Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Frenz Furever"

True friends are blessings in life.
From an early age we learn 
to make friends,
 even when they are different.
We learn to accept their differences
as just part of who they are.
We accept the good with the bad,
because we know they will be there,
just as we will be for them.
Friendship grows and can stand
the test of time, if there
 is mutual acceptance & respect.

"A true friend is someone 
who accepts your past, 
supports your present, 
& encourages your future."
~Unknown~


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday's Window: NJ

New Jersey

The NJ waterways

Urban reality
An Unloading Dock in a neighborhood,
where Bill had to back down a narrow,
crowded alley, then make a sharp left 
into a narrow, crowded unloading dock.
The picture is taken through the 
front window of the truck.

A NJ payphone (notice the old signs)

NJ wildlife, of the feathered variety

A common NJ scene

We made six deliveries to NJ, 
in two trips, while I was 
trucking with Bill last November.
This is my personal experience
of my time in New Jersey.
I am sorry to say that this 
is not my favourite 
part of the country. 
The traffic, congestion, 
 urban attitude and 
the way of life all leave me 
feeling very sad. 





The Rainbow Bridge


Bridge to Inner Peace and World Peace

By Brent N. Hunter

This inspirational book was recently re-released, for its tenth anniversary.

The book is a spiritual vision of a united world. It paints a portrait of a simpler, practical path of how it was meant to be. The image is one of one world living in peace, common beliefs, and unity.

Brent Hunter offers many quotes throughout the book, to inspire and teach. The goal is to help others to seek to achieve a deeper, more meaningful life for all.

This book has survived and been reissued for the simple reason that there is a need. People are seeking peace and purpose. The answer is within each of us; this book is a reminder.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Our World Tuesday, #75

Kansas Heartland

Driving through the heart of Kansas there is a unique feeling of history. There are many farms, ranches and cattle yards. The greenery mixed with scrub brush, rock and tumbleweeds has a raw, natural beauty all its own. There is still a genuine wildness in America's heartland.



Linking to: Our World Tuesday

Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

Musings from the Road

By Willie Nelson

In this memoir, the legendary Willie Nelson shares thoughts about his life. While traveling on the road, he muses about many topics from his upbringing and greatest influences, to his mistakes and regrets.

Willie is open and very frank about all of his thoughts. He discusses God, and what he strongly feels is the role we are meant to play in the world. His common sense thoughts on the environment are connected to this.

Willie openly discusses his influences and muses, giving credit where credit is due. With his trademark outlaw wisdom, he also discusses his beliefs on politics, with some questionable ideas.

The book is filled with poignant memories, and humorous anecdotes. Willie shares pictures, as well as drawings and artwork by his son Micah. Family and friends are clearly extremely important to Willie.

There is no doubt that he is an icon in country music. Respected by many, he is a prolific songwriter, a poet, and a champion of the underdog. This book reflects all that is Willie Nelson.

Having seen him several times in concert, I have always been a fan of Willie. I respect his honesty, his natural wisdom, and his music. He is genuine, which is hard to find today. He has the heart and the soul of a poet. I love this about him.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Critters & Me

I have loved animals all of my life. I realized early that their love is unconditional. Animals do not judge. They accept you; they do not ask for explanation. They never expect more than you can give, appreciating what you are able to offer. 

Throughout my life, I have been able to share with several kinds of critters. Pets were my best friends, as a kid. I moved often, attending eleven schools. Critters can be counted on when no one else is available.

My earliest pets were turtles. There were many of the small water turtles. They lived in plastic bowls, with the little island that had the plastic palm tree. I had quite an extensive turtle cemetery, out behind the house. Each grave was marked with a rock and a prayer. After awhile, there were so many rocks that even I couldn’t remember which were actual graves!

I gave up on them when we adopted Snoopy the painted turtle. She came from family friends who caught her while fishing in a local river. She was blind in one eye, but I thought she was beautiful. I guess it was obvious that I wanted a dog when I named her Snoopy. Bashful was a rescued tortoise that we later acquired. Someone had painted her shell.

There was also a succession of box turtles: Nagi, Nova, Belle, Ivy, and Studs. Each had their own personality and set of traits. They came from abusive or neglectful homes. We took in snakes, lizards, and other reptiles and amphibians, too. While turtles and reptiles seem low maintenance, they are living creatures with specific needs. Temperature, clean water and proper diets are critical with all living things.

