Whiskers on Kittens

Here are a few of *my favorite things* !  Well, favorite old cell phone photos, that is.

Today I got to get out and take a few new pictures of things. These, however, are NOT those shots. 🙂

These are simply a few of my favorite cell phone pictures that I found in my phone gallery. I have an Android HTC  6.0 (the 7th new / refurbished one so far this year, remember?)

Anyway, don’t ask me what sort of camera it has, because all I know is it works.


(There are no photos of whiskers on kittens, though. My apologizes to the feline frenzied.)


*LESS THAN 2 WEEKS TIL MY PHILLY FREEDOM! Next Treatment is 11 days away! *

The Enough is Enough Sort of Hope PT2

“And the rain rain rain came down down down” ~ Winnie the Pooh

(That ‘s now two Winnie the Pooh references for me in 2 days. )

Day 2 Hurricane Sandy. I’m tired of hearing her name already.

Things that I can’t get out of my head when I hear the name Sandy-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZfmXzIbHI8 – the song from Grease that John Travola croons out in the Drive Inn.

( I know I should like “Good Sandy” better, but c’mon.. those pants!!)

and naturally,

Sandy hasn’t even really reached us yet. All schools remain closed. Many local roads either closed or unpassable. I am unable to access true storm data. Which you’d think would be available in this day and age. Can’t get rainfall totals or wind gust speeds. But I can tell you that it’s windy as heck and it really hasn’t stopped raining since this morning. It’s 7:00pm or 19:00 hours for you military folks or other daughters of Marines.

My facebook status this afternoon said ~that sad, sad moment when you open the door to leave your doggie out into the raging rain and swirling winds and she looks back at you with those big brown eyes and tilts her floppy eared head like ” are you freakin kidding me? ” My poor Sophie dog. She’s battling ear troubles too and in this wind I really wish I could find a doggie hat or something to send her out in. I suppose dogs don’t really like hats though, do they ?

My Sandy shots so far. Or, photos I should call ” pictures I could take without leaving the comfort of my home” .  I came back in as soon as the wind started to blow me away.

I’m so brave.

The Enough is Enough Sort of Hope

Last year at Halloween , it snowed. SNOW! Here .. in October. Prior to our October snow in 2011, I think it had only snowed here less than 5 times in recorded weather history.

As we speak we are sitting through Hurricane Sandy. Though I am unable to photograph Sandy while she is in progress, I was able to get some shots of our October snow while it was happening last year.

On the first day of that record breaking snow, we lost power. Primarily because of my condition and my inability to be in the cold, we set off for my mother in laws home just a few short miles away, as she has a generator to power her home when their electric ceases to run. The trip was not the smartest of ideas, as you will see. I was able to compile a complete photographic journey of our travel over the hill to her home. We were met with un-plowed slippery snow covered roads, downed trees and power lines making it impossible for us to pass. We met a few kind people on the way who were also stuck so my husband would get out and try to help them clear the debris. At one point we were just moments away from a giant tree branch that came cascading down right in front of our moving car. The journey was treacherous at best and we were more than thankful when we reached the warm shelter Mike’s mom had provided for us.

The following morning the snow had stopped and the sun came up. Life, it seemed, would continue as if nothing had ever happened. Our power would be restored later that day. Little did we know that many of our friends would remain without power for a week, some up to 14 days. We then, opened our home to people who needed shelter and showers and warm meals. That storm would remain quite a memory. One I hoped would not be repeated for a very long time.

I am praying we can get through this Halloween storm without losing power.  Two teens without entertainment is never a fun thing. Me without heat is no joke, either.

I hope to be able to head out after the rain and see what effects Mother Nature has left us with.  In the meantime, I will just watch the leaves swirl to the ground from my window in the comfort of my favorite chair.

They say that the third time is a charm. I can’t even imagine what Mother Nature intends to shock us with  next Halloween.

The Sophie’s Shenanigans Sort of Hope

This morning as I got into my 1995 Volvo, I was remembering back to when we had our Jeep ( the whole decade), to when the autumn leaves from our giant maple tree would collect on it’s hood and it’s roof. The children, the dog and I would get in the car to go to school and Sophie (the dog) would go crazy. She would try to ‘catch’ the leaves as they flew up the hood and over the windshield. Sophie would jump and bark with reckless abandon from her esteemed perch in between the front and back seats at what we could only imagine she thought were little colorful evil warriors about to attack her humans from the cruel world outside the window of her family’s traveling machine. Together the kids and I would laugh and laugh. Sometimes we would even put extra leaves on the hood , just to get a longer performance from her.  Sophie went everywhere with us when we had that car. She can’t ride in my 1995 Volvo partly because it’s leather and partly because she is 12 now and after her knee surgery it’s getting harder and harder for her to get in and out of cars.

But after seeing my car bathed in all of the beautiful red leaves this morning, I am selfishly thinking of  maybe just one more autumn ride with her.