Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Buddy's Inspiration

Hi Friends--I am sharing a good one (I think) from Petwarmers.com.  It's a tear jerker, but good!  Love, Merry

by Betty King

      Many face disabilities or handicaps in this world.  Life is not
always fair.  Even the animal kingdom experiences their share of
      Buddy was a canine.  He had lost one of his rear legs in a freak accident but that did not delete his worth.  He recovered after intensive care and mountainous amounts of love.  Buddy soon showed his eagerness to resume his rightful place as friend, family member and walking partner.
      He and Betty, his owner and walking companion, slowly began
their twice daily stroll after Buddy showed an interest in resuming their daily ritual.
      It took awhile for Buddy to obtain his previous pace.  At first, Betty accommodated her three-legged pal with intervals of rest time along the way.  Soon he was back to his old self again, except for the fact he looked like a friendly pirate minus his wooden leg.
      Drawing disability benefits, myself, I can vouch for the fact
that the capability to love does not diminish when body parts are
missing, or they fail to work as once they did.  Nor does it hinder
the desire to seek, accept or give love.
      Buddy continued to love, maybe even more intensely.  And Betty's love perhaps doubled, in seeing the will Buddy possessed.  True love sees past handicaps and perceives beauty that lies within the heart that remains.
      Betty is the grandmother of my ex-daughter-in-law.  My name being Betty too, we had a kindred spirit.  Betty lives in a town a few miles away and since our son and her granddaughter's divorce, Betty and I had not seen much of each other.
      The other day out of the blue, after being away from home on an errand, I returned to a message on my answering machine.  It was Betty.  She wanted to talk with me and I returned her call.
      "Betