I just loved the whimsical topic of Dragon Hunter this week. It inspired me to write a rhyming haiku series, not always easy to do with the syllable limits. It immediately took me back to my own childhood days of cloud gazing, and when I did the same with my own kids. What a magical thing it is! I still do it when I get a chance, but often it is when Dan is driving and we both notice the beautiful cloud shapes in the Virginia sky. I probably take as many cloud pictures as I do cat pictures – well, maybe not. Certainly not as many pictures I take of my grandchildren Posie and Hatcher, when I get the chance to be with them!
This week’s poem is dedicated to Posie and Hatcher. They are my heart’s delight, and Katie sends me photos daily of them. They are growing and changing each day. When we saw them in October and December, I gave Posie a bunch of Katie’s things that I had saved from when she was a child. There was one particular pale pink satin leotard and matching skirt that Katie wore nonstop – and Posie wore it to her gymnastic class and riding her scooter yesterday! You can’t imagine how deeply that touched my heart. And little Hatcher is growing and just got a big boy haircut – WOW, he looks even more handsome than before! I simply cannot wait to see them and play with them again. Grandchildren are so very special.
I hope you have a chance to breathe deep and cloud gaze this weekend. It is so relaxing to just watch the clouds drift by and morph into different shapes. It’s good for the soul, and it brings immediate serenity to me. Have a wonderful weekend, all!
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 31.14 Topic: Dragon Hunter Hard Bonus: Incorporate a lyric by The Clash (Should I stay or should I go) Easy Bonus: Include your favorite childhood toy (doll)
Hearth blazing pumpkin pies fresh from oven two turkeys roasting cutting bread for stuffing such a harvest of blessings comfort in this labor of love tablescape of crystal and china my thoughts drift to holidays long ago my spirits lifted by sweet memories grateful for my family and friends who have graced my life through the years with hands and hearts intertwined we embrace the future by the grace of God and share this meal toasting health hope and love
Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope you had a wonderful holiday surrounded by family and friends. Just a quick poem and blog before I immerse myself in Christmas decorating. My grandkids are coming on November 30, and I know they’ll love to see the house all decked out!
What has meant so much to me in the past year? My family – my husband Dan, my children Vince and Katie, my grandchildren Posie and Hatcher, my mother, my siblings, my in-laws, my nieces & nephews, my aunts & uncles, my cousins and anyone else I left out! I’m grateful for my friends – my best friends, my dear friends, my neighbors, my coworkers & former coworkers, my virtual friends, and all the kindred spirits I have come to know over the years. You have all shaped my life in some way, shape or form. I am so thankful to have all of you in my life!
I wish you all good tidings and many blessings as we come into this Christmas season. May you know an inner joy and spiritual warmth that fills your heart with love and gratitude! Enjoy the special moments, and remember the reason for the season at those times of insanity during your holiday preparations (it happens to us all)! Remember to take a little time for yourself to rest and re-energize. Thank you again for being here and for being part of my life! I love you all.
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 21.14 Topic: Thank You Hard Bonus: Give thanks about something or someone that has meant so much to you this past year (family & friends) Easy Bonus: Mention your favorite type of pie (pumpkin)
This poem is dedicated to my beloved grandchildren Posie and Hatcher, my sweet little Valentines! I sketched out the words to this Kyrielle Sonnet on the trip home from Florida last month, and I finally got around to putting the finishing touches on it today. It’s always so difficult to leave them after each trip, uncertain when I will see them next and knowing how much they will have changed. I dread saying goodbye, and it takes me a while to settle the emotions. For me, the best therapy for sadness is writing.
I am also posting this to the Instagram group @hergrowthcollective. The topic for this week is “Love,” and just happened to fit with this poem. Love comes in many forms, but love for family is one of the strongest and enduring of all bonds. Everyone told me how special the relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is…. but until I experienced it, I had no idea! It is the greatest thing. My love for them is eternal, and it grows with each passing day. They fill my heart with the purest joy I have ever known.
Life has been so busy, and I’ve been a bit MIA from social media. A much-needed break, I guess. I worked about 20 hours of overtime the past couple of weeks. Fortunately, our busiest work month has passed, and my schedule should be getting back to normal. Whatever that is, lol!
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! xoxo Colleen
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