Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Fourth Day

The Fourth Day

Written by Martin Scott Kosins

If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you'll always remember.

The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your new friend.

You may have spent weeks deciding, or asking opinions of many vets, or chosen that silly looking mutt or kitten in the shelter - simply because something in its eyes reached your heart.

But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your home - and when you feel it brush against you for the first time - it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.

The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later.

It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth.

You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy.

And you will see sleep where you once saw activity.

So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet - and you may add a pill or two to their food.

And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness.

And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day arrives.

And on this day - if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own - on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit.

But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you - you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night sky.

If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or human friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you.

But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joyfilled years, you may find that a soul - a bit smaller in size than your own - seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come.

And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg - very very lightly.

And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lay - you will remember those three significant days.

The memory will most likely be painful, and leave an ache in your heart.

As time passes the ache will come and go as if it has a life of its own.

You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you.

If you reject it, it will depress you.

If you embrace it, it will deepen you.

Either way, it will still be an ache.

But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when - along with the memory of your pet - and piercing through the heaviness in your heart - there will come a realization that belongs only to you.

It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost.

This realization takes the form of a Living Love.

Like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow - and be there for us to remember.

It is a Love we have earned.

It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go.

And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live.

It is a Love which is ours alone.

And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our Beloved Pets -

It is a Love that we will always possess.

Blessings I wish you lots of wet kisses and warm bodies to pet

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Change Military Policy about Animals

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated - Mahatma Gandhi"

PLEASE ~ click on the link that I have provided
This is a PETITION that you can sign that will enable
Soliders to bring home the animals that they have
loved and cared for while in Iraq.
Please ~ do it for the animals and for the soliders

Please tell your friends and relatives to sign this petition and email it to everyone you can, I know I am going to ~ THANK YOU

Till we meet again ~ BLESSINGS
Did you remember to hug your pets today

Saturday, May 9, 2009



Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Until you have held a tiny puppy in your arms as it kissed your face with slobbery puppy breath … and felt the love, Until you have held an injured or severely ill dog in your arms … and felt their pain Until you have looked into the eyes of a tired aging senior dog … and felt their wisdom, And until you have seen and understood the look in your dogs eyes that tell you their time on earth with you is over .... and you humanely let them go, You will never understand the life of a rescuer.

~Author Kathie Sullivan-Parkes~

Until we meet again~Blessings~Cheryl

Friday, March 27, 2009

TGIF ~ Thank God it's Friday

I am going to have TGIF on Fridays to post funny pictures to end your week with a bang

You probably thought this was going to be a comfortable chair
when you put it in my window, but I'll tell ya,
it's nothing like the other chairs

I wanted to show you my baby, I just luv her

Is this where it hurts? It's ok I'm here now!

Where's the spoon, you know I can't eat without a spoon!

Out of the Ocean comes a sea cow

Mom said she's never seen such white teeth, it must

be the new toothbrush she bought us

Only my Hairdresser knows for sure

Who picked out these clothes, your grandma

Get these things off my feet


Have a happy day, and don't forget to hug your pets today and everyday
Till we meet again~Blessings Cheryl

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This blog is now dedicated to my love of animals

I have solely dedicated this blog to animals, I feel quility if I post anything else on here. They are so dear to my heart.

So with that said, this is my beloved animal blog
How could you not love that cute little bundle having a bath
He is just so happy, that we all love animals

I love to post about an animal that is in need of a home, animal rescue groups and saving the seals and the elephants and the bears and any animal plight that is emailed to me or that I find on the internet.

They need the attention and the help, and I feel that maybe my little space here on the World Wide Web, can help, even if it saves one animal or gets the attention of a group of people, I will know that I have done the best that I can do, I can't turn my back on the issues at hand, and I hope I can touch someone elses life with my passion and love for animals.

My dream is to have everyone on this earth of ours to be caring and compassionate to our animal friends.

It isn't always about giving money to groups, although believe me many groups that do rescue need the money to keep doing what they are doing. If you don't have extra money, remember to help out, you can volunteer in a rescue group, you can sew snugglies for animals in rescue shelters, or spread the word to adopt a shelter animal, if you see a stray dog or cat, don't just turn your head, call someone or take them yourself and find their owners. If you see abuse with an animal report it RIGHT AWAY to the local authorities, if you don't, they will never get out of the situation they are in, and most likely they will die. If you see a starving animal, call the authorities, there is no reason in the world an animal should be starving to death. Also this summer in the hot and humid weather, don't walk away from an animal in a car , call the police, it only takes minutes for an animal to die in a closed in car.

Some people need to be educated on animals and the care that they need and require. I promise not to talk always about the bad things, but to also let you know about the happy and good things that happen with the animals. I also will be posting funny pictures and quotes, so that this blog doesn't become depressing, I want you all to visit here and be enlightened and hopefully just maybe a little more educated on the animals issues that surround us all. I know I am always getting educated myself with the issues at hand.

