Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What nourishment do you wish for?

"Something encouraging growth: something that provides a stimulating and healthy emotional or intellectual environment for people or animals."
~ Encarta® World English Dictionary[North American Edition] ©
(P) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. ~

[We Heart Them]

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

C is for...

C is also for collision... of which I was in this afternoon... totaling my car
or at least the repairs will cost more than the car is worth.
 C is for crimson, the color of my cheeks, nose and chin after the airbag deployed.

C is also for celebrate which I was hoping to do tonight,
since at the time of my collision I was on the way home from having an
ID badge created for my new job that I start tomorrow morning.

C is for caring, which is what the nursing student was who stopped to see if I was okay,
which I am,
although I'm sure I will be sore tomorrow from the bruise on my chest where the airbag hit me.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Truth or Dare?

When my blood sugar drops and I'm reaching a level of homicidal hunger,
I sometimes drive thru a fast food restaurant
 and get their big kids meal.
I always ask for the boy toys,
pretending I'm picking it up for a son or nephew,
so no one suspects I'm going to pig out on it as soon as I'm out of sight.
But today for some unknown reason I asked for a girl toy.
When I got it out of the bag,
a half a block away,
I almost went back to exchange it for a boy toy.
But then I realized that sometimes
every girl deserves a tiara.
This is mine.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A day at the zoo... Sunday Selections #105

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock ,as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life and Sue at The Elephant's Child. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

They did actually have more than just birds at the zoo...
but I hate seeing beautiful animals penned into small, boring cages.
I loved the colors on this rooster.
Bright red and a deep green teal tail and under belly
Two young giraffes.  So cute!
BIG fat white turkeys.
They must have had a great place to hide last Thanksgiving.
Just some noisy geese.
The black swans were not in the mood for  paparazzi.
I've never seen a white peacock before.
This beautiful cockatoo loved when you called him Pretty Boy.

I am... I think... I know...

I am: joining with Karen at This Old House 2 for a little honesty and soul searching this morning

I am: ready for a new direction in my life... a change from what was to what will be...
I think: sometimes too often about the wrong choices I've made...
I know: that forgiveness... especially for myself... can sometimes fix every hurt...
I want:  a better life for myself and the ones I love...  
I have: faith that will sustain me in the darkest times... and they have been very dark at times...

I dislike:  anger, negativity, people who abuse animals and children, foul language, smokers, people who litter...
I miss: traveling to Europe... wandering cobblestone streets where history seeps from the walls...
I fear:  going blind...
I feel:  peaceful and grounded in spite of the darkness...
I hear: birds singing that spring is near... dogs snoring comfortably... the bubble of my new Betta fish tank... wind chimes blowing in the breeze...

I smell: rain in the distance...
I crave:  cheese...
I search:   for a job that will give me soul satisfaction... where I feel part of making a difference...
I wonder:  if Santa really would have tattoos and a thumb ring...
I regret: not going to Colorado when I was asked once... my life might have turned out exactly the same ~ but completely different...

I love:  my life ~ the good, the bad, and the ugly ~ my companion animals... the people in my life past and present...
I care:  about others more than they realize, and more than some think I should...
I am always:  too much of a giver... too much...
I worry: about what would happen to my companion animals if anything ever happened to me...
I remember:  as many good memories as I can and try to erase the bad ones as quickly as possible...

I sing: praise and worship for I have been so blessed this past year... and in my car to Santana and Rob Thomas' "Smooth" every time I hear it...
I argue:  as little as possible... when communication breaks down to becoming an argument, it is pointless to continue because neither party listens after that point...
I write:  to free my soul... to share my story... to help others... to encourage...
I lose: track of time when I write or read a good book...
I wish: people would learn to coexist...

I listen:  for God to reveal His will for me...
I don't understand: why people let anger and hate control them so much... why they can't forgive... why they want to hurt...
I can usually be found:   in front of the computer or walking the dogs...
I am scared: of very few things because I refuse to let fear control me...
I need:   one door to open that will turn Trooper's Run or Eagle Visions into a Lifetime movie and give me the financial ability to start over again and to help those in my family who need it...

I forget:  what I went downstairs for, or what I went upstairs for, more often that I'd like and get more exercise than my hips and knees can appreciate...
I am happy: yes... I am. 

Full Wolf Moon

Howl at the full moon with me at Jamie Ridler Studios
"The wolf reminds us to connect to our hunger, to notice what desires are calling for our attention. Our dream boards can help us bring these desires to light and to being!
This is an invitation to not just notice our desires but to begin the important work of tending to them, stepping into what we can do to honor what we know of our dreams.
What a beautiful way to begin the year."
~ Jamie Ridler ~

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Five...

It has been an incredible week for gratitude.

Oreo's dental cleaning and vet visit was a good one.
No FIV! 
[I had been worried because of his two years of wild living.]

Four [count them, 4!] job interviews!
That's not counting the 2fer ~ a 2nd interview with one of them!
One job offer ~ part time within walking distance and they will let me be flexible with my hours to accommodate a 2nd part time job ~
AND one call back for a 2fer with a part time job at a school that I really feel is my calling ~
a chance to make a difference not just with kids ~ but with families.

Annie continues to show her happy puppy personality ~ dragging out
toy in the basket each morning, waiting for me to wake up.

I also found a great deal of comfort in a new church this week.

