Kind Regards and #winning – K
Kind Regards and #winning – K
Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the music… (Three Dog Night)
Yesterday morning, when I took the dogs out for their morning walk… the sky, almost daylight bright from the light beaming from the moon and stars, looked as if someone had tossed hand fulls of cotton balls all about. It was an awesome sight! This morning, it’s dark and drizzling.
BUT there is “nothing” that can darken this day!
TODAY, I will be attending my youngest grand daughter’s birthday party. It will be the first time I will be able to appear in person, not via FACETIME!
Happy Dance!! WOOT WOOT!!
Tomorrow, I will start the med change, for today I will revel in what I have been hoping to do for FIVE years!
TODAY, WE SHALL CELEBRATE LIFE WITH DANCING, SINGING, ENJOYING GRANDDAUGHTER HUGS AND EATING CAKE!!
Kind Regards and wishing you the best day- K
Finally, I am back!
So much has happened, I will attempt to give you the Reader’s Digest version:
First of all I would like to say, I have missed every single one of you. Sounds crazy, but I love being a part of the blogging family! Sending out warm wishes and K hugs all around!! 🙂
I am finally moved into my new apartment! Thank you very much to my daughter, her new hubby and brothers! Happy dance going on here!!
Back in the country again! Yes! Troutman, NC is a little bit country.
When I walk the dogs early in the morning, I can hear the cows mooing down the street!
Abby and Chief, feel quite at home! Lot’s of grass, space and a whole lot of new smells. What more could a beloved fur child ask for?
These last few days have been frustrating, eye-opening and a celebratory time.
Celebration: Moved and a whole bedroom of boxes to explore! Wifi is back! We feel extremely at home in our new place. One neighbor even brought me some of his specialty chicken as a welcome to the neighborhood! Too cool!
My grandaughter started a new Christian private school yesterday! A glorious opportunity for her to receive a wonderful education!
Eye opening: I have a new primary physician! He was very intelligent and I loved the overall feel of the office. They called me “Miss K”.
I got my overdue eye exam done. New glasses on the way!
One downside, I have the beginning stages of cataracts! A bit of a scare for me. Macular degeneration is hereditary, and when my grandmother, soon after retirement had one of hers removed, she lost her sight in that eye. With an inoperable cataract in the other eye eventually she became legally blind. Something, I have had a subconscious fear of for over twenty years.
Frustration: I have one daily medication that I take, that I am having a difficult time finding a doctor to prescribe. It is not controlled in North Carolina as it was up North. The frustrating aspect- I have to somehow prove I am not a drug addict! Guilty until you prove yourself innocent. To prove one’s innocence you have to get an appointment. That is the challenge! No one will let me in the door so that I can do so. I will NOT give up, I cant! But definitely a PIA!!
#Winning: I AM HERE!
I am getting settled!
My dreams are coming true.
Blue skies babee!!
A click from my walk at the new place the other night!
“With confidence you have won even before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey
Since I have arrived at this part of my life journey, I have proven, once again, push on through your panic and you can live the life you deserve!!
Just close your eyes and DO IT!
Kind Regards and #winning – K
New in town and still learning my way around as I Prep for a very special
YES!! My daughter is getting married this Sunday!
I know that it is in my best interest to assure the “Bride to be” is pleased, with the “Mother of the bride’s outfit”!!
Yesterday, I tried on a variety of outfits, took photos and sent them to my daughter.
Fifteen plus clicks and at least 8 outfits later, we had it narrowed down to black dress slacks, knee length, Olive green sweater, that I can wear with my black ankle boots or a lovely, calf length black dress.
YES! Black, NO LONGER TABOO, can be a very classy look at weddings. I tried pairing mine with a variety of colored lightweight, waist length, long sleeved, cardigans and colorful scarves.
This event is casual, so I need to be careful not to overdress!
I am no Fashionista, but love that by simply changing your scarf, one can change the overall look and feel of an outfit.
