This Moment - Friday June 25, 2010

michelle_zone4June 26, 2010

This Moment - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words (or maybe a single sentence)- capturing a moment from the week. Perhaps a simple, special, extraordinary moment. Maybe a moment you want to pause, savor and remember. Maybe something that made you smile or laugh. Maybe a craft you are enjoying working on.... If you're inspired to do the same, share your 'moment' here each Friday.

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michelle_zone4
    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 1:39PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 2:33PM
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chelone

She looks so grown up, Michelle! Does she bear a strong family resemblance to you and your siblings at that age?

What a dear, dear smile.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 2:54PM
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lmcilhargie

Such a great photo, Michelle. What a cool swing and what a special and beautiful little girl!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 2:59PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 4:43PM
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deanneart(z5Southern NH)

The castor bean continues to grow at light speed.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 5:35PM
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lmcilhargie

Clematis Tie Dye. I have that one! But hmmm, where did I put it? I need to go look for it now!

Deanne, that ricinus is growing fast! So pretty but you know they can get 10 or 12 feet tall. I've got a few in combo pots but I started them from seed so they're just now getting going. This is going to be interesting! :)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 6:12PM
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dodgerdudette
    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 1:15AM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Proud to know such beautiful women!!! Must be cold there, almost everyone is wearing a jacket. So who is behind Saucy and Sue? Is that Les?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 7:21AM
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chelone

I suspect they were probably in the vicinity of the mighty Pacific, 'bug. As a veteran of the sea changes the North Atlantic can usher in, I well understand the necessity of polar fleece (and a hat!).

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 8:22AM
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michelle_zone4

I noticed the jackets too. It was hot and extremely humid here yesterday.

Chelone, I don't really see a resemblance between Kenzie and me as a child but she does look just like her mom did. Although, I do see her dad in there as well.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 8:55AM
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triple_creek(z5)

My moment this week was having Niki show up after being missing and not to be found anywhere after searching high and low. We were definetly thinking a coyote or owl had gotten her. When she did show up she had a swollen front leg. I'm thinking she was bitten by something that threw her for a loop and she was sleeping it off somehwere. She hasn't been here quite a year yet, but we would miss that little twerp terribly. I was in tears thinking she was gone for good.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 10:18PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Oh Niki! Are you getting her leg checked today? I wonder if it could be a snake bite or other awful encounter. Glad she felt that home was the place to return to!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 8:50AM
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michelle_zone4

Norma, so glad you found her.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 12:44PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Niki knows home, doesn't she! Hope she is fully recovered by now, Norma.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 3:39PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

This was sent to me this morning:

A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live.
Shane said, ''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' He continued, Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 3:42PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 4:20PM
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candy_j

What a collection of Special Moments this week; canÂt let them pass without a comment!

Michelle, I think you captured a glimpse of the beautiful young girl Kenzie is growing into. I donÂt see her going through the gawky stage at all. And that tire swing is just terrific!

A clematis making me think of crushed silk and a huge castor beanÂboth flawless!

Kathy, love that Idyll group photo! I feel like running up to them, waving like crazy and shouting "Hi everybody, IÂm here I made it after all!"

Lovely words, Cyn. And Ivy in a field of flowersÂno words needed.

And NikiÂoh geez, Norma. I do hope sheÂs OK and am hoping to read on and find an update.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 12:20AM
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lmcilhargie

Good news that Niki showed up Norma. Hope she's doing ok and her leg's better. Let us know?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 12:25PM
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triple_creek(z5)

Sorry I haven't gotten back before now. The vet was to swamped to see Niki Sat morning so we just picked up some antibiotics. Within two days the swelling was down. I have no idea what happened. We really couldn't find any puncture marks. She slept a lot for a couple of days but is now back to her daily antics.

Cyn, how true a dogs purpose is. Really makes a person think.

Love seeing all the girls big and small.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 8:37PM
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