my lemon

Lemon is my African lovebird. She used to have a mate named Lime that sadly crossed the rainbow bridge last November 2016. They used to be very loud but i am happy hearing their happy chirps. When Lime passed, i seldom hear Lemon chirps. Over the years, they never had any chicks but i often see eggs thrown out of the nest.

The birdies were given to us around 2009. It’s been a long time. It breaks my heart and is so painful to watch Lemon now struggling to go to its nest and i sometimes give her a little push so she could get inside her cozy home. She used to bite but these days she welcomes my help and doesn’t struggle anymore. Maybe it is because of old age but i’m sure she is not sick. Yesterday i made a ramp to help her navigate.

For now, i will just take it one day at a time and will continue caring for Lemon. I want to be hopeful and wait for her to be better but i know it has been 8 years and she is looking old. I feel sad watching her.

Here’s a photo of Lemon and Lime from a post i made about them in 2012. Click here if you want to read the post.

The Daily Post Daily Prompt: SYMPATHY and Weekly Photo Challenge: WAITING

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priceless things i could afford

A Hermes Birkin designer bag is priceless for an ordinary person like me. I couldn’t buy an island nor have my own jet.  But the rich and the famous could afford them and they don’t seem to be that priceless. Lucky me, i do have priceless things that i really could afford.

Time. Yes, i could afford to live every moment of time. With so many bad decisions in the past i need to be really careful now in the choices that i make. What’s done is done and i cannot turn back the time.

Happiness. The key to achieving happiness depends upon one’s outlook in life. I may have endured a lot of challenges and problems because of a failed relationship but the power to be happy rests on me alone. I choose to be happy in spite of everything. As they say, happiness should not depend on things that we don’t have but appreciate and be happy on things that we have.

Family. I am thankful for having a wonderful family. It is a busy world and we all have our own lives to live but we do make it a point to celebrate every occasions together.

Nature. The gift of seeing nature is priceless whether it is just a pocket garden of flowers or just a tree in the yard. I love watching the birds that occasionally visit my one and only citrus tree. I love butterflies that hover from one flower to another. I love the bees that make stopovers from one flower to the next. I love watching the sky on a clear night. I love to watch the phases of the moon. Just yesterday i managed to take a photo of the sky and saw that the moon is almost full. Maybe tonight it would be.

Oh wait, i almost forgot… My cat Star is PRICELESS too.

shades of red

Note to self today:

Live life one day at a time…

Stop for a while and enjoy the little things in life like the beauty of the flowers… so brightly colored, loving and embracing the warmth of the sun…

to have more laughter, less stress, to let go of negativity and just enjoy life.

As always, the song Christmas in our Hearts is the first Christmas song i hear every September 1 … looking forward to greater things up ahead.

Hello September… Hello BER months.

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure

 

Goldie is my number 7

When i had my first cat Star i really planned it out that i would adopt another cat so she would have a playmate and a sibling. I am so happy with two cats and now within a span of 5 years they are 7.

There’s Star, adopted Tiger to be Star’s playmate, fostered Boots when his humans left for Dubai to work, rescued a teeny-weeny Ashton almost 2 years ago, rescued Kuting when i found him beaten up with his tail almost severed, adopted Puti an all white deaf kitty from my mother and… then Goldie who showed up on my terrace about 6 months ago, very thin, begging for food, love and attention. Click here to see how he looks like when i first saw him.

 

GOLDIE, you are my number 7.

my love and hate of juicing

Combining carrots and apples in a juicer is my absolute favorite. I choose bright colored carrots as they produce very vibrant orange colored juice that is so wondrously appealing. Adding some apples gives it the essential sweetness. I drop in a slice of lemon to my juice for that added zing.

I love juicing because i could always customize how my juice would taste by experimenting with different fruit combination. It gives me joy as i relish every drop of the end product… pure and healthy juice that is gleaming with awesome goodness.

Do you want to know the hateful part? the cleaning.

The Daily Post Daily Prompt: RADIATE

 

what 3 months of TLC (tender love and care) can do

Several months ago as i open the sliding door leading to the terrace, i was surprised to see a thin small cat by the door meowing for attention and food. I knew he was hungry as he was meowing nonstop. I hurriedly gave him food and water and he gobbled up as soon as i put down the bowl.

I tried petting him as he ate and did not hiss. As i stroked him, i noticed he was thin as i could feel every bone under his thin fur. He had a lot of bald patches, lots of scars, some open wounds and lots of cat lice eggs that look like white dots on the strands of his fur. I knew this kitty needed help. He looks like he had a rough time in trying to SURVIVE out of his own fending for himself. So, I just let him get settled at the terrace and by late afternoon i noticed he was still there. He made the terrace his home. After several days when i felt that he was comfortable enough to trust me, I brought him to the vet for a much needed exam. He was vaccinated, dewormed and given anti-lice treatment. After 2 weeks i took him to the vet again for anti-rabies shot.

These days he is rounder and definitely gained a lot of weight. And as i stroke his fur now, it is evident how thick it has grown. In just a short time, he transformed from an ugly thin and sick looking cat to a beautiful black panther with bright golden eyes… truly a GOLDIE.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: EVANESCENT

Update: Goldie got neutered and finally an indoor cat. He is my number 7.

cute cat videos

I am so tired of doing house chores today. No worries, Tiger is here to the rescue. As soon as i lay down on the sofa he would come by my side and give mommy a soothing back massage. He’s such a sweet and lovable cat.

Do you want to see him in action? All four paws doing a back massage. Read here if you want to read Tiger’s adoption story.

Here’s another video showing Ashton and Kuting grooming each other. Read their rescue and adoption story here.

I am quite happy that it is raining today. The summer heat has been so terrible and rain provides a lot of relief. So, what to do on a cool and rainy day… warm cuddles with the kitties.

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