  However it has been my experience that God opens a new door for me when one closes, so I have to believe that will happen again.  Your prayers will be much appreciated.

Love, Forgiveness, Faith and Hope


Thought for the day:
 
Loving, pardoning, believing, hoping... living as we are meant to do!

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Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 7


Annie at McGuffy's Reader and Ellen at 15andmeowing are co-hosting a fun weekly meme called  Friendly Fill-In'sAll you have to do to participate is complete the statements and link your post up hereThis is a great way to get to know each other a little better!

Here are the this week's statements with the blanks:

1. My feelings get hurt when________________________________.

2. I am excited about ______________________________________.

3. _____first, then ______.

4. One time, I ______; that's why_____.

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Here are my answers:

1. My feelings get hurt when someone misinterprets what I say or do.
 
2. I am excited about having a long weekend next weekend due to the holiday.
 
3. Think first, then speak, is so much easier to say than do!
 
4. One time, I thought I knew all the answers; that's why I am smarter now...  I know I don't! 
 


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Weekends



Thought for the day:
 
Do something spontaneous and fun today!

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No Drama Please


Thought for the day:
 
A lot of work can get done while still having fun,
 but leave the drama at home, don't bring it with you!

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Start Where You Are


Thought for the day:
 
Don't wait for everything to be perfect, you can do something now!

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A Grateful Heart


Thought for the day:
 
When you remember to be grateful good things begin to happen! 

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It's OK


Thought for the day:
 
Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves when really, it's ok!

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Prepare Your Mind


Thought for the day:
 
Open your eyes to the blessings and opportunities coming your way!

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Show Them The Way


Thought for the day:
 
Children learn by example, live your life the way you want them to grow up to be!

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Home


Thought for the day:
 
May your home always be a place of contentment.

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The Last Day of Vacation

The sunset begins to fall on our last day of vacation in Colorado, and it's hard not to be a little sad. We've had such a wonderful, relaxing time here with lots of amazing fresh air, plenty of sleep, and a good deal of  time spent just sitting on the porch reading and writing, and soaking up the beauty of our surroundings. 
 

 
When you live in West Texas, which is generally brown and dry, everything seems emerald green here, as if you were wearing magical glasses!  I can lay in bed in the morning and see two majestic mountain peaks right before me; at night they appear as huge looming shadows with a zillion twinkling stars above them.

 
A little way off in the distance you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and it's hard to imagine that we are in the middle of summer.  The days here have been warm and sunny, and the nights cool and great for sleeping. 

As I sat writing at the kitchen table this morning, the window was open wide to let the breeze flow through the house, and I couldn't help but wish I always had such a lovely view to inspire me. I could easily write a book here, or at least some amazing stories. It's easy to write when you are far away from the stress and weariness of working a full-time job, along with all the uncertainty that is once again present there. 
 
I am so deeply grateful for this time away together, it is exactly what we both needed to regroup and recharge our batteries.  We've made some wonderful memories to treasure in our hearts forever, and in the back of my mind I keep thinking that maybe someday God will show us a way to live in a pretty place such as this while still earning enough money to keep the cats fed and the bills paid.  What will be will be, it sure is nice to dream!
 
Tomorrow morning we'll begin the long drive home, traveling most the way, but planning to spend the night in Lubbock where we can enjoy an early Father's Day Dinner of crab legs with a gift card provided by my daughter.  My son gave Papa Bear a gift card to cover all the gas for our trip, and we appreciate their thoughtfulness so much! 
 
Please join us in prayers for a safe journey home and for renewed determination to face the days and weeks ahead.  All vacations must come to an end, but not without acknowledging how very blessed I am to have Papa Bear in my life and to be able to share this wonderful place with him.  Love is wonderful thing!


Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 6


Annie at McGuffy's Reader and Ellen at 15andmeowing are co-hosting a fun weekly meme called  Friendly Fill-In'sAll you have to do to participate is complete the statements and link your post up hereThis is a great way to get to know each other a little better!

