It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the season.
This time of year, the Christmas season, I spend most of my time shopping, decorating, and wrapping presents. All of it is preparation, then it comes and goes in what seems like a minute.
This year, I am trying to really enjoy the season by spending more time with loved ones. Last weekend I spent an entire day making Christmas cookies with a few long time friends. Yesterday I spent the day with my niece. We went to a craft show and out to eat. Today our family is going to see “The Nutcracker.” Great memories in the making. This is what it is all about.
It is good to remember that although there are many fun activities this time of year, the season is not about what we can get or can get out of it, but actually should be more-so what we can give. Maybe give an offering at church, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or donate money to an animal organization. There are many people and animals out there in need.
I wanted to let you know that we are still around. 🙂 Things have been a bit busy. This is a busy time of year at my job, there are things I am trying to resolve at the place I live, I am working on a logo for my friends photography business, and I have been photographing, editing, and enlarging some of my own photos to frame.
Besides those things, I have been doing a lot of thinking. My sister’s death has really made me take a look at my life and I am at a bit of a crossroads right now.
Hello all. As Cino is reading about above, I will be taking a break from weekly Tuesday Tales. In case, you do not know what my Tuesday Tales are, they are stories I share about animals on…well Tuesdays. These stories are from people I know, stories from the internet, my own stories, and stories from you out there. I will still do Tuesday Tales from time to time, just not weekly.
The cat in the photo above is my cousin’s cat, Dakota. She captioned this particular photo “The Mighty Hunter.” This seemed perfect for this unplanned post.
Dakota is watching a bird in a bush but wasn’t putting a lot of effort into trying to go after it. When my cat, Cino, sees a bird her posture immediately changes to what looks like “attack” mode. There is a choice they have to make, attack or sit back and let it go.
Which choice do you make when you encounter a rude person? Do you attack and fight back or do you calmly sit back and let it go? Continue reading →
Today I am looking back at an older Tuesday Tale of mine with some new thoughts and questions. If you have been following me for a while you may have read this post called “A Tender Moment Between A Man And His Dog.” It is about a beautiful relationship between a man (John) and his dog (Schoep). As Schoep got older and his arthritis kept him from sleeping, John would bring him to Lake Superior and hold him until he fell asleep in his arms in the water. That is John & Schoep pictured above. The picture alone speaks volumes!
This is such a beautiful story it is worth repeating. Check out the story on the Huffington Post here.
My niece is here visiting all the way from Norway. This made me think about taking out “fishy.”
Shortly after I adopted Cino, my niece made this fish for her and sent it in the mail all the way from Norway. Such a sweet gift!
I named it “fishy”, but find myself always saying to Cino…do you want to play with “fishy wishy?” I’m not sure why this is, but everything winds up with a “y” at the end, or a word added on that rhymes beginning in a “w”, or both. Her favorite mouse toy has become “mousey wousey.” Her felt puzzle is now “puzzle wuzzle” and her owl toy is of course “owly wowly.“Continue reading →
Many of us can relate to feeling like our house is not a home without a pet. Well this is most certainly true for Tammy.
Tammy is a friend of mine and one of the reasons we get along is our shared love for animals! We have had a number of conversations where we expressed our mutual anger for those who harm animals. I have known her for about seven years or so and just in the time I have known her, there have been many pets she has given a home.
It’s Sunday! A time to kick back, relax, and reflect.
Many of you know about the loss of my sister. This has been a tough week, going to work, trying to act as if everything is fine. Our family has not had time for closure because we haven’t yet had the funeral. We plan to have it this week, maybe this will help a little.
I wrote a poem for today expressing some feelings I have been having through all of this and have heard other people express they felt when they lost a loved one. I hope you enjoy it.
THE WORLD DOESN’T STOP
The world is so busy
The world is so fast
Treating life like a race
How quickly time is passed
Then one day comes
When you receive a call
That one of your loved ones is gone
And now your heart takes a fall
So your race takes a pause
You put the brakes on the spinning top
You look around and wonder
Why doesn’t the rest of the world stop?Continue reading →