Every year we find the mad rush to Christmas which begins the day after Thanksgiving and seems to subside by Christmas night. Gifts, cards, trees, ornaments, cooking, baking, and visiting. Days are shorter and our time is even less with so many more things added to get done in time for Christmas. I did, however, find time to paint the above picture of evergreens for some of my cards.
When Christmas Cards start arriving, the annual Christmas Letter is often enclosed detailing the year’s happenings within the family. Often we receive letters from those we don’t see throughout the year. Then you wonder if some of the information is really true…. read more
I recently took a vacation… first one in 2 years. I use to travel extensively, now I’m lucky if I fly once a year. I wrote this blog on my iPad, sitting and waiting for a flight – well multiple flights. read more
I am beginning to see loss has a meaning. As much as we hate it when we are in the deep muck of it, later looking back … read more
April 15, 2005 – October 8, 2014
Zack was laid to rest on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 after being hospitalized earlier in the week and diagnosed with advanced stages of Congestive Heart Failure and elevated Kidney functions. The last 20 hours of his life he spent in an oxygen tank to assist with his breathing. Zack was just 9 years old. Zack will be fondly remembered as the feline duo of Ziggy and Zack in the book “Secrets I Learned From Ordinary House Cats.” … read more.
Running on Empty – How Journaling Kept Me Going
It’s been almost 4 months since my mother died, and I realized yesterday that in an 18 month span, I had a lot thrown onto my shoulders creating unimaginable stress. It’s a wonder I don’t want to run away – but right now I’d be running on empty … read more
Dog Days and Cat Daze are upon us. Though, I always thought Dog Days were in August. It’s already a daze with my cats with long days indoors because of heat and humidity, bright sunlight shining in because we live on the west side of the building, as it’s too hot to enjoy that west-facing patio. So they sit just inside the sliding glass door and sulk, dreaming of the chew of leaves and the possibility of catching a bird high in the feeder. Storms come, winds blow, the sun is scorching. Meanwhile they sit waiting patiently for cooler weather.
Interestingly, through all this I noticed that cats experience jealousy much like we humans. Read More
It’s Easter Sunday, and I chose to take a hike instead of going to church. You see, for decades I have felt closer to God in the woods than I have … read more