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Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Double Blog Day!

Gosh – last Thankful Thursday I was saying how thankful I was that my Mom’s cancer surgery on her face on August 15th was OVER and done – and today I’m thankful that her OTHER cancer surgery on her arm (which was done yesterday)  is over and done…..they are confident that things are FIXED.   Now I’ll be super thankful if that’s the END of Mom’s problems.   We’ve had enough of THE BIG C.    Mom’s been dealing with the greedy stuff since the mid 1980s in one form or another and is BEATING IT whatever it throws at her so we will keep praying and hoping maybe the journey is OVER.

We all have things we ARE thankful for or SHOULD BE thankful for……….and Brian hosts this wonderful Blog Hop on Thursdays so we can all share those thankfuls with each other – if you’d like to join us, just click on the badge above and fill out the LINKY form and you’re going to be thankful right along with the rest of us!

I got the usual email from the Rainbow Bridge last night with a message from Angel Sammy.    He said to tell Mom he’d be watching over her today AND to send his poem for this week.   Ready to read his poem??????

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Happy Thursday from the Bridge!

Whooopeeee!  It’s Thursday and I can spend a little time with all of you sharing some thoughts AND some poetry.    If you haven’t ever joined in our fun, all you have to do is take a peek at the new photo I give you every Thursday and let it inspire you to write a poem about what you see or feel in the photo – then share the link to your poem here in my comments on Thursday.   Easy right?   Then I will give you ANOTHER photo to use for ANOTHER poem to be shared NEXT Thursday.    So you have a whole week to write a poem.    I’m anxious to see what you wrote last week when I shared this photo with you for your inspiration:

Yep – this is a beauty alright.   When I chose this last week for you all to use for THIS week, my Mom got all dreamy-eyed and said it brought back a lot of very cool and fun memories from “back in the day”.    She had lots of friends who had vans like this…..and in the 60s/70s it was just so very “groovy” to be in one heading to a fun party or get-together with friends.   So here’s the poem I wrote using THIS photo as my inspiration – let us know you wrote one if you did so we can read it!

“Groovin’ Down The Highway”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell              August 23, 2018

 

The stories I’ve heard would curl your hair

Of magic travels in a colorful bus from HERE to THERE

Of friends and parties, and LOVE, and fun

Of enjoying each moment between dawn and setting sun

Mom painted pictures, read tarot, embroidered butterflies and flowers

It was in those days that young people talked of “flower power”

That was so long ago but the memories remain

The memories are there but my Mom is not the same!

On the outside she has aged but her heart remains young

There are more friends to make and more songs to be sung

She’ll be groovin’ down the highway of life until her journey ends

With help from above, and from her VERY groovy friends!

 

I can only imagine what things were like back then but I’m glad that Mom has happy memories because sometimes she gets this dreamy look in her eyes when she talks about “the good old days” but I also know that she loves her life NOW and wouldn’t trade it for those days – after all, my Dad and I weren’t around back then!!!   

Now, would you like to see the photo I picked out for you all (and me) to be our inspiration for NEXT Thursday when we get together to share our poems?    Here it is:

Kind of different subject matter but I think it’s going to be interesting to create a poem around it don’t you?    

To those of you who wrote a poem along with me last week – THANKS – I love reading your work……………….and to those of you who haven’t ever written a poem or shared a poem you have written – I hope you will open the door to your creative heart and JOIN US next week!

Remember – I’m always with you – you’re my FOREVER FRIENDS………………..the Rainbow Bridge is never too far away for a visit!   

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

Love, Angel Sammy

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Oh boy!   Another week of poetry…………and next week’s photo is so beautiful – sad, but beautiful.   Can’t wait to see what Angel Sammy write AND what you write.    Meanwhile, please have a super duper Thursday.   Tomorrow is the end of another week.   Can you believe it????

The last sniffs of Spring are coming soon – before you know it FALL will be falling.

Love, Teddy

P.S.   Did you all vote in yesterday’s poll to pick a new Ding Dong Schoolhouse?  Well you should.   Every vote counts and it will be the school where Professors Angel Sammy and ME will be teaching Teaser Class in the future………we have some wonderful choices for you!   Here’s the poll:

 

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Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thursday everyone!    Time to get thankful “out loud” again with this Blog Hop hosted by our friend Brian’s – we join together to give thanks for our blessings and share and you can do the same if you just click his badge above and join us.

