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Unplanned stay-cation

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Image source: facebook

Im not used to sitting still yet here I am with a few unplanned days off with my little one home too.

If I’m not going to work then she’s not going to daycare. That’s just the way it is right now as funds are tight! Thank goodness the owner has been understanding.

She’s a little sick — runny nose and reports of feeling cold. Hmm, guess these few days home were timely after all. Last thing I need is to have her make other kids at daycare sick.

Not exactly how I would have planned my downtime but I guess Papa knows best! Good one God!

Introverts don’t do well with the term unplanned, and prefer to arrange things way in advance to give our minds time to adjust. So even if I have been wanting some time to rest, it’s a bit disconcerting that I had nothing to do with this scheduling whatsoever!

Today, my body wants to rest but my mind is busy scanning the house for little projects to do: 

Gardening? Hmm, must go to Home Depot for more planters and potting soil.

Cabinets and closets to clean? Should I start in the kitchen or the bedroom?

The dog and the kid are resting thanks to a morning outing to the park and some cold medicine for the kid. They’re both worn out!

I should be resting too, but instead my brain is wired, reveling in the quietness of the house and running wild with excitement. Why? Perhaps because I’m not tired as I’ve been napping at will since Saturday. It’s Tuesday now and I’m beginning to get a little stir crazy.

Oh well, one more day of relaxation to go as I’m back to work Thursday, then busy with scheduled appointments and errands all day Friday. Better make the best of it then — Forget chores, I’m just gonna lay down!

And so, as I wash my dishes and attempt to make my way to the room, I hear a voice calling, “Mom?”

Oh dear God, she’s up! Oh well, so much for laying down. I guess it’s the thought that counts, right? NOT!!! All hell is about to break loose — mayhem and destruction are her middle names.

And so ends this post. Duty calls…


Contents written: August 25 2015  |  Copyright 2015 Moylom Enterprises


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Friends bearing gifts!

Last Sunday was ordinary. No rushing around, just sitting in the backyard under a big shady tree while the little one played at the playground a few feet away. It’s my special time to catch up on my reading of blogs, chatting with mom via viber or listening to a little music as I enjoy the cool summer breeze coming in off the water.

I’ve made a few new blog connections recently and was rather thrilled that even if I hadn’t posted any new material the wewk prior, our stats still reported our blog was having a productive week — we didn’t flatline! Yay!!!

Of late I’ve been reading posts from my email instead of from the WordPress blog feed and this allows me to save the longreads for when I have larger chunks of time (in an “items to read” folder), read the short ones immediately,  then clear out the inbox so things don’t get deeper that 100 emails.

Well much to my amazement one of my new followers (friends) stopped by to say hello and brought with her a nice surprise — The Premio Dardos Award! It’s so nice when friends come over with gifts and it certainly is lovely to be appreciated.

Thank you

https://nopassingfancy.wordpress.com

for your kindness and for adding a little extra sunshine to my day. I am delighted!

The Premio Dardos Award appears to be

‘ an award that is passed on from blogger to blogger in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary and personal values that are transmitted in the form of creative and original writing ideas.’

Info source: here

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Image Source: Digital Art by Moylom Enterprises

The rules associated with this award are very simple and are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post the badge on your page
  3. Nominate 15 other fellow bloggers
  4. Notify those you’ve nominated

Pretty simple right? No need to answer any questions or create questions to ask your nominees.

The bloggers/ friends I’d love to share this gift with are as follows:

  1. https://zyoshiko.wordpress.com/
  2. http://leonarddurso.com/
  3. https://liska11.wordpress.com/
  4. http://www.platosgroove.com/
  5. https://lifeat28andcounting.wordpress.com/
  6. https://joysofjoel.wordpress.com/

Fifteen nominees seem like a lot so I’ll stop here. Now off to notify everyone.

One last thank you to  https://nopassingfancy.wordpress.com you’ve certainly made me smile.

Happy blogging everyone!

