Saturday, February 25, 2017

Big-hearted



She was told that Grampy had passed away. She knew that meant that he had died, though she didn’t really understand.

They said Grampy died because of his enlarged heart. But, that couldn’t be right.
How could Grampy’s gigantic heart be to blame?

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 42


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 42"!  You can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a linky list so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

I hope you are enjoying the nice weather. We certainly have been, but now are expecting a bit of snow. Yesterday, I noticed the wild day lilies are actually coming up! I do not recall that ever happening here in February. Winter’s time is growing short, though.

I may be slow getting around this weekend, but I will be there! Bill is home early this weekend and has a chore list for us to accomplish. Thanks for your patience. I am sure we can find some fun in the weekend, too. 


I hope you enjoy your weekend! We thank you for joining us for Friendly Fill-Ins each week. Your participation has made this a great weekly event for us, and we hope everyone else, too. Please remember to continue to visit everyone on the list.

This week’s questions were challenging for me! I am never prepared with answers; that is no fun. So, here are my completed fill-ins:

1. I wish altruism would come back in style. I distinctly remember when this was taught and encouraged by both word and example. It was just the right way to live and be. “Be nice” was the mantra of a kinder, gentler world


                                                                             
2. I always have too much “stuff” in my purse. In all honesty, I always have my wallet, cell phone, and an inhaler, but also plenty of tissue, Chapstick, mints, White-Out, a tape measure, pens, pencils, paper, a nail kit, a small tool kit, a comb, hand gel, lotion, a second set of keys, a book…and more “stuff”. If Bill is around, I end up with his stuff, too! That includes: his wallet, keys, guitar picks, his watch, his lists, and inevitably some kind of hardware!


3. I think that I am truly becoming comfortable with myself as I get older. I know what and who is important. I am not concerned with what is acceptable to others. I do not believe in politically correct, but rather, morally correct. I trust myself to know what is right, but I will admit when I am wrong.


4. Malice is a pet peeve of mine. I cannot understand how or why people can be mean. Kindness seems so much easier for everyone to live with. It is its own reward. The more kindness you put in the world, the more the world spreads it around for all to enjoy!


~Trust your instincts!~

Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fill-in Statements: Week 42


The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Each Thursday, Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and I suggest the latter two statements. We try to make the fill-ins fun to answer and to share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Everyone is welcome!

Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 42: February 24, 2017

1. I wish _____________________________ would come back in style. 

2. I always have _____________________ in my purse (or wallet for men).

3. I think that I                                     .

4.                                     is a pet peeve of mine.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hey, Teddy!

George heard there is a new striped guy in Town!

He says, "Welcome, Teddy!"




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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sashay

                                                                                                  
The birds now sashay,
each one after another.
Nature takes its course.


Haiku #330: McGuffy Ann Morris
(Image source unknown)



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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 41


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 40"!  You can find the fill-ins here or at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

We thank you for joining us each week. Your participation has made this a fun weekly event for everyone. Sharing with you and getting to know you better has been a real pleasure. Please remember to continue to visit everyone on the list. It matters.

I am still under the weather, though the Winter weather has been unusually mild! I fear we will end up paying for this, too! Somewhere along the line, things always come back around to balance out. Such is Life.

The questions were a bit challenging for me this week. I hope you enjoyed them! Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1.Snow is wonderful if you have a warm, safe place where you can hibernate. I love to watch the snow fall. I even don’t mind having to shovel. I seriously was made for The North Woods! I keep the U.P. weather on my Weather Bug. It is still my goal to become an official Yooper!


2. My favorite kind of soup is home-made. I especially like chicken soup when I don’t feel well. However, I enjoy soup most anytime.! Chloe Jo loves chicken noodle soup. Well, she really just likes the noodles!


3. When no one is around, I whistle. I really do not whistle well, so I don't do it if anyone can hear me. The cats have all convinced me not to whistle. In fact, they are both vocal and physical in their protests. Bill has agreed with them: whistling is not my strength. I should mention, they do not mind when he whistles!

Riley (George's brother)

4. Writing is my way of sorting things out. I journal most things that weigh heavily on my heart, though they remain private. I do not share everything because I don’t think it is necessary. God knows, and that is enough. However, sometimes the things I write will later become poems or stories that I hope others may relate to.



While it lasts, have some fun in the snow!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Mutual Admiration Society


By Lesley Kagen

Precocious eleven-year-old Tessie Finley is the narrator of this heartwarming novel. In addition to her endless lists, she organizes The Mutual Admiration Society. Tessie believes she has witnessed a crime in her local cemetery. With the help of her trustworthy friend, Charlie, and her little sister Birdie, she intends to solve it.

Tessie narrates her story with a straightforward, no-nonsense, wise and witty voice. She does her very best to make sense of the world around her. And, she has a whole lot on her plate. Tessie is dealing with the sudden, tragic death of her father, an emotionally inaccessible mother, judgmental neighbors, and Birdie’s special needs. Yet, Tessie does it all with a very spirited, loving heart.

Author Lesley Kagen has also done it again. She has created a story that is both entertaining and heartwarming. Her attention to time and place is accurate and relevant. Tessie’s world of 1950s Milwaukee took me back to my similar childhood in Chicago. Sometimes, I felt I knew Tessie, other times I felt I was her! I could relate to her way of thinking, her determination, and her world.

