Posted in Animals, Fun, Prayer

A dog’s bedtime prayer

Sweet Cinnamon Girl

Those of you who have a fur-child will most likely relate and with a deep sigh we might exclaim the sacrifices we make even if it means waking crooked like a question mark each day. I’ve had dogs before, but never has one expressed the need for such a closeness, literally laying nearly on top of you and always needing to make some sort of bodily contact like Cinnamon has. She is just slightly over 40 lbs, but becomes dead weight when she lays on you and you can’t budge her lol. She might as well weigh a ton, at least it’s what it feels like. I think she likes the warmth of a snuggle and despite I wrap her in a blanket on the couch before I go to bed, she still prefers her human blanket and ends up in bed. If there was a dog’s prayer at bedtime, this would be it.

Now I lay me down to sleep, the king-size bed is soft and deep. I sleep right in the center groove, the people here can hardly move. I’ve trapped their legs, they’re tucked in tight, and here is where I spend all night. No one disturbs me or dares to intrude, til morning comes and I want food. I sneak up slowly to begin, and lick a nose or a bit of chin. For mornings here, it is time to play, I know the food is on it’s way. Thank you Lord for giving me these wonderful people that I see. The ones who hug and hold me tight, and share the bed with me at night.

Posted in Dance, Fun, Inspiration

Dear Dance of Life

When was the last you danced like no one is watching? With childlike abandonment, just being silly, acting cheeky monkey, not caring to make a fool out of yourself? I hope it hasn’t been as long as it has for me and dancing through life is a regular practice for you. Believe it or not, I actually had such a few crazy minutes just recently. It’s been a long time and it was needed, and it felt wonderful.

Fact is that all summer long I was crippled by so much pain that there wasn’t even the faintest thought of dancing. When life becomes a major chore, there is nothing easy about moving your feet. There was no lightness in any forced step and every little thing took a huge effort. Holding a plate, getting dressed, opening a bottle or a jar, trying to comb my hair, reaching above my head, day to day life was one big struggle. There were days when the pain eased a little, allowing hope to flood into my veins once more even though pain was never completely absent. Pain remained a constant every day. I was afraid to write about it when I experienced “a better day” as I might have jinxed myself each time and would always revert back to my crippled state. “The better feeling” never lasted more than a few hours, at most a full day, but I was grateful for the little breaks. They were needed and brought a reminder of what it felt like to be human.

Then, finally I decided that I had no choice but to get Vaccinated. Shortly before that, I came to terms with a major decision about my House in Germany and to sell it. Just the choice of it, no longer being indecisive, not knowing what to do, trying to do right by Mom and working through these motion, lifted a burden, although the work is still ahead of me. Shortly afterwards I noticed that I was making improvements on the health front and that the feeling of “better” was lasting just a little longer. Still I didn’t dare to believe that I was at the brink of sending the RA into remission again and I still don’t fully believe it. But I don’t stress on it and take each day as a gift and blessing. Gift or challenge, each visitor is welcome and hosted accordingly.

Then I got my 2nd Dose of the vaccination and boy, it did a number on me at first. It was awful and I am beyond grateful that it is over. I felt so terrible, but surprisingly as the symptoms and side effects decreased and vanished, with it left most of the RA pain and I gained back flexibility and being able to complete tasks with even less effort and pain. I was able to take Cinnamon on a three mile hike, but struggled to get a mile in the next day. Feeling better is not consistent yet and it’s still unpredictable, but changes are noticed and appreciated beyond words. And so it came to be that while cooking up a scrumptious meal in the tiny abode, music playing not so softly in the background, I soon found my feet shuffling over the narrow floor, dancing and smiling from ear to ear while Cinnamon joined me in her own way. If you think that energy and vibration is not a thing, think again, as this little soul always knows when I am sad, when I am hurt, when I am happy and most of all when it’s time to go on a walk or play cheeky monkey. She’ll be the first to comfort me when needed and her regular check ins are a given. Her energy matches mine to the T, and together we bring out our feisty side. She is my heart and I will miss dearly when I’m in Germany.

Life is a dance and I say Dear Dance. Enlighten what’s dark in me…strengthen what’s weak in me….mend what’s broken in me…bind what’s bruised in me…heal what’s sick in me and lastly, revive whatever peace and love that has died in me.

Posted in Fun, words

Hotmeste

Picture: Google

Finally, a new word post, and to be honest I’ve been missing these carefree, sometimes funny words that turn into lighthearted posts. So many words have spoken to me lately, but it’s impossible to mention them all, and sometimes it’s still beyond me that in the midst of everything, I’ve managed posting period. I recognize the importance of this outlet for me. Writing, and emptying the emotional bank from time to time, such as today. It’s a good thing when you can take stock, be your own motivator, realize and acknowledge your struggles and sometimes even laugh at yourself. It seems I am having a day like this today, running myself through a myriad of emotions and feelings.

Today’s word reminds me of Namaste, a word we healers and Yogis often use to respectfully great one another. Translated Namaste means “I bow to you. I see you (even without words.) I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.”

