Share Your World – 2015 Week #10

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?  

lightsI live on a boat I do have about 4-5 small teacup candles but they are as last resort!  We are in a  remote area and can lose power or be completely cutoff via the road for a days at a time even.  My first line of defense is to always have a flashlight ready and charged in the event of a need outside.   For example high winds and the need to tie down mine or others boats. I also have a small Honda Generator and the cable already run and ready at anytime.  My trusty Coleman battery lights….are always ready to go.  Able to give me enough lighting for reading etc.

 

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You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?  I hate to be gready, but 50k seems a no-brainer.  I’m getting close to retirement I hope and my 401k is turning out to be pretty unreliable.  Hmm ..50k – I’d just figure out an investment that gets it growing!

 

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What’s your first memory? My first memory .. well the one that comes to mind first is when I was about 3 yrs old and wanting/needing to go up a couple of small stairs and there was a huge -seemed huge to me anyhow- cricket or grasshopper.  I didn’t know what it was and was just staring at it till my mom showed me it was alive and harmless.  I don’t recall ever being afraid of bugs since -except for maybe spiders!!

 

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What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something?  I don’t go to bed until I am tired.  Usually sometime between 2 or 3am and then I watch 1 tv show previously recorded and have my sleep timer on the tv set for max an hour.  It usually takes a couple of nights to watch 1 episode of whatever the show because I fall asleep pretty quickly.

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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I am grateful that my dog Sky had a successful surgery . Though minor, when anesthesia is involved there is always a bit of a risk.  She is doing well and I am confident she will make a full recovery!  Thank you Steve at Harbor Vet.

Share your world!
Share your world!

Vet trip for my Australian Shepherd.

Sky, (full name Skyhawk -like TA4j Skyhawk airplane) had to have a Cyst that has been bothering her removed from her tail yesterday.  Yep, surgery.  I have a great vet, as in an honest vet who tells it like it is.  He doesn’t mess around.  Hard to explain, but he is not one of those vets who rushes to cut or prescribe drugs to make a killing.  As a matter of fact I brought Sky to his office last July before I had my own surgery (tendon replaced in my ankle) and he thought it best to wait till it seemed an issue for her.  Well it became an issue for her about 2 weeks ago when I noticed her constantly trying to chew at it so last Friday I went back to the vet and he agreed we should probably go ahead and remove it.

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Waiting for Dr. Appt

After weighing her Steve the vet had me hold her in my lap as he gave her the injection to give her her surgery nap.  That was at noon and he told me to come back around 3pm.  At 3 she was still in the recovery cage.  A little freaked out-still waking up and probably not happy about being in a cage that reminded her of her pre-rescue life.  I sat there with her waiting for her to feel comfortable and steadier on her feet.

At about 4pm she was ready to go home.  I was told to limit her food and drink for several more hours.  She really was thirsty too.  I would let her drink a little and then have to take it away from her.  Now the dilemma!  She has to leave her tail alone so it can heal but since I live on a boat a cone around her head would just be too dangerous when she is not sleeping.

Steve told me to not bandage it as it needs air to heal but i was also concerned about the amount of dust and other dogs out here so I wanted the surgery protected from sniffing noses including her Socked tail!own and from the dirt and dust.  I came up with an idea.  I had an old tube sock which I had cut the elastic out of in an attempt to protect my cast when i was wearing one. I cut the other end off and was able to easily pull Sky’s tail through and then use the medical tape that sticks to itself wrapped around the top and the bottom of the sock.  The incision still gets air to heal and now it is protected.  I still have to watch her because on occasion she wants the sock off her tail understandably so.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge – Sun Mar 8th

022714-odd-ballIn response to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge post how can I resist but sharing some of the millions of photos of my pups.  The white one is an Aussie about 5-6 years old the one chasing is a Catahoula about 3 years old.  Both rescues and both living the dream now!  Or at least I hope they feel that way.  They are certainly fulfilling mine.

