Hi gang! Is it C.O.L.D. where you are?! We hit 36 this morning, but the wind chill knocked it down to 26. Friday morning is supposed to be even chillier, and record lows could be set – according to our weather lady. I know, I know. Some of you reading this would kill for 26 right about now! We watch all the weather reports about what’s happening up north, and we think about what you’re having to go through this winter. Hurry up, Spring!
The Hortons have been pretty busy this week getting into volunteer mode! Ted spent his first day in the Fort Matanzas Visitors Center on Wednesday, and I spent Tuesday afternoon photographing adult cats at the Flagler Humane Society.
You know how much Ted loved working in the Mackinac State Historic Parks Visitors Center each summer. He got to talk, talk, talk about the history of Mackinac, and he loved meeting folks from all over the world. Here at Fort Matanzas (story coming on the fort as soon as the weather warms up) the Visitors Center is very small, and each volunteer mans the Center alone. A day includes greeting visitors, sharing a video on the history of the fort, answering questions, providing free tickets for the ferry which carries folks over to the fort, and selling books and souvenirs. Ted has never run a cash register in all his 67 years, so that was quite an experience the first day – he got a quick 4-hour training session, and then he was on his own!
We’re both learning that living in a Florida beach town is good AND bad when it comes to volunteering. It’s good because there are tons of senior citizens wanting to volunteer their time, and it’s bad because there are tons of senior citizens wanting to volunteer their time. Finding an empty “slot” to work is difficult. That is great for the organizations wanting volunteers, but having to get on a waiting list to work for free is a new experience! I think Ted will be “on call” for a while – working when someone else can’t show up for whatever reason, and that’s fine – but he’s hoping for a regular spot soon!
When I submitted my application to volunteer at Flagler Hospital Flagler I was told there were no openings. But – I got an email this week asking me to come in – slots had opened up. So – hopefully I’ll be doing whatever they need me to do soon. It’s all a process though – especially working at a hospital. Lots of red tape – but that’s the way it should be in ensure everyone’s safety – so no worries!
Volunteering at the Flagler Humane Society is going to be my main focus – I think. I spent three hours Tuesday taking adult cats – one by one – out of their cages into an empty “play room”. I’d love on them a while, then put them down to roam and explore, while I sat on the floor and tried to capture a decent photo. I learned quickly that photographing cats is SO MUCH different than photographing dogs. You can get dogs to do a lot just by snapping your fingers to get their attention – or talking baby talk in a high, squeaky voice. Cats could pretty much care less about any of that!
I’m learning a lot about photography by doing this, but there is so much I don’t know. There are literally dozens of black cats at the shelter, and trying to get a good photo -showing their personality – is very hard. Studying up on this!
In case you’re wondering why I didn’t photograph dogs my first day: 1) I have to find someone to get the dog out of the kennel and take it outside. I learned VERY fast I couldn’t handle even a medium size dog very well even on a potty walk – and trying to get a good photograph is going to require two people each time – one to walk the dog and me to take the photos 2) It was raining on Tuesday.
I don’t think I even have to mention this, but I will anyway. If any of the kitties or pooches you see here over the next few months reaches into your heart – and you realize you can’t live without it – just let me know! I’ll be glad to get you in touch with the right person to start the ball rolling toward you giving one of these beautiful creatures a forever home!
A MACKINAC RIDE
This afternoon I received an email from a buddy who included a very recent video of a snowmobile ride from St. Ignace to the island on the ice bridge. I settled back into my comfy chair and escaped to my magical island via this video and the beautiful music that accompanies it. Thanks to Cal Kladder for sharing this Tony Baiardi (Images By Anthony) video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa8xzS_VqCd&sns=em
Have a great rest of the week, and I’ll see you back here – good Lord willing – on Sunday.