TODAY WE CELEBRATE! 2.16.2019

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Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the music… (Three Dog Night)

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Good morning,

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!!

#WINNING

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Kind Regards and wishing you the best day- K

 

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Healthy is GREAT! But…. A Challenge to My Health Conscious Friends 2.13.2019

no matter how slow you go 2.13.19 blog post saying

 

Live healthy!! Eat right!

Exercise!!

This supplement helps with this and that and also gives a boost to, etc…

Take this med to help with your anxiety… GREAT! NOT!!

These days, so many individuals are suffering from high blood pressure! Almost every

healthy supplement states- will help lower your blood pressure.

Fantastic, RIGHT?

WRONG!

There are some of us who have a naturally low blood pressure.

Mine happens to be around 90/60!

If I lower it anymore, I’ll be on the floor!  ha!

My standard heart rate equals 57. Not too bad, eh?

 

Walking around in a dazed, weakened stupor is not only dangerous

but DEFINITELY NOT FUN!

Interestingly enough, as most of my friends are being told to watch their salt intake,

I have instructions to increase mine. Hey! What can I say? SORRY!

Much like my dad, I have always been a pepper lover!! If it’s not covered in black,

delectable, coarse speckles, it needs more!  😉

 

Yesterday, for Valentine’s day and my 57th (eek!) birthday, I had a scheduled primary care visit.

**He is literally taking me off my 12 year anti-anxiety regiment of  1.5 xanax in am, .5- 2 hours later, .5- 2 hours later and .5 at bedtime- cold turkey and switching me to 1mg of lorazepam twice per day, and upping my 25 mg Topiramate to twice per day. 

I checked with the local pharmacist. She is not impressed that he is having me quit xanax cold turkey, but said is should not be life threatening. GOOD NEWS!

Unfortunately, I will be experiencing withdrawals. OH SHUCKS!

I am researching, things to have on hand for healthy cleansing/nutritious smoothies, hydration and whatever else I can find.

 

Here is THE CHALLENGE for all my

HEALTH CONSCIOUS friends out there:

Find me some healthy lifestyle foods and smoothies,

that will “NOT DECREASE” my blood pressure, 

PLUS

 Any HELPFUL TIPS you can give me, to get through this transition

will be way beyond appreciated. (I am literally scared sh*tless)

 

Anxiously, awaiting your comments!!

 

Kind Regards and Happy Friday- K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singing the Creating a Table Of Contents in Word Doc blues

So I am sure you really do not want to hear about this.

But perhaps you can laugh with me. 🙂 (blushing)

I spent 4 hours playing around with “attempting to” create

my “automatic” Table of Contents in Word doc, for this silly book.

 

My fingers, behind and many other places are numb! OMG!

So much for the ol’ computer savvy brain working. HaHaHa!

Usually, I am pretty quick to catch on with this type of thing.

I read all the HOW TO’s and tried each one.!!!!!

To NO AVAIL!   GIGANTIC Grrrrr!!

So I hopped onto the internet, which is what I usually do. (duh!)

Obviously i DID NOT drink enough coffee! Or perhaps I  drank too much?

I watched a quick you tube video on how to “create a Table of Contents”

for DUMMIES! (ME!)

And of course within five minutes I had accomplished my task!

 

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Can you hear the heavens singing? I sure can!!

So worthy of note for anyone trying to self publish and using a Word Doc.

The text instructions are terrible!

GO FOR the YOU Tube!!

Now I can have a good chuckle at myself and move onto bigger and better things.

The dogs are certainly ready for me to!

So off to see some sunlight we go!!

Just remember, “if at first you don’t succeed –YOU TUBE IT!”

Happy Monday to everyone!

 

Kind Regards and glad I bought that hair color – K

 

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!

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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!

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Remember:

****

#Winning!

Kind Regards and chuckling -K

Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGage and K at TheBlackWallBlog.

Thwart

I Believe

I believe in Santa!

I believe that being kind,

Begets kindness.

I want to believe in true love.

I believe that laughter,

Sprinkles happiness all about.

I want to believe in soulmates.

I do believe if you truly believe

All your dreams will come true.

Grab your shovels, gloves and hat!

Because here in New England,

I believe that we are having

A very White Christmas this year!

Kind Regards and Merry Christmas from our little neck of the woods to yours- K

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HOORAY for GROUPS 7, 8 and 9!

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Early morning, up with the roosters!

🛫      🛩.     🛬

I love to fly.

