Gentle Heart Beats


"With Love"
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There is

A heart-shaped


Inside of me,


Your return

Without anxiety.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Yes, you're right.

I am greedy

Where you're concerned, ~

And spoiled.

You and you alone

Fill me completely

To overflowing

When you stay.

You lift me

To the highest peak,

Caress my very soul;

And when we speak

It's ecstasy.

I want to please you

Every way.

I cannot have enough

Of pleasing you!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

When you want me there

With you ~

Know that I am.

I learn to walk on air

To where you are -

At speed of light.

I see you with my heart;

For part of you

Is always within sight.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

'I'll write a poem for you', you said,

Among other things

I hungered to hear.

I hope you do.

I wished we could say it, do it

Every way it can be

Said and done.

'I need so much to be loved', you said,

Among the things

I thirsted for.

I knew you meant that

You needed to be loved

Exquisitely, profoundly, unconditionally.

I do and you are.


You ever said and did,

I treasure.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

They're always changing holidays.

But I don't recall

When they changed Valentine's

To Thursday.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Carefully, cautiously,

The door begins to open.

The dormant room inside begins

To stir;

Its insides enlightened,

Heightened, brightened

By the hope of love.

Its thin, stagnant air,

Too long denied sustaining life,

Now eagerly absorbs

Clean, crisp, vital


At last we dare

To think of all it was,

All it might have been,

If given just a chance to care,

To reach and touch again -



______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Absolutely wonderful, romantic and lovely. Enjoyed much Nell. Happy Valentine's Day! Passing this on.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Rasma - for being my first visitor and for such a lovely comment!

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh, how very beautiful, the yearnings for that one special one to once again acknowledge the exquisite love between two hearts. Loved this piece very much. Always loved that song.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Happy Valentine's Day to the sweetest valentine around, YOU, Nellieanna!

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Sphinxs Sanctum 4 years ago from Southern United States

What a Lovely tribute to Cupid's day! Beautiful, Nellieanna--just as its creator. I hope your day is filled with all your dreams and mostly, Love.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Today is a day made for poets, is it not Nellieanna? The poets among us can capture Valentine's Day better than anyone, and you have done just that. Well done my friend, and Happy Valentine's Day.

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

WOW, Nellie - a completely different valentines day poem! I LOVE it! Raw, needy, greedy, passionate...and then some..

Hubba, hubba, my friend..

a deep and beating heart knows no age - you are my hero!

up and sharing..

ps..i intend to pass on the lollipop crown this week..i've been away for a week and have been down with the flu since returning..

and...i'm a sugar-holic hoarder..LOL..

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arb 4 years ago from oregon

A single flower speaks unendlessly to those who wait upon it to do so. To sit in such company one is taken to places where secrets bloom in exquisite simplicity, in visions unrevealed by conversation and in beauty reserved for hearts who want only to listen. Today you are such a flower. Happy Valentines day butterfly.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

just a beauty.. just in time for Valentines day.. Oh and happy day to you

many blessings


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is an absolutely beautiful collection of lovely and loving poetry on this special day. I will share it with my wife, who made me a lovely card, while I presented one from a store.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear, dear Faith - thank you! These poems were written over time and are close to my heart; so fitting love experience any time it graces one's life. But it's a major factor that all were written in or around Valentine's days, several ON Feb. 14ths of their years.

I hope the song played smoothly. It was one thing which had me up till all hours getting this project finished & published to be here on Valentine's!. It breaks up when I play it on here. I tried it on another computer, though, and it was smooth.

If any breaking up is encountered in it, please let me know. I do so love the song and it FITS the occasion.

Happy Valentine's to you too, my friend.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Billy - absolutely - it's an occasion for poets. In fact the entire month of February seems made for poets and poetry! Thank you for lovely comments and compliments! I'm deeply honored!

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Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I saw this and immideately felt sad, yet joyful for your wonderful life and the sharing with George that you had. I want to wish you a very Happy Valentines Day my friend and I will be back to re-read and comment further, I just saw this appear before leaving for work and I had to come in and say hello and give you my wishes. I'm on the grave-yard shift where I got for my inspiration:-) for the next 4 nights. Peace and blessings I send to you always my sweet poet.

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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

thank's for sharing, sweety. that really tugged at my heart.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Leslie - aha! Your keen observations about this lover of life are supremely accurate! There is fire in the furnace. - of course! Why not, for heavens' sakes? One just enters new time as it chugs along. But one can soar and need not chug! So it's practical if the beating heart is operating in a functioning body, too! ;-) I can't figure out why not! There are no 'rules' or 'conditions' that I've found!