Best wishes,

A-


Contents written: August 16 2015 |  Edited: August 21 2015  |  Copyright 2015 Moylom Enterprises


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Cheating is never good!

I haven’t written anything post-worthy this past week for it seems my brain has been feeling a bit tired.  To be honest I believe my lack of energy for writing has stemmed from the fact that I’ve been neck deep in an affair. Yes, I’ve been cheating!

I know you’re all wondering what would cause me to act so irrationally and for this I have no real answer other than ‘it just happened’.

I know, I know, I’m not proud of myself or my actions, but in all fairness it is Summer and many of you have taken time off to vacation and spend quality time with your loved ones. But alas, I have no significant other, I won’t be going on a vacation, and a stay-cation has yet to be arranged as some long awaited funds are still pending thanks to the wonderful audit from the IRS. In short, I was weak, lonely and in need of some excitement!

Crossword Puzzle by Jacqueline E. Matthews (amNewYork Aug 12 2015) Image source: Moylom Enterprises photo of amNewYork page 22 8.12.2015)
Crossword Puzzle by Jacqueline E. Matthews (amNewYork Aug 12 2015)
Image source: Moylom Enterprises photo of amNewYork page 22 8.12.2015)

It started quite innocently at first, stealing away a few minutes after dinner one day, then a few minutes during my lunch break the next day, and before long every free minute I could muster. I had no idea a whole week would go by before I realized I hadn’t posted at all. There is now a small a tug of war happening between my new love and my writing/blogging and it may be necessary to find a way to make room for both before things get ugly.

In reality, I’ve had this significant other for many years, but our relationship has been on and off so the fact that it has surfaced again is no surprise, I’m just amazed it has challenged my relationship with blogging in such a profound way.

I’ve been told that confession is good for the soul for it helps bring our wrongdoings into the light and helps us to change our ways. So I am boldly confessing my love of Crossword Puzzles and my intentions to make room for it in my life alongside Blogging so cheating is not necessary in the future. It’s better to give notice and have things be in the open just as you all have done regarding your intentions to take time off for family and rest. So from hence forth I am a cheater no more and it feels great to come clean!

If I were to describe it accurately, I would say Crossword Puzzles is #2 on the list of A few of my favorite things ( see #1). And with that I’ve not only written something post-worthy (rolling eyes)  but covered 2 topics in one and all is once again well with the world!

Hope you are all having a fantastic Summer.

Best wishes,

A-♡

[Feel free to read A few of my favorite things #1]


Contents written: August 15 2015  |  Copyright 2015 Moylom Enterprises


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Tag! You’re it!!

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Image source: Google images (thegoagencyusa.com)

Before we jump in, here’s a refresher of the Liebster Award Rules:

  1. Thank the one who nominated you:
  2. Display the Liebster award logo of choice:
  3. Answer the eleven questions posed to you by your nominator:
  4. Nominate eleven (11) fellow bloggers and
  5. Ask them eleven questions to keep the love going:

If you’ve read installment 1 (tasks 1 & 2) and installment 2 (task 3) then you know that in this installment I’ll be tackling task 4 (naming my 11 nominees) and task 5 (posing 11 questions to my nominees). So without further ado (drum-roll…picture me fighting to open the envelope), here we go…

Task 4:

Nominate eleven (11) fellow bloggers:

Here are my Leibster Award Nominees:

  1. Sumyanna (https://butterflykisseswatermelonwishes.wordpress.com/) because your love of nature and poetry are inspiring. Appreciate the comments!
  2. The Feels (https://thefeelsnews.wordpress.com/) because I love the concept of providing positive news 24/7 …so tired of hearing bad news. (As I’ve mentioned before, I wish this aired as a radio station or TV program)
  3. Monica Kirathi (https://monicakirathi.wordpress.com) because your work always hits home for me. Your writing is powerful and it shows your inner strength. I always (when I do get the chance to read, time permitting) walk away from your post saying “Damn!” Keep writing, you have a wonderful gift to inspire, encourage, and uplift others through your work. You go girl!
  4. Deanne (https://deanneworld.wordpress.com) because your poetry speaks many of the thoughts in my head. Keep writing 🙂
  5. Carrie Rubin (http://carrierubin.com) because your kind words of support are always appreciated. Thanks for always taking the time to read and comment. It means a lot! I love your blog too …always a great read…love the humor 🙂
  6. Snakes in the Grass (http://snakesinthegrassblog.com) because you always take the time to read and offer kind words of support. Thank you! Always enjoy the humor of your blog. Keep writing!
  7. Nopassingfancy (https://nopassingfancy.wordpress.com/) because, though you are new to blogging, I see great promise in your work. So far I like what I see, especially the piece you wrote called To Love or not…that is the question (https://nopassingfancy.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/to-love-or-not-that-is-the-question/). Keep writing!
  8. Nicodemas (http://nicodemasplusthree.wordpress.com) because your love of nature and how you weave it into your wonderful poetry is extremely inspiring. Thanks for reminding me of my love for Lindsey Sterling’s music. Your recent postings of her amazing work spoke volumes. We are all blessed with gifts from the Creator, we just have to use them wisely. Keep writing!  🙂
  9. Healing Grief (https://shamanismandhealing.wordpress.com) because I enjoy your blog, especially your most recent post called I Deserve (https://shamanismandhealing.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/i-deserve-2/). that was an awesome story of finding comfort. Look forward to more of your work. Keep writing!
  10. Learning to live like water (http://learningtolivelikewaterblog.wordpress.com) because you always write from the heart even if it hurts. Writing is therapy. It’s been my process of healing and one of the reasons of our blog Inner Ramblings. I’m always happy to read/listen and offer a hug even if it’s virtual. Best wishes on your journey in your search for ‘true happiness’. We all deserve love 🙂
  11. Squid (https://steagarden.wordpress.com) because I always enjoy your photos and the stories about them. Your love of God at such a young age is also an inspiration — keep HIM close!

Please note:

  • Nominees were selected in no particular order.
  • There are many many more I wanted to nominate but 11 is what they said, sorry!
 Task 5:

Here are my eleven questions, should you choose to accept:

  1. What is one go-to thing that cheers you up no matter what?
  2. What’s your favorite form of exercise?
  3. Who is your favorite person in the Bible and why?
  4. If you had to choose a vacation destination and money was no object where would you go and why?
  5. What would you consider to be the most important aspect of a person’s character ?
  6. What would you consider to be your ultimate purpose in life ?
  7. What goals would you like to accomplish in the next 5 to 10 years?
  8. What do you enjoy most about blogging/writing?
  9. What are your thoughts on global warming, renewable resources, clean energy, recycling etc?
  10. What do you like most about where you live right now?
  11. How does it feel to be nominated for this award?

Okay,  so all 5 tasks are now complete. Thanks to all of you who made it to the end of this assignment and endured the process of having it broken into installments.

To the nominees, should you choose to accept this challenge, please know I’ve enjoyed reading your work and though I may not get to read as much as I’d like to I do try to not miss any of your postings. I don’t believe there is a time frame for accepting this award but I would be honored if you did as I’ve chosen you all with care. If however, you choose not to accept, I will be sad no worries at all as it is meant to be a fun exercise and not a burden.

To all my readers, please know, your time and comments are like fine treasures to be cherished forever! Thank you…

Best wishes,

A @ Moylom Enterprises

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Image Source: Digital Art by Moylom Enterprises

Contents written: July 26 2015  |  Edited: July 28, 29, 31 & August 2 2015  |  Copyright 2015 Moylom Enterprises


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Questions and confessions

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Image source: Google imagesearch (dollupbeauty.com)

In Part 1 of this series of posts, I completed the first 2 tasks as per the rules (as seen below)

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Image Source: Moylom Enterprises Digital Art

So in this installment I will delve into task #3 — answering my nominator’s questions. Here goes…

Task 3:

Answer the eleven (11) questions posed to you by your nominator:

Q #1: What was your turning point that brought you to Christ?

