red dots and double blue lines

Back in February in my post ‘Of course, … a course’, I wrote about occasionally making mistakes in my posts usual related to grammar errors.  I read, re-read and proof read my posts and still some grammar errors slip pass.  I have also used a correctly spelled word but used it incorrectly within a sentence.  For instance I found a few times after I published a post, I found an error in which I meant to use the word ‘life’, but instead I wrote ‘live’.

I write my posts in Microsoft Office Word therefore it will catch my spelling errors and I will correct those.


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As with the post written above mentioned grammar slipups and the occasionally incorrect used word, I am okay with my writing – because it is me.

I use the latest version of Microsoft Office Word; it is 2016 and is updated by Microsoft when they roll out their updates, usually once a month.  I recently noticed Word now provides me suggestions to my sentence structure.  It will use red dots under a combination of words to suggest I could use one word instead.  For instance when you read the last sentence of this post replace ‘have to’ with ‘must’ or ‘should’.  Word also uses double blue lines under words suggesting a comma should follow.  If you were to view my posts in Word, it appears I do not use enough commas in my sentences.  Yes I understand Word is trying to help.

Now for spell check – thank you, it is not that I necessarily do not know how to spell, it really is that my typing skills are not as they use to be.


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I loved the big keyboards and with my past laptops, I would have a wireless keyboard and mouse and would also have a big screen plugged in.  That was my usual way to work on my computer.  But remember, last year we downsized and now living in an RV, there is less space.  No big screen plugged into my laptop and no wireless big keyboard and mouse.  Now I work off my smaller laptop keyboard and touchscreen.  I like the touchscreen, that does make my life a bit easier, but the small keyboard, not so much.  I make more mistakes in my spelling because I am hitting the wrong key and yes sometimes I do incorrectly spell a word.  Once again, thank you Word for catching those.

Back to my red dots and double blue lines, does it really matter?


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Yes, I know some educators will tell me it does, but I am not a professional writer and am not writing for a professional outlet.  This is my personal blog, and I should be allowed to use words that come from me and not use commas where Word thinks I should use them.  If I updated the word suggestions and used all those commas, I feel it would take away from me, my personality and my writing.

I guess I just have to get use to seeing more red dots and double blue lines.


My friend Tikeetha over at A Thomas Point of View tagged me to participate in the My First Post Revisited challenge.

This challenge was started by blogger Sarah Brentyn over at Lemon Shark.

Thank you Tikeetha for the nomination and Sarah for starting this challenge.

My First Blog Revisted

Here are the rules for this challenge –

No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)

Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).


Other rules –

Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)

Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.

Tag…um…five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.

Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).

Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.

Include “the rules” in your post.

My First Post Revisited –

Published May 13, 2015 –

This is my very first post. What should I write that may be of interest to others?  Not much and then again maybe I do have many things I can write about.  I am an ordinary person, just like many others who live ordinary lives and do ordinary things.  I have many opinions about the everyday stuff, some important and some not so important.

The words I write, some readers may not like, others just will not read them, but others may find very interesting.  My words are my own and do not belong to anyone else.  The writing comes from me: my opinions, thoughts and ideas may change daily, over a longer period of time or never.

I will start soon writing about something and see where it goes from there.

In today’s post –

As you can see, that first post was quite boring and uninteresting.  I had an idea what I wanted to write about, and I had a goal to write 1 post each day for 1 year.  I achieved that goal and again decided year 2, I would write 1 post each day.  So far, so good as I near the completion of my year 2.

Many of you know me and my struggles, my strengths, my personality and my life.  In my writings, I try to be honest and not sugarcoat my posts.  I am human, I make mistakes and I have feelings and I in no way want to upset others – though I know I have – even as recently as the past couple of weeks.  I want to continue this blog because I have become friends with many wonderful people around the world.  But, there is a part of me that wants to give up and delete it all.  I remind myself the reasons for starting this blog to begin with, but I wonder at times if those reasons are still important.

Thank you again Tikeetha for nominating me for this challenge.  Although, I think my first post is stupid, I have come a long way in the past almost two years.  I have learned much about myself through this voyage called blogging.


I am nominating these bloggers to participate in this challenge.  You are in no way obligated to participate, but it would be fun and interesting to read your very first blog.

Kathryn over at anotherfoodieblogger

Paula over at Never A Dull Bling

Sarah & Choppy over at Travels With Choppy

Marci over at What’s for Dinner Moms?

Osyth over at Half Baked In Paradise

The day’s end

My category ‘Pictures & Stories’ are posts with me writing a fictional, creative short story about a picture.


