September 2, 2014
The world is falling apart. More than usual? Violence in Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan. But I can sit in my lovely, sunny, peaceful yard. Grateful beyond words. Books to read. People who love me, and to whom I'm devoted in return. Husband and I have shelter. Plenty of food at our table. Good health. (Knock on wood.) anything can happen at any time. Any time at all. Is it okay to be content when so many others are not? I don't want to make things about me and what I have. Mindful of every minute. Every chin rascal I give one of our kitties. Sometimes I think they understand things that we humans do not. Hunger. I've never experienced true hunger. Never wondered where my next meal will come from....
It's the little things. Frogs sing us to sleep nights. The crickets. Soft, wonderfully furry felines. We want them to feel secure, so we keep them in. Headbutts and cuddles. So thankful for animal love. People say it's a small world. Tonight it feels enormous. If we all were truly connected to one another, would there be so much unrest? I know, wrong word, but can't think of the appropriate one. Another beheading of a journalist today. I watch TV with husband, hold sweet cat on my lap. What's wrong with this picture?
August 30, 2014
August 15, 2014
I turned 51 on the first of this month. But i don't feel any different than i did on July 31st, for the most part. Or any different than i felt when i turned 30. Except for a few cracking joints in the am when i get up out of bed, my body feels pretty much the same. (Maybe i'm just delusional about that? lol) But my mind.. well.. my mind has changed A LOT. About many things! Just in the last year or so. And i've changed my mind about some things just in the last couple of months. In some ways, i think, i have more patience than i've ever had. But then there are things that make me very impatient. Not with others. With myself. I speak my mind 'nowadays' more than i ever have in my entire life. And i don't give a rat's behind if anyone agrees with me or not. I know i've written about this a couple of times here already, but i've decided to live a vegetarian/sometimes vegan lifestyle. I just don't want to eat animals anymore. Why have i come to that decision? Well, i'm not sure. But when i look into an animal's eyes lately.. whether it's one of my kitties, a friend's dog, rabbit, guinea pig.. or a pig, i just see too much. Too much expression. Too much, and yeah, this is going to sound weird, but like i said, i no longer care how weird i sound.. humanity. Yep. That's what i see. I see their minds working. I see feelings. Add to that the fact that i can no longer compartmentalize my own feelings.. and voila! .. i no longer want ham, bacon.. veal, etc. I see tofu pot pie in my future. Lots of veggie casseroles. And i feel the need to repeat myself here. I'm no one's food police. I strongly dislike being preached to.. so the last thing i want to do is subject another human to that stuff! But we humans ARE animals, and i think some of us forget that. I sometimes hear people say that animals don't feel, and i think.. what are you TALKING about. But i try to be a good girl most of the time, and i keep my mouth closed. But if i ever win the lottery, i am opening a huge farm animal sanctuary. Acres and acres of glorious land and pasture where cows, goats, lambs, pigs, can live out their lives in peace. Night before last i saw something horrifying on a facebook page of a friend of a friend. I'm not sure why i clicked on his name, but when i did.. i saw.. well.. and this likely will not be hideous to you.. but i saw roasted camel. That's right.. roasted camel. Over a roaster or whatever.. just like a pig. And everyone in the photo was smiling. And yes, i said i wouldn't preach. To each his/her own. But i admit to feeling happy that this person is not my friend. I think it was good for me to see it. It only cemented something that i know to be true about myself at 51. It was meant to be that i see it and all that. And i'll admit that i also (fleetingly) thought, before i put this out of my mind, and buried it.. karma. There's always karma. Maybe this person will someday die of a fatal camel bite. Be trampled by one? I know, i know. But remember.. i'll say pretty much anything now; to heck with the consequences! And speaking of karma.. i'm the one with the bad karma in thinking that others might suffer from camel bites just because they do something i might not agree with/like. Not nice, not nice at all. But confession is good for one's soul, right? And i put it out of my mind right away. We all have a right to eat what we choose.
Well, i've said enough for tonight i guess. Time for a delicious broccoli salad and something with tofu? And a glass of wine. Wine is definitely veg. Well, fruit. Made of grapes. Yummy! :) But i suppose this wouldn't be a post by me if i didn't include a little limerick just for fun. So here goes:
Lola Piggy is large and very pretty
She's big, she's pink, and she's not itty-bitty!
She loves to eat her veggies..
She has no undies, so they don't give her wedgies!
Lola loves to root, and gets down to the nitty-gritty!
Summer's radiant red rose beauty! This bush is right outside our front door, and blooms three times during the summer. :)
Bye for now, and i'll be back. I know.. super exciting, right? lol Have a lovely weekend..
