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Loyal Felines

Tiffy

Tigger

We have two loyal felines whom we adore!  Snuggled in a sweater as she likes to be babied, is Tiffy who’s an American Bobtail.  Her breed is known to be ‘dog like’ and she enjoys being carried around.  She will bring her toys to you.  She loves to be with us and talks all the time.  She has the fluffiest, softest coat and our home is a testament to her fine white fur.

Laying on my lap is Tigger who’s a rescue kitty, found under a well-known hotel nearby as a tiny kitten.  We got her a few years ago.  Although nobody could ever replace our beloved Chessie who looked similar, Tigger has brought her own brand of joy into our lives with her antics.  Tigger doesn’t meow very well, although as she’s gotten older she’s learned how to make small noises.  She lets Tiffy tell it all!

Tiffy:  Let’s just say I’m a diva, being a pure breed.  I’m ten years old now, but I did love to annoy my older sister Chessie when she was alive.   Oh my!  Now I know how Chessie felt when I first arrived at the house because when I was a little squirt, I was always trying to get Chessie to play with me.  I miss those days.  I had some lonely time when Chessie passed away until they brought home a tiny kitten named Tigger.  What a surprise that was!  That kitten was trouble from the first day, but I’ve grown to love her too.  We do have our ups and downs though since I’m older and set in my ways, but Tigger has kept me young.  She has trouble meowing, so I’m the talker for us both.  I remind Mom when our food bowls need refilling and when I think we should be given a few treats.  I refuse to stop complaining until she gives in.  I’ve gotten her well trained! LOL  I love to curl up in Mom’s big sweater like a baby.  Nestled in her lap and cocooned in her sweater makes me happy…until Tigger tries to move in on my snuggle time with Mommy.  Then I get aggravated, but I let her have her turn too.  I even groom my Mommy sometimes when I’m grooming myself.  The space between her eyebrows needs it most I think! ha ha

Both Tigger and I know that we are a special part of the family.  We have an important job to do and we do it well.  They call it fur therapy here.  That’s a code word for do your thing kitties and we do a great job of it.  We know when someone needs a little extra love and we give it freely.  We instinctively cuddle with them when they are sad.  We know just the right way to get into their laps and snuggle with them until they are happier.  Sometimes they even whisper secrets to us.  When they need extra healing we purr while we cuddle with them.  The loving vibrations help to heal them.  It’s a well-known cat fact.  You knew that already, right?

We love our humans and enjoy spending time with them.  When they leave the house and come back, we’re usually there waiting at the door to welcome them home.  Well, unless we’re catnapping which we occasionally do!  You know we need our beauty sleep.  How else would we look this good all the time?

We have excellent hearing so we can hear when the outside door opens and we run to the door to greet them.  At night, we like to hang out with them, sometimes even getting lap time as they watch tv.  Of course, when it’s dinner time, we like to investigate to see what they’re eating.  Our favorite is fresh pieces of chicken which they sneak us sometimes.  Of course, Mom knows, but we happily indulge when the time is right!

We like to sleep with Mom most nights, but we’ve been known to snuggle with the kids as well.  We’re really good watch cats and sometimes we stand guard as well all night if we hear strange noises outside.  We don’t miss a trick, believe me.  We see everything.  We even see things that our humans don’t see.

We are loyal subjects to our family.  We love them unconditionally and with our whole selves.  Sometimes our thinking is way ahead of you humans!

Here’s a little post on Chessie.

Shine On!

xo

 

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Sunday Musings

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I often wonder if those who have not learned of religion, find comfort in prayer.  Is it mankind who believes in a force outside of themselves, an ethereal being of the Universe who magically pulls the puppet strings on events or without prior external religious knowledge, do they believe that we ourselves, under our own volition and efforts, make things happen?

What do you believe?

Brought up a Catholic, I believe in prayer as a way of healing, of connecting soul to spirit and of bringing much needed energy, fortitude and possibility into my life.  I pray for others.  I pray for myself.  I pray in gratitude.  I find comfort in prayer, be it the Rosary or my own meditative affirmations.

When quietly immersed in prayer, I feel whole, complete and at peace more than at any other time.  But, I have also been known to cry out in prayer for help, a strangled beseeching to the ascended Almighty and the Universe Divine in supplication for aid, tears streaming down my cheeks as I beg forgiveness and for peace within my troubled heart.

Do you pray?

I have experienced lives exponentially changed through prayer, though mantras and affirmations, through meditation and through the most important piece –  asking for help.

On this Sunday morning, I sit here in my home writing to you.  All is quiet except for the occasional chirp and meow of one of the cats.  Peace envelopes us here.  With sunlight streaming through the windows, stillness surrounds our peaceful abode.  My children are nestled asleep, safely in their bedrooms.  I am ever grateful that they are with me today.  There is a mother’s peace when our children, no matter how old, are sweetly sleeping in their beds.  Watching their chests rhythmically rise and fall, their angelic faces void of any tension, I am grateful for how my prayers have been answered.

We raised two amazing children and even though we divorced, I am grateful for the union.  Gratitude is always part of my prayer.  Family is important and being alone is heartbreaking.  The bond I share with my children is like no other and our precious bond has only increased over the years.  It is solid.  It is full of trust, love, kindness and honesty.

My prayers have been answered.  Not necessarily the way I thought they should be, but in a beautiful way that is even better than I imagined.  Sometimes we need to let go and let God and the Universe work in tandem to deliver what we could have never thought possible when we were struggling.

I pray that yours and mine (prayers) are answered today.

Shine On!

xo

The Daily Prompt – Ascend

Succumb

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Succumb to your dreams. 

Dig deeply into your heart and know your Divine Purpose. 

