Fireworks

Oct 21

I am working on a few posts for the upcoming weeks. But for now, allow me to share the finale of a fireworks show I saw a couple of weeks ago when in South New Jersey.

I’m a big fan of fireworks, so it was nice to get to see this show. Overall, it was pretty solid and well worth the side trip.

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Making the tough decision when it comes to your pets

Oct 20

(Note: This post is about making a decision on putting a loved pet down. It also talks about the final moments and such. I have made this a “read more” post meaning the bulk of it is after clicking the link below. This post is not meant to be argumentative or take a stand, rather explain one person’s thoughts going through everything.)

When is it ever the time to make the decision regarding life or death when it comes to a pet?

I know I tend to usually stay more on the lighter side of things on my blog, but I recently had to tackle this subject. And I researched. I talked to people. I didn’t come to any decisions lightly.

Beyond this post, I’ll have something else about my pet in the coming days. Something I have also been working on writing.

But over the past week or so with my postings being so sporadic (or lack thereof at all last week), I wanted to dive into what others may think. You’ll see why blogging has been far from my mind.

My cat was a little more than 16 years old. Throughout her life, she went through a couple of phases – loveable, hard for others to deal with (she could be a hissing meanie to some, though not to the few she knew well), and back to loveable and extremely personable.

She never was a fan of going to the vet though.

She was, however, always pretty active. She slept like all cats do, but she also moved around and jumped around. She stayed active. She ate (and was picky about what she ate) and drank plenty of water. And she would meow … oh how she would meow for attention.

The only issues I truly remember her having was an occasional bout with constipation, in which she then needed to get a laxative for a few days and she’d be back to normal.

She was also a strictly indoor cat and she never attempted, nor seemed to want to, ever run out and get away. She was content peering through windows and staying warm inside, or loafing in front of or near a fan when it was hot.

But things went downhill sort of quick with her.

Over the past month, give or take, she had lost some weight. Then she stopped going and eating very little. So we gave her the laxative, which seemed to kind of help a little. But she wasn’t regular. She lost weight and you could feel her bones a little more (though you couldn’t tell too much just by looking). I finally started getting worried when she wouldn’t go at all, so it was off to the vet.

That’s where the doc said she seemed dehydrated. He didn’t feel any masses or anything and everything else looked OK, but he thought they should keep her for a bit to see what they could do. They gave her a shot and some other stuff and the next day, she went home. She pooped and ate. Everything seemed to be back on the mend.

A couple of days later, it went down again. She was more lethargic. No eating. A little drinking. A lot of loafing. And her meows seemed a little off – more like a kitten. So she was taken to the vet again last Tuesday.

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Soundless Sunday: October 19

Oct 19

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

– Winston Churchill

Oct 19

Soundless Sunday is a weekly feature where I’ll try and feature a favorite quote and a photo that I’ve taken. Enjoy life — it’s the only way to go!

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Stick with me!

Oct 14

I just wanted to put something up real quick as I haven’t had something in a few days.

I was away for a couple of days for a mini vacation and am trying to get caught up on some things. I’ll get posting again in the next day or two. Have a few things kind of clouding me right now, but will be back at it shortly.

Blog on!

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Soundless Sunday: October 12

Oct 12

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”

– Thomas Paine

Oct 12

Soundless Sunday is a weekly feature where I’ll try and feature a favorite quote and a photo that I’ve taken. Enjoy life — it’s the only way to go!

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Snapshot Saturday: Oct. 11

Oct 11

Another blast from the past!

I know, usually, this is a feature for family and such. But yesterday was an old friend’s birthday and I couldn’t resist this image. Ahh, the old days. Duck tape repairing a toy wooden gun. Still was the bomb. Happy birthday, Money!

A-team?

A-team?

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Instagram: A snapshot of life brings back memories

Oct 07

The other day, I looked through my Instagram feed.

I have more than 1,600 images I’ve taken on the social media application. But what really amazed me is how much of a snapshot it is of my life since the time I started.

Instagram has been a way for me to snapshot life.

Instagram has been a way for me to snapshot life.

Most of the images are ones I took with my iPhone. Some are ones I have taken with my camera and then sent to my phone, just because I wanted to share them. But no matter what, it shows pieces of my life.

I know many people use Facebook to update their lives. Whether it be something major, something to complain about or just an update about being bored or going to the store, people utilize Facebook for many different reasons.

Honestly, I use Facebook as a place to note I have a new blog post or share photos.

Instagram, on the other hand, is that snapshot of life. It’s there where you can see many things I have done over the past few years. The minimal things are even there, too. OK, maybe there’s no photo of the store when I had to go there, but there might be something I saw on the inside.

As somebody who dislikes a lot of those silly Facebook updates (seriously, if you’re bored … go find something to do. If you’re hungry, eat. If the state you should live in is North Dakota, move there. You get the idea.) , I truly like seeing visuals. And Instagram provides that.

A quick look through my Instagram feed features many of the following items:

  • Geocaching
  • My nephew Cameron
  • Family
  • Food
  • The cruise I went on
  • Baseball trips
  • Disc golf
  • Pets (mine and others)
  • Travel
  • Nature
  • Covered bridges
  • Waterfalls
  • Friends
  • Weather
  • Pro wrestling
  • Home brewing
  • Letter boxing
  • Cemeteries
  • Sports
  • Hiking
  • Signs

And, obviously, there’s so much more.

But the one thing I realized as I went through it was how many items triggered a memory from the day etc. It’s cool to be able to think back, even if it’s not a great memory per say (such as the images that are connected to my foot saga).

It's been fun to take quirky photos, too.

It’s been fun to take quirky photos, too.

There are also some videos up on my feed, mainly fireworks, but a few other things as well. It’s the neat thing about Instagram (well, the video is newer than the app), outside the fact that it’s capped at like 15-16 seconds.

I think, for the most part, anybody reading this post is going to know what Instagram is. But, for the sake of possibly finding somebody who might not, allow me to explain.

Instagram is a social media application for use on phones. It allows people to snap photos or videos and share them with the world. They can be private or public and have many friends or not too many. It’s like any other social media site out there. One can also share the images, which can be doctored up with a series of filters, on other social media sites. The application/service was started in 2010 and purchased by Facebook two years later for about $1 billion.

Can you imagine?

I know people speak about the evils of social media, and when used in the wrong way, it can be bad. Unfortunately, that can be said about many things.

But for me, Instagram has been an important part of life. I like being able to look back, to see what I’ve done and see where I’ve been. And I look forward to adding to this feed in the coming years.

For those reading, do you have Instagram? If so, leave your name or follow me (my name on there is in the images posted here) so I can check out your feed!

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