A: I was born into a Christian household but as I grew up in the ‘faith’ I started to resent the ‘religion’ aspect of Christianity. So many rules, being shunned by the people who convinced themselves they were better that others because they ‘belonged’ to a religious organization. Then there was the aspect of every religion claiming they are the ‘right’ one to follow. It all left a bad taste in my mouth and once I left home I chose not to follow a particular religion but to seek God out on my own. I must admit though, that it took years for me to get to the point of wanting to know God for myself, but 3 yrs ago, after a significant traumatic event, which forced me to flee for my safety, I discovered that HE was with me in a very dark moment and has never left my side. It is safe to say HE has always been there but it was I who strayed to questionable paths away from HIM. I began to read the BIBLE again from the beginning and the experience and knowledge I’ve gained by studying HIS word for myself (not guided by others and what they want me to see) has been a blessing beyond measure. I still have a very long way to go (side-tracked a bit since I discovered WordPress), but the journey has made me realize that I am not alone, HE is always with me.

Q #2:  What is your favorite hymn or praise song?

A: I have many songs of praise that make me feel closer to God but the one I enjoy immensely is Greater by MercyMe. It makes me wanna sing and dance like David did as he sang praises to God. My little one and I sing and dance to this together. What fun!!!

Q #3: What do you love most about writing?

A: Writing has always been the easiest way for me to express myself in an organized way. I was very shy as a kid (introverted — still am) and always found it less stressful to be in smaller, intimate settings as opposed to larger crowds. When I tried to speak, (without having rehearsed it first, or without a written speech), my words seemed to not come out right. Writing gives me time to ‘word’ my thoughts accurately so they flow smoothly giving the illusion that I’m as coherent in real life. I still tend to ‘fumble’ my way around in new settings, but once I  become more comfortable with those around me my words flow a lot more easily. Writing gives me the safety I need to be myself — my true self (or someone else, should I choose to delve into fiction which I’ve done on occasion).

Q #4: What are you most passionate about in life?

A: I’m ‘notoriously’ independent. Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll testify to that. I come from a family of ‘control freaks’ and in many ways I am one too. But I aim to be in control of myself — be independent and I detest the idea of trying to control others. My family (large extended family) has a way of using the ‘gang mentality’ to get one person, who is not going along with everyone else, to do what the ‘gang’ wants. One has to fight tooth and nail to escape their clutches and once out you better stay far away to not get sucked back in. I left home at 19 and never went back! It was the only way to earn their respect for if one wanted to be treated like an adult one had to act like one QUICK! They try to pull me back in from time to time (“When are you coming home to visit? Everyone is dying to meet the baby! Are you planning to move back home? Who’s gonna take care of your mom if anything happens now that your dad is gone?”) Oh they’re good, but I know better! Yes I stay in touch often but keep my distance. And the minute I feel like I’m being controlled by ANYONE my first instinct is to escape. An unfortunate side effect of my upbringing, yes, but one that has helped me survive on my own all these years. It is perhaps the primary reason I became and have remained self-employed for most of my adult life. Surprisingly though, I do have a healthy respect for rules (as long as I agree with them ^_^) which is strange since rules ARE a ‘form’ of control. But I guess one needs order/discipline to be in control of one’s self and my OCD is testament to that. A place for everything and everything in its place is the mantra that plays nonstop in my head — it’s how I function — chaos gives me mental hives!!!

Q #5: Who is your favorite author?

A: Mark Twain is my favorite author. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are the only books I’ve read over and over and over again both in childhood and adulthood. I love the way Tom Sawyer makes things more complicated than they need to be simply for the thrill of an adventure. I’m always thoroughly amused by his antics ^_^. Of course I’ve read other books, too many to mention here, but not as often as the two above. Yes I’m weird, I know!

