Simple things…

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge
prompt this week
The Simple Things In Life

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It is so easy to take for granted the simple things in life.
When we take things for granted we are not grateful.

Thinking about this prompt made me realize I take most
of what I see, hear, feel, do and have for granted.

I take walks through my neighborhood.
It is a beautiful, picturesque, safe, quiet place to live.

Where I live there is a laundry room with several washers and dryers.
Folding the warm fresh sweet smelling clothes and linens is a delight.
Doing laundry is hardly a chore.

There is also a library in the building.
We can donate and borrow books whenever we want.
And now we have a Fitness Center where we can exercise
anytime day or night.

I always have food in my kitchen and clothes in the closet.
I have a comfy cozy home.
I have two catkids that are funny and loving.

I work part-time because I want to.
I work for and with good people.

My health is good and my body usually works as it was designed to.
I walk and talk, see and hear, think and dream, sleep and wake up.
All without thinking about it.

All simple things I take for granted. I am grateful for each and every one.
I will try to remember how blessed I am and be thankful every day not just when prompted.

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P=punching bag

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Hi my Peoples.

Today is my turn to post the A to Z Challenge.
Today’s letter isp4pAs in Patricia.
That’s my mama’s name.

I am going to tell you something about Mama that will surprise you.
It surprised me that’s for sure.
She is pretty easy going for a people.
She rarely gets mad and when she does it’s not too bad and doesn’t last long.
But she has a hidden side.
Yes, she does.
So hidden I had no clue about it.

She and her friend David went to the sport’s store to buy
equipment for the Fitness Center here where we live.
You know stuff like weights and a big ball and benches.

Well, while they were there Mama saw this
bagIt’s a punching bag!
She loved it and she wants one.
David told they couldn’t get one for the Fitness Center.
Now she is trying to figure out where she can put one in the apartment.
Who knew?!

O=”o”phobias…

A to Z Challenge
letter today is
o4pThere are a lot of phobias and some of them start with O.
Here are some of them:

  • Osmophobia…fear of smells or odors
  • Onomatophobia…fear of hearing a certain word or of names
  • Optophobia…fear of opening one’s eyes
  • Ophthalmophobia…fear of being stared at

I can sort of understand those phobias.

Then there is this one. I don’t understand what it means

  • Orthophobia…fear of property

This one is funny to me, but I am sure not funny to someone who has it:

Omphalophobia…fear of belly buttons

This one is kind of a mystery to me

Ouranophobia…fear of heaven

Some phobias are amusing to those of us that don’t suffer from them.
I am not making fun of anyone with a phobia.
I have had to deal with a phobia so I know how awful it can be.

file4781300045861 I was embarrassed to talk about my phobia and when I did people often laughed
It became so bad  I was almost paralyzed by it.
I finally got some professional help and with time and hard work
I have, for the most part, overcome it.
I understand the whys and whats of my phobia, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
Sometimes it rears its ugly phobia head and my heart pounds,
I break out in a cold clammy  sweat, and just want to disappear.
Having a phobia is no laughing matter.
If you are experiencing an irrational fear of something
please talk to a friend or family member you trust.
If you are embarrassed or ashamed, don’t be, you are not alone.
Like with any challenge, the first step is the hardest.
Take a deep breath and take that step.
Life is bigger and better than any phobia.

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N=news rant…

A to Z Challenge
letter today is
n4p

I have been thinking about the news and it has led to this rant.

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I haven’t had a TV in years so I don’t get any of that news. I don’t like listening to talk on the radio so no news there for me. I do get the local newspaper but not especially for the news. I get the newspaper for the comics, puzzles, ads, obits and social info.

So far, I have gotten along quite nicely not knowing in detail what’s going on in the world. I have a neighbor who is concerned about my lack of news interest. He watches TV news all the time, listens to news radio when in the car and gets several newspapers every day. I am concerned that he will lose his mind or have a stroke from news overload.

It’s not like I live in a cave or with blinders on. I am not oblivious to what is going on around me. I do read headlines and listen to others talk about what’s happening in the world. I am aware of politics, wars, the economy, taxes, health issues, gangs, environment and ecology concerns, celebrities and their messes, and the list goes on. I just prefer to put those things lower on my news meter.

Really, there is good news out there but you have to search for it. Maybe if the good news was the lead story, headlines, page one news, then the bad news wouldn’t take over our thinking and there would be less ugly news events happening to report. I know there will be those who read this who will be appalled and think me stupid to be so out of tune with the news. But then I am often appalled at what is considered news-worthy and that it gets so much attention. End of rant.

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M=Marley’s road…

In Other Words

I am participating in the A to Z Challenge again.
In Other Words will be a part of my posts for A to Z.
Every day in April, except Sundays, will have a letter assigned
So here is the In Other Words prompt for this Wednesdaym4p

“Though the road’s been rocky, it sure feels good to be me.”
Bob Marley

Use the quote or the author as inspiration; post
a story…fiction or non-fiction, a poem or memory,
a commentary, opinion or just a picture.
Post something new about 250.-500 words or a picture.
Add your post’s link (for this prompt) to, In Other Words.
Add a link back to, In Other Words, somewhere in your post,
doesn’t matter where…it can be text or logo.
The link will start Wednesday soon after midnight EST
and close the following Tuesday.
Visit those who post here.

We all love comments and encouragement for our efforts.

Be creative and have fun!

Click on the frog to see what people have to say
and add your thoughts in a post of your own.

K=kibitzers and kibosh…

A to Z Challenge 
letter today is
k4p

There are people who are kibitzers.
We all know one or two.
These people are experts and authorities on everything
and they are always ready to give an opinion and unasked for advice.
The giving of their opinion is okay I guess, everyone has a right to their opinion
even if they know nothing about the subject.
But giving unasked for advice as a self-proclaimed expert or authority
well, we need to be putting the kibosh on that!