Today's post is dedicated to animals. I feel strongly that they are gifts from a kind and loving God. All creatures great and small are divine in their very nature. They're treasures and we're blessed to have them in our lives.
Here are some pictures I've gathered that speak to the loving nature of animals.
This woman seems to be thrilled with the strong winds from Isaac……
The question is….does the wind love her?….
The Egrets were doing just what we humans were told to do….getting our storm
supplies together and shopping for food….just like the frenzy in the grocery
stores..it was a frantic affair…
This is the sunset the night before Tropical Storm Isaac lumbered into town…
The Gulf was SO calm and flat for the two days before the storm…
I’m thinking that this big guy was glad to be getting off the Gulf and VERY glad to be entering the relative safety of the Intra-coastal Waterway.
The sailboats? They were just having a race….were they worried?….NO!!! ….were they scared?….NO!!…..They had a race to win.
It’s 3:37 a.m. and guess who woke me up? Mother Nature and she’s giving the gulf of Mexico a “smack-down”……Isaac as I earlier mentioned, is giving us plenty of space and has moved up the center of the gulf. I thought the gulf was rough earlier today, but tonight the waves have stepped up their game…
The sound of the surf was SO loud that I got up to peer through the blinds to see how close the waves were coming…..of course I couldn’t see much, just a two minute bit of light from the moon and then the clouds covered it….so I grabbed a flashlight and walked the short distance to the beach….nothing to worry about as it turns out, the waves are no closer than they were last night at 8p.m. ….the sound they are making is something else…..I heard the same sound yesterday afternoon and got up and looked out then too. It sounds like a VERY large plane is flying overhead. When something is making that much noise, believe me you pay attention ….and go dig out that chocolate bar you have hidden away.
So here I am now, wide awake, talking to all of you……and wondering if the squirrels have forgotten me….back to bed with a pair of earplugs and wearing a life jacket…..I’m no fool, I watch the weather channel…. I AM PREPARED…all I need now is to put on my bicycle helmet to protect my head from flying debris and I’m off to the land of dreams.
Today Isaac finally arrived…fortunately, he veered west, so we have been spared the damage that other areas are getting. This morning things seemed to indicate that we were going to have a “non-event”? Within two hours, we found out differently….the winds picked up and the waves started growing and growing in size! I checked out the sailboats in the little harbor behind us..The water had risen to the level of the docks and a Dolphin serenely offered me a “how do you do?….
I found treasures from the sea!! Your’e going to have to wait until later to see what they are….ooooooohh…and we’ve had Tornado warnings and everything!! I’m handling it very well……..would somebody pass the brownies? WE’D BETTER NOT RUN OUT OF BROWNIES OR IT’S GONNA GET UGLY!!
I’d like to thank the academy for bestowing this great honor upon me…
Leader of the herd…I am indeed humbled…..In order to do my best
in this important role, I would like to ask that I be informed of what my duties will be…
also, now that I’ve got you all lined up in a nice straight row, I think we should
vote on where we go next….and I would also ask that you not follow me
I have a VERY temperamental IPad, so if I don’t update you on tropical storm Isaac…no worries….IPad is probably rebelling…..having more and more wind….i have patrolled the beach and it says all is well….strange…I was the only person sharktooth hunting..!
Would you like to have a first hand account of Tropical storm Isaac..soon to be Hurricane Isaac? Dear Hubby is at home, holding down the fort and I am sitting with a front row seat in Florida…..I was able to get my fawn pictures loaded up and ready to go, right before I left. Let’s just say that my “block” is definitely lifting…too much is happening….I now have my flashlight loaded with fresh batteries…4 cases of bottled water, peanut butter, protein bars, a full tank of gas and a friend five miles away with a home that has hurricane shutters.
Was hoping the storm would weaken, but no such luck so far. The past few days have been gorgeous, dolphins and manatees to watch, with the gulf as smooth as glass. I was admiring it’s serene beauty with other dolphin watchers until a man behind me said..”I haven’t seen it this calm since right before “Charlie”….as in Hurricane Charlie…NOT a friendly visitor.
It’s been interesting to see how people prepare for Hurricanes and tropical storms…one smart man bought the REALLY important supplies..water and SEVENTY bags of M&M’s…….
I still have a half day tomorrow of decent weather, so I’m going shark tooth hunting and since my camera is here, well…..let the clouds roll in…it seems unavoidable, but I’m ready.