Q #6: What is your favorite guilty pleasure snack?

A: Cadbury Fruit and Nut Chocolate. I hide this from the kids. This is one treat I don’t share! I’m not kidding!

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Q #7: Who would you most enjoy meeting and having a deep conversation with?

A: Since I no longer have any desire to meet celebrities as most are not pleasant in person, there’s a toss-up between Job (of the Bible) and God. Job is my hero! With everything he experienced he never turned away from God. That man had some serious patience! I wish I knew how to bottle that!!! There are times when I feel similar to Job especially with all the crap trials I endured the last 3 yrs, but I’m trying to hold on and keep my eyes on Jesus and Job is my inspiration. Ultimately though , I’d love to meet God. I have a ton of questions for HIM. Plus I think HE has a weird sense of humor! I often find myself whispering, “Good one God, that was hilarious, you got me!” I’m hard-headed, so HE has to leave me up to my own antics (much like Tom Sawyer) so I can learn the hard way. Often the answer is right in front of my face, but I can’t see it since I think the answer needs to be complicated and in need of much effort. Smh…

Q #8: What accomplishment in your life has been most impactful?

A: Hmm, another toss-up between being a mom and being in business. As a mom, I’m terrified I would eventually ruin my kids. There is no manual or fool-proof method of child-rearing since each kid is different and requires different parenting techniques. It’s quite challenging! So too I find I’m as attached to my business as though it were a kid. I’ve been in business (Self-employed) since 1997 — started from scratch — it’s my baby. I’ve grown in so many ways because of it that I’m often surprised that I’ve come so far. I’ve learned to stand up for myself — to be more outspoken, to be more eloquent as I’m forced to meet and communicate with a wide variety of clients. I’ve become a bit tougher and have learned to say ‘no’ so not to burn myself out. I’ve learned to let my work speak for itself instead of chasing clients — Word of mouth is my main form of advertisement and it has produced the best customers. I’ve had a good run and one day I may tell the story of how my business was started somewhat accidentally! (Although I believe there are really no accidents but it’s all part of God’s grand design).

Q #9: What scripture has helped you most in your life?

A: The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalms 23). Though I don’t say it often I believe those words wholeheartedly and they gave me solace in the dark, (very very dark) hours of March 15 2012 — the day I almost lost my life at the hands of my then husband (archived posts will tell more on this topic).

Q #10: What does mercy and grace look like to you?

A: Mercy and Grace? See previous answer. Were it not for God’s mercy and grace I would not be alive today (See archived posts for more details). Even though I’ve been given a second chance, I still mess up more often than I’d like to admit. My burden seems more than I can bear sometimes and I’ve gotten angry at God, lost faith, and have dismissed the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to me. There are times, because I can’t understand the lesson I’m supposed to learn, I in my infinite wisdom aka stupidity, act like God is just leaving me to the will of the Devil as a Job-like experiment just for laughs!  Of course only the devil delights in our misery and we are all tested in our faith, as the Christian walk is not without it’s trials, but I get angry at God asking HIM boldly “How much more am I supposed to bear before I can finally be happy?? ” HIS mercy, to me, is the fact that I’m not struck down for questioning HIS omniscience. I know better but sometimes I feel like one of the ‘children of Israel’ stuck in the wilderness for 40 yrs — the irony here is that I too am 40 — interesting! The reason they were stuck is because there were lessons they needed to learn but they were too hard-headed. There is where God extends HIS mercy and grace, by giving us time to get our act together — to learn the lesson(s) we need to so we can move on to the next phase. It’s up to us to grasp the knowledge, but alas I’m a slow learner and God is patiently waiting. What’s the cure for hardheadedness? Anyone? I hear someone whispering, “Giving up control”. Oh boy, more irony, sigh… Yup, another good one God! Yeah you got me good  ^_^

Q #11: How does it feel to receive this honor to you?

