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One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.–Lewis Carroll In a nutshell, Stewards and Stakeholders of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area seeking to get the appropriate services to direct and educate the public to be respectful of the diverse […]

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Christina stepped back wiping tears from her cheeks.  “Don’t tell mom!  She’ll worry if she knows I’m upset.” Paul smiled, ‘like mother like daughter’.

“I think the telling should be yours, Christina.  She needs to know that her life matters to you and perhaps she’ll be less inclined to take unnecessary risks.”

“I know, that thought crossed my mind too.  I could see her offering herself up as bait just to catch this creep.  I’m afraid of, more than anything.”

“I’m watching her closely, Christina.  I won’t allow her to do that.  We have the situation under control.  We pushed the process along, further and earlier to force his hand.  She’s completely surrounded by law enforcement, whether she realises it or not and she can’t make a move we won’t know about.  Should this creep get close enough, we’ll take him down.”

“Thanks, Paul.  I appreciate that more than I can say.”  Paul smiled warmly before adding, “We have you covered too, Christina, and Andrew.  I won’t let anything harm you.”

“I know you’ll do your best Paul.  And by the way, I think your good for mom.  I’m glad you came into our lives.  I see good things for you two.  More, I want good things for you two.  Mom deserves someone special, who cares about her.  She hasn’t had that, probably never if I’m honest.”

“She has you, Christina.”

“I know, but I meant on the romantic side of things.  Gives me hope too.”

As conversations went, this was as touching and encouraging as it gets, Paul thought.  One hurdle down.  Now, if only Andrew felt the same, it would be a real bonus.

Eilea walked in toward the end of the conversation and heard Christina’s remarks about her and Paul and what she’d observed regarding her mom’s needs.

Wrapping her arms around him from behind, she hugged him close.  “Perceptive, isn’t she?”

Turning, Paul agreed.  “She does you proud, Eilea.  Incredibly observant,  she cares about her family, and is moved deeply by your current situation.”

“I’ve felt honoured on more than one occasion by each of them.  I’m not sure I can take credit for it, as they are individuals who have made choices.  Good choices so far.  I take comfort in knowing I may have assisted with a guiding hand, but they are now young adults and the choices and decisions they make are their own.”

“Well, I beg to differ.  I’ve seen young people act out and commit unspeakable acts of cruelty, steal, lie, cheat raised by caring parents and others that practically raised themselves because their parents were indifferent, uncaring, or too involved with their career to consider the results to a child.  At some point, it is about individual choices, but I really believe they copy your outlook actions and expectations more than make choices.  Eventually, they feel comfortable and strong enough to make them by themselves.”

Eilea sighed contentedly.  “She’s right about one thing, you are not only important to me, but I didn’t realise exactly what was missing until I met you.  You’re pretty special.”  She sealed the thought with a heart-stopping kiss that set him back on his heels.

Liebster Blog Award

Sarah your a complete delight. I love that you take time to chat, whether long or short, as you have such a busy life. I love your humour, your writing skills are par excellent! I enjoy spending time with you. Thank you for including me in your busy routine.

Sara Ackerman, author

A grateful thank you to Covert Novelist for nominating me for this delightful award. It was a surprise, but a very welcome one. 

The rules of this award:
1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award. Thank you to Covert Novelist!
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

My questions for you are as follows:

1.  Your greatest achievement to date is . . .

marrying my husband. ( I asked and that’s what he said!) It is pretty true; he’s a great guy. Seriously, though, I just won a teacher/leadership award and a nice cash prize, so that’s pretty cool.

2.  Your most amusing moment to date is . . .

getting trapped in my bedroom because I had…

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Cal found her intoxicating.  It wasn’t one thing but many.  Her effervescence, her joie de vivre, the way her eyes lit up when she encountered something exciting interesting or moving.  How tender her heart was, that moved her to run to any child hurt or crying to pick them up if they’d fallen down.

When he stood near, he was immediately lost in the scent of her perfumed hair, her long slender neck beckoned a touch a kiss a taste.  He was madly in love with her.  Could barely keep his hands off of her, wanted her desperately.

This was his wife, the love of his life!  The woman he adored from sun-up to sun-set. He could well imagine them in their 80’s and he’d still feel the same. She was the love of his life there could be no other.

He’d created a perfume just for her that embodied all of what he associated with her.  He desperately hoped his perfume “Amelia” would please her as much as him and evoke her pleasure.

Amelia knew something was up, the look in his eye told her of expectation and excitement.  She walked toward him a smile upon her lips, a question in her eye.

