Wednesday Thoughts & Memories 2.13.19

pink yellow and orangeits sky in the evening Troutman NC 2.2019

As of this morning, 

New England is covered

In fresh mounds of snow.

Yet, I cannot complain,

Because two months ago

I moved to North Carolina

And all we got is tons of rain!

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What my hill looked like in Charlestown, NH- New England after a snow fall!

Late 2018

the tree with blue sky and pond surroundings in Troutman NC 2.8.2019 with copyrightWhat my backyard looks like in Troutman, North Carolina. Feb 02019

#winning ❤

 

Kind Regards and feeling grateful – K

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Broom Fell- Company’s Coming 1.30.19

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Excellent news!!  On January 31st, my best friend is coming from Massachusetts to visit! Woohoo!  It will be a welcome relief for her to get away from the extreme cold. For me? Fantastic to have a friend for exploration!

L, who is coming to visit,  prompted the dedication quote in my next book!

“True friends

are often discovered by

 unsolicited action and support.

 Once found, forever carried within the heart.” – Kallie Knight

 

 

“WEATHER” OR  NOT WE ARE HAVING FUN…. HAHAHA!

after the storm 31.29.2019

 

In the northern part of the east coast,  in the last two weeks, they have experienced 12-14 plus inches of snow a few times, and quick thaws causing icy roads, walkways along with some flash flooding.  They are enduring an ongoing windchill factor that drops the temperature well below zero. New Hampshire and Vermont as well as other parts of the country are experiencing EXTREME Winter!

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When one thinks of North Carolina, generally, the mind envisions hot sunny, humid days. Surprise! They DO have winter!

This morning, as I walked the dogs, there was a crisp, crackle to the grass comparable to the sound of the crinkle-crunch of when my cat attempts to sneak into a freshly opened bag of potato chips.

Temperature?  Twenty-four degrees!

 

When I first arrived to North Carolina, it was barely 48 hours following an all time record breaking snowfall. As the last six-ish weeks have flown by, I have experienced, rain,  frozen water droplets hanging from the branches, while the ground remained wet but too warm to freeze.

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In the last 2 weeks there have been school delays due to icy roads. Sounds like Wintry weather to me!

The temperature ranges from 63-38 degrees during the day, then drops to the 20-30s at night. Mother Nature seems to enjoy the element of surprise as this transpires in no particular order and without warning.

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One day I will be a bit hot in my hoodie, the next I have my purple scarf wrapped about my neck as I add a winter coat to take the dogs outside into the brisk air! Three hours later I may be in a hoodie again, with blue skies, sunshine and what I deem to be the perfect not too hot, not too cold temperature.

I have felt blessed, weather-wise, to witness this time of year in Statesville and Troutman, NC!

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Well I am off to do more unpacking in hopes of having some sort of order when L arrives!! 

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Have a wicked awesome Wednesday!!

 

Kind Regards  and #winning- K

 

** Photography compliments and copyrighted by CShropshire, BGage and K of The Black Wall Blog- 2019  Title quote from K’s favorite movie- Practical Magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made it! Part 1 -shared 12.15.18

The truck was packed up on last Saturday!

My daughter and I, though over tired, decided it was best to leave at 4:30pm and get a head start on our trip.

Even a couple hours would help.

There was a big snowstorm due in North Carolina. Our goal was to time it just right, so that we weren’t traveling in the brunt of it! 😳

The first night we stayed in Hartford Connecticut after traveling only about one hour and 45 minutes.

The second day we literally made it about 36 miles out of Fredericksburg Virginia before we hit that lovely white stuff! At that time the storm had shutdown our final destination in North Carolina!

Thankfully my daughter had planned ahead and had reservations in Fredericksburg.

Tired but thankful to be there, through snowflakes as large as your big toe. We pulled into our hotel at the perfect time!

Above, the watchful eye of my co-pilot! chief

Below, my backseat driver!

Abby!

More tomorrow…

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Click below:

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Buy a coffee or Chief a treat or two

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Kind Regards and thinking of you – K

Moving Day! Yikes!

Happy Saturday!

It’s an extremely cold single digit temperature, this early a.m.! Brrrr!

I’m sitting here amongst 2 gigantic walls of boxes thinking 🤔 Damn! I sure could use a Riverside Restaurant, (Springfield, VT), Reuben and some fries!!! Ha! Ha!

I’m sipping on a wee hour of the morning, coffee… my “Hope I haven’t forgotten anything thoughts”, are swirling! 😳🤷🏻‍♀️

Well the gang showed up!

Truck picked up and packed!

