Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Squillion Day!

Thank you to The V Squillion Shelter
at The Cat Blogosphere,
for my three Cat Angels:
Angel Bob, Angel Purrl, & Angel Moon.
Please notice them in my sidebar.
Clicking on them will take you to the Shelter.
They are forever in my heart, 
along with the countless others 
at The Rainbow Bridge.
I love them all.

Snow More

We have had a lot of snow lately,
over one foot just this week!
Most everyone loves the beginning 
of Winter and the magic of snow.

However, there are some who do not.

It is cold and wet, and makes life difficult.

Snow can be a lot of work! 

Sometimes it seems just there is no end.
Here's hoping Spring will be here soon!


Peace for the Pope

Peace & Blessings 
for Pope Benedict XVI,
the 265th Pope of the
Catholic Church,
upon his retirement.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Snow Moon

Snow moon shines brightly
watching through pine tree branches
 we wait for the snow 

~Photo & poem: McGuffy Ann Morris~

Linking to: Haiku Heights
prompt~ "shimmer" 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Birthday, Johnny

Happy Birthday, Johhny Cash
"The Man in Black"
February 26, 1932-
September 12, 2003

Roadside Illinois

"Land of Lincoln"
December 3, 1818,
21st state
Some trucking scenes from Illinois...
Northwest Illinois farm

Central Illinois farm

Southern Illinois farm

Illinois River Bridge,
William H. Dietrich Memorial Bridge
Beardstown, IL
The Illinois River

The Effingham Cross
at Highways 57 & 70,
Effingham, Illinois
"World's Largest Cross"
Built in 2001, the cross is
198 feet tall and 113 feet wide, 
& forged from 180 tons of steel.

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Monday, February 25, 2013

Love Saves the Day

By Gwen Cooper

This is an emotional novel of the human/animal bond. It is a very special story of this complex relationship, and very moving in its completeness of both sides.

Told by Prudence, the brown tabby, we are allowed to see life through the eyes of the cat. She tells of how she chose her human (Sarah), and their precious time together in eclectic New York City.

When one day, her human doesn’t come home, Prudence’s life is forever altered. She finds herself now living with the daughter of her human (Laura), and her family. They do not understand the things that Sarah did; they do not understand Prudence.

Prudence struggles to adjust to life without Sarah, her human. However, a successful lawyer, Laura struggles with the loss of Sarah, her “Bohemian” mother. The results are deep, meaningful, and insightful for both Prudence and Laura.

This is a very special novel, written by a special person. Gwen Cooper is the author of Homer’s Odyssey, the memoir of her life with a special blind cat. I recommend Gwen Cooper and both of these beautiful books.  

Sunday, February 24, 2013


She sits in the rocker passing the years,
soothing away heartaches, illness, and fears.
In it she has rocked hundreds of miles,
and turned hundreds of frowns into countless smiles.
Whenever something was dreadfully wrong
Granny would hold them and sing them a song.
Run to Granny, climb into her lap,
the ideal place for a peaceful nap.
But, now they’re all gone with lives of their own,
and Granny sits and rocks alone.
Age and time have now taken ahold,
so she rocks a lot slower since she’s grown old.
Soon the rocker will slow then cease to rock,
and Time will stand still on Granny’s clock.

                                    ~poem by McGuffy Ann Morris
                                                  photo by Photobucket

for "Sunday Mini-Challenge~14-Liners"

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lenten 6WS

"The future starts today,
not tomorrow."
~Pope John Paul II~

Linking to Show My Face

Friday, February 22, 2013


The old ramshackle house was rumoured to be haunted. Severely neglected for many years, it now sat grim and silent. The last family seemed to have moved out unnoticed.

When the strange, mournful sounds began emanating from the dilapidated house, authorities were called in to investigate.

There in a corner of a dark, squalid room was an emaciated  old dog, and her litter of puppies. 

Linked to Lillie McFerrin
Prompt: Abandoned

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chloe Jo's Playtime are me, Chloe Jo!

What is dis?! A quiet game? No way! 

I has to get this ball moving loud & fast!

There! Chaos, noise, madness, mayhems!

I likes crazy fun. That are more like it! 

My work here are done...for a little whiles. are naptime for Chloe Jo!

Linking to The True Book Addict
Burnt Food Dude

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

World's Largest Truck Stop

Welcome to Iowa! 
 Home of the 
"World's Largest Truck Stop",
the I 80 Truck Stop
is located on I 80, at Exit 284,
in Walcott, Iowa.
Built in 1964 by Standard Oil, it was
taken over a year later by Amoco.
In 1992, it became part of
Truckstops of America (TA).
They offer a huge trucker's store, a
chrome shop, large service bays,
various restaurants, showers
and many other amenities.
 There is a "Super Truck Show Room",
where you can see highly detailed trucks
inside their own trucking museum.
The I 80 TA also has an annual
"Truckers Jamboree" to celebrate both
truckers and the trucking industry.
The "I 80" is not just a truck stop,
it is an experience.

