From my house to yours…..
*Photography courtesy of Google
Trick-or-Treat for Halloween
Costumed monsters or movie queens
Door to door to ring a bell
Heart is beating thumping well
Treats of sweet sinking bag
Stuffed inside so full of swag
Chocolate pretzels plus kids to tag
Distant sounds and spiderwebs
Pumpkin smiles and waxy teeth
Peek inside then run and hide
Witch’s hat atop hair of red
Have no fear she is a dear
Biggest treat I’ve ever had
Jokes and smiles to send me off
Treasures emptied upon my floor
Sit and count them to the door
One or two gobbled whole
Brush my teeth and scrub my face
Pajama time another race
Tuck me in with story time
Lashes long now falling fine
Friendly ghosts are in my mind
Oh what a Happy Halloween
Some photos courtesy of Google Chrome
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”
Babies of Two, is almost due! Take a peek it’s really true. Pre-order today. Kindle delivery November 1 @ Amazon hospital USA. Maddie and Mollie are slipping and sliding into a brand new world where open arms and beating hearts await them. A story to make you laugh and cry. Filled with heart and humor. amazon.com/author/2babiesauthor. Hard cover available in December.
Last night I opened the door, encouraging Doodle dog to visit the pines before it was time for bed. Cool, crisp air welcomed me. So inviting it was, that I stepped onto my patio which was lit from above. High in a sky of filtered shadows was the moon, round and bright. Gazing up at this wonder, it shined like a beacon guiding ships through darkened seas during stormy weather.
This time of year I expect the moon to be painted in golden-yellow, the color of spaghetti squash picked while visiting a pumpkin patch. A harvest moon, if you will. Yet, last night the moon appeared bright white. I wanted to reach up to pull it’s invisible chain of beads. On-Off…On…Off. Like a switch to the bulb over my kitchen stove. Even behind silken clouds waving in the wind, the moon seemed fluorescent, illuminating all of my surroundings. A snapshot of what was to be.
Doodle dog and I wandered off to bed. Wooden blinds were pulled tight, their cords dangling to the right. Slippers tossed on the floor. Soon under a quilt fluffing pillows stuffed with feathers. One or two quills poking through. It had been a long day and I was ready for sleep to blanket my dreams.
I tossed and turned for hours it seemed. The moon of white would not let me be. My bedroom was bathed in moonbeams! There, to the right, was the source. Slits and slats between window blinds hung from the wall. When Doodle dog began to howl, I finally sat up. Hopped out of bed to trudge down a hallway towards my office space. There, a keyboard waited patiently atop my desk for fingers to tap letters upon a blank computer screen. Suddenly words ebbed and flowed. Like magic.
The moon disappeared without realization. Morning sun began to rise in the east, not quite ready to show its face above the hill resting behind my home. A new day began to dawn without a bit of sleep the night before. Doodle dog followed me back to bed. Light didn’t seem to matter anymore. Lids closed over sleepy eyes before I was out.
An invisible chain of beads….Off…On…On…Off.
*photographs courtesy of Google
Sunday Lunch today is going to be a wonderful riot of Southern hospitality, a table laden with great food contributed by the guests and talk of babies, family history and life experiences.
Faced with such three amazingly talented women it is tough to know who to feature first so I am going to go with the menu. I hope that you enjoy the company and the food and that you might consider inviting yourself to lunch. All you need is to bring yourself and a virtual guest who has inspired you and one of the courses. I will do the rest.
Time to meet my stunningly talented guests. Claire Fullerton, Kim Gosselin and Alisa Belzil.
Claire Fullerton is author of Dancing to an Irish Reel which has received some terrific reviews this year; such as this one.
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Crinkled leaves beneath my toes
Colors tumbling across the road
Rolling in breezy clusters
Pushed by God to the other side
Crinkled leaves beneath my toes
Wee children chasing to discover
Hidden delight out of sight
Trickling water, listen closely now
Cup your tender ear to hear
Crinkled leaves beneath my toes
Floating atop a stream of pebbled rocks
Hallmark hues glistening in the sun
Children peering to see what may be
Crinkled leaves once beneath my toes
Gently swirling, swaying, smiling up at me
*photo courtesy of Google
Have you ever witnessed imagination? Has it ever given you a magical feeling, perhaps a tingling inside or has it ever been so tangible that you could almost touch it? Please, stay with me for a moment….
I truly did see imagination recently. No, not in my dreams upon resting my head on a feather pillow in the quiet of the night. Nor when I was alone, thinking silently to myself what I should begin to write. The imagination I’m speaking of took place in the out-of-doors where red maple trees grow tall at the base of my little forest land.
The cast of characters played on a stage of thick emerald grass. They consisted of my husband, our ‘Doodle’ dog, and my precocious grand-daughter of three and a half years. It’s important now to add the extra ‘half’ at the end of three. YOU understand. She was staying overnight together with her baby brother who I was feeding in a faded kitchen high chair, patterned in purple nursery rhymes.
Hearing screams of giggles and laughter, I looked out white double doors through panes of glass leading to the patio and beyond. Doodles was chasing the little one dressed in jeans, her head flopping to and fro in natural curls as she tumbled on the carpet of green. Grandpa picked her up by rubber heels to swing her back and forth while she shouted with glee. As I tended to my grandson, helping him spoon vanilla yogurt dribbling from his mouth, he pointed to the window. “Doo-Doos,” he smiled. “Doo-Doos outside.” Just then more shrieks began. In that moment I gazed at imagination in play.
My grand-daughter was on the left, near a tree dropping golden leaves. Falling…f.a.l.l.i.n.g. My husband stood a few yards away, clutching an imaginary string before he began to run around the yard, calling her to follow him. Smiles lit her face from within, pink as cotton candy on a day at the fair. She chased him around the yard with Doodles running alongside, barking through colored piles of leaves along the way.
Suddenly they stopped at a red maple tree. It appeared as though the string had gotten caught on a branch. Together they pulled and tugged, careful not to break such a delicate thing. Finally, my husband reached high in the sky, above wooden branches and hidden crinkled leaves to untangle what only they could imagine. Finally free, he handed it to my worried grand-daughter, who waited patiently below the tree.
Relieved, she beamed with joy, kissing her grandpa on a stubbled cheek. There, he helped her touch the colorful kite, careful not to snap its hidden Popsicle sticks or break the string of white. Together, they ran across the whole back of the yard, one last time before an open fist let their cherished kite fly free. Up…up…up it went behind clouds of white into the blue. As I watched from the warmth of my kitchen, I felt my heart sing from deep within my chest.
Never before did I love my husband more than on that very day. He inspired our little grand-daughter’s imagination to come alive. There’s no doubt in my mind that she believed everything about her Grandpa’s fantasy. She felt it and touched it, played with it and lived each and every special moment within her imagination.
As my nose began to crinkle like it always does before crying with sentimental joy I thanked God for a new blessing.
I witnessed imagination…..!
Babies of Two!
Yes, it’s true, I’m a grandmother to twins. Can you imagine? Well, I did! After fifteen years I’ve written my 17th picture book http://wp.me/p41md8-2tk. Babies of Two is told from the perspective of adorable baby twins shortly before birth. What do they see? What do they do? So much fun for me and you!
Take a new peek to read lyrical lines while delighting in waves of wonder illustrated by the talented Alisa Belzil. A book from our hearts to yours filled with love and giggles, tears and wiggles. For children and generations to share forevermore.
Babies of Two is available for pre-adoption on Kindle at Amazon.com with a due date of November 1st. A mirror image printed in hard cover will be swaddled around the first of December.
Copyright 2015 by Kim Gosselin