Tag: reflection

Rambo 2017

“Rambo” (our kitten”) almost didn’t make it.

I didn’t post this morning and you will certainly understand why when I tell you what’s been going on.

As you know, we rescued a feral kitty about four months ago. We are not cat-loving people so you can imagine our surprise to find ourselves loving this little guy. He showed up in the woods at our cabin just when I needed him. Having cared for my mom for a number of years and then experiencing that void, it was like God sent him to us. He wasn’t even a month old when we heard his first pathetic little meow. You can read the story here.

Anyway, we had him neutered last Thursday. He was fine for a couple of days. Then we noticed he wasn’t eating very much and finally by Monday, he wasn’t eating at all. We took him to the vet Monday. He didn’t have a temp. The vet had no clue but he gave him a combined shot of b-12 and penicillin. He didn’t get any better. This morning we thought we were losing him. His little midsection was so skinny. Weight loss in a kitten is very serious.

Rambo 2017

So back to the vet. He was dehydrated but still no temp. The vet examined him thoroughly and could find nothing unusual.. But he gave him an IV to hydrate him and then a shot of a long-lasting antibiotic.

Basically, we were told to take him home and hope for the best. He said he could do all kinds of tests and take all kinds of blood but that’s a long road to go when he didn’t have a clue. Would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

So we brought him home. We’ve been in tears on and off since Monday. This morning was the worst. Mostly because much of what the vet said was what I was told when my mom was dying.

It was really hard.

But we are hopeful tonight.

We came home and in about two hours he had eaten a little. A few hours after that, he started playing. He’s not out of the woods yet. We will have blood work drawn in about two weeks as there is a possibility of feline leukemia. We learned there are two types; one is fatal but the other he can live with a long time.

So for this Christmas, we are just going to enjoy him. He’s our little “Christmas miracle.”

Rambo 2017

Hope your day was good and God bless.

ps. Something interesting. Giving a sick cat some honey is a really good idea. Just smear some on your finger and let him lick it. Or you can rub it inside the sides of his mouth. Pure maple syrup is also recommended. Honey is loaded with antibiotics and is vet-approved.

naivete

An alphabet of thanks “N”

(In case you’re doing the math, these posts are one day off. This should really be posting on the 14th. But “D” and “E” posted the same day because I didn’t wait for one of those posts to update before I turned off my computer, and I didn’t catch it till the next day. Just sayin’)

Today I’m thankful for my naiveté.

naivete

My family is always kidding me about how naïve I am about some things. For example, if a family member tells me something outlandish, (like there’s such a thing as a Michigan peacock) I’m very apt to believe them because of course, they wouldn’t lie. I easily fall for practical jokes, therefore, people love to pick on me.

The first definition for naïve in the dictionary is “inexperienced”. That’s not me, though.  I’ve experienced enough of life to know its reality.

Another definition is “youthful”. Young people are generally considered naïve. Young people generally trust and believe in people. Young people believe in possibilities. Think, I’ll take this definition.

I trust and believe in people, to my detriment at times. I often walk into situations where I can’t win no matter what because I always believe people can change. I’m naïve enough to believe most people like me. I’m always surprised when people don’t play fair. I guess I really am naïve.

But that’s o.k. I rather be the one picked on than the one that does the picking. I’d rather be easy to play a joke on than so unfriendly and distant that no one would dare. I rather be naïve and see the wonder of life, than so jaded I can only see the ugly.

I’ll admit it. I’m naïve. I’m naïve enough to believe that God still performs miracles. I’m naïve enough to believe that my prayers really matter. I’m naïve enough to believe that God is who He says He is, that He can do what He says He can do, that I am who God says I am, and that I can handle anything God allows in my life. Call me naïve want. I call myself smart.

God bless and have a good day.

little things

an alphabet of thanks, “L”

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“L”, “L”, “L”. What begins with “L”. Leopards, little, lazy, lop-sided, love, laps, luxury, lettuce,……..

Today I pick, nope, not love, way too easy. I pick “little”. We all have different criteria for what we consider “little”. To me, it’s all those “little” moments in life.