Linking to Our World Tuesday #78

Monday, February 18, 2013

Animals Impacting the World

By Dinah Roseberry & Mary Gasparo

This is a fascinating book emphasizing the powerful link between animals and the world around them. There are thirty three stories telling of powerful, often unexplained bonds and  unexpected results.

Autistic children considered unreachable have been helped by relationships with animals. In fact, research has shown that autistic adults have been, as well. This book explores “cat ladies” and the bond between them and their cats, often referred to as their babies. I think many will find interest in this, as many may be able to identify with this feeling. From running with wolves to swimming with dolphins, this book covers many fascinating connections and experiences. It offers a wide variety of lessons in animal species and creatures.

Written by paranormal experts and animal communicators, the insight is genuine and deep. Dinah Roseberry, a paranormal expert, has a lifelong love of animals leading her to research their psychic connections. She has written several books. Mary Gasparo also has an interest and history in the paranormal. She is also an animal communicator, having worked with many kinds. She is a cat rescuer, as well. The history in their chosen fields is lifelong and dedicated. 

This is a book for all who believe that animals are an integral, essential part of life. If you have ever had a special experience or connection with an animal, please read this book. If you have not, I definitely recommend this book.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Please Check Your Car!

Cats and other animals look 
for shelter and warm places
to hide or to sleep.
Cars are common shelter.

Other animals can get trapped 
in your car grille while driving.
It is always good to check!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Special Angels

Please notice my new angels, in my left sidebar. I adopted them through the Official Cat Blogosphere. I could fill an entire blog with all of the angels I have on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. 

I chose Angel Bob, because he was my first (rescue) cat as an adult. He was a Maine Coon, and bionic. He had many health conditions. As a mom and a vet. tech., we went through a lot together. I lost him at his 8th birthday, 8/8/1980. 

Angel Purrl was a rescue kitten, and my first polydactyl. She was tough, a tomboy, and extremely bright. I lost her at 17 1/2 years, to congestive heart failure. I have shared her story in brief, and how it lead me to my Maggie P. (Maggie & Purrl) Miss Purrl will always be my Girl, too.

Angel Moon is the brother of Grizelda and Chloe Jo. I rescued that motherless  litter of four at two days of age. They were very ill. We kept Grizelda and Chloe Jo. Moon and Willow went to another home. Chloe Jo and Moon had chronic, lingering respiratory problems, though. They remained "babies", in many ways. Shortly after their second birthday, Moon passed away from complications of pneumonia. (Mr. Moon) A very special little guy, he will forever be in my heart.

You can click on the pictures in the left sidebar, and it will take you to the VSquillion Adoption Shelter. I am so happy to have some of my special angels here at McGuffy's Reader. I will love them forever, as I do all of those here and at The Rainbow Bridge.

Thank you to Gracie, the Shelter Keeper at the Cat Blogosphere for her extra hard work, and to her Mom for helping so much. Hugs.

A Kinder 6WS

"Always be kinder
than is necessary."

Linked to Six Word Saturday

Friday, February 15, 2013


They had been through so much, learning to navigate together. Enduring many hardships, their lives were never easy. Yet, fundamental values made true priorities distinct and undeniable. 

The rings still sparkled as she put her hand in his. They knew what remains truly important.

Linked to Lillie McFerrin
The Prompt: Cherish

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

By Darien Gee

“Scrapbooking” is an active hobby, with several million women in the United States and worldwide participating. Not only does it have sentimental appeal, it is driven commercially.

Clubs have formed, where women come together to share ideas, exchange opinions, also supporting each other in other ways. In some ways, it is like the quilting bees of past generations.

In this heartwarming book, Bettie of Avalon, Illinois, starts a “scrapbooking society”. Her goal is to form a women’s group of common bonds and interests, while preserving memories.

The women who join the scrapbooking club however, may have other things that lead them there. Yvonne has a past that is chasing her. Ava Catalina is a single mother still in mourning. Frances is a young mother of boys, trying to adopt a foreign-born daughter. Isabel is trying to fix a past, including her that of her late father.

Together, with the obvious help of Bettie, each woman finds the courage and support to deal with past and create a future. When tragedy strikes, the group must pull together creating some very unexpected, special things.

This novel reminds us of the importance of preserving memories, and also of making them. This is a beautiful novel of friendship.