He held out a beautiful little bottle shaped like a diamond.  “You finished it?”

“Indeed, and what’s more, it’s yours.”  She lifted the perfume and read her name.

“Oh, Cal!  I don’t know what to say!  I’m completely honoured.”

“Try it, my love, see if it’s you.”

She did. And it was.  Perfection in a bottle she’d said before falling to the floor unconcious.  He looked on in horror!


Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award!

A grateful thank you to birdflight for nominating me for this delightful award. It certainly came out of the blue but I’m touched as well.

The rules of this award:
1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.
My 11 Questions For The Nominees

  1. What was your favorite age?

My favourite age was 26 (for although I had experience) I looked like I was 16 which at the time affronted me for some odd reason, but in retrospect delights me now.

  1. What is your most prized possession?

My prized possession would be my cat, Porsche who is such an incredible animal and who brings me such joy.  He’s intelligent, has a great sense of humour, is a character, and hands above other cats I’ve had. I love him dearly. ( I don’t regard my kids as possessions, but gifts, you see.)

  1. How do you like your eggs?

I enjoy poached eggs most but omelets too.

  1. Who is your favorite author or poet?

Not sure I can answer that as I have many, but I know who I dislike (wait for it) Edgar Allen Poe.  His work was so dark and negative.

  1. Can you dance well?

I used to dance very well, once upon a time, until my “activity” limiting accident. Still love watching ballroom dancing competitions around the world.

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

That would be Albert Einstein – “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”

  1. What word in your language do you like most?

Love.  Lover conquers hate, can overcome obstacles, open doors, heals and simply cuts to the chase of all our problems when you seriously consider it.

  1. Do prefer the ocean or the mountains?

That’s a more difficult one.  I love the ocean and I doubt I could live anywhere it wasn’t.  I learned to love the mountains after living on the prairie and being terrified of their majestic peaks at first. Then I fell in love with them.  Luckily I have both nearby 🙂

  1. What was your greatest accomplishment to date?

My most precious accomplishment was being able to have two children, and watching them grow into fine adults, and knowing they love me and want me in their lives and actively include me.

  1. Who is your favorite actor or actress?

My favourite actor would be Robert Redford.

  1. Can you sing well?

I used to, yes.  I loved singing very much.  These days I enjoy singing along with newcomers on The Voice and X Factor.  Their auditions always touch me so much as they sing “their” way at that moment in time, untouched by what the “masses” do.


Thank you so much, that was delightful fun and entertaining too.

Eleven random facts about me, hmm:

  1.  I started collecting humming birds due to a gift from a friend (they are not easy to come by).
  2. I laugh if someone gets hurt ( I know so bad) but so true.
  3. I’m once again “short” a serious issue I say! as everyone in my family is now taller than me, harumph snicker snicker
  4. I love chocolate (but then who doesn’t)?
  5. I love gardening.
  6. I hate bugs! (do the two go together)?
  7. I love sitting outside on a cool summers evening enjoying the breeze and twilight
  8. I no longer drive (I’m chauffer driver). hehe
  9. I love watching children play.
  10. I love watching people.
  11. I enjoy chatting (can you tell)?

I would like to nominate the following:



Welcome To My Home

These wonderful writers are completely enjoyable. Possibly you already know and visit them, but if not, please check out their blogs.  Your sure to be delightfully entertained by their passion, expertise, sharing, giving, and involvement.

My questions for you are as follows:

1.  Your greatest achievement to date is . . .

2.  Your most amusing moment to date is . . .

3.  You create time for one special thing for you and it is . . .

4.  Your most “scandalous” moment in time was  . . .

5. If you could go back in time who would you be?

6.  Your most touching and amazing moment to date is . . .

7.  Where do you go to unwind?

8.  What do you enjoy most about blogging?

9.  What is something silly you love about yourself?

10.  Do you work, and if so, is it something you love?

11.  What is one life experience you learned that changed your life?





MAXINE tired

Ever felt so knackered

Even thought was scattered

You had to ask if someone

Saw you climb in bed, anyone?

I must have run a marathon

For I surely feel exhausted

Not bright or chipper, just addlepated

Yes my get up and go, surely got up and went

That pillow fight that I lost, I seriously lament












beyond compare




So beautiful I had to re-share

I live in Cordoba, Spain, which is surrounded by hills, called Sierra Morena. Towards the north of the city, away from the historic Old Town and the busy modern town centre lies a residential area, where I often go for long sunny walks. These photos of some gates of the villas I walk past were […]

via #ThursdayDoors Gates Seen in Cordoba — Rereading Jane Eyre

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