That’s Living!

“Long ago

And oh so far away…”

Sung by the Carpenters

🌟

Sweet cherished

Memories

Live on.

That’s life!

Familiar memories,

Intertwining,

Forging ahead,

Star gazing,

Exploring,

Laughing,

Reveling,

Branching out,

Dancing,

Singing,

Boundary jumping,

Continuing on,

Creating more.

❀️😘❀️

Kind Regards and sharing moments – K

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β˜€οΈPhotography copyrighted and compliments of BGage.

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Did You Really Know Me?

When you were sick

With cancer

And going through

Treatments

I was beyond scared.

To your face

I smiled.

We celebrated

When radiation

And chemo

Were done.

A year passed

We celebrated!!

Still cancer free!

But there was a distance,

Quietly, I felt it form.

It was then

YOU decided,

As you often did,

Though usually

You just disappeared

Without a warning.

For days, for weeks

To do your thing.

Sometimes you’d

Climb in a bottle.

Now you’re sober

Over a year.

Sometimes you were

Depressed.

And needed time

To work it through,

Yourself.

This time it was different.

You told me

With your type of cancer

The odds were

Within ten years

You’d be gone.

So you wanted

To do your own thing.

I laughed…

Because I couldn’t

Recall a time

When you weren’t

Doing your own thing.

When YOU wanted.

And now your gone.

It’s rather like

You’ve passed on.

Sadly, madly,

Because of experience

I know the difference.

I can’t find comfort

In looking up

And talking to you.

Knowing

My best friend,

Who I shared hopes

And dreams,

Silliness and

Plaza ice creams,

Is out there.

I don’t think

You realize

It’s not that

I don’t understand

Nor might not want

The same, myself.

It’s all these years

Not once.

Not Even ONCE!

Did you ever

Take the time

To listen.

I asked for one thing.

Just ONE thing.

Not money,

Not the errands

Not the dinners

You cooked

So wonderfully.

I asked for your

Arms around me,

When I fell asleep

At night.

That’s ALL I ever wanted.

You freely offered

Everything you

“Thought” I needed.

I AM extremely grateful.

So many women

Want so much.

Materialistic things,

New cars

A man to pay their bills,

Etc.

Where as I

Being an independent

Spirit myself,

Understand

The need for freedom.

If you look back

You might recall

What were the

Times

Insomnia didn’t

Bother me at all?

Sadly, I wonder

Did you ever

Really know me?

For I knew you.

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

❀️

Kind Regards

And doing the work – K

Jaffrey NH Road Trip 6.2018

Peaceful country living

4 Wheelin thru the woods & around the farm
Peering over the edge

4 Wheelin trail bridge
Eye of a needle

Jaffrey, NH, Southern slope of Mt. Monadnock!

Stone walls everywhere

Place I called home for the Weekend

Canoe caught through the trees

Listening to the peepers, 🐒 lay eggs here

Pharaohs Horses
Saddle bags
MeadowBrook Jaffrey NH

TheBlackWallBlog Daisy discovery! πŸ’•

❀️

Kind Regards and feeling refreshed – K

🐴

Photography copyrighted & compliments of K of TheBlackWallBlog 6.2018

That’s Just My Dad…

Moon River

Wider than a mile

I’ll be crossing

You in style some day…..

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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)πŸ’•
(My son, dad’s mini me)πŸ’•

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)πŸ’•

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…πŸ’•

That’s just My Dad! ❀️🎢🎡🎢🎺🎺

Kind Regards and

Smiling with memories -K

Retrospective

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

❀️

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.

πŸ€”

Xxooxxoo

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Kind Regards – K

Photography from K of TheBlackWallBlog memories.

Mentor

Your Ol’ Black Truck

Barbara Streisand sang it so perfectly in “The Way We Were”

“Can it be that it was all so simple then. Or has time rewritten every line” 😘

Opened up your text

A familiar ache,

Grabbed hold of me.

My heart stopped

For a moment.

There she was

Still shiny and black.

Chuck full of what was,

Promises, sweet words,

Infinite possibilities.

Our first kiss.

Wish we could go back,

And have a little chat.

But it was,

All so long ago.

Your Ol’ black truck

Filled with the sweetest memories,

Flashbacks of laughter,

Silliness and hope.

And

Adventures yet to be.

Wish we could go back,

And have a little chat.

But it was,

All so long ago.

So clearly I recall

Two people making plans.

I fell in love with you.

Watching the sunset.