I am not just thankful but overjoyed that we FINALLY got some rain yesterday because we really, truly needed it badly.   The sad thing is we got three inches of it in about an hour which is a whole lot of rain much of which just ran down the yards in waterfalls instead of having a chance to soak in and do some good.  BUT we won’t complain really because it DID help our drought.   There was some serious flooding here and there but you almost can’t tell it happened today as everything is cleaned up and drying out.   I am thankful though – Mom has been having to water porch and deck and shrubs for WEEKS now but yesterday’s rain was most helpful.

Also I’m thankful that in spite of the violent thunderstorm with big lightning it did NOT interfere with Angel Sammy’s wifi connection he uses at the RAINBOW BRIDGE,  allowing him to transmit to ME, his poem for this week.   I look forward to hearing from him every week and I hope you do too.    You know he keeps hoping more of you will give writing a poem to share a try – maybe you will feel like taking a whack at it this next week?   We’ll see if the photo he gives us for inspiration is one you can feel comfy writing a poem about????

Here’s his email from overnight………………..

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GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS FROM THE RAINBOW BRIDGE!

So glad the storm my little brother had around his house yesterday didn’t keep my email from arriving and grateful he didn’t lose power in his house.   It’s been so hot it would have been uncomfortable with all the heat and humidity if he hadn’t had his A/C.    I’m also grateful that up here at the Bridge we are comfortable ALL THE TIME!

Did you write a poem this week?   I try to find interesting photos for you to use as inspiration and I myself write one based on the photos I find.    It’s fun.   This is the photo I chose for all of us last week to use as inspiration for today.    How does the photo make you feel?  What do you SEE in the photo?   What can you write about that this photo inspires in you?  

Here’s my poem based on the above photo………….

“River Queen”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell       July 18, 2018

Riverboat gamblers in a smoky room

Upright piano player playing a tune

Cigar smoke in layers in a room full of noise

Bartender asking “what will it be for you boys?”

Chorus girls dancing up on the stage

Winners are happy – while losers rage

All of that action in the riverboat saloon

Miss Flossie sitting on a stool singing a tune

Head out on deck for air in the still of the night

Takes your breath away watching the stars – oh what a sight

All the action inside with the yells and the songs

While the River Queen riverboat quietly glides along…………

That was a fun one……….I hope you had fun writing your poem this week.    If you did write one – just make sure and tell us you did in comments here with your link so we can go read it!   You can also write your poem IN our comments to share it.   If you didn’t write one – take a gander at the photo I’ve got for you for NEXT Thursday and see if you might be inspired to write one for NEXT Thursday when we get together again:

Oh I already have an idea what my poem will be titled – it hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw this photo!!   Inspiration is like that sometimes – it’s RIGHT THERE and you don’t even have to think about it.   Not always but sometimes.   

I’ll look forward to seeing you all next week…….C’mon – join me in writing a poem.   You will enjoy it I promise!   Meanwhile, remember, all of us at the Rainbow Bridge whether we’ve been here an hour, a day or years love you and watch out for you 24/7.    We are always WITH YOU.

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

Love, Angel Teddy

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Thanks Angel Sammy.     I loved this poem.    Of course I love all your poems but this one I think you might have had a bit of inspiration from Cat Scouts – am I right?   I know before I came along Cat Scouts took a trip to the Bayou in New Orleans and did a riverboat ride and stayed in a swamp one night where it was scary – mind if I show some of your old photos?   I still have your photo albums you know!    Everyone might enjoy seeing a couple.    Cat Scouts is TONS of fun and easy to join – if you’re a cat, you should visit and join up!

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WOW……………….anyway, I can see where you got the idea for your poem and your photo this week.     Well, I guess it’s time to put a PERIOD at the end of this post and say thanks to everyone who played along with us on our Thoroughly Poetic Thursday.    Hope to see you next week……………..

Hugs, Teddy

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thursday!   Time to be thankful for another week………………..this Hop is sponsored by our good friend Brian and you can join in and tell us your Thankfuls by clicking his badge above.   Fill out the LINKY tool and tell it like it is.     My “Thankfuls” this week include that Mom and Dad finally got the deck resealed and I can now visit it on my “walks” around the yard.   It was off limits for several days while the work was going on and now I can go up there and hang out if I want to.    Another thankful is that even though we were expecting a whole lot of firework noise yesterday we didn’t have ANY until last night and even that wasn’t so bad.    I wasn’t scared at all (well, hardly anyway!).