  • The first cup of coffee in the morning.
  • The hug from my husband at night as I nestle into his arms.
  • Moments of nothingness
  • Kindness from a stranger.
  • Kindness to a stranger.
  • Moments of no foot pain
  • God’s small voice
  • Newborn baby
  • A hummingbird outside my window
  • A moment of self-awareness
  • Shadows
  • Kittens
  • Puppies
  • Finding the right pair of jeans (No, that’s BIG.)
  • Having a good hair day
  • When my “original” recipe turn out great.
  • Warm bread
  • Warm cookies
  • A Dove chocolate square
  • A moment of quiet
  • Little books
  • Little demitasse cups

It’s good to make up your own list of “little” things you are thankful for.

Oh, I almost forgot, my “little” red cabin in the woods.

God bless and have a great day.

laboring on Labor Day

Happy Labor Day and that’s just what we’re doing

Don’t know what you’re doing today but we are living up to the title, we are “laboring”. We came home from the cabin for a couple of days last week to regroup.

Friday the electrician came and wired the room so we moved the bed into our official new bedroom. We had the windows replaced in the rest of the cabin and are now painting the trim on the outside. Lots of clean-up in the yard as well.

It will be a while before I have the bedroom the way I want, I’m sure. After all, that’s half the fun, right?

We decided we would start doing some work inside the cabin as well. I’m getting tired of the paneling so we are going to paint over it. Not even going to fill in the seams as we want that same look anyway. Who knew it would be back in style?

We are going to see what the floor looks like under the carpet and are probably going to replace it with carpet tiles.

Lots of “tweaks’ are going to take place. Which brings me to this.

I wonder if God “tweaks” us. What do you think?

I kind of think He does. And it hurts sometimes as well. They feel like little “pinches”. Those places we say “ouch” because we know we need to grow some more. And growing is almost always a little uncomfortable.

Last week, I started to feel very melancholy. I thought about some of the people I pray for and I thought my heart would break with concern. Do you get like that? Burdened, really burdened, for the people on your prayer list? You feel like your prayers have been going nowhere. You see no change.

I don’t fight those times though. I think times of deep reflection and real soul-searching are good for us. However, we can let reflection and soul-searching get the best of us at times, so we should proceed cautiously. We are never to become so burdened for others that we lose ourselves in the process.

God wants us to look inside ourselves to be sure, but He never means for it to go so far that we bring ourselves down. And it’s very easy to do.

So after a period of thinking hard, I knew it was time to stop and let God take over.

Easier said than done, of course.

That’s why “laboring on Labor Day” will be good for me.

Hope you have a wonderful day whatever your “labor”.

God bless.

ps. I have a post later this week that goes into more detail about our prayer life. It’s title, “Pouring out our heart. Is it OK?

 

 

rose

Ninety-seven steps to battle depression.

Yesterday I talked about the importance of movement when managing depression. To say it’s important is almost like saying it’s important to brush your teeth for your overall health! It’s that important.

So with that last statement in mind, I’ll start there. Some of these suggestions may seem trivial but I’m just listing everything I can think of to get you moving. They are not divided by gender or age either. Whatever works for you works.

