The Journey is Not Always as it Seems! Reblog

Reblog that truly hits home!
Such a courageous man to share his story.
I watched my mom, a schoolteacher of 47 years go through dementia to full blown Alzheimer’s.
❤️🌎❤️ Bravo Brian!

Alzheimer's: The Journey

Being today is the last Friday in June, also the last Friday of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, I knew I wanted to write about something but I didn’t know what that “something” was going to be. A trip to the grocery store today gave me my inspiration.

For those of you who may not know, I now live alone in an apartment. Although I still have a drivers license, I don’t have a vehicle for I can’t afford one (insurance, gas, maintenance, etc) so I found an apartment complex that is within walking distance to everything I need.

When I got up this morning, my intention was to head to Winn Dixie for I needed a few things, however, my brain had other plans and the fog rolled in. (For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, you may want to see one of my earlier…

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Conversation with…My Book…resisting physical changes in older age

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Received my copy yesterday! I am beside myself with hilarious joy and laughter.
Of course it also hit’s that special spot where love lives.

Perfection!! Simply Marvelous!!

And to think I did not expect anything less but received so much more!! ❤ <3.

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

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This little blog of mine

I’m going to let it shine.

I could not have done it

Without YOU!

My readers, followers

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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

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

Insomnia fun?

Saturday’s are my, “let the week go” day.

Often I meander through the day in a haze after an almost sleepless Friday night.

I’m trying some new tricks to change that.

Going to bed earlier on Friday, keeping a regulated sleep schedule. Visualization of blue skies, sunshine along with some “head start” odds and ends housework.

It’s an uphill climb, but I am gaining! 💃

A trick my daughter taught me – using Dawn.

Simply put a touch, in water, in a sticky sauce pan and heat on low.

This makes for easier clean up.

My results from yesterday.

Attack of the bubble monster? Ha! Ha!

The good news! Not only did it work fabulously for easy clean up, but it also gave me a giggle and a photo op!

What more could a gal ask for?

#winning!!

Is it only a NH country bumpkin that can appreciate such simple self-entertainment?

Kind Regards, dishes done and still chuckling -K

Rube

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

Shoulder!

🎃😈🎃

Join me in my journey

Of viewing the muted colors of

Fall 2017 in Vermont!

I didn’t see any

Bad Luck.

Did you?

Fraud

Elemental

Kind Regards from  VT – K

 


Photography copyrighted

and compliments

Of TheBlackwallBlog 10/2017.

FOREVER

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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!

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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.

Waiting
Finite

Keep On Rolling…

I’ll admit it. It’s been a rough few weeks.

I haven’t been able to write.

No feelings of creativity or inspiration.

I’ve focused on survival,

It was all I could muster.

As I planted a smile on my face

and went to work each day.

Perhaps I was letting go,

Working on accepting what is.

Grief can come in all forms.

I haven’t seen or ever felt

there was a perfectly defined 

set of rules,

for how you make it 

through.

While watching some Hulu last night

Along came a song… 

Exactly what I needed, 

not that I knew what I needed.

But…

My mind, feet and soul  started to dance.

Whatever  was going on,

I am here now.

Happy Saturday to you!

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REO SPEEDWAGON sang it loud and so did/do I.  

“So if you’re tired of the same old story,
Oh, turn some pages
I will be here when you are ready
To roll with the changes, yeah, yeah…”

That song, produces pictures of

a time of my life filled with glorious memories…

I heard it last night and discovered

it STILL delivers a special message, meaning

and triggers a quickened heart beat.

(August 4, 2017)

It sparks a fire in my soul!

(Originally released in 1978!)

Yikes!!

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Unbelievable!  Or is it?

I have said it before and you will surely hear,

or read it from me again.

It’s the seemingly simple things in life,

that appear and help get you through.

No matter where you are,

Lounging on the couch,

Driving down the road…

Life,  inspires you, 

If you allow yourself to be open to suggestion.

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Whether it be the infectious giggling of a child 

in the grocery line behind you.

 A new or old favorite song on the radio.

An unexpected happy ending of a movie,

A call from an old friend,

A sweet bird singing in the branches 

Outside your window, 

Or a neighborhood dog that suddenly appears

Just to say hello.

