Unexpected in common hours

Woods in Spring

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
– Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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On Walking to Get the Newspaper…

It’s been awhile since I was able to walk down our road to get the newspaper. Today was only the second time that I’ve walked that distance since my husband fell and sustained a fractured spine.  Our sweet neighbors have been bringing our paper to us.

The newspaper is delivered to a newspaper “tube” located at the intersection of our road (a dirt and gravel lane actually) and the paved road that leads to the highway.  That makes things convenient for the newspaper carrier but not for me, although I guess it’s convenient enough on days we go out in the car to buy groceries or go to the pharmacy or a doctor appointment.  Before my husband fell, on days we didn’t go out, I walked down to get the paper, but after his fall I didn’t want to leave him alone even for the time it would take to walk down and back. He has now improved enough that I feel comfortable leaving him for that short length of time.

I took a few photos along the way today, including one of the neighbor’s daffodils which are coming up in the dead of winter…

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fungus on the tree stump

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue and Yellow

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Laugh/Laughter/Laughing – “I Love to Laugh”

“I love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh
It’s getting worse every year 

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From the 1964 Walt Disney film Mary Poppins, the song “I Love to Laugh” was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.  In the movie, laughter causes the character of Uncle Albert, played by Ed Wynn, to float to the ceiling where he eventually is joined by the characters of Bert and the Banks children, Jane and Michael.  They can be brought back down only by thinking sad thoughts. “I Love to Laugh” is sung by Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn), Bert (Dick Van Dyke), and Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews).

I love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh
It’s getting worse every year

The more I laugh, the more I fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more I’m a merrier me, it’s embarrassing
The more I’m a merrier me

Some people laugh through their noses
Sounding something like this, dreadful
Some people laugh through their teeth goodness sake
Hissing and fizzing like snakes
Not at all attractive to my way of thinking

Some laugh too fast
Some only blast
Others, they twitter like birds
You know you’re as bad as he is

Then there’s the kind
What can’t make up their mind

When things strike me as funny
I can’t hide it inside
And squeak as the squeakelers do
I’ve got to let go with a ho ho ho
And a ha ha ha too

We love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
We love to laugh
So everybody can hear

The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we’re a merrier we

Songwriters: Richard M. Sherman / Robert B. Sherman

I Love to Laugh lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

 

Song Lyrics Sunday

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything Related to Music

Playing the Appalachian dulcimer

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs

Pair of flowers at a Florida beach

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Pair of horses in Kellum Valley in North Georgia

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Pair of shorebirds in St. Augustine Beach, Florida

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Pair of sweet friends

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Winter moon

Because of the topography where I live, we rarely see the moon from our house.  We live surrounded by woods in the Northeast Georgia mountains, and by the time the moon rises high enough in the sky to be seen above the trees at night, I am already in the bed asleep.  However, the day after Christmas I did see the moon while I was walking up our driveway, and I took these photos, not at night, but at 9:30 in the morning…

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“The moon can never breathe, but it can take our breath away with the beauty of its cold, arid orb.”   (Munia Khan)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colorful Monotones (one single color)

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Hope and healing

After several weeks of at-home physical therapy and occupational therapy, my husband is recovering from the compression fracture in his spine.

He has very little pain and is able to get around the house now on his own, although he still must use a walker. I am able to get him into the car, and he can ride with me on trips to the pharmacy or the grocery store, but he sits in the car and waits for me while I do the speed-shopping. Sitting for long periods of time still is difficult for him.  He is supposed to alternate between sitting and lying on the bed or sofa.

We are hoping it won’t be long before he can walk with a cane instead of having to use the walker.

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Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

(Emily Dickinson)

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from grandson Ben!

Believing for Ben

Ben wishes everyone a Happy New Year!

He’s doing great, enjoying school, and is active in youth activities at his church. He just completed another round of physical therapy sessions and has a new “boot” which he wears on his left leg at night. But the best physical therapy he can get is sports, and he is a star player on his basketball team!

Thanks to everyone who follows Ben’s progress, and thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our miracle boy.

# BenStrong #Soli Deo Gloria

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme: New- “You Make Me Feel Brand New”

“God bless you
You make me feel brand new 

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Recorded in 1974 by The Stylistics, one of my favorite R&B groups of the 1970s, You Make Me Feel Brand New was written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed. The recording sold over a million copies globally, reached number 5 on the Billboard R&B chart, and was Billboard’s song number 14 for 1974.

My love,
I’ll never find the words my love, to tell you how I feel my love.
Mere words, could not explain.

Precious love,
You held my life within your hands, created everything I am,
Taught me how to live again.

Only you,
Cared when I needed a friend, believed in me through thick and thin,
This song is for you, filled with gratitude and love

God bless you, you make me feel brand new,
For God blessed me with you, you make me feel brand new,
I sing this song ’cause you, make me feel brand new.

My love,
When ever I was insecure, you built me up and made me sure,
You gave, my pride, back to me.

Precious friend,
With you I’ll always have a friend, you’re someone who I can depend,
To walk a path that sometimes bends.

Without you,
Life has no meaning or rhyme, like notes to a song out of time,
How can I repay, you for having faith in me

God bless you, you make me feel brand new,
For God blessed me with you, you make me feel brand new,
I sing this song ’cause you, make me feel brand new.

Songwriters: Linda Diane Creed / Thomas Randolph Bell

You Make Me Feel Brand New lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Song Lyrics Sunday

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