I’ve some things to say –


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I’ve been busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger the last few weeks – it’s that time of year for me – and no, I don’t do taxes … but it will all calm down at the end of this month. Thank God. And although I love scribbling out my thoughts, ideas and insanity – priorities, you know.

But seriously, I’ve some things to say now … so, grab a drink, sit down and as Bette Davis once said, “Buckle-up, it’s going to be a bit bumpy.”

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I’m ready for Hillary because I was ready in 2008 — and I’ve waited (or will have waited) eight long years to campaign for her once again.  I believe in Hillary and I know she was the right choice in 2008, but people opted for the spotlight of Mr Obama and not experience.  

And what a price we’ve paid for that lack of experience – especially in our foreign policy (this incident in the Ukraine would NOT be happening right now), handling of handouts (you know, that $890 Billion stimulus package), the utter disregard for the middle class (but using the name to stir up support) and this train-wreck of a health care reform (yes, Obamacare SUCKS in its purpose – it has hurt more Americans than it has helped) … Experience, no matter what anyone says, matters in the end.  

Many people think every Democrat voted for Mr Obama; however, that’s just not the case. I, myself, voted for Hillary in 2008 & 2012 (write-in) and in just two short years — I’ll be marking her name as my choice for the next President of the United States.  Madame President has a very nice ring to it — and quite frankly, is long overdue.  And before you misguided wacko’s try to call me a racist — don’t. Because I’m not.  

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And, not ONE word from me … GO SEE IT.

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This one – I  her beyond measure -destroyed her daytime bed (I still can’t even deal with it) Thursday and so she only has a towel for – well, a while. She really is getting better … potty training is at prolly 70% and her teeth – on the top and bottom – betwixt her ‘fangs’ have broken through … This is all a sign that her teething/biting days are now numbered! She definitely keeps the house on alert!! 

All has been quiet on the telly-front … yes, I’m still watching my spring favourites – Once Upon a Time, Reign and Elementary.  I must admit, I’m still bitter over the entirely short seasons of Downton Abbey and Sherlock.  Good tv doesn’t happen often and when one is left wanting more … well, it just pisses me off!

And here we are – many days later and the world has done nothing but place sanctions on Russia.  Granted, the sanctions in place are going to devastate Russia in the near future; however, the Ukraine should not be left alone to fight Russia.  

I’m amazed – and not in a good way – at how the Ukraine’s neighbours have pretty much done nothing to support them in this current crisis.  I know that war isn’t the answer, but sending troops to help Ukraine bolster its defences would be a show of support that would send a clear message to Putin that the region isn’t going to stand for his meddling.  All we can do for now is pray that the Ukraine stands tall and steadfast.

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And then there was Saving Mr Banks. I’d heard the good, the bad and ugly about the movie chronicling Walt Disney’s painstaking 20-year journey to acquire the rights to PL Travers’ story Mary Poppins.  So, I let it drag its way to OnDemand — and rented it.

And to my surprise, I loved it.  Granted, it’s not the fast-paced, energetic, suck-you-into-the-story-from-the-very-first-millisecond movie Disney is known for, but it is truly a glimpse into the world of Walt Disney himself. 

Ms. Travers truly did lead a very sad and heartbreaking childhood in Australia — her father an alcoholic and her mother just trying to keep them afloat through hope and that alone — well, it tugged at the heartstrings.  I think for my take on it — I had to realise that it wasn’t a movie to entertain as much as it was to show the world how Walt Disney continued to handle the adversity (even after his success) right up until the very end.

Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks were brilliant in their roles as P L Travers and Walt Disney respectively.  I’m no movie critic nor would I ever pretend to be one, but if you want to see and understand how Mary Poppins came to be on the big screen – this movie is for you.

So, here we are … that moment in which I’m tired of rambling and have decided that this is the end of this post.  I think it more than makes up for my absence as of late!  As always, here are some of my favourite quotes to tide you over until some inspiration sets itself upon me and pushes me to my keyboard … 

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And that’s that … I hope everyone has a great week!  🙂

Hugs,

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Life is a funny thing.


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Life can toss you about like you’re a can on a ship in the midst of a horrific storm for a while and then – without any warning … things calm down. Calm to the point where you wonder when the other shoe is going to drop.  But I have no fear of that … I have peace with many things but most importantly with myself. Life is a funny thing.

I think a huge part of that is that my house is no longer filled with silence (and well, sadness all the time) … this little angel, below, arrived on 24 January and has helped me a great deal … those of you who follow know that I lost my precious Nica on 24 September 2013.  And while Alexa hasn’t nor will she ever take Nica’s place — she has certainly brought peace, laughter and energy.

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She’s quickly stolen my heart … and the fact that I know that Nica would love her just as much as I do … makes me smile.  Someone recently asked me why I never said that I owned a pet.  That’s an easy one … when you have a dog, you’re invested with and in them.  When you own a pet – well, there’s very little investment.  Of course, my angels are the children I will never have … my only regret in life (thus far).

