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One Year On WordPress — Whoohoo!!!

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com one year ago.

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One year ago I took tentative baby steps towards a forever journey. I came to WP and found a wonderfully supportive family.

A year ago I made my first post and hit the publish button, not having a clue as to what I was doing, but you kind and generous people decided to read, befriend and journey along with my fledgling self …

So here’s to you!!!

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On this platform I discovered literary giants, from whom I can learn and grow and I am so grateful.

So here’s to you my WP family, I am grateful, I appreciate you ALL. Let’s continue to grow together!

I love you ALL!!!

Be safe, be well, be blessed!

JustPene’

 

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A Trip to an Outdoor Reserve

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Last week the children and I decided to take a drive to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center  in Texas … it was a lot of fun. It was drive through and not too many persons about.

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A natural habitat.

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Look at those antlers.

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Looking for pellets.

 

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We were advised to feed the giraffes by hand which the children did and loved it … they do slobber a lot. I was chicken and did not feed them, lol.

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They are tall, graceful and beautiful creatures.

I am not the best videographer, I will have to do better in this regard.

The park was lovely in its natural state and we enjoyed the trip very much.

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The deers munching.

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The day was sunny and the views awesome.

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A nice look out area.

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God’s own country.

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I found this old tree very interesting.

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My little Snooky

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My Snooky and I. The gift shop area was open but not many customers around.

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The views were awesome.

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The Cheetahs were not paying any attention to us and just laying under the trees.

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Hippos

 

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The layers of the soil.

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The view.

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All in all we had a great day with lots of fun. My daughter and her friend were along for the ride, but did not want their faces on the blog, so no pics of them.

Have a blessed and safe day everyone.

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Beauty Along My Walk

Brilliant violet flower

These flowers looked so lovely to me.

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These are wild flowers — I have no idea what they are called.

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The one below looks like a painting.

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Hope you enjoy … I love photography and will be exploring photography in more depth.

Have a blessed day!!

 

 

 

 

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New York — A City Like No Other

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Yalani

Yesterday my daughter and I were walking down an avenue in Brooklyn just doing a little “mild” shopping. My daughter was born in New York, in Manhattan, but we moved to Texas when she was five years old. She missed out on the big apple experience. As such she has not had many of the New York experiences and on this visit she marvels at the things she sees.

We saw this man just casually strolling along with this snake on his shoulders … just in the general public. So we asked to take his picture and he happily posed for us.

Snookums

Snookums went off to Coney island with his older sister and brought back lots and lots of candy (which I have to monitor and hide away — dental work is so expensive later on).

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These are actually gummies they bought at Coney Island.

Those gummy bears are huge and the smaller ones are three dimensional. The children are having a blast trying new and fun things and eating all manner of NY foods.

Gee has a small boat, he loves fishing and so do I, the children are learning and were able to drive it and surprisingly had tons of fun and did an excellent job of driving. Snookums has a need for speed it seems — he had me landing on my butt once or twice as I was not prepared when he hit the gas. All in all it is good fun to see the children happy and doing different things as they had been cooped up in the house for several months.

That is young Snookums at the wheel — doing a great job.

Then it was Ms. Yalani’s turn and she was quite pleased with herself as well. Since she has not begun driving cars yet, this was quite fun for her. She loved it!

Thank you for indulging us….

Be well!

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Age Is Just A Number

Video credit: America’s Got Talent.

Good day my WP family! I hope everyone is doing well. I am doing better, still some residual headaches (the headaches are no joke), But God is good and I will be okay.

A friend sent me this video and I was so impressed I wanted to share it with y’all (my Texas accent).

I hope you enjoy.

Be blessed.

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My Supporter-in-Chief

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My Snooks in close proximity — love this kid!

 

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I have spent so much time in this bedroom, I could not lay in that bed another minute– I had to sit at the window and look at something else today. I must polish that mirror when I am stronger.

 

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My bubba cup that keeps me hydrated…as life continues outside my room.

 

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We planted some okra trees in a corner, careful not to disturb the sprinklers. okra can handle hardy weather. It is a true survivor.

I have been seriously quarantined since last Monday, today is Saturday. Last Saturday was the day I knew that I had gotten infected with the virus. In retrospect I had been feeling poorly for about 9 days already.

Today Saturday, I decided to sit by my window in the chaise. I love a chaise and always have had one for the past twenty five years.

I am feeling better and better each day…I am so thankful for all your prayers and blessings.

I felt and continue to feel the love.

My Snookums has been my most present champion, he is so sweet and usually always at my side. Today I opened my doors and this is where he decided to sit so that he can be close and keep an eye on me. My baby is such a blessing. The older two kids and my mother help but they soon run off to their own things.

My Support team: 

  • My God
  • My family
  • My WordPress family
  • My Work family
  • My friends

I am so blessed that I did not have the more severe case of COVID-19. I did not require too many interventions and certainly did not require hospitalization. I have continued taking my immuno-boosters 2 x a day and will continue to do so from now.

