Once A Year

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A reservation for two

Chilled champagne

Soft music playing

Soft lighting

On a candlelit table

Dressed to the nines

Escorted to their seats

The ambience of

This anniversary date

Is one of true love



And style

Cheers to each other

Cheers to the future

With a kiss

To seal the deal

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – ambience

Mumbles … Five Years

I got a notification from WordPress yesterday… I have had my blog for five years now.  My how time flies when you are having fun.  But don’t get too excited, I would say I have only truly been blogging for closer to two years.  Let’s take a look at some of my past words and facts. (I know how boring… but maybe somebody might like to see what I have done.)

I started back in August of 2013 (hence the 5 years… LOL)  and that first year I only had 3 posts this being my first one.  I didn’t make it back until August of 2014 and sporadically stayed with it until November when I did one of my hardest posts. 2015 I was in the groove enough I almost hit every month, but still very few posts.  This is one of my early depression blogs .

Then we reached 2016, that is when something clicked.  In March I started to write more. I dealt with not one but two friends in crisis.  By the end of that summer I discovered the daily prompts and that kept me here most days.  And a Radical Idea had me posting about my happiness for 100 days.  I also tried to find the wonder of the holidays with my 12 Days of Christmas.

2017 I was bound and determined to find a way to be Happy and Grateful every single day.  And I may have been late a few times but I got through that year-long challenge.  I also continued with the daily prompts and from March through November I shared some of my photos with Monochrome Monday.

Now we are in 2018 and although WordPress has dropped its daily prompt I still am challenged by Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) every day.  I have embraced an occasional blog with my Mumbles… posts.  And I am once in a while doing some fiction posts, most often limited to 100 words.

I sit one person away from 500 followers.  I figure 100 per year average is not bad.  I get likes on my posts and wonderful comments from people I consider friends.  I have 1,212 posts, over 21,700 views and more than 10,700 visitors.  For those of you who made it this far I will give you the answer to this question.  Too wise you are, too wise you’ll be, I see you are, too wise for me. 🙂

Have a good day/night… thanks for sticking with me.  I really hope all these links work! Now to start the next 5 years!  (((HUGS)))

Happy and Grateful – Day 213

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

Happy August everyone!  I guess today is a special day for me… WordPress told me happy anniversary today.  It was 4 years ago I joined the blogging community.  Although I was very limited in the first year or two I blogged, I have certainly gotten into the swing of things now.  In 4 years I have had over 10,000 views, nearly 5,000 visitors and I am nearing the 700 mark for posts.  I have more than 250 readers (whom I love dearly!) and like to think I have the potential to touch somebody’s life for the better.  Whether it be someone who needs to know they are not the only one with depression or a poem that touches someones heart or a picture that makes someone smile… I hope this blog not only is therapeutic to me, but can help others too in some small way.

Obviously I am grateful for WP… but it is all possible because of the readers.  It I hadn’t been visited, viewed and read by you none of this would have happened.  I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.  So my gratitude goes to every reader I have today.

It really was another nice day out, but I didn’t have too much time to enjoy it.  I did have a couple of errands to run so I just walked really slowly between my car and the building to enjoy the nicer weather.  I had some paperwork my sister had to sign and notarize so I got to chat with her for just a little bit, was good to see her as it had been a while.  I always love going to her office because she has so many fun knickknacks to look at.  She added a baby Groot, a USB powered butterfly and a USB fan.  She has the cat clock, a chinese lucky cat, many plants, a couple of rubber duckies, some other bobble heads… it is a fun place to work!   I was happy to see her and her office today.

Well it is getting late.  Need to read a few more posts and call it a night soon.  Once again thank you all for keeping my blog alive and important to me.  Have a wonderful day/night.  Find your happiness every day!