Stretch beyond Your Preconceived Limits

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Reach out, 

Let your creativity flow.

 
Stretch your mindset rubber band.

 
You will create wide open

Spaces of opportunity.

Believe in your own Success.

All it takes is the will

To try,

And you are already

#winning!

 

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Great News! 

**  We have a new addition
to our photography team!
Welcome JDavis! ❤️

  
Kind Regards and believing-K

 

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Photography compliments and copyrighted  by BGage and JDavis!

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Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge

Of course we LOVE Cee’s Challenges- Have you tried one?

 This week’s challenge: All thing’s Farm related 

Where we come from, this is an everyday sighting!

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Ye ol’ outhouse!

 

 

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Neigh!

 

 

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As the snow slides…

 

 

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No farm is complete without a tractor!

Or without some country music to set the mood. ENJOY!

 

Montgomery Gentry – My Home Town

Tim McGraw – Meanwhile Back At Mama’s ft. Faith Hill

 

 

Kind Regards and wearing my overalls – K

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 Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGage.

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Random Rounds of Self

Funk in

Funk out.

Highs and Lows

Lows and Highs.

Yes u cans.

Can you yes?

Why yes I can!

 

YES!

I can allow myself to see the possibilities!

Stop the vicious circle of fear that,

Goes ’round and ’round in my head.

Hop off.

Go!

Okay, maybe a little more,

Rest a minute….

Dream a little dream…

See the sun through the rain….

BREATHE!

ENVISION!

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.

 

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Kind Regards and # winning  -K

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My Lil’ Corner of the World

Peel  the  layers of  a banana and you find a soft, smooth fruit.

A fruit that is delicious plain, makes a tasty bread or delectable whipped cream topped banana cream pie. Slice that same fruit, dry those pieces and you get a healthy & crunchy  banana chip. 

Why lies beneath the top layer is relevant.

Driving through the country side, you don’t see malls, but small often musty , mom & pop country stores, separated by mile after mile, acres upon acres of thick undergrowth, woods, lakes, hillsides and fields.

What’s so relevant about that? Certainly doesn’t look like anything special.

 

Right? 

Wrong!

What have you missed as you traveled down those country roads?

Let me show you a glimpse into what you might have seen,

had you stuck around, and looked a little deeper into my 

little corner of the world, known as New England, USA.

 

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I am hiding, you can’t see me….

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Singing “John Deere Green…”

 

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Sunset….

 

 

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Bessy!

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Sunrise!

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If you got it and you know it, strut your stuff!

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“We got cows.” – Name the movie ?

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Not, “Losing My Religion” – R.E.M.

 

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“Home of a Blue Star Mom”

 

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Standing guard.

 

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Muted colors of a New England Fall.

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Easing on down the road on this fine Saturday.

 

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

 

Kind Regards and falling for you  – K

 

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Thank you Zen to Zany- Look for her on Facebook and Etsy. ❤

 

 

Photography compliments and copyrights of BGage and TheBlackwallBlog.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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What DO U C?

Open your eyes

 

 

 

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The Old and the New!

 

 

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Sad leftover from flooding a few years ago. devastation.

 

 

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Fall Winter plus- Textures

 

 

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Taken In Maryland, the driver was literally going 55, I just started clicking pics!

 

 

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Sending warm healing thoughts to all our friends in Texas.

 

Kind Regards and so happy to see you- K

Photography compliments/copyrighted by BGage and TheBlackWallBlog.

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Daily and Family Traditions

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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.”

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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.)

FAMILY. TRADITIONS. COMING TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!

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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 .

 

 

Synchronize

Not Visiting Dale…

Good morning, from Mooresville, North Carolina!

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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.)

 

NASCAR COUNTRY!

 

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

 

 

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

 

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Ooh, Shiny!

Hay You!

“Behind every beautiful thing,

           there’s been some kind of pain.”

                               – Bob Dylan

 

 

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Kicking up His Heels! BGage Photographer Copyright- 2017

 

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Family Reunion! BGage Photographer Copyright- 2017

 

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A Horse of Course! TheBlackWallBlog Photo Copyright 2007

 

 

4 Questions from Cee:

 

What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

Expedia.com, for my upcoming trip to see my  3 1/2 yr old Grand daughter in

North Carolina! (It’s been 11 mos since the last time I had one of her precious hugs.)

 

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

I believe that Rainbow Bridge is filled with animals I have loved and lost, waiting for the day I arrive. 

Numerous times in my life, I felt a presence or had a cardinal appeared,  I could feel in my heart and soul someone I loved was near.

One of those times, I was actually on the back of a dirt bike, I had this terrible feeling I had to get off . The driver thought I was bananas! But, relented, pulled over and let me off, a few feet up the road he pulled into his driveway, the throttle stuck, he had to jump off  and the bike went full speed ahead into the garage. It was a total wreck! 

 

 

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

A novel seems like quite the undertaking, though I have a friend that just had her’s published! For me, it’s poems, haiku and free flowing thoughts.

 

 

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I came home from work to two fabulous surprises! A friend had left fresh blueberries in my refrigerator, and one of my tenants along with a buddy had fixed the top of my driveway! It was Christmas in August!!  

 

“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” – Bob Dylan

 

Come and join one of Cee’s photo Challenges!

 

Kind Regards, K

 

 

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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.

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Things that connect us…

"Everything is connected. The wing of the corn beetle affects 
the direction of the wind, the way the sand drifts, 
the way the light reflects into the eye of man beholding 
his reality. All is part of totality, and in this totality man 
finds his hozro, his way of walking in harmony,
 with beauty all around him."
Tony Hillerman, The Ghostway

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Travel, Faith, chronic illness, nature, family, friendship, tradition, war…

Your thoughts?

 

 

Kind Regards and

walking my path -K

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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