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Quotes & Poetry

Make a list of your favorite quotes. Famous, inspirational, motivational or whatever kind of quotes you like.

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.~Franklin D. Roosevelt

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.~Indira Gandhi

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.~Henry James

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.~Jane Austen

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.~Edgar Allan Poe

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.~Francis of Assisi

The only journey is the one within. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. ~Will Rogers

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~Aesop

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.  ~Satchel Paig

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.~Napoleon Hill

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.~Walt Whitman

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.~George Orwell

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.~Aldous Huxley

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.~Thomas Jefferson

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.~Lao Tzu

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ~ Jesus Christ

Not all those who wander are lost. ~J. R. R. Tolkien

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.~Benjamin Franklin


Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~Marcus Aurelius

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.~John C. Maxwell
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.~Marcel Proust
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.~Plato
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.~John Quincy Adams
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Viktor E. Frankl
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. ~Mother Teresa
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau
We know what we are, but know not what we may be. ~ William Shakespear
A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.~Leo Buscaglia

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. ~Soren Kierkegaard

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. ~Socrates

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~Confucius

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. ~ Judy Garland

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. ~William Arthur Ward

Change your thoughts and you change your world.~Norman Vincent Peale

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.~Robert Frost

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.~Loretta Young

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.~Albert Camus

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.~Winston Churchill

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.~Aristotle

Where there is love there is life.~Mahatma Gandhi

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.  ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.  ~Buddha

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. ~Joseph Campbell

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ~Oscar Wilde

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller

Posted in About Me, Anxiety, Blogging, Clinical Depression, Depression, Journaling, Life, PMDD, PMS, PTSD, Writing Challenge


31 Day Blog Challenge:  Day 1 ~ Introduction

Hi, my name is Annebella and I run this blog with my dear sweethearted best friend Kate.  This blog is really a journal for me and also a way to share my life lessons (and pain) so that others do not feel so alone.  I want to share so that others can hopefully take a page out of my book and not learn the hard way, as I have.

I suffer from OCD, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.  I also have PMS and PMDD (which is very real btw).  I am a work in progress and am learning and growing by leaps and bounds daily.  I do believe a lot of the wisdom comes with age.

I have to continually work on my depression and anxiety and work through the bouts that come along from time to time.  I’m on a great med regimen and also seek therapy for my issues.  I believe in being positive (for the most part, lets be real), I believe in a deep spirituality that grows my soul, I have a love for others that makes me proud and I want to see others do well.

I’m 47 and a grandmother to 1 beautiful granddaughter.  I have 3 beautiful grown children and an awesome best friend for a DIL.

I grew up in a large family of 12 kids.  I have 11 siblings and am second to the youngest.  I work full time night shift and have plenty of time on my hands to write.  Something I enjoy very much.

I keep it real here.  I believe in honesty and am writing for nobody but myself.  Pretty soon I’ll be an official “empty nester” as my youngest son will be purchasing his own home.  The house will literally be empty and it will be a struggle for me (us, the hubs and I).

I don’t want him to leave.  I’ve told him to stay home for free and save his money for a bigger down payment or to have a nest egg.  He’s determined to have his own place.  I’m proud of him for all of his accomplishments but at the same time don’t want to let go 😦

Here’s the new writing challenge I’m doing if you care to join in:



Posted in Advice, Blogging, Elderly, Journaling, Life, Personality Traits

The Hands


Older hands.  Such wisdom lies within.  Have been there, seen that, and done that.  When speaking they use these hands with their voice, just for reinforcement of the truth.  The truth that they have survived this sometimes cruel world and have learned many life lessons.  Listen to the hands, hold them, touch them.  Comfort them and pray for them.

Drama.  No.  Much to wise for that shenanigans.  Holding a grudge.  No.  That only hurts the heart.  Forgiveness.  Yasss!  To forgive is letting go and moving on to bigger and better things.  Oh, if these hands could talk, all the wisdom they’d impart to this world.

Cherish the older men and women for they hold the secrets to this life.  Listen to them, learn from them and be them.


Posted in Blogging, Change, Good Idea, healthy-living, Journaling, Life, Organization, Writing Challenge

30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 30

Day 30.  List your goals for the next 30 days.

I would really love to organize my kitchen and upstairs living area once and for all.  We are getting new couches delivered Saturday, have a new huge oriental carpet to throw down,  coffee table and end table.  I’d like to get the artwork back up on the walls since we had the walls painted well over a year ago and still have not put up one picture.  Pathetic, I know.

I’d like to plan a road trip to visit my son, his wife, and my granddaughter this month since they just moved out of state.  Kinda just wanna pop in and surprise them.  Should be fun.

No more sweet tea from McDonalds as I think it has been screwing up my teeth.  I have my first root canal scheduled for tomorrow morning and am scared half out of my mind.  Deep breaths.  LOL.  The tea is highly addictive but ever since I’ve been drinking it for the past year I’ve had two cavities and now this.  So, out with the sweet tea and back to regular plain black tea for this girl.

