SPARKS on Monday and Teaser Reminder

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Hello and Happy Monday!     Time to start off the week 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 suppose my SPARK for today is different in that it came about because of my cat Teddy.    I have had cats in my life for a long time and each one has been so very different in so many ways but it occurs to me that many people – mostly those who don’t have pets – think that all cats (or all dogs) are alike.   If you have a pet you expect certain behaviors and you know you’ll be providing certain care, blahblahblah.   But it’s just not true is it.   Those of you who have a pet and have truly “gotten to know” your pet know how unique they all are.    Teddy is so tuned into me and I love that about him.    I wish all the PEOPLE I know could be that tuned into each other because if humans were really tuned in I think there would be a lot more HAPPY people in this world.

Sometimes when I just look at Teddy – especially when he’s asleep – I can get pretty emotional.   Honestly I suspect that even though I never had children, I think the feeling of appreciating this little being’s value and worth and ability to bring happiness is the SAME FEELING you get when you look at your kids…..

Teddy, this SPARK is for you and everyone else who “gets” it !

Winnie the Pooh was EVER so wise!

Happy Monday………..Hugs, Pam

Teddy asked me to remind everyone that tomorrow is the Halloween version of the Tuesday Teaser……the class will be all decked out in its’ Halloween finest and anyone who wants to be IN the class in their costume, better send those photos in to Teddy TODAY!     It’s TEASERWEEN!!

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Time sure is flying by…………..have you noticed?   Wasn’t Christmas just yesterday??  No?   Well, it seems like it to me!    But here it’s already VALENTINE’S DAY.    Sure got here fast didn’t it.    Well, I’m very thankful that I can say HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to Brian for hosting this great hop and to everyone else who is seeing my blog today.    Thanks for being my friends and here’s my Valentine’s Card to you all:

Today is also all about being Thoroughly Poetic and my Angel brother Sammy knows all about that…………he’s the Resident Poet on my blog…………and I have his poem for the week to share with you below.    I hope you wrote one to celebrate Valentine’s Day too?  If you did, let us know in comments and give us your link so we can visit and read your poem!!!!

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It’s Poetic Thursday time friends…….and Happy Valentine’s  Day from the Bridge

Last week’s inspirational artwork has been on my mind all week – it’s an extraordinary bit of artwork that expressed what I would call unconditional love in a beautiful way.    I always felt unconditional love from my Mom and Dad when I was with them……..they let ME be ME and that was certainly an expression of unconditional love.   Now granted, I was a good boy – I never got in trouble or did anything bad or mean.   I was loving because that’s all I knew and all I experienced for 17 years with them.   I only felt sick for the last year or so and even then, I didn’t take it out on the world….I just did the best I could and so did Mom and Dad.     But this photo I gave you SPEAKS to that “feeling” I think.     Here’s the photo from last week and my poem to go with it.

“Lasting Love”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell     February 14, 2019

 

When I told you that I loved you

It came right from my heart

I thought it was forever though –

It felt right from the start

But then as time went by I saw

You thought there should be rules…..

You can’t do this, you don’t do that

I felt like a carpenter without my tools!

My love for you had no strings attached

I was wide open with my feelings

Perhaps that’s why the day you left

It sent my heart a-reeling.

The rules I found were JUST FOR ME

You could do whatever you wanted

The castle of love I’d build around us

Became so lonely and so haunted.

Love shouldn’t need conditions

It should be accepting, honest and true

I found that out after we parted ways

When my life puzzle found THE CLUE.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE……………………………………

 

OK – time to “fess up”…………..that poem was actually written by my Mom.   I let her write it because she wanted people to know that if they HAD love and lost it, or are looking and haven’t found it yet, it’s NEVER TOO LATE.     She learned that herself!      Me?   I never knew anything but love and I want my little brother Teddy to grow up that way too.    He sure picked the right Mom and Dad to learn about it.    Unconditionally.

Ready for next week’s photo???     Give this one a whirl and see what you can come up with!

I love this painting by Norman Rockwell – reminds me of how exciting it is to see SOMETHING popping through the soil !      Let’s see what you do with this one shall we?   

Hope you decide to write a poem this coming week to share with us next Thursday.  Meanwhile:

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Thank you Angel Sammy………………………I’ll look forward to you sending me an email this coming week with another poem.    It was nice of you to let Mom write this week’s poem.

Love, Teddy

CHRISTMAS Spark

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A Christmas “Spark”

First of all MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone…………………and secondly, thank you Annie of McGuffy’s Reader for starting up this SPARKS Blog Hop because it has allowed those of us who have joined the Hop to share uplifting and inspirational thoughts on Mondays – your idea of bringing a little light into a sometimes dark corner of our day or week has certainly done just that and then some.   What better way to start a week than with light and love?    If you would like to join in this wonderful Hop of Annie’s – just click the graphic above and join in.

My SPARK for today is in honor of Christmas and the LIGHT that comes from remembering the reason for the season…………it really is all about love – the love that the the star in the night sky foretold of the coming birth of the Savior……..AND it’s about the love that we have for our fellow man.    The more love and light there is, the more we will actually SEE the path we are on and move in the right direction.

We don’t have to wait – we should love all year round !   

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Holiday Hugs, Pam

It’s the THOUGHT that counts!

Monday Sparks!

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Let your “spark” light up the darkness!

“Sparks” is a new and inspiring “Hop” from our friend Miss Annie at McGuffy’s Reader.    Her idea is to bring some LIGHT inspirational quotes, thoughts, and most of all energy to this world we live in by posting some spark-power every Monday on our blogs.  Social Media is a powerful place – sometimes good and sometimes not so good but hopefully the things we post on Mondays for our “Sparks” will have a positive effect on everyone.    It seems to have become “easier” to be negative, but maybe we can turn that around with some powerful LIGHT in the form of Annie’s “Sparks” ?

If you’d like to join in the Hop, just click on the logo above and link up with an inspirational thought, some positive power, some light…………….here’s ours:

Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

Me and my Teddy!

Sunday Selfie Hop

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We Are Hopping with Kitties Blue Today…..

This is a wonderful and fun weekly blog hop hosted by our dear friends at The Cat On My Head……………..today the Selfie Hop is in honor of FRIENDS FUREVER and Miss Sharon along with her two kitties Raz and Allie.    Miss Sharon’s husband Bill went to Heaven this past week after a very long struggle and we are all very sad to say the least……but Kitties Blue is honoring Miss Sharon by dedicating today’s hop to her.

My selfie today is interesting – Mom did it on Lunapic (yet again!) but we did something different than we ever did before and chose the “special art effect” option which took two minutes for the site to produce in the style which we had chosen for the photo.    They produce for us a “single shot” but also a collage that shows the BEFORE photo, the “special art effect we chose” and the final product.   I love it…………I hope you do too!

This is the collage…..

This is the final photo with a special border AND blue frame……..interesting effects!  Yay Lunapic!

Mom and I sent BIG HUGS to Miss Sharon

AND Big Hugs to Kitties Blue too!!

Love, Teddy and Mom too