Random Daily Thoughts

Sharing things I've experienced and learned, to help others, and to entertain.

No Easy Switch

So I had planned to move my blog to a new domain.  I wanted to be able to make my blog more interesting looking – have more features available to me.  Someone I know suggested moving my blog to my own domain and have it hosted via another web hosting service to do these things.  Well…two weeks and many phone calls later…the data was partially transferred from my current blog to my new domain.  Now I have no idea how to get into the back-end of it and edit it.  I have been trying on my own to figure it out, with no luck.  This has been a very frustrating experience.  Add to that the fact that the original blog did not migrate fully correctly.  Grrrr…. Technology carries with it such a huge learning curve, and not having someone at my disposal 24/7 to ask questions and help me makes it frustrating.  This business of learning all this technology on my own is tedious to say the least.  I am eager to do bigger and better things and to learn, I just wish it was not so frustrating in the process.  I am tempted to abandon ship, beg for my money back, and just stay with this simple blog I have worked on for over a year.  Sometimes less is more, isn’t that right?

Until next time….

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I Stood Tall


They come and they go

Lately they’ve been scarce you know

But yesterday to my surprise

The old monster showed up

Yet now I’m stronger and wise

The monster was in the wrong

Though it didn’t stay long

I stood tall and fought

No backing down for me

Now peace is at hand

Once again I am free.

See me strong.

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Heart Break For Winston

Winston, sweet ten-year old mixed breed dog, was returned to the foster based animal rescue group that adopted him out three years ago.  His adopted family just didn’t want him anymore, for reasons I wouldn’t consider reasons at all.  How could you just drop off your dog and walk away?  I sure couldn’t.  All Winston could do afterwards was look at the door, pull towards the door, watch everyone who entered the door, hoping his ruthless owners would return.  He looked so hopeful, as loyal loving dogs are.  Dogs become family members, loving you unconditionally.  They just want to please and be loved.  This dog was clearly not loved.  He was overweight, his nails had not been clipped in ages, he needed a good brushing and probably hadn’t had a bathed in a while either .  It was clear he was not walked much if at all.  He will be better taken care of now that he is back with LCAR, Last Chance Animal Rescue, an amazing foster based rescue group.  That is the group I got Trixie from.  They already have a loving foster for him until the right person comes along to take him home and love him for real.

In the meantime, my heart breaks for Winston for being left by the family he has known for the last three years.  Yet at the same time, I am thinking it wasn’t meant to be and he is now heading to a better home.  I have faith that good things are in store for Winston.

Thank you LCAR for the great work you do for so many loving dogs and cats.

Until next time…




ThoughtsBlog50 Moving…


Soon you will see

A new location for me

My posts they will funnel

My followers I hope too

Soon Thoughtsblog50 no more

And  seemestrong it will be

That is where you will  find me

So when you see a post by seemestrong, it’s me just the same

New location and domain

With same blogs and same name

Until then….


Photo “Hyperbolic Funnel” by Anthony Crider courtesy of CC-BY 2.0




Oh That Winsome Smile


She melts me with those eyes

Sucks me in with her winsome smile

Hook, line, and sinker

I’m all hers

She gets what she needs and so much more

Car rides, long walks, treats and toys galore

I get her slobbery kisses, her snuggles, her love,

and oh that melting winsome smile

who could ask for more?

Can’t Walk in a Cyclone Bomb


So a taking Trixie for a nice walk is not a viable option today.  Though as you can see from the photo, I certainly did try.  We are having a blizzard here, something they are calling a “cyclone bomb.”  That is a winter hurricane with intense winds, white out conditions and lots of snow.  They declared no school as of last night, and a the governor has issued a state of emergency.  This is the first time I have ever heard of a cyclone bomb.  These storms used to just be called blizzards.  Oh well.  Anyway, Trixie is a needy girl – she won’t do anything without us.  She won’t sit and relax unless we do, she won’t go out unless we do, she won’t eat unless we are in the room.  She would not go out in the storm until I got her on the leash and took her out. We didn’t get far, for the snow kept blinding her.  So back we came.  Going out later wasn’t so viable for her to go either.  I guess she has to be desperate to go, and I’ll just have to keep donning my snow pants, boots, hat, gloves, etc. and taking her out!

Until next time, stay safe…

A Lovely Walk


What a treat it is when I take my girl to town for a walk.  She absolutely loves the car, and loves to go out for walks.  She is an adventurer.  Today after work I decided that since we had both been indoors all day, I would take her out for one of our long walks in town.  She is used to this routine and in fact knows the route we take on the walk.  She is a very smart dog.  So I dressed us both warmly, yes she has a coat as you can see in the picture, and off we went.  She senses when we get close and cries in anticipation.   I love seeing how happy something so simple as a walk can make her.   We met up with a few other dogs and she behaved herself, after I warned her to of course.  I think they all liked her pink coat.  She knew where the dog store was and remembered that she gets a treat there.  She sat and waited for the treat which they leave outside for dogs passing by.  We live in a great town.  I took some nice pictures of the bay in its partially frozen state. How cool that was to see.  I am so lucky to live here.  The view in itself is a treat to see on any day any time of year.  Well, just heard we have no school for tomorrow, one more treat for the day.  Looks like my girl has more fun in store tomorrow playing in the snow.

Until next time… I hope you find a treat in your day too.


Last Post…of the Year

So this is my last post… of the year.  I love using that phrase; last of the year, or see you next year.  I always say that to my students on the last day before the holiday break and they laugh, a ha ha funny not funny laugh.  It’s the one time of year I get to make that joke.  
What to say on this very last day.  Have I spent my last few hours wisely?  Did I have a good year?  Do I have hopes and dreams and goals for the new year ahead?  How long will it take for me to get used to writing 2018 on papers and checks?  That is the REAL question.  Doesn’t that get us all?  It takes a good week or two to break that in, and I know I’m speaking for many of us here.  
In looking back, I’ve come a long way from where I was last year.  This is a good thing for many reasons.  I look forward to 2018 being a steady year with only more progress being made towards good things happening.   I wish all of you the best ahead; the best of health and happiness, good times with family, time to yourself, time spent on what really matters to you, and perhaps time to reach out and touch someone else in a positive way.  Spread the good, one touch at a time. And as the saying goes, see you in my next post, next year!

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Keeping it Simple

It’s just the simple in life

clean and pure


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