Wow. Who’s the biggest blogging slacker in the history of bloggers? ::Raises hand:: Sorry y’all. How have I been over the last SIX MONTHS you ask? Life is great, I really can’t complain. I have been a busy little bee, working hard and finding new artistic loves. Ceramics have taken over my free time. I find myself daydreaming about my wheel. I am obsessed with glazes and mud tools. I physically miss the feel of clay under my hands during the day. What can I say? I’m addicted to this new love of mine, ceramics. Our city has a wonderful art resource for all ages and levels of expertise. One of the many classes they offer is beginning ceramics. I enrolled just after the first of the year and have been in love ever since. I had a rough start, lots of lumpy, goofy pots, but I’ve loved it from my first class. I had the privilege of taking group pottery lessons with my cousins and siblings as a small child from the legendary, D.X. Gordy. I remember being fascinated by all that is ceramics even as a small child, but like with most things in life, life just got in the way of my pursuit of it over the years. I took 12 weeks of classes in a group setting and have taken off with it. I am by no means an expert in any capacity, but I am improving and learning every day. I’m making pieces these days that are useful and beautiful and that I’m proud of. It is an incredible feeling to sip a hot cup of coffee from a mug you created from a ball of clay. It is such a rewarding passion, pottery. I purchased my very own wheel a few months back and have enjoyed practicing at home, when I can’t make it to the studio. I’ve come a long, LOOOOONG way since that first night in class in the studio and I still have SO MUCH to learn. I am excited and thankful to have stumbled into this new passion of mine.

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Life outside of the studio is wonderful as well. My wonderful husband just added a HUGE deck off of the back of our house. I know we will enjoy having the added space and the entertaining opportunities more space brings. I foresee myself spending many an evening reading out under the stars on our new deck. The business is so busy. SO. BUSY. We are incredibly thankful to be busy, but it can be a bit exhausting keeping up with everything. I am a proud sister, as my “little” brother will be graduating from the police academy in just a couple of weeks. He has been one of my closest friends, my confidant & my partner in crime since infancy and I couldn’t be prouder of him. I am so excited to see what God has in store for this exciting season of his life. He’s an incredible person and I am thankful he has found something he will enjoy making a living at. My sister gave birth to her fourth little one the end of April. My newest niece is precious and a joy to know. Life is great. We’ve recently returned from visiting family on my husband’s side of the family. Our nephew on his side just turned one and is absolutely precious. We had a great few days of seeing his mom, stepdad, two sisters and their families. We are blessed with great families on both sides. All of the furry kids are well, thankfully and adorable as usual. Stay tuned for updated biographies of our little ‘furry family’. I know, I know, I always say that. I promise, I am typing it as soon as I finish here. :)

Well, I need to go switch the laundry and get ready for a brand new week. I am thankful for a new week, a new chance to get it right, make it count. Until next time, y’all.



Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year! 2014! 2014! What?! I remember being a young kid, 7 or 8 and thinking about the years 2000 as so far in to the future, so far away, so “in forever”. Life is so fast and slow at the same time. 2013 was a challenging year for my family. We definitely had our ups and downs. I am looking forward to a new year! Now to catch you guys up…

Over the last month I had the privilege of caring for a little squirrel, whom I named Weasley. Yes, Weasley as in Ron, George, Fred, Ginnie, Charlie, Bill, Percy, Molly and Arthur. Weasley the squirrel came to us because he was attacked by the neighbor’s dog. :( He was left with a shattered right rear leg and a maimed and broken tail. X-rays revealed his broken bones and after consults with my vet and an exotics specialist, it was decided that cage rest, antibiotics and TLC was our only feasible option for the little guy. That or humane euthanasia. The first day, I was seriously considering euthanasia because of the extent of his injuries, but something inside me didn’t feel at peace about it. There was something about the little feisty bundle of fur that tugged at my soul. The first few days were touch and go, but slowly, steadily, he made progress. The dead tissue of his tail fell off, leaving him with a shortened, hairless “stub”. For about five weeks, Nate and I grew closer to Weasley. He began to trust us more and more, allowing us to pet him. He would even take food right from our hands. I have always appreciated all animals, but until Weasley I never realized just how much personality a squirrel had. Weasley’s favorite game was “wrestle with the human’s long hair”. He would grab on to strands of my hair that I dangled in his vicinity, similar to a cat with a string toy. He was such a riot the way he would rub all over his fresh, clean towels at night. His favorite foods were almonds and raspberries, which he ate every day, along with an assortment of other squirrel-friendly fare. Weasley recovered well and lived about five weeks as a pampered, loved little guy before succumbing to what we assume was a blood clot from his prior injuries that dislodged and traveled to his brain or from complications due to a possible underlying cardiac issue. I found him when I came home from work, snuggled in his bed. He was gone. My heart was broken. I cried and continue to grieve the loss of my little friend. I will always remember him, little Weasley. Such an amazing little animal. What a joy to know and care for he was. Having the opportunity to care for him reaffirmed my belief that all life is sacred. All life is precious and should be protected. Everything from the human lives of you and I to the smallest, little almond-loving squirrel. All life matters. This post is in tribute and remembrance of him. I love you Weasley the Squirrel and I always will. I’ll never forget you and your funny little antics.

