Reach within

Original Post – “Emerging From The Dark Night” – Such a beautiful poetry about loving yourself in order to love another. Truly touching.

Emerging From The Dark Night

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Reach within

To a place deep inside

Find shelter there

This movement within

Will take you to deeper connection

I promise you

Unless you know yourself

Love yourself

Accept yourself

Even in all your flawed reality

You will never truly know

Love of another

Which is an essential condition

For love to grow

I have learned this the hard way

I fought the truth for so many years

Now I know it

My peace will never again be stolen

I will never be empty

And all my reaching out

Will now be done

Out of love

Not out of hunger

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~December 2017 – New Jersey’s Snow Report ~

Good Afternoon to All of You from New Jersey Land!!!

I hope that all of you have had a pleasant weekend.  What did you do in your neck of the woods?
As some of you know, we here on the East Coast of the USA were hit with a December to remember unusual snowstorm.  It had stretched as far as Louisiana and the Northern tip of Florida, all the way up to New England.  And, what a beautiful snowfall it was.  
Here are some of the photos from last night, and first thing this morning.  (Some of the evening pics were posted last night, so please forgive me if you have already seen them).

This was taken directly outside the townhouse last night around 10-10:30pm, we had already gotten at least 5 inches by this point.

This pine tree that sits outside my bedroom window was just covered.  It reaches far past the second floor.

Off in the distance, there we a few townhomes with Christmas lights glowing through the fallen snow.  It was breathtaking.
Around 1am-ish, the crews were outside clearing the parking lot and walkways, and thank goodness they added plenty of rock salt to prevent anyone from slipping and breaking their necks.  We had gotten a total of 6 & 1/2 inches of snow last night.  Doesn’t that pine look amazing?
Another photo from my bedroom window first thing this morning…  I so love when the sunlight catches the snow and ice atop the branches.  

Here is a pic of the backyard.

And, this little girl here is “Pinky”, my roommate’s dog.  Whom which, I consider my niece. 

 

By this point, she is looking up at me with her doe eyes, indicating…  “Yo, Aunt Beck!  Enough of the picture taking, my toes are frozen.”  LOL!!!  🙂
So, that is just a glimpse of what New Jersey got yesterday.  The Weather Channel is reporting we might get more of the white stuff again by Wednesday.  –  “I sure hope not.”  I always love the first snowfall of Winter but after that, I’m not impressed anymore.  LOL!!!
So, who else received snow this past weekend?  Please share your photos, and tell me where you are from.  Love to see your neck of the woods!!!
Have a great rest of the day!
Take Care & God Bless!
Beckie

 

 

 

 

Daily Prompt: Jolly “While Santa’s Away”

via Daily Prompt: Jolly

 

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Ah, Tis The Season of Holiday Cheer,
Santa’s workshop has been busy, busy, busy all throughout the year;
All the elves are working in high gear.
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As Santa plans out his route,
by MapQuest and Waze;
He remember’s the good ole’ days. 

Santa with his sleigh and reindeers flying in the sky. Above a snowy little village near a river. I added twinkle stars and a border to it. DF,

He’d whisper to each of his eight tiny reindeer
which way he wanted to go;
And, off into the night’s cold crisp air.

~~~

While Santa was out on tour,
the elves began to sing,
shaking they’re thang on the dance floor.

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The party was in full swing,
while the elves were mingling
bustin’ a move to jingling.

~~~

Oh, these elves know how to party hearty;
They toss back Jolly Rancher jello shots,
mixed with some Bacardi.   
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And, Soon, The drama then began…

You see, elves can’t hold their liquor well;
They went from mingling and flirting,
to wishing others elves to go to hell.

 

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Molly and Polly tried to win over Paulie,
by being wordy, dirty and downright filthy.
Marty and Harvey began to brawl 
in the middle of the hall;
Because Carley didn’t notice them at all.

 

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But, Carley just wanted to play with Harley ~ Her sweet little Doggie.

