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A Quote That Stuck

Today, I’m participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, and I chose this prompt.

1.) A quote from someone that has stuck with you.

It was June, 1980.  My son, Marshall, had been born five weeks prematurely, and in less than twelve hours had been transported by a neo-natal ambulance to the nearest children’s hospital.

He was having some breathing issues, and the doctors feared that, because he was a preemie, his lungs hadn’t had time to develop. But a birth weight of 6 pounds, 1 ounce at birth, and high Apgar scores were reasons to be optimistic about his overall health.

Since Marshall was born by Caesarean, I wasn’t able to accompany him to the children’s hospital. Soon after he arrived and was examined, the doctor called to tell me that his lungs (thankfully) were fully developed, but he had been born with double pneumonia. This was a much better scenario, because they could treat it with an antibiotic, and it wouldn’t require such a long hospital stay.

Even after hearing this good news, it was still difficult being in the hospital those five days- on the maternity floor – and having a roommate whose healthy baby was being brought to her on a regular basis.

One day, my ob-gyn came in my room while making his rounds, and found me crying. Being the compassionate doctor that he was, he sat at the foot of my bed and asked what was wrong. When I replied that I was worried about my baby, he said that he’d heard that he was doing well. Then he said this: “But you worried about him before he was born, and you’ll worry about him until the day you die”.

My doctor was, at the time, dad to two little boys, so he knew all about this parenting club, of which I was a brand new member.

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To the sorrow of his many patients, my doctor retired a couple of years ago. But during one of my office visits a few years ago, I mentioned what he’d said that day, and that I’d always remembered it.

We agreed that, although the role of a parent changes through the years, worrying about your baby is a given…..no matter his age.

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~These Days Of Mine~

PLEASE! Give Me The Oldies

For Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week, I chose this prompt:
1.) How has music changed since you were a child?

When I was born, I had two teen-aged sisters. Our house was filled with music by Elvis, Ricky Nelson, The Platters, The Everly Brothers…. My sisters played 45’s and “albums” on an RCA record player. Between growing up with that great old music, plus listening to it through the years, I know every word to songs that were popular when I was just a toddler.

I was still a child when the Beatles landed in the U.S. I watched their debut on Ed Sullivan and was instantly a fan (what girl wasn’t?).  I became a teenager and still listened to the Beatles, along with The Grass Roots, CCR,  The Temptations, Herman’s Hermits, Diana Ross… I, too, played records on a record player, and listened to those songs on an AM station on a little transistor radio.

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I suppose every generation prefers the music from its youth. Listening to it brings back memories of more carefree days; we all know how a song can instantly transport us back in time.

These days, I listen to cd’s of the oldies while I’m driving, and find myself seeking out those few shopping establishments/restaurants that play the oldies. (Thank you, Bojangles and DAV Thrift Shop.)  I’m afraid I just have a very difficult time with today’s “music”.  I don’t see the talent in moaning or screeching your way through a song. And my aging ears have difficulty understanding the lyrics…which is probably a good thing.

And don’t even get me started on how the National Anthem has changed in recent years. (When was it re-written to be sung: “land of the free-HEE“?) Please sing it with respect and don’t try to impress everyone with how many octaves you can reach.

Yes, I realize that I’m showing my age. I know the older generation didn’t care for “our” music, either.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.*

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* (from “She Loves You” by The Beatles – for you young folks.)

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May I Quote You?

One of Mama Kat’s Writing Prompts this week suggested that we list six of our favorite quotes. For the past few years, I’ve been on the lookout for quotes to use on the cards I make. But many of my favorite quotes are ones I discovered many years ago. Here are my six (plus a bonus), in no particular order:

1.) “Bloom where you’re planted.” I don’t recall where I first heard or saw this quote, but it’s a favorite, and seems especially appropriate for this time of year.

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2.) “Life with you is like a road trip; we may not always know where we’re going, but it’s a sweet ride.” This is a quote I saw within the past couple of years. It seems to perfectly describe my life with Motor Man.

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3.) “Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand as stone: kindness in another’s trouble, courage in your own.” (Adam Lindsay Gordon)  I remember seeing this quote in the early 1970’s. A friend was experiencing some trying times; as it turned out, my “listening ear” resulted in blessings for us both.

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Our friends’ home, destroyed in a 2011 tornado

4.) “The sun setting is no less beautiful than the sun rising.” This was on a poster in the nursing home where my Mom was a resident in the 1990’s.


5.) “If you’re too busy to listen to your children, you’re too busy.”   I saw this quote in a Christian magazine when Marshall was a toddler, and taped it to the inside of a kitchen cabinet door. Is there a parent who, at times, isn’t guilty as charged?

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6.) “Ah, that’s the reason a bird can sing; on his darkest day, he believes in spring.”  (Douglas Malloch) Another of my more recently discovered quotes.


And because I couldn’t choose just six, here’s your bonus quote:

7.) “Sometimes God calms the storm; sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.”  I’ve used this several times on cards I’ve made for friends experiencing difficult times.

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Credit was given to the authors of these quotes, when I could find that information. Many of these seem to be just “sayings”, and the authors are unknown.

If you’d like, feel free to share your favorite quotes. (I’ll add them to my collection!)

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Our Kitchen And Its Kitty

It’s been a L-O-N-G time since I’ve participated in a Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, but this week, one of the prompts sounded like it would be fun:

3.) Show us your kitchen!

Those of you who know me well, know that I don’t cook (other than an occasional grilled cheese sandwich). So our small kitchen suits me fine. Here’s a little tour, beginning with the “breakfast nook” area.

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I apologize for the lighting in these photos. I wasn’t at home to take them yesterday, and found it difficult to get good pictures last night.

