Mom’s America Has Forgotten

Happy Thursday!

Yes, today is K’s Blog recommendation day, I’m working on them. Stay tuned!

BUT FIRST!

In the last year, something I FEARED was true.

Has PROVED to be true!

THE FORGOTTEN MOMS.

That’s right.

WHO are they?

The majority seem to be woman in their 50s.

Educated, smart, witty and funny.

They have raised their children and are now experiencing empty nest syndrome.

In their 20s, 30s and 40s, they kicked ass and beat down the doors so that their daughters could have the same pay as their male co-workers.

Whether it be due to illness, businesses closing or?

They are struggling.

Suddenly, due to their age, they aren’t quick to be employable anymore. (Yup that’s illegal) but still true!

Because, they don’t have children at home nor have a drinking or drug problem…

They are not eligible for most state or federal programs

They can get, possibly, assistance (approximately 10%), in fuel and electric.

I know there ARE some financial programs to help with medical. ONE plus !

Their homes are ALMOST paid for, and they may drive a nice car.

OOPS! sorry, that’s too much value for any type of assistance!

They can get some groceries at the local food bank. TWO in the plus column!

They are too YOUNG, to touch their retirements without a large decrease in the monthly payment plus will experience a 10- 20% tax hit for withdrawing before retirement age.

They have most likely taken care of and buried both parents.

Grandparents are gone.

Their children don’t want them in their home because they still have the “family” pets! Or they just don’t care! (Sad, but true!)

These loving mom’s have helped their children, when they could.

And suddenly,

THEY ARE ALONE!

What’s the answer?

1) Take a 15 dollar an hour cut in pay to work and still not be able to cover their bills?

2) Become alcoholics and drug addicts so they are more likely to be eligible for state federal help?

That’s if they don’t end up living on the street first!

These smart savvy women are selling everything they can.

Researching the internet for passive incomes and praying!

Some are opening their homes and renting rooms.

Hoping they don’t get screwed over by a tenant that doesn’t pay or destroys half their house!

( That last one comes from personal experience! I’m still attempting to fix the damage on a zero budget so I can rent again!)

THEY/WE are fighters!

THEY/WE have HEART!

So America, I ask YOU!

What ARE YOU GOING to do about it?

The CLOCK IS TICKING!

Kind Regards

And kicking & screaming -K

🤔

Pic and quote compliments of Text2Pic app.

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Abby’s Home!

So scary,

To have one of my

Beloved fur children

In a life threatening

Situation.

At first it seemed,

Possible dehydration,

From a very humid day.

Not being spoiled,

I leave the Air conditioner

On for them on hot days.

Friday, I didn’t.

Little dog, aka Abby

Was not herself.

Usually 16 lbs of

Bursting energy!

She gives 89 lb Chief,

A run for his money.

Yet, she adores him.

They have been the big n small duo for 10 years!

Not, this last weekend,

She became lethargic.

I fed her Apple 🍎 sauce.

Put a bowl of water by her.

Sunday morning, when we,

Awoke, her hind legs had stopped working!

WHAT?

HELP!

Was it the new flea and

Tick solution?

I called the vet at 6am.

Two excruciating hours

Later, I met her and a tech

At the animal hospital.

May we X-ray?

YES!!

She had an infected uterus and 3 vertebrae that seemed to be too close together.

Emergency surgery was needed.

Over 1k!

I looked as those beautiful eyes, so full of life, love and trust.

I heard the words 50/50 chance of survival!

YES! DO IT!

Just over 2 hours later I got the call.

She made it through!

Unfortunately, her hind quarters still did not work.

The good news, there was still time.

Not to worry yet!

It was 11 am.

4 pm

The vet called, she had taken Abby out to sit in the grass. The air, fresh gentle breeze, was enjoyed!

Still no walking! But we were making headway!

Monday, 8 am, I called.

Abby had taken a few

steps!!

❤️💕❤️

Determined lil’ bugger!

That’s my Abby!

