Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Coffee Chat: "Funny"

It is time for Coffee Chat at  Time Out for Mom, with Rory Bore. Each week, she gives us a topic for discussion. We write a post in response and then link up to her post. The topic this week is: "Tell about something that made you laugh recently." 

Animals never cease to amaze me. They often make me laugh. My own FurKids are always being silly with each other, with us, and sometimes totally on their own. Chloe Jo is a clown! But Nature also can be funny. 

I have been watching the sparrows making nests. They have been carrying all kinds of things across the yard, including bits of fur, string, leaves and small twigs. They carry it all back to their little house. The pair really works together; it is amazing. It also makes me smile.

The robins are busy, too. The other morning I saw robin hunting in my yard. He would run across the grass, then stop and tilt his head. After a moment, he would do this again. After doing this several times, he found what he was looking for. He quickly dove into the grass and grabbed the end of a worm. The robin would pull and then pause, patiently working the worm out of the ground. Just as the robin got the worm was out of the ground, another robin swooped in and grabbed it right out of his mouth! I couldn't believe it! After all of that work, he had nothing. He watched the other robin fly off with his worm. As I laughed, he actually turned to look at me. He didn't think it was funny. I apologized, not that that mattered.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mommy's a Mole

Unraveling the Joan Webster Murder &
Other Secrets in a CIA Family

By Eve Carson

This is a true story, written by one who lived it. Author Eve Carson writes about what happened in her own family, and her necessary search for justice.

The story actually begins many years ago. It is Thanksgiving weekend, 1981, and Joan Webster is traveling through Logan Airport. However, she never makes it to her destination; she comes up missing.

Married to Joan’s brother, and friends with Joan, author Eve Carson pursues justice for Joan and the family. She is horrified, but motivated by the things that she uncovers. Though for her it began with the disappearance of Joan, she finds that Joan may have been collateral damage. The more she learns, the messier the entire case gets. Things are not what they had seemed.

In this thick book, Eve goes over the case, people involved, and the evidence she uncovers in great detail. She includes a Timeline at the rear of the book, as well as copies of actual documents and proof. Her private investigation is thorough and impressive.

Sadly, as she finds herself embroiled in the case, Eve ends up losing her own family. Her husband and his family turn on her. There are many victims and extensive fall out in this story. However, Eve does not give up in her pursuit of justice. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the case is that the more “dirt” Eve uncovers, the more the authorities look away. 

It is my hope that Eve’s book will bring this case to the proper authorities, who will resolve this miscarriage of justice. Only then will healing begin. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Morning Has Broken
(Cat Stevens)

Christ has risen, as He promised.
~Luke 24:6~

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the blood he gave.
Green is for the grass he made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace he gave.
Purple is for his hour of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
 A basket of Jelly Beans
is colorful and sweet,
a prayer and a promise,
a very special treat.

May the joy of Christ's Resurrection
Fill your heart and Bless your life.


Written by Shirley Kozak, 1990, 
Stuttgart Germany

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Four Fill-In #159

The "Follow Friday Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her and let her know your suggestions!

The statements & My Answers:

1. I do not require a lot of material possessions. The things important to me are not physical or tangible "things". (I do not consider animals or my FurKids possessions.)

2. Sometimes I wonder if mankind will ever learn from history or mistakes made.

3. It is very unusual but I do not watch or read horror/paranormal movies or books. I have read some nonfiction ghost books that were of a historical nature (though rarely). I feel uncomfortable with anything "supernatural".

4. Is it illegal to keep secrets that may be questionable?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pondering: "Hop"

I am joining Brenda at BYG Adventures  for her weekly "Pondering". This week she has us pondering the word "hop". Come join us!

The first things that come to my mind are bunnies and frogs. I always thought it was interesting that we refer to their movement as "hopping". When we are children, we are taught to "jump" with two feet, and "hop" on one foot. I cannot imagine a rabbit or a frog "hopping" on one foot! Well, can you? 

