Patience, Impatiens


“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” – Arnold H Glasow

The author of this quote must have had a crystal ball.  How relevant and meaningful this quote is in today’s times.

How patient are we?

I see patience being challenged.  In fact, I am seeing a trend in impatience.  I am not going to get into what we read and hear from the media.  You read and hear the news and so do I.  If you believe what you read and hear. you form your opinion and I do the same.

I feel the lack of patience, as a growing trend, is something each and every one of us needs to evaluate within ourselves.  Where does it come from?  What is the cause?  The impact of negative experiences is a major cause, which may have started early on in our lives.  Fear of others and a sense of insecurity.   Fear and misconceptions of ourselves.  Fear of uncertainty.  All of these things I mentioned wear on your nerves and make you edgy and impatient.

Being impatient can mean everything has to be done, in the moment.  Right or wrong?  So you were impatient and smashed the egg.  You couldn’t wait for it to hatch, could you?  And where did this get you?  Nowhere, and perhaps you are in a heap of trouble.

Being patient is the key to everything.  I believe this and you should too.  Well, I believe it is one of the keys to everything.  Oh, and let’s get something straight, patience doesn’t always mean taking your time.  It means you are certain that there will be positive results in a timely manner.  The egg will hatch and there will be a chicken and you will be praised for your due diligence.

Ah, the aura of certainty.  It is a much better feeling of uncertainty, isn’t it?

It is my pleasure to dedicate this blog to the recurring quote challenge held by patriciasplace.  You are missing some good blogs if you don’t drop in and take a look.  The event is In Other Words –






Let the Sunshine Brighten Your Day!


Wow, this award image has oodles of personality!

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I’m thrilled to receive the Triple Rays Sunshine award from my fellow blogger sabahbatul786.  You must check out their blog at  You will fall in love with the beautiful background colors – it’s like reading through rose colored glasses.  Sabah’s blogs are as beautiful as the rosy background.

These awards are a true showing of camaraderie and a great way to interact with fellow bloggers.  There are some rules, however, they are simple and to the point.  So, let’s start, shall we?

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you
  • Answer the eleven questions from your nominator(s)
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer

Here are the nominees in no particular order.  Please take note that if do not wish to accept the award, it is acceptable to decline.












Congrats Everyone!

And now for the questions!

Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?

Are you proud of the person you are or are you still a work in progress?

Oh, most definitely a work in progress and probably always will be.  Why not – it is more fun and keeps you motivated.
What would be the one thing you would do differently If you went back to high school?

Take the time to learn more than one language.
If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

Peace on earth, peace of mind and a good home for our puppies and kittens and our dogs and cats.
Your best memory of your childhood vacations?

Traveling and seeing sites in different states.
Your happy place would be?

Peace with my inner self.
Your dream job would be?

Working for Google
The top thing on your bucket list?

To own a cabin in Blue Ridge, Ga
What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

It’s me
Your favorite Disney princess?

Princess Pocahontas

Reading a book or Watching a movie….On a lazy Sunday evening?

Watching a movie

Have fun with this fellow bloggers!



The Wonderful Feeling of Camaraderie

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I have been honored with The Blogger Recognition Award.  This is my second nomination for this award that was graciously bestowed upon me by yvocaro.

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Please check out her blog  She is an avid gaming fan and sets up her blogs beautifully with exciting descriptions and illustrations.   She details new games, gaming news and more in a very comprehensive fashion.


So, let’s chat about the award.  I’m not here to see how many awards I can collect.  I am here to share and learn by blogging, and most importantly, to interact with other bloggers.  These awards are a great show of camaraderie and I love to bestow these awards upon others.  With that said, I understand some are not into accepting the awards or feel they are too time-consuming to accept.  That’s fine, okay?

Here are the rules:

1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
3. Write a post to show off your award
4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
7. Attach the award to the post (right click and save, then upload)
8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
9. Provide a link to the award post you created.

I have some new connections and I am going to list five of them for the award in no particular order.  It is their choice as to whether they want to accept the award.












Another Quote Brings On Another Challenge

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”
Raymond Lindquist

I am discussing this quote to address the challenge from Patricias Place is a stunning site that you must visit.  I found out that Patricia loves cats too, which she and I and many other cat lovers have such a lovely a common denominator.

in-other-words1In Other Words is a weekly challenge where you receive a quote as a prompt.  You can use the quote or the author as an inspiration for your blog.

Since I enjoy quotes, I opted to take on this weekly challenge.  So let’s chat about the quote.

