Joey, Allie... This is for you. May these stories be like tiny feathers that will one day drift down out of nowhere, bringing back great memories and smiles. You have brought me true joy with your laughter and song. This is your roadmap back to your youth and my guide home when memories fade. What a blessing it has been! What a blessing it continues to be.
Search This Blog
Dogs I've Known
Dogs Who Have Entered Our Lives (As named by Allie)
Cats Born in my Closet on top of Leather Boots
Milo Tiger Shi-ee
Hamsters and other Critters Who Stayed A While
July - Hamster purchased at local fair. We sent Allie to get lemonade... she came back thirsty with a hamster
Velvet - Flying Squirrel presented as a gift from our cat and nursed back to health
Lillie Belle Jones - A joint custody cat shared between Allie and the neighbor who both thought they had a new kitten
Randi Hope - White Tail Deer who came to be one of us
A series of Cats Named Homey - There will always be a Homey
Rudy - Daylight Challenged Rooster
Cinammon the Baby Chick
Mike - Chicken who fell off the Tyson Truck
The Duck who thought he was a chicken
Spirit - The not so friendly pony
16 nameless hamster babies - They told us the hamster was supposed to be fat, not pregnant! ***All were safely relocated to the pet store.
Pete and Sunshine - Pete was a cool bird. I thought he needed a wife. A yellow beauty named Sunshine seemed a good choice. Who knew she would pace and chirp incessantly, until one day she simply fell dead. Pete spent the rest of his days single and quite content with his little cage.
Foxy Lynn - the Falcon Who Fell To Our Front Yard
One night in the pool house perched on the uneven bars, a little raw steak and fresh water and he was good to go again.
Foxy Lynn flies with the falcons once more. (2012)
Sugar Plum & Sugar - Baby squirrels out on their own way too early
When I was five years old, my grandmother would care for me before school each day. She would turn the stereo console on and play big band music from the 40's. I remember dressing up in her mink stole as we danced around the living room spinning and twirling to the classics. She told me that one day the mink would be mine and I hoped that I would be as beautiful as she was wrapped in luxurious mink. Time, of course, came and went and my grandmother passed away many years ago. I have often wondered what happened to her mink stole and wished that I could wear it just one more time. Little did I know, my grandmother had given the stole to her daughter and sometime during the early 80's when fur was not fashionable and we were wearing hideous things like leather pants and spandex, my aunt tossed the mink into the Goodwill bin near her home. She did not know that anyone actually wanted the mink and donated it to charity. She told me she remembers lo
Getting emails from old friends is always nice, but what a surprise to find an email that I sent to myself last year, only to be delivered exactly one year later. It began "Dear Future Me". This letter from my past to an older version of me had only one line.... "What have you accomplished over the past year?" I thought this was rather brilliant as it prompted me to reflect on the year and what I had or had not accomplished. My children were quick to interrupt my quiet reflections and point out that my one sentence email was lame and lacked details. You can always count on your children for brutal honesty. They educated me on how I should have talked about what I was doing a year ago and described what that day was like. So.... with that being said, my children and I crafted our next letter... "Dear Future Us" The letter began by explaining that it was close to midnight on a school night and my children should be in bed. Instead, they
There is nothing more precious than child innocence. While it appears that this message may, indeed, be upside down, it seems that an upended pink ribbon is a call for better testing for earlier detection of breast cancer. Who better to deliver such a message than a group of young girls with bright futures ahead of them? While my daughter actually has no idea that she is holding the poster upside down, her mistake quietly sends a much more powerful message across this field. Who knows, but any one of these young ladies, excited about their part in participating in a campaign of hope, could go on to be the one to discover just such a test or cure. So even if the symbols are upside down, or even fall to the ground, our youth are learning to be a part of something bigger than themselves and might just one day deliver this message exactly as they innocently displayed this Fall day in their youth. Picture by Kathi Kolb www.accidentalamazon.com