Got it.
Red Robins marking an early spring

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Honest Kitchen

     I received samples from The Honest Kitchen for my "kids" to try, so I guess that makes this a partially sponsored post.  Their dehydrated pet food smells so good when you rehydrate it, you're almost tempted to eat it yourself... and you could if you wanted because their standards are so high that all of their food is good enough for human consumption. 
     The timing was perfect since Oreo came back from the vet with elevated kidney stats and a need to go on a prescription diet.  He will be ten years old this August and I've been worried about his health since he spent almost two years outside living wild on whatever he could find or whatever the neighbors left for him.  [He had been unintentionally left behind when I moved to Texas for a job, but patiently waited for me to come home again.]   Oreo sampled The Honest Kitchen's "Prowl" and licked the bowl clean ~ quite the compliment since even though he ate wild for almost two years, he is very picky when it comes to food!
     Trooper sampled "Embark" and loved it.  He will be nine years old in June and is nearly 80 pounds.  I strive to keep him lean and healthy to avoid joint issues as he ages.  Knowing that The Honest Kitchen only uses the best foods in their products gives me a great deal of confidence and comfort in their food and how healthy it is for my kids.
     Annie gobbled up "Force."  If you have been following my blog, you know that I rescued her in November after she had been left to starve in the woods near my home.  Not knowing her health issues before I got her, I was pleased that her vet visit only indicated an ear infection.  With the long ears of her breed mix [beagle and Walker coonhound] she is prone to ear infections because of the buildup of yeast and her ears not getting enough air circulation.  Feeding her a diet that is free of grains will be a healthy way to eliminate some of the potential for infections.
     Now for an honest disclaimer... I had forgotten that I had tried The Honest Kitchen's products a few years ago for my pug, Tink.  At that time, I had purchased "Thrive" for her through a holistic veterinarian who was helping me make her comfortable in her final months.  Tink had liver shunts ... actually, her liver wasn't even functioning ... and so I needed to find a food that was going to be easy for her to digest and not overwhelm her with toxins or fillers that she couldn't process.  The picture here was taken four months before she transitioned to Rainbow Bridge.  She was seven years old ... which was six and a half years longer than what her veterinarian said she would have survived considering her liver condition. 

     I have to believe that it was because of love ... and good food ... that she lived as long as she did.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What do you wish for your home?

A peaceful sanctuary for relaxation.

A home office and library for writing, hidden away in an attic...
or a basement.
A warm hearth for entertaining.
A kitchen herb garden
Stained glass windows to let light and color into my home.
2013 is the year I am going to make all of my wishes
and dreams come true.
Including getting another pug puppy...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

B is for...

Baby camel... curly and soft.
Bird:  Bright peacock Blue

A point of view...

It occurred to me last night during a conversation with a friend,
that sometimes life is just a matter of perspective.
A point of view.
Sometimes it is just an attitude.

What might be one person's "legally blind,"
may just be another person's chance to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses,
and to see the world with grateful eyes.

What might be one person's horrible memories of wearing orthopedic shoes and leg braces,
may just be another person's grateful chance to walk straight and tall.
What might be one person's "red sky in the morning ~ sailors take warning,"
may just be another person's beautiful and grateful reminder that they are alive another day.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Seacrest Wolf Preserve

     I spent most of Saturday at the Seacrest Wolf Preserve.  The owners and volunteers there do an excellent job educating the public about the plight of wolves, and how essential they are for the balance of life in the wild.  It was an incredible day.

     There are Greys, British Columbian, and Arctic Wolves at the preserve.  They each have packs that roam approximately 5 acres with their own dens and ponds.

     These were some of the Grey Wolves...

      This is one of the British Columbian Wolves.
     At the end of the tour, we had a photo op with three brothers.  Got me some wolf kisses...
Such a flirt!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Were you sleeping? ~ Sunday Selections #104

What?  Huh?  You were sleeping?  This toy makes a loud, crinkly noise?  Really?  I didn't know that.
Well, these were boring.  The squeaker is broken in the black one so it doesn't make any noise at all.
Yeah, I know that this is where everything goes when I'm done with them.  But I'm not done yet. 
The squeaker works in these.  I tried them ... remember?  You jumped and woke up? 
I just wanted someone to get out of bed and play with me.

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock ,as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life and Sue at The Elephant's Child. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

Friday, January 18, 2013


I blinked on Monday ...
and suddenly it was Friday.
Trooper had a good vet report this week.
X-rays to make sure his heart, lungs and joints were all good.

A job opportunity as a substitute teacher.
Most of the week was spent getting my application and fingerprints done.
Wrapped up the week relaxing with friends.
Watching the sun set at Mexico Beach.

I'll try...

     I'm so tired of that word "try."  I've heard it so much in the past two years ... always followed by "but I tried" as an excuse for why there wasn't success.  As if just "trying" was enough at times to make up for not "doing."
     I don't want to just try.  I want to do.  I want to be.  I want to succeed.  I want him to do ... be ... succeed.  I don't want to give up or fail ... I don't want him to give up or fail.  I want to take the word "try" out of our vocabulary ... I don't want there to be an option for not succeeding ... an option to fail.  Don't just try ... do.  Trying ... sounds like there is less effort in it than doing.  It feels like doubt when it rolls off my tongue ... or when it rolls into my ear.
What do I wish to do?
I want to do it all.
I want to be a successful author.
I want to go to travel to Italy.
I want to live in a small house with a HUGE yard.
I want to succeed.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Water Watch ~ Stormy Day

I woke up to wind gusts up to 35 knots.
Gale warning... meaning gusts can get up to 47 knots.
I was expecting whitecaps and rough water when we got around to the beach this morning.
But found this.
Slick, smooth water.  Hardly any wind.
Sheltered by the curve of the bay and the buildings behind me.

I wish I could move my view.