Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Chloe Jo Update


Chloe Jo met with her vet yesterday. It was a very long, upsetting day for her. We are sure something is going on with her, but unsure as to what that is. The only way to know is to do a biopsy. So, she will have that testing done next Monday. We won't know anything until the end of next week. 

We thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers. We especially thank Kitties Blue and their Mom for sharing and asking for prayers. This is scary for us, and even more for Chloe Jo. We will keep you posted on her situation. Hugs.❤

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Chloe Jo News


This past Friday was "Black Friday". It was also Chloe Jo and Grizelda's birthday. I had submitted the above picture of Chloe Jo to LOLcats. It made their home page! So, if you see this in the future, you can say, "I know that cat!", and you will be right. *wink*

While we are discussing her, please remember Chloe Jo in your prayers. She is having some issues with her health, again. There are some new, potentially serious problems going on with her. We are hoping it is just her immune system working overtime, again. We will see the vets on Monday and see what they advise. 

In her six years, Chloe Jo has had many health issues, some quite serious. Her start in life was not good, which left her and her litter orphaned from the moment of birth. While Grizelda has been healthy, Chloe Jo's health is very precarious. Not only does her immune system work overtime, several of her organs are also abnormal. This combination of problems has affected her in various ways, both physically and emotionally. It is part of what makes her special, but it has also made her a perpetual BabyCat. As her Mom, it makes me love her even more because she needs it more.

Thank you for caring about her. I appreciate it. I will keep you posted on her situation. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thankful for Our Black Cats

Today is Black Friday. 
It is appropriate, as we celebrate Grizelda & Chloe Jo. 
They were born on Thanksgiving, November 25, 2010.
They joined us the next day, as orphaned babies.

They have always been opposite in every way except colour.

Chloe Jo has always been intense and very emotional. 


You can see it in her eyes and everything she does. She is our Baby-Cat.

Grizelda was always cautious and very thoughtful. She is our Old Soul.

It shows in her sweet, intelligent face.

They have always been a very special pair,

and they truly still are. 

Happy 6th Birthday,
Chloe Jo
&
 Grizelda Zoé
~💗💗~

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 29


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! You can find the fill-ins here or at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

We thank you for joining us each week. Your participation is very important. Sharing with you and getting to know you better through your answers is what it is all about. Please remember to visit everyone on the list. Thank you!

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. Yesterday, Bill got home from his weekly road trip. As a rule, he is usually on the road on holidays. This new schedule has him gone 5-6 days a week, Sunday through Friday. Now, he drives a flatbed loaded with steel. He runs from Wisconsin, east along America’s rust belt, as far North as Canada. It was a blessing to have him home, for which we were truly thankful.


2. Be mindful if you regift or you could hurt someone’s feelings. Please be sensitive.


3. My favourite holiday leftover is love. The residual love after holidays always leaves me feeling somewhat at peace with the world. I wish I could retain that feeling to share every day.


4. The best part of a long, holiday weekend is simply sharing time with Bill. It is especially wonderful when we can do things we “want” to do, instead of just the “have” to do things.



~Be sure to make time to spend with loved ones!~

Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special time to give thanks for all that we have.


May you have plenty for yourself,


and enough to share with others.


And may you survive the celebration!


~Happy Thanksgiving!~

Bountiful Blessings to You & Yours, Every Day!

Fill-In Statements: Week #29


The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowingprovides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 29: November 25, 2016

1. Yesterday, __________.

2. _______ regift_________.

3. My favourite holiday leftover is                        .

4. The best part of a long, holiday weekend is                            



~Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!~

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bert


Bert was born and raised on a farm. He had worked hard, always doing what was expected of him. He could not understand how he suddenly ended up incarcerated on Death Row.

In the eleventh hour, Bert was told that he was granted the coveted Presidential pardon. This old turkey would be celebrating Thanksgiving!


Shared with:
Word Prompt:
"turkey"

&


November Moon

 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Slip-up


Lying flat on his back on the cold ground, Nick heaved a heavy sigh. He looked up at the twinkling stars, as pain shot through his back.

He thought about the many years he had been doing this job without a single accident. Now, here he was, injured with no health insurance.

It was bound to happen, though: parking a sleigh on a slippery roof was tricky business!


Shared with:
Word Prompt:
"slippery"

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 28


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! You can find the fill-ins here or at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

We thank you for joining us each week. Your participation is very important. Sharing with you and getting to know you better through your answers is what it is all about. Please remember to visit everyone on the list. Thank you!

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. One Thanksgiving tradition I have is that when I cook for Thanksgiving, I make cornbread stuffing. I was raised with this tradition. My Southern roots say there should be cornbread stuffing.

