My favorite wake up song is from 1980, Celebrations by Kool & the Gang.  I can’t sit still when I hear this song and it makes me smile.  I have always felt if you can wake up and be happy and smiling your day has no choice but to be good.


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Music video by Kool & The Gang performing Celebration. (C) 1980 The Island Def Jam Music Group

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Share Your World June 19, 2017


Here are my answers to Cee Neuner’s Share Your World for June 19, 2017

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

I don’t get video games.  I can’t for the life of me understand why someone would want to spend their days and nights in front of a TV or video screen immersed in make believe.  I have only tried a game or two a few times and just found it to be lacking.

What quirky things do people do where you are from?

I can’t think of anything that would be considered quirky.  LOL Of course I wouldn’t think that they were quirky would I?

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? 

I can’t think of anything I would want to unlearn, basically because if I didn’t think it was something of value to me I have already forgotten it.  I look at learning as a door that opens up so you can visit a new land.  Sometimes you like that place, sometimes you don’t.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

I really miss my dad.  We were very close.  He had a great sense of humor and was very devoted to our family.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the fact that my friend is on vacation this week and that she will be able to take it easy for a bit.  She has been working through this time of her husband’s illness.

I am looking forward to some nice weather this week so that I can get out to take some photos.


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Reluctant Release

Daily Prompt:  Relieved, Bottle


I was walking along the beach one sunny afternoon.  It was before the beach season opened so I had Gracie with me.  She’s my Cairn Terrier mix and my constant companion.  As we were walking we noticed a group of people standing around something on the beach.  

Of course Gracie thought she needed to voice her opinion of what was going on.  We approached the group.  All of a sudden I saw a sea turtle.  What a wonderful surprise. Gracie continued to bark and I was afraid it would upset the poor turtle.  

I was so relieved when Gracie finally stopped her barking.  She realized she wasn’t going to have a new playmate in this interesting animal.  I asked the gentleman who seemed to be in charge what was going on and where the turtle had come from.  He explained that this turtle had been rescued several months ago and was being released from the hospital.   

I looked down at this wonder and noticed she was missing her back flipper.  I was concerned that she was not going to be able to swim.  The nice man informed me that the turtles are able to swim very well without a flipper.  I was happy to hear that the turtle should do well back in her home.  

The gentleman told me that her name was Fluffy.  I chuckled because it seemed to me an animal with the name of Fluffy should be a cuddly sort not a turtle.  I guess with all of the turtles they have rescued through the years they are running out of more appropriate names.  

Fluffy would start to go out into the surf then turn around and come back toward shore.  After repeated attempts to get her to go out into the ocean, the decision was made to return her to the hospital for the day.  I felt really bad for the turtle.  She didn’t realize that it was her time to regain her independence.  

The group of rescuers told me that they may possible take her out into the water much farther and release her from the boat.  If that release was unsuccessful, they would bring her back and look for an aquarium that would be willing to take her.  Of course the best solution is going back into the wild.  

Gracie and I continued our walk along the beach.  As I looked out to the surf I spotted several bottlenose dolphins romping in the waves.  Our walk was just full of surprises. I really hated to see it end.  It’s not everyday you get to see a sea turtle on the beach and dolphins in the surf.

I really am blessed to live so close to the beach.  I feel close to God when I am standing on the sand lost in the beauty of creation. The vastness of the sea makes me realize that I am a very tiny part of this world and am nothing without the Lord.

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Two Word Tuesday June 13, 2017


June 13, 2017:  Mollycoddle and/or Pamper

My kids are always asking me what I want for my birthday, Christmas or Mother’s Day.  I give it some thought and then tell them that I have everything I need.  They get frustrated with me and I usually end up with gift cards for my kindle.  I love getting those gift cards as I read all the time and they let me get a book when it first comes out as opposed to waiting until it is available from the library.

This past Mother’s Day, I was away with my two daughters and my granddaughter at a dance competition.  And I enjoyed it so much.  But I have decided that when I get asked again for my birthday this September, I am going to ask for a spa day.  I have never been to a spa or had a massage or facial.  I think that I should add being pampered to my list of things I have experienced at least once.

I have never been mollycoddled by my parents, myself or my husband.  I always knew what was expected of me and got it all done.  I never minded it either. I have always been a take charge person.  So this desire to be pampered is new to me and I know that I will enjoy it.


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 #SOCS June 17, 2017


Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!



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Signs, signs every where signs.

Which ones to follow, which ones to ignore.

Questions, directions, suggestions, recriminations the signs of our times the signs of our lives.

Stop, go, keep left, keep right.

Did I miss my turn?

Does the road go straight?

I wander through the sea of signs.


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Flower of the Day: Spider Lily

I found this plant in the woods behind the house today.


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The Garden

Daily Prompt:  Blossom

Image borrowed from The Sacred Art of Gardening

I love this time of year.  Every where you look there is a blanket of green in various shades.  Blossoms of beautiful color and scent in bright oranges, reds, purples and soft peaches, yellows, and lavenders invade the earth after winter’s cold storage resting their roots.  Even the weeds sprout little flowers.  I can spend hours outside taking photographs of these wonderful gifts to our world.

This calls to mind that just as these blooms are all different colors and sizes, they live together in peaceful serenity.  Sharing their resources with each other, while enjoying a give and take of space and time.  What a wonderful concept!

We should take a lesson from these lovely little blossoms.  We should be willing to give to each other at least as much as a flower is willing to give to its neighbor in their garden. Just imagine what a world we would have to live in if we did.

This is one of my most favorite quotes.  I think it puts things in perspective.

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.  If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”
― Thérèse de Lisieux


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