I’d Rather Be….

Cruising down back country roads…

Just to

See what we can see,

Looking for fun clicks

With my buddy BGage

Making up silly songs

As we putt putt along.

“Drippity doo da…”

Enjoying some birthday

Cake with my daughter

In NC!

She sent me a pic


It’s pic 17 of 17

Sent to me on 3/17!

As I’m sipping hot coffee

On this brisk

Sunday morning.

Looking over clicks

And journaling.

The truth is,

As my mind wanders

I can be wherever

I choose to be!

Kind Regards and

#winning -K

I’d Rather Be…



Happy Saturday!

I’m imagining

In reality, my New Hampshire currently

Looks like…


On 2/14/2018

I turned 50 for the 7th time.

🙈 😎



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…”



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”


Kind Regards and believing in you & me -K


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


So Long My Sweet

Through two generations

Of dogs you’ve trained.

And seeing the kids go from

High school to college and

Off to war and back.

You held out your paw

To reassure.

Hey mom,

No worries,

I’ve got your back.

Almost 20 years

We road life’s waves,

And I knew that you

Would let me know

Whence you were tired

And needed to go.

That you did

My sweet purring babe.

As promised

I took you for

Your last earthly ride.

I held you close

And sang our songs,

Whispered Praises

In your ear.

I love you always

See you soon.

Give hugs to all

At the Rainbow’s Bridge,

My sweet Celina,

So precious and dear

Run free and

Feel  after life’s glow.

For all the times

You stood by me

I can’t be selfish

And keep you here,

That wasn’t part of

Our original deal.

One last kiss, last breath

And off you go.

For now

The ache in my heart

Will overflow,

But later on

When it’s my time to go,

All of you

That have gone before,

Will gather together

and  we shall celebrate.

For the love in a mother’s heart

Is a promise, eternally pure.




Kind Regards and missing my gal – K


Celina RIP 2/9/2018


Hello 2018!

Flashbacks and quotes:

It’s not about the money,

‘Cuz I’ve got none






Laughter, love, gratitude

And belief in self

Will get you through!

If you stumble,

Start to fall,


We are here

To help

Get you over

that damn wall.

Silliness, seriousness,

Doesn’t matter what it takes

Teamwork always wins!

Sliding into 2018, weeeee!


Kind Regards from – K and friends at TheBlackWallBlog

2017 Favorites

Wednesday’s Wisdom 12/20/2017

A little something from Tuesday’s lunch!

I had a 2017 ornament made for my daughter of the following! Who would have thought 33 years later!

2 generations of “and laying a finger aside of his nose…”

‘It’s the season
for memories, fondly remembering those cherished of the past. A wonderful opportunity to join in, have fun and make new!



Kind Regards and believing in the magic of the season -K

Photography from BGage and K’s box of family photos. Copyrighted 2017.


Fallinter of Nature & Life

Dry crispy chilled air

Partners with shorter daylight.

Fall’s vibrant colorful leaves,


Lay as a blanket

Of brown crackling chips.

Signs of winters arrival


As with life,

Do not allow

Your preconceived ideas

Of what you thought

Happiness’ appearance

Would be

At this time of your life

Interfere with reality.

Though it may not

Mirror your dreams

Could it be better?

Happy Monday!

Kind Regards – K


Photography compliments

And copyrighted by BGage 2017.


Vacation colors in Troutman, NC


Each morning, as I took my walk,  IPhone in my pocket,

and for those who know me, my head in the clouds.

I am drawn to the beauty in the sky.

Clouds, sunshine…

Ever changing, always unique.

Morning  pinks!

Each morning I was greeted with the distant  sound of a rooster crowing.

Though I never saw him, each morning, better than an alarm clock,

he let the world  know it was time to rise and shine!


Grayish with pink
One morning as I walked out my daughter’s front door. There was this beautiful artwork in the sky!
Good morning sunshine
Right at my halfway point, I looked across the street. And this is what I saw.
Golden morning
On the other edge of the field were cream colored clouds.
Band of Gold
There it is my band of gold across the sky.
pinks galore
Another day of pink delight!
Fall in NC
The last of the Fall colors. It reminded me of home in New Hampshire.
Decorating for  the Holidays
Oh how Blessed I felt as I helped my daughter & granddaughter decorate for Christmas!


Today,  I am  prepping to fly back to NH.

Hard to say goodbye, tears, hugs, but comfort in knowing

We will soon be together again.





Kind Regards – G’ma K




Photography copyrighted and compliments of THEBLACKWALLBLOG- 11/2017.


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


Blessed are we,  for you.

THANK YOU for your service.


Kind Regards  – K


Photography compliments of

K’s personal friends and family.



No matter how two people feel

It doesn’t work.

Is it timing?

Is it life perspective?

Is it fear?

Deep down they truly love you

In you heart you truly love them.

And still 

There’s a missing puzzle piece.

You can’t finish putting together

the masterpiece 

Because there is something missing.

It’s not identifiable 

It just is.

You waste hours, days, months 

Wondering what you did wrong?

Wondering why you were happy

Yet often you weren’t.

There was a hole of pain.

Something not quite fulfilled.

Lack of true faith

In each other?

Bad timing?

Eventually the pain 

Of staying

Is equal to

The pain 

Of walking away.

All because of



Kind Regards -K
Photography copyrighted and compliments of BGage & Theblackwallblog

Random Rounds of Self

Funk in

Funk out.

Highs and Lows

Lows and Highs.

Yes u cans.

Can you yes?

Why yes I can!



I can allow myself to see the possibilities!

Stop the vicious circle of fear that,

Goes ’round and ’round in my head.

Hop off.


Okay, maybe a little more,

Rest a minute….

Dream a little dream…

See the sun through the rain….