Left early evening to get a head start! There is a big snow storm moving in down South.

Just wanted to drop by with an update and a hello!

Drove about 2 hours…

Thought for today:

Love and Kind Regards – K

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Co-piloting is hard work!

I’m dumpster challenged! 12.1.18

Just after dark, this 30 yard monstrosity was delivered.

Learned something new, a 10 tire truck can get stuck in a snowy driveway! I grabbed a shovel and helped the driver dig down to my gravel driveway so he could get out. WIN!

Of course, it doesn’t help, I live smack dab on the center of a gigantic hill! With a slanted driveway too!

This morning, I went out to throw my first bag in!

OH SH*T! That sucker IS TALL! I’m 5’10” and the edge is just above my head.

I was perplexed. How the heck was I going to throw all my weeded memories and “let gos”, into it?

Grabbed my cell and called my best buddy. Who knew, that one end actually opens up? You can literally walk into it. DUH!

Of course, we had a wonderful chuckle at my expense! 🤣🤣

Just call me “dumpster challenged”!

Guess now I need to start throwing my hoeing!

North Carolina, watch out, this NH country gal will be there soon!

Kind Regards and still laughing- K

Ok Chief Enough is enough! Or is it?

Oh! My husky has been secretly chatting with Old man Winter, AGAIN!

Early morning NH 11.20.18

And the snow continues!

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“Dream big and make life fun! Do something outrageous each day. Follow your passion. Believe in yourself.” – Unknown

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Kind Regards and staying toasty – K

Chief’s special gift

Yesterday, Mother Nature delivered my beloved husky a special gift.

The beauty of a seasonal first snow fall, complete with, chill you through to the bone, winds.

His favorite season. Often he begs to go out, at least eleven times plus, on a snow day!

He’ll be 13 this Christmas. He’s slowed down quite a bit in the last few months.

Then there are moments like yesterday, when he is filled with puppy like exuberance. Which he pays for with 3 plus hour naps afterwards.

Bittersweet moments these days, as I pack. I’m not sure if the move is going to be too much for him.

He senses my inner struggles, with my past visions of a different scenario, for this move. Which, unfortunately is no longer an option. Not my choice. But one, I have to live with. The only person in my control, is me. 😉

So New England, once again, I shall be leaving in the very near future.

I’ll be back to visit someday.

For now, It’s my time to journey on…

Kind Regards and putting one foot in front of the other- K

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Photography copyrighted and compliments of K of TheBlackWallBlog 11.13.2018.

The more clear you are in the vision of what you want in life, the brighter the spotlight will be to lead you on the right path.” – Unknown

Changes 10.29.18

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.

Mixed emotions.

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

#winning

Great Things are Happening! 10.19.18

Please be patient with me.

I am running a bit behind this week.

There are major “positive” changes happening in my life.

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Often, when times seem bleak and you are feeling lost. Thinking and fretting while wondering what the hell you are going to do? Because things are NOT working….

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The universe opens a door to an opportunity. An opportunity which causes a ripple and suddenly everything is falling into place. Your heart, soul and your mind know, THIS IS THE PATH, you must follow!

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I am, selling my house after 22 years. (Yikes) YES! I have an offer! WOW!

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Packing and preparing to move from NH to NC!

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I will be closer to my littlest granddaughter!

Finally, I will be able to watch her grow!

Lots of glorious G’ma hugs in my future! ❤️☀️❤️

GREAT STUFF!

“The warmth of the rays of glorious sunshine surround me!” 🌞

#winning

Kind Regards and thinking of all of you- K

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My Dream Life poetry contest with #SIWOPC

https://yoursuccessinspirer.com/2018/10/07/siwo-poetry-contest/

Living off the grid

Boating, camping

And roughing it.

With the sweetest, dearest

Person I know,

My lifetime love.

Sharing silliness,

Warm hugs

Gentle to passionate

Kisses

and lover’s whispers.

Not caring

Whether skies are blue

Or gray.

My soul content

Just being with you

Every single day.

Snuggles in the evening,

Spooning all night,

Waking up early to

Morning coffee chit chat.

Gardening, fishing

Living off brook

And land.

Our own special world,

Hiking the forests

Feeling that spark

As you reach out

To take hold of my hand.

Sitting together

Making s’mores

Over campfire flames.

In the middle of

Our wood.

Oh what a dream life

We would revel in,

If circumstances

Changed and

And the universe

Opened, so that we could.

❤️🌎❤️

SIWO is having a poetry contest!

Follow the link above for details!

Kind Regards and bring your best – K

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photography © by K 10/18

Feeling homesick for New England?

