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Blogging Anniversary Begins a New Year!

anniversary-1xI’ve reached my 3rd Year Anniversary as a blogger with WordPressk11006724

Yes, I feel that’s an accomplishment!

I’m not after numbers… ubr0016

I began writing to share my experiences with the “Special” kids I worked with for 30 years… k0662770

and I did that!

The next 2 years have been a hodge-podge of my life… k10511640

Things from the past…

Things I was doing in the moment…

Things I have dreams of doing…

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The friends I have made…

The interesting topics I’ve read…

The ideas that have influenced me… k7119491

The more I write… the more comfortable I become… k15769928

I love sharing…

I love listening… k5542596

People I have found are just extraordinary!

I choose who I will follow as to the connection I feel with their world…

I look at them… and I see a part of me…

Same ideals… same dreams sometimes… same good times… same bad…

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I wish all a good New Year

that you may achieve a few goals you have set… as I have…

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The number of the year has changed… but, our lives are just continuing on from day-to-day…

No, miracles yet…

but, I hope some will happen… some will be fulfilled…

I think the most important thing in people’s lives is that…

 we try to do our best… k12837689

who can ask any more than that from us…

Daily Prompt: On the Edge

We all have things we need to do to keep an even keelblogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ACTIVITY

Things that keep me having an even keel“keeps me balanced”…

You mean, “Things that keep me from going crazy!”…

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Best stress release I have found since I started in 2011…

Blogging friends to talk to… Just a few words to perk a person up… How neat is that!

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My swimming aerobic class at the YMCA

Have met such nice people… even made a new friend… Will be doing for two years as of Jan. 2014… just keeps me moving… a good thing…

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I read more on the internet than books lately… but, a book once started… is wonderful…

Cookingk13711813

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More like baking… I’m better at that… but, I love trying new recipes… and YES… keeps me busy and even…

Crafts k8463493

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and redoing older items… a favorite thing of mine… When busy with a project I’m a happy camper…

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Hearing different conversation… Gives your mind some new things to ponder on…

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with sister… friends… cousins… Leaving my worries behind… Concentrating on them for a while…

Grandkids k5872361

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Listening to them talk… playing with them… shopping with them… No better way to keep me happy!

Clubs    TopsLogo-Color

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BUNCO (2)… TOPS Group…

Talking… learning… preparation for programs… Definitely… a mind stimulator…

Thrift Store  Antiqu_C

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Actually looking and looking… for that special “treasure”… like a hunt… that makes you smile when you find it!…

I guess I have lots of things that keep me on keel…

so, maybe I won’t go too crazy!… k10631664or get too off-balance!

Awards are Wonderful!

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Kim @ Tranquil Dreams

Kim honored me with these two Awards…

I had never received…

I love the thought of being a part of the WordPress Family… I have been blogging with WordPress ever since I retired… beginning January 1, 20112-1/2 years ago… seems much longer at times… 4919659112_70f8836dfa_s

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The Sunshine Award is so bright and cheerful… The yellow color has to brighten your day!…

So a thank you to Kim… of “Tranquil Dreams”…

I’m making up my own questions… Just a few things about myself you may not know…

1. The only exercise I do is water aerobicsx10784073

2. I like soup… full of veggies… or creamy potato… k5520650

3. Would rather eat veggie sandwiches… soups… crispy things… than have a real meal… k13270138

4. I cook… but, I bake betterk4328807

5. I dye my hair… and probably always will… don’t want to be gray! k9319713

6. People usually guess me to be younger than I am… I “guess” that’s a good thing! x12333371

7. I’m the baby of the family… and was treated that way even after I grew up… married… and had my own kids… k13410322

8. I love Art of any kind… the colors, the textures, the feel… k8413105

9. I’m happiest when writing or messing in some kind of art project!… k9050515

10. I make friends pretty easy…but, I have a cautiousness about getting too close to some people…

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Enough said about me… If you receive this Award… please accept… because I think you deserve it for sure… but, have fun in your response… no pressure!

My nominees:

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/

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http://terry1954.wordpress.com/

http://3rdculturechildren.com/

http://mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com/author/mybeautfulthings/

http://diannefaw.wordpress.com/

http://quirkybooks.wordpress.com/

http://lilymugford.com/

http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/2215525/

https://twitter.com/kellie_elmore

Daily Prompt: Personal Space

To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

It’s definitely self-expression u18681561… and creativityk10963906

and the “icing on the cake” is that have some followers who evidently like to read some of what I writek8727140

I am the one getting something from my blogging…

It gives me a feeling of being freecfr0020

a place to find comfort…cfr0246

a place to let my own thoughts and ideas flow…k11889305

a place to try new thingsIS098RJ1X

a place to make new friendsnri0123

a place to learn of other homelands… be it another country… state… city…MAP0084

a place to learn of other’s heritage and traditionsk13605188

a place to feel someone’s joy or heartachecfr0017

It’s a place to find out that we all are quite similark3019137

So here I am… expressing myself… and letting my creative juices flow

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Daily Prompt: Goals

When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?

