Saturday, December 31, 2016

It is About Time

I have posted this musing in the past, but it is still so relevant, that I want to share it here, again. We wish you a new year filled with many blessings and always much love.


We are all on the proverbial clock. Everyone is bound to time, and there is no way to escape it. It is said that there is a time for everything: a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to harvest, a time for war, and a time for peace, a time to cry, and a time to laugh. Time is not affected by religion, race, or gender. There is never enough time, yet there is always time.

No two clocks are the same exact time, yet clocks are everywhere. Clocks come in every shape, style, color, and size. There are loud clocks, silent clocks, clocks that start out quiet and get louder if you ignore them. There is also the perpetual clock.

Every Spring we are told to set our clocks forward an hour, just to set them back an hour come Fall (as if we have nothing better to do with our time).

Time zones also add to the entire time phenomenon. You can be in one place, travel to another, and it be the same time as when you left the first place. Now that is magic!

                Of course, the sun and moon have something to do with the real issue of time. We know that when the sun comes up it is morning, the beginning of the day. When the sun goes down it becomes night, the end of that day. The time in-between becomes tangled in seconds, minutes, and hours. How this happened and why is the real mystery.

We all deal with deadlines and due dates. A wide array of calendars and appointment books can help manage time, if you can find the time to use them. Yet, some seem to never be in sync with time. Time has been an issue since the very beginning of…well, time.

              The world was created in seven days. Noah survived the “great flood”, when it rained for forty days and forty nights. It goes on; history is full of dates and times. We keep track of our own time with birthdays and anniversaries. We rely on time telling us when to do things, and when not to do them.

In reality, time is obviously without measure, though we forever try to measure it. It is elusive, though we forever try to capture it. We fight it, yet we celebrate it. It is seemingly endless, yet it is often too brief. When you look into the eyes of an infant, you see the future. When you look into the face of an elder, you see the past. The circle of life is the true “biological clock”; each of our lives is set to it.

Let us enjoy the time we have with each other, and in our own selves. Let us live each day as if it were our last, remembering yesterday with little regret and looking to the future with hope. Time waits for no one. Godspeed.  

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 34


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!

Okay, let's get this party started!


1. The highlight of my Christmas was having Bill home. We were able to take Stella & Kenzie to visit family, too. The cats stayed home to be spoiled by their sitter, who did just that.


2. My New Year's resolution is “hiss less, purr more”. Attitude is critical in all things. To be a positive force, you have to have a positive attitude. I would rather be part of a solution than part of a problem.  
 

3. This year, 2016, was difficult in many ways, for many people. The world is a very scary place, where it seems anything goes. Man thinks he has all of the answersObviously, man is wrong
 

 4. Next year, 2017, I am hopeful that the tide will turn, bringing back some of the morals, values, and kindnesses that we seem to have forgotten...but so desperately need.

Our Maisie, helping raise orphaned kittens

Wishing you a year filled with fun surprises!
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Resolution


It was their 65th anniversary, but Ed had been gone awhile. He had gone to Heaven last year, right after Christmas. Now lonely and tired, Ellie resolved to spend this special time alone with Ed. 

Closing her eyes, Ellie could still see his face so clearly. Hearing the angels sing "Hallelujah", she smiled as Ed welcomed her Home.


Story & Image: McGuffy Ann Morris


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Fill-in Statements: Week 34


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 34: December 30, 2016

1. The highlight of my Christmas was ___________________________.
2. My New Year's resolution is __________________________.

3. This year, 2016, ______________.

4. Next year, 2017, ______________.



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Snow Day!

A romp in the snow is a great thing
for the inner child in all of us! ⛄

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!


Christmas

Winter is here with ice and snow.
Some poor souls have nowhere to go.
Some are hungry, no food to eat,
some have shelter without heat.
Yet, Christmas comes.

Wars continue in political strafe.
Terrorism thrives; no one is safe.
Weapons abound, from gun to bomb.
Chaos reigns with tenuous calm.
Still, Christmas comes.

Violence prevails in film and TV,
firmly rooted in reality.
Many suffer neglect or abuse;
explosive incidents one can’t diffuse.
But, Christmas comes. 

Faith and hope go hand in hand,
no matter culture, religion, or land.
Whatever the crisis or situation,
peace is the answer to liberation. 
So, Christmas comes.

~McGuffy Ann Morris




~Joy to the World~
Let Heaven & Nature Sing!

~Merry Christmas!~

Saturday, December 24, 2016

O' Holy Night


Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

  and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

~from the Gospel of Luke 2:13-20

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 33


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!

Also, please join us in the Festivus celebration over at 15andmeowing.com . They are having quite the party there today!



We will be having a very busy weekend. Bill will be home all weekend, so we will be spending it with family! Please know I will visit everyone as soon as I can. We wish you and your loved one a blessed Christmas. Share the love! 

Okay, here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. I still need to get the dogs bathed and groomed before Christmas. The cats are all groomed, but we want them all to look their best for Santa!


