Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021

Thankful Thursday Feline Friday Friendly Fill In's

 Thankful Thursday


Although I am late I wanted to post this and feel so grateful and very thankful for each day I live. I hope you are all having a wonderful week and getting ready for the weekend.





Thankful this guy doesn't bark at me! Leo has a limp and Rebekah is going to get him in to see the vet. Probably his age and the fact that he is a big guy but this fellow was upset when Leo stood by my me demanding I do as he wishes! Ha! This one thinks he rules my world. Happy Feline Friday



Friendly Fill In's is hosted by Ellen and Lorianne and each one of them think of these questions we all answer. Please join the fun.

1. I have a ______________on my ______________.

2. I wish I could speak fluent ___________________.

3. I wonder what would happen if____________________.

4. If I want________________, I have to _______________.

My answers:

1. I have a bucket list on my mind.

2. I wish I could speak fluent sLOVEnian/

3. I wonder what would happen if everyone in the world were kinder?

4. If I want to lose a few pounds,, I have to walk more and count my calroies. No fad diet plan will work. But these are my thoughts alone, I know what works for me.


Today I found a photo of a tea party I had with some incredible ladies in Georgetown, Colorado. They are some bloggers and former bloggers and I cherish each one of them.

 


  
 





Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Happy Tuesday

 

Maxine is always on a roll. Stop by and say hello to Happy Tuesday

I am always very happy when you visit me here!

Monday, November 8, 2021

AW......MONDAYS and MORE

 Aw...Mondays


Good morning everyone, Lorna let me know this morning that Blaze came home. She was out running errands with her sister on Saturday when a neighbor Dan called and said he saw him  two houses over from her home.  She said he was sitting there sunning himself .She and a neighbor had set two traps but they were empty when they checked them. Except Blaze was sitting nearby. He let Lorna take him home! Her birthday is tomorrow and she said this is the best gift she could have.


After a much needed bath, he is skinny and hungry but home sweet home! She said he did not scream or cry but took his bath and she plans to keep a close watch on him. The other cats are keeping their distance as he was pretty stinky! So all in all she thanks everyone for all the prayers and advice and I told her since he would not go into the trap, she should buy him an extra can of sardines and put some fat on that skinny boned boy! This was the best Aw....Mondays that I could think of today! So very happy that he is safe and at home.


I know those of us with pets have this as a necessity too not a luxury! So grateful Lorna and Blaze are having a good Monday. 


 Let's hope Blaze will read a good book and stay cozy and warm inside his happy home. We are expecting a cold front so I know he is grateful to be indoors where it is warm and toasty. 

 

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Blaze and Roxanne and Thankful Thursday

 

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today I can pray for my friend and her beauitful feline. This is Blaze. He is a sweet boy that lives with my friend Lorna.  He is her "Gentle Giant".He got out of the house several weeks ago and she is broken hearted. The first time she saw him she thought he was a ghost. But he came close to her twice and ran off. She has put up some humane traps but he has not be caught yet. She said yesterday she caught every cat in her neighborhood but him. Please pray that he will come home. He has been her boy since he was ten weeks old. Lorna is such a lover of cats. Oneday,  she would like to retire and have a Cat Sanctuary. She is so sad and broken over Blaze being gone. I hope you will pray for both of them that Blaze will come home and Lorna will be forever happy again. He is a snuggler so it is hard for her to understand why he decided to go out on an adventure. She says he likes to lay on her lap He also loves to lay in bed with her. Lorna says her other three cats are more demanding. When Blaze needs lap time he takes it, otherwise, he is on the outer edge watching.  Lorna works from home so when Blaze needed lap time he would gentlye tap her leg and look up at her with those beautiful green crossed eyes. She misses his snuggles and knows they had bonded so she feels like he is just calming his mind.  She needs him and loves him with all of her heart. Let's all pray they come together and she will be happy and he will get all the snuggles he needs.


This is a favorite quote about cats. I often stop and think of these very words whenever my big boy needs my full attention. Today he is probably bugging Daphne, searching for extra kibble bites.


Eight years ago this little angel was taken from us. She had suffered terribly from cancer and we did all we could do to keep her happy and make her comfortable. She passed so peacefully in Hannah's arms at home. Avery said he believes  she went to the Rainbow Bridge side of Heaven because she was alive one minute and gone the next and her little person was just an empty shell after her passing. It gave me great comfort to think of her in those terms


This silly boy became Roxanne's best friend. He always laid with her and knew how ill she was. He was a friend to her for all the months she was still with us. He cried so hard after her passing. I think sometime that is when he became more agressive and ornery. He was missing his favorite friend.


