Settle back, y’all. It’s going to be one of those loooong posts . . . I can just feel it!
I’ve realized that the crashing of a laptop no longer throws me into a total tizzy like it used to do. My iPhone gives me the ability to do most everything I can do on the computer – phone folks (even Skype), text messages, pay bills, surf the internet, get directions to anywhere I want to go, watch movies, listen to music . . . the list goes on and on. But what I simply CAN’T abide doing on my phone is writing this blog. I have a hard enough time texting a couple of sentences (I think my fingers are too big – or maybe it’s just a mental block), and to even consider writing an entire blog post on that T.I.N.Y keyboard makes me want to just go hurl myself into the ocean! I taught myself to type at home at the age of 11 on an old Royal manual typewriter, using a “Learn to Type” book my daddy brought home one day. The book was actually for my mom (although I can’t imagine why daddy thought she needed to learn this skill). Mom pretty much ignored it, but I grabbed it up and had a blast pounding away on those old keys. When I actually took “typing” in high school as a Freshman, I was timed at 50 words per minute on the first day of class. You can imagine my speed when I discovered ELECTRIC typewriters!
Anyway . . . . I do post to Facebook from my iPhone, and over the last 10 days those of you who do Facebook have been able to pretty much see what we’ve been up to. For y’all, this post will be a little repetitious, but I wanted to share some of those same stories with my readers who aren’t on Facebook. So bear with me on this one – there are a few things in here I haven’t covered on Facebook.
FLAGLER HUMANE SOCIETY
It’s really ridiculous when your “retired” schedule is so busy you can’t find a day to volunteer – but that was the case last week. I never got out to the Humane Society, but I did get all my TB testing done to work at Florida Hospital Flagler. On Saturday I’m going to work a few hours for the Humane Society at a spring festival at one of the Flagler churches. We’ll have information to give out, and we’re taking a few pooches and kitties that are available for adoption. On Monday, I’ve got an all-day orientation at the hospital. After that orientation, I’ll be ready for training and hopefully will be actually volunteering in a couple of weeks – every Thursday from 8 am-12 noon in the Emergency Room. I’m thinking 4 hours at the hospital and 8 hours at the Humane Society each week will be just perfect!
Excuse me a moment, but I’m about to climb up on my soap box. After I spend three hours photographing kitties (seriously, these 7 cats took 3 hours – because they’re cats, and they simply don’t care if you photograph them or not), I always walk back to the dog area to see who’s come in new. As I walked up and down the aisles of kennels, I began to read each dog’s “history”, and one of the items they list is “reason for turning in”.
Really? Did this person not know when he/she picked out this dog that it would need to be fed, exercised, taken to the vet, played with, taught good manners, and loved for the next 10-15 years? Obviously not. . . because there sat a beautiful one-year-old Labrador/Shepherd mix (who I would not photograph and show you because you would all be crying over your computers in one minute flat). This is one reason why there are so many abandoned animals in shelters. I know, I know. At least they turned him in to a place where there is a good chance he’ll find a great forever home – instead of dropping him out of the car somewhere. For that I am so thankful.
Counterpoint to the above story. Two weeks ago while I was photographing the cats, I looked out the window and almost dropped my camera. One of the volunteers was walking a pure-bred Bernese Mountain Dog out to the free-run pen – a dog just like Jason’s Beyla. When I finished with the kitties I tracked down the dog and his story. I didn’t photograph him either because this gorgeous dog was at least 30 lbs. underweight and had ears so infected you could see he was in a lot of pain. He was so malnourished he needed to gain at least 10 lbs before he could be neutered. Beautiful head and conformation. He came in one day and was adopted the next. A lady was on a list for the first Bernese to come into the shelter and wanted the dog for her four-year-old special needs child. She was told all about his health issues and the health issues Bernese are prone to have as they age. She said, “If he has two months, two years, or ten years, you can rest assured they will be the happiest and healthiest of his life.” Music to a shelter worker’s ears! He went home with her, is doing great with her child, is getting fattened up for his surgery, and is being regularly administered meds for his ears. This boy will have a very good life from this point on.
A spring snowstorm hit the island yesterday, bringing icy conditions. A little later temps began to rise slightly, and the Mackinac Bridge closed temporarily because of the danger of falling ice. The Coast Guard is cutting through the ice in the shipping lanes today – a sure sign that spring is just around the corner. Yeah!!!!
Molly McGreevy Update: “I’m feeling better. Still very sore, but moving around better and better. I get a medi port surgery for chemo soon and probably start chemo the third week in April. Continued thanks for everyone’s prayers. Please don’t stop!”
Silver Birches Update: Liz Ware continues to make progress on her project of love – the restoration and renovation of Silver Birches. She tells the story much better than I do, so I’ll use Liz’s words in the captions beneath the photographs below.
I can hardly wait to take a ride around the island this summer for a glimpse of all this up close and personal!
I’ll close with a little sound-only video posted by Robert McGreevy. You’ve seen tons of photos showing what the Straits of Mackinac LOOK like when they’ve frozen over. This video lets you listen in on the SOUNDS all that ice makes! This is SO cool! https://soundcloud.com/mac801/ice-sounds-02-21-2015?fb_action_ids=10205976331477667&fb_action_types=og.shares
I think that takes us right up through today on all the news. See you back here on Sunday, good Lord willing!
Oh, by the way, I’ve MISSED Y’ALL!