#AtoZChallenge T is for Thank You

Thank you!Thank you all so kindly from the bottom of my heart. The last few weeks have been a little roller coaster of a ride as far as life goes. It’s not all bad, and it’s not all good, it’s a mixture of all those moments wrapped into one.

I’ve been trying to be more diligent while tending to the blog, devoting more time to it, for myself and for my readers. You all make it worthwhile to post and I love the interaction. During A to Z Challenge, I’ve had a few hiccups that I wish didn’t interfere with my postings, but at the end of the day I want to send a huge THANK YOU to every single one of you who have taken the time to drop by and say hello.

I haven’t been doing as much blog hopping myself and therefore I feel like a bad friend. There are plenty of blogs out there that I normally follow who I haven’t had the time to stop on over, but it’s not that I’m doing it on purpose. And with all the new blogs to be found through the challenge it’s been hard keeping up with visiting.

But I’m taking the time now, to Thank You all yet again for your support of the blog, and of me. It’s deeply appreciated and I figured today is one of the best days to let you all know how much your support means to me.

 

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Forever grateful for your service and sacrifice. Happy Veterans Day!

Back in August I had the privilege to stand alongside The Patriot Guard Riders, as they payed honor to a Veteran who had been called home.

I sometimes don’t write blog posts as they occur in my life, because I want to give proper justice to something that resonates so deeply within my soul. This post is one of them. And it hit me today that this was the time to post it.

Today is Veterans Day. A day we give thanks to Veterans who have put their life on the line to serve our country and protect its people. Although I feel we should do this everyday. We have probably all seen a flowing stream of Thank You’s all over social media today, thanking our Veterans. So I want to talk about how a group of people come together to pay honor to those who pay the ultimate sacrifice. They stand at funerals holding Old Glory, they escort family members from funeral homes to their final resting places, they do honor flights for service members. They stand up for those who stood for us.

They are, The Patriot Guard Riders.

On this particular day, I had volunteered to stand alongside Veterans, parents of service members, and volunteers like me for the final mission for a homeless veteran named, Angel. The funeral home posted that they were not sure if he had family and funeral services and interment were happening in a few days. The Patriot Guard Riders had stepped up to show gratitude for his services and to honor him on his final journey. IMG_6546

That morning we assembled at the entrance to Calverton National Cemetery, in Calverton NY. I was greeted by one of The Patriot Guard Riders, Gene who instructed us to take stand at the entrance as we were each given an American Flag to hold. Accompanying me was my friend’s son and her nephew. Her son had done this before but it was a first for her nephew and I.  IMG_6565

This was not the only funeral to be had this somber day, and each time a procession was entering the cemetery we would stand at attention proudly holding the flags as the hearse and accompanying limos ushering family members drove by. Chills are all I could feel with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I did not know the story of all of the Veterans who entered that day, but knowing that I could at least stand for them on their final journey made a simple “Thank you for your service” seem a little more appropriate.

Once the procession began to flow in, the amount of riders that followed increased tenfold. Obviously at that point my attention and priority was solely on the service and not taking photos. We packed up the flags and headed into the cemetery to regroup and begin again. We lined the walkway in a sea of flags and tears as the service began for, Angel.

The stories that began to be told by the officiant expressed a deep love of country from a man who, although homeless would often be the one donating time, food, clothing and even money to a local church. How can one person, who is without shelter be so full of selflessness and a giving nature. Yet often we see people who have an over abundance of material wealth, giving so little of themselves to the less fortunate? A particular story was of a day he had needed new socks. The church’s outreach had bought a package of socks, and since Angel only needed one pair he wanted to donate the rest to someone who may need it more than him. He would put money in the church’s offering basket, he would donate food to the pantry. To say that tears were flowing from every person in attendance is far from an exaggeration. The heat was strong that day, and standing for Angel for about 2 hours was the least we could do, for all he had done.

I don’t know his whole story, just snippets of a life of service. How he became homeless is not within my knowledge. But the case of Veterans who become homeless after service is overwhelmingly staggering. As well as depression, PTSD and a myriad of other problems to follow.

More should be done for those who have done so much for all of us. They courageously and selflessly put their lives on the line so that we as common citizens can enjoy the lives we have built.

How about we take the time Everyday to thank them for their service. Buy them a cup of coffee, a meal at a restaurant, volunteer some time to a Veterans charity, or organization. Take a little time out of the day you are so lucky to have to pay it forward.

Blog Open House ~ Happy Anniversary to me! 1 year Blogiversary that is.

Happy Anniversary to me!! 1 year Blogiversary that is!

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What a wonderfully funny, entertaining, exciting, crazy, heart warming, roller coaster ride of a year it has been.

I’ve been slightly absent the last month or two, not posting as often or with consistency as I had been, but I always have my mind on my blog and my blog on my mind. As in the beginning of creating this blog I was slow on the take off. I really started devoting time to blogging during the month of November although creating the blog in July. I never wanted to just “write for writing sake” I wanted to have substance, something important to say, but I’ve realized that sometimes the ramblings in my mind and not having a set objective isn’t half bad to roll with when I think about it.

