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Ten Things of Thankful – May 31

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It’s Friday and that means it is time for Ten Things of Thankful or TTOT! You might want to join us and if so you can go this this LINK

1. Secret Project – This has been completed for the first phase and TBA when completely done. It feels weird to have it completed and now I have to do another one, just not sure what.

2. Six Sentence Story – Still going strong even if I am often the last one in the gate (partly due to #1 ^^^) Here’s this weeks: Mountain Climbing

3. Wednesday Poetry Prompt on Poetic Asides. Here’s my poem: Briefly Speaking I didn’t finish this until this morning because of #1 ^^^

4. 5.

Swimming – the pool opened and it has been wonderful and is starting to help my sleep, so that’s a double gratitude!

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Cousin and Charlotte visit – We did go see our cousin Cheryl and her bestie Terry last Saturday and had a lovely visit. Terry is selling a huge estate and she has lots of Elvis stuff along with lots of books and country music albums. Oh my! Wishing Cheryl a safe trip back to Iowa and hoping the flood waters recede.

7. First Responders – With the hugely overtaken lands in the Midwest, I am grateful for those who brave all this to help others. Also, those who simply help for the spirit of helping. “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand…”

8. 9. Books and Veterans – I met this fellow at the flea market where he sells books. Nice fellow who let me take his picture.

Here is his website: Bearded Veteran

10. Art – it was a scorcher on Sunday and we stopped at the NCMA and had a nice, cool tour. I particularly liked this one:

That’s that! So, how about joining in?

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Short Fiction, short story

Framed – Six Sentence Story

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Framed

First she painted the picture of her beloved’s beautiful gift, a pitcher vase from his Aunt Beatrice’s estate, framing the picture and sending it to the governor.

Rich in ornate styling, she buffed the vase to a sheen and placed it on the library table for everyone to see.

As the guests came into the parlor, they saw the vase in all glory, filled with roses and daisies.

Mastering the art of floral arrangements, she won first prize in the Blooming Beauties for the first time.

Empty of the floral arrangement, lasting a mere moment in the light of day, the governing force confiscated the vase.

Denying any involvement, she pleads her innocence for the theft of the priceless vase, once in the governor’s mansion, part of the collection spanning many years past.

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There you have it! That’s my 6 Sentence Story for this week. Want to take a stab at it? Go to this LINK

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 🙂

PROMPT WORD: FRAME

TTOT

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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