Thursday, November 23, 2017

All Good Gifts

I am thankful for all that God has blessed me with, especially Bill, our home, our furkids, family, and our friends, including each of you that write and blog with me. I am also thankful for all of the nature and wildlife that God has filled the world with. I am thankful that He shares all good gifts with us every day, from one season to the next. May you be blessed every day, too. 

~Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones~ 
with lots of love, from Bill & I, and Stella, Kenzie, 
Maggie, Grizelda, Chloe Jo, George, Clyde, & Bonnie Bee

Day 23 of my Giving Thanks series.

Fill-in Statements: Week 81

Each Thursday, my co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I provide Friendly Fill-In statements. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with your own responses. We hope you will copy and answer these on your own blog, but remember to link up here. If you need help, please let us know. We look forward to your answers!

Week 81: November 24, 2017:

1. I start to decorate for Christmas/Hanukkah                                 .

2. I prefer a ________ Christmas tree because                              .

3. The best thing about the holidays is                                              .

4. The worst thing about the holidays is                                             .

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


As I shopped for groceries this week, I contemplated the holiday. Thanksgiving is meant to be just that: a time to give thanks. Time and circumstance has made that time different things to different people. However, it does not change the meaning of the holiday.

As I put things in my cart and checked them off of my list, I thought of the many things that I am thankful for. The word “bounty” came into my head. I actually stopped to think about the real meaning of the word.

noun: bounty; plural: bounties
-something given or occurring in generous amounts; generosity, liberality.

I looked around at all of the food displays. The shelves and bins and tables…all full. As I got the things for our holiday dinner, I thought of the bounty of food that God has blessed us with every day. We do understand, and are thankful.

As I continued shopping, I remembered other things that I had neglected to put on the list. So, I thought carefully to avoid another trip to crazy town. I added the items to the cart. Nothing frivolous, but things that we needed. There are always things around the house that need to be replenished.

The cats needed litter, so I stuffed that under the cart. The dogs needed the special “senior” treats. Kenzie is a senior and Stella is middle-aged. We are conscious of their needs to stay healthy. Their bounty, I thought with a chuckle. Yes, but they are part of our bounty, too.

Bill needed some things for his trucking life. A man has to maintain his health even when on the road. He isn’t getting any younger, either. But, he is certainly a big part of my bounty.

Finally, I checked out of the store. I thought about bounty all of the way home. I looked at everything. I watched the squirrels and their bounty of nut holes in my flower beds. I watched the last of the Sandhill Crane and their bounty of companionship on their southward travel. I waved back to nice neighbors who waved to me. I watched the sun peek out of grey rain clouds.

Again, I marveled at the bounty that we are blessed with every day. We are blessed in so many ways by a very generous God. That is what "bounty" is. It is not only about the things we have, but that God is generous in His giving. God is good. And, I am thankful. 

Day Twenty-Two in my Giving Thanks series

Do You See Bee?

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dinner Guest

Everyone was happy that Reba was bringing a friend for Thanksgiving dinner. Bert was a farm worker just looking for a fresh start, Reba said.

When they arrived, Reba told them that Bert was outside, enjoying the day. Looking out, they saw a turkey standing in the sun, with what seemed to be a smile on his face.

That was when they realized Bert was the turkey who had just been given the presidential pardon.

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"In Other Words" 
Five lines or less
inspired by the word prompt

Sunrise, Sunset

I have always loved the rising and setting of the sun. As a child, it seemed almost magical to watch the sunrise. Alone, in the quiet, dim light of dawn, it seemed like a secret. I was always very good at keeping secrets.

Once I got a car, I would often take my dog, Velvet, to the lakefront. Together we would watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan. Now, I shared my secret. Velvet could be trusted to keep it, though. We enjoyed these quiet moments together. There was such hope and promise in each sunrise. I was always thankful for these fresh starts of sunrise.

It was after I began to get older that I learned to value sunsets more. Watching the sunset on Lake Superior, I fully understood its importance. Sunset completes the day. It allows us to acknowledge accomplishment. We can rest, knowing that the day is complete and that tomorrow is another day. I am thankful for the wisdom of sunsets.

Maybe it is my military background or my love of The Lakes, but I think of “Taps”.

Day is done,
gone the sun,
from the hills,
from the lake,
from the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Fades the light;
and afar
goeth day,
and the stars
shineth bright.
Fare thee well;
day has gone.
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
for our days,
'neath the sun,
‘neath the stars,
'neath the sky.
As we go,
this we know,
God is nigh.

Day Twenty-One of my Giving Thanks series.

Monday, November 20, 2017


I cherish the many memories that I have. I am blessed to have a few mementoes to accompany them, too. I have strong feelings attached to each thing. There are not a lot of items, but each is momentous to me!

I really cherish photos. They capture things as they really are. You can go back, look at them, and feel the moment as it was. The memories are almost physical. I do not have many pictures from my childhood, as no one took them. Perhaps that is why I cherish the ones I have from my teens through the present. I have taken many.

I also have some items that are meaningful to me. I have and use my mother-in-law’s rosary. I am not sure how she feels about that, but it means a lot to me. I also have my Grampy’s cologne decanter. I bought it for him when I was 17. It smells like Grampy, even now, after 40 years. Bill has a tie tack that was my Grampy’s. He wears it for special occasions. There are other items, but I especially cherish these things.

The wedding portrait of my great-grandparents hangs on my wall. One reason that this is special is that it is Grampy’s parents in the portrait. Looking at this amazing portrait reminds me of the numerous family stories I have heard. I can also revisit the good family times of my own childhood. The portrait is the original one, in the original frame and glass. August 5, 1891.

There are pet mementoes, too. I have kept dog tags, collars, toys, dishes, and other pet things. The physical items bring comfort when the void feels too dark and cold to manage. I also have many pictures of pets that have blessed my life over the years. I can smile and remember how full of life they were, and how they added so much to mine.

There are other items on my shelves or in special boxes. Some are special only to me, reminiscent of a person, time, or place. Mementoes are links to people, pets, places, or things that we loved. They are tangible pieces of our heart. I am thankful for each and every one.

Day Twenty of my Giving Thanks series.

A Minion Moment

The minions play hard, so naptime is necessary.
Stella always accommodates all of her minions.

But, Clyde always has one eye open for action.
If there is anything going on, Clyde is in on it!

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Sparks: 7

The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy and peace. And, we can all be part of this affirmative change. 

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!

I hope you will join us. Please link up a positive quote, thought, poem, or verse.  Add the Sparks badge to your post to invite others. The more, the merrier. Peace.

Now, it's your turn to add Sparks. Let's light up the world! 
The link-up is open Monday through Friday every week.