Tuesday, June 14, 2011

RIP Kenda

RIP Sweet Bear

I dunno what to think or say, but I'm just so sad she's died. Really going to miss going to see her at the Ecotarium. I will just try to think of the good times seeing her. Here are a few of my photos from my flickr stream of Kenda in better times.

Snuggly teddy bear (watermarked)

You can read the story of Kenda's passing here.

Teddy Bear 2 (watermarked)

Polar bear coming in for a closer l@@K

Kenda roaring.. (edit)

Kenda goes swimming!

Kenda the Polar Bear {cropped}

RIP Kenda, you will be sorely missed.

XOXO Luv Heather :(

Sunday, June 12, 2011

If You Don't Have a Dog.....

Then Go Get One! Do it now!

DOGS are AWESOME! My dogs have several types of barks that they do. I've been watching, listening & learning from them for some time. When we moved here to this podunk hood' some of their behaviour changed a bit. (I can say Podunk, it's OK, I live here. We even have a Podunk Street, nearby.) But I've heard their UPS man bark. Their next door neighbor's are walking by with their dogs, bark and I've noticed each type of bark is a little bit different. The other morning I heard a weird bark from both of my dogs. Sounded almost panicked to some degree.

I came home the other morning & my dogs were barking LIKE MADCAP CRAZZZZZZAY In the house. Even the black lab cross was going nutso--I thought they must have got bit by a rabid (rabid, not rabbit) skunk or something. WHOOOEEEE Nutso barking! Before I could figure out what was going on inside the house, my nextdoor neighbor came over. She ended up explaining to me why my dogs were going crazy in the house barking. She said: "I was working on my computer, and saw a shadow pass by the window & thought it was one of your dog's lose or something. Looked out & no it was a pretty big bear walking by the window. Saw him walk into your yard, the next neighbor's house & then wander down the street to the other neighbor's.. and then I couldn't see him anymore." She was freaked out a little bit. She's heard a few stories of other folks in the area having seen and or heard him. Neighbor's up the hill from here have horses & sometimes the bear spooks the horses & makes them jump around & bray in the middle of the night. One neighbor reports hearing the bear whacking at his barn's door. Like he was trying to get inside.

Duke Gromit Odie O'Connor

So that MADCAPPPP CRAZZZZY barking I mentioned?? Member that? That was my dogs warning me that there was a bear outside, sniffling around. I know my dogs 'love me' but they are fed solely by me, with only small nibbles & cookies that are given to them by my sons. With the occasional pizza crust handed to them by my husband. But the main amount, the bulk of the food they get, I cook & prep it for them. Then hand it to them to eat. So without me, in a dog's mind--they'd be shit out of luck. So they are both very very overprotective of me, a lot more here, than where we lived in the past (city/ city) here they won't let me out of their sight, I had long been wondering why. "Well sheeeeit, Floyd, looks like you done figured it out. BEAR in tha hood' freaks the dog's out." ;)

Wow. I'm impressed & very thankful to my dog's for taking care of me, their meal ticket. Even if I'm just a meal ticket to them, which I'm guessing I'm not exactly. I mean my Chihuahua always wants to sleep by my feet & sleeps behind me on my computer chair (right this very minute) sure it might be chilly out today, and she's staying warm behind me, but it's cause she loves me. I know it is.

--Heather :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Massachusetts ROCKS!

On June 1 2011 we had a devastating tornado in Western/Central Massachusetts.

Dark clouds

The very next day, folks began getting together to help those in need! I LOVE Massachusetts! I'm on an homeschool mailing list & folks are pouring in with help & donations! The letter is below:

Dear Friends

I know we have all been touched in one way or another by the events of June 1.

I spent this morning at Hitchcock Academy in Brimfield. When I walked in the door I was overwhelmed and in awe by the amount of clothing, shoes, bedding and toy donations that have been given by neighbors to help neighbors impacted by the June 1 tornadoes . As I sorted clothing and organized packages of new underwear and socks, cars and trucks continued to pull up and the donations continued to pour in. Hitchcock Academy truly is a COMMUNITY Center.


-GET THE WORD OUT to all those in need. Hitchcock Academy in Brimfield will be open this week Monday through Friday 9 AM to 9PM. Families can come in or send a neighbor, relative or friend to pick up pillows, towels, blankets, shoes, crayons, toys, bubbles or even just a shirt or new pair of underwear or socks.

-VOLUNTEER to help at Hitchcock. Call Sue Gregory at 413 245-9977. Some jobs are best done by adults but some can be accomplished with children.

At this time additional donations of goods are not needed .

In ending, I wanted to share with you my experience and to thank all who have donated, and Hitchcock and their staff for opening their doors to be a center for the community.

If you need more info please contact Stacia at scaplanson at gmail dot com

Stacia Caplanson
Cedarbrook Learning Connections


Now I'm doing my small itty bitty part & passing this onto you. I'm also sell photos in my Etsy shop. Now until July 1st 50% of all sales will go to help the people affected by the June 1 Tornados. I'll donate by way of buying items to donate to Hitchcock Academy for dispersal that way, or directly to the Red Cross & let them pass the money onto folks who need to rebuild. I myself had a fire when I was young newlywed & we lost everything. The Red Cross was great giving us a place to stay, and a coupon voucher to get anything we needed. I'd love to be able to give back & help them out!

--Heather :)

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