Thank you, my dear. Sorry you had the dreadful flu bug. Hope you're soon all better. Keep taking care of it.

I can't wait to see who'll be your lollipop choice! I just keep getting enthusiastic praises for my choice of YOU for it and am so in agreement

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alan! I've been missing you and am glad to see you! This amazing comment just reminds me of some of the many reasons! How beautiful.

It is a lovely day here, this Feb. 14th, - almost balmy and one of those days when one is reminded how great it is to be alive! A cold snap tomorrow won't change that!

Hope your day has been wonderful!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Debbie, thank you! Yes, this is in time for Valentine's! :-). Thank you! - I hope your day is lovely too! Ah. . . .

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jim, I'm honored that you'll share this with your wife on this day made for just just things! Her personally-made card says much, but so does your specially selected one for her!

George's birthday was the 13th, so we had some fun traditions. One was a 'perennial card' which I gave him many years back and occasionally reissued it as a special thing, the joke being that the first time I did that, he didn't recognize it! It was sort of a 'one-card-fits-any' occasion in which love is the main theme, but it was never 'pinned down' to any one of them! It was also a 'like mother, like daughter' thing. My mother single-handedly invented recycling, not just cards - but they were a special case. She would sign a card she sent on the bottom 1/4" area so that the recipient could just trim off a quarter inch and resend it, like new! haha.

But my 'perennial card' gathered patina over the years and became the most wondrous card that could be sent!

Thank you for your visit and comments!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Nellieanna,

I can get lost in each of these beautiful expressions of love.

I am listening with absolutely no interruption to one of the most beautiful songs very fitting, my sweet woman.

Thinking of you this Valentine's Day with much love, Maria

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vincent - not too sad, I hope. I'm glad that joyful rose up! It is always LIFE that's what counts; while one has it, it's in progress and rules, even though it's deprived of my love in the here and now. Whatever else there may be, the good which was and is - rules.

I'm most honored that you took time to check out my little hub before leaving for work. Of course, the day for Valentines is at hand, so if not now, when?

I hope your shift will yield you much inspiration. Your peace & blessings made it! Thank you.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dearest Michael! Aw - - my heart is tugged by seeing you, for sure. I'm so very pleased you came by! Happy Valentine! Stay warm, my dear. Hugs!

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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Nellieanna....Your love poetry is beautiful, and knowing that you lived such a wonderful love story with George imbues each phrase with special meaning. The painting by the amazing Ann Lund Christensen (who puts me to shame with her accomplishments as a quadriplegic using a mouth device) adds another special touch to this Valentine's Day hub.

I love the idea of your 'perennial card'--a delightful idea!

Voted Up, Awesome and Beautiful, and shared

Happy Valentine's Day....Jaye

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Maria, - how wonderful that you came by! And thank you so much for letting me know that the music played smoothly! Hope you've had a lovely Valentine's!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jaye - Ah! yes - isn't that art amazing? It's one of a dozen works of mouth & foot painting prints I found among my saved treasures. Ann Lund Christensen is from Denmark and has cerebral palsy since birth. Each of these amazing artists has such courage and talent, they truly put me to shame. They just refuse to let extreme adversity stop them from pursuing life and their dreams. You're so right that is adds something special here and now!

I smile when I think of that perennial card! Thank you for your visit, greetings and lovely comments, my friend!

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Every poem was an outstanding, creative, one-of-a-kind Valentine, Nellieanna. Thanks for sharing this treat and a very happy Valentine's Day to you!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

And to you, dear DrBJ! Thank you! Your praise is coveted! I enjoyed making this hub. Valentine's is a favorite holiday of mine! My japonica bushes are in vivid bloom and all seems good and full of hope!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

There is a beautiful simplicity here with a single motive.To rouse love. Thank you.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Martin - yes, 'tis true! It's about love. Thank YOU! :-)

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Beautiful Nellie...I would like to believe that the many Valentines one may have faced alone without the one they love, will one day be shared through all eternity. So moving, passionate, and filled with a deep love. If only we all are blessed to have been loved once in our life time with this kind of love.

Thank you for sharing your heart.



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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear, dear Sunnie! Thank you for such kind, perceptive words. Of course - I miss him big time; but also - it's hard to explain - but I'm never really alone. There's love all around me! :-) A big hug and lotsa love, dear friend!