The day’s end –

At the sun’s set and the water’s calm.

A solitude of sorts was making its way amongst those and their efforts.

For the day’s end is fast approaching and another night fall will be upon them.

The results of the day’s events would be appreciated as their efforts would not be in vain.

At the sun’s set and the water’s calm.

They would retire and withdraw their crafts and rest before returning for another day.

Of course, … a course

Of course, I will take a course of action.

Of course, the man took a course in learning the new skill.

Of course, many runners ran a course along the street.

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I admit I was a poor student in school many years ago; honestly, I barely graduated high school and I did not attend college.  I had no interest in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English, well you get the idea.  The only subject I excelled in was Band – I was excellent in this subject.

Years later into my adulthood, I would start learning and applying myself to new subjects, topics and ideas.  It was my 30’s and I started to become interested in improving myself and took interest in areas that in my school years I just did not want to comprehend.

Today in my mid 50’s, I still am not an expert at anything, and consider myself above average on subjects taught in school those many years ago.  Since starting this blog 20 months ago, I have written a post every day.  Most my posts are written from my heart, soul and the words flow to written form.  I certainly am not the greatest speaker, well you know that – you have watched and heard many of my videos; so, my writing is not always the best and I know at times I have used grammar incorrectly.

It pleases me that no one corrects me – thank you.

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The posts I write, I read and re-read and proof read before publishing them on WP.  Once published, I read and re-read them again.  I say to myself I have written and published another great post, right?”  Well yes, the post itself could be considered great or good or at lease decent.  But what about the grammar?  Okay, after reading, re-reading, proofing, then reading and re-reading; darn it – I made a mistake.  I hate that, how did that happen?

At times my brain sees and reads something different than what I write.  In past posts, I write about my learning disabilities as a child, my internal struggles with myself; it is all here on my blog somewhere.  I make mistakes, I have shortcomings, and I am no expert at writing.

But I learn and I grow because, at this time in my life I am interested in learning; back in school many years ago, I was not.

What does Of course, … a course have to do with me learning and growing?  I wrote a post back in November; I read and re-read and proof read before publishing and once published, I read and re-read again.  My brain saw and read what it wanted to see other than what I wrote.

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Almost 2 months later, I read the post again; darn it – I made a mistake.  Did any of you catch it?  If you did, no one corrected me – thank you.

I want to correct it today.

The original words –

I respond “Well, Thackerville is in Oklahoma which is a course North of Texas.

The corrected words –

I respond “Well, Thackerville is in Oklahoma which is of course North of Texas.

Or I guess I could have written it this way –

I respond “Well, Thackerville is in Oklahoma which of course, is a course I have driven many times North of Texas.

‘let’s do’ time

In my post ‘home with our colors.‘, I wrote the following –

Tomorrow is the day the new owners take possession of this house, our home for the past 13 ½ years.  The house is empty except those items that we are leaving behind for the new owners.


In m post ‘I will be there soon, Pensacola‘, I wrote the following –

Our new temporary home will be located in walking distance from the beach of the Gulf of Mexico.  The beach, sun & water should make for a great combination when it comes time for me to recover from my next surgery.

In today’s post, I write the following –

We arrived this past Wednesday at our new temporary home in Pensacola, Florida.  Today we are settling into our new location and becoming accustomed to the new 5th wheel way of living.  We are running errands for groceries and finding the locations for the gym and clinic where I will have my first appointment with my primary care manager on Monday.  This weekend we plan to visit with Gary’s younger brother and his mom who lives with him.  They live about an hour away and Gary and I are looking forward to seeing them.  We plan to celebrate Gary’s birthday that was this past Tuesday.  Roxy has settled well into the new routine, home and location.  In the RV park, she has to wear a leash and this restricts her from where she can go explore – something she is not accustomed to.  Remember she had her own backyard oasis that she explored without a limiting leash.


Our new way of living will be different and an adjustment time is needed.  The last house was 3,800 sp. ft. and now we are living in about 300 sq. ft.  I will be honest with you, I like my space and time alone and this is not easy in a 5th wheel.  But I know over time, adjustments will be made by Gary and myself and our new living arrangements will be good for both of us.  The different living arrangement and location was needed for both of us.

Our new way of living also brings more ‘let’s do’ time and less ‘have to’ time.  I no longer ‘have to’ clean a pool on a daily basis.  I no longer ‘have to’ trim bushes and grass, mow a lawn and water plants.  I no longer ‘have to’ clean 4 bathrooms and clean a 3,800 sq. ft. house.  We now ‘let’s do’ a quite walk along the beach.  We now ‘let’s do’ take time to explore a new area.  We now ‘let’s do’ have a relaxing life in an area with less traffic and less noise.


