Saturday, April 12, 2014

April Showers

I'm sure we have all heard the expression when it rains, it pours. 
It seems like in our family April showers have taken on a whole new meaning. 

I lost my one and only grand daughter in April. 
One of my grandmothers died in April. 
Our sweet dog Riggs died in April. 
My chiropractors partner was run over on a sidewalk and fighting for his life and recovery.
 This April. 
I am recovering from a small outpatient surgery, here in April
Now my nieces best friend committed suicide. Again tragedy has struck in April. 

A downpour of grief and circumstance. 

So when to expect the flowers? The sunshine? 

My granddaughter was also born in April. 
My grandma passed on a legacy of a lifelong marriage that to me is priceless. 
Our remaining dogs greet us with unconditional love
My chiropractors partner has made it through the first surgery. 
My body is healing, slowly but surely. 

I am now believing that the sun will shine on my niece once again and she can find some beauty in the memories of her friend. That in this tragedy that we cannot understand God will bring good. 

Grief has no time table. 

No one can tell you how long to grieve and showers will continue to come, but so will the sunshine. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

What Brings You Joy?

What is it that brings you joy?
It seems these days people are generally miserable. The hello's are less, the smiles are less and people don't seem quite as neighborly. Negativity is everywhere you turn. There is a lack of customer service toward the consumer. There is much impatience in traffic and grocery lines. Customers can be just plain rude.
Why? Why is stress and anxiety so rampant when there is much to be joyful about.
So I thought long and hard about the many things that bring me joy and hope perhaps that you find these thing warm your heart as well. If only we could find the good in each day, the wonder.
These are the simple things that warm my heart and bring great joy:
My husband, my lover and best friend- he makes me laugh, keeps me safe and shares life with me.
My dogs, who no matter how long I am away treat me like they are seeing me for the first time.
The Lord Jesus Christ, for he changed my life. I turned away from destruction and found perfect peace.
My family, who encourage me, remember me and make time for me.
My friends, who support me in all my crazy moods, my quirks and my failures.
Coffee, it brings relaxation and warmth in each and every day.
Cookies, yep cookies bring me joy.
A soft breeze that causes my wind chimes to make the most delightful noise.
The sunrise and sunset, a reminder of the depth of God's artistic wonder.
The giggle of a baby.
Flowers and blooming trees.
Autumn leaves and big snowflakes.
Beautiful songs and instruments.
Watching people hug, laugh and love on eachother.
I don't want to be that person in the check out line huffing and puffing or the person screaming in traffic. I don't want to walk by a stanger with a pout or a scowl.
I want to be the smiling, friendly one that brings warmth to another.
How about you?


Saturday, February 1, 2014

I Have Been Robbed

I have been robbed. That is how I actually feel.

Not a feel good post I'm afraid.

I thought about the statement we hear so often and decided it applied to my life, or so I think.
I wasn't robbed of anything material, no house robbery or mugging.

I have been robbed of what could have been. 

Robbed of watching my granddaughters first word, her first step, her first walk, her first day of school. 

I have been robbed of birthday parties and the squeal of the perfect gift. 

I have been robbed of telling stories and reading them.
I have been robbed of boo-boos and chocolate hands.
I have been robbed of snuggling, tickling and hide and seek.

I have been robbed of pony tails and dress up play. 

I have been robbed of swing sets and monkey bars. 

I have been robbed of proms, graduation day. 

I have been robbed of her perfect wedding. 

I have been robbed of such special things.

With a robbery of material goods you can always replace them, buy newer, or never even miss them.

A memory cannot be replaced.

~ i love you forever my sweet sunshine lil C 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Winter Weather Care For Outdoor Pets

Country living. A sanctuary away from busy life, city lights and hustle and bustle. 

Along with country living comes animals. Beautiful cats, dogs and even an occasional bunny, horse or goat! 

Outside animals are by no means immune to the effects of cold weather. Although they spend the majority of their time outside, a quick drop in temperature can still be a shock.

Below are some winter weather care tips:
  • Access to fresh water is vital. Consider using a heated water bowl or plastic bowls to keep your pet's water from freezing. I have read that a floating ball will help to stop ice from forming across the entire surface, that is if your dog will leave it there. 
  • Access to plenty of shelter can mean the difference in survival or hypothermia. The cold weather is often accompanied by strong winds, so it is important that a dog kennel provides adequate shelter.  
  • Your dog needs a warm, dry home. A dog house that is well-insulated is ideal. It is important that the house has flooring and is lifted slightly off the ground. When a dog gets cold, he uses his own energy supply to keep warm. So where he lays makes a difference. 
  • For additional warmth use cedar chips, straw or hay. Blankets can be washed so they are also ideal as long as they do not get wet. Make sure your pet has a dry place to lay.  Replace straws and blankets when wet! 
  • Convert an old t-shirt into a night shirt for your cat or dog. Buy them a sweater or warming jacket. 
  • We personally hang lighting to provide additional warmth but be extremely cautious when adding anything electrical. Be sure your animals don't chew and that the heat source is safe from any fire starter. 
  • Make sure your dogs are groomed- matted hair cannot hold heat. Fluff up fur for extra warmth. Keep them brushed and smooth. 
  • Access to sheds, barns and garages are definitely a plus to keep the critters snug! 
  • Lean to's, barns and sheds give livestock and farm animals shelter from blistering winds. 
  • DO NOT chain your animals. Chains prevent them from reaching water, shelter and shade. They are so limited in movement so chaining can be inhumane. Imagine seeing the water, but unable to reach it. Imagine peeing and pooping in the same area you sleep. Imagine the urge to run. 
  • Increase an outside dog or cats food rations: They use more energy keeping warm, so this means that they burn more calories and require extra nutrition. 
  • Bring your cats and dogs inside when temps drop below 0 degrees if at all possible, if not keep an eye out for any problems or additional needs. 
  • Finally report any animal neglect you see! Call animal control or authorities if you see animals in need or without appropriate shelter. It only takes one call. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Magic of Christmas

Why is there so much magic at Christmas?

Don't get me wrong, I love gifts. I love receiving gifts and I love giving gifts but the magic of Christmas is so much more. 

The deepest meaning of Christmas is remembering the birth of our savior and Lord Jesus Christ. How he not only changed the world and brought everlasting hope and life but the changes he brought in me. My life is forever changed in my belief in him. My life is much richer.

The magic of Christmas is a combination of so many things to me.

  • The world seems to stand still. To stop in a way. Stores and restaurants close, businesses close and the majority take off time to spend with their friends and family. There is a stillness and a quiet.

  • Oh and the lights. I love the lights, the lights on the trees, adorned on the homes and even the lights that shine from window to window and figurine to figurine. The night twinkles and sparkles in glorious array. I must say, I think the lights are my favorite part.

  • Family. People who we are born to love and those along the way we have added in. This time of year we put aside business and spend quality time with the ones we love. We don't dwell on differences and the world around us but we find time to listen, to share and to laugh. Unfortunately in this busy world we don't get this time to often.

  • Food- ah food galore. So many traditions bring such a variety of meals and sweets, all which are fun!

  • The Movies and specials on TV. How warm and fuzzy a good Hallmark movie can be!

  • The music and the sounds of the season- songs of love, peace and joy.

I wish the magic of Christmas really could last all year long. The Christmas spirit of love and peace can if only we try. But the magic, it only comes for a season. I guess we appreciate it more that way.

Wishing you and your family a VERY happy and blessed new year.