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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Dear Ones

I am so grateful for each one of you...for your support, your love, friendship and warmth. I am grateful for your inspiration, joy filled spirits & sense of humor, your love of home, hearth, good food, vintage decor and family life. I am grateful you share all of that with all of us. 
God Bless you all.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Open Thanksgiving Letter To You All...

I want to wish every one of you a Thanksgiving Day filled with the joy a giving & thankful heart knows. A heart filled with purpose, with appreciation for all the gifts that God has blessed each one of us with. A heart filled with love for our friends, our neighbors, our families but also for those who need a helping hand. Those who need a warm smile, a hug, an understanding voice.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The last year has given me so many challenges, much sadness and buckets of tears. But it has also given me a new sense of purpose, a discovery of  self, abounding love from friends and family and the knowledge that I am not alone.

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep
 through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!  
~Henry Ward Beecher

Beginning with the sudden loss of our precious dog Kipper last November, this year has been filled with trials. My mother went from being completely independent and full of spunk to barely being able to dress herself. Much of my time was devoted to her which left little to spend blogging. It is only recently that she is able to do more and I am grateful every day that we still have here here with us. We also faced the end of my brother & sister in law's marriage, an injury to my precious daughter, the re-emergence of my chronic illness and the sudden and shocking death of two men who I adored. Yes, a tough year.  
A year that saw me reducing my blogging to the point that I almost ended it. I realize I don't visit many of you like I once did, or leave comments as often as I would like. I can't spend the time writing and photographing for my blog as I once enjoyed. Real life has a habit of making you change your priorities!

I continued the blog solely because of a handful of blog friends who have remained connected to me here and because many friends and family members around the world drop in from time to time.

 I have watched Rabbit Run Cottage, The Blog, beg for life support! Poor thing, it felt unloved and unwanted!  I will get back to regular blogging someday. For now though, my life has to take a different path.
I miss you all but do get around to visit when I can. Even if I don't leave a comment, I am able to see what each one of you is doing and to know you are well! Some day soon I hope to finish the zillions of home projects I have started and can join all of you in sharing that fun. But I still love my little cottage, though it may be imperfect and worn in places. Not unlike old Susie Q herself! 

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

Along with the challenges this year there have been delights and great happiness! I have discovered my passion for photography and it has led to a small business. It keeps me busy but happily so!  Grace is well healed and taking dance classes, playing in an indoor rec soccer league, taking art classes and busy in school. 
Daniel is working two jobs now in software development. He took up running this year and completed his first marathon last month with his Dad at his side!
Bill is working long hours but is also getting another Masters Degree & volunteering as a counselor with our church's JR High Youth group so his days are full!

We were able to go on a few get away trips to some of our favorite places, we entertained company here at Rabbit Run Cottage, visited with lots of relatives from both sides of our families at get togethers in 3 states. Such a gift! We have enjoyed lots of sweet times, concerts & dinners with our local friends & neighbors and shared so much laughter. Even on days when  things seemed dark it was our close family and dear friends who found that ray of sun and brought it to me. I will always be grateful to them for that.

All that we behold is full of blessings. 
 ~William Wordsworth

And we welcomed our sweet Winston into our family. How much joy he has given us, how much love, how much slobber and dog hair! But a house is not a real home without our pets! I am so grateful for the affection we receive from Winnie and our two kitties, Lucy & Henry.

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous
 and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. 
 ~Johannes A. Gaertner

I am grateful to have had the chance to get to know so many of you through blogging and to have actually met with so many as well. I wish I could convey to each one of you how much I care and what a joy it has been to have shared so much. I may not be as active in the blog community as I once was but I never forget the people who make up that community. Each one of you is so special.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and to those you love. May God Bless you.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Doggie Dictionary

Hi everyone! This is Winston. The dog. 
My Mom has been pretty busy lately and hasn't had any time to write nuthin' at all. Bein' a good dog and all, I told her I would help out! So I am. In case you have a dog or two, you might need to know these words and their meanins'. 

LEASH: A strap which attaches to your collar enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go. 

(I am really, really good at this! Really.)

DOG BED: Any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.

(You should see the permanent dent I put in the couch pillows! It's waaay cool!)

DROOL: What to do when your persons have food and you don’t. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and look sad and let the drool fall to the floor or, better yet, on their laps.

(Drink a lot right before you try this and it works even better!)

SNIFF: A social custom to use when you greet other dogs until your person makes you stop.

(How else ya gonna get to know new friends?)

GARBAGE CAN: A container which your neighbors put out once a week to test your ingenuity. You must stand on your hind legs and try to push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right you are rewarded with margarine wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume and moldy crusts of bread.

(The one in my kitchen has this crazy lid on it. But one of these days...)

BICYCLES: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards; the person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you complete the exercise by prancing away.

(I think bicycles are evil beins' from another planet and it is
 my job to protect my family from them! So there!)

HARD OF HEARING: A malady which affects a dog when its person wants it in and the dog wants to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction, or lying down.

( I also get this problem when my parents tell me to get in my box or 
to stop chasin' the cats. Weird huh?) 

THUNDER: A signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, peeing on the rug, rolling your eyes wildly and following at their heels.

(Thunder is bad. Very bad. Very. I am scared just writin' this.)

WASTEBASKET: A dog toy filled with paper, envelopes, and old candy wrappers. When you get bored, turn over the basket and strew the papers all over the house for your person to play with by putting back in the wastebasket when they come home.

(It helps give my Mom a good cardio work out every day...hey look! 
You missed some paper over there! Just doin' my part to keep Mommy healfy!)

SOFAS: Are to dogs like napkins are to people. After eating it is polite to run up and down the front of the sofa and wipe your whiskers clean.

(Especially after you accidentally on purpose eat some passghetti wif loads of sauce!)

BATH: A process by which the humans drench the floor, walls and themselves. You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently.

(And I am a very good helper!)

LEAN: Every good dog’s response to the command “sit!” — especially if your person is dressed for an evening out. Incredibly effective before black-tie events.

(No one is fully dressed wifout some doggie or kitty hair on their clothes! I read that somewheres!)

BUMP: The best way to get your human’s attention when they are drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea.

(Or milk, juice, Coke, wine, hot chocolate, cider...)

GOOSE BUMP: A last-resort maneuver used when the Regular Bump doesn’t get the attention you require. Especially effective when combined with The Sniff (see above).

LOVE: A feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. To show your love, wag your tail and gaze adoringly. If you’re lucky, a human will love you in return.

(And I am a pretty lucky boy. 'Cause even when I am naughty my 
family loves me anyway. And I love them. Yup.)

Well, all that hard work wore me right out! 

So, later taters...see ya next time!

Hugs & Kisses,
Winston Barr Churchill George 
Harrison Ford Combs Esq.