10 Things of Thankful – February 22

It’s that time again to express my 10 Things of Thankful or TTOT.

1. So, I did this for another challenge called The Six Sentence Challenge. I thought it fit in the theme of gratitude. You can hop over to read my actual post on my blog. It was a lot of fun to write and I tried to put myself in Ellie’s “shoes.” I am thankful that my niece created the painting as a special request from me and it inspired me to write the story. Ellie’s Story

2. Gratitude for adjusting to the new medication. Hopeful that this will help.

3. Daddy and Jeffrey. Daddy’s will be gone 12 years as of February 25 and my brother Jeffrey has been gone since February 17, 1969 Here’s montage of pictures my sister created of Jeffrey and you can also see Daddy giving him his bottle.


I am grateful for these fellows in my life, more than words can express. And even if they were not long enough here, I am grateful for when they were. And I am grateful for when I see reminders of them. Daddy lived to be 86 and Jeffrey to be 9. Here’s another picture of Daddy. Isn’t he handsome?


4. Philatelism… I developed an interest in stamp collecting many years ago. While I haven’t touched them in a good while, I still save them with the thought that I will work on them in my old age. It’s interesting to learn the stories behind stamps, especially the history. Here’s a picture I keep by my desk.


5. The ability to learn new things. The past couple of weeks I have been learning a new task and it’s caused my brain to hurt. My mind gets foggy as it is, so I am grateful that I can take some time to learn this.

6. Food. I am glad to have it to eat and glad they make it so I can eat it. There are certain things that my tummy doesn’t like a whole lot, so I am grateful for choices.

7. My blog friend Stacy. She writes a lot about gratitude in her blog. Here’s the latest! NegativeSpacey

8. Humor! It takes a good dose of smileage to get through each days mileage. I just made that up!

9. Writing! I have been working on my next book, except I figured out a different focus and it’s helped my brain cells to get excited.

10. Rest. I am working hard to get my sleep intact and while it is challenging, I made it through last night until about 3 a.m. Since I went to bed at 8 I am calling that a WIN!!

Here’s the Blog Hop LINK FOR TTOT Why not take a look?


Ellie Has Positude – 6 Sentence Story

Artwork by my niece, whose work can be viewed on Instagram @ks_montgomeryartist

Unless she had a stubbed toe, Ellie always smiled, even with a stubbed toe, she didn’t take long to get past the grimace.

Ellie had only one complaint, easing into the fast lane was more difficult with her girth, but she proudly moved forward, knowing she had just as much right as any to do so.

When others teased her because of her size, Ellie just turned around, splashing her tail into whatever was in her way, doing a dance or perching a fence, all showing she was just as capable as anybody else.

Ellie found that her friends would betray her for someone else, once they assumed that she would not fit in with their plans, allowing no consideration for her sweetness, they chuckled on and went about their nasty business.

Ellie, despite the teasing and ignorance of others, came through with flying colors as she knew she was one fine lady, confident because she learned from her parents that obstacles were not blocks, but opportunities for growth.

There was no hall of fame for any of her efforts, no prizes for being who she was, there were no ribbons or parades, no celebration was needed for Ellie, as she was who she was, happy to be herself.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Come back here on Thursday, LINK your post…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers



10 Things of Thankful – 2nd Week of February

It’s that time again to express my 10 Things of Thankful or TTOT

1. So, I did this for another challenge called The Six Sentence Challenge. I thought it fit in the theme of gratitude. You can hop over to read my actual post on my blog. Organ donor, that I am, I am hoping there is something left of me to help somebody else. Right now, I am grateful my organs are serving me well.

My Post (88)

2. Along the same theme, I had a decent report at the doctor this week as far as numbers go. There are some goals, but I like that my doctor listened to me, I mean REALLY listened.

3. I mentioned the 14 Words of Love last time, but I am going to share what I posted that has meant a lot of love backs. It makes me happy when I can do something that sparks thoughts about how to make this world a better place. So here’s the graphic:
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4. Birthday weekend was lovely last weekend with my daughter. She turned 43. We went out to eat a couple of times and spent some good quality time together. I don’t have pictures other than those in my heart.

