Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Positively Posting on Pets - Wednesday Medley

Awwwwwww, my favorite photo of Bridger and Misty.

Note: No animals were hurt in the making of this blog post, although the only ones still with us are the two at the end, Tommy & Smokey. The others lived long and happy lives. I still miss them. And to those of you who have been around a while, many of these photos will be reruns for you. So this post will contain a mixture of old and new.

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Tuppence, ready to take a nap in the baby buggy


On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day.  This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets.  This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets.
Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet?  While there are more cats than dogs in the United States, more households have dogs than cats, but not by much. Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories.  There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish or rats.  Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure.  So on February 20 (and every day) show your appreciation to your pets! (blue added for emphasis - by me)
 Jazzie, the grandpuppy, enjoying our front porch in wonderful July, 
the shortest month of the year.
Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk or give them more attention on National Love Your Pet Day.  Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets!  Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media.

Our pets are spoiled every day. No need to take it to a new level. They would totally take advantage of it and demand it every day! :-)
 Misty, in her favorite hunting ground, the alfalfa field north of the house.
She loved chasing butterflies!
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Love Your Pet Day.
 Lionel, still very much missed. This is the cat that would crawl under the covers and come up next to me, put his head and paws on my pillow and sleep!
Oh yeah, Mr. C. just loved that. LOLOL
It was SO CUTE!!

By the way, I am grateful every day that God, our Creator, didn't just stick us on some remote outpost made of concrete, but gave us a beautiful earth, full of so many good things (rivers, trees, mountains, flowers, etc.) AND all the incredible animals. Thank you Lord. Help us remember that these all belong to You and we are merely stewards of your good creation. You alone are so deserving of our worship!
1.  Have you ever had a special pet in your life?  Will you tell us about it?
 I know, I know. But Terri did ask!
This is Bridger, for any of you who haven't seen his photo before (multiple times). That would probably be almost no one. LOL
2.  Did you grow up with pets in your home?  What did it teach you?

Yes, we had pets on the farm. But it wasn't the same. Although I think our dog (a Border Collie) was allowed in the house once or twice, it wasn't a regular thing. She was a work dog, whose job was rounding up the cows. I think my parents, like lots of people on farms, thought that animals do not belong in the house. Oh, how mistaken they were! :-))
 Bridger, Misty, and Jazz
3.  Do you ever wonder what animals are thinking?

I'm pretty sure that Bridger was thinking what a lucky dog he was to live in the house and yet be able to go out and play (or lie in the snow) anytime he wanted, and how he wished I'd forget the way to the vet's office. And that's probably what all our pets were thinking. Except for Tommy, who is 99% of the time thinking, 'Where is that tuna??'
This guy loved the snow! I don't know how big, hairy dogs survive in the southern heat.
4.  Sometimes a pet gets out and doesn't return for a few days. What do you think happens to them when they go on a walkabout?

They take a crash course in how to become parents, which is why it's our responsibility to get our pets spayed or neutered. Millions of animals are euthanized each year because of pet overpopulation.
 Allowed on the road ONLY when on lead.
5.  With cats and dogs being the most popular pets, what is the most exotic pet you have personal experience with (didn't have to be yours)?

Our daughter had a pet tarantula, Rosie. Believe it or not, Rosie was a nice pet and didn't seem at all like a you-know-what.

Our granddaughter had a pet rat. Unfortunately, it never ceased to seem like a rat, to me. Ewwwww! I did let it climb up my arm once, just to try to prove something, but catching sight of that tail just makes me shudder!

This rat, on the other hand, is not alive,
and just used to encourage our grandson to eat. You know, imagined competition.
It worked.

 Waiting for me to finish picking green beans.
He never offered to help, although he kept all the wolves and bears away.
I always felt safe from predators with Bridger around.
(UPS, FED EX, USPS, etc.) :-)
Seriously, a German Shepherd would probably give his life to protect his person.
When Mr. C. had to be gone overnight, I always felt safe with Bridger and a 12 gauge shotgun at my side. It's not that I don't trust God, but He did give us tools and a brain!
6.  Please tell us something random about your week so far...

Well, I guess the only random thing I can think of is that we're expecting another couple snowstorms to come through in the next day and over the weekend. Not that we don't have enough snow already. 