This one, I captioned: “Stephen Tyler” wants his scarf back. 😊
In the middle of the clicks I sent this one to daughter, how could I resist? tee hee!
One hurdle to go!
Now, to find a place to get my hair done.
Remember, I am the “new kid” in town, so I asked some of the cashiers at the local Food Lion, grocery store in Statesville. SUPER, excited for the wedding, they were eager to help. Off I went with groceries in hand and a couple of salon options. Fingers crossed I pick the right one!
Stay tuned for pics!
Another 2 weeks and I should have wifi again… Missing all of you!!
Kind Regards and #winning – K
Photography compliments and copyrighted by K of theblackwallblog.
Wishing this handsome fella
Happy early 13th Birthday!
Yes! That’s my Chief!
See the top of the five pointed white star on his chest?
Fitting since his birthday is Christmas- December 25th!
I can recall the day my son brought him home!
“Happy Birthday, mom!”, He said. Then added jokingly, “you can have the back half and I’ll take the front”!
Chief, the puppy, looked like a little black bear cub!
These days he’s more like a bull in a china shop! Add BIG LOVE BUG and that’s the Chiefster!!
He’s a Husky/ Shepard mix!
One year, early spring, side of the roads were still sandy! Chief and I went for a walk down the giant hill in front of our home in NH.
Well, he caught a glimpse of his barking buddy down the hill and OFF he scrambled. Me? I couldn’t get my footing! I knew it was face first or butt first!
Split second choice! I relaxed like a skier going over glare ice and landed on my backend!
He proceeded to pull me the rest of the way down the tar roadway and onto the neighbor’s grassy yard! ( about 75 feet)
Who knew grass could feel so dang good?!?!??
My head cleared and I commanded “SIT”!
Thank the heavens I was wearing blue jeans! Nothing hurt but a bit of pride.
I got up, told him let’s go home. We headed back up the hill for home! ☺️
Kind Regards and wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday – K
“According to Google- A husky can pull up to 10 x their weight!”
Dealing with changes is challenging no matter what your age.
At 56 after waiting 8 very long years for my son, a vet and I, to find a middle ground, I decided to make that move from NH to NC.
Sadly/gladly, thanks to my daughter, the day we packed the truck for the move, I saw my son for the first time in two years.
He stated, you’ve never came to visit me. Interesting statement considering I had been told his home was off limits.
Trying for a mom hug, the response? “You start any shit and I’ll get in my truck and leave.”
Painful? Hell yes!
Am I still sad? Definitely!
Can I continue to keep my life on hold? No!
He’s angry about life.
I’ve researched, tried at least 20 plus ways to approach him.
It doesn’t work!
I’ve been in NC, barely a week and now I’m getting angry texts. Some random subjects that make zero sense, others make sense but, why now?
He just threatened me with not being in my life if I don’t give a particular item of mine, that I had planned on giving him.
He would have had it the day I moved. Unfortunately in texting with him a few days earlier he informed me he wasn’t going to be there, so I packed it.
Three guesses which box? Honestly, I don’t know.
My dad was a correctional officer in the 1940-50’s. I have his badge. My son followed a similar route, not the same state. Yes, it would be awesome for him to have it.
But he’s accusing me of hiding it from him. Sigh.
So after numerous ugly texts that started last night. Then continued into today.
I blocked him.
Then got physically ill.
He text me a different way.
“You blocked me?”
I didn’t answer.
I’m out of answers.
My son always says-
A MOTHER NEVER GIVES UP!
I JUST PUT MYSELF IN TIMEOUT!
“It’s okay to be scared, but you have to get out there, open up, love, make mistakes, learn, be stronger, and start all over again. -Unknown
Kind Regards and
Moving forward- K
Photography compliments of K of TheBlackWallBlog 12.18
Oh how my heart
Filled with glorious
A captured lifetime
Now living above
Or grown and scattered.
A fabulous afternoon
Sweet visuals of
Times that were.
Forever carried within
What a wonderful
Way to spend a day!
