samhain

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Welcome to my blog!  I hope you enjoy it!  I hope you laugh, or cry, or think a little bit upon reading what you find here.  I hope you visit often.  I, in turn, will try to keep up my end of the bargain and post regularly. 

This is my blog and I occasionally swear on it.  If you are offended by "strong language", then this is not the blog for you.  I often post about my animals.  I usually include treatment information to help others who may find themselves in the same situations.  If animals bore you or you do not like them, especially cats--this is, after all, called "A Dozen Cats Past Crazy"--then this is not the blog for you.

I have sight-impaired readers and hearing-impaired readers.  Visual and Audio posts include transcriptions for them 99% of the time.  If it bothers you to read that info, skip it.  In addition, I often use "extra" punctuation for my friends using readers.  I want everybody to be able to "see" how I've laid out the words. 

I am leaving the Anonymous Comments open for now.  Mostly because I welcome comments (it lets me know somebody is reading ) and I don’t want folks to have to sign up for a Live Journal account in order to post.  However, ALL anonymous comments are SCREENED, so any whack job comments will not be seen by anyone but me and will thus be a total waste of time for anyone trying to stir up some drama.   Legitimate anon comments will be eventually unscreened.

If you do chose to leave an Anonymous Comment, please either sign your name or give me a good clue as to who you are.  I like to know who’s “talking” to me.

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CatWitch

Pieces of Me

I'm told over and over by family that I "share too much" online.
As a writer, I know my BEST work is through BARING my soul.  Any Artist will Understand that. 
But it's not just that....you see, some day I will be goneALL that will be left of me is memories AND my posts.  I don't have children.  I have never done anything overly amazing to get me a grand reward/into a hall of fame.  I have only what I MAKE...HERE.  My words, my deeds...and my internet posts.

What I Share online gets to kind of Live Forever.  The laughter, the tears, the thoughts, the opinions....I shall become a Ghost In The Machine for all who subscribe/follow me.  I'm good with that.  I'm actually Happy with that.  I have Given You Something...to remember.

“...no-one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away... The span of someone's life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence.”


Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

CatWitch

This Pagan LOVES Easter

I have to admit that "Easter Time" is one of my favorite times of year.  Yes, I'm Pagan, but I am surrounded by Christians and they make this time just deliciously wonderful.

First you have Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras.  There are paczkis and drinking and beads and parades...OH MY!  JOY to any Heathen who loves music, food, parties and alcohol.

THEN you have Lent.  Ummm...wonderful LENT.  Why do I like Lent?  Because I'm not Christian, so I don't have to give up anything, However, I can Enjoy the Christan's "don't eat meat on Friday".  To a Pagan/Atheist/Jew, Lent is "The Festival of Fish Fries".  EVERY Friday you have a wide range of restaurants and churches offering a beautiful cornucopia of "all you can eat" fish (Pick your favorite fish!  You'll find it!)  with a plethora of optional "sides".  I love fish.  I love every side that anyone has ever chosen to serve with fish. It's a Christmas for my tastebuds....

After that you have The Day Itself.  Easter!  There is the fun of decorating eggs and hiding them and watching children find them.  Cute.  But the best is yet to come....The Easter Feast of Ham and Deviled Eggs and Potato Salad.  Lip-smacking Goodness!

Last, but far from least, is THE CHOCOLATE.  Easter chocolate is always so fresh and melt-in-your-mouth WONDERFUL.  In addition, it's half off on Easter Sunday/Monday.  I live two miles from a Russle Stover outlet store.  Life is Good.

Yes, I was raised Christian.  I have the utmost respect for why the holiday is so holy.  I Do still talk to Jesus.
Every Easter as I Feast upon the wonders He has bestowed upon even the Infidels, I give THANKS.

Mad Cat

This a Mute Point, Butt, I Feel I Must Bear My Sole on the Tropic

Yesterday I was about to buy a kindle edition of a book, but I read the reviews.  The commenter stated that the grammar was horrific.  The example they used was, "The windows need to be shuddered."  ::shudders::

Yes, I am not perfect in punctuation and do make grammar errors.  However, there are some (like the example above) that make my eyes bleed.

"This is a picture of Jenny and I at the concert."  Really?  Would you post a picture captioned, "This is I at the concert"?  I hope not.  You look just as fucking stupid adding poor Jenny to the mix.

"I went threw that town last year."  Sounds painful.
There, they're, their...

