Monthly Archives: March 2021

The Challenge

Blogging Challenge 2021

This year’s challenge is a rendition of something I started a few weeks ago, but didn’t have the fortitude to keep at it. The challenge is kind of like New Year’s Resolutions, for me anyways.

The challenge helps me start writing and I’m all gung-ho for the month and think I will continue for the year.  But then something happens, other commitments, chores, work, stuff and I stop. This year is gonna be different (yup, I say it every year…).  We’ll see what happens. This series that I’m working on is mostly for myself…to have LETTERS FROM THE HEART ♥ (a letter to myself) to read in my old age (if I get to be in my old age).

I hope you’ll join me in my A-Z adventure and get as much enjoyment reading the posts as I get writing them. And please offer up comments, thoughts, suggestions, likes, dislikes, anything you want. I love to hear from my readers.


Stay safe, stay real, and God bless you all.

Cheers,

your constant and faithful,
crackerberries

 

 

Lost a Friend

As the Blogging A-Z Challenge draws closer, it brings on a bitter sweet kind of feeling. I love the challenge and the opportunity to get back to writing. But this year, I am going to miss the comments from an old friend. Berta always had something nice to say. She even commented in a constructive critical way on the posts that she didn’t agree with. She was always there to offer words of encouragement, letting me know how much she liked my writing and how I had to keep at it. I’m keeping at it, Berta.

Whenever we spent the night when she was babysitting, Berta used to say “Bye” instead of “Good night”. She’d say if we didn’t wake up, she wanted to make sure she said “good-bye”. Last week she went to sleep and didn’t wake up. She was a trooper for sure but that seventh round with cancer finally wore her out and she was tired. God brought her home.

I think about those old adages: You never know how much you miss something until it’s gone. Appreciate it now because tomorrow is not promised. You never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. We take so much for granted. Not just material things, like the GREAT TOILET PAPER SHORTAGE of 2020, but relationships, people … too many times we take people for granted. Relationships are a precious thing.

I have made so many mistakes in relationships. Let me tell ya, reconciling broken relationships is not as easy as saying what you think or feel at the moment. Kind of like losing weight is not as easy as eating a whole bag of jelly beans in one sitting. I’ve had some come to Jesus moments with taming my tongue, and I’m still restraining, I can assure you. But when someone you’re close to dies, you kind of think about the other people or relationships in your life that you’ve messed up, and haven’t take the time to fix. Or at least I do.

I wish I could right all the wrongs. I wish I had inserted my foot before the times that I opened my mouth. I wish I didn’t hurt people with tactless things I said or wrote. I can’t change the past. What is done is done. I can only press onward and forward. I hope one day to look back on all these posts and see how much I have changed from being the cynical controversial writer, to a more respectful humble journalist. This is my legacy. When I die, I want my writing to live on, and I can only hope it will be kind and noteworthy.

In closing, God has made each one of us. We all have a special gift to bring glory to the Kingdom. We should use those talents accordingly. We should never take for granted the blessings God has graced us with (people, relationships, l♥ve).

Thank you Berta, for always being that kind and encouraging person who pushed me onward with writing.  Thank you that no matter how hard and lonely it was while I was writing, I could always count on a comment from you when you were able. Thank you for always taking the time to read my posts. I am sorry that I never told you how much that meant to me.  I will never forget you.

Until next time,

~Barbie

 

Theme Reveal: Letters from the Heart

LETTERS FROM THE HEART ♥ (a letter to myself)


Has it been a year already? Where does the time go? I thought for a long time about whether to just be spontaneous and wing ding it every day or be a little more disciplined and go with a theme. Control won over and I’ve decided this year’s them for the A-Z Blogging challenge is going to be LETTERS FROM THE HEART.

I hope you will join me for this challenge and I hope to find the time to read many of my fellow bloggers posts as well. We all have the same number of hours in day and I know it’s precious, so I am going to do my best to keep my posts short and sweet.

Enjoy the trip my friends. I’ll be seeing you soon.

Cheers,
Your Crackerberries

Theme reveal

 

 

 

Aging Gracefully

B Being Bold

C Controlling Situations 

D Doing Chores

E Examining Faults 

F Fixing Faults 

G Gardening 

Helping those in Need 

I Ignore Negativity

J Journaling

K Kids

L L♥ve Letter

M Marriage

N Needful Things

O Opportunities for Growth

P People

Q Quiet Time ~ not what you think 

R Reflections of What Made You Who You Are

S  Salting the Wounds

T Thanksgiving

U Understanding Truths 

V Vicious Life Cycles 

W Weekly letters 

X Xtra Xtra Read all about it 

Y You are not the Christ 

Z Zebras are my favorite