Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 12


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:

1. One quirk I have is  ____________________.

2. My favorite comic strip is __________________.

3.  I am really happy __ ___________________.

4.  If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I would go to  _________________.


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Here are my answers:

1. One quirk I have is that I write reminder notes on the back of my hand where I will see them.

2. My favorite comic strip is Calvin and Hobbes.

3.  I am really happy when I am on a road trip with Papa Bear.

4.  If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I would go to the ocean, it restores my soul.


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Closing the Door

Thought for the Day:

 

In A Puff of Smoke


Slowly climbing the creaky stairs, the old woman made her way to the attic and lifted the lid on a small wooden chest.

Carefully retrieving a bundle wrapped in midnight blue silk, she unwrapped the brass lamp she had discovered as a child and rubbed it gently with her gnarled fingers. 

A genie appeared in a puff of smoke, smiled at her kindly and said, "Hello Belinda, are you at long last ready to make your third and final wish?"

"I am," Belinda replied, in a voice that reflected the weariness of her years. "I wish for both you and I to be set free."

The genie's eyes shined brightly as he folded his arms and nodded his head, and both of them vanished into thin air as the lamp tumbled to the attic floor.

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I'm joining the unsinkable Ivy Walker at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "PUFF"

Find Your Inner Peace

Thought for the Day:
 
 

Striving


I spent much of my adult life just striving to survive.  I pretty good at surviving, but then I realized that life has to be about more than that. So I began striving to become my authentic self, the person that most reflects what I believe to be true and important. 

I don't strive for perfection, I know that it is not attainable in this lifetime.  I know that I am human and won't always make the right choices. I don't really strive for excellence either, because that's such a subjective term. Rather I strive to make a true effort to do the very best I can. When I go to sleep at night I want to be able to say that I really tried. When I fall short I feel bad, but that's a reminder to me that that I still have room to improve and grow.

Each year I find myself become a little more comfortable in my skin, more authentic, more in harmony with my beliefs. Hopefully, by the time I'm a truly old lady I'll be pretty decent company in the nursing home. :-)
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I'm joining Patricia for In Other Words
where this week's writing prompt
is the following quotation by Harriet Braiker:
"Striving for excellence motivates you, striving for perfection demoralizes you."


Show Appreciation

Thought for the Day:
 
 

Sit With the Broken


Thought for the day:
 
"Whatever you did for one of the least of these... you did for me"
                                                                               - Mathew 25:40
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A Wonderful Day


Thought for the day:
 
Celebrate each day as it comes, it is a gift!

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Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 11


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:

1. I wish I could afford to hire someone to __________________.

2. Zucchini ____________________.

3.  One Summertime memory I recall is ___________________.

4.  This summer _________________.


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Here are my answers:

1. I wish I could afford to hire someone to clean my house and make a good dinner for us every night. That would be so nice to come home to!

2. Zucchini is delicious fried, baked, sauteed, and in baked goods like zucchini bread.

3.  One Summertime memory I recall is spending time with my family at our lake cabin when I was young. Life was so easy then.

4.  This summer has been  way too hot. I will not be sad to see it end, I like autumn much better.  

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I'm Not Weird


Thought for the day:
 
Be epic :-)

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Look For the Good


Thought for the day:
 
Look for the good!

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Steps to Happiness


Thought for the day:
 
Print this out and post it somewhere as a reminder!

(Image Credit)
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I Have Overcome


Thought for the day:
 
We can overcome!

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Think Loving Thoughts


Thought for the day:
 
Love makes a difference!

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A Time for Everything


Thought for the day:
 
It will happen when the time is right!

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Set Yourself Free


Thought for the day:
 
Free yourself from the weight of other's opinions!

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Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 10


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:

1. I prefer _________________ to _________________.

2. ______________________ was much harder than I expected.

3.  One way that I relax is ________________.

4.  _____________ always makes me_ _____________.


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Here are my answers:

1. I prefer quiet time together at home to attending social functions.

2. Serving on a criminal trial jury was much harder than I expected, but I learned a great deal about the criminal justice system, and I'm glad I had the opportunity.

3.  One way that I relax is coloring mandalas with the Colorfy app on my phone or tablet.

4. Going to the beach always makes me feel happy and at peace.
  

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Overcome Fear


Thought for the day:
 
Find your courage and hope for the best!

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Care


Thought for the day:
 
Let your actions show that you care!

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Whatever the Weather


Thought for the day:
 
It's all about how we respond to what comes our way!

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A Birthday Wish

 

Thought for the day:
 
Happy 37th Birthday my son, you are all of this and so much more! <3

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Live With Intention


Thought for the day:
 
Just for today, let's try this!

