Monthly Archives: December 2014

This Cat Knows The Good Life!

Found this on Twitter.  Just had to post it.

Wishing everyone a New Year with a “bowl full of cherries.”  This cat is enjoying his life!

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Romeo’s Adrenaline Is Flowing

I love when they become alert. They’re gorgeous. Such personality!

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I know when Romeo has been caught up in the moment.  His ears become alert; his body is ready to take flight.  I could almost see the adrenaline rush.

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Must get a better look.  The top of the back of this chair should do it. Must get a better look. The top of the back of this chair should do it.

Romeo, are you going to let me know what got your attention out there? Romeo, are you going to let me know what got your attention out there?  You look disappointed that it’s gone away.

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Celebrating One Year Of Sunshinebright’s Blogging on WordPress

Happy Anniversary to me!!

What a nice surprise!  WordPress is full of surprises.

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It’s been a great year.  I’ve learned so much; met some great writers – some fun people – and commiserated about problems with others.

All in all, a wonderful experience.  Thanks, guys!!  😀

 

A Nice Change Of Pace For Today – The Last of the Dog Babysitters

I hope you viewed the first and second of the series.  This is the last one, and I sure hope you enjoy these precious photos as much as I have!

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“I Remember ME” – The Movie

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This original movie, “I remember ME,” is a biographical documentary about ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), by Kim Snyder.  She shows just how devastating the illness is to persons afflicted.

If you watch only the first 20 minutes of the movie, you will see, towards the end of the 20 minutes, how disparagingly the 259 patients afflicted, and the disease, were treated by the representatives of the CDC at Incline Village in Lake Tahoe; in fact, it is stated that these representatives had fun skiing and taking advantage of all the social activities offered by the location instead of concentrating on the reason why they were sent there.  It was this delegation from the CDC that described these symptoms as “chronic fatigue syndrome” because they didn’t really know what the symptoms were, and they had to file the report of their “findings.”

Snyder’s travels are chronicled for four years as she tries to find answers about the mysterious illness with which she was finally diagnosed, after visiting several doctors.  The motivation for Snyder was her fluctuating partial improvements followed by relapses of debilitating symptoms she experienced.  Snyder was given many contradictory diagnoses for her symptoms, along with various drugs that were of no help to her.

The movie researches the history of the disease which takes Snyder to Florida, where a cluster outbreak occurred in 1956, and to Lake Tahoe, where many people became ill in the mid-1980s.  The Florida victims were women who were “described in a medical journal as having hysterical paralysis.”  She interviewed several of the women who became ill and later “recovered.”  A group still meets to discuss their experiences with the illness.  The Nevada group was a severe outbreak and Snyder interviewed treating doctor Daniel Peterson along with several of his patients.  Peterson describes how the Centers for Disease Control investigated, but he does not believe that they intended to take the illness seriously.  Peterson takes the illness very seriously, and seven of his patients have committed suicide.

Several other notable individuals with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (referred to in the movie as “CFS”) are interviewed, and they clearly express their lengthy “excruciating misery” in battling the illness.  The interviews included movie director Blake Edwards, United States Olympic soccer gold medalist Michelle Akers, and a high school senior in Connecticut, bedridden for two years who is transported by ambulance to his high school graduation.

Snyder thoroughly investigates the illness but by the end of the movie few of the answers she sought at the beginning of her quest were found.

Snyder was, at the time, a New York-based filmmaker who worked on not-for-profit projects in the film world.  Kim was struck down with M.E. in the mid-1990s while working as an assistant producer with Jodie Foster on Home For the Holidays.

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It’s Bath Time

I believe cats spend almost half their day grooming and bathing themselves.  Every time we turn around, they’re busy giving themselves a bath.

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Cats are very clean animals.  One of their greatest pleasures is giving themselves a bath.  Many times, I can hear them purring while they are engrossed in licking every inch of fur.

It's bath time for Patches. It’s bath time for Patches.  She takes great pleasure in her bath time.

Bath time for Rusty.  It's one of those things he does best. Bath time for Rusty. It’s one of those things he does best.

Unfortunately, Romeo wasn’t available for his bath this time.  Maybe I’ll catch him next time.

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Quick, Last Minute Tips For Hosting Holiday Guests

Thanks to my friends from Tower Hill Insurance Group!

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If you are short on time but still have a long to-do list, try these last-minute tips to make holiday guests feel welcome.

First things first. Make a great first impression by having your porch or entryway well-lit and decorated for the season. If you have a temperamental doorbell, be sure it is repaired before your guests arrive so they are not accidentally left out in the cold.

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Home sweet guestroom.  Just a few thoughtful touches will make your guests feel welcome even if the “guest room” is also your home office. Add fresh flowers, comfortable bedding and pillows, plus reading material they may like. Clear space in the closet and use a luggage rack or ottoman for the suitcase.

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Guest baskets & trays. In the bathroom include a welcome basket with toiletries that may have been forgotten in the rush of last-minute packing. Ear plugs are great to include, especially if your guests are not accustomed to noisy pets (or kids) or your next-door neighbor who mows the lawn before breakfast.

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Not sure if your guests are early birds or night owls? Just in case, add a tray in the kitchen filled with coffee or hot tea, breakfast snacks and holiday goodies.

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Pets and kids. If your guests are not used to either two-legged or four-legged little ones, here are some quick fixes before your guests arrive. Wash the dog, clean the kitty-litter box, and pick up everyone’s toys so your guests do not accidentally trip.

I hope these suggestions will come in handy!! 😀

 

Cats vs Christmas Trees

Lots of fun in this video. Enjoy!!

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This video is funny.  Cats are always entertaining, and they can’t be more entertaining than when they are having a war with a decorated Christmas tree!  Enjoy this holiday treat!!

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When I Must Leave You

Many years ago, when I lost my first husband, Danny, someone gave me a poem, thinking it would help, in some measure, to ease his passing.  It was a very thoughtful gesture; however, at the time, I couldn’t fully appreciate its power.

I do now.  Danny, it was twenty-two years ago today, when you passed into another dimension.  It is today, and every day hereafter, that I can appreciate the power of this poem.  It is as if you were speaking to me:

When I must leave you

For a little while–

Please do not grieve

And shed wild tears;

And hug your sorrow to you

Through the years.

But start out bravely

With a gallant smile;

And for my sake

And in my name

Live on and do

All things the same.

Feed not your loneliness

On empty days;

But fill each waking hour

In useful ways.

Reach out your hand

In comfort and in cheer

And I in turn will comfort you

And hold you near;

And never, never

Be afraid to die,

For I am waiting for you in the sky!

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Robin Williams – “Seize the Day”

I was always a great fan of Robin Williams’; still am. This musical tribute is outstanding. And I am sharing it at a particular remembrance day for me personally. My Bob’s anniversary of his departure from the physical world is today; he was also a devoted fan of Robin Williams. This is for you, Bob, as it is also for me.

Thanks to “A Curious Mind” for making me aware of this beautiful video.