People often say "mute point".  My friends, that is a person in black and white clown makeup pointing at a sky.  Where were your English teachers?  We're going to need to fix that.

Angel Kitty

There are more things in Heaven and Earth....

My Faith believes that Death is NOT an ending, but the Beginning of a Wondrous Adventure.  I cry and mourn when I lose someone, human or animal, because I am selfish and self-centered.  I cry for all the "should haves" and "could haves" and the yet-to-be's-that-now-will-never-happen.

I cry for ME
Not for Them...


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samhain

My view on illegal immigration benefits explained so even a CHILD should be able to understand


We have Always been "Rescuers". We take the unwanted, the wounded, the chronically ill, the elderly--the unadoptable.
Right now we have a pigeon, five pit mixes and five cats--two are elderly and one diabetic.
We are NOT taking any more animals.
The Border is CLOSED.
ALL our animals receive medical care and are fed quality food. The diabetic cost is an average of $100 per month per year. Heartworm/flea prevention is about 150 per month
My heart BLEEDS for the MANY that need homes. We donate as much as we can, when we can to HELP them.
HOWEVER,
IF I give another animal a home, I take Away from the ones currently here.
IF I give TOO many others a home, I am a Hoarder--who cannot properly care for ANY of them.
IN FACT, if I take too many I am liable for prosecution by law and negligent for taking more animals than I can care for.
THINK ABOUT IT.

And before you tell me that this country (or UK or Canada) CAN afford it....are YOU willing to give up 25% or more of YOUR weekly income? Can you live OK without that money? If so, THEN DO IT--donate it as you see fit. Hell, find an immigrant or homeless person and move them into YOUR HOME. Stop telling me *I* should.
I cannot afford to pay my neighbors' mortgages/utilities/food plus my own...MOST people can't.
I'm not a CEO and we all know the big corporations and the CEOs get out of paying the taxes that would make this a Socialist Utopia.
*I* give as much as I can, when I can...and I cannot afford to pay for every person on the planet, no matter how much I Feel for them.

snowkitten

MELANCHOLY Christmas

"Hope is what we cling to when Reality has left us nothing else."

"It's been so long since I've seen the ocean...I guess I should"

I really hate this time of year.  So many people losing loved ones or watching them fight because they are sick.  People losing jobs and homes, or cannot afford FOOD, much less presents and tinsel.  It's supposed to be A Time of Joy--yet so many are suffering so much PAIN...and the pain is made worse because...this is supposed to be a time of joy.  The first or second Christmas/Yule/Hanukkah without a cherished loved one HURTS, while people around you are Happy...and you WANT that happy, but it's not there.  Even those lost decades ago are missed, so The Festive is tinged sepia--because something is missing now and always will be.

Oddly, when I worked RETAIL I had The Spirit.  I worked long hours and ran my butt off but still did all the baking and much of the present buying and wrapping and it was "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year".  After I got married, I discovered it was a difficult time for my husband--he was already haunted by bitter memories. I set out to change that.  I WAS "The Spirit of Christmas" and Insisted he learn to love the holiday...and it was working...

"I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower
Makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her"


I lost Christmas/Yule ten years ago--actually Christmas Eve 2002.  I have spent a decade trying to get it BACK.  I miss it.  It seems like every time I start to get it back, there's another LOSS--just before or just after.  We have not had a tree since 2005 because my attempt to recoup was met with another Horrific and Tragic lightening bolt from Fate--actually Two.  I FEAR Christmas rather than enjoy it.

"The smell of hospitals in winter
And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters, but no pearls"


I still strive each year to "get it all back"....
and so here I am once again in The Long December.  "Maybe this year will be better than the last...." and I support my friends as they face their loses--weep with them and feel my Yuletide Sorrow try to coat me like grey snowflakes and feel the fear hug my heart like an old friend...and keep fighting to find The Spirit Again, the Joy, THE HOPE...


"I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself
To hold on to these moments as they pass"
Dreams

The Burning Question IS: What's Next?

There are some points in life when worrying serves NO purpose--other than maybe to give you ulcers, headaches, and no sleep.  There are some things where you do The Best You Can and Try Your Hardest and then....HAVE to Let Go--because it's Now Out of YOUR Hands.  This requires recognizing/realizing that one does not always have Control over one's own Destiny. God/Goddess/The Universe/Fate is In Control.  Decisions are made for us, whether we like them or not.  You have to go through that door, whether you want to or not; whether is scares the piss out of you or not; whether there is a Lady or a Tiger on the other side.