Monday 430 pm

I picked her up from

The vets!

She had been walking!

She practically leaped out of the Vet tech’s arms!

Me? I was glowing!

Proud fur momma!

My little girl!

We headed home!

My heart was

Full and it was singing!

🎶🎶🎶🎶

Kind Regards and feeling the love – K

That’s Just My Dad…

Moon River

Wider than a mile

I’ll be crossing

You in style some day…..

🎵🎶🎶🎵🎶🎶🎵🦋🦋🎶🎶🎵

Dad, I can’t believe it’s been 21 years since you went off to play jazz sitting on a cloud!

In the quiet moments of a hard day- I can still hear you guiding me in the right direction.

When I close my eyes I see your smile.

(Playing with my daughter)💕
(My son, dad’s mini me)💕

When i listen to music i automatically pick out each individual instrument just the way you taught me.

(2nd from the left)🎺

When i dance i recall how cool it was as a little girl to be waltzing around the room while standing on your feet.

(Dad’s original
mini me, ME)💕

When i am near someone smoking a Tiparillo -i inhale and it reminds me of your occasional after-dinner cigar.

Each day i feel your gentle nature all around me.

Thank you dad for being you…💕

That’s just My Dad! ❤️🎶🎵🎶🎺🎺

Kind Regards and

Smiling with memories -K

Retrospective

Today’s a Good Day to

Remember,

Write it down,

Read it,

Read it AGAIN,

⭐️

You are strong!

Yes I am!

⭐️

You are loved!

Yes I am!

⭐️

You are caring!

Yes I am!

🌟

You are worth it!

Yes I am!

⭐️

You are successful!

Yes I am!

⭐️

You deserve the best!

Yes I do!

⭐️

You are winning!

Hot damn!

Yes I am!

❤️🌎❤️

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing.

Motivation determines what you do.

Attitude determines how well you do it.”

-Lou Holtz

🐾🐾🐾🐾

Kind Regards and right here with you – K

Photography by K of TheBlackwallblog.

Memorial Day 2018

It’s not about 3 day

weekends,

Nor cookouts, burgers

And ribs.

But a time to pay homage

For those that gave all.

I choose to stand tall.

Show Respect for

Our Red White

And Blue.

Others may kneel

Without realization

That the men and women

Of the US of A

Died for their freedom.

That gives them a

Choice to react

That way.

This weekend and always.

Let us come together

As one.

For Gold Star Mother’s,

The fathers, wives

And children

Who lost their beloved

Daddies, mommies,

Daughters and sons.

Have you lived

The experience?

Placed that yellow

Ribbon

‘Round the tree

In front of your yard?

Proudly displayed

The Blue Star flag

In your window?

Prayed and hoped

He would arrive home

Safe?

Pass no judgement

Until you’ve lived it

My friend.

Forever, I’ll be grateful

Thankful, thinking of

Those who gave all.

May they Rest In Peace

Knowing

We love and respect

Them,

And will remember,

From their first oath,

All the way through

To their last curtain call.

Kind Regards and hugs – K

❤️

Individuality

Inside myself

I know my weakness’s

I know my strengths.

What triggers my tears,

What triggers my fears.

I have a grasp on

What brings me joy.

All that

Cannot define,

Me as a person.

Whether I’m bad

Or if I am good.

Not one thing

Above, can

Decrease my passion,

Deep within.

I WILL tell you,

I’m definitely NOT an

Opera Singer.

But with so many

Other things

I CAN DO!

My inner self

Knows I’m a winner.

Kind Regards and reminding you to concentrate on the positive – K

Sunday Share 5.6.18

This little blog of mine

I’m going to let it shine.

I could not have done it

Without YOU!

My readers, followers

Mirror

Encouraging cheerleaders

Big “G, Little “O”!

Swish go the pom poms

As you joyfully shout

By way of your comments;

“Go! K at the Black Wall

Go! Go!Go!”

A little over 2 years!

Over 25k views

Over 860 followers

And the numbers

Keep on growing!