Roxanne was very stubborn and refused to go into the cold unless she was wearing her favorite fauz fur trimmed parka. She was a little sweetheart diva and probably could have been friends with Coco Chanel as she had a flair for fashion and a wardrobe to match.  Missing you little girl, you were Hannah's "Tiny Dancer". Always and forever in our hearts. Thankful we were given the opportunity to know you. 


I am going to post about praying for Blaze to come home at my other blog. I will post  as well about Rose and Bandit as Rose has been gone two years and Bandit three years. November is a month filled with loss for my phamily. 



Sunday, October 31, 2021

Aw...Mondays

 I have felt humorous lately.  But I have to get this ordeal that my husbands off my chest, I felt helpless. But lots of prayer and persistence and determination, it all worked out. Now I need to get him good and well. If you can not breath, you can not survive. I am dumbfounded, and will continue to be, that so many doctors are turning their back on patients. If you believe doctors are above you, you are sadly mistaken. I worked in the medical field from the medical school to the child development center to the hospital Admissions office, clinics and even an insurance company. I worked for a private practive surgeon. They are people like the rest of us plain and simple. They make mistakes. So do not put your whole life into the hands of people who are imperfect. Like anything else in life, you will be sadly mistaken or disappointed,

Now I love humor. I feel that humor has pulled me through some difficult times, like surgery, childbirth, death of loved ones. Along with my faith I think humor is good medicine. It can lift your spirits. Make you laugh out loud.   Cry happy tears!

When my mom passed away, a large floral spray was laid upon her casket. My sister was sitting next to me and nudged me. I recall the story of my own birth from the words of my sister. She was mads, unhappy I came into her life. So when a neighbor brought our mother a bouquet of flowers from her garden, my sister told me she had snapped the heads off the snapdragons in that bouquet.  We looked at the casket spray and my sis whispered, even in death mom is reminding me of that incident. Whenever I see snapdragons, I smile because of that story.

Having my very first neurosurgery I was scared nearly out of my wits. I was a young bride, recently married, had a young daughter and I was in a life or death situation. The doctor said before my surgery he would like to perform a lumbar puncture. OK so he wanted to stick a giant knitting needle into my spine which could possibly cause me to become paralyzed! He wanted a "rookie" doctor to handle the procedure. I said, send him over to your house and let him practice on your wife first! Needless to say, the doctor did perform that procedure on me himself. 

I love humor and love sharing it. So here are a few more for Aw...Mondays

What do you call the wife of a hippie? Mississippi!

It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs, they take everything so literally!

What did the Mayonaise say when the refrigerator door was open?  Close the door, I'm dressing!

Ok they are corny, but at least I bet you S M I L E D a little didn't you?


The year is nearly gone away. November is a bittersweet time for me so you will hear my silly humor more often.


Oh Love is..you are right on!

"Bright eyes gladden the heart; good news refreshes the bones." Proverbs 15:30 NASB



Saturday, October 30, 2021

HELLO NOVEMBER SO LONG OCTOBER

 

My goodness the month is nearly over. I Love November for the Thanksgivign holiday. I am sad and bittersweet too. My mother had passed away in 2001 on her own mother's birthday. So it is always hard. But my mom was a great cook and we celebrated Thanksgiving in a wonderful fashion.


All Saints Day costumes for the Catholic school kids. I was an angel and my sister was Sister Mary. This had to be the year I was in the second grade. My parents bought me that faux fur bolero jacket when I made my first communion. Wonderful memories and I get sad seeing posts from people judging those who send their kids out for Halloween. In 2020 I read an article regarding how people were feeling with all the hype going on negatively. Many people bought colorful lights to decorate their homes outdoors. I remember too someone saying cute out some pretty hearts and put them in your front window. I believe one is still there. People are often so busy judging other people and name calling and bullying that they do not see their own errors in judgement. If you pick up a bible and flip the pages to the Book of James, read chapter 3. You will learn valuable information about the tongue and how we use it to hurt, bully, slander and make others feel bad about themselves. Everyone is guilty of this too!  It is a sad world we live in so much of the times. Then you come along and find a kind soul and you feel like, life is not truly awful because someone was kind.  If you like Halloween fine, if not, still fine. Life would be horrid if we all acted the same way, did all the same identical things and looked and and agreed on every single thing!.

Tomorrow I may talk a bit about my husband and the severe asthma attacks he has been having. You don't have to agree with my thinking but you need to always put yourself in the shoes of the person telling you their story. 


My baby girl and her sweet husband left this morning to go home. I was sad, as I always am. It would be nice for them to be closer to us so we could visit more frequently.




Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Thankful Thursday

 

Please visit Thankful Thursday

Look how carefree leaves are. The leaves fall from the trees leaving them bare in colder months. Leaves don't worry. I want to be like leaves Thankful

Thankful for a serious boy with a blue mouth, who finished his blue lollipop. He was quite concerned and had to make sure I would check in on the Bronco/Browns football game tomorrow night.  This child is so smart and selfless. How he loves his little brother and big sister. Plus if you catch him when he is on a comedy trip, he will make you laugh out loud. Very thankful he is part of the fabric in our lives. Although he excels in cleanliness he is a comic like his father. He likes cleanliness because he is his mother's son too.  Lil bro and big sis were finishing their dinner. I said to this little man, your pants are going to fall off, you do not eat enough to keep a bird well fed. He had the silliest look on his face! He is what my mother always reminded me about children, a gift from God and priceless too. My mother and grandmother were filled with wisdom about all the important things in life. I am very thankful they were mine for all the years I had them.

I love music as you may know, if you hang around here. There is a beautiful country song that shares the way I feel particularly about my grandmother as she was taken when I was in the 6th grade. A long time ago but like yesterday in my life. I highlighted words in this song that remind me of my grandmother.  I believe our reunion will be amazing. She will have crystal clear vision and we will walk together in heaven's splendor. It willbe a grand time and nothing in this world will ever be able to compare to it.

I took the words from a Brad Paisley song called "When I Get To where I'm Going" and knew this song was going to be important to me when I see my grandmother and BFF again on the other side of this earth.

I'm gonna walk with my granddaddy (in my case my grandmother)
And he'll (she'll)  match me step for step
And I'll tell him (her) how much I missed him (her)
Every minute since he left (she left)
And than I'll hug his neck (her neck)

If the highest aim of the Captain is to preserve his ship he would keep  it in it's port forever.  Thomas Aquinas



Tuesday, October 19, 2021

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

 Wordless Wendesday



Happy Tuesday Tuesday Meme

 

Happy Tuesday

This Mollie is always up to something. She likes to steal cat food so I have to be vigilant keeping it away from her and her mom Lulu. They are so greedy for food and treats. Skinny lil things!


He is enjoying his freedom. Franklin will be here next week and they dislike each other intensely. Except Franklin gets the best of this one and he will hide on our bed and go out only to use his litter box.  I think, since Franklin was a rescue, he may have had an encounter with a bossy cat since he was chained. He is a sweet pup otherwise. He and Mollie are not pals either but the other pups think he is the greatest! Mister Kitty is terribly naughty to the pups and they fear him except for, yep, three lb. Mollie.  She will sit right next to him and he will glare like this but never make eye contact with her. He was best pals with Roxanne while she was terminally ill and I think he might feel he could not bear to lose another dear friend so he steers clear of them. Thoughts are my thoughts on it anyway.

Leo is looking forward to visiting with his brother, They try to tell me pets do not understand. Oh heck yes they do! If I say, Leo your brother Franklin is coming for a visit, he gets so happy and acts like a puppy. When Franklin is here they are the best of pals.

We have rain and it is a cool day. We have needed this rain so I can not complain. But I found this poem at google images and liked it enough to share. I collected our trash bins but still waiting on the recycle truck to stop by. It is cool and I had a wet head so I wore my hoodie when I picked up our trash days.



Oh Maxine, you come up with the best lines everyday. That poor pup. He looks so confused. Kind of like our world.


Be happy!  It is the best way to be in these times. Everyone has different opinions so I just stay in my own lane. 

 The sad news for me this week was hearing of the passing of Thelma Lou who portrayed Barney Fife's favorite gal on the Andy Griffth Show. Betty Lynn was one of the last surviving cast member. I don't think the Darling family were regulars but the gal who played Charlene Darling is still alive.  Also Elinor Donahue who portrayed the oldest daughter on Father Knows Best was also once a cast member but she and Andy did not have the on screen charisma. Betty Lynn, a/k/a Thelma Lou was 95 years young. She had entertained fans at the musuem in Mt. Airy, NC for many years.  What a loss, from a generation of happy souls.



If you follow Sean Dietrich you may know he wrote a beautiful tribute to Betty Lynn as he had the pleasure and honor of meeting this wonderful lady. Many of us remember Andy, Barney, Opie, Helen, Gomer, Goober, Howard,  Floyd the Barber and of course, Aunt Bee. Who could forget  the town drunk Otis Campbell and troublemaker Ernest T Bass. A classic show that remains in  the heart of many of us all these years later. Happy memories for a rainy Tuesday at my house.


