Sunday, March 30, 2014

Turn, Turn, Turn...

"To everything, turn, turn, turn...

...there is a season, turn, turn, turn...

...and a time to every purpose under Heaven."
 Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Photos: McGuffy Ann Morris
Sunrise: Ohio
Sunset: Oklahoma
Moonrise: Arkansas


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Song Prompt:
"Turn, Turn, Turn",
by The Byrds

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This is for Badger Boo

I need to thank Badger Boo, who was nice enough to extend his friendship to me this week. Let me introduce myself properly to him, please.

I was adopted a year ago, through Sheltie Rescue. I am a Bi-Black Shetland Sheepdog. However, these are most definitely my real parents! They waited for me to be released from medical care, because I had to be treated for heartworm. I am fine, now. They take good care of me, feed me well, take me to my doctor regularly, and always give me my medicine (and healthy treats).
 Mom & Me

Dad & Me

I was a little shy, but have gotten used to my house, yard, routine, & even my cat sisters.
 Maggie P.

Grizelda


Chloe Jo

They say I am Chloe Jo's dog...or maybe it is just Chloe Jo that thinks that. I don't argue. We all love Chloe Jo. She's the baby. She really loves me, too.
Chloe Jo & Me

I love to cuddle, and hang out with my cat sisters and parents. I have excellent manners, love everyone: all people, species and ages. I very rarely bark, and even then only once or twice. I am not afraid of anything, though. I love to go for walks and I travel very well. 

In fact, I am a trucker dog. My Dad is a long haul trucker. I just got back from over five weeks on the road with my parents! Usually Dad goes alone, but we went with him last time! I got to see a lot of America! I really had fun, saw many states, met a lot of people, and I even met some other trucker dogs.


So, it is nice to meet you, Badger Boo. Thank you for wanting to be friends. I happily accept your kind friendship. I hope we can get to be really good friends! ~xo~
Love, 
                  Stella

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Catching Up...


Catching up on reading and reviews!

I am still catching up with books that came 
while I was out trucking with Bill. I have been
catching up with blogging, as well as reading
and preparing reviews. I am getting there!


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Friday, March 28, 2014

“Companion”


Mr. Tom was known to mumble softly most of the time. If asked what he said, he would quietly reply that he was talking to himself.

Sometimes people would ask him to repeat himself, but he just shrugged his shoulders. He would often slowly shake his head in response to questions. 

If pursued,  Mr. Tom would finally say, “I talk to myself because I am the most prudent man I know.”

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris
Photo: Photobucket

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Word Prompt: Companion

Friday Four Fill-In, #156

The "Friday 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:
  1. I love to ____________in the _____________.
  2. I _______________a lot when I’m ___________________.
  3. My least favorite household chore is _______.
  4.  When I walk through the ice cream aisle at the supermarket, I think _______.


My Answers:
  1. I love to take walks  in the rural areas we travel to, when trucking.
  2. I talk a lot when I’m comfortable with someone.
  3. My least favorite household chore is washing dishes.
  4.  When I walk through the ice cream aisle at the supermarket, I think it is amazing how many flavours they have created since I was a kid .

Linked to: Feeling Beachie

Feeling Beachie

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Hungrys

Cats like to nibble & snack...often.

Some cats will eat just about anything.
However, we should offer healthy treats!

They don't like to go without,
so it is good to be prepared!

Who can resist this?
We certainly can't resist.

We have routines at our house.
There are morning treats, and
then there are bedtime treats.
When Dad is away, on the road 
(trucking), I regularly put him 
on Speaker-Phone. He can give 
the girls treats with my assistance.
They hear his voice & line up,
each waiting their turn.
Everyone likes treats,
& they can be healthy!

Linked to: Cat Thursday

Pet Naturals “Daily Best” for Cats

Pet Naturals of Vermont has a fun shaped chew for cats. It is their “Daily Best” multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. This treat is also sugar-free. Made in the USA, I feel confident that it is made under proper and acceptable guidelines.

In addition to the balanced complex B vitamins, “Daily Best” contains antioxidants for proper immune function. “Daily Best” contains necessary digestive enzymes including taurine. Taurine is an essential amino acid for cats. It supports eye, neurological, and cardiovascular health. This supplement also contains Omega 3 and Biotin for healthy skin and coat.

For adult cats, the recommended daily dosage is two chews: one in the morning and one in the evening. This works out very well at our house. Our girls love the chicken liver flavor. While they think they are getting a treat, I know they are getting much more! We will continue to use “Daily Best”. 

You can get these healthy and essential supplements from Chewy.com. We recommend them for all your cat friends, but as with all supplements consult your veterinarian.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

UFO?


This sighting was late one night in Pennsylvania.
  Conspiracy? You decide.  


Linked to: Wordless Wednesday 



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Farmhouse Porch Chat (132)

I have not participated in the Farmhouse Porch Chat at Everyday Ruralty in awhile. Patrice is a wonderful hostess and Wendell is a wonderful horse. Time gets away from me, just as it does with all of us. Today, I find myself here, so will stop in and visit. Please join us!

