Thursday, November 5, 2020

* THE STOOGES?? *

 Have you ever seen such craziness?

  I am staying completely off of Facebook for about a week (or more) because no matter how this election turns out, I know there will be so much anger and hatred being posted, and I don't want to read any of it. Lots of people say, "Just keep scrolling. You don't have to read anything that you don't want to see." Sometimes that's easier said than done. 

I'm really disappointed in my country. I hope and pray that whoever "wins" will be the best president for us and that all the rioting stops!   




Wednesday, October 21, 2020

** WHERE HAVE I BEEN? **

 I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted anything. Did I mention I'm working more days at my job? I always worked just 2 days per week, Tuesdays & Fridays. The past 6 weeks or so, I've been working 3 or 4 days per week. I like the extra money, and I love my job and all the people...but the drive back and forth is a bit tiring. 

I'm not complaining, just explaining! LOL So, between my free time, and my "tired" time, I haven't even thought about blogging (posting my own or reading any of yours!)  Nor I have thought about replying to emails, etc. My apologies! 

I sincerely hope all of you are safe and healthy. Let's hope and pray that 2021 will be a fabulous year!


Bye for now.



Monday, September 28, 2020

* It's Monday! *

Hey everyone! I've been busy with different activities and just haven't been able to finish a blog post. I started writing one for "I Wonder" and couldn't get to the end of it. I think that was this past Thursday. Then I remembered my "Nostalgic Sunday" posts and thought that would be fun to do yesterday. Well, as you can see, it's Monday evening...

Some of my recent "activities

1) I've been doing a lot around the house. Ron and I are slowly getting our remodeling done. I don't remember if I mentioned about our purchase of a double-wide mobile home, in a senior community (55+ years old). We bought it 2 years ago and began taking it apart and putting in new. We moved in about a year ago and the work continues. We got it at a really good price and knew we could fix it up to make it our own. I told Ron that if I hadn't watched that TV show, "Flip or Flop", I would never have believed we could make it beautiful! Maybe I can post some "before and after" photos later as we keep working on it.

2) I'm also very happy to announce I've been writing!! I'm working on my sequel in the fact that I've found a bunch of notes and have been trying to get them in some kind of order. I'm also working on a story for a Chicken Soup book, and plan to write something for another one that's not due for quite a while. 

3) This evening I cut up carrots, potatoes and onions and put them all in the refrigerator in storage bags. Tomorrow morning before I leave for work at 6:00 am, I'll dump them all into my crockpot which is ready to be plugged in...and of course, I have a round roast to put in with the veggies. Mmm, that sounds so yummy to me. It's the kind of food I crave in the cooler/colder weather. How about you? 


"A few days ago, I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air." -- Eric Sloane

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

* A Leap of Faith, Again *

 I went through some of  my older blog posts yesterday, searching for just the right information to share...once again.  When I came upon this one, I decided to post it again. (It was an "I Wonder" post on March 9, 2012.) It was very meaningful to me then, as were all the wonderful comments I received, and it's very meaningful to me now as well, for very different and new reasons. 



Lately I've been thinking and wondering about Leaps of Faith. Don't you just love that phrase? Such thoughts and images come to my mind. But there is a group of images that is unsurpassed...

 


(all images courtesy Google)

I'll never forget the first time I watched Indiana Jones in The Lost Crusade take that "Leap of Faith." I held my breath, and then when I saw the "bridge" he walked across, my stomach got weak and I almost passed out because of my fear of heights! And no matter how many times I watch that scene, it effects me the same way -- -- emotionally and physically. My heart palpitates, I don't breath, my stomach does flips, and then BOOM...Indy accomplished the impossible. He believed. He HAD TO believe...and I cheer, usually out loud!

Anyone trying to achieve something of importance in their life has opportunities to take that "leap of faith," but how many of us actually do it?? Looking back, I know I've made a few of them, but they were more like "small steps of faith." (Every step in the right direction counts, though, right?) 

I'm working on the sequel to my memoir now, and will most likely need a few "leaps" along the way! πŸ˜€


 “Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” -Margaret Shepherd

Saturday, September 5, 2020

* SAD NEWS ABOUT CHARLIE *

Ron and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Charlie Thursday evening. We knew it was coming sometime soon, but he went downhill quickly...He hadn't eaten in almost 2 days, but drank water pretty much like normal, went outside always for potty, and was getting up and down the steps okay. But Thursday he began to really look confused and wasn't walking good and the last time he drank any water, he immediately threw it up...just the water.