As always, Lesley Kagen has created a story filled with characters you can care about. She understands and preserves the innocence of childhood. She respects the trust found in a child’s heart, sharing it in the natural way a child does.

Lesley Kagen is a very special author. She never disappoints. I have read each of her books and loved them all. If you have not read her books, you should. You are missing out on some very special reading. 

Fill-in Statements: Week 41


The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowingprovides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 41: February 17, 2017

1.Snow ____________________________.

2. My favorite kind of soup is ___________________________________.

3. When no one is around, I                                      

4.                      is my                         .



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sharing Love


Bill and I have gotten used to being apart for special days. This is not by choice, but: “It is what it is.” We adjust, because the love is important every day.

I was surprised when Bill called and said I may need to pick him up at the truck stop yesterday. It was Valentine’s Day! Of course, things can change quickly and often in trucking; I knew not to get my hopes up. He passes near our home often on his way from The Yard to his Rust Belt route. He said that he would call me as he got closer to his destination.

He did, too. I picked him up mid-day. He brought home a wonderful lunch for two, with a nice dessert, chocolates, and roses for me! He even brought the critters treats! I cannot express how much this meant to all of us.

Bill was then able to sleep in his own bed, before going back to the truck last night. Grizelda, his “nap buddy”, was thrilled. When he naps, she always joins him, running into the bedroom to meet him on the bed! He used to call her, but now she anticipates it when she sees him head into the bedroom. Everyone needs their time with Dad.

So, this year Valentine’s Day was extra-special. I loved having the gift of my husband at home, where he belongs. The love that we share with each other and our family is what keeps us going when we have to be apart. Indeed: this was a very happy Valentine’s gift!


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Taking a Stand


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!


πŸ’˜Wishing you a special day filled with sweet things!πŸ’˜

Saturday, February 11, 2017

In Vain

                                                                 source unknown

Consumed by self-righteous anger, she saw only her side. However, having a difference of opinion does not make one wrong. So, he tried in vain to explain his side.

She screamed, “This isn’t about you!” He knew she was right: this was obviously all about her.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 40


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 40"!  You can find the fill-ins here or at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

We thank you for joining us each week. Your participation has made this a fun weekly event for everyone. Sharing with you and getting to know you better has been a pleasure. Please remember to continue to visit everyone on the list. Thank you!

The questions were challenging for me this week! Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. My favorite kind of cookie is a warm, chewy one, fresh from the oven. Oh, yum. I need to go bake some cookies for Bill...yeah...*wink*


2. It would be difficult to find an actress who would play me in a movie about my life. Timing is of the essence. I am a serious fan of Bette Davis. She would have portrayed me well as an adult woman. Jodie Foster could have portrayed me well as a young girl. Both actresses have been known for a straightforward, no-nonsense style. I respect that and can relate.


3. Love is a basic human need, but all living things benefit from it. The greatest gift that you can give or receive is love. It is best served without condition. There are many ways to share love, too!



4. For Valentine's Day, I always reflect on the love in my life in all of its precious forms. Love begins with God because without Him nothing makes sense. I am thankful to Him for the blessing of Bill’s love, too. And, of course, we are both thankful for our home that is filled with furry love!




~Wishing you lots of hugs & kisses 
this Valentine's Day and every day!~


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Happy Birthday!


Kenzie is ten years old today! She has been with us for almost a year, but this is her first birthday with us. She has really come a long way, too.

When we first adopted Kenzie from Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue, she was in sad shape. Kenzie was very overweight, insecure, sad, and serious. She did not seem to know how to interact with others. Learning to be loved was hard for her, and when she realized she is loved she developed separation anxiety. That was when she started carrying our socks around.

As we got her onto a healthy diet, she lost weight. As we played with her, she gained a sense of humour. That seemed to give her confidence! Now she not only plays with us and Stella, but she also plays with George!

Kenzie is happy to be Stella's sister. Though she is older, she looks to Stella for security and cues. Stella is happy to be the anchor. They both are happy to guard the house, yard, and all of us. We are happy that Kenzie is part of our family. 

We wish Kenzie a happy birthday, and  many more years with us! We love you, Kenzie Blue! πŸ’—

Fill-in Statements: Week 40


The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowingprovides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 40: February 10, 2017

1. My favorite kind of cookie is ________________.

2. ____________________would play me in a movie about my life. 


3. Love is                            .

4. For Valentine's Day, I                                .



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Alfred...

HitchCat?

Is that you?!

Oh...it's just George!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl LI


Whether you are watching
The Kitten Bowl,
The Puppy Bowl,
and/or America's
 Super Bowl 51,
let's just come together 
for fun and friendship!
Have fun and enjoy!
🏈

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Breather


Loved by everyone, Emma had lived in the nursing home for many years. However, the ravages of emphysema now kept her confined to her room. Every day, the nurses put her through difficult, but necessary breathing treatments.

Happy when it was over, Emma would carefully climb back into her bed. She would say with a weary smile, “I need a breather from those treatments!”

Story*: McGuffy Ann Morris


*This is dedicated to my real-life friend, "Emma". She was 79 years old and quite ill with emphysema when I met her. I was nineteen years old, working in a Catholic nursing home. She and I became very close in the short time I was honoured by her friendship.



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