I’d Rather Be….

Cruising down back country roads…

Just to

See what we can see,

Looking for fun clicks

With my buddy BGage

Making up silly songs

As we putt putt along.

“Drippity doo da…”

Enjoying some birthday

Cake with my daughter

In NC!

She sent me a pic


It’s pic 17 of 17

Sent to me on 3/17!

As I’m sipping hot coffee

On this brisk

Sunday morning.

Looking over clicks

And journaling.

The truth is,

As my mind wanders

I can be wherever

I choose to be!

Kind Regards and

#winning -K

I’d Rather Be…


Wednesday’s Wisdom 12/20/2017

A little something from Tuesday’s lunch!

I had a 2017 ornament made for my daughter of the following! Who would have thought 33 years later!

2 generations of “and laying a finger aside of his nose…”

‘It’s the season
for memories, fondly remembering those cherished of the past. A wonderful opportunity to join in, have fun and make new!



Kind Regards and believing in the magic of the season -K

Photography from BGage and K’s box of family photos. Copyrighted 2017.


Vacation colors in Troutman, NC


Each morning, as I took my walk,  IPhone in my pocket,

and for those who know me, my head in the clouds.

I am drawn to the beauty in the sky.

Clouds, sunshine…

Ever changing, always unique.

Morning  pinks!

Each morning I was greeted with the distant  sound of a rooster crowing.

Though I never saw him, each morning, better than an alarm clock,

he let the world  know it was time to rise and shine!


Grayish with pink
One morning as I walked out my daughter’s front door. There was this beautiful artwork in the sky!
Good morning sunshine
Right at my halfway point, I looked across the street. And this is what I saw.
Golden morning
On the other edge of the field were cream colored clouds.
Band of Gold
There it is my band of gold across the sky.
pinks galore
Another day of pink delight!
Fall in NC
The last of the Fall colors. It reminded me of home in New Hampshire.
Decorating for  the Holidays
Oh how Blessed I felt as I helped my daughter & granddaughter decorate for Christmas!


Today,  I am  prepping to fly back to NH.

Hard to say goodbye, tears, hugs, but comfort in knowing

We will soon be together again.





Kind Regards – G’ma K




Photography copyrighted and compliments of THEBLACKWALLBLOG- 11/2017.


Wishing You the Best Day!

I’m Singing –

“Every morning I wake up… I say a little prayer for you.”

soul happty

That moment you awake, 

Swirling ’bout your mind

A random  upbeat song,

Somehow sparkles

From some memory 

You dreamt,

While you were deep in sleep,

You head  to start the coffee


Doing a hallway boogie


Your soul overflows with tune.

Feeling jovial and  free.

Pondering only  a moment

 I wonder

 A Morning starting  with music,

What else can be this sweet?

Dionne Warwick- Click here

Wouldn’t it be  fabulous if we could find a way to hang onto that morning musical feeling all day!!

Music really does seem to elevate our positive mind!

It helps me to block out the toxic environment around me, whether it  be  a person  or

just the negativity of the atmosphere.

If you are able, try to find a way to include music through out your  day.

Sing a little ditty, find some headphones and play it at your desk or in  your office.

Go for a drive at lunchtime  and ‘CRANK THOSE TUNES”!

Kind Regards and singing – K


What Defines You.

Her childhood was terrible.

At the age of 18

she made the decision

that she would rise above

Anything negative that her parents

could have said or done.

Her thoughts and actions were

her own responsibility.

Her parents could  not change their past.


she had the power to change her own future.

And  did.



So live your life the best you can

Pay it forward,  love unconditionally.

Remember, people are people.

The only person you have control over

is yourself.


Today is the perfect day to

start molding and finding

the path that  helps you to become

the greatest, most beautiful

version of yourself.




Just because you have had tragedy in your  life

It does not  have define who  you are.

Almost  everyone has had to deal

with something that rocks their world.

Your  choice?

Allow  it to make you bitter,

play the blame game


Go through the  grieving  process

And move  beyond it.

It is our reaction to what happens to us

that helps  define  our character.

People experience terrible losses.

As  they go through

the  grieving process,

they have to experience

and feel all the steps it takes to heal.


Feeling anguish, sadness and lost

does not give them permission

to be  unkind to others.

The past  is the past

I have yet to find  anyone who has been

able  to go backwards and redo

what has already happened.

No  one should be held accountable

for days gone by

when they were learning

the dos and don’ts

and  truly believed they

were doing their best.

The  only thing in our control

is ourselves.

What can we do?

Each day strive on being a little  bit

better than the day prior.







Kind Regards and many warm hugs – K



Photography compliments and copyrighted by THEBLACKWALLBLOG – 2017


Lucky to Have You and the Planets too!

Good morning!

Happy Saturday!!


Hard to  believe this is my 466th post.

