The Rose

Big Rose

To my brother whom I love so dear

I know you are there and I am here

My thoughts are with you every day

As we walk together and separate ways

I know that you are dealing with all of this

While I am still dealing with hit and miss

Tonight is New Year‘s Eve, and I am thinking of you

I hope you are happy and not too blue

My thoughts and prayers are all for you

As we gather close and pray for all new

I will be always be near you and by your side

As you go through this illness that will not hide

Don’t ever feel alone dear brother

Walking beside you is your loving mother

I ask our God to heal you in this new year

I ask that he also whisper in your ear

And tell you that he and I love  you so

I will leave the Rose,  so you will always know

Love you brother

Terry Shepherd



Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Apple pie & Napalm has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogging Award.very-inspiring-blogger-award

Here is a little bit about this blogger.

Who I am

Frankly, I can’t answer that, but it’s why I’m here.

I turned a year older this year, an amazing little thing that occurs when you have a birthday. We all have things that we dislike about ourselves and I don’t want to fix the things that I don’t like about myself. I’m not sure that is a realistic goal for anyone. But I do want to learn about all of my layers and I want to understand what makes me who and what I am. And like many of you, I have things that I want to work through.

We each have a choice to embrace who are or walk the journey to finding out what shapes who we are. Good, bad, ugly, dark, treacherous, dangerous, good, enlightening, faults, flaws, warts and all, I’m taking the next year to make the discovery.

I read that fellow bloggers like bullet points. I think it defeats the purpose because I would like to think that you finding my blog interesting and well rounded enough on its own merits without needing bullet points. But here are a few:

  • I’m scared of clowns
  • I like music
  • I love sports
  • I feel like an old lady
  • I love old movies and animals, but one isn’t contingent on the other

So I hope you want to stay in touch with me.

Thank you so much for this award my new friend!

Daily Prompt; Use it or Lose it/ The Daily Post

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Write about anything you’d like, but make sure the post includes this sentence:

“I thought we’d never come back from that one.”

Have the pontoon out on the lake

Granny is sitting in her bikini to bake

Grandpa has his fishing reel in hand

Hopes to hit the big grand slam

Dad’s at the wheel and out of control

Two ski jets fly by and he yells go blow

The kiddies are yelling and screaming in fun

Granny puts in her ear plugs and looks towards the sun

Mama has her hands in the cooler I see

The son is  now  yelling I gotta go pee

There is nowhere to go except over the boat

My stomach is churning I hope I don’t choke

I hold on to him as he leans very far

Get this over now son why didn’t you go near the car

A wave comes by before I can get my grip

I drop the kid and I bit my lip

He got so scared he peed his pants

I cling to my seat beginning to chant

Get me off of this boat or I’m going to swear

I wanted to stay home and not go anywhere

Dad had never heard my voice this loud

I swear you could hear it over the beach crowd

He flung the boat in a quick reverse

I think I heard grandpa starting to curse

Away we took off over the waves we did slide

Everyone became quiet, they just wanted to hide

I saw the shores of our home come in view

I motioned to the others to now take my cue

Get me home in the shade and out of this sun

I thought we’d never come back from that one

Terry Shepherd



2012 in review, Thank-you to All of you Who Have Visited and Become Good Friends!!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 65,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Reality Blog Award

Melissa has nominated me for the Reality Blog Awardreality-blog-award

Here is a slice of who Melissa is;

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

My name is Melissa. I’m a baking enthusiast and amateur chef with latin roots from Long Island, New York. While I’ve always had this love for the kitchen, it has taken me a few years to realize that the only way I’ll be satisfied with life is by waking up everyday to bake; to make myself happy by making others happy. And thus this blog was born, to record my journey. I enjoy baking everything from cupcakes to alfajores and dream of owning a pastry shop one day. This is my long and bumpy road to that hopeful end.

It won’t be easy, but with just enough sugar, life is sweet.

1. If you could change one thing, what would you change? The love of sweets. I love sugar. I can stay away from sweets for so long. It amazes me though when I take one bite of a warm chocolate chip cookie, that I can not eat just one.

2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be? 19, when my first child was born. I looked into those big blue eyes and wrapped tiny fingers around mine, and I fell in love

3. What is one thing that really scares you? dying alone, with no one around. My nightmare is that I will die and no one will find me for days.

4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it? Publishing a book. I hope that before I pass on to another life, I see one book with my name on it on a bookshelf somewhere

5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be? Twiggy, I just want to know for one day what it is like to be thin.

Nominees are;


babyjill7…Marilyn Griffin



Sex, Spirit, Soul Mates and Chocolate….Ivonne’s Journey

on thehomefrontandbeyond

Melanie Winrow



Anne Schilde


Thank-you again for this award!