A: Well, you read the opening lines in installment 1 of this assignment as I tried to put a funny spin to the whole thing. But honestly I was secretly hoping to not be selected because it seemed like so much work. Then as I glanced through the list I didn’t notice our name (Inner Ramblings) so I was relieved. Then 5 seconds later I was like, “What? How come Marisa didn’t choose our blog too? I thought we were friends?” So I read the list again, and there was our name all along! Then my thoughts went right back to, OMG this is so much work! The human condition, I wonder if there’s a pill for that? (lol). But honestly, I am honored. It turns out I rather enjoyed the exercise and managed to squeeze 3 posts out of too — how’s that for multitasking???? ^_^

So those are my answers.  Hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me. I would love to be less hidden and perhaps share a picture of myself, but alas my safety is at stake, sorry… Perhaps one day soon (fingers crossed) but in the mean time you can call me “A”.

Stay tuned for the next installment in which I’ll reveal my 11 nominees. Until then be well…

Best wishes,

A @ Moylom Enterprises


Contents written: July 26 2015  |  Edited: July 28 & 29 & August 1 2015  |  Copyright 2015 Moylom Enterprises


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#blogproblems ^_^

Okay, so I was recently nominated for an award. The first thing to pop in my head was, “OMG I have to buy a dress, shoes, get my hair done, get my nails done, and write a speech!!!!  I don’t have time or money for all this!!! Perhaps I should just send someone to accept it on my behalf.” Then I had to climb sheepishly down from the cloud I found myself upon, since I was completely ‘out of my mind’!!! Reality check!!!  It wasn’t an Oscar (I’m not an actor), it wasn’t a Grammy (I’m not a singer), it was, however, a Liebster (ahh yes, that seems more appropriate, wait what’s a Liebster?)

The Liebster Award, for those not aware (I hadn’t heard of it before so had to look it up), is basically an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The rules seemed to have changed or morphed over time and this site explains in detail what it’s all about. However, since the rules given in my nomination differ slightly, I will use those to not stray from the task at hand.

The rules are:

  1. Thank the one who nominated you:
  2. Display the Liebster award logo of choice:
  3. Answer the eleven questions posed to you by your nominator:
  4. Nominate eleven (11) fellow bloggers and
  5. Ask them eleven questions to keep the love going:

Okay, got it! Here goes…

Task 1:

Thank the one who nominated you:

Dear Marisa (mrsmariposa2014 at mrsmariposa2014.wordpress.com),

Thank you so much for thinking of me for this award. I am humbled that you always take the time to read my work and for always being my cheerleader in good times and bad. Many, many, many thanks for your love and support. You rock!

Task 2:

Display the Liebster award logo of choice:

Image Source: (mrsmariposa2014.wordpress.com )
Image Source: (mrsmariposa2014.wordpress.com )

Task 3:

Answer the eleven (11) questions posed to you by your nominator:

Q #1: What was your turning point that brought you to Christ?

Q #2:  What is your favorite hymn or praise song?

Q #3: What do you love most about writing?

Q #4: What are you most passionate about in life?

Q #5: Who is your favorite author?

Q #6: What is your favorite guilty pleasure snack?

Q #7: Who would you most enjoy meeting and having a deep conversation with?

Q #8: What accomplishment in your life has been most impactful?

Q #9: What scripture has helped you most in your life?

Q #10: What does mercy and grace look like to you?

Q #11: How does it feel to receive this honor to you?

Okay, my first two tasks are complete. In the second installment of this post I will answer the questions above which were posed to me by my nominator.

I’ve chosen to break this assignment into installments because I’m just too darn long-winded to make it fit onto one post because keeping it as one post would make it a really, really long read and I’m aware not everyone has large chunks of time to devote to one post when the queue is chuck full of many others to read. I hope I’ve not broken any rules by doing it this way.

Stay tuned…


Contents written: July 27 2015 | Edited: July 28 & August 1 2015 | Copyright 2015 Moylom Enterprises