10.22.2014

Walk with Me on a Mostly Wordless Wednesday . . .

This last month, I've been doing some volunteer work at an annex for our local animal shelter.  The annex is actually a reproduction of a Scottish castle and is owned by a wonderful family that has opened its doors to close to twenty cats and kittens that are waiting for that special family to adopt them.




This morning I arrived a little early so I got the chance to walk around the wonderful grounds that this magical home was built on.  A photographer's delight!!!




An old barn on the property.




One of many wild turkeys I saw this morning.

I am so blessed to live in such a beautiful part of New York state.  This time of the year comes and goes so fast and soon we'll be spending much more time indoors.  For now, I've been taking my camera with me everywhere I go and trying to capture as much of this autumn as I can.  What a brilliant artist Mother Nature is!!!  : )


Many blessings for a happy Wednesday ~ Wendy

10.17.2014

This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

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A very proud "Pap" between two of his grandchildren.  : )



Many blessings for a beautiful day and a very happy weekend ~ Wendy



10.12.2014

Sunday Sayings . . .

It's been quite a couple of weeks around here with both of our cars having problems, a little girl with a very bad cold and both of our dogs getting sprayed by the neighborhood skunk.  They're clean and shiny once again but a slight odor of skunk still lingers in the house.   My friend's dog was skunked recently and she said it took close to three weeks for the smell to be completely gone from her house.  It's always something, isn't it?!!?

A few photos I've taken recently.



On a brighter note, our oldest son is home from college for a few days which means all of my chickens are home to roost.  I know this will be a thing of the past in a couple of years so I truly cherish these moments while I have them. Granted, I've only seen him for an hour here and a half hour there but I'll take it.  I remember being 21 like it was yesterday.  My friends and my boyfriend took total preference over anything else and since he happens to have wonderful friends and a very sweet girlfriend I don't mind so much.  I hope to keep him home for an early dinner before he leaves to watch the Giants play football tonight at 8:00.  I'm bribing him with his favorite . . .  my (not so) famous chicken dumpling soup.  : )

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we finally get to bring home the little orange sleepy head in the photo!!  We had to wait until he was old enough to have his first shots and is also fully weaned from his Mama.  I took all of the kittens and their beautiful mother to the shelter on Thursday for their shots (I volunteer at an annex of the shelter a couple of days a week) so now he's ready to go.  I'm hoping it's going to be a smooth transition for our other two cats and two dogs.  We've already decided Finnigan is going to sleep in the boys' room for at least the first week until everyone is settled in.  I haven't had a kitten in something like 15 years because our current cats came to us as adults and the cats before them were in their teens when they passed away.  It's all very exciting!!!!  : )

Now for a Sunday Saying . . .

absolutely.

Absolutely!!!  : )


Many blessings for a beautiful Sunday and a wonderful week ahead ~ Wendy


10.03.2014

This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Many blessings for a wonderful Friday and a very happy weekend ~ Wendy


9.25.2014

Where a Cat's Home Truly is His Castle . . .

A couple of weeks ago, I started to volunteer for our local animal shelter at one of their locations that is used to foster and take care of cats that are either too young for the shelter or that don't do well in a shelter setting.  They are living in the most wonderful house that was once the home of a plastic surgeon/philanthropist whose name was Dr. Martha MacGuffie. The house is known as MacGuffie's Castle and truly does look like a small castle.





Dr. MacGuffie traveled to Africa frequently to assist people that needed her services to give them a better quality of life.  She was also a tremendous animal lover and I'm sure she's looking down with a smile to see all of the good that is going on in her home now.


A stained glass window in the castle.
I took some photos of a few of the beautiful babies that are looking for their "furever" families.




This is Hope.  She is so very soft and sweet.  She also happens to be the Mama of our new kitten that we're adopting.  Someone threw this beautiful girl and her seven newborn kittens into a box and then into a dumpster.  By the grace of God, the box was discovered and they were all brought to the shelter and then to MacGuffie's Castle.  So far, two of her babies are adopted (our kitten and another one that will be going to a friend of mine.)  Hope and the remaining babies are looking for homes but will be safe at the castle and being well taken care of and loved by the volunteers in the mean time.  : )
This is our new baby, Finnegan.  We have to wait another couple of weeks before we can take him home.  He's only five weeks old and he and his siblings are still nursing.  Needless to say, we can't wait!!!!!!





Each of them are so sweet and beautiful with very distinct personalities and so very lucky to be in a safe and loving environment until they're in a permanent home.  There are so many other cats that I didn't get to take photos of but hope to do so soon.  I've been so upset with what is going in this world.  It's so nice to volunteer and feel like you're making a difference.  If sitting on the floor with seven kittens climbing all over you isn't enough to make you happy then I don't know what will!!  : )


Many blessings for a happy Thursday ~ Wendy

9.19.2014

This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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BFF's cleaning off the day's fun!!!  : )



Many blessings for a beautiful day and a very happy weekend ~ Wendy