Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sunday Saunter

Hello everyone! 

I'm happy to report that I am currently clicking away on a wireless keyboard.

Although the computer repair shop we normally go to still hasn't re-opened, one of the technicians was able to come to our house yesterday.  He wasn't able to find a keyboard replacement in the market, so for now, I am wireless; and if I'd known how inexpensive it was to be so, I would have gotten one of these weeks ago.

I'm also happy to report that full on walking weather is back, with daytime temperatures below 100 F and nights dropping into the 70's.  Woohoo!  That makes me very happy indeed.
Last night I did a little cross-stitch of some bees so took it along with me for a photoshoot.
The bees are loving the lantana right now.
It's always a lovely time of year when the weather is mild and color is returning to gardens.
I found a curtain ring while wandering so brought it home and transformed it with cross-stitch and crochet. Even the ribbon is recycled.
Well, it's late and our internet is going super slow so this post is taking longer than expected.
I'll leave you with a little love.
Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Autumn Hello

 hello friends!

doing okay in these trying and tumultous times?

don't think anyone can deny that there's a lot going on, a lot to think about.

my laptop keyboard is on the fritz so i'm using the on-screen keyboard, one click at a time :( forgive my lack of caps and the fact that i've not been around to visit.

just wanted to pop in on this last day september to wish you a happy autumn.  i participated in an instagram art collage challenge for the month so thought i'd share that with you.  these were the prompts (some of which i combined on the same page):

still not use to the blogger update and it is even more frustrating without a working keyboard.

take care everyone!

stay safe, stay sane,

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sunday Blessings

 Hello Friends!
Hope this finds you doing well.
I see that since I was last here, blogspot has changed the layout for posting so this may take some getting used to.
I've been finding it a bit difficult to get my mojo going every day and to stay positive.  I walk for peace of mind but when I find garbage everywhere and so many street cats having kittens, it is a bit overwhelming and I start to feel angry and stressed.
So I take a day, or a few, to recharge and remember that I can only do so much.
And I get back out there, do what I can and continue to seek beauty in the summer heat.

There is inestimable blessing in a cheerful spirit. When the soul throws its windows wide open, letting in the sunshine, and presenting to all who see it the evidence of its gladness, it is not only happy, but it has an unspeakable power of doing good. 
(Orison Swett Marden)
Just wanted to check and say a quick hello.
Have a blessed day.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Farewell my Furry Friend

My green-eyed girl,
my constant companion for the past 16 years,
my sweet furry friend
is gone.
On Monday, July 20th, I had to say goodbye to Jingles.
In early May, we had taken her to the vet because of labored breathing.  She was diagnosed with a heart problem, her lungs were filled with fluid and her kidneys were not fully functioning.
It was rather disheartening as she had always been a very healthy kitty.  She had been to the vet a couple of times for vaccinations, spade surgery and required a check-up once when not feeling well, but other than that, I had no reason to take her to the vet and for that I am very grateful.
I know that 16 years is a grand old age for a kitty;
After all, she was about 80 years old in human years.
Still, I really thought she might be one of those that defeat the odds and live to be 18, 19, 20.
Although she had the will, her body had other plans.
A friend who had been through the same thing and chosen to let her cat die naturally, explained to me what she went through and shared lots of reading on the subject.  She regrets that she thought a natural death was best because she felt like it was 3 days of torture for her kitty and said she would definitely do it differently with her current kitty who is nearing the end of his life.
We had this discussion on Friday when Jingles once again was breathing very heavily.
Her breathing had never gone back to normal, she just managed it better on some days than on others.  She had gotten so skinny because she did not like the renal food the vet prescribed.  Her 2-day stay at the vet was also very stressful for her and she came home with ear mites, so the past couple of months have been rather difficult, especially since we had a 20 day full lockdown and are still under curfew and only in phase 2 of reopening.
I did the best I could.  She flat out refused to take the medicine they gave her and I decided I'd rather her eat than not trust me (I did try to trick her a few times but it did not go over well).  I gave her tuna to improve her appetite and when I was finally able to get out for some wet food, she turned her nose up at most everything.  It was only in the past few weeks that she took an interest in a couple of the varieties I brought home.  In the past week, I had to water it all down for her so she could lick it up rather than trying to eat it.
Saturday she was her not okay normal so we spent a lot of time cuddling on the couch.
But Sunday afternoon, she began to look a little frantic and started squatting all around the house.  It was at this point that I felt like her organs were starting to shut down.  Monday morning, she seemed dazed and was sitting in her own urine.
One of the hardest decisions was taking her to the vet Monday morning to be put to sleep, yet I know it was for the best.  I did not want to see her suffer more than she had.  There's a lot more details but way too much to share and I've already rambled on enough.  Just putting some of  her story down in words helps with the healing.
I wanted to have her cremated but there's only one vet's office that does that here and I wasn't able to get there.  If you don't have a yard, there's not many options, but let's just say that serendipity stepped in and yesterday with the help of my youngest son's friend from high school, I was able to bury her just around the corner from us, next to a garden.  Her body was wrapped in brown paper and a bundle of grass placed on top.  She always loved going out on the balcony to eat grass.
Monday I cried a waterfall of tears.  Tuesday I woke with a pool of tears in my eyes that plopped out throughout the day.  But since then, there's been remembrance and tiny tears of missing her, thinking I hear her and that she will come around the corner or jump up on the couch to sit with me.
Of course, just writing that makes me cry.
So I will close for now.
I love you Jingles!
You will fur-ever be in my heart.
Sending light and love to all.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Summer Salutations

Each day brings new opportunities, allowing you to constantly live with love—be there for others—bring a little light into someone's day. Be grateful and live each day to the fullest.
(Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart)
Hello friends!
I hope this finds you doing well.
In all honesty, I constantly feel like I am having an existential crisis, trying to practice gratitude while being aware of so much injustice in this world.
I wonder how it is that so many people seem to have lost their way,
have forgotten their humanity.
Sometimes I feel like I think too much.
It's a battle to find balance, to find ways to spread a little light and love especially during this time of social distancing and a lockdown with restrictions that change slightly but seems to have no end in sight.
It's been a week since I last walked.
With temperatures already in the high 90's every morning, I really have to push myself to get out there, but definitely feel that some time in nature is very necessary for my peace of mind.
Saturday is Caturday in the world of Instagram and there's always feral kitties to feed along the way.
A little cross-stitch and crochet pillow I recently made for a friend as belated birthday gifts.
Today marks the longest day of the year.
And apparently tomorrow morning in my part of the world there will be a partial solar eclipse so I'll be on the lookout for that.

Happy Summer Solstice.
Stay safe.
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