Snapchats From my Kids

Especially when they show adorable videos of my granddaughter or grand-animals.

I particularly love this one from Zeb showing Dino checking out her rabbit-friends 🙂

Dino the bearded dragon visiting rabbit siblings

After I asked Zeb if I could use this photo for my blog, he kindly offered to send images of the other grands. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Mammals

Ophelia the dog
Moon the house bun

Spiny Mammal

Ollie the hedgehog hanging out
Ollie eating then tucking in for a nap

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great are things I should do more often. Last year I found that writing every day during the holiday time got a bit stressful. So this year I’m writing throughout the year and scheduling the posts to go out in November.

A Winter Walk From Dec 21


Who would have imagined this was Winter Solstice Day? It felt like spring. As we walked the dog, we saw a dandelion and a very aggressive little snake 🙂

It was so cute lunging at our toes as if it were a giant.

An aggressive little snake

Could you see it? Here’s a more defined image:

An aggressive little snake

Star loved her romp in the woods and water.

Star running in the woods

She was pretty exhausted after it all, though.

Star is very tired.
Star is very tired.
A dandelion in December
A dandelion in December

I took pictures of the snow markers next to the dandelions so you can see that it truly is winter.

Dandelion is close to the camera.

A beautiful day in December.

Thankful for Breaks

I’m six “thanks” behind for the month, and I’m thankful that it’s okay 🙂 There’s one of the six, haha. There have been many thanks over the past few days, but I was busy living life and enjoying time with family and didn’t have as much time to write. So this is a six-in-one post to get myself back on track.

I am thankful for:

One:

As noted, the ability to take breaks from work and writing to be with family.

Two:

Finishing a 11.5 hr workday on Tuesday to find the dishwasher loaded with the Christmas mugs from the year prior — so they would be all set for our holiday celebrations with the kids, who were arriving that night.

Christmas mug and decorations.

Three:

Listening to my mother-in-law playing hymns on the keyboard. She also plays the organ in church, and I love hearing her at home as well.

Mom playing the organ.

Four:

Having Star come to visit. She lives with the kids now, and it’s great to see her so happy with them, but it’s fun having here back here, too.

Five:

Video Calling. Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Facebook Video, whatever. It just makes the holidays and other times all the more fabulous when you can actually see your loved ones even though they live across the country or world.

Six:

Gutenberg. Yes, I know this one is not everyone’s favorite, but I personally love blogging with the new WordPress block editor. I find it a LOT easier to organize my thoughts and portray them on the page as I visualize them in my head.