Alright….It’s your turn….I want to see some creative captions for this lovely image…..or at least the
first reaction that you have to this image…I’M WAITING!!!!!
I’m not kidding around here…..I am stalled out…my brain is refusing to go on any “flights of fancy”…I bought it a ticket but it refuses to get on the plane. I’d like to get all fired up and write something fun, but somebody hid the matches…you can’t start a fire without matches.
I know what’s wrong…it’s that darn CHOCOLATE….I’m trying to cut way back….but obviously my brain is staging a rebellion. If this doesn’t get better soon, I’m going to have to “take one for the team” and eat Milkduds…….this is not really a blog post….it is the act of a desperate woman…
I’m not kidding…if you must look, look quickly and then look away!!
I like this image for some strange reason, but if I look at it for more than a minute I feel
nauseous…..Oh SHOOT!! I looked too long and now I feel sick…I’m going to go lay down.
I guess you could take this two ways…maybe more…..it could mean that some have chosen a different way to live their lives…OR….simply…a different means of transportation……I went out to find the “spotted” horse Saturday… which I have found out is a “Leopard” appaloosa….it wasn’t home… Just down the road from the appaloosa’s home, the Amish were having a fund-raising event…a volleyball tournament! They don’t always like to be photographed…..as I understand it, doing this without their permission is a “No-No”…..but the horses provided me with an opportunity..and I took it!
Rocket was back tonight…and brought a surprise
I was able to take a good look at Rocket, and I noticed the fact that
the “brambles” are definitely growing in the woods and the baby found them,
just as they do every year..
The surprise? Correct me if I’m wrong….but I think I see TWO smiley faces!
I’ve found it…..the elusive horse that I’ve been looking for….I spotted it this past Sunday.
I told hubby to stop on the spot….
Nope, no “mirror, mirror” for me…give me a crystal ball to peer into any day!! My story is going to ramble,,so buckle your seat belts…. I’ve given this following the dream business a lot of thought,,,and while I was thinking, I realized that there is a place I have already gone with this dream business……I have this feeling that I may have looked right past my true calling….BEING AN ENTERTAINER!!! TUT-TUT-TAH-DA!! I must revisit some experiences from the past…some of you will be familiar with this…some will not….some will wish they were familiar with this.. some will DEFINITELY be glad they are not familiar with this… I needed to pick a Holiday…Holidays are good for entertaining…..not Easter.. no bunny costume for me, I’m a liberated woman after all……. Halloween! There’s a holiday for you!…
Candy, costumes, lights….oooooooooohhhhhhhhh…. Now be warned ahead of time…there are no monkeys, no raccoons, no squirrels and no horses in this story……well, perhaps a horse…. I needed a proper setting for my “Act”….I decided that FIRST I would sew a GIANT pumpkin tent that I could sit in…how hard could that be? I didn’t own a sewing machine, or even sew very well…BUT I KNEW I COULD DO IT!!!!!!! Well…I DID do it, but the pumpkin tent seemed kind of tame after awhile….not enough DAZZLE- FRAZHINGA going on….so I collected up HUGE amounts of sequined fabric..Rose colored, shimmery silver colored, and soft pink colored sequined fabric…inside and outside, the walls would shimmer….TOTAL DAZZLE-FRAZHINGA going on!!!! After a great deal of experimentation, I have found that eating huge amounts of “milk-dud” candy makes the sewing just FLY by….before you know it, you’ve sewn everything together…unfortunately, I sewed the back to the front and one side to the other side, so there was no way to use it..there was no way to open it, therefore no way to get in it….WHAT TO DO?? MORE MILK-DUD CANDYS!! Before I knew it, I had everything sorted out.. (and I felt kind of sick)…..but onward I had to go….THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!!
Now I didn’t want to sit there in the dark did I ?? I mean, how would the the walls glimmer and shimmer?? To solve this problem I first threw a large handful of Milk Dud’s down my throat and got to work.. I attached a huge amount of Christmas lights to the inside of the “roof” of the pumpkin. OH THE BEAUTY, THE BLINDING BEAUTY!!! I now had a fabulous setting in which to showcase our star! ME!
