Inside the Mind of Isadora


Pondering from Mabel

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If you haven’t read my pondering words before, you’ve been missin’ a great deal of wisdom.
I’ve been a little under the weather. Don’t get your panties in a knot. I’m not skipping out on this life just yet. I just needed a little rest.

A bunch of my fellow nursing home friends have gone to that special place in the sky. It’s a little different when you’re on a farm. News about things like that are heard at church. You know, the minister announces so-and-so has left us to be with his/ her maker. Here at my beautiful assisted living home, we hear about it more often than we’d like.

Just yesterday, I heard about my fellow resident, George Grapple, passing on due to Parkinson’s Disease. A nervous system disorder marked by tremors, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement. It robs your body of its stability. His illness was made a lot worse because he had Alzheimers too. Why – I remember when he lost his way back to his place from the dining room one evening. He was found lying in Lorna Mae’s bed. She just about wet her pants when she saw him there. Good golly, you’d da thought he could have done something.  Lordy, God rest his soul. Poor darhlin’ …!!!!

But, I’ve got some other things on my mind. Like, Valentine’s Day. It was last Sunday.

Fred was a hopelessly-in-love kinda man. He was a bit rough around the edges. He wasn’t a candles or wine kinda guy. No, he was a farmer with farmer ways. He knew how to let me know he was thinking about me even when it wasn’t an assigned day.
Nope, it wasn’t just a one-day-a-year sorta thing for him.

He brought me wildflowers all the time. The kind that aren’t all the same size or shade of color like the store bought ones. The pretty ribbons he bought me at the general store were perfect for my hair when we went to Sunday sermon. A basket of fresh vegetables and fruits were a tasty unexpected treat when he came home at the end of a long day. The fruit made the best homemade pies. Mmmm … I can smell the aroma of hot apples and cinnamon from the pies that came out of the oven.

Have you been speakin’ loving words everyday to your honey?
Have you been bringing her some wildflowers not the store bought kind?
How about the hot bath you can run for her after a long worn-out-of-her-skin day?
Have you been takin’ the kids for the day so she can sit-a-spell?
How about a homemade meal when she comes in the door after work?

It isn’t the cards or the chocolates you bring her that make for a loving kinda love.
Nope, it’s the thoughtful things that make a woman feel the tenderness that her man can bring.

Fred and I would sit out on the front porch and look up at the moon while we listened to the crickets playing their nightly song. People did a lot more talkin’ and I guess a lot more spooning.

I was readin’ the newspaper this morning with my cup of tea. The colorful funnies are real good for a laugh or two. But today, I discovered some lovemaking tips of seniors.

 I hope you have a good laugh. I did.

Comeback and see what else I’m pondering …..
Mabel 💗

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

  ***** FICTION: Mabel is a ficticious character I’ve created. Any similarities to anyone living or otherwise is purely coincidental.


Lovemaking Tips for Seniors

1. Wear your glasses to make sure your partner is actually in the bed.

2. Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.

3. Set the mood with lighting. Turn them ALL OFF!

4. Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.

5. Write the partner’s name on your hand in case you can’t remember…

6. Use extra poly grip so your teeth don’t end up under the bed.

7. Have Tylenol or whatever you use ready in case you actually complete the

8. Make all the noise you want… The neighbors are deaf, too.

9. If it works, call everyone you know with the good news … even if its
8PM… !!

10. Don’t even think about trying it twice.


The Booker Award

A wonderful blogger that I have had the pleasure of following is Lorna from Lorna’s Voice –

If you haven’t had an opportunity to pop over and read some of her posts it might be time that you did. Get ready to cry from laughter, though.

She has been kind to bestow upon me this very prestigious award called “The Booker Award”. This is overwhelming for me – a novice writer. It seems that most of the people given this award are writers who have published a book. I haven’t. I wish I could finish the ones that are nearly complete so I could be a published writer but that’s another topic. Instead, Lorna, is awarding this to me because she assumes that I am a reader. Well – I am. I do have to admit that with blogging my reading time has become a little shorter but a good book before bedtime can be as relaxing as a glass of warm milk.

Now, I have to list the books that I have enjoyed. This is a bit like picking your favorite child. It depends on my mood and the books behavior.

So here we go – 5 of my favorite books ….

  1.  A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose  by  Eckhart Tolle  New Earth very much focuses on the concept of ego and speaks in a simple yet powerful way that furthers spiritual awakening and enlightenment.  I took away from this book three simple, yet profound ideas. First, Tolle believes that we are all connected to each other; that everything we do matters. Second, Tolle believes in the power of listening. He suggests that if we can quiet our egos long enough to truly listen, it is possible to feel a sacredness and inner harmony where everything has its’ place. And lastly, the author speaks of the power of awareness.

             2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilber  I first came across Elizabeth Gilbert and the phenomenon that is “Eat Pray Love” a couple of years ago. I saw the movie. I love anything with Julia Roberts. Italy, India and Indonesia mixed with food, wine, yoga, and spiritual growth – a wonderful fantasy. It made me laugh, cry and want to become a stronger person, and, eat my way through Italy.

           3. The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz 

Don Miguel Ruiz is known as a nagual or shaman of the Toltec tradition. The Toltecs were an ancient group of scientists and artists. They were formed to explore and preserve the practices and spiritual knowledge of the ancient. It is not a religion, but a way of life that embraces spirit and honors all the spiritual masters who have taught on the earth.   The Four Agreements are very simple but very profound. To embrace and live each of the Four Agreements is to find yourself experiencing personal freedom; possibly as never before. The Four Agreements are:

Be Impeccable With Your Words
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best

4.  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen                                                              

According to the author’s note at the end of the book, many of the compelling anecdotes in the story were based upon real events culled from the diaries and personal histories of old-time circus performers. There is a bond that grows among an unlikely trio who learn to love and trust. Ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks  Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story-it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again.

Last but not least, I must nominate 5 bloggers for this award. Now, again, this is a bit like picking your favorite child. I hope the other children aren’t pouting.

  1. Gayle from
  2. Amira from
  3. Subhan Zein from
  4. Jenny from
  5. Jo from

They aren’t under any obligation to accept. But, in so doing, should mention the person who gave them the award along with their five favorite books, why they like them plus pass the award to five other nominees.

Thank you, Lorna … have fun new nominees.



A Bronze Medal



A Bronze Medal


Humbly, I stand before you on this podium and receive my Bronze Medal proudly. I am among countless distinguished photographers. Each photo I’ve taken has been with the artful creativity of celebrating whatever I may be documenting in them at that time. Your appreciation and recognition for that gives me an enormous feeling of joy. I hope all of you will visit the other winners and see their wonderful photos.     It was a pleasure for me to have participated and to be among the other winners.

“Thank You’” to all of the judges for selecting me as one of your winners in your Dark Globe “Tell a Story” Photography contest. A bronze medal is far more than I ever could have imagined. You hard work and dedication in doing this contest is commendable. I am shockingly stunned and grateful to have received this.





To see my entry for “Survival” go to: