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A Short Collection of Catch-up Thoughts Early in the Morning

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I wasn’t going to write anything tonight (well, now, last night), but as I looked over the week and the writings and just my life in general, I decided I would do something short and, for me, to the point.  I decided just to let you in on what’s going on and what’s new.

First, I have taken to a new game.  No, not a video game this time (I am still on Skyrim and am at level 41.  I have never been here before).  No, I am talking about the old-fashioned “Dungeons and Dragons” – “D&D”.   I found a site, roll20 and fell in love with it.  The site has taken the board game and, instead of making a video of it, they have brought the table to the Internet.  They have a virtual table and dice and you play just like you used to – roll dice and move and talk in groups (via Raidcall and chat on the site and Skype).  It is addictive, once a week for me – Mondays 7pm-11pm.  I am a Rogue (thief in the older language) and help my group of 3 others through what may be months of playing.  Check out the site.  It is fun and educational.

My vegan diet is going well.  I have lost just under 10 pounds in 4 months and my blood sugar is doing well.  My blood pressure was around 104/48 several times and they may need to remove or reduce one of my meds!  Great!  I find out in December.

I am feeling better for the most part.  I still don’t sleep well, but manage to put in about 9 1/2 broken hours a night.  I still have some nights where I don’t get to sleep until dawn, but it all works out in a few days.  I have been sneezing today and have some sinus problems and a headache, but I don’t think I am getting sick, just tired and the weather is changing here – hard.

I am getting to read some of your posts, though not as many as I might have hoped.  Yes, I know it is a choice, but I need to do these other things.  Just know I think about a lot of you all the time and save the links so I can do, at least, some as time permits.

Finally, I am now doing about 1/2 – 2/3 of the cleaning of my house.  I still hope to have someone in once a month to give it a thorough going-through, but I am doing a lot of it on my own and that is a huge improvement.

By the way, I have taken a liking to Peanut butter (organic), sauerkraut, mustard, and Italian dressing or rye.  Don’t ask, but I do like it.

Guess that’s it.  Love you all…



Special Post – I Accept an Award!

Dragon’s Loyalty Award


I got nominated for another award! This time it’s for Dragon’s Loyalty Award. I was nominated by fellow blogger and reader of this blog, Meghan! Which according to her, the Dragon’s Loyalty Award is a combination of both The Versatile Blogger Award and The Very Inspiring Blog Award.  Thanks Meghan…check out her blog > HERE <.  Meghan’s also extra special because she’s from my very own state of Indiana.  Go Hoosiers!  That also means she knows what kind of weird weather we are having right now.

Now with anything there are rules:

1. Display the Award on your site

2. Announce it with a post and link to whoever presented your award

3. Present 15 awards to deserving Bloggers.  I follow a lot of bloggers who do not accept awards, plus, I try to get newer ones brought in, so the list will be shorter and if you are not on it and wanted to be, I am so sorry…hmm…since it’s short, perhaps you can drop me a note.

4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them to the post

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.


Those bloggers I will honor are:

1)   Harvesting Hecate

2)  Jean’s Writing

3)   Lillie McFerrin Writes

4)  WePoets Show It

5)  Christina Strigas

6)  Maggiegracesite

7)  This, That And The Other Thing

8)  Marina Kanavaki

9)  Kerrie Ann Salsac – Writing For Life

10)  Sheri De Grom

Well, that’s 10.  If any of you I have selected do not accept awards, then simply ignore this.  I tried to put in new blogs I have looked at and decided to follow.  I may not read you all the time, but I notice.

Now, for 7 things about myself that, at least, I find interesting:

1)  Because of the way a college professor graded the first draft of my Master’s Thesis, the word “That” is like poison to me.  I try to always go back and eliminate at least 80% of the times I have used it in a story or post.

2)  I had such a fascination with “A Charlie Brown Christmas” growing up, that, one year, I went to the woods behind our house and chose a tall weed and decorated it for my own Christmas tree.

3)  When I was very young, my sister and I burned 14-17 holes in the carpet of our play room ( I don’t remember the spanking! ).

4)  I play “Words With Friends” (like Scrabble) on Facebook and play about 14-20 games at once.  If you are on FB and enjoy playing, drop me a note.  I win much more than I lose!

5)  At time of this writing, I have no grandchildren, but do have one great niece – Karlie Koontz.

6)  I have always wanted to have a lot of money, but one reason is so that I could, personally, give a away a lot of it to personal charities, tips, and so forth.

7)  One of the warehouse buildings I used to patrol as a night guard in Indianapolis is now the site of the new jail.

There you have it!  I hope you enjoy the above facts and reading a couple of the bloggers I nominated.  Have great fun!