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If it creates a spark of hope,

Quickens your heart rate,

Makes you feel good,

Grab onto it, embrace it!

Tap into the positive energy.

Allow it to help propel you forward.

To place one foot in front of the other,

On your journey  of life.

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Kind Regards and

         feeling grateful for a new day – K

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Photography of the tree trunk, flowers and the neighbor’s dog- 

Compliments of The BlackWallblog.

Casual
Satisfaction

The Bacon Journey

July 1st, WOWSER!!

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A Lady Slipper, found at White Rock National Park, VT. A rare find.

In my head,  excerpts from a CHICAGO song swirls

"Saturday, in the park, 

I think it was the 4th of July....

People dancing, people laughing
A man selling ice cream
Singing Italian songs
Everybody is another
Can you dig it (yes, I can) 
And I've been waiting such a long time
For Saturday..."

 

So much has transpired since LGB’s diagnosis

of late stage 2 esophagus cancer on March 24, 2017.

Great news!

His numbers are excellent,

they have discontinued chemo.

 

He has lost his voice and it may or may not come back.

 

He adapted and his Smartphone does the talking.

Have you ever thought what it might be like to pull up to your

favorite Dunkin Donuts drive-thru and NOT been able to give

your order?

Well his phone states his daily order for a Turbo shot iced coffee:

PROBLEM SOLVED. 

 

He has one more day of neck radiation.

Two weeks after that a Pet Scan.

If that is good, he is FREE.

Free to roam his beloved woods,

he and his camera can once

again become one.

 

WOO HOO!

 

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White Rock National Park, VT May 2017

FREE

Me, I have been attempting to survive while riding an emotional roller-

coaster.

It is difficult to watch your best friend in pain.

His neck is severely burned and I have done my best to be there for him.

When he let’s me. 

I gave him my all. 

I made a promise to myself to hold his hand while he made the Bacon journey.

 Aptly named due to the crispiness of what radiation treatment does to you.

Besides it adds a touch of humor. “Does anyone smell bacon?”

Oh it’s just LGB…

Okay, so we are a sick group of individuals, but who cares,

it kept us all chuckling!

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There’s a hole in my bucket Dear Liza, Dear Liza.. lol

LGB and I have been on a tumultuous journey much longer than

the Bacon journey. 

 

The realization that I have been just a passenger along for the ride in his life,

not just for this particular journey, but for the last two years has hit hard.

 

TRUTH- He has proved, though he states he loves me,

that I am only allowed to be a small part of that life.

He made so many promises, they were good intentions.

They wound up being broken promises. 

 

I knew deep in my heart, he was in love with the concept of me.

He liked knowing I was there.

And at one time, I loved him with all my heart.

For me, this is the last leg of his and my life trip together.

 

Sad, yet such a relief to jump off that emotional roller coaster.

 

I need to implement Self-care.

There have been warning signs; panic attacks, night mares,

constant fatigue, etc…

I have been ignoring myself and that is NOT okay. 

A difficult decision.

My mental and physical health

take precedence.

 

Being grateful:

 I am so fortunate to carry forward fabulous memories.

As I travel down my life path… 

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Who know’s what new adventure

may be just around the corner.

 

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Kind Regards and thinking of my best friend -K

 

 

Passenger
Delta

Celebrate- YOU!

HAVE A SILLY DAY!

 

Perhaps, today’s a good day

To relax, revel in your own joy 

Of the now,

YES!

HERE!

Just where you are at.

 

Take a sanity break

‘Cuz, continuously

Running round in circles

Makes ya dizzy

And what’s the use of that?

 

Breathe deeply and enjoy

Sit back, and take a load off.

Celebrate your success,

For all that you have done

You put forth the grandest effort,

NOW!

LOOK AT!

How far that you have come!

 

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Kind Regards and celebrating “our” existence- K

 

Retreat

Do You Remember, FUN?

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I am reaching out for YOUR HELP!

What are your thoughts on this?

Where do you suggest I start?

Do you struggle with this too?

Please share anything and everything!

 

Here is the background:

WordPress’ weekly photo

Challenge is here!

The subject is fun!

What is fun?

Do you remember?

In one split second,

Can you clearly define

Your current thoughts 

Of having a good time?

 

Instantanious visualizations

Of past events of me laughing

Quickly flicker, fast forward

Like a mini slideshow thru my mind.

