Forever in Our Heart

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Dear Pat, Its been three years today since you have been gone. You left us too soon! We will never forget you Pat, you will always be in our hearts! We met when we were young, when you swept my dear friend off her feet. Oh the memories! We laughed through the years, and cried, and laughed again. You always had a way of making people smile no matter what! While you were sick people came to cheer you, but often left feeling like they had been the ones cheered up! Your smile was contagious and even through the tears we had to laugh. I remember when you could barely talk, for your battle with cancer was almost over, but you still had it in you to make a crack about my driving! You were one of a kind, dear friend and we miss you, miss your hugs and just miss you being you!  Your family is simply amazing with the inspiration they been to others, the strength they have shown.

And Pat, just so you know,  you may not be able to keep me on my toes anymore with your wit, but I do have friends that continue to do that very well. Your wife included, you would be proud of them!

Love you Sherry, I know Pat will forever be in your heart and I know my dear friend that you will continue on. Pat is cheering you on through life. I am so blessed by your friendship! Keep shining on, and remember, when this pandemic is over, to the beach once again we will run!

A Tribute with a Little Twist

“Twenty Years Ago”, there was a young man, who everyone considered the “Coward of the County.” He was tired of his ill reputation and decided to strike out on his own. It was time for him to change his ways, for he was known as “The Gambler” too.

He headed West to start a new life. It was just him, his guitar, and a dog named Misty. He loved his dog, for even when it had felt like everyone was against him, he knew that she believed in him. “She always Believes in Me”, he thought.  He found a little brick house up on a hill. Lots of land for Max to run, and on a summer’s night, he could sit out under the sky, playing his guitar to his audience of a million stars.

One bright day as he was taking a walk he met a young woman, walking her dog, Trixie. They talked as they walked, and had a nice time. In the weeks to come they met more often, he noticed that his heart  would begin beating a little faster whenever she was near. He started taking walks more frequently with hopes to catch her eye. Her name was “Lucille”, and he thought she was quite the “Lady”!

After some time passed, he gathered up his courage, and asked her if they could be more than just “Daytime Friends”. She shyly smiled and accepted his invitation to dinner one night, and between them  romance began to bloom.

Months had passed and he knew she was the one. They were strolling on the beach one night as the sun began to set. He stopped walking, knelt down, and said to her.”You and I” have seemed to hit it off from the start, Your  “Love (has) Lifted Me”, “You Decorated My Life.”  I would love to take you to “Islands in the Stream” will you please give me the “Greatest Gift of All”,  by saying that you will be my wife?

Tears ran down her face as she wrapped her arms around him. “My parents always told me, “Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer”, but I want to share your dreams and make them mine.” She sealed her “Yes” with a passionate kiss and into the waves they ran.

 

Friday’s Super Short Stories!

Show your special someone that you love them on the other 364 days of the year too, or the flowers you give on Valentine’s Day may as well be weeds! 

When your husband sends you a message from work asking if you found his surprise, and you have no where left to look! 

Music is a way for your heart to speak. What is a favorite love song of yours? 

Sharing 2 songs today, “Because you loved me..” by Celine Dion and “IF”. The first song is not just for the love of your life! For me I think of my family and dear friends and my husband and children when I hear this song. They all have shown me love in many different ways that lift me up and keep me going and for that I am so grateful!  Now the other song “If” is a more specific love song. It was one of many songs that Brad put on a cassette tape ( remember those) for me when we were dating. The old love songs still warm my heart, much more than “Here’s my number, call me, maybe…” by Justin Beiber. 

Enjoy and have a wonderful day, celebrating the love of those around you, which is something to be grateful for every day! 

 

 

The “Out of the Hole” Song!

I know this isn’t a Christmas song, but there is a story behind it. I was chatting and laughing with a dear friend yesterday, and ended up getting in a “hole”, yes,  I am sure some of you will be so shocked by that. Anyway, my friend assured me that if I was to post a Neil Diamond song that all would be well. So just for you, sweet Dee, here is your favorite song, and it took all my willpower to not post an Air Supply song too, but I was good! May all of you enjoy the song as well! Do you have a favorite Neil Diamond song?

Friday’s Super Short Stories!

  1. Some dreams are plain crazy …. and some can be our sub-conscious speaking. If dreaming of sugarplums dancing, you may have had too much eggnog.

2. Peace, joy, and love aren’t gifts to be unwrapped only at Christmas. Let them fill your heart 365 days of the year!   

3. Did Santa make you happy, or are you wondering where your hippopotamus is?  https://youtu.be/57vrqCENNPc

 

A Christmas Dream

Two days before Christmas and the shop was filled with people and the sounds of a “Holly Jolly Christmas” playing.  The bell on the door kept jangling as people kept coming and leaving. Flossie the stuffed flamingo anxiously waited for a customer to pick her up, but with each hour that passed her hope faded a little more. Why would this Christmas be any different from all the ones before. No one wanted a flamingo, they went for the teddy bears and magical unicorns, the horses and the floppy eared dogs. Who wanted a rainbow colored flamingo.

Flossie sighed, she should just close her eyes. The sooner the night was over, the better, there would be silence. No more jangling of the bell making her heart skip a beat hoping  that perhaps this time the person that walked through the door would want her!