Main priority for the next month will be organization and I’m looking forward to getting rid of things we do not use and streamlining our home, making it more simple.  Live simply.  That’s my new mantra 🙂



Posted in Blogging, Cooking, food

AWESOME Chicken Enchiladas

Today I thought I’d share one of my all time favorite recipes that I learned about from  This is a time consuming recipe but well worth all the effort you are about to put into it.  I do not suggest cooking the chicken in the crock pot because I did that once and it didn’t have the right consistency.
I do believe that the intensive work involved in shredding the chicken by hand with two forks can be done instead in your Kitchen Aid Mixer or a food processor to save time and pain 🙂


Angela’s Awesome Enchiladas

  • Prep ~ 45 m
  • Cook ~ 1 h
  • Ready In ~ 1 h 45 m
Recipe By:  MomSavedbyGrace
“The secret is in the seasonings! I whipped these up on my own using stuff I had on hand. Shredding the chicken is the most time-consuming step, but it’s worth it in the end. Give these babies a try! Serve with sour cream and a side of Spanish rice.”


  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast meat – cut into chunks
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package mild taco seasoning mix
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 (12 inch) flour tortillas
  • 3 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives


  1. Place the chicken in a large pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the chicken pieces are no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Shred chicken by placing two forks back to back and pulling meat apart. Set the shredded chicken aside. Meanwhile, combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and chili powder in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, then turn off the heat and cover to keep warm.
  2. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, chopped green chilies, taco seasoning, half of the bunch of chopped green onion, and water. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, onion powder, and garlic powder; simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Stir 1 cup of the soup mixture into the skillet with the chicken mixture. Spread the remaining soup mixture on the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  4. Fill each tortilla with chicken mixture. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over the chicken filling before folding the tortillas, reserving half of the shredded cheese for topping the enchiladas. Fold tortillas over the filling and place seam-side down in the prepared pan.
  5. Pour enchilada sauce evenly over the enchiladas. Cover with the remaining 1 1/2 cups of Cheddar cheese. Sprinkle the reserved chopped green onions and the sliced olives on top of the cheese. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 25 minutes.
Posted in Blogging, Creativity, Dreams, entertainment, Family, Father, Intense Show, Journaling, Music, Random, Writing Challenge

30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 29

Day 29.  List 10 people, living or dead that you would invite to dinner.  Include the dinner menu.

  • My husband
  • My father
  • My mother
  • My son David
  • My DIL Asma
  • My Daughter Lex
  • My Son Zach
  • My Granddaughter Niya
  • Billy Joel 🙂
  • Jean-Luc Ponty

The above list is basically my immediate family plus two musicians.  I love Billy Joel and always have, think he’s a major talent and his songs/lyrics are timeless works of art.  I grew up listening to him and he brings back great childhood memories.


Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music.  My favorite CD of his is Tchokola which was recorded in 1991; 10 tracks based on melodies and rhythms from West and Central Africa.


I don’t have a menu in my head but it would be something elegant and substantial.  It would be a looooong dinner so we could sit around and talk to two of my favorite music icons.  I’d love it if they played for me too 🙂  If that’s not asking too much.



Posted in About Me, Blogging, Family, Father, Journaling, Life, Memories, Writing Challenge

30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 28

Day 28.  What is something / someone that you miss?

I miss my father who passed away from a massive brain bleed in 2004, the day after Christmas.

I was at his house the day after Christmas and he was telling me how much his legs hurt each time he went to stand up.  He gave me a Christmas present.  It was a navy blue corduroy feather filled throw.  It was so nice.  I asked him if he “over-did it” the day before and he did, he was installing a new t.v. in the basement.  I chalked it up to that (big mistake).  He stated he had a call into the E.R. to have his Dr. paged but nobody ever called him back.

After I left their house, I went shopping with my eldest son David for some after Christmas bargains, and when I got home my phone rang, it was my brother-in-law and he told me that my pops had had a stroke and was in the hospital.  We all rushed to his bedside.  It didn’t look good.  The whole entire room was FULL of his kids and their children.  He was surrounded by love.

I’m one of 12 kids so imagine the crowd around this much loved man’s bed.  At this time he had approx. 30 grandchildren all who loved and cherished him as much as his own children did.

My father had been in and out of the hospital in his late stages so I truly believed that he was going to be ok.  I thought for sure this was just another hiccup in his road to recovery.  I was wrong.

My dad lost his battle on Dec. 26th 2004 and has been sorely missed ever since.

There are so many things I miss about my father.  I miss his very being.  I miss his essence.  I miss the good man that he was.  I miss him welcoming us into his home every single time we visited.  I miss our small talk.  I miss his moral compass, his hard work ethic, the man that he was and what he stood for.  I miss his smile and his enthusiasm for life.  I miss his 4th of July parties that he threw with such zest and verve 🙂

I miss his kisses and hugs.  I miss him always being just a phone call away.  I miss his knowledge of life and all things.  He was a true carpenter, a fixer of all things, he could make something beautiful out of spare parts that he collected.  He wasn’t a carpenter by trade, but through having such a large family ~ really knew his way around his tool shop.  He was organized and knew where each and every tool was.   From building an addition onto a home, to building me a gate for the top of our basement stairs out of scrap wood so my kids wouldn’t fall down them.  I still have the gate up even though my kids are grown; I will never take it down.

I pray for him all the time and tell him how much I miss him but I sure wish I could tell him I love him one more time just so he knows.  I wish I had a chance to say “so long”.

Love and miss my dad all the time!