Friday Gratitude: 5 Reasons To Be Grateful – A Celebrate The Small Things Post

Be Grateful! Five Reasons Why You Should Be!

I found myself looking forward to this post “Celebrate The Small Things” (via dear Lexa Cain)  post this week because there is so much to celebrate!

1. The #MarWritingChallenge is going great! Everyone who is participating is doing such a great job, and I am honored that I am the one to guide them through it this month. This is definitely something I will do again in the near future.

2. Avalon-Media – our soon to be new business adventure is beginning to take shape. I will not reveal too many details, as these can and may change a little, but essentially speaking, we will be offering our own e-books, positive resources and down the line some e-courses. By we – I mean, my husband and I.

3. I am getting better at managing my dogs severe allergies. Well, only one of them has allergies, the other one suffers from anxiety – always has – as a result of the shelter and the too early separation from her mother. My allergy-dog had to be switched to home-cooked foods and has to stay away from even the tiniest flea – which is a chore in Florida. But we are getting there.

4. I love creating posters, infographics and all of that stuff via canva.com. I have been learning a few things from their extensive tutorials, as well as some wonderful people who share their thoughts via YouTube, and I love creating with it. So no more boring pictures!

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Looking forward to reading what you were grateful for!

Celebrate The Small Things – A Weekly Blog Post

Celebrate blog hop

Every week a ever-growing list of bloggers join together to celebrate what we are grateful for. This week I have chosen to make it a stand alone post – lately I have been so busy with posting other things, and writing off-line, that I smashed two blog hops together, but not today.

I got side tract from writing today, because I discovered a very good, very emotional romance novel, which grabbed me from the first page, and did not let me go, until I devoured it this evening. Sometimes books have that effect on me, allowing me emerge myself so much into the story and characters, that I want more until I have worked myself through the entire novel. “Silver Thaw” by Catherine Anderson was a gem of a book like that. I am grateful I followed my impulse to purchase it, when I was at the grocery store yesterday, even though I have a long list of books that I am supposed to review. I am glad I listened to myself.

I am also grateful that yesterday was a little warmer, then it had been, so the kids and I decided to take a very long walk with our dogs – something we do at least 3 times a week during the summer, but have not been able to since November. That was nice, we all enjoyed it very much, not just the dogs.

Speaking of dogs, my dogs recently developed a food allergy, which made them itch like crazy and break out all over, my bigger dog worse than the little one, she scratched herself raw. Thankfully, now that we switched their diets, strictly no people food, and only special food and snacks, there has been an improvement. I am glad to see that they are no longer suffering, it broke my heart to see them like this. They are doing so much better now.

Apart from that, this week was uneventful, which is nice too, so I got more writing done. I hope you all had a wonderful week, and I am looking forward to reading what you are grateful for in your posts.

Forever – A Flash Fiction

Forever - A Flash Fiction

“How could anyone ever abandon something as beautiful as her, is beyond me”, Sue sighed. “Beautiful she is, even in this condition, you are right.”, Meryl agreed. “Hopefully, as soon as she is fed, washed, and gets some rest, she will be able to find a good forever home.” The young woman smiled, at the vet, while stroking the light brown fur.” Don’t worry ’bout her, I’ll make her mine.”

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

This post was inspired by this weeks flash fiction prompt “Abandon

Fancy Little Things – A Haiku

Eaton Canyon Waterfall

Eaton Canyon Waterfall

fancy little things
surrounded by luxuries
comfort and content

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton

This Haiku was inspired by today’s Daily Prompt “Feeling Fancy“, asking us to contemplate a day of luxuries, if money was not an option.

Well, here is a list of a few things that would have to be a part of my day (of course I would take my daughter):

Start the day with a trip to the Beverly Hills Hotel Spa, they have an “Ultimate Indulgence” Spa treatment, which would take about two hours.

Then it is time to swing over to Cafe Gratitude, and eat myself through the menu (hey there stuff is healthy, so I can pig out, without feeling guilty – well too guilty).

If weather permitting, we’d go hiking – there are some really cool hiking trails in the Hills (Hollywood Hills that is), that I want to check out. Got to work off all of the food we just downed. And we can take our high energy dog (this would be too much for our little one, but Athena would have a blast)

And to end the day, we will hang out in our backyard and grill – hopefully jump in the pool (again, weather), if not, just enjoy the sunset together.

The ultimate luxury for me, personally is not one that I can get in one day, it is having our home there, in the Hills. And that is not a dream, it is a goal which we are actively pursuing. The rest is just detail.

Man’s Best Friend – A Flash Fiction Fantasy

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“You finally have a chance to talk to me, in a way that I can understand you, and you are only asking for  three things?”
“I am dog, we are simple creatures, what do you really expect me to ask you about, the meaning of life itself? Or for the reason you insist on watching these god-awful reruns of the 70’s show?”

Ben shook his head.

“Very funny Hector. And I really do like that show.”
“Well, I really like bacon. Real bacon, not that fake stuff you sometimes get, trust me, it is nothing like bacon at all. That box thing lies to you humans all of the time.”
“I am aware of that. The lies, I mean”.
“Then why are you watching it?”
“I am not justifying my television habits to you. You have questionable habits too. I caught you eating out of the cat litter box, for crying out loud”.
The retriever lowered his eyes the floor.
“Only once. I wanted to know more about that furry thing you brought home.”
“By eating his shit?”
“Then give me some real bacon to eat. There is my alternative.”
Ben chuckled.
“Okay, deal. A back-scratcher?”
“Yes, for you to scratch me with, my back, I mean. Isn’t that what they are for? Or is that another human thing, where it has a name, but it means something else?”
“No, it’s to scratch backs, I will get you one. But that third one, come on, how am I supposed to arrange that?”
“A play date with that Doberman Pinscher next door? Easy. You are attracted to her owner. That way we both get what we want!”
“Hector, seriously!”
“I am looking out for you here, man.”

Ben shook his head, then grinned as he thought about the brown eyed, pretty young woman, who had moved next door just  two weeks earlier. Her sweet smile, had made his heart jump, the first time he saw her enter their building, her puppy by her side.
“Yeah, you are looking out for me.”
“Man’s best friend, you know. Just doing my job.”