This A-Z April Challenge page is dedicated to my grandson, Tiven.
I have only done one blogging challenge in my year of blogging, so it seems now I will join another. The Every Damn Day December (EDDD) challenge was crazy hectic and I eventually missed a day and renamed it “Almost Every Damn Day December,” but it was fun. During the December challenge I had a lot on my plate when I joined:
1) I was traveling from Washington to Oregon to help my sister’s mother-in-law.
2) I began a relationship with the son of my sister’s m-i-l, after 5 years of being a widow.
3) I prepared to spend 5 months (actually, 2 & 1/2 months) in Alaska to help my folks with mom’s hip replacement recovery.
4) I tamed my bah humbug Christmas attitude…almost.
5) I struggled to keep my balance, while terribly missing the holiday season without my late husband, sister, grandson and others I’ve lost.
The A-Z April challenge began in 2010 by Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/ and went from a couple hundred bloggers, to this one, which has over 2000 bloggers signed up! I was 2031!
I still have everyday issues on my plate, like focusing on getting some work published, maintaining my newish relationship, visiting friends and family, gardening, health and dental issues and making it through the one year mark of my little grandson’s death this month.
My plan is to use one of my many photographs as a writing prompt for each of the 26 posts (Sundays are not included in the challenge).
Wish me luck and I will see you tomorrow for Day 1,
A-Z posts, click on letter to read each post:
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
March 31, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Awww . . . #5. (((hugs)))
March 31, 2014 at 7:33 pm
Thank you, Linda.
April 1, 2014 at 4:43 am
I am dropping by from the A-Z Challene. I look forward to your posts.
April 1, 2014 at 9:19 am
Thank you, I will go see you today too.
April 1, 2014 at 5:40 am
Patti you always post well. You truly know how to give of yourself. Keep writing.
April 1, 2014 at 9:20 am
Thank you so much, Elisabeth!
April 1, 2014 at 9:24 am
Just downloaded your book. Will read asap, but plate full, so be patient:) hugs
April 1, 2014 at 11:46 am
Patti, one day Inion & I will get to our beloved NorthWest & the first place we’ll go is straight to our dear friend to finally meet the idol I have constantly looked up to on blog & facebook!! This post touched me more than I can ever tell you. I know you’ve been to our blog & read a little of what our family went through with death; touching us 4x & a near fatal car accident to boot! And having had it touched YOU as it did, you’ll know what I mean when I say there is NO closure!! That’s what the movies, Therapists, unexperienced advice givers, neighbors & those that want to give short “quick-fixes” tell you so as not to ruin their Monday! If you really love someone…really….there’s never closure! There’s survival. You can get to living…or dying! And baby! Your a survivor! And that just about makes you the sexiest woman in the blogosphere!!!! Thank you for your courage & constant pride and love in what you do in this great big blogosphere! Inion & I are honored to call you….friend! ❤ ❤
April 1, 2014 at 11:57 am
Now you made me cry. You two are at the top of my list if I ever manage my summer road trip, and of course, I will welcome you if you make it my way.
There is some strange pull when we “meet” others who have dealt with so much death and sadness. Your family has had it bad and still you all shine! I agree that closure is almost an outrage of a term when it comes to any true loss or crisis. The last thing we want is to close the door on those we loved and lost. My challenge is to leave the door open to those memories, while allowing others to enter and help make new memories. Love and hugs to you and yours. xo
April 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm
Wow, beautifully said Patti & spot on!! We feel the same about you my dear & I’ve sort of adopted you as my model strong woman to look up too and try to emulate! xoxox ❤ Survivors baby!!! 😉
April 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm
Reciprocal role models! xo
April 2, 2014 at 6:36 am
Beautiful flowers and photographs. Lots on your plate. I’m impressed you take on a huge challenge with so much else going on. You’re a trooper, Patti. We have to be. With love and gratitude for you, your photographs, and your words, E
April 2, 2014 at 11:22 am
Need to get my writing brain ticking again and think the A-Z will help. I have so much love and gratitude for you and all you have brought into my world.
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April 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm
Well Pattie blogging from A to Z! Oh my you have taken on quite a challenge. I saw where you mentioned your mom’s hip replacement survey and recovery. That is quite an operation and also the recovery time is so so important. My best friend and then mother in law had hip replacement surgery and I so loved the time I spent with her. She only had a 7th grace education, can you believe that? Books cost 5 cents back then and her pop didn’t have the money to buy her books so she couldn’t go to school. She loved to be read to and I loved to read to her. I think the greatest thing we can do for one recovering is read to them. We discovered some really neat things about each other and she was my greatest cheerleader. I was and still am crazy about her though she passed in 2007. She left me all her books, isn’t that amazing? I love that we shared a love for the written word and for reading. She loved to read about Angels, so I always read about them to her and in returned I gained such wonderful faith for the miraculous. I hope you don’t mind me sharing that. I love the rose at the top of this page and if it’s any indication of your eye for beauty I think you have so much talent. I saw where you said you were going to start writing when your brain is ticking. I do that as well. I keep page open so that if something comes to my mind I write about it. Well thank you so very much for encouraging me Patti and I hope that in some small way I can encourage you. You seem to live some a wonderful exciting adventurous life and Alaska. Well I’ve never been but the guy I work with bring and send me photos of the Alaskan pipeline. I work in the oil business so I love Big oil and all that it entails. That’s what I do for a living I’m an editor, graphic artist and illustrator and so that is why the oil business. It’s an odd thing for a woman to do I think. But I like being a minority in an exciting field. Do you always write and travel and take photos? I hope your mom is recovering nicely! If you ever want to email me personally feel free to do so. email@example.com~if there is anything I can do for you please let me know! Have a blessed evening! 🙂
April 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Michelle, thank you again! I’m in the middle of my G post so I will return here later to reply to these questions and comments. xo
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