August 14, 2014
It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. --- Bertrand Russell
I could go on about this all night, but i'll not. :) I'll just leave it at that, and wish you all freedom and love on this Thursday evening. The weekend is almost here!
I'll be back soon! We are on vacation this week so my posts have been super short. :) They'll be longer next week. Muahahahaha! lol
August 13, 2014
'All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.' --- Ernest Hemingway
Well, here goes.. Today, and many days, I'm truly worried for us.. our humanity.. We human animals who occupy this planet.
More on that in another post. Maybe tomorrow or the next day. But for right this minute, on 8/13/14, that is the truest sentence I can think of.
August 7, 2014
It's just plain hot outside! I started to sweat just sitting on the patio and opening a book to read! Ick! To sweat whilst having a workout is one thing. But to SIT and sweat. Gross. :) So, in i came, and am watching a Midsomer Murders mystery, (Inspector Barnaby) on Netflix. I love these. But the body count seems awfully high in these small English villages. lol. I love the scenery, though, and the whodunnit plots! So many suspects. If you've never seen one.. you might enjoy! I spent most of this morning in the air conditioned library. Comfortable and surrounded by BOOKS! I know, just day before yesterday, i wrote about having spent part of the day at said same location. Well, i go there often. I think my car is on auto pilot! I donated a few books, returned a few books, and borrowed a few more. I adore it there, and wish they had 'overnights.' I would totally go on one. What happens in a library overnight when there are no humans around? Hmm. I have a vivid imagination and can come up with all sorts of things. The books and the characters come to life at midnight. They talk to each other and come up with alternative plots for their stories. I could write stories about what they discuss! (I told you my imagination goes places.) :) Anyway, hubby and myself are on vacation all next week. No big plans. Just to take a couple of day trips and do a lot of relaxing and... more relaxing. This will be the first full week he will have taken all year!
Just about time to go. I'm back on bloggie and facebook and whatnot, but i've set myself some serious time limits. So, before i take off, i'll leave you with a little limerick. It's a great form of rhyme. I think it's my favorite!
My favorite kind of doughnut tastes like cake..
It's better than a yeast doughnut, and easier to make!
Chocolate with red sprinkles..
That sparkle and twinkle!
A chocolate doughnut with a vanilla shake!
It's dahlia season! More yellow summer sunshine! Bye for now.. and i'll be back soon...
August 5, 2014
Hm.. as i sit at my laptop in my backyard, in a comfy chair, watching the bees work the sunflowers and the roses, i think of how special it all is, and how thankful i am for it. By it, i mean my entire life and all those in it. Human, feline, canine, avian. All! I'm grateful for the heat, and goodness knows it has been HOT the last two weeks or so. Today, it has 'cooled down' to about 85. Still roasting, but not as toasty as 95. :) Thankful for the vanilla ice cream/ginger ale (Canada Dry of course) ice cream soda i just savored. It reminded me of childhood summers. The koi in our pond in the backyard. The birds that visit every day and into the evening, and sing their little hearts out, not for our enjoyment, i know, but sometimes it seems like they sing to us. Grateful for the fact that it's 4:50 in the afternoon, and hubby will be home around 6. We can spend the entire evening together just being. Our kitties, who love us as much as we love them! I'm thankful for the book i'm reading and enjoying to the hilt. And when i finish this, i have many more unread all over the house! lol. And when i run out.. not that that will happen.. there's the beautiful library less than 2 miles away that i can browse to my heart's content. And speaking of our library.. i was there earlier this afternoon loving the selection of books right at my fingertips. I'm sure i've mentioned here at one time or another.. how much i adore the library.. any library. Most especially the one i refer to as mine, the one in which i've spent many an hour reading stories, histories, about places i may or may not visit one day. And i sat in a very comfortable chair on the second floor, and had a great view of the front entrance out one of the enormous windows. And i saw SO many people driving into the parking lot. Getting off the bus.. etc. Mothers and fathers with children. Elderly people. Humans of all ages! And i thought, and this is a very happy thought for sure.. all these people READ! It seems in the last couple of years or so, that i've read quite a few articles online and in journals, about how people just don't read anymore! That's hooey everyone! Today my faith in reading humans has been renewed. And for that i'm thankful. Let's see, what else should i mention? I can think of a plethora of things, but then, i'd draw this out too long. And it's summertime. Time to drink in more sunshine whilst the days are still long. Back to my reading while i wait for Hubby to arrive home. And i'll love and savor every word that makes up the story. Each individual word. I think it was Margaret Atwood who said.. (and no dummy, Margaret,) 'A word after a word after a word is power.' She is right on!
Just one summertime pic before i go...
Little froggy i spotted on a sunflower leaf a few days ago. I snapped the photo before he hopped away. Grateful for him too. Sweetie!
Bye for now, and i'll be back!