Archive for the Love Category

Crackers and Bits: Bliss of Married Life

Posted in Comedy, Crackers and Bits, Family, Friendship, Fun and Entertainment, Hope, Humor, Kindness, Life, Love, Marriage, Musing, Parenting, Pet peeves and annoyances, Relationships, Thought For Today, Truth, Video Clips, Wisdom on January 14, 2015 by Morguie

The honeymoon…well, it’s o-v-e-r.

But not really…the little stuff one never seems to notice about the spouse just happens to be more noticeable after the afterglow.

Remember kids, it is the little stuff in life we stress over that really, in the end, doesn’t amount to anything.

It just irritates us in such a way as to make us feel it IS important.

So give each other a hug and a kiss and try to see things from the other’s point of view…then, go out and have some real quality time together…enjoy each other!

Enjoy these ‘universal issues’ in the cute clips we have for you today! Sending a shout out to Holly, CJ’s daughter, for bringing these to our attention!

P.S. Please hit the “LIKE” button on your way out, and thank you!

 

 

 

 

©C.S. Thompson, 2015.

So Thankful and Incredibly Blessed

Posted in American Military, Animals, Children, Faith, Family, FOOD, Friendship, Gratitude, Holidays, Hope, Inspiration, Kindness, Law Enforcement, Life, Love, Luxury, Mortuary Management magazine, Musing, Pets, Relationships, Sheldon the Tortoise, Tradition, Veterans, Wisdom with tags , on November 26, 2014 by Morguie
For All of these and so much more…

 

So many wonderful things to be thankful for, every  day!

 

My Heavenly Creator, from Whom all things come, including my free will;    035

 

My family;

 

my  Sweetheart, the life we’ve made together, the love we share, and the good times we’ve had;

 

my caring and supportive friends;

 

Wise mentors who lend perspective to widen my views;

 

Good Samaritans and unnamed others whose words and deeds came when hope was low;

 

my health, home, and sustenance of daily life;

 

blessings and extra comforts so many others deserve but do not have;

 

a life with a sense of purpose, using my writing talent here

 

and in a leading funeral trade journal;

 

the love and encouragement  I receive from so many people;

 

hope, forgiveness, compassion, and humility;

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a little mouse to inspire me, lend a voice to my thoughts, and tell the world my story,

even if he isn’t exactly ‘real;’     🙂

 

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the service men and women who bravely defend my country;

 

peace officers, medics, and fire dept. people keeping safety and order around me;

 

Sheldon, my tortoise;

 

Shadow, my loyal angel-dog;

 

self-control and patience for Hunter, the devil-pup 😛

 

and a life of special memories, experiences, and meaningful lessons;

 

that I was born in America, the Land of The Free,

 

where these things are mine to enjoy without fear, torture, or retribution

 

and most of all—

 

a heart to fully cherish, love, and feel SO MUCH for ALL of the above.

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to All. We have certainly been blessed to call you friends.

 

CJ and Morguie

©C.S. Thompson, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

September Is National Pet Memorial Month

Posted in Animals, bereavement, Birds, Children, Family, Grief, Life, Love, Memorialization, Military Dogs, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pet Loss, Pets, Relationships, Remembrance, Soldiers, Veterans, Video Clips, WAR on September 28, 2014 by Morguie

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http://www.iccfa.com/national-pet-memorial-day

The link will take pet owners to a special site dedicated to Pet Loss. There is a free memorial page there, too, to insert a tribute to your departed pet, if you wish.

 

 

That banner is needing no explanation.

 

Today, we decided to highlight the working dogs of the military…much like their law enforcement counterparts, these animals are highly specialized and trained to work in combat zones. We hope you enjoy these very short clips honoring the soldier-handlers and their partners.

Did you know that with military dogs, the government does not recognize them as soldiers or valuable members of the force…instead they are “G.I. equipment.’  When a mission has been completed they take the dogs away from the soldier assigned to handle the dog, re-assigning the animal to another mission of duty or retiring the animal to work in civilian duty. I put some links at the end of this post for further information about what happens to these awesome dogs after their duty is done.

