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


Umbrellas –

As the sun begin to set for the day, the overwhelming feeling of comfort took over.

The daylight hours were coming to an end and soon the nightfall would be upon them.

Their time was limited and they would not be needed again until the next opening.

It was the beginning to the closure.

But the surrounding activities would continue for what seemed like eternity.

They would stand tall, yet unopened and wait again as they always do to be needed.

Cloud Dreaming

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

– Rabindranath Tagore


“The sun always shines above the clouds.”

– Paul F. Davis


“Nature is a mutable cloud, which is always and never the same.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.”

– William Arthur Ward


boat slip

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

boat slip

boat slip –

He informed her: ‘I told you this would be a lost cause!’

She responded: ‘Well, what can I say; this is the address they gave me.’

They both were distraught and tiredness was wearing them down.

The address was correct, it was the correct marina, but what was the boat slip number?  There should have been more information given to them at the time, but nobody offered the information they needed.  The slip number was needed and no one knew it.  As they walked amongst the boats, they knew their efforts would be futile.

He again informed her: ‘We need the boat slip.  I told you this would be a lost cause!’

She responded: ‘Yes dear, I know that.  Now let’s go!’

The Yellow Dot

In my posts ‘Look Forward‘ and ‘Seeking a Home Base‘,  I wrote about the future planned trip to central Florida in search of a possible location to relocate to.

That trip will begin tomorrow.

Many activities have already taken place this week and my time on WP has recently been limited.

Today, I am spending most of the day alone with hopes of catching-up on reading posts and writing posts.

What does the yellow dot have to do with today?

Sunrise Offered

Sunrise offered a very beautiful spectacle; the water was quite unruffled, but the motion communicated by the tides was so great that, although there was not a breath of air stirring, the sea heaved slowly with a grand and majestic motion.

– George Grey

I took this video several months ago, early one morning to watch the sunrise.

It had much to offer me.

Since my surgery I have yet to walk on the beach, it is waiting for my return.

One day when feeling a little better I plan to take a walk on the beach again.

One day when I am recovered I plan to watch another sunrise.

And take in what it has to offer.

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.

the dark side

If it seems I have published lots of downer posts lately, well you are correct I have.  For the month of September, many of my posts are about my life with cancer and the impact it is having on me.  I struggle with my emotions in that I want to deal with it with a positive attitude.  But yet many times I do not, instead I allow cancer to dictate my moods and emotions toward the negative side – the dark side.


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I started chemotherapy the end of August and looking back at my posts in September I see a slide downhill into a dark hole of doom, gloom, despair, negativity and basically a living hell not only for myself, but Gary.  The one person here each and every day to help me is the one person I take my frustrations out on.  This easy going man is receiving the severe brunt response from a person who is allowing cancer to dictate the daily temperament.

So many of those posts in September reflect the transformation of a man once happy to now a man who seems lifeless at times.  September reflected the start of a phase that was unwelcomed and unfamiliar and came in with a vengeance.  This surge forced physical pain into my life, many blood samples, surgical procedures, chemotherapy treatments, doctor’s visits and hospital stays.  I was not ready for this whirlwind of change.

In September, I threw in a few positive posts and still others that were not related to the current happenings of the day.  I have always wanted my blog to be diverse in topics even though the main focus is my life.  But my life currently is focused on cancer and all that it entails.   I do not like that cancer is calling me toward the dark side or it may be that I do not like that I am allowing myself to be called toward the dark side.

I remind myself of that time decades ago and wrote about in my post ‘The Great Depression of the 1980s‘, which included these words –


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This decade evolved into depression, attempted suicides, a stay in a psychiatric hospital, and years of therapy and medications that carried into the next decade.

As a result of these issues I became very depressed to the point that it was difficult for me to get out of bed on some days.  I think I remember once staying in bed for up to 3 days with no desire to do anything.

In today’s post, I conclude with the following –

Decades ago I accepted the calling into the dark side and again today it calls me.  I allowed myself to be tempted and made steps toward the dark side; but I need to stop – because my life and more importantly Gary’s life is experiencing the evil of those steps.

September is over and the downer posts were published.  The change of the season is in the air; the crispness, the coolness, the change in color and the change in nature.  With these changes I to need to change also and my desire now is that my October change is from a step into the dark side to a step in the other direction.  A step into a bright side; brighter emotions, brighter moods and a positive brighter me to deal with cancer.

Almighty Sun

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

Almighty Sun

Almighty Sun –

Almighty sun, I have yearned for you and your warmth.  The recent days of past are overcast with sorrow and the weeping continues with reprise.  I have yearned almighty sun, for you to pour your rays upon me so that I may again find that for which I search.  Almighty sun, you provide the dryness, the warmth, the light so that I may search for the lifeline that sustains me.

Upon searching the vast world, and climbing the highest tree to reach you, the fondness of your smile somehow brings confusion to me.  Your rays of burning fire seem less disturbing to my body and I ponder to approach you closer in fear of the unknown that may await me.   Upon climbing and reaching the top, your size and proportion seem less than predictable.

What power you must encompass within your body to set forth rays of fire to warm this land.  But, yet the close presence to you almighty sun is one of comfort and solace.  I seek you almighty sun in search of the fiery one’s abilities and attributes.

But jest I, for you seem lifeless and emotionless and one of a rigid and silent statuette.  I shall search again someday long and wide for that which provides the dryness, the warmth, the light, the –

Almighty Sun

‘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.