A Plethora of Pictures

Maigee and I enjoying my Aunt’s beautiful garden
Our town had a parade and I was able to enjoy seeing some Haflingers
My peas finally produced
The onions are getting quite large!

Beautiful begonia
My orchid is blooming again this summer
Balloon flower blooming with some buds in the back
Mikey isn’t fond of the hot weather, but is doing his best to keep cool
Maigee is having fun in the sun
Tyler discovered his paws and is trying to eat them

Spring Photography

I’m not doing a photojournal anymore, but I do still enjoy taking photos.  I’ve done several walks around the house to enjoy the blooming flowers and growing plants.  I thought I would share a few of the things that have made me smile the past few weeks.  Ironically, they are all alive, I love seeing the new life living things bring.  It reminds me that even when there are the times in life when things appear dark and even dead, life comes back again in the summer.  Likewise, when I’m feeling down, I can be encouraged by thinking about the fact that life can (and will) be good again.
The begonia I gave my mom for Mother’s Day has a beautiful bloom.


Clematis is in full bloom


Tyler is growing – in size and orneriness – here he picks on his uncle Rascal who fairly patiently tolerates his abuse.
I had fun staying up late to do some fun photography when we had the supermoon.  Maigee of course “helped” by being a model.
I got (another) new pet, a rabbit I bred three years ago is spending the summer with me thanks to a friend who was kind enough to let me “borrow” him.
Enjoying the warm weather, soft bunny, and beautiful skies.


Today, I went out to our outside spigot and found myself a little friend.  In spite of wanting to keep him as a pet, I let him go, but he was fun to play with for a while.


Count Your Blessings

After a friend, Kylee, was hospitalized after a particularly scary series of dystonic attacks and still chose to post 10 positives for the day, I decided to follow suite and post a list of my own positives.  I also found this very appropriate quote which reminds me of the old hymn “Count Your Blessings.”
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1. The weather has been beautiful!  I’m loving the thunderstorms that bring the rain the crops, garden, and flowers need as well as the warm spring days.

2. The flowers are blooming like crazy, and I’m actually able to enjoy them as my meds have managed to keep my allergies fairly well in check.

A gift from a friend, beautiful blooms!

 3. I’m so grateful for the time I spend with my friends, especially my friend Mallory.

4. My God has provided me with so much and I am extremely grateful for all He has done.
5. I’m grateful that I live in a country where I can get health care, where I have privileges I might not otherwise have and where I can freely believe and worship God without fear.
6. I was able to stay up late and enjoy the “supermoon” the other night and it was a beautiful night.

Maigee admires the “supermoon.”

7. Maigee, my service dog, gives me independence and freedom to do things I might not otherwise be able to do.

8. I’m grateful for all my pets – Tyler, Roxie, and Rascal, the cats; Zac, the guinea pig; Loi, Hope III, and Tubby, the fish; and of course, Maigee.

9. My family, while they occasionally drive me nuts, are a blessing to me as well.

10. I’m grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve met through this journey!

The Last of the Photojournal

Today is the last day of April, and I must admit, I’ve enjoyed taking pictures to share a little bit of my life.  I discovered it is an easy way to show the fun things in my life, and to show that my life isn’t all about pain.  The photojournal allowed me to share the “day-to-day” life of living in spite of chronic pain.  And here are the last few photos, for now at least!
April 27: On the way home from a doctor’s appointment today, I stopped at a greenhouse which had this really neat variegated geranium.  I decided he needed to be added to my collection, and Tyler wanted to approve first.
April 28: My miniature rose bush is showing lots of buds, I’m hoping some are good enough to show in a few weeks for the spring garden show.
April 29: My friend Mallory gave me two amaryllis and the one is about to bloom, I’m not sure if it is the pink one or the red one, but we shall see soon!
April 30: Roxie and Tyler enjoying some inside play time.  Roxie enjoyed the chair as her little island away from Tyler, while Tyler found this to be a personal challenge tempting him to discover how to get up there to “attack” her.  Ironically, it was Tyler who did most of the “ferocious” acts toward Roxie, rather than the other way around.

Tyler Takes over Today’s Post

After smashing my left hand yesterday, it is difficult for me to type much.  So instead here are a bunch of shots of Tyler, some from yesterday some from today.  I was going to pick one or two for my photojournal, but really, he is too cute to pick out just a few.  Hopefully his adorable pictures and videos will give you a smile!

April 24
Tyler was seeing what I looked like with a mustache

A new scarf – sleeping kitten style!
Time for grooming
I really hope those eyes stay blue!
Interrupted during grooming
Caught between sleep and play
Time for a catnap
Tired from all that play
April 25
What is that?
I’m hunting…something!
Mouse thief!
Maigee joins the attack of the mouse while Tyler observes
Is it dead?
Hope this gave you a smile for today and hope you have a wonderful day!

Photojournal: April 20 – 23

April 21: Maigee got an exciting present in the mail from her friends Kellyn (human) and Charlie (GSD mix who is also a Service Dog).  It was a box full of home made treats, she loved them and even snuck a few more out of the box when I wasn’t looking.


April 22: My little pea plant is getting bigger!  It even has some tiny little curlicues which is what I like best about the pea plant.  In other news I found a picture on a recipe web site which made me consider eating peas again.  Unfortunately, I know I’ll only be disappointed once again, no matter how yummy they look, they still taste bad.


April 23: This is the project I was supposed to be working on when I sprained my ankle.  We had a digger-guy come over and he helped to lay a tile out of our house.  Rascal apparently decided he needed to observe the work and be sure all was going well.

And, just because I can’t resist, a video of my little Tyler having some fun outside.  Sorry about the audio, it was pretty windy!