I feel comfortable with where I currently live.  I feel comfortable with my circle of friends.  I feel comfortable with the places I frequent, for example – retail stores, restaurants and bars, salons, gyms, and so forth.  I feel comfortable with where I like to travel.  I feel comfortable with where I like to stay.  I could continue on and on, but you get the gist.


The reason for my comfortable feelings, as mentioned above, is because these places are familiar to me.  Their vicinity is close by and they are relatively safe.  What they have to offer fits my needs.  I consider this my tangible comfort zone.

But, what about things that are not tangible or intangible things?  For example – caring, liking, anger, sadness, happiness, depression, anxiety and love, to name a few.   These things can also have familiarity but perhaps, depending on the individual, a bit more complicated to define.  There can be many variables that can have an impact on this comfort zone.

So, here is the situation.  I moved to another state.  I had to make new friends.  I had to locate new stores, new places to dine, new places to socialize and new places that offer what I need.  For some, this is easy and for some, it is not so easy.  For some. it takes courage to take this on.  It takes courage to let go of the familiar and move forward.

Let’s discuss the intangibles.  Remember that I said this could be a bit more complicated?  I could be rather lengthy on this part, however, I won’t.  I would dare to say there are books written with relevance to this subject.  My personal feelings are it would hard as hell to let go of the familiar when it comes to caring, liking, anger, sadness, happiness, depression, anxiety and love.  It would take a tremendous amount of courage for me to move forward in some situations.


Mustering up that courage to confront anger and anxiety; mustering up that courage to say “I love you” is essential.  It is essential because it gives one the power to let go of the familiar and move forward.

I like this quote.  It makes sense to me, where some quotes can be too murky for my liking.  This quote is a sort of antidote to me.  If I have the courage then I have the power to let go of the familiar.

Cheers! ☕☕


My Goals – Blogging 201


Hmmm, I have pondered what my intent in blogging is for a while.  I am going to address this as truthfully as I can and leaning toward being simplistic.  Being simplistic is really not my cup of tea, or in my case not my cup of coffee.  You know, the so-called “golden years” supposedly mean you have been around for awhile and you are laying back and enjoying life.  That idea is hogwash and certainly not simplistic, and neither am I.  So, rather than ramble about my goals, I am getting all of my ramble-babble out in this paragraph. 🙂

  • Why do I blog?

To gain followers, to connect with others, to clarify my own thoughts and to self-publish

  • If your blog exceeded your wildest dreams, what would that look like? Would you have a different design? How many followers would you have? How much traffic? What sort of community would participate? How often would you post?

If my blog exceeded my wildest dreams, I would want it absorbed in warm and glorious colors.  I would want words that ooze fluidity.  I would want my theme to compliment my ideas.  I love color, especially warm colors.  I dream in color and expect everything I perceive to reflect color.  I love my theme (design) because it is me and it is flexible.  I would love to have many followers and a lot of traffic, only to enjoy my blogs as much as I enjoy theirs.  I would participate in most any community with my favs being:  quotes, poetry, art, cats, coffee, food, music, travel, and self-improvement.   I would post once a week or more.

  • My Goals – I have more than three, so bear with me

To identify my niche.  I currently blog about things I enjoy, such as coffee, my surroundings, my travels.  I lean toward the subject of coffee in all of my blogs.

To master my theme.  I want to learn more about what it has to offer and what I can and can’t do.  I feel I am missing the boat on some of my theme’s technical aspects.

Gain 20% more followers by September 3oth, and increase average daily hits 30% by the end of 2015.

Publish one time each week during September and October, and hopefully more than once a week.

I already spend an hour each week visiting my followers’ blogs, reading and commenting.

Establish a new weekly feature by September 30th.  Yes!  I really want to do this!  It is just a matter of selecting what I want to do.


Addressing the other goals shown in the first day 201 assignment:

  • Create an editorial calendar for the next 90 days by July 31st.
  • Gain 100 new Twitter followers by November 1st.
  • Publish posts from three guests over the next three months.

I am not familiar with an editorial calendar and would be most appreciative of someone can clarify.

I would like to gain 100 new LinkedIn followers by Nov 1st since I publish on LinkedIn

I would like clarification on this item also, please and thank you.

So, there you have my take on today’s assignment and my goals.  I look forward to chatting with all of you in The Commons.