This reminds me of Moo-Moo. Molly is part Great Dane or Grey Hound(or somethin' like that), part some type of bird dog, and she has some Pit in her. She has a Pit bull face so that's probably why this dog reminds me of her:-(

“Woof!”

~~~

The party was soon out of control.
One elf Ollie was seen groping Barbie (the doll that is).  🙂
While other’s started strip dancing on the candy cane pole.

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As the night was finally coming to an end,
Molly gave up flirting with Paulie;
And, snuck away with Charlie.

 

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 Rumor has it:
They kissed under the holly,
and enjoyed their own jolly good time.

 

~OMG!!! 300 Post & 300+ Followers!!!~

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Good Morning All!!!   I have literally been blown away since I turned on my laptop this morning to see 300 + Followers, after 300 posts.  Heck, I was thrilled on November 20, 2017, when I hit 200.  
I am sincerely humbled and full of gratitude to all of you that have followed me, and/or just started to follow me.  I am so touched, Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
When I first began my bog back in September 2016, I hadn’t had a clue as to what I was doing.  The only thing I wanted to do was share my story about Mental Health Awareness and breaking the stigma that surrounds it.  When I look back at those first entries, I shudder at how my writing was so utterly choppy and how stiff I was back then.  
It wasn’t until this past September 2017, that I started reading “The Perfectly Imperfect Bunch” posts, and my world opened up.  Nitesh, Grabbety, Pradita, and Kelley (just to name a few), enlightened me with writing advice, and many, many suggestions to tweak and improve my writing techniques.  Soon, I was accepted into this fine “Bunch.”
I still take my Mental Health Awareness part of my blog very seriously but opened up and expanded to what I also love to do which is writing poems, prose, and sharing my everyday life with you.
All the people I follow are an inspiration to me as well.   Good Lord, if I were to list all of you…  I think WordPress would turn me off.  The stories you have shared, the courage, strength, positive attitudes, perseverance, and yes, sorrow has made me feel closer to each of you.  It grows harder every day when I am trying to read each entry you submit because I love to hear from you as you share your stories and fine submissions that you write.  I never want to miss a thing.  LOL!!!
Again, I simply can’t thank you all enough for following “my mental mess.”
God Bless You!!!
Beckie
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~~ Personal Pics 2017 First Snowfall ~~

Okay, okay…  I know, I already posted a post with pictures of snow scenery, critters, and cocoa.  I thought I would share just a few pictures of the evening snowfall here in Bridgewater, New Jersey, USA.

 

I probably won’t think that the snow is beautiful after I attempt to dig out my car.

 

I know it’s pretty dark outside, but this is one of the pine trees that sits outside my bedroom window.  It goes up past the second floor.

 

Yes, the streaks you see are the snowflakes falling down, and off in the distance, there is a townhouse decorated.

 

Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, bright and blustery.  I’ll take more pictures of the outdoors and show you how much snow we actually get when this storm is over.  I would have taken more photo’s tonight, but it was bad enough I was taking these three pictures standing outside in my PJ’s and slippers.  Please note;  I’m just starting to feel better after a week of feeling like real crap.
Until tomorrow, good night, sleep tight, and keep warm!  🙂
Beckie

 

 

I Craft My Stories Using Art

Original Post by Kelley Farrell of “Letter from inside my head” – Please check out all the perspectives of Writing: Art or Craft at “The Perfectly Imperfect Bunch”

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This week we have been posed the question of whether writing is an art or a craft. I had a much harder time with this than I really want to admit. My first reaction was one of a completely non-artistic person, “aren’t those practically the same?”

I started thinking about it more and ended up just muddying the waters. Is writing an art or a craft? Are an art and a craft the same?

It turns out, no, no they’re not.

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*** December 2017 First Snowfall ***

Although I am not a fan of Winter, I must admit;
There is something magical in the air during the first Winter’s snowfall.
For those of us that find the purity in that of each snowflake
drifting downward, and blanketing the earth;
This is dedicated to you.

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It’s hard to imagine that each individual snowflake that falls is unique in its own way.

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This little Yorkie requires a sweater and coat like the baby.

 I live in California so to me this is a winter wonderland but do hope that these people are ok.Two Canadian Geese stand together in the Spring snow.Deer in Winter WonderlandSo ein #Windlicht macht ganz schön etwas her. Dabei sieht es im #Winter auch im #Wohnzimmer bezaubernd aus! Was meint Ihr? ❆❅ ~ www.edlewelt.de ~ ❤orange winter - Google Search

After a walk through the Winter Wonderland, What’s your favorite thing to do? 

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Setting the mood for a pleasant cozy night all snug and warm.

Holiday season = Hot cocoa and lots of love

A steaming hot mug of cocoa with marshmallows.

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Enjoy watching the snowfall from the warmth of indoors. 

Full moon on a winter's night.

May you All have a peaceful Saturday evening. 
Take Care & God Bless
Beckie

 

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