Our  followers have reached 688!!

We feel darn lucky to have such wonderfully, inspirational

fellow bloggers, writers, photographers and friends in our blog  world.

Just think that most of us randomly stumbled onto each other in this life path

And decided to walk together for awhile.


When my day feels dark,

Full of strife.

A post,

Your like,

Your smile,

A comment

Is often just the nudge

That helps me to remember,

All the brightness in my life.






Yesterday, was relax and play in our pj’s.

As usual I was up early,  I took a short walk and snapped a

picture of what I thought was a star.


It wasn’t!

It was better-

It was the planet




Right now there is a schedule of what planets are showing

for the  next few days, at certain times.

Schedule of Planets in Raleigh, NC, 11 2017

Visible night of Nov 17 – Nov 18, 2017

Mercury: Until Fri 6:10 pm

Venus: From Sat 5:51 am

Mars: From Sat 3:41 am

Jupiter: From Sat 5:25 am

Saturn: Until Fri 7:03 pm

Uranus: Until Sat 4:28 am

Neptune: Until Sat 12:56 am


I really truly never know  what  I  am going  to  learn

When I start to write a blog post.

Usually, I have a basic thought  process to build upon.

Then it  creates  itself.



Thank you for putting up with my randomness of late.

As  Tina Turner sings it….

“You are simply  “THE  BEST”!!

Tina Turner = YouTube link



Kind Regards and feeling grateful  for you – K




Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGAGE and K of












HOORAY for GROUPS 7, 8 and 9!


Early morning, up with the roosters!

🛫      🛩.     🛬

I love to fly.

Times sure  have changed since the 80s, 90s or even 10 years ago.

C9EDF75B-623F-4F0B-A789-B19A3ED99F6C What is going on with some of  these airlines?

Yes, I understand budget cuts, and that economical changes needed to  be implemented “LEAN”,  multi-tasking personnel- etc etc.


Breaking into small  groups IS an excellent idea.

The fact they have found a way to utilize it to nickel and dime a person, abhors me.

(These days nickels and dimes are equivalent to  $25 – $100+).

If you want “the privilege” to board earlier than the rest, (NOT First class), you can pay $39 or more to get on the plane with the first, second, third or fourth group. This guarantees that you will not be part of  the lowly  groups 6, 7, 8 or 9!

Due to this  option, the latter groups,  board and trip, excuse themselves and finally sit amongst the people already settled in, (supposedly),  our  seat assignments are no different.

I bought MY ticket 2 1/2 months in advance, shouldn’t I get a bonus for planning ahead?(smile)

To check a bag it’s 25 dollars, that’s okay until you get to the gate and they make the announcement,  “It’s a full  flight” (lately, it always is), anyone who  wants to volunteer to check your luggage, please come to the podium, it well be complimentary” – aka FREE!

Really? (I hear the guy behind me growling, because he checked his bag in before he arrived at the  gate).

I see it every time I fly.

NEXT I contain my groan as the flight starts descending, after 2 hours of  playing my sardine role,

THE ANNOUNCEMENT  comes over the speaker, about signing  up for THE  credit card. “Earn free 60k miles, simply -PAY THE ANNUAL FEE-  to earn those first free miles, start accumulating new AND for special privileges  like – YOU GUESSED IT-  being one of the first to board!

My thoughts?   BITE ME!

Ha! ha!

Personally, I believe it should be people that need a little extra help first, any member of  the military,  then everyone should board based on their seat assignment,  starting from  the back and working  forwards.

OH wait, that makes sense….

BUT, HOW can you make those extra nickels on that??

Can someone tell me what happened  to “THE FRIENDLY” skies?

Going forward, wouldn’t it  be great if we all pulled together,

SAVED OUR NICKELS AND DIMES, and  boarded with Group 7, 8 and 9.

Before we know it, 7, 8 and 9, might become 1, 2 AND 3!!!

The best part of my trip?

C315FAE1-0873-4619-A83B-ED6E0140C2E6 Seeing the little munchkin, that’s looking up at me from my left.


Kind Regards and saving my nickels  – K

0A45A734-FC13-458E-A670-A0990FBF6F01 Photos compliments of K and

TheBlackWallBlog -copyright  2017


Always Learning – “Get To”

To experience feelings

and emotions,

Means we are alive 

We are living.

Happiness, joy and excitement 

Are wonderful!

Anger, fear and sadness

Not as wonderful, but

Are also part of living!

Finding a good balance

Seems to be the key.

Seething, ugly anger,

Seeing red.


This week, 

I experienced all the above.

All I wanted was inner peace,

Happiness and to let go.

Journaling like a mad woman,

On a mission,

I searched for the trigger,

A solution and to find 

My way back.

It took 3 1/2 long days

And two sleepless nights.

But, I was determined. 

Then I watched a video on

“Get To”.