TUESDAY MEME TUESDAY 4 in Memory of Toni Taddedo who started it all. 

1.What are your feelings about the month of October?

I love decorating and this year I am way behind. We have so much going on and everytime I think I will get into my Fall/Autumn treasures something else comes up. I think it is called life. 

Does it bring anything special to mind for you ? Do you have memories to share?

As a kid my mom made Halloween special. I attended Catholic school so we celebrated All Saints Day (November 1). My mom would help me create a costume and then for all Saints day I would go to my auntie Mary's house. She was a terrific seamstress and she had a closet filled with Saintly costumes. Lots of nuns, of different orders so always something and someone new to be. I always loved being an angel too. My husband's mom made all the traditional Halloween treats, carmel apples, carmel popcorn, sugar cookies decorated for the specific holiday.  We both had great childhoods.

2. Have you ever gone apple picking?

We had made plans last year to go to a cute orchard about any hour away but than 2020 happened. We still visited the orchard and ate fresh apple donuts, and drank apple cider and shopped their cute gift shop.

Pumpkin Picking?



When our kids were small we spent every year at a Pumpkin Patch. Now we go to the local grocer. Our middle is a great baker and she loves nothing more than baking pumpkin pies from scratch. 


Any kind of picking, including banjo picking at all?

No musical talent for me but I do love music!

Do you bake pies with those fruits?

My middle Rebekah does! But I do love all those yummy fruit pies? Especially during the cooler months. Sigh....

3. What is autumn like where you live?

Some years we have great autumn weather and colors particularly in the mountains. I just do not think it is ever long enough as Spring and Autumn are my favorite Seasons. We've been in the 70's lately but today it says 60 with rain on and off. It is really a cold day. A day for hot tea. Sigh.

How about where you grew up as a child?

I grew up as did my husband in Pueblo, 120 miles from where we live today. The leaves always changed and as you got into the high mountain country it was prettier. I feel very blessed to have lived in a beautiful state with glorious mountains. Today we are about an hour away from traveling to the mountains West of us. Growing up it was a mere 30-40 minute ride. 

4. Autumn is not the same as Fall. Fall is when the leaves are actively falling. What activities of Autumn/Fall do you enjoy? 

We love walking in the cooler weather. I noticed in my neighborhood there are gorgeous colors all around us. 


There is a rose bush and a bridal bush side by side in our yard so I snapped this photos as I was walking the recycle and trash bins to their place after pick up. My neighbor Mark built that cool shed behind us. He is in the construction business so he knows lots of great helpers. He did that by himself. He is very patient and smart.

 Do you decorate your home for the season?

Yes but I am falling behind this year.  I have all the cool velvet pumpkins, the scary Dracula candy dish that talks when it catches you snagging a mini candy bar "Trick or Treat smell my feet, give me something good to eat." HaHaHa the little ones love it. We have a couple lights resin pumpkin lights and other Autumn/Fall fare, I am a serious collector of all season decorating. Just late this year. we did add a fresh coat of paint to the front porch.

Praying for good weather so my SIL Jake can help me refurbish the bench. I want to paint the wrought iron a neutral color because eventually we will paint our trim, we do not like this green. We plan to get a concrete front porch, those bunnies are making huge messes everyday digging in the dirt to dig their way into the underground of the front porch. 
Thank you for letting me particiapte. Thanks Ann for the questions. 





Sunday, October 17, 2021

Aw...Mondays/ Love is.../ Sparks/

 

Aw...Mondays

 


Connie from Iowa finds the best puns to share. I had to share it too. This was too cute. 

This Love is...should be us but here I am trying to catch up with my blogging. HaHaHa ...I will join him shortly.  Thanks to my sweet friend Marydon who hooked me into sharing these Love is... years ago when we blogged together here. We have a shoe box filled with these that I use to give to my husband before and after we married. These little gems are timeless.

 A grandmother's special calling is 

to pray and to be a fellow worker

in the battle in which her children

or her grandchildren are engaged.

          Elisabeth Eliott

A favorite Sparks even with Annie on hiatus.





Saturday, October 16, 2021

BLOGLAND

 

We have been so busy around here. Our kids are downstiairs repainting their bathroom. They have been at it for several hours. Rebekah uses a non toxic spray to prep the walls and they let it dry before going on to their next step. They will be sleeping late tomorrow as they are determined to get it done.  So we are all feeling like Kermit here. Not sad just dog tired.


