My Furry Friends, Kitty and Horses!

She was the best kitty I have ever had and someday I will have another kitty!

What a crazy month, October. I had a birthday and I was crazy busy working way too many days at work covering for a few vacations. My employees need vacations and so I didn’t mind and they are very thoughtful about taking them too. Meaning they will work with me as I can’t afford to have more than one employee off at one time, so we all work together figuring out who takes what days or weeks when. I am trying to avoid talking about the pretty kitty that I had to send to kitty heaven at the end of October. I kept wanting to write a Weekly Smile, but was too sad the last few weeks to participate but as my heart heals I am needing to get back to writing and sharing. Rest in Peace Mara, aka, mini kitty. She was all of 6 pounds, a small white with a splash of orange domestic short haired cat with a personality twice her size. She will be greatly missed. LOVE HER SO!

I’m getting better each day. We’ve had kitties all my life, we do not have any now but I have my pups so we are not without our furry friends!

As I am finally feeling a little better and always try and keep a smile on my face even if I am feeling sad inside this post is going to be all about what keeps me sane. I have in my mind all these thoughts but what helps me through each day is what I really want to share. I will just keep this simple as these next set of photos make me smile and these giant animals amaze me and really have a way of healing my soul.

Chloe on Monday. It’s been pretty hot in the high 80’s and this was after a nice relaxing trail ride! She was eating when I called her name she looks up at me!
Zack got a really good bath Monday. I am planning on clipping him to help him stay cool. I will share a photo when I am done with the trace clip I’m going to do tomorrow!
Zack eating his grain and hay. They get lunch most every day!
I couldn’t get my girlfriends horse to look at me with ears up! She has rolled in her shavings after her bath!

My horses are so darn sweet. I am so truly lucky to have them and even though they are not 100% sound, they are serviceable sound and can be ridden on the trails and lightly in the arena. My girlfriend who owns Gracie has been struggling with some health issues with her and bless her heart we are finally seeing some positive results with her issues. She has been having skin issues and we were able to get her moved to a different stall at the barn. We think this should help as we don’t know if it was the tree or other issues in the stall where she was living, but we feel strongly that this move will help. This is a photo of her in her new stall! She is near and dear to my girlfriends heart, I totally understand. She is in her late 20’s so every year she is here with us we cherish. I help care for her, so I am very attached to her as well. ❤

After I made them exercise lose in the arena I sat on a mounting block in the middle of the arena. My horses came to me on their own, visiting as I sat and took in their kindness. Or are they just looking for a treat? Haha, either way the attention I adored!
Haha, he had been drinking water so his nose was wet and the sand in arena is sticking to his nose! What a silly boy, this is how he entertains me and himself!
Chloe was standing right next to Zack, as he entertains me – she was nuzzling me as well. This is up close and personal! They never left my side!
I am sitting as I take this photo. I am not sure what she sees? But I like this photo. I rubbed their face and we chatted. Yes, I talk to my horses. Mostly I ask them what they are thinking and I think out loud they are most likely looking for a treat which I eventually got up and did exactly that. Gave them a treat!

Thank you for sharing my furry friends with me. I use to not like calling my animals my furry friends. I don’t know why but I’ve warmed up to calling them that or thinking of them in this way. I know that we out live our furry friends and as I see it we need to enjoy every moment we can with them and be thankful for them in our lives. As we lose a small piece of our heart with each one that passes, I always hope that someday we will all meet again.

I am glad I take as many photos as I do as I love to have the memories. I have been printing photo books and am planning on having more printed soon. I hope you have enjoyed my photos as I think you can see their personalities, a little bit anyways. I sure enjoy sharing and will continue to share as it brings me much joy and happiness!

Feeling better each day, crazy animal lover,

~Diana

My Weekly Smile, July 24th 2019 #weeklysmile

My weekly smile as I sit here thinking, is about my daughter. I am sitting here thinking of her and I have a great big smile on my face. She is coming home Thursday night and is visiting for a couple days then heading back home to Orcutt, CA. She works (and is stationed) at Vandenberg, AFB and I have had the pleasure of taking care of this cute little kitten for her and I thought I would share some photos of him. He grows each week and he moves so much he is a bit difficult to photograph. In one photo he looks like he is almost winking at me, as he started to blink or something. Silly kitty is always on the move!

This is Wolfie, I LOVE his blue eyes!
He looks like he is winking at me! Silly kitty!

I forgot how much energy kittens have, oh my, he can run and play and play and play! AND he has learned to not scratch me! He was a little crazy at first but has learned the word “No” and is very respectful of our human space. Sort of, most of the time. We constantly remind him, but he is smart and is learning. He is SO ADORABLE! If you Love kitties, he is really a lovable guy.

My daughter’s flowers she has in her apartment!

I was chatting with my daughter this last weekend and she told me she bought some flowers and I asked her to share with a photo. I told her I’d like to share it on my blog and what a better place since this blog is about her and how she makes me SMILE! Thank you sweet daughter, I am so truly lucky to have such a WONDERFUL daughter as YOU! ❤ ❤ ❤

Eating breakfast with my daughter just a few weeks ago! Isn’t she beautiful? YES!!

