Day 508 Stamps

Today is Sunday. Today, I pulled out my sheet of stamps I got from the post office. This particular sheet showcases Disney villains like Captain Hook, the evil Queen from Snow White, Cruella Deville etc. It is rather colourful. All of these villains are defeated in their respective animated movies. Don’t you wish real evil villains can be just as seemingly easily defeated?
Two of my caged peeps that I write are in their early twenties. They are allowed to have stamps sent to them. Normally, I would send them an entire sheet; but, this time I could only give them a few. I am on an extremely tight budget and hopefully, when I get a job, I can do more.
I am eager to find out what they thought about the stamps.
It may not seem like a big deal; but, even little things like unique stamps can be something very positive in their environment.
Everyone needs to feel like someone cares about him or her. Everyone needs to be loved.  Those inside need to know that there is atleast one person in this world who won’t turn her/his back them.  We are sometimes the only human connection on the outside for them.

Please send a letter or a card to a prisoner. I hear from my son and the others I write that mail is coming less often. Send a few words of cheer this week.

Be strong and courageous..it’s really rough out there. Peace dear friends..💕😉

Day 507 Ocean waves

Today is Saturday.  Today, I struggled badly with my ptsd.  I guess all the stress has caught up with me.  My heart goes out to all of those who struggle this and I know too many people who do and more severely than I.

Today, Paul took me to the ocean.  I grew up 9 miles from the Atlantic.  Standing by the ocean today reminded me why I love it it so.  The waves dashing against the rocks, the sea gulls gliding overhead and the sea air soothing away all the tension.

I miss my kid.

Have a peaceful evening and blessings dear friends..💕

Day 506 Lobster

Today is Friday. Today, I made my half our walk to a plaza that has a large grocery store.
When I was growing up in MA, one could get lobster for less than 10 bucks and not just the tail but the entire bug. Yes, lobsters are sea bugs albeit tasty sea bugs.
When I tell people that, their next response is, “Well, I’m sure you can’t get one for that price now.”
Hehe. Guess what I got myself for lunch today? The sweet guy at the grocery store even steamed it for me. It weighed about a pound and a half. And how much did I pay for it? Wait…wait…wait…$9.38.
I had a small Greek salad to go with it. I’d say that was a nice treat after a power walk today.
I can’t afford much these days, but I can spring for a lobster dinner once in a great while for less than $10.
Oh my son, Matt, laughed and laughed when Paul told him I had a lobster and his poor dad got 2 boiled eggs for lunch today.
It’s good to laugh. There’s so much sadness in this world and sometimes we just have to take time to laugh.

Thank you to all of you who have the patience and fortitude to keep reading my stuff. I love you..💕

Day 504 And we wonder why there’s no justice

Today is Wednesday. Today, I received a letter from one of my caged peeps. What does he do when his lawyer,who is attorney of record tells my peep’s family that he doesn’t read snail mail? My peep has sent multiple letters and has asked his lawyer to file some subsequent paperwork. He’s been asking for a year and a half now.
The attorney told the family to have my peep email him but my poor guy has no email privileges and his phone calls are very limited.
He shared that the attorney told the family he was too busy working on more important cases and he would be traveling on vacation overseas. He didn’t have time to go through any letters that might have been sent.
It’s bad enough the attorney threw this poor guy under the bus; but, he’s just too busy to help the guy out. And we wonder why there’s no justice in this country.
One if my friend’s has a teenage daughter. The daughter told her mom that she didn’t want to be a doctor because they can kill people. She said she didn’t want to be a lawyer either because they kill people, too; only financially and emotionally.
I applaud all the courageous, ethical, compassionate and dedicated lawyers out there. I just wish there were more of you to go around.

Peace my dear friends..(read between the lines)..💖💫🌹

Day 503 Consumer

Today is Tuesday. Today, I decided to take a walk and do some exploring. I also wanted to stop by a local arts and craft store to buy a pencil sharpener as I had packed my electric one which is in some box in storage.
I went to the craft store first. I waited in line for what seemed like an eternity and behind just one woman. She had a cart filled to the brim with stuff. Knick knacks, wreaths, ceramic pumpkins, etc. I was amazed at all the junk this woman was buying apparently to decorate her home.
After the clerk wrapped each and every item, she waited for the woman to make payment.
I watched this woman pull out 4 different credit cards. She had tried 3 of the cards and obviously had exceeded her limit because the unpleasant sound the machine gives off when a card is denied echoed loudly.
I thought about the young man I saw yesterday in worn jeans and a tee full of holes who was begging for funds to get to Maine. He looked hungry and alone.
It irked me when the lady grabbed up her 5 bags full of useless stuff and said “God bless” as she walked away. Exactly what was she asking God to bless?
I won’t make a judgement here but do I think she would have noticed a young homeless person who needed some help as she drove by?
Imagine how many bellys might be filled for the amount of money that was spent on needless stuff?
I will tell you what this lady did do. I followed her out if the store after I paid for my pencil sharpener. She walked right past an elderly woman who had a walker and a old shopping bag for her purse without giving her a second look.

