Sunday, July 31, 2011

The weekend!

This weekend has been hard and I have been in tears on and off missing my baby kitty.  Every night she would jump on my bed wanting me to pet her and then when I put my hands under the covers she knew it was time to go lay on the end of the bed.    Friday night the first night without her was just so difficult.  I know it is going to take time. 

 Saturday morning we got up and around and I washed the bed up and hung out the sheets.  There is nothing better than fresh sheets blowing in the warm wind. 
Then it was time to head to the Saturday market.  It is interesting just to people watch but our reason for going was to get some Olive bread and fresh veggies.
It was so warm and there were people everywhere. 
We bought some of these yummy tomatoes and had some with Dinner. 
I just love sunflowers and couldn't walk away without a picture.
Look at the beauty of these flowers.
I can't remember what this flower was called but look at all the layers and how it just fans out.

There was all kinds of food and pastries available.
Have you ever heard of Dakota Black popcorn?  I had a few pieces and it tasted like popcorn but was really crunchy.  I wish I would have bought some. 
I had one of these meat pastries for lunch.  I had the traditional which had ground beef, potatoes, cheddar cheese, turnips and onions.  It was small but so yummy.  I am not sure who that lady was in my picture.
This bread was so good.  We bought the Olive bread....Yummy.....
and then on the way out we were entertained with this young boy and this man ( I think it was his dad) singing.  They were really good and drew a large crowd.  We stood and listened to him for a while .

Later after a nap Marvin made a "surprise dinner"  He breaded pork chops.  It turns our he dipped them in eggs and then into crushed Cheetos.  He saw this on Food TV chopped show.  They were great.  I thought it was just a bread crumb coating.  He also sauteed some zucchini in olive oil and we had a fresh tomato and cucumbers..  It was a great dinner. 

Today Sunday we served all morning at Church and then I came home and crashed and took a short nap.  It has been in the mid-80's which is too warm for me.  My sister Joyce called.  We talked for a while and she told me her father in law always said that pets souls were pure and when they died they go straight to heaven.   I believe that. 

As I am writing this our 6 year old cat Tiger is searching my for my baby kitty.  His crying is breaking my heart so once again I am in tears.  It is so hard. 

Blessings to you all & have a good week ahead!
Janet

Friday, July 29, 2011

Even though it was time it is was hard to say goodbye

Yesterday it was apparent that Mckenzie (aka baby kitty) my 16 year cat was not getting better as we hoped.  We made the decision that it was time for her to be pain free.  Marvin made the appointment yesterday for this morning.  After he told me the time I just cried and cried.  I spent time with her last night.   This morning confirmed that she was so sick.  She had vomited all over and I walked through it.    I went ahead and went to work because I knew that I could never be with her during this time.  Marvin (bless his heart) stayed with her.  He said they gave her a sedative while he held her and then they continued the procedure.    I had been praying all night and morning and at 9:30 (her appointment time) I felt a calm peaceful feeling so I know that it was reassurance from Jesus that it was okay he would take over from there. 


IF IT SHOULD BE

If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand.
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
We've had so many happy years.
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come -- please let me go.
Take me where my need they'll tend,
And please stay with me till the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Please do not grieve -- it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years;
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.
--- Anonymous ---
Rest in peace baby kitty, you gave is many years of laughter and joy. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An update on baby kitty and last Sundays Sermon



Our cat McKenzie seems to be getting better so at this time we are going to continue to the 10 day cycle of antibiotics.    I am thankful that we don’t have a make any decisions at  this point and she is feeling better and acting like herself.   Yesterday I was the one that gave her the shot.  I actually did really well so I think I will be the person to administer it( we have 6 more days)

Last Sunday we had a great sermon.  Once again I felt the Holy Spirit words flowing through Pastor Barry’s sermon.  It was like I was sitting on the edge of my seat not wanting it to end.  The title of the sermon was “A key to a healthy relationship”.  Barry talked about selfishness and ways to become unselfish and a better listening and how this will strengthen relationships.  This is not only in married life but with family and friends too. 