 

The whole point of Cee’s challenge is to share photos that don’t fit in a regular category.  As far as I’m concerned, my dogs could fit in almost every category out there – but that’s just me.  So though neither of my dogs are ‘odd’, I still think it would be acceptable to add them to the Odd Ball Challenge!!

 

Cheers and thanks for checking the post out.

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Is 5 ever enough? – The Daily Post Circle of Five 2mar15

Circle of Five

The Circle of Five – in response to the Daily Post:  A writer once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

The company we keep can certainly be said to be an influence on our personality and mannerisms.  We can’t always choose the company we keep (work, home, etc) but we can make a choice within the company we keep to bring something uplifting to our surroundings and be about positive change and outlooks rather than the negative ones.

In thinking of 5 people I would want to spend time with -well you’ll recognise them I think and maybe consider including them in your circle of friends.

The first one I would want to consider as a friend and always be sure is in my company is Love.  Love can be a friend like no other.  He/She is comforting, kind, forgiving and compassionate.  Love gives of his/her time and affections without thought of return or judgement.

Joy is another friend that I would have in my company.  Joy and Love must be closely related because it seems they are always side by side and happy.  I’ve noticed that Envy and Greed seem to go the other way when Joy and Love are around so I would have to say I would prefer to keep the door shut to the subtleties of Envy and Greed and not include them in the circle of five.  Patience is one whom I hope will be my lifetime friend.  Patience has qualities which I would love to constantly remember to embody.  Listening quietly, not rushing, or in  a sense of hurry, just peaceful and content.

Humility really seems like a great one to keep company with and one from whom much could be learned.  Humility needs no recognition, no atta-boys, because Humility is humble.  The Humility I would like to associate with is best friends with Conscientiousness.  Conscientiousness is meticulous at doing a good job and Humility and Conscientiousness work together unnoticed simply because they are doing such a great job there is nothing to notice.I don’t know that I would limit myself to 5 in this circle.  Honesty of course would be a staple within the circle.  Sincerity, likewise would always be welcome.  Grace, where would be without Grace?  Soul, the very essence of feeling and sharing would certainly make the circle of friends demonstrably approachable and inclusive of others.  There certainly must be so many others I would include in this circle… let’s keep it growing!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award – The art of giving & receiving

very-inspiring-blogger-award I am humbled to have been noticed and appreciated with this award and I thank Helen for taking the time to notice my blog.  My blog is in it’s infancy and as such I don’t think there is enough content to be worthy of any sort of an award but in the spirit of learning and growing I realise that there is more to receiving an award than the receipt of it.  There are rules that go along with the receipt of this and most awards.  In other words, it’s not enough to say thanks, post the award and move on!  No! The fact is that this award like others I have seen, requires action.  I have to admit, my first inclination was to politely decline the award.  That would have been much easier….

The fact is, there are benefits for choosing to accept the award just as there are benefits to nominating someone else for the award.  Namely, traffic!  Now really, I don’t want to think my objective in having a blog is dependent on who sees it or how many hits the blog gets.  Ultimately this blog is written for me. I would like to write more and to be a better writer.  I have discovered that growing and learning doesn’t occur in a vacuum and as such, reading what other people write, and admiring and appreciating others content, character, stories and styles are all a part of the process in my own growth.  So again thank you Helen for challenging me to respond to this award.

Once nominated, there are some rules to follow:

1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.  checkmark

2. List the rules and display the award.  checkmark

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate (15) other  amazing blogs and comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them.

 

Seven facts about me:

1.) I believe and try my best to practice the Golden Rule – the Ethic of Reciprocity

2.) I have a BA degree in Religion and almost a minor in Graphic Design

3.) I call Grenada, West Indies my home though I live in the San Francisco bay area.

4.) I lived in Dallas, Tx for about 10 years, and I even liked it, in spite of the heat.

5.) I love dogs, especially my dogs, maybe a little more than humans.

6.) I love speed! Not the drug but the feeling of -Windsurfing, sailing, hopefully someday Kiteboarding.

