Tuesday, December 30, 2014

About Time

The past month has been long and rather lonely, since Bill was gone during the Christmas season. He will be home for the next few days, so we will finally be able to celebrate. To fully enjoy our time together, I will be taking a brief blogging break. I may check in, but I cannot promise that. Please understand. I will definitely be back with regularity in a few days. Time is so important and so very fleeting. With that said, I am re-sharing a former post. Enjoy your loved ones and what is left of 2014. We wish you all the very best for 2015.   

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.  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Chloe Jo's Check-Up

Chloe Jo went for her routine vet visit a couple of days ago. After a thorough check up, it was deemed that she is doing pretty well. Her appetite is good and she likes the current diet. Her breathing was a bit rough, but that is something she is always going to struggle with, along with her other issues. 

As always, Chloe Jo was happy to see her friends at the clinic and they were happy to see her feeling well. She will be checked again in February, but we are happy that she is stable right now. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Special Christmas Choir

Bill is still on the road, but sent this to me
knowing how much I would love it. So,
I am sharing it with all of you here.

Merry Christmas from Bill, myself,
and of course our critters...
none of which appear here...but could!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

May the true spirit of Christmas
be in your heart today and every day.
Merry Christmas! 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thanks, Joe

Joe Cocker
May 20, 1944 ~ December 22, 2014
One of the Greats
~Rest in Peace~

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Letter to My Cat

By Lisa Erspamer

This book is a love letter, filled with love letters. It is for everyone who has ever loved or been loved by a cat. A loving tribute, it illuminates the bond between human and feline in a very open and sincere way.

Each letter is written by an actual “cat owner”, though I really do not like that term. The authors are from a variety of backgrounds, occupations, and walks of life. Speaking to their cat, they lovingly discuss their relationship, events, and what the cat has added or given to their life. The letters describe in all honesty how this special bond has affected the human’s life, even making them a better person.

In addition, a beautiful photograph of the cat accompanies each letter. The photos further reflect the uniqueness of the individual cat. This is a visual reminder that each cat is different in its own wonderful way. In this same way, each bond and experience is unique and special.

This beautiful book is a loving testament to this amazing human/feline bond. It is a meaningful, heartfelt and genuine book to be cherished forever. Thankfully, over the years I have done this with my “own” cats, as well as my dogs. I recommend you do, too. And I sincerely recommend this book. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Selfie: Stella

We prepared our wonderful Holiday Team of exceptional reindeer. 
and, of course, there is the especially beloved reindeer, Chloe Jo.
So now, with some special help, we are ready to go!
Thank you, Stella!

Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Good Gate & Fence

From Summer, and the familiar area of Northeast Texas:
a very nice, simple and practical gate and fence. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Cats for Kids

Both of these books are the collaborative efforts of:
Constance Corcoran Wilson (author), and Gary McCluskey (illustrator)

The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats

Whether they can read it themselves or share it with someone, this is a fun read for children. Colourful and appealing illustrations help tell an adventurous, yet meaningful story. The Christmas Cats are employed to assist in chasing down some rats in a lab. Once there, the Cats realize that these rats have jobs and are doing good things. The Christmas Cats learn an important lesson in accepting others for who they really are.

The Christmas Cats Encounter Bats

Again, the Christmas Cats are called in to check into a mystery. They end up on another adventure, however. This time they must investigate the strange sounds coming from a school bus. During their investigation, they find out that bats are living in the bus! The Christmas Cats learn another lesson in this book. Even though bats are thought to be scary and are very different than others, they do have a purpose and a job to do, too. Acceptance is an important thing to learn and share.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Star

Under midnight star 
miracle and mystery 
  are born of God’s love.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Special Christmas Selfie

and now here is perhaps 
the most beloved reindeer of all:

Chloe Jo

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fill In Fun #192

The "Follow Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions! This week's co-host is Jennifer Farwell.

The statements & My Answers: #192:

1. I can’t believe that some people question whether animals can go to Heaven. I believe that animals do. Thankfully, I am not alone in my belief. Recently, Pope Francis made a statement regarding this very thing.   

2. Hot cocoa is my favourite Winter treat. I especially like it with peppermint in it!

3. If I could understand human nature I would be probably not be any happier about it. Even though it never ceases to amaze me, I am both fascinated and saddened by it. I understand animal behavior. Animals “get it”; yet, humans are supposed to be the “superior intelligence”. (There is a question for God.) 

