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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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features

This week the topic is Heads or Facial Features (human or animal) for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge.

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Peek a boo
bw ari head
Sleepy pup
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A little sweetness (from my archives)

And a little tongue in cheek, compliments of Ari-

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Hope your week is going well!

-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 Black & White Photo Challenge: Double Letters

My contribution to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Double Letters is an odd assortment- inside, outside, food and a toy.

Sir Topham Hatt (aka The Fat Controller)
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Waterfallbw waterfall

Caboosebw caboose

Pumpkin Seeds

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I hope your day is filled with sunshine!

-Kat

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Structure

After an unexpected absence, I’m making a second attempt to return to my blog. Five weeks ago, I felt perfectly fine. Okay, maybe a little tired, but otherwise healthy and good. 24 hours later, while on the phone with my friend, I began coughing. Right before the first cough- that was the last time I felt good. I had a few false starts over the past month but I finally feel like I’m turning a corner and on the road to recovery- yay!

There’s so much I have to say. (I’ve written some amazing posts in my head…) I’m hoping to get it all written but until then, I’m starting off slowly, yet again. I can’t think of a better place to begin than Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Structure. 

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Have a great day! I hope you are staying healthy!!

-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

WPC- Weathered

weathered alice

Poor Alice has seen better days, hasn’t she? She immediately caught my eye one day when I was at a thrift store. She was grouped with a few other “Alice” items but she definitely stood out. My initial instinct was to reach out and touch her flaky exterior but I refrained, settling on lifting the price tag, curious what someone thought she was worth and hopeful that it would be a price I could justify paying. Alas, $65 seemed quite steep considering the condition the old girl was in! I wonder if anyone saw the value in her or if she’s still gathering dust, waiting for the right person to come along. And I wonder what it is about her that someone thinks makes her worth so much.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

Thanks for stopping in!

-Kat