Friday, July 29, 2005

Twelve Hugs a Day

We have all heard that you need four hugs a day for survival and eight hugs a day for maintenance and twelve for growth.

The touch of a hug has a healing effect on your body. Your immune system stays strong and you feel loved and special. Hugs have a way of nurturing the little child within you and help you feel close to your family and friends.

If you’re not getting your twelve hugs a day, reach out and ask for the hugs you need. A simple "Can I have a hug?" goes a long way toward getting those twelve you need for growth.

From Meditations for Women


Thursday, July 28, 2005

Happiness is like a must share it to enjoy it. ~ Anonymous


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Have you laughed yet today?

For most of us laughter doesn’t come very often, yet the magic it performs on our well being can’t be denied.

It helps you enjoy friends and family. It diffuses stressful situations and it allows you the opportunity not to take yourself too seriously and keep things in perspective.

In times of adversity, humor helps you to cope and survive. It helps you recognize absurdities in situations and eases the tension.

Recognize what makes you laugh and put more of it in your life. Let your sense of humor see the fun in everyday experiences and open yourself to silly and outrageous thoughts.

Allow your laughter to flow, after all laughter is the best medicine.

From Meditations for Women


Tuesday, July 26, 2005

All children left unattended will be given a free kitten ~ Sign in a veterinarian's office

A kitten is not the same as a cat. It would seem that the older cats don't teach the young ones what their solemn duties are regarding running the universe until they've first had time to have a little fun. ~ Unknown

A kitten is a rosebud in the garden of the animal kingdom. ~ Robert Southey

It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens. ~ Cynthia E. Varnado

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatsoever, and generally stopping before it gets there. ~ Agnes Repplier

Yes, I still have the kitten. No doubt I will be trying to find a good home for her for the next 17 years. She is doing great. Running around and terrorizing my older cats. Tiger really gets a kick out of her. I think she brings out the kitten in him. Magic isn’t that thrilled with her. He prefers to watch her from a distance. Sometimes she wants to include him in the fun but one hiss from him sends her scurrying for the safety of her cage. We have given her a name, Spunky. One of these days I will get pictures posted on Webshots so that you can see the little critter.


Monday, July 25, 2005

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. ~ Robert Brault


Friday, July 22, 2005



Have you noticed that stairs are getting steeper. Groceries are heavier. And, everything is farther away? Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was dumbfounded to discover how long our street had become!

And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the young ones. They speak in whispers all the time! If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they're red in the face! What do they think I am, a lip reader?

I also think they are much younger than I was at the same age. On the other hand, people my own age are so much older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day and she has aged so much that she didn't even recognize me.

I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so, I glanced at my own refection.........Well, REALLY NOW- even mirrors are not made the way they used to be!

Another thing, everyone drives so fast these days! You're risking life and limb if you happen to pull onto the freeway in front of them.. All I can say is, their brakes must wear out awfully fast, the way I see them screech and swerve in my rear view mirror.

Clothing manufacturers are less civilized these days. Why else would they suddenly start labeling a size 10 or 12 dress as 18 or 20? Do they think no one notices that these things no longer fit around the waist, hips, thighs, and bosom?

The people who make bathroom scales are pulling the same prank, but in reverse. Do they think I actually "believe" the number I see on that dial? HA! I would never let myself weigh that much! Just who do these people think they're fooling?

I'd like to call up someone in authority to report what's going on -- but the telephone company is in on the conspiracy too: they've printed the phone books in such small type that no one could ever find a number in here!

All I can do is pass along this warning: We are under attack! Unless something drastic happens, pretty soon everyone will have to suffer these awful indignities.



Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Take Action

Every year many pets, wild animals and some children are poisoned by ingesting antifreeze, which contains ethylene glycol. They are attracted to this danger by the fact that the liquids taste sweet. A simple solution to prevent these needless and painful poisonings is to add a bittering agent to the products, which would make them unpalatable. There is federal legislation to do just that sitting in committees as you read this. If you think this legislation would be a good idea, please call/write/email your legislators and ask them to co-sponsor either HR 2567 in Congress or S 1110 in the Senate.


Monday, July 18, 2005

Dog Days of Summer

Now that summer is here, be sure to keep the health and safety of your companion animals in mind as the temperatures heat up. Here are some summer weather tips to keep them cool and comfortable, whether you’re traveling or at home.

Never take your animals with you in the car and leave them unattended for any length of time. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees in merely minutes. Your dog may want to come along with you while you do errands, but it’s kinder to leave him/her at home.

If left outside during the day, animals should have access to plenty of shade, even as the sun’s rays shift, and cool drinking water.

When traveling, carry water and provide your animals access to it frequently.


Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Wednesdays Wisdom

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. ~ Michael Landon


Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Tuesdays Thoughts...

A cat isn't fussy - just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor. ~ Arthur Bridges


Friday, July 08, 2005

Wow, I can't believe that I have allowed a whole week to slip by without posting anything.

I've been very busy at work with end of the fiscal year procedures and busy at home taking care of my foster kitten. Yes, I still have her. She will be going back to her "real" foster mother next Friday. She is doing very well. Getting stronger and growing like a weed. Hopefully next week I'll be able to post a picture of her over at webshots.

Have a great weekend and here's another great quote from e.e. cummings.

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. ~ e.e. cummings


Friday, July 01, 2005

Mental Exam

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what is the criteria that defines a patient to be institutionalized.

"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask the patient to empty the bathtub"

Okay, here's your test:

1. Would you use the spoon?
2. Would you use the teacup?
3. Would you use the bucket?>

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would choose the bucket as it is larger than the spoon or the cup."

"Noooooo," answered the Director. "A normal person would pull the plug."

(You are not required to tell anyone how you did on this test.)

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you. ~ Rita Mae Brown