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A sunny beautiful day.
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Blue skies and the promise of good days ahead.

Thank you, I am so grateful to you all.

Stay well.

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A Dog’s Tale … Curiosity

They say curiosity killed the cat … but this dog is re-inventing that tale.

My friend sent this  video to me. I do not know the origins of it, but I thought it was so cute. 

Apparently the neighbors are having a spat and this dog WILL be in the know.

He could become a sleuth! With superior climbing skills.

Who knew dogs are such skillful climbers. Gave me a deep belly chuckle.

Since laughter is the best medicine, I hope you have a laugh as well.

God bless!

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Dancing — A Love with Health Benefits

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I love to dance! I also love music. One cannot separate the two, for you really cannot have one without the other. If only I could be sixteen again, If I had a change to choose a path once more, I would choose my one true love, I would choose to dance.

If there is music I cannot, I will not be still. My body, my feet, my soul is compelled to move on its own accord. The moving parts are not controlled by me but by the master musician. I cannot help myself as I simply love dance and music!

If there is music I will dance!

Whenever I ponder the sadness of my eventual demise it is the absence of music and dancing for which I grieve. I am saddened that I will no longer hear music or get to dance.

I have always loved the sounds of music, not just any music, the conscious kind, the type that speaks to me on a soul level. The kind of music in which I can lose myself in. The kind of music that expresses all that I could ever wish to say.


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Benefits of dancing

Throughout history dancing has always been present at celebrations, when wars were won and conquests were made. The use of dance as a form of therapy should be practiced more often in society. According to Harvard Medical School, Institute of Neurobiology, dance is currently being explored for its role in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

 Dancing:

  • Improves the condition of your heart and lungs.
  • Increases your general fitness level.
  • Helps build strong bones thereby reducing injuries.
  • Boosts your mood.
  • Improves your sense of well-being.
  • Increases muscular strength and endurance.
  • Helps with weight management.
  • Improves coordination, agility and flexibility.
  • A gentle exercise.

Psychology today states that the act and physical exertion of dancing and for a sustained amount releases the mood-altering neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. It also posits that new neurons and neurological connections are established as a result of proteins produced with prolonged physical activity

The movement of dancing produces beauty, it gives rise to agility and strength. Dance is healing, soothing, spiritual and when used in conjunction with music provides a plethora of healing benefits.

So to those of us out there, us that love music and dance, we who cannot remain seated when we hear music … rise up and dance, for dancing may be a key to your emotional and physical health.

What could be better!

So next time I vow to choose you dance as my first love.

Then … I will dance.

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Mom’s Dahlia Flower

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Dahlia flower, planted by my mom.

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The smaller plant, cannot recall the name, but it smells like lemon. Just beautiful. It has those small yellow flowers that smells divine.

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Just starting to open.

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It is underway.

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Still more opening to go.

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Today is has opened even more. And it is beautiful.

Be blessed and have a good day.

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Happy Mothers’ Day

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A Tribute To Mothers

Mother:

According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, mother means: to give birth to.

That definition is inadequate.

A mother is a woman of substance, integrity and morals filled with all the love in the world. 

Mother: she embarks on a journey without understanding that she will never again be whole. She travels and travails often not fully comprehending the sacrifices that will be required of her.

Her body will never again be the same, she will bear the marks of her arduous journey forever. Her hard work may never be acknowledged. 

Along the dusty path she will grow from strength to strength and she will bear the marks of her victory. 

Once she crosses the finish line, the unmistakable transfiguration is completed.

She will seek to protect that life from the world and from all who dwells within it. She  will go without, sleep, food, water or air if it is demanded of her.

She gives and gives and keeps on giving. She learns to trust others to teach what she cannot herself.

Her heart breaks and aches when she has to leave knowing that no one will ever love like only she can. 

She will move heaven and earth, she will battle the demons of hell, she will do whatever it takes to protect her young.

A mother’s love is constant, enduring and as perennial as the air.

A blessing from God, his physical assurance of love. A glimpse of his undeniable love for us, imparted into mothers. 

She loves her children more than her own life. She would lay that life down in a moment for the one she loves!

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The Comfort of a Mother

Proverbs 31:25-30 

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” 

Mothers: most are wonderful, unselfish, sacrificing, giving, gentle, generous but unfortunately mothers grow old.

When a woman is young, it is usually all about her, once she becomes a mother a godly switch happens.

That tiny bit of God imbibed in her erupts to the surface and continuously flows outward to her offspring.

I believe God made mothers as a small extension of himself.  

My Mother

My mother, my intercessor, my ride or die and the keeper of my secrets.

I could not be a fraction of who I am without her. I am eternally grateful.

My mother, my backbone, my helper, my friend.

What would we do without our mothers?

Where would we be?

A wonderful Mother’s Day!!! To the mothers by biology or by design, it is your day to shine!

God bless each one and their mother/mothers. Amen!