I am having such a great time sharing my smile with you today. I love sharing what I love and I do not think I have had a chance to dedicate a blog post specifically about my daughter and only my daughter. I have shared my grown children here on my blog, and my love for all of them makes me SMILE! They are all beautiful, loving human beings and I am truly blessed. What are you smiling about today? are you doing something special this week? it doesn’t have to be special, it can just be something simple that makes you smile. Thank you Trent, a friend here in this blogging world who hosts the weekly smile. This just made my day! ❤

Smiling with my pretty daughter!

-Diana 😀

Weekend Coffee Share; Dreaming

Enjoying a wonderful cup of coffee, I love the smell and taste of coffee!

I am enjoying a cup of coffee and am hoping you are having a good start to your weekend. It has been a busy week and I can’t believe in just over a week it will be Christmas. I have been wanting to write about dreaming, mostly because I do believe dreams do come true! Maybe not all of them as what would life be if ALL your dreams ALWAYS came true? We all should dream, and even as one dream may be full-filled you should replace that one with a new one, it should never end as that is what keeps you moving towards your goals. I guess goals and dreams are two different things, but are they really? I think they are intertwined, as without dreams your goals would be boring. At least that is how I think of it as I dream about our future!

I am glad I have the time to dream and I know our move to Arizona will come to fruition it is just going to take time to get there and as I think and dream it seems like I am thinking and dreaming of someone else in my family moving, not me as I go through my day to day schedule working and doing all the scheduled things in my life. I work full-time and so I go through each day, week, even month and am not really worrying about the move. I know things will eventually sink in and get hectic as we move closer to our goal, it takes time, seems like forever! I hope you are enjoying your coffee I am all done and have a kitty on my lap making it difficult to write. I think she is a distraction, she can be a very needy kitty wanting all kinds of pets, silly kitty! 😀

She is on my lap not letting me type, silly kitty!

I love my kitty Mara! she weighs about 7 pounds, a small female cat the smallest kitty I’ve ever had and she is so attached to me which is really cool unless I am trying to do something like use my laptop and she wants to be petted. It makes things difficult. She also has a knack of wanting pets right when I pick up my crocheting. I crochet a lot of things, I find it really relaxing and it seems that right when I want to continue with my project here comes kitty! Haha, I always stop and give her the pets she needs and then she will curl up next to me and sleep. I shouldn’t complain because cats sleep a lot and I do appreciate the attention she gives me as I have owned cats in the past that never gave me the time of day! 

Its hard to get a good photo, the last I will share as the other ones I took are blurry. She doesn’t sit still as she wants me to pet her as she sniffs my arm! She is really loving and very spoiled!

As I sit and enjoy my coffee, I got another cup if you were wondering, I am thinking that life is definitely complicated. I think the holidays can be crazy but I am really excited about this Christmas because my whole family will be traveling to Arizona next weekend to be together for Christmas at my son’s house. SO I am excited as I will be seeing my son, daughter-in-law and my granddaughter!! I can’t wait to see them and my daughter and son-in-law will be flying in and staying too with my youngest son traveling with us by car. We will be there for 5 days and we will have a grand time, I can hardly wait!  This is truly one dream of mine to have my whole family together for Christmas and this dream will come true next week. I am a lucky Mom, Grandma and wife – no doubt about that!!  ❤ ❤ ❤

I think or dream about the future as I do not know what the future holds for me. It is scary not knowing where I will be working or if I will have a job once I move to Arizona. I do believe my current job is going to keep me in the company and provide me with a job at our Phoenix Lab location, but it is not set up, or more like there is no opening at that lab so I don’t know if a position will open up in a few months?  I believe they want me to stay in the company as I bring a lot of experience to the company and my job and so I know I have value. But it still is disconcerting to not know what exactly I will be doing for my job or how much money I will be making. I am just having faith that this will all work out for not only me, but for everyone involved. Praying for a wonderful outcome! I also dream about other possibilities, working with horses maybe?  Maybe that won’t be full-time but it would be awesome to find some part-time work with horses or I can expand with the horses I own, lessons maybe? It’s a thought! Definitely a dream, dream big right? 

Although this photo was from the last time I was in Arizona it will one day next year be what I will see every day. That is so strange to me, its like pinch me, are we really moving? I am watching my husband go through our stuff and donate things we don’t need and packing other things. What a job, we have lived here for 15 years and when we moved here we did not go through things like we should have and a lot of what we have were my parents and so we really need to figure out what to keep, what to donate or what sister or brother may want some of my parents keepsakes. It can be a difficult task but it needs to be done and so I do dream of less clutter and of less things. It’s amazing what you can collect after 34 years of marriage! YIKES! 😀  I am totally enjoying my coffee and I hope you enjoy my weekend coffee share. I am not very good at providing links something I need to learn one of these days! 

Dreaming of Arizona! dreaming of the future!

Diana