Saturday, March 28, 2015

Very Inspiring

A couple of weeks ago, I was given the honour of having the Very Inspiring Blogger Award passed on to me. I am still touched that Claudia of ImagesByCW would be inspired by me. Her photography and artwork never ceases to amaze me. She is inspiring.

In the interim of being nominated for this award and accepting it, Life kept me busy with critter emergencies, health and an endless stream of things that demanded my attention. So, it was a real surprise when I read that I was receiving it again. This time, my wonderful friend, Janet from The Cat on My Head honoured us with this inspiring award. We truly adore them for their very caring ways (and wanted to pass it to them). 

Following are the particulars of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award...

1.) Thank the person(s) who nominated you, and link to their blog(s). Thank you Claudia and Janet. I am honoured. You are both inspiring to me. I think a lot of each of you.  Hugs.

2.) Display the award logo. I am posting it here, as well as on my Award page.

3.) Nominate other bloggers and include their blog link for others to find them easily. 
I understand that not all bloggers accept awards. I respect their choice to participate or not. No explanation is required. Each of us has the right to blog our own, individual way. Just know that I think you are inspiring and deserving of awards. 

Some bloggers have recently gotten this award, and it was hard for me not to be able to pass it on to them. This includes those who awarded me, and many others who were awarded by them! I still choose to pass this honor along to the following bloggers (whether they accept or not), because they always inspire me:

* Karen, 21 Wits
* Gail,  At the Farm
* Terry, Coloring Outside the Lines
*Chandra, GreenComotion
* Mimi, Messy Mimi's Meanderings
* Panchalibolchi
* Carole, Rambling On
* Theresa, The Run*A*Round Ranch
*Linda Kay, Senior Adventures
*  Pix, Under the Oaks
* Ann, Zoolatry

4.) Leave a comment on their blog, to let them know they have been chosen. *wink*

5.) Mention three things that inspired you recently.

   1. My veterinarians and their staff consistently inspire me with their dedication to animals and their well being. They are always furthering their education and passing it on to others. We have been clients there for at least twenty years, and they have never disappointed us. They are always there to help. The vets, assistants, and techs are all wonderful to us and our FurKids. 

   2. I am inspired by other bloggers in many various ways: writing, photos, ideas, sharing, thoughts, discussions, and caring. The thought that I may inspire even one person is astounding to me. (I only hope that I can.)

   3. I am endlessly inspired by nature and wildlife. With Spring slowly taking over, migration has begun here. Birds are coming back to our area, after a long trip back north. Assorted plants are coming up out of the thawed, muddy ground. Buds are growing on the now busy trees. Critters are coming out of hibernation, seeking each other and food. The natural life always inspires me.

Finally, I want to thank all of my friends who read my blog, comment, and are with me through thick and thin. I share what I know and what is important to me. I promise to always be honest and genuine. I can only hope that I speak to your heart or soul in some way. Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you. I think you all deserve awards, for so very many reasons. Hugs.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Fill-In Fun #206

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 Tiffany from Sounds Like Life, who came up with the last two statements.

The statements & My Answers: #206:

1. Writing is one of my ways of sorting things out in life. I started this at an early age and it has never failed me. I do soul-searching by writing in a journal. It helps me sort through what is happening, how I feel, and what I need to do. These pieces sometimes evolve into poetry or stories. Sometimes they never see the light of day, again.

2. I so love having a balance in our home. A truly necessary part of this is sharing our home with both cats and dogs. There has been many of each, as you can see on my Rainbow Bridge page. It was very sad when we did not have both. Indeed, they form a special yin and yang.

3. Do you ever do good deeds anonymously? I love to do this. It really feels great to do good things that are solely anonymous. Knowing that it will make someone smile is the reward

4. Weekends are for most people to use to catch up, rest, and plan. Since Bill began driving a truck they are regular days for us, though. However, I must admit they are great days for NASCAR and football!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Through the disease, Bea’s future was slowly being consumed by her past.