Times sure  have changed since the 80s, 90s or even 10 years ago.

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Yes, I understand budget cuts, and that economical changes needed to  be implemented “LEAN”,  multi-tasking personnel- etc etc.

What HIGH PAID CFO/CEO BRAINSTORMED – load by THE GROUP METHOD?

Breaking into small  groups IS an excellent idea.

The fact they have found a way to utilize it to nickel and dime a person, abhors me.

(These days nickels and dimes are equivalent to  $25 – $100+).

If you want “the privilege” to board earlier than the rest, (NOT First class), you can pay $39 or more to get on the plane with the first, second, third or fourth group. This guarantees that you will not be part of  the lowly  groups 6, 7, 8 or 9!

Due to this  option, the latter groups,  board and trip, excuse themselves and finally sit amongst the people already settled in, (supposedly),  our  seat assignments are no different.

I bought MY ticket 2 1/2 months in advance, shouldn’t I get a bonus for planning ahead?(smile)

To check a bag it’s 25 dollars, that’s okay until you get to the gate and they make the announcement,  “It’s a full  flight” (lately, it always is), anyone who  wants to volunteer to check your luggage, please come to the podium, it well be complimentary” – aka FREE!

Really? (I hear the guy behind me growling, because he checked his bag in before he arrived at the  gate).

I see it every time I fly.

NEXT I contain my groan as the flight starts descending, after 2 hours of  playing my sardine role,

THE ANNOUNCEMENT  comes over the speaker, about signing  up for THE  credit card. “Earn free 60k miles, simply -PAY THE ANNUAL FEE-  to earn those first free miles, start accumulating new AND for special privileges  like – YOU GUESSED IT-  being one of the first to board!

My thoughts?   BITE ME!

Ha! ha!

Personally, I believe it should be people that need a little extra help first, any member of  the military,  then everyone should board based on their seat assignment,  starting from  the back and working  forwards.

OH wait, that makes sense….

BUT, HOW can you make those extra nickels on that??

Can someone tell me what happened  to “THE FRIENDLY” skies?

Going forward, wouldn’t it  be great if we all pulled together,

SAVED OUR NICKELS AND DIMES, and  boarded with Group 7, 8 and 9.

Before we know it, 7, 8 and 9, might become 1, 2 AND 3!!!

The best part of my trip?

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❤️

Kind Regards and saving my nickels  – K

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Always Learning – “Get To”

To experience feelings

and emotions,

Means we are alive 

We are living.

Happiness, joy and excitement 

Are wonderful!

Anger, fear and sadness

Not as wonderful, but

Are also part of living!

Finding a good balance

Seems to be the key.

Seething, ugly anger,

Seeing red.

Exasperation.

This week, 

I experienced all the above.

All I wanted was inner peace,

Happiness and to let go.

Journaling like a mad woman,

On a mission,

I searched for the trigger,

A solution and to find 

My way back.

 
It took 3 1/2 long days

And two sleepless nights.

But, I was determined. 

Then I watched a video on

“Get To”.

 

Each day we are lucky

To “Get To” enjoy our 

Morning coffee.

Everyday we “Get To”

Spend time with friends.

Nothing is guaranteed.

 

Life is a privilege.

Ask the person going

Through chemo or radiation,

As they fight to live.

Spend time with a parent or child

Who is grieving 

For the loss of their loved one

Who lost their battle against 

Depression, 

Or was taken from them due

To an unfortunate accident.

Today, take a stroll along 

The river,

Meander through the woods,

Breathe in all that fresh air,

Feel the sun’s rays on your face

Or capture the raindrops 

On your tongue.

 
Focus on the simplicity,

The beautiful,

Yet complexity of nature.

Remember,

TODAY

YOU, 

“GET TO”!


Kind Regards – K
❤️🐥🐥💋

  
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Mother’s Day 2017

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Along with a lovely top,  the above is an award I received from my daughter in a beautiful card filled with a list of how I have inspired her to become the woman she is today. I am lucky, blessed and beyond grateful. ❤

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The flip side, 2:30 am, Friday night, Saturday morning insomnia struck again.

Sitting in my kitchen, Mr Coffee gurgling my morning brew, little Abby lying at my feet, as I scribble in my journal. What is it they say about people with terrible penmanship? Their minds think faster than their hand can write? Perhaps, it is a sign of intelligence? 

My daughter is extremely bright and she has flowing calligraphy handwriting. My father’s, perfect little letters, were like newspaper print. Alas, my son and I have the doctor’s signature scrawl. Perhaps we missed our calling.

