Friday, March 31, 2017

My A-Z Prelude

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As most bloggers know, April is the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Many have been busy preparing for this challenge. I certainly have been. This will be my second year of participation. 

In my recent A-Z "Reveal Post" I explained my A-Z theme: Lifeblood Songs. There is a reason that I chose this theme. April is also Poetry Month. Last year I shared favourite poems, including some of my own poetry. In this same creative vein, lyrics are poetry. Songs are feelings put to music.

The Lifeblood Songs that I will share have lyrics that are especially meaningful to me. Some songs you may recognize from previous posts, while others may surprise you. There may be some songs that hit home for you. However, you may have other songs that speak more personally to you. Again, these are my personal Lifeblood Songs. Please, feel free to share your own Lifeblood Songs for the letter of the day in the comment section of my post that day. 

May you enjoy the songs, the music, and perhaps memories the songs may evoke. I hope that in some way, the songs I share will move you. Because poetry and music should always do just that: make you feel.

Hugs,
Annie


Friendly Fill-ins: Week 47


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 47"!  It has been almost a year for our weekly get-together. You can find the fill-in statements here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. We post the linky early on Friday, so we can all share our answers. As always, the first two fill-ins are provided by Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. 

Thank you for joining us each week. Your participation makes this weekly event so much fun for everyone. We always look forward to your answers. Please try to visit everyone on the list. You will be glad that you did.

If you are participating in the A-Z Challenge, please let me know so I can support you. Feel free to share your own Lifeblood Songs in my comments, as I post mine each day of the Challenge. These Lifeblood Songs have lyrics that are especially meaningful to me. Some songs may hit home for you, or there may be other songs that speak to you.  

I hope your weekend is both relaxing and rejuvenating. Enjoy!

Okay...here are my completed fill-ins:

1. The first thing I think about in the morning is medicating cats and letting dogs out. Then, while everyone eats their breakfast, I start my coffee. Yes, these are my priorities, in order.


2. The last thing I think about before sleep is my blessings. God and I chat. I thank him for everything that I have in my life. Then, I ask for strength in dealing with my trials. Finally, I take care to really listen for His guidance.


3. I am looking forward to seeing how the A-Z Challenge develops this year. Again, I invite you to share your thoughts on my A-Z Lifeblood Songs posts. Please make sure to let me know if you are posting for the challenge, too.


 4. I am so pleased to be doing more creative writing. Over this past year, there were some changes in my regular writing challenges. Some ended, some changed the way they operate, some had (apparently) insurmountable technical glitches. I have been trying to find new inspiration and connections while seeking new challenges. A wonderful friend knows I am struggling with this. In her thoughtful way, she sent me an excellent book of writing prompts. I cannot say how much this means to me. (You know who you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs.)



~However you partake in the A-Z Challenge: 
daily posting, reading, or both...enjoy it!~

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fill-in Statements: Week 47


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 47: March 31, 2017

1. The first thing I think about in the morning is _______________________.

2. The last thing I think about before sleep is ________________________.

3. I am looking forward to                                 .

4. I am so pleased                                   .



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Locket


Mattie always said that no matter where you went, to be truly happy you must take a piece of home with you. Surely Mattie knew something about happiness, as she led a very full and long life on her family farm. Not only had she delivered numerous babies in the Tennessee hills, but Mattie had cared for countless others throughout her lifetime.

Upon her death at age 98, Mattie’s secret was quietly revealed. In the locket she had always worn around her neck, were the engraved words, “Crossmolina, ´Eire” along with a perfectly preserved shamrock.


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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 15andmeowing.com 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!

I posted Maggie's update last night. Thank you for asking about and praying for her. We all appreciate it very much.

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". We need a date night.

Did you think the questions were challenging this week? I hope you had fun with them. 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.~

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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.  


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happy Spring

...with love from Chloe Jo 💖


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Another Saint



St. Gertrude
Let us also remember to honour a saint who has a feminine touch.  Gertrude was a strong, independent, thinking woman. She is the caretaker of nature, gardening, and cats. She also watches over travelers. It is said she can calm the stormy seas, when she is called upon.
Feast Day: March 17 
St. Gertrude of Nivelles shares this feast day with St. Patrick 🍀

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 45


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 45"!  You can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. We post the linky on Friday, so we can all share. The first two fill-ins are provided by my great co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. 

