Ice Cubes and Dripping Water

My cats are weird little creatures (but I love them all the same).  Dakota (the gray tabby) is obsessed with ice.  He’s been that way since I got him as an 8 week old kitten.  We named him Dakota because he came from a barn in South Dakota.  I told my husband we should have named him ice-cube.  When he was a kitten, I would put an ice-cube on the kitchen floor and he and Nugget (the blonde tabby) would quickly get into a very captivating game of ice hockey.  They’re a pretty entertaining pair to watch.  I swear Dakota can be at the opposite end of the house from the kitchen and if someone drops an ice cube on the floor or if he so much as hears the refrigerator door ice dispenser, he’ll come running at breakneck speed to get to that ice.  Put an ice cube in his water bowl, and you’ve just made his day (and a friend forever).

Nugget, on the other hand, is obsessed with water.  And I mean to the point of needing therapy.  He particularly likes dripping water.  His favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is to sit and watch water dripping from a faucet.  I think the cat would sit there for 6 hours watching water drip.  I’m not sure why, but it just fascinates him.   His little head follows every drop.  Drip. Drip. Drip.

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He not only sits on it, he likes to watch it flush too!

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Put Nugget out on the screened in porch on a rainy day and he’s in pure bliss watching water dripping everywhere.  He can’t get enough.

Last night Dakota and Nugget were both looking pretty bored on a rainy winter night.  I got an old pan, filled the bottom with ice, and set it down on the living room floor.  They played with that ice for over an hour until it all melted (well Dakota played while Nugget mostly watched).  Nugget gets most of his entertainment watching Dakota.  He did play a little.

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Trust me when I tell you this cat is in heaven.  Ice cubes are his favorite thing in the whole world.  He would rather play with ice than eat.   

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Funny little creatures these two are.  The things they can entertain themselves with are endless.  Never a dull moment with these little guys around.

Gail ♥

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Exquisite Niagara Falls

Daily WordPress prompt: Exquisite

My husband and I had a two-part honeymoon.  We had a late wedding (8 pm) and so we spent our wedding night close to the church we married in— what used to be the Opryland Hotel but what is now called Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.  From there we ventured on to Pennsylvania and stayed several nights at one of the Poconos honeymoon resorts which was lovely and quite romantic.  We took romantic strolls in the woods, rode bikes, rode paddle boats on the lake, went horseback riding, tried our hand at archery (which we had both taken as a PE course in college), were wined and dined with exquisite meals, and even played (and won!) a Newlywed game at our resort. We were the ONLY couple to get all questions correct for a perfect score. I was quite proud of us for that!  And yes, we played this newlywed game up on a stage in front of a huge audience (on exhibit for all to see) where we were asked all kinds of embarrassing newlywed questions.  I think this shy gal must have turned 50 shades of red.  Our prize for being the winning couple was a trophy and a bottle of champagne.  I am sad to say I learned a few years ago that the Poconos resort we stayed at has closed and sold and is no longer a honeymoon resort.

After several nights at the Poconos, we hit the road again and drove to Buffalo New York to Niagara Falls.  It was always my ultimate honeymoon destination.  I. Love. Niagara. Falls. All I can say is that it was the epitome of exquisiteness.  I think what I was most surprised about with Niagara Falls was how up close and personal you could get with the falls.  My mother and father had been to Niagara Falls in their younger days and told my husband and me to be sure and ride the Maid of the Mist boat ride (which takes you right up to the horseshoe falls) which I knew would take me probably closer to the falls than I ever cared to be.  But I had no idea that there were so many different viewing vantage points via walking (below the falls, beside the falls, behind the falls, above the falls).  All were quite majestic.  I felt like I was in a fairy tale when I was there.

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Me at Niagara Falls (American side)- August 1985.  This was one heck of a viewpoint of the falls.  You could almost feel the roar of the falls in your body.

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I loved everything about that place.  The weather was gorgeous the week we were there. The skies were a beautiful azure blue and the sun shone golden and warm and made glittering sparkles on the water going over the falls.  The weather was a much welcome break from the  August heat and humidity of the Southeast that we were accustomed to.  It seemed there was always a pleasant cool breeze flowing.

