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Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thankful Thursday!    Our host, Brian says PLEASE JOIN THE FUN – just click the badge above and tell us what you are thankful for this week.    We all have a lot to be thankful for – as well as HOPEFUL about.    I’m still super thankful that so far we are still healthy in my house and neighborhood.    We are doing the things we’re told to do to stay safe.    That’s the key to this virus thing – doing what we KNOW is the way to stay safe.    Not being too quick to jump the gun and get back to the way things were………..!

I’m also thankful as always that Angel Sammy sent me his poem for this week……………AND another photo for next week that is totally interesting and from one of our blog friends!

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Hello from the Rainbow Bridge!

It’s that time again – time for us to share a poem based on a photo.    Isn’t this fun?    Seems we all have our own idea about what the photo “says” to us and that’s what makes it so interesting every week to see what you’ve written.    The other great thing about poetry is that there are a million different forms of poetry – haiku is “short and sweet” – then there’s the kind of poetry that doesn’t rhyme ………….. so when you think you can’t write poetry – trust me – YOU CAN!

Here’s the photo I gave you all last week to use as inspiration for your poem for today………………..followed by MY poem.   By the way – I absolutely love this photo – it is of course digital art but some of you wrote after I showed it last week to say it reminded you of “The Owl and the Pussycat” and IT DOES!!!!!    Let’s see what we can do with this magical photo.

“Magical Voyage”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell    ©June 3, 2020

Adrift in a sea of bright stars we glide

Moon shining brightly as we enjoy our ride

Sailing on the tide as it carries us along

Listening to the melody of a nightbird’s song

Lying on a blanket looking up at the sky

A shooting star for company as it flies right by

Can this moment be real or is it a dream?

Is this time and place as perfect as it seems?

Magic can be found wherever love’s eyes look……

In a painting, in a garden, or pages of a book

Imagination allows us freedom to travel so far……

And have beautiful adventures no matter where we are.

 

I have this feeling I will see this artwork in my mind’s eye for a long time – that’s how it impacted me (and Mom) when we found it.    The world would be a sad and lonely place without a little magic………….. Share your magic with us by telling us in comments if you wrote a poem – we want to read it so let us know what link to follow to see it!

Now, a bit of information about the photo I have for you for NEXT week’s poem………………my super good friend Little Binky and her Granny at AngelsWhisper2011 sent this photo to my Earth Brother Teddy thinking it might make for a FUN photo for poetic purposes.   I totally agree – I think it’s interesting even if it might have been a “blooper” kind of photo.    I see some interesting things in it and I bet you will too!    THANK YOU LITTLE BINKY AND GRANNY FOR SENDING IT TO US!!!    Please visit them (blue link above) and say hello.    

WHOOPS!   Looks like the top flew off that building!   

Anyway, I think this will be fun to write a poem for…………………hope you enjoy using it as well.  By the way it’s a photo Binky’s Granny took in Monschau, Germany.

Now as usual I will ask that all of you out there please take care of yourselves – stay healthy – do all the things you’re SUPPOSED to do whether it’s “convenient” or not.   Safety and health is FIRST in these times on Earth.    We at the Rainbow Bridge are looking and watching and hoping that all things – and we mean all – will return to CALM and PEACE.    That’s the way the world should be.

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Love always, Angel Sammy

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Thank you Angel Sammy – Mom, Dad and I feel good that you are watching over us………………….we love and miss you.

Love, Teddy

SPARK on Monday

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We have been starting the week out with a SPARK along with many other bloggers for a long time now……………..What exactly IS this Monday SPARK thing we do?   Well, most of you know that Annie of McGuffy’s Reader – who started SPARKS – was hacked and has been on an extended break from blogging although her idea to spread some inspiration on Monday of every week goes on.   Many of us who participated in her SPARKS Blog Hop and found value in sharing a thought on Monday continue doing that to hopefully give each other a “Monday boost” – perhaps something to think about to inspire us in the week ahead OR help us deal with something that’s on our mind.    Why not join us by sharing something that SPARKS you?   It might just start a spark in us too.