Her time had advanced through long years, moving gently with the rhythm of the sun and moon. But, now Bea struggled to stay present each and every day, grasping at random moments. 

As is sand in an antique hourglass, time as Bea knew it was slowly running out. Memories can transcend all time, and they would soon engulf her.

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Word Prompt: Engulf

Monday, March 23, 2015



Last Monday I packed up Chloe Jo and Grizelda for a vet trip. Chloe Jo was due for her check up and nail trim. Grizelda goes along occasionally for the social experience. Unlike the infamous Chloe Jo, Grizelda is reclusive. We call this big girl Sasquatch; there are only rumoured sightings of her. Getting out and being handled is good for her. She is extremely sweet and smart, just very independent. 

Grizelda was fine. She actually was very chatty with the male tech. He has known them since they were a few days old. He is good at his job and they know it. He carries them around like they are old friends. They had a nice, short visit.

Chloe Jo was not so fortunate. She ended up spending the day at the clinic for testing. She was showing signs of problems removing waste from her system. Her problems are all congenital, with her organs not being normally sized. This creates issues for her when trying to relieve her body of waste products. Previously, we have only had to deal with urinary problems. Now she is having issues with her excretory system, in general. Thankfully, her litter habits are very good, though she still thinks the (clean) box is a playground, too. 

 ~Chloe Jo~

We were finally able to get Chloe Jo back on track. The vets adjusted her medications, again. It is always scary, because things spiral quickly with her. When I took Chloe Jo back to the vet for a re-check, the results were all positive. We are grateful, and so is she.

Unfortunately, Maggie seemed out of sorts, lately. So, she joined us at the vet clinic on our midweek visit, when Chloe Jo was re-checked. We had noticed a very sudden weight loss, along with a disinterest in food.  After thorough testing, including both x-rays and blood work, we found a couple of issues. 

Maggie has a few deteriorated discs in her neck and lower spine. These are problem areas that will be chronic. She was given a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. This seems to have helped the pain she must have been feeling, as she certainly seems more comfortable. 

The other issue is even more serious, however. Maggie has cardiomyopathy (heart disease). Definitive x-rays show an enlarged heart. Blood work also supports the doctor's findings, which includes high blood pressure and a rapid heart rate. Maggie's other symptoms of weight loss, lack of appetite, and seeking heating vents fit this diagnosis, too. 

Maggie is seven years old. She has regular vet check ups. She also has always had an excellent vet prescribed diet. Her issues are not age or diet related. I mention these things, because regular vet check ups are key in detecting this silent disease. We did not see this coming.

Feline cardiomyopathy is a disease affecting the cat's heart muscle. Cats often live with no visible symptoms of the disease, until it becomes serious. Yet, it is the most common form of heart disease in cats and the most common cause of heart failure. Underlying causes of cardiomyopathy include hyperthyroidism, acromegaly (excessive growth hormone), poor nutrition (including taurine deficiency), cancer (especially lymphoma), toxin exposure, and heredityIt is an interesting fact that research shows percentages of over one-third of Maine Coon cats develop cardiomyopathy. Maggie is a CFA registered Maine Coon.

I must say, we are all heartbroken. But, we are focusing on Maggie. She is now on blood pressure medication and will be very closely monitored. The goal is to stabilize her health and to keep her as happy as she always has been. 

Heartstrings are the ties that bind us together. Our FurKids always pull at our heartstrings, but never more than when they are ill and need us. Please keep Maggie in your prayers as we help her get this under control. We know it is serious, but we never want her to know that. Thank you all for caring. As always, we appreciate it. 

~Maggie P.~

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Burning the Candle

It has been a very hectic and stressful week. Some of you know some of the story. Chloe Jo & Maggie have both been ill. I have tried to keep up with visiting, but posting was put on the back burner. I plan to catch up tomorrow, and will bring you up to date.

Life happens. You just have to go with it, to make the best of it. As the illustration shows, we are hanging in there. Love each other, including your critters!