The other part of my post today is sharing the email I got from Angel Sammy via his wifi connection at the Bridge transmitting his regular Thursday poem to us.    YAY!    Below is what came through……………

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Hello everyone!    Here we are again on a Thursday sharing some fun with poetry.    By now you know that on Thursdays I not only share my poem with you that I based on the previous week’s “photo inspiration” that I gave, but I also give you a challenging photo for you to write a poem about for NEXT Thursday when we get together again!    Just put into words what the photo I give you “says” to you – how does it make you feel or what do you see/think about when you see it?     Pretty easy right?   Well you may think you can’t write a poem but you CAN – trust me.    Here’s the photo I gave you last week for you to write a poem about for today – followed by my poem.

“Movie Night”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell    July 5, 2018

Drive In movies were very popular in the past

But like lots of things, they just didn’t last

People now prefer a cool movie theater seat

Rather than outside in a car – but back then it was a treat!

Date night meant going to a drive-in, getting popcorn, cokes and candy

Sitting close to your boyfriend in the car with the window speaker quite handy

Intermission you’d walk around, visit friends or get more snacks for “part two”

All around you other cars full of families or maybe couples like you!

It was cozy and private and MAYBE you’d see some of the movie……….

In your date night clothes and teased up hair you felt quite groovy…..

Well that’s what Mom says drive-ins were like but that was so long ago

I’m sure there were people there who ACTUALLY came for the show!!!!

 

HAHA……sorry Mom…….I had to write this one and it’s dedicated to you and your long-ago memories.    There are some drive-ins around these days but they are few and far between.  

So now that I embarrassed Mom (!) and also had some fun writing this poem, it’s time for me to tell you that if you’ve written your OWN poem from the photo, please let us know and give us your link in our comments OR write your poem there to share with us.   C’mon!!!   We want you to give poetry a try……………..it’s FUN I promise.

Now here’s your poem for NEXT Thursdays poetic inspiration – you have a whole week to write a poem about this photo………..will you do it?   I hope so.  

So I will hope to see you all again next week when we get together and share our poems based on the above photo – is it a date?    Until then, just remember that those of us up here at the Bridge are watching over you……all day every day……always and forever.

Love, Angel Sammy

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

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Thanks Angel Sammy……………….that was a fun poem and looks like that carnival photo will be a fun one too……………………..thanks for visiting us every week.    It makes me happy!

Hugs, Teddy

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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I’m THANKFUL it’s Thursday!   Time to join Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop – you can do the same – click the badge above and you’re IN!    We share what we’re thankful for each week.   I’m always thankful for everything I have in my home – humans who love me, all the food I can eat (and more), lots of nap spots, toys, – well, just EVERYTHING anyone could possibly ask for.   That’s a lot to be thankful for but I truly am.    I love living here and feel so much love from my Mom and Dad.

I am also thankful that my big brother Angel Sammy sends us some poetic fun every week………he may be at the Rainbow Bridge, but he never lets any of us down when we need him – and on Thursday it’s HIS day to share a poem he’s written to go with the photo he give us as inspiration every week.   I got his email last night – just before he settled in for the night on his Cloud at the Bridge……….here’s what he sent.

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Hello my friends!    It’s Thursday again………..days whiz by don’t they – they do that at the Bridge too but we’re all so super busy sometimes we don’t notice.   I have friends up here who remind me that it’s time to do my poem every week or I’d probably forget!     As you all know, the whole idea about Poetic Thursday is that I give you a photo every week and you come up with a poem that the photo has inspired in you……what did the photo make you feel or think about or what do you “see” in your mind’s eye when you study the photo.   Whatever you want to do with the photo it’s YOURS to be creative with.    It’s not so hard to write a poem – they can be short or long, they can rhyme or not – it’s just a way to EXPRESS yourself and it’s fun.   Give it a whirl.    

Here’s the photo I gave you LAST week………..and it’s followed by MY poem to share with you!   If you have written a poem let us know in my comments here and we’ll come read it OR you can even write your poem HERE in our comments!    Ready?

