Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer


There is a Summer
            that sustains life forever
deep within the soul


Image & Poem by McGuffy Ann Morris
Haiku #336


Shared with:
Five lines or less
inspired by the word prompt
"Summer"

Monday, June 26, 2017

Please Please the Bees


Written and Illustrated by Gerald Kelley

Benedict is living a very sweet life. Of course, he is a bear, so his needs are pretty straightforward. The best part of his day is when the bees deliver honey to his door each morning. Gerald loves honey!  

Honey is a big part of Gerald’s day. He uses it on his toast, he uses it to sweeten his baking. Gerald puts it in his bedtime tea. That is, until the day when there is no honey.

Suddenly, the bees in the yard all go on strike! Benedict tries to go on without honey, but his life is not the same. Without honey, life is not as sweet. He becomes very sad. That is when a bee comes to Benedict for a heart-to-heart talk.

It seemed the bees in Benedict’s yard feel they are taken for granted. They have done their part to take care of Benedict, but they realized he was doing nothing in return for them. They could not go on the way things were.

From the bees, Benedict learns what he needs to do to help the bees stay healthy and happy. He learns that bees need certain conditions to make the honey that he loves. Benedict also learns what he can do to help the bees.

So, Benedict goes to work to make his yard a healthy, happy place for the bees. He educates himself on the best flowers for bees. He gets the seeds and plants them, waters them. He even keeps the garden weeded. Benedict also learns about honey and how to harvest it.

When the bees see the hard work, Benedict has done to repay them, they are happy, again. The strike is over! The bees immediately go back to work. Life is sweet for everyone, now.

This is a sweet book! The message is simple and clear. From the great bear to the tiny honeybee to the flowers, we all share this world. If we take care of nature, it will take care of us. I highly recommend this positive book to teach this simple truth to kids. Share it with the children in your life. Everyone will benefit from that, too. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Gulls Just Wanna' Have Fun

Bill stops at several truck stops.
Many are along the shores of the Great Lakes.

He has a lot of new friends at this particular stop.

He shares his lunch with them.
They actually expect it, too!

There is always one who is a bit more bold.

The Ringleader...or Mob Boss, but
you can see the others moving in, too.

The Boss got up close and personal,
but, just until the food was gone.

See you next time!
And, bring more food!


*All photos by Bill Morris

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 59


We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the linky for sharing. The first two fill-ins are always provided by Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. You are welcome to answer in the comments, but if you link up, even more people can share! Please share.

The heat is cranking up quickly, now. Many areas are getting very hot conditions. Please remember to keep your critters cool, as you do your other loved ones. Check their water supplies often, to keep their water bowls clean and filled. Watch for other animals that may be in need of help, too. This includes neighborhood pets, critters in vehicles, and even wild animals that may need assistance.

Last week’s challenges were great! Thank you all. I did take the challenges and followed them as best I could. I smiled, assisted, encouraged, prayed, and truly thought about my every action. I journaled about much of it, too. Some things may be as inspiration for stories. Thank you all for your challenges. I hope we do this periodically. I thoroughly enjoyed this "challenge project". Thanks, Ellen!

As always, be kind, enjoy your loved ones, and take care of You.

Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. A recurring dream I have is about animals who have crossed over. I will occasionally have a dream about one who is gone, though it varies who and when. However, it usually happens around their birthday. That is the closest I have to a recurring dream. However, I do dream often and vividly.


2. Turn negatives into positives. One thing I have learned is that it can always be worse, so appreciate what you have! To complain about things is putting bad energy out there. That only brings everyone down, including yourself.  Maintain a thankful spirit and spread joy.


3. This cough is driving me crazy! I am still struggling to get this cough under control. Thankfully, I have found new doctors and finally, have some hope. I think that they will help me resolve this. I believe.


4. Lately, I have been reading a lot. Okay, I always read a lot, but I seem to have more books that I am excited about lately. It has been too hot to do much during the heat of the day, so I read. I try to get chores and things done in the mornings before the heat settles in. Then, I can reward myself with reading.



~Remember to keep your cool!~

Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments.  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cool Tips for Summer

Here are some easy tips to help the furkids 
stay cool and safe while still having fun!
Happy Summer to Everyone!

Fill-in Statements: Week 58


Every Thursday, Ellen of 15andmeowing and I provide the fill-in statements. Please come back on Friday, when we post our answers with a link-up. Making friends and learning about each other is what makes this so great!

Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 59: June 23, 2017

1. A recurring dream I have is ________________.

2. Turn ______________ into ____________.

3.                              is driving me crazy!

4. Lately, I have been                        . 



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Poppies

 
I wait patiently for the Poppies to grow tall each year.

When finally they shed their furry cover,

they reveal the elegance inside.

I am dazzled by their beauty.

There is happiness in these blooms.

Spreading joy!

A peaceful "Happy Place"!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bear


Bear reaches above
            for reward of liquid gold
victory is sweet

Poem by McGuffy Ann Morris
Haiku #335


Shared with:
Five lines or less
inspired by the word prompt
"bear"