Reading more than writing

I lost count of how many times I started this post then abandoned it. When the words don’t flow for me, I read the blogs I follow and smile. There are so many talented, creative bloggers out there, and they have awesome things to share.


So today, instead of getting frustrated that I have no Haiku, poem, funny anecdote, lovely meal, or interesting wine to share……I am finding myself grateful for the bloggers I follow.

Here are a few of my favorites that bring the smiles, thoughtful moments, and enjoyment. Check them out, if you haven’t seen them!

I Didn’t Have My Glasses On….
The Atidecrem Life Project
Lorrie Bowden
Realities of Christ
Humptydumpty Mural Magic
The Wine Wankers!

There are more for sure.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Saturday

The puppies let me sleep till 7, amazing!

I am grateful today for a good night’s sleep, sweet puppies, good eggs and sausage for breakfast (might have to share some with my good dogs), a day to get things done.

I am grateful for the strength and gumption I heard in my mother’s voice after a very frustrating round of doctor visits.

Gratitude under construction for the strength and ability to clean my house, and take care of my family.

Emerson has always been my preferred dining companion while I travel. I am thankful for finding one of my favorite Emerson quotes on Pinterest.
Success made simple.


What are you grateful for today? What is success to you?

A dichotomy of fandom

I had a giggle at my own expense this morning.

I was discussing my favorite shows and why, when I realized that I am quite “diverse” in my tastes….

My two favorite shows. TA DA!

1. Downton Abbey



I love the setting, the style, the wit, and the strong female characters. It gets a little hokey with the m’lord and all, but the drama is fun. Bad guys are bad, and the good guys are very flawed.

My latest indulgence and newest favorite!

2. Sons of Anarchy

No really, Sons of Anarchy, I know. You were not expecting that.


I love motorcycles, the wit, the strong female characters, and the crime drama. The good guys are quite uniquely flawed, the bad guys are very bad, and the drama is over the top.



My husband busted out laughing at me, and warned me not to say anything to the folks we ride motorcycles with, but….they already know I am unapologetically myself. God bless them for being so kind to me. I love cartoons, masterpiece theater, and violent motorcycle dramas. I write poetry, I read everything from Emerson and Frost to Clive Cussler, Vince Flynn, and The Bible, I like wine, and my husband hates when I sing out loud, but I sing anyway. I am a novice motorcycle rider, a reasonable gardener, a very good cook, and a very proud, loving mom.

BTW, I ride a Dyna too. The wide glides, and bobbers in Sons Of Anarchy are awesome. I got a kick out of the fact that I picked out my bike before I watched the show. My bike is a bit too sparkly for Samcro, they would not approve, but my street bob is perfect for me.

Still….the contrast between Downton Abbey and Sons of Anarchy is wide, but their similarities and appeal are universal. It is the setting and vocabulary that sets them apart.

Have you ever found yourself liking what appeared to be opposite things?

What do you think of Downton Abbey? Love it or hate it?

What about Samcro? Have you gotten caught up? Love it or hate it? It is intense.

I would love to hear your thoughts?

I am still laughing at myself. I think I might fire up my Downton Abbey season one to refresh myself on the drama about Mary.

Lump in the throat speaks


Quotes from Bobby Frost keep popping into my view. It has been pretty inspirational how he pushed his emotions into words and created such lovely poetry.
So in honor of Robert Frost inspiration here’s another clumsy attempt at Haiku.

The lump in my throat
Grows impatient to be said
Speak out dear one, speak

Today I am grateful for rain, new customers, accepted invitations, and sweet puppy dogs. I’m happy attempting new forms of poetry.

Melancholy baby


Somehow thinking that cancer changes people was foolish, it doesn’t. There has not been an awakening, a reconciliation, or understanding. The character is set, and cancer is not big enough to change it.

I continue to pray, and hope for the best. It is not quite the end yet. There has to be some hope somewhere. I know someone bigger than ego, and cancer. My hope is in Him.

4 years of stage 4 experience with all of the surgeries, chemo treatment, radiation, a full year of hospice and 24 hour care has been something. Bring it on Lord, as we rest in your peace.

Live more


Art print by JulzieBird

My life gets out of balance when it is spent too much in my head, and not enough in my heart.

I’m living today–Enjoying lunch with an old friend, and taking time to laugh.

Enjoy your Friday, and have a great weekend.

Open doors

Yesterday in my travels, I was exiting a particularly unsuccessful call. When I approached the door to the building a young man was reaching to open the door. I stepped back to allow him entrance to the building. He smiled graciously, and held the door for me to exit.

Such a kind gesture….it was simple, genuine, and not at all difficult to do. It was very appreciated on a difficult day.

I was very tempted to get negative, but this kind gesture had me focusing on gratitude, counting my blessings, and casting my care. I knew all would be well.

Kindness is not expensive. You never know when something simple can make someone’s day.


It is a new day


A great long weekend, and starting a new week has me focused on where I will be this week. I am having faith in what will be.

Today I am grateful for new clients, new opportunities, and new friends.
I am grateful for the long weekend that was, and making plans to make another long weekend very shortly.

Breathing deeply, I will focus on letting go of all stress, and calming my left eye that has decided to twitch. It might be time for a massage.

A little Saturday humor

Time to lighten things up.

As a woman who has lost and regained the same 20 pounds over and over again, I have made a certain peace with my frame….however I don’t like to be reminded of that “number”!