Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Watching & Waiting

Cooper's Hawk
Watching from the woods down near the bog,
at the dead end of our road. This is one of 
a pair. They live in and hunt around our 
neighborhood, along the channel and lake.

Bald Eagle
Watching the meadow next to the frozen marsh, 
as the snow and temperatures fall, yet again.
Bald Eagles have fought hard to make a comeback 
in our area of North East Illinois. Several nests can now
be been found throughout the chain of lakes region. 

~Both pictures were taken locally, near our home.
I was recently in the right place at the right time,
though unprepared to capture their beauty.
Still, I felt blessed to see them. So, I share.~

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Cure

It has been a long, cold, wicked Winter. Most of us have some form of cabin fever and are trying to "think Spring". We just need something to help get us there, so we rely on our favourite interests, activities, or hobbies. Sure, there are movies and TV, but some of us need a bit more excitement than "awards" shows. We need something to cheer us up, or maybe something just to cheer for. There is something just right for that! 

Yep, it is time...for the Daytona 500! NASCAR is back. Let's Go Racin'!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Filled with Compassion

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!

The statements & My Answers: #201:

1. Showing compassion  is the best thing that you can do for the world. It should show in everything you do, every day, not just for "special" things. It should be a way of life. If we each took time to always show that we care, we could and would make a difference. Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Act upon feelings of compassion; show that you care. Just do it...always.

2. Do you follow or break routine on the weekends? When Bill is on the road, my days are usually all the same, with little change. Routine is key. There is no “looking forward to the weekend” and no “hump day”. Here, we look forward to Dad being home, whenever that is, because that is what matters

3. Pasta is my very favourite comfort food. It is even better when shared. We all need to be comforted sometimes, and sharing definitely makes everything better.  

4. Being with critters always makes me happy. There is no pretense with critters. There is no judgment from critters. They have no hidden agenda. Critters are always genuine to their feelings, whatever the situation. I love that about them, and try to give back to them when I can. It is their world, too. This is what rescue and advocacy is all about: I try to be their change, too.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me"

Please join me as I visit Les for a “Coffee Chat”, over at the Time Out for Mom blog. Les hosts a wonderful weekly discussion of interesting topics. This is one of my favourite places to hang out. This week Les has asked, “Who are you when no one is watching?”

When I read this, I immediately thought of what my Grampy taught me when I was very small. Grampy was a very devout Southern Baptist. He took me to church, read the Bible to me, and taught me lasting morals and values. His faith in God was strong, and he was steadfast in his beliefs. I have never doubted his or God’s love.

Grampy always told me “You are never alone. No matter what: God always sees you.” This made a profound impression on me as a young girl that has lasted all of my life. I may do something I shouldn’t and think I got away with it, if no one else saw me do it. But, sooner or later it always comes out because God sees everything. And God is just.

This was proven to me when I was four years old. I was told not to take any of the beautiful hard Christmas candy from the fancy bowl, because I always managed to choke on it. This was for my own good, I was told. Of course, this made the candy more desirable because it was now beautiful and forbidden. I took some, hid in the bedroom, stuffed the candy into my mouth, and while thoroughly enjoying my success…I began to choke.

Oh no…see?! Grampy was right! Gasping, I immediately ran to him, sure I was dying! Of course, he saved me. Then, hugging me, he turned me to face him and said, “You took the candy after being told not to, didn’t you? Crime didn’t pay, did it?” Apologizing, I admitted that, “No, crime didn’t pay.” I was sure that God knew what I had done and had told Grampy. God and Grampy were obviously in cahoots.

I still do things that I shouldn’t, or perhaps are not in my best interest. Just like everyone else, I am very human and have made many mistakes throughout my life. I deal with them, learn from them, ask forgiveness where appropriate, and move on. That is all we can do, as humans. However, at the back of my mind is always the knowledge that I am never totally alone in anything I do. God is watching…and so is Grampy.

So, to answer the question posed this week: when alone, I am the same person that I am when I am with other people. I don’t have any weird habits or quirky behaviors that I feel the need to hide. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) I am pretty much just “me” 24/7. 

Oh, don’t misunderstand me. I am a known “Dork”. Not being ashamed or embarrassed by that, I just don’t feel it necessary to “dork out” in private. Maybe this is because I know that Somebody is always watching anyway. 

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Think Spring!

Stella: wishing for the green grass of Spring

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