Short Stories

A talk with my dog

Me:
Doggy,  you and I need to have a conversation.

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My Dog:
Yes,  I’m listening…

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Me:
See,  I just cleaned the house on Sunday,  plus gave you a bath, and already there’s dog hair everywhere!

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My dog:
Dog hair? I don’t see any dog hair!

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By the way,  I loved that bath. Thanks so much! I could use a more frequent bath schedule if you can fit me in.

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Me:
Glad you enjoyed the bath but don’t change the subject! We need to do something about all this dog hair.

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My dog:
Well,  you can clean more often…

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Me:
Don’t get smart with me!
I have a better idea!
You can
a) stop shedding
b) shed outside or
c) help clean up after yourself

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My dog:
You could have gotten a hairless cat but you chose me. You knew I had hair! I’ve had hair all my life — 9 whole years! Why is my hair a problem now?? Are you falling out of love with me? Is this where you say you’re gonna ship me to China?

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Me:
Oh doggy,  don’t be so dramatic!

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My dog:
Well you are being ridiculous about your requests.

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Me:
OK,  you’re right. I’m sorry. I’ll just clean more, but don’t expect extra baths,  I’m not super mom like I used to be. I’m getting old.

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My dog:
So is that what this chat was really about? You’re tired?

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Me:
Yeah,  I guess.
I don’t have any help with you guys so yeah,  mama’s been a bit tired lately.

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My dog:
OK  mama,  I get it now. I don’t know how to clean, and I’m not sure how to shed less, but I can wait a little longer so you can rest before my evening walk. And I’ll try to let you sleep in too. I have to admit I’ll be starving,  but I’ll try just for you.

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Me:
Thank you doggy.

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My dog:
You’re welcome.
So does that mean no more talk of shipping me to China?

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Me:
Well that’s gonna be a running gag for a while. Sorry…

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My dog:
Fine…

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Contents written: September 4 2016
Originally published: September 5 2016
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Poetry

The Mister…

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He called to me from across the room.
I was busy — lost in another world.
He needed my attention —
He needed my affection.

With a gurgle and a few sputters,
He interrupted my state of distraction,
Sending alluring aromas in my direction.
He knew I wouldn’t be able to resist.

Instantly,  I returned to our world.
Gliding over to him as though entranced, 
I poured him into my cup.
He was pleased to see me, but yet he pouted.

Disappointed, he often wonders
Why I can’t handle him minus additives.
He wants to be my everything —
The only one to satisfy me.

But in fact he should be flattered
He’s more than I can handle.
I desire him, I crave him,
But small doses of him work best.

I savor his essence
As he flows through my veins.
We are one now,  he is special to me,
I strive to let him know this,  every day.

Coffee,  I love you! ☺

 


Image source: Google images
Contents compiled: November 6 2016
Originally published: November 6 2016
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Short Stories

Accept, Adapt, Move on…

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Emotions are like those obnoxious distant relatives we all seem to have:  they just show up, uninvited and often amazingly inappropriate.

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I’ve often pondered the purpose of emotions if one cannot control them. But as I’m learning the hard way, some things need not be controlled. Instead, one ought to just accept that our emotions get the best of us sometimes; adapt to the wake of destruction or frustration they can cause; and move on to the next phase as we learn from our trials. Of course, this is all easier said than done, but it’s all about ‘perspective’ — how we choose to view a situation can make a world of difference and will ultimately determine how we feel about and handle it.

Being human means we are not perfect and all we can do is our best to survive this life we’ve been given and thrive — thrive against all odds, for that is by far the best revenge against adversity! We can choose to be grateful for blessings great and small; We can thank God in good times and bad since hidden blessings take time to reveal themselves; Or we can feel overwhelmed and forgotten by loved ones and even God, choosing instead to see only the negative aspects of a given situation. Hey, we all have a story, but how we choose to let that story shape our future is up to us. It’s all about perspective!

Recently, a few uninvited emotions showed up and caused an enormous flood. I’m trying desperately to be grateful for this trial since I know each one is God’s way of refining me for His purpose — for better things to come. I choose to believe that there’s a hidden blessing amid all this chaos and I just need to be patient and trust that it will be revealed when the Almighty thinks I’m ready to appreciate it.

I came across some good advice which reminded me that the reason why we must struggle is so we can better appreciate the end result. I was also reminded by a wise person, to just breathe and be at peace with myself.

I have to admit deep breathing isn’t something I do often. Quite the opposite, I often catch myself holding my breath and sometimes clenching my jaw because I’m digging deep for extra energy to push through whatever phase I’m in or task I’m undertaking. I’m in a constant state of rush/push just to keep several games in play AT ONCE. Hmm, note to self, Breathe…

I know this is a temporary state of Flux as my uninvited emotions will leave just as those hard to tolerate distant relatives, and soon enough I’ll be skipping through the daisies again. Until then, may you all be well.

Thanks as always for stopping by. Here’s to happier days…

Hugs,
A.


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Contents written: Jan 3 2016
Edited: Mar 1 2016, April 4 2016, June 11 2016 Copyright © 2016 Moylom Enterprises


Short Stories

5 Fragrances that make me happy

 
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1. Bleach
No I’m not bonkers there’s a good reason. Here goes…
I like things clean. The smell of bleach tells me some serious cleaning is going on or just happened. Because it’s clean and disinfected I know I can relax — I’m in a Cringe-free Zone.

2. Cinnamon
I love the taste of cinnamon. I sprinkle some in my coffee, in my tea, on yams, on sticky buns and when making many other baked treats. But the smell of cinnamon is quite heavenly.

Around the holidays I try to find cinnamon scented candles because it gets me in the Holiday spirit. So if I’m not in the mood to bake at least the house still smells festive. ☺

3. Vanilla
I don’t wear perfume. Instead I indulge in various scented lotions and bodywashes.
I love the St Ives line of lotions because they are great for my sensitive skin and they smell great! I try different ones throughout the year but the Vanilla is my favorite (but sometimes hard to find).

The Dove line of bodywashes is amazingly rich and fragrant. My favorite is, Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla bodywash.

I also enjoy vanilla scented candles. Pair them with cinnamon candles and boy what a lovely combination they make.

 

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4. A Summer Garden
There’s a garden at the front of my  building. My neighbor, a lovely older woman, has been tending that garden with a couple of her friends. I just texted her to wish her Happy Thanksgiving and guess where she’s going? Yep, to the garden. ☺

In the Summer, when munchkin and I take doggy out for her nighttime walk before bed, the smell of the garden wafts through the air. I usually pause, take a deep breath, and smile. I hope to never forget such memories.

5. Freshly baked goodies
As a kid, I remember the smell of freshly baked bread a sweet buns coming from my mom’s kitchen every Friday. Mom still bakes every Friday but I’ve been gone for many years so now, whenever I walk past the neighborhood bakery, I smell a bit of my childhood wafting through the years giving me a warm fuzzy feeling I won’t ever forget.

So what are your favorite fragrances?
What memories come rushing back when they waft through the air?

Excited to hear your recollections. ☺

Big hugs,
A🌷

 


Image source: Google images
Contents compiled: November 24 2016
Originally published: November 24 2016
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