We’ve got your cure !

Where the Cows Still Play.

Available on Amazon NOW!

an excellent gift!

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As one review states,

Your Coffee table is

MISSING THIS BOOK!

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Don’t put off until tomorrow that which you can do today!”

🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾☀️

Hugs, K

Self publishing, Marketing and Warmth 9.27.18

Good morning!

🍁Self publishing tip

Amazon paperback

This one got me! (Ouch)!

Do research on the dimensions of your book!

I chose one size up from a

6 x 9, then added margins.

My thought process-

My FINAL WOULD be 6 x 9!

Unfortunately, this decision, kicked my book out of some sales areas. Bookstores etc!

OOPS!

If I had chosen 6 x 9, then added my margins it would have been a “standard” size!

PLEASE! Do your research on what is considered “standard”!

IF you don’t pre- research:

Amazon will let you know the impact of your size selection!

Unfortunately, it’s not until a later step, when you have put days, weeks, months into your beloved masterpiece! 🤨

* Always learning! 😃

🍁Marketing tip:

What do you think of this?

I started an Instagram set of photos with a fun set of posts like the above and started getting followers.

It has added at least one sale per day!

DO NOT forget to let your followers know where it can be purchased!

Not bad for a country bumpkin, eh? 😉

🍁 DO NOT GIVE UP!

Sooo, DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR COFFEE TABLE is Missing?

As one review states:

PURCHASE YOURS HERE

Isn’t he a cutie?

🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾❤️

Kind Regards

And wishing you

Much success – K

🍁photography by K 9.18

Photofunia app fun and a little ingenuity! 🤗

Cruzin’ Back in Time

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Cruzin’, tree lined back roads,

Tunes cranked, I belt along,

Cuz’ I know every word.

My mind relives,

A persistent memory.

Carried,

Deep within my heart.

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Pedal down on the straight-a-way.

Maneuvering curves like an Earnhardt.

Adrenaline rushing through my body.

As my mind relives,

A persistent memory.

Carried,

Deep within my heart.

As I’m cruzin’

 Tree lined back roads,

Tunes cranked, I belt along,

Cuz’ I know every word.

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Flashes,

Of that younger us,

Hearts pure,

Full of innocence.

We just knew

Our hearts to be,

Invincible in love.

As I’m cruzin’,

Tree lined back roads,

Tunes cranked, I belt along,

Cuz’ I know every word.

 

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Sparks ignited,

When we held hands.

Feeling that teenage  buzz.

No one,

In the world,

JUST US,

Our feelings so intense.

As I’m cruzin’,

Tree lined back roads,

Tunes cranked, I belt along,

Cuz’ I know every word.

 

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My mind relives,

A persistent memory.

Carried,

Deep within my heart.

As I’m cruzin’,

Tree lined back roads,

Tunes cranked, I belt along,

Cuz’ I know every word.

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Young love. Were we really that innocent?

Heck, were we really that young? ha!

Oh well, now and then it hits you,

like a bolt of lightning.

Mind goes off into another place and time.

Cherished memories.

I wonder if that little ditty above

Could be a song? hmmmm

Kind Regards and # winning _ K

 

 

Do YOU Know What’s Missing From Your GEICO Ad?

Well, I haven’t seen my

little gecko 🦎 buddy lately.

He certainly was a cutie!

And “THAT ACCENT”!

Critics may have asked,

Where it came from?

My thoughts?

WHO CARES!

It gave him SEX APPEAL!

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You must admit,

much like the latest

VERIZON ads,

Both GEICO and VERIZON,

are a bit,

goofy,

silly,

ridiculous

in their latest advertising!

DO YOU AGREE?

Soooo

WHY DOES IT WORK?

Simple-

YOU REMEMBER IT!

YOU chat about it!

YOU joke about it!

THEY HAVE GOT YA!

So What’s Missing?

MY BOOK!

WHY?

#1) I would rather be enjoying the beautiful views of Northern New England than filling out Insurance docs!

PLUS, ISN’T that what my insurance agent is for?

2) IF I’m going to be eating a HUGE banana 🍌 split,

(I already have a decent cell phone!)

AND once again, would

rather be enjoying

AND

dreaming of country life,

with each yummy bite!

So get your copy of

Where the Cows Still Play

Today!

I promise,

it’s much less expensive than a cell phone!

(Psst it’s a great gift too!)

Buy it here!

While

you are perusing AMAZON,

why not check out

Another Fabulous book!

OVER the HILL on THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD!

(Get the free shipping)

Kind Regards and raising my coffee mug to you – K

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