Our new word is Hotmeste, (hehehe) and could be translated as “The hot mess in me, recognizes the hot mess in you and it is divinely beautiful.” Like an outsider and bystander, I realize the hot mess I am today. How my feelings are still so fragile and dictated by what’s going on in my life and mainly by my other half. How you hold me like a rag doll, pulling the strings, in charge of whether I feel happy, normal perhaps, or sad. After all it is a big part as to why we are here, aren’t we?

There you go, and from time to time we all become a hot mess. Filled with love and light, peace and calm, or anxiety and a hot mess, I see you and myself today. I acknowledge, forgive and be gentle with myself, for we are always divinely beautiful in each unique appearance. Even if we are a hot mess.

Posted in Fun, words

Flumadiddle

Yay…It’s new word day and today’s word is another funny one that just has me grinning from ear to ear. I believe I have found the perfect picture to describe the mystery of Flumadiddle. Either way, it’s our word and I wonder if you have heard it before?

Well take a look at the Cinnamon Girl. See her back and her Mohawk going down her spine? She spikes her hair when another dog is on the other side of the fence, as seen here, or sometimes when strangers are visible and to make an appearance of looking extra intimidating.

Utter nonsense and there you have it, the description of our word this week. Flumadiddle which means utter nonsense 🤣

Posted in Fun, words

Apophenia

With a little 3 day excursion earlier in the week, I almost forgot the “new word” post, but better late than never.

Have you ever looked at the clouds and saw a face? Perhaps in popcorn like in this picture? If you have you might not know that there is an actual name for it which takes me to our word for this week.

The word is Apophenia and is the tendency to see faces where there aren’t any. I don’t know about you, but I clearly see a face 😉

Posted in Fun, Humor, words

Ask-hole

It’s time for a little humor and fun with our unusual new words post. I’ll keep it short and sweet and let the smiles and laughter stand for themselves. But perhaps you even known a few Ask-Holes in the past and the memory of it leaves you shaking your head.

Our word for today is Ask-hole (noun) and describes a person who constantly asks for advice, yet always does the opposite of what you told them. 😳🤔

Posted in Fun, words

New word moment

According to @hanneblank

One of my students has used the word “fucktangular” in an informal essay to describe a situation that was complicated and messy in multiple unpleasant and difficult ways. I am in the presence of greatness and I am stealing this word.

And there you have it, expanding your vocabulary once again. 😂 Happy Monday and have a great week.

Posted in Crafting, Fun

My story is still being written

New merchandise for my Etsy store and I’ve been working a lot with leather and metals. Copper has been my favorite so far, although I do love to mix pieces and use several different materials like in this one. The hand stamped plate is copper with stainless steel grommets on brown soft leather. The snaps kn the closure are metal gray given it’s a rustic and unique look.

Phrases chosen are mostly personal and whatever speaks to me. The phrase on the back one says “She’s a little wildflower with a lot of warrior underneath”. Who would that not speak to?

I hope you like these pieces and they will list soon. 🙏🏼

Posted in Blogging, Fun

Awesome Blogger Award is

So, let me tell you how badly I suck at this. It’s been at least a week (oops I am afraid another week has expired since first attempting to write this) since I was nominated for the awesome blogger award by my friend Michael who seems to believe that my humble blog is worthy of such an honor. Please stop by this funny, witty writer and tell him that Rhapsody said hi and thank you again. He is simply amazing and you are missing out. So what are you waiting for, check him out, after you read this post, of course. Ehemmm…

Let me tell you that it still blows my mind when I get nominated. I look around the room like “who me” as if there was some mistake made, although there is not another blogger living in my house and my humble heart knows darn well that I should accept such a wonderful compliment. It leaves me extremely grateful and in awe, to say the least. Still, the fact remains that I suck at the responses. For one I am not as witty, two…I write whatever I feel passionate about at any given time, which these blogger awards usually don’t fit that criteria and are very specific. They are special alright, but also hold you to a certain guidelines, but here we go and I will give it my best.

ABOUT THE AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD
“This is an award for the Absolutely Wonderful Writers all across the blogging world.  They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers.  That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

RULES TO BE PART OF THE AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD 
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
3. Answer the questions you were asked.
4. Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
5. Give them 10 new questions to answer.

MICHAEL’S QUESTIONS FOR ME

1. What’s wrong with you?

Way to go…loaded question right off the start. After contemplating if this is a trick question, this could really go any which way. Sooooo…..my initial response that comes to mind is “Not a damn thing”, but would that mean I live in denial or that I am just full of myself? Of course there are things wrong with me, and I have yet to meet the person that is perfectly content with everything about themselves. They surely are the ones living in denial, because nothing ever is perfect. At least that is what is widely believed to be the truth, but I think things can come pretty close to perfect. Not saying I am and I’m no different, but I see the the glass half full and I’m not a complainer, nor do I live in a fantasy world. Gee, how did this ended up here? Still need more proof that I sick at this? Here we go…

2. Do you prefer pie or cake?

Another trick question as I sit here trying to answer this seemingly easy question, but struggle. I am not a sweet person, well actually I can be quite sweet, but I am not a sweet fanatic and was talking about the food sweets, or so I thought, or…oh just forget it. Pie or cake, both are sweet and it won’t matter if it’s pie or cake if I should treat myself to the sticky sweet mess. Keep a piece of sausage nearby so I can neutralize the taste afterwards. Yep, to u won’t be the first laughing at this and I’m known for needing sausage after I indulge.

