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…


Patterns of Life

Footprints of wildlife

Church on Sunday.

Church on Sunday

Wildlife footprints.

Tire chains & airflow sideshield

Tractor tire chains & airflow side-shield.

Putting in a slate floor.

Putting in a slate floor

Fun with Snapseed

We love Cee’s challenges!!

Have you tried one?


Kind Regards – K

Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGage and K of TheBlackWallBlog.

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


Sewing Love

A time honored tradition,


My grandmother taught me. A teacher for 47 years, her passions were grandchildren, sewing, knitting, baking and swimming.

Grandkids coming to her house to swim, then having cookies and milk.

Every grandchild was given beautiful knitted mittens for Christmas. Granddaughters got Raggedy Ann’s.

Grandma love! ❤️

In later years, after she and grandpa retired, she became legally blind.

I sewed her a Raggedy Ann. Not once had she sewn one for herself.

She was overjoyed.

As was tradition,

my granddaughter received…

You guessed it.

I mailed my surprise,

My daughter sent me this:

Granddaughter hugs

For a tradition

Filled With Grandma loves. ❤️

Kind Regards and #winning – G’Ma K


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

TGIFriday 12/29/2017

Heading home

Friday at four

Three day weekend

Looms ahead.

Work weeks done

Feeling half dead

And what wondrous

Sights do I see?

A whole lot of souls

Heading home

Just like me.

Today a surprise

The skies all ablaze

It catches my eye

A whole week

Of stress


Without a


Though it’s only

A short commute

I’m thankful

I’m grateful

As I snap

A few clicks

As I drive

My familiar

Yet today,

Gloriously unique

Daily Commute.


Kind Regards and wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year weekend – K


Photography compliments and copyrighted by K of TheBlackWallBlog 12/29/2017

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Wishing You the Best Day!

I’m Singing –

“Every morning I wake up… I say a little prayer for you.”

soul happty

That moment you awake, 

Swirling ’bout your mind

A random  upbeat song,

Somehow sparkles

From some memory 

You dreamt,

While you were deep in sleep,

You head  to start the coffee


Doing a hallway boogie


Your soul overflows with tune.

Feeling jovial and  free.

Pondering only  a moment

 I wonder

 A Morning starting  with music,

What else can be this sweet?

Dionne Warwick- Click here

Wouldn’t it be  fabulous if we could find a way to hang onto that morning musical feeling all day!!

Music really does seem to elevate our positive mind!

It helps me to block out the toxic environment around me, whether it  be  a person  or

just the negativity of the atmosphere.

If you are able, try to find a way to include music through out your  day.

Sing a little ditty, find some headphones and play it at your desk or in  your office.

Go for a drive at lunchtime  and ‘CRANK THOSE TUNES”!

Kind Regards and singing – K


What Defines You.

Her childhood was terrible.

At the age of 18

she made the decision

that she would rise above

Anything negative that her parents

could have said or done.

Her thoughts and actions were

her own responsibility.

Her parents could  not change their past.


she had the power to change her own future.

And  did.



So live your life the best you can

Pay it forward,  love unconditionally.

Remember, people are people.

The only person you have control over

is yourself.


Today is the perfect day to

start molding and finding

the path that  helps you to become

the greatest, most beautiful

version of yourself.




Just because you have had tragedy in your  life

It does not  have define who  you are.

Almost  everyone has had to deal

with something that rocks their world.

Your  choice?

Allow  it to make you bitter,

play the blame game


Go through the  grieving  process

And move  beyond it.

It is our reaction to what happens to us

that helps  define  our character.

People experience terrible losses.

As  they go through

the  grieving process,

they have to experience

and feel all the steps it takes to heal.


Feeling anguish, sadness and lost

does not give them permission

to be  unkind to others.

The past  is the past

I have yet to find  anyone who has been

able  to go backwards and redo

what has already happened.

No  one should be held accountable

for days gone by

when they were learning

the dos and don’ts

and  truly believed they

were doing their best.

The  only thing in our control

is ourselves.

What can we do?

Each day strive on being a little  bit

better than the day prior.







Kind Regards and many warm hugs – K



Photography compliments and copyrighted by THEBLACKWALLBLOG – 2017


Lucky to Have You and the Planets too!

Good morning!

Happy Saturday!!


Hard to  believe this is my 466th post.

Our  followers have reached 688!!

We feel darn lucky to have such wonderfully, inspirational

fellow bloggers, writers, photographers and friends in our blog  world.

Just think that most of us randomly stumbled onto each other in this life path

And decided to walk together for awhile.


When my day feels dark,

Full of strife.

A post,

Your like,

Your smile,

A comment

Is often just the nudge

That helps me to remember,

All the brightness in my life.






Yesterday, was relax and play in our pj’s.

As usual I was up early,  I took a short walk and snapped a

picture of what I thought was a star.


It wasn’t!

It was better-

It was the planet




Right now there is a schedule of what planets are showing

for the  next few days, at certain times.

Schedule of Planets in Raleigh, NC, 11 2017

Visible night of Nov 17 – Nov 18, 2017

Mercury: Until Fri 6:10 pm

Venus: From Sat 5:51 am

Mars: From Sat 3:41 am

Jupiter: From Sat 5:25 am

Saturn: Until Fri 7:03 pm

Uranus: Until Sat 4:28 am

Neptune: Until Sat 12:56 am


I really truly never know  what  I  am going  to  learn

When I start to write a blog post.

Usually, I have a basic thought  process to build upon.

Then it  creates  itself.



Thank you for putting up with my randomness of late.

As  Tina Turner sings it….

“You are simply  “THE  BEST”!!

Tina Turner = YouTube link



Kind Regards and feeling grateful  for you – K




Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGAGE and K of












HOORAY for GROUPS 7, 8 and 9!


Early morning, up with the roosters!

🛫      🛩.     🛬

I love to fly.

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

C9EDF75B-623F-4F0B-A789-B19A3ED99F6C What is going on with some of  these airlines?

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


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?

C315FAE1-0873-4619-A83B-ED6E0140C2E6 Seeing the little munchkin, that’s looking up at me from my left.


Kind Regards and saving my nickels  – K

0A45A734-FC13-458E-A670-A0990FBF6F01 Photos compliments of K and

TheBlackWallBlog -copyright  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.

Stretch beyond Your Preconceived Limits


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





Great News! 

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

Kind Regards and believing-K




Photography compliments and copyrighted  by BGage and JDavis!


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!


Ye ol’ outhouse!



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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



 Photography compliments and copyrighted by BGage.