So for today, we learn a new way of living in our new home in our new location.

More ‘let’s do’ time and less ‘have to’ time.

Changing Focus

I wrote in my post ‘Spring Cleaning‘, the following –

Did you also notice a change in the website?  Yes, I updated it as well.  It wasn’t that I did not like the previous one, but in the coming months I plan to change the focus of my blog and wanted this site to better reflect what that focus is.  More details on the change in focus coming in the near future.

I wrote in my post ‘into the future with Gary & Terry‘, the following –

This blog started as a result of me wanting, no needing to write about my life and my journey from a child to today.  I am wrapping up those past events, memories, thoughts and in the next month will be concluding my first year of blogging with the transition from my current chapter to our next chapter of Gary’s and Terry’s life.

In today’s post, I write the following –

May 13th will be my 1-year blog anniversary.  Between now and then I will wrap up my past journey that brought me to today.  Also, in the weeks to come I will be posting about the transition that is taking place with the selling of the current home, and that next chapter.  Will it be ‘Plan A’, or ‘Plan B’?

I am unsure if ‘Plan A’: the move to Vero Beach will take place immediately or if ‘Plan B’; the yet to be revealed event will take place before my 1-year blog anniversary, but there will be some type of transition of sorts that will take place with this blog.

Some new subjects I plan to write about will be about Gary and my travel events.  We want to travel more and my hope is to write about the exciting locations we will be visiting.  I plan to also have a video blog; if you haven’t noticed, I have already added this category to the above menu with some related posts.  I also plan to post pictures with interesting stories associated to them.  I will continue ‘My 70’s Music Collection’ posts and I have a few other subjects that I hope will keep you coming back.

Almost a year ago I began this blog; it is amazing and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  I have met many wonderful people I consider friends here on WP.


I look forward to continuing for as long as I can and hope you continue the journey with me.

The transition has begun both in my life and with this blog.  I am excited about my future, and where it will be taking me.  I am excited about this blog, and the changes that will take place.

Changing Focus – there is more to come!

Queer, Geek, Gay

In my post ‘Easy to Label, Easy to Judge‘, I wrote the following –

So the phrase ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is such an easy phrase, but difficult to abide by.  Why is this?  I remember in high school labeling other students.  You had the ‘jocks’, the ‘socialites’, the ‘nerds’, and the ‘band queers’ to name a few.  Not sure what labels are used today in high school, but in society we have labels such as ‘losers’, ‘the 1%’, ‘slut’, ‘retard’, ‘homo’, ‘illegal aliens’  you get the idea.

In today’s post, I write the following –

In school I was labeled ‘band queer’, but was I really? has the following –

Band Queer – a band nerd from the 70’s who wore high pants, big glasses, and blue buttoned-up band sweaters to match other nerds.

-“did you see that one nerdy kid with the clarinet? his outfit is revolting!”

-“yeah, i heard he was a band queer.”

band queer – a member of a band who is so devoted to their trade that it will dominate all parts of their life, making them socially unacceptable. Later in life they will have no career other than teaching future band queers.

Mr. Donello over there was a band queer when he was a kid. Now he teaches music class.

In school I was labeled ‘geek’, but was I really? has the following –

geek – The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult

-The geeky kid now owns a million dollar software company

Geek – Not to be confused with Nerd. A geek does not have to be smart, a Geek is someone who is generaly not athletic, and enjoys Video Games; Comic Books; being on the internet, and etc.

-Only a geek would waste their time on the internet, defining geek on

In today’s society, I am labeled ‘gay’, but am I really? has the following –

gay – happy. joyful. gleeful.

-‘we’ll have a gay old time’.

-The Flintstone’s theme song

I don’t fit these labels, I never have and I never will, so why were they given to me?

Yes, I was in band for several school years, and at one time I may have worn big glasses, but not high pants.  During my 7th & 8th grade years the blue buttoned-up band sweaters were actually green and yes I did match the other band members.  I should have never received this label – it created judgement.

Yes, I was not very smart in school and was not athletic and I do like being on the internet, and at one time I did play video games.  I never did really enjoy comic books, and I do not own a million dollar software company; but I did retire at an early age.  I should have never received this label – it created judgement.

Yes, there are times in my life that I was and am happy, joyful and gleeful, but not always having a gay old time?  I should not receive this label – it creates judgement.

Early Morning, Waves & Me

Last week I was in Florida – words I wrote one early morning –

I am in Florida and my routine is off, different from the usual events and activities from the everyday life.

