Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter B


Good morning class. Welcome to round ten of Alphabe-Thursday!

Today we will be bellowing about the beautiful letter:


Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course.

I just finished visiting all the A links!  It is fun to be back and reading!  It feels like a little vacation whenever I sit and go through several links!   Thank you for participating!

If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find you easily otherwise.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and try to visit at least 10 other students (perhaps the 5 students before and after your post). The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please bring your best letter B now!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Irish Letter A

My husband and I took a trip to Ireland in September.  I got very sick on the return trip and have been laid up, but I decided to try and participate in Alphabe-Thursday this round with my own little tales of Ireland.   This is my first offering.


Mr. Jenny was distracted trying to take pictures of a coffee-colored stream churning under medieval trees, so I walked ahead.

 
Across a  narrow, ancient stone bridge.
 

Around a bend in a road hedged with ferns and fuschia. 

 
Until I stopped in my tracks.

 
And caught my breath in disbelief at a tiny, ancient stone church nestled into the small glen of verdant greenery that was the rural Irish countryside.

 











Beyond the welcome of an open rusted iron gate I saw her…gathering boxwood and hydrangeas the color of sunset and mid-day.  She looked up from her lovely task and saw me.   “Welcome, come in.”  I walked across the gravel of the driveway with a huge smile on my face.   She reached out from her bouquet and we shook hands. 

 
“Boxwood.   Hydrangea.  What a bounty!” 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Oh, ‘tis, ‘tis.  And I am Anne.”

 
“And I am Jenny,” I replied.  
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

We continued to smile at each other in that silly way you smile at a loved one who’s been gone from your sight for too long.  Eventually Mr. Jenny wandered into the churchyard and joined us.  He raised his eyebrows at me in question.  I introduced them and offered to carry the flowers.

 
Anne declined but invited us into the church.

 
Oh.

 
Oh.  

 
The church.

 
It was ancient.   And lovely.  The dark oak gated pews gleamed with care.  The wide plank floors were swept clean but sprinkled here and there with sky blue and pink hydrangea petal confetti.

 
I stood in front of the altar.   I felt the history and the love and the pain and the blessings the little church held. I felt the peace the little church offered to me and I let it soak into my soul. 

 
My soul has been a bit bruised lately.  Trying to find solace has been exhausting work with painful introspection often soothed only by music.
 

So even though I heard the murmur of conversation between Anne and Mr. Jenny, I began singing. Amazing Grace. 

 
How sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me.

 
The pain and loss inside of me seemed to weave into the poignant lyrics.  The burden of grief carried too long, lifted away.   I turned my face up to the jeweled stained glass window and sang through my tears. 

 
Anne came and stood beside me.   I turned my tear wet face toward her.  I felt no shame or embarrassment to be crying in an old stone church in the Irish countryside in front of a woman I’d never met before. 

 
We stood together. 

 
Shoulder to shoulder. 

 
Kindred hearts joined by chance.

I don’t know how long we stood, but finally Mr. Jenny joined us.   “We need to get going,” he said.

 

“Wai!   Before you go let me show you the stables,” Anne said.

 
We had a whirlwind tour of the stable and some weathered tombstones and explored the nooks and crannies of the old church.  

 
“Tis wishing I am that I had some milk so I could give you coffee,” Anne said sweetly.

 

‘Tis wishing I was that she did have milk, because Mr. Jenny finally insisted it was time to go to meet our Grandlittles after school.

 
 Anne and I faced each other and embraced.  “We are kindred spirits,” Anne told me solemnly.  I nodded.   It was true.  I don’t know how, but it was true.

 
As we started to walk back up the church driveway, Anne called after us.   “Come back on Friday night.   We’re having a little concert here.   Come back and see us on Friday night at 7.”

 
“We’ll be back!     We’ll be back!   Thank you Anne, thank you!”


Mr. Jenny took my hand as we walked away through the rusted gates, around the bend and back across the beautiful stone bridge.



I squeezed his hand tightly in return.


 And felt very blessed to have met Anne in her little Irish church. 
 
 
This little story is linked to Alphabe-Thursday's letter A.   To read other A offerings, just click here.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter A


Good morning class. Welcome to round TEN of Alphabe-Thursday!

Here we go again!

My goal is to actually read all the A's this week.

And to put up an A post.

Gosh.

That seems like such a big goal, but I wrote it on a sticky note and stuck it on my computer screen so I'm going to try very hard to accomplish it!  And I've actually written an A post about visiting Ireland so that's a start at least!


Today we will be sharing all aspects of the letter:



Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course.


If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find you easily otherwise.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

I also want to mention that sometimes when I visit wordpress blogs the only way I can leave a comment is by using an e-mail address DIFFERENT than the one I have linked to blogger.  If you see odd e-mail address that's why I'm doing it.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and try to visit at least 10 other students (perhaps the 5 students before and after your post). The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please advise us what your A post is, by linking now:

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter Z


Good morning class. 

Welcome to the end of round nine of Alphabe-Thursday! Today we will be studying the zippy letter:


...but before we do please


I have something important to tell you.

As you know, I've been pretty ill.   No answers yet and I will actually update you all in a post later this week.

Based on your e-mails, I think you all like our little Alphabe-community so I will just continue for the next round.

I'm hoping to be able to participate this next round.

I have a thought of a theme and if I can just get the pain management under control a little better I think I can do it.

I appreciate your understanding that I can't visit much!

I will when I can!

Often I read your links but if my hands are bad, it's difficult to write a comment to you!

Let's try it again, if you're game.

And, if you're not, thanks for participating.  You've been fabulous!




Everything else is still the same!


Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course, and please try very hard to visit the blogs that visit you for this meme.

If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find your link otherwise. And, if you see any broken links, please let me know that as well.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and you must visit at least 10 other posts...perhaps consider starting from the last posts and work backwards. The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please link your zany Z post now!






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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter Y


Good morning class.

Welcome to round nine of Alphabe-Thursday! Today we will be studying the youthful letter:


Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course, and please try very hard to visit the blogs that visit you for this meme.


If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find you easily otherwise.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and you must visit at least 10 other posts...perhaps consider starting from the last posts and work backwards. The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please link your yummy Y post now!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter X


Good morning class.

Welcome to round nine of Alphabe-Thursday! Today we will be studying the X-cellent letter:



Things continue to be Xtra complicated around here.   Thanks again for your patience with my Xtended absence!

Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course, and please try very hard to visit the blogs that visit you for this meme.

If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find you easily otherwise.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and you must visit at least 10 other posts...perhaps consider starting from the last posts and work backwards. The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please link your X-citing X post now!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter W


Good morning class.

Welcome to round nine of Alphabe-Thursday! Today we will be studying the wonderful letter:



I continue to be under the weather!   But at least the weather isn't so hot now.   We continue, too, to move bit by bit up the hill to Payson, AZ.  It's a weird time in my life.   I feel like isolating completely and am making effort to reach out, at least in a tiny way, into the world!   Happy W.

Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course, and please try very hard to visit the blogs that visit you for this meme.

If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find you easily otherwise.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and you must visit at least 10 other posts...perhaps consider starting from the last posts and work backwards. The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please link your witty letter W post now!

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