Over the River and Through the Woods: Never on a Sunday

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I always use the few days that bridge the years together, reminicing the old, looking forward to the new. There is that gift of time I promised my heart. I miss the easy camaraderie that I have with the people. My people. I am still not sure how I got out of the habit of reaching out and touching these people. These amazing people that have a place in my heart, one that cannot be taken by another. It would be different. Not that I ma not capable of loving another, just not the same way, Does that make sense? I look up one day and time has passed. More than a month, more than three months, almost a whole year. I was trying to visualize how it was to not be able to breathe and it saddened me. They were my oxygen. Once upon a time. Has my heart turned to stone? I need to regroup and prioritize, letting my heart lead the way - or not... that one always gets me into a heap of trouble.


I look at how loyal the little seagull is? Mating for life, grouping together to chase off predators or the unfriendlies. That is what my journey through life has been life. I have friends that have been loyal for all our life together. So today, I picked up the phone. Again. I have done this before when I catch myself falling behind in keeping up. It is shameful to not make time for the important people in your life.


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This is the second day of the New Year. I personally love to ring in the New Year kissing my favorite love. I actually stole this tradition from Scotland, where “the kiss” caps off the Hogmanay Festival, every single year. We also grabbed Auld Lang Syne while we were at it, but that’s another story.

I waved good-bye, but not without a catch in my throat. I can only hope that catch isn't COVID/Delta/Omnicrom. I have never worried about a scratchy throat before and am not going to be second guessing every little thing. There was so much that I have to be grateful for in the last year; so many people to be thankful for, so many wonderful moments, so much,so many. In a year that many found futile, there were some pretty good moments, some very uplifting moments from a member of my family that had been sick. So I leave last year behind, to pick up and keep running with this year.

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A rather short, sweet day, over the river and through the woods, so to speak. It was a #beautifulsunday to ride out to the Shore House, even for the day. I thank @ace108 for making it so. It is definitely a #SublimeSunday in the making, by the Meister of my morning, @c0ff33a. I do love my @c0ff33a and he likes eclectic! A match made in heaven. and #SublimeSunday by @c0ff33a! This is where you share your Sunday, wherever you are, whatever you do.


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On the ninth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids-a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese-a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


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Oh, but I have gotten all the way to nine, only to find that I must eat crow. A black one that is. According to Snopes, which is a religion all of its own, The Twelve Days of Christmas have nothing to do with the good book.

Sigh I knew it would come to this.

According to their records, "It is possible that "The Twelve Days of Christmas" has been confused with a song called "A New Dial" (also known as "In Those Twelve Days"), which dates to at least 1625 and assigns religious meanings to each of the twelve days of Christmas (but not for the purposes of teaching a catechism." source

So there you have it. All you got today was nine ladies dancing, kicking it high, for no reason at all.

After all that, I do believe we need a flower, to color our world. There is #alwaysaflower, every single day, in some way.


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All I have are my words, armed in my mind, written in pen, stand by stand. Oh, yes. Still by hand. It has a different feel. Altered not by keys, backspace, and delete, I write, erase, tear it to pieces and start all over again. And again.

It’s my way. I walk out to the deep end of the page and dive right in.


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I love you just the way you are! There is always a flower involved, somehow. @alwaysaflower. As always, keep on singing that song!! And just like that, this post is nearly done. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello, leaving your words behind. Come back tomorrow and we will do it again!

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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost


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I miss, miss your words... how soothing!
It sooths my soul.
Yes... It is shameful to not make time for the important people in your life.
But you never fail to make time... for everyone!!!

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Well, you certainly have been missed for sure! May 2022 be good to both of us! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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I look up one day and time has passed. More than a month, more than three months, almost a whole year.

Time is flying. At least on Earth. We will not even notice, and there will be 2023, 2024, 2025, etc. At least the decades are not flying this fast. This is my third decade. I will be 30 years old on 2021.09.17.

But I know that we are not really physical, and because of this, time is actually a well crafted illusion. Just like this physical world. It feels so real, but it is not. Being born is not the start, and dying is not the end. Both are transitions. There is only the present and the eternity for all of us. So not I will be 30 years old, but the earthly physical human body, in which I currently am.

There is a phrase called NDE (Near-Death Experience). I already mentioned this a few times in various comments. The website of NDERF (Near-Death Experience Research Foundation) is the best place to start reading about this. Currently this is the largest NDE website with currently 4994 NDEs, and it is being constantly/regularly updated.

I have not had an NDE so far, but I read a lot of NDEs, and I wrote the above written statements about the time and the space based on them.

I believe that we came to the Earth by our own free will to test/experience it.

Thank you so much again for the great help to start this year.

I give you some !PIZZA, some !LUV and some !LOLZ.

Happy New Year.

Have a nice day and have a nice weekend.
All the best. Greetings and much love from Hungary.

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You are welcome! I have never experienced NDE and am completely okay with not. :)

Thanks for the Pizza, Luv and LOLZ!

Happy New Year!

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I do hope that your heart will start melting again.... But wait, doesn't that get in trouble at all times? Of course it does. It happens to everyone who tend to be kind hearted. People are fond of stepping on these kindness. But should it stop us from being kind regardless? I don't know.... Seriously. It's up to you ma'am.

I hope to receive a ping(when you pick your phone to call your loyal folks) from you too. When you are giving the caps off to your loved ones, remember me

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I don't think it should ever stop us from using it.