Sadly, there is a startling item discussing how Obama administration has euthanized 1200 of these retired animals; the U.K. also does this according to another item I saw. So, there is a movement underway by the soldiers themselves to see about getting adoptions going for a great many of these animals so they might be spared and allowed to live their days out with a family or working with police or fire agencies.

 

The police K-9’s that are recognized as bona fide police officers have a life-partner handler…the officers live and work together and are bonded like family to each other. Each of their lives depends upon each other and it likely rivals any human-to-human bond…there is a special trust that humans do not fully possess with each other that a dog and his handler DO have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2000, Bill Clinton passed a law that required handlers of retired service dogs to rehabilitate and retrain the dogs to make them adoptable.

Each retired dogs goes through a process to make it adoptable. A video of aggression test performed on the dog are sent to Lackland AFB to be reviewed and evaluated to determine whether the dog is adoptable.

Sadly, that is not always the case. If a service dog is determined unadoptable or is not adopted in a certain length of time, the dog may be euthanized. Euthanasia is the act of killing a sick or injured animal for reasons of mercy. Dogs not adopted or euthanized for medical reasons are sent to Lackland AFB for use in training dog handlers.

Dago is reaching the end of the allotted adoption time and having been deemed not medically fit for reassignment, is nearing his time to be euthanized.

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/19462/service-dogs-retiring#.VCgdYvldWSo#ixzz3Ecam9Tyq

 

 

 

 

 

3 Birthdays and A Pain In The Butt

Posted in Animals, Cemetery, Children, Death, Family, Life, Losing A Parent, Love, Remembrance, Sheldon the Tortoise, Tradition on September 25, 2014 by Morguie

This past week my beautiful “puppy” Shadow turned 13! He’s so special to me. He ‘belongs’ to his “Mom.” I am so happy to have such a great doggy. We took him to the vet yesterday for his routine vaccines and the vet said thirteen was really good.  Code for: ‘Wow, 13! Very old for a Lab.’

Yes. I know. But he’s still running around and for the most part, healthy. He’s a bit arthritic in the old hips. Eyes are getting a bit dim, too. It’s coming up on the annual hunting season; he doesn’t know he’s going to be staying home with his “Mom” this time. He absolutely lives for this time of year. We decided he’s got to stay back. He can’t jump up into the truck and do all that bird-chasing now.

I think I will take him to the groomer’s the day that “Daddy”  and the pup leave for the  trip. We’ll find stuff to do around here that’s fun for he and I. He’s my angel.

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Happiest 13th Birthday, dear Shadow!

 

September is also the tortoise’s ‘designated’ birthday, haha. I adopted him in mid-September a few years ago, and that’s when I call it his birthday, too. Frankly, we can only guess at his age. Recently, he had a health problem and I took him to the vet — no easy selection of those that handle desert tortoise illness — had to call around and get advice first. Found a local vet and got Sheldon fixed up. I was tasked with administering injections every day for 2 weeks. The vet estimated him to be somewhere between 10 and 15 years old. The vet also cautioned: He might be a SHE! Too soon to be 100% sure. Fella’s got no fixed age and no fixed sex…fella’s got issues!

 

Sheldon is definitely feeling better now and back to being the little cantankerous toddler he’s always been. Caught him straddling a post just the other day, jammed up and high-centered. Typical for the little devil!IMG_1149

Happy Birthday, Shelly…

 

 

The 22nd would have been my Dad’s 77th birthday. I wanted to go to the cemetery, but I have been afflicted with a mean flare up of sciatica. A royal pain in the ass…literally.It’s kept me right here at home, in the bed, mostly this past week. That didn’t prevent me from thinking of him. I didn’t get the overwhelming sadness, either. Perhaps, it is getting a little easier to pass this day…

 

My kids took flowers and visited, instead. I sure would be lying if I said I didn’t miss my Dad. Oh…but miss him…I do.

Here is the obituary I wrote for him, printed four years ago in the local paper:SCAN0103SCAN0104Daddysgrave

Happy Birthday, Daddy. I miss you. I Love You Always.

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