Each day we are lucky

To “Get To” enjoy our 

Morning coffee.

Everyday we “Get To”

Spend time with friends.

Nothing is guaranteed.


Life is a privilege.

Ask the person going

Through chemo or radiation,

As they fight to live.

Spend time with a parent or child

Who is grieving 

For the loss of their loved one

Who lost their battle against 


Or was taken from them due

To an unfortunate accident.

Today, take a stroll along 

The river,

Meander through the woods,

Breathe in all that fresh air,

Feel the sun’s rays on your face

Or capture the raindrops 

On your tongue.

Focus on the simplicity,

The beautiful,

Yet complexity of nature.





Kind Regards – K

Photography copyrighted and compliments of BGage and TheBlackWallBlog.


Friday the 13th Myth Or Mindset?

Each day is what we believe

It to be.

Friday the 13th

In my mind

Is a good luck day!
Find that positive.

Black cats are beautiful!

I will admit,

After I have spilled some,

I still throw salt over my



Join me in my journey

Of viewing the muted colors of

Fall 2017 in Vermont!

I didn’t see any

Bad Luck.

Did you?



Kind Regards from  VT – K


Photography copyrighted

and compliments

Of TheBlackwallBlog 10/2017.



No matter how two people feel

It doesn’t work.

Is it timing?

Is it life perspective?

Is it fear?

Deep down they truly love you

In you heart you truly love them.

And still 

There’s a missing puzzle piece.

You can’t finish putting together

the masterpiece 

Because there is something missing.

It’s not identifiable 

It just is.

You waste hours, days, months 

Wondering what you did wrong?

Wondering why you were happy

Yet often you weren’t.

There was a hole of pain.

Something not quite fulfilled.

Lack of true faith

In each other?

Bad timing?

Eventually the pain 

Of staying

Is equal to

The pain 

Of walking away.

All because of



Kind Regards -K
Photography copyrighted and compliments of BGage & Theblackwallblog

Random Rounds of Self

Funk in

Funk out.

Highs and Lows

Lows and Highs.

Yes u cans.

Can you yes?

Why yes I can!



I can allow myself to see the possibilities!

Stop the vicious circle of fear that,

Goes ’round and ’round in my head.

Hop off.


Okay, maybe a little more,

Rest a minute….

Dream a little dream…

See the sun through the rain….



Oh how many times, must I self talk myself through?

For as long as it takes.

As long as it takes?

That is  correct.

Roger that.

Onward I go.




Kind Regards and # winning  -K




Look up my love, look up,

I am here my love, look up

I’ll be forever waiting 

With open arms and heart

Until then,

Live life, my love, 

Live life!





Time ticks forward,

We love, suffer losses, yet somehow,

We carry on.

We persevere.

Grow stronger from the pain.

Carry that strong belief,

The universe is there for us

As we stroll along life’s path.

We cry in anguish.

We laugh wholeheartedly.

We love deeply, from within.

We live.

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Kind Regards and # winning – K

Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGAGE and TheBlackWallBlog.


Not Visiting Dale…

Good morning, from Mooresville, North Carolina!

My Head in the Clouds on American Airlines – Aug 2017


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Starting  the descent for Charlotte Douglas International Airport – Aug 2017

(Note: I did not bring my camera,  just my older Iphone

I shall apologize for the quality of the photography in advance.)




Alas, I am not here to visit Dale, Jr.  Though my daughter has met him.

She says he is just a good ol’ country boy, very down to earth.

I was  sad to hear about his retirement, he will be missed!


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Driving from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
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Quick shot of Lake Norman as we drive by- A man made Lake.



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Not sure what they are but they line the roads… so pretty!
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Planes fly overhead as we continue to our destination.

Time flies by.

Hard to fathom,  it is just one month short of  year since my last visit.

FaceTime dinner with my granddaughter/daughter and her fiance’ has been the upside of modern technology!

My 3 1/2 year old granddaughter said  to me just last week,

“G’ma, when are you going to visit  me?”

To which I replied, ” I  will have to ask Santa, after all he  is a clever fellow.

Perhaps he can help  answer your question.”

That appeased her and off we went onto making silly faces and her  showing

me the latest  tricks of dancing, twirls, favorite colors and counting to 20 and above.


Actually my ticket was purchased  and I would be there to  surprise  her within 5 days.

I felt giddy with excitement.

Sadly, at that moment, I realized,  there was no recent memory of such a rush of  adrenaline  or  that same excitement that sparked my brain, caused my heart to sing.


Being a serious  adult had gone on way too long.



Embrace the priceless  moments.

speedy princess
A princess running faster than the wind!

See the beauty in the side yard!






“Play is the highest form of Research” – Albert Einstein


“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw






Kind Regards and feeling open to all the  world has to offer. – K



Ooh, Shiny!