(He had blood tests about 3 weeks ago and had very serious problems that no one was aware of. He had liver problems, thyroid problems, diabetes and a heart murmur! And he never seemed sick or uncomfortable before then.)

We had an appointment for this morning, so we could see our usual vet, but we didn't want Charlie to have to wait that long, so the clinic fit us in and they were all so kind, just like always.

I told Ron I can't go through this again and don't want another fur baby, and I truly believe it this time.




This was Charlie on his 12th birthday, this past February. 



I love this picture! This was earlier this year. Ron was walking with Charlie, and all of a sudden this stray cat decided he not only wanted to follow them home, he wanted to walk right next to Charlie and look at him as his new best friend! (Have you ever seen something like that?!) I think it's so adorable. Our next door neighbor already had a couple of cats, and she happily adopted this little guy, who she named Lucky!

Below are just a few of my favorite Charlie photos. 






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And 2 beautiful quotes. 

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Friday, August 14, 2020

* SHARING OLD POSTS *

While trying to decide what to write about in my "new" blog posts, and not being able to come up with much of anything, I had the most scathingly brilliant idea (Yes, Cathy C Hall! https://c-c-hall.com/ )

I'm going to re-post some from the past, at least for now or until I feel as if I can write something decent again. When I look back and read some posts from my early blogging years, 2009-2013, I feel as if I'm reading someone else's writing. I truly mean it! I think to myself, Wow, that is some beautiful writing, and then I remember that I'm the one who wrote it! 

Oh, and you know what else was wonderful to read? All the comments, and some from people who aren't blogging anymore, which made me sad. Their blog either is totally gone, or they haven't posted in years. It makes me want to go back through emails and see if I have one for many of them, and see if we can catch up with each other that way. 

And, maybe I'll have contests again where I give away a book, or bookmark, or fancy pens, etc.

Thanks to all who stop by to make sure I'm still alive and bouncing off the walls! πŸ˜„


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And I'll end with a couple of favorites from Maxine:

"Ever feel like you've had too much coffee? Me neither." 

"Fashion magazines are society's way of saying 'If you don't feel inadequate already, read one of these!'

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

* STILL NOT MUCH TO SAY, BUT ALL OKAY *

 Not much to say...just checking in. All is well in the Povich household, and I hope the same goes for all of you!

I do, though, have photos of beautiful flowers I purchased recently at a local grocery store, and at such inexpensive prices! 


These roses are really pink but they look kind of peach in some of the pictures. 



There were 1 dozen, long stemmed pink roses in a plastic container for only FIVE DOLLARS!



I asked the cashier why these were so cheap, and
she said because they were getting old and about to wilt...


But, here are some of them as of yesterday. 

       And I originally bought them on July 29! 

     I'd say I got a great deal, wouldn't you?

       I added a few lilies of some kind in this vase.

Since I had so many beautiful flowers,

I kept some at home and took some to work. 

        I think it's time for another stop at the grocery store! 🌹



“The world is a rose, smell it, and pass it to your friends.”

– Persian Proverb


Friday, July 10, 2020

* IT'S JULY 10TH ? *

Once again, just popping in to say I'm still alive and well, and so are the rest of the family. I think of all of you every day and hope all is well in your lives, as well. 


Long Distance Friendship Quote | Quote Number 668217 | Picture Quotes


The only one who's doing a bit "poorly" is Charlie. He has some issues with his liver AND thyroid, but he's on some meds, so hoping he will be all better soon! (If these don't do the trick, he'll need an ultrasound, which costs a lot of $$$) 



Oh, our son, Mark, who moved to New Orleans last year for a teaching job, drove up and surprised the heck out of us on Father's Day!! I've never had such an awesome surprise. He stayed with friends and was here for 2 weeks, so we got to see him quite a bit. Next, he's on to Rochester, NY for a new teaching position. Nothing like going from hot and humid, to cold and snowy! But he LOVES snow, so he should love it there! πŸ˜ƒ

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Once again, just popping in to say I'm still alive and well, and so are the rest of the family.

