Orphaned Baby Elephants
So nice to see that the babies finally have a prominent name attached to their plight. Please click the link (above) to view a page from the orphanage and at the bottom of the page is a link to a wonderful video Kristin made at the orphanage.
From Dame Daphne Sheldrick:
“Every person that buys ivory has killed an elephant
and its dependent young and has caused immeasurable
sorrow and suffering to many others.”
Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick MBE, MBS
... from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where orphaned baby elephants are rescued.
Watercolors from the Nursery
Each month I receive a lovely watercolor depicting a scene from the nursery. We have printed many of them out and placed them in frames to decorate our home.
Sammy loved kittens, tutus & ballerinas. But mostly he loved us. He died a peaceful death as an old man and left us with broken hearts.
Our Old Man
Baby Bear died a peaceful death just before Christmas 2009. He was almost 17. Bear was a warrior. A brilliant feline. A blessing to our lives.
Kremer is doing so much better! Dr. Van der Walt found him curled up in his litter box several times so she gave him his very own bowl to curl up in and carried him into the exam room in his bowl when we went to visit him today.
Kremer will probably stay at the vet for another week where he'll get his daily meds, daily brushing and lots of love. So nice to live in a little town where our local vets are the best.
Cute photo of Kemer pre-car accident
Thank you BC Animal Hospital for taking care of our babies.
My friend Lesley, whom I've written about many times, has inspired me once again. Last December she told me to watch Forks Over Knives on Netflix saying that it had completely changed the way she feeds her family. I watched it and changed everything about my diet resulting in a 27 pound weight loss since I started the new diet January 1st.
Making a green drink most every day from spinach, kale, cabbage, etc. is part of my new "diet" which really isn't a "diet" per se but a new way of eating. At first I didn't like the green taste but now I love it!
I started Lesley on coffee when she was in her 20's and now we've both given up coffee for Yerba Mate tea in the morning. I love it! Hard to believe because I've been drinking coffee since high school. Still love coffee but found out it's acidic and I'm trying to stay away from acidic foods/beverages to see if my joints will be happier. I have RA and those of us with RA need to make our diet more alkaline. Yum Yerba Mate!
In the meantime, Baby Girl has stuffed her wonderfully plump body into a small box. She's not at all worried about her diet.
So much can happen in 24 hours! Haley is in Europe and I'm tending her kitties. I didn't do very well with Kremer as he was hit by a car yesterday and ended up with a broken & dislocated jaw which required surgery and pain meds. Poor Kremer! I couldn't find him yesterday morning which was odd because he is always on her front porch or laying on her lawn. Thank goodness after he was hit he managed to get thru her kitty door and collapse in her bedroom. He'll be OK but the poor little guy wasn't happy yesterday. Sniff...
And last, I certainly did meander with this post starting with Forks Over Knives and winding up telling you about poor Kremer! Oh well, I listened to my heart and this is what poured out today.
Sending love and all that good stuff your way and a little push to watch Forks Over Knives. Very inspiring and loaded with good information. When I thanked Lesley for telling me about the video I said I taught you how to dance and now you're teaching me how to eat healthy.
It has been 7 weeks since my new HAPPY knee was implanted and she's working pretty good. I'm walking around town a little and dropped into Bloom yesterday where I saw my friend Sally. Had lunch with Desi & friends at the Boulder Dam Hotel, climbed 20 steps up to my office, took Jelly for a walk, rescued a little dog that was heading out into the desert with a hurt foot, folded laundry, emptied the dishwasher and am pretty much back into my life but at a much slower pace. Desi & Haley were the BEST caregivers during my recovery and it was good to see that side of them.
A new woman has moved into a duplex across the alley and she immediately set out with a cat trap to catch and euthanize our feral cats telling me it is illegal in this county for cats to roam free. Our wonderful feral colony has lived here longer than you lady! Leave them alone! I talked her down and the trap is gone. Maybe I should show her this:
It is a glorious, sunny day here in the southwest. Hope all is well with you and yours. xoxo Amy
I'm signing off for a few weeks whilst my new HAPPY left knee is installed and whilst I attend weeks of rehab... (ouch) I will try to smell the roses along the way. Hope you enjoy what is becoming an incredible Spring. xoxo Amy
Photo courtesy of my cousin, Jeanine. Thanks Jeanine.
~Hello Friends~ The stats on my typepad account show which pages on my blog are visited most. And the MOST visited page is the page with this great and funny photo that I put up in August 2009.
Just yesterday I had cardboard boxes on my kitchen floor whilst I unpacked an amazon delivery and within minutes there were three cats sitting in the boxes. I should have taken a picture! I'm republishing this funny photo for your enjoyment. Love you... xoxo Amy (Oh! PS... still have my comments closed till I can visit my blog more regularly and that will be after I get my new HAPPY left knee replacement...ouch)
When Margo had 5 kittens 11 years ago I wanted to find homes for all of them. When my friends came over to pick a kitten, no one picked Baby and I'm so glad. She is my favorite cat EVER.