2. Black Friday is all about black cats, in our home! Just ask Chloe Jo. Grizelda is like Sasquatch; there are only rumoured sightings of her. She will never push her beliefs. But, we celebrate her, too!
                                                                                                   Chloe Jo
3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is that in this busy world we live in, it not only reminds us, but encourages us to take time for what and who matters. We are supposed to give thanks for the food, shelter, love, and many other fulfilled needs that we have, as well as those we share it with. May we all take time to focus on our blessings and give thanks.


4. One Thanksgiving, I traveled from Chicago, Illinois to Houston, Texas, on a Santa Fe train. I was ten years old, we were moving, and I was not at all happy about the move. It was quite an adventure to travel by train for two long days, though!



May you always have plenty to eat 
and be surrounded by love!
~Happy Thanksgiving!~

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fill-in Statements: Week 28


The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowingprovides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 28: November 18, 2016

1. One Thanksgiving tradition I have is __________________________.
2. Black Friday                           

3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is                                     .

4. One Thanksgiving,                                          .




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Latte


For several months, Noelle had been watching the ragged old man panhandle outside her coffee shop. Now, with the gales of November blowing, the old man was obviously miserable.

Warm-hearted, Noelle decided to brew him up a beautiful latte. Taking it outside to him, she said, “Sir, you look like you could use a nice, warm latte!”

The old man smiled a toothless grin and remarked, “I don’t know what a latte is, but I sure appreciate this cup of hot coffee, ma’am!”

Shared with:
Photo Prompt
& Word Prompt:
"Latte"

&



Friday, November 11, 2016

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 27


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! You can find the fill-ins here or at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

We thank you for joining us each week. Your participation is very important. Sharing with you and getting to know you better through your answers is what it is all about. Please remember to visit everyone on the list. Thank you!

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. Civics should be taught in schools. This class used to be mandatory for all U.S. public school students. The lessons taught kids how to be a good citizen, as well as the rights and duties of each citizen. I think reinstituting this class would reunite America and benefit us all. We need to lose the arrogance of entitlement and remember the pride of privilege.


2. The last item I donated was a load of books. I still have so much to donate. I will soon be sorting Christmas decorations to donate, too. That will be pretty involved but is long overdue.


3. My (personal) song is Both Sides Now, by Joni Mitchell, because I deeply relate to the lyrics of this song. By the time my junior high choir sang this song, I had been writing poetry and journaling for quite some time. Lyrics and songs have always been an integral part of who I am. Both Sides Now is an important song on the soundtrack of my life.


4. Three things I am thankful for this week are: that Bill’s job is working out for himthat I am working some writing into my “free” time, and that George is feeling more himself each day. Driving flatbeds of steel is a lot different than hauling refrigerated units of food, so Bill is adjusting to that. My writing will lead to sharing more stories and poetry, again. I am trying to allow myself to be creative while encouraging myself to share. Self-doubt is a terrible thing. George is still on an anti-inflammatory to help regulate his system. The vaccinations really took a lot out of him. When he gets the zoomies, I will know he is fully recovered.



~Make your own special music~

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Appreciation for Veterans

Today the United States of America honours all Veterans, past and present. I sincerely thank every man, woman, and animal who has bravely served our country. You are deeply appreciated. God be with you in all that you do, always.


~Thank you to all of our veterans!~

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Gales of November Remembered


The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down,
of the big lake that they call Gitche Gumee.
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy.
With a load of iron ore, twenty-six thousand tons more
than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty.
That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed
when the gales of November came early.

The ship was the pride of the American side
coming back from some mill in Wisconsin.
As the big freighters go it was bigger than most,
with a crew and good captain well-seasoned.
Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
when they left fully loaded for Cleveland
and later that night when the ship's bell rang
could it be the North Wind they'd be feelin'?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too,
'twas the Witch of November come stealin'.
The dawn came late and breakfast had to wait,
when the gales of November came slashin'.
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
in the face of a hurricane west wind.

When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck
sayin', " Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya'."
At seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in, he said,
"Fellas, it's been good to know ya'."
The captain wired in he had water comin' in,
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
if they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.
They might have split up or they might have capsized,
may have broke deep and took water.
And all that remains is the faces and names
of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
in the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams;
the islands and bays are for sportsmen.
And farther below Lake Ontario
takes in what Lake Erie can send her.
And the iron boats go, as all Mariners know,
with the gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
in a Maritime Sailor's Cathedral.
The church bell chimed 'til it rang twenty-nine times,
for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee.
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead 
when the gales of November come early!

~Written and Sung by Gordon Lightfoot, 1976,
in honour and tribute to the crew of 29 men who lost their lives,
and for the loved ones left behind.


Fill-in Statements: Week 27


The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowingprovides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 27: November 11, 2016

1. _____________________should be taught in schools.

2. The last item I donated was ___________________________.


3. My (personal) song is                           , because                               .

4. Three things I am thankful for this week are:                                           , and                             .