Sorry…Not Sorry

To the women who know they deserve better than what they may be getting…

Mary Jaimes-Serrano

Good morning, and happy Friday to all. May your weekends be filled with calming energy, fulfilling adventures, and immense joy.

As always, inspire to be inspired by the world around you because, as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, but you also have to take the time to see them along the way.

Artwork created by MJS using the Dream App

Sorry…Not Sorry

You thought I needed you?

Haha… I didn’t tell you this lie.

You thought you could control me?

Haha… I’d like to see you try.

You thought I was the weaker sex?

That’s why I now call you my ex.

You thought I didn’t have a brain?

Tell me, in my life, do you remain?

It may have taken time,

but good things to those who wait.

My slow departure was calculated,

so you could receive your fate.

Artwork created by MJS using…

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UNCLE ELMER’S GOAT – Season Reblog

For you goat people that miss Nanny and the Bully goats, this Goat 🐐 tale is for you.

Don Ostertag: Off Stage


The Old Hand: Another Back In the Day

Most Christmas gag gifts are forgotten by New Year’s. Some however last a lot longer. My great-uncle Elmer and his old friend, Gene, kept one going for years.

A couple acquaintances of Elmer wanted to give their children a pet and they settled upon a cute little billy goat kid. The problem was the kid outgrew his cuteness very quickly. He became a real problem for the parents and the children who wouldn’t even go outside unless the goat was tied up.

Since nobody answered their ad, offering a free goat, they did the only thing they could think of to get rid of the animal; they took it out to Elmer’s farm and gave it to him, knowing well he was too nice to refuse it.

I image that the goat had been given a name by it’s former owners, but…

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Sometimey Donkeys

The day after Thanksgiving was a flash back to early October/late September with the temperature hitting 70. Bob had cooked sweet potatoes to feed the donkeys. He hee-hawed twice before going into Wyant’s store to get cookies. While he was in there, I hee-hawed also. When he came out he brayed once more. No body came, so we gave the sweet potatoes to something else.

On other days, Buddy is the first to appear or Holly and Emmett are the first to arrive. Whoever get there first, usually gets a plastic dish of sweet potato to himself or themselves. Sometimes the latecomer gets nothing but cookies.

Holly and Emmett are still close, although they push each other’s noses out of the way. Emmett has also learned to push his father away as quickly as Holly does. Bob reports that Dave Wyant has plans to sell Emmett since two male jacks in the pasture is one jack to many. Holly is supposedly due in February.

Sometimes we can eat together, just stay out of my way.

Sometime the family remains close enough to be fed at the same time, with lots of nose pushing aside.

Other times, Buddy is exiled away from mother and son.

Acrostico 🔤

Play this Anacrostic game that I saw on Luisa’s blog. Words and Music and Stories.

My contribution was


Of our







words and music and stories


Questa settimana Eletta Senso ha suggerito un acrostico sul mese di Novembre, appena iniziato.
Ecco la mia proposta.

Nella luce tenue del tramonto
Ogni fruscio delle foglie
Vaganti sospinte dal vento
Esprime l’avvicinarsi dell’inverno
Mentre ancora continuano
Bambini a giocare all’aperto
Rincorrendo le loro palle
Erranti sulle strade

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Valy – My Personal Blog

Non riesco proprio a capire come
Ogni volta, inevitabilmente
Vi sia qualcuno a cui riesca così difficile
Mi unisco al vostro sentire
Bene, il bello è con noi ogni volta che lo cerchiamo
Resta sempre con noi chi amiamo
E sempre, per sempre, insieme saremo.


… dopo che
Noi siam stati
Or poco o tanto . . …

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The Wisdom of Rumi

Rumi is a fascinating poet. Enjoy Luisa’s intro to the man.

words and music and stories

Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (30 September 1207 – 1273), was a Persian mystic, philosopher and poet, founder of the Mevlevi order of Sufism.

Rumi was known as the “drunken Sufi” because he found ecstasy in dancing, poetry and music.
One day Rumi was walking along a street in Konya, Turkey (then part of the Persian empire) when he heard the rhythmic beating of a goldsmith’s hammer. That melodic sound spurred him to stretch his arms and start whirling in a joyful dance. When he was overcome by dizziness, he fell into a trance of ecstasy: thus began the whirling dervish meditation.

According to the BBC: “It is believed that Rumi would turn round and round while reciting his poetry, and it is this dance which formed the basis for the Mevlevi Order, or Whirling Dervishes, after his death. Dervish means doorway, and the dance is believed to be a…

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Donkeys Are Chow Hounds

The same day that we found out the goats were gone, we also fed the donkeys.

Bob gave his best hee-haw and Holly appeared around the side of the shed. She stared at him quizzically, “Is this really worth my time and effort?”

Buddy had no second thoughts as he trotted toward the fence, braying in a rather asthmatic way. He wanted to ensure he got his fair share of the sweet potato medallions and baby carrots before Emmett and Holly arrived at the fence to push him aside.

Buddy was correct. As soon as the other two got to the fence, he was nudged to one side. Fortunately for him there were two of us feeding the donkeys out of two different plastic dishes.

Within a few seconds, both dishes were empty. Buddy blew donkey slobber mist onto my hand in his eagerness to get the last few bites. That boy could really use a class in how to eat properly and not like a jack ass.

While Bob was in the store finding out about the goats and purchasing chocolate chip cookies for their dessert, Buddy lead the trio in verbally complaining about the wait.

What gives? We’re still hungry?

