Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Tale of the Irked Elk

Apparently, millions of people have seen this incredible video of an elk harassing a photographer last fall, but I haven't, so I thought I'd share it. I found the video fascinating; I'm pretty sure I would not have been able to keep my cool as well as this guy did! However, Mr.4444 said I should warn you that no one dies or gets mauled, and it's kind of long. So, basically, if you're someone who needs blood and gore to justify watching a video, you might want to skip

I love how the photographer snuck some shots in and checked to see how they looked; now, that's dedication (and/or insanity)!

Now, I wasn't there, so I can't be certain, but I'm pretty sure if I'd been there I would not have sat in my car and watched; why didn't someone try to scare the bully off?!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

When Families Evolve

This holiday morning, I read one of those "Dear Dad" posts from a son missing his dad on this holiday. Easter was always very important to his dad, and he passed away this year, so the pain is fresh and his absence palpable. We often see such posts because, of course, families around the globe gather at holidays. Our mothers, especially, play huge roles in uniting us. The thought makes me wonder, what happens to families that lose the matriarchs and patriarchs who brought those families together?

When my own dad passed, aside from the obvious issues, it didn't impact our family's feelings of togetherness; my mom was more so the catalyst for family get-togethers. Not to be morbid, but since she's getting up in years (85 this summer), I can't help but wonder what will happen to our family after she is gone. We are already somewhat fragmented, even though seven of us live locally. Will we scatter to the winds? I wonder what "normal" is or if there even is one. Maybe I am just lamenting the fact that my family is disjointed, a situation that isn't likely to improve after Mom is gone.

And what of small families? When Mr.4444's dad and two grandmas passed away within a few years of each other (two of them within six weeks, unexpectedly), the 4444 family identity had a huge blast hole in it; at the time, I wondered if we would ever feel whole again. What I've learned in the past eleven years is that when someone so important passes, your family will never be the same again. However, that doesn't mean it won't be whole; you will be happy again, you'll love again, you will feel peace. It's the circle of life, of course.

We have a new normal now; Mr.4444's mom is, of course, our matriarch  (and a beautiful one, at that), and Mr.4444 and his brother (who doesn't live here) are as bonded as ever. Our children, not having grown up together as cousins, have a ball when the 4444 family gathers. And some day, we will have babies to continue the cycle of 4444 family love. Our family is just right for us.

Sorry about the rambling post; just know that I'm thinking of you. My heart goes out to those of you who've lost parents and are missing them today. If you celebrate Easter and your family gathers this year (and even if you don't) I wish your family happiness, health, and peace.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kendall's Homecoming

Kendall is home for Easter. Here's how Milo and Steve feel about that:

By the way, Kendall would like you to know that she fell down because Steve jumped on her, 
not because she is overly dramatic. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Fragments: Episode #297

I'm feeling kind of mushy tonight; 
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In the category of My Worst Nightmare: Last Saturday, when the ER vet squatted down to examine Steve, she FARTED! Can you imagine if your doctor did that? I don't know how Steve kept a straight face! She politely said, "Excuse me." and I admired her ability to keep her composure, as I was LMAO (inside). 

Steve had bordetella and coughed (and wretched) for days but is fine now, thank goodness; we were afraid we were looking at a pricey surgical procedure! Definitely need to get the carpets cleaned, though. If you're dying to know what Bordetella looks like in dogs, you can watch this 30-second video I took of Steve Saturday morning. He was much worse the next day, but tonight he only "huffed" a couple of times and is completely back to normal. He's saying thanks in this video:

If you think "Clothing is a barrier between ourselves and the world and affects the way we perceive ourselves and our environment.” you might be interested in Naked Yoga. Me? Not so much.

You may recall my YouTube video about how to get the Otterbox Defender Series case off of a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. It's had almost 41,000 views and has 122 comments, 98% of which are positive. I feel great about having helped so many people out. Earlier this week, a troll (people who leave comments designed to get a rise out of people online) left a comment, and I'm really proud of my reply, which was carefully crafted. I think you'll appreciate it. For what it's worth, I never said in the video that any of the steps are "easy," though I did say one of the steps is "pretty simple." Apparently, not simple enough for everyone.

As I mentioned last week, my bad cholesterol had jumped significantly since last year, so I got serious about taking control of my health. (I want to be a grandma and a great grandma some day!) So, when my cousin Shannon recommended that I read Eat to Live, I downloaded it from Audible and having been listening to it on my commute. I am learning so, so much about food!!! Shannon said it changed her life, and I concur; I'm not even finished with it yet and feel it's given me very, very good insights that will change the way I look at food forever.

I'd heard that celery can be re-grown, but I didn't believe it until I tried it myself; here's my little experiment.
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How fun is that?!
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