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Filling the Empty Nest

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Today’s prompt for the Saturday Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “empty/hollow.”

There are lots of quotes about the glass being half full or half empty. Be thankful you have a glass with something in it. The glass is always full of something, water, air, a bug. How did that bug get in there? I don’t know, but it happens when the glass sits in the cabinet in the back for a long time and you live in a warmish climate and don’t like to use chemicals. But that’s not really what I meant to write about.

I have lamented at times over my empty nest. My daughter has been out in her own place for over a year now.  It might be two years. I lose track of time. And other things. Where was I? Oh, she just turned 25. I’m sort of appreciating the empty nest now. Because it’s not really empty. Her old room is my art studio, spare room, dog room… it is quite full and in need of some organizing. But what is that saying about an empty desk is a sign of…. No, a cluttered desk is a sign of a creative mind. There you go. So much for feng shui.  Or maybe I have my own special kind. The thing is, I usually end up painting in the kitchen.

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As cluttered as it gets.

I love seeing my daughter when she visits which is not often enough. But there was a time when she drove me crazy. I think we drove each other crazy when she was a teenager and even before that when we went through puberty and menopause at the same time since I gave birth to her when I was 37 years old. If she had to come back home, she could. I did that when I was like, 22 or something and went back to college. But I’m learning to let go and let God work. Not easy, but I’m making progress. My life is as full as ever and I am thankful for that.

Sometimes things have to be emptied out to be filled again with something new.

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For more information on the Saturday Stream of Consciousness, visit Linda G. Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/05/18/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-19-18/

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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No More Chains

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The fence is falling down in the backyard of what used to be my parents’ house.  To be more accurate, it’s pretty much useless in the way back jungly part where the poison ivy has returned.

In trying to decide what to do about the fence, my husband and I discussed options. He’s been great about not telling me what to do since I told him that was a pet peeve of mine when we were dating. So, I asked him what he would do if it was all up to him. First he helped me clarify that my plan A is to eventually sell the house and not to put too much money into it outside of getting the bathroom redone. After that was clarified, he said he would do nothing and leave the dilapidated fence like it was.

This felt like a terrible option for me. As we talked, the reason came to the surface. When I was in elementary school, we had a dog named Hoppy. He was a Newfoundland/German Shepherd mix but looked something like a Gordon Setter.  Since we lived in military housing, Hoppy didn’t have a fenced in yard. He had a chain attached to his dog house. Dad let him run loose at night when we were stationed in California and took him to the canyon on weekends to run.  When we moved to Philadelphia and Dad went to Vietnam, Hoppy didn’t get much exercise. It’s not like I ignored him, but I didn’t walk him much because I was afraid he might get away from me. My biggest wish was that Hoppy could have a fenced in back yard so he wouldn’t have to be on a chain.  He did have a yard for three months when we stayed with my sister in Michigan, but then we moved  to New York and Hoppy went back on the chain.   I’d sit inside his dog house with him for hours and make up stories in my head, including the fenced yard fantasy.

While Dad was still in Vietnam, my mom who suffered from depression, told me a story about a sick little girl who needed Hoppy more than I did. She said they had a big fenced yard for him to run in.  I had to believe her.

Dad retired from the Marine Corps when I was 13. I was excited that we bought a house with a fenced in back yard for our new dog, Lobo, who lived most of his life in that big back yard plus walks around the neighborhood.  I wish Hoppy could have had that kind of life. When I bought a house of my own, having a fenced in back yard was the number one priority. Is it any wonder that the house I live in today has a fence in the back and the front?

Now, I’ve inherited my parents’ house with the fallen fence. When I think about selling that house, I think about a girl (or a boy, or a family) who might have a dog who needs a fenced in yard. And when I think about heaven, I see a lush green meadow with all the dogs I’ve ever loved running to meet me with Hoppy in the lead.

 


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A Superhero, Kids on a Plane, and a Cursive Writing Champ

I hope you enjoy these three good news stories involving children.

Four year old Austin is a superhero who helps the homeless with food and with lots of love. I think he’s going to run for president some day. He’s got my vote!

This next story is about a man who helps out with children on a plane. Some people would ask to move to a different seat. But this guy jumps in to help with persistent patience.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mans-act-of-kindness-on-airplane-goes-viral-after-grateful-mom-posts-about-him/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=51561250

And finally, nine year old Anaya Ellick who was born without hands, recently won another award for cursive handwriting.

 

Feel free to share your good news in the comments, be it personal, local, or global!

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Trust the timing. In the meantime, be good to yourself.

Loving Me, Too

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Thirty years is a long time for an empathic introvert to work in the field of addiction and mental health and in an environment of constantly expanding bureaucracy. Don’t get me wrong. I am thankful to have served. I learned a lot. Parts of it, I even miss. About 20%. But that job took a lot out of me.

