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A gift that lasts…

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Daisy (L) and Roomys (R), my furry babies.

A puppy or a kitten is a very bad idea for a Christmas present.

Unless you have carefully considered every angle, that is.

  • For instance, do you know how big the breed will be when it’s fully grown? A Cocker Spaniel pup is the most adorable little thing, but they grow into good medium sized dogs. Labradors are large dogs, and not suited to small houses and gardens, etc.
  • Do you know the characteristics of the breed you’re planning to buy? Do you know that some dogs, like border collies, kelpies, Australian shepherds, blue heelers, etc., need to exercise everyday. They need space to run, and they need to be challenged. They are very intelligent dogs, and get bored easily. They will not allow you to ignore them – they demand attention. Are you up to the challenge?
  • Are you buying the puppy because your three or four year old has been nagging for a dog? Who is going to look after the dog? You or your child? Be sure your child is old enough to handle the responsibility, or you will end up doing the work. Are you okay with that?
  • Puppies and even older dogs chew. They chew on toys, shoes, area rugs, furniture, plants, anything they can get their teeth into. Can you deal with that? Without lashing out at the dog or hitting it with something?
  • Will you be prepared to give time and attention to your dog? It is cruel to get a dog, and then ignore it completely. They will love you with all their being, the least you can do is give it some love back.
  • Dogs eat a lot. Their food cost a lot of money. They also need to get shots from time to time. Can you afford a dog?

Please consider carefully, leave emotions out of this. And please make sure you get your pup spayed. Please get your puppy from a dog shelter or whatever it is called in your country. (Here it is SPCA or Animal Shelters.) These are dogs that people bought because they didn’t think it through properly, and now they don’t want them anymore.

Cats have slightly different considerations, but in essence they are the same. You also have to consider the breed characteristics and whether you want a short haired or long haired cat. They are slightly more aloof than dogs, and mostly they decide when they are ready for some attention, so keep that in mind.

And most of all, PLEASE do not become one of those people who leave your dog next to the road or thrown into a river in a bag because it has become a nuisance to you. It kills me to see where and in and what condition dogs/cats are sometimes found. No person who does something like that, deserves any kind of respect.

Dogs and cats are amazing creatures, they make wonderful companions, they are loyal beyond measure, and they deserve your love and respect as another living being.

Softly, softly…

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I decided to go easy on you today. To tread, oh, so softly, softly…

I am ecstatic that my tomatoes are doing so well!! Remember my earlier post about my garden? Well, I’ve been picking some tomatoes – organic, pesticide free – regularly for more than a week (probably more than 2 weeks already, time goes by so quickly!), and new baby ones keep appearing on the vines. Happy me! πŸ˜€ (See, not grumpy and asking uncomfortable questions all the time… πŸ˜‰ ) I’ve started putting some shade netting over them, to save them from the birds.

My heirloom ‘Oxheart’ tomatoes.
My thriving tomato plants. Can you see all the green ones?

Still on the subject of food – something that is very dear to my heart πŸ˜‰ – today I canned, or tried to can, some cherries. We bought two boxes, and I’m worried that they are going to go off quicker than we can eat them, so for the first time ever, I did some canning! We will find out soon if it was a successful endeavour or not. Now I just need to make some lovely vanilla ice cream to have with the cherries on Christmas day…

Cherrieeeeeees!

I have also started looking at a Christmas menu. I know, I know, I left it a bit late! But that’s just me. We do have a ham already, and there are the cherries and ice cream. So, I have to still fill in the rest. Soon, soon…

Enjoy your Friday – I know in big parts of the world it is not Friday anymore – and your weekend, if we don’t chat again soon.

Stirring the pot…

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Photo by Maria Orlova on Pexels.com

I find the world, as it is at the moment, to be a very spineless place.

On the surface, at least… A place where people are too scared to voice their opinions for fear of being attacked by people who differ from them. A place where everybody is brain washed into feeling exactly the same (or pretend that they are), because it’s the ‘right’ thing to do. It does more or less divide the world into two – ‘them’ and ‘us’, but the one half doesn’t dare say what they think and feel out loud – the silent half.