Florida first evening here in a hotel on the beach facing the ocean – it rains, heavy with thunderstorms and strong winds and the temperature is cool, but not cold.

A nice dinner was eaten after which a brisk quick walk took place during the heavy rain events then back to the hotel room for some end of the day chat about the house hunting events of the day.


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Time to go to bed and he says “Leave the balcony slider open some so we can hear the ocean waves as they make their appearance on the shore.”

I reply “There is no screen, what if a bird flies in?”  His response “No bird is going to fly into this room, it will be okay.”  The slider is left open a bit to hear the waves as we sleep.

I sleep some, good sleep, not much, but the sleep is restful.  Each time I wake throughout the night I hear those waves from the ocean that is a short distance from the room.

Each time I wake, I glance at the clock, it is closer to time to wake for the day, but the time passes slowly and I should find more sleep within me so that I am fully rested; and some sleep is found.

The next wake it is a little later, not much and I think about the time difference and it is close to my usual time of rising and that I do.


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The waves, a short distance from me beg me to come to the balcony and not only hear them roar louder but to feel them and let them be a part of me, and so I accept the invitation.

The morning breeze is strong, cool, damp, but refreshing and welcoming by me.  And along with the strong sound of the waves, I feel peaceful, I feel grateful, I feel alive.

My usual early morning activities begin with yoga this morning with the music of the waves as the rhythm that my poses will count to.   The body and mind are one; the world, body and mind are one.

Upon a brief yoga session, I meditate and the waves again provide the rhythm, except this time the waves, my body and my mind are one.

The breath I take is the same breath the earth takes, the oxygen filling my lungs is the very oxygen the earth produces to provide me this particular morning.  I appreciate this oxygen and this breath.


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I appreciate this morning and I appreciate those waves.

I am in Florida and my routine is off, different from the usual events and activities from the everyday life.

But this particular early morning, I am alone in the world; it is just me and the waves.  I have calmness within me and I am at peace.

Exposing Me – it is me

I wrote in my post ‘to expose me‘, the following –

Now over 8 months later I have realized fellow bloggers are supportive of me and have welcomed me with open arms and appreciate my writings.  Because of this I decided to expose myself, my identity, to you my fellow bloggers.  But a course I am not doing it all in one post, I still have 3 months to write a post a day.

So I will write a series of posts to expose me – my identity to you and the blogger world.

It Is Me – Terry

Spring Cleaning

A week ago today was the first day of spring – well for me anyway. has the following –

Astronomically speaking, the spring equinox falls on March 19 or March 20, 2016. Here are all the Equinox times for North American time zones this year:

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 PM PDT
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:30 PM MDT
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11:30 PM CDT
  • Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 12:30 AM EDT

Did you know this is the earliest spring of our lives thus far? has the following about spring cleaning –

Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. The practice of spring cleaning is especially prevalent in climates with a cold winter.

The term is also used metaphorically for any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise. A person who gets their affairs in order before an audit or inspection could be said to be doing some spring cleaning.

Are you doing any spring cleaning?

I am!

The home front has been in cleaning mode for many months now.  With the downsizing and the house going on the market to sale in less than a month, much cleaning has taken place.  There are closets that are totally empty and freshly painted; some touchup painting has taken place throughout the home, decluttering has taken place and detailed cleaning of inside and outside is currently in progress.

I decided I needed to do some spring cleaning on my blog site.  When I started my blog almost a year ago, I was not familiar with the usage of categories and I created more then I really needed to.  Me being the detailed organized person I am, I do have a word document and excel spread sheet that has all my past, current and future posts neatly associated to a topic related to me and my life.  My topics did not correspond with my blog site categories – until today.


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The past several weeks I organized my past posts and related them to a specific topic which now corresponds with the same category.  I then updated every single post with the new corresponding category.  I wanted to do this to make it easier for a reader to find a past post that corresponds with other posts.  If you are a new reader to my blog, the updated categories should help in finding related posts.  Hopefully I achieved this.  My new categories are ‘Attitudes, Feelings and Views’, ‘Meditation’, ‘My 70’s Music Collection’, ‘Past Events’, ‘Family Members’, ‘Thoughts From Years Past’, ‘Activities Occurring Today’, ‘Characteristics Of Me’, ‘Life Moving Forward’ and ‘Awards & Quote Challenge’.   You should be able to click a category from the above menu and now see the related posts.

Did you also notice a made a change to my blog site?  I wanted to update colors, background and fonts to liven it up a little as in the coming months I plan to change the focus of my blog.  More details on this change coming in the near future.

I hope you like the update – let me know your thoughts.  Oh, and happy spring!