Inside the Mind of Isadora


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Friday Fictioneers – Sinister Words

The sun gleamed on the table.

Mrs. Goodman cleaned her home and windows all the time; a cleaning cloth always in her hand.

Ella and I played on the floor with our barbie dolls. If we didn’t wake William, we could have candy. The colorful candy was tempting. I couldn’t believe Ella never took one.

When Ella left to get her dollhouse, Mr. Goodman walked into the room.

He was tall, thin with a chalky wry face.

“Do you like candy?” he asked.

I just stared.

He pointed to his zipper saying, “I have candy, if you’d like.”

I froze.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt: Bokeh-Priya-Bajpal

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Cafe Chat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cafe Chat

Welcome … grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea.

Now, sit in a comfy chair and let’s chat.

A little music might be nice … I hope you enjoy my selection

 

Beethoven’s Silence – A soothing piano melody

I hope your weather has been good. Do leave from where yo’ure visiting in the comments; if you leave a comment. We’ve had glorious 70’s during the day and 50’s at night.

The cooler weather has been wonderful for walks. I’ve been having a fun time with my new fit bit. I hadn’t been a watch wearer for the longest time. Retirement will do that. No need to wear one since there aren’t any kids to pick up or drop off anywhere. But … a fit bit is different. It was a gift for Christmas from my hubby after a recent surgery. Oh, you missed it, read here. This little gadget monitors my heartbeat, sleep patterns along with oxygen levels, stairs climbed, steps walked, my stress level, it reminds me to get up and move if I’ve been sitting too long, it tells me to take a moment to meditate if I’m stressed, it buzzes when an email comes in, gives me the time and the outdoor temperature. This is a computer on your wrist.  I wasn’t thrilled with being told by a watch what I should be doing but I have to admit it has kept me moving.  I suppose it has a purpose. If you have a new gadget that helps you keep fit, let me hear about it?

While on my morning walk, I came across a tiny little bunny.

He had a fluffy white tale but ran off too quickly for me to capture it.My Christmas cactus hadn’t bloomed in December.

Surprise …. here are the flowers. Okay, a bit late but still beautiful.

I’ve been participating in musicals at A Frank Angle for sometime. He’s hosting a new musical series with ‘The Beatles’. Unfortunately, I was out of the country when they hit the states in the BIG WAY they did. Over-the-years, I’ve grown to love them.

If you love music … AND … The Beatles – aFrank is hosting the aFa Concert Series. To join in click here – you’ll have a blast reminiscing with all the mop top boys’ tunes. Below are two songs from the musical this past weekend.

Have a Great Week …!!!

Enjoy … Isadora

This first video has superb graphics, dancing and a great song …

The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps 

The Beatles Let It Be Lyrics – HD

 

 


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Attitude of Gratitude

We all need to be reminded to be grateful for what we have in our lives. 

The treasures we, sometimes, take for granted.

Below you will find my Gratitude list that is forever growing.