As a kid growing up in South Texas, I used to go out to the ditches and bayous when it rained. I would collect buckets of tadpoles. I would then lug these buckets home and scoop the tiny tadpoles into fish bowls. It was so amazing to watch them grow into frogs. When they completed their transformation, I would take the frogs back to where I found them as tadpoles and release them. I was very careful to make sure everyone made it back alive and uninjured.

It was also this same time period that I had pet rabbits. I had four bunnies: three males (Razzle Dazzle, Buck and Rusty) and a female (Cotton). Razzle Dazzle and Cotton were white rabbits. I must admit that they were kind of an “item”. There were baby bunnies (also called kittens, kits, or kindle) born more than once. Buck was a silvery-grey colour. Rusty was a natural (wild) brown.

I am glad that I was an older kid then (ages 10-13), because bunnies are a lot of work! I had four hutches in a row. I had to clean the hutches in the morning and evening. Cleaning involved the inside of each hutch, and then underneath the row of hutches. Rabbits eat a lot, thus creating a lot of rabbit waste and odor. After cleaning in and around the hutches, I would give the bunnies fresh water and food.  

Rabbits also need to chew, so must be offered something to chew on. Their incisors grow throughout their lives. Chewing can become a problem, especially if they are bored. There are things that can be offered to help keep their teeth trimmed while curbing destructive behavior. When I was a kid, I often had to be creative. I gave them things like paper towel rolls and chunks of wood or small branches.

Razz was a huge male (a buck). He was very dominant with the other rabbits, but gentle with people and other animals. Buck and Rusty hated being held, and would claw and bite anyone but me. Cotton (a doe) was always afraid. Her heart would race every time she was handled, which broke my heart. All four rabbits were grown when I adopted them. They were “rescues”. I still love rabbits, and have done quite a bit of newborn bunny rescue. I bottle feed orphans and later release them back into the wild. (That is Solo, an orphaned newborn Eastern Cottontail rescue, in my Blog Header.)

With Easter here I would like you to consider these things before adopting a bunny. They are a lot of work. They can be very messy, and they do have a strong odor (especially males). Their need for chewing is constant and can be very destructive. They can be difficult to get along with, for each other as well as for you to handle. Housing them can be challenging. Rabbits need a lot of room to get proper exercise. They can make excellent pets, but rabbits are living animals and require proper care. 

One final note: Please keep in mind that wild rabbits are active now that Spring is here. Rabbits will often create a nest in weeds or grassy areas. Check your yards and lawns, especially before you let pets outside or mow the grass. If you find them, consult with a wildlife rescue professional for assistance. Everyone will be better for it. 

Hoppy Easter!
Solo's release

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals

A Guide for the Consumer

By Susan E. Davis

Physical therapy is not only for humans. It is actually beneficial to many animals. Whether the animal is a pampered pet or a working animal, there are many benefits to be gained. This book explains the needs and benefits of physical therapy.

Author Susan E. Davis is a licensed physical therapist. She has more than three decades of experience. She worked initially in human physical therapy, but then veterinary physical therapy became her specialty. She has worked in many settings, from homecare to zoos.

Physical therapy is used for a variety of reasons, treating the various stages of life, illness, injury, and age. Physical therapy can also prevent or treat injuries. This is especially helpful in those who are active or working, whether in a competitive arena or a working situation. It can strengthen or promote healing, depending upon the need and case.

In this book, you will learn about the history and evolution of physical therapy. You will also learn about the many methods available, and their particular benefits. There are natural (holistic) methods available. These types of therapy may include Reiki and acupuncture, as well as many other options. Traditional methods may involve splints, wraps, and the use of manipulation or equipment. The reader learns the differences in traction and strengthening, as well as how each one works.

Using actual case studies, you will learn how the type of physical therapy is prescribed. You will then see how it can be utilized properly. Each animal, like each human, is different in both need and capability. Only a qualified healthcare expert can diagnose and prescribe the appropriate method. However, an educated owner can help in maintenance and care of their pets. 

The book is easy to read and use. The author lists related topics and resources along with the appendix. I recommend this book to pet owners, and to those who work with animals. I have used physical therapy, and performed it on my pets. I can attest to its many benefits in healing and in prolonging quality of life. This is an essential volume to those who love the animals in their care.