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Veteran’s Day Poem

To all the brave soldiers, thank you, for the sacrifices made defending America’s freedom. Continue reading

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Broken Tradition

“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.” – Erma Bombeck

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Mother was never big on holidays or any type of celebrations, really. I remember one Christmas she actually put up a tree display. Her holiday version, a small bare branch from an unspecified tree. On the thrift shop black wooden four-drawer hall table, simplicity stuck firmly in a metal, two-pound ground coffee can. Year after year, the plain branch became beautiful.

My sister and I carefully hang homemade ornaments.

scissors and glue
and cut out paper snowflakes
glitter magic

With sand, a few stabilizing rocks, it became the only Christmas tree I can ever remember. It was not that we were financially poor. My father was a good provider. There must have been other years we had real Christmas trees with every red, gold and silver ornament embracing the branches but only one remains fondly in my memory – the little branch tree. It makes me smile.

breeze of yesterday
jostle the evergreen tree
a broken tradition

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Inspiration from Managua Gunn’s Cabin Fever – LĪGO HAĪBUN quotation prompt challenge. Photo source:

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A Simply Charming Thank YOU!!

Hello charming Friends…today in the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day!

My special thanks to all of you readers who shared precious moments with me this past year…I depend greatly on your friendship.

Thank you.

The Thanksgiving Day mantra.

Happy Thanksgiving Day.


I Am Thankful For…

Once again it is time to pay your taxes. Oops, wrong month!

Actually, it is not tax season here in the United States but rather, a special time of the year. On the fourth Thursday in November, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

Traditionally, families and friends usually share time together; some to express prayers of gratitude followed by a thanksgiving meal that can be as simple or as elaborate as one chooses to make it.

For those without family or friends to celebrate with, or maybe experiencing tough financial times, many options are available. Many good-will organizations want to make sure no one goes without a thanksgiving meal.

For example, a local community church here recently had an early thanksgiving gathering last week that not only offered a free turkey meal with dessert, but the first 300 people received a whole frozen turkey–FREE!

How awesome is that!?!

Of course, lots of people showed up…parking became incredibly tight…The Crowded Lot
Not to mention waiting in line…but everyone had fun,  especially the church volunteers who helped cook and serve the meals.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Day prior to the over commercialized Christmas holidays is actually a good thing. I love being able to slow down a bit to spend a least one day in the company of loved ones and naturally, eating my favorite meal: roasted turkey with lots of stuffing, gravy and large scoops of cranberry sauce!

Since I usually eat and eat and eat, leaving me completely lethargic and useless, I am thinking ahead this year.

Here are my top five inventions I am so grateful for…
1. Cell phone–this is my memory part of my brain…if I leave home without it, or–don’t say it–misplace it, this could activate instant meltdown and total body failure!
2. Internet–no words needed…you and I both know this invention has revolutionized the world.
3. Light bulb–I so love my light source!
4. Refrigeration–Thanking the person who invented this neat appliance…a cool place for all the leftovers and expired bottles of whatever(s) to hang together in one spot…
5. Washer/dryer–I love doing laundry since these modern appliances make it so easy!Washing Machine

No longer a chore but crazy fun! You know it is an obsession when you actually go out and hunt down dirty laundry just to run the machines!

If you are wondering why I did not list my car, well, I figure you all know how deeply grateful I am for my wheels. Absolutely grateful.

I could go on and on because, truly, my life has been abundantly blessed, but for now, my prayers of gratitude focuses on the simply charming top five inventions.

So, what are your top five inventions you are absolutely grateful for this season?

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Want more gratitude and inspiration?

Head over to Island Traveler’s very charming Weekly Image Of Life and enjoy all the best of this week’s theme: I Am Thankful For….

America Celebrates!

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On this day, July 4, 1776, two great men, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and “the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States,”  brought freedom from Great Britain to the United States .

To Thomas Jefferson, known in history as the author of the Declaration and the third United States president, thank you for your written words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable Rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…

To John Adams, second United States president, thank you for your written words:

I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory.

Both of these men, undoubtedly are powerful historical figures that helped shaped a great nation we know as the United States of America. It may be a simple coincidence but, both these men passed from this life on July 4, 1826, the 50th Fourth of July anniversary celebration.

May you rest in peace, Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Adams.

America celebrates the Fourth of July with great festivities…beautiful firework displays…parades and carnivals…picnics and barbeques…baseball games and concerts…family reunions…and many more happy celebrations.

~May you have a blessed, safe and happy Fourth of July.


Oh, Happy Father’s Day!

I just have one thing to say on this day, *sniffle,* Father’s Day

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Oh, go on, have yourself a good one…

Some of us, *sniffle,* got our precious, you know, taken away surgically and so yah, I’ll never know…wahhh, what it would be like to be a . . . a . . . father!!


OOOHHH, go on, all you fathers out there…hope you had an electrifying and Happy Father’s Day!

With all my love,

Chuckles, the farm dog.