100 Day Photo Challenge

Day 50: Something Passed Down From My Parents/Grandparents

Glass Horse Bookends -- Great Grandmother (Mamaw Carter)


Pet Cancer Awareness

In honor of my cat Cal-Cal I wanted to post a blog regarding Pet Cancer Awareness.  Ironically, this month is Pet Cancer Awareness month and the month that my sweet kitty lost his battle with cancer.  It was an awful time where we watched Cal start out with a swelling hip to a large sore that would not heal.  I encourage everyone to watch your pets for the signs of cancer and to also give to this charity so that maybe someday there will be a way to prevent this disease from shortening a wonderful pet's life...

Early Pet Cancer Warning Signs, As Identified By The Veterinary Cancer Society.
      Persistent, abnormal swelling
      Sores that do not heal
      Loss of weight
      Loss of appetite
      Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
      Offensive odor
      Difficulty eating or swallowing
      Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
      Persistent lameness or stiffness
      Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
If your pet has any of these early warning signs, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete examination.

What Causes Pet Cancer?
Due to improper breeding practices certain breeds of dogs are genetically prone to canine cancer including:
      Golden Retrievers
      Labrador Retrievers
      Bernese Mountain Dogs
When choosing a dog or a cat, question the breeder as to the incidence of canine or feline cancer in the line. And always avoid animals that have been "mass" bred in puppy and kitten farms or "mills".


It has been clinically proven that over-vaccinations can actually weaken your pet's immune system, setting the stage for pet cancer. Sadly, cats can now suffer from a specific type of feline cancer named "Vaccine Induced Fibro Sarcoma." It develops at the vaccine site on your pet's skin as a direct side effect of over-vaccination.

While initial puppy and kitten vaccinations are required and necessary, try to avoid automatically vaccinating every year. Speak with your veterinarian about spreading out the vaccinations and inoculate only those for diseases that are prevalent in your geographical area.

It's also a good idea to check your pet's immunity with a blood titer test before vaccinating. If your veterinarian is not familiar with a lab that does titer testing, suggest that he or she contact Antech Diagnostics for titer testing information (800-872-1001). You may also want to confer with a holistic veterinarian who is knowledgeable in minimizing the potential side effects of vaccines after they are given.

Environmental And Food Toxins

Do a "Toxic Screening" of your household and environment. Exposure to chemicals in the environment and even small daily doses of chemical additives and preservatives in their food can build up and be carcinogenic. That’s why it’s important to take a serious look at the products you have around your house, get rid of the toxic ones, and substitute safer products.

A variety of reports from the EPA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the California Department of Fish and Game confirm the hazards of environmental and household toxins including lawn fertilizers, detergents, and cleaners. These all have warning labels relative to children and pets, and many veterinarians see a link between environmental toxins and pet cancer.

Please visit http://petcancerawareness.org/home.aspx for more information and to donate to help find a cure for this awful disease.

100 Day Photo Challenge

Day 49: Something I Drew

100 Day Photo Challenge

Day 48: A Day I Remember

My Wedding--May 19, 2007

100 Day Photo Challenge

Day 47: My Best Friend

100 Day Photo Challenge

Day 46: A Room in My House


100 Day Photo Challenge

Day 45: A Picture of My Favorite State

How exactly do you take a picture of your favorite state?  This was as close I could get...


AFI's 100 Best Movies: #99 Toy Story

To be perfectly honest I fell asleep watching Toy Story yesterday.  But listen it wasn't because it was boring or I was uninterested I was just absolutely exhausted from a long, depressing day.

I have seen Toy Story many times before and each time I love it just as much if not more.  It has such a great story line of acceptance and friendship that I find enduring and fun.  It also always makes me think of certain toys I had as a child and how I wish now that I would not have neglected them and makes me want to have them now.  Silly, I know...

I would recommend this movie to anyone and everyone...all ages a like...if you haven't seen it (and the only way I believe anyone has not seen the original Toy Story is if they live under an actual rock) then you should go and watch it now!!!

I am so glad that it was included in AFI's 100 Best Movies for sure!!!

100 Day Photo Challenge

Well, here are the past 4 days worth of the photo challenge along with today's...Blogger has been down for the past few days...enjoy!!!

Day 36: A Place Where I Spend A lot of Time


Day 37: The Last Restaurant I Ate At


Day 38: A Useless Trinket I Own


Day 39: My Favorite Picture


Day 40: Someone In My Family

How about a bunch of somebodys???


100 Day Photo Challenge

So...life has been a little busy the past few days...I missed 3 days worth of pictures...oopsy!!!

Day 31: Something I Collect


(I have not set out to collect anything, but realized I have a lot of these, so maybe I do collect them--Roosters and Elephants)

Day 32: Something I Made


Day 33: Something That Makes Me Smile

Day 34: Favorite Movie I Own

For some reason this was a hard one today...I cannot think of a single movie that I love although I know there are some out there...this is what I came up with for now.


Another FAVORITE thing...

My new Pandora Bracelet...

Happy Anniversary to me...Happy Anniversary to me...Happy Anniversary to me...Happy Anniversary to me...Happy Anniversary to me...Happy Anniversary to me...Happy Anniversary to me...

100 Day Photo Challenge

Day 28: The Shirt You Wore Today

Day 29: A Pretty Flower

What my Yellow Iris(s) looked like before the hail storm (now they are nonexistent)