4. December is a sad and lonely month for many people. Please try to take time to reach out to friends, neighbors, and others who are alone.

~Have a blessed weekend!~

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Christmas Catnip

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Good Fence

Winter Feed Yard,
Dodge City, Kansas

This is one of many stockyard-owned Winter feeding areas.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Snow Globe

Sunset ignites snow,
candlelight in Winter’s heart.
Calm before the storm.

Moon glimmers on snow,
teasing both light and shadows. 
Remembering warmth.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plus

Stella has been snacking on some new dental chews.  She has been getting just one a day. While she loves the taste, I love the fact that these treats are really good for her.

The obvious dental benefits are fresh breath and clean teeth. The natural chewing helps Stella keep her teeth and gums healthy, while she has fun doing it.

Tropic Clean offers a variety of dog chews. The one that seems best for her is the "Skin and Coat" formula , with its Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. In addition to positive effect of these ingredients on her skin and coat, the chews are gluten free, grain free, corn free, and wheat free, too. This is great for pets who have allergies and food sensitivities. 

For healthy pet treats like this, as well as other pet needs, check out Chewy.com.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fill In Fun #191

I have been sick with a very thorough cold this week, and feel behind on everything. I am desperately trying to get back on track. Sometimes the best way to do that is to start right where I am and just go forward. I am working on it.

Today is Friday. The "Follow Friday Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions!

The statements & My Answers: #191:

1. Sometimes I think that I will never understand human nature, but I feel the need to keep trying.

2. Do you love simplicity as much as I do? I always prefer the natural, simple way, in all things.

3. Black Friday is all about black cats, right? Well, in our house it is! Grizelda could do without it, but Chloe Jo loves anything that is all about her.

4. When Bill is home, it is my favourite thing about long holiday weekends. As a long haul trucker, this is very rare, and if he gets one then you know he won’t get another for a while. I am thankful for anytime he is home.

Stay healthy & happy!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Feed a Cold

It was nice having Bill home, but he is back on the road, now. Please be patient as I try to get back into my posting and visiting routine. I have picked up a bad cold (as if there is a good one?), and am very miserable trying to get over it. Thankfully, I think Bill was able to escape this dreaded "bug". 

I hope you are safely enjoying the chaotic busy Christmas season. Please be careful when you are traveling the roads, especially in this wintery weather. Keep a safe distance from trucks, and do not pass on their right. Remember: it takes trucks longer to get up to speed, and it takes them longer to slow down, too. Give truckers respect and room, for your safety and theirs, too. Keep in mind: just as you have loved ones waiting for you, so do those truckers.

Stay safe and warm...*sniffle*...and healthy!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Selfie: Maggie

The Other Reindeer?

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"Santa Claws"

Simon's Cat in "Santa Claws"

As you decorate this year, remember that pets like to help!
Please be careful, and keep it safe for everyone!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Lovely Wild

By Megan Hart

Mari is a happily married, stay at home mother of two children. However, her own childhood is a mystery to many. In fact, Mari does not seem to remember much of her childhood.  Her psychiatrist husband, Ryan, is one of the few who knows the complicated truth. It was his father who researched her after she was found as a feral child living with her grandmother, in the backwoods of Pennsylvania.  

Now, years later, Ryan and Mari are facing some marital difficulties. Self-serving Ryan delves into his father’s research to uncover more truths about his wife’s past. He intends to write a bestseller, in hopes of salvaging both his career and family finances. In order to research and write his book properly, he feels that he needs to move his family back to Mari’s childhood home. The facts of Mari’s childhood and life do come to light, with all of the horrific and traumatic truths. 

Megan Hart is the author of numerous books. Lovely Wild is a riveting, yet poignant novel. The author describes a backwoods childhood in deep poverty and dysfunction with clear eyes and heart. She writes of the trials of a contemporary marriage with equal clarity. Ultimately, Lovely Wild is a story that will draw you into its unique world, make you think, and stay with you after you close the book.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014


May you be safe and warm,
have plenty to share,
be surrounded by loved ones, 
and thankful for it all.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Holidays!

The leaves have all fallen and been raked up
(well, mostly...okay, some...).

Snow is now falling instead of leaves
(I know...it is early).

 Hibernation will set in for many of us
(that hit some of us early, too!).

With the holidays now here, we 
wish you wonderful moments filled with 
many happy memories to keep you warm 
& content through the long Winter months.