My love of primitives and early american life have taken a back seat to this blog. So with much consideration I have decided to open another blog ( like I have time) and I will dedicate that solely to PRIMITIVE AND EARLIES. It's not open yet and I don't have a name yet, I have a few different names in mind, but have yet to decide on one.

I am always on the lookout for handmade earlies, antiques, antique shops, primitive shops and decorating my home in the early style. But, more about that when my blog is open and running. And, I will sell some items on the blog, from time to time, when I find a good piece that is in need of a home.

I hope you will continue to check this blog and keep updated on all the animal issue's that arise or that I post about in my daily life. I have 3 dogs and 6 cats, and they truly are a blessing and a big part of our family. I can't imagine my home without an animal, since I was a little girl we have had animals of all kinds, but most always a dog or two or five, oops ,sometimes a few too many, for some of the people in the house to be comfortable with. I was one who was always wanting to bring home the stray. My kids have been brought up to love animals and to understand that some people don't love animals as much as other do, so that's where we step in and try our darn best to help.
"If we do nothing - nothing happens"
Till we meet again ~ Blessings Cheryl

Sunday, February 22, 2009

One Million Pets May Lose Homes - HELP

I almost forgot how to post on my blog, it's been awhile.
I've been busy with a NEW job. I started working at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, they have me in their training program. Wonderful company I love it, much much better than where I was before. Much bigger office and the people are awesome.

My new feel good saying is:

Some new information on my furry friends, please read and help where ever and when ever you can and pass this on to others PLEASE

Economic Forecast: One Million Pets May Lose Homes

The current U.S. financial crisis has the potential to grow into a serious animal welfare issue, warns Executive Vice President of ASPCA Programs, Dr. Stephen Zawistowski. As households across the country are caught in the economic downturn, an estimated 500,000 to one million cats and dogs are at risk of becoming homeless.
“According to national financial estimates, approximately one in 171 homes in the U.S. is in danger of foreclosure due to the subprime mortgage crisis,” Zawistowski observes. “Considering that approximately 63 percent of U.S. households have at least one pet, hundreds of thousands are in danger of being abandoned or relinquished to animal shelters.”
To avoid or ease the heartbreak of losing an animal companion due to economic hardship, the ASPCA urges pet owners who are faced with foreclosure to think of alternatives ahead of time:
See if friends, family or neighbors can provide temporary foster care for their pet until they get back on their feet.
If they are moving into a rental property, get written permission in advance that pets are allowed.
Contact their local animal shelter, humane society or rescue group before they move. If a shelter agrees to take the pet, they should provide medical records, behavior information and anything else that might help the pet find a new home.
“Everyone is being affected by the current economic crisis in some way,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “Community animal shelters and rescue groups across the country may soon be seeing an increase in homeless pets or a decrease in the donations they rely on.”
We urge ASPCA News Alert readers to help in any way that you can:
Adopt a homeless pet.
Donate used blankets, towels or even tennis balls to your local animal shelter.
Foster adoptable animals until they find their forever homes.
Help community members who may be struggling to take care of their pets.
For more information on pets in the economic crisis, please visit our pressroom.

Till we meet again~Blessings~Cheryl

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 Humor for the love of our Pets

Have the Holidays left you feeling a little STRESSED

Trying out for the entertainment - for the Family Wedding

When your cup runneth over

I would like to think that her Mommy is right
around the corner


Black or with Milk

This is my kind of dog,

smarter than the people who posted the sign

If the shoe doesn't fit ~ your stuck on the velcro

IF the shoe fits wear it

When your not really sure if you wanted a cat as a pet

Where there is WARMTH there is LOVE

Have a wonderful day with your family,

be safe

And hug your Pets today

Till we meet again~Blessings, Cheryl

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy New Year ~ 2009

The Christmas Holidays are over, Whew, I made it thru another year.

Mailed my cards to family and friends far away.

Wrapped our presents on Christmas Eve with my daughter NiCollette.

On Christmas Eve we made our Breakfast Casserole and French Toast Casserole, and all our pies and cakes.

Christmas morning, we slept in until 9. Put our breakfast in the oven, turned on the coffee and set the table for breakfast, after breakfast we went up to the 3rd floor of our home and opened presents by the Christmas Tree.

After we exchanged our gifts, we headed back downstairs to get ready for Christmas Dinner.

We cooked Prime Rib Roast, a Spiral Ham.

Baked potatoes with sour cream, bacon bits and cheese

Green Bean Casserole, butternut squash, buttered corn rolls and butter

Desserts: Pecan pie, chocolate creme pie, cheesecake and Red Velvet Cake

After dinner we talked with family and friends and relaxed.

What a wonderful day we had, I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Another year is upon us, I hope for good health for family and friends a wonderful happy and prosperous New Year

And remember on New Years Eve when you return home, have something in your hands when you enter your door, it is an old custom that my mother always followed, it means you will have a prosperous New Year

Till we meet again~Blessings~Cheryl

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow Storm is coming to our area, tomorrow, and its a BIG one. We were just hit with an ice storm that left many many towns in New England devasted. Some are still without power. Everyone is geering up for the storm, that's what we do in New England.