Monday, June 15, 2020

* STILL HANGING IN THERE, ON MY LONG AND WINDING ROAD *



I'm still alive and well...but don't feel much like blogging.


I think of all my blog friends ALL THE TIME!

I hope everyone is healthy and safe.




Large hosta in front yard.
White pole is lamp post. 
One of my peonies! (and no ants!) 


                    Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer...    

Friday, May 1, 2020

* HAPPY MAY 1ST *

Hello All -

Once again, I'm here to announce I'm alive and well and hope all of you are the same!

I added three tidbits to: My Publications -Chronological Order on the left side about half way down. 

I discovered an opportunity to write poetry (even though I'm not a poet!) Unfortunately I wasn't aware of it until April 21st, and it began the first of April...being Poetry Month. 


If you click on the three links, it takes quite a bit of scrolling to find mine, and since they are very short, I decided to post them here. (for you reading pleasure! LOL)



April 27 - Word prompts for this: City, Open, Public, Design, Displaced
Although I love this city
I feel so displaced
especially now when the world
appears so upside down. There is no
“public” anymore. We are separated not
by choice but by design.
I throw open a window yearning
for the day I can resume my life.
— Becky Lewellen Povich
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April 24 - Word prompts for this: Remote, Shelter, Digital, Breathe, Distance
It was a remote shelter.
The distance was incredibly
safe, one I chose carefully, with
plenty of air to breathe.
The only problem was
nothing digital, only my abacus.
— Becky Lewellen Povich
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April 21, 2020 - Word prompts for this: Petal, Opal, Hallway, Swish, Gleam
With a gleam in her eye, Opal skipped and twirled
through the hallway, hoping to show off her beautiful new
polka dot skirt. She almost got dizzy, but managed to stay on
her feet and hang onto the yellow rose petal she’d found earlier that day.
Maybe someone would happen to open their door
and see her. She loved the swish and summery look of her skirt,
and also wanted to bring smiles to her elderly neighbors.
It was great being six years old!

— Becky Lewellen Povich
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* I don't know why I can't get rid of the white highlighting, or even why it's there! Sorry! *

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

* IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES. IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES *



My title kind of says it all, doesn't it? It's spring time, or autumn, 
depending on what part of our beautiful world you live on. 
That's the "Best" part.

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Then, we have the COVID-19 virus....
Obviously the "Worst" part. 

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I sincerely hope all of you are well and staying 
away from people as much as possible. 

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I hope this isn't the New Normal because
I can't imagine living the rest of my life 
as a germaphobe!

(And I love to give and receive hugs!)

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I have some photos to share of outdoorsy things
and will post them when as soon as I get them ready!







Tuesday, March 31, 2020

* WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FEW DAYS/WEEKS MAKE *

I thought I should announce that I am alive and well, 
as is everyone else in my family, both far and near. 


And I pray the same for all of you, 
my wonderful friends both far and near. 


I have nothing else to post. Although I'm a writer,
my impressions of the world we're living in right now
won't come to surface for me to even try to put
on paper. 


I hope to be back fairly soon and hopefully by then, 
our lives will be "normal" again or as some people 
have said, the "new normal," which is a bit
frightening to me. 


Love and virtual hugs to all of you! 


P.S. I wonder how much my cell phone bill would be, 
if I called many of my long distance friends...
especially the ones living in a totally different country!
Wouldn't that be wonderful, though??


I leave you with some quotes and photos. 

...especially if we are forced to stay home!


Yep, that's what my problem usually is!

Sunshine (and warmth) on my shoulders makes me happy!
(and we haven't had either lately...)


Especially during these difficult times....

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

* ONE NEW BLOG POST PER MONTH? *

Hello friends,

I've decided I'll try to post at least one new blog post per month!
That seems to be what I've been doing lately.
My excuses are many, but nothing unusual.

Looking forward to spring and warmth and greenery and the colors of flowers!

Nothing to report on my writing. Still working on a few things.

I leave you with some photos to hopefully make you smile.











