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Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Do you think God has a sense of humor? It depends which day you ask me.
Do you believe in love at first sight? Have you ever experienced it? The moment I saw B I just knew I had found who I was looking for, almost like I had known him before.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
On Friday evening, in celebration of the official arrival of summer, B and I opted for dinner at an outdoor pizza parlor on the boardwalk. There, we could sit and watch the parading “cast of characters”, many of whom had just arrived from out of town. This experience presented a stark contrast to our quiet, early morning strolls along the wooden pier. As we enjoyed our pizza, we listened to the “music” blaring from the open windows of the hottest spot in town; a place were the locals and “bennies” mix to while away the heat-haze filled days and nights filled with loud music and beer. Upon our departure, my attention was drawn to the long rows of bikes along the fencing (something not so prevalent in past years). Surely a sign of the times; a result of gas prices and the “the don’t drink and drive” philosophy.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
*at present 20 commenters believe this to be a bird in the snow. It is not! The temperture was well in the 80s the day this was taken. Jersey beaches have very soft, white, fine sand. In fact, it is called "sugar sand".
Visit Camera Critters.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
To view Sky Watch Friday.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I took this photo this morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. As I have mentioned there isn’t much activity on the beach or boardwalk at this hour. The activity lies in the sky, where the sun is rising and the in the ocean, where all things that swim are trying to escape the men above who carry a rod and reel.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A young girl and a beautiful German Shepherd frequently walked past our house. She was a member of the local 4-H and was raising this Shepherd for The Seeing Eye. I remember thinking, Wow, how cool it that! After checking around and gaining more information, I asked, my parents, for permission to become involved in the project. “You would never be able to give the dog back,” was my dad’s responds. Besides we already had a dog, a collie that put Lassie to shame. We (my parents) didn’t need another dog. I parked the puppy raising idea in a far place in my mind.
Years later when I married and moved from home, I again inquired about the puppy raising program. However, since both my husband and I were working we decide it best to adopt an older dog from the shelter. We realized we wouldn’t have the time to invest in a puppy, only to give it away. We adopted the most wonderful 6 year old yellow lab. When our sons were born she happily became second and third fiddle to them. She never complained about having to be “the patient” as they played doctor or “the ghost” when they were the Ghostbusters.
When she past, I again thought about the puppy raising project but all I heard was my dad’s voice echoing around my head, “You could never give the dog back.” My sons were young, and I didn’t want them to have to give a puppy back. I again decided the time wasn’t right. I put the thought back in the place I had reserved for it, back in my mind and again decided on a yellow lab, this time a puppy.
Unfortunately, she was past at 5 years of age. By this time my youngest son was 11 and my older son, 12; I found the right time had finally come. I made a phone call and several weeks later I was presented with a fuzzy, wiggly, little Golden Retriever pup. He was my constant companion, because of this, I often found myself explaining the program. “Yes, I will have him for 16 to 18 months. Then he will go back to The Seeing Eye for his formal training.” What I heard over and over, “I could never do that. How can you just give him back?”
His recall time came and I can honestly say, it was very difficult to let him go, but he was never ours. We had raised him for someone else. He had made a change in my life and now it was time for him to make a difference in someone else life. My boys and I spent the day out of the house trying to keep ourselves busy, but thoughts of him were never far away. Several days later, we received our second Seeing Eye puppy, a female black lab.
13 years and 12 puppies later, the most frequently asked question is, “how can you give him/her back?” I try to explain that this puppy really isn’t mine and I am only fostering him/her, to which I often hear, “I could never do that.” I think to myself, sure you could. This respond has lead me to believe that perhaps I have not answered “the question” properly.
Every dog guide school has different views in regards to the raiser and the recipient of the puppy/dog guide. Many schools invite the raiser to the graduation and during the ceremony have the raiser hand over the leash and dog to their new partner. The Seeing Eye is one of the few schools which believe this should be an anonymous gift. Therefore, I have not met any of the recipients of “my” puppies. I have met many dog guide teams and have heard many wonderful stories about this amazing partnership.
After starting LW’s blog , I was blessed to have “met” a dog guide team. They reside over at Dog’s Eye View. Recently L^2 was asked what her favorite memory with her dog guide is.
“How can I give them back?” I believe if you read L^2’s answer, I’ll see how I can “give them back.”
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Never did I expect to meet so many wonderful people; those whom I know, only, through their pictures and words which are posted on their own little place in cyberspace. I am truly amazed at the incredible amount of talent each of you posses. I have, also, found the amount of encouragement amongst the individual blogger heartwarming. There are so many kind and thoughtful comments left, not only on my blog but on the blogs which I frequent.
I have learned about photography from many of you, I have had a look into the lives of people living with limited abilities, I have read about the sadness and the celebrations you have all shared. It is because of you all that I have continued to march forward with this blog. I look forward to each morning when I make a cuppa tea and page through my daily stops. It is truly a pleasure to have met each of you if only through the magic of the internet.
Recently, I received several awards. I am apologetic for not posting them sooner. I am flattered that you have awarded them to me.
From Mercedes I received:
And from Debbie over at Three Weddings, I was given these wonderful awards:
I would like to pass them to all of my daily stops. You’re listed on the right. Please take your award with the knowledge that you have made my day a bit brighter. There is only one request. If you choose to display the Share the Love award please link it back to Memoirs of a Mommy. It’s a very special award that she created in honor of the donor who saved (her son) Noah’s Life. Noah received a heart transplant, and she hopes that by passing this award around the blogosphere everyone can help raise awareness of the need for Organ Donation. And again, thank you all.
Last evening relief came in the way of torrential rains, hail, and strong winds, the temperature dropped more than 20 degrees in a matter of minutes. We awoke this morning to a beautiful day. The sun is bright, the air is warm, and the sky is crystal clear with wisps of clouds. It’s a much welcomed perfect day.
To view Sky Watch Friday.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Quick update: the decision was made to close all township (and many area) schools early today!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Visit Camera Critters.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
To view Sky Watch Friday.