“Hey Tricia, come over here, look at these adorable teddy bears!”

“Oh they are adorable!” Tricia replied, as she squeezed one. “They are so soft.”

Flossie tried not to let a tear slip out of her eye.

“We need something different though too, remember? We have lots of orders for teddy bears, but we also got a special order for something more unique for a special little girl.”

“You are right,” said Jessica. “But I don’t see anything except horses and dogs, the person before us just grabbed the last unicorn.”

Flossie took a deep breath, this may be her last chance, she had to try! She said softly to Henry the Horse, “I’m sorry”, as she bopped him out of the way., and off the shelf he fell.

Tricia bent down and picked up the horse, “Oh look, he has a little star on his head, perhaps he could be the gift for the special little girl ?”

Oh No! Had her efforts been in vain, Flossie thought.

“Oh wow! Look at that!” cried Jessica. “Its a rainbow colored flamingo! Have you ever seen one of them before?”

“Can’t say I have, but it is so pretty! I think she will be perfect!” and Tricia picked her up as Flossie’s heart soared, she was leaving, she was really leaving!”

The next day far, far away, Candy Cane picked up the mail.

“Santa, your rush delivery order came!” Candy Cane said as she walked into Santa’s house.

He was sitting in his overstuffed recliner drinking some Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate, and took the package when Candy Cane handed it to him.

She anxiously watched him unwrap it and they both smiled big when they saw the rainbow colored Flamingo.

“Look at how bright and pretty she is! She will definitely brighten up little Emily. ”

“Yes, she will, this is just perfect! Emily lives in Alaska, so she may not even know what flamingoes are. To her this will be a very special bird and hopefully help cheer her as she heals from her appendectomy.”

Flossie’s heart swelled up. Santa had called her a special bird! She was going to go make a little girl happy! She had no clue what a “appendectomy” was, but it didn’t matter, a little girl needed her and Flossie couldn’t wait to meet her! Flossie’s dream was finally coming true.

Santa handed her to Candy Cane. “Take her to Jinx and Jangle, tell them to get her ready to take a ride on my sleigh.”

Riding on Santa’s sleigh! Oooh this was going to be exciting, thought Flossie and he eyes shined as bright as the colors of the rainbow. One just never knew what could happen when one doesn’t stop dreaming! Every night in the toy shop Flossie had kept hoping for her dream to come true the next day. At last her tomorrow had come!

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Super Short Stories!

  1. Fluent in other languages, I am not! But I do know the Spanish phrase,  “Feliz Navidad”and I even know a little Hawaiian as well. “Mele Kalikimaka” 🙂

 

2. Tomorrow is the shortest day of the year, and so someone has dubbed it “National Short Girl Appreciation Day!” Sounds like a very important day to me! Thought I would spread the word so that now you know and can prepare for it,  because I am kind like that! 🙂 

3. Christmas lights shine bright, but let your heart light shine even brighter! 

 

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Can it really be 8 days til Christmas?! Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care? What is playing on your stereo? The following well known song is one of many that get played from our favorite Christmas CD’s this time of year. Pretty sure you will recognize the title and know who it is by without me saying it. Enjoy! And remember to enjoy the quotes as well! Now you have background music for them. 🙂

 

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Do You have a Dream?

 

“I have a dream”….  I have always enjoyed this song from Mama Mia. I love to watch the moonlight shimmering on the water,  Its so peaceful to just watch and listen to as I think  about the dreams that I have for me and my children.

Ask children what they want to be when they grow up and they will always have a reply for you. They have big dreams and stars in their eyes, nothing is impossible!

What happens when we grow up? Too much life piles upon us and smothers our dreams at times, but we need to keep them alive! Grandma Moses loved to draw at a young age, but as an adult she put her passion aside. When she was 78 she started painting once again and went on to have her paintings displayed in a museum , sold at art auctions and put on greeting cards.

Did you know that Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t publish her first book “Little House in the Big Woods” until she was 65  years old, her last book came out when she was 78!

Gladys Burrill ran her first marathon at the age of 86 years old and completed the Honolulu marathon at the age of 92!! I can’t even run a mile, much less a marathon, and I am a lot younger than 86 years old. The difference is that it was a passion of hers and she pursued it. I know someone who used to be a co-worker of mine and she took up running recently, completing her first marathon. She was thrilled about it and she should be, it was hard work, but she did it! She’s not a household name because of it, but she has deep personal satisfaction and that’s what its all about.

Its not about having some grandiose dream, that makes you famous! Its about fulfilling the passion that is inside of you.

What is important is not to let your dream die, don’t give up, thinking that you reached an age where its too late to dream dreams and to pursue them! As the above examples show, its never too late to  pursue a dream! Do you have a dream?

Friday’s Super Short Stories!

I know lots of artists, and I know lots of songs …  just may have trouble playing a matching game with them.  If only the artists knew all the songs I have given them credit for.

Don’t let November’s chill cool your heart … Protect  your heart with layers of gratitude and love!

When the mountain ahead looks so steep … but than you find yourself looking down the mountain, and your heart filling with joy at how far you have come.