Peace my friends..(we would help the elderly woman.;)

Matt has a meeting tomorrow with his case manager. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers..thank you💖

Day 502 Never forget those in prison

Today is Monday. Today, I managed to find the grocery store and get myself back to where I needed to be. I don’t have a very good sense of direction and that has always frustrated me.
Today, I watched the rain fall which was the entire day. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it rain an entire day. It was only 59 degrees, a bit chilly for July.
Today, I chatted with my son who is grateful his parents are still in one piece after a heck of a move.
Today, I started hunting for a job. Today, I realized my fairy godmother was not going to shower me in gold coins..lol
Today, I started creating some art cards to update my caged peeps with my new address.
Tonight, I am going to chill out with a glass of my favourite Riesling and a piece of cheese.
Tonight, I will think about all my caged peeps and spend some time in prayer for them. My life may be topssy turvy right now but they are in prison. I can’t ever forget that.

Pray for those in prison if you would.

Peace.. 💖💫🌹

Day 501 Challenges

Today is Sunday. Today, I drove around with Paul to investigate the areas where we might live. Real estate is not cheap here and so that will be a bit of a challenge for us. We have to have an address for Matt to come to.
Paul starts work tomorrow. He will be a hospice chaplain again. That’s his gift; encouraging the dying and their families.
I will hit the ground running and try to find employment. My dearest friend told me he had faith in me. He said they just have to meet me and they will love me. Awww.
I had dinner today in Portsmouth. I was able to stand by the bay and breath in the sea air. I grew up by the ocean when I was a kid. It was 75 degrees with a wonderful breeze off the water.
Tomorrow I am going to try and find a place to get groceries by myself and do laundry. When you move across the country and live in a hotel room, lots of simple things become challenges.
Today, I decided to return to being a vegetarian. I have seen one too many videos about the meat industry. I won’t be a participant to such animal cruelty. The last video I saw was about piglets being castrated without pain medicine and thrown on tables as they squealed in great pain. I couldn’t eat anything for 2 days. NO animal deserves that kind of cruelty.
Changes and challenges, a part of life. It’s how you handle those changes and challenges that determine character..:)

Blessings and peace dear friends..💕

Day 500 Net worth..;)

Today is Saturday. Today, I got a new PO box. I had to provide at least four pieces of information to prove who I am. Thank God I had all the information with me. At one point at one point I was expecting them to ask for a DNA sample.
The young man at the counter told me that I could not send a change of address card to my previous post office. Instead the card must go to DC and they will okay sending my change of address. Why?
What if they don’t ok? What happens to my forwarding mail? Or is it really about knowing where everyone lives? Welcome to the continuation of George Orwell’s 1984.
Today, Paul and I unpacked the UHaul truck and put our meager goods in a storage unit. We laughed because after looking at what we have, we determined that our net worth is probably $2.50. But the good thing is if you have old, worn and beat up and it gets scratched or banged up in the move, you won’t be able to tell the difference. LOL.
But the absolutely priceless things in my life are not stuff at all, they are Paul and Matt. And all of our friends and supporters are the valuable gems in our lives.

Blessings and peace..💕💕💕

Day 499 Feeling displaced

Today is Friday. Today, I have come back to an area I was raised. I am a New Englander again.
Today, I am living in a one room hotel. It brings back memories from more than two years ago.
My son, Matt, called and I could hear the emotion in his voice. He said we would do anything for him and we have and we would. He is our treasure. We will take all the risks, all the sacrifices, all the personal losses to defend and protect our son as much as we are able.
But it does not mean we are concrete and don’t feel the emotions associated with losing our jobs, our place to live, our relationships we have made.
Tonight, I am so thankful to be off the road. Tonight, I am somewhat melancholy. Tomorrow, we have to start our lives over again and hope the outcome will prove positive for my son.
For all those wonderful souls in Poseyville who made us feel so special and loved us..you won’t be forgotten. Even the people at the post office got a bit choked up.
All you can hope for in this life is to leave a place better for having you. So many people have told us that.
We love all of you very much.

For Chester Bennington lead singer from one of my favourite bands Linkin Park: I am so very sad. You had such a talent. What made you take your life I don’t know. But you will be sorely missed. RIP dearest soul.

Love and peace my sweet friends..💖✨