Thursday, November 20, 2014

Orange Cats

Every week, Brenda of BYG Adventutres invites us to "Ponder" with her. She gives us a word prompt and invites us to share what it inspires in us, or means to us. This week, the word is "Orange". 

I really pondered this word. While I couldn't seem to come up with anything profound, I did think of some entertaining orange cats. 


First we have the Helmet Cats.

The helmets can be customized.

Perhaps this one is an officer.

 Next we have the Zen Cats who have studied 
the art of concentration and meditation.

Then there is the traditional orange tabby. Or not.

And finally, there is this orange, orange cat.
                                                            Source

*Please know that no cats were harmed
for the making of these pictures or film.
Orange you glad? I am!

(They may be a bit embarrassed, though.)


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Word Prompt: Orange

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Experience


Through aged eyes we see
life and love, both differently.
In youth we defend our precious own;
in age we seek a comfort zone.
With wisdom we see through eyes in-kind;
respect then follows close behind.


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Word prompt: Observe  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brave


Today I am joining Rory Bore for her Coffee Chat.  This week we are discussing bravery, "What is bravery to us, and are we brave?".

Not having a good childhood, I learned to be brave very early in life. In fact, it really was never an issue. As early as I can remember I just did what I needed to do. Never tolerating weakness in myself, I saw myself as strong. I was never impetuous or foolish. I just looked at situations and did what I felt was appropriate, being careful in the execution of my plans.

As a child, I was always fearless, simply because I had to be. Some situations did put me in danger not of my choosing, but rather merely life situations. I walked alone to and from school both in the city and country, without a thought regarding the dangers that could involve. I was a latchkey kid from a very early age. I didn’t consider myself brave, but rather responsible. There were scary situations, but I learned that what didn’t kill me made me stronger.

For fun, I climbed trees, waded in bayous with snakes and unknown creatures. I rode bicycles through all kinds of wild terrain, both urban and rural. I trapped and handled all kinds of critters, domestic and wild. I did whatever I could to experience everything that I could. I sought the good things in life and embraced them. I figured,  “what didn’t kill me make me stronger”. I was fearless, but never considered it bravery.

As I got older, I continued this approach to life. I joined ROTC, being one of the first girls allowed in the Unit. First as Public Relations Officer I represented our (now co-ed) Unit, speaking to a variety of large groups of people (of various ages). I joined Color Guard and Flag Detail, leading both and performing publicly. I joined Drill Team, learning to handle an M16 rifle. Later I was the second highest in command of our Unit, leading over one hundred cadets. I wanted to make a difference. Again, I was fearless but never considered myself brave. I just did what I felt was right.

Leaving school, I knew I needed to do certain things to live a decent life. Sometimes choices were appropriate for me, but unpopular with some people. I guess it takes a certain amount of bravery to achieve what is right for oneself, but I never looked at it that way. I followed my conscience. I never thought about bravery; I did what I felt was the right thing.

At this point in my life, I still face life situations that challenge me. I am often alone, day and night. Needless to say, night can be unsettling when alone. It can present situations that test bravery. I must do things that need to be done regardless of fear, so I do not think about that. I do my best. 

I do not think about my own personal bravery. I never have. I think about doing the right thing. I think about doing my best. I guess that takes a certain level of bravery, but for me it is business as usual.


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stella's Photo Session

Stella's photo session did not go well.
She does not like having her picture taken.

She will not cooperate...at all.

She will beg and plead for you to, "Stop!"

When Chloe Jo photo bombed, 
it allowed Stella to finally escape.

However, Stella did make her feelings quite clear. 



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Friday, November 14, 2014

Fill-In Fun #189

The "Follow Friday Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions! This week the co-host is Obi of Eloquent Rambles.

The statements & My Answers: #189:

1. I just plug into music when I feel stressed out. Music can usually help relax me, and then I am better able to sort things out.

2. Snow is forecast for this weekend! They are predicting the possibility of a few inches. It looks like I got the Mulberry leaves up just in time. Our giant, old Mulberry tree dumps its leaves around the time of the first really hard freeze. And then there are a lot of leaves all at once!

3. If I could, I would end animal abuse and neglect. I would make sure every abuser was listed on the National Registry. You can sign the National Registry for Animal Abusers petition to help make that happen. We need to take care of the animals, too. We share the world with them. In fact, they were here first.

4. It’s the little things in life that makes me truly happy. Simple things, genuine things, natural things; no fuss, no muss: that’s me.  It doesn’t take much to make me happy



Hoping you have a very happy weekend!



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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Guitar Ranch

The Hardy Grissom Ranch
Phil Guitar
Abilene, Texas

You can read about this Ranch 
and their Cowboy events at: 
President, Phil Guitar


Another picture taken at 65 MPH, trucking with Bill!




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