Enjoy your holidays & each other.

*P.S. Bill is home for the Thanksgiving weekend!
I will probably not be posting or commenting much 
until next week. Please enjoy your loved ones, too!*

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Treating Your Cat

Please keep this list in mind when treating your cats year round:

A Quick and Handy Guide of KItty Treats vs Poisons
 For more information go to: www.vet-medic.com

Treating Your Dog

Please keep these facts in mind when you are 
treating your dogs, not only at the holidays, 
but every day.

For more information, go to: vet-medic

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Chloe Jo's Bedtime

Chloe Jo is ready for bed.

She is just waiting for Stella and Joey Joe.

Update: Chloe Jo continues to get better.
She is eating her new food, the veterinary diet for stones. 
Her sisters, Maggie & Grizelda are eating the same food. 
This is not only easier, but it is also a good preventative.
The stones can be genetic, and Grizelda is a sister by blood. 
(Please don't tell Chloe Jo...she thinks we are all blood related.) 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Orange Cats

Every week, Brenda of BYG Adventutres invites us to "Ponder" with her. She gives us a word prompt and invites us to share what it inspires in us, or means to us. This week, the word is "Orange". 

I really pondered this word. While I couldn't seem to come up with anything profound, I did think of some entertaining orange cats. 

First we have the Helmet Cats.

The helmets can be customized.

Perhaps this one is an officer.

 Next we have the Zen Cats who have studied 
the art of concentration and meditation.

Then there is the traditional orange tabby. Or not.

And finally, there is this orange, orange cat.

*Please know that no cats were harmed
for the making of these pictures or film.
Orange you glad? I am!

(They may be a bit embarrassed, though.)

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Through aged eyes we see
life and love, both differently.
In youth we defend our precious own;
in age we seek a comfort zone.
With wisdom we see through eyes in-kind;
respect then follows close behind.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Today I am joining Rory Bore for her Coffee Chat.  This week we are discussing bravery, "What is bravery to us, and are we brave?".

Not having a good childhood, I learned to be brave very early in life. In fact, it really was never an issue. As early as I can remember I just did what I needed to do. Never tolerating weakness in myself, I saw myself as strong. I was never impetuous or foolish. I just looked at situations and did what I felt was appropriate, being careful in the execution of my plans.

As a child, I was always fearless, simply because I had to be. Some situations did put me in danger not of my choosing, but rather merely life situations. I walked alone to and from school both in the city and country, without a thought regarding the dangers that could involve. I was a latchkey kid from a very early age. I didn’t consider myself brave, but rather responsible. There were scary situations, but I learned that what didn’t kill me made me stronger.

For fun, I climbed trees, waded in bayous with snakes and unknown creatures. I rode bicycles through all kinds of wild terrain, both urban and rural. I trapped and handled all kinds of critters, domestic and wild. I did whatever I could to experience everything that I could. I sought the good things in life and embraced them. I figured,  “what didn’t kill me make me stronger”. I was fearless, but never considered it bravery.

As I got older, I continued this approach to life. I joined ROTC, being one of the first girls allowed in the Unit. First as Public Relations Officer I represented our (now co-ed) Unit, speaking to a variety of large groups of people (of various ages). I joined Color Guard and Flag Detail, leading both and performing publicly. I joined Drill Team, learning to handle an M16 rifle. Later I was the second highest in command of our Unit, leading over one hundred cadets. I wanted to make a difference. Again, I was fearless but never considered myself brave. I just did what I felt was right.

Leaving school, I knew I needed to do certain things to live a decent life. Sometimes choices were appropriate for me, but unpopular with some people. I guess it takes a certain amount of bravery to achieve what is right for oneself, but I never looked at it that way. I followed my conscience. I never thought about bravery; I did what I felt was the right thing.

At this point in my life, I still face life situations that challenge me. I am often alone, day and night. Needless to say, night can be unsettling when alone. It can present situations that test bravery. I must do things that need to be done regardless of fear, so I do not think about that. I do my best. 

I do not think about my own personal bravery. I never have. I think about doing the right thing. I think about doing my best. I guess that takes a certain level of bravery, but for me it is business as usual.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stella's Photo Session

Stella's photo session did not go well.
She does not like having her picture taken.

She will not cooperate...at all.

She will beg and plead for you to, "Stop!"

When Chloe Jo photo bombed, 
it allowed Stella to finally escape.

However, Stella did make her feelings quite clear. 

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