Celebrating the old
Whilst clearing a path
Towards an exciting new.
and snuggles- K
As I continue my quest to ready myself for the move from NH to NC.
Between my parent’s stuff and my children’s stuff from birth through school days into adulthood!
Add years of all my crafts, sewing, woodworking along with miniatures in the 1/12th scale!
Sorting and sorting from nooks, crannies, totes, closets and file cabinets. All tucked away in the garage, storage and closets!
Am I a hoarder or a sentimental Ol’ fool?
Bring on more Kleenex, I’m diving in again!
Kind Regards and reminiscing- K
Exciting and scary all at the same time.
My house is being shown this coming weekend.
I’m sorting and boxing up 28 years of my NH life. Getting ready for a change.
Actually, it goes further back if you count the items and memories saved from the sale of my childhood home in early 2000.
Sadness, thankfulness and mindfully staying open to new adventures.
If everything falls into place, a month from now, I shall be living near my youngest granddaughter!
At only 4 1/2, what a delight it will be to be a regular part of her life, instead of flying in every 6 months and FaceTime chats and dinners!
Bittersweet, selfishly wanting both things at once. My home and the freedom to travel to see her every week.
I’ll will keep you posted!
Kind Regards – K
Yes, today is K’s Blog recommendation day, I’m working on them. Stay tuned!
In the last year, something I FEARED was true.
Has PROVED to be true!
THE FORGOTTEN MOMS.
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.
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!
And kicking & screaming -K
Pic and quote compliments of Text2Pic app.
To have one of my
Beloved fur children
In a life threatening
At first it seemed,
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
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!
Was it the new flea and
I called the vet at 6am.
Two excruciating hours
Later, I met her and a tech
At the animal hospital.
May we X-ray?
She had an infected uterus and 3 vertebrae that seemed to be too close together.
Emergency surgery was needed.
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.
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
Determined lil’ bugger!
That’s my Abby!
Monday 430 pm
I picked her up from
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
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.
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.
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…💕
Kind Regards and
Smiling with memories -K
Write it down,
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!
Yes I am!
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Kind Regards and right here with you – K
Photography by K of TheBlackwallblog.
It’s not about 3 day
Nor cookouts, burgers
But a time to pay homage
For those that gave all.
I choose to stand tall.
Show Respect for
Our Red White
Others may kneel
That the men and women
Of the US of A
Died for their freedom.
That gives them a
Choice to react
This weekend and always.
Let us come together
For Gold Star Mother’s,
The fathers, wives
Who lost their beloved
Daughters and sons.
Have you lived
Placed that yellow
‘Round the tree
In front of your yard?
The Blue Star flag
In your window?
Prayed and hoped
He would arrive home
Pass no judgement
Until you’ve lived it
Forever, I’ll be grateful
Thankful, thinking of
Those who gave all.
May they Rest In Peace
We love and respect
And will remember,
From their first oath,
All the way through
To their last curtain call.
Kind Regards and hugs – K
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.
Me as a person.
Whether I’m bad
Or if I am good.
Not one thing
Decrease my passion,
I WILL tell you,
I’m definitely NOT an
But with so many
I CAN DO!
My inner self
Knows I’m a winner.
Kind Regards and reminding you to concentrate on the positive – K
This little blog of mine
I’m going to let it shine.
I could not have done it
My readers, followers
Big “G, Little “O”!
Swish go the pom poms
As you joyfully shout
By way of your comments;
“Go! K at the Black Wall
A little over 2 years!
Over 25k views
Over 860 followers
And the numbers
Keep on growing!
To BGage and I
Not numbers nor Stats!
artists, talented writers,
teammates fighting the
fight against “22”…
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
Help you take a first step.
Hold your hand.
Make you see
What an amazing
Person you are.
Life is worth living.
Than I have succeeded.
In turn, you have
Helped me believe
And to see
We are love.
We are winners.
We are the world.
The motivation quote that popped up for me today-
Kind Regards and darn glad you’re here -K
Photography compliments of BGage. Looking to use one of our clicks? Just ask! 😃