Lola has always wanted to hold Safou, but has always been afraid to try. Until now. This is her first successful attempt, but as you can see, she had her coat on with the hood up, and a towel tied around her arm where his feet are gripping her.
Hopefully over time she will be less afraid and need less layers between her and him!
I've been very very busy making hats, scarves, cowls and shawls for the little shop i sell them in, in downtown Troy NY. (Artcentric) Since the temps have dropped severely here AND Black Friday and Troy Night Out are happening on the same day/night(today/tonight) i put down my pliers and slowed my rosary production to a halt. But i did manage to add this sweet little chaplet to the shop.
It's a wire wrapped piece made with 8mm turquoise beads and antique reproduction bronze medals
The beads are stabilized for strength(turquoise can be fragile without stabilization) and they have some soft brown matrix veining in them...So pretty especially next to the bronze metal
The connector is a scrolled real bronze piece, with a little dove holding an olive branch in it's beak
The reproduction medal has Our Lady on one side
and St Anthony on the other side. This would make a nice Christmas gift. Check it out here
New posts about Thanksgiving, baking and a special Holiday play with a new budding actress coming soon!
I've been gone a while....Bill and i had a rough Summer with him being in and out of the big hospital here all Summer long. We missed the whole garden season. I have a lot of catching up to do! I still have not put my gardens to bed for the Winter. And all of my projects were put on hold for a while. But things are calming down and i find that i miss all of my blog friends out there. It may take me some time, but i will stop by for a visit! It feels good to be back...love, mare
Bill made it thru surgery just fine, due to all the prayers and healing energy beamed his way. They had to amputate a small part of his foot, but were able to remove all of the infected bone and tissue. If he makes it thru the night without any problems from the anesthesia, he may be able to come home tomorrow to begin the healing process...Thank you to everyone for your prayers and positive thoughts. Love, mare
Bill goes back into Albany Medical Center this morning for surgery on the infection in his foot. If you have a little time in your day when you can think of us and send out a prayer, i would be so grateful...
It hasn't been a good year for vegetables here. Too much rain for the tomatoes in the Spring and i was away and neglected the gardens the whole month of July while Bill was in the hospital. I'm still doing lots of weeding and sorting in all of the gardens.
But i planted these container garden sized eggplants this year and i will definitely do it again next Spring. We have Chinese white and Petite purple varieties to savor. And that purple eggplant is a twin! Rosie just loved the way they smelled....
Ahida is 49 years old. She lives in a small village of the Lagodekhi
District with her husband and two daughters. Ahida requested loans from
local financial institutions several times for a family business
start-up, but without any success. Her loan request was rejected because
of low income and the family’s poor living conditions.
The only source of income for the family is from their sheep-breeding
business. They have 40 sheep and sell lambs locally. It is hardly enough
to provide food for the family. According to Credo estimations the
family belongs to the subsistence poor category.
Ahida requested a loan from Credo to start-up a family business. Ahida
has now been approved for a loan within the framework of the new joint
initiative of Kiva and Credo. The start-up loan program envisages
provisions of business start-up and re-startup credits with soft
conditions to rural poor people, who do not have access to credit
products. These rural poor people are regarded as “high risk borrowers”
because of their low income. With his credit Ahida will purchase milking
cows. After purchasing the cows she will be able to produce dairy
products for selling. She will be able to expand her husbandry business
and increase the income of the family. The new business initiative,
financed with the Kiva start-up loan will significantly improve the
living conditions of the family.
For more information, or to make your own loan, click here
Our Stella has been struggling with some health issues lately.
She has had a partially collapsed trachea for some time now, but lately it has worsened, and one night a week or so ago she and i were up all night trying to soothe her breathing passages with Reiki, love and prayers. I brought her to the doctor the next day and he told me that she had developed a significant heart murmur she did not have just this past Spring. Poor Stell was suffering from congestive heart failure.. Dr. White gave me some pills to try and said i would know if they worked within 10 days.
This was Stell when we started the medicine....She was struggling to breathe and was heavy with fluid...
and this is Stella now!
She is still very snorkey from her trachea but her breathing is much improved, and her energy level is fantastic! (chew that bone little tiger!)
She's even doing her little pirouette dance at feeding time. Thank Goodness for our vet and for miracles come true. We love you so much Stella!
Brand new batches of Mare's Moonshine for the Holidays 2014! My daughter picked these berries up at the Troy Farmer's Market as soon as they opened this morning and brought them straight to me. They were picked this morning, so you can't get any fresher than that! This is the end of berry season here so these may be my last liquors of the season...From left to right, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, and red raspberry. Now all they need is some Reiki, time, and more vodka to top them off!