People, 4 Legged Family, Things & Places I Am Thankful For…….

 In response to Thankful Thursdays from Comedy Plus

 

Some of my Dear Family Members

I am thankful for having my wonderful Grandpa in my life for almost 21 years.Grandpa F.

I am thankful for my parents, for the love they gave me for 45 and 47 years respectively.

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I am thankful for the love of this man for 34 years, the rest of his days.

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I thank God for the wonderful baby Kristie we were blessed with:

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I am thankful for the special cousin still with me today

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Just a few of the 4 legged kids that have blessed my life:

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I have lost a great deal by now, but each of these people and critters have brought me more joy and love than I deserve to be blessed with!

A few Special Places and Memories to Me:

 

Becky and me

Becky and me @ Palomar Mt. about 1997

Barry & Me

My 23rd wedding anniversary

 

Glen's Wedding

My brother’s wedding & our vow renewal in Las Vegas in 2012

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2014 – Our Wheelchair train. I was driving my hubby around town and I loved it!

The Sun Peers Thru the Oceanside Pier - February 12, 2013

I have had many memories @ Oceanside beach and pier.

Last but not Least @ ALL, My Creator

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Hope endures

Wheelchair Accessible Swing

I saw this on FB this morning and my spirits soared. This swing is a dream come true for many children who are confined to wheelchairs. My wish is that all cities and towns will have a park with a swing like this one day. I hope that you watch the video and see the pure and utter joy on this boy’s face. https://5newsonline.com/2018/03/26/creekmore-park-wheelchair-swing-gaining-attention-on-social-media

 

Dad and me

This swing was the best one that I had access to in the as baby and young child.  However, I became too big to for the swing by second grade or so.

Cat Hates Medicine

Isis sleeping!

 

 

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Funny Instructions for Giving your Cat a Pill

Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth
with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of 10.

Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cats head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtain.  Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with its head just visible from below spouse’s armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat’s mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Force cat’s mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 1/2 pint of
water down throat to wash pill down.

Get spouse to drive you to emergency room; sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Stop by furniture shop on way home to order new table. Carefully sweep shattered figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

 

1st photo is my own, 2nd photo is from Bing and the article is from Pet Place.

In reply to:  Comedy Plus – Happy Tuesday

Wal-Mart Has No Heart

In a tiny community called Bonny Lake, WA., about 30 miles outside of Seattle, Brandi Hanvoid has been working at Wal-Mart as a greeter for the last 11 years. There is nothing so unusual about that; after all, Wal-Mart employs many people. However, Brandi was thrown from a car as a result of a car accident, causing her to have a traumatic brain injury. She loves her job as a greeter and it has been a major part of her life and a primary social outlet for her.

Speaking from my personal experience, it takes major planning to get somewhere on time and I live in a bigger city with nicer pavement than Bonny Lake. When one has to solely depend on the public paratransit system, as both Brandi and I do, wetter and colder whether makes it even more of a challenge to arrive on time. Yet, she cares so much about her job that she has traveled the four miles to Wal-Mart in her power chair when paratransit has been unable to take her to work. County roads are not in as good of shape as those in a city and much tougher to negotiate than city roads with any sort of mobility device. Wal-Mart gave her no accommodation. Suddenly, Wal-Mart fired her due to tardiness and absenteeism. This was not a new issue for her, so what changed? What caused Wal-Mart to let her go after 11 years?

This concerns me as I look for work and as others with disabilities try to work. We try very hard to accommodate the world around us. I wish this world would have a little more compassion!

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/disabled-walmart-greeter-fired-after-public-transit-delays-led-to-too-many-late-days/909006859

 

Homework Help to Make It Less Stressful

Whether your child has special needs, ADHD etc., homework can be a difficult time for the parent and the child. As a kid, I used to put off my most challenging subject to the last because I hated Math so much. That was not a great strategy because I was I was tired by that time. Here is a video with good suggestions that may make it easier. Granted, creating a calm place to do homework may be hard to do in a small place like an apartment. Do the best you can. Options 4 and 5 are very helpful. Do you have any ideas or comments?children doing homework

 

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/video-5-ways-to-reduce-homework-stress-for-you-and-your-child-with-learning-and-attention-issues

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

The holiday season is not always a joyful time for everyone, and I have been moved to remind people that there is help. I wanted to remind those that feel terrible and feel that there is no help out there that people do care. The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273 – 8255. It is free of charge. The number for deaf and hard of hearing is 800-799-4889.  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

 

Please don’t be afraid to ask because there are times that we all need help, and there is no shame in it! Let me tell you that I have had some bad times. Years ago, a doctor told me that there was little that could be done for me – that my body was was 60 years old, while I was still in my 30’s. My Cerebral Palsy was only going to get worse, and I felt that I was only going to be a burden to my family.  However, there is hope on the other side and I am living proof because I decided to prove that doctor WRONG!! But, it took me digging through and out of a dark hole to reach that other side!

 

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Elderly Forced to Move Due to Corporate Greed

Elderly Forced to Move Due to Corporate Greed

This story headlined my Seattle CBS news affiliate. Ballard is a suburb of Seattle. We must remember that a society is judged by how well it treats its elderly, disabled and children, its most needy and vulnerable population. This is an example of how terrible we are doing; 48 seniors have to find a new, affordable place to live March 31st because the owner wants to convert these assisted living apartments into regular apartments.  I would appreciate your thoughts on this important issue. Here is the link to the full story:

http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/seattle-assisted-living-residents-told-to-move-because-of-apartment-conversion/490393054

 

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