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Ten Things of Thankful – May 17

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It’s time again to think of the 10 things I am thankful for this week. Let’s go!

1. Losing weight. It’s 2 more off WOOHOO!!

2. Shorts – it’s turning warm and I am glad for less because I know the pool will open soon.

3. Berry Season – Here in NC it’s berry season and I am loving the taste of local berries. I know I mentioned Strawberries last time, but it’s more than that this week. Yummy!!

4. Joy Prom – Daughter attended Joy Prom on Friday and had a blast! I love that this happens each year, sponsored by local churches and vendor assisted.

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5. Dental School – I am almost finished with my dental work and I am so grateful for a dental school near enough to get this done. My student graduated, but he stick around until I am finished. Isn’t that a double win?

6. Art – Daughter is here for the weekend and I taught her about Sidewalk Crack Art and she created a cute cardinal. She caught on quickly.

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7. The ability to read. I am reading a book as a beta reader for one of my fellow writing peeps and am grateful that I get to enjoy this. I am one chapter 4.

8. Book Club – Thanks to the interest, there is going to be a book club in my living community and I will be leading said club, starting in June.

9. Challenges – I have some physical challenges I am trying to get past and I am grateful that I am able to try.

10. Birth – I was making some taco meat yesterday and discovered that my pepper had given birth.

Instagram Pictures of Pepper Birth

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There you go! Those are my 10! Go HERE and join in!!

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Art Walk and Good Works

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A pretty bunch of flowers I walked past

Today I went to the beautiful downtown 11th Annual Front Porch Artwalk at Historical Mordecai/Oakwood in Raleigh NC. There were several lovely displays of handcrafted art work of quite a span. One man was selling lovely birdhouses, from his front porch. He priced them low, in my estimation, but he told me he just enjoyed making them to keep his mind busy. He reminded me of my late father who loved to do woodworking. It kept his mind and hands busy in his retirement.

It was enjoyable to interact with the vendors and to get to know them. There was no pressure to buy anything, but more an interest in telling about their items. A silk painting artist fascinated me with her works and how much she enjoyed creating such beautiful works of art. She had lovely silk scarves and jackets.

There was a lot of jewelry and all authentic. This was the same with pottery with each artist having their own unique designs.

I wish I had taken a picture of the lady who had the encaustic art paintings. They were so beautifully done. I am not sure I have ever seen anything like them.

I had to spend some money as I purchased some hot pink earrings. You can see some of her work on Instagram and her website Suijinli

Pictures of the artist and her works

Last, but not least I met three ladies who were with the Green Chair Project, offering lovely gift baskets via raffle. As one who likes to feature charitable organizations, I inquired about this interesting group. Here is some information about this organization ABOUT GCP

Their Mission Statement sums it up:

“Working together to provide everyone the comforts of home.
We reuse donated household furnishings to renew lives of participants referred from area programs who are recovering after homelessness, crisis or disaster.”
As one who has given furnishings to organizations, it was nice to learn of another resource that helps people in need.

I took a pictures of the ladies. Here you go.
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It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning and from what I could see there were several others who were enjoying the displays.

This was yet another day of going to an event for free. It was up to us if we wanted to spend money while there. I am already thinking of how I may be on an artist for 2020. 

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Ten Things of Thankful – May 10

It’s that time again to share the Ten Things of Thankful. You can go HERE to see more and to join in!

This has been a busy week. I’ve been on a break, I suppose one could say, but it’s been a short feeling break. So, without further delay, here’s this weeks YIPPEES!!

1. Getting Away-We took off on a weekend to New Bern NC. It was lovely there. Here are some photos to tell the story:
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Tryon Palace – The first state capital for NC

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Handsome man at the gate of Tryon Palace

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Me playing peek-a-boo at the shuttle station

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Entryway to the stables at the palace

2. Art

There were all these beautiful statues in the gardens of Tryon Palace

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3. Nature and Gardens

Lots of beautiful gardens at Tryon Palace and Stanly House

4. Textures – this is a thing I have – I love to capture interesting shapes and textures. Things I saw in New Bern

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5. The Neuse River

I have several more photos of the trip, but I don’t want to overload!

6. Mother’s Day is coming up and if you are fortunate to have your mother in your life,you are blessed. I miss my mother, who has been gone for 31 years. In light of Mother’s Day last year, I did a post about my own motherhood. Take a look if you wish: Mother’s Day is Every Day

7. Remember the secret I have been talking about? Well, I can now share it. You have to go to this post to check it out: Simplicity Beckons

8. Six Sentence Story – it’s still going strong. This weeks is a rather sad tale and I may go back and visit it some more. Focus Lost

9. Weight is holding it’s own…Staying the same the past two weeks, but I did go away and that’s sometimes a challenge, although I must say that I probably ate less vs more and made healthy choices. It’s not easy on the road, so I am saying I am grateful for this WIN!!