Friday, February 21, 2020

* I'M ALIVE & WELL *

Well, I don't know about that "well" part! πŸ‘€

Just been super busy. Actually doing some writing and submitting. Also getting involved with Saturday Writers again, the group I was president of in 2011. It sure doesn't seem that long ago. I volunteered (what is wrong with me?!) to help find speakers for a few meetings and our workshop in October. Also businesses to donate gift cards or something for our December Silent Auction.

I'm really getting tired of winter! Cloudy, gloomy and not much sun. That is something that happens every year, and yet I keep complaining..and then when it's too hot in the summer, I complain about that, too! There's just no keeping us humans happy, is there??

I'm at work so this will be short. I'll try to post more this weekend.

Wishing y'all a lovely weekend, no matter what your weather is like!


P.S. I just finished a book that I can't decide if I liked it or not....and yet, I read it as often as possible...you know, a "page turner" kind of book? I think the concept was just too far-fetched for me, though...Can I recommend it or not?? I don't know! 😌

I don't think I've ever had this dilemma before!! 
The name of the book is:



Allie & Bea, by Catherine Ryan Hyde


Well, I just looked at Amazon and this book has 2,765 ratings and almost all 5-stars! Obviously SOME people loved it! Ha!  My advice is to look at Amazon and decide for yourself. 

Okay...Bye for now!


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

* "I WONDER" - AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE *

If you've read my blog for a long time, you might remember my "I Wonder" posts. I scrolled through my blog looking for one of these so I could go back and see if Rose Petals from Heaven was still blogging, because she made the beautiful background to my photo! Thanks again, Mo!

This particular post really made me laugh out loud because the conversations continue to be this annoying, aggravating, etc. 

BUT, I've learned to just agree and keep quiet. πŸ˜‡

I Wonder



Oh, how annoying it is to suffer from lethologica, especially when you're a writer....


I wonder how many of you have heard of this word? I certainly hadn't until I accidentally came across it the other day. And oh, what a perfect word for so many of us.....   


Lethologica -  
noun: the inability to remember a word or put your finger on the right word.

Ah yes, and sometimes it's worse being on the receiving end of a conversation......

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The Ronald: "Look at the guy in this commercial."

Becky: "Which one?"

The Ronald: "That blonde guy. Wasn't he in that TV show that used to be on?"

Becky: "What TV show?"

The Ronald: "Oh you know. That one about cops and detectives. We used to watch it all the time."

Becky: "We've watched lots of shows that sound like that. Can you give me a little more information, like what decade it was??"

....and my exasperation goes on...



"I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and -- I can't remember what the third thing is." -- Fred Allen

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

* THOUGHTS ON A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON *


Recently, I've scrolled through my blog looking at photos I posted, and the topics I wrote about. 
And I gotta say, I wrote some pretty darn good blog posts! πŸ˜€

It almost makes me sad that those days are gone now, for me anyway, 
and I can't seem to get back into it.

Some people are still blogging just as much as they did long ago. 
I noticed most of my posts were done from 2009 to 2013.

Those were the years I was so passionate about writing; Working to get my memoir completed. Submitting stories here and there for possible publications. 
And the beginning of some wonderful relationships with blog friends. 
Many I still have. Many I need to work on.

I did complete my memoir and published it in November 2013. 

A lot has happened between then and now. Some good, some bad. Some happy, some sad. 

Here it is...the year 2020! That really does sound odd, doesn't it? 

I don't make bucket lists or predictions or promises, but I can say this...
I'm going to do everything in my power to live this year, the best I can.




And this guy here, who is smiling, brings me happiness every single day. 

"Charlie's the name. Bringing joy is my game!"





To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

Friday, January 17, 2020

* ROSIE'S CAN DO COOK BOOK *


Rosie's CAN DO Cook Booklet has been available for a while now, it is such a delight and selling like hotcakes! It's full of true stories about women during & shortly after WWII. Each short story comes with a recipe the author is familiar with, either by preparing, eating, or hearing about from relatives of those days.

It's such a bargain, too, at only $7.50 and with FREE shipping anywhere in the USA. What a great gift, especially for your mother, grandmother, aunts, etc. And of course, for yourself! (And don't forget about the older gentlemen in your life. They would surely enjoy reading the stories, possibly reminiscing about those days, and whipping up some of the recipes for themselves.)

It is sold on ETSY and I'm very proud to be part of it!