  1. my gentle spirit – for it keeps me centered daily
  2. my smile –  the 1st thing people see when we meet
  3. my touch – for the ability to know textures and liquids
  4. my hands – for holding onto my husband and childrens for love
  5. my eyes – for their bright sparkle to see everything
  6. my hearing – for the sounds of nature and children laughing
  7. my feelings – for the aura I can sense in people 
  8. my laughter – it’s infectious
  9. my taste buds – for it allows me to experience bitter and sweet
  10. my heart – for the beats that keep me alive
  11. my love – for my heart is always full for sharing
  12. my husband – for the commitment he’s given me
  13. my loving husband – for his never-ending love
  14. my caretaker husband – for the nursing he provides me when i’m ill
  15. my companion husband – for his friendship in all that we love to share
  16. my provider husband – for his hard work to give me everything I need
  17. my playful husband – for the childlike games he does to make me smile
  18. my game husband – for partnering with me to compete in board games
  19. my dedicated husband – for his addictive love for me since we were 16
  20. my children – for bringing me adventure from the day they were born
  21. my friends – for the lessons I’ve learned from them
  22. my home – for the peaceful sanctuary I feel when in it
  23. my art – for the creativity in my everyday life
  24. my jewelry – for with it I provided for myself
  25. my knitting – for the peacefulness I feel when I focus on creating
  26. my paintings – for the emotions I can express 
  27. my passion – for the intensity of it
  28. my orchids – for a hobby that provides a focus and beauty for me 
  29. the moon – for the light it shines in my darkness
  30. the stars – for their shine let’s me know I am but a speck among them
  31. the clouds – for taking me on visual rides when sleep escapes me
  32. the misty air – for upon my face I feel it’s caress
  33. the brisk cold air – for it gives me a sense of being alive
  34. music – for allowing me to hear the beauty of notes
  35. music – for being the instrument of my dancing
  36. dance – for the movement it gives to my body with grace
  37. dance – for the fluidity that creates seamless elegance
  38. poetry – for the words that can mesmerize
  39. story telling – for the tales that keep me fascinated
  40. my curiosity – for it keeps me yearning to know more about everything
  41. air – for it reminds me to breathe in order to live
  42. my age – for it reminds me that I am alive
  43. aging – for I can now brag about knowing something
  44. tea makers – for providing more varieties for this tea lover
  45. cruise lines – for creating a mode of travel I adore
  46. my doubt- for I am always trying to surmount it
  47. my excellence – for I’m always trying to reach it
  48. my goodness – for I’m always trying to be a good person
  49. my kindness – for I’m always focused on being kind
  50. fairytales – for I always want to believe
  51. my virtues – for I’m always trying to be righteous and moral
  52. my wisdom – for I want to be a wise older woman
  53. my hope – for this world to have peace realized
  54. my awakening – for I’m always trying to awaken my spirit
  55. my Isadora – for there is one and the only one: me

Namaste,

Isadora 🙏🏻

2019©isadora DeLaVega

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Dawn @ Tales from the Motherland is starting off her 2019 year with an inspiring gratitude challenge for us. To read the rules and to join in click here 

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Life’s Dance

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings,

turn routine days into joy, 

and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

©William A. Ward

 


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A Toast to the New Year 2019

 

It’s the end of another year and the beginning of a new one. 

Where did it go? 

It’s been a ride. 

I’ve enjoyed every one of those highs and lows on this roller coaster called life. All the ups and downs teach us lessons we need, to help us develop our mind, body and spirit.

We may stumble or have obstacles block us from going forward but they fall away once we accept this is the way it must be in that moment in time.

However you want to look at your life in 2019, the main thing to remember is that you are not alone. There is always someone guiding you in whatever form you choose to believe. Take comfort in knowing that the challenges your given are because you can endure them; no one gets what they cannot conquer.

Hold fast to your memories; 

to all your cherished moments of the past; 

to the blessings and the laughter; 

to the joys and the celebrations; 

to the sorrows and the tears;

They all add up to a treasure of fond yesterdays.

 ‘Thank You’ to everyone for being my supportive blogger friends. You’ve helped me to grow and become more than I was before I started this blog journey.

Happy New Year 2019

Isadora 


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Cafe Chat

Cafe Chat …

Welcome … grab of cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea. 

Now, sit in a comfy chair and let’s chat.

A little music might be nice … hope you enjoy my selection :

It’s been quite sometime since I posted on my blog. I was scheduled to have a knee replacement on December 10, 2018. Dancing from the age of  5 had taken its toll on my knee joints. My knees were begging for rest. 

If you aren’t aware of my addiction, let me tell you what it is. It’s dancing.

I took ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance for more years than I can count.

My husband and I were square dancers working our way up to competition level. We ballroom dance; although, my husband doesn’t like counting. As a jazz musician he likes to jam-out free style. It can’t be done with a partner but he adjusts his thinking for me. And, let’s not forget the 60’s doo-wops songs and the 70’s disco days.

I never sit through any song that’s playing. 

Dancing has always been an outlet for any stress I’m experiencing. I used it to keep my sanity when my husband was a police officer. Everyday he left for work could have been his last day with me and his family. When he was shot after 15 years of service I was elated. He could no longer be an officer. He was given early retirement which involved another layer of stress. After all, he was in a wheelchair now. With no hope from doctors, he eventually resolved to be wheelchair bound for life. Then, one day, he angrily stated that he would walk again despite the physicians prognosis. 

He went through grueling rehabilitation and today is walking. He’s managed two careers since that retirement and continues with his Copper Whimsea’s artwork.

I guess you could have called me a gym-rat as is the name for anyone who is obsessed with exercise now-a-days.

