K is for Kind #AtoZChallenge

Our dog, Ari, was under a year old when she came to live with us and when she was three, our grandson CJ joined the family also at the age of three. We weren’t sure how Ari would be with kids or how CJ would be with a dog. It was love at first sight.

CJ has always felt a kinship toward Ari because they are close in age. We don’t have the heart to tell him that dogs age faster than children do! I have loved watching these two grow up together to the ripe old age of eight! And when little Beej was born, Ari became a “mom” and we’ve witnessed her growing into that self-proclaimed position.

Ari has taught her boys how to share and how to handle it when your playmate won’t give up a toy. She has shown them that beds, chairs and laps, no matter how small, are always big enough for one more. She instilled in them the importance of reading by being a great listener when they have shared books with her. And because of her attentiveness inside the house and in the outside world, that you always watch out for the people you love.

Most important of all, I think she taught them how important it is to be kind to others, just because it is the right thing to do. And I’m happy to report that this life lesson is coming along nicely!

“This is why every kid needs a dog and every dog needs a kid!” -Unknown

This post is doing double duty between Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Kind and the A to Z Challenge.

Happy Saturday (from the one still behind in this challenge)!

-Kat

 

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D is for Dog #AtoZChallenge

  • “Happiness is a warm puppy.” -Lucy VanPelt
  • “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andy Rooney
  • “The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.” – Robert Falcon Scott
  • “The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” -Samuel Butler
  • “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” -James Herriot

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Happy

The Daily Post- WPC- Smile

Have a great day!

-Kat

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sunset to Sunrise

“Sunrise paints the sky with pinks and the sunset with peaches. Cool to warm. So is the progression from childhood to old age.” -Vera Nazarian

january sunrise
January sunrise
Cloudy sunrise a
June sunrise while on the road
july sunset
July sunset

These photos are my best attempts at capturing sunrises and sunsets. Something tells me I will be on an endless pursuit for the perfect picture.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sunset to Sunrise

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Have a great day!

-Kat

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves or Trees

Winter is persisting and our trees remain bare for the time being so I had to look back in my files, yet again, for my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves or Trees.

tree by lake
Tree by the lake
autumn leaf
Autumn leaf
crunchy leaf
Crunchy leaves

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I can’t wait to see leaves on the trees again!

-Kat

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Y

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge- Letter Y– starts or ends with the letter Y, I’m going with-

mis·cel·la·ny
ˈmisəˌlānē,miˈselənē/
noun
 a group or collection of different items; a mixture.
silly ornament
SillY ornament
spiky
SpikY collar
johnny west
JohnnY West
sparkly decorations
SparklY decoration

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Have a great day!

-Kat

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: V

I love photography challenges. One of these days, I’ll actually sit down with my DSLR camera and figure out how to use it! Until then, my iPhone does a pretty good job of capturing the pictures that I want. There’s nothing like a good challenge- like this week’s for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which is a word which starts with the letter V and has at least six letters.

violet flower
Violet-colored flower
vacation
Vacation!
violin
Violin (in need of some repair!)

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Kat

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colors that begin with S

This week’s letter for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is S using photos that are colors beginning with S.

sandy brown
Sandy brown horse
saffron
Saffron- is this saffron??? 

And silver-

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Stay warm!

-Kat

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Q

Surprisingly it wasn’t as difficult finding “Q” words for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter Q as I thought.

Beej recently discovered the fun of game pieces. They are precious cargo on trains. They march in straight lines. Organizing them into color or style groups is also fun for a three year old so it was no surprise when I found chess queens jumbled up in a pile. queens in a pile

 

These days any house with a little boy probably has its own supply of Lightning McQueens on hand.

lightning mcqueen

racquets
Racquets

black-white-banner

Have a great day!

-Kat

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter P

I enjoy all of Cee’s Photo Challenges but this week’s challenge for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter P is more of a challenge than last week’s Letter O (which only had to have the letter O in the word). There are a few guidelines- the word must begin with a letter P and be at least five letters long. It sounds simple enough but if you’re anything like me, well, what seemed like an easy challenge had me drawing a blank! Using a little creativity, I was able to rise to the challenge. (Maybe the challenge should have been- how many times can you use the word challenge in one paragraph??? Yeah, I’m cringing just a bit here!)

pinecones
Pinecones
privacy
Privacy
pandas
Pandas!

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Kat