For people who love life, love knitting, love pets and love to laugh
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Summer is gone in a flash...
Friday, April 11, 2008
Stanley Visits the Farm
Thursday, April 03, 2008
How Great it is to be Greeted by Sunshine in the Morning!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Spring, 2008, Goodbye Snow!
Sooooo...Here we are at last! Spring has arrived for 2008, and with it the arrival of the migrating birds, the appearance of the mud boils in our country roads, and the longer lasting daylight hours. My road has all but dissolved into a mass of open muddy pits, which I navigate to and from work with great trepidition for the health of my wee car. You'd think with all the available technology in the world today, someone would come up with a cure for bad roads!
But then, we're still teaching people to wash their hands to prevent the spread of preventable diseases that continue to plague our health care facilities. Can't seem to get the basics looked after by the general populace, so why do I think potholes can be prevented??? Because I'm an Optimist. Pity me. This has been one of the toughtest winters of my life so far, for the winter blues. I lost my Dad this February 22nd, despite excellent teamwork and diligence shown by his medical team. Some things are just destined to be. He went down trying to the bitter end, for which I will always commend him. Consequently, my Mom is learning for the first time, to be alone, and all the responsiblities that come with being a sole home owner, something alien and new to her, as my Dad was always the detail person. She's doing great! We are all very proud of her. Her next hurdle is in coping with the inevitable demise of another sister and brother in law, as they are both battling illness and disease simultaneously. My heart goes out to my cousins who face the loss of a Mother and Father in the near future.
But for now, one day at a time for me. I'm just happy that another winter will soon be behind us, the snow is melting without filling my basement (so far), birds are singing each morning despite the threat of spring snowstorms and freezing rain, and are once again visiting my feeder- was my first winter without birds! They all left me, a harbinger of the difficult weather we endured.
Today, I begin the next phase of my "calling", having given up my full time position in the retirement home, to take a part time position in a nursing home, bringing Life to those who cannot find it on their own. No longer a Nurse, no longer working Night shift, home each evening with my Hubby, each morning with my Pets, planning fun and games for all of those who drift through the days in a haze of pain and confusion. It will take all of my patience and skills to gently remind these who are living out finality, that they are indeed still alive, still human and still can feel the joy of a good laugh and a positive influence. I know I will make a lot of friends, only to lose them to the diseases of Aging. But along the way, I hope to show them a damned good time!!!
I'll leave my family someday, with the knowledge that Mom made a difference to the World. Just like my Dad before me.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Holly's Sweater, and Dexter The Demonic
ON the Needles...Holly's sweater, in worsted weight, a 2X2 rib with a peplum skirt. Simple single crochet to finish the edges and having lots of room for "Pampered Pet Syndrome" growth, this should fit her with room to grow!
Also shown, Dexter the Demonic Grand-Beagle, sporting his Christmas toy and glinting, mischevious and smiling face! Snapped during a rare pause in his continuous Path of Destruction, we can only wonder what will fall prey to his devious mind next.
Fortunately for all of us, he was more interested in chasing down balls of wadded gift wrap and destroying then, than in chewing up Katie's new i-Pod, or Jamie's chef supplies! Dexter and Holly have not yet met, as he is not neutered and she is in heat...no Mini-Demons in MY house...although, her docile nature would certainly temper his frantic energy!
Bonnie Models her Sweater
Bonnie Beagle Loves Her Sweater!
Here, she models it for Holly, and soon Holly can model her own as its currently on the needles. My own design, I measured each dog to assist with fitting, using a rib pattern to allow for weight gain, as aging Beagles blossom! Big sister Sarah, a doberman cross, prefers the rasp of snow across her ruff, and found that a jacket merely irritated her more sensitive skin. With her winter Husky hair, she doesn't need any adornment to maintain her body temperature, unlike heat-seeking Beagles.
Paying it Forward
Meet Holly. We recently started adoption procedures for her from a local SPCA. She has quickly adjusted to our home, having big sisters and learning the ways of a good pet. Not house-trained, she is doing well, and only has infrequent accidents now! She has learned to sit, sit-pretty, lie down and "off", and she sits to greet people. Not bad for being a family member for a mere 6 days!
Severely emaciated from roaming loose, this former kennel Fuzzy needed a home to make sure she was warm, dry, fed, safe and loved. As soon as I saw her, I knew we could be the right home. She is slowly gaining weight, despite coming into heat, brought on by being warm and fed regularly! Soon, she will go to be spayed, and once her system heals and settles down, the real joy of being a Pet can commence!
Her teeth are cleaner, her coat is shiny, her eyes are brighter, and she loves to laze in my lap and watch TV. Her favorite of all is when I put on the video "Milo and Otis", and she tries to interact with the characters on the big screen, to the entertainment of her sisters, Bonnie and Sarah.
I used my Christmas bonus from work to put towards adopting a dog who needed us. I think, whenever someone does us a good deed, we are duty bound to pay it forward!
There's my New Year's Challenge to you all...for 2008, find a way to pay your good fortune forward! It doesn't take much effort to make the world better for someone in need.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Congratulations Amy and Ajay Madan, and best wishes for a long and happy life together!
Here are my husband Bruce, and I outside the Burlington Convention Center, during the wedding weekend of our neice Amy to her long time love, Ajay. There was a traditional Canadian wedding, complete with white gown, bouquet tossing, and roast beef banquet on Friday evening at the scenic Grey Silo Golf Course, in Waterloo, Ont. Then, off to the Burlington Convention Center, for the traditional and colorful Hindu ceremony to finalize these festivities. The Newlyweds share anniversary joy with Ajay's parents, and Amy's grandparents, a 3 way annual joy-fest!
Family from far and wide, celebrated the joy of the happy couple, with wine, spicy foods, and spoke of best wishes and hopes of happiness for the couple with the burnt lips of gourmets unaccustomed to the bite of Indian tradition.
And now, the happy couple is headed off to honeymoon in Tahiti, Hawaii, and Married Bliss. All that remains are the echos of smiles, Bollywood dancing, and traditional music and celebration, caught in the photographs that build our memories.