Archive | February, 2014

Theme Song Thursday: Feathers

28 Feb

Yes, you can lose somebody overnight, yes, your whole life can be turned upside down. Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind.
Shania Twain
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I’ve been finding lucky pennies for a very long time, not because I was looking to find them, they were looking for me. The same goes for the feathers. I’ve been finding feathers. I have some very dear friends who believe that finding feathers is a very special lucky thing. So do I, and the feathers have been finding me, too.

Here’s a beautiful rendition “The Feather Theme” from The movie “Forrest Gump.”

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It is commonly thought in most cultures that feathers are symbols of higher thought, spiritual progression. The line of thought here is that birds were considered divine creatures in primitive/ancient cultures because they are creatures of the sky (heaven) and therefore closer to God.

When you find feathers upon your path it could be taken to mean that you are on a higher spiritual path (whether you accept it or not), and it may be a sign of encouragement as you philosophically travel on this path.

Finding feathers on your path is also symbolic of having a lighter outlook on life or a particulary situation. When we see feathers in our midst it is considered a message that we need to lighten up, not take things too seriously, and try to find the joy in our situation.
Finding Feathers on Your Path – Symbolic Meaning of Feathers
Written by avenefica on November 3rd, 2007

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The feather I found yesterday on my walk.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Sharing

27 Feb

Life’s a funny thing, the minute you think youve got everything figured, something comes along and turns it all upside down. -Zayn Malik
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Sometimes I just plain ol’ feel sorry for myself, stumbling through life, thinking, “Why me?” But then, there are other times when you hear or read about what other people have had to face. It makes you appreciate your life a little more.

My friend, Laura Bartlett, sent me a link to a story written by a friend of hers. He shared a heart-warming story of… “How I Went from TV Producer to Blue-Collar Worker, and What I Learned.” It definitely will make you appreciate your life, your job, and what you’ll do for your family. Larry Kingery Fojtik, thanks for sharing.

http://m.laweekly.com/los-angeles/blogs/Post?basename=how-i-went-from-tv-producer-to-blue-collar-worker-and-what-i-learned&day=25&id=informer&month=02&year=2014

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Tuesday: Trials, Tribulations and No WiFi

26 Feb

Our quote for the day. “There’s no WiFi in the forest, but I promise you’ll find a better connection.” Unknown
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My WiFi has been out. I’ve been trying to get it back up for hours. Using the tiny little keys on my cell phone is very disconcerting. I am spoiled. Yikes!

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Today, short but sweet.

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Well, maybe not.

Toni Andrukaitis

Our quote for the day: “There’s no WiFi in the forest, but I promise you’ll find a better connection” (Author – unknown)
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My WiFi is out! I’ve been trying to get it back up and working for hours. No luck, so I had to turn off the WiFi setting on my cell phone and work from my data plan. Too complicated! I can’t deal with such anarchy and confusion. Plus, these teeny-tiny keys on my iPhone are so small. So, I’ll be brief.

Tip for today: sometimes when I eat an orange or other citrus fruit, I put the peels in my boiling water before making tea. Of course, I wash the fruit well first, then add a tea bag. Nice flavor.

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I sure hope my Internet is back soon!

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Tuesday: Trials, Tribulations and No WiFi

26 Feb

Our quote for the day: “There’s no WiFi in the forest, but I promise you’ll find a better connection” (Author – unknown)
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My WiFi is out! I’ve been trying to get it back up and working for hours. No luck, so I had to turn off the WiFi setting on my cell phone and work from my data plan. Too complicated! I can’t deal with such anarchy and confusion. Plus, these teeny-tiny keys on my iPhone are so small. So, I’ll be brief.

Tip for today: sometimes when I eat an orange or other citrus fruit, I put the peels in my boiling water before making tea. Of course, I wash the fruit well first, then add a tea bag. Nice flavor.

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I sure hope my Internet is back soon!

Montage Monday: Create

25 Feb

“No matter what your history has been, your destiny is what you create today. What are you going to create?”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
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This was another tipsy-topsy-turvy roller coaster kinda week. Keeping busy 24/7 can have its mind numbing advantages, but being challenged, enthusiastic, energetic, and creative fills my heart with promise.