2. My favorite episode of Seinfeld is either “The Soup Nazi” or “The Rye”. It really was a brilliant sitcom with many great episodes, but these two immediately come to mind for me.


3. What I really would like for Christmas is for humanity to really understand the spirit and meaning of Christmas and share it every day. I think that is what God wants, too.


4.  My favourite part of Christmastime is the love: God’s love for us, our love for Him, our love for one another, and for all of Earth's creatures. We can never have enough love in this world. Christmas is all about Love.

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~Wishing you the simple joys of Christmas~

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

'Tis the Reason


"That's what Christmas is all about."

~Merry Christmas!~

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fill-in Statements: Week 33


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 33: December 23, 2016

1. I still need to _____________________ before Christmas.

2. My favorite episode of Seinfeld is ___________________.

3. What I really would like for Christmas is                                      .

4.  My favourite part of Christmastime is                                    .



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

His Anticipation

Anticipation always filled him when he had to travel. Here he sat: bags all packed and ready to go.

There had been so many Christmases spent away from home. But, in his heart, he knew it was all worth it.

So, with a nod and a wink, he called out to his team and was gone in a flash!

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five lines using the word prompt
"anticipation"

Some Christmas Joy

George was the first to discover the Peanuts cat mat.

 
He sends his love & thanks to Miss Ellen of 15andmeowing

💓 And, so does Grizelda! 💓

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gifts

                                                                                                                                                    Source

I've already shopped, bought gifts galore,
then wrapped them up with bows and more.
I decorated the house inside and out;
each year brighter, without a doubt.
Still, something is missing; I don’t know what;
I must figure it out: no if, and, or but.
I baked lots of goodies to give and to share,
packaged them all up with love and care.
I wrote out cards from a very long list;
I don’t think there’s anyone I may have missed.
Still, something’s missing, what can it be?
It’s Christmas Eve, around the tree!                      
Lights are all lit, stockings are hung;
ready for Mass as church bells are rung.
Outside, what’s missing? I finally know.
A gift from the heavens: it’s Christmas snow!
Each snowflake, a miracle sent from above;
each miracle a gift of God’s perfect love.
Silent and holy, the snow pure and white,
reflections of God’s love born Christmas night.

Poem: McGuffy Ann Morris



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Friday, December 16, 2016

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 32


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!

I look forward to your answers! Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. My favorite Christmas Songs are O’ Holy Night, Mary, Did You Know, and Happy Christmas (War is Over), but I could do without hearing “Last Christmas” ever again. Enough said.

2. My most meaningful Christmas ornament is the delicate trio of frosted clear bells that Bill bought for our first Christmas together, because it represented him, me, and my old dog Velvet who he fully accepted as his, too.

3. My favourite holiday treat is anything peppermint.

4. A holiday tradition in my house is oyster stew on Christmas Eve. Bill’s dad used to make this, and when we married, Bill carried the tradition on with us. The cats seem to approve of this tradition, always hoping for handouts (that do not come)



~May your holidays be filled with happy music!~

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fill-in Statements: Week 32


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 32: December 16, 2016

1. My favorite Christmas Song(s) is/are_____________, but I could do without hearing ___________ ever again.
2. My most meaningful Christmas ornament/decoration is ____________, because _____________.

3. My favourite holiday treat is                                .

4. A holiday tradition in my house is                                      .



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Chloe Jo is Special


After waiting for a week, we were finally able to get results of Chloe Jo's tests. Her kidney values were elevated, so we will continue to monitor that situation. That tends to be made worse by the fact that she is easily stressed. Her kidney issues and respiratory issues will be a lifelong struggle for her.

Lately, she had begun having new symptoms and issues with the pads on her feet. So, a skin biopsy was done on multiple feet. The test results call this new problem "cutaneous horns". Our vets confirmed that Chloe Jo's immune system over-reacts to itself as well as to stress. The "cutaneous horns" are relatively rare and will need to be monitored along with her other health issues. They can grow back and even lead to other problems. We will continue to keep her healthy, though. 

For now, we are happy to have Chloe Jo home, recovered from this recent ordeal, and feeling more herself. We always knew she is special...and she really is!

~Chloe Jo~

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hey, Maggie...

Wake up! 

It's your 9th birthday!

Aren't you excited?

Have it your way today, Maggie P.

💗We love you!💗



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Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Sercy


After Granny was gone, Jolene found the package in Granny’s kitchen drawer. Seeing her name on it, she unwrapped several layers of tissue to find Granny’s magic wand.

Tears ran down her face as she whispered, “Thank you, Granny.” Closing her eyes, she could hear Granny say, “Now, Child, it’s just a wooden spoon!”

Shaking her head, Jolene remembered how Granny used this spoon to mix powerful love into everything she cooked.


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Five lines using
the word prompt:
"sercy"

sercy (n) taken from Urban Dictionary 
A term, usually used in the Southern US, to describe a small, possibly unexpected gift.


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