Try with intent. 

Don’t allow excuses to get in your way.

Life is what you make it. 

We only have one shot so make it count!

Don’t succumb to life’s disappointments. 

Heal your life and move onward.

You can do all things through the love of the Divine and yourself.

Shine On!

xo

The Daily Post – Succumb

Shooting Star Sighting And A Spiritual Present

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Last night, I quietly sat outside on my front porch, gazing at the now barren corn fields across the street.  There are trees beyond the fields, but mostly from my vantage point, it’s clear sky and Mother Earth.

Suddenly from behind my house and through the trees to my left, I saw a HUGE WHITE STAR arc across the sky and begin to fall.  At first, I thought it might have been a plane as the vision was that big!  You know how it looks when you see a plane coming in for a landing, right?  There’s a small airport beyond the trees across the street at the farm where occasionally I glimpse planes landing and taking off beyond the trees.  But this wasn’t a plane!

It was silent as it arced and then fell.  Not like a small shooting star as I’ve seen and written about here.  Instead, it was bright white and big and as it got closer to the ground in front of the trees (in the cornfield), it seemed to fizzle into nothingness.  I sat very still as I watched it and as much as I wish I had taken my phone out to photograph it for it fell effortlessly and slowly, I wouldn’t risk missing a moment of the phenomenon.

I admit, I was awestruck.  Beautiful just doesn’t describe the vision, nor the most serene feeling that enveloped me as I watched it.  Suddenly a white puff about the size of my fist floated toward me on the non-existent breeze.  You know, like a big white fluffy feather, but in a ball shape.  It wafted past me and then behind my left shoulder.  I turned to look for it, but it was nowhere to be found in the darkness.  Again, that feeling of being cocooned in peace came over me.

I just knew I’d experienced a spiritual gift.

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

It was most extraordinary and lovely.  I feel very blessed to share this with you today.  If anyone has any intuitive thoughts, please share below.  I felt like it was a sweet visitation filled with angelic love.

I hope you have a beautiful Sunday.  May peace be yours with every breath.

Shine On!

xo

 

 

When We See Our Lives As Elastic

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I imagine our lives as elastic bands, stretching us to our limits at times, only to return to our original shapes.  Elastic bands can stretch longer than we can imagine upon first looking at them.  As humans, we can do the same.  We can endure hardships, and experiences that make us grow, but we return to our original shape with the knowledge of what we’ve learned.  Of course, one could remind me that when stretched beyond limitation, elastic bands snap and break as can happen with the human psyche.  That’s true.

So what’s my point?  You know what it is!

Stretch out beyond your comfort zone today.  Just a wee bit if you can’t do more than that!  Expand your horizons, try a different food, smile at a stranger, pass along a kindness, pick up litter, write a note to a friend, stop at a local market, take the long way home to see the scenery, take a walk, read a book – do something out of the ordinary today that makes you feel good!  Bring happiness to your life by doing something different!

Stretch your mind today!  Stretch your body!  Stretch the elasticity in your life!  Let’s see what happens when we get out of our comfort zones a bit!

Shine On!

xo

Compliments of the Daily Post!

 

Shine On Harvest Moon!

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The sweet harvest moon which hasn’t occurred in October since 2009 was present last night.  Did you see it?  Ours was cloud covered so I didn’t get a good photo, thus the above one which wasn’t taken by me.

Spiritually, there’s much to say about the Harvest Moon from The Power Path:

  A good day to focus on what feeds you and to nurture your desires. Practice spending time in both being and doing, gratitude and inspiration. There is also some good chi around this full moon that can either throw you into, or out of a situation, relationship, attitude or pursuit of a dream. Unexpected turnabouts could happen so pay attention and be present so you can roll with the punches instead of under them.

Even National Geographic has a lot to say about it!

When I hear the words Harvest Moon, I remember my Mom singing the song below.  Does anyone else know this tune?

Shine On!

xo

 

Focused

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Deceased praying mantis. Arms pointing to my home.

Ok friends, here’s another animal one for the blog.  The other day, I told you about the gas leak and propane leak at the house.  I also mentioned the dead animal smell in the backyard.  I never found the dead animal because I didn’t want to go looking for it honestly.  I’m not a gal who likes to see those types of things.  But the good news is that the smell has dissipated.  Thank goodness.

The gas leak is repaired.  Woo Hoo!  Hot shower here I come!  But as I ventured out to put out my garbage yesterday, I saw on my patio a dead praying mantis.  You may remember that I recently wrote about seeing a praying mantis and its symbolism here.  But a dead one?  I have scoured the internet looking for what it means to find a dead one facing my home (photo above).  However, I’ve found no answers to my question.

Last night on my way to bed, I saw a shadow in my kitchen window.  What in the world could it be?  So, me being me, I pulled back the curtain and it was a live praying mantis walking on the window outside.  I focused and took a bunch of photos of it and watched as he/she moved around.  I also peeked outside on the patio to confirm that it wasn’t the one I had previously seen dead because that one is still in the same position (and head was intact so if you were wondering if he had previously mated, apparently she wasn’t hungry).  If you don’t know what I’m referring to, I’ve read that the female praying mantis may eat the male after/during mating sometimes.  Can you imagine?

I saw a shadow of something through the kitchen curtains. As I lifted the curtains, I saw it was a large bug. It took about 20 minutes for me to watch the praying mantis walk around the window to realize what it was. What a lovely special visit before bedtime!

Anyway,  I thought it was interesting to note how the deceased praying mantis and the new live one on the window came into my life yesterday.  Just for the record, does anyone have any intuitive messages about this?  Please feel free to share.  Thank you!

Shine On!

xo

via Daily Prompt: Focused