Friday, April 20, 2018

A Glimmer of Hope

Do you ever lose faith in mankind? Looking around your neighborhood, city, state, even your own family and think lord help us all we're going to hell in a hand basket. I do. But then God shows up and in a big way.
This morning I received a text from a dear friend of mine, we normally text everyday, so this was nothing out of the ordinary.
She was telling me about this elderly man, most likely in his 80's, he was dining alone and very grumpy. She felt compelled to pay for his meal. She stated he was wearing a wedding ring but dining alone. She said, so am I but he seemed so down. I said maybe his wife is in a nursing home or hospital. You never know what someone else is going through. She and I have had our share of despondent moments over the past 3 years.
She said she felt led to pay his bill and hoped it helped him out. It's called paying it forward. Where you do something nice for someone without their knowledge expecting nothing in return. I have done this at drive thru restaurants and have had it done for me. It always comes as a surprise and at just the right time.
There is so much hate, anger, destruction and down and out sadness in the world today but this made me smile. It also reminded me that God is in control BUT we still have a job to do. Be kind, love one another and give generously. 
I will never forget Thanksgiving 2016. The incident was just a couple of days before Thanksgiving. I had gotten of work and was at the grocery store. For whatever reason I did not have my debit card. Thankfully I had some cash but not enough. I was buying food for Thanksgiving. Embarrassed I asked the cashier to remove items until I could pay. I told him I lived right around the corner and would be right back. I'm sure he didn't believe me but it was true. He was putting things into bags when a gentleman from two registers over came up and said "no no no, ring it all up and I'll pay for it." I was shocked and even more embarrassed. Try as I might to explain to the man what was going on, he just looked at me and said "It's okay, everyone needs Thanksgiving, paid and said Happy Thanksgiving." walked away. I kept trying to tell him, I had the money! Just not on me.
I walked to my car with all the bags and cried the entire time. I was so embarrassed. God spoke to me reminding me of times I had helped others and times when I did NOT have money for food. I asked HIM to bless this man for his kindness and that his generosity would not go unnoticed or rewarded. I have no idea who the man was but it was a blessing. It gave me hope. I had been severely verbally abused earlier that day by someone who claimed to love me. I was feeling less than thankful and honestly a little bitter about buying the food in the first place. The last thing I wanted was to spend thanksgiving with this person.
The generosity of a stranger gave me hope and lifted my spirits. It gave me courage to get out of the situation I was in.
I am forever grateful to the stranger.
So pay it forward folks. You never know the hope you may be passing on. The blessing to a stranger who may be at their end.
Just a glimmer of hope is all some of us need.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Broken Hearted Mama - UYW

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 


She opened the invitation. Slowly running her hand over the italicize lettering on the front. Opening it she saw the beautiful penmanship and knew it was written by her. Because had Jim written it, no way you could decipher the writing. As a man, he saw no need in perfecting his writing after all only needed to sign his name to the checks and documents as he had pointed out so many times.
An invitation to a birthday party, how kind of "her" to invite me Sarah thought. Ugh...she hated feeling this way. WHY did life have to be so complicated. WHY didn't her son marry a woman she liked or even one she could tolerate instead of this insipid idiot, money grubbing gold digging floozy!
Taking a deep breath and slowly releasing it. Sarah thought back to the day her son got his pilot license. He was so proud, granted he had to repeat the test 3 times but once he had it down, he was golden. He never did test well as a child, over thinking normally got him in trouble. Too bad he didn't do that with women.
Yes that was a fateful day. The day he met her. Kendall. Sarah shuttered even at the thought of her name.
She had turned Jim against the family in no time flat. Demanding all his time and spending all his money. No mama don't play that...but mama didn't win this time.
It did not take Kendall long to convince Jim that they needed to move, California was the place to be. He could hang up his corporate job and become a pilot full time. He loved that idea, he was such a dreamer and soon they were married, moved and hardly a word from them.
It saddened Sarah's heart so much. Her son, once her best friend, her buddy, her sweet little guy who rarely left her side. Now he was living across the country, flying and doing who knew what. Not Sarah, she only heard from him on her birthday and major holidays. Mostly through text messages because if he was home he couldn't possibly call his momma, no that would interfere with HER time. Growling a little inside, Sarah looked at the date on the invitation.
WHAT??? The party is in 3 days?! HOW IN THE HECK was she going to make that? Oh yes, she wasn't, I'm sure that's the plan she thought. She sent me an invitation last minute because she knew I wouldn't be able to make it.
HA! Laughs on her. I will move hell and high water this time. I will be there Sarah out loud to no one but the cat. Oh yes, I'll be there and I'll be damned if she will stop me.


Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                      http://www.bakinginatornado.com
On the Border                               https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/ 
The Bergham Chronicles                        https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com   
Southern Belle Charm                        http://www.southernbellecharm.com    
The Blogging 911                            http://theblogging911.com/blog 
Climaxed                                       https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com    
Your words are:
beautiful ~ decipher ~ italicize ~ pilot ~ repeat
It was submitted by: http://theblogging911.com/blog

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Walking Wild

Welcome to this month's poetry group posting. At the end of this post you'll find links to the other participants.
Our theme this month...walking on the wild side. Well if this was a short story or essay I could just tell you all about my teenage years but since it's poetry, I'll do my best.