You know the drill, you’ll get fed as soon as he comes out of the store.

And your point?

See there he is.

They shut up as soon as they recognized him walking towards the fence.

Buddy was so eager to eat the cookie that I put near his mouth, that he knocked some of it to the grass. I picked it up and fed him the rest of it, although, neither he or Holly are too good to eat food off the ground.

Spoiled Emmett is still too good to eat dropped food, although at one year old, he has lost the charm and cuteness he had as a young colt. He’ll learn when Holly has her next foal sometime next year. She is getting quite round through the midsection.

Dogwood Crown of Thorns

According to legend: Each bloom on a dogwood tree has four petals, symbolizing a cross (as the legend tells it). At the end of each petal, there is a small indention to remind us of the nails that pierced Jesus’ hands and feet. The center of each flower on the tree has a nubby look to it, reminding us of the crown of thorns placed on Christ’s head at the time of His crucifixion. And many times on the dogwood flower, there are colors of red dotted on the bloom when you look closely, reminding us of the blood Jesus poured out for us.

These ‘thorns’ are actually dogwood seeds, which is one of the reasons that dogwoods are grow so easily in the forest.

Brilliant red berries
More signs of autumn's approach
Summer receding 

This year the berries have turned red before the leaves.

Funny One-liners and Quotes

Kaushal Kishore

Last Sunday, I shared some pearls of wisdom, but there are some good one-liners and quotes available on the internet. I have collected 20 from various sources. A lot of such sayings have been attributed to Dilbert or Scott Adams, but irrespective of who had penned these funny quotes, let’s get entertained this Sunday too.

1. I say no to alcohol, but it doesn’t listen.

2. A friend in need is a pest indeed.

3. Marriage is one of the main causes of divorce.

4. Work is fine, if it doesn’t take too much of your time.

5. When everything comes in your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

6. The light at the end of the tunnel may be an incoming train.

7. In order to get a loan, you first need to prove that you don’t need it.

8. Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don’t…

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Young Pierced Androgynous One

You welcoming smile
shown  past the piercings
of nasal and lip studs
and three types of earrings
Your smooth hairless face 
looked like a teen girl
Your close cropped light hair
was too gelled to curl
I wanted a new phone
that you didn't know well
but nonetheless 
you were ready to sell
You tried to include 
Internet and computer
I said "No thank you
please don't pursue there."
Your name was androgynous
and offered no clue
so my pronouns were neutral
since I could find no cue
Then I looked at your name tag
and found information
Helpful revelation.

Are You a Part of the Community or Apart from the Community?

Do you sit on the sidelines,
always a Monday morning quarterback?
Do you ever have skin in the game
or sweat equity in the project?
Do you sit on your butt
more often than you put your back into it?

What do you value most in your life?
What are you willing to do more than complain about it?

There may be some truth in the old adage
If you are not part of the solution
then you may be part of the problem.

Time vs Effort-how will you balance the equation?

Do You Write the Donkey Blog?

On Saturday, we stopped by on a hot humid day to feed the Donkeys.

Bob gave two of his best hee-haws and after a few minutes, Buddy stuck his head around the shed. Once he recognized Bob, he almost trotted to the fence, braying in an asthmatic way. Holly and Emmett sauntered at a slower pace, appropriate to the afternoon heat and humidity.

We fed them kale bites and slices of cut-up apple. The kale bites were almost too small to feed them without fingers being a possible appetizer. Fortunately for us, all three donkeys used their lips rather than their teeth to remove the bites from our fingers. A few fell into the tall grass at our feet, both Holly and Buddy nuzzled the grass afterwards hoping to find leftovers.

When Bob disappeared into the store for donkey treats and dessert, Buddy stood silently waiting for his return. I guess it was too hot to demand immediate food service. Holly and Emmett also stood silently.

Buddy wondering when Bob will come out of the store

When Bob came out, he said that one of the ladies asked “Do you write the donkey blog?” He thinks that somebody must have told them about it.

“No, but my wife sometimes writes about the donkeys in her blog.”

I didn’t go in to ask them where they heard about the blog. I was too busy giving the donkeys harder baked chocolate chip cookies than the crumbly ones from last week.

When we were done, Buddy followed us along the fence as we returned to the car, hoping the chow line had not yet closed. Emmett was grazing on grass and Holly was searching the grass for leftovers.

Working the Office

Seeking Entrepreneurs

  • Set your own hours
  • Establish your own territory
  • Determine how much money you want to earn
  • Pay no taxes
  • Meet a variety of people
  • Bring your own sign

Does this sound like a job that might interest you?

If so you could be one of dozens of people in many towns and cities that ‘work the office’ on many intersections. From Los Angeles to Washington, DC, you can find people ‘down on their luck’, ‘anything helps’, veteran, ‘have a family to feed. While the signs and stories may differ, the individuals are usually men. But not always, sometimes you see women or even a few adults accompanied by children.

If you drive by an intersection regularly, you may start to notice the same individuals working the same office. Sometimes they seem to have set days and hours where you can find them on site in almost any weather. Some of them have something to sit on, water or another beverage, and something eat. Some of them approach any car waiting for a red light, others wait for a sign of encouragement like a smile or a rolled down window.

On 395, at the off-ramp to 14th street in Washington, DC, the series of men who have worked that office usually sweep, rake, pick-up trash at that location. The fact that they seem to be improving that intersection may prompt motorists to reward their efforts.

Down on his luck

A panhandler brings his umbrella and seat.” by kennethkonica is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.