Challenges, Death, Family, Friends, Writing

Will it Make a Difference?

The senselessness – will it make a difference?

Ugh! I haven’t posted on my blog in a while. I try so hard to get a consistent transition going. What happens? Life!

Currently, I’m working on the development of two different writing projects as well as devoting my time to finalizing the release of book three. That’s my writing work.

Then, I have those fall/winter chores that make me whole — putting the garden to bed for the winter — flower and vegetable. My flower garden isn’t as detailed or complete with a variety of flowers like a friend of mine I refer to as my “Sis.” She has such a lovely garden, even in the heat of summer, it is gorgeous. She also works on it. My flower garden happens. I’ve learned to cultivate weeds. Some of my most prized weeds are in full bloom even now. Some of my weeds are even pretty. One day I’ll show a picture.

The vegetable garden is another one of those projects that grew and grew and grew. Now, with my old back not liking me bending and pulling weeds, I find the vegetable garden has the occasional food to eat, but the weeds have taken over in places there, too. The veggie garden going to bed for winter is probably a good thing. It will give me time to figure out what I want to do with it.

Sadly, my personal life has been traumatized these last few months by the death of very close friends and family. It is that time of year when things die. It seems death has been around my family too regularly since July.

July 6, 2015 – the passing of our grand-dog, Miloh, whom I miss talking with each day.

Miloh - The Granddog
Miloh – The Grand-dog

October 29, 2015 – the passing of a wonderful cousin and friend, Raymond.

Raymond Madden
Cousin Raymond Madden

November 12, 2015 – the passing of a friend, George, who was one of a kind.

George Fisher
George at a family reunion at the beach that he loved – August 2015

The passing of these souls have each touched my heart in special ways. Each brought to my life a certain kind of joy that is not easily put into words. I have struggled since July to express my feelings. There seems to be no words.

Then, yesterday, the senseless loss of life in Paris, France. I’m not sure I know how to express myself as I try not to be angry. Then, I wonder if I should let my anger go. I keep thinking of the phrase repeated by Rudolf Abel (played by Mark Rylance) in the new movie “Bridge of Spies.”

Abel says to Donovan (played by Tom Hanks) on several occasions during the movie, “Will it make a difference?”

Words to live by.

I wonder. Will it?

And, then…the circle of life seemed to rare its head up and remind me. Yes, it might!

About the same time on Thursday morning when we were  loosing our friend George, we had a miracle happen within our family. For the first time in 30 years, the Newberry family had a new baby born to our clan, Miss Elizabeth. It was a miracle in that she was not supposed to arrive until Friday. We were being given a light to shine on a gloomy period for us. She is a blessing. I look forward to meeting her and holding her in my arms.

So, I’ve managed to quail my anger. My heart is broken over the loss of our family and friends, and it is in deep sorrow over the loss in France of those souls I never knew. But, I’m resolute. I’ve made the decision to do what I need to do to bring joy to those around me. One way to do that is to be happy myself.

The funny thing about me, I’m happy when I’m writing. So, I stopped procrastinating, and I got down to it. Hence, this post today.

I dedicate this post to Miloh, Raymond, and George, and to those souls lost in the senselessness of last evening. I will work to do what I dream.

French-American Flags
French-American Flags — 11-13-15 — In solidarity!

I will make a difference!

Write On!

The “Will it Make a Difference?” post first appeared on Pam’s Blog November 14, 2015.

Blogging, Friends, Versatility

Versatile Blogging Award

A fellow blogger friend of mine, BrillTeen, recently nominated me for the

Versatile Blogging Award

THANK YOU, BrillTeen! You’re a Wonderful Friend!

Your nomination means a lot to me! We’ve only known each other since we both participated in Blogging 101 and Blogging 102 together. If you are new to blogging, I recommend those classes offered by Blogging University. It will help you meet lots of wonderful new friends, like BrillTeen.

Here are the rules of the Versatile Blogging Award:

  1. Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Share ten random facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate ten more bloggers who are fairly new to blogging.

Here are ten random facts about me!

  1. My nick name is Hobbit Queen (if you didn’t know)
  2. I have another blog that I’ve fallen behind posting — Miss Beehaven with Hobbit Queen (Yes, I know, I’ve been bad not posting there!!!)
  3. I’m a huge fan of Castle and Bones and Big Bang Theory
  4. I have the most fabulous Grand-Dog in the world – Mr. Miloh – He is adorable!
  5. There are times I can’t sleep, so I get up, write a blog post, drink coffee, and watch the sun rise.
  6. I am trying to learn how to make a perfect, Italian pizza – so if anyone know the secret for the perfect crust, please post in comments and we’ll connect!
  7. I love making stained glass projects, but lately it seems those projects have fallen to the wayside just like my Miss Beehaven blog.
  8. Flower and vegetable gardening is a passion of mine, but I don’t play in dirt enough!
  9. Snickers candy bars are a weakness of mine. So is coconut cream pie — actually, it is a disease!
  10. We live near water and I love fly fishing, bait fishing, fishing, boat riding, and all things water.

The beautiful and versatile bloggers I nominate are:

Karate Fox – A classy blog that offers four different types of blogs whose byline is “Silliness is the source of all wisdom.”

Murgatron’s Musing – Mur’s byline is very cool: “Not man nor machine but something more serene: The Human Experience” and Mur’s post are very interesting,

Real Life Natural Wife – Crissy writes and strikes a chord. Her byline: “Tried and true. Real life advice for a healthier, happier, more natural you.”

Pat’s Random Thoughts – Lady P Wiggins is a jewel.

Estelea’s Blog – Love the way this “French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines)…” shares her adventures!

Quilt Musings – Beautiful, just plain beautiful. Makes me want to pick up a needle and thread.

Reflections for my Soul – Truly a peek is shared and it is beautifully done!

Susan Rushton – Shares flowers and gardening, nature, writing, photography, marketing and design in a way that you feel invited right into the screen to visit with her. Lovely!

B’s Words – Barbie’s by line is perfect — “Stories and Journeys of an Optimistic Misfit.” Her wit and charm win you over.

Memory Bears by Bonnie – Is truly a “Ministry of Love”. In honor of TBT, I share Bonnie’s blog because of the ministry to does with it so well and that we first met in a class offered by Dan Blank about three years ago. I have followed her blog ever since.

There’s my ten that I’ve nominated. Please leave a comment after you take a minute or two to visit the listed blogs. I hope you find them as entertaining as I have.

May you have a wonderful evening and a glorious weekend!

Write on!

The post of Versatile Blogging Award first appeared on Pam’s Blog on June 4, 2015.