Daily Thanks...

Since today is the second day in November I'm post two things I'm thankful for, one for yesterday and one for today.

Day 1: I'm thankful for good car insurance.
     Two Sundays ago, on Maggie's birthday, we were on our way home from dinner out to celebrate her birthday and I hit a deer. Those of you who live in the area know of a little stretch of M43 called the Glendale Flats.... Yup!! I'm yet another victim of the Glendale Flats deer vs. auto jousting matches. However  we, the family & my car, did fare much better than the gigantic doe I T-Boned...  Finally I get to pick my car up from the body shop later today! Yay!!

Day 2: I'm thankful for amazing friends.
     One of my closest online friends, and closest friends to my heart, Rafa, wrote me a poem. He writes all the time. Things that are funny, silly and often a bit naughty. Sometimes he writes something that touches my Soul and stays there. This is one of those times. Not only does he write things, he creates beautiful pieces of art also. Sometimes from scratch, sometimes from altering & combining images. Every year about the time of Maggie Alice's birthday (10/21) and the anniversary of her death (10/30) he creates something special for me in honor or memory of her. This year my gift is a little bit different than previous years. It's more about the feelings of those of us left behind than it is of the one who has past. It's very soulful and touching. I don't know how he does it but yet again he has managed to capture all of my feelings and translate them into something magical and combine them with an image that is as beautiful as He and my Maggie Alice are.

Undaunting Grief

It's beautiful, it's soulful, and I love it. I can't thank you enough for always being there just when I need you whether I know I need you or not. You, Rafa, are and amazing friend. You will always have a special place in my heart. I am thankful that you are my friend. Love you & don't forget to SMILE!


p.s. to read more of Rafa's writing and see more of his amazing artwork follow this link to his blog, Ramblings From My Typer.


  1. Rafa - It's beautiful... You are indeed an excellent friend to do this each and every Oct! But, then, how could not? Our CJ is one very special lady...

    CoreyJo - Thanks for introducing me to Rafa's work.

    1. It's my pleasure Paul. Rafa has a way with words to the likes of which I've never experienced before. I just love his work.


  2. Sheer beauty! Rafa hits the right spot every time. I'm so jealous! haha!

    ...and did you get to keep the deer meat???


    1. Yes Jon, Rafa is very good at knowing just what to say & when to say it!

      No we weren't able to keep the meat. In less than 30 seconds after I hit the deer two more vehicles hit it also. It was a mess on the road about 600 feet long.. the poor thing was half the size it was and mangled.


  3. You're a very lucky lady to have such an amazing friend in your life.
    Smiles and blessings to you & yours ....


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