Sunday, September 27, 2015

Early Autumn Fun

It's that time of year, again.
The seasons are changing;
Summer has slipped into Autumn.
Get out and have fun while you can!

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Bumper to bumper, door to door,
it’s rush-hour traffic that I simply deplore.
A race against time, the minutes tick by;                                                          
we inch along slowly, yet rarely know why.                                                                  
I read all the stickers and state license plates;
I must entertain myself, as I sit here and wait.                                    
Finally, I’m free to pick up my speed.                                                     
I don’t watch the signs of which I should heed.                                               
But watching my speed is a state highway cop;                                                           
to give me a ticket he now makes me stop.                                                       
It just wasn’t worth it; now I’m later than ever.
I think I’ll be stuck in this traffic forever!   

Poem: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Unknown

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Quote prompt:
"The key to everything is patience.
You get the chicken by hatching 
the egg, not by smashing it."
~Arnold H. Glasow


Long Live the Queen

This week I was honoured to have lunch with The Queen Jester (Cheryl) of Life in a Canned Ham. Cheryl and her husband (Left Brain) live in their RV (See-More), with their two cats, George and Gracie. They were traveling through my area on their way back down South.

I hadn’t seen her in a couple of years, when we first met in person. This time, we greeted each other and picked right up where we left off. We sat outside on the patio of the Mexican restaurant. We talked until the restaurant opened. Then we went in to get a table, order lunch and talk some more.

The young waiter had to come back several times because we were talking instead of looking at the menu. I think he enjoyed us, though. We included him in our jokes and laughter. He kept us our glasses of Coke and sweet tea filled.

Cheryl and I had so much fun, sharing stories, thoughts and lots of laughter. We told personal stories of family, childhood, spouses, and life. We discussed deep issues, like philosophy and psychic energy. We shared animal stories, both wild and domestic. There were many tales about our cats, of course. She fondly remembered meeting my Stella, too. We also chatted about sports. I think I have inspired her to watch football. (You are welcome, Left Brain.) Cheryl talked about her favourite game Pickle Ball and I talked about Tent Ball, too.

Cheryl is a real creative energy.  She makes dolls, sews everything from clothes to decorative items. She does photography and works with various art mediums. She also writes so we discussed writing, too. I encouraged her to keep a written journal when she does not have access to the Internet. I hope she does, as her stories are amazing. I cannot wait to hear more of them. It is like we have been friends forever.

Finally evening came, and we had to break up the fun. She needed to return to Left Brain and the campground. I needed to go home and let Stella out. Otherwise, I think we could have talked all night, too. We may have ended up getting thrown out of the restaurant just so they could close. 

It is a rare and wonderful thing when you connect with someone on so many levels. I am blessed to have met Cheryl and have her as a friend. We are kindred spirits. I wish her safe travels, but I also look forward to visiting with her, again...hopefully soon.

The Queen & I

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fill-In Fun #232

The "Follow Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. This meme is one of the first ones I joined, several years ago. Each week Hilary 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 Ellen of 15andmeowing.

The statements & My Answers: #232

1. Birthdays are meant to be a celebration of the person born that day. I enjoy doing that with loved ones. However, I admit that I have always been uncomfortable with my own.

2. I am more than happy to rescue critters, but I wish I was able to save them all

3. Autumn is my favourite season. I like the change in sunlight and weather, the foliage with its colours, football, and the inevitable reflections of self and life

4. Chapstick  is the best brand of lip balm. I never leave home without one.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Life Lessons

Summer is over, and Autumn is here. Kids have gone back to school. So Ms. Rorybore has asked the “Coffee Chat” question: “What would you like to learn now?”

There are many things that I wish I had learned when I was young. I wish that I had been given the opportunity to learn how to swim. When I was a child we moved so much and so often that it was too tumultuous for things like that.

I would have liked to learn how to crochet, too. However, there was no one available to teach me that. I did teach myself how to sew by hand, including crewel and embroidery. I also taught myself macramé. I would have appreciated music lessons, but was happy to be in school choirs throughout my childhood. School choirs were always available and easy to join.

At this point in my life, I know I will not learn to swim. I doubt I will ever crochet or play an instrument, either. I am comfortable with this knowledge. However, there are many things that I have learned throughout my life, some through research, and others through opportunity. Often, one lesson led to another. 

I have an endless curiosity, so I am always looking to learn new things. Friends have often teased me about my treasure trove of facts and information. I am always looking things up after hearing about something that piques my curiosity. I want to know and understand as much as possible. I like to share what I know because I like to learn from others, too. Sharing knowledge benefits us all.

I always cherish the things that I learn through opportunity. I have learned much by watching and observing. Nature has been a great teacher. I watched a caterpillar form its chrysalis, and then I waited patiently for it to emerge as a butterfly. I learned animal behavior by watching both wildlife and domestic animals. I have studied human behavior by observing and paying close attention.

As I learn something, it inevitably leads to learning something else. It becomes a chain of lessons, each link valuable in itself, but priceless as a whole. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. Yet, the more I know, the more I realize there is so much I still do not know. So, I seek to keep learning.

I have always loved books for this very reason. Reading is knowledge. In addition, we now have the ease of the Internet. The great thing about the Internet is the wealth of information that it offers with links to websites, images, and videos. I make use of them all. I learn a lot from my blog friends, too. The Internet has linked us all together in another unique chain. 

So, for me it is a lifelong quest to learn whatever I can as I am presented with the opportunity. The opportunities are truly endless and I am an eager and attentive student.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Tent Ball

George is a creative thinker.
He has combined his love for his tent,
and his love for his turbo-ball toy.
His new favourite game is Tent-Ball!
George gets in his tent, and then he  
carefully maneuvers it onto the 
edge of the turbo-ball track.
He has modified the tent for ease
in controlling the turbo ball.
The games can be very active, 
as he reaches out to keep the ball 
going at top speed!