Here are some interesting quotes relevant to writing:


“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” – Thomas Edison

“How you leave the reader is so important – not the climax; I call it the ‘exit feeling”
Patrick Ness

“No one wants to read an apologetic book”
Patrick Ness

“The world is cynical and sarcastic, but that doesn’t mean that that’s always the truth”
Patrick Ness

“I try to avoid describing one interpretation of my books. Of course, I have an opinion. I have things I want to say, but I don’t ever want to limit anybody, to have them say, ‘Oh, he said this, so that’s what it’s about.’ I’m happy people bring their own stuff to it”
Patrick Ness


A Deliberate Sketchy Tale

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It was close to the end of August and hot and muggy. Every day you can expect a torrential downpour and terrifying lightning with dancing streaks that light up the sky. Then there is the clamoring thunder that will shake you right out of your shoes. After the storm, things get back to some sort of normalcy, at least for some.


For others, the normalcy is yet to come and the waiting becomes more and more tedious as the day turns into evening and as evening turns into night.

The nights are short and sleep is hard to come by. Perhaps, it is a combination of nerves and exhaustion. Perhaps, it is disappointment and frustration. Whatever it is it becomes like an ongoing saga that doesn’t want to end. The hotel is clean and cozy and has a friendly feeling; however, the enjoyment has been taken away by the thought of the next day. Lack of sleep and thoughts laden with frustration and confusion do not make good for anyone’s well-being.

The next day has arrived and is a carbon copy of the day before. Still exhausted from the day before, attitudes start out anew with forced positivity and strength. It is like functioning on sheer guts alone.

Several long and drawn out days have passed and it looks like there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Some help has arrived, which is a definite godsend. Little by little and inch by inch, the nightmare is starting to subside. However, there are still more hurdles to overcome.

A house left in shambles has started to come back to life. Days of cleaning, repairing and painting have made a once sad and pathetic house look happy and proud.  The remnants of lack of care have been replaced with a display of TLC.  The days of grueling and painstaking work are starting to come to a close.  The house will soon become a home.


This story is just another chapter in the ride of life. Some happenings in people’s lives are worse than others, no doubt.  But we all have our own rocky path to tread.


The story is deliberately sketchy and reference to the real people involved have been withheld to protect the innocent and/or the guilty.

Cheers!   ☕☕


A Very Special Award from a Very Special Blogger!

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Oh! the thrills and fun of blogging 🙂  I can’t wait to share this good news.

wordscoffeeandlacedresses has nominated me for this very special award and I am extremely honored!


I promise you won’t regret visiting her blog and be aware that you will be drawn in as I was, just to see her wardrobe selection.  She loves pencil skirts.

I was reading through some blogs on a lazy afternoon, just because I wanted to.  I felt relaxed and was sipping on my coffee, and staring out of my window at my friend, the tree.  If you have read any of my blogs, you should be familiar with my friend, the tree 🙂   Sorry, I got off track with the tree so I’ll do a tape rewind – whirrrzzzz – done!!  Anyway, I love to see the flow of ideas from others and, lo and behold, the word coffee sprung out at me.  Well, since I am a coffee lover, I became an instant fan of wordscoffeeandlacedresses.  We both are true coffee fans so here’s to you all coffee lovers.

This is my fourth award and I love receiving these awards, as it is a show of camaraderie.  It is a show of support to and from fellow bloggers.  Perhaps, there is a little work involved if one blogger passes the award to another blogger, however, I enjoy it.  If a blogger isn’t into sharing the awards, that’s okay too.  I understand some may have other priorities.


I started blogging some time ago on LinkedIn and I felt the need to add some personality to my blogs. When I came across WordPress, I was elated.  I immediately became involved in Blogging 101, which I loved.  I wanted to take the course again, however, I was traveling and not able to donate enough time.  I will be taking Blogging 201 and a repeat of Blogging 101, once it is available.

blog101I love blogging as it is a wonderful way to express yourself and there are so many other pluses.  The people you meet make it all worth while.  There is so much talent to behold and the experience is amazing.

For anyone that gets into blogging, here are a few tips (I’m no expert – Okay?)

  • Don’t, by any means, give up!
  • Think of blogging as expressing yourself, venting, sharing, asking – anything you want it to be
  • Give yourself time and enjoy it – don’t make it a chore
  • Don’t worry about what others think.  You will eventually find a theme suited to you and the words and your theme will flow.
  • HAVE FUN!!

Here are the rules, which I am passing on via amanpan

1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
3. Write a post to show off your award
4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
7. Attach the award to the post (right click and save, then upload)
8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
9. Provide a link to the award post you created.

I am going to bend the rules a bit.  I am not going to select 15 bloggers at once.  As I read blogs of others, I will share the award.

Here are my nominees in no particular order.


We have a lot in common.  We love a party and we love a festival.


Absolutely amazing photography and beautifully set up within the selected theme.


Julia’s blogs are truly inspirational.  She chose the perfect theme to complete her expression.


I love the poems


Her blogs are witty and amusing.  You never know what to expect, but you are never disappointed.