10. Farmer’s Market

On the way home I got a hankering for local strawberries and we stopped at the Farmer’s Market and loaded up big time. Pretty much, I got produce for the week and lots of strawberries!

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Ten Things of Thankful – May 3

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I looked for images in a sidewalk crack photo and this is what I ended up with. Since then, I have taken more photos of sidewalk cracks to create more pictures.

It’s that time again to express Ten Things of Thankful!

Want to join? Go to this LINK

1. TAF Write Now Conference https://tafnc.com/ was last Saturday. It was an awesome conference. Highlights were: a class on documentary poetry with Jaki Shelton-Green  Jean Claude Bemis  Joe Finder  and Erika Hoffman  I learned a great amount and left with enthusiasm.

2. I finished out National Poetry Month, writing a poem a day. Here is my post about that: I Am Possible

3. I am on Page 31 of this book as a contributing writer:

4. Yesterday, a fellow poet and friend and I went on an art day at the NCMA. It was such fun to go out and take in the wonderful works of art. Here’s their website: NCMA I particularly liked the Wim Botha collection. That sculpture appears to be made of carved books.

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5. I have time (a break) to create art and write. The picture for this blog post is one thing I made using images I saw in sidewalk cracks. This is part of a video class called Sketchbook Revival

6. Six Sentence Story is still going strong. Here’s this weeks post Say I Do

7. New poetry forms. I mentioned sestina before and I am working on one which is very challenging and LOVING it! You won’t see it on my blog as it is going in my book. Maybe a sneak peek, maybe…

8. I am now officially working on my second book of poetry and adding short story pieces. There was a target date, but I decided to leave it open. There is another writing project I’m working on and it’s caused me to slow my roll, in a good kind of way. It involves zombies and other characters and wouldn’t you just love to know…

9. My son, from another mother, is going to Spain with his beloved wife and my sometimes partner in crime. I am so happy for them and interested in hearing all about their trip. They are hiking there, well, not TO there, but while there. My younger self would have been all up in that activity! My older self says ouch!

10. It’s so beautiful outside!! Even with the achoos, it is so spirity out there! It’s like the spring fairies have danced around and blessed my days. OKAY… well, you get the picture…
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10.1 Samesies on the weight this week, but that’s AOK because it’s normal to have a hiccup when you lose weight. So, hiccup n then back to dropping it like it’s hot.

10.2 Remember that secret project I spoke of last week? Stay tuned!

Still here? Why not join in? Go HERE and check it out!!

Have a beautiful week!!

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I Am Possible

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I did it! We did it! It’s May 1 and every single day of National Poetry Month I was successful at writing a poem. It wasn’t easy. Some days I have a hard time getting that gray matter to work with me. Coffee induced labor may have been my guilty pleasure. There are things about me that you may not know. It’s hard for me to be creative on a consistent basis. It’s important to balance my life so that I have enough spoons to get through the day. Just the other day, I was trying my darnedest to create what some found to be a fun activity with art. What I ended up with, after several frustrating tries, was a mess. I threw it away. Yesterday, I tried again. While I did end up with something, it was not the same as others did for the assignment. This is what I had to tell myself: You are who you are and they are who they are and don’t you be comparing yourself to others! I have had to have that talk often, in my life. For years, I allowed myself not to create consistently because of letting negativity get in the way. It is very important for me to Stay on Task! If it takes me all day and then some to accomplish what it may take others a few minutes to a few hours, it’s on me to do me. I need to just focus on doing what is the essence of me. It’s my heart and my soul and my life and my own ways of expression.

Today I started thinking about what I would now do since the National Poetry Month is over. I like writing poetry every day. Know what I did? I went to Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Aside’s Blog and looked at today’s prompt and I wrote this poem:

Impossible

It is impossible
to stop
to go
to sleep
to concentrate
to function
IF
my whole world
depends on this belief
So
I will do the impossible
making it possible
by doing one thing
changing the way of looking
at impossible
changing it to
I’m possible

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Here was his prompt:
For today’s prompt, write an impossible poem. Write about something that’s impossible to do. Or write about something people once thought was impossible to do. Or write about something that’s impossible to NOT do. Whatever you decide, I hope it’s not impossible for you to poem along!

I won’t guarantee that I will post a poem a day. I will be writing behind the scenes. There is a big project I am starting today and that one requires me to write a lot of words. And I will continue my weekly Six Sentence Story and Ten Things of Thankful.

Here’s to a happy May! May your May memories be positive and turn into June possibilities. Thank you for listening to me.

I am in this:

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