Friday, April 24, 2015

Fill-In Fun #210

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! This week’s co-host is Obi, of Eloquent Rambles.

The statements & My Answers: #210:

1. Learning is my favourite guilty pleasure. Those who know me know that my curiosity is like a cat’s. It has to be satisfied. I am driven to learn and understand nature and the world around me. I believe there is satisfaction in knowing, and power in knowledge. 

2. Some days I just wish I could wave a magic wand and make everything “right”. But, realistically, I know that isn’t right. I can’t make people do things any more than they can make me. We each have a life to live, and only we can do it. There is a reason there is no “magic wand”.

3. Sometimes I wonder why some people have to complicate things. More often than not, humans tend to complicate things that should be simple and straightforward. Personally, I don’t have the heart for unnecessary drama

4. Life is not a test. It is a lesson. The test is what we do with it

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Harry's Changes

With his old dog gone, Harry knew there would be major changes now that he was alone.

The strain on the budget would ease up with no veterinary visits, grooming costs, special foods, or toys. There would be no more sleep lost to late night walks in inclement weather, either. It would certainly be much quieter in the house, without a noisy dog running around, as well. 

As he drove into the animal shelter parking lot, Harry knew these were changes he could do something about.

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Word Prompt: Changes

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Creative Blogger

I have been given the honour of the Creative Blogger Award. While awards are very nice, what I really value is that someone thinks I deserve them. That truly means a lot to me. 

As with most blogging awards, there are rules to follow. I will do my best to abide by these four requirements.
A.) Thank the one who gave you the award.
Thank you, Janet and Kitties Blue. You make it a practice to care and share with others. I respect you for all that you do, and I appreciate you very much. Hug.
B.) Link to the blog of the one who gave the award to you.
Please visit Janet and Kitties Blue at their blog: The Cat on My Head. I know you will love them as much as I do.  
C.) Tell five things about yourself
      1. As an avid reader, I do have favourite authors. I began following the author Sherri Wood Emmons with her first novel: Prayer and Lies. I enjoy her writing for many reasons. I also enjoy her as a person. In her most recent novel, The Seventh Mother, Sherri named a (rescue) cat McGuffy! I am flattered by this wonderful honour. 
      2. I am allergic to animals. I do not get injections, preferring to use the hands-on “exposure” method. Life without critters would not be living for me, but merely existing. I do limit my time in enclosed spaces where there are many birds, however. I actually like to see birds in the wild, anyway. I think they like it better, too.
      3. I have severe claustrophobia.  I cannot stand anything around my face, or to be confined in any way. I also suffer from arachnophobia. I respect spiders in their “house”, but not mine. Fair warning, spiders…just sayin’.
      4. I have a very strong moral compass that I refuse to compromise for any reason. To me, that would be dishonest. It makes me unpopular at times, but when all is said and done, I have to live with myself.
      5. I had a few “exotic” pets when I was a child. However, as an adult I do not believe this is acceptable. I feel it is often dangerous and unhealthy for both human and critter. I also feel that it is not in the best true interest of the animal, often bordering on cruelty. There are plenty of domestic animals (worldwide) that are in desperate need of homes and love. 
D.) Nominate other bloggers.
I enjoy and respect all of those that I blog with. I think you all deserve awards and validation. I understand some bloggers do not accept awards, however. There is no obligation; no explanation needed. Please follow your heart. 
With that being said, I nominate:
Queen Jester, Life in a Canned Ham

Again, as always, I believe that everyone deserves awards for their talents, creativity, and hard work. Please know that I appreciate every one of you,  just for being you.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Spring Storm

One of the hazards of trucking is the weather.
Near Alanreed,  in the (far north) panhandle of Texas,
Bill recently encountered this serious storm.

The wise thing to do is to find a safe place to park and wait it out.

The storm was clearly gaining strength very quickly.

Creating a lot of rain, hail, and wind over Texas, 

it covered many miles, spawning a tornado in Oklahoma.

Thanks to Bill for braving the elements to share these amazing photos.
Stay safe!

check out this post from June 2, 2013.