The questions of the day and my answers are:
What is your favorite room of your house or apartment?
I think my favourite room is our living room. It has a bay window, our recliners, the TV and stereo, and the critters are always doing something entertaining!
What's your favorite topping for pancakes or waffles?
I like bananas and walnuts, on either. However, apple/cinnamon would be a second choice.
Do you like dried fruit?
I love dried fruit! Bill sometimes brings me dried kiwi or dried strawberries. Together, it is heavenly!
Please finish this statement. "As soon as we have good spring weather, I'm going to have to clean up Winter's mess!" (Winter really had an all-out, prolonged tantrum this year.)
Tell me a memory from your childhood. 
Going to the Humane Society, when I was ten years old, to choose a dog was a life changing moment for me. Out of the entire, huge building that was filled with animals, I was allowed to choose a puppy. I chose a little black mutt. She was the only one not barking or running around. She was sitting in a huge empty bowl. I just knew she was the one. She was. She was my best friend for the next fifteen-and-a-half years. She taught me far more than I taught her, and she helped me through many experiences in life. 

Thank you, Patrice and Wendell. I appreciate your hosting this "chat". I hope you are both enjoying the beginning of Spring. I wish for a warm and beautiful one for everyone! 
                                                                                   

Kansas

Kansas is deep in America's heartland.

There are many farms that grow a variety 
of grain, vegetables, and hay for livestock. 

Cattle yards are an integral part of Kansas. 
 Livestock yards and "packing plants" are a very 
important part of the farming industry in Kansas.

Cattle are fed in special feeding pens and 
holding yards, to be processed year-round.
 This is a Winter feeding yard near Dodge City.

A busy feed mill for the cattle near Dodge City.

Kansas has a rugged beauty, and a long, 
important history of helping keep America fed.

Linked to: Our World Tuesday

Newman's Own Organic Snack Sticks

~for Dogs~

Stella has a new favourite dog treat. She does not know who Paul Newman is, only that he has created some great dog treats. She loves the tasty treats that she received from Chewy.com!

This chewy snack stick is made from organic ingredients. The first ingredient is chicken.It also includes organic carrots, peas and grains. This organic treat is made entirely without the use of any artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. That makes me feel good about it, knowing that Stella isn't getting a lot of fillers. 

Chewy.com offers these organic snack sticks on their extensive website. Stella encourages you to visit them for many great pet supplies!  

Stella patiently waiting for her reward!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Song-ography: "One"

"One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do."
-Three Dog Night

As a long-haul trucker, Bill sees a lot of life, 
all raw and unfiltered. Much of it can be difficult.
He says you never get used to it, though  
you do the best you can to deal with it. 
You use your head, but you can still 
follow your heart...which is what he did.

Bill had stopped at a "rest stop" on I-20,
near Ruston, Louisiana. There he met this 
beautiful, very alone and pregnant stray cat.
She was obviously hungry, but fearful of people.
She would not let anyone close enough to touch her.
Undeterred & determined to offer her a meal,
Bill went through his own food supply.
Finding a tin of skinless sardines, he
approached her carefully with the fish.
For one meal, one lonely, hungry and 
expectant cat was fed by one lonely trucker
who cared enough to reach out to her.
One can make a difference, even a small one...
because it matters.    

Linked to:
Song-ography
Song Prompt,
"One is the Loneliest Number"
by: The Three Dog Night

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Ruins"


Georgia knew she must go through the devastating ruins, the spoils of the past. She knew it wouldn’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever was.

There were always lessons to be learned, even in tragedy. Surely there must be something left behind that mattered, that could be salvaged. 

She was determined to find value here, and reclaim it as her own.

Story & Photo: McGuffy Ann Morris


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Word Prompt: Ruins

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Skywatch Friday

Sunset in Arkansas

Linked to: Skywatch Friday

"Friday Fill-In" #155

The "Friday 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:
  1. _________________ reminds me of _______.
  2. I find______________very _____________.
  3. My _____________people are_____________.
  4. Too_______________we need________________.
My Answers:
  1. Old Spice cologne reminds me of my Grampy.
  2. I find ultimatums very final and hurtful.
  3. My kinfolk/ people are all from the South. I am first generation Northerner.
  4. Too often we need to go back and apologize to others. We should try to remember how we would feel if we were the other person.

Feeling Beachie

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring!




Here's hoping that Spring brings wonderful 
surprises, nice weather, and joy for all!
Happy Spring!

Linked to: Cat Thursday

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Stella: Trucker Dog

Stella with Dad

Stella in charge

Stella on break

Long Man


By Amy Greene

Author Amy Greene is back with her much anticipated second novel. She does not disappoint. Long Man is sure to be a classic.

In this lyrical novel Amy tells the story of a community lost to progress and the ways of the world. Her characters are depicted with the heart and soul of someone who is familiar with the people. These are Amy’s people, as she is born and bred in eastern Tennessee.

The town of Yuneetah is almost a place out of time, as it has been taken over by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It will soon be under the river water known as “Long Man”, as a dam floods the town. Annie Clyde Dodson holds onto her land, as she does her roots. She clings to the past for the future of her young daughter, Grace.

Amos is a transient who comes back to the valley, in search of his past and perhaps answers to his own unspoken questions. Suddenly, little Grace goes missing the same day that he is seen in Annie’s field.

The town is divided in their belief as to Grace’s whereabouts. Did she drown in the rising waters of the dam, or did Amos take her? Time is running out. The TVA is not very cooperative or sympathetic in offering more time, as they are absorbed in their own plans for the town and valley.

The lyrical novel is beautifully written. The story is gripping and emotional. The book tells of a time, place and people that are an important and an integral part of history. Author Amy Greene does them all a great justice.