Thoughtful Thursday #1

Regrets. I have a few. There are, of course, more serious things that I’ve done wrong over the course of my life, things that I won’t share here. It’s enough that I know I did them. I tried to learn from them at the time and not ever repeat them.

Less serious regrets? Yes, I have a few.

I wish I’d stayed more active and physically fit.

I wish I’d spent more time on the floor playing with my boys when they were little. (I wish I’d held them and kissed them more, too.)

I wish I’d made more time for hubby when we were younger.

I wish I’d had fun more and worried less and worked less.

I wish I’d told people who are no longer here that I loved them more often.

I wish I’d gotten tattoos sooner.

I wish I’d kept the dolls that I had instead of leaving them in my mother’s house when I left home.

I wish I’d hung onto several of the cars I had and loved instead of trading them in so quickly.

I wish I’d had the courage to be who I am now twenty (or thirty) years ago.

Still, all in all, I am happy with what I have and who I am today. It’s not too late to do some of the things on my “list” (getting active, hugging and kissing my sons more, having fun, spending time with hubby, and getting more tattoos). I try not to dwell on the past and focus on living in the moment. Today is all I have. I can’t recapture the past, and worrying about the future is a waste of time.

I do believe that we are where we are meant to be. Things have worked out the way that they did for a reason, and I am happy with my place in the universe. It is mine, and I am content with it.

Tenacious Tuesday #1

For my first post on a Tuesday in 2018, I’m introducing Tenacious Tuesday. Tenacious Tuesday is all about hanging tough and keeping going. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

I’d like to think that is what I do on a daily basis. I keep going. 2018 is about keeping going for me. I will persevere and rise above.

I’m going to try something a little bit different this year on Heron, There & Everywhere. I’d like to attempt to follow a themed approach. Each day will have its own theme. I’ve tried to stick with what I know and what I like.

Mondays will be Musical Monday. I will write about anything music-related from my favorite bands, songs or concerts. Music is a huge part of my daily life.

Tuesdays will be Tenacious Tuesday. Tenacious Tuesday will be about challenges and hanging in there when life knocks me down. As a trucker’s wife, every day is a challenge.

Wednesdays will be Wellness Wednesday, and I’ll write about anything health-related that my family deals with – autism, ADHD, diabetes, celiac disease, diverticulitis, etc.

Thursdays will be Thoughtful Thursday. Those posts will be more random in nature from poetry to creative writing to random musings.

Fridays will be Fictional Friday, and that will be the day I post book reviews and anything book-related.

Saturdays will be Sentimental Saturday. I will write about my favorite things. My beloved squirrels will probably show up here.

Sundays will be Silent Sunday. This day will be photos only, no words. I love photography and have thousands of photos.

It is my hope that following a more organized approach will keep me writing more consistently in 2018. Please let me know what you think.

A Week in Review

I’ve been quiet on my blog again. I did try hard in October to post every day. I guess I’m just not destined to be a daily blogger. There are too many other things in life to experience. I did manage to keep up with others’ blogs even if my own sat idle. I decided I could take a break. 

I finally heard back from my doctor. My heart test results were all normal. My blood pressure reads are all down with the addition of a new medicine. I’m also down 8.5 pounds, and I’ve successfully tracked everything I’ve eaten and stayed within my calorie limit for 23 straight days. Baby steps but all positive steps forward. I feel better already. I had some more blood work done today. My doctor thanked me for taking such great care of myself. 

I’ve got a kindle full of books to read. There never seems to be time to fit reading in, too, no matter how much I want to read and do nothing else. I wish I could be a professional reader and get paid to read for a living. I’ve also been writing again, enjoying creating my own characters and stories. 


I’ve been listening to a lot of music this week. Shinedown is still my obsession, and I’ve been listening a lot to two of their albums, Amaryllis and the Sound of Madness

Here’s a few pictures I took this week. Our local Wegmans has the Christmas wrapping paper and Christmas cookie cutters out already (October 26th).


The very next day it snowed enough to coat my car. I woke up and snapped this picture. 


The same day it snowed I snapped a picture of the celosia in the planters downtown. 


And I’ll leave you with something from a new app that was suggested to me – mematic. 

I Got Nothing

Uh-oh, the dreaded blank screen. What to write, what to write. I’ve been doing great at preparing posts the day before and having them lined up to post overnight. Except for Friday. Maybe it’s because it’s been too long of a long week. I have nothing. My mind’s a blank.

doubtI looked to Pinterest for some inspiration. I found some writing prompts, but I’m too tired to do anything right now other than share them.

notwritingThis one is nice.

droveI like to think that this is what my hubby does when he’s coming home to me. He’s often awake and driving at night when I’m sleeping. We sometimes are on opposite ends of the clock, and that’s hard. I like it when I know he’s coming home to me.

This one is just silly.

soundI know I’ve lived with boys (and boy humor) for far too long. All I could think of when I read that was, ‘did someone pass wind?’ Then I got a case of the giggles and couldn’t stop laughing.

This one is a little creepy.

heartbeatIt would make a good Halloween type of story, though. Is his heart beating again because he was buried alive? Has he come back to life? Was he reincarnated? It kind-of gave me the shivers.

improvewritingI write all the time outside of blogging (mostly for my own amusement). I’m not brave enough yet to revise and ready them for anything beyond the rough draft stage. It is true, though, with the more books I read the more certain I am I could do just as well (if not better) than some of the authors I’ve read. I think the day is coming soon when i will reach that point and I’ll be brave enough to take the next step.

writersblockOkay, cat, I get it. Hang it up for the night. Tomorrow will be a more productive day.

Images courtesy of Pinterest