My dad would say, "this is my pretty Patty". She was the firstborn. What a sister she was. So kind, so caring and taken away too soon. I miss her phone calls. She was the type of person who cared about you, truly cared. People say things but rarely mean them. My big sis Pat,  my sis from another mother and father Mollye and my sweet friend Vivian . Three human beings so were true to their core. They were the three kindest people I had the honor of knowing.  They are all gone but they made such an incredible impact on my life. My sis had the best smile. She was brave too. What a jewel in my phamily dynamics.  If she could see her grand girl Racheille and her great grand girl Paisley Joe  she would think she was looking into a mirror. 


The best mother ever! I was raised by her and will never listen to anyone saying anything unflattering about her. She worked hard while dad worked hard  too at the steel mill. She took care of us and all our needs at school and everything we needed while dad worked long hours. He was an excellent father. Anything good I have learned, it was from them. 


Oh Linus, you are such a wise boy.


 

 

 


Friday, October 15, 2021

RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

My sweet mother. 1978 the year her only living brother, Uncle Louie turned 70. My mom was always serving people. She took care of everyone. She was a caregiver and she never complained. She was raised by a single mother after her father died tragically in the Portland Gold Mine cave in 1927. She lost her older brother Tony who was 17 at the time also. I often wonder what when through her mind. People  today have no idea what your loved ones went through to give you a better life. All we hear today is so much nonsense. Tiptoe around the ones who think the whole world owns them something. No one owes anyone anything.  

My parents were a team, my mother stayed at home and raised us. My father worked a difficult job and neither one ever complained. Today all we hear is complaining. 

Recently two women I know lost their fathers. Both women were estranged from them. Both went to see them before they passed away. The first women complained she tried  to reconcile and he would not budge. But I see him in her bullying  others as she always said he bullied her. Everything is  about herself,  never once does she stop to think maybe someone she is hurling insults at may be suffering as much as she says she was hurting when she could not have children. They may have a difficult job and work hard too. Maybe they have no one to talk to. It is easy to judge. My father would always say, you better be grateful that GOD is going to judge you and not people. I am grateful. I know how many people would and have judged me. It is a process, trying to escape such people. I find myself spending less time here on line. 

The second woman reconciled. She wrote a beautiful tribute on his passing. Different women, different persepectives. One still filled with anger and bitterness. The other one filled with love and forgiveness. I want to be like the second women.

It is hard in this world today. I am so grateful my parents are at peace, resting in eternity. My goal is to be there with them and it is so hard. It is so hard to be kind when others lash out at you. It is hard to be quiet when you want to yell and scream. This world is cruel, it is hard and yet once and awhile you meet a kind soul. Those are the moments and memories you treasure. 

I am so thakful for my husband. He is my rock. Logical, smart, kind, always looking for the good. Sometime he says when you share your heart and others won't listen sometime it is better to simply walk away and pray for them. 

Recently, Holly, who received a a clean bill of health on her leukemia disgnosis, said how do you like your bacon cooked!? I said I love crispy bacon. She chuckled and said, I don't like it too crispy. I said, see how different we are! It would be so boring to be exactly like everyone else. 

We are living in difficult times. There are those that want us all to be the same. Like good little soldiers or maybe robots. GOD never intened for us to all be the same. That is why He created each person from one unique mold.  Then He broke that mold. Have you ever met a set twins who were exactly the same? No, because they are their own unique person. How boring to think and act like everyone else. 

A prayer update. Amanda had the triplets. They are in the NICU and she was sent home. But her older kiddos are loving on her. Today the triplets  seemed to be better than yesterday so please pray for Nancy, Daisy and Charles. GOD is very good and He seems to be encouraging these little people to get stronger each day. 

Pray for Jeff and Simone as they transition from him being a part time pastor to a full time pastor. He has left a full time job he held for a long time and they are going to become responsible for their church full time. 

Pray for Holly as she keeps up with her doctor to make sure that leukemia stays away. She knows PRAYERS were answered for her and she is very grateful.

Keep praying for Jason dealing with the return of his cancer. 

Baby "E" is beautiful and she is growing everyday. Her big brother is loving her.

Charlotte is getting use to new brother Jackson but prefers mom to do everything for her instead of dad. 

I love praying for the little ones. They are precious little people and GOD loves them all so very much. 

There are so many needing prayer. I have a huge list of widows and widowers that I pray for each day.We can all use extra prayer. So please pray.

I think about everyone here who is so kind and caring. You are my people. I am going to get over to visit day by day. We have at least 100 things we need to take care of in the next two weeks so pray please. Tomorrow we have painting day. Oh my goodness, all the hard work somehow pays off. 

Life is hard, pray harder. Thanks mom for that one!

When nothing goes right....go left.


A tiny tot sad because her daddy left her to run an errand. She was very sad. This is a 100 percent Daddy's Girl. I can relate.....