Selfishness is the source of conflicts and short circuits our prayers.  He talked about considering the needs of others by making what is important to the other person important to you.  He talked about really listening and letting the other person tell it their way without interrupting.    I get so much about of Pastor Barry's sermons and these are some of the examples about how I have had so much spiritual growth by hearing words of how to live like Jesus did.
I am looking forward to attending the Women of Faith Conference for the first time with my daughter Holly and some of the women that are in Church.  I am so excited.   My sister Joyce told me I will really like it and then my friend Marci told me the same thing.   Sandi Patti and Mandisa are both going to be there so I am excited to hear them both sing. 

 Have a blessed day!
Janet

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It has been quite a week


We have really had a busy week.   Besides a stressful busy work week for both of us we have had some issues that we had to deal with that have just left us exhausted. 

First I had to go in and see the Doctor and have some tests ran.  I got quite a scare on Wednesday with the preliminary results but found out by Friday that everything is okay and I thank God for that.

The Company Marvin works for is officially sold.  He still has a job but the health insurance is not as good as his last one so we are sorting out pros and cons on his insurance or whether to go on my insurance.  Either way it is still costing us a lot more.  I am however grateful that we can have health insurance and he still has his job. 

Earlier this week our 16 year old Calico cat Mckenzie (aka baby kitty) had used the carpet in the bedroom and on the floor instead of the litter box.   I discovered she was bleeding.  She has been losing weight and was not acting right.  We took her to the vet yesterday and we were given the "quality of life talk".  Since the vet could not get a urine test he just gave us antibiotics to treat her for a possible kidney infection.
 He gave her a shot and sent us home with more shots to give her. He showed us how to give a shot.   Marvin just gave the first one which was quite interesting but I could not get a picture because I had to hold her.  This afternoon she did not seem to be better at all.    By Monday if she is not better we have decided to put her to sleep which is not going to be easy. 

Then first thing this morning we zoomed up the freeway ( 2 hour drive) to help our son Jeremy and his family move.   It was a quick trip but someone needed to keep tabs of the girls so that was my job which I enjoyed. 

They were really good but could not wait to go swimming.  I went with them to the pool to see how the water felt.  It was just morning and there were already a few kids in the pool although it was already around 80.


We got home and I took a quick nap.  It is about 85 here now which is our high for the summer.  Tomorrow it is supposed to be 87.  While this is HOT to us we have a lot of family and friends in this heat wave so we are not complaining. 

Hope everyone is staying cool!

Blessings !

Janet


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sometimes you just have to

Sometimes you just have to let the kid come out of you again
even if you don't fit in the swing and know that people are watching
you need to be able to feel the air on your face as you swing higher and higher
and you need to laugh and laugh and laugh even if you need help getting your swing stopped

you need to climb to the top even if your granddaughter is asking what you are doing

you need to go down the biggest slide that says only for kids under 12
you need to look at the world from a different level

you need to live in the moment and watch the kids smile

and give thanks and praise for the little ones because that is what life is all about. 



Saturday, July 16, 2011

A bath and haircut for Max

Normally we take our 14 year old American Eskimo Max into a groomer for his bath and haircut.  It is quite a bit of stress on him (the dog) and so he has to take a tranquilizer and then Marvin has to assist the groomer.  After Max came home last year the tranquilizer made him sick and I mean sick like the runs.  So this year we decided to wash and cut our dog ourselves.  When Jeremy and Sara were here for 4th of July we took him in.  It was a family affair.
 Here Jeremy and Sara are getting instruction on how the water worked along with all the shampoos.
Morgan is with Papa just watching
and then they start the bath,  notice Jeremy has a Pink camouflage apron that his wife picked for him
Kayla and Morgan even got to wear an apron but Morgan did not want to look up
Max is looking happy here as he gets dried
and then before we move to the haircut table Jeremy lets Max know what is happening
Onto the table and then what?  This is a first

Jeremy got right in there and started to shave.  Sara is actually in this picture too but you cannot see her holding Max.

I guess I did not snap a  picture right after the haircut so I took this one from the morning.  Max was being playful because he wanted a treat. 
 

and then I have this picture of Max sleeping and all curled up on his bed in the car on the way back from camping last weekend.  Precious isn't it.  I have got to tell you that I love animals but 14 years when Jeremy and his dad went to LOOK at this puppy and they brought him home I cried because I did not want a dog.  However, I was reassured that this dog was Jeremy's.  With Max's personality it just did not work for Jeremy to take him when he left home so he became our dog. Max favors me now and I love him to pieces.  His health has been failing now for a couple of years as his aging progresses and I do not look forward to when it is time to say goodbye    I thank God for creating Max and revealing his plan that he would teach me so much about love. 


