Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Art of Mediumship

Psychic Investigation, Clairvoyance & Channeling

By Medium: Elaine Kuzmeskus

Elaine Kuzmeskus, MS, is a well known Medium. She has conducted many seances, presentations, and consultations regarding the supernatural world and the paranormal. She is nationally recognized as a Spiritualist.

In this book, Elaine details the history of "Mediumship", explaining what it is and how it works. She also explains how one can develop their gifts and skills.

In one chapter, Elaine balances science with the Afterlife, going into the "natural law" of each.

The book is very detailed in its research and explanations, particularly of "Mediumship". She also discusses Spiritual Guides, other types of "guides", psychic detectives, and medical clairvoyants.

There are many illustrations, photos, resources, a glossary, and notes to support her information. Whether you believe or not is your choice, but this is a very fascinating book, regardless.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ghosts of Northern Illinois

By Stephen Osborne

Spending most of my life in Northern Illinois, this book was of particular interest to me. I could picture the places he writes about, and have even been to some of them.

The book is divided into counties. Included in each account is history of the area and photographs.

Stephen Osborne tells stories that are well known, such as Resurrection Mary of Chicago. He also writes of Chicago's infamous Biograph Theatre, of John Dillinger's history. There is also the frightening Bachelor's Grove Cemetery history.

Stephen tells other tales, too. He takes us on an investigation with the Forest City Paranormal Society, as they research the Coronado Theatre in Winnebago County.

I hope that Stephen Osborne writes another book of Northern Illinois haunts. This one was very interesting.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ghostly Beacons

Haunted Lighthouses of North America

By Therese Lanigan-Schmidt

This fascinating book is especially for those who love lighthouses, history as well as the unexplained.

Ms. Lanigan-Schmidt is a member of Lighthouse Preservation Societies, with an interest and involvement in their history. She speaks and educates others on their history and lore.

A lifelong love of history in general lead her to her fascination with lighthouses when she and her husband moved to Fire Island, off of the coast of New York.

In this book, Ms. Lanigan-Schmidt tells of not only New York lighthouses, however. She takes us to lighthouses throughout New England, along the Atlantic East Coast, Southern U.S. lighthouses, along the Pacific West Coast, and throughout the Great Lakes.

In addition to each story, there are details of  its history, location, and contact information. The book is well researched and fascinating. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cruisin' with Carrie #3

Carrie at The Slow-Dripped Life asked for us to share a place that brings peaces to us, calms us or centers us. The place that immediately came to my mind is  Brockway Mountain.
Brockway Mountain is in Copper Harbor, part of the Keweenaw Peninsula, It overlooks the harbour, out onto Lake Superior, toward Isle Royale and Canada. I have walked it, driven it,  and I love it. It is like being at the top of the world.

Nature and wildlife live there, thrive there; we have seem them. I feel a part of it, of them, when I am there. I have written a poem that I will share where I am able to. It is deeply a part of me. Brockway Mountain is  where my spirit soars. 

This is How We Roll...

We have traveled nearly 2000 miles since leaving home, four days ago. It will be well over that by tonight. We have gone through Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and now back over to Iowa and the corner of Illinois, up to Wisconsin.

The trip started out with the first shipper not being ready, though it was a partial load. We had to wait over three hours for it. Then a headlight went out, but Bill was able to fix it. The second day brought more problems with shippers. The second shipment was bigger and unable to be loaded because of the problems with uneven skids, packaging and stacking by the first shipper. We lost a couple of hours and finally were sent on without it.

By the time we got to the receiver, it was late on Friday. Even though the shipment was actually six hours early, there were no empty trailers available to take. Bill was able to hunt one down at another facility 35 miles away that deals with his company. We stayed at a truck stop in Oklahoma City.

The next day we had to pick up a load of beef in Holcomb, Kansas. This load will be taken to Wisconsin. Even though it is not too far north of home, we won't be able to stop in for a visit.

Along the way, I have been fortunate to see deer, foxes, and my beloved coyote. I saw many hawks and falcons native to the areas we passed through. Along with several Red-Tailed Hawks, we saw Cooper's, Swainson's, Harriers, and many others. We also saw some falcons. I saw an owl and a black vulture! One of the most impressive sightings was the group of Golden Eagles who were feeding at a large pond. I also was thrilled to see the "Common Blackhawk", which is not common to me! They are absolutely beautiful. I was blessed to see more than one.

There will be more updates as I get used to the routine and blogging in a truck. I will post pictures as I am able; more detailed posts with pictures will be done when I am home.

(Please remember to vote. We voted before leaving home.)

Shades of Souls Passed

True Accounts of Ghostly Encounters in Madison County, New York

By Teresa R. Andrews

This is a very interesting book. Teresa Andrews tells actual accounts of unexplained supernatural situations. Taken from told directly to her, they are amazing and chilling.

