More, SOCS

More Beauty to Be

More beauty to see, this is what I know,

Of sky so bright, clouds changing as they go.

Some say is just sky, but it’s so much more,

It’s part of creation, a thing we should adore.

There’s birds and flowers and bees to see

Big yellow moon shining through the tree.

More beauty to share, in what you may hear,

Trickles of water fill the streams for deer.

How about old owl up high in the tree

Calling out his song, with love soon to be.

 Of  buzzing bee moving from flower to flower

In hope of more honey for him to devourer.

More beauty again is the beauty to feel

As it touches your skin, and knowing its real.

It can be gentle or harsh, depending on touch

Let not is emotion become your new crutch.

Remember the breeze as it flows in your hair

Reminding you always of many who care.

More beauty in smell, mouth watering’s to tell

Of homemade goodies, that we know so well.

The smells of danger that warn us to run

That rob us of beauty and loss of much fun.

The smells of remembrance, those we love best,

Are memories we hang onto when life is a test.

And last but not least we taste the next treat

Of more wonderful memories that can’t be beat

With family all close and holding us near

Reminding us that life is nothing to fear.

We enjoy all these gifts of senses each day

More love for each one as we go on our way.

Anita Neal

In  response to Linda Hill’s SOCS. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “more.” Start your post with the word “more.” Enjoy!

And as always I remind all of us of the value of kindness to all of creation.

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“SoCS”, Want

What an interesting topic from Linda G Hill with SoCS with us all in shutdown mode. I want people to be safe, I want people to have common sense but since I can’t take pictures of that so we will go with a more visual/tangible want.

I want my yard fenced in. The first guy backed out so I resorted to a guy who had done work for me in the past…a bad idea, out of his realm of expertise.

First off I wanted the post 4′ on center…close but no gold ring. Plus they did not fill in the dirt once the concrete was dry, I had to do that. I didn’t need to be moving all that dirt but I got it done. Grateful they didn’t crush my baby rose or azalea bushes.

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Then I called to have the lumber, the lattice and hardware delivered because I did not want to have to haul them in my car(SUV). Instead of the 21 boards I ordered, that were on the packing slip, they delivered 12. Guess who had to go get the rest, after much noise, I promise.

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Needed everything here by Friday since Saturday was the day they were coming to put up the lattice…Its 11:28 and they have still not arrived. Going to rain this afternoon.

I really want this project complete for lots of reason, the biggest being my safety in not being tripped by a dog on a wire tie out.

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But we will see if anyone shows. I can do it myself but it won’t be easy. I am not 30 anymore where I did this kind of stuff all the time. For now we just look at a half finished project and WANT for the best.

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Come join in with the prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday of “want.” Make the word “want” the first, second, or third word of your post. Have fun! 

And as always, remember to be kind…even when its hard…

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We are in Deep in the Trenches…SOCS

It’s Saturday right? Its hard to keep up with the day, not because we are so busy because we are so unbusy. We are a creature of habit and routine and when those get flustered, we seem to get lost.

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Linda Hill has challenged us with posting something for Stream of Consciousness Saturday reflecting the word deep.

Well, I have deep thoughts for you today – some of you will agree with it, some you won’t, and that’s okay.  Do I believe this global pandemic was caused by God – No way. Do I believe God is using this global pandemic to his advantage – you betcha. People who have long forgotten to pray because they have been to busy…well, now they are not so busy. And look at all the people who are praying in parking lots, lifting each other up on the internet, facebook and other social platforms.

They are praying in parking lots, praying on tops of medical buildings, lifting each other up across skyscrapers – the media is full of all of us coming together as one – in caring concern and prayer.

This issue is a wake-up call to remind us we don’t need all the stuff we think we need. We don’t need to be busy doing all the busy things that keep us occupied. We need to realize we need each other regardless of country as we are all in this together as one world, one consuming crisis. And to get through it together, we need to be in prayer. Prayer, if coming from your heart, can be the most powerful tool you could have.

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Again, this verse looks condemning like this happened because of our behaviors. Again, No. If you believe in God, then you understand we are all sinners and are all in need of healing – not just from this pandemic but from just being who we are. But right now, the entire globe needs healing from this virus and if we all dig down deep in our hearts and lift prayers above, He will hear them and Lord willing he will heal our lands.

