Blogging from A to Z

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E is for Egg!

This egg came straight from one of the birds in my back yard. They have been laying eggs for about 4 months now and the new ones just started as well. Or well 2 of them have started to lay eggs as well. Compared to this one though, the new bird’s eggs are almost half the size. I’m not sure I have ever seen an egg so small. I will have to get pics of both eggs to show the size difference.

In response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

Blogging from A to Z

Dinosaur at Diamond Children's center at University Medical Center
Dinosaur at Diamond Children’s center at University Medical Center

D is for Dinosaur. This dinosaur can be found in the lobby of the Children’s center at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. I had to walk past this guy every day while hubby was in the hospital. Thankfully, he is now back home and resting better. This is actually yesterday’s post so I will follow with the next letter shortly.

In response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

Have a great day!

Renee

A to Z Blogging Challenge

So, today I had planed to do something related to craft, but after this weekend that did not happen. So, I think today’s word beginning with C would have to be catastrophe! How does one show catastrophe? Well I’m not sure that my husband would like for me to show his catastrophe that occurred this weekend. Let’s just say that he was riding this quad:

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When he almost flipped it and put his foot down to try to help stabilize the quad. Not the best choice he could have made. We are now sitting at the hospital with him recovering from surgery, in which they had to put a rod in his left leg. So, yes I would have to say the word of the day is Catastrophe!

This post is in response to the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

Have a great day!

Renee

April Photo Challenge

April photo challenge

I apologize for taking a couple days off. It’s not that I didn’t want to post, but the Hubby has been in the hospital since Saturday and I just got my puter down here today. All is well, no worrying allowed. He broke his leg and had to have surgery, but he is now on the path to recovery.

So, without further ado, here is the photo for April 4.

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Have a great day!

Renee

Stop Repetitive Thinking

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Photo from: freedigitalphotos.net by basketman

In response to Living, Learning, and Letting go’s Challenge for growth prompt #8 – Stop repetitive thinking

Today I focus on Stopping Repetitive Thinking

I like to think that everyone does this at one time or another. Repetitive thinking can stop a person from achieving the goals they would like to achieve. I know that it has stopped me a time or two but I think this may go back to my anxiety. Even if it doesn’t I know that a fear of failure has stopped me in my tracks many times over.

So, today I focus on stopping the repetitive thinking. This week I have been working on this like a mad woman. I do this all too often. I know I need to stop and now I am really working on making the change. Even my counselor told me that I need to rethink my thinking. When these thoughts come in that make me want to change my focus from what I want to accomplish, I have to physically think about what I just said and turn it around.

So, for instance, if I need to go to the store but can’t seem to force myself to get behind the wheel. I stop and ask myself why? Usually it’s something along the lines of “I won’t be able to make it without stopping several times because of my anxiety”. Now, I have to stop and tell myself “So what? You will still make it and do what you need to do.”

Another example is my blog. I wanted to start one for quite a while but I didn’t think anyone would read it. I am now seeing that maybe I really do have something good to say because I am getting readers and followers. I had to tell myself that I could do it! I had to tell myself this over and over and over again. Even still some days now that I have been blogging for several months.

You have to turn the negative into a positive in order to make change happen. I have been able to do more this week because of this. I have not allowed myself to stay home or to not write because it could turn out bad. I have to tell myself that I CAN do it!

So, my challenge to you is to turn your negative thoughts into positive thoughts and tell yourself over and over and over that you CAN do it. You CAN do whatever you put your mind to! You just might be amazed at what you can accomplish if you start to think you can.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. If you do this, I would also love to hear what you accomplished!

Have a great day!

Renee

Pat on the Back

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In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt – Pat on the Back

Last week my oldest son graduated from basic training in the Army. My heart swells with pride for Christopher (he is the shortest one in the photo). He is officially a member of the United States Army. I am so proud that he has taken this step in his journey in adulthood. I have often worried about him, but he has now shown me that I do not have to worry about him but rather (now) for him as I am sure he will take his tour overseas at some point in his career. However, at this point I am nothing but a proud mom of an Army Soldier!

Have a great day!

Renee

Focus!

