Relaxing sometimes means more thinking. One thing I think about often during these trying times our world has been going through this past year is animals.
I‘m not sure why I remembered something from years ago but it is what prompted this post. I was visiting a friend who has children and a dog & cat. While I was there one of the children and the cat came into the room. The child was kind of picking at/pestering the cat and so the cat scratched the child. The child was of course upset by that and then swung his leg very hard and kicked the cat. I did a loud shocked noise and said “don’t kick your cat!” My friend told her child to stop but then looked at me and said “well the cat shouldn’t have scratched him.” I was appalled.
I personally wasn’t able to relax for a few days this week. We ordered a new couch in October and had received notification this past week that it was in and the delivery company would be in touch. A little back story on this…
I do not purchase big items very often and when I do I usually research for hours, or even days, before making a decision. Our old couch was over 20 years old. So in my search I fell in love with a couch I saw online that a friend shared with me but knew it would be too big for our space. We already had a pretty big couch and this one would be bigger. So I kept looking online and stopping in some furniture stores. There it was, one I thought would work. It was the color I wanted and had the buttons on them I liked on the other couch that would be too big. I spoke with a sales person about my biggest concern which was delivery and getting it in our second floor home. The sales person said this couch has been having some trouble getting in to homes so she proceeded to grab a tape measure and we discussed it more. I still had doubts so she brought me to the manager who also measured, looked up the information on the computer, and told me what measurements the door and the ceiling needed to be for them to get it in. I went home and carefully measured everything, spoke with the manager again, and told him I was concerned about ordering it if there were doubts because we couldn’t afford a restocking fee just to not have a couch in the end. He was convinced it would be fine so I ordered it.
It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax and seriously you all we need to pray. Turning on each other is not the answer.
There is just too much going on in the world (in our country) to even try to fully write about right now.
There is hate, there is violence, there is illness, there is financial worry, and so much more. Aside of these recent global and local battles there has always been abuse. Abuse of animals and abuse of people. I’m afraid with all of the stresses these days this has most likely heightened. So many different challenges people are going through. Just this past week I have heard of two people committing suicide (too close to home). This is one thing that deeply breaks my heart. Thinking that someone felt that much despair that they saw no way out and chose to end their life is such an absolute heartbreaking thing.
A world with no more hate For that day we can hardly wait Until then love is what we’ll portray And on our knees we’ll continue to pray
You know it really gets to me when someone says all a pet needs is some food & water and they’re fine. Although it is true that they will most likely will be fine physically what people forget to think about is how they feel. To know how they feel all we have to do is listen.
That’s really the whole point of animal advocacy, animal empathy, and love for animals. It’s putting yourself in their shoes and paying attention to what they are trying to communicate. I think if everyone took the time to do that we would see that just throwing some food & water at them is not enough.
Animals are living, breathing beings just as we are. They, as we do, have a life and that life is Continue reading →
Well Jack certainly is expressing exactly how we all feel! I just LOVE this picture and it is so appropriate. Everyone is so excited and anxious to say goodbye to 2020.
I am not one who makes resolutions but if I were it would be more of a wish this year. A wish that we start letting go of the hatred. With that in mind, I wrote the following poem to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021.
LET ALL OF THE HATRED BE DONE
There has been so much happening
It has all been so very maddening
I blame you, you blame me, we blame them
Rather than love, it’s been easier to condemn
Yes, this year has been a tough one
Everyone is surely glad to see it done
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This has been a hard and strange year and Christmas was strange this year too. Our family didn’t get together because we are trying to remain safe during the pandemic. We celebrated by opening gifts from one another on Skype. It was nice but doesn’t begin to compare to being together.
Christmas always comes & goes so quickly. The poem below I wrote a few years back. I wanted to share it again.
CHRISTMAS IS NEAR…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year People all around are so full of cheer Bells that are jingling all the way Songs a plenty about that special day Children thinking about all of the gifts Telling Santa what’s on their wish list Trees decorated so beautiful & bright That glow beautiful in the silent night
Going here & there travelers abound
Friends and family gathering all around
Candy canes and cookies galore
Mashed potatoes, gravy and so much more Stockings stuffed with treats for Fido So full they fall and land on the bible Everyone stops and remembers the reason That we celebrate this festive season It’s not about Santa and his sleigh full of toys But Jesus’s birth and to the world what joy! So from me and even my little scrooge too We wisha very Merry Christmas to you