Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hey, Teddy!

George heard there is a new striped guy in Town!

He says, "Welcome, Teddy!"

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Saturday, February 18, 2017


The birds now sashay,
each one after another.
Nature takes its course.

Haiku #330: McGuffy Ann Morris
(Image source unknown)

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Writing challenge of
five lines or less, using
word prompt: "sashay"


Sharing the love of art
in all of its forms!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 41

Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 40"!  You can find the fill-ins here or at each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

We thank you for joining us each week. Your participation has made this a fun weekly event for everyone. Sharing with you and getting to know you better has been a real pleasure. Please remember to continue to visit everyone on the list. It matters.

I am still under the weather, though the Winter weather has been unusually mild! I fear we will end up paying for this, too! Somewhere along the line, things always come back around to balance out. Such is Life.

The questions were a bit challenging for me this week. I hope you enjoyed them! Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1.Snow is wonderful if you have a warm, safe place where you can hibernate. I love to watch the snow fall. I even don’t mind having to shovel. I seriously was made for The North Woods! I keep the U.P. weather on my Weather Bug. It is still my goal to become an official Yooper!

2. My favorite kind of soup is home-made. I especially like chicken soup when I don’t feel well. However, I enjoy soup most anytime.! Chloe Jo loves chicken noodle soup. Well, she really just likes the noodles!

3. When no one is around, I whistle. I really do not whistle well, so I don't do it if anyone can hear me. The cats have all convinced me not to whistle. In fact, they are both vocal and physical in their protests. Bill has agreed with them: whistling is not my strength. I should mention, they do not mind when he whistles!

Riley (George's brother)

4. Writing is my way of sorting things out. I journal most things that weigh heavily on my heart, though they remain private. I do not share everything because I don’t think it is necessary. God knows, and that is enough. However, sometimes the things I write will later become poems or stories that I hope others may relate to.

While it lasts, have some fun in the snow!

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Mutual Admiration Society

By Lesley Kagen

Precocious eleven-year-old Tessie Finley is the narrator of this heartwarming novel. In addition to her endless lists, she organizes The Mutual Admiration Society. Tessie believes she has witnessed a crime in her local cemetery. With the help of her trustworthy friend, Charlie, and her little sister Birdie, she intends to solve it.

Tessie narrates her story with a straightforward, no-nonsense, wise and witty voice. She does her very best to make sense of the world around her. And, she has a whole lot on her plate. Tessie is dealing with the sudden, tragic death of her father, an emotionally inaccessible mother, judgmental neighbors, and Birdie’s special needs. Yet, Tessie does it all with a very spirited, loving heart.

Author Lesley Kagen has also done it again. She has created a story that is both entertaining and heartwarming. Her attention to time and place is accurate and relevant. Tessie’s world of 1950s Milwaukee took me back to my similar childhood in Chicago. Sometimes, I felt I knew Tessie, other times I felt I was her! I could relate to her way of thinking, her determination, and her world.

As always, Lesley Kagen has created a story filled with characters you can care about. She understands and preserves the innocence of childhood. She respects the trust found in a child’s heart, sharing it in the natural way a child does.

Lesley Kagen is a very special author. She never disappoints. I have read each of her books and loved them all. If you have not read her books, you should. You are missing out on some very special reading. 

Fill-in Statements: Week 41

The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowingprovides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 41: February 17, 2017

1.Snow ____________________________.

2. My favorite kind of soup is ___________________________________.

3. When no one is around, I                                      

4.                      is my                         .

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sharing Love

Bill and I have gotten used to being apart for special days. This is not by choice, but: “It is what it is.” We adjust, because the love is important every day.

I was surprised when Bill called and said I may need to pick him up at the truck stop yesterday. It was Valentine’s Day! Of course, things can change quickly and often in trucking; I knew not to get my hopes up. He passes near our home often on his way from The Yard to his Rust Belt route. He said that he would call me as he got closer to his destination.

He did, too. I picked him up mid-day. He brought home a wonderful lunch for two, with a nice dessert, chocolates, and roses for me! He even brought the critters treats! I cannot express how much this meant to all of us.

Bill was then able to sleep in his own bed, before going back to the truck last night. Grizelda, his “nap buddy”, was thrilled. When he naps, she always joins him, running into the bedroom to meet him on the bed! He used to call her, but now she anticipates it when she sees him head into the bedroom. Everyone needs their time with Dad.

So, this year Valentine’s Day was extra-special. I loved having the gift of my husband at home, where he belongs. The love that we share with each other and our family is what keeps us going when we have to be apart. Indeed: this was a very happy Valentine’s gift!

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"LOVE.  What, or Who are you lovin' lately?"