Oh how many times, must I self talk myself through?

For as long as it takes.

As long as it takes?

That is  correct.

Roger that.

Onward I go.




Kind Regards and # winning  -K




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!





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.


Daily and Family Traditions


Good morning!

They” say breakfast is the most important meal of day.

I add, start your day with a ritual that allows you a positive mindset.

My daily ritual:

Each morning, I awake, flipping open the covers as I exclaim to the dogs

“Time to make the doughnuts!” – they understand,  time

to get up, go out, pee, then their REWARD- A TREAT!

Happy tails.  🙂

Next, I make coffee, grab my pen, flip to a fresh page in my journal.

First, I write the current date, then add  +$49,000, +$477,111 plus at the very top of the page.

(A little something, I learned, listening to “The secret”.)

Next I scrawl, “May health, wealth, inner peace, self-assuredness,  love, friendship, companionship, happiness, security, comfort, contentment,  along with abundance and success embrace me and those I love, like a warm hug.”


Next- Written next  is the single word “EXCELLENT!”

No matter what mood I am in when I first open my eyes, that is how I start the day.

I scribble:

A brief overview via bits and pieces of what happened yesterday, what I accomplished,  what may have caused stress to release it….. ta ta!

My day has officially begun!

Today is a bit different, my youngest granddaughter and I had a slumber party last night,

This allowed mommy and daddy to have a date night.

It’s little girl hugs, (cannot get enough) coffee, making a bowl of lucky charms and  heading out to the front porch with my daughters lap top.

Fresh air,  peepers singing  in the background and the glow of the laptop screen.


 As soon as my  daughter comes downstairs a competition is planned.

Breakfast BOGGLE! To date, I am the champ. My brain is fresh this time of day.

Will I hang onto my title? Let the game begin!!

Boggle has been a part of  my life since I was young, I in turn taught it to my children.

No one has any idea how many hours we joyously, with pencils and paper ready- have flipped that little box of random letters over, started the timer and frantically scribbled every word we could find.  Laughter, silliness, giggles, a family at play.

No cell phones, no tv – just human interaction. Good  ol’ fashioned fun! Bonding.

This is how we make memories.


In a few hours, Ill be back on a plane to NH. (tearful  good byes, yet so blessed we had the time together.)




When was the last time you played games with your  family or friends?


Webster’s definition:

Definition of synchronize

  1. :  to happen at the same time



Have a glorious  Saturday! I will be thinking of you.


Kind Regards and all my love – K


Thank you Zen to Zany for your wonderful quotes and pics-  find her on Etsy .




Not Visiting Dale…

Good morning, from Mooresville, North Carolina!

My Head in the Clouds on American Airlines – Aug 2017


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Starting  the descent for Charlotte Douglas International Airport – Aug 2017

(Note: I did not bring my camera,  just my older Iphone

I shall apologize for the quality of the photography in advance.)




Alas, I am not here to visit Dale, Jr.  Though my daughter has met him.

She says he is just a good ol’ country boy, very down to earth.

I was  sad to hear about his retirement, he will be missed!


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Driving from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
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Quick shot of Lake Norman as we drive by- A man made Lake.



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Not sure what they are but they line the roads… so pretty!
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Planes fly overhead as we continue to our destination.

Time flies by.

Hard to fathom,  it is just one month short of  year since my last visit.

FaceTime dinner with my granddaughter/daughter and her fiance’ has been the upside of modern technology!

My 3 1/2 year old granddaughter said  to me just last week,

“G’ma, when are you going to visit  me?”

To which I replied, ” I  will have to ask Santa, after all he  is a clever fellow.

Perhaps he can help  answer your question.”

That appeased her and off we went onto making silly faces and her  showing

me the latest  tricks of dancing, twirls, favorite colors and counting to 20 and above.


Actually my ticket was purchased  and I would be there to  surprise  her within 5 days.

I felt giddy with excitement.

Sadly, at that moment, I realized,  there was no recent memory of such a rush of  adrenaline  or  that same excitement that sparked my brain, caused my heart to sing.


Being a serious  adult had gone on way too long.



Embrace the priceless  moments.

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A princess running faster than the wind!

See the beauty in the side yard!






“Play is the highest form of Research” – Albert Einstein


“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw






Kind Regards and feeling open to all the  world has to offer. – K



Ooh, Shiny!

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 


While watching some Hulu last night

Along came a song… 

Exactly what I needed, 

not that I knew what I needed.


My mind, feet and soul  started to dance.

Whatever  was going on,

I am here now.

Happy Saturday to you!


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!)



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.









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.



Kind Regards and

         feeling grateful for a new day – K


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

Compliments of The BlackWallblog.




Last evening,

I was doing some deep soul searching about how I am handling

what life is giving me. Even wondering if it is identifiable at this point?

What do I do with my uncertainties?

How do I cope, when I want to hide?


Transformation; whether it silently arrives much

like a summer’s soft evening breeze, that barely rustles the leaves

and gently caresses my cheek,

Or MORE like a herd of elephants, trampling everything,  once familiar,

that lies in it’s path…BAM! BAM! It is here! DEAL WITH IT!!

Though the arrival is completely different, both are a metamorphosis.

They are an opportunity.

We can fight or we can accept.

If it feels right go for it.

If it feels uncomfortable, yet is not dangerous to our health

Or true well being, then why not give it a chance.

As if  we truly have a choice…

The only choice I see, is whether or not I choose to

go kicking and scratching or remain calm

and see what happens.

Today is a new day… What will you do with your opportunities?

Last evening’s sunset- Langdon, NH Compliments of BGAGE

What shall I do??

I will take one small step forward and continue on…

Won’t you join me?

Kind Regards and pondering – K