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Thursday, November 27th 2014

9:14 AM

Creating Value

  • Feeling: a dizzy spell is coming on...
  • Current Weather: Freezing drizzle. -5C. Wind chill -10C. Forecast: Cloudy. 60% of flurries. Temperature dropping to -9C this afternoon.

Brrrrr! Last night, the temperature started dropping and the snow began to fall. This morning, it's seriously frosty outside, and I for one am feeling very grateful to have a warm roof over my head, protecting me from the elements.

With all the snow outside, I find myself looking out the window and thinking back to my childhood and the sledding fun I had both by myself and with my dad. When I was really little - I think I was about three - dad would hook up a sled to the back of his motorcycle, strap me onto the sled, and then he'd pull me around the snowy roadway. It was great fun, and I can still remember laughing out loud when he made sudden but gentle turns. Isn't it funny how, as we get older, we sometimes find ourselves thinking more about the happier times in our lives than the sad ones...

With this new snowfall, Glimmer has once again found her sense of fun. When it's not too cold and she's out for a potty, she gets all rambunctious and plays, shoving her face into the snow and just generally acting like a puppy. It's hilarious to see, and one of these times, I'm going to video her. There's a ton of Diesel's poop all over the back yard right now - it's been there for over a month, now - so she plays in the front, where the snow gets high from being shoveled off the walk. She loves it, and we love to watch her having so much fun.

Violet is now 11 weeks old, and when the temperature moderates enough that it seems safe to let her out, we're going to take her outside to experience the snow. Being a cat, she probably isn't going to be impressed by the coldness on her little feet, but I'm thinking that watching her experience it for the first time is probably going to be hilarious. I'll even video it for the wonderful people who gave her to us so they can get some laughs from her hijinks, too.

It's hard to believe that Violet is already 11 weeks old. Sometimes, it seems like we only just brought her home yesterday, when she was a mere four weeks old. The bond she and Glimmer have built has been phenomenal, and slowly but surely, she is learning how to be with humans, too. She still doesn't like to be held, but she is starting to accept affection from us - and most importantly, she is learning how to keep her claws in when she plays with us. She's gouged me so deeply in a few places that I'm sure there are going to be life-long scars. It's not a big deal, though - and I doubt it will be the last time I serve as a teething ring for a baby animal. LOL

Over the past couple of weeks, Roger and I have spent some time with family and friends, and I have to say, it's been awesome. Last night, we were talking about our annual Yule dinner, and for the first time in what feels like forever, I actually felt a bit of excitement about it. We weren't sure we were going to do it this year because of all the stress and negativity that's been draping all over our home like a thick, dark blanket. But after talking about it, we realized that we can remove a lot of that stuff simply by looking at more positive and uplifting things - like going ahead with our annual Yule dinner and sharing it with the positive and uplifting people in our lives.

Anyway... I hope all of my American friends and followers have a warm, safe, and loving day Turkey Day today, and that you all find many, many things for which to be grateful. Have a great day!
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Wednesday, November 26th 2014

8:18 AM

Learning Curves

  • Feeling: positive; stronger
  • Current Weather: Cloudy. -5C. Wind chill: -10C. Forecast: Cloudy. Snow beginning late this morning. Temperature steady at -5C

The new morning is dawning frosty and cold. Life is happening fast and intensely, now.  The countdown to getting our home and our lives back has begun, and each day that passes in a state of relative calm is a day for which to be grateful. We have been living as if it's just us and our animals in our home, and in the process, we've slowly but surely been finding our smiles again and laughing a little more often. It is comforting to know that this particular struggle will soon be over, not only for us, but for the house guests, too, I think.

The lessons we have learned from this long-running experience are many. I can't speak for Roger, but I can say that I am already processing what I personally have been learning. The greatest lesson I think I've learned from all of this is the importance of picking my battles. Before our house guests moved in, I tended to avoid confrontation rather than face it head-on, and I got upset at literally every little thing. Over these past 18 months, I've learned to be more discerning about what is and isn't worth fighting about, and when I've chosen to engage, I've somehow found the courage to stand my ground. In turn, I've learned what is and isn't worth getting upset about.

My aunt has a wonderful way of looking at all the experiences we have in our lives. It's a philosophy that makes so much sense to me, I adopted it, and I try really hard to live by it. My aunt asks herself, "Am I going to go to the electric chair if...?" I add my own questions to that: Will the world fall off its axis if...? Will the moon turn to purple and pink polka-dots if...? Will the sun go super-nova if...? I find this philosophy both profound and simplistic. I know I have a tendency to over-analyze and over-think everything; this simplistic but very effective perspective about life definitely challenges me not to do that.

Life is happening. Knowing a happier, calmer, more relaxed time awaits us is helping us both continue pushing through this final stretch of challenges and obstacles. And knowing that the universe is right there with us, guiding, protecting, and helping us go forward... Well, we just can't ask for more than that.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day.
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Monday, November 24th 2014

7:17 AM


It's been four days since I "expressed" myself by "venting". I've calmed down considerably, but just like she won't apologize to me for the low blows she's fired at me and about me and Roger, I won't be apologizing to her for what I've said. 'Nuff said.

The weekend was blissfully quiet and relaxed. The girls spent the weekend with Hugh and Nora, and Karis and Paul were hardly around at all. It was a sweet taste of heaven, and we enjoyed it to its fullest.

Joy, if you see this, I don't know why the invitation is not getting through your email. I have tried everything I can think of; I don't know what else I can try. I'm sure it's probably something really simple that's being missed, but I can't for the life of me figure it out. I won't give up on it, though; there has to be a solution...

Shawno, you said you weren't getting alerts for the other place. There should be an option on the sidebar to subscribe; I'll be going there shortly to check on that.

Violet is growing like a weed. She'll be 10 weeks old on Wednesday. When we took her in for her first set of vaccinations, she weighed in at a very respectable 2.4 pounds. The vet is very pleased, and so are we.

That's all I have to say here for now. Thanks for visiting; I hope everyone has a great day and a great week ahead.
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