A Surprise

I am a regular visitor to LOL Cats. It’s a fantastic way to start my day. I get a little giggle (or sometimes an outright laugh!) and it gets my day off to a happy start.

As usual, I clicked on the link in my bookmarks and went, expecting to see the normal cuteness and hard to read captions that I have come to love.

Instead I found this:

cat

and I almost cried.

I know it’s supposed to be funny, but that is one of the most touching pictures I’ve seen in so long.

Any kind of natural disaster is awful. Beyond horrific. The human toll is amazingly high. We lose lives, property, possessions. The cost is more than we can count sometimes.

Not often do we think about the effects on the pets that trapped in these areas as well.

Kudo’s to this man and all those like him who rescue not only the people who are affected, but the beloved pets as well.
 

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June 25, 2008 at 7:41 am 7 comments

Early Morning Musings

For the past two years or so, I’ve made a habit of setting my alarm to get up before the rest of the family. That way I can have my coffee, a bit of computer time and focus myself before the chaos starts.

I’m sitting here at my kitchen table, the only sound is the clicking of the keyboard as I type this, and one bird singing his little heart out in my back yard.  The sun is streaming through my kitchen window, the flowers on my back deck are bursting with life and colour.

I don’t often take the time to actually enjoy this part of the morning. I’m generally too busy with my Etsy shops, getting everything organized, making my plans and getting my day off on the right foot. All of this goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

We need to take the time, every day to actually look around us and see the wonders of our world. Whether you live in the city, the country, a small town, by the ocean, under the mountains, in the plains, wherever, it doesn’t matter. Take some time today, really look around and thank God that He has given us such a beautiful place to live. And remember how truly blessed you really are.

 

June 25, 2008 at 6:38 am 5 comments

Kudo’s to Coaches

I just came back from my daughters baseball practice, and I have to tell you, those coaches are better men than I am. Yes, I know, I’m a woman, but still.

Sunday’s game was an absolute bust. I mean it was bad. The umpire made some bad calls (well, a lot of bad calls, to be honest) but the kids played badly. They were missing throws, throwing badly, not hitting, and just plain bad.

So, knowing how bad things were on Sunday, our daughter was a bit nervous about practice tonight. Understandably so, their coach is tough. We told her, whatever you do, keep your mouth shut. The ones who get mouthy are the ones he’s going to work harder than the rest. Do what he tells you and and don’t say a word. Not that she’s mouthy anyway, but you just never know, right?

Obviously some of the boys on the team either didn’t get the same speech, or they didn’t listen. I’ve never seen such disrespect or an adult than I did tonight. It was horrid! The head coach couldn’t be there tonight, but the two assistant coaches were. I know that if the head coach had been there, things would not have been as bad as they were. Honestly, it was awful. They were talking back, cursing, outright refusing to do what they were told.

I don’t understand it. I was taught and my kids are taught to respect those who are in charge. You don’t have to agree with them, you can question things you don’t necessarily understand or agree with, however you treat them with respect. There is no excuse for rudeness.

The coaches kept their cool. They did have to kick two boys out of the practice for dropping the F-bomb too many times and not even trying to follow instructions.

I swear those two men deserve an award for tonight. Or a beer.

 

June 24, 2008 at 8:33 pm 1 comment

Report Card Day

You know, I like report card day.  I even mark it on my calendar at the beginning of the school year as soon as I find out when the three days will be.

It’s actually a pretty big day at my house. Everyone is always so excited to bring those envelopes home, and I’m just as excited to get them.

Yesterday was no different. At the end of the day, my 8 year old son comes out of his class waving that golden envelope. He gets right beside me and we scan that report to see what his marks are. In the older grades, they get to see their report the week before, so we already knew she had straight A’s.

So, what was the result? As I said, straight A’s for my daughter. For my son, all A’s but gym. Not a huge deal in my book. He didn’t understand why it was only a B+, but I do. This kid doesn’t rush for anything. Well, maybe a Snickers bar, but that’s it.

So, it’s another successful year for my kids. My son goes into grade 4 next year, my daughter to her first year of high school.

I’m very proud of both of them. I don’t offer any incentives to them to get good grades, they just do it on their own which makes me even happier. They love school, they love seeing the good marks and they both work really hard to get them.

Just a proud mama braggin’ on her kids.

June 24, 2008 at 7:42 am 4 comments

Grade 8 Graduation

On Wednesday, June 25, my daughter will be graduating from Grade 8. Honestly, I’m not sure when she got old enough to be going to high school next year. And when in the world did I get old enough to have a child in high school? Aren’t I still 18??

I am absolutely amazed at how big of a deal this is. My grade 8 graduation was very simple. I had the worlds ugliest dress, a bad haircut, got my diploma and came home. Nice, simple, easy and cheap.

Not anymore my friends!

I live in a very small town. Very small. In fact, my daughter’s graduating class consists of 7. Yup, 7.  But, that hasn’t stopped the madness!

So far, we’ve spent $110.00 on the perfect dress, $40.00 on the matching jewellery, $10.00 on shoes (got a deal on those!), $200.00 for the perfect grad gift and $4.00 on matching nailpolish. Wednesday she gets her hair and makeup done. That will be another $100.00 or so.

Oh, and lets not forget the $50.00 graduation picture package and the $25.00 leather bound graduating class of 2008 we had to buy.

Are you kidding me? I know, we don’t have to buy all this for her, but she doesn’t want to be the only one not all dolled up and gorgeous. It’s ridiculous though. Honestly. I can’t believe how out of hand it’s gotten.

But, seriously, what is a parent to do?

 

June 23, 2008 at 1:36 pm 4 comments

R.I.P. George Carlin

I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t heard of comedy legend George Carlin.  I related to him as a teenager and adored him as an adult.
He died June 22 of heart failure in a Santa Monica hospital.
He will be greatly missed.
R.I.P. George Carlin

June 23, 2008 at 7:32 am 1 comment

A Dilemma

I didn’t get ice cream. I have two bags of chocolate. Yup, two bags.

One one hand I have these:

 Bite size Oh Henry bars. Oh my!

On the other hand, I have these:

Bite sized Reeses Pieces

What to eat first?

Or should I just eat them both?

What to do? Which one would you eat first?

Chocolate makes everything better, though, doesn’t it?

June 22, 2008 at 11:49 pm 3 comments

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