3. Can you be trusted with a lie?

No…I struggle with lies and they most always insult my intelligence. No matter how I twist it, a lie is a lie and I have a hard time warming up to it. You can trust me with brutal honesty though.

4. What’s your favorite swear word?

Whatever flows naturally out of my mouth at that time. Depending on the severity of the fuckery going on that would cause me to swear, various words have spilled out of my mouth in the past. Sometimes I’m English, sometimes in German and really depending what this cranium thinks of first.

5. Are you better at kissing or writing?

Kissing, although I pour my love and passion into both 💋

6. Have you ever mistaken Lust for Love?

Not in real life, but I can see it happen easily. Being attracted to that bad boy look alike that gets your fantasy going and you just can’t help yourself with your weak knees and all, but who is the last dirtbag (sorry gentlemen) in the world and doesn’t know how to treat his lady. It’s a matter of mutual respect and arrogance and control have no place in a strong, functional relationship. The goal is to have lust and love with the same person, then you really got it made.

7. When was the last time you slow danced?

Too long ago with this quarantine

8. Is there something you’d like to tell the world?

It you can be anything “Be kind.” Lift each other instead of putting each other down. Stay positive and stay the course. You got this and you are not alone. Gee there is really a lot I could say.

9. Who would win in a fight: Godzilla or Hello Kitty?

My initial thought is that it has to be the mighty, strong Godzilla, but I also like to root for the underdog. The one that goes in against all odds to prove something to themselves or the world. Having the courage to fight such a monster, much bigger than you, is already a win in my book. So here you go clever Kitty, you got my vote and I believe in you.

10. What musical instrument do you look like the most?

Ohhh this one is hard. I’m curvy and strong. Maybe a bass, hahaha.

11. What’s your first impression when you look in a mirror?

Mmmh, that varies from day to day as n out all days are equal for me, fighting a chronic illness. Some days are “hey, yeah I woke up like this” whole others are “geez you look like you have wrestled all night”. The way I look in the morning determines the actions I need to take and if I need a little extra pick me up.

12. Have you ever worn underwear from a person of the opposite sex?

No, and there is an easy explanation for this. Maybe a little TMI for here 😂

13. Finish this sentence anyway you like: “Bartholomew, I don’t know any damned Bartholomew …”

….but we both could use a miracle.

14. Do you think Ecru deserves to be a distinct color, or should it just go back to a being a miserable shade of boring-ass Beige and lose its uppity-as-fuck attitude just because it’s friends with beige

Beige is beige, no matter how uppity and higher class sounding you want to make it. Just because you call it ecru doesn’t give you the title to be more educated sounding than the rest of us, but knock yourself out with “Ecru” of you must.

Phew, I made it, hahaha….and it was fun, actually 😉

10 QUESTIONS FOR THE FABULOUS NOMINEES

  1. How would you describe yourself and why?
  2. What are you attracted to the most with the opposite sex?
  3. What’s your guilty pleasure?
  4. Are you ruled by the heart or your mind, and why?
  5. What’s your best feature?
  6. Do you dream in color or black and white?
  7. What song would you dedicate to the one you love?
  8. What makes your world go round?
  9. What does the perfect day look like for you?
  10. What’s your comfort food and why?
  11. What is better? To be jealous or laid back and why?
  12. What does freedom mean to you?
  13. Peace and harmony above a little fight here and there? Love, or make up sex?
  14. What would you change about yourself if you could?

MY NOMINEES

summerhilllaneerotica.com

energyhealingpossibilities.com

healingyourheartfromwithin.com.au

echidna.home.blog

jackcollier7.com

Have fun everyone, and know that I wished I could have nominated many more. You all are fantastic and are so deserving. I love you all and thank you for your support and the love you spread every day.

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Posted in Fun, Humor, Quotes

Uff-Da

Time for another word find.

Uff-Da (oo-fh dah)

Funny enough I have used this word before, and although I never knew it’s official meaning, I would refer to it when I made it through something a little tough. Something like “phew” or the likes of that. Finally I know what it means and it’s pretty close to what I thought it did, hahaha.

Uff-Da…of Norwegian origin, this phrase is used to express sensory overload. It can be used to express surprise, relief, astonishment or exhaustion. While not as widely used as some of the other MN phrases, it is perhaps the most stereotypical Minnesotan expression. 😳

Now don’t ask me where this German heard and used a Minnesotan expression of Norwegian origin. 😂