#WQ #9: March 1: ORDER/ARRANGED

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“Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.”

Les Brown

Happy Wednesday and welcome to WQ. Again we have a word used differently in quotes this week. In order, in that order, come to order, order me some cake, alphabetical order, legal order, monastic order, the taxonomy of order – a higher order of insects.

Follow where your quotes lead you and have fun with your own arrangement.

Order: 1. the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method. 2. an authoritative command, direction, or instruction. 3. request (something) to be made, supplied, or served.

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Order Your Secrets to Success Here

“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.

Charles Dickens

This advice not only pertains to writing but to cooking a meal or anything you set your heart on doing. What skills have you developed by practicing punctuality, order, diligence, and concentration?

“Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.”

Thomas Mann

This quote speaks to the heart of writing and teaching curriculum. For example, learning calculus builds on an understanding of simple mathematics and how real numbers are combined and broken apart. If you learn concepts in order, then you can master each step of complicated equations.

Remember how you learned to drive, began to think critically, started to take photos, and wrote stories? Looking back, do you want to make changes because you know more now? I do.

Cakes in a Row

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.”

Le Corbusier

We all like putting our ducks in a row. I’m assuming that Le Corbusier meant getting all your cakes and cookies in good order.

“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”

Douglas MacArthur

Fortunately, God didn’t order us to put the clouds in order but we were ordered to take care of the earth.

In Memory of Puppy Girl: Chronological Order

July 2009-February 28, 2023

“Dogs are miracles with paws.”

Susan Kennedy

On the last day of February 2023, Kalev (dog in Hebrew) better known as Puppy Girl breathed her last earthly air and moved up to where the air is perfect.

She had three seizures within 24 hours, the last one beginning at about 11:00 pm. We took her to the emergency hospital. They said her prognosis was not good even with seizure medications which were to be taken three times a day.

Vince and I made the painful decision to give the doctor the order to take our beloved Kalev out of pain forever. Our lives will never be the same. She’d been with us for nearly thirteen and a half years and gave us so much devotion and affection.

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78 responses to “#WQ #9: Order and Eat Cake First”

  1. Mama Cormier Avatar

    As you can see, I’m very behind on my emails. So sorry to hear about your sweet girl. She would always bring smile to our faces when she joined you on our weekly Zoom calls. It’s been over a year since our dear Frances left us and we still miss her. Hugs from afar. Carol

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, my friend. She is sorely missed. I know it takes a long time to stop missing them. I’m so sorry about your sweetie pie, Frances. I thought I was past crying, but when I told my neighbor yesterday and gave her all of Kalev’s clothes and other doggie things, she was way too sympathetic.

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      1. Mama Cormier Avatar

        People mean well. You’ll cry at the most unexpected times for months to come. A good cry is good for the soul.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          She was just being nice. The problem is handling nice, sometimes! Not that mean is ever better! LOL

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  3. Janet Alcorn Avatar

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your pup! I know the decision to let her go couldn’t have been easy.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      No, it broke our hearts, especially mine. She was in my arms every day for over 13 years.

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  4. Cathy Cade Avatar

    Every pet is another hostage to fortune, but here we are with two more after losing one of ours a few years back (at only 4 years old) to an unexplained seizure. that was a shock, but maybe losing Pickle in the following year (at almost 16) is a longer-lasting grief. In both cases, the prognosis was too painful to put them through for little, if any, improvement.
    A new pet is never a replacement, but it keeps you too busy to brood.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      A loss at four years old, that is sad. Your are the third person besides us who lost one to seizures at such a young age. PG was not especially young but she was healthy right to the end. We have had more cats than dogs, but I know exactly what you mean. You don’t replace them, but each pet has their own personality that draws them to you. Like you say, that keeps us busy. I am not ready for that yet. Maybe after while. We lost two within less than two months. I’m ready to stop losing for a little bit. 🙂

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

    I am so sorry about your dog. We have lost so many — I can’t actually remember how many. That’s the price we pay for the love we get. I’ve always thought it was worth it, but I wonder if, after Duke, we’ll be able to deal with it again. My guess is no. I think the Duke is our last.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I agree. They asked if we wanted to go in with her. I couldn’t face that. I’m not sure I want to put my heart through another loss. Then there is the other side of the story. What if we are the ones to go and leave them? Will someone find them in time? Will they be cared for and loved? I never thought there would be a time when I wouldn’t want to have a dog, but that time might be now. It’s too soon to tell. thanks for your kind words, and I hope Duke lives a long, uneventful life and keeps his own teeth clean.

