The Sheltie likes the snow

Little Boots, a Shetland Sheepdog, is from Ohio. He was about two years old when a family with an autistic child decided they needed to give him to a good home. We were fortunate enough to be the ones to take him in and he has been a wonderful creature. 

We moved from Ohio to Florida when he was four. Being an Ohio dog the heat was pretty tough on him. We had to shave him down during the warm months. It helped us to keep the shedding somewhat under control even though for the first few years it seemed he was embarrassed, feeling rather exposed without his puffy coat of fur. 

After years in Florida we moved to Montgomery, Alabama. But let me digress for a moment. It was in Florida we rescued our Lab, a puppy, from the Animal Shelter in Titusville. So she was born and raised in Central Florida for 5 years and some months before relocating with us in Alabama. 

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Our first year here the heat was different, and the winter was not bad. It was somewhat dry with spurts of cold. Totally different from this year with rain and now freezing cold and snow. 

Boots is in Heaven, so happy to wander around outside as the snow gently drifts down from the sky fully clothed in his warm, fur coat. 

The Honey-do, well, he is on his third trip here and spent the last three winters in Ohio at Wright-Patterson so though it is not heaven, he is able to tolerate it.

Janie Belle is most happy laying on my side of the bed with the electric blanket on level 5 or higher.

Guess that tells you how well I tolerate the cold weather these days.  

#ElectricBlanketsRule #JammieDays

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Day 7: #LightTheWorld with Music

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When my little Charlie R. was born I did not meet him right away. But when meeting him a couple of weeks later and I got to hold him, one of the first things I did was sing to him.

That little bundle has become a big bundle of delightful joy. My little Wall Ball. He is almost 17 months old and I am still singing him to sleep with the very first lullaby I ever sang to him. 

Now it is Christmas time. He is old enough to absorb the wonderful time of year that it is. He loves music. He loves to break out into a dance when he hears something he likes playing.

It is a great time of year to play and sing fun songs, songs of joy, and songs of hope to light the world with His Glory.

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It has been a looooong time

Honey-do has been in the military for a looooong time. Twenty-one years ago today he was commissioned in the United States Air Force. He enlisted thirty-two years ago. 

And yes, he is still Active Duty. A lot of bald and gray on that light bird these days but he still can still pass his P.T. test without a waiver. (Four more to go! — Three years and ten months, but who’s counting?)

#BeatTheOdds #AirmanNoClass #Mustang #90DayWonder #GoldHawks 

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Rolling my eyes: Continuing Resolutions

  1. Stop the lie about the government shutting down.
  2. IT IS NOT A SHUTDOWN, it is a S L O W D O W N and
  3. I am sick of Continuing Resolutions: A Stinkin’ CR

I want to refresh Jim Jordan’s memory, and might as well call out the House Freedom Caucus to refresh their memories too. Let us go back to an article on  

We all know how those follow-on Omnibus Bills have turned out for taxpayers: 

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Day 4: #LightTheWorld ~ Love thy neighbor

A thoughtful challenge every day, well, most days. Some days I am realizing that just living my daily life produces some good things on a regular basis, daily. 

I do not need the reminder to do something good or kind every day. Some days, it is simply built into how I live my life so the reminder becomes, “You are doing just fine.” 

Thank Heavens for the New and Improved me, well, at least for today.

  • #SecretService
  • #LightTheWorld
  • #DoingGoodIsAPleasure
  • #Anonymous
  • #25Days25Ways

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Day 3: #LightTheWorld ~ Sabbath day

 

Today was the last day of the Montgomery Interfaith Nativity. My friends were singing this evening so after the Honey-do got home from Church we spent a few moments reflecting on the day, closed out our Fast Sunday with a prayer, quickly grabbed a bite to eat and then headed out the door.

We made it just in time to support our dear friends, Lana and her Grandpa Marty, singing at 5:30 p.m. They were wonderful and absolutely charming together. It was lovely to see them, as family, working in harmony to share the Spirit of Christmas with the Interfaith community.

Then we stayed for the next performance by the Christmas Trio, a women’s trio, who sang several Christmas lullabyes.

We made it home in time to feed the dogs and watch the Christmas Devotional from home. What a lovely Sabbath day of worship through music and the spoken word.

 

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Day 2: #LightTheWorld ~ I was thirsty…

Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 1.02.15 PM.pngThe best part of #25Days25Ways is that service can be done in secret! No one has to know. So why am I blogging about it? Well, I am lazy and having a topic to discuss each day makes it easier on my brain. But do not get used to it because I could change my mind in a flash. 

What I love about the Light the World site are the suggestions. It is usually easier to take a suggestion, think about it, and then come up with a way to make it work in my life or discuss it with my Honey-do to see what we come up with as a team. For example…

A few days ago we had a late night visit with someone. On the way home we stopped by Krispie Kreme. (Yeah, it is a daily temptation and that particular night we did not resist.) There were a couple of people ahead of us and then it was our turn. Oh yeah. Santa’s Belly was in the box before you could bat an eye…. Then we went all out with those insulated cups filled with hot chocolate, not to forget the whipped cream on top. 

Being the chatter-box I began a short conversation with the man patiently waiting behind us. He was getting a box full of fresh off the line, warm, delicious doughnuts. Listening to him and enjoying his face light up as he described the delectable experience of nothing tasting “so good as one of those warm doughnuts melting in your mouth” made me smile. 

So turning to my Honey-do we started a #LightTheWorld practice run. Honey-do quietly paid for the man’s doughnuts before we left. Then we tried to scurry away before he realized what happened but he zoomed out the door to tell us thanks.

Yesterday, on the offical first day of #25Days25Ways, I had a plan for what I was going to do. I began discussing a freely give opportunity that I wanted to do so Honey-do sat, patiently listened and agreed that my idea was just fine. But his face went a litte funny and within seconds he spilled the beans. It touched my heart.

Honey-do felt a prompting earlier as he was out and about, telling him to do something. Then he did it without second guessing himself. And then he took two steps more to go the extra mile in his act of service. The experience had touched him deeply and because of it, the Holy Spirit touched my heart equally so we both felt an incredible spark of warmth come over us. 

Today, we counseled together again. And we each decided to do a little something for today’s theme.

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No, I will not tell you how we served today but I can tell you tomorrow is Day 3 and it has to with Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

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