Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
So, what’s new with you?
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
It doesn’t matter if your intentions are good,
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
It is time for the weekly Coffee Chat. I am actually late this week, as yesterday was Stella's birthday. Coffee Chats just are not her style. This week, Ms. Rory Bore has invited us to play the game "Have You Ever". Good grief. I will be honest, though perhaps not very exciting. Here goes...
2. Shared a meal with your pet. Drive thru acceptable. Well, yes. But this is a very rare occurrence. It is usually Bill’s fault, though.
3. Scuba dived in the ocean. Well, no. I can guarantee, this will not happen, as I cannot swim. I sure wish I could, though!
4. Saved someone who was in danger. Yes, I have, more than once.
5. Sang karaoke. (before alcohol, 2 bonus points) No, never. No one wants that, not even my cats.
6. Seen a pyramid. (1 point for each step climbed) No, I have never visited a real one, though I would love to visit one. I would need to research it first, however. There is a golden pyramid (house) here, in Illinois. If that counts, then, Yes, I have seen a pyramid.
7. Went camping in a tent. I have done this, quite often as a pre-teen and teen.
8. Won a contest for a big prize. (no, toys in Happy Meals don't count) I won some poetry contests when the Internet was just starting out. In fact, one win was pretty big in status, though not in monetary winnings.
9. Eaten a strange food. Broccoli is not a strange food. Yes. I have eaten okra and eggplant and hominy. It was strange for a kid from Chicago, back in the 1960s! Okay, I also ate armadillo (back then), though I cried when I was told that’s what it was. I thought it was a really dirty trick to have me eat a critter that I loved.
10. Pulled a prank you were later sorry about. Yes. I was a notorious prankster as a youth, though it was always harmless. There was one time that it could have hurt someone, and I was so very sorry. I learned a valuable lesson to be more careful though I still was a prankster.
11. Went on an African Safari. Well, no, not a real one, anyway. I really would rather see more American wildlife, anyway. I would love to go whale watching off the coast of Alaska or take a nature cruise down the Mississippi River. There is so much to see right here.
12. Met a celebrity (TV, Movie, Music, Sports, Arts) Though he is more than a celebrity, I met President Ford when I was in ROTC. He came to a local high school. We helped with seating, crowd control. Also, many years ago, I had the honour of talking to the Native American Sioux activists Leonard Crow Dog and Mary Brave Bird on the telephone. Obviously, they are/were far more than celebrities, though they are well known people.
13. Been on TV or the radio. In ROTC, we presented colours for the Chicago Bull’s games. I have managed to stay out of the limelight.
14. Been in a fight. Oh, good grief. As an adult, I have chosen a lifestyle unlike the one I was raised in.
15. Fallen asleep while talking on the phone. No, though I am not a fan of chatting for long periods of time on the phone. I will admit, however, that as a youth I talked on the phone for very long periods of time.
Okay, your turn! Please join us. Ms. Rory Bore always has coffee on. *wink*
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Three years ago, we adopted Stella from Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue. The minute we saw her picture on their Facebook page we fell in love with her. Her story clinched it. At three years old, she was a very shy, sad, neglected little girl. Stella had just gone through treatment for heartworm, as well as many other serious changes in her short life.
We knew Stella belonged with us. As soon as Stella was released from "Medical hold", we brought her home and made her part of our family. It was our mission to make sure she was happy and secure. Chloe Jo decided Stella was her "Dog", and they are still very close. Chloe Jo seeks Stella out for comfort and cuddling. Every night, when everyone is in bed, Chloe Jo cuddles up as close as she can to Stella. The other cats all love Stella, too. Stella loves each of them, offering what they need. She loved the rescue kittens and has a special bond with George.
When Stella goes trucking with Dad she is the perfect traveling companion. In fact, the staff at the trucking company headquarters loved her. When Bill went into the office for business, the ladies there would come and get Stella. They would take her leash so she could go visit with them. Of course, they also gave her special treats. When Bill turned in his truck to leave for his new job, they asked, "What about Stella?" They all agreed that she would be missed.
Stella can also go to fine hotels and be a perfect lady. When we went to Mayo Clinic, we took Stella. The hotel welcomed her as my service dog. She always knows just what to do and how to behave. While at Mayo Clinic, Stella made friends with doctors, nurses, and patients alike. One cancer patient saw Stella and sat right down on the floor by her. Stella gently crawled into her lap and cuddled up to her. Tears rolled down the woman's face, as her husband said she missed their dogs who were at home. When the woman felt better, Stella licked her cheek. As the woman rose, she thanked Stella. She said that Stella is a special dog.
Stella takes life and love seriously. She welcomes every experience and appreciates everyone she meets. She is very special. Stella is now going through the certification process to become a therapy dog. She can share her love with those who need a little bit more, as she once did. Stella is a natural.
Happy 6th birthday, Stella...and many, many more. You deserve all of the love and happiness that you give to others, and we are happy to make sure that you get it.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
George is almost nine months old. He is still in fast-forward every waking moment. His hobbies are still Tent-Ball, balls in general, and flying. He loves speed and heights...and his sisters, his Dad, and his Mommy.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
and brave enough to be true to ourselves.