In this book, she has compiled the most compelling stories told to her. Some are frightening, such as a poltergeist, while others are considered harmless as in a little girl playing hide and seek. Some seem to be going on with business as usual, as in a handyman's story.

This little book will make you keep a little light on, even after you close the book.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On the Road!

I'm on the road! I will be gone for a little while. Traveling with a trucker and living in a truck is very different than anything I am used to! It is not a vacation. However, it is a chance to be with my husband and experience what he does. It is a chance to see and do new things, too. I am both excited and nervous. I will be posting. I'll also be writing, journaling, and taking pictures.

I have my camera, netbook and a new tablet. A very special person gave me a Tablet with Kindle! We connected through blogging and writing. We then became very close friends. She gifted me with a new tablet/eReader. (We agreed that I will not reveal her name, as this is a personal gift.)

I won't be able to keep up with memes for awhile, so please understand when I don't participate. I promise that will be back, joining them again once I am home.
I will be reading blogs, even if I don't comment. I'm here...and I will be back with a lot of stories and things to share!

The Girls will hold down the Fort at Home, with the help of a couple of friends who know them well. They will be ultimately be okay, though I will have separation anxiety!

Thank you all for your understanding and your support. You have become both inspirations and friends. Each of you is important to me. Please don't forget me!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul

Stories of Feline Affection, Mystery and Charm

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marty Becker, DVM, Carol Kline and Amy D. Shojai

This is a special collection of true stories, all centered on our feline friends and their undeniable “purrsonality”.

Divided into sections, the stories vary in age of cat and the lesson or moral of each story. There is definitely something for every cat lover in this wonderful book. Each account is heartfelt and will leave you feeling good.

I the section on Love, Oscar the Garbage Can Kitty, lived in a garbage can. Then he ends up moving into the hearts and home of some kind people. I connected with this story because I knew a cat like this in my lifetime.

Other sections include Celebrating the Bond, A Furry RX, Rescue Me, and One of the Family. Each section has several stories of the special friendship and bond between human and cat. The feline personality and intelligence is showcased and celebrated.

This book is indeed “Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul”. It is a book to savour, share, and read again.

Visit Amy Shojai at .

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Proof that Cats are Better...

Purina is having an election.
"What is America's favourite pet:
Cat or Dog?"
It is just for fun, of course,
but here is where you can go to vote:

I love all animals.
(Including both cats & dogs, 
for different reasons.
This is purely for fun!)
(Maggie, Grizelda & Chloe Jo 
made me do it.)

Cruisin' with Carrie, Week 2

This is Week 2 of Carrie's contest, at The Slow-Dripped Life . Her question this week is: "Favourite Travel Memory". I actually have had a few, so it is very for me hard to pin this down.
I can honestly say it was not moving from Texas back to Illinois, when I was almost 14. We traveled by car, in January. We went through a snowstorm  in Missouri, on up to Chicago. There were two adult, three kids, three dogs, two cats (in birdcages!), snakes & tortoises in duffel bags, a bird...anyway, you see why this was not my favourite travel memory.
I must say I love all of the travel memories of going  to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are favourite memories: Keweenaw, Brockway Mountain, the Porcupine Mountains, Lake Gogebic, the name a few.

However, when Bill and I were newlyweds we traveled for three months. It was 1981. We left Illinois and traveled North and West. We lived in an old van with my old dog Velvet. We went through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nebraska, Utah, Colorado, and then back up an over to Illinois. We saw and did many things. We were young and had no real reason not to do it. I have mentioned we are kind of "hippies", though conservative. We like the natural high of nature, animals, real wildlife, and peace of it all.
This is a very special memory for both of us. It was not easy, as we had very little money. However, it was a real, once in a lifetime experience.

Needle Pass, SD
The Badlands, SD

Flathead Lake, Montana

We do hope to have more travels. Now he drives over the road in trucking, and I will ab able to go with sometimes. Someday we plan to do it again just for fun!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