I loved the short hike from our hotel to the falls.  I loved the bridge walk that took us right over the American falls (I often dream about that walk).  I loved the curving winding hike through the woods that led us to the Bridal falls.  I loved that green tinted water barreling over the Horseshoe falls. I loved the feel of the cool mist on my arms.  I loved the colorful rainbows that seemed to be everywhere around the falls. Some people say the Canadian falls have the American falls beat.  I might have to argue with that. I loved them both and thought each was beautiful in its own way.  I loved venturing over to the Canadian side and seeing the lovely colorful landscaping there. What beautiful flowers!  I loved sitting on the benches at night with my brand new husband, holding hands and watching other newlyweds sharing sweet kisses by the falls and learning why Niagara Falls is called the honeymoon capital of the world. I loved how much in love I felt with my new husband.  I loved feeling even more awed by God, our creator, and the magnificent beauty he made for us to enjoy.  I loved us donning rain ponchos and riding Maid of the Mist.  I loved donning rain coats a second time and taking the tunnel tours that take you behind the falls.  I loved standing at the brink of the falls and not being able to even fathom why anybody in their right mind would attempt to go over the falls in a barrel or a kayak or anything for that matter, and trying hard to understand how anyone ever survived such a feat.  Only just a week after we were there, on August 18, 1985, a man went over the Horseshoe falls in a barrel and survived!  He was the youngest person (age 22) to survive going over the falls in a barrel.  And to think we missed that by one week!  

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Niagara Falls tunnel view

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But most of all, I loved the lights shining on the falls at night.  The lights were turned off late each night (I  believe at midnight if my memory serves me correctly) and that was a surreal experience to have those lights suddenly go out and find yourself standing in total darkness amidst that thundering roar of the falls.  I read an article that the lights have recently been replaced with much brighter LED lights and there are more colors and more color combinations.

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Part of me would love to go back and visit Niagara Falls, but the other part of me wants to protect my lovely honeymoon memories and all the memories I have of how exquisite that place was.  I want to keep those perfect unspoiled memories right in my heart forever. I’ve learned that when you revisit places you love from your memory, that it’s often not as you remember it from before.  I don’t want to lose those precious memories.  I often dream of Niagara Falls and it is always just as beautiful, if not more so, in my dreams than it was in real life.  It’s always a magical place in my dreams and I always awaken feeling so happy.  I would like to see Niagara Falls in the winter.  My son traveled there one winter while in college when part of the American Falls were frozen.  He said it was really pretty but that a lot of the viewing areas were roped off and closed because the mist from the falls constantly freezes, making it quite hazardous for tourists.  Yes, definitely exquisite… that’s how I would describe Niagara Falls.

Gail ♥

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Shine

Today’s WordPress daily prompt: Shine

Some of my favorite things are things that shine…..

Candles that shine. 

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New shiny truck!

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Night lights that shine, lighting our pathway in the dark.

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Smiling snaggle-toothed jack-0-lanterns shining brightly on Halloween night!

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Sun shining on lake water

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The sun shining its last hurrah for the day!

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Shiny, glimmering ice-covered tree branches in wintry sunlight

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Shining little personalities!

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Shining colored glass.

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God’s Greatest glory shining brightly for us all to see!

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And last but not least…. a favorite bible verse.

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Gail 

 

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Slogging Through Molasses

I had good intentions for this day but it was just one of those days.  One of those days where I felt like I was wading through molasses and moving in very slow motion.  Ever had one of those days?  My husband said he has felt the same way today which isn’t like him.  He’s been curled up in a blanket on the couch most of the day watching football and flipping channels.  He said he’s been cold all day.  It is very cold outside (for a southerner that is).  My cats have not even wanted to go outside and when they do, they’re wanting back in within 5 minutes.

On my agenda for today was to straighten the Christmas storage shelves down in the basement and the floor around those shelves.  I also wanted to go through all the Christmas boxes, bows and the wrapping paper container and reorganize those.  I actually did go down and get started on that but I felt like I was in an icebox so I ended up coming back upstairs when my teeth started actually chattering.  I took down the Christmas decorations in the house several days ago (the little tree today) but the boxes are stacked, piled and lined up in the hallway waiting to be carried down to the basement to be put on those reorganized shelves.  It won’t be happening today.

We got just a dusting of snow Friday night and Saturday morning (the first snowflakes we’ve seen this winter).  With our 60 and 70-ish degree weather lately, I was beginning to wonder if we were even going to have a winter at all this year.  The snow didn’t amount to anything but the sleet we got prior to the snow  was just enough to ice up our driveway and the very steep hills on our street. Our street doesn’t get much sun at all and when it does ice up, it usually keeps us stranded for a while.  But thankfully, the county (or somebody) came by and brined/salted it so we were able to get out last evening.