I think most of us have so many thoughts whirling around in our heads these days – we have a LOT to think about – a LOT to worry about – a LOT on our minds.    I saw this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. and in the last few days things happening in the world influenced me to copy it as my Monday Spark this week and share it with you.    Not a particularly NEW thought – but definitely a PERTINENT thought.

I don’t think I need to add a single thing to this thought…………..it says it all………..and it says what I think and feel.   Maybe you do too………………..

Have a GOOD week ahead.    I continue to believe that that light we see at the end of the tunnel is NOT a train – but HOPE shining and encouraging us forward.

Hugs, Pam

Teddy says please don’t forget tomorrow is TUESDAY TEASER blog post day – you get a photo of a place and try to figure out before anyone else does, WHERE the photo was taken.   Cool huh?    All of this figuring takes place in a wacky school called Ding Dong School where my cat Teddy is a Professor (hahaha) and where anyone can win a badge to show off their “smarts” !   Even YOU!    Post goes up at a surprise time every week……we like to be unpredictible on Tuesdays!

Friendly Friday Fill-Ins

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Hello everybody – time for me and Mom to do our bestest job filling in the blanks our co-hosts, 15andmeowing and Four-legged Furballs gave us to work on this week.    Every week they each supply two sentences for us to complete – it’s a cool way of getting to know more about each other isn’t it!    If you click the badge above, you will FLY over to 15andmeowing where you can join up with us using the LINKY form!

Guess who is the only filler-inner this week – ME ME ME ME!  I thought I’d go ahead and dive back in to full possession of fill-in-the-blanks at least for this week.   Maybe next week I’ll let Mom have a whack at it too.   Here’s this week’s sentences and I filled in the blanks with ORANGE!

  1.  I would like to improve my psychic skills.  (If I did, I could be in the right place at the right time for treats and knowing when Mom needs a special hug)
  2.  My favorite treat is Delectables Squeeze-ups!!.
  3.  My current to-do list includes continuing to behave when I’m allowed outside so that I won’t have to wear my harness and leash – so far so good – I stick close to Mom and Dad and I intend to KEEP it that way!
  4. I finally got my Dad to put a long stick under the couch and pull out all my springs, mice, and ping pong balls that I ACCIDENTALLY put there!

There – I did pretty good didn’t I?   Like I said, next week I’ll share with Mom or let her do the whole thing depending on the sentences…………….I mean it’s really NOT “all about me” around here – it’s about me and Mom sharing!

Speaking of sharing – I just have to brag a little bit about my Mom………………….she shared a very old poem she’d written with her friend Doctor Phoebe Chi (an amazing physician and poet as well as the lady who makes gorgeous sea glass jewelry)…………..and Miss Phoebe asked if she could publish it on her blog.   Mom said YES…………..and there’s a link below to the poem on her blog.   Mom is thrilled…..we admire Dr. Phoebe so much and to have her want to put Mom’s poem (which fits these times pretty well!) on her blog made us happy.

Keeping Your Faith

Big Hugs to all of you AND to Dr. Phoebe!   

Love, Teddy

 

SPARKS on Monday

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Happy Monday and HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY………………….time for those of us who participate in Monday SPARKS to share a thought with each other.  What exactly IS this Monday SPARK thing we do?   Well, most of you know that Annie of McGuffy’s Reader – who started SPARKS – was hacked and has been on an extended break from blogging although her idea to spread some inspiration on Monday of every week goes on.   Many of us who participated in her SPARKS Blog Hop and found value in sharing a thought on Monday continue doing that to hopefully give each other a “Monday boost” – perhaps something to think about to inspire us in the week ahead OR help us deal with something that’s on our mind.    Why not join us by sharing something that SPARKS you?   It might just start a spark in us too.

Thinking a lot lately as we all are about the future……………….this “mess” we are in right now – is it endless?   What will happen to us?    Will things EVER be the same?    All good questions and I guess we don’t know for sure what the answer is to any of these other than WE WILL GO ON.   We will…….it’s what we do – and that is kind of the message in my SPARK today:

I guess we really all NEED to believe this…………..we have learned some things already about ourselves, each other, the world around us – and how fragile life can be.    I also think it’s something like the ultimate “WAKE UP CALL” to have this sort of thing occur.    I choose to believe that many things will never go back to how they were – they will be better.    That’s my wish – just in case there’s a genie out there reading this blog post!

