TToT Time

I only have a bit of time this morning but there’s always room for Jell-o and always time for the TToT… yes?

Let’s do this down and dirty like…

  1. Got a tree yesterday…only lights so farimg_20161202_162442381
  2. Joulie is finally growing on me to the point that I can actually say I am quite grateful for her sorry little buttimg_20161115_065033790
  3. Thanksgiving went off without a hitch
  4. It’s been an emotionally draining week but I managed not to fall apart in front of anyone
  5. December 1st. It’s kinda my Christmas morning. It’s the day that all the Advent calendars that I make and send or give out get opened and I get flooded with photos of people opening silly little packages of homemade crayons, marbles or plastic gorillas. I wish I had time to make one for everyone… I love to do it and it’s fun to see people look forward to getting up or going to work in order to open a silly little surprise.
  6.  I am hurting for time lately. I need to be grateful that I have as much as I do. I got quite a bit done this morning before I have to go out.
  7.  I am starting to feel better (less achy , less fatigued) after treatment. Very grateful.
  8. I am so grateful for a humane solution to the barking problem in our house. It is now down to “Inside voice, or I get the can!” Its a little can of air . All it does is emit an air sound and it stops the barking… awesome….As a side benefit it seems to work on my neighbor as well… Poor Jude jumps every time she hears it!
  9. santa_claus_conquers_martians_poster_011-e1354920441205-699x400It really is a ridiculous movie, but I love it. I love a “good” B movie.

10. My buddy Richard has released a new small paperback about geese. Its a photo book… Even if you hate geese go look at his site... the other photos are wonderful. Check out his super moon shot!15073338_10206746570974520_5864702334109425839_n-copy 15107357_10206783064206828_3984348889940868812_n

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CRAFT…six sentence stories

  1.  Cut a long strip of paper one inch in width
  2. Cut it into 1×1 inch square segments
  3. Fold the top two corners of each square so you now have a pentagon
  4. Using a Styrofoam egg and straight pins, start at the bottom of the egg and pin each pentagon (point down) to the egg encircling it.
  5. Work your way up to the top leaving a bald spot at the very top
  6. Embellish the top with anything you like including a little loop  of string for hangingunnamed-10
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Welcome to Six Sentence Stories

unnamed-11-e1462409384457 This week’s cue was CRAFT

You remember how to play, yes?

  • six sentences, no more , no less
  • any genre
  • use the cue as you like
  • come back here on Thursday morning and link it up
  • Hop around and spread the comment love

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It’s Time for a Random Post

05652e3a5ee1e6c34b5261db309667deWell, it’s more like I have time for a random post.

My dog woke me up like this this morning. She is neither as patient, nor as effective as her predecessor was at the Jedi mind control… give it time grasshopper, give it time… talk about your mixed media metaphors…

Joulie has however mastered the “I’m-gonna-be-a-pain-in-the -butt”method of control, as she did manage to get me out of bed for five instead of the planned six a.m. Guess who is sleeping right now? No, really go ahead, guess…img_20160731_193437

Joulie is having some belly issues that I hope resolve soon. It always makes me worry when the doggy is ill. I hate to leave the house. I have to, but I hate to.

I have been really too busy lately and am going to try to slow down this week. Ironically, I haven’t had the physical situation to accommodate such activity, but maybe that’s why it happens this way, yes? To keep me going perhaps? I will always push so maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t have much opportunity to slow down or else I would be curled up on the sofa right now thinking about how much effort it is to get up and go to the bathroom or something similar. Funny thing is everyone knows that feeling from the middle of the night when you just don’t want to get out of bed. You know the old ” I had to pee six hours ago but apparently not bad enough to get up and now it’s to the point of no choice in the matter.”

I’ve also decided that I swear far too much. I am going to start trying to at least cut back and stop swearing with such intent. A occassional slip is okay in my book, but I tend toward the more vehement usage of the vernacular. I am not doing well on the actual cutting down, but as I tell my clients (and indeed must practice what I preach) the awareness needs to be there first so spend time doing that before you expect to see real change…and boy, am I aware! I am astounded at how often I am cussing with real intent…even in my thoughts…especially in my thoughts…. not as much verbally… either way it contributes to a negative vibe I don’t need.