To BGage and I

You are

Not numbers nor Stats!

But friends,

Mentors, buddies,

fellow photographers,

artists, talented writers,

teammates fighting the

fight against “22”…

– FAMILY.

❤️

Your stories, prose, shares

Along with diverse

Multi- talented personalities,

Make our world brighter,

Together we laugh,

Cry, encourage, learn,

teach, share success,

oopsies 🦋, listen

And get a precious glimpse

Of hopes, dreams, lifestyles

And so much more!

If I can touch one life

Change your hopelessness

Into Hope!

Help you take a first step.

Hold your hand.

Make you see

What an amazing

Person you are.

Show you

Life is worth living.

Than I have succeeded.

In turn, you have

Helped me believe

And to see

Together,

We are love.

We are winners.

We are the world.

The motivation quote that popped up for me today-

Being kind to you is really being kind to me, for we are but individual parts of the same whole. – Unknown

Kind Regards and darn glad you’re here -K

❤️

Photography compliments of BGage. Looking to use one of our clicks? Just ask! 😃

Mentor

Attitude

Your attitude

Ain’t nothing new,

I perfected it

Long before you,

Were even born.

Rather funny,

That I,

Once, just like you,

Thought I knew

Everything too!

Surprise!

I didn’t.

In time, my dear,

I have to say,

There definitely,

Will come a day.

The one you-

Realize,

The words,

I speak are true.

In life

There are

Unrealized moments

That will mold you.

People that will hold you.

Other’s that,

Will set you free.

That’s just the way

It’s gonna be.

No one knows,

What the years will bring.

My hope,

You take time

To observe and absorb

All of it in,

And do your very best.

May you keep

Your open heart,

Give hugs to those in need,

Be kind,

And plant some

Hope, silliness,

Along with

Happiness seeds,

Wherever your

Path may lead you.

One last wish,

Is mine, selfishly.

At some point,

That path your on,

Brings you back

Towards me.

Moms hearts

Have a need

For their

Children’s endless

Joy and possibilities

And the chance

To experience

all the

Glorious gifts

Our universe

Has to offer.

As I recall

Our story,

Isn’t new at all.

Seems my mom,

Did regale one

Similar .

I didn’t believe her, either.

🤔

Xxooxxoo

❤️🦋❤️

Kind Regards – K

Photography from K of TheBlackWallBlog memories.

Mentor

Always You

In the beginning,

You were closer

Than anyone could ever be.

Little flutters, kicks and

Finally, I held you.

Then every night, up at 3.

To feed, rock and nurture.

My love surrounded us

To keep you safe and warm.

Back to work,

I had to go,

Throughout my day

Constantly, worrying

Wondering.

What were you

Doing, thinking,

Eating?

Often I would cry.

Until I rushed to pick you up,

My eves were spent

Holding, hugging, rocking

Singing you a lullaby,

Until you finally slept.

Lovingly I peered

Upon my sleeping babe.

And time continued on.

Seasons passed.

🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

Days flew by

We tracked your height

With an old yard stick

A mark upon the door trim wood.

We were close

Life wasn’t perfect

But felt fabulous.

And Oh so good!

Soon you were off to school.

Everyday, I wondered

What you were

Doing, thinking.

As the sun went down

In our world.

After homework was done.

We sat around the

Kitchen table,

You would share your stories.

We’d laugh and giggle.

Often,

We’d rush to your

Baseball or basketball

Practice or a game.

As my day would

come to a close,

I would wonder

What was I doing

Right or wrong?

Was I teaching you enough?

Giving you life’s resources

To be

Accomplished in your life?

Often I searched for answers,

As I laid there

Trying to sleep.

And time went on.

Seasons passed.

Now,

As the sun gently rests

At the end of my day.

Random texts arrive.

Phone calls,

I’m blessed with

Pictures in the mail.

You share

what you are

Doing and thinking.

I am proud of what

You are accomplishing,

In your daily life.