There she was, foraging through the trash cans in our driveway. Feeling that surely someone must miss this aged Sheltie, I called the county animal shelter. I was told they would hold her there for five days, in case someone claimed her. With a guilty and heavy heart, I called daily to see if she had been claimed. I really wanted someone who had loved her come and rescue her. I could not get this old dog off of my mind. I had recently lost my 15 year old dog, Velvet. I had chosen her from the Houston Humane Society when I was ten years old.  We had grown up together, and now she was gone.
After the mandatory five days I was told that unclaimed, the old Sheltie would be put to sleep. She was “about 15”, almost totally toothless, and nearly blind from cataracts. She had fleas, ticks, was malnourished, and was in obvious poor health. Told that unclaimed and deemed unadoptable, she would be put to sleep that day. I immediately went to get her, paid the adoption fees, and named her Hope.
We drove directly to my veterinarian. He confirmed her advanced estimated age, the vast variety of parasites, including heartworm, and a severe kidney infection. Further tests showed that Hope had nerve damage in her hips and legs, suggesting she had probably been abused, explaining her stiff, shuffling gait.
We successfully put Hope through all of the various, necessary treatments. However, it was dangerous for her to under-go the two-part heartworm treatment. The treatment drug used contained arsenic, which was injected intravenously into the dog to kill the heartworms. As the heartworms die, they constrict the dog’s heart. Hope collapsed during the second treatment. The true survivor that she was, she bounced back though.  She survived another hardship.  
After weeks and months of tests and treatments, Hope was finally given a clean bill-of-health. It was an amazing sight when one day Hope greeted us at the door, wagging her tail for the first time!
Not long after this, Hope went into what was to be her last “heat-season”. Unfortunately, it lasted for six weeks (rather than the usual three). Grits, our three year old yellow lab, and ever the romantic, thought for sure he could make a May-December romance with her work. We on the other hand, wanted the entire situation to be over! Hope had to be given hormone injections to end her cycle, and thus Grits’ infatuation.
For the next two years, Hope graced us with her sweet old-dog ways. Her resilience and appreciation amazed us. She loved everyone, letting them know with a subtle nudge of her nose and an easy wag of her tail.
Because of her poor eyesight, we had to keep watchful for her. Sometimes Hope would become “lost” in the yard, which thankfully was fenced-in. One warm sunny day, I could not find her anywhere. I called her, even knowing her hearing was very poor. It had been almost an hour since I had let her out in the yard, and most of that time I had spent searching. Heartbroken and perplexed, I sat down in the grass. All of a sudden there was rustling in the bushes, and out strolled Hope who had apparently found a cool, shady spot for a nap.
What was to be Hope’s last summer, we took her with us on a fishing trip to Minnesota. She traveled well both in the car, and the boat. She slept much of the time, just enjoying being with us. We loved being able to give her fun and security in her old age.
About a year-and-a-half after adopting Hope, I noticed a lump on the side of her neck. Checking further, I found several other lumps---all obviously enlarged lymph nodes. Being a veterinary technician, I knew this was serious.
The next morning I took Hope to work with me.  At the clinic, we did a biopsy of the lymph node in her neck. Several days later I was the one who took the call from the lab, which confirmed my fear. Hope had lympho-sarcoma---a fatal blood cancer, with a very poor prognosis.
I was not ready to let Hope go, but while she appeared to feel fine, I knew it was only a matter of time. Hoping to prolong her life, even if only for a little while, I decided to try chemotherapy treatments for her.
She took the first intravenous treatment well, as she had all of the previous treatments. The second dose caused serious reactions, however. She was vomiting and had severe diarrhea. She also lost her usually hardy appetite, becoming listless, which was quite unlike her. I immediately discontinued the chemotherapy.  This was not what I wanted for Hope; she deserved better.
Now I knew now it was only a matter of time before the cancer metastasized in her lungs. I knew that I had to watch for the signs: panting and walking with her front legs far apart, as she struggled to expand her lungs. I knew that when she started to have trouble breathing, it would be time to let her go.
When we adopted Hope I had promised her that she would always be loved and safe. She would have everything that she wanted and needed. I would never let her be hungry or scared, and there would be no more pain. I kept my promise.
She was comfortable. Her last days were of sunshine and sleep, petting and pampering. She let us know when it was time; I saw the signs. I took her in to the animal hospital before office-hours one morning. I held her and told her how special she was, and how loved she was. I told her how brave she had been. She went peacefully and painlessly, without fear.
On a sunny summer day (the kind Hope loved), two years after I took her in, I spread her ashes in the flower garden that she so loved to sunbathe in.
Not only had we given to Hope, but she had given to us. In spite of the pain that people had caused her, she gave us unconditional love and devotion, loyalty and trust.
Hope taught us about the quality of life and the importance of living it. She taught us that trust can lead to hope, and that hope can lead to love. Hope also taught us that while love can’t conquer all, it can make a difference.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Getting ready for
"roadtrip" with Bill!

I've never gone with him before.
I will take notes and pictures.
Blogging may be sporadic for awhile.
I'll catch up when back home.
The cats will be well loved.
I am both nervous and excited!

Linking to: Cate at
for "Six Word Saturday"

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cat Nappin'

Cats know how too sleep.

They can sleep anywhere.

Their timing is impeccable.

They have their priorities straight.

Yes, cats just get it.

You just have to respect a cat.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cruisin' with Carrie

Carrie, of The Slow-Dripped Life is having a very special "Give-Away". It is a weekly questionnaire. This week's questions are to name five places you have not been to, but would like to travel to.

