Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Confessional

The coffee is on over at Rory Bore’s place, Time Out for Mom. The “Coffee Chat” topic this week is: “Random Confession. It is good for the soul.” I have thought long and hard on this. Confession is not new to me, however. I consider myself a pretty good, traditional Catholic, even if I was raised Baptist.

I am a work in progress. I make mistakes. There are things that I say and do that I shouldn’t. As a rule, I try to go back and apologize for these things. I don’t like for things to be unsettled or unresolved. I don’t want someone to feel badly, especially because of me. 

There are things that I should say and do, too. I try not to let moments pass that I could say something important to someone. With that in mind, I do voice appreciation and thanks where it is warranted. I compliment people, even strangers, when I feel it is appropriate.

My innermost, personal struggles are kept between myself and God. I know my faults and admit them. God understands, and we discuss them daily. During this Lenten season, we are working on things that I need to do and not do. I believe we are all works in progress. The important thing is to keep working on it.

There are some other things that you may not know about me. Perhaps this is a good time to confess some of these things.

*I confess that I am conservative in both my faith and politics. By the very definition of the word, I am cautious and traditional. There is security in that.

*I confess that I can have an offbeat, sometimes sarcastic, sense of humour. This includes the early days of Saturday Night Live, Mad-TV, and the cartoon Far Side. I like humour that is intelligent and witty, but a bit off kilter. I do not like mean “humour” though.

*I confess that I don’t review every book that I read. I read constantly, but review only a fraction of what I read. Reviewing everything I read would be too time consuming, and I like to share other things in life, too. Balance is important.

*I confess that I sometimes eat things I shouldn’t, like strawberries. But…I love them.

*I confess that I do like to watch TV. I don’t watch much of what is considered “popular”, though. I have an intense curiosity about life and I like to be educated, as well as entertained.

*I confess that I like to indulge my inner child sometimes. I love Peanuts & Snoopy, the Muppets, and Dr. Seuss, to name just a few very favourites. I am sentimental about Lamb Chop and Raggedy Anne, too. 

Okay, they say confession is good for the soul, so I’m good. Now it’s your turn!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where's Grizelda?

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No Better Medicine

How Caring for Critters Helped Heal the Wounds of the Past

By Kelly Meister-Yetter

I reviewed Kelly’s first book, “Crazy Critter Lady”. In this sequel, the author continues her story. Here, she explains how the effects of her abusive childhood taught her to not trust others. The miracle is how caring for animals led to her eventual healing.

Kelly tells us her story openly and with honesty. She writes about her adventures caring for abandoned ducks at a pond near her home. She also tells about her work as a volunteer at a local barn. Throughout, she has tackled a variety of rescues with no qualms regarding the possible outcome.

Kelly has been driven by her own pain and the desire to make a difference. However, it is when Kelly reconnects with an old friend that her life really begins to change. Dudley is as kind and caring as Kelly. Dudley understands. Their relationship includes the critters, rescues, and love. From that love, Kelly truly begins to heal.

Those who have been through traumatic childhoods may well relate to the conflicting trust issues and the need to reach out with love. I do. Animals love unconditionally, and appreciate what is done for them. Kelly, and many of us, learned that early on. 

I recommend this book for those who love animals and rescue stories, but also to those who may relate to Kelly’s personal journey. My review of "Crazy Critter Lady" and my interview with Kelly can be found on my Book Review page.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

And Then Thumb

We read that today is "If Pets had Thumbs" Day. Maggie, our polydactyl Maine Coon, is wondering what that is supposed to mean! Many cats do have thumbs, and they find them quite useful, too.

The extra digits are created by the polydactyly gene. Those with this special, inherited gene can have one or multiple extra toes or digits, including "thumbs". Maggie has a total of 20 toes, including thumbs. She has four toes on each back foot, and six digits on each front paw.  

Before Maggie, we were blessed with another white polydactyl cat. Purrl had 23 digits. I have written about Maggie and Purrl in the past, and have it posted on my Critter page. While Maggie does use her thumbs, Purrl was especially adept with hers. She could pull levers, turn knobs, pull the strings all the way out on toys, pick things up and hold them with both paws, and almost anything else she tried to do. She used her "hands" easily. She was very much a tomboy, not quite the diva that Maggie is.

Today is Purrl's birthday. She would be 25 years old.  She crossed the Rainbow Bridge when she was 17 1/2 years old. It seems extremely appropriate that her birthday is also "If Pets had Thumbs" day. 

We pay tribute to our special Purrl, our wonderful Maggie, and to all of those special ones who, like them, do indeed have thumbs.

 Cats with Thumbs and a sense of humour

Finally, time for Maggie's catnap...

...see you later!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Thank you for encouraging us 
to have fun being ourselves! 

"National Read Across America Day"

Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fill In Fun #202

The "Follow 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!

The statements & My Answers: #202:

1. Once I am curious about something, I am not satisfied until I can learn as much as possible about it. I read and watch everything I can about it until I have exhausted all avenues.

2. Rudeness isn’t ever acceptable. It’s true. There just is no excuse for rudeness; it is hurtful and mean.

3. One can only do one’s best. We must be true to ourselves to be truly happy. However, in doing so, we must still be considerate of others. Our actions always affect others. Always.

4. I have plans to start working with another shelter for the upcoming “kitten season”. They need someone to bottle feed and foster orphaned babies, which is something I can (and love to) do. I plan to share these stories on my blog. In the past, I have refrained from blogging about it for many reasons. But it is important to me, and hopefully to others, as well.

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