In a way, there is a RELEASE in handing it over to whatever Power dictates it all...
In another way, it's frustrating and frightening to have No Control and KNOW IT.
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Lifetime's Look at "How the Other Half Lives"

Last night I couldn't sleep and wanted something to put me in a 'vegetative state'...so no book, just Reality TV.  The show? Millionaire Shoppers.  I had to shut it off because my blood pressure was going up.  These people have closets the size of my HOME and are too Lazy to go buy their own 10K dresses and are so self-centered and obnoxious to the hired 'shoppers'....while children go hungry &/or live in cars with their parents, while animal shelters close due to lack of funds, while the elderly and mentally ill go without medication because they can't afford it.  One of the women had 3 MILLION Dollars worth of SHOES.  Another had a COLLECTION of $10,000+ handbags.  One shopper even said, "She has a 50K pair of shoes--for most people that's a HOUSE!"  Yes, it is...and how many are living with their kids on the streets and dumping their pets in shelters because they have NO WHERE to go while these over-paid sports stars and CEO's throw tantrums because their 14K Berkin Bag is the wrong color?  I'm not saying GIVE AWAY your money...but there are many wonderful charities out there and instead of buying a $20,000 purse made out of a dead alligator, maybe you could donate to St. Jude's Hospital for children with cancer, or the local soup kitchen, or an animal rescue, or Habitat for Humanity...
How does anyone justify charging or paying that much for a freaking purse?
I think these people need to be visited by Marley's Ghost--"Mankind was my business!"
Maybe it's just me, but I could never feel comfortable living that extravagant. Cold day in HELL before I spent that much money on a bag, shoes or dress***.  I'm just not made that way.  When I had surplus money--meaning we were comfortable living modestly--we donated the surplus to CHARITY.

Maybe there's something wrong with  ME...but I'm more proud of saving a buck than Wasting one and find more joy in giving than in pampering myself to exorbitant extremes.


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My most expensive pair of shoes is a $250 pair of boots that I bought for $65.  They are comfortable and Wonderful, but I did NOT pay full price.  Charlie's work boots were $250--he is standing on cement in them for 10-15 hours per day so yes, we do pay more for the better shoe. However, we refuse to pay more than that.  A $1,000 pair of shoes best come with a Johnny Depp look alike to massage my feet every time I take them off!  The price you pay for shoes or a purse, IMHO, should not equal (or be more than) an average person's mortgage payment.
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The Magic of Movie Quotes

We all have our favorite movies and our favorite movie scenes.  If you are X-Gen, you probably often quote these movies--usually only among friends because otherwise people seem to have NO idea what you are talking about and look at you as if you have lost your mind.

The other day Charlie and I were hanging out in the garage grilling dinner.  The dogs were out and the big door was up.  Two men come walking up the drive.  They are dressed nice and carrying pamphlets.
My FIRST thought is:  Jehovah Witness
My Second thought is:  "Chopper, sic balls."
THEN I notice they are wearing badges/tags.
My thought is:  Hanson Roof Salesmen or Salesmen of some-other-annoying-unwanted/needed-sort
"Chopper sic balls."
I finally realize they are....
....
POLITICIANS circulating....
Yes...
"Chopper sic balls" is now REALLY on my lips....
(Mind you, our dogs are Well Socialized and have NO idea what "Sic" even means...but when you have a herd of obviously very excited pit bulls running toward you....)

By this point The Inglorious Bastards are UPON THEM, despite our cries of "leave it" (which works for squirrels but apparently not political candidates) and I realize the one guy is BLIND, so he is being bludgeoned with Pit Bull "I MUST KISS YOU" Love from FIVE sides because our dogs always go for the weakest/most-unsuspecting link...
"They're friendly, but they are going to jump on you and get you all dirty!" I call, as I walk out to try and corral our furry delinquents. The men laughed and were gracious about it--asked the dogs names and breed, petted their heads...They LIKED dogs--which is HOW they got their foot past the door.

Turns out one was a new runner for state senate.  Turns out he was a Democrat.  WE are INDEPENDENT, but lean away from much of what the donkeys have been up to.  In either case, we asked a bunch of questions, heard the man out and after a bit of research he just may have two votes.

'Guess it's a good thing we didn't name any of  the  dogs Chopper...