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Fresh Order

Order on Display

It sure looks appealing, doesn’t it? This display of produce at my local Food Lion grocery store drew me right in! The bright, fresh produce separated into individual baskets made for an inviting display. It made my eyes happy and my mouth water.

I love Mexican food, including guacamole! On the day I took this picture, there was a worker mixing these ingredients into spicy, fresh quacamole right before my eyes. And, she was giving away samples!

As you can see below, the recipe and shopping list were posted on the side of the display!

Recipe Order

Of course, I had to try the recipe out for myself. While I can’t guarantee that you will like it, I sure did!

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: order

Resilient Tabby

Look!

Look!

Look at my sweet Stripey’s eyes!

Not too long ago, I noticed that my cat didn’t seem to be able to see the way he usually did. I wondered if he had suddenly lost his sight because of a kitty stroke. I hoped it would get better, but soon he couldn’t see at all and I called his vet.

Poor little Stripey was resilient. He just walked slowly and close to the walls and found his way around my house. He could find his food, water and litter box from memory. I made sure not to move anything around so as not to confuse him. It was hard to guide him because, at 18 years old, Stripey’s hearing was already diminished. If I pounded on the floor and called his name, he would sometimes turn toward the vibration. I tried not to startle him, but still tried to comfort him by sitting near. He would sit close and even sit on my lap. The saddest thing was that he couldn’t look at me! I really missed the eye contact. His pupils stayed dark and large. My heart was breaking for him, but he just carried on and adapted.

By the time of Stripey’s vet appointment, I had been already been trying to find answers by googling his symptoms. Turns out that a cat can go blind from detached retinas if his blood pressure is too high. I read that there was a possibility of restored vision if blood pressure medication was started soon enough.

The mobile vet confirmed that my cat’s blood pressure was too high. He was started on blood pressure medicine. But, I wondered, was it in time? Another week later, he still couldn’t see, and while his blood pressure was better, it was still too high. So, the vet increased his medicine dosage, which did improve his vital measurements. I was cautiously hopeful.

I prayed and prayed for a miracle. I thought he seemed to be seeing a little, but wondered if it was my imagination. I kept praying. I gave him his medicine every day by applying a compounded cream on the tip of his inner ear. I prayed that with lowered blood pressure, the fluid behind his eyes would go away so that his retinas could reattach. I worried that it was too late. I prayed some more.

One day, I was holding Stripey on my lap and I noticed his eyes. The pupils were constricting in the light! I excitedly took this picture to document the moment I knew he could see light.

I started to notice that Stripey wasn’t hugging the walls when he walked through my rooms. He moved a little faster. And, one day, he looked up into my eyes and I knew he saw me! My prayers were answered! I was so happy! After five weeks, my beloved Stripey could see again.

So, keep this in mind, especially if your cat has a sudden change in vision, and make sure to see your vet. I had no idea that a cat could have high blood pressure and need blood pressure medicine. Did you?

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: resilient

Garnish Fun!

Garnish Fun

Garnish Fun

How’s this for a fun start to the weekend? I met a friend for lunch at a farm to table restaurant called Local Roots today. I think the vibrant garnish on my mason jar Bloody Mary shouts fun, don’t you?

We had good drinks, good food and good conversation! Then, we walked down the street and looked around in a cool consignment shop with vintage clothing and decor. I didn’t buy anything today, but it was fun to look.

WordPress reminded me that today is my two year blogging anniversary! Blogging has been a fun way to connect with different people from all over! My interest in photography has been inspired by so many fantastic photo bloggers! Bloggers are so open to sharing tips, life stories, words of praise and encouragement. Being part of a blogging community is great and I look forward to expanding my circle of blogger friends!

I will place my photo and post as a response to the WordPress weekly photo challenge:
Fun!

Across The Fence

Fence Chat

Fence Chat

Most of my conversations with my neighbors happen across our fences. We share small talk, mostly about our pets or the weather. It’s easy conversation, friendly banter, sharing obvious common interests. We forge a connection without deep expectations.

Neighborhood bonds seemed tighter when I was a youngster. Now, my neighbors and I seem content with a wave, a smile and a few kind words. I imagine there are different social rules in every neighborhood. What’s it like where you live?

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Posted in response to the daily post prompt:
Fence

Connect with Nature

Unplugged

Unplugged

It can be hard to disconnect from our computers and social media. I want to keep up with all the posts of my blogger friends. I don’t want to miss anything. Still, it is good to take a break from the screens-even if I do find myself rushing to share a story or picture from that time away!

Taking a Sunday drive just to look around town, or to get away from town, can be a good way to unplug. Today, I went to a nearby park to investigate the view.

The leaves were mostly fallen from the trees, leaving a clearer view of the creek. Clinging to autumn, some bold red leaves were left to frame the water bank. The air was crisp, but not too cold. The sound of the water flowing across rocks was calming.

