Zen Cat


This is perhaps my favourite picture of Grizelda Zoé. She was nine weeks old, and already an old soul. We were experiencing what was to be the third worst snowstorm on record (for NE Illinois). She and I watched the blizzard, content to be safe and warm together. Very zen in thought and action, Grizelda is still the most like me. ♥

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Friendly Fill-ins: Week 92

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. Please link your post as directed. You can answer in the comments, if you need to. Remember to visit other blogs. It takes a while, but there is no rush. It is very much worthwhile.

As you read this, I am probably out shoveling snow. If I don’t, who will? We are in a snow storm. Eh, I’m good. This is my element. Cold hands, warm heart. The whole cold, hard truth. It’s just Winter. Give me the North Woods, any season. So, I am out clearing snow. I am digging out a spot for Stella and Kenzie to graze upon. I am also clearing the driveway for Bill. We’ve got this.

Bee made the LOL Home Page. We have several out there, with various cats. But, this was Bee’s first time to share. Here she is, in here Winter hibernation mode. Of course, our current cats have no idea as to the harsh reality of Winter. Nor will they ever know. This is not true of many of our past cats, who had been stray and/or feral. There were many.


Kenzie is eleven today. She does show her age a bit, but she has come a long way. Watch for her post on Sunday, as we celebrate her senior happiness. At her current age, she wears her blue hair well.

Please check out Sparks on Monday. There are some really great vibes there. The positive energy is rejuvenating. The sharing is comfortable and supportive. To those who participate: thank you. Go forth and shine, shine, shine. But, even if you don’t want to add Sparks, come read the posts. You will be so glad that you did. I go back all week just to soak up the goodness.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe and warm. Always, be good to You. See you soon!

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. The Winter Olympics have always been my favourites. You probably are not surprised. I especially enjoy the ice skating, ice dancing, luge, and bobsledding. The US Bobsled teams have benefitted greatly from the research and development programs of former NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine. After leaving auto racing, Geoff went full throttle into his other love: bobsleds. He is well respected worldwide in this arena.


2. I think the most romantic movie and book is The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry (1905). It is usually considered to be a short story or novella, but, that is unimportant. The story is beautiful. Young newlyweds secretly sell their most prized possession to be able to afford a special gift for their new spouse. The best movie based on this story is called, The Gift of Love (1978). It starred Marie Osmond. This simple story beautifully illustrates what real love does.


3. Recently, I had an odd experience when I was just waking up one early morning.

It was this past Tuesday, about 5:45 AM. Just as I was looking at the clock, the doorbell rang. The dogs heard it, too. They ran to me, looking very puzzled. I thought this was quite odd, and was just as puzzled, too. The doorbell chimed, but it sounded diminished.

I grabbed my robe as I put on my slippers. We all headed to answer the door, as the cats ran amok. Stella and Kenzie did not utter a sound. I was thinking maybe Bill had come home due to a schedule or load change. Things happen in trucking, especially during bad weather. Yet, I still felt apprehensive.

I slowly opened the front door. And, no one was there. The freshly fallen snow was untouched on the porch, the steps, and the yard. There were not even any tracks on the snow-covered road. Not even the plow had been by, yet. No one had been by; no one had been there. Yet, the doorbell had chimed. Stella and Kenzie were my witnesses.

I know I had heard the doorbell. The dogs had heard the doorbell, and had run to alert me. The cats reacted as they always do. Some hide, some are greeters. What do you make of this chilling tale? It is true and truly creepy. Don’t you agree?

Shh - final

4. I believe that love does not conquer all. However, I believe that it can give us the strength to withstand what we need to. And, I believe that if we weave that love into these situations we can make everything a little bit better, if not easier.


~Make time for some Winter fun!~
Cats playing

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The lake stirs above and roils below,
with stories and secrets no one can know.
The unknown lies in dark abyss,
a deadly risk one can’t dismiss.
Adventures lived, some dreams are lost,
the price of life a higher cost.
Stories, fables, and legends unfold;
history is written as tales are told.

~McGuffy Ann Morris
I am sharing this post with Two Spoiled Cats, for Poetry Thursday. They offered the (above) photo prompt of the sailing vessel.

I have spent most of my life in the Great Lakes region. The history of the Great Lakes and its people is deep and rich. One of the most recent Great Lakes ruins discovered were from an 1803 Great Lakes shipwreck These ruins were found in Lake Ontario. The sloop Washington was built in America, but Canadian owned.

Shipping between the United States and Canada is an important part of the Great Lakes history. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, located at Whitefish Point, Michigan, pays tribute to these lost ships and their crews. In particular, the ruins of the Edmund Fitzgerald are featured there. 

The Edmund Fitzgerald has also been memorialized by Canadian troubador Gordon Lightfoot. The Mighty Fitz, hauling iron ore, went down on Lake Superior in 1974. The song was released a year later.

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 82

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. You are welcome to answer in the comments, but if you link up, more people can share.
I want to thank everyone who read, commented on, and shared their thoughts with me on my Giving Thanks series. I am pleased to say that I wrote a thankful post every day in November. Being a private person, this was not easy for me. I keep a lot of things inside, sharing mostly in my handwritten journal and personal writing. I really want to be able to share better, so, I am working on that. I should also be able to get back to my normal posting, visiting, and commenting, now. 
We have had a week of very mild weather. I have not been wearing a coat or even a jacket! Long sleeves have been plenty warm for me. Squirrels have actually been digging up their acorns and walnuts. Of course, this will all be ending soon.
Winter is supposed to be back, in-full-force by Tuesday. We will be able to finish outdoor Christmas lights this weekend. It is time to stock up, hunker down, and go on auto-pilot. We readied the snow blower last weekend. We both got new hiking boots, warm and water-repellent. I have a good stack of books waiting to be read. Okay, Winter, let’s do this!
Please remember that Sparks is open from Monday, at 12:00 AM through Friday, at 11:59 PM. We have had great participation. The inspiration is a wonderful thing. Thank you to all who have added their own Sparks. Warm hugs.
Okay, here are my responses to the fill-ins. As always, this is a fun experience to share.
1. I can’t believe Goody’s Headache Powder is still sold. It was introduced through a family business in 1936, out of North Carolina. Though rare here, I know it is still popular down South. Goody’s has a long history as a prominent sponsor of NASCAR. Richard Petty has been linked to Goody’s since 1977. I have not used this, but have always wondered how well it works. I am prone to migraines, which can be miserable!

2. I have heard many horror stories about experiences on Craigslist. I even knew one person who was put under “exotic services” by her nefarious boyfriend. That is very scary.  

3. Going into December, the weather outside is predictably unpredictable. Weather is one thing that man cannot control. I believe these unusual mild conditions are just the proverbial calm before the storm. December snow is the best snow, especially on Christmas.

4. My current weakness is a mug of spiced chai tea, a good book, and minions. It is fun to watch them play and learn new things. Then, they climb up with me and sleep while I read.

~Brew up something special & enjoy!~
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