What to do next? MUSIC!!! Every entertainer has an opening act, don’t they?? I searched until I could find some really crazy music that I could play on my little portable music thingy….It would be fabulous, I would sit in the dark, in the tent, wait for the right moment and “WAMMO”!!!!!….Hit the audience with the wild and crazy music.. really wow them with my intro, you know…Actually, Wilson Pickett’s “Night of a Thousand Dances” blew their socks off……but I digress…as soon as the music ended, the front panels would be pulled back, I would flip the switch on the lights and there would be MAGIC!!!!! What magic you ask? Well MYSELF….and my FABULOUSLY costumed audience, interacting together, We would make magic!
But before any of this could take place….I needed to create a costume…….But what should my costume be??
THINK, THINK!, I told myself….where did you hide that candy bar??..,OH!, right, the costume….I decided upon what else?,….. a FABULOUS sequined gown…now in reality this gown consisted of a large piece of sequined fabric with a hole for my head cut into it..and some uneven sleeves that I somehow managed to sew into “The Gown”. I decided that this get-up was lacking DRAMA, so I purchased a gorgeous blond wig….(which I still wear out to dinner when I feel like assuming my alter ego…super spy..”flame”). The costume was still lacking something so I added a “turban” covered in GIANT sequins!!! I had to sew the turban to the wig in order to make it stay on. I then glued tons of big shiny rhinestones onto an old necklace, put on 14 fake “diamond” rings….and enough make-up to qualify for clown school. I was GORGEOUS, FABULOUS …….I was, in a word……frightening.
The evening arrived…my career as an entertainer was officially launched..the guests were ready for a show….I had to admire their enthusiasm…..their choice of costumes left me breathless…..there WAS a horse at the party…..one couple staggered in, in a horse costume…..in my opinion, using the husband as the horse’s rear end was the obvious choice…..he LIVED the part.
I neglected to mention earlier that I had a suitcase full of candy in the tent with me….I also had gifts for everyone in attendance……and so the show began…
The candy came in handy….when the crowd got fidgety, I just pelted them with handfuls of mini chocolate bars, Milk Duds, etc. I had only a few complaints from people who were hit in the head with flying tootsie rolls…..and those who had chocolate kisses land in their drinks, were only slightly annoyed….
It was like Christmas! Oh the JOY! Oh the WONDER! Oh the MAYHEM!! Things were going so well..the woman dressed as a box of cereal, (you know who you are) LOVED the mannequin leg I gave her…..the guy wearing the toupee was OVER-JOYED with the plaster of Paris replica of my foot! And the gal who came as Marilyn Monroe FELL IN LOVE with the flying pig I gave her…..she didn’t even mind when I asked her to leave…..well I had to didn’t I ? She was distracting my audience….standing over the heat vent in the floor and letting her dress blow up over her head while singing “Happy Birthday Mr. president” is just bound to distract an audience.
Things were going really well until I gave one divine man his gift…..well, as with everyone else, I made him come forward to claim his gift…..I was not prepared for what happened next…he bent and kissed my hand! Now you might think that I would have “swooned” from the thrill of it all…but NO! Not I! I was so surprised that I rolled over backward, feet flying up in the air!! (luckily it was a long gown)…when I regained my dignity, and was again sitting upright I made a discovery….my turban and my wig had become entangled in the bright sparkly Christmas lights…so much for regaining my dignity….It took a strong man in a “haz-mat” suit, a chick dressed as Batgirl and the Phantom of the Opera to free me from the clutches of the “roof” of the pumpkin….all in all, a very rewarding career choice….And all of this REALLY happened.
PULL BACK THE CURTAINS!!!!!!!!
(Here you go Mom)
A little surprise tonight…Rocket and Dash were back outside the window and
soon after they arrived, they were joined by Dapple….Dash’s sister….
Words were exchanged, everybody got mad…and went home….The End.
IT’S A SMILEY FACE!! RIGHT ON THE SIDE OF MY HIP!
Rocket did what any young one would do when embarrassed…….went to his room to sulk, and play video games.
Instead of images from my “window into the woods”, I thought I’d show you
two images from “a window into the sky”……not the best..but shooting
out of an airplane window…well…
Dash has been hiding Rocket from me lately…haven’t seen Rocket in about two weeks…
and tonight, SURPRISE!, Rocket is back…..
I know I said I’d do just one more palm…but Bulldog wanted to see the black and white ones
in color…so here you go….I think I prefer the color actually.