Category Archives: Pets

2 Days ’til 40: 40 Favorite Posts from My 400 Days ’til 40 Journey

I must say that it was much easier to choose 40 photos than to choose 40 posts!  One of the fun things about this particular journey is that I allowed myself to write (or post photos) about whatever I felt on any particular day.  As a result, I have a wide array of followers who each connect in different ways to what I write – this has been amazing.  I imagine that in the future, as I become a bit more focused, I may have a less diverse group of readers, though I hope not!


Here is my top 40 list of posts, hopefully as eclectic as my readers are.  Some I chose because of the importance of the content, some because they make me laugh (yes, I realize that I have a weird sense of humor that others do not always appreciate) and some because I like the way the words flow. Read the rest of this entry »


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11 Days ’til 40: Unwanted Visitors (of the creepy crawly variety)

lice comb

It happens to the best of us, it has happened in EVERY school I have worked in from inner cities to the most elite private schools.  We all get the infestations – Lice.  When most people hear the word “lice” they immediately react with dismay and all the psychosomatic effects kick right in – they start scratching even when no lice exist.  These are not the guests we want coming home with our children for dinner! Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 10, 2013 in attitude, Children, Education, Parenting, Pets


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101 Days ’til 40: Adoration from Animals


I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. ~ Hippolyte Taine

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. ~ Albert Schweitzer 

With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats? ~ Fernand Mery   Read the rest of this entry »


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107 Days ’til 40: Nature as Art


What is art? Nature concentrated. ~ Honore de Balzac

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. ~ e.e. cummings Read the rest of this entry »


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169 Days ’til 40: Wordless Wednesday

Caption this photo!  (*Note – no cats were harmed in the taking of this photo – this is how she naps!)


Posted by on September 5, 2012 in attitude, Children, Health, Pets


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194 Days ’til 40: Disappointing Childhood Desires


Okay, I want to know – how many of you out there really wanted sea monkeys when you were little?  I read Archie comic books and I LOVED the advertisements in them.  I wanted my own sea monkey family – you know the one, right?  Where mom wears lipstick and there is a dad and two sea monkey kids and we can watch them grow up and do all the sorts of sea monkey things they do, like sit at a breakfast table (the photo shows them doing that!) Read the rest of this entry »


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216 Days ’til 40: Pets as Therapy

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. ~ Josh Billings

A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden. ~ Robert Southey Read the rest of this entry »


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384 Days ’til 40: The Cat’s WHISKERS

Yesterday we discovered that our youngest believes she is now a cat stylist.  She is 8 and seems to struggle a bit (okay, A LOT) with impulse control.  Her latest act involved two of our poor cats, a pair of scissors and whiskers.  Thankfully for the cats, they were not all cut off, but they were cut short enough that there will be issues for these poor cats until they grow back.

These are those frustrating moments in parenting when you do not always know what to do.  First of all, the poor cats look hilarious.  Second, the whole situation is a bit comical (though not for our cats).  Third, she lacks impulse control – she has ZERO, she was not on medication at the time this occurred – it was not her fault.  She really could not control herself.  That said, there needs to be a consequence, even if the end result is that the consequence has no affect on future cat torturing behavior.

This is poor Delilah, with a little less facial hair.

These are Gracie’s shorter whiskers.

They will both live, and we have also decided to let our youngest live.  My partner came up with the best consequence we could think of – research on the importance of whiskers and their function and purpose, coupled with an apology letter to the cats (never mind that the cats cannot read).  Maybe we should have grounded her until the whiskers grew back????

I am not sure she will have the ability to generalize this information to future situations in which her impulse to make a bad choice overrides her brain’s ability to question how wise her choices are.  That remains to be seen and is a scary part of parenthood.

In the meantime, I hope the whiskers grow back soon.




Posted by on February 3, 2012 in ADD, ADHD, Children, Parenting, Pets


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