So, here we are in February and my goal of writing weekly – in January – fell far short; however, I’m committed to this blog and here we are … plus, I return to therapy this week in my quest to regain my footing on the path of return to my complete happiness. 🙂  Life doesn’t have to be complicated – that’s why there is therapy.

I’ve been filling my time with reading, photography and telly as of late (oh, and work, too – but it’s not really work when you love it – right? 🙂 ) … So, here are some books and shows on my radar right now …

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This show. THIS SHOW. Sleepy Hollow has been the biggest surprise for me since Major Crimes.  I wasn’t too sure this show could capture my attention, but its tie in with the American Revolutionary War and its twists and turns — well, it’s only gotten better episode by episode.  The season finale was a HUGE SURPRISE ( I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it)!  It returns later this year, but you can catch up with it on Fox.

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I love Reign (CW) … it’s a glimpse at one of the most turbulent times in history, but its historical accuracy is far from the truth; however, it makes for a good watch.  It is, however, a glance at how alliances were forged across Europe by royals always trying to ‘one-up’ each other — and those who had money buying their way into the palaces of Europe.  I’m hoping it isn’t cut from the line up … the CW is known for doing that all too frequently.

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Then there’s Sherlock on BBCone … FINALLY.  And I must say … it’s been brilliant thus far … of course, I cannot talk about it too much since I’m already one episode ahead of its showing in the states and I’m not one to spoil a good show!  Episode #2 (The Wedding) … wow.  It could be my favourite, but the season has only just begun!  I always find it amazing that the writers are still able to outdo themselves and so far, so good!

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And you didn’t think I’d leave out Downton Abbey did you? So far … I’m engaged, but if it gets crazy again with death — I don’t know if I can hang in there.  Way too much death last season.  And I’m very interested in knowing what Barrow is up to … they’re tempting us, but keeping is quiet; however, you can tell he’s up to something (and of course, I know a little more because I’ve seen a couple of episodes more than you PBS Masterpiecers have seen).  

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This little gem – unexpected, but greatly welcomed.  It’s purportedly based on the real-life Ian Fleming’s life — I guess we’ll see how closely it follows the line.  Dominic Cooper (more recently known for his role in Captain America: The First Avenger) stars as the womanising Ian Fleming, but full of imagination and ideas.  I must say, I’m hooked already.  It’s a made for BBCAmerica series … I wonder if they’re testing the waters for an audience back in the UK as well?  I guess we’ll see … but for now, I’m intrigued.

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These are the books currently on my reading list … unlike some avid readers, I cannot read multiple books at once — I find it doesn’t allow me to immerse myself fully into the purpose of a book.   Alison Weir’s look at The Life of Elizabeth I … well, it’s a good read.  And 1776, I’m looking forward to reading this one because of its theme and the trailer for book-turned-movie The Book Thief caught my eye and I decided that I had to read it before I watched it.

I’ve decided that I’ll do my main posts at weekend and at midweek, I’ll be posting quotes because – as you’ll learn – I love words that are not always my own!

And now, off to start my Sunday … Alexa is fast asleep, in her bed under my desk, and we’re going on a driving adventure later because today looks to be promising!  I hope everyone has a great ‘what’s left of the weekend’ and a great week ahead.  I’m ever so thankful for the happiness that 2014 has brought and will bring … and on that note –

I am,

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Yes, it’s good to be …


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Well, so much for sticking to my goal of journaling at least once per week, but sooner is better than never!  I’ve been, as those of you who follow, recovering from a what I’m calling the longest year (2013) of my life.  I lost my 93-year-old grandmum in March — had two major health scares/issues (all is well now!) and then I lost my four-legged child, Nica.  Last year – as the old adage goes – wasn’t my year.

Needless to say … 2013 is a year that I will never truly look back upon with any admiration. Ever.

I’ll say that 2014 has started out pretty well and I’m praying (and hoping) that the trials and tribulations of the past year are … gone – at the very least grounded.  Of course it all started out with a little trip on 6 January to Pasadena, California (Los Angeles) for a little game called: The National Championship …

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I don’t think I need to really go into great detail, but my Garnet & Gold boys weren’t doing so great in the first half — and then, well, the second half happened and this picture sums it up so nice and neatly …

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And yeah, we scored 24 points to bring the trophy home … it showed that our team has character, strength, unity and determination!  Never been so proud to be a member of the Seminole Nation! And yes, dear Gator fans — we just tied it up with three. So, suck it!

And of course, since I lost Nica — I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions (still am – truthfully) and I struggle with her not being here with me; however, I’ve a new little one that will be coming home with me this Friday (24 Jan) …

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Her name is Alexa — I didn’t have a hard time picking out her name!  She, of course, is not a replacement for Nica — she’s just the next chapter in my life of Jack Russell Terriers.  It’s so hard when you lose them and I had almost decided that I wasn’t going to ever put myself in that position again of being so sad and heartbroken.