I refuse to believe that the majority of people on this earth feel the same. So obviously a big part of earth’s population doesn’t come right out and say what they believe in. And if they do, they are called names… I would love to hear someone’s opinion of how all that came about. I believe the press/media had a huge role in that, but the mechanics of how this subtle subjugation was implemented, is beyond me.

I figured some of that out by reactions to my blogs. The moment I write something just remotely controversial, and I mean remotely, my ‘likes’ drop like dead flies. (Not that I have thousands, even hundreds, of likes, but with small numbers it is even more obvious.) It is as if people go – ‘can’t touch that’. ‘Cannot be seen to like this.’ ‘Cannot comment on that.’ ‘Too dangerous, not even acknowledging that I saw that. ‘Let’s pretend I never saw that.’

I find it sad. I, for one, will never attack someone, verbally or otherwise, for disagreeing with me. I might argue with you, but I won’t get nasty. I respect people’s individuality, and their right to their own opinions and feelings, like I mentioned in my previous post. Also –

β€œMost people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey,Β The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

I have often experienced the above quote – it is important to really, really listen to what people say – one often assumes that you know what they think and feel. You don’t. Listen – you might be surprised at how much of what others think, is in agreement with what you think.

Anyone out there up for a dare? I dare you to reply to this. Give me an idea of why you think this is happening at the moment. Or do you even think it is happening? Maybe you think it is my imagination and I’m just stirring now? I promise, I am not an undercover anything.

Too heavy for a Thursday? Or any day? Mmmm… πŸ˜‰

Rebelling.

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Atomic…. A modern nuclear bomb explosion in the desert.

I am battling with a few issues in my life at the moment.

Of course, this worldwide pandemic nonsense is not making any of these issues easier to digest, in fact, it has a direct negative impact on my ability to process it. I am not going to spell those ‘issues’ out for you, because that is not the important point here.

The point is, I am finding things difficult at the moment. I have to figure out how to cope with it, how to sort it out, without going completely bonkers.

Also, I am making it sound a whole lot worse than it is, which is not my intention. I do go about my day normally, but I am conscious all the time of something niggling at the back of my head, in my heart, my being.

I know for a fact that once the powers that be decide that the only way forward for the world is to carry on as normal, half of this weight will drop off of me.

I know a lot of people do not feel the same way, which is fine, but I also know a heck of a lot of people actually do. You feel your way, I feel my way – we are individual human beings, each with our own mindset, and that is maybe part of the big problem…

Here is the funny thing – the positive cases go up, the ‘leaders’ close things down – the numbers go down. Then they open up again, the numbers go up again. They close down again. And on and on. So, are they going to do this open/close game into infinity?

And while they are doing this, our lives are in limbo. Our businesses go under. Our family ties suffer. Our minds are going into places it has never been before. The rebel in us comes out.

I foresee trouble in the future, because there will come a day that the people on the ground decide enough is enough – we want our lives back. This cannot go on indefinitely. It has gone on too long as it is. And like I said, you are more than welcome to disagree with me.

Beautiful Sunday.

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Nope, not so much…

I’ve had a cold since Thursday, and although the worst of the woolly head caused by severely inflamed sinuses is a lot better, I started coughing last night. 😦 I slept very little, and got up before the birds to go and sit in the lounge feeling sorry for myself.

On top of that, I had clients scheduled for 10 am. (real estate) and when I called near the time to check if they are nearly here, they’ve only just left home, which is a 2 hour drive away! Can you believe the absolute balls of some people! They didn’t even call to let me know they are going to be 2 hours late! Aaaarggggggghhhhh….

People frustrate me.

So I thought I’ll turn this day into something real corny. I actually started thinking about this song while lying awake last night – why this song, I have no idea!!! I haven’t heard this song for eons, and although it is a bit of a feelgood song, it’s never been a huge favourite of mine. I’m sure most of you have not even heard of it, to be honest… I quickly looked up the artist, and it turns out it was one of those one hit wonders!

I hope this puts a smile on your face, if not because of the song, at least for the clothes he is wearing! πŸ˜€ It sort of did for me…

Have a wonderful day!!! πŸ™‚