School has already been set to let the kids out 3 hours earlier than usual. We go grocery shopping and stock up, because you never know the stores might not open ever again. Shovels are waiting at the doors, the salt is ready to pour on the steps and the walks. The snow blowers have all been gased up and the snow plows you see waiting at the shopping malls and in everyones driveways. We get the cord wood ready for the fire places, the woodstoves and we then enjoy those wonderful roaring fires at the Hearth

This happens every year in New England, and we do it the same way every year. Us New Englanders are very conservative and we like to be ready for what every comes our way. If were not ready then we are devastated.

We know we will survive we are survivors, it usually doesn't just happen once a year, it sometimes happens over and over again. And, then we have next year, and the next year, and as long as we live in New England we will endure the change of seasons. They say if you stand in one place long enough the weather will change. We do have beautiful seasons to enjoy, my favorite is Fall. I grew up in Orlando Florida so I'm not much of a winter person, but I do take it all in stride and try to make the best of the winter. We tend to hibernate during the winter months as the bears do. I like to sew and hook my rugs and decorating is an all time favorite of mine.

It does look pretty when the snow is falling and right after, especially at Christmas time when the houses are all beautifully decorated for the Holidays.
It does get us in the Christmas Spirit. We all love a White Christmas. It seems if its not White, then something is missing. Well its time to bundle down and get ready for the White Winter Wonderland.

I am posting a few pictures of my home decorated for Christmas, these are just a few, more to come

Till we meet again Blessings Cheryl!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I'm almost finished decorating, I have put up a couple of tress and a few of my many Christmas items. I have so much Christmas stuff in boxes in the basement that I don't even bring it all out anymore. I sift through the boxes and every year I seem more selective in what I put out.
I seem to have gotton to be more of a purist with Christmas and decorating. I love to decorate with natural items from the outside. I cut pine from my own pine trees in my yard I bring in pinecones and of course the winter berries oh I love the red winter berries.
I have my little window lights in the windows, my old sleds outside resting on the steps as if someone had just got finished sledding.
I love the old early look of Christmas
Cotton Batting Santas, old mittens, old stockings on the mantel. Lots of my early pieces get a touch of pine to bring out the Christmas feel.
Next, I will go outside and put some white lights on my little old fence in the front yard with a roping of evergreen and some greens on the old sleds.
Bring out the old wool blankets to decorate with, old bowls filled with fresh pine, pomegrantes and oranges
Candy jars filled with old fashioned candy canes
And a wreath on the doors
and maybe if I'm lucky I will string another garland of fruit.
I'll post pictures as soon as it all looks festive
Till we meet again~ Blessings Cheryl

Monday, December 1, 2008


My little eyes are watching

All you say and do

And when I grow up big and tall
I want to be like you.

My little ears are listening

To everything you say

I am learning how to grow up

To be like you someday.

So be careful how you teach me

To be the person that you are.

You’re a knight in shining armor

You’re my brightest shining star.


12-01-1993 / 12-01-2008

Friday, November 28, 2008



Till we meet again~Blessings

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference. It's easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,and they can become your blessings.

Author unknown.
Have a wonderful day with family and friends
I wish you all blessings on this day
Till we meet again ~ Blessings

Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day is a legal U.S. holiday observed each year on November 11. It honors all veterans, living and dead, who fought in wars since World War I.

Remembering all those in active duty, who are fighting for freedom in honor of our country, who are scarificing their lives so that we may live in a free country.

I salute them and pray for them, so they return home safe to their families

Keep them in your prayers

Till we meet again~Blessings

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Voters passed Question 3, which phases out greyhound racing by 2010 at the few remaining Massachusetts racetracks. Racing dogs endure lives of terrible confinement, kept in small cages barely large enough to stand up or turn around for 20 or more hours per day. The dogs also suffer serious injuries in high-speed collisions on the track, including broken legs, head trauma and heart attacks. Fortunately, there's now a light at the end of the tunnel for these gentle dogs.
Till we meet again~Blessings

Tuesday, November 4, 2008



Friday, October 24, 2008

Massachusetts Voters & Greyhounds

If you live and vote in Massachusetts, please click on the link I have provided



Save these beautiful and loving dogs from the cruelty and loneliness they suffer
Let everyone you know about this question on the ballot
They are depending 0n us to save them, please don't let them down


Till we meet again ~ Blessings

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Dreams are such wonderous things And always surpassing fair, Not much like what life brings to us Of trials and sorrow and care. In the years of youth I dreamed fair dreams Of the wonderful things I’d do; But in the eyes of the world today Not one of those dreams came true. But as I sit and backward look, How wonderful it seems That God has sent more marvelous things Than ever was in my dreams.
~ Leila M. Wells ~
Till we meet again~Blessings

Monday, October 13, 2008

Made curtains for my breakfast room

Changed the curtains in my breakfast room last night. These were panels that had tabs on them, I cut the tabs off, sewed a pocket for the tension rod. I hung them with twine. Sew Simple
Till we meet again ~ Blessings