Hehe... did you hear my ring? :) Happy New Year to you!

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Hehe... did you hear my ring? :) Happy New Year to you!

Lol. Yeah. It passed a melody of happiness through my heart. Thanks for ringing me too 🥺❤️🥰

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Hello @dswigle! 💖 I've been so busy lately offline that it's a struggle to catch up on Hive... Still, I have to say hi to my favourite Hive people, then I remember I'd not come by to wish you a happy new year! 😳 What?! 😄

Beautiful, calming words, as always. I couldn't agree more with these words —

There was so much that I have to be grateful for in the last year; so many people to be thankful for, so many wonderful moments, so much,so many.

2021 came with its challenges but we also had lovely, joyful moments. They make up good memories we can always fall back on... So yes, we have a lot to be thankful for. In reflection, we should focus more on them rather than the painful moments.

I hope you had a wonderful new year celebration. I wish you an amazing 2022 filled with more joyful moments!
Happy new year! 🥂

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Thank you! You are so kind and truly sweet. It was a challenging year, but, I never miss the lessons learned. I do have much to be thankful for, firstly with staying healthy, along with my entire family.

The celebration was in keeping with the COVID restrictions, but, it was nice and there were fireworks in the neighborhood. :)

Happy New Year to you! I hope that life has been good to you!! You HAVE been busy!

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Hehe, yes. Life has been good to me and I have a lot to be thankful for too.
Thank for your lovely comment. 🙂

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Looking up one day to find days weeks or even months have gone by

Ohh I can relate to that I think it happens to all of us and perhaps is a sign of the times

Over the last few days that has weighed on my thoughts as well and I have actively worked on catching up with old friends who I had let slip to the wayside

Maybe it’s the season that brings this into perspective for us

Have a great day my friend

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I think you are right! This really is always my season of discontent I call it. I get mad at myself for letting everything go to the wayside. Or putting off letters or phone calls. Sometimes, life gets busy and I push things off.

Le sigh.

Seems like my organization is less than stellar lately. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your words, JJ @tattoodjay

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I find I am less organized than I used to I never had much free time so would be motivated to get things done right away

Now I have to much free time and get Less done 😂

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Right! That is what I hear. Once retired, you forget how to be organized. LOL I don't believe it!

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Well in some ways I am very organized in other things I just put them off I guess

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Days, months and years slip through the fingers quickly, ode to a new year filled with joy and happiness.

Sting of yesterday will slowly fade, embracing the new with dreams that don't fade, have a very good 2022 Denise.

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Always a Flower to take our breath away, cheer us up!

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You are such a tower of strength, true humanitarian, loving, caring individual. Just your presence makes my whole being calmer.

Thank you so much.

Have a Happy New Year too! ❤️

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Have a wonderful sure start to this year, hope you had loads of fun with family and friends after all we cannot count on tomorrow, so do it now.

Enjoy your day in every which way!

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This bridge are looking wonderful. And also beautiful word. You have written some wonderful word.

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Thank you so much. It is a bridge that I use all the time, so I frequently photograph it.

I appreciate your words.

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And how is our poetical Denise? Please tell me the photo of the piano keys mean that you are a musician too? When I read your posts I always whizz through to see the photos and am often puzzled. But then I read.....oh and how perfectly you weave together your tapestry of words! That poem of Robert Frost is quite a thought provoking one!

By the way - I'm BACK!!! Sunshiny days and solar miracles

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I read that earlier on my phone and had to wait to see it on the laptop! Get OUT! That is so awesome! I never get notified or either that or so many notifications, they get buried! I need to figure something smarter out.

You are back! I am so excited for you. Must go read! Yay!!

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The days fly, the weeks fly, the months fly.... the year......

It goes so fast, you blink and 6 months is gone !

It feels impossible to give everyone you love a fair share of attention. I think we all know though that we love each other and, if it has been a year, well, the phone works both ways, right ? Not to blame, but to say.... we know.... we know....

Still, it's such a good feeling to catch up, a leisurely phone visit, filling up our love tanks with some happy communication.

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The phone does work both ways. I am so bad as I have missed their phone calls too. :( It has been an amazingly full year, too full, in fact.

They still know I adore them and this is the year that I won't let that happen again. Not a resolution by any means. :)

Just saying.

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"So today, I picked up the phone. "

I have done this before, as one should from time to time. However my realist mind reminds me that phones are a two way device. Perhaps if they wanted to speak, they could call. Maybe I am just being too ornery, I swear it seems to come more naturally now than ever before lol.

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Oh, my! You and Ellen are like two peas in a pod lately. She said the same.

The phone does work both ways. I am so bad as I have missed their phone calls too. :( It has been an amazingly full (sometimes difficult) year, too full (too much drama, angst and loss) in fact.

They still know I adore them and this is the year that I won't let that happen again. Not a resolution by any means. :)

Just saying.

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Well that shows that there are least two honest people in the comments! I am surprised more didnt say it. I got tired of always having to be the one to initiate the conversation. If people end up making you feel like they are doing a favor to talk to you, well nobody got time for that! lol.

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You didnt even read what I wrote. Par for the course.

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I get up in the morning and find it is night almost in a flash! Where did that day go and then without warning I look in the mirror and see a few happy laughing wrinkles and some silver hair poking through and with smile I remember that I must make the best of this life, it is too precious not to.
Love Denise, connecting the past with tomorrow with a bridge is very thought provoking.

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❤️ Bridging the Gap. Love to you, my friend.

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