Locating old blog posts

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A little FYI…
I have kept some of the related articles from my blog. They are all under the category past postings. If you want to look into them or read them you can now easily locate them now.

Still in the construction phase of things, better things are in store for this blog. Until then, take care.
Kathy

Viewing rescued animals from another side

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Short post, but I feel the need to update.

Today I had to put down the last cat I will have for a very long time. Siami, was a stray cat that came with the house we are in now, we figured she was 13 years old now. She was wild at best, and horrible at worst. But we lovingly put up with her since we have lived in this house. She was a wild soul and within the last week she started to act like she was losing her mind.

Finally the last straw was when one of our sons went to place her in the garage at night three days ago. She went completely freaky on him, biting, scratching and howling. She had been known to do this before but never to the point of harming you. After that she has been aggressive towards everyone including the other animals. Taking swipes at the corgi brother’s ears, stalking the birds, even the chinchilla was effected. Which was surprising as he is nocturnal so she didn’t see much of him when she was in the house.

I had tried before to find a home for her, but I couldn’t get anyone to take her. And I was at my last resort in this, as I didn’t want anyone to be harmed due to her getting more aggressive.  So off I went to the local dog pound. It cost me some money to do this. And I am now left with a bitter taste in my mouth so to speak. As I now will not get another “rescue”, shelter, or stray animal in my life.

The reason I say that I will not owned another preowned animal is three fold. First I had a rescue dog that was aggressive towards any stranger that came to my front door, and even acted that way to my family members. She also was aggressive to the Corgi’s such that even now some of their behaviors are from the fear they felt as puppies. Second, we have a Senegal parrot whom we will not re-home. But again the actions and care this poor bird received marked it for life. He is scared of everything from cups, to other parrots we own. This isn’t normal behavior for this species of parrot. So we have excepted Sadie bird as a look at him bird, one you love on his terms. Then finally I have already explained about the actions of Siami.

I would like to know that people would care for and teach animals in their care like I do. But the reality is that this will never happen this side of heaven. This goes for both sides of the scale, to the ones who baby and spoil the animals. Spoiled animals are hard to deal with, and except no corrections. They just view you as a meal ticket.  And then the ones who harm, abuse or ignore the animal is the other side of the same coin. The animal then views all people from the same view point. You are now labeled as out to get them and harm them. Simple actions then require you to be extra careful and patient.

All of the animals in my life with the exception of the Senegal Sadie have been with us since they were babies. All of them view us as part of their family. We hardly have any behavior issues, and the ones we have are ether due to hormones going nuts in the birds. ( which is normal in the summer due to increased day light )  Or they are simple common actions, which more attention and interaction will solve quickly.

I guess what I am trying to say is that some animals are best ether left to people who have the personality to deal with some behavior problems, Or they just simply need to be put down, as that is the best choice for the greater good of all involved. Maybe I need to think this over more, but I would rather deal with a new life that has an open book, then something that has unknown scars that will effect how it views life.

Mid-summer check in

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I have fallen off the blog world scene. So I thought I would catch you up on all the goings on in my life.

Here is a quick run down for those who want to be in the know.

  • We sold the horses we owned, between the down turn in the economy and knowing that they do best in a pasture we found them better homes.
  • We also sold all of the classic cars we had. The price of maintaining them and gas to keep them running was having us running to the bank.
  • I also traded in the Toyota Sequoia for a smaller pickup truck, and it fits my personality as well.
  • Have been simplifying our life and house over all.  IE- things most would think are strange we have done and don’t miss. Including getting rid of and getting off of TV period. No Satellite , no cable, no NetFlex. The wall in the living room is without a set on it.
  • Becoming frugal in our budget, including starting to make all the products we use to buy at the store.
  • And finally I am now covering my hair, NO I am not Muslim or anything like it. ( Will explain further in a later post )

Other then the above mentioned life changes all is well here. And the summer is a hot one here in Albany Oregon. As for the last several days it has been in the 90’s during the day. So I haven’t been able to get to the garden like I would like too this summer. I have plans for the garden, and now that I have more time. I will be spending more of it in my yard.

As for my diet I have somewhat fallen off the wagon, I am needing to move more. But my motivation is lacking as of late. I just simply don’t do well in the heat. But I will be picking up on it again starting with this blog post. I will end this for now, have a great rest of your summer and enjoy some lemonade.

Blessings-

Kathy H

 

From under the bubble wrap

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No, I didn’t get lost nor did I fall off the face of the earth. I am still here and breathing, praise God! Been busy, planting plants, lost about 14 plants in the harsh winter. Also as a family have been reducing and simplifying our home, so I have now been working on becoming an eBay expert. This has resulted with making multiple trips to the shipping store for boxes and packing materials.
My goal for this blog is to keep it up to date, and this post is just to do that. I am keeping you up to date with my life and goings on. Will post more tomorrow, but for tonight I am kicking back and in my PJ’s. Enjoy your Wednesday, as for me tomorrow will be my hubby’s Friday, the rest of the world sees it as Thursday.

Looking for happiness?

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Happiness, this seems to confuse and befuddle even the best of us. We want it, but the more we seek it the more it avoids us. As a Christian even this avoids me it seems. But has my Pastor has been pointing out in sermons it isn’t a matter of what you have or what your situation is. But it is a soul matter that brings happiness to us.

Most of us think about happiness in two different ways:
1. That we need to seek out things/ people which will make us happy.
2. Our circumstances dictate how happy we are at any given time.

To deal with the first response to looking for happiness in a worldly way. Seeking out things/ people to make us happy will ether disappoint us when the object to our happiness fails us. This can lead to being co-dependant. Also this mind set will get the better of us, as we literally will have us wading through mounds of stuff. Such as in the case of hoarding things. Both can turn into energy and happiness drains.

Here is a quote from Pastor Dee on this sort of thing. ” If your joy level is dictated by our circumstances then you will not be happy”. He also mentioned that the problem is not the pursuit of happiness but it is what you believe will make you happy.

With this in mind, some people believe that seeking happiness is self-centered thinking. But as I have learned God has created in us the desire and want to be happy in life. No matter what is happening around us. So we shouldn’t try to resist the desire for happiness, but we should be happy in all things. Seeking out happiness in all things, and at all times.

How happy we are is a gauge of how we are doing in life. And the more we actively seek God, the more we will be happier in our lives. Following is a list of things you can do daily which will help you seek God and happiness.

1. Through out the day declare to God ” You are my joy” .. Psalm 16:2 ‘I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”

2. Read the Bible daily … John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

3. Confess all known sin to God every day… Psalm 32:5 “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin.”

4. Forgive anybody of everything and everybody of anything no matter how bad…. Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;”

5. Gather together with your church family regularly and often… Pslam 122:1 “I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

6. Worship God with energy and enthusiasm… Psalm 9:2 “I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

I hope that this small devotional will help you in seeking happiness in all things. I know it has helped me. As the old hymn says ” It is well with my soul”. So it should be with us daily, our soul should resound with joy that God is with us daily and is our shelter.