Hubby and I were in the mood for a hot bowl of chili tonight and when we were at the store yesterday, he specifically asked me if I had all the ingredients at home to make a pot tonight.  I assured him I did.

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Well, surprise, surprise, when I went to cook that pot of chili tonight, there were no chili ingredients to be found anywhere in the pantry—no kidney beans or canned tomatoes or tomato paste.  So much for having chili tonight.  So I made potato cheese soup instead and had that with some sub sandwiches and salads.  I guess I’m off to the store again tomorrow for those chili ingredients.  I did sit down and did the dinner menu planning for the rest of the week.

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Well, I think I’ll go make the hubby and me another mug of hot lemon tea.

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Here’s hoping for a more productive tomorrow!  Stay warm!

Gail ♥

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Sunday Glory

Today’s WordPress daily prompt: Infinite

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Gail ♥

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Things I’m Loving These Days

1. New pig mug.  Yes, this makes 3 pig mugs. Image result for smiley face emoticons

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2.  Cute snuggled kitties (one did not appreciate being woken up for his picture).

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And kitties who sleep in funny positions (Yes, I woke him from his nap again…. shame on me)!  Can’t a  guy cat get any sleep around here?  

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3.  Alison Arngrim’s memoir (she played Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie)

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I started this book yesterday and haven’t wanted to put it down.  It’s mostly a very fun book to read and Alison Arngrim writes with a lot of wit and humor as she tells some behind the scene happenings while filming Little House on the Prairie.  Last year I collected all the Digitally Remastered DVDs (yes, all 9 seasons thank you very much) and watched them all, reliving my childhood days.  It’s been fun to get the real scoop on some of the episodes and the actors in the show.  For some reason, the older I get, the more I like reading memoirs.

4.  Grown sons who still like to read.

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5. White chocolate covered peppermint pretzels

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It’s a good thing these are limited edition.  I absolutely love them and could easily develop a bad habit of snacking on these bad boys all the year-long.  I love any kind of chocolate but especially like white chocolate.  Sometimes I melt my own white chocolate and dip my own pretzels and they’re pretty good if I do say so myself.  Next time I might have to try adding some finely crushed peppermint to the melted chocolate or even just some peppermint flavoring.  My husband isn’t a real big fan of white chocolate but when I got him to taste these during the holidays, he said, “These are really good!”

Gail ♥

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Tempted

Daily prompt: Tempted

Yesterday, in my bible reading, I read through Matthew 4:1-11 which tells about how Jesus, after his Baptism, was led into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan.  He fasted there for 40 days and 40 nights.

1 Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. 2 After spending forty days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry. 3 Then the Devil came to him and said, “If you are God’s Son, order these stones to turn into bread.” 4 But Jesus answered, “The scripture says, “Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks.’ ” 5 Then the Devil took Jesus to Jerusalem, the Holy City, set him on the highest point of the Temple, 6 and said to him, “If you are God’s Son, throw yourself down, for the scripture says, “God will give orders to his angels about you; they will hold you up with their hands, so that not even your feet will be hurt on the stones.’ “ 7 Jesus answered, “But the scripture also says, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 8 Then the Devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their greatness. 9 “All this I will give you,” the Devil said, “if you kneel down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus answered, “Go away, Satan! The scripture says, “Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!’ ” 11 Then the Devil left Jesus; and angels came and helped him.

 

All three times in this passage when the devil tempted Jesus, Jesus responded to the temptation with scripture.  While on Earth, Jesus never gave in to the temptations he faced and never sinned.  I’ve read this passage many times before but up until yesterday, I never questioned the “whys” of Jesus’ temptation.  What was the purpose of Jesus being tempted?  Was it so that he could better understand our weaknesses and temptations?  Was it to prepare him for His ministry that was soon to follow?  Was it to show us humans with all our weaknesses, an example of how we are to respond to temptation?

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Every single one of us faces temptation on this earth on a daily basis.  God never tempts us but he allows us to be tempted.  The Bible says that Satan, the supreme tempter, roams the Earth like a lion, looking for someone to devour.  He tries his darndest to turn God’s children against Him.  But Satan has ultimately been defeated by the death of Jesus on the cross and by His Resurrection, which overcame the power of sin and death forever. With the help of the Holy Spirit, prayer, and God’s Word, we can fight temptation. These are stronger than anything that Satan can throw our way.  God will never let us be tempted beyond what we can bear and He will always provide a way out for us.

Gail

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