George didn't stop there, though.

He has actually taught Grizelda how to 
play the wild & crazy Tent-Ball game, too!
There may be a tournament in the future!

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Restrained, an invisible noose
drawn tight around my heart.
I strained at it, trying to withstand.
I ignored it, trying to go on.
It remained a force beyond my control,
demanding to be reckoned with.
I sifted through memories, moments
caught silently in time, tainted
with lies and broken promises.
Realizing there is nothing left
to hold onto...
I let go.

Poem: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Free Domain 

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Quote Prompt:
"Courage is the power to 
let go of the familiar."
~Raymond Lindquist


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This Summer

The coffee is on, so I am joining Coffee Chat with Ms. Rorybore. This week we are sharing our Summer in pictures and stories. Please join us. 

Anyone who knows me knows how I spent my Summer.  I had the honour and privilege of caring for a litter of newborn kittens. I have rescued many over the past many years, and am always amazed and blessed by each and every one of them. So, I am more than happy to share my Summer with the Minions, again. Here is how we spent our Summer...

~The Minions~

The Minions and I had a very busy Summer...

The Minions learned quickly what a bottle is for.

They soon learned about themselves, like their feet.

Soon after, they learned how to walk.

Before long, the minions learned about wrestling.

More importantly, they learned the fine art of eating.

And they learned about the joys of water.

They made friends with Stella the Sheltie Dog.

And they got to know the "big" cats, too.

They learned how to play with all kinds of toys,

but boxes were a favourite to play in, 

or sometimes just to sleep in.

As they grew, the Minions moved into a cottage.
This was endless fun for them!

Sometimes it was confusing for the minions,

even exhausting. But they all made it!

The Minions have gone on to their "forever homes"
...except for George, who is already Home with us!

How did you spend your Summer?

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Monday, September 14, 2015


I have walked miles across harsh lonely tundra,
through forests too dark to see the trees.
I have reached heights, climbing mountains of enigma,
and stumbled, falling into valleys of depression.
I have relied upon dawn as my epiphany,
and dusk as my reprieve.

I have sailed uncharted waters,
never knowing if I’d find my way.
I have navigated emotions,
steering toward the beacon of hope.
I feared capsizing or crashing haphazardly
on the rocky shores of betrayal.

I must now follow the ebb and tide of uncertainty.
I am the steward of my voyage.
The promise of tomorrow is what guides me today.
I will weather the storms.
I will stay on course.
I will survive.

McGuffy Ann Morris,
from the poetry book,  "Weeds"

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Quote Prompt:
"I have been through some terrible things in my life,
some of which actually happened."
                                                                          ~Mark Twain

Friday, September 11, 2015

Fill-In Fun #330 & Me

I have followed Hilary and Feeling Beachie since I began blogging, over four years ago. Her Friday Four Fill-In Fun has always been one of my favourite memes. I like the challenge and the exchange of thoughts.

Each week Hilary posts four statements with blanks that you fill in. Then, you post and link back to her blog to share. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions. This week’s co-host is yours truly: ME!  I hope you will join in the fun. 

The statements & My Answers: #330:

1. Have you ever had an unusual experience that could not be explained? If so, what happened?

2. Wouldn’t it be nice if people could agree to disagree? We would all be better for it and happier, too.

3. I think dreams have meanings. I believe this is the way our minds process and sort information, memories, wishes, and hope. In this same way, I think stress can create or conjure nightmares. 

4. I just cannot understand or accept meanness, no matter how it is explained away. There is never a good excuse or reason to be mean

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Monday, September 7, 2015

R & R

Here's to Rest & Relaxation.
I will be hanging out with Bill,
who is home for a few days.  
We hope you enjoy your Labor Day
...however you spend it!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

George's First Selfie

George, 12 weeks old

When he is not sleeping, he works on being the master of his domain. He has learned all kinds of things, such as getting onto the dining room table. One favourite new trick was walking along the curtain rod above the bay window. Even Chloe Jo never did that.

George loves all of his toys, but his favourite ones seem to be the plastic springs. He also likes toys that move or make sounds. Grizelda has taught him which ones do what. He has managed to get Maggie to play chase with him though Chloe Jo is still the one he seeks out the most. It is funny to see Chloe Jo as a big sister because she is the baby (and always will be). 

George is current on his health care, and his vets think he is a big boy for his age. As long as he is healthy and happy that is the most important. He is definitely loved.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Fill-In Fun # 229

The "Follow Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. This meme is one of the first ones I joined, several years ago. Each week Hilary posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statements 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 Troop Petrie.

The statements & My Answers: #229:

1. Make sure your words are sweet because you may have to eat them.

2. I am in denial that it is already 2015. It seems to be that time goes by too quickly.

3. My purse is empty without tissue and hand sanitizer. Too often, public restrooms are not properly maintained. I also always carry along a book to read, in case I am stuck waiting somewhere, such as a doctor’s appointment.

4. Camping to me means simplicity and back to nature! Of course, I believe this is best achieved with a lake and fishing.


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Sun shining through solitary cloud,
children playing hard and loud,
take me where my life had begun
though rights nor wrongs can be undone.

Clocks keep ticking, time keeps turning,
each and every child keeps learning.
The older we get the less we know.
We are time’s victims, we are time’s foe.

Now I am age, and age is me,
for soon the setting sun I’ll see.
The winds will blow the clouds away;
the sun will rise another day.

Poem: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Source

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Quote Prompt:
"Spend the afternoon.
You can't take it with you."
~Annie Dillard