Here are the this week's statements with the blanks:

1. The best brand of ____________ is _______________.

2. I refuse to buy _______________________ unless there is a sale or a coupon.
 
3. I am inspired by                     .
 
4. Whenever                         , I                              .

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Here are my answers:

1. The best brand of  travel mugs/tumblers is Yeti.  Their ability to keep drinks hot or cold for hours is amazing!

2. I refuse to buy clothing unless there is a sale or a coupon it has a very reasonable price.
 
3. I am inspired by people who exemplify courage in their lives and strive to maintain a positive attitude.
 
4. Whenever someone criticizes me or the way I do something, I try to remember that it is their opinion based on their own reality, and not something I need to take personally or be upset by.
 
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It's Friday!


Thought for the day:
 
Let's make it a good one for everyone around us!

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Staying Positive


Thought for the day:
 
Believe that you will be ok no matter what happens.

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Be The Reason


Thought for the day:
 
Kindness, compassion, caring... can mean so much!

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Don't Give Up


Thought for the day:
 
Today you just have to get through today...
I am sending love and prayers to help you do that!

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Making Memories


Thought for the day:
 
Make good memories with those you love!
 
This is exactly what Papa Bear and I are doing this week!  We are in Southern Colorado for a week near the mountains.  We are staying in a log cabin at a guest ranch near Cuchara, loving the cool, pine-scented mountain air at 8,468 feet in altitude, the emerald green hills, the rushing water of the river that runs through here, and the majesty of the snow-capped mountains!  
 
 Spending time away together in a beautiful, peaceful place that's far from the pressures of our daily jobs and life routines is so healing to body, mind, and soul.  We are running on "when we feel like it" time, enjoying the absence of TV noise, and loving the quiet time to read and reflect, visit and laugh, and treasure the moments as we make them, knowing they will become memories to keep for the rest of our lives. 
 
Tonight we were enjoying hamburgers and beer at The Dog Bar and Grill in Cuchara, and I noticed that  they had this quotation painted above the archway between the two large rooms of the bar...
 
 
It says "enjoy the journey, never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life."
 
You don't have to go far away to make time for living, you just have to step away from being so busy that you forget to celebrate the moment.   Don't spend your time and money trying to accumulate more stuff, you most likely have more than enough stuff already.  Spend your time with the ones you love, collecting moments that will become treasured memories in the years to come.
 
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God is the Friend of Silence


Thought for the day:
 
Silence can be sacred, make a place for it in your life!

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Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 5


Annie at McGuffy's Reader and Ellen at 15andmeowing are co-hosting a fun weekly meme called  Friendly Fill-In'sAll you have to do to participate is complete the statements and link your post up hereThis is a great way to get to know each other a little better!

Here are the this week's statements with the blanks:

1. I used to love to eat _____________________, but now it  repulses me. 

2. I would never eat _______________________, but now I love it. 

3. I always cry                     .

4.                           always makes me laugh.

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Here are my answers:

1. I used to love to eat _?_, but now it  repulses me.  I can't think of any food that I once loved that now repulses me, but I can say with certainty that I never liked liver or butter beans, and I still don't like them!  I just don't care for their texture or the way they taste.

2. I would never eat sushi or even consider trying it, but now I love it.  I will try eating almost anything new, as long as it isn't still alive, and/or doesn't have a head on it. Ewww!!!

3. I always cry when I watch videos of military servicemen and women surprising their children when they return home, because I know how much they have missed each other.

4. Papa Bear always makes me laugh, as do the antics of our furkids. They each have their own personality quirks and funny things they do, and it's impossible for me to resist smiling!
 

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Anticipation



Thought for the day:
 
Anticipation adds joy to life!

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Strength Comes from Overcoming


Thought for the day:
 
As we overcome obstacles our courage and confidence grows,
and we discover strength we never knew we had!

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The Sound of Peace


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Thought for the day:
 
We can grumble with unhappiness
or learn from the rumbling of contented cats.

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Embrace Your Age

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Thought for the day:
 
Be proud of how far you've come and who you are now!