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      1. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

        Garry will be 81 at the beginning of April and I’ll be 76 next week. I’m pretty sure it would be irresponsible to take on another pet at this point. The idea of living with a dog or any pet is awful, but the idea of leaving them and wondering if anyone would take care of them is worse.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes it is. Our son (my stepson) still lives in CA, so it would be hard for him to be here in time. Cindy, Vince’s sister lives close, but she is our age. You and Vince are the same age. It’s gotten a lot younger than it was when we got married and his dad was this age!

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          1. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

            My mother never reached my age. She was gone at 68. But I can’t count on my son or granddaughter. Kaity is too busy with work and really so is Owen. Sometimes, reality gets in the way of life, but I’m pretty sure Duke will be our last dog. It’s hard to imagine a life without a dog, but Duke’s just 7. He will, I hope, be with us for a while. Garry comes from a very long lived family and is for his age, pretty spry — even counting all the complaints. But none of us will be here forever and I don’t want any suffering because we can’t be there for them. Bad enough I’m sure when I’m gone no one will care for the birds or the flowers.

            Our generation was very responsible. I’m not sure the kids are responsible in the same way we have been. AND they aren’t earning as much money, either.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I think our son is doing well. He’s not earning as much as I did, but between him and his wife, they are doing well. they live modestly, so I’m proud of them. She has one daughter in her late 20s whom I haven’t met. We are trying to get things to a point at which he won’t have too much to do because he is an only child. My parents were only children, and caring for aging parents fell heavily on both of them. Vince’s sister is also single, so her care will fall on one of the nieces or nephews, and there are only three. Jason will be the most likely to inherit her as well. He is such a good guy. 🙂

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  7. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Hi Marsha, I am so sorry to hear about Puppy Girl. It is very hard losing a beloved pet.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, it is, Robbie. I’m sure you have had tragedies with pets. It seems that we all have unless our pet of choice is a turtle. 🙂 Lots of love xxx

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  9. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    I’m so sorry to learned about Puppy Girl’s passing. I know what a big part of your family she was. I hope you find comfort knowing that she had a good life with you. Take care, Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Janis. Vince said the same thing several times when a wave of sadness hit me this week. “She had a good life.” She did and so did we with her. Have a wonderful week, my friend. xxx

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  10. Dan Antion Avatar

    I am so sorry to read the news about Kalev. I know how hard that is.

    Also sorry that I have missed some recent posts. It seems WordPress decided I wasn’t supposed to follow you. I am trying to correct that with this comment.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are so sweet, Dan. I have missed a few Thursday Doors, too. I haven’t taken very many pictures this month. I hope I can get back into a better routine in a week or two. Sorting files, clearing out box after box, punctuated by trips to the vet is not our best look. Have a great week my friend. You are always welcome at the door of my blog. 🙂

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      1. Dan Antion Avatar

        Thanks, Marsha. Take care.

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  11. Kirstin Troyer Avatar

    I love these Marsha and yes, so many ways we can use those words, some so obvious, I didn’t think of them. Haha!! That case of cupcakes looks amazing!!!!
    https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2023/03/putting-pen-to-keyboardwqtheme.html

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  12. Norah Avatar

    A very ordered post. Well done, Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hahah, thanks Norah. I try to pick up after myself at least every other week. 🙂

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      1. Norah Avatar

        My guess is that’s about often enough. 😉😂

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  13. KL Caley Avatar

    Oh Marsha, so sorry about puppy girl, it is heartbreaking. It’s been one year since my Mills is gone and every now and then I still look down whilst carrying bulky things to check I don’t trip over her or I glance out to the garden and think for just a second that she’s out there.

    On a more positive note, I love that cake display!!! Definitely in order and making me hungry too 😀

    Take Care.
    KL ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, KL. I’d offer you a cupcake but I left the case in San Francisco, I think. I love to take pictures of gorgeous deserts, so it could be as far away as Australia. 🙂 I’m sorry about your Mills, too. They are such a big part of us. I still think I hear her sometimes. I definitely look for her.

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  14. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Oh, so sorry to hear about Puppy Girl and such a hard decision for you to make.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Carol. I know you know how hard it was. Thanks for being a dear friend and part of our lives. Isn’t it wonderful that we have met each other’s families?

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        Yes, very special ❤️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          hugs and hearts xxxx

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  15. Alison Avatar

    Finally posted something! There is a certain order about it!

    ~ Sun, Sea Sand and Sculptures – A Taste of Things to come ~

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Lots of fun! We’re getting 10 inches of snow right now!

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      1. Alison Avatar

        So different!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          True that. Come visit next winter. You can play in the snow!

