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Debbie’s One Word Sunday theme this week is ‘Busy’, and I remember taking a photo from the rooftop of a multi-storey car park, looking down onto a busy town centre street… but I couldn’t find the bloomin’ thing! So, instead, I have opted  to use a busy image instead… busy in detail and busy in thought, especially the work involved in taming the lawn afterwards!

Visit Debbie’s site Travel With Intent for more interpretations of the theme.

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Letters to the Universe… The Edition Filled With Gratitude

Dear Universe,
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
You listen to our moans, send us distractions when needed, provide us with awesome sights (both on the planet and beyond) and give us the means to a truly wondrous experience whilst we are here, if we wish to use them. I just wanted to say thank you once again for all of this. Thank you (once more for good measure!)

Dear Short-sighted Highway Maintenance Lorry Driver,
I’m grateful for the fact that you didn’t actually drive your lorry right over the top of my car the other morning, but perhaps with it being so dark you probably couldn’t see me clearly in the full beam of your headlights. I’m also grateful that when you decided to overtake me, you didn’t plough your vehicle into any oncoming vehicles. And to think, you’re meant to be looking after our roads. I hope the Universe was watching you carefully… although the Universe always is!

Dear Dream-makers,
Thank you for sending me such a marvellous dream a few nights ago. Casting me as a ghost was a splendid experience, and allowing me to communicate with some of the other ‘stars’ of the dream was an added bonus. I added a little mischief, I hope you don’t mind, to the members of the cast who, for whatever reason, couldn’t believe that I, a ghost, was there at all. Their expressions as I carried the cup and saucer passed them were so comical, I had to keep doing it. Once again thank you… and I’d like there to be a sequel, if you wouldn’t mind!

Dear The Word Gratitude,
Is there ever such a word that has a Feel Good vibe like yours? Showing it, receiving it, experiencing it – all fabulous! I’m bursting with gratitude at the moment, so just have to show it!

Dear New Car,
I am so grateful to have you. I love all of your bits and bobs, but your auto-defrost function is an aspect I got to use a few mornings ago. Sitting there whilst you yourself de-iced all of the windows was an amazing experience. It was also fun to watch from inside the car as the ice faded away outside. Although I have been grateful for all of my previous cars, I had to manually de-ice them, so now being able to sit back and watch is a joy to behold! Thank you!

Dear Fellow Bloggers,
Thank you once again for all of your visits and comments. I appreciate each and everyone of them, and each and every one of you. I’m still in that time vortex at present, so I only have windows here and there for blogging, hence I ‘pre-record’ these posts. As I always say, I will get to you. I manage some, and then I’m sucked back into the vortex for further whizzing around. Things will settle soon, I’m sure.

Dear Street-light Fitters,
Thank you for all your hard work in installing the new street lights. Obviously, with Winter now wrapped around us, we need to be able to see in the hours of darkness. I have one question, though, which may seem a little grumpy but really isn’t… what’s wrong with the street lights you installed two years ago? Surely they don’t all need replacing just yet.

Dear Work,
The fire evacuation test last week seemed to go without a hitch, which is always good as we need to feel safe at work. I am grateful for the change of pace in being evacuated in the middle of an extremely intricate job, but next time, could you arrange one when it isn’t teeming down with rain? We had to march over to the far side of the car park and wait for our names to be called. Still, it was a nice break, and I’m grateful for any break within all this busyness!

Dear The Word Bumfuzzle,
I am grateful to have discovered you… such a wonderful word… and as a different way of saying ‘to confuse’ you have it spot on! I’m bumfuzzled daily, yet putting it that way it doesn’t seem half as bad!

And Finally, Dear Watercolour Equipment,
I haven’t forgotten about you, since painting the poppy the other week, it’s just this vortex I’m in doesn’t leave enough time to get things ready to paint. I have the painting software on my computer, which is a good stand in, so I may be using that for the next few weeks until things level off somewhat. I’m grateful for both the physical and digital ways I can create my masterpieces, and hope to be able to create more as time goes by. For now, though, I’m grateful for whatever time I get!

Thank you for reading,

P.S. I thought I’d finish with a quick snapshot of a part of the Universe…

… well, out of all that space (and more) out there, we’ve managed to end up here and experience this little part of it. That in itself is plenty to be grateful for, never mind anything else.

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Into Winter

Backwards we fall in
With days short and nights longer
Winter’s scene is set

Chill welcomes the day
A sign we approach year’s end
With frozen dew drops

Rosy cheeks and things
Visible signs of breathing
And dash to get warm

Time waits for no-one
As another cycle ends
Spring is standing by

image from pixabay

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It’s Poortrait Time!

As I’m having such a good time using my digital oil painting program, I thought it was about time I did another poortrait.

Now, long time visitors know that I’m hopeless at portraits, but I like to have a go every now and then. They tend to turn out more like caricatures than portraits, but I don’t mind that. And as stars go, this one is way up there! Oops – don’t want to give the game away just yet!

The question, as always, is just who is this poortrait meant to be of? Hazard a guess and leave who you think it is in the comments.

I will let slip the true identity in about a week’s time. As usual, I will not be offended by any incorrect guesses.