Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Selfie: Chloe Jo


~Chloe Jo~
Okay...so Mom helped with her "selfie".
It's all about making Chloe Jo happy.



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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fill In Fun #182

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: #182:

1. I cry when I am upset. When I was younger, I rarely allowed myself to cry. I saw it as a weakness within myself. I now see it as an essential release.

2. Watermelon is (among) my favourite fruit.

3. Wildlife is my favourite part of Summer. I love watching the birds nest and visit the feeders. I enjoy the chipmunks and squirrels. I even love the raccoons raiding the seed and nut feeders, as well as the garden. Yes, even them. I love them all.                                           

4. Sitting quietly with a purring cat helps me relax.



May your weekend be filled with surprises!



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Good Fences #27


Once thriving, this South Texas ranch 
("El Rancho Tejano")
now sits empty in Southern Wisconsin.






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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chattanooga Sunset


Just as each road and each town is different, 
so is each cloud and each sunset.




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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

From The Vicksburg Bridge

The Mississippi River is the primary River in North America, running from Canada through the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. It is the fourth longest and tenth largest river in the world. The Mississippi River is an essential waterway for international shipping. 

The Vicksburg Bridge & The Old Vicksburg Bridge

The new bridge is part of Routes US 80 and I 20, 
connecting Vicksburg, Mississippi to Delta, Louisiana.


The Port of Vicksburg is part of one of the largest 
foreign trade shipping complexes in the world, 



along with the Port of South Louisiana, 
and the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. 




The port complex exports a wide variety of dry 
goods including chemicals, metals, and wood. 



Also a rich agricultural area, wheat, corn, 
soybean, and cotton are actively shipped 




through the Port of Vicksburg and 
its associated shipping complexes. 




This area of the Mississippi Delta ships more 
cargo than any other port in North America.



The Mississippi River Delta Region 
is rich in history and in beauty. 
I took these pictures while trucking
cross-country with Bill. 






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Monday, September 22, 2014

September Song


Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September.
When the autumn weather turns leaves to flame
one hasn't got time for the waiting game.
Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few…
September, November…
and these few precious days I'll spend with you.
These precious days I'll spend with you.
Oh, the days dwindle do to a precious few…
September, November…
and these few precious days I'll spend with you.
These precious days I'll spend with you.





~Wishing you Autumn Blessings~



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Selfie: Grizelda

~Grizelda Zoe~
After a few tries, she decided this was 
the best one for her first "official selfie". 



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fill In Fun #181

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: #181:

1. I am convinced by facts not opinions. Before coming to a personal conclusion, I give much thought to research and reason.

2. I don’t like to drive alone at night. There are too many things that can go wrong. I cannot just call my husband to rescue me! I try to always be home before dark.

3. Would you relive any part of your past if you could? I can honestly say that I would not. Everything in my life has led to this moment in time. I believe that it is all for some greater reason. Albeit unknown to me now, I trust someday it will make sense.                                   

4. Cooking with the grill is something to be appreciated. It makes everything healthier and taste so much better!


Enjoy your weekend!


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Ahoy!


In the spirit of 
International Talk Like a Pirate Day, 
The Girls are joining in the fun!

Well, shiver me timbers!
It's Chloe Jo, Grizelda & Maggie!

And Stella, too! 

Now, go forth and have fun! 
Smartly, Mateys!

Arrr!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Walk


The path to the beach has a fence on each side.


 On the north side of the worn path 
is a new, tall cyclone fence. 


Woven throughout the fence are vines and
wildflowers of many types and varieties.


On the south side of the path is a low, rusty 
fence that has fallen into disrepair. However,
it is filled with all kinds of things and history.


Plants have taken over most of the fence,


covering it with both beauty and colour. 


Locust trees try to take root around stumps,


while old stumps of trees removed long
ago remain suspended in the  rusty fence. 


An abandoned nest sits firmly in the old fence,
a silent reminder of the life that is around us.


Enjoy the life around you today.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Butterfly Light Award


We have not accepted an award in quite some time. However, after some careful thought we are both honoured and humbled to accept the Butterfly Light Award from The Cat on My Head.

This award was given to Don Charisma by Belinda of Idiot Writing. She apparently created the award as appreciation to him for his help in repairing her computer. He has asked that we always link back to her for creating such a special award, as we continue to spread the light.