Blessings
Janet

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our camping adventure

This campground that we stayed at is a Christian campground which made me happy.  There are several campsites, some cabins (only 2 with plumbing) a big hall where there are dorms and an apartment and a beautiful old Tabernacle Church that was built in late 1800's.  It is huge and probably seats 1200.  The church part is all original and then in the back they put in restrooms.  What a gorgeous site it was and to tour and feel all the history in it.  I did not snap any pictures in doors just because I felt it to be too sacred. 

Isn't the stained glass pretty?
I am not a camper.  I did camp when I was growing up and was a girl scout and camped but I like to have a restroom and a shower.  I guess I am just spoiled.  So when our daughter Holly and son in law Ricky invited us to camp we had a few guidelines like we needed a cabin…..LOL….
Look at this great cabin.  ….
Do you see it? Bunk beds
We weren’t sure what to do until I noticed the chair was a futon.
 So our first night we settled in fine.  Marvin kept waking me up because I was snoring.  I would wake up and stay awake then to hear him snore…..but every time he moved I heard the bed making a noise.  At 2:30 am Marvin turned on the light to see that his bed was broke and pulled the mattress on the floor.  We went back to sleep until Ricky and Holly walked over in the morning.  They had Max with them because pets were not allowed in the cabin.  Ricky and Marvin fixed the bed and we went over to Ricky’s Grandparents camp site (they are the hosts for the campground)
This is where we spent most of our time outside playing games, eating and just visiting
We started the morning with pancakes, eggs and bacon.Yummy. I have not had pancakes for years because we usually have waffles. But these were made with the Aunt Jamima mix the reminded me of when I was growing up. 

Then it was time to break out the cards and play some more 10 point pitch. We had already played a couple of games the night before. We had so much fun.  Here we were playing inside the 5th wheel because it was so windy.
Before long Ricky’s grandpa Red got out his golf cart.  In this picture Holly is getting ready to take Marvin for a ride.  No special driver license needed???  Next  Holly insisted on taking both me and Marvin on a ride.  And it was a ride.  There is a path that has blackberry bushes and neddles on both sides.  Holly was cruising along until we saw a little hill that we had to go up.  Holly made a run for it and we got up the hill and started to go down into the brush in front of us where the creek was.  I was sitting in the middle and was screaming for them to let me out because I was laughing so hard I thought I would have an accident. 
  I was really get a good workout
Take a look at this picture.  Holly said her dad was laughing at a joke.  But can you see the awesome picture she captured with the roped ball that was straight in the air.  I am not sure what I was doing when she shot this picture. 

Holly put her feet in the creek

For a late lunch we had some yummy shish kabobs.  We had some purple potatoes.   I had never had them before but they were yummy. 

Then it was more fun time for Holly and Ricky on the golf cart whipping cookies (it made me a little nervous) but they were just having fun.  Too much fun.  I got the giggles again. 
There was also time to play horseshoes and basketball

and then there was the bean bag toss too
Some enjoyed just watching.  Ricky's Grandpa Red was sitting in the golf cart waiting for bugs to get near so he could turn on his shock racket. 
Much later we had a hot dog and marshmallow roast over the campfire.  It really cooled down fast. 
The moonlight was beautiful
and the campfire was cozy and warm
Sunday morning came way too early.  Everyone but me went to Church because I did not feel comfortable leaving Max, Shane and Sheila (Holly and Ricky’s dogs) alone.  The quiet time was good for me although I had some excitement with the dogs.  Shane was trying to move the brick across the road close to  Ricky and Holly's  car.  But I was able to get the dogs relocated and started reading my new book.  This book is so good and I would highly recommend it.  The author is Tamera Alexander and I am currently reading the Fountain Creek Chronicles.  I previously read Timber Ridge Reflections and that is when I discovered this wonderful Christian author.

This camping weekend has helped me see that I spend too much time on the computer and watching TV.  I loved the fresh air, the birds, the outdoor games, the silence, but most of all I loved the fellowship with our family. 

Blessings
Janet