“J” is for JOY!!!!!!!

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter J

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So many things give me joy today as a recovering alcoholic and cocaine addict’ The fact that I am clean and sober just for today – joy! My husband of over 18 years through thick and thin – joy! My awesome family in Shore Acres, League City, Seabrook, Texas city, TX and my dad and stepmother in McDonald, TN that have shown nothing but love, compassion and support in all my ups and downs- joy! My new St. Phillip of Jesus Catholic Church parish family – joy! My most HOLY friends the Sisters of the Holy Spirit – joy, joy, joy! My other friends that I have had for two decades – joy!

But the most awesome joy providing things in my life is why we celebrate NATIONAL PET (FOUR LEGGED BABIES) DAY on April 11, 2019; our  Crissy, Little Bitty, Zailey, Sadie, and Stichy !! They are my joy and they love us so unconditionally that my heart just leaps when I walk in the door from being somewhere.

That’s what is in “My Rattled Cage” today, thanks for stopping by!!

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“I” is for – “I Can Only Imagine”


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I am very open about my Catholic faith and how I know that while I am a gay man with multiple problems from addictions to mental health issues, My God and His Son Jesus Christ love me anyways. I also am aware that God does not make any mistakes – we are all here for a reason that only he knows.

I first heard I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me in the spring of 1999 almost a year after my mother had passed on May 10th, 1998 which happened to be Mother’s Day here in the US. I started balling my eyes out because, while I knew the song was about meeting God and Jesus at death, I immediately began imagining what it would be like to see my mother again, my grandfathers, my brother that passed when I was six months old and even friends who I had lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To this day 20 years later, this song can still bring me to tears and when I sing it, all of my dogs come running to me.

Mercy Me’s I Can Only Imagine was written and composed by lead vocalist Bart Millard, the song, based around a main piano track, was inspired by the death of Millard’s father and considers what it would be like in Heaven and to be standing before God. For your enjoyment here is Bart Millard telling the story behind the song along with the video.


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“H” is for – He Knows! How Can It Be? and Here Am I!!

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I am so happy that no matter what I am going through, I know that He Knows and He is never going to give me anything that I cannot handle!! I love this song by Jeremy Camp – He Knows!!


On those days when I truly feel like my life is really crazy and I don’t understand why God would even love me  because of the manic episodes and the depression, I just need to ask my God how can it be? Lauren Daigle’s – How Can It Be!!


During this time of Lent I am so blessed to be able to tell my God “Here Am I – send Me”. It is so important for me to be able to be open, honest and so proud of my faith that gotten me through so much in my life. Yes, here am I – send me and use me in whatever way that you see fit!!!! Mercy Me’s – Here Am I!

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“G” is for Gregory – BAHAHAHAHAHA!!

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter G

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I am a day late, but that is okay!!! Okay, I have decided to be a bit narcissistic for the post for “G”. “G’ is for Gregory Leon Frieden being gracious, grateful, gregarious God loving and God fearing. He may also be a bit grandiose at times, giving, very grumpy, with a loud guffaw. Gregory feels like an old geezer sometimes and he is a gampaw to Little Bitty. Gregory cannot work out at a gym because of chronic pain issues, but he wouldn’t want to anyways. Gregory is a very out and proud gay guy that does not own a gun. Now Gregory must go!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I couldn’t find a a song about Gregory so I chose the next best thing. I am a huge Elvis Presley fan and my favorite gospel Song of his is “How Great Thou Art” The video I have is from his last performance on June 19,1977


In addition I want to share one of my favorite Blake Shelton songs that I have dedicated to my husband because I know that God did give him to me!!! “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton.

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#SoCS 4/6/19 & #AtoZChallenge – “F”/”FAB”

      This post is part of both #SoCS 4/6/19 – “FAB” and #AtoZChallenge – “F”

When I was younger and even now at the age of 52 I have loved the FABULOUS FABLES of Aesop. Below is the fable of The Quack Toad. The character in this fable reminds me so much of the current occupant of The White House in the United States. That individual is so adept at telling such fabulously, fabulated way of how they see themselves, our country, our allies and even our enemies. It amazes me that this man is still in office. This individual loves to tell everyone how all of the good things going on in the U.S. are because of him and only him, but yet has never taken responsibility for all of the horrific divisiveness that is taking place in our country!! During his campaign he really sounded like the quack toad with all of his rhetoric about “Make America Great Again” – by the way, Ronald Reagan he is not and Reagan was the first presidential candidate to use that slogan with a whole lot more finesse back in 1979-80!!!

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The Quack Toad Story – Aesop

An old Toad once informed all his neighbors that he was a learned doctor. In fact he could cure anything. The Fox heard the news and hurried to see the Toad. He looked the Toad over very carefully.

“Mr. Toad,” he said, “I’ve been told that you cure anything! But just take a look at yourself, and then try some of your own medicine. If you can cure yourself of that blotchy skin and that rheumatic gait, someone might believe you. Otherwise, I should advise you to try some other profession.”

For your enjoyment if you are not familiar with the Aesop’s Fables I wanted to share a free Google book with you.

Aesop’s Fables: Together with the Life of Aesop – By Aesop


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“E” is for “Even When!!”

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter E

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Everyday is a reminder that EVEN WHEN I stumble, fall and get back up that my savior Jesus Christ is always here with me!! I tried very hard to find an official video for Jeremy Camp’s “Even When” to no avail. I was able to obtain the lyrics and below is the song itself for your enjoyment.


You know and you see, the times of my defeat
When I fail to realize your kindness reaches
Through all my fragile fears
Of wasting any years
I see you go beyond my silent feelings
Even when I wrote my life away
You still receive me
Even when I wrote my life away
You still receive me
You took this fading head and softened
Every part
I’ll rest in light of what you’ve promised to me
Even when I wrote my life away
You still receive me
Even when I wrote my life away
You still receive me
I’ll always stay strong because I feel you holding on now
To you I belong and I know
And you heal me (3x)
Even when I wrote my life away
You still receive me (3X)
© 2004 Bec Recordings / Emd


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“D” is for DOGS

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter D

#AtoZChallenge – “D”

I bet nobody can guess what my post for the letter “D” will be about. Of course you can!! Today’s post is of course going to be about two of the five of my most favorite creatures in the world, my four-legged babies, that most humans would just call DOGS!!! Please enjoy the video link below.

Birthday song video for Sadie and Stitchy on 4/2/2019

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On Monday April 1st our youngest Sadie and Stitchy, sister and brother, turned 2 years old. One of my favorite pictures is when they were babies and they wanted to eat my Oscar the Grouch puppet. 

Every year on their birthday or around the time they came into our home our dogs receive their own birthday cake meatloaf that they share with there pack mates. The only ingredients are ground beef, unsalted crackers, eggs, peanut butter and milk. After cooking it is iced with white icing and then decorated with ketchup. I have been doing this for years and they love it!!!

The last picture is of course our Crissy, Stitchy, Sadie, Zailey and Little Bitty!!

Of course yes I do have a song. The very first song released by Cat Stevens in 1967 – I Love My Dog for your enjoyment!!!

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