I’ve been writing every day, challenging myself to share not only words, but my soul with friends, family, strangers and strangers who have become friends. (As of today, 13,567 views since I started to blog…OMG.)

I’ve been going to Zumba twice a week and loving the Latin dancing. I even popped into the gym last week and shot a few hoops on the courts. I’ve still got it…made a few free throws and lay-ups. Pretty good for an old lady. I’ve added walking a couple of miles almost every day. Energized!

On a creative note, I’ve been having fun at Sweet Spot Bakery on Tuesday, where I share a little make-and-take art project, enjoy the tea and treats, and belting out a few tunes with the group and Miss Kathy. Fridays are always spent with my senior art group. Then, Saturday writing group is so inspiring. Sunday is church and breakfast, bumping into friends and neighbors.

Whenever I start feeling down, there’s always something or someone to pick me right up. You can’t ask for more than that, can you? What are you going to create today? How ’bout your destiny!

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Sunday: Sermons, Snug, Sunshine and Swans

24 Feb

Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can Her heart inform her tongue–the swan’s down-feather That stands upon the swell at full of tide, And neither way inclines.
-William Shakespeare
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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Gospel is taken from St. Matthew (5:38-48). Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well.

That was today’s gospel and sermon. I don’t claim to be the most devout person in the world, but I thought, and I thought, and I contemplated the sermon, and all I could come up with is, “Easier said than done.” I say no more on the subject,

After Mass, I ventured over to the Square and had the most yummy yogurt parfait at Snug. I ran into Laura Bartlett and coincidentally it was her birthday. Happy birthday, Laura.

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She’s not only one of the “Four Funny Females,” comedy group, but she’s cute a s a button.

It was such a sunny sensational day, that I decided to walk around the Square. Miss Elizabeth over at Sweet Spot bakery was working on a wedding cake. Of course, I just make myself at home, walk into the back room, and visit with the talented bakers.

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I always try to cram in as many activities into a fabulous sunny day as humanly possible, so I called my friend Chris. We met at Towne Lake park and went for a long walk and talk around the lake. Everyone was put enjoying the day, especially the ducks and swans who appreciated the bread and treats the visitors shared.

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Not wanting to see the day end, when I finally arrived back home around 5:30pm, I went out for a brisk walk around the neighborhood before the sun sank slowly in the western sky. (The walk was especially brisk because my neighbor came out to warn me that he saw a couple of bobcats traipsing around.)

Are you thoroughly exhausted just from hearing about my busy day? Yep, me too! Happy Sunday, y’all!

Saturday: Sunny With a Penny

23 Feb

See a penny, pick it up,
all day long you’ll have good luck,
give it to a faithful friend,
then your luck will never end.
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Another sunny delightful day here in McKinney. I went to my writing group, but was running very late. I have an electrical voodoo mojo ancient computer/printer curse thing going on. I spent at least four hours working on a story and another hour trying to get the darn printer to spit out a few copies. No luck! I abandoned my failed attempts and just left, empty handed. Sometimes I feel cursed.

When I finally arrived, the other gals were happy to see me, so all the rushing and frustration faded away. Ah, friends! Their stories and works were amazing. It was a productive session, followed by lunch and walking around the Square. I did a little more wandering and visiting before heading home.

I detest long lonely weekends. I still haven’t wrapped my head around it, so I try and keep as busy as possible. But, it was a glorious sunny day, so I drove home, scrambled in the house, changed, and put on my gym shoes so I could get a nice long walk in before dark.

I wasn’t more than twenty steps into my brisk pave when I caught a glimpse of a shiny penny laying on the ground right in my path. Wow! I haven’t found a lucky penny in a while. I guess my guardian angel knew that I was in need of a little inspiration and cheering up today. I took a quick pic with my iPhone, picked up the penny, looked up to heaven and said, “Thanks!”

I walked two times around the neighborhood instead of once, feeling good, feeling blessed, feeling lucky. It made my day and made me think of a song from “the old days.”

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My lucky penny, I picked it up and all day long I had good luck.