But truthfully, when was the last time

Such a carefree occurrence, did I find

Myself smack in the middle of

Without a whole lot of prep and

Trepidation, battling inner fear?

 

What a scary thought, I am thinking,

That, it’s no longer my norm,

At what point did my life go

From heartfelt enjoyment,

To some type of dark storm?

Another goal to aspire to,

Again, a chance at #winning!

Then i saw these… and it all  made sense.

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Kind Regards and winning – K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly photo challenge Fun!

Daily post Reach

Mount Holly, Vermont- Final The History

 

At the end of this post, there is a link to the

history and genealogy of Mount Holly, VT.

From two settlements that lived 3 miles from each other,

not knowing the other existed,

to the start of the Crowley Cheese factory

to the findings of a Woolly Mammoth’s remains.

It truly is an interesting and worthwhile read. 

 

Did you ever notice no matter where you go,

there is at least one in every crowd?

 

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Elbow anyone?

elbow amongs the leaves

Or perhaps a moss heart ?

moss rock heart monster

 

I was so excited when I saw this thru the camera

lens!! I was so sure I had found a relic from history!

wheel possibly nope just a rock

When I walked around to the other side it was just a plain white rock!!

Nature is incredible!

 

Early morning deer tracks!!

They aren’t stupid, ya know.

Why go thru the thick brush

when some idiot human

built them a road?  🙂 4 deer tracks on road

 

For my flower and pink loving friends!

tiny pink bud

 

Singing “Sign, sign everywhere a sign….Do this don’t do that can’t ya read…”

That’s a mean curve!! Thought I was going back where I came from!

 

Old man in a tree?

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Everyone loves a picture of a barn and a silo, right?

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Wanna climb through with me??

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There is always someone telling me where to go!!

 

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link History for True History buffs- Excellent read!

 

THE END!!

 

Kind Regards and thank you for your patience – K

 

Copyrighted and compliments of K and L.G.B!

 

 

 

 

 

Surface

Change to The WYSIWYG…

Perception vs reality and fact… can change the  WYSIWYG!

A perfect example:

Perception:  See the picture below? It looks like a random shot.  I’m sure you notice a touch of blue in the sky, topped with random white to gray cloud formations.  You see an unkempt yard, tipped sawhorse, a tattered American flag with an old abandoned boat and a forgotten football.  There is some type of water source in the background. Perhaps it is the ocean, a lake or large pond? When I posted it on FB someone vocalized how disgusted they felt about the tattered flag. They told me the flag was a disgrace and should be replaced. (People are just so darn sweet!!)  :/

Just a basic everyday pic, or is it?

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 This next picture, was taken from a back deck on Block Island, RI, just 6 hours “before” Hurricane Sandy hit. “That” tattered American flag is literally being torn to shreds by the sheer force of the winds.  

Scary, eh?

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October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc and destruction up the East coast. My daughter was living on Block Island.   About 6 hours before the hurricane hit, she gave me a quick call and told me she and her friends were headed out to see what was happening on other parts of the island. After the call, I heard nothing from her for over 12 hours!

Time felt like my enemy. No response to any text, calls went straight to voicemail. Total nothingness. Nervous wreck is too weak of a term to describe me that day.

I was off the wall and beyond frazzled.  My brain was spinning, it went to places like , who do I know that has a helicopter that can get her OFF THAT ISLAND? Like THAT was even a possibility, right?

 

REALITY-

The 1st random shot, that I showed you was taken on October 30, 2012.

 The day after Hurricane Sandy.   Let’s look at it one more time.

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Fact:

My daughter took “both” pictures from her deck on Block Island, RI.

 I received this shot at the same time my daughter called to say she was safe! 

Every time I look at it, my mind sings… “and the flag was still there…!” It is a picture of the hope I hung onto and of prayers answered. – (Thank you, God!)

Who gives a rats a$$ whether the flag looks old and tattered! To me, it will remain one of the most beautiful representations of the Red, White and Blue I have ever seen.

 

 “Life isn’t always WYSIWYG sometimes it’s even better!”

 

 

Do you have a WYSIWYG story to share? 

As is our norm, comments, quips, irony and witty remarks are always welcome!

 

Kind Regards and feeling grateful – K

 

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