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The following is what I wrote that first blog day ( 12-31-2010) …k2527826

These were my goalsk8525651

I achieved them… by writing about my “Special Kids” for a whole yeark0662770

I don’t know how many readx22042384how many learned anything… k13912041how many people even made comments at that time…k12892580

but, my goal was obtainedk13456422

I also had as a goal to make this year of writing… about  “my kids”… into a bookcfr0052

That I haven’t done… but, has not been forgotten vmo0481

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I have decided to start a blog… I am learning… but, have decided to try new things this year… I’ve always wanted to tell about my experiences while working with “Special Ed” children… I call them “my kids”… This experience began over 30 years ago… when my youngest son was just a baby… we were at a park with my two boys, my sister and her kids and my Mother… We often took a picnic lunch to the park to let the kids play… We took whatever we had in the house, which could be peanut butter and jelly or tuna fish sandwiches… Kool Aid a must!…  A  group of children under supervision of a young man and others were there also… As we were walking around… watching the kids play, a young boy approached us and started saying, “baby, baby”… He was reaching for “my baby” and got a hold of him and wouldn’t let go… My sister was getting excited and hollered for our Mother to help her… By this time a young man who I had seen with this group of children came running up and got the boy… giving us much relief… He said, “I’m sorry that the boy had grabbed the baby, but he meant no harm”… We found out that the children were “retarded”  children as we called them at that time… We left soon after… with a tale to tell my husband and others… I didn’t know that would be the beginning of my experiences with these “Special Kids”… I had a cousin with cerebral palsy… He was very smart,but lived in a twisted body with speech hardly recognizable… I liked him… but, didn’t really understand his health problems except through what I overheard from family… He had a great sense of humor and he loved my Dad… who would make special visits to see him even though it was some distance from our house… Dad was a joke teller and my cousin would get so tickled!…  I remember him using a typewriter… so I knew he had to be smart, just hard to get around and talk normal… Oh, how advanced he could have been if he had lived to use all the equipment that has been invented for people with his disabilities… I would say his disability was more physical and but as you will read later “mental” disabilities can be even harder…

My stories progressed after this… dealing with the issues I dealt with as a Teacher Assistant with these most Special Children“… k0662770“My Kids”…

New Award… “Best Moment”

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Best Moment Award | My Daily Prompt Blog

I was given this lovely Award by Nina…(see above)…

and I thank you … k2882099

As much as I love Awards x18460721… I find it hard to do all that is required at times to accept…

so, I’ll begin with an acceptance speech… bon0797

I come here with a humble heart k5278665 … I so like that YOU have chosen ME to give this unique Award…

It makes me feel proud  k10169074 that I have in some way touched a place in you with my writings…

Be it…

a feeling of hope… k0969513

a memory stirred… k11242244

an inspiration to try new things… sca0392

a blessing when you were feeling low… k5931949

a happy feeling that made you just laugh out loud…

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Just so you were entertained for a few short moments…

would bless my heart…

I thank you…

and I in turn pass this on to all who follow my blogging efforts

I so appreciate all of you…

Feel free!

DPchallenge: Through the Door

Weekly Writing Challenge: Through the Door

My Dad had built our home… one nail at a time…

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on eight acres of land he had saved for and bought after getting out of the Navy

It was out in the county… some would say “country”…

A narrow road with few homes… spread far apart…

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The land had a creekwoods and a field of shrubs… tall grasses… and wildflowers…

He used every moment he had after a full day working as a wallpaper hangerWallpa_C

…  to make his dream come true k1304229

… Making this a home that we… his little family would grow to love and be a welcoming place for all who visited…

There were two homes actually… The first… had a small front door Hous_27 for a small little green house… living there until the larger home could be finished…

Both were memorable…

The small door opened into a warm… comfy place… made that way by my Mom and Dad…

You could see the wood/coal-burning stoveBWBW0844 as soon as you entered… and

the stairway that made it’s way to the atticnarrow and steepk4702333

I loved playing on the steps… leading me up into the one long room that consisted of a bed,  a low ceiling and one big window… It overlooked the weeping willow tree k7038338and green grass… My sanctuary at times with the Sears Catalog1942SearsChristmasBookPage0001 … as I cut paper dolls from it headernostainjpg_000… and pretended to be whoever I wanted…

When the bigger house was finished… a solid.. bigger door was usedk10797263 … to keep us safe… a screen door attached with it so we could feel a cool breeze on hot summer nights…

there was no air conditioning

This door … entered the living room of knotty pine k9900318 beams in the ceiling viewable as you stepped inside… along with the staircase leading up to the second floor… It’s little cubby window indented inside the staircase wall… that always held Mom’s glass domed anniversary clock QHN006GLH given to her by Daddy…

I always remember the feeling of peace, love and safety as I walked through that door…

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We had three other doors… but, this was the main door right off the big porch that held the swing

The backdoor HOUS_27C … was used all of the time… Neighbors… family and friends… knew this led to the dining room with the big table… where all sat for coffeehome cooked meals and a place to talk… Off from it… the kitchen… which always had good smells coming from it…k8969476

The door on the actual front of our home that Daddy built was hardly ever used

because there was no sidewalk leading to it… The door was surrounded with stones Dad had brought up from the creek and a porch led downward… But, for some reason…  there were just big trees and green grass for people to walk on

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so they were drawn to the big porch

I remember sitting in the foyer of this door… a place that allowed me to have a private little space just for me… I would color and play with my paper dolls… with the sun shining in… and be perfectly contentgwil20115

I did often wonder about the sidewalk that was never built

but, never got a clear answer

Maybe it was on my Dad’s  “to do” list that never seemed to get finished

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Our home was sold after my Dad passed and my Mom who lived alone there for many years was unable to be alone…

I’ve visited “once” since …

and I assure you… it’s never the same… walking in those doors…

The people were just as friendly… and welcomed us to look around…k6236103

But, our home had become theirs

and so many changes had been made…

Not, bad changes… but, changes…

a few walls moved…

painted woodwork… no more knotty pine…

stairwell turned completely around…

different decor and colors…

windows removed…

windows added…

I see how the new owners love this home my Dad built k2681482 trd022tg29328… but, have now made it their own… and looking intheir door” x27078772

I’m sure they have good feelings too…cfr0010

and that is as it should be!