When I go to bed at night.

I smile and am

Ever so thankful.

Knowing it’s time

And patience

That has kept us growing closer.

Though distance keeps us apart.

As the years go by

And the seasons pass.

As it has always been

Since your arrival.

No matter how old you are

Or where your life

Might take you,

In my heart

The truest love.

Will always belong

To you.❤️

Kind Regards and thinking about my children -K

❤️

Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGage & K of TheBlackWallBlog.

Authentic

Wednesday Wisdom 4.18.18

“I like the sound of that…”

🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶

Sing a little ditty

Belt loudly

Out your song!

Show positivity

And kindness!

Let everyone know

We all are one.

Yes!

“All of us” belong!

🎶🎵🎶🎶🎵🎶

Kind Regards and wishing you a wonderful Wednesday -K

🎶🎶❤️🎶🎶

Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGage and Determinedsupersnail of TheBlackWallBlog.

Song

Team

Together
Mountains surmounted
With
Positive affirmations
Tossed into the wind
That flutter
Freely
As a butterfly
bursts from its cocoon.
Beautiful!
“How sweet it is.”
Sweet as the nectar
Bees gather
From a world
Of fields.
Filled with
Assorted color-filled wildflowers.
Honey created
By this talented
Family of Bees
Will sweeten and
Enrich souls
All around the globe.

❤️🌷❤️

Kind Regards and feeling exuberant -K

Fabric

So Long My Sweet

Through two generations

Of dogs you’ve trained.

And seeing the kids go from

High school to college and

Off to war and back.

You held out your paw

To reassure.

Hey mom,

No worries,

I’ve got your back.

Almost 20 years

We road life’s waves,

And I knew that you

Would let me know

Whence you were tired

And needed to go.

That you did

My sweet purring babe.

As promised

I took you for

Your last earthly ride.

I held you close

And sang our songs,

Whispered Praises

In your ear.

I love you always

See you soon.

Give hugs to all

At the Rainbow’s Bridge,

My sweet Celina,

So precious and dear

Run free and

Feel  after life’s glow.

For all the times

You stood by me

I can’t be selfish

And keep you here,

That wasn’t part of

Our original deal.

One last kiss, last breath

And off you go.

For now

The ache in my heart

Will overflow,

But later on

When it’s my time to go,

All of you

That have gone before,

Will gather together

and  we shall celebrate.

For the love in a mother’s heart

Is a promise, eternally pure.

 

 

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Kind Regards and missing my gal – K

 

Celina RIP 2/9/2018

Tend

Sewing Love

A time honored tradition,

Sewing.

My grandmother taught me. A teacher for 47 years, her passions were grandchildren, sewing, knitting, baking and swimming.

Grandkids coming to her house to swim, then having cookies and milk.

Every grandchild was given beautiful knitted mittens for Christmas. Granddaughters got Raggedy Ann’s.

Grandma love! ❤️

In later years, after she and grandpa retired, she became legally blind.

I sewed her a Raggedy Ann. Not once had she sewn one for herself.

She was overjoyed.

As was tradition,

my granddaughter received…

You guessed it.

I mailed my surprise,

My daughter sent me this:

Granddaughter hugs

For a tradition

Filled With Grandma loves. ❤️

Kind Regards and #winning – G’Ma K

Beloved

B&W Open Topic for Cee

No professional photography.

Nothing tinted or brightened

Or enhanced.

Just some scanned memories

Of life.

 

Wanna know a secret?

Wanna know a secret?

🤭

“But, Mom, I couldn’t help myself!”

😂

Love ❤️

😘

Kind Regards – K

Photos compliments of K of TheBlackWallBlog-various clicks from life’s shoe box.

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.

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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.

 

XXOOXXOOXXOOXX

 

 

Kind Regards – G’ma K

 

 

 

Photography copyrighted and compliments of THEBLACKWALLBLOG- 11/2017.

Temporary

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

Barefoot,

Doing a hallway boogie

While,

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

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