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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Some lovely sentiments expressed here Nellieanna. You really are the sage of love. (I mean wise woman and spice as well.) Keep up the good work.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm pleased you came by, Christopher. It's a treat! Thank you for your observations. You're so sweet to clear up what was meant by 'sage of love' - I like that. I guess I can't help keeping it up! There always seems to be plenty more! Hugs.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh what beautiful poems of love.. You are a great poet my friend. thank you for your wonderful comments on the hub that Love doctor wrote on me.. I want to get to know you ..

voted up and sharing

many blessings


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Debbie - - I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my poems. Thank you for the lovely compliment! I certainly look forward to getting to know you, too! We have several things in common, not the least being - Texas! :-)

Thank you for voting, too!

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Awesome, extremely romantic and discreetly sensual. Honestly, Nellieanna, you've blown me away. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Fleck is one of my top favorites. This is the first time I hear Celine's version and I must say it has a magnificent alluring tone of its own.

Absolutely beautiful, Nellieanna, and in particularly the arty presentation.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

My sweet cyber daughter, Martie! Lovely to see you visiting this hub and leaving me such a beautiful comment! I've loved the original Roberta Flack version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" ever since I first heard it in 1972 when she first introduced it; but I'm a Celine fan, too, and her version seemed to be just made for this hub.

I just got a new iPhone, though, and have been adding iTunes to it - I have Roberta's version on it! :-)

Thank you, love! Hope you're doing well! Hugs.

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CJ Sledgehammer 3 years ago

Dear Nellieanna:

I just checked into "Heartbreak Hotel" a few days ago, so this beautiful, sensitive, romantic and heartfelt poem was probably not what my aching heart needed to see at this stage of recovery. :0)

You touched on so many emotions that I have felt these past few days. Even though your poem is sending me into an emotional relapse, I just want you to know that your wording, your imagery, and your understanding of true love is remarkable. You said it all.

Peace be with you - C.J. Sledgehammer

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

CJ - Your message is deeply received. Even though this collection of love poems was the antithesis of what your heart needed at that moment, please know that mine has survived such setbacks, too, and has survived to garner the beautiful, positive residue and to let the debris fall away, if that's any comfort. Love is the prize, even when it's in difficult straits. May your heart find respite too. Hugs and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm glad you came by.

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CJ Sledgehammer 3 years ago

Nellieanna, my dear, what are you still doing up at this late hour? :0)

Thank you for your kind words and for your sympathy and understanding. Yes, your words comfort me like a warm blanket. They say, "Misery loves company", but I prefer the company of inspiring and wonderful people such as yourself.

Thank you for being my friend.

Peace be with you - C.J. Sledgehammer

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yeah, I'm a bad girl, slipping into my bad habit of staying up too late. It's a habit of a lifetime which I must very aggressively battle. When given the choice of arbitrarily marching off to bed or communing with a friend such as you, though - or writing a hub or . . . .--- well - I'm caught up in it. I don't really recommend it though. At least, I've no trouble falling asleep once I'm horizontal & it's quality sleep I get. But still - more normal hours are preferable.

I was finishing my latest hub, "Life Is Energy" Tuesday night and finally, when I published it, lay down at 6:45 Wed. morning and slept till 9:30 and have been up ever since, but for a couple of catnaps sitting right here! Sometimes I just stay up if I'm still up when the sun rises, and go all day and into the next night before giving it up. At least I went to bed that time!

But I have done my bedtime ablutions now and am heading up to bed as soon as I finish - I want to respond to what you've added.

There's no escaping the anguish when it's real & raw, nor should we deny our whole range of heartfelt emotions, both the joyous and sorrowful, lest we become frozen zombies; but there must come the time of letting it go & fully embracing life's bounty once more. We somehow know when the time of sorrow has passed and needs to be released. Too often, though, people mire down in it and subsequently miss all the life going on, which, in a way, is a responsibility to meet and live.

Truly, misery often does seek company. It's logical in a way to want to be assured that one's predicaments aren't unique to oneself. But if that company has chosen to bog itself down in the misery even when hanging on to is becomes by choice, then it's not a healthy environment to seek or inhabit for oneself. Courage and faith require & assist us to move on.

And now - I'm really going to bed! Good night!

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CJ Sledgehammer 3 years ago

Well said, Nellieanna.