I have never been outside the United States, with so many place here that I have not seen and experienced. With that said...

Here are my answers:
1. Alaska, including whale watching
2. A Mississippi River Cruise
3. Montana's Glacier Park
4. Isle Royale, on Superior
5. International Falls, along Minnesota & Canada

My question for Carrie is: "where is your very favourite place to go, and why?"

Thank you for this fun you are offering! I hope people go and visit you now!


I know you're watching;
I feel your eyes.
You can't deny it,
I know your lies.
Behind every half-open door
you violate privacy,
still seeking more.
You excite yourself
with dreams not there;
about others you do not care.
Watch closely, pretend it is real;
moments of other lives you steal.

Poem:McGuffy Ann Morris



Monday, October 8, 2012


Most saw a tattered old man, clothes too big, funny hat pushed down low on his head.

People moved around him, not paying attention to his incoherent mumbling. His connection was not to them or to the place they shared.

A simple smile on his face, his eyes were lifted to the sun. He saw a place beyond this tattered life.

Linking to:
The prompt:

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Photobucket

Cat Sayings

Wit and Wisdom from the Whiskered Ones

By Bradford G. Wheler

Beautifully illustrated, this book indeed captures the wit, wisdom and elegance of the feline. The illustrations are artwork of various mediums from photographs to paintings.  Styles range from abstract to realism in amazing in colour and detail.

Some of the sayings collected here are well-known while others are obscure. However, all celebrate the unique creature we know and love: the cat.

The book includes a biography of the sixty artists and photographers, and their work, followed by a list of the quotations from around the world.

This wonderful book is a must for cat lovers everywhere, and has a permanent place on my book shelf.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

Editor: Damien Moore

This book is an excellent training tool for dog owners. He sections of the book are detailed, easy to follow, and is illustrated with actual photographs.

In the first section, the book gives suggestions on how to choose the right dog for you, including the breed and sex of the dog. Characteristics of breeds are discussed, including dominant and submissive behaviors.

The book covers early training, an essential key to a happy dog as well as a happy owner. Rewards and discipline are explained, offering common sense guidelines. Tactics for training are integral. This book makes it easy to understand.

There are tips for how and when to handle various situations, discussing giving and enforcing commands. Training devices such as collars, leashes, and crates are pictured and explained.
The book outlines indoor and outdoor training, explaining the differences in exercise and training, and suggests games to play with your dog.

Finally, the book offers sections on re-training and behavioral problems giving workable solutions. These are especially helpful when adopting an older or a rescue dog.

I obtained this book when I was a veterinary technician. I used it when I had a pet sitting/pet care business, and was involved with training many ages and types of dogs. This book is invaluable. It is common sense, accessible, and easy for all ages to use. I recommend it for both dog owners and potential dog owners.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Special Birthday Wish

Happy Birthday
to Bill,
 October 11th.
He will be on the road.
He will be away from home.
He is much loved and missed.
He gets lonely and misses Home.
Please wish him a happy birthday!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

St. Francis & the Animals

~Today is World Animal Day~
in honour of the feast day of
St. Francis of Assisi:
Catholic Patron Saint of Animals 
& the Environment
Peace & Love to All of God's Creatures.

St. Francis Images: Photobucket

A Real Cat Burglar

Meet Dusty, 
a Cat Burglar:

You just have to love a cat like this!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book

By Wendy Welch

Following their hearts, Wendy and Jack Welch leave life in the fast lane to move to small town Appalachia. With no idea how they were going to do it, they proceed to buy an old house and open a bookstore. In this day of electronic books, computers and technology, against all odds, their little dream was becoming a reality.

What follows is that the community embraces Wendy, Jack, their cats and dogs, and the little bookstore. This is a very special memoir about special people coming together as a community, epitomizing community spirit and faith.

Wendy Welch writes with heart, soul, and humour. She not only loves books but is a wonderful storyteller, as well. This heartfelt book is for all bibliophiles, cat (and dog) lovers, dreamers and believers.

Visit them at: 

Monday, October 1, 2012

We Won!

I would like to thank Caren & Cody of CAT CHAT,  for the wonderful things I won through their recent "Giveaway"! In partnership with The Tiniest Tigers Conservation Club  they offered "The Tiniest Tiger Swag Bag". I cannot believe it, but...we won! Thank you Joanne for creating such a generous giveaway!
The famous Tiniest Tiger tote bag is wonderful, and so convenient. I am using it already! It was full of all kinds of goodies, too. Grizelda especially loves the nip-stuffed pickle.
Thank you again, to both Joanne & Caren! We appreciate all of the goodies!
If you would like to order your own Tiniest Tiger tote, please visit them at their beautiful site: The Tiniest Tigers Conservation Club  ( . 
Please also visit Caren & Cody atCAT CHAT( 
You will adore them...we do.