7.)  I am a Navy Veteran (Aviation Electronics Technician)

 

Ok now for the 15 blogs i am nominating to receive this award.  There is no particular order.  they are all blogs I have been enjoying reading and appreciating for a variety of reasons.  Hopefully this post helps increase traffic to their sites and inspires others to continue growing and learning in our blogging adventures.

1.) bobbyshabangu – Bobby is a South African who writes from his heart and really makes you think!  Please do take a look at what he has to say.  His tagline “Things that are close to my heart are history, visual arts, language, heritage, culture, music and politics.”

2.) Memeesmusings – She has a  wide variety of subjects and a lot to learn from at least for me and hopefully others will find her blog fun and inspiring.  Her tagline is:  “Thoughts about life, death and the world around me.”

3. Flymetotheclouds – her tag line says it all!  “The best project you will ever work on is you”.  Lara states in her ‘about’ page that wants to write about things she is passionate about – she does just that and does it well!

4.) A Simple Life Afloat – Leslie writes about her life afloat and I can relate because I live on my boat and would like to write more about my experience of the last 15 years.  Leslie’s blog is brilliant and she seems to write most every day!  I aspire to do just that and though I’ve only just discovered her blog I hope to read more of it in the days and weeks to come.

5.) Jasonpreu – Jason seems to have a vast array of subjects and styles and interests not to mention his ability to express himself through words including poetry.  Do take a moment to explore his blog and beyond- there are a lot of links to his other works within his blog!!  Check it out 🙂

6.) Susieshy45 – She claims to be shy but her writing and outreach is anything but shy.  She was one of the first to reach out to me and to encourage me and she has been a real encouragement and inspiration.  her tagline, “Young writer on a learning mission”.

7.) TheAcornsSmallHolding – Roz has a beautiful website.  it is well designed and well thought out with beautiful pictures.  The website is all about camping off the grid in some of the most beautiful Caravans, Wagons, and Huts as well as Campsites all in Ellesmere, Shropshire, UK.  Really worth checking the website out.

8.) TheExceptionalEveryday – Jeanne’s blog is a journey and a well-written one at that.  Her posts range from poetry to storytelling – she states, “I like to tell the story of the rest of us” and her tag line is “The ordinary is magic”.  Tell me, don’t both of those lines just make you want to read more?

9.) Homemade Naturally – Donna’s creativity includes DIY ideas that seem to cover a whole of categories.  Her writing is equally creative and includes poetry and other writings that cover a number of topics as well.  She has some great photographs on the site as well.  Definitely worth a look.

10) Life of Janine – the url of her website is actually ‘WhatBringsJoy.wordpress’ and this is exactly what her blog epitomizes.  From beautiful pictures to a beautiful way with words and ideas Janine’s blog is the beginnings of great journey.  Her tagline is ‘stumbling but never falling’.  I think this is a great tagline not to mention an about page that is definitely worth a look-see!

11.) TheMischiefMemoirs – Creativity abounds on this blogs.  Excellent poetry and drawings that really seem to complement and compliment one another.  I’ve only just discovered this blog but am already fascinated and enjoying it.

12.) Steve-Says – Steve’s tagline says it all :  “Randomness sprinkled with awesomeness”.  Cleverness in presentation and writing is all over the place in this blog not to mention the great pictures and just overall excellence.   If you like music be sure to check out Steve’s link to his music blog too!

13.) Lekhamisra – Her blog is full of inspiration and joy with quotes in her profile that are well worth putting into everyday practice.  Beautiful writing and a WordPress theme that fits perfectly.

14.) DearJalen –“A Blogumentary: Letters from a Mother to her Child”.  A great idea for the blog of a parent. Jalen is the daughter and the blog is all about her mother documenting different things in her life as reminders to her daughter for them both to read later and/or now.  A really heartfelt blog with a very personal touch.

15.) YearOfAwesomeYou – One of the most inspiring things about this blog is the fact that Christine writes everyday and actually has something worthwhile to say everyday.  She has four catgories she focuses on I’ll let you discover them for yourself.  Just read the ‘backstory’ -and you will be inspired.  I have a feeling Christine will make her goal outlined in her tagline – “365 days of living in awesomeness”.