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Journal Notes 7/10/16


A heartfelt thank you to each of  you who have responded so positively to my "Thought for the Day" posts!  I don't post them as a lecture series, but rather as reminders to myself.  It makes me smile when someone can relate to an issue that I'm dealing with, I think many of us are trying to achieve the same goals in how we approach life.  It's also pretty much the best I can do right now in the way of posting; creativity and commenting seem to be taking a break in my present distracted state.

These past couple weeks have been a real test of  practicing what I post.  We are literally in the process of working ourselves out of a job at the law firm, and as such things go, it's not always being carried out in the optimal way.  There is a great deal of stress and frustration, and at the same time we all worry about our futures, the ability to find jobs, and the need for adequate income to pay the bills.  Being older with some physical limitations places an additional burden on me to secure a job in a city that is based on an oilfield economy which is still in the downturn phase.  There aren't many jobs to apply for,  and there are many applicants for each position. It will be a challenge. 

In addition, I am dealing with the sadness of losing a job that suited me well, facing a reduction in pay, losing the three weeks of vacation I would have earned a year starting in January and the one we hoped to take this October, and needing to acclimate myself to a new work environment, much less wishing I didn't have to work full-time at all. Mentally, I accept that it is what it is and I will need to get on with it.  Emotionally, it doesn't come quite so easy and there have been many tears.  But if I am going to practice what I post, and what I believe, I need to exercise faith that God has something good in store for me, and hope that I will find it.  It is my intent to do my current job, such as it is, to the very best of my ability because I believe in integrity, and also because I want to make the transition for our many clients go as smoothly as possible despite the general confusion. 

I think that God realized I maybe needed a break, since I received a jury duty summons for last Friday, and was selected for a jury to serve in a criminal trial next Monday and Tuesday.  This will be the first time I've actually had the opportunity to serve on a jury and the case is an interesting one. Although it's somewhat of an inconvenience at such a stressful time, I tell myself that if I was the person on trial I would want someone open-minded and fair in the jury box - someone like Papa Bear or me.  I can do that much, and I hope that I will feel at peace with the outcome. I believe in the American justice system, I just don't always have great faith in the way that it is administered. We shall see.

There are three weeks remaining before this chapter of my life ends and a new one begins.  I appreciate  your prayers that I find the peace and a sense of direction, and that it all works out even better than I hope for.  Some cooler temperatures would be nice too.  These "hotter than hell" days ranging from 103-109 degrees don't exactly sweeten my disposition! ;-)

No Words Needed


Thought for the day:
 
God knows what you are going through... trust Him!

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Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 9


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:

1. ____________ was easier than I expected.

2. Bucket list: 
         1. _________________
         2. _________________
         3. _________________

3.  I cannot believe ________________.

4.  If I could _____________, I would _____________.


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Here are my answers:

1. Being married again  was easier than I expected.  Papa Bear is the easiest person in the world to live with.  Being married to him is not a challenge, it is a comfort and a blessing.


2. Bucket list:  I don't keep a bucket list because life rarely turns out like we plan, but there are a few things I like to fantasize about...
     1.  Visit the California redwoods
     2. Vacation on a tropical island
     3. Retire

3.  I cannot believe how fast life seems to pass, and that I'm already in my sixties.

4.  If we could sell our house, we would buy a tiny house that could travel with us.
 
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Love Heals

 
Thought for the day:
 
Cuddle up :-)

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Give Today a Chance


Thought for the day:
 
Practice possibility thinking! 

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Beyond Compare


Thought for the day:
 
Be happy with who you are and what you have!

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You Are Important


Thought for the day:
 
You make a difference in someone's life!

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Keep the Faith


Thought for the day:
 
Never give up hope! 

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What Freedom Is

 
Thought for the day:
 
Freedom is a gift, use it wisely!

 ~ Happy Independence Day ~ 

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What We Plant


Thought for the day:
 
Are you planting flowers or weeds?

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Sweet Summertime


Thought for the day:
 
Take some time to soak in the warmth of the sunshine!

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Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 8


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 never thought I would miss _______________________________, but I do. 
2. Every 4th of July, ______________________________________.
3. If I knew ______________, I would __________________.
4. I have trouble ___________________________________.


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Here are my answers:

 
1. I never thought I would miss living in a small town, but in some ways I do.

2. Every 4th of July, I remember watching fireworks displays as a child and how magical they seemed.

3. If I knew how much I would regret not having a professional career, I would have found a way to stay in school and finish my education.

4. I have trouble finding enough time and energy to do the things I'd really like to do. Work leaves me feeling more tired at the end of day than it did when I was younger.


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Happiness Is...


Thought for the day:
 
Happiness is a three-day weekend coming up :-)

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