A couple weeks ago, I was driving down the street near my old office. The same street I used to drive Monday through Friday. The same street I drove to get home at 9pm on Thursday nights – my late night when I did my group. I liked doing groups, but the paperwork had increased to overwhelming proportions. I often prayed for deliverance as I drove home in those last years when I was a single mom, especially on Thursday nights.  Deliverance came in January of 2017 when the love…

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Just Say Neigh, Oink, Moo

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood and Linda Hill has decided to have fun with today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “on the farm.” Find a word that has a farm animal sound in it, i.e. sMOOth, and use it in your post. Bonus points if you include three or more. Have extra fun!   ___LGH

Hey Linda! Did you know your initials remind me of the word, laugh? Okay, then farm animal. I’ve always loved horses and had one of my own in my early twenties, but I have not been close to a horse in about a year. I’ll be going to Ashton Farm in June for some horse energy! But neigh reminds me of neighborhood.

I like my neighborhood. Some days, I love it. The houses were built in the forties and need some work. Mine needs a lot of work…. but the neighborhood has plenty of old trees and is quiet most of the time. It’s not perfect, we do occasionally get suspicious activity in a house down the street or a dog running loose, but for the most part, it’s great.

I still want to find a house in the mountains some day, too. That’s very much in the dreaming stage. Dreaming about a house, a cottage in the woods. My house is a little urban cottage near the coast. Ahhh. Dreams….. I don’t want a homeowners association fee though and all those rules. Neigh, not for me. Unless the house is otherwise perfect because anything is possible!

Love your neighbor as yourself means don’t forget to love yourself, too. That means I need some freedom to be me and let my yard go a little wild and woodsy. Not manicured. That’s just me. If someone asks you to do something that feels unhealthy or like you would be betraying yourself, then, just say neigh. Not for me. But what might be for me is bonus points if I can find two more words with farm animal sounds.

OINKER. My husband says he’s an oinker. Not that he’s fat, overweight is more PC, (Sorry. It’s SOC) though we’ve both gained a few pounds since we got married. Here’s what he means by oinker:

One

Income

No

Kids

Expecting

Retirement

Did you know that pigs are more intelligent than dogs? I’m tempted to say, that’s why I don’t eat them. But I have to come up with one more animal sound/word. So I’ll go with something easy.

Moon, Moon, I love the moon. Do cows ever howl at the moon? I guess they’d moo at the moon. I bet it’s happened.

While she was jumping

over the moon,

she mooed.

Wouldn’t you?

I don’t eat cows either. I’m never in the mood anymore for burgers. Don’t miss em. Never liked moon pies much. But dark chocolate, that’s calling me. Dark chocolate makes me want to howl at the moon.  Here’s a song about the moon by America. I had not heard it before now and stumbled upon it looking for “Blue Moon.” You never know what you might find.

For more farm animal sounds in the Stream of Consciousness, visit Linda’s post!

https://lindaghill.com/2018/05/11/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-12-18/

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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Working Together

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Today, I offer two stories about two men working together:

1. After many years at war, the leaders of North and South Korea met in person for the first time on April 27th and agreed to work together for peace! No matter what happens, this gives me hope that the hardest hearts can become open to peace and healing.

2. After the accident, Willie Burnman was told he would never never walk or even move his limbs again. But he got a little feeling in his toes. Then he met Jeff, the YMCA intern. Watch what happened:

https://www.wfmynews2.com/video/news/two-men-form-unlikely-but-inspiring-brotherhood/291-8109373

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In personal good news, I’m having the bathroom in my parents’ house redone – new tub, new sink, new toilet, new floor! The not so good news is I’ll have limited internet access there, so I won’t be on WP much this week. But the good news in that is, I’m going to work on de-cluttering and writing.   

I hope the week brings you good news and sweet surprises!

 


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Awesome Stories 367

This week’s awesome stories brought me to tears joy and an even deeper respect for elephants.

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 This week Awesome Stories brings you trying, systemic changes, and remarkable elephants.

Trying

Yoda from Star Wars is famous for saying “Do or do not, there is no try” but Mandy Harvey wrote an original song that is all about trying and not giving up in the face of adversity. She lost her hearing due to an illness, and after a period of mourning, she decided she wasn’t going to give up on life or her music. This song is the result. I admire her grit and her talent. Well done Mandy. Wow!

Remarkable Elephants

elephants, Awesome StoriesI’ve always been fascinated by elephants, and this article only made me want to learn more. In fact, I’d love to go on an African Safari to see the elephants, lions, rhinos, and other amazing wildlife. The author calls elephants remarkable beings for their sensitivity, long-term bonding, and family orientation. They are also highly matriarchal, with…

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