Happy Week ahead………….stay safe………….stay healthy…………stay hopeful.

Love, Pam and Teddy too

Teddy says don’t forget tomorrow is Geography Class……..we’ll show you a photo of a place -you tell us WHERE the photo was taken.  Cool huh?   See?  We’re not just a pretty face at One Spoiled Cat……you learn stuff here too! 

SPARK and Reminder

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Monday means SPARK day!    Just a way of starting the week off with a thought that just might get you through the week.  What exactly IS this Monday SPARK thing we do?   Well, most of you know that Annie of McGuffy’s Reader – who started SPARKS – was hacked and has been on an extended break from blogging although her idea to spread some inspiration on Monday of every week goes on.   Many of us who participated in her SPARKS Blog Hop and found value in sharing a thought on Monday continue doing that to hopefully give each other a “Monday boost” – perhaps something to think about to inspire us in the week ahead OR help us deal with something that’s on our mind.    Why not join us by sharing something that SPARKS you?   It might just start a spark in us too.

The longer the virus issues are with us the more time we have to think about our friends and family and US too.     That’s why I have this SPARK to share today.

A lot of us aren’t able to get together with our friends and family right now  AT ALL or at least as much as we are used to doing.    Doesn’t mean they are any further away in your heart though!  Send an “old-fashioned” card or letter – now there’s a novel idea!  OR an email or do FACETIME or some other computer-visiting thing.   Stay in touch – one day soon we’ll all REALLY be TOGETHER AGAIN.

 

   

Hugs, Pam

Whatever you do, don’t forget tomorrow is Teaser Tuesday – the Professors would be UPSET if I didn’t remind you – brush up on your geography and GOOD LUCK guessing where the photo was taken.    Who knows – you just might win a badge to show off!!   GOOD LUCK.

SPARK, Liebster Award

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Monday is here and it will be a little bit busy for us today because in addition to SPARKS we were nominated for a Blog Award and that will be AFTER we do our SPARK for today.     Since we WERE nominated for a blog award, it reminded me that we should always ALWAYS be thankful for things we get or have.    SPARKS was started by Annie McGuffy of McGuffy’s Reader but after she was hacked she discontinued the SPARKS posts – many of us who enjoyed participating in SPARKS wanted to carry on in her name……….so we post inspiring graphics on Mondays.    Maybe it will be something you will totally “get” the minute you read OR you will think about it and BOOM – realize instantly that it DOES belong in your heart.     Hopefully though it might get you to think a bit about the week ahead or maybe relieve your mind about something that’s bothering you……….My SPARK today is about being THANKFUL – in the midst of what’s going on, we still have a lot to be thankful for!

A pertinent SPARK message considering what’s going on in the world these days.   It sure hit home with me anyway.     I’m also very thankful that Kristiina of the blog PHOTOFINLANDRANTASALOT.wordpress.com nominated me as one of six bloggers to receive the Liebster Award.    I love Kristiina’s blog which she shares along with her cat Kosmo in the beautiful home they have in Finland.   THANK YOU KRISTIINA!!!   What gorgeous photos she shares.    The Liebster Award is an internet blogger award whose name is German in origin.  It’s really just a way to share blog addresses and provide new friends and a way to meet other bloggers for ideas and making new contacts.    I got this award years ago when I was fairly new to blogging.    I’ve followed the rules (somewhat) and that’s OK – you can be flexible in how you pass it on.    Here’s the actual badge that those who participate get:

There are even several variations of the badge but this is the one I received and am passing on to those of you who I nominate and choose to participate!

Rules to the Liebster Blogger awards:   (although there were six questions from Kristiina – YAY!)

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and give them a big hug give them a link to the blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you or at least most of them
  3. Share 11 or so facts about yourself
  4. Nominate between 5-11 other bloggers
  5. Ask your nominees 11 or so questions
  6. Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post

The SIX Questions for ME to Answer were:

1 Why do you blog?  It was my way of continuing to write after I’d stopped writing when I got ill in 2006 – blogging got me “going” again.  Now it’s just plain FUN and it’s actually not just MY  blog – it’s my cat’s blog as well so I’ve given him a voice.