Just letting my thoughts and words out on the page is therapeutic. It helps me think through things that may be on my mind, or even just give a little view of my corner of the world to those who don’t live around here.

I also hinted in a previous post that when things seem to be going well for me, I also kind of go MIA a little in life. I keep things to myself for fear of jinxing the positivity that’s around me. Even some of my closest friends have pointed this out. I’m working on it. 🙂

I’m working on a lot of things actually.

This past year has had its low points, especially  in the beginning, which catapulted me into reviving this blog. Little did I know that it was essential and the boost I needed. I learned things about myself through blogging, and it helped me see what I like about my life and what I would like to change about it. Nothing drastic, but just little tweaks. It’s been an eye-opening year to say the least. It has also had its high points. Those ebbs and flows of the roller coaster of life and the high points are pretty damn amazing. I just need to let it go in the wise words of Elsa haha and let it go out to the blog world about the good things.

So with this Anniversary of the day I started my blog I would like to open my blog page to other bloggers, yet again, to join in my Anniversary Celebration. Please drop a link to your page below if you feel so inclined. I follow some amazing bloggers of varying topics, and it’s a shame if I can’t share their love of their craft with the rest of you.

I’ve met so many great bloggers along the way and have even followed blogs I never thought would interest me. Sometimes all it takes is a little spark or a link from another blogger to open the possibilities. So join in the celebration and lets continue this journey together.

I’m looking forward to another year, and many more years as a matter of fact, of blogging, sharing, and interacting with many of you for years to come.

Thanks for being here for the ride so far, lets see where we end up.

My apologies, and thank you!

photo credit: SORRY- National Sorry Day  2015,   Sorry Day Flowers    "such unthinkable theft " via photopin (license)

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been experiencing a major slowdown of the blog. Not my intentions at all. There were days and weeks where I was uninspired, having writers block, or just a sheer meltdown of technology on my end. WordPress has given me some issues, combined with some internet issues with the new computer and WiFi complications when I took an unexpected weekend trip across the LI Sound, to Connecticut.

Things on the technology front seem to be moving along in the right direction, just needing to readjust the WiFi settings on the laptop a little and fix things with WordPress not bouncing me out of my account no matter how often I try to fix things. Nothing like logging in, working on a post, saving it as you go, only to have WordPress log you out of your account and tell you that your password is wrong, and lose all your work!

Thanks WordPress!

As for the inspiration, or my inspiration, things are also moving along in a better, more productive direction. Still having my moments, but I’ve got a few things in the works, and some posts which had been left over in my drafts may be making an appearance in a few days. Just trying to tweak things a bit.

Now I can blame all the technology issues on Mercury being in Retrograde from May 18th – June 11th 2015 (although I do believe all my technology issues are related to this retrograde…from my car issues on May 8th, because Retrograde can happen a few days before and after the 8 week period, to the wi-fi laptop issues all jumbled up) Retrograde has been very nice to me in other aspects. On May 18th I walked through the door I have often walked through but with very pleasant surprises. So it’s not all the bad it’s cracked up to be, so far 😉

Again I just wanted to take the time to apologize for neglecting the blog, replying to comments that have gotten lost in the sauce, and general bad blogging interaction/etiquette on my part. Some of it has been out of my control, but hopefully all is back on track.

Thank you for sticking around 🙂

photo credit: N04/5667529239″>SORRY- National Sorry Day 2015, Sorry Day Flowers “such unthinkable theft ” via photopin (license)

Thank you to my 100th Blog follower

I’ve been not so patiently awaiting the arrival of my 100th Blog Follower over the last few days. I’m not really sure why, but when I saw it was hovering around 97 I got a little spark of inspiration. I felt the same way when I got my first follower, and first comment as well. It’s all exciting and new. Technically speaking sometime around 10 pm on Valentines Day I received my 100th follower.

So you’re probably asking yourself…Why is she still waiting then?

Well, one of my followers is a close personal friend of mine, outside of the blogging world. Every other person, all 99 of you, are strangers, yet becoming friends of the written word.

My words.

I know it seems maybe naive to say, but it is really surreal to see the number climb. Granted, it’s nowhere near as many followers as some other blogs have, and that’s ok. I’m slowly building my voice, and with each post more people will hopefully get the chance to read it and maybe even enjoy what they read.

But I wanted to take a moment to thank you all so very much. Each and every one of you, from 1-101 (+) I appreciate all the likes, comments, shares, tweets, retweets, reblogs, and constructive criticism.

It is all welcomed and humbling.

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I’m guessing WordPress is waiting on the 101st follower as well. I recently discovered the “Awards” section of my blog, didn’t even know this existed. But no badge yet, so we will see. And even though I’m scribing this post with the 100th follower I wont post it until I reach that 101st!!

And then this happened! At almost 3:30 am I got that notice!

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How cool is that? During last nights storm my phone was going off with random notifications, and this was one of them. Waking this morning and seeing the WP notice with the +100 follow tally was pretty sweet too.

Who knows, maybe I’m naive, but it’s all still very surreal to me. People I don’t know, want to read what I have to say.

My Random Musings and Wanderlust!

I honestly can’t thank you all enough ❤

Thank you!