Showing posts with label love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label love. Show all posts

February 14, 2012

“I don't pretend to know what love is for everyone, 
but I can tell you what it is for me; 
love is knowing all about someone, 
and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, 
love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, 
including the things you might be ashamed of, 
love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, 
but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.”


January 26, 2012

The other day I was in the kitchen looking out the window and saw approximately thirty Canada Geese standing on the lake road below our home.  I love that.

Anyway, my humble homesteader of a husband, bj, doesn't.

My husband spied the flock of geese and the conversation quickly turned ugly in regards to my husband's desire to "thin out the herd" so to speak.

Which translates to goose hunting.

Seeing the geese brought back a lovely memory of a dear, sweet African Goose I named, "Buddy".

He was a stray obviously from a neighboring farm and he at some point was "adopted" by a small family of Canada Geese.  I longed to make Buddy a part of our little homestead but apparently he had been with this family for some time and to him that was where he belonged.

I watched as Buddy would babysit the goslings as the parents went about their business picking nutritious grasses and weeds around our pond.  The little babies would "plop" down in the grass and preen themselves as Buddy looked on.  He loved his little adopted family.

He assisted in raising two families from that pair of geese in the time that I knew him.

Well, it wasn't long before I was enamored with Buddy.

Anything that loves like that is aces in my book and my heart soon belonged to Buddy.

I would feed him cracked corn from an old metal coffee can that we keep in the feed box on our screened porch and he and his lil' family would make their way up the lake road to eat.  Of course his love of cracked corn was accompanied by a series of extremely loud and excited "honks".

Okay, so it was more like, "HONK!", "HONK!", "HONK!"...*giggle*

He eventually would come up to me and eat from my hand while his little family ate at a safer distance.

Well needless to say, not everyone around me shared in my love of Buddy.

My neighbors strongly disliked the noise and so did my husband.

It wasn't long before one day I heard gunshot down by the lake.  Our neighbor had hired a hunter to come and take care of the ever rising Canada Goose population.

Sadly, Buddy was one of 'em.

He was gone.

So, the conversation the other day brought to surface those memories of sweet Buddy and it also prompted me to look up a photo I had taken of Buddy with his little adopted family on our pond one rainy Spring day.

And I thought I'd share it with you.

I appropriately titled the photo..."Love Wins".

"Everybody needs his memories.  They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door."  
-Saul Bellow

Thank you for being here.


January 25, 2012

It is a horrid thought to think that this very moment there are people starving.

I know, I know, right now you're thinking, "whoa tj, let's ease into this a lil' bit", but how does one ease into the thought of others, whether it be man or beast, simply perishing due to lack of food I ask you?

Think about it...

Right now, there is someone, make that more than one - make that tens of thousands, 
m-i-l-l-i-o-n-s, of people, starving.

For instance, did you know that every 3.6 seconds someone in our world dies of hunger?

It literally breaks the heart and boggles the mind doesn't it?

There's something we can do about it.  Yes there is.

And you wanna know what?  You don't have to leave your chair, your home, change out of your pajamas or any of that nonsense.

And one more thing.  It's free.

It's a website called, "Free Rice" and all you have to do is click on the highlighted words or the banner over there to start.  You will see on the website that you can choose from a myriad of subjects such as English Vocabulary (my personal fav'), or there's Geography (I so struggled with that in school), and then there's Math, Chemistry and a choice of others as well.  And what is so great about this is that for each answer you get correct they donate 10 grains of rice thru the World Food Programme to help end hunger.

Not only are you blowing cobwebs out of the ol' brain bucket but you're helping to feed someone too.  It's a win-win.

And since we're on the subject of hunger and feeding, you didn't think I'd go off and forget our furry friends did you?  They're people too, am I right?  You know.

As you also know our nation's animal shelters are over populated with homeless dogs and cats.  Annually our nation's animal shelters take in approx. 6 - 8 million dogs and cats.  
Yes, 6 - 8 m-i-l-l-i-o-n.  Out of that 6 - 8 million that enter the animal shelters annually over half are euthanized.  That is 3 - 4 m-i-l-l-i-o-n dogs and cats put to death in one year.  The statistics are simply staggering.  And sickening.  And just plain sad.

Well, out of those m-i-l-l-i-o-n-s of homeless cats and dogs you know there is hunger and there are two websites working along the same concept as the one I mentioned above only they help to feed hungry dogs and cats in Animal Shelters.  This is the brainchild of an 11 year old girl, Mimi Ausland, from Bend, Oregon who launched "Free Kibble" to help feed the hungry dogs and cats at her local Animal Shelter.  This was back in 2008, now Free Kibble feeds thousands of dogs and cats in shelters, rescues and thru food-banks across this wonderful country of ours everyday.

Once again, you don't need to leave your chair, your home or change out of your pajamas because all you need to do is visit "Free Kibble", click the highlighted words or the banner up there to start, answer the question you see there and whether your answer is right or wrong they still donate 10 pieces of kibble to help feed hungry dogs.

Now to feed the hungry felines you can either click the highlighted "Free Kibble Kat" words (you just passed 'em), or you can just click on the banner located to your left here and you're good to go.

I've even signed up for their daily email reminders so I don't forget to go and spread some love.  And kibble.

So see?  There's so much good you can do without even leaving the comfort of your own home.

Or your pajamas. *smile*

Thank you for listening and helping and as always, thank you for stopping by to visit!
I appreciate it a m-i-l-l-i-o-n times over. *wink*


December 29, 2011


December 26, 2011

Whassup Buttercup?

It's a cookies-for-breakfast-pajamas-'til-noon-silence-is-golden kinda day here.

Are you in a food induced coma while basking in the glow of Christmas Past 
or have you resumed your normal daily activities as if nothing happened kinda Peep?

Do tell.  I'm on a need to know basis here.

Thank you.

However this finds you today I hope you are warm, happy, well fed and loved.

And nothing less.


September 26, 2011

I've been incognito.

Not really.  I've been really, really busy and besides, I just like saying the word, "incognito".



Go ahead, say it, I'll wait...

You did, didn't you?  I knew you would.

Cool word, yes? *smile*giggle*shrug*

Do you have a fav' word that you like the way it sounds, the way it feels when you say it, the way it rolls off your tongue?

Is this getting weird?  I digress.

Moving on...


To this:


I know, crazy right?

Meet, "Salty".  She's our Schnoodle.

Go ahead, say it, I'll wait...  



See?  Fun.  Now, aren't you glad you stopped by? *chuckle*

Well, I'm glad you did.  Seriously.  

And I want to take this moment to say, "thank you", another favorite word of mine, for your kind words regarding my last post when I kinda let my guard down about this flurry of loved ones suddenly taking flight and heading heaven bound.

I'm better now, thanks to you.


I came upon this long ago and saved it because I liked it.

And things I like or love, I share with those I like, or love.

So without further adieu...


Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it's a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

- written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann


September 6, 2011

The Invitation

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear or further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal 
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the moon,

It doesn't interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me 
and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments. 

Untitled by Humble Origins
a photo by Humble Origins on Flickr.


July 17, 2011



June 17, 2011

She sits to my right...

...our ol' barn.

And I love her.