2 Blue jeans or formal wear? Cake or a health bar? Why?  I am a total blue jeans girl……always have been.   I also am definitely a cake or cookie girl – I should eat “healthy” but I never have.   

3 If you could have one (more) animal live with you, what would it be and why? It would be another cat – to keep Teddy company – why?  Because I often think he’d be happier with a companion of his own species (he has humans!) and when it comes to the joy and fun cats bring, the more the merrier!

4 What do you feel are your greatest talents? Empathy…….an honest desire to help people if I can…….a big heart.

5 If you could be any age, what would it be and why? I’m a believer in enjoying whatever age you actually are……we can’t go back or forward to be in the moment and love who you are and what you are NOW.   So my favorite age is “almost 73” because I am.

6 If there was one thing you could go back and do differently, what would it be? Perhaps I’d go back and make more of an effort to start my adult life out on the right foot.   I sort of slipped and slid along for the first five or so years after I was out on my own…….but then that probably went into making me the woman I am today.

Now I know that a whole lot of bloggers have stopped accepting awards – in fact it had been a very long time (years) since I even saw a blogging award making the rounds.   But I’ll pass the award on to six bloggers and if you’d LIKE to participate please do.    I think most people already have the Liebster but like me – if you want another one (!) and answer the questions – then you can have a matched pair of awards!!!

First, here are my SIX QUESTIONS for you to answer if you are going to participate:

  1.   Do you think there is life on other planets?   Why or Why Not?
  2.   What is your VERY FAVORITE meal either to cook yourself OR to order in a restaurant?
  3.   If you could afford ANY car in the world – what would it be?
  4.  Are you superstitious?
  5.   Do you prefer early mornings or late nights or both?
  6.   What is your favorite type of music?

And here are my nominees…………..but remember – this is optional since I don’t know who does and doesn’t do awards (regardless of whether you received this one before!) – don’t feel bad if you don’t want to participate…………really!     I’m linking to all of my Nominees so you will be aware that I nominated you………………

The Cat Corner

Down Home In NC

Bad Cat Chris

Kolytyi

Meezer’s Mews & Terrieristical Woofs

Angels Whisper

The third part of my post today has to do with reminding all of you (because the Professors said I needed to) that tomorrow is Tuesday Teaser class and you will need to brush up on your geography tonight so you’ll be more able to deal with figuring out where the Teaser photo was taken tomorrow!    OK?   OK!    See you in class.

Hugs, Pam and Teddy too (Teddy says remember tomorrow is TEASER TUESDAY!!)

 

SPARKS and Reminder

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Monday!   You know what that means……………time for a thought to SPARK you into having a good week ahead.  What exactly IS this Monday SPARK thing we do?   Well, most of you know that Annie of McGuffy’s Reader – who started SPARKS – was hacked and has been on an extended break from blogging although her idea to spread some inspiration on Monday of every week goes on.   Many of us who participated in her SPARKS Blog Hop and found value in sharing a thought on Monday continue doing that to hopefully give each other a “Monday boost” – perhaps something to think about to inspire us in the week ahead OR help us deal with something that’s on our mind.    Why not join us by sharing something that SPARKS you?   It might just start a spark in us too.

My SPARK today is one of two that I REALLY love………..and this one is familiar to me and might be to you as well if you are a fan of Emily Dickinson:

Hope is the thing that we cling to sometimes to keep us from going under.    It’s always THERE – we just have to look for it, grab hold of it, and NEVER LET GO.     There are times that’s very hard to do but it serves us well if we can stay the course and HANG ON.

We can do this!   Love, Pam

The Professors at Ding Dong Sheep School wanted me to remind all of you who are students of their awesome Geography Study Group that tomorrow is TEASER TUESDAY.    You won’t know when to expect a notice that they are “calling things to order” in class – because it’s a different SURPRISE time every week but if you happen to get there right away after you see class has started you might win a badge for being FIRST and if you guess where the photo was taken you might win a badge for being RIGHT FIRST!   Oh the JOY you will feel at having beat the rest of the class to that honor!!!!    Yep – Teaser Tuesday is here tomorrow so be ready.

You don’t want to disappoint the Professors!