Monday, June 27, 2011

I Will Send a Check Soon

Last Saturday, I volunteered at the local spay/neuter clinic. It wasn't surgery day so it wasn't too hectic. I made the ID kennel cards and bands for the pets who would be coming in for surgery. While I was there at the front desk, a woman came in who said she had called about receiving some donated food yesterday. Mike came up to the front and she was given a bag of dog and cat food. She left with a huge smile on her face and said, "I will send a check soon. I start my new job next week and I just didn't want to give up my babies because I could not afford to feed them. Bless you." It was heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time.

The economy has put many people out of work, unable to find a job, and with a limited income coming in; tough decisions have to be made. I hope I'm never in that situation. I can't imagine having to give up my pets because I can no longer afford to feed them. They are very much a part of our family. I talk to them... outloud. I poke fun of them. I play games with them. I love them. I can't ever imagine giving them up.

At the clinic, that moment I felt very proud. Not only does the clinic offer affordable surgeries to help with animal overpopulation but it also provides pet food to those in need. It made me want to do more to help people out until they could get back up on their feet and it got me thinking about a new project. Stay tuned for more details.
Here are a few photos I took of the resident cats at the clinic. Savor the details.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


When I least expect it, someone expresses heartfelt thanks. It always catches me off guard; this honestly and sincere gratitude. It's unscripted and often emotional. When I'm old and look back at my life, these are the moments that I will remember.

Savor the details.

Fair Warning

Do not eat the white jelly beans with yellow markings. BBBBBLLLLLEEEECKKKK! They are buttered popcorn. Disgusting!

But fun to balance on your nose.

Savor the details.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beginner's Grace by Kate Braestrup

May you comport yourselves with dignity and treat others and yourselves with kindness.
May you remember to say 'I'm sorry' when it counts
And 'I love you' when it's hard to say that therefore matters most.
May you both express and experience thankfulness.
May this be a life of courage, kindness, and honor. May it be a life of joy. Amen