Before I do my poem let me just say that this photo is so very cool.   It’s one of the new “tiny houses” that lots of people are moving into and giving up their BIG houses for when they really just don’t need that much room.   This one is on wheels too so you can take it with you ANYWHERE – like a camper only a house!   If you get tired of your view, you can take it somewhere else.   VERY VERY cool.    Anyway, here’s my poem:

“Living Small”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell     May 17, 2018

I’ve heard the term “living large”

But I won’t be the one to lead the charge

I think we don’t really need all that space

“Large” doesn’t fit my preferred life’s pace.

A little house on wheels, what a deal!

Who needs 10 rooms, that’s got NO appeal

Just enough space to make a meal and sleep

No big mortgage to get in debt too deep!

Room for me, Mom, Dad and Teddy

If I was back on Earth, I’d always be ready

We’d travel around and see so much!

Or we’d live in a field full of flowers to touch!

Or by a stream with water and fish

It truly would be my fondest wish………..

Some humans think they need so much room

But you don’t need space for your imagination to bloom!

Small, cozy places with those you love best

Is the REAL definition of a true LOVE NEST !

 

Oh I think it would be fun to live in that little house…………Mom says it would also make a great little garden shed, or art/craft studio………or even a little “pool house” but really and truly, a TINY house could truly be a home.   Scale down life and make things more simple.    Yep – works for me!  

So would you like to see the photo I picked out for you for next week’s poetry challenge?  

I bet you have some pretty cool thoughts about THIS ONE don’t you?   I know I sure do…………………………………………

So, is it a date?   Will you come back next Thursday to visit and let us know you wrote a poem for this photo?   I will be here waiting to read it.   Meanwhile, have a great week ahead.   I will spend mine keeping an eye on my little brother Teddy and my Mom and Dad and everyone else that I love………..that’s YOU!

Hugs, Angel Sammy

Oui Oui – me in my French beret which inspires my POETRY!

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Thank you Angel Sammy…………….I love your poem this week and I just bet I will love your poem NEXT week.    I hope everyone will join us in writing a poem for your poetry challenge.   I really, truly do!

Big Hugs from Teddy to you……….

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Is it Thursday already?    My Mom is always talking about how QUICKLY she thinks time passes – I say it doesn’t pass fast enough but then I’m a little kid and she isn’t.    Well whether it’s passed fast or slow it’s still time to be THANKFUL as we are every Thursday with our buddy Brian – and if you click his badge above you know what will happen?   You will be transported to his blog where you can join in the Blog Hop where we are thankful too!

This week I’m thankful that even though it was cold cold cold out, my Mom and Dad indulged me and let me go outside and lie on the front porch in the sunshine.  Of course they were WITH me and I had on my leash and harness but I WAS outside and I did get some fresh air.   It was quite cold but nice.   I am also thankful that in spite of places all around us getting snow – we didn’t!

I’m always thankful as well when I get my weekly email from my brother Angel Sammy at the Bridge containing his poem for his Poetry Challenge.    Yep – I got it last night and here it is for your viewing pleasure.

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Greetings from the Rainbow Bridge!  

It’s another Thursday and time for us to share the poems we wrote during this past week using the photo I gave you as inspiration………….sure is fun doing this don’t you think?    If you’ve joined us before you know the deal…….I give you a photo each week and you write a poem about the photo:  how it makes you feel, what it makes you think, a funny story it reminds you of, WHATEVER inspiration you get, you write.   Easy?  Well for some people I guess it isn’t easy but really ANYONE can write a poem – just do it.     If you wrote one, me sure to put your blog link in our comments here OR write your poem out in our comments – either way we can read and share!

Here’s the photo that was our inspiration for this past week, followed by my poem:

“Overwhelmed”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell    March 14, 2018

Panic begins, breathing in gulps, hearts beat fast,

Fear grips the mind and you hope it won’t last….

Being afraid, scared, or worried is just not fun

You’d much rather be on a beach in the sun!

When life is a mess or it seems to be so

It’s hard to relax and just let things go

The feelings of doubt, of sadness, or regret

Can seem like a wave that’s as big as it gets……..

A tsunami of fear that’s pulling you under

“Will I survive?”, you can’t help but wonder.

The WILL to go on can get you through doubt

When you break through that wave you’ll just want to shout

“I’m still here, I got through it, and I’m still alive…..

I’ll be stronger next time because I want to SURVIVE!”