Thank you, dear friend, and may God give you sweet dreams. - C.J.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you!! :-)

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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Wonderful work! Your poems are beautiful... I tried, but I can't choose my favorite here.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Add Your Comment..Dear Monis Mas - I appreciate those encouraging words! Thank you. It's rather good that you can't choose 'just one'. I've always felt my poetry needs support from itself, since there are threads of meaning between them. It's a reason, I think, that I publish them in small collections, rather than singly. There are some in my repertoire which, to me, truly stand alone, like the cream that rises to the top of the milk pail, but there's all that milk supporting them! :-) Hugs.

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Monis Mas 3 years ago

I love your metaphor about milk, clever! Keep writing you poetry, dear Nellieanna, there is something special in your work, I can't exactly put a finger on it. But I think that is the whole point of poetry itself - to remain mysterious...

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Monis Mas - Thank you! There's little danger I'd ever stop writing and thinking about writing. After all these - lo - many years, it's as natural as breathing. If I were prevented pen and paper or computer and keys, I suppose I'd find a little pebble and write on a sidewalk!

Maybe that's why it's a bit indefinable - because it's authentically personal. The mystery of another person is both an intriguing facet of him or her, and the fact that it IS from and in that person feels an abiding comfort, does it not? I'm always pleased to recognize a poet or artist just by his style, no matter how puzzling it may also be. What's not so puzzling is that it had to have emanated from him and no one else. :-)

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Cristale 3 years ago from Florida

This hub is very beautiful, well laid out, and inspiring. I like how this hub expresses real emotion.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Cristale! That's so nice to hear! It does expresse real emotion, because I can't fake it! :-)

I don't know how

To fake feelings I don't feel

Or hide

The ones I do.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Those are so poetic and romantic. I love the song, too! Voted up and more!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Victoria Lynn - thank you! I'm pleased you like my words and the song -- one of my favorites, too! Hugs.

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epigramman 3 years ago

I must say this hub presentation has my name all over it , my sweet dear first lady of the Hubs, and I'll tell you why.

This past Monday I rushed myself to the local ER because of a heart condition (I think it was from staring at Deborah Brook's picture for too long , lol) and they came me in there for most of the day. They said my blood pressure was sky high due to my stress levels. I had many examinations and x-rays and just today I came home from the city and my family doctor back to the glory of God's lake. I have good news - my heart is fine and I can celebrate my birthday on Sunday in relative good health. During an ultra sound this week I actually saw my own heart beating away - it was quite a powerful moment to see that.

Your words always have heart and I think I appreciate the words here more than ever because of my health scare this week. The heart is a beautiful thing , Miss N, and long may it keep beating so we can continue to great moving creative art like the poetic sentiments on your page here.

Sending you warm wishes from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel and hoping sincerely all is well with you these days. lake erie time 2;55pm

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Colin! I see why this hub spoke to you about gentle heart beats! Thank you for visiting hit and sharing why!

I'm so very glad your heart and, I hope, your BP are in good condition! That's a scare, though. However, I'd think that Debbie's picture would sooth your heart! (what do I know - haha! - I'm not a guy! :-)

My beloved had heart issues, so I know how scary it is at any level. Of course the first things one must do for the heart and BP is revise one's diet and stress issues. Nothing is worth putting those vital things at risk. I'm sure they told you that!

Yes, long may the hearts keep beating. I wish you a most happy upcoming birthday, dear friend! So you're a Gemini! My rising sign. Communicators.

Hugs, too! (Now don't let the hugs trigger any health issues! ;-) My best to you, Tiffy & Gabriel for a most enjoyable upcoming weekend!

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

One of these days I must sit and read all of your hubs - or perhaps that would take several days! These are wonderful poems, Nellieanna. You speak of a love many long for but few seem to find.

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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks for your visit and comment, shanmarie.

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brakel2 22 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Nellieanna - It is so great to stop by to read a Valentine hub filled with love and verse so rhythmic. Your graphics and decorations just make the hub overflow with the beauty of a thousand roses. The colors are always in harmony or a pleasing contrast. Pinning this hub definitely. You are the love of Valentine's Day and also bring love to others. Blessings, Audrey

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Nellieanna 22 months ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Audrey, my friend. I appreciate your visit. Sorry to be long replying.

It's my first day on the computer in nearly 5 days. I'm very slowly recovering from a bad fall Friday which sprained both wrists and banged me up a good bit. But I'm blessed that it wasn't a lot LOT worse. My wrists caught me from hitting a brick wall very hard and dangerously.

So my head only suffered scrapes, black eyes, scratched glasses. Otherwise - well - brick walls are very hard on heads!

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