My son, God, how I miss him. A memory popped up on Facebook yesterday, something he shared a few years ago. It’s a veterans post that pokes at the giant hole in my heart.

Top Ten Things Your Combat Veteran Wants you to Know  (link)

These hit the hardest, yet somehow help me find comfort, since he returned from war,  he has not been a part of my life.  His choosing not mine.

“8. He may believe that he’s the only one who feels this way; eventually he may realize that at least other combat vets understand. On some level, he doesn’t want you to understand, because that would mean you had shared his most horrible experience, and he wants someone to remain innocent.

9. He doesn’t understand that you have a mama bear inside of you,that probably any of us could kill in defense of someone if we needed to. Imagine your reaction if someone pointed a weapon at your child. Would it change your reaction if a child pointed a weapon at your child?

10. When you don’t understand, he needs you to give him the benefit of the doubt.  He needs you also to realize that his issues really aren’t about you, although you may step in them sometimes.  Truly, the last thing he wants is for you to become a casualty of his war.”

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This will be the 7th Mother’s Day I have not heard from him. I did get my first Christmas card December 2016.  My heart felt the dawning of a new day. ❤

For seven years, I continue to watch out the picture window waiting for him to pull into the driveway. Why? 


That’s an easy question to answer:

“A mother’s love is forever. A mom never ever gives up!”

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Happy Mother’s Day to all!!  

       I hope you have a glorious day!

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Kind Regards and feeling grateful

                       for all the universe provides – K

…and then that special text pops up on your phone! ❤️🌷❤️

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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!

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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

 

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Let It Go…

Relax, stop the hurry

Gently breathe

Gently breathe, once more

Allow your shoulders to relax…

And lower them…

Were they up around your ears?

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Meet the Birches! They’re sisters.

They hang around

and do breathing exercises

Out in the woods.. 

Totally relaxed and zen.

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I always feel peaceful 

out of the city.

Just myself

And nature,

Fresh air

Blue skies,

Sunshine….

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

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Close your eyes

And visualize

Yourself smiling…

Gently breathe

Gently breathe, once more.

Enjoy the beautiful sight

Of your happy face

For a while.

Slowly inhale,

Slowly exhale,

Do it one more time

As you see 

All your worries

Gently fly away…

 

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Look!! Those guys got so relaxed

They dropped their petals!!

 

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They say if you visualize yourself smiling

Eventually  a smile will appear on your face

And then the rest of your body will  start

Smiling too.  Making you feel rather luxurious…

 

 

 

“A warm smile is the

universal language of kindness.”

~William Arthur Ward

 

Kind Regards and feeling relaxed – K

photos compliments of K and L.G.B.

 

 

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Flash Fiction challenge #3

“You Can do Anything

 You Set Your Mind to.”

       ~ Benjamin Franklin

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WELCOME BACK!  🙂

Flash Fiction Challenge #3

Entries due by Wed 7/33/16 (aka 8/3/16) ha!

All  posts/prompts from Friday 7/22/16 through today 7/27/16 (Thu) are acceptable. 

The daily posts are: slowly, punishment, clock, sanctuary, elusive, crisis, cherry on top, shared journeys

1) Write any short story/poem or prose piece you would like using one or more daily post/prompt. 

 THE TWIST: Whatever you choose:

Must be written using two-word sentences only!

“THEY REALLY PACK A PUNCH! “

2) You may add any imaging you like.

3) Please tag your post #theblackwallblogflashfiction

4) Once published please post the link in the comment        section below.

5) Have fun!!  

(#5 is a perfect example of a two-word sentence!)

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE #2 entries were:

Our Dream House or… The BlackWall Blog

 

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE #3 entries are:

Flash Fiction Defined – The Black Wall Blog

5 Sentences that Changed the USA  – The Black Wall Blog

Wonderful entry – From Miracle girl Blog –

The challenge.
I dared.
I accepted.
I attempted.
What next?
I stand.
Rolling eyes.
Grinning teeth.
Listen K.
Be lenient.
Wrong? Right?
Give 100/100.
You happy.
Me happy.
Keep smiling.
I’m chuckling.
Love you.

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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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Who nose?

One never “nose” what you might catch

on the backyard camera!! 

My beautiful picture
Who nose? Copyrights and compliments of L.G.B.

 

That’s one Cherry on top picture as far as I am concerned!!

Perfection… 

 

Kind Regards and having fun – K

 

 

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