Saturday, March 23, 2013

3/23/13 - Blogland Blessings

I am happy to report that Lucky has found a new, forever home (meet Lucky in my last post, here).  Woohoo Lucky!  :)

Joe, also known as JB, saw my post (on here as well as FB).  He contacted me.  I talked to him and his wife Toni, and well, the rest is history – as they say.  Joe came to the clinic and picked Lucky up this morning.

I am so thrilled!!  Lucky’s tragic story has a happy ending.  Thank you, Joe!  It was awesome to meet you in person!

NOTE:  Uniting Lucky and Joe was such an exciting event, I forgot to take pics.  Sorry wonderful readers.  Imagine tons of love, lots of jubilation, and you pretty much have the picture.  :)

But there is even more to the story – Joe and I originally “met” through blogland.  We both follow several of the same RV blogs.  Joe started following my blog even before I met the author of one of our common blogs, Glenn Morrissette.

In fact, Joe was the 6th person to sign up to follow my blog so he has been around since the earliest days of Living in Grace.  Not only that, we discovered early on that we are practically neighbors.  So it is extra special, and perfect, that he should be the one who gives Lucky a loving, forever home.  How amazing is that?!?

Joe reports that Lucky had a great first day, and even loves the grandkids!

We never know what seeds are being planted so that future blessings can grow.  I am learning so much about God, Spirit, living as one in this Universe, and manifestation/co-creating with God.  I see the results daily and am very grateful for my life.  And this blog.  Through it, I have had the opportunity to meet such wonderful people and see such amazing things.  My heart overflows with gratitude.

Have a great weekend, wonderful readers.  Love, hugZ and blessings – from my heart and home – to you and yours.

Friday, March 22, 2013

3/22/13 - Enjoying the Moments

Well, the weather has changed on us.  It has cooled off enough to make it perfect camping temperature!  Oh, how I wish!  It may rain though.  Been there, done that – tent camping in the rain can be quite an adventure.  J

Obviously, my 2 faithful companions would love it - wind, rain and all.  We took a walk before the sprinkles began and sat for awhile on this elevated grassy knoll.  There wasn’t anything in particular to see, but it was gorgeous and serene.  The 3 of us sat there for about 40 minutes just watching, looking around, enjoying the cool breeze.  I am sans make-up and if you look closely enough you can see the bump on my noggin' from colliding with one of the kennel gates at the clinic last weekend, but I didn’t care.  I wanted to capture the moment.  That “nothing” out there that we had been looking at was sure interesting – Nonni and Bentley never even glanced my way.  This picture captures the 3 of us being us.

The next picture captures Miss Hope being Miss Hope.  I had pulled the suitcase out from under the bed and vacuumed before we left for our walk.  I forgot to put it back and she had made herself quite the nest while we were gone.  My animals are nature lovers and travelers at heart.  Hmmm, I wonder where they got that?!?  LOL.

Tomorrow, at the clinic, I don’t care what the weather is like.  I am taking the guy in the next picture to the dog park (pre-approved by vet and staff) so he can stretch his legs and fetch and play frisbee.  His story is below the picture.  I posted it on FB.  Hopefully someone will come to his rescue soon.  I’m afraid his days are numbered.

“Please help!  This baby boy’s human passed away & he needs a new forever home.  He is well trained – heel, sit, stay, fetch, etc.  He is healthy & current on his shots.  He loyally stood vigil over his human until help arrived.  So sweet!  He is high energy & being in a kennel is hard for him.  He is at the clinic where I volunteer.  His name is Lucky.  Please help him feel that way again.  Pass this on.  I will arrange travel if you are not local.  Thank you!"

Live and love each day to the fullest my wonderful readers.  HugZ!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

3/20/13 - Happy Spring!

We hope you are enjoying this wonderful, beautiful first day of Spring!

And yes, I realize some parts of our great nation are not able to walk in the sunshine and smell the flowers, but I hope for all – no matter where you are, in whatever country – that you are able to see beauty in this great day.

