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Temporary Addition to the Family

Meet Josie, a temporary addition to the family. This precious fur baby arrived nine days ago, in very rough shape. Her journey in life has been a difficult one so far—homeless, alone, and extremely ill. Someone found her behind a dumpster, and thankfully a rescue group stepped in and saved her. After initial treatment to stabilize her condition, she was available to foster and I couldn’t say no. 

With beautiful black coloring, white paws, and a white mustache, she is one of the prettiest little kitties I’ve ever seen, with a sweet personality to match. She loves to lay on my lap and be hand-fed from a bottle. (I’m waking up every 3 hours, for round-the-clock feedings, but it’s ok.)

I would gladly keep her forever, but she will be moving on soon to another family. Though it rips my heart out to have to give her back, I am grateful to be a part of her world, even if it’s just for a little while. Josie is an angel.

Whenever someone tells me that they want a new pet, I always encourage them to adopt, rather than shop. There are so many animals in need. Older ones or those with health issues have a much harder time finding a forever family. I have many pets and I also enjoy fostering from time to time. The love and joy that these little guys provide is truly priceless. Josie is in demand as a kitten, of course, but fostering a senior is equally rewarding. 

If you’re able to foster, it’s so worth it! 

4 Days on Cape Cod – Highs, Lows and In-Between

Travel can be exciting and it can also be a huge hassle. Having just returned from 4 days on Cape Cod, I’m wondering if it was worth the effort. Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful to experience any vacation at all, but our timing was unbelievably bad.

Between a record-setting heat wave, 4th of July and enormous crowds, there was a lot of fussing and fighting. Normally, we don’t travel during holidays, but we were part of an extended family group and this was the only week everyone could do it. 

As a family, we made a list of ideas that sounded appealing; I say “ideas” because I’ve learned that you have to be flexible while traveling, since nothing ever goes perfectly. These included a day at an Inflatable Park, a Whale Watch, renting bicycles, and the beach. (Yes, we kept it super simple, with modest expectations.)

While we actually did manage to accomplish all of the above, and a lot more, it wasn’t smooth sailing.

High point of the trip: Eating 3-scoop ice cream cones while listening to a free live music show, with everyone in a good mood and relaxed.

Low point of the trip: Severe sunburns, near fainting from heat exhaustion, and one person who threw up from eating too many hot dogs—all in the same day!

The second low point was during the ride home when we were trying to cross the Bourne Bridge for almost 3 hours, which turned a long-ish ride into a marathon of misery. You can probably tell from this map how far it was, going from the very tip of the Cape back towards the mainland, and being stuck for hours on the road. 

I’ll admit that a lot of cross words were exchanged during that tense ride. Some of them, in particular, I really wish I could take back now. I was literally at my breaking point—hot, tired, hungry, annoyed, and sick of the endless noise. Definitely not my finest moment…

Setting the difficulties aside, Cape Cod is a beautiful place that’s worth visiting. I’ve been there at least half a dozen times during my life and the scenery never disappoints. For anyone who may be interested, I did the majority of my planning with We Need A Vacation, which is an excellent website devoted to the Cape and Islands. Lots of good tips on lodging, dining, and activities.

My favorite meal was a cod dinner at a seafood restaurant. It had lemon and capers and was served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Oh, and did I mention that I ate five pieces of bread from the basket? It was so good! 

The usual tourist stuff is fun, especially on the first trip, and I love the antique stores, art galleries, and clothing boutiques. Prices are high, overall, but a souvenir is a must. I found the prettiest scarf with a nautical theme that will be enjoyed for years to come. 

I guess it’s true that trips really are a mixed blessing. I’m happy I went, but I wouldn’t want to relive it any time soon. 

 

Have you been on a vacation lately? Was it a success or a disaster?

Fireworks in a Jar (4th of July Fun)

Every 4th of July, we have fun making Fireworks in a Jar. Some call it an art project; others say it’s a science experiment. Whichever way you view it, this is truly one of the quickest and easiest activities of all time because you only need oil, water, a jar or glass, and food coloring. 

Using red and blue food coloring makes it more festive, but anything you have on hand is fine. Little kids—and big ones!—will find it delightful. 

Had an Abusive Childhood? Watch “I Can Only Imagine”

An abusive childhood, domestic violence, divorced parents, a bad romance—sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Unless you’re Brad Millard, lead singer of the band MercyMe. Instead of letting tragedy destroy him, he took all the pain, shame, and disappointment, and channeled it into writing the song “I Can Only Imagine.”

Anticipating what it would be like in Heaven and to be standing before God, the popular song has been turned into an equally-popular movie with Michael Finley playing Brad and Dennis Quaid as his horrible father. Many of the parent/child themes touched upon—abuse, abandonment, estrangement, reconciliation and death—will feel unnervingly close to many families. (It was very relatable to me, with the dysfunctional family life I had growing up.)

Though the subject matter is heavy, the movie is not a downer, focusing on making lemons out of lemonade, rather than a “woe is me” attitude. It encourages the viewer to stay positive because no matter how bad it is or was, something good can come from it in the future. Hope, healing, and redemption are possible, provided we don’t let misery and misfortune take over. 

“I Can Online Imagine” is written from a Christian perspective, but members of the Jewish community will relate to the universal truth of God’s Word, God’s Plan, and God’s Love. Jews and Christians may worship differently, but we are all serving the same God who has promised to always be there for us. 

See the trailer here or purchase the DVD.