I am now at work. My Joulie was feeling a bit better when I left. I suspect a day of rest will be good for her.

My plants welcomed me back to this office today… I’ve been gone two weeks.img_20161128_074629424_hdr

I am holding myself accountable to sending out an email request that I have been putting off for some time… if I put it out here I kinda feel like I have to do it.

Have a great day!

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It’s the Six Sentence Cue of the Week

unnamed-11-e1462409384457I’m running a bit late but I wouldn’t forget… ahem….really…

You know the rules right? Anyone out there need a quick review?

  • six sentences, no more, no less
  • any genre
  • use the cue as you see fit
  • come back and post it on Thursday

The cue this week is CRAFT

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Occasionally it happens that I get hit with a proverbial brick to the head, and this one came hard, fast, and unexpectedly, from a place I would have never predicted. I’ve spent the past few years on efforts to feel less stuck after a serious loss, and it turns out a good amount of time I was spinning my wheels. I got a lot done in that time, and made some needed changes. Yesterday, during a conversation with my brother, I realized the part I’ve been struggling with the most has been there all along. I need to stop resisting, just rest, and stop trying to change so much. I need to accept that what remains will come naturally- like religion to the natives.


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This week the cue was NATIVE

You know the rules: 6 sentences, no more or less

Any genre

Use the cue

Link it up at the stroke of midnight or anytime until next Thursday….

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TToT, a Cue and the Holidays are Upon Us

I, like many in the nation, am recovering from the recent election. I am looking for a way to make a difference in the next four years. I, like many in the nation, am discouraged.

But I, like others, must remember the wisdom and strength of those before us. A friend reminded me, when he sent me this  Mexican proverb earlier today:




For friends, those before us, wisdom to remain calm and peaceful, inspiration, perseverance… I am grateful. Currently, my greatest hope is that in four years, I will have the chance to admit I was wrong.

Joulie wasn’t feeling well today. She is fine, but it really made me realize how much she has grown on me. She is a wonderful little dog. Hyper, yes… wonderful none the less.

If you recall , I have a thing for Advent calendars. I’m not sure where that came from but I do. I love to make them and I make upwards of twenty or so each year. These are the three I finished this week.

img_20161119_090222My mother was asked by her granddaughter to  consider writing down some of her early memories from childhood and her married life. She so far has written 38 pages. Quite an accomplishment when you consider she has one heck of a tremor and has difficulty writing even on a small-scale. I finished typing it today. I’m grateful that she can still do things like this and that her grandchildren are asking her to do it.

I didn’t get the Christmas Death Letter this year. I suspect my mother unpacked the box it was in before I got to it…gratitude.

img_20161118_210501972This lovely little bauble arrived this week…

Things like this make me happy.

Thank you, Leo!

My friend Richard put out a new photo book this year. It’s small and paperback and full of adorable photos… This is the flyer…15107357_10206783064206828_3984348889940868812_n

I’ve made a few new friends over the past few months. I’m grateful for the ability to meet and connect with people.

I’m still working through some uncomfortable things and still on a spiritual search. It’s moving, but like everything, I wish it was easier.

This is a short one, but overall, much for which to be grateful.

unnamed-11-e1462409384457Before we tie it up, the Six Sentence Cue of the Week is NATIVE.

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Just a bit of self help in six sentences…

100_1369Living in this hemisphere of the world (and especially the eastern coast of this country), people are more susceptible to Vitamin D deficiency and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Many of my clients could use a boost as Daylight Saving Season continues to drown us in late morning and early evening darkness. Exposure to full spectrum light helps to ease the mood difficulties caused by this situation.Unfortunately many of the full spectrum bulbs made for this purpose can run several hundred dollars. What people don’t know is that the $15.00 bulb used by breeders and pet stores,to help birds and reptiles keep their colors in the winter, is the same full spectrum light produced by the far more outrageously priced items not found in pet stores. You just have to be careful not to get a heat producing bulb so you don’t catch your lamp shade on fire–I would recommend taking it off anyhow.unnamed-11-e1462409384457

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unnamed-11-e1462409384457Welcome to Six Sentence Stories

This weeks cue is LIGHT…use it in six sentences, any genre you like, any way you like, and come back in the morning to link it up!

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