The conditions of accepting the Butterfly Light award are as follows:

1. Write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. You may not add this award to a post with other awards. Thank you so much, Janet & Kitties Blue for this Butterfly Light Award. I adore you and appreciate your friendship. Hugs.
2. Individually name and re-award a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 9,999,999 bloggers. You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog or a "pingback". 
Listed below are the bloggers I am nominating for the Butterfly Light Award. They have spread the light to me and many others on numerous occasions. I have selected them for the reasons I list next to their name.
*From the Sol~Andrea~for the way she shares her photography and art, especially those of animals and nature. She also tries to always be hopeful and encouraging of others.
*Katie Isabella~for the way she makes others smile and the way she shares her connection with her human Mom.
*Mario's Meowsings~for Mario & M's gentle ways, and their awareness and education regarding health issues, both animal and human.
*Through Squirrel Eyes~for their continued dedication to fostering and caring for animals, especially those with special needs. 

3. Link back to Belinda at her blog Idiot Writing or her Profile Page , for creating this unique and special award.

4. Write a short paragraph entitled: “How I’m Spreading Light” or “How I’m A Positive Influence”.
This is something that I find difficult. I am not one to "blow my own horn". I wish I could quote the email that I received from Kitties Blue. That would explain why I was touched enough to accept this award. I like their idea of the person who nominates you saying why they are giving you the award. However, I will respect the conditions of the award. My essay is as follows: 
How I Am Spreading Light
I am particularly passionate about animal advocacy and rescue. I have been involved in animal rescue for over thirty years, and am a former veterinary technician. I have a special gift for bottle feeding newborn kittens, bunnies, and other orphans. I believe it is a God-given gift.  It is a special connection that I feel blessed by. I also advocate treating other humans with respect, courtesy and acceptance. I believe that we each have been given gifts in life. It is our responsibility and obligation to discover and share our gifts. In doing this we create a better world for ourselves and each other. Through life experience I have learned the importance of communication. Just as I am always open to learning, I try to share things that I have learned with others. My blog is a way to share my thoughts, observations, and experiences through my poetry, stories, musings, and photographs. I try to be a voice for those without a voice. 

5. Display Belinda’s lovely “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog, which you can see above. I have included this beautiful award on my Award page, at the top of my blog.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Selfie: Maggie


~Magnolia Pearl~
Her 1st "Selfie"...it wasn't easy, but she did it!



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Let's Get Together

                                                                     Source: Pinterest

I believe there is an intangible soundtrack to my life. Sometimes it may be the music that attracts me, but it is the lyrics that attach me. From very early childhood, there have been songs that I associate with people and events. Even today, I will hear a song and can recall things in detail.

I grew up in the 1960s, and had a succession of babysitters. Since most of them were teenagers, music was always being played, either on the radio or perhaps American Bandstand on TV. This combined with national and world events, my connection with music deepened.

Perhaps one of the songs that most affected me was “Get Together”, by The Youngbloods. Previously released as "Let's Get Together" by other bands, it was a staple at folk music festivals. However, it gained popularity on the heels of Woodstock and the Summer of Love, 1967. By 1969 it became a top hit by The Youngbloods. At that time, it was used in a public service announcement for the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

I was ten years old at the time “Get Together” became a hit single.  Not only was I intrigued by the music, but I was even more affected by the lyrics. It spoke to me on a level no other song had before. It became my mission to buy this record. Taking my wagon, I collected pop bottles from around the neighborhood and cashed them in at the grocery store. I immediately purchased the 45 RPM record, went home, and learned the song by heart. (I still have that very record.)

This week, I heard the song while running errands in my car. It affected me just as deeply as it did 45 years ago, actually bringing me to tears. I think that this song is just as important today as it was in 1969. Hearing it, I realized that it applies to current world events, politics, issues, and people, just as it did then. 

The song, “Get Together” expresses what we need to do to resolve the issues that affect us all in the world at large, but in our personal lives, as well. I share it with you here. Peace.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Fill-In Fun #180

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: #180:

1. The beach is a wonderful place to find artifacts and observe nature. I love beaches along Lake Superior. You can sometimes find pieces of history, as well as shells and stones. You can always find many species of birds and nature there.

2. Smart phones are a necessary evil. I live in a rural area, have health issues, and am alone much of the time. For many people like me it is a lifeline.  However, I also think that as a society we have become too reliant on such technology as the smart phone. We need to remember to put down the phones and technology and interact with life and each other.

3. I like to read, especially before I go to sleep. It helps me clear my mind of the clutter of the day and relax away tension 

4. My dream for everyone would be to treat others with courtesy, acceptance, and respect. If we can remember to treat others the way we want to be treated we would all be happier.



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Playing Chicken


...with semi-trucks! 

I took this picture while on the road with Bill.
Birds (and other critters) do this far too often. 
I am still amazed that I captured this encounter! 
Yes, they made it across safely!



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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday #19


A snapshot from an Illinois back road.



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