And then friends stepped in … and my dear friend, Dona told me: Don’t wait like I did.  And so, in an effort to bring about some healing — I found a wonderful couple who are hobbyists who had puppies born in late November — they don’t breed year round — and well, they’re family now!  I’m so excited — I’ve had some guilt — for this Friday, but I know that Nica wouldn’t want me to be sad … and I, in turn, know that Nica would love Alexa!

And that’s where I am … although my journey to being happy was derailed last year – I’m determined to get myself back on the track and move forward — I won’t forget my grandmum or Nica, but I’ll heal and treasure all of my good memories of both of them.

I hope everyone has a great week … I am off tomorrow and Tuesday!  Yes, it’s good to be …

Bryce

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They say time heals all wounds …


6ac8b2ca22ab59fb413512c8a397ef4aI’ve been off the grid … I’m still mourning the loss of my little angel, Nica.  I knew she was an important part of my life, but I never truly understood just how important until she was gone.  People who have never committed themselves to their pet 110% really couldn’t understand the void left when they leave you.

My love affair with Nica started on day 57 of her life and it didn’t end the day she left me — 13 years, 4 months and 19 days — either.  I loved her greatly whilst she was here, but I love her even more now than I did then.  I’ve utilised many distractions to deal with her being gone — with my ‘work’ being one of them; however – home is a completely different story.

My morning, evening and night routines are all screwed up.  Why?  Nica was an integral part of all three of those each day … I know I’m not going to get over her quickly nor will she ever be replaced.  She couldn’t be replaced — she was one in a bajillion.

I just hope that I did everything that I could do when I knew something was wrong … I did everything within my power, but it wasn’t enough.  And I think that’s why it’s so hard for me to move even an inch forward.  I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even talk about her around friends any more.  I just don’t think they want to hear about it.  And that’s okay – because they all still ask – here and there – how I am and that matters in so many ways.

So many of you who follow have messaged me … I know that you don’t even know me personally; however, that speaks volumes about the fact there is still compassion in this world — even amongst strangers.  I appreciate your kindness – it helps. Truly, it does.

So, I’m going to make a commitment to being back on track with my blog for 2014.  And of course, I’m going to try even before we get there.  They say time heals all wounds, but for now – this wound is deep and I cannot guess how long it will take.

To all of you … here’s to the true spirit of Christmas – love.  I’m wishing you all of the good things that Christmas can bring.

Peace –

Bryce

By the Grace of God …


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Thank you, Katy for sharing your pain and your resolution …

“By The Grace Of God”

Was 27 surviving my return of Saturn
A long vacation didn’t sound so bad
Was full of secrets locked up tight like iron mountain
Running on empty so out of gas

Thought I wasn’t enough
Found I wasn’t so tough
Layin’ on the bathroom floor
We were living on a fault line
And I felt the fault was all mine
Couldn’t take it anymore

By the grace of God (there was no other way)
I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay)
I put one foot in front of the other
And I looked in the mirror and decided to stay
Wasn’t gonna let love take me out that way

I thank my sister for keeping my head above the water
When the truth was like swallowing sand
Now every morning, there is no more mourning
Oh, I can finally see myself again

I know I am enough
Possible to be loved
It was not about me
Now I have to rise above
Let the universe call the bluff
Yeah, the truth’ll set you free

By the grace of God (there was no other way)
I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay)
I put one foot in front of the other
And I looked in the mirror and decided to stay
Wasn’t gonna let love take me out, oh, that way,
No, that way, no
Not in the name of love
In the name of love
That way, no,
That way, no
I am not giving up

By the grace of God
I picked myself back up
I put one foot in front of the other
And I looked in the mirror (looked in the mirror)
Looked in the mirror (looked in the mirror)

By the grace of God (there was no other way)
I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay)
I put one foot in front of the other
And I looked in the mirror and decided to stay
Wasn’t gonna let love take me out that way.
– Katy Perry, By the Grace of God, PRISM

This is my song right now … but I have to thank my family for keeping my head above the water … when you lose something so important in your life … you become instantly lost and hope fades quickly like the setting sun; however, when you have people in your life who you know love you and understand what you’re going through … you will get that hope back.

If you’re going through it … pick up Katy’s new album — trust me, you’ll find some release there … I have never fallen in love with any album so quick as I have with this one.  Every song has purpose and takes you through her journey — the same journey many of us have been on.

No, I don’t work for Katy, but I know passion, truth and perseverance when I see and hear it.

Life has been hard for the past few weeks after losing one of the most important things to me … but it will take time and I will never be over losing my baby, Nica. Never.

Life is so much more than what we are seeing right now …

I will be back on a regular basis now that I’ve found my way again.  Thanks to all of you who’ve emailed, texted, called to check up on me … your kindness shows that humanity is not as far gone as some believe.

I send you my love and peace …

Shalom,

Bryce