SPARKS on Monday….and a Reminder!

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Monday’s here and it’s time for a SPARK to start this week off……………………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 for today is ALL ABOUT LAST WEEK………………..the feeling I had before we left, the fun we had while away, and especially what I told myself before we left………..and while it’s sort of funny, it’s VERY true!

We only take a vacation once a year and for the past SEVERAL years it’s been to Maine for four days.     It’s just a little break in the routine – we used to stay in Ogunquit but a couple of years ago switched to an Inn in York, Maine.    Very old Inn – very excellent seafood – very friendly and cozy.     Every time we do this – the days leading up to our departure I feel like my head will explode……yeah – that’s a strange thing to say but sometimes life crowds in around you and you really DO need a change of pace – UNPLUG – you can always plug back in again!     So we do.    We all should do that.   I feel like it should be a longer trip – and we’ve talked about making it a week instead of four days.    Just about the time you really are feeling like yourself again, you have to pack suitcases, check flights and head home.     But after all – HOME is where my heart is (oh and my cat too!).

Here’s a little collage of photos from this trip…………………the things I love the most about my annual “escape”………

Of course there’s so much more………….and I find myself thinking about all of that off and on every day.    Anyway, I hope you have a special place you relax in – away from home OR at home.   We all need to UNPLUG sometimes………………

Hugs, Pam

REMINDER:    Professor Teddy and Professor Angel Sammy ask that I remind all of you students at Ding Dong School that TOMORROW is TEASER TUESDAY!    Be ready to stay awake at your desks and tackle a Teaser photo!    You’ve had a week to “UNPLUG” and it’s time to PLUG BACK IN!!   Remember – surprise post time…………..

 

SPARKS on Monday And Reminder!

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Happy Monday!  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.

 

So what’s the deal on this SPARK?    It’s our way of saying – EVERYONE should take a bit of a break.    Everyone includes US here at One Spoiled Cat.    Mom, Dad, and I are taking a few days off and we’ll be BAAAAACK to our usual silliness this coming Thursday, the 10th but no blog for Tuesday or Wednesday.    That means NO TUESDAY TEASER.     Can you STAND to be away from our craziness for a couple of days?    I can tell you that I’ll be at the fabulous Kitty Spa called Paws A While and my Mom and Dad will be in their “HAPPY PLACE” they visit every year.   Just a quick break…………..we all need that from time to time.

We will miss you though…………………..really!    See you on Thursday for Thankful and Poetic Thursday.

Teddy (and Mom Pam too!)

 

SPARKS and Reminder

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It’s Monday and time to start the week off with a SPARK!   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’m using a SPARK quote sent to me by my friend Sherri-Ellen Theilheimer-DeJonge.   She said I could use it for my Spark since I liked it so much…….it’s very “ME” and I know it’s also very “HER” !

Great message too isn’t it.    Hope you let it inspire you this week………or maybe longer?     Happy Monday!

Love, Pam

P.S.   Before I go, I would be remiss (and Teddy would be mad at me!) if I didn’t remind everyone that tomorrow is TUESDAY TEASER and Professor Teddy and Professor Angel Sammy expect you to be there!    It will be at a surprise time of course not the usual blog time – so be purrrrpared to guess where the mystery photo was taken!!    

SPARK and Reminder

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It’s Monday and time to start the week off with a SPARK!   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 has Annie’s spark jar which is the “icon” photo that we all use for our SPARKS post every week in it……………..when I saw it I thought it is the very essence of SPARKS……..because it’s all about “quiet confidence”………it doesn’t take a huge flame to take on the world!

 

Here’s hoping you grab hold of your own inner spark this week and perhaps get something done or said that you didn’t know you’d have the strength to accomplish.    YES WE CAN!   WE GOT THIS!

Hugs, Pam

P.S.  Teddy asked me to remind all you Teaser fans that tomorrow is TEASER – a surprise time – be purrrrrpared to figure out where the photo was taken!   

SPARKS on Monday

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It’s Monday and time to start the week off with a SPARK!   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 have what might be called a SPARK with a smile this morning………………..thinking about aging – which I find that I do more than I thought I would when I was much younger.    Can’t help it though – achy bones, wrinkles and gray hair – they mean little to me really in the scheme of things – after all I’m alive and there have been occasions when I wasn’t sure I would be much longer!    Anyway I do enjoy this quote from George Bernard Shaw and I hope you do too – even if aging isn’t on your mind!

 

 

So Don’t Stop Laughing…..!!

Hugs, Pam

P.S.  Teddy says don’t forget tomorrow is Tuesday Teaser day!

SPARK and Teaser Reminder

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Time to SPARK!     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.

Today’s SPARK is one of my favorites………………..I read this a long time ago and still believe it totally………………the value of friendship can’t be overstated………….!

Hopefully everyone has at least one really good friend to get them through the bad times, share the good times with, and remind us all of the real VALUE of not just HAVING a friend but BEING a friend.

Happy Monday!

Hugs, Pam

P.S.  I was asked to remind everyone that tomorrow is Teaser Tuesday – heaven forbid you should forget that – if you did, Angel Sammy and Teddy would give you a demerit in class and I’d get in trouble for not reminding you!!

 

SPARK on Monday and Reminder

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Happy Monday!    Time to start your (and my) week off with a bit of inspiration.    Sometimes just searching for the “right” message on Mondays to share causes me to read a lot of poems, words, memes, quotes that I wouldn’t otherwise EVER read.    That’s been the “GIFT” of Sparks for me.    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 was actually looking for a quote about trying to be happy in ourselves without looking to everyone else for our happiness.    This struck me as a part of that particular puzzle……you know how you might just be walking along minding your own business and your eyes move up and catch someone else’s eyes?   They smile?   It totally changes your day?    Or you’re in a line of shoppers and it’s barely moving and you want to give up and go home then you catch the eye of someone else in the line and they smile?   Makes it all better – you’re not suffering alone.   Yep – that’s the idea…………………………..just a smile can change EVERYTHING.

 

Wouldn’t it be cool to change someone else’s day that easily?    Well, I’m no “gift” to the universe for sure but I DO think that a smile can change things.   And I honestly TRY to smile “just because” often when I’m out and about.    You never know what you might be bringing to others with a SIMPLE SMILE.

So as I go off smiling to start  my Monday – I hope you find an occasion to share a smile with someone……………….trust me – it can mean the world to someone who needs just that little gesture to make their day.

Oh and before I go – Teddy wanted me to remind those of you who look forward to TEASER TUESDAY that class will be in session tomorrow at a surprise time AND the photo you will be trying to figure out where it was taken is a GUEST TEASER.   Oh boy.    Those are extra tough.    So consider yourselves forewarned!

Smile!    Hugs, Pam