Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Worry looks around, sorry looks back, faith looks up."


Monday, March 30, 2009

"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
Ferdinand Foch
Photo credit: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/

Sunday, March 29, 2009

It's been a lazy morning and I'm in the mood to write, just not about anything of any real significance. So I guess this will be my first rambling post.

As I type this, Sandy and I are in the midst of our regular Sunday ritual; sitting in the living room, cat in lap. The fireplace is on, relaxing 'chill' music playing on the stereo (Zen, piano and waves crashing). It's probably the closest thing for those of us who don't live anywhere near the beach. Sad. I'd kill to be down South in the islands right now, or in Australia.

It's always nice to have the cats settled. Owning four (!) cats can be rewarding, but also a little challenging at times as they all have different diets and don't always 'play nice in the sandbox' together. So the morning routine is usually as follows.. separate Widget and Belle downstairs from Dante and Mandy upstairs. Fill three crunchy food dishes, four soft food dishes, change three water dishes, clean two litter boxes.
Mandy is a sixteen-year-old tortoiseshell who's kind of the equivalent of a grandmother on special meds. So I need to prepare her soft food with a thyroid pill, arthritis chew, and furball remedy. By the sounds of this you'd think she was about to take her last breath but she's actually fairly active, constantly purring and had a great check-up a couple weeks ago. She can get a little crotchety with the others; sometimes I think if she were human she'd be the kind of senior that yells at people to get the hell off of our lawn. We don't plan on adding any more critters to the household as we've already entered 'crazy cat-people' territory. And to think I never used to like them. Sheesh. These days I'm up to my eyeballs in fur and cat toys.

It's pouring rain outside and I'm faced with the prospect of having to get off this very comfy chair to do housework, which I really don't enjoy. Okay, so vacuuming isn't too bad. But cleaning the bathroom is a different story entirely.

So here I am, trying to make this latte last as long as I can. Given my passion for this stuff, all things pasta and red-headed sports cars, I think maybe I was Italian in another life.

There's something about the rain and thunderstorms I really love. I always have, just never knew why. I think some people just have a very close connection to water.

“The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.”

John Vance Cheney
Gotta love it when things come together. I came across this quotation yesterday, just stumbled across this pic this morning. Sigh, it's like it was meant to be.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Sunsets bring dawn eventually"
- 'Back to You'
DJ Shah/ Aruna

With dawn comes sunrise. Another chance to get it right. A blank page to write another verse, perhaps an entire chapter in our lives.

photo credit: freeartisticphotos.com (click)

Friday, March 27, 2009

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do."
John Wooden

Spent the drive in to work listening to the John Mayer Trio and Klaatu's "Sub Rosa Subway". I mention this song because it's the story of Alfred Ely Beach, who built New York's (and America's) first subway. If ever there was a great story of someone with a dream who would stop at nothing to realize it, this is it. I've loved this song since I first heard it way back when.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"
James Keller
And so it begins. Since my main focus is to share quotations, I couldn't think of a better phrase to capture the spirit of this site than Keller's. My goal is to post daily; life gets in the way so we'll see how it goes. But that's the intent. I'll always start posts with a quotation first in bold, my day-to-day musings will be placed below for anyone who may wish to follow along.
On days when nothing more interesting happens than the cat throwing up I'll still post a quotation if nothing else. Right now this is pretty bare-bones, as time allows and I get more familiar with this thing I'll add more pictures and more features to keep things interesting. (Won't be long).
I'm hoping to get feedback from those of you who would like to pass along favourite quotations, inspirational stories etc. Spammers, trolls etc. please waste your time on someone else; life's really too short.
What to say? First, the little guy up top is Widget, one of four furry little critters who own us. Photo can be clicked for a larger view. Minor victory last night, I played a duet with my piano teacher (hi Julia!) which went really well. First one a month or so ago was a disaster; last night was only my second ever, not including banging on the keyboard with my cousin in my early teens, so I was pretty stoked.
I had a relaxing day off today with Sandy, ran some errands, got this site up and running and cleaned up some cat puke (there it is again). Not what I'd call terribly exciting but some days it just feels great to be alive. And this was one of them.
Not much else to say, so this is me signing off.