mornings

  1. Brush your teeth
  2. Comb your hair
  3. Wash your hair
  4. Drink some water
  5. Make the bed.
  6. Clean under your bed
  7. Change the bed linen
  8. Fluff your pillows
  9. Eat a decent breakfast
  10. Make your bedroom inviting for when you hit the sack tonight.
  11. Wear something decent.
  12. If it’s a dreary day, turn on as many lamps as you can. Light is good.
  13. Take some vitamins, especially “D”, until the summer.
  14. Straight up a kitchen shelf or two
  15. Clean out a cupboard
  16. Check the expiration dates of canned goods.
  17. Clean the freezer
  18. Clean the refrigerator
  19. Clean up the kitchen counter.
  20. Clean out the medicine cabinet and get rid of outdated items
  21. Dust off your light bulbs and lampshades
  22. Check expiration dates of refrigerated items
  23. Rearrange  some “vignettes” in one of your rooms
  24. Rearrange some furniture
  25. Dust something
  26. Throw out something
  27. Vacuum, sweep, or mop a floor
  28. Fluff some pillows
  29. Clean a closet shelf
  30. Clean out part of a closet.
  31. Get rid of some clothes, Put in a “donation” box.
  32. Get rid of some shoes. Put in a “donation” box.
  33. Get rid of some jewelry. Put in a “donation” box.
  34. Wash some clothes
  35. Turn all your hangers the same way. That way you’ll know how often you’ve worn something.
  36. Straighten up an area in the garage or craft area
  37. Wash something
  38. Get rid of chipped dishes
  39. Bake something
  40. Cook something
  41. Fix some tea or coffee
  42. Light a candle.
  43. Listen to music
  44. Write out your menus for a week
  45. Make a list of foods you honestly like and don’t like.
  46. Refine that list and narrow down to what healthy foods you really will eat.
  47. Get rid of some books or magazines you aren’t going to read or have already read
  48. Tear out some pages of magazines that inspire you
  49. Make a “vision” board of what you want your life to look like (You can “google” vision boards if you don’t know what they are.)
  50. Gather what you need to “make” something tomorrow
  51.  Make a list of things to do tomorrow
  52. Walk around your home for ten minutes.
  53. Better yet go outside and walk. (This is my “go to”.)
  54. Do some stretches
  55. Lift some weights
  56. Call someone and just talk
  57. Write a thank-you note
  58. Read something you would not ordinarily read
  59. Make a list of books you would like to read. Include some titles of subjects you’ve never read about before.
  60. Put together a puzzle
  61. Play Scrabble or Solitaire on your computer
  62. Clean out your jewelry
  63. Clean our your tool box
  64. Do a crossword puzzle
  65. Hang something on the wall
  66. Make a list of things you can and want to do when you’re feeling low. Make it a big list so you have lots to choose from on a “bad day.
  67. Color in a coloring book. If you don’t have one, put it on your list
  68. Order a paint-by-number kit from Amazon.
  69. When it comes, paint.
  70. If you have leftover paint, paint some swatches on a piece of paper or board for a future art project.
  71. Organize your pictures whether on-line or hands-on
  72. Make a list of projects you want to do but haven’t gotten around to
  73. Make a list of the “tools” you need for your projects
  74. Try your hand at drawing
  75. Spend some time on Pinterest (pinterest.com) to inspire you
  76. Go to Google and look at pictures of cute baby animals
  77. Eat something healthy and sit at the table. Set the table with a place mat, a cloth napkin if you have one, a nice glass, etc.
  78. Get up from your desk and walk around your office space or hallway for a few minutes
  79. Doodle at your desk when and if you have a few spare moments
  80. Check out Zentangle.com for meditative type doodling. (I find it very meditative-like.)
  81. Smile when you answer the phone
  82. Stand in front of a mirror and smile. Do this five or six times a day.
  83. Go on a “treasure hunt” in your own home, finding things you’ve forgotten about. Can you use them somewhere
  84. Watch one funny television show or movie. (Get up every hour and walk around your house for a few minutes.)
  85. Find some clean jokes on the internet and laugh
  86. Look outside for a while and imagine a different life for yourself
  87. As my husband says, “Go fart around with something”.
  88. Organize craft or hobby projects. (My husband likes to organize his tackle box.)
  89. Plan a big project for the future, like building a piece of furniture or painting a room.
  90. Make a list for the above and plan a date to begin
  91. Stain a bare piece of wood with stain or watered-down paint. What can you do with it now?
  92. Write your own list of things you can do when you’re “down”.
  93. Make a list of the things you are truly grateful for.
  94. Dance
  95. Meditate
  96. Pray
  97. Take a short nap

good for your soul

A caveat.

Some people might look at this list and instead of feeling energized, might well fee overwhelmed instead. These eight-one suggestions are not meant to be accomplished in one day. I mean, look at the list. It could take weeks with some of these items. So it’s not a case of getting them all checked off as soon as you can.

It’s more of a way to get you moving and then seeing where it leads. I know how hard it is to even think when you’re depressed so I tried to do it for you.

If that’s the case with you maybe just read the first ten or so suggestions. Or, close your eyes and point your finger at one and start there.

But maybe the fact that you are feeling overwhelmed is because you have been giving in to your depression way too much so that anything looks overwhelming to you.

Also, if you do a couple of these things today and that’s all you can accomplish, at least you will look back over your day and feel good.

rose

 

So why ninety-two steps. Well, first of all, I ran out of time and secondly, one hundred sounded too common and too mundane.  Fifty wasn’t even close. Ten would be ridiculous. So I just kept thinking of everything I could that would possibly help.

This is a tool-box. You pick the tool or tools that work for you. And when you find some that work well, be sure to take notice and earmark it somehow.

Hey, that might be ninety-eight. Make a list of what activities build you up and what makes you feel worse. But remember, if you don’t try, you’ll never know.

God bless and I hope you have a really good day.

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