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Cherish Each Day

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All of creation
follows the plan...
Birth, life, and death
and so must each man
Do not fear dying
we all go that way...
Instead fear not living
cherish each day
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I'm joining Patricia for In Other Words
where this week's writing prompt
is the following quotation by Isaac Asimov:
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."


Come and add your words to ours!

Reasons to Smile


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Thought for the day:
 
No matter what the day brings, find reasons to smile!

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Love Your Neighbor

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Thought for the day:
 
Hatred and love cannot abide in the same heart!

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Blackout Poem #1

  

IT'S TIME
You have no memory
of my blessings
The passing years have
filled your mind with doubt
Weep no more, the past is dead
This day you live again
This is your time
This time you will not fail
 
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The book is The Greatest Salesman In The World, by Og Mendino
Page 2 of Chapter 9 - Kindle edition (38 words excluding title)
 
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Note: This is my first attempt at blackout poetry, done as an entry for Ivy Walker's Blackout Poetry Contest at her blog Uncharted. It was an interesting process because the poem was written not by adding words to a blank page, but by blacking out other words on a page randomly selected from a book I love. While Ivy's blackout poems are works of artistic talent as well as literary merit, I have no such skills, so I decided to enhance my blacked out page by adding a frame with my Aviary photo app. 
 
If you'd like to learn more about blackout poetry check out the video on Ivy's contest page along with some of her excellent examples, then grab a book page (or a photocopy of one) and some Sharpies, and create an entry of your own!  It's easy and it's relaxing. The contest is open until June 14th so you still have plenty of time to link yours up, and there's an awesome prize!

Do It For You

 
Thought for the day:
 
You are important - do what's right for you!

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Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 4


Annie at McGuffy's Reader and Ellen at 15andmeowing are co-hosting a fun weekly meme called  Friendly Fill-In'sAll you have to do to participate is complete the statements and link your post up hereThis is a great way to get to know each other a little better!

Here are the this week's statements with the blanks:

1. The best money I ever spent was __________, and the worst was_________.

2. My most memorable vacation was with __________  at ____________.

3. It                    when                      .

4. Once, I                         .

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Here are my answers:

1. The best money I ever spent was on a hot tub which does wonders for our old weary bodies and minds after a long day at work, and the worst was on a weekend getaway with my ex who didn't want to go and was miserable company the entire time.

2. My most memorable vacation was with my beloved Papa Bear at Galveston Island on the Gulf Coast - I love it there!

3. It angers me when I see someone neglecting the children or animals they are responsible for, there is no acceptable excuse for it!

4. Once, I lived a communal lifestyle for awhile. I enjoyed it and I would do it again.

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Think About It

 
Thought for the day:
 
Think before you speak! 

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Stalled

Wes told LuAnn that their 18th Wedding Anniversary trip was a surprise, and he wouldn't tell her where they were going or exactly when they would leave until the Friday morning he woke her early and said "pack your things for a casual trip, we leave in an hour".  

Surprises were totally out of character for Wes and their relationship had been at a stalemate for some time, so LuAnn was excited as she hurriedly threw her clothes and cosmetics in a suitcase and tossed it in the car.  "We have a long drive ahead of us" was Wes's response when LuAnn asked why they were departing while it was still dark out. 

They arrived at Caddo Lake on the Texas-Louisiana border late in the afternoon, just in time to take a rental boat out for a tour of the huge lake, which was more swamp and bayou than open water and felt like something out of prehistoric times with all the tangled cypress roots, overhanging Spanish moss, and alligators sunning themselves on the grassy banks. 

LuAnn was loving this strange place far away from civilization and cell phone service, and they roamed the waterways until nearly sunset, that is until the boat motor choked and stalled out and Wes's efforts to restart it met with no result.

The evening grew dark and the small boat light reflected off the eyes of  large alligators swimming nearby; there was a scuffle and a large splash, and then the boat motor kicked in and Wes quietly headed back to shore.
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I'm joining the amazing Ivy Walker at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "STALL"
Come and share a story of your own!

Who We Learn From

 
Thought for the day:
 
Be thankful for those who teach you!

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Everyone Has This

 
Thought for the day:
 
What are you looking forward to?

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