I loved the muscle aches, the sweating and the smell of the metal weights. My endorphins never rested. I still crave the feelings but my body has put a stop to that right now, but, I’ll be back.

Since my medical history is high risk, my orthopedic doctor wanted clearance from all of my physicians. I have many. A hematologist for blood clots my body likes to make. A pulmonologist for when the blood clots take up residence in my lungs. An endocrinologist for a genetic thyroid disease called Hashimoto. A primary physicians for my tri-monthly check-ups and a cardiologist for checking on all the over-load of love I have in my heart. I had the all clear from all physicians except the cardiologist. He wanted me to take a stress test. The results showed that my heart was enlarged on the left side. 

Why hadn’t he noticed that in May at my last appointment? 

Surgery was scheduled for two day later. Since December 7, 2018, I’ve been resting and healing.

I discovered during the first few days of recovering that I was antsy about checking my blog, facebook and any other media I connect to. So, you see, I too am a victim of social media.

I replaced my computer with knitting needles and yarn. I’ve enjoyed many movies, books, painting, listening to meditation music and relaxing on my lanai while enjoying the lovely lake my home sits behind. The birds have been scarce but the few that sing to me have provided a beautifully peaceful respite. Healing takes time. It happens in stages. But, I’ll be back.

Namaste,

Isadora 😎

May you all have in the coming year good health,

peace, joy and more love than your heart can hold …

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 


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Friday Fictioneers – Trash or Treasure

On Hayward Street, everyone walked on the opposite street when passing ‘The Seidel’s’.

Wille lived there with his mother. He had mental and physical abnormalities. His head would tilt just so as he dragged his club foot and balanced his deformed hand on his chest.

Mrs. Seidel would raise her fist and yell at the boys who’d tease him. Everyone wondered where he’d go if something happened to her.

In time, he was taken to a psychiatric facility; his mother taken to a senior home.

The estate sale showcased unusual antiques.

Who knew old oil cans could be so valuable.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100 

Photo Prompt:Nick Allen

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Sunday Song – This Little Light of Mine

 

Kindness is igniting a LIGHT in someone for no REASON

other then to WATCH them enjoy the GLOW 

Namaste, Isadora 🙏

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Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

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 Becca at On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea 

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aFrank@A Frank Angle is hosting Pronouns 2: The Musical

challenge with ‘Mine’ in the song title.

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Friday Fictioneers – The Glorious Gift

The morning sunrise was brilliant.

They ate breakfast on the patio.

A chess game in the garden was their plan for later that afternoon.

Suddenly, a cramp caused her body to flinch. 

The laborious suffering of childbirth had begun.

A beloved baby would be joining them soon.

Their lack of experience weighed heavy, draining their emotions. 

They felt anxious; yet, they’d been waiting months for this moment.

With tear filled eyes, she grasped his hand and flinched again.

The physical pain would soon reward them with a glorious gift.

A precious child filling their hearts with immeasurable happiness and love.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt: Jeff Arnold

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Nurture Yourself – Ignite the Light

Kindness is igniting a LIGHT in someone for no REASON

other then to WATCH them enjoy the GLOW 

Namaste, Isadora 🙏

Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

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 Becca at On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea 

hosts Nurturing Thursday … to join click here


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Friday Fictioneers – Headline News

The dome street lights cast a shadow across the isolated road.

Parking near a light, he props his law book on the steering wheel and begins reading. In two days, he’ll take his finals. Could his days on the street soon be over?

His radio blares a call about shots fired. 

He turns the red and blue flashing lights on as he makes his way to the location.

Speed spurs him into the adrenaline cave. 

These calls never end well. Shootings are headline news.

“The coroners arrived and left,” Ronald tells me.

Tomorrow’s Headline: *Boy Commits Suicide at Gun Range*

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt: Jilly Funell 

 

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Depression is an illness that impacts the brain. It’s a real illness hidden for too long. 

Anyone suffering from depression will tell you, it’s not imaginary or “all in your head.” 

Depression is more than just feeling “down.” 

It is a serious illness caused by changes in brain chemistry. 

Research tells us that other factors contribute to the onset of depression, including genetics, changes in hormone levels, certain medical conditions, stress, grief or difficult life circumstances. 

Any of these factors alone or in combination can precipitate changes in brain chemistry that lead to depression’s many symptoms.

For Help click below:

Depression 

Teen Mental Health 

Mental Health Foundation