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I believe the most important thing about a vacation is to relax and get away.  Then explain to me why after a five-day getaway I am just exhausted?  I know, I know… did I forget I have a chronic illness?  Did I really think a shopping vacation would happen without a lot of pushing through the pain and SLEEP?  Oh well, I did have a good time at least.

We were celebrating my niece turning 30 and so a girl’s trip was necessary.  We shopped the Mall of America in Minnesota enjoyed an adventure in an escape room, saw sharks and fish of all kinds at the mall’s aquarium, and enjoyed some really good food and drink… Margaritaville was by far my favorite!  But one thing in the back of my mind kept bothering me, I was sure I was forgetting something.

Oh, my goodness!  I never posted an “I will be away for a bit” post… I am such a scatterbrained!  So, I am here tonight to apologize for not giving you a heads up at least.  And to tell you I am once again behind and need to try to speed up the catch-up somehow.  So, I am letting you all know if I mark like on your blog it will mean just what it says… I liked your post (and I read it).  If I have a little time here or there I will comment, but I am really far behind again. I appreciate your forgiveness and patience in all of this.  THANKS! And as always (((HUGS)))!

A to Z Challenge – L is for Lincoln

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”

Abraham Lincoln

Lies are a no win situation. Something will always bring to light the truth and quite often it is at the hands of the liar themselves by making a “mistake” in their story. Being truthful is sometimes hard and may get you into trouble but a lie will always be worse in the long run. Our 16th president was very wise.

Past letters…



Writer’s nemesis is writer’s block. Singer’s it’s laryngitis. An athlete’s is any injury. Right now my biggest nemesis is calories and fat. Do you have a nemesis?

“The measure of a superhero is always his nemesis.” – David Lyons

“My nemesis – my downfall, if you will – was relationships, and trying to fullfill them.” – Jennifer O’Neil

“Our nemesis is time, against which we have a single ally, memory, and even it betrays us.” – Sam Tanenhaus

“Restlessness is my nemesis it’s hard to just chill and sit still.” – Mos Def

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – nemesis

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

He was sitting alone

But he was flirting

With the lady at the bar

He wanted her tonight

And did everything he could

To entice the woman

And get an invite

Back to her apartment

He would be a whirlwind

In one late night

Then gone in the morning

He had already been

In this town too long

He was itchy to move

Get to the next town

And see what it would offer

He wanted no strings

No roots

No commitment of any kind

A free spirit

With no responsibilities

Just a memory in the wind



Written for Fandango’s February Expressions (FFE) – #13

Temporary Knight

Today you crossed my mind
And I remembered so much about you
Your kindness
Your humor
Your undeniable charm
Your wisdom
Your soft side
Your unexpected concern
We may not be a part
Of each other’s lives anymore
But you will always live
Deep within my memory
As a friend who rescued me


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

Happy and Grateful – Day 321

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

Even the worst day huh?  This has been an agonizing day of fatigue.  There was another change in the weather – a slight warm up and rain to possibly turn to some snow in the early morning.  Needless to say I am aching all over and I took 3 naps today and still feel like I did not sleep… I guess that is the nature of chronic fatigue.  Add in a good side order of depression and you have a day I would have liked to have missed.  But I put one foot in front of the other take one breath after the other and keep on going.  If I am lucky I find some good.

Today I found that good here on WordPress,  One of the people I follow made me laugh.  First and only time today I laughed and for that I am grateful.  I know laughter is good medicine, I need a little more of it in my life, but it is hard to find some days like today.

Now happiness blooms from laughter, but I don’t think I have ever used the same thing for both my happiness and my gratitude before and this close to the end I hate to change my pattern.  So I give my happiness to a fleeting thought, a memory.  It is something simple but the hug from a friend can mean a lot… I have made it known here before how I miss my best friend.  Today it was the memories of a hug from him that got me through the day and made me closer to happy if only for a moment.

Now I plan to rest yet again and hope that I find some relief from this horrible fatigue I face,  Let your friends know how special they are.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Forever On Replay

My mind is stuck

Forever in a loop

Never wanting to believe

You could do me wrong

I trusted you

I believed you

I felt something

When you said you cared

I play it over and over again

The words you said

Then the slamming door

They don’t match up

But they continue to haunt me

To this very day

Years after it happened

Why can’t I let it go

Stop the rewind from playing

The answer has to be

I never stopped loving you

Class Reunion

He did not recognize her

It broke her heart

He was all she had thought about for years

She apparently wasn’t even a distant memory

She was lost in his rugged features again

When he suddenly caught her eyes

Was there a small spark of memory

Did he maybe know who she was

She started to panic as he walked her way

She had dreamed of this moment

Now there was no turning back

Fate would now set her dreams into motion