There are so many more blogs I enjoy, but alas I had to narrow it down to 15. What are your favourite blogs?  feel free to comment and share some of your favourites.

Community lost without swift response (Daily prompt use it or lose it)

Use It or Lose It

Communities are seeming like a lost art in the hustle and bustle of daily life in this ‘civilised world’.

How civilised are we if we don’t know our neighbours. Do you know yours?

We need one another all the time but sometimes it is only in an emergency when we truly feel and recognise the neighbourly love and care that could be felt every day.

harbor_ovrlkI’m grateful to live in a close nit community where we do know and care about one another on a daily basis. We have no security here, no emergency services within close reach. We do have one another and the care and compassion and challenges of this knowledge.

Use it or lose it is the subject of this daily prompt and I for one find that it relates to using or losing our sense of community. Love is meant to be shared and if we don’t use and express the love and caring for our neighbours and neighbourhood before you know it though we have people living next door we have lost our real neighbours and community.

It was a quiet night. Nothing out of the ordinary. I was at my computer working on some sort of mindless project or perhaps a mindful project… then I thought I heard the distinct sound of two cats at each others throats wailing their dominance. It was high pitched and brief but enough of a commotion in our quiet harbour community for me to go to my door and look out and listen … nothing. Nothing at all. My neighbour Ike in his boat berthed next to mine looked out at the same time and we commented that we had heard this commotion and then went back to our respective activities.

308266850_2404aab0e7_oWithin moments -we both heard it again. My view faced my neighbour, Ike so I was looking at one half of the harbour and his view looked the opposite way towards me and faced the other half of the harbour. This time the high pitched call remained long enough for us to hear it while we had our heads outside. Ike’s view suddenly brought perspective. He could see a few docks over and saw the flames erupting into the air as one of our neighbours floating homes was clearly on fire.

Ike yelled to me fire and we both immediately dropped what we were doing and raced out of our boats and over to the dock where the flames were engulfing the floating home. Seems at least 10 of us in the harbour had risen to the occasion and we were all scrambling to hook up hoses and get in position to battle the fire down. The emergency services had been called and were on their way but we are in a remote area and know that our first defense was in one another. I think we all felt the sense of emergency and the very real urgency. Wooden boats and docks are no match for an out of control fire so we could not let this fire get out of control.

I don’t think I ever really felt that we might never come back form this if not handled professionally and swiftly.  Somehow we are survivors out here so that frame of thought isn’t in the cards!

The fire had been started by a chimney fire and the residents of the house hadn’t even realised they were on fire till all the commotion began. They were still inside trying to round up their animals. My neighbour, Ike, had grabbed a few fire extinguishers from the dock and was inside the house dousing the flames at the source. Meanwhile our harbour master and owner Eric, had climbed up on the roof of the house and we had passed hoses to him so he could get the fire out from outside and keep it from spreading. With the team work on hand the fire was extinguished within probably 20 minutes though I think for all of us it felt more like a couple of hours.

firefighters2The fire department showed up in a timely manner considering our location and took over with the investigation and ensuring no further sparks etc. The fire department was there for a couple of hours probably but there were no more flames to extinguish and all was safe now.

The events related are true and took place about 12 years ago .. in 2002 or 2003

Blogging with pictures – puppy of course!

Today’s assignment to try a different posting style… so though I’ve used pictures in my posts before I thought I would show a story via pictures in this blog.  Of course the web can’t read pictures so I’ll just say this picture story will show the pup Zulu (catahoula breed) from 8 wks to now 3yrs from mangy, scrawny pup to handsome companion for his older (non-related by blood anyhow) sister (Sky -Australian Shepherd).

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Both Zulu and Sky are rescue dogs.  Zulu the Catahoula was adopted from the Jefferson County animal shelter in Mardas, Oregon.  Sky, the Aussie was a year old when she was adopted from the Milo Foundation in California.