While,

Sitting on the tailgate.

Of that Ol’ black truck.

Wish we could go back,

And have a little chat.

But it was,

All so long ago.

Has it been 3 years?

What happened to that spark?

That was ignited

On our mountain top?

Cruising to loud music,

As we traveled country roads.

In your Ol’ black truck.

Wish we could go back,

And have a little chat.

But it was,

All so long ago.

Somewhere,

Somehow,

As life continued on.

Our fire turned to embers,

The embers grew so cold.

Everything that started

From the spark

We ignited,

In your Ol’ black truck.

Wish we could go back,

And have a little chat.

But it was,

All so long ago.

Promises were broken.

Sweet words turned sour.

Infinite possibilities

Were crushed with reality.

All the dreams we shared,

Have passed their

Date of expiration.

Broken and sitting

In the back forty.

Put out to pasture,

Like your ol’ black truck.

Wish we could go back,

And have a little chat.

But it was,

All so long ago.

❀️

Kind Regards and Reminiscing -K

Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGage.

Notable

One step back

Fret! Fret! Fret!

Imagined the worst!

Worried!

Uptight!

Paced!

Couldn’t eat!

Couldn’t sleep!

Shoulders met my earlobes!

Doubt!

Felt Insecure!

Overly sensitive!

All because

I misread

The situation!

Why?

An old habit!

I thought I’d overcome.

I’m a banana head!

Now?

Chalk it up!

Let it go!

Laugh it off!

Look in the mirror!

Make a silly face!

Give myself the raspberry!

****

Often I seem to mirror

New England weather,

Yesterday

windows open

After work

I raked!

Some lawn had appeared!

Today,

It snowed!

Mother Nature dear

What ARE you up to?

Let it go!

Laugh it off!

Go look in the mirror,

Make a funny face!

Give yourself a raspberry!

Stop being a banana head!

Ha!

****

Remember:

****

#Winning!

Kind Regards and chuckling -K

Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGage and K at TheBlackWallBlog.

Thwart

Peaceful Places

Singing ” These are a few of my favorite things….”

My Head In the clouds

Watching the Sunset

Snuggled under the covers,

Relaxing with my dogs.

Here is my “littlest” – Abby

In my kitchen cooking.

This time it’s stuffed poblano peppers! Yummm!

Visiting one of our local

Sap boiling places.

Yes!

They are making Maple Syrup!

Walking in the woods

In Fall

Kind Regards and ready for Spring- K

#winning

Photography copyrighted & compliments of BGage and K of TheBlackWallBlog.

Favorite Place

Some woman

I look in my mirror

Haven’t a clue

Who’s looking back at me.

There’s some woman,

She’s wearing wrinkles

From grins,

A touch Of sadness

And such.

I see kind thoughtful eyes

Vividly twinkling

As 4th of July sparklers,

That may come from a life

Still Yearning to learn

Yet, perhaps from a past

That has seen too much.

Kind Regards

and # winning -K

🌹

Photography compliments of K of TheBlackWallBlog. Quote from the Motivation app.

Wrinkle

Milestones

Happy Saturday!

I’m imagining

In reality, my New Hampshire currently

Looks like…

February:

On 2/14/2018

I turned 50 for the 7th time.

πŸ™ˆ 😎

WOW!

🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈

It was a time of reflection.

Cher sang… “If I could turn back time.”

Looking back,

I don’t believe that I would.

After all I’ve learned so much throughout the years.

It’s never ending….

I side with Garth…

“Yes my life is better left to chance

I could have missed the pain but I’d have had to miss the dance…”

🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡🎡❀️

March:

Two milestones popped up in my WordPress app notifications this week!

Has it really been 2 years?

Have I really shared 500?

As Fleetwood Mac sang…

“If you wake up and don’t want to smile

If it takes just a little while

Open your eyes and look at the day

You’ll see things in a different way

[Buckingham and C. McVie:]

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow

Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here

It’ll be here better than before”

#winning

Kind Regards and believing in you & me -K

❀️

Photography copyrighted and compliments of BGage and K of TheBlackWallBlog, 2018.

Restart

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

We Thank you…


Veteran’s Day, 2017

Mere words cannot express

How grateful that we are,

Nor can we understand 

All that you’ve been through

So today, I offer a heartfelt

seemingly simple set of

Words, 

Blessed are we,  for you.

THANK YOU for your service.




  

Kind Regards  – K

❀️

Photography compliments of

K’s personal friends and family.