And if you are not a praying person, then you can still help this situation by being kind. This is a scary time and we need a lot of kindness spread all around. Kindness at a distance is still kind. Be safe and be blessed.

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The Fun We Expect & Beauty Too, SoCS

Linda G Hill challenged us to write something for Stream of Consciousness Saturday with words including ect, so here we go….

The exceptional subject matter photographers use here on WordPress are an amazing way to enjoy the perfect beauty of this world we live in – even with all of it disrespectful ugliness.  So today I post some respectful beauty from bloggers here, one I respectfully downloaded. I expect you to at least enjoy the picture if not the short notes.

Foggy Sunrise
Photo by  Irene Tron of Heaven’s Sunshine

Fog

Like smoke

Fills the forest

In the eerie morning

Quiet

 

Jez Sunrise
Photo By Jez Braithwaite of Jez Photos

Dawn

Brightly emerges

On open sea

To start a new

Day

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From FaceBook of Lake Altoona in Georgia

Beautiful

Orange sky

At day’s beginning

To help us enjoy

Life

And in all things remember the value of kindness and let it fall expectantly from you.

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The Best Kind of Snow, JusJojan, #SoCS

It is January which means it’s winter in the northern hemisphere which means in some areas the “S” word has arrived. We try not to say that word much here in hopes it stays away. Yea, that didn’t work for Halloween this year with 4 inches and low 20 temperatures. But I have for a picture of today’s snow, the best kind of snow – Snowed all night but due to the warmth of December, the roads were still warm and therefore the roads are still clear. So the trees were beautifully covered. The sky cleared a short while before turning back to winter gray and I was able to grab this picture.

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It is amazing to me how hard wood tree twist and turn their limbs for their leaves to get the best sunshine. Even nature knows what is best for it and it tries to get there. We humans sometimes over think things and go way in the wrong direction.

As we push into this new year guiding ourselves in the direction we think is best, let us take a cue from nature and find the best direction.

And as we search for that direction, think of the beauty of fresh fallen snow, its purity and beauty and remember to cover everything with kindness.

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The Use of Pacifiers, #SoCS

What a controversial topic for a quiet Saturday morning that almost has as many opinions as there are types of pacifiers. My babies were thumb babies, those were more convenient but the disadvantage is when it’s time for them to be gone, you can’t throw it out the window while driving down the highway. My daughter bought one for her youngest nephew, her younger brother’s last child, which we both thought was hilarious. As far as I know, it was never used but I found this picture on line and thought I would share and no this is not my grandson but he is a cutie.

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But the passe I am referring to today is a total different type of pacifier and one I will miss when it gets to warm to use….the fireplace.

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The passe at my house

These two can be running with the ball, yanking on the rope or just barking loud at each other as they race through the house. BUT when I turn on the gas fireplace, the world comes to a complete stop. So last night they were driving me crazy as I was trying to get some writing done, so I turned on the fireplace and five minutes later…

So we all settled down for a quiet evening and enjoyed the soft Christmas lights and a warm fireplace. Do you have things in your home to settle the loud noises of life? If so share away, I love seeing how we all learn ways to quiet the loudness of life.

I post this in with others who enjoy Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and today’s theme is loud. I know my house really gets loud sometimes, so every effort at calm and quiet is well appreciated.

While this season can be loud with parties and family, remember this is also season of joy, love and peace. So share you peace with others and know that some are hurting in may ways. Even those who put on a brave face can still be hurting. So be kind through the season and carry it with you through the next year.

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And the Noise Begins

In betting which is noisier – inside or outside – I think it may bet inside. There is a basset hound(Max) in the basement howling and baying; there is a coon hound(Mimi) upstairs barking and baying in “attack attack” syndrome, the new puppy(Daisy) is whining and pacing because she knows something bad is going on because of all the noise and then there is a group on men pounding on my roof making all kinds of scary noises. It’s new roof time…before the snow next week…on Halloween…2-3 inch possible. Ugh. But my house is getting a new look, a new dress of protection from the outside elements as it were. The Saturday SoCS prompt for today is dress and I think our houses being dressed properly from the elements is just as important as us dressing properly for protection from the elements.