 

Even though I am at the Bridge now I listen to everything my Mom says……..and this past week she talked a lot about “worry”……..and how easy it is for people to get overwhelmed by worry.    THAT was the inspiration for me this week along with this incredible photograph of a SURFER on a wave bigger than BIG – in fact it’s truly a tsunami-sized wave.    I’m sure it’s a thrill to surf and manage to come up for air after riding a wave like that BUT it’s not something I’d do that’s for sure!    When I found that photo I couldn’t believe it was real but I investigated it, and it is.    In fact, if you google “gigantic waves” you’ll see other HUGE waves…….

Now, for NEXT week’s poem photo challenge, I have a photo to give you and you have a whole week to think about it and write a poem about the photo!   Ready?

Talk about a pawsome campsite huh?   Well, it is just a huge cave in a jungle but it does STIR the imagination!    That’s what it’s supposed to do.    I hope you’ll write a poem to share with us NEXT week…………..about what you feel when you look at this photo.  

Now it’s time for me to say goodbye……….I have duties to attend to you know.    Lots of them.    I don’t just lie on a cloud and float around all day you know!    I’ll see you soon……maybe in your dreams…………

Oui Oui – me in my French beret which inspires my POETRY!

Love, Angel Sammy

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Thanks Angel Sammy!    I like next week’s photo – looks like a spot where Cat Scouts should go camping.   So we’ll see you next Thursday everyone?    Have a good week and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday.

From Me to all of YOU!

 

Love, Teddy O’Kimmell

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Thursday’s here!    Time to be Thankful “out loud” by joining Brian’s Blog Hop.   If you haven’t joined, please do – it’s easy – click the badge above and fill out the LINKY form.   Then you can share with everyone what you are thankful for this week.    For me, I’m especially thankful that it was not TOOOO cold to go outside for a little walk with Mom.   Yesterday it got to 50!    I was one happy cat.   Mom put my harness and leash on and out we went for a whole 20 minutes!     I had a good sniff around, ate some grass and checked on all my favorite spots out there.    I will be happy when it’s Spring and I can explore more of the yard.   I miss it!

I’m also thankful that wi-fi service continues to be excellent from the Rainbow Bridge because Angel Sammy is able to transmit his Thursday Poem to me so I can share it with you.    Remember we’re doing photo poetry now – not alphabet – and the photos have people REALLY coming up with some very cool poems.    You just look at the photo that Angel Sammy gives us each week and write a poem about whatever it makes you see/feel/think about.    Everyone will have a different idea from the photo.    FUN right?

Here’s what Angel Sammy sent me last night………………

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It’s Poetic Thursday!

Hello friends!    Time to share our poems for this week.    I hope you liked the photo prompt I gave you last week – you’ve had seven whole days to study the photo and see what it has to say to your heart and soul and what it’s inspiring you to write………..we all get different impressions from photos we see……….what did you see in this one which is the prompt for this week??

Here’s my poem………….I hope you like it!

“Careful Leap of Faith”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell, January 10, 2018

Sometimes new things can be a little scary

Our bodies tell us to “watch out” and be a little wary

That’s a little safety valve that all of us possess

To keep us from going too far out and making a big mess!

To keep us from growing up too fast and taking too many chances

To think before taking a new job, or buying a new car or starting new romances!

A little caution is a very good thing especially when you’re young

Too much bravado isn’t good – some songs should stay unsung!

Baby steps are much more safe and sing a softer tune

Don’t be in such a great big hurry to grow up WAY too soon!

Trust that there are those who care and help you on your way

Just know that something that’s worth doing doesn’t HAVE to be done today.

 

Ta Da!   That’s my thought from that cute picture of the little boy and his Dad or big brother at the seashore………………my Mom says she can remember being little and letting the waves touch her toes and running away – it took her a while to trust that she could go up to her ankles, then her knees, then – well THEN she had swimming lessons.   HAHAHA    Did you write a poem?    I hope you will share it with us – tell us in comments you wrote one and give us your link so we can visit and read it……….OR put your poem in our comments.    But give poetry a try either way – you CAN write a poem – the best thing about poetry is it doesn’t have to rhyme and it gives you a chance to express yourself!   

Now would you like to see the photo I’m giving you for next week?    

I bet you’ll have fun with this one and we’ll find out how you did and how I did NEXT THURSDAY on Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday………so – is it a date?    Good!

I’ll see you then!

I will be here wearing my poetic French beret!! Oui Oui!

Love, Angel Sammy

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Oh I think that photo for next week is gonna be a good one!   Who knows – maybe I’ll get brave and write a poem too.

Hugs, Teddy

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