Here’s another view of that same area. (Before I took the picture, I should have lined that chair up better with the design in the rug.)


The wooden ice box beyond the table and chairs belonged to my aunt and uncle. You can’t tell from the picture, but that’s Pioneer Woman’s cookbook on top. Although the shelf above the ice box appears old, it was purchased at a craft show a few years ago.

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This basket is old, and the stuffed kitty was also purchased at a craft show.

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This is the doorway where I was standing when I took the second picture. Back when I was sewing, (instead of blogging), I made the piggy on the second shelf from a cloth bag that once contained smoked sausage links.


Many years ago (pre-blogging), I also made the little doll (and her flag) that’s resting on this tray. Her legs are made of buttons strung together.

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Here’s the “business” area of the kitchen. (We need to replace a light bulb, and I need to recycle the empty fish oil bottle that’s in the sink.)  My friend, Doris, found the metal stars years ago and thought they’d be a nice addition to our kitchen. I agree.


And that completes the tour of our kitchen.  Oops! I almost forgot the busiest corner in the entire room. (Speaking of stuffed kitties.)


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Once again, one of Mama Kat’s workshop prompts struck a chord with me this week:

1.) What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘plaid’?

The word “plaid” immediately takes me back to the dresses I wore in elementary school.  (Just a note to all you young folks: girls weren’t allowed to wear slacks to school back then.) This is my third grade school picture.

All my dresses were made by my Mama on her old Singer treadle sewing machine.

But something else comes to mind when I think of “plaid”: doll dresses that Mama also made on that old Singer.  This is my Chatty Cathy, sporting a dress that Mama made. Cathy isn’t too chatty these days.

When I first began writing this post, I thought Cathy’s dress was made of the same plaid fabric as mine. We definitely have the same little white Peter Pan collar going on.  After a closer look, though, I believe these are two different fabrics.

But I’m guessing that I probably had a dress made out of that plaid, too.

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…The Place That We All Call Home

The prompt I chose for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop today is:

2.) Analyze a popular song you heard on the radio…what exactly does it all mean?

Let me begin by saying that my first choice in music is oldies. Oldies, as in the 50’s and 60’s. Okay, you can include the first few years of the 70’s, if you must. But only because of the likes of CCR, Three Dog Night and Neil Diamond.

Today’s music holds no appeal for me, with the exception of a (very) few country songs, one of which I’m posting about today. But even if you’re not a country music fan, please stay with me.

When I first heard this song about a week ago, the tune was what caused me to turn up the volume on the radio. But, as I listened to the words, I realized what a great song it is. It makes you really appreciate the creativity of a songwriter.  I did some internet research and discovered that the song was co-written by the performer, Dierks Bentley. The inspiration was the shooting in Arizona, in which Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured.

I’m posting the lyrics and then a link to the video. This one is self-explanatory.  When you read – or listen to – the lyrics, there’s no need for analyzing.


 West, on a plane bound west,
I see her stretchin’ out below:
Land, blessed Mother Land,
The place where I was born.

Scars, yeah she’s got her scars.
Sometimes it starts to worry me.
‘Cause lose, I don’t wanna lose
Sight of who we are.

From the mountains high
To the wave-crashed coast,
There’s a way to find
Better days, I know.

It’s been a long hard ride,
Got a ways to go;
But this is still the place
That we all call home.

Free, nothin’ feels like free,
Though it sometimes means
We don’t get along.
‘Cause same, no we’re not the same.
But that’s what makes us strong.

From the mountains high
To the wave-crashed coast,
There’s a way to find
Better days, I know.

It’s been a long hard ride,
Got a ways to go;
But this is still the place
That we all call home.

Brave, gotta call it brave
To chase that dream across the sea.
Names, then they signed their names
For something they believed.

Red, how the blood ran red;
We laid our dead in sacred ground.
Just think, wonder what they’d think
If they could see us now.

It’s been a long hard ride,
Got a ways to go;
But this is still the place
That we all call home.

It’s been a long hard ride,
And I won’t lose hope;
This is still the place
That we all call home.

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2011- The Year In Blog Posts

This week, I chose the most complex prompt that Mama Kat offered for her Writer’s Workshop.  So get comfy, folks:  this is gonna be a long one.

1.) This year in blog posts…choose a favorite post from each month of 2011 and share.

January 6 – That Martha – My last remaining aunt passed away on December 31 of last year. This was a post I wrote in memory of her and her sunset funeral.

February 2 – I Do, I Do, 02/02/02 –  Motor Man and I celebrate our anniversary on February 2. This post includes some photos from our wedding day.

March 24 – The Hope Of A Shelter Kitty. We had just been recently adopted by our kitty, Sundae, when I wrote this poem.  I made a donation to the humane society based on the number of comments on this post.

April 19 – I’ve Been Pressed – Having my blog recognized by wordpress.com resulted in many new readers… and friends.

May 13 – Toes.  I wrote this post about the day that my son, Marshall, at four-months old,  discovered his toes.

June 16 – Just Yesterday. Celebrating Marshall’s birthday.

July 21 – “L” As In Yellow – This post was one of my favorites because the photo was perfect for the story.

August 4 – Saving The Day – A favorite post because it’s about my two favorite guys.

September 22 – Where I’m From – This post took some thought, and is one of my all-time favorites.

October 31 – Halloween Haunts –  Bacon’s Castle is a special old house to  my family. It was featured in a PBS video a couple of years ago, and Marshall had a role in the video.

November 27 – Quick! Detour To The Park – You knew I’d have to have at least one sunrise/sunset post in this collection.

December 17 – Moonrise-Moonset – This is my favorite post for this month, because I shared my first (semi-successful) attempt at night-time photography.

And there you have it: my favorite posts from 2011.  So tell me: which of these was YOUR favorite?

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