Friday, March 24, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 46

Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 46".  You can find the blank fill-ins here and at each Thursday.  The first two fill-ins are provided by my great co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We post the linky on Friday, so we can all share. Please try to visit everyone on the list. They will be glad that you did, but so will you.

I am hoping to be able to finally start feeling better soon. I have new prescriptions for what they now believe is a virulent form of pneumonia. This too shall pass. I m sure of it.

Seven years ago, a "microburst" storm took out the west side fence of our yard. Bill had just re-stained the fence last Summer. Two weeks ago, a wild windstorm took out the fence on the east side of our yard. And so it goes. 

We had to file a claim for the fence, as it was literally destroyed. After insurance adjusters and fence builders got their heads together, the fence has now been replaced. Stella and Kenzie are so happy to have free run of their yard back. In fact, they immediately had a severe case of The Zoomies!

This is the first weekend of Spring. I wish you wonderful weather, so you are able to fully enjoy the weekend doing something you love. We plan to go see "Kong: Skull Island".

Did you think the questions were challenging this week? I hope you had fun with them, though. I sure did. Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. In the Spring, I look forward to migration and seeing wildlife, again. My Spring is fulfilled when I see the seasonal critters return and everyone is doing their thing.

2. I would love to have a Moving party. We still are planning to move UP North. I refer you to my poem "Brockway", for all of the reasons. This is our life's dream. We are looking for just the right house in the UP to make it happen.

3. Few know this about me, but I was going to be a nun. When I converted at age nineteen, I felt I needed to be a nun to be close to God. I was taking the steps with a Convent to join them. At that time, Bill and I were close friends. He gently convinced me that we should be together. He was right. Thank heaven he is a Catholic, too.

4. No one here gets out alive. That is not to say to live a wild life while you can. Life shouldn’t be about us. I believe we are supposed to use our moments wisely and with purpose. We should strive to make a positive difference in the world in our own special way. Our ultimate legacy will be reflected in the way we lived.


~May you always love & be loved.~

Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Heart of the Matter

Thank you to all who have asked about and prayed for Maggie. This means so much to us all.

Today, Maggie had a very long day that took a lot out of her...and only brought forth more mystery. Dr. S. did several tests, including more x-rays and an endoscopy. The lump in her throat seems to be some kind of swelling of unknown origin. It is compressing her trachea and compromising her breathing. She is now on anti-inflammatories which we hope will lessen, if not resolve, the swelling. 

The tests also revealed my fear that her heart is more enlarged and weaker, which also affects her breathing. Her heart is a serious factor in how we proceed. We are still not sure what is causing the lump and swelling. But, with cardiomyopathy, unknown swelling, and rattled breathing, congestive heart failure is a real fear.

For now, she will take the new prescriptions, along with her heart medication. We will closely monitor her heart, breathing, and the lump, and we will pray very heard for Maggie. Please join us. Hugs.

Fill-in Statements: Week 46

The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Each Thursday, Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and I suggest the latter two statements. We try to make the fill-ins fun to answer and to share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Everyone is welcome!

Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 46: March 24, 2017

1. In the Spring, I look forward to ____________.

2. I would love to have a _________________ party. 

3. Few know this about me, but                                          .

4. No one                              .

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mr. Leprechaun

GrandDad believed in leprechauns, saying he had proof. He told me one lived in the big flower pot out back.

“If you ask him what he is doing, he will tell you”, GrandDad insisted. So, I asked Mr. Leprechaun what he was doing in that old flower pot, but got no response.

As I gave GrandDad my disappointed look, he laughingly said, “See? He said nothing.”

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Monday, March 20, 2017

My A-Z Theme Reveal

Today is the “A-Z Challenge Reveal”. Last year was my first time to accept the challenge, and I completed the challenge, too. My A-Z list was poetry. I actually enjoyed it, after the initial panic passed. This year, I will accept the challenge again. I will panic again, too. But, then I hope to enjoy it.

My A-Z theme this year is: Lifeblood Songs. I have always said that my life has a soundtrack. For as long as I can remember, music has always been an important connection for me. My earliest memories involve music and specific songs. These songs often hold a time and place for me.

It is no surprise that I married an extremely creative, talented lead guitarist. We had an instant connection, too. Bill admired my writing and I admired his musical ability. Respect and love grew from that kinship.

This April, I plan to share songs that are sentimental or have deep meaning for me. While the music is always important as it has an emotion of its own, the lyrics are especially important to me. As a poet, words are my tools of both communication and survival. Songs speak to me in a special way. With that in mind, I will post both lyrics and a video for the song of the day. The song I choose will reveal a bit about my thoughts and feelings; I may or may not explain them.

I hope that you will enjoy my A-Z theme this year. I hope it moves you in some way. If you are participating in the A-Z challenge, please let me know so I can be sure to visit and support you, too. So, let the fun begin on April 1st! But, before then, I have work to do.