 Back Deck
February 19, 2019

 This cute little fella was the subject of the goat?/sheep? debate on my Instagram account this week. I snapped this pic on our way home from Madison, when we took a nice little detour from the Interstate and instead drove on Highway 27 north of Black River Falls. More barn photos coming soon. I was sure that he was a sheep, but the majority of Instagrammers who weighed in say he's a goat. Whichever, it was so sweet of him to pose for me.

 Tommy, held by Mr. C.
That cat loves being upside down!

 Smokey, lying against the footstool, next to the fire.
I told Mr. C. that when we move from the farm, that block of wood is going with us.
He just gives 'that look.' But that block of oak has been used by everyone who sits next to the fire, including the grandkids (and obviously, Smokey!).
 Tommy & Smokey,
our current pet residents
who are SUCH a delight.
(and almost always together)

So, do YOU have animals in your home?  How many and what species and breed?  Inquiring minds want to know! (That would be all of us!). :-) 
(Spouses do not count.) :-D

You might be interested to know that my soap room is off limits to furry critters. Just in case you were wondering. :-)

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Wisconsin's State Capitol Building

 That, ladies and gentlemen, is [the unofficially nicknamed] Miss Forward, atop the Capitol building in Madison, WI. I'm not sure how she got that reputation, (but of course you know I'm kidding. It's to promote the idea that Wisconsin is progressive, I think, and marching ever forward. (But if they were really smart and progressive, they'd find a way to make shorter winters, right?!) And actually, the statue atop the Capitol is officially named 'Wisconsin', but that doesn't seem very creative to me.

 I had the privilege of meeting a couple great Instagrammers this week, one of whom took me to the Capitol to tour that beautiful place (I hadn't done so in several years) while poor Mr. C. was busy taking continuing education courses (and tests) to renew his many licenses connected with asbestos remediation. He's done this kind of work for over 35 years and of course gets 100% on his tests every time. But still I felt a little guilty (not) in going off with and having a fun day with a new IG acquaintance (Bob @bob_b111) and later in the day, being joined by another Instagrammer, Jackie (@amfmgirl) who was also a delight.

 A little lending library, outside a pretty Episcopal church (whose doors, unfortunately, were locked so we didn't get a chance to see the interior.)

 Okay, back to the Capitol.
If you ever get there, ask Tate to give you a tour. She is one amiable, talented, and knowledgeable young woman who knows her Capitol history!

 From a distance, Bucky the Badger, the UW mascot, looked remarkably like a bear to me. Okay, give me a hard time, but he's huge. I've not seen a badger that big.

 Photo taken in the Assembly Chamber
See the eagle?
Do you know the story of Old Abe, our famous feathered friend?

"The eaglet that would later be known as Old Abe was captured from his nest by Ahgamahwegezhig (Chief Big Sky) [*you will not be tested on the spelling or pronunciation of these names] of the Flambeau Band of the Ojibwe Indians. Ahgamahwegezhig traded the bird to the McCann family of Chippewa County, Wisconsin, in the spring or summer of 1861. When President Lincoln called for troops to fight in the Civil War, the McCanns sold it to the Eau Claire militia for $2.50. The militia carried him to Madison where he became part of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. Captain John E. Perkins named him Old Abe after President Lincoln."

Old Abe was carried on a special perch throughout the War. You can read the entire article at Wisconsin History. 

*inserted by me, of course.

Gorgeous Corinthian capitals on Greek verde antique marble columns

and bronze lamp posts.

 You wouldn't look happy either if you had to stand in that position all day.

 "Justice," in mosaic
(beautiful in person!)

Did you know that Wisconsin also has a Liberty Bell?
The one in Philadelphia is cracked, if you'll remember.

"The Capitol holds a replica of the Liberty Bell, given to Wisconsin by France in 1950 as part of a savings bond drive, and quite a bit of controversy." Read the rest of the article HERE.

 I had no idea that Jackie, another Instagrammer (and great photographer!), was taking this photo. It was fun to meet two Instagrammers this week!
Yes, I know I need a haircut. Hopefully, by the time you read this, it is underway.

Have a great Monday, everyone.
And if you have the opportunity to visit the Capitol building in Madison, WI, take it! It's an incredibly beautiful building. We're proud of it!


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