Things I’m Loving These Days



I bought this nativity from a school fundraiser catalog many, many years ago when my nephew was in elementary school (he’s 32 now). It’s plain and was low-priced, but you know what? I love it. It brings me peace at Christmas time and it signifies what this season is all about. I haven’t put it out since getting my kittens three years ago for fear that they would break it, but I’ve missed it and so this year I got it out. So far so good. For many years now, I’ve wanted to buy myself a bigger and more elegant nativity set, but as the years go by, I think I’m kinda attached to this little one.

Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea



This is like drinking hot spiced apple cider. Yum! It warms a body up on a cold fall night!

Celine Dion and the Canadian Tenors singing Hallelujah 

This aired on the Oprah Winfrey show in February of 2010. Love the song, love the Canadian Tenors and LOVE Celine Dion (in case you haven’t noticed).

Finding Peace: God’s Promise of a Life Free from Regret, Anxiety, and Fear– by Charles Stanley


This has been the perfect book for Advent reading. It’s the second book I’ve read by Charles Stanley and I love his writing. I’ll admit, peace has alluded me lately, with all the political unrest going on in our world today, as well as what seems to me an unfortunate increase in the spewing of hatred all over the Internet. This book is helping me find much-needed peace. Highly recommended!

True Lemon/True Lime

true lemon true lime 100 cts



I recently had an experience with a small kidney stone (lucky me) and so I’ve been drinking lots more water. I came across this product in the grocery store and decided to give it a try. It’s packets of crystallized real lemon/lime (it also comes in orange and grapefruit). One packet is equivalent to one citrus wedge. It makes water taste so refreshing with that fresh-squeezed taste.  And it’s all natural with no additives and zero calories. I’ve been drinking a lot more water since discovering this product. And I need all the help I can get in that regard.

Gail ♥ 

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Magical Moment

I could never tire of listening to this duet between Celine Dion and Josh Groban singing the song, “The Prayer.”  It has to be one of the most exquisite duets ever performed.  They have a definite voice chemistry together.  SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL.  I like the Celine Dion/Andrea Bocelli version too but this one moves me more for some reason.


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What My Cats Love Most About the Christmas Season



It’s all about the paper and boxes people.


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Sunday Glory- An Advent Prayer


Second Sunday of Advent

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to
preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:
Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our
Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, BCP


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Jolly Old Saint Nicholas


I remember as a child, playing my mother’s old 78 rpm record that had the song, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, on it and I loved it. I also remember learning the words to this song and singing it in the second grade in 1966. My second grade class got to parade to the principal’s office to sing it and Up on the Housetop over the intercom for the rest of the school. That was a big deal folks.


My second grade class and one of my favorite years in elementary school.  My teacher was Hubena Andrews and I dearly loved her.  I’m on the bottom row, sitting 6th from the left in the pink skirt suit.  My mother always pinned a Christmas corsage on my sisters and me for picture day.  Don’t you love the fake cheesy candle props?


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Silent Night Trio

A Beautiful blending of all three voices. Loving this…

Gail ♥

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Today’s WordPress one-word prompt is gorge.

One definition of gorge is:  to eat a large amount greedily; fill oneself with food.


photo image from Pixabay.  Not the pup mentioned in this post…. only one who greatly resembled him.

A veterinarian at times sees some pretty unusual things and I often wish I would have documented some of those unusual cases with photos.

One particularly memorable case came one night when a client called the veterinary clinic to report that her 10 week old puppy wasn’t feeling well. She said he appeared very bloated and was moaning as if he had a belly ache. She was instructed to bring the pup in for an exam (the clinic I worked at was open until 10 pm). Just a few minutes later, in she walked with a cute little black and tan shepherd mix puppy.

While taking a history, the owner told us she had cooked hamburgers for dinner that night and had disposed of the hamburger grease in her driveway.


The pup went outside to play with her children, found the hamburger grease she had poured in the driveway, and began licking at the grease. Soon after, it came back in the house with a very bloated belly, and moaned and groaned with every movement it made.

Upon entering the exam room, I found a lethargic puppy with a very bloated abdomen.  Despite it’s lethargy, the pup managed to greet me with a tail wag and then flopped to the exam table where it moaned and grunted with every breath. I palpated its little abdomen and the only way I can describe it is to say that it felt like a rather large bean bag. All I could feel were small pebbles and lots of them. The puppy, while licking the hamburger grease in the driveway, had swallowed probably close to two cups of gravel in the process.

When I picked the puppy up and moved him from side to side, and up and down, it literally sounded like someone was shaking these.


Yep, maracas. No, I’m NOT kidding. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen and heard it for myself. Poor sweet little fella literally had a belly full of gravel and one heck of a stomachache to go along with it. Other than the rocks in the belly, he checked out okay. His color and capillary refill time were good, his temperature was normal, his eyes, ears, nose, teeth, and throat were all normal, and his heart and lungs sounded good. His hydration was normal and surprisingly he was not vomiting or making any attempt to vomit.

I passed a stomach tube and administered a small amount of mineral oil to start lubricating his digestive tract from the top down. A while later he was also given a mineral oil enema to aid in the removal of the gravel.

We put him in a run and kept him for observation. Once he began to blow out the gravel, he returned to normal fairly rapidly. By the time he was done, the run he was in resembled a small rock quarry! I couldn’t believe that one small pup had gorged that much gravel. His abdomen went down to normal size. He became a happy, active, playful little puppy again who no longer sounded like maracas.

It was a case I would never forget.

Gail ♥

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