Love, hugZ and blessings,
Nonni and Bentley (and Miss Hope)

Monday, March 18, 2013

3/18/13 - A Weekend of Love

Thursday night my great-niece and I met for dinner.  She has moved back “home” after completing her degree at Texas Tech and working in Lubbock.  It was our first time for a “girl’s night” and we had a blast.  Yes, that’s her in the picture.  No, that’s not at the restaurant, LOL.  That is a picture of her and her Chorkie, Max, at her parent’s home on Saturday, but back to Thursday night….

We ate on the balcony and enjoyed the pretty weather, but somehow at some point in the evening, my wallet fell out of my purse.  I did not discover it until the next day, and was extremely blessed and grateful when I called the manager and he said that it had been turned in.  He was only going to be there until 3 so I left work a couple of hours early (a huge shout out to my supervisors for understanding!), and I got there just before he left.  My wallet was intact.  100%!

It is probably no coincidence that I am currently taking a class at my church that teaches 5 principles as a guide to practical spirituality (not religion or law).  We are studying Ellen Debenport’s book, The Five Principles.  As I sat with my niece at the restaurant, I couldn’t help but admire her natural beauty.  Also, her smile can light up a room and she has always been a source of love and joy in this family. It was surreal to realize how many adult stressors she has in her life right now, and for a moment I worried her light may dim, but just for a moment.  Then I remembered the first 2 Principles we’ve studied:

Principle One – God is Absolute Good, everywhere present.

Principle Two – Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within.  Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.

Belief in Principle One removes worry, does it not?  I’m not saying I can live from serenity at all times, but I did this weekend.  I saw Love and Absolute Good everywhere.

My wallet being returned is a tiny example of Principle Two.  When I posted the story on Facebook, a friend wrote, “So awesome!  Gives you a little faith in humanity.”

Absolutely!  That’s why I shared the story, but then I realized that combining Principle One and Principle Two gives me more than just a ‘little’ faith – it gives me great joy and exuberance!

In fact, I’ll share something that may astonish you (or maybe not, grin)…. I have shared many stories about living in “the hood” (5/5/126/12/12, 6/19/126/23/1211/17/12, on and on and on), but as I “broaden my understanding of God to a field of love and intelligence that is the foundation of the universe” (Debenport, P. 39), and as I grow and expand my understanding of the great I AM (The Creative Life, Eric Butterworth, Pp. 8-9), I have literally begun to love my neighbors and amazing things have occurred:

  • The brakes on Betsy Buick need work so she sits idle in the parking lot for now.  When my neighbor Derek found out (you may remember him from my 9/6/12 post), he gave me a big, warm teddy bear hug – so sweet!
  • Damian, a neighbor that is a mechanic, came and knocked on my door and checked the brake fluid and lines for leaks & wouldn’t take a dime.
  • Suzy & Roberta recently lost their 15 year old cat to kidney failure.  They knocked on my door late one night in full-blown grief asking about the crematory services at the vet clinic where I volunteer.  When I contacted the office manager, she didn’t bat an eye and talked them through what to do step-by-step.  They brought me dinner not too long ago – man, those girls can cook!
  • In my last post, errrr, I mean Nonni's post (grin), we told you about the latest puppy I rescued.  Well, my new, quiet, wonderful neighbors above me, Gino & Talia, helped take care of him while I was at work.  It wouldn't be a success story without them.  How wonderful is that?!?

The point is, I see love everywhere now and it is transforming my neighborhood, beginning with me.

I will get Betsy’s brakes fixed as soon as I can, but in the meantime my niece and her husband have loaned me their van.  I only had to walk to work one day. A co-worker gave me a ride home that afternoon, and the next day my niece drove all the way here to leave me the van – the day before they left for vacation!  The picture at the beginning of this post was taken while I was at their house on Saturday (you can see a photo of them in my 5/5/12 post).  Her husband changed the oil and had the tires rotated on the van so I can drive it a little longer.  Talk about love!

Even when Betsy is running, I don’t drive her very far from the apartment.  Since I have the van, I was able to go to my nephew’s soccer game over the weekend (same family).  What a treat!

