Relationships are based on how we feel about someone. But, for any relationship to work, we must first have an open heart. An open heart accepts even when it does not understand. An open heart celebrates differences in others, as well as shared common ground. Love flows easily from open hearts. I think this video illustrates that quite well. I hope you think so, too.
We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.comeach Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. You are welcome to answer in the comments, but if you link up, more people can share.
I hope everyone had a wonderful week filled with good cheer. Bill’s sister and brother-in-law are visiting. They live about four hours away, so we have not seen them in a year. We have a lot of catching up to do! I will probably be offline for the weekend.
We had the computers thoroughly checked out and fine-tuned. They are clean, healthy, and in optimal condition. However, my Internet issues have become worse. I am still experiencing Wi-Fi issues. Comcast will be back out here today.
A good thing happened. "Hissy" made the LOL Home Page. Chloe Jo is such a fun cat. Her perpetual kitten-like purrsonality saves her, and often us. In case you missed it, here she is:
I hope you will join us for Sparks. It is open every Monday-Friday. Come, enjoy the inspiration. I love the uplifting posts that are being shared through Sparks! A mindset of positive energy can really make a difference in your life. It can also influence those around you.
I had fun with the fill-ins this week. I hope that you did. Holiday sharing is extra-special.
1. Snow is a necessary and beautiful part of the seasons. It can be dangerous, as many beautiful things in nature can be.
2. I hope that I can make some small difference in this world before I leave it. Ultimately, I believe that is our purpose here.
3. One holiday memory that I cherish is the Christmas Eve when Santa tapped on my window. I was amazed. It did get me to go to bed, though. My story "Sugar Plum" is based on that experience.
4. I always thought that Santa had magical powers because he was a saint. The story of St. Nicholas always impressed me, even as a Baptist kid. Saints are like superheroes.
As usual, the polar bears gathered for their annual “Winterfest”. Together, they celebrated the freezing water and subzero temperatures. However, the real fun was in trying to catch the silly humans doing the “Polar Bear Plunge”.
Each Thursday, my co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I provide Friendly Fill-In statements. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with your own responses. We hope you will copy and answer these on your own blog, but remember to link up here. If you need help, please let us know. We look forward to your answers! Also...please be aware that my Internet connection has actually gotten worse. While I can use Word to help prepare posts, I cannot comment or visit consistently. At times, the WiFi drops and I get an "Authentication Error". Sometimes it just hiccups or loses connection. Comcast will be coming out, again, but not until next Monday. Please bear with me. Thanks!
This is still one of my favourite holiday commercials. Because it says something more than commercialism. It reminds us to reach out, even to those who seem far away. Show them that they are not alone, that someone cares. Show them that they matter.
Maggie came into my life just as she was meant to do. It was by accident that I found her. Full of life and cattitude, she helped me to heal after some sadness. You had to love Maggie, she insisted.
Maggie is a pedigreed Maine Coon, born to a top breeder. Her registration papers show her name as Magnolia Pearl, though her professional, "show" name was different (it was Annie, like mine). She is from the South, so she became Magnolia, a beautiful white flower. It is the tradition for a polydactyl Maine Coon to have a name with a P in it. We chose Pearl, in honour and tribute to Purrl, also a polydactyl. Purrl crossed The Bridge in 2008.
Maggie P, as CFA 2008-2009 Champion
Maggie is the 2008-2009 CFA Best Household Cat. Maggie could only be shown in the Household Pet division, as she is a polydactyl. Many Maine Coons have the natural polydactyly gene. Unfortunately, CFA cat shows frown on the gene, even though it occurs naturally in some breeds. At one time, almost half of all Maine coon cats were polydactyl.
We were able to see Maggie’s last two shows. The first time we met her, she charmed us as much as she did the judges. At just over a year old, she had spent her entire life in cat shows. She knew how to work people, and she knew we were smitten with her. We bonded with that wonderfully expressive face, the charm, and certainly the cattitude. We loved Maggie for who she was, and we still do.
At her last show, she had already wrapped up her Title. However, the rules specified that she go through the same steps as the other cats. That day, she was going through an elimination round when we arrived. As soon as Maggie saw us, she recognized us. She turned to the judge with her trademark diva expression and hissed at the judge. He immediately dismissed her for the day. It didn’t matter, she already had clinched the title: 2008-2009 CFA Best Household Cat, Midwest Region 6. Maggie officially was retired from show life and went to her forever Home with us.
Maggie had never seen a dog before. She met three that day. She was shocked and a bit concerned. She wanted to hide but never showed aggression. Within a day, she was following the dogs and talking to them. This is something that Maggie always does: talks…a lot.
Since that first day, Maggie has worked her way up from being the Rookie, to being the one with the most seniority. She has welcomed both Shelties, Stella and Kenzie, into the family. She loves dogs. She really helped Kenzie adjust, too. Maggie also has helped me raise many orphaned kittens and bunnies. Maggie has a very confident, calming, and nurturing way about her. Orphaned babies really respond to her.
Make no mistake, though, Maggie still is a diva. She is even more beautiful, inside and out. She knows she is beautiful and loves to be told. She is smart, sweet, silly, and she still has serious cattitude, too. She will go out of her way for attention, throwing things on the floor which always works! She has broken countless things over the years. But, we love her, just exactly as she is. Everyone loves Maggie. To know her is to love her. It is just that simple.
Today Maggie P. is ten years old. She has serious, chronic health issues, and she sleeps most of the time. Her heart is quite enlarged and continues to weaken. The growth in her throat/palate continues with its issues, too. These are things that Maggie has accepted, and we must, as well.
Maggie has lived a very full, and happy life. I don't think she would change a thing. She knows she is loved as unconditionally as she loves. Maggie P. has always been special, and as she ages, it becomes even more obvious.
It is my intent to post an inspirational thought each Monday. It is my weekly meditation, and perhaps can feed another’s spirit as well. I am often inspired by the positive energy of others.
The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy. And, we can all be part of this affirmative change by sharing what inspires us.
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!
I hope you will join us. Please link up a positive quote, poem, message, or thought. Add the Sparks badge to your post to invite others. Truly; the more, the merrier. Peace.