Saturday, October 31, 2015

Beware


Don’t go past the graveyard tonight.
It’s late and dark, just right for a fright.
The souls are restless, spiteful and loud,
keeping the threats they once avowed.
Witches fly high, while zombies lie low.
Spirits float where cold winds blow.
Shadows stumble between the trees,
while old hobgoblins taunt and tease.
Heavy footsteps leave deep treads
upon ancient eternal rotting beds.
Whispers echo over crypts and stones
as wind rattles teeth and skeleton bones.
Bats take to wing in pale moonlight. 
Beware what walks the graveyard tonight.



Happy Halloween!



Poem: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Public Domain

                                                

Monday, October 26, 2015

My Road

"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
                                                         ~Yogi Berra 

Life happens. It does not always go as we planned, or as we want. But it does go, and it does not wait for us. I know my road has been a long and winding one with many forks in it. I choose as wisely as possible and trust that it will come out where I need it to.

I am away this week. I will be at Mayo Clinic for some health issues. When I get back home I plan to get the computer situation worked out. The desk top is very old and fragile, so I cannot stress it out. The lap top continues to battle the unwanted, imposed download of Windows 10. If W10 succeeds, my lap top will crash. So, I cannot trust that computer either. 

This is why I have been absent. As smart as my "smart" phone is, it cannot do everything that a "real" computer can. Please understand. I miss blogging, writing, and all of my friends out there. I thank all of you who have checked in on me. I will be back.  

Right now, I need to get back to my road and focus. If you don't pay attention, you can get lost out there. I need to take that fork, now.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Issues


Please bear with me. I am having some technical issues. I am working on it, but these things take time. Our PC is old and fragile. My netbook is fighting with the Windows 10 update. I do not want it, but it seems to be imposing itself on us. Whenever I try to update other apps, Windows 10 suddenly tries to sneak in and download itself. I did not sign up for it and do not want it on these older computers.

Please be patient with me. I know many of you have had computer issues, too. It seems to be my turn in the proverbial barrel. Hopefully, I will be able to get through this soon. I do have much to say. 

Bill was home for a few days but had a bug that he picked up out west. He saw the doctor, and is back on the road, now. Stella is off on a most excellent adventure. I will be away for a few days, at the end of the month. George is four months old, and getting ready for a "major procedure". There is a lot going on! 

However, until I can get this worked out, I may seem a bit scarce. I am working on a way to post or at least comment on your wonderful posts. As I am able to, I will. Thanks for your understanding.

In the words of the colourful Rosanne Rosannadanna, "It's always something."


Monday, October 12, 2015

Food for Thought


"If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."
                                                                                        ~Gordon A. Eadie

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Happy Birthday, Bill!



Wishing you the very best,
because you deserve it!
Love from all of us!
~xo~

Thankfully, Bill was able to get home for a few days, which includes his birthday. We have been busy enjoying this special time together as a family. Thanks for understanding.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Well, I Have Never…

The Coffee Chat topic this week is, “What have you never done, but would like to do now?” Whether we are going out of our comfort zone or finally finding comfort where we are, this is an interesting question. Please join us at Les’s blog Ink Interrupted

I am at the stage of my life where I have either done things that I wanted to do, or no longer want to do some of the things I thought I wanted to do. Along the way, there were many unplanned things that I did. However, I now know myself and try to choose wisely.

To be honest, I learned from everything that I did. There were usually reasons for many things that I did. With reasons, there are usually lessons, too. Things that I thought I wanted to do often evolved into something else.

I always wanted to be a nurse. Health and circumstances prevented that from happening when I had the opportunity. However, I did become a nurse for animals when I was a veterinary technician. I still use those skills in animal rescue. This is a good example about life changing us and consequently, what we do.

Along those lines, I have thought I would like to have Stella certified as a therapy dog. I know how beneficial pets are to my well-being. I know others feel this way, too. I have seen how therapy dogs can liven up nursing home residents. Many of these people have had pets. They miss that companionship, unconditional love and acceptance.

Stella could also visit places like assisted living facilities, hospitals, schools, and other groups. She could bring her positive energy to those who need it. She is a special dog, and we are very proud of her.

Stella did not have a good life before we adopted her. She was surrendered to a Sheltie Rescue when she was 2 ½ years old. When she came to us, she had no confidence and had never felt unconditional love. She did not even know how to play. As we worked with her and trained her, she blossomed. She realized that she could do things that would make others happy, and this made her very happy. Stella was inspired!

Stella is always calm, polite, and very approachable. She will sit at people’s feet and look up at them while they talk to her. She will shake hands with people she meets. Stella also has learned that she has a voice. She will “speak” only when asked to, or when it is absolutely necessary.  This is unusual for a Sheltie to learn at the age of three years. (Most Shelties start to use their voice while still tiny pups; getting them to stop can be most difficult!) 

Before Stella, I had never thought of doing animal therapy with people. She is five years old now. Watching Stella grow into herself, full of joy and life was amazing. Stella found love and comfort with us, and now she seeks to share these gifts with others. I am inspired to help her to do just that. 

~Stella~



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Monday, October 5, 2015

Forgiveness


"Forgiveness is giving up the hope that 
the past could have been any different." 
                                                    ~Unknown

Sunday, October 4, 2015

St. Francis & the Animals

Today is "World Animal Day",
an international day of action 
for animal rights and welfare.
This was first celebrated in 1931
by a group of ecologists in Italy.


They chose October 4th in honour
of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, 
who is the patron saint of all animals.


Today we join in celebrating St. Francis
and all of the animals that he loved,
because we do, too. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sharing Wise Words

We have been challenged by Janet of The Cat on My Head to participate in a Quote Challenge. I love quotes, as they can offer comfort and inspiration. So, I accept this challenge.

The quote that I live by is, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” I first read this quote by the philosopher/poet Friedrich Nietzsche when I was a teenager. I have personalized it, as many do. Throughout my life, these words have helped me forge through many difficult times and situations.


I love the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. There are many words of wisdom that he has given us to follow. One of my favourite quotes by Gandhi is very simple. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” If each of us kept that in mind and heart we would all benefit in lasting ways.


 I keep another quote by the wise Mahatma Gandhi on my blog footer, with an image of Maggie and Chloe Jo. Please notice my footer to see how powerful this quote is. This quote is one that I feel is deeply important to all who share this planet. Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

There are many more quotes that come to mind and speak to me.  Some inspire me, some humble me. I have tried to learn from the many teachers that have been given to me in various ways. Some of these teachers have come to me through books. Many have been proven through time and experience, such as religious leaders and spiritual leaders. Others have been in my life for a specific purpose, such as school teachers. Yet, I have learned much from relatives and friends, too. I think of their words often as I go through my daily life. Some of these words are sage advice for a lifetime while others make me laugh long after they were said.

When I started my blog, I shared a quote once a week. I have been thinking of doing that again. Time and circumstance change my direction, whether I like it or not. However, I am trying to get back to a routine and schedule with my blog and my writing. I am only human. A favourite quote that illustrates this perfectly is from the author Augusten Burroughs, “I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”


The rules are of this Quote Challenge are:
*Thank the blogger who nominated you.
I want to thank Janet of The Cat on My Head. She is a warm and wonderful person who shares words of wisdom and inspiration with the help of The Kitties Blue. Thank you, Janet, for all that you do and for always being there.
*Post three of your favorite quotes.
I have posted four that immediately came to mind.
*Nominate 3 bloggers and challenge them.
I now challenge these three bloggers to share quotes that speak to them:
*Les of Ink Interrupted 
*Patricia of Patricia's Place