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2013 has been a year of ups and downs, heartaches and triumphs. I am thankful to be going in to a new year, thankful for another year on this earth. I am thankful for my life and all that is in it, good and bad. Until next time.



My baby boy, Levi or “Kelly’s Levi Blues” turns eight years old today. I will never forget the first hour that he was mine. I was in love before I got to the Florida line. He is and has always been such a joy and blessing in my life. Levi is energetic, but well behaved, happy go lucky and playful, but more than content to sit by my side. I know everyone says this about their fur kids, but HE IS THE BEST DOG EVER. PERIOD. He has been by my side through some of the worst times in my life and the absolute best times in my life. Here’s to another eight years for my loving, protector and angel with fur, Levi. He has been a joy to know, love and have by my side. He is my best friend, my child and I count my self privileged to care for him.

Levi as a baby!Levi as a wee baby… a little ball of fur!

So Smart!

He is precious!

Such a small little guy!

I absolutely LOVE this one of him as baby boy. So tiny!

Levi at the beach!

Levi having fun at the beach!He is amazing!

 

Unbelievable how amazing he is. An absolute joy. Sleepy Levi!

Sleepy boy!

He's a lady's man!He’s such a lady’s man… what a flirt!

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France



Living with intention. What exactly does it mean to ‘live with intention’? I know as far as I am concerned, it is easy for me to slip into a habit of  just ‘getting through this day, so I can get to x’. Settling into that frame of mind is easy, but for me an unacceptable way to use the time I’ve been given on this earth. I am constantly reminding myself to find meaning and purpose in the most seemingly mundane tasks. I am fortunate that I have a job that I enjoy. I work closely with the animals that I love dearly and the people that love them. It is a privilege and honor to spend my days caring for them, nursing them back to health, and providing comfort to the pet parents I meet. I have so much to be thankful for, so much to live for. Yet, I still find myself slipping into that same old mindset of, ‘just getting through it.’ Why do we as human beings do that? We miss out on so much when we are ‘just getting through’ or ‘living for the weekend’. There is so much more to this life than the weekend. So many little moments between weekends that make life incredible.

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Living with intention starts with a decision, a decision to live this life, making the most of each and every breath we’ve been given. Live with the knowledge that we are closer and closer to death with each breath we draw, always in the forefront of our minds. Living with intention starts with asking yourself, ‘what am I doing with my time here on this earth?‘ I have committed myself to waking up every morning thankful for a new sunrise, thankful for a new chance. I as a human being, inevitably fall, backslide and mess it up, but I am trying. I am striving to really live this life, each and every moment with purpose. There is purpose and meaning in each load of laundry, each meal prepared, each bathroom scrubbed. There is purpose in Monday mornings. There is purpose all around us if we have the wisdom to see it. I am so thankful for this life, so thankful for my time here on earth. Thankful I have been given this race to run.



This weekend was great! The perfect mixture of relaxation, accomplishment, and family time. Getting to the weekend was rough, I must say. Friday was a looooooong day at work. I was scheduled 7-12, but due to emergency cases and us being short staffed, I was there until right before 5. I work as an Veterinary Technician at a busy practice. I love my job, but come Friday afternoon I was tired, cranky and ready to get home. It was just after 5 pm when I got to the house. My usual routine upon arriving home in the evenings consists of litter box scooping (while still dirty from work and dressed in scrubs), pet medicating (my special kitty Sushi is on medications to help her with a condition called “Mega Colon” as well as a few genetic issues), and feeding the furry and feathered crew. I had just finished up when my husband walks in from the shop asking for assistance with a home removal across town. My husband and I have a pet cremation business. We service the animal hospitals in town, but we also offer to come to folk’s homes when their beloved pet has passed away at home. I admit I did not have the best attitude initially (I was TIRED dangit and I was undressed and just about to jump in the shower!) It’s funny how God uses situations that we are reluctant to be a part of for our good. The people we helped were so interesting and kind and clearly heartbroken over the loss of their 130 lbs dog. She was their baby. I love those moments when as a human being, we allow ourselves to be cranky and undeniably selfish, just to have God put us in a situation that we, in the end are so happy we got to experience.

We ended the evening with Mexican food and a movie and it was great. Saturday was spent cleaning, organizing, and computer work. Sunday was full of errands, the husband went fishing and I to the grocery store. Today was my precious nephew’s 6th birthday, so we celebrated his birthday as well as Memorial Day with a family party. I spent the remainder of the afternoon scrubbing bathrooms (my least favorite house chore EVER), laundry, sushi for dinner and a trip to a local Animal ER for two pickups and now I am talking to all of you. Tomorrow will be an early day at work. I am excited for a new day. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but I’m sure it will be exciting. Life at the animal hospital is full of surprises. Have a great Tuesday!

 

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