Since the park was empty, except for my brother and me, the walk around park pathways was quiet. The day was perfect for contemplation and appreciation of nature.

As usual, I felt compelled to take pictures of the world around me. It can be hard to put the camera down. I came to have a greater recognition of the beauty that surrounds me when I started taking more photographs. I feel fortunate to live in a place where I can take a peaceful walk in quiet surroundings.

*posted in response to the daily prompt:
Bloggers, Unplugged

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. It is a reminder to slow down and count our blessings. I have so much to be thankful for today.

This is my first Thanksgiving without my mother. I am thankful to have had so many years to spend with her, sharing moments together, great and small, that would become precious memories. She taught me right from wrong. She made me feel special. I knew she loved me with every breath. I miss her smile and voice and tender touch. She is still with me in spirit and I am thankful.

The person that understands this the most is my brother. We share our beliefs and prayers. I trust him with all my heart. He gives great advice and lifts my spirits. We think a lot alike; although, he is a million times smarter than me! He is thoughtful and loyal and kind. He is a true friend.

I am thankful for my friendships, old and new. To be able to share laughs, tears and ideas with kindred spirits is a gift.

You may not all celebrate this holiday. Still, I wish you all a day of peace, laughter and thankfulness. And, pumpkin pie too! Happy Thanksgiving!

What? It’s Off-Season

What?

What?

Since it is June and winter is long gone, I should have packed away my gloves. Instead, I left them out and they became a siren call to my pup, Pal.

Pal is a funny boy. He is lavished with attention but has recently learned he can get even more with his antics. He has started going from room to room and then walking by us with a treasure, like a sock or scarf or oven mitt or even a pair of pants carried by one pant leg with the other dragging behind. He doesn’t try to hide his behavior. He slowly walks by, shifting his gaze to make sure he has been noticed. He knows how to get a reaction.

I want to be mad, but he is just so funny that I laugh instead. Pal is a clown. He knows we will go over to him and sternly tell him to “put it down.” This will go on until he releases his grip or is bribed with a treat.

I know…I know…I am not a dog whisperer! I know not to reward his behavior. At least I have him shake my hand before he gets his snack.

Recently, my winter glove was his treasure of choice. He seemed to be thinking, “What? You don’t need this. It’s off-season.” Lesson learned…by me!

*posted in response to the weekly photo challenge: Off-Season

Bird Bath in the Sun (One Word Photo Challenge-Sun)

Bird Bath on a Sunny Day

Bird Bath on a Sunny Day

Yesterday, I decided to take a short walk at lunchtime. I figured going outside for a little fresh air and sunshine would energize me for the afternoon.

Plus, I knew the theme of JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge for this week was SUN. I hoped I might notice something related to the theme to inspire a photo. I embarked on my mission.

I noticed sunlight reflecting off of cars and building windows. I snapped a few pictures of flowers soaking up the sunshine. Then, as I rounded a corner, I saw a big rock pigeon taking a birdbath and preening its feathers in the sun. Photo mission accomplished.

Mauve Mice (One Word Photo Challenge-Mauve)

Mauve Mice

Mauve Mice

Close-up. Mauve mice holding cheese. Promising catnip pleasure. Cat hair authentic.

My cat, Stripey Boy, loves catnip. I came across some of his toys when I was searching my house for the color mauve. He had a grand time playing. I tried to snap a picture of him at play, tossing and pouncing on these little cloth mice, but he was moving too fast!

(Posted as entry for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Mauve)

Walled Words

Walled Words

Walled Words

I knew I had to have this framed tapestry as soon as I saw it at a town festival. It seemed like a pricey purchase at the time, but I told myself that it would be worth the cost. I knew it would be perfect hanging on the brick wall in my computer room at home.

The size seemed just right and I thought the rich wooden frame would look nice against the brick. A picture of books seemed ideal for a home office.

I thought the fact that the artwork was a framed tapestry was unusual. The colorful antique books almost looked real enough to touch. I liked the way the books seemed well-worn but well-loved. I liked the way the pattern repeated itself, although I didn’t notice it at first. I tried to imagine the book topics. History, romance, poetry and personal journals all waiting to be discovered.

The artwork on my wall reflects the way books, reading and writing have always been an important part of who I am.

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Posted In response to the weekly photo challenge-Wall.

Wall

This photo is also posted as my fifth entry for the Five Days Challenge that I have been invited to participate in by terryb at through the lens of my life.. The challenge is to post five photos, one per day, for five days and write a story to go along with each photo. The story can be fiction or non-fiction. It can be a short paragraph, a page or a poem. Each day I am to select another person to carry on the challenge. Today, I extend an open invitation for all readers to join in the fun!

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