Thank you for joining us each week. Your participation makes this weekly event so much fun. I always look forward to your answers. Please try to visit everyone on the list. It is so very worthwhile. Thanks.

Maggie hopes to have her procedure next week, to find out what the mass in her throat is. The sneezing seems to be settling down. Please keep her in your prayers.

Enjoy your weekend. May it be wonderful in every way. Stay safe and enjoy the greening that is hopefully happening near you. 🍀

Did you think the questions were challenging this week? I did. Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. The oldest item in my home is my great-grandparent’s wedding portrait. It is from August 5, 1891, and is in its original frame with original glass. I have loved this as long as I can remember. Grandpa was 6’2; Granny was 4’8. In the portrait, she was standing and he was sitting, so you cannot see their size difference. Lionhearted, they both had a lot of pride and very strong wills. He was Welsh; She was Scots-Irish. I cherish this portrait.

Grandpa & Granny were lionhearted, especially as a couple.

2. The oldest item in my refrigerator is the heavy glass butter dish with lid, which is a necessity with cats. We have had a few who liked to indulge in butter, if they were allowed. Currently, it would be George.



3. My family heritage is “mongrel”. Legend has it that I am English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, German, Dutch, and Cherokee. My roots are mostly from the U.K. The sad thing is that my family tree was never preserved, with branches being piled up here and there, and even burned along the way. The stories that were handed down have been preserved mostly by me, but so much is unknown. Bill is half Hungarian and half English, but there are secrets there, too. 


4. My favourite family tradition is the Southern flavour of life handed down from all of my ancestors.  The best part of it was the storytelling, including colourful expressionsI am first-generation northerner, and the only one born in Chicago. My best years were “down yonder”, though. My childhood was steeped in Southern pride and traditions. 



The learning in youth is the pretty learning.
Is e ‘n t-ionnsachadh òg an t-ionnsachadh bòidheach.
                                                                                                     ~Gaelic Proverb

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fill-in Statements: Week 45


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 45: March 17, 2017

1. The oldest item in my home is __________________________.

2. The oldest item in my refrigerator is _____________________.

3. My family heritage is                                .

4. My favourite family tradition is                                .



 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Maggie's Naptime

Maggie is resting comfortably...most of the time.

She is very agreeable about sharing her space.*
(*Notice the lump next to her?)

She does have a minion who likes to be near her often.
(Can you guess who?)

Maggie has the patience of a saint. Truly.

Maggie has been sneezing the past couple of days. We are hoping this will settle down without the intervention of medication. Consequently, her vets felt it was best for her to postpone the exploratory procedure until next week. Please keep her in your prayers as she really needs them right now. Head butts and hugs from Maggie. 💘

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Blarney


The stone holds power,
              but only if you believe
in good old blarney.

Haiku #332: McGuffy Ann Morris


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 44


Welcome to this edition of "Friendly Fill-Ins"! You can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. We hope it gives you time to join us. The first two fill-ins are provided by my wonderful co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We post the link with our answers, so you can all share the completed fill-ins.

Thank you again, for joining us each week. Your participation has made this a fun weekly event for everyone. We hope you have as much fun as we do. Please remember to try to visit everyone on the list. That is half of the fun.  

Bill has a longer weekend, after a rough week. I will be around to visit everyone, as always. But, it may take some time. Speaking of time, remember to re-set your clocks this weekend. "Spring forward, and Fall back". 

We hope you all have a great weekend, but with this unstable weather be careful to stay safe!

Here we go...my completed fill-ins for this week are as follows:

1. I hope Criminal Minds gets renewed for another season. I have been a fan of this show from the start. I find the study of behavior analysis extremely fascinating.


2. My first crush was in Kindergarten. His name was Mark. We were total opposites in every way. He was Jewish and quiet. I was Gentile and bold. Mark lived next door to my babysitter, who was in high school. I remember Mary having a party; everyone from the neighborhood was there. She and her boyfriend were dancing. Mark asked me to dance, and so we did. Everyone was oohing-and-ahhing. We felt so grown up. He then kissed me on the cheek


3. Real injustice usually makes me very distressed. I want to see things righted. Perceived injustice makes me feel very disquieted, though. There is much injustice in the world today. However, there is a serious difference between “rights” and privileges.


 4. If I were a super-hero, I would be invisible and unknownAll of my good deeds would be unexplained and untraceable. I could fly, enter any place, and escape through any opening. I would be my own secret.


Remember: 
you don't have to be super to be a hero!

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