Late nights
no care for frights
a drink, a ride
not trying to hide

Fast cars
fast guys
sneaking in bars
late night highs

Walking Wild
this carefree child
skipping school
being a fool

Friends cheering you on
as you chug a pint
until you are far gone
and all for spite

Waking up one day
to see yourself in the light
and saying hey
no more, and with all my might

Wild Child
you need to chill
before you get killed

It's time to calm down
grow up and chill
no more frowns
as your pass by the grill

Walking Wild
but in a different spirit
passionate about life
loving each moment but responsibly


Other participants:
Karen Wild Side
Maja four-of-pentacles-calculated-wilderness
Diane Really Wild
Lydia Wild Child
Jenn Wildly Cautious
Sarah The Wild Ride 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Bucket List - SSS

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 9 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Do you have a bucket list? You know, a list of things you want to do before you're too old to do them or places you want to go? I do. I think at least in my head I always have.

There are things that as I have gotten older I've scratched off because they aren't practical and I just know it's not feasible. So they are off.Like singing professionally. That ship sailed long ago. I still dream of singing but I have come to the understanding that it will only happen in the comfort of my own home, my car and church.

I always wanted to go to Europe when I was younger and I did. I actually lived there for 3 years and would LOVE to go back. That is on my list. Go back, take my hubby and see the things I missed, revisit some of my favorites and find new favorites with him.
Visit Australia, Ireland, Scotland. I might not return!

Rescue animals. That is high on my list. I have done this, many times, all of our pets/furbabies have been rescues but it is a dream to own a farm and have dozens if not hundreds of furbabies and help them find their furever homes.

Drive across country. I have gone as far as Texas. But to take a month, in an RV, with my hubby and drive from one coast to the other, stopping along the way to see mapped out sites...that is a huge dream and hopefully one day it will happen.

Have a book published. My husband has and I would love to. Maybe. Who knows.

After almost 6 years of blogging, I have gained many wonderful friends and I have added meeting them in person to the list.

Becoming a famous landscape/wildlife photographer. still possible

Take a cruise! Actually two because I'd love to go on a whale watching cruise in Alaska but also a Caribbean cruise.

What's on your list? Is it long? Are you doing anything to make the list happen?


Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                            http://www.BakingInATornado.com  
The Lieber Family Blog              http://thelieberfamily.com    
The Bergham Chronicles                        https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com 
Southern Belle Charm                        http://www.southernbellecharm.com 
The Blogging 911                            http://theblogging911.com/blog  
Never Ever Give Up Hope            https://batteredhope.blogspot.com    
Climaxed                                 https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com   
My Brand of Crazy                  https://sarahsbrandcrazy.blogspot.com/ 

Your “Secret Subject” is:
Have you made a bucket list?  If so, have you added to it or removed anything?  Are the things on your list attainable or merely wishes?
It was submitted by: https://batteredhope.blogspot.com   

Friday, March 30, 2018

Banana With A View - FF

Funny Friday, March 2018


Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday
of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants
submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture.
Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up
with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.


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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado.




1. Banana with a view...


2. Hon! I think I may have put too much rum in those cookies.


3. Karen, what are you talking about?


4. Well, do you see a big banana in that chair? AND the room is off kilter.


5. I'll tell ya what's off kilter woman. He walks in and WHOA what the...
okay maybe it was a tad too much rum.


Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:


Bookworm in the Kitchen          http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/


Southern Belle Charm                    http://www.southernbellecharm.com


The Bergham Chronicles                       http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/

Baking In A Tornado             http://www.BakingInATornado.com

Friday, March 16, 2018

Pitiful Pauly and his plight - uyw

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
  

Poor Pauly stepped up to the plate, it was a pity he was present today. His past performance was pitiful. Just as he stepped up, a plane flew overhead and he thought, "man if I could just fly away" and just like that he was gone.
The coach who wasn't paying much attention to anything except the orange he was peeling, bit down. Eww too pithy and that's when he heard the gasp and screams.
Pauly was gone. His shoes and bat were on the plate but he was gone.
Everyone looked around, called his name and some began to cry.

Pauly looked around, whoa, what, wait, what the...where was he? OMGosh, he was IN the plane! He looked out the window but all he could see were clouds. Was he dreaming? Maybe. Maybe not and if not, where was he headed? What would he do when he got there and who would take care of him.
Poor little guy began to cry and the drops of tears on his pillow woke him up.
He sat up, looked around and said "whew! there's NO WAY I'm going to the game today." He rolled over and went back to sleep.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                      http://www.bakinginatornado.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen                  http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
On the Border                               https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/ 
The Bergham Chronicles                        https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com    
Southern Belle Charm                        http://www.southernbellecharm.com  
The Blogging 911                            http://theblogging911.com/blog    
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom         https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/  
Climaxed                                          https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com       
plate ~ plane ~ pity ~ pithy ~ present ~ past
It was submitted by: http://www.southernbellecharm.com            

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mad As A Hatter: March Madness

Welcome to the group poetry post. A group of brave and talented bloggers get together with a chosen theme once a month and share their take in diverse writing styles. It's fun, silly and enlightening. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


Mad As A Hatter: March Madness
He marches in like a lion
He stares you straight in the face
It is unnerving
Unsettling
He is a force to be reckoned with
Strong, fierce, moving
He is the wind

He blows in like a lion
and out like a lamb
leaving us embracing what is left behind

Mad as a hatter
is how we feel at times
But each year
we look forward to his arrival


Karen of Baking In A Tornado
http://www.bakinginatornado.com/2018/03/march-madness-march-poetry.html

Jules of The Bergham Chronicles
https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/2018/03/mad-mad-world-poetrycollaboration.html

Diane of On The Border
https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/2018/03/mad-march.html