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Photo from:
https://burningfireshutinmybones.wordpress.com/category/share-the-love/

Today I would like to focus on you! If you make it to my page please comment a link to your blog. I would love to meet new people today as well. If you know of another blog that I may like feel free to share that link as well. I will make it to every one shared with me and will try to make a comment letting you know I was there or that you shared the link with me.

Have a great day!

Renee

Challenge for Growth Prompt #6

In response to  the Challenge for Growth Prompt #6

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This weeks prompt is to listen attentively. I try to do this all the time. Everyone wants to be heard. And only through active listening are able to really hear the other person. Usually when we listen to someone we begin to form our own response to the person, think about other pressing matters, or just don’t really tune in to what the other person is saying. When we really listen, or actively listen to another person we will hear exactly what he or she is trying to say. By doing this, we can then respond in a more meaningful way because we really HEAR the other person.

I have been working on this for a few days now and I am finding that my husband is more appreciative than I had thought before. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve know that he loves me and he cares about what happens to me, but I never really heard it from him. Lately though, I do. I think this brings us closer as well as ensures that I shouldn’t misunderstand him as often because I HEAR him.

Have a great day!

Renee

 

Challenge for Growth Prompt

In response to The Challenge for Growth

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Today I focus on finding the good qualities of others

I’m not sure I’ve ever had a problem with this one. My ex used to always tell me that it was one of my many faults. I see the good in people, even when it appears that others cannot see it.

My relationship with my mother has not always been very good so I decided this week I would list her positive characteristics because everything always appears to be negative when I think about her.

Mom’s positive qualities:

1.She almost always answers the phone when I call.

2.Works hard

3. treats her grandchildren with love and care

4. forgiving

I think that’s all I have for the moment. Don’t get me wrong, she is my mother and I do love her because of that. I guess since we haven’t gotten along for many years that I don’t lean on her for support as much as I could.

Naked with Black Socks

In response to Daily post Naked with Black Socks

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Photo from: shutterstock.com

So, the question put forth today is: Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

I have to say that I am comfortable in front of people in a social situation, but when it comes to speaking in public I would want to hide in the bathroom. Social situations don’t bother me at all. I can be myself with no problem (as long as I know the majority of the people there).

If I were asked to lecture or give a speech, this is a whole different story. The whole “Imagine the audience in their underwear” thing did not do the trick for me. I can practice all day or for many days but when I get up in front of people to talk it’s like my tongue gets lost… lol.

I’m not sure why this is the way it is, but it is and so I don’t speak publicly. Even in school I avoided it if I could in any way shape or form (even if that meant staying home from school for the day). I am almost done with my PhD and will have to defend my dissertation in about 6 months. This terrifies me! I am not sure how I will get through this. I am hoping that since I am through distance learning this process will be over the phone (in which case I think I will be fine). If I have to go do this in person I am so screwed though. Any suggestions on how to combat this would be greatly appreciated.

Have a great day!

Renee

Sink or Swim

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In response to The Daily Post’s Writing Prompt Sink or Swim

I think the most memorable time I was told to sink or swim was when I started my associate’s degree online. I had never gone to school online so this was very new to me. Our first course was basically just an outline on how to work the system and then we started our core classes. Talk about a learning curve! I think this was the hardest transition I ever had to make. I did finally figure it all out and I am now working toward my Doctorate.

 

Have a great day!

Renee

 

A Brand New You: Effective Tomorrow

A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow

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Photo from: Vimeo.com

Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? You can choose to be anyone alive today, or someone gone long ago. If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

I think as much as I have trouble dealing on a day to day basis, I still wouldn’t change who I have become and who I still have yet to become. I am finally getting to a point where can truly say that I love me. This has been quite the journey and I don’t think that I would change anything. It’s been challenging to say the least on most days. I am me and I am content with where I am right now. I know that I am not perfect. I know that I have flaws. I know that I could choose another person to be, but what good would that do? I am me after all.

I think that I am finally becoming comfortable with who I am. I am finally at a point in my life that I know things are getting better. Do I still have bad days? Yes! I know this is not likely to change soon, but I am comfortable with where I am right now.

Have a great Day!

Renee

Because the Night

In response to The Daily Post Prompt Because the Night

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Photo from: Sagorpirbd.deviantart.com

Today’s prompt is:

Are you a night owl or are you the early bird?