Flash Friday – “Sacrifice” – 350 Words – Horror – R


Two Nice Awards – One New and One Old

So, yesterday, the wonderful and absolutely beautiful KZ nominated me for two awards.  the “ABC” Award and the “Dragon Loyalty” Award.  Since the second award is already two awards and since I am the one to kinda “accidentally” name the award –> see post  <– I will do what is required for the first one and link back to KZ’s blog for the second.  My nominations will be for the ABC award, but if you want to accept the Dragon’s Loyalty Award too, then that’s fine.  I will post the rules for both.

As always, if you don’t do awards, or don’t have the time to accept it, then that is up to you.

Here is the pic for the ABC award:


Thank you KZ!

For this award, you have to come up with a word for each letter of the alphabet and write about something relevant to you. So here’s my A-Z of words that describe or mean something to me ^^

A – Alone:  Since my stroke I have learned to be more alone with myself and to enjoy the time.

B – Books:  Books have been a godsend to me my entire life.  I love to read and am getting back to that idea with nightly readings now.

C – Creativity:  Creativity has always been my greatest asset and, now, since the stroke, I realize that I have lost a little of my Creative Imagination.  It saddens me as I use it so much.

D – Diabetes:  This disease has changed my life so drastically and was one of the biggest reasons for my stroke in May 2010.

E – Email:  A life saver for me in that it has allowed me to get messages to my friends and family quickly, easily, and thoroughly.

F – Future:  I don’t live there anymore, but I think about it and, now, look very forward to it.

G – Giving:  I not only try to do this much more often, but I am the recipient of it now a lot and I have learned to accept it graciously and with joy.

H – Honesty:  I have found this to be the best way to make friends as well as to keep them.

I – Integrity:  As with honesty, this produces good friends and keeps me out of a lot of trouble.

J – Jealousy:  I lost a lot of things with my stroke.  Jealousy seems to be one of them as I don’t feel that way many of the times when I would have before.  I am told that means my self-esteem is higher.

K – Kindness:  This trait I look for in people and try hard to display it myself.

L – Love:  The most important thing in the world.  It comes in all shapes, sizes, and descriptions.  Love of God and love by God is extremely important to me.

M – Memory:  It has slipped a bit in me since the stroke and it often picks bad times to leave for awhile.  Since I know it leaves often, I miss it and think of it more now.

N – Normal:  I am learning now what that term means.  I have never felt normal.  Now, in many ways, I do, and it is a very new experience.

O – Optimism:  The backbone of my beliefs.  I believe God is always with us, so things will always work out.

P – PC:  Especially since my stroke, my computer has become the most important tool in my home.  It connects me to the world and gives me so much freedom to see things I might never have a chance to.

Q – Quality:  I look more for quality in life now than any other single thing.  Before I was mostly just busy, always trying to get ready for what’s coming.  I am more about living in the moment now and knowing the future’s coming.

R – Relax:  Not just resting, relaxation is allowing your body to throw off tensions and stress so that you can renew and handle what’s around the corner.

S – Self:  Me, just me, I need to and have learned to see me as an entity.  I love me.  This allows me to grow.

T – Texting:  This has increased immensely in my life in the last couple of years.  I text a few friends as well as my daughter.

U – Unaware:  This has become really important in my life as, since the stroke, I need to try and know what’s coming all the time so I can prepare for it.

V – Variety:  My new diet (diabetes) has made variety difficult.  However, I am managing, one item at a time, to increase the different things I eat.

W – WordPress:  I don’t think I need to say why this word is so important to me.

X – Xi:  I don’t even know what it means, but it’s important because of how often I use it in “Playing with Words” (Zynga.com).

Y – You:  All of you who follow, comment, read, share my thoughts on WordPress.  You are all important to me.

Z – Zealous: Because it is the way I feel right now about my being published and my daily posts on WordPress.


One of the rules for this award is to list 7 things about yourself.  I love doing that.  The other is to nominate 15 people.  I have just done 5 this time around.
My List:

1) I have 3 packages of comic books that I have not opened yet.  I have so much to read!

2)  I have well over 500 DVDs and 3x that many books.

3)  One of my very favorite video games is Oblivion, though Minecraft is pushing a close 2nd right now.

4)  One of my favorite meals is:  3 hot dogs (plain), a small carton of high fiber cottage cheese, and 2 cups of high fiber ice cream.  It stays within my carb limits and it is better for me than a fast food meal.

5)  My sister and I got in trouble when I was about 5 yrs old, on Easter morning, because I took her outside and pulled her around in the wagon.  2 reasons – we weren’t to be outside alone and the grass was wet and it soaked our PJs.

6)  Sis and I set our family room carpet on fire several times (the same time) when we were fairly young.  I don’t remember the paddling!

7)  I started out in college to study the ministry of the United Methodist Church.

My nominees for both awards:


Madison Woods

Debra Kristi

Boomie Bol

I am just a Poet

I think that is enough this time around.  I love all of you and have problems deciding who to choose – but that is a good problem to have!




Philosophy is all about being curious, asking basic questions. And it can be fun!

North Noir


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