Mouse for Sale


Everyone has the same basic human needs. We all want food, shelter, clothing, etc. We all want to be loved, and to have someone that we can love. We want to be accepted for who we are. In these basic things, we are the same.

We are born with a genetic code. Then, heredity and environment join to shape us. From that, we develop our own personality. We express ourselves in unique ways. These are the things that make us different. From childhood, we seek to find someone who totally, completely “gets” us. When we do find someone who accepts us just as we are, it is a wonderful thing. When we find someone who is like us and can celebrate that which makes us “different”, it is truly special!

May you always be accepted and loved for who you are, and may you appreciate those who do. Celebrate that connection together. It is a blessing.

Have a wonderful weekend doing what you love with those you love. See you soon!

The Fox & The Mouse

Relationships are based on how we feel about someone. But, for any relationship to work, we must first have an open heart. An open heart accepts even when it does not understand. An open heart celebrates differences in others, as well as shared common ground. Love flows easily from open hearts. I think this video illustrates that quite well. I hope you think so, too.

Miss Phoebe’s Shades

Recently, we got a small package in the mail. When we opened it, we were happy to see that it was Miss Phoebe’s Traveling Shades! Wow! The girls were pretty excited to have their turn with these special shades. George and Clyde were unimpressed. “Girl stuff.” They would not sit still for any of it. 
Grizelda decided they were far too small. Bee was afraid they were way too big. Maggie fell asleep, so she ended up missing most of the fun. However, Chloe Jo was thrilled. She thought they made her just like Easy Rider. She absolutely loved the shades.
Easy Rider / Chloe Jo

Kenzie declined to wear what she felt was clearly cat accessories. However, Chloe Jo’s best friend is Stella, so she tried on the shades. Suddenly, Stella was just like Joe Cool. 
Joe Cool / Stella

Thank you, Miss Ellen. We were very honoured to wear Miss Phoebe’s shades. It was bittersweet to be able to use something that was special to her and to you. We appreciate being a part of the Phoebe’s Traveling Shades Tour. The glasses have respectfully been passed on to the next participants.
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My focus on thankfulness would not be complete without including blogging. I could do these gratitude posts in my journal. Actually, I always do. But, this actually made me think long and hard about each entry on my list. Posting it here kept me accountable to myself and my promises. I had to be disciplined, writing it down in detail every day. I had to be present in mind and heart.
Blogging allows sharing; it is mutual. I appreciate what others share, as much as I enjoy sharing my own posts. Sharing thoughts can be informative, enlightening, inspiring, and even be empowering. Sharing ideas can change the world. Words are powerful. 
When I am able, there are blog-hops that I like to participate in. Some of the hops that I enjoy have writing prompts. I like the challenge of a writing prompt. I think it helps me exercise my creativity. It is inspiring to read what others write, while sharing my own.
I especially enjoy co-hosting the Friendly Fill-Ins with Ellen of 15andmeowing. She is a wonderful blogger and friend. This hop has helped me get to know so many great bloggers. Each Friday, I learn more about them. I am also pleased that my new hop, Sparks, has been well-received and is growing. These bloggers are great sources of positive energy. They inspire me, as well as others. I am grateful for them.
I also love the hops that I share with blogging friends who have furkids. They understand the bonds that I have with my cats and my dogs. I love sharing pictures, information, support, and stories. These special friends know why I sit up with Maggie at night, just listening to her breathe. They know why it is important for Chloe Jo to be closely monitored for input and output. These wonderful blogging friends know that I manage minions because it is who I am. They get me; and, I get them. We all share a special bond.
I appreciate that my blogging friends also understand time. I don’t always have the time to post the way I would like to. Sometimes I read posts, but don’t have a chance to comment. I wish I did, but life can be busy. In that same vein, I understand when others are busy living life. Honestly, that “living” is what fuels blogging.

I am very thankful for blogging, with its fun and friendship. What started out as an outlet for book reviews has turned into much more. Originally, the fun fueled online relationships. Now, it is the friendships that fuel the fun. Thank you for accepting my family and critters, my writing, my thoughts, and just plain old me. Thank you for being there, caring, and checking in on me. It is mutual. I am sincerely thankful for each and every one of you, my blogging friends and family.
Day Twenty-Four of my Giving Thanks series.

Dona Nobis Pacem

~Peace be with you…
and pass it on! ~

“There is no path to Peace. 
Peace is the path.”  

This year, Mimi, the founder of BlogBlast for Peace, has asked us to contemplate how we find peace in these overwhelming times. The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy and peace. And, we can all be part of this affirmative change. I have started a weekly post (with link-up) to share positive energy, which offers hope and leads to peace. It is called Sparks. Our purpose is to bring light to a dark world. Please come and join us here each week to spark some positive energy.

I am thankful for the opportunity to join with others on this day of hope and peace. I give thanks that I can reach out, knowing that others are reaching back. Peace starts with each of us. Together, we can fill the entire world with hope, love, and peace. 

“Gratitude is peace.” ~Anne Lamott
Day Four of my Giving Thanks series.

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 73

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. The first two fill-ins are always provided by Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. You are welcome to answer in the comments, but if you link up, even more people can share!

I want to first send love and hugs to Ellen, David, and family. I know this has been a sad and emotional week. It was so hard for them to let Phoebe cross The Bridge. As you know, she left footprints on the hearts of all who knew her. Phoebe will be forever loved because of Ellen and  David’s love for her. Thank you both for sharing her with us. Hugs to you all.

The first week of Autumn broke records here. It was in the 90s for seven straight days. I would be happy to never be above 60 degrees F. Needless to say, this was miserable for me. We are expecting mid-80s next week, which is well above average for this time of year. I anxiously await cooler Autumn weather!
I am waiting for the results of a sleep study. I was not able to study for it, so I imagine that I failed miserably. Sleep does not come easily to me. Once asleep, I am a very light sleeper. I have always been that way. I still have to see a cardiologist, too. I am thankful for good doctors and medicine. I think that both are blessings. I have hope they can all make sense of things soon.
Clyde will be getting his stitches out next week. He looks so cute in his T-shirt, I almost want him to keep wearing it. I was surprised that he took to wearing it so well. Even changing it for a clean one was not an issue. Clyde is a special little dude. He loves to cuddle and kiss cheeks, but he can be so serious at times. He is an old soul.

I want to take a moment to thank all of you. Life gets busy. We each have many things on our plate, some that we did not ask for. It is difficult to always make time to read and comment on every blog that we want to. And, feeds do not always work, either. We sometimes miss a post or event. We are human and do our best. That we can accept each other anyway, and still come together to share, I think it is very special. I am grateful that we can be there to care about and support each other. Thank you all for being part of my journey. I mean that, from the bottom of my heart. You are appreciated, even when I am scarce. Hugs.
Okay, here we go…these are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. I am far too practical to be drawn into drama. 
Long ago, I had to make a conscious choice to not yield to drama. To my life’s experience, there is often no resolution with dramatic people. Some people just thrive on drama, which is their choice. I respect the truth that we each must choose our own path. As for me, I want to put my time and efforts into positive energy.

2. To save money, I plan purchases, especially major purchases. I also look for sales, rebates, and practical reward programs. I use coupons when possible, though they are not as plentiful or easy as they once were. Our needs are very simple and practical.

3. Compassion matters. We each have to forge a path through this world. Often, we don’t really know the paths that others walk. But, it doesn’t matter. If we treat others with the same compassion that we desire, the paths become less difficult for all of us.

4. Watching Summer fade into Autumn makes me think of how fleeting life really is. We need to remember this in all things, every day. We should appreciate each moment just as it is. We need to live and love in each and every moment.

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