Last year I would have said I was a night owl. My hubby and I would be out until 3 or 4 in the morning playing a game we enjoyed together. However, lately, with taking care of my dad and the hubby working a day job we are now usually up around 630 am (ugh!) While I despise being up so early, I am finding that I tend to accomplish more every day.

What’s your most productive time of day?

I think my most productive time of day is still early to late afternoon. In the mornings I have little ambition to do much of anything until I have had my coffee (usually about a pot!). Then I get busy on my schoolwork and then I get to work on my blog. After which I do some housework and then start dinner so that it is ready when the hubby gets home around 6pm.

When do you do your best work?

I still believe that I do my best work at night or early evening. This may just be because that is when I usually sit down with my day planner and plan out my next day. I think I seem to get my best ideas at night.

Have a great Day!

Renee

 

Life Line

In response to The Daily Post Prompt Life Line.

Photo from: agilethings.nl
Photo from: agilethings.nl

So in today’s prompt, we are on a long flight with a palm reader sitting next to you. She insists on doing a reading for you. What does she say?

I would love for this to happen because I, for one, cannot tell the future or what it will hold. However, one can imagine right? What I would like my future to hold would be happiness, love, and maybe a lottery winning or two! I mean come on who wouldn’t want that right? I know I can’t be the only one. Truthfully, though, right now I wish that she would just say I will get over this chest congestion and be able to breath better. That is what I want right this moment.

What would your palm reader tell you? or what would you like for her to tell you?

 

Have a great day!

Renee

Top 5 Places to Go

The Wanderer

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  1. Ireland – My family is from Ireland and I have been told that in the town we came from there is even a pew in a church that has our name on it. I would love to go see this and see where my family came from.
  2. England – This is just a fascination of mine. I have always wanted to visit England for as long as I can remember.
  3. Scotland – Again just another fascination of mine. I would love to go for a month and explore the area.
  4. The White Mountains – I have been here before (just about every year) but I love it. Living in the desert the mountains are a way to get out of the heat in the summer.
  5. The Grand Canyon – I have been here before as well but it was a very fast trip. I would like to be able to go again and stay at least a weekend to explore.

Where would like to go if you could anywhere right now?

Have a great day!

Renee

Compile a playlist

Day 15: Writing 101

Compile a playlist of 10 tracks that represent you:

  1. That Girl is a Cowboy – Garth Brooks
  2. Crazy People – The Wreckers
  3. Break – Three Days Grace
  4. Headstrong – Trapt
  5. I Will Not Bow – Breaking Benjamin
  6. Nightmare – Avenged Sevenfold
  7. Animal I have Become – Three Days Grace
  8. Little Red Wagon – Miranda Lambert
  9. Kerosene – Miranda Lambert
  10. She’s Country – Jason Aldean

The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch

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Photo from: quotesgram.com

Let’s see, what texture is particularly evocative to you?

I think I would have to say the touch of skin (Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about holding hands…lol). It seems to me that anytime I’m in a bad mood or depressed, the touch of my husband’s hand seems to make everything alright again. I know that sounds pretty dopey or sappy, but it’s true. When my husband simply holds my hand I know that everything will be alright. I know that because we are together everything will work out for the best.

Have a great day!

Renee

Recreate a Single Day

Day 14: Writing 101
Recreate a Single Day

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Photo from: diversitystore.com

For today we are to recreate a single day staying within a 24 hour timeline. I’ve never been one for writing stories. I just try to explain my life and what is happening on any given day (yes, I know sometimes my life is pretty boring). So, I think I will use the alternate choice for today of: revealing one days significance through it’s aftermath. Here goes.

I think so far, the most significant day for me would have to be when I met my husband. The aftermath of all of this is obvious; we got married. After my second divorce, I swore I would never marry again. If I only knew then what I know now….lol. When I met my husband our first date consisted of dinner at the Triple T Truck Stop. Surprisingly, this is the same place my parents met (my mother was a waitress at the diner and my father was the tire-man for the truck stop). Our date was only supposed to be dinner but 2 hours later we were still in the parking lot talking. I had never met someone I could talk to so easily.

My daughter kept calling and texting to see where I was at and when I would be home. At the end of the night I knew this was someone I could spend the rest of my life with and we have since been married almost 2 years now. And to think, I was so scared about meeting him that I almost canceled that date!

Have a great day!

Renee