Happy in any basket or box, she is a constant delight and ultra-sweet too.
The world is going bonkers and my reality is tending my home, family & kitties. If everyone on the whole planet would mind their own business and stop spreading hate wouldn't it be a more pleasant world?
I had that revelation about 1971 sitting on the beach while in college in San Diego. I was overwhelmed with the feeling that if everyone would tend to their own life, be kind, be neighborly, love their family, work hard and NOT spread gloom that the world would be less hostile. I still feel that way altho I've been working on not thinking bad about anyone either.
"Think about others as you would wish them to think about you."
Not sure of the source of this incredible quote but if thoughts are energy (as physicists say) we have to not only be careful of what we say but what we think. This gives a person an inner-work project for life!
Baby Girl minds her own business and gives unconditional love. Ahhh... what a life. xoxo Amy
I remember when the song The Dance came out with its message that we can avoid pain in life but then we miss The Dance. I have seen this over & over in my 60 years. I could have missed the pain of Mr. Bubbles death if I had never rescued him in the first place -- but I would have missed 12 beautiful years with him. That's just one example. You surely have your examples.
A heart-shaped stone that Haley painted. Photographed in Desi's hand.
Life is majestic. Incredible. The harmony of how it all works is awesome. There is love and pain and beauty. All this composes our life every day. I love this quote by an author whom I have read extensively and I hope you love it too! xoxo Amy
You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life. ~ Krishnamurti (1895–1986)
Once upon a time there was clean humor in America. I grew up in Las Vegas and realize there have always been raunchy comedians so I'm not negating that raunch exists. However old-fashioned, clean humor feels good and leaves one with a happy feeling.
At a dinner recently, I was seated between two men both of whom are my elders and both of whom I have always respected. They BOTH told dirty jokes even after I protested and asked them not to. They just laughed and went on as I sat there with my face straight (Mr. Arnaz was at the other end of the table and didn't hear this exchange altho I told him about it later.)
It made me a little sad that these two OLD men are giving raunchy humor to the world when at the end of their lives one would think they would have tapped into beauty, love, goodness and God (both men claim to be religious and both go to church.)
There IS sickness in this world but we don't have to go along with it. I will stand for what is Kind & Good & Right rather than smile at sickness just to earn a Brownie point from the sickos. I'm just a little speck in the ocean but just as one drop of colored paint can affect a whole can of white paint, one person can affect a community.
Our choice is to stand for what is Right or slide down into the mud whilst telling dirty jokes. And I must add how awful it is to hear a pretty, young girl letting the F-word fly out of her mouth without a second thought. Please girls, don't swear! Swearing makes you UN-pretty.
"You can judge a man's character by what he laughs at." ~ Goethe
Since I'm sharing this with my Facebook friends some of you may think I'm being snooty. But think about it! Everything that comes out of our mouths goes out into the world. So shouldn't we be much more attentive to what we say?
“There are things to confess that enrich the world, and things that need not be said." ~ Joni Mitchell
Three cheers for good, clean humor... for love and laughter and goodness. Three cheers for Lucille Ball. xoxo Amy
I still feel a little bittersweet even though it has been nearly 6 years since I sold my dance studio to one of my employees. I still love my dancers and miss them but I don't miss the hours & hours of paperwork and cleaning up after 500 students.
Coined "the little pink dance studio" by my friend & tap teacher, Gregory, it was extra cute on this rare snow day. I still own the pink building but not the business. I'm so happy I still have my non-profit ballet company which lives at our Theatre because without that connection to the magical world of ballet I would not have the pleasure of seeing a little Gingersnap present a bouquet to the Sugar Plum Fairy...
I am happy that Mr. Arnaz is SO generous with his technical ability. He brings our productions to life inside our incredible theatre. And I'm so happy he is adored by our ballerinas.
Thanks to Roxanne for this photo of Mr. Arnaz and her daughters that she labelled "Desi Sandwich."
I love classical music and tutus, flowers and tiaras. I love seeing a little girl begin ballet and blossom into a real ballerina 10 years later. Having the studio was a dream come true for me because Haley could come to "work" with me every single day when she was a little girl. That's a mothers prayer. And to say I am proud of Haley for learning to dance is the truth. She's incredible.
Life is different now... and I like it! I'm going to close the comment option on my blog for a while to save YOU the time it takes to comment. Thank you for reading and hopefully enjoying my periodic vents, rants, feelings and mostly my Insights from the Magic Tutu. Oh! And I hope you like my new blog banner.
Hi Mom! I hope you have somehow figured out how to read my blog. I have a new, bionic knee that should last till I'm 80. Wish you were here so we could share everything with you. Miss you lots....
Wish you would have lived longer so you could see your beautiful granddaughters all grown up.
My passion I am passionate about helping orphaned baby elephants whose mother's have been murdered for their ivory. Click the link above to read more about the rescue effort and please adopt a baby elephant! xoxo Amy