Please Stop Blogging and Play

Look who decided to hop up in my chair and hang out while I did a little blogging today. Hmmm …what is this look?   I think he is trying to tell me that he is bored and would like to play.  For those of you who don’t know, this is our little Chihuahua Nike’.  We brought him home from the SPCA in April, going on 6 years now.  He was in poor health when we adopted him.  He was heartworm positive, in need of heartworm treatments, and had damage to his heart already.

Fast forward to today …Nike’ is a very spunky little dog with a big heart and playful spirit.  Oh and he thinks that he is a big dog …sshh, let’s not tell him. 😉

What do you think he is thinking here?

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I don’t think he wants his picture taken right now.  🙂

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Just another day in the life of one little dog.

 

Thanks for visiting!

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Painting With Wine

Hello everyone!  Happy Friday!  Glad to be back amongst the WordPress family and Fiesta Friday!  So where have I been and what have I been up to you ask?  Or maybe you haven’t asked, maybe you haven’t noticed I’ve been MIA.  That’s okay, but I am going to tell you anyway …

Firstly, the good news.  I am discovering my new-found love for painting.  Painting and drinking wine, haha, the combination is most therapeutic.   Some very nice evenings are spent painting and drinking a glass …or two!  😉

Here are two of my most recent paintings.  What do you think?  How am I doing for a beginner?  Which is your favorite?

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“Winter Moon”

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“Whimsical Owl”

So much is going on in my life right now, unfortunately my blog has suffered greatly.  My traffic is down and this is one of the first posts I’ve done in a little over a month.  But now I am back, and hopefully to stay.

I lost my job of over 5 years in February.  I have so much on my mind and on my plate.  Looking for jobs, job interviews, training, assessments and tests …the list goes on.  I forgot how stressful it is to lose your job and be back out there in the job line. Ugh!  But hey, I am not done!  I dusted myself off after the fall, and I am determined that this rough patch is not going to defeat me.  I am strong, and with faith and hope, I will make it through.  In the meantime I have a little help from my friends and family, painting and wine!

Well looks like it is time to see what is going on with the ladies at Fiesta Friday, still my favorite link-up party.  Woo-hoo, let the festivities begin!

Until next time …

Thanks for reading!

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Sex Happens

DO YOU NEED A HUSBAND?

As women, we define ourselves by our connection to a man. Are we someone’s wife? Lover?

Think about Eat, Pray, Love. The book opens with the main character leaning over the toilet bowl, certain her life is over. Then she travels to Italy where she eats, India where she prays and then she loves—the true reconstruction of a life for a woman.

 

Look at Blue Jasmine, the movie. The main character discovers her husband is a fraud. She comes undone. She holds onto her role as wife of a wealthy man. She can’t accept her life without her husband.

 

This is literature, but art imitates life and when it comes to marriage, it’s no exception.

Famous cellist, Wasserstein, stated when she got engaged, now she’d be taken seriously. Yes, even a fabulous career USUALLY isn’t enough.

 

I remember talk radio host Dennis Praeger describing a conversation he had with three recent college graduates who asked him to guide them about meaningful careers. He suggested they consider motherhood as their primary goal and select a secondary career which could support that. As an extremely successful chiropractor and Qualified Medical Examiner,  It is the role of mother that has given me life-affirming joy and fulfillment. While I’ve been fortunate to have a career which was financially and emotionally rewarding, it was nothing compared to seeing children grown into adulthood and create their own families.

However, this isn’t the same for everyone. Being a wife or a mother is a common goal, but others find fulfillment in travelling, volunteering, as an aunt or sister. In some cases, women have created their own versions of families with friends and neighbors.

 

Think about your life as a professional woman, a wife, a mother. Where does your soul get fed? Knowing this about yourself will allow the most fulfillment.

My novel, Sex Happens, is about a woman whose priorities develop with the curveballs of life. Her children remain the center, but she is able to gain more support from female friends, rediscover herself as a lover, and realize her strength as a businesswoman.

The novel is currently rated 5 starts on Amazon.com, and is available in print and Kindle formats. You can find it here: http://a.co/4DhDTdh

Dr. Carol Soloway is a chiropractor and qualified medical examiner, who has now entered a new journey as a writer. She is currently on her book tour around the U.S. Learn more about Carol and Sex Happens at www.sexhappensanovel.com or facebook.com/sexhappensanovel

 

Thanks to Dr. Carol Soloway for being our guest blogger today.  Please do check out her new novel, Sex Happens.  A great read, and just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Until next time …

Happy Reading!

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Solitude

“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.”
May Sarton.

 

Up until about 6 years ago I did not know what it was to be alone, nor did I ever think I wanted to be.  It was only after my divorce that the realization of the importance of being alone resonated.  Now I understand that we need that solitude.  Solitude teaches us about ourselves, by being alone with our thoughts we grow and discover a world of things we hadn’t imagined. We discover hidden talents, new strengths and an independence, new founded self-confidence to embrace and enjoy our much needed personal time.

 

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

For this weeks Photo Challenge:  Solitude I have chosen some pictures from my library that I think represent solitude well.

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My son, alone with his thoughts and the ever crashing waves …

 

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A walk in the park to clear your head, on a nice December day. – Austin, TX.

Until next time …

Thanks for visiting!

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December Skies

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December was always her favorite month. She said there was something about the December sky at night; a backdrop of winter blue velvet, beautiful and silent.

The diner looked the same, maybe newer, fancier …shinier somehow.  The old man stood and looked at the diner one last time.  Memories.  A tear escaped and made its way down his cheek, to be quickly wiped away.  Becky Lee would be pleased, he thought, the funeral had turned out nice.  Today he buried the love of his life.  Tomorrow he would start again,  for her, under the December skies.

 

This post is part of Friday Fictioneers.  PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Until next time …

Thanks for reading!

Arlene

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The Meaning of The Snowman

Hello all!  We are having a blustery, cool “Winnie the Pooh” type of day here.  Wintry weather just in time for Christmas!  Today I bought some decorations for my front door.  Something you don’t know about me is that I love to decorate with Snowmen, the whole winter wonderland thing.  This year I got a Snowman door mat and matching decorative garden/yard stick.  The lighted garland is next to come. Love decorating for the holidays!

The other day I received this from a family member.  I thought I would share …

Meaning of the Snowman:

The white snow represents God’s forgiveness of our sins. The circular snowballs show the everlasting life God promises us. The carrot nose shows us that God has given us the Earth and all living things. The black coal mouth reminds us to give God praise. The scarf keeps us warm, just as God’s love does. The top hat reminds us to honor God above all things. The twig arms are open to hold us the way God does when we need Him.

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And until next time …

May you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  God Bless!

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