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  16. Sadje Avatar

    Thanks for the mention. I think ping backs are working now.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, Hugh said they are working again. Yay!

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Yay indeed.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Lady Lee.

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  17. Alison Avatar

    Aww so sorry about puppy girl, she will leave a big space in your lives.
    Great quotes about order 😊

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Ali. Yes, Puppy Girl is leaving a huge space. I can’t believe it happened she was so full of life. I’m glad you liked my quotes. There were so many to choose from, it was hard to decide! Have a great week, my friend. 🙂

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  19. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    Aww, your brave little Puppy Girl…I remember when she defended you against the raccoon! She is having a blast with Aero and Gideon, our cats, and has made new heavenly friends! Gary Kurz, author of Wagging Tales in Heaven writes that our pets do not wait for us because they are in the presence of God….BUT when we do go home they will greet us as enthusiastically as ever. Even after 5 months of Aero being gone, this thought brings me peace.

    Your post was very orderly and provided more food for thought as I integrate these ideas into my Sunday Stills post “Out of this World.” I loved the orderliness of all those cakes. I would gladly eat them in order too! My temperament orders me to seek order and routine in my life–this post speaks to these concepts 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are very orderly, my friend. I enjoyed your routines when we were together. You never missed a German lesson. That impressed me!

      Puppy Girl was way too small to defend me. the raccoon had her paws wrapped around Puppy Girl. Poor little thing was scared to death, and you thought I was a coyote! LOL Now you know what a great screamer I am. 🙂 BTW, screaming was totally ineffectual. It brought no help to the scene and it didn’t scare the raccoon. It might have scared PG more than she was already scared. It taught her how to scream because she let out a whoop as she ran in to tell Vince about her experience!

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        A harrowing experience for you both. She tried her best that day! Boy I need my routines.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I struggle with routines. I’m lucky to have coffee every day!

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          1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

            You’re more creative than I am. I get stuck in my linear thinking. That’s the best way to get coffee every single day!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            You dring coffee in a linear way? I sure prefer cups. 🙂 xxx

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  20. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Oh Marsha.. so many losses all in a row, so hard and I’m sooo sorry and sad about Puppy Girl! She was almost a leap year girl like me. You are such a good mom!
    I love all of the quotes and pictures in your post this week.
    Take good care of you! 💗

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Are you a leap girl. I dated a boy who was 4 (he told everyone.) He was 16. I never got even remotely serious with him because his last name was the same as my middle name. Sixteen year olds are so wise. 🙂

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        hahahaha that is so funny Marsha. Who would do that to a kid?! I am.. I will never be 29🤣

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          hahaha You may not make it to 25. Forget 29! LOL – 126??? That would be a leap of faith!

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  22. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    I’m so sorry about Puppy girl. It’s the hardest thing about having pets.
    Sending huge hugs,
    XOXO
    Jodie
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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Jodie, she loved hugs so much, and I miss that the most. So I’ll take your hugs and treasure them and pass them on to Vince. He’s been almost as teary as I have. xxx Look forward to seeing you in April!

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  23. Tofino Photography Avatar

    she will be waiting for you Marsha

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Wayne. Your reply brings tears. 🙂

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  24. joylennick Avatar

    Hola Marsha,
    Such sad news , losing your sweet Puppy Girl. I’m sure she’ll stay in your heart for ever. We had a soppy Irish Red Setter for fifteen years, and the cutest cat for a short while, and, oh, the tears that fell… Animals are such great company and their absence always much missed. Best wishes.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Joy. Both pets were so special to us. I could not let her suffer any more debilitating seizures. She was not the same doggie afterwards. But you are right, she is in my heart forever. 🙂

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  25. restlessjo Avatar

    Marsha, I’m so sorry! You tried so hard to keep her with you and she couldn’t have had more loving people in her life. Sending hugs, sweetheart!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, sweet Jo. My heart is breaking, but she is much better off. 🙂

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  26. eklastic Avatar

    So sorry to about your puppy girl. Did she listen well? She certainly had the ears for it. She looked adorable.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      She was a great listener and even better lover. I miss holding her and petting her ears! 🙂 She had a loved life.

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  27. sustainabilitea Avatar

    So sorry to read about Puppy Girl. ❤️. I know how much you’ll miss her.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, it’s very hard right now. I was looking forward to bringing her to Scottsdale and get out of this weather. Cindy has found a place and will be moving around March 5th. So we will once again, have a guest room when you come up here. 🙂

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      1. sustainabilitea Avatar

        We’ll plan for it. 😁❤️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Sounds like a plan!

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