We have cared for hundreds of tropical and native fish. Bill is the fish expert, and I learned much through him. We have cared for both small, fragile tropical fish, and huge predator types. Each one of them taught us something, as well.

Many rodents came in and out of my childhood. Snowball was my albino hamster, who did not like to be awakened. Perdita was the guinea pig rescue. A family in our apartment building did not want her. She was very noisy and loved to eat! Stanley the gerbil turned out to be Taffy, and not a Stanley, at all. Her cage-mate was Oliver, who was a male gerbil. I rescued Roscoe the mouse, from a date with a snake. There were pet rats, too. Much later, there were dormice. They all had reasonably short lives, but left a lifetime impression on me.

I have had the blessing of knowing birds, too. There was Rosalee Dove, and Dale Birdheart, both of which were wild doves. There was Jo-Jo the baby starling, and Virgil Vulture, who was not really a vulture. God sent them all to be cared for, when they could not do it for themselves. We gave them what they needed, and received love in return.

There have been the occasional really "wild" animal, like Rasputin the skunk, and the families of raccoons and opossums. I have also been blessed by unique pets, such as John Henry the squirrel monkey, who rode on the backs of puppies, as if in a circus show. When he came to us, he had been neglected. His collar was embedded in his neck. With proper medical care, he turned out just fine. He was very entertaining, if a bit ornery.

I have loved some special rabbits, too. Razzle-Dazzle, Buck, Rusty, and Cotton were rabbits I cared for as a child. They lived in a long wooden, sectioned coop out back, behind the house. I was very devoted to them. I have raised many wild bunnies, with an eyedropper, love and patience. These, however, I release back to the wild. They are God’s animals, not mine. They are shared with me for only a short time, because they need me.

I have had the fortunate experience of being a veterinary technician. I then operated my own pet-sitting/pet care business. I have always shared my home with numerous cats and dogs throughout my life, and will continue to do so. Rescue has been a very important part of that. I cannot say they were mine, or I was theirs. They remain with me always. I love animals for the lessons and love that they give. 

I am sure there will be more animals in my life, as I leave my heart open for them. I believe that God loves animals, because He makes so many of them, and so many kinds, as well. I am thankful to have known the ones He has shared with me, and I look forward to knowing and loving many more. I believe I am a better person for having them in my life.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Unanswered



As soon as the call went into voice mail, she dialed the number again. The darkness and distance between them fed her determination. She had to hear his voice to know things were okay. She could not stop herself, calling again and again, forty times in all. However he didn’t know; his phone’s ringer was turned off.

Linking to Lillie McFerrin at
The prompt: Ringing



Saturday, January 26, 2013

Being Real


Just trying to keep it real.


Linking to 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Feline Friday #22


Linking to Burnt Food Dude
for Feline Friday

Solomon's Tale

A Wise Cat Helps a Family in Crisis

By Sheila Jeffries

This is an intense, heart-rending novel about life and death. It is creative and unique in its perspective and viewpoint.

Solomon is a spiritually gifted cat. He is chosen to come back to life, to guide a family deep in crisis. Along the way, there are many adventures. He also meets and falls in love along the way. The  outrageous Jessica presents problems while adding humour for Solomon.

The book is based on two actual, real cats. This is an interesting, inspiring novel with a spiritual base. It is entertaining and enjoyable.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Telemarketers


Even with the "Do Not Call List"
it seems the calls keep coming!

They won't take "No" for an answer!

The calls are irrelevant and obnoxious!

Unfortunately, so are the telemarketers.

There must be a reason for that.




Lost Cat

A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology
By Caroline Paul
Illustrated By Wendy MacNaughton

This is a very sweet book. It drew me in, and I read it in one sitting.


The author is going through a rough time, when her cat seems to dessert her. It becomes her mission to find him. She feels she must uncover where he is going, but also why he left her. 
She becomes obsessed, much to the dismay of those around her. 

With the help of posters, persistence, time, and GPS tracking devices, she does manage to get answers. However, the answers may not be the ones she wanted. Be careful what you wish for.

I love this book. It is written with honesty and humour, and with love.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday's Window: Shelter


Factory skids, to hold products for transport

A sparrow, finding shelter inside a skid

These pictures were taken outside a factory in Indiana. After making a delivery, Bill was waiting for unloading to be complete. We were watching the sparrows as they would come and go from their shelter inside the skids. Nature is amazing as it adapts to the world around it, never harming it. If only humans would take a lesson from nature, the world would be a safer place for all living things.









Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Our World Tuesday #74


This photo was taken in Iowa, on my trucking road-trip with Bill. I love the stark look of the bare winter tree, with the rising sun behind it. Even in the cold darkness, there is the promise of hope. It is a perpetual reminder that life goes on.



Linking to:

An Exception

I really do not participate in awards or tags anymore. However I am honoured by the past ones I have received, and the thoughtfulness of the blogger. I put my Award page back up for that reason. I have been chosen again. So, as an exception, I will acknowledge this. I adore this blogger, her blog, and her fabulous felines. Please visit Elizabeth at Feline Funnies. Thank you, Elizabeth. You and your furbabies are wonderful.
There are several rules we must follow in order to accept this award:
1) Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2) Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them.
3) Answer the 5 simple questions.
4) Nominate blogs for the award and notify each of them.
5) Display the award on your blog somewhere.
Here are the 5 questions and answers:  
1. If you could change one thing, what would you change?
I wish that people would respect others. You don’t have to understand to accept someone. That’s what respect is all about, accepting the other without judgment. Be nice, and treat others the way you want to be treated. Maggie, Grizelda & Chloe Jo agree. 
2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be? Any year?
Good grief. No, I would not repeat any age or year. It took forever to get this far! Maggie and Grizelda are happy at their current age. Chloe Jo is a perpetual baby.
3. What is one thing that really scares you?
The thought of losing my husband terrifies me. I also fear a tragedy that could leave my critters alone. Grizelda would tell you change scares her...and the doorbell. Maggie & Chloe Jo say the vacuum cleaner does.
4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you'll be able to complete it?
I have a poetry book (Weeds), and plan more poetry books. I also have a children’s book (Bedtime Tail). I am writing a book of my animal rescues; that is important. Maggie, Grizelda and Chloe Jo dream of Daddy being home more...well, so do I.
5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?
 I am okay with being me; I am comfortable being me. Maggie thinks she is purrfectly fine as she is. Grizelda is comfortable in her own fur. Chloe Jo cannot imagine why she would want to, she is so happy!
Last but definitely not least, I would like to pass this award to some blogs that I follow and admire. Please take a few minutes to visit each one. I feel sure that you will enjoy them as much as I do.




Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

daily dose of dogs

(aka cats with your coffee)

By Chrystal Parker


Chrystal Parker is an animal rescuer. This book is a collection of the stories she has shared on her blog of the same name. The stories are all true, as is Chrystal and her work. She shares her work, a labour of love. She is dedicated to homeless animals and finding them a forever home.

The stories in this book will make you think and feel. They will make you laugh and cry. They will move you, and stay with you. Hopefully, they will inspire you to join in the effort of helping those who cannot help themselves.

Chrystal operates an adoption program called “Winnie’s Wish”, in memory of one of her original rescue cats. She has been successful in adoptions nationwide. Her followers are many.

As a fellow rescuer and advocate, I can identify with Chrystal and her passion for homeless, helpless animals.  I commend her efforts. This is a labour of love, and it is its own reward, to save a life. I hope you will read this book and be inspired to join this mission, even in some small way.

You can visit Chrystal Parker at her blog, daily dose of dogs (aka cats with your coffee)


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Storms Never Last...

It's always darkest 
before the dawn...
...and 
Storms Never Last, 
do they?


Linking to Cate, at
for Six Word Saturday
&
At Home With Books
for Saturday Snapshot



*Photo by McGuffy Ann Morris,
taken in Lancaster, PA.

Friday, January 18, 2013

"The Window from Which We Look"

I received this from a friend, 
and feel it is well worth sharing. 


                                                                     Google Image

A young couple bought a house, and moved into their new neighborhood.
           
The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside. "That laundry does not look very clean", she said. “I don’t think she knows how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap." 
Her husband looked on, but remained silent. 


Every time the neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make similar comments. After several weeks, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line. She said to her husband, "Look, she has finally learned how to wash correctly! I wonder what did it.” 

The husband said, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows."

Such is life. 
What we see when watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we look.
-Author Unknown



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Baby, it's Cold Outside!

It is Winter, and very cold!

You have to dress warm,

and wear extra clothes, 
to really "bundle up".

It's nice to stay inside, 
warm & cozy, with some 
blankets & a good book.

Because, Baby, it's cold outside!
Stay safe and warm!

Please keep your "Furkids", 
and all animals, warm and safe.
Their lives depend upon it!


Linking to Michelle, at:
for "Cat Thursday"