Friday, April 17, 2015

Fun Fill In #209

The "Follow 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! This week’s co-host is Elizabeth, of Silver's Reviews.

The statements & My Answers: #209:

1. If I could influence people’s thinking, perhaps I’d change the way they see animals. Animals are a necessary part of the world. Each species, each critter, has a place in the world, just as we do. As earth’s caretakers, we should respect that and celebrate it.

2. I’d rather travel in the United States somewhere than travel to a foreign country. No offense to other countries, but rather simple love of my own. There is so much here in America that I have not seen, and I would really love to see it all. America has so much rich beauty and history to offer.

3. Seeing the seasons change always makes me reflect on the big picture of “Life”. Life takes care of itself, and of us, by evolving and adapting. I believe we are supposed to learn from that. I watch, take notes, and try to apply what I learn to my own personal experiences.

4. Could you still maintain a close relationship with someone after they betrayed you? For me, in all honesty, it depends on the seriousness and depth of the betrayal. However, I do feel that if forgiveness is given, it should never be brought up again. To do so would be not be true forgiveness. It would be like a cancer in the relationship. The relationship could not be healthy and continue to grow if forgiveness were incomplete like that.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Left Behind

From dawn to dusk, Amelia chases the sun and walks in the shadows. The walls of the old cottage both contain and isolate her. Routine only serves to give time a purpose these days. 

Having all moved on to greener pastures, there is no one left to check on her. Now it is just Amelia and the clock, and the cats she feeds every day.

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Word Prompt: Isolated

Monday, April 13, 2015

Just a Note

Bill is here on his scheduled "home time". Please excuse my absence in visiting and commenting. I am busy enjoying my husband and family time. Time is precious, and these moments are few. I promise I will be back up to speed in a couple of days. Thanks! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015


With each flight of every bird,
with each rustle of every wing,
comes Spring.
With the wind on easy breeze,
with each slant of bright warm sun,
Spring has begun.
By Winter’s sigh and memory,
its cold dark shadows past,
life is reborn, and now
it is Spring at last. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Yard Work

Please be careful!
Plants are not the only ones living in your yard!
I have rescued many wild newborn bunnies.
It is not an ideal or preferred start for them.
If you find a wild bunny nest, please call a 
knowledgeable wildlife rescue authority 
in your area for the proper assistance.
The Humane Society offers advice, too.
Wild Rabbit Information

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dirty Chick

Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer

By Antonia Murphy

Antonia Murphy was a fast paced city journalist from San Francisco. However, after becoming a parent she decided that she needed to settle down to raise her family in a close, supportive environment. Antonia and her husband ended up on a farm in New Zealand. Making it their home, they felt they could focus on the important things: family and community.

From the very beginning of this memoir, the author engages the reader with humour and wit. Some of the stories we read about are the problems of an errant rooster, the charms of both alpacas and goats, raining lambs, and the issues of wandering cows.

Along with these exploits are many other related issues of farming. We learn of pitfalls in making cheese, and the extra benefits of homemade wine. Again, generous humour is added to both recipes. However, there are many valuable life lessons in this colourful book, as well. 

This is a memoir that has it all: family drama, rich humour, critters, world travel, and so much more. It is all told with a generous heart and warm soul. I can only hope that Antonia Murphy will write more about the adventures on her New Zealand farm. She may be a "dirty chick", but she is my kind of person!