Harry and Bess, the kittens, are growing up. They are curious little kitties who love exploring.
The garden shed / chicken coop is their home, so they wander all around the garden and orchard. They especially enjoy the fences which they think are their own climbing apparatus.
Their climbing ability allows them to go places that are strictly off-limits to the dogs – and they seem to enjoy flaunting it.
The dogs and cats have learned to co-exist peacefully most of the time; but Molly watches them very closely through the garden fence.
Molly seems very puzzled that the cats are allowed to go places and do things that the dogs are not. Some people – not to mention any names but it is NOT me – even allow, no actually encourage the cats to climb on them.
Grizzly watches all this and I can almost hear him thinking “It’s not fair!”
I don’t want to say that Rick usually takes bad pictures exactly. It’s just that his finger is usually visible . . .
Or the subjects are very blurry . . .
Or, oops, the finger again. . .
So, given his history aren’t you impressed with this sunrise picture of the ranch we visited in Montana?
Of course, you would have known someone else took this picture when you saw it was the sun rising over the mountains. Because I don’t do mornings, especially early mornings. I don’t know what time the sun was streaking over the horizon because my eyes are not open at that hour. So, isn’t it nice that Rick took these beautiful sunrise pictures for us? And it is in focus and you can’t see his fingers?
I hate it when bad things happen to good people, I really, really do. Our friend Cathaleen (yes that is how it is spelled), who just celebrated her 21st birthday, has been diagnosed with cancer; a rare form of lymphoma to be specific. She is one of the girls – I mean young ladies – at our local church we have met and become good friends with. An outgoing girl with a big smile and friendly personality, she is the one who organized last year’s church Christmas Play.
Cathaleen comes from a home schooling family and she was determined to attend college and further her education. To be accepted in college she needed a high school diploma or the equivalent, so she worked very diligently in the GED program and graduated last year.
She is a hard worker who has a job at the local coffee shop and saved her money to buy her own car this past summer. She was so excited about the new-to-her car that she and her friends all took turns sitting in it the first day she drove it to church.
After completing her GED, she enrolled at the local community college – an hour’s drive from here – and did very well her first semester. And then she was diagnosed with cancer. At a time in her life when she should be enjoying her college experience and making new friends and expanding her horizons, she is spending every third week in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy, and the other two weeks dealing with side effects.
Like most 21-year-old girls that I know, she enjoys trying different “looks” and hairstyles. And now she has lost all her hair and is wearing hats.
Amazingly, she has a really good attitude about the whole cancer situation. She is positive and upbeat and I have not heard her complain – well OK she did seem to think the hospital lunch she was served left a lot to be desired; however having seen that lunch, I believe she showed good judgement. Her poise and maturity has impressed everyone she has come into contact with. She continues to try to keep up as much of her “normal life” as possible. She was released from the hospital on Saturday evening and back in church running the audio system on Sunday morning. She is working on the classes she was taking when she was diagnosed, and she is going to try working a couple of short shifts at the coffee shop.
Cathaleen is a strong Christian and I know God has a plan and will somehow work all this for good. I must admit though, I still don’t like it one bit that she is having to deal with this disease and treatment; and while her prognosis is hopeful there are certainly no guarantees about the outcome. So, if you are a praying person please remember Cathaleen. She will be going back into the hospital in ten days for her fourth round of chemo.
It was 25 years ago today that we got an early Christmas Gift. Though our first child was not due until January, he arrived ahead of schedule on Friday, December 13th. To say that his birth changed our Christmas – and the rest of our lives – is quite an understatement.
This is my favorite picture of Alex. He was five years old and running away from home. I don’t really remember why he was leaving – though he was certainly upset about something – but before he went out the door I asked if I could take a picture to remember him by.
He acquiesced to my request for a photo, but you can see by the disgusted look on his face he wasn’t happy about it. So, loaded down with his legos, snacks and teddy bear (named not very originally A-Bear) he went off down the driveway. He stayed camped out by the mailbox for a while; it’s hard to cover a lot of territory when you’re not allowed to cross the street. Eventually he came back to live with us again and we were very glad.
Happy Birthday Alex! We love you and will see you soon!
As we have been trudging through the woods marking things for the loggers we’ve seen some interesting things. For those of you who assume – as I did – that trees grow straight up, let me tell you they don’t always. I don’t know exactly what caused this unique growth pattern.
My guess is a combination of heavy snow and some other tree leaning on it.