They say they will be done in 8 hours. I hope so as rain is coming b y 3 pm. We will see. In the meantime, noise.

As life brings you noise, remember there is a purpose somewhere behind it and hopefully the good side of it will shine through as God works his miracles. Is a new roof a miracle? It is for me as I knew there were issues but the last storm did enough damage allowing insurance to pay the bulk of a new roof. There is usually a silver lining in every noise of your life. Relax, embrace the good and allow God to do His thing.

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And as always, remember to be kind.

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Food for a Dreary Day, #SoCS

Last night was a fantastic night at a Home Free Concert. If you are not familiar with them check out the video below.  They are an awesome a Capella country  group that makes all their instrument sounds with their own mouths – their percussionist Adam is unreal.

That being said, getting home after midnight is way past my bedtime so today is a sit at home, drippy rainy day of watching football and eating tasty fast food.

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Linda G. Hill’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “-tast-.” Find a word that contains “tast” and use it in your post. Enjoy!

Even on a quiet stay at home day, you can still spread kindness. Its not always about seeing people face to face but having a tastefully kind spirit in all that you do.

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Our Amazing Mind, #SoCS-Blue

Our minds are an amazing gift from God that in some instances is phenomenal and in others its…Whaat??!?? I have heard it said that as long as you have the first and last letters correct and a general understanding of what is being said, your brain will make it right. On one hand that is great but on the other hand, its why writers had editors. It struck close to home when we purchased T-shirts for an community outreach program at church. We ordered shirts to let anyone know that we would pray for them right then, whatever was on their heart. What a great concept. The shirts came in, we loved them, several of us took one. I even posted one to show how excited we were about this.  The next day we excitedly showed the pastor and he said “What? Did anyone proof read that before ordering?” “Well yea, we said…whats the problem…oh crap.” Three of us missed it.

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Okay I said. I can fix this so we can at least wear them, plus it will be another conversation starter. “Whatever” he said …”order new ones.”

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It just shows how our brains work for us when we don’t seem to be able to do it correctly ourselves. But it emphasizes how we all really need to care for each other and find unique ways to show we care…as in praying for each other. Those of us in the Christian religion like to say we are all brothers and sisters in Christ but it really goes deeper than that. We are all brothers and sisters period. We are all descendants of Adam and Eve…if you believe the bible is true.

I know for me, the idea of me coming from a one cell organism and developing into an ape and then into a human….yea, no. If that were true we would still be seeing that today. Now I will clarify that as there are some people who periodically act like apes and would probably get smack around by an ape if the ape saw that behavior. They don’t tolerate nonsense either.

The new shirts came in today so now we won’t embarrass the church. Funny how many people took one of those shirts with a “4” painted on it…hmmm.

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That being said, if ever I can pray for you about a specific situation or just an unspoken request just reply on any given post P4me and I will do just that.

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday by Linda Hill is blue and these shirts are blue although the coloring from house lights really change the color. Come join in and have fun and remember to always be kind. Let the ripples of kindness flow from you to the world.

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Which Way??, #SoSC

The fun of playing with fellow bloggers and their challenges or prompts really gives you a chance to be creative. Linda G. Hill has a Saturday prompt with a weekly theme to get you creative. This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt  is Weigh/Way/Whey used in any manner as you desire – one word or all words, your choice.

I chose to go way out on a limb and include a photo I really liked from Irene of Heaven’s Sunshine and include silly poetry with it. Hope it brings a smile, as those who read me regularly know how I feel about smiles = happiness = kindness.

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Which Way Now?

I stand here and ponder where this bridge and path leads,

Is it the correct way or will it lead me to more weeds.

I know I must go soon as my hunger begins to grow,

My thoughts now ridiculous, ‘curds and whey the way to go’.

But which way is right will weigh heavy on my mind

For if I choose the wrong way my peace I will not find.

Anita Neal

In finding your peace, I hope it comes with joy and with the joy you feel I hope you are able to share kindness.  Remember Kindness is a choice so I hope you chose to be kind.

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