It was super fun and the weather was great, but when the game was over I noticed one of Wesley’s friends was crying.  He was trying not to, but couldn’t help himself.  His family was packed up and headed to the parking lot.  Wesley’s mom discreetly pointed it out to Wesley who immediately went over and started walking with his friend to the car.  He walked the length of the field with him, and had his small hand on the back of his friend’s shoulder the whole way.  The family kept walking while the 2 boys talked quietly to each other.  Soon his friend was walking taller, with chin lifted and both boys laughed before Wesley came running back and joined some other friends at play.  I don’t know what his friend was upset about or what Wesley said, but it was a beautiful expression of love.

I affirm:  God is Absolute Good, everywhere present.  Human beings have a spark of Divinity within them, the Christ spirit within.  Our very essence is of God, and therefore we are also inherently Good.

I’m reminded of a song by the Beatles, “All You Need Is Love.”  I saw love everywhere, all weekend.  I hope you did too my wonderful readers.  Thanks for being here!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

3/7/13 - Yo, You Still There?

Just checking in to let you know we’re still here.  It’s me – Nonni aka Nonnikins.  Mom says to tell you she’ll be back soon.

She’s around.  She just got real disillusioned when we closed out 2012 and she realized how far away it might be before we move into an RV.  I think everything from this past year or so got to her, but she’s okay – and says to tell you she is getting spiritually centered again – and feeling better all the time.  She’ll write more later, but this post is from me.

Bentley is asleep or he would help me.  Miss Hope said cats and dogs can’t write at the same time – whatever that means.  So I’ll catch you up – more or less.

Mom recently went on a girls’ weekend with her BFF and her sis.  Last time they went to Salado.  This time they hibernated in a hotel room near the Galleria and did “girly stuff” – whatever that means.

Bentley and I had to be boarded.  It wasn’t so bad though, and it was only one night.  Mom works at this place on Saturdays now.  We get to go with her to this job.  I sure wish we could go with her to her office job too, but for some reason we have to stay home on weekdays.  She says she works at this new place on Saturdays so that if we ever get sick again, she knows she can get us the care we need.  She calls this place “a little heaven on earth.”  She calls the people that work there “angels.”  We call it the “Oh no.  Run for your life!  Vet!  Needles!” place.  No, not really.  We like it too.  Just don’t tell anyone.

The Vet angels also helped Mommy find a rescue group that found a forever home for a lost dog we found.  It came right up to us, unlike Smiles.  Do you remember him?  It took us days to get him in the car, but this little guy came up and was begging us for help.  Mom bathed him and fed him and it only took 2 weeks for him to find his forever home.  It’s a good thing too because he had a chip and it turns out that the people that had him didn’t want him any longer so they just put him out.  Mom says people like that should be shot.  Bentley, Miss Hope and I think they should just bring the unwanted to Mom.  She loves all animals.  We’ve met a lot of people who do.  This guy’s new family named him Sami, and they got Sami groomed so he looks just like his new Bichon sister.  We don’t have an updated picture of him yet, but Happy Trails Sami!

Mom has also been spending a lot of time at this place in the next picture. She goes here to learn and grow and get spiritual and calm and turn negative into positive and a whole bunch of other things I don’t understand.  She says it has nothing to do with religion and is another place that’s heaven on earth.  It’s a really pretty place – full of love and peace.  They even had a special day just for pets!  (Mom will tell you about that in another post soon.)  All I know is that people are happy here and we enjoy hanging out while waiting on mom.

Photos courtesy of FB - Unity Arlington
Betsy recently had an oweee.  She was in the shop a few days and ultimately had to get a new water pump.  Mom gives us fresh water several times a day.  I don’t know why it took Betsy so long to get new water, but she’s okay now.  Mom said it had something to do with more angels.

We’ve been going on lots and lots of very long hikes.  Can you guess where we are in this picture?

If you didn't guess that stadium, do you know this ballpark?

Well, that's it for now.  I hope you enjoyed my post!