5. My daughter finished my loom blanket, so now I need to crochet the panels together. I am happy to get it. I will take a picture when it’s completed.

6. Valentine’s Day was sweet to spend with my love. We had a home cooked meal, neither having energy to brave the wild. He’s working long days and we will wait until the weekend to go out.

7. About 3 years ago we were given an ice cream machine and we truly love ice cream about #1 on the favorite things list. I have an awesome recipe which I make using erythritol and stevia since I try to avoid sugar. Here’s the Recipe: Low Carb Dairy Free Ice Cream and I made a batch last night.

8. House Slippers. I was given Uggs for Christmas and they have saved me from falling. That’ a great bit thankful!!

9. Weather has been pleasant and making it easier for me to walk to the mailbox.

10. Convenience Foods. Most of the time I do things from scratch, but lately I have been too busy and I am grateful that there’s about anything you can get in a convenience form.

Those are my 10! How about you?

Would you like to join in? Here’s the LINK to TTOT!!


6 Sentence Story – Milestones

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Shattered, she fell from running to the drawer to retrieve her training pants and cut her nose for stitches, this was the first of many times she was patched up or sewn back together.

Scarred, she found by age 10 that she could ride a bicycle and find great freedom, despite the many falls and tangles, notably, the one her biggest brother had to untangle her from and he knew she had a hero in him.

Falling, became her way from ago 16 through 60 while she found every bump, funny squat, falling under a car even, she knew she had special skills and made the most.
Milestones, one could call them, marked by scars, skin, blood, perseverance, forthrightness and humor, she knew she had many more stones to fall over.

It was the milestones you couldn’t see that really hurt the deepest, the ones where the cuts of emotions quick to the heart and the gut, tangling her up in anxiety and sadness.

Gratefully, she came to realize that no matter what kind of obstacles stood in her way, there would always be the milestones she could rely on and those made all the difference she needed.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Come back here on Thursday, link your post…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 🙂

Here’s the LINK


10 Things of Thankful-First Week of February

I have decided to participate in the Ten Things of Thankful (TTOT) challenge. Here are my 10 things I am grateful for in the past week:

1. I received the most amazing gift! As I have pain issues with fibromyalgia and arthritis as well as never being able to get warm in the winter, I had mentioned this to my kindred spirit, soul sister and was so wonderfully surprised to receive a heated blanket. It works like an electric blanket except it’s smaller and you can use it on the couch or chair or on the bed. I love it!
2. Being able to choose foods to eat healthy. This is not something to take for granted.
3. That I have the ability to delete, mute, turn off things that just aggravate me.
4. It’s been very nice weather and I have been able to take short walks.

5. My cold is coming to an end. It’s been a rough week or more and I am grateful that our household is becoming cough free, almost.
6. Reading. I finished a reading of a book that is going to be published soon. It’s not my book, as I read it as a beta reader. I do a lot of beta reading and find it very enjoyable.
7. Water. I hydrate a lot and my go to drink is water. Mother always said it was the only drink to really quinch your thirst. She was right.
8. Poetry is my life line. I am working on a special secret project and it’s been fun.
9. 14  Words For Love project is something I try to participate in every day. You take 14 words to express love. This is any kind of love, not just romantic love. It really helps to stop and write these every day. It is always good to think of love, I think.

10. The Sestina poetry workshop mentioned before had a great turnout and has me thinking of doing more poetry workshops. OK So that’s maybe 3 gratitudes for poetry, but all just a little different.

I will leave this with a poem I wrote recently. It is in response to a daily prompt I find on Twitter on #BardBits

Rocking chair, oh wait for me
I’m in my spring, not winter theme
Go forward, back
Let the runners rock
I’m not yet there
Though I’m quite aware
Let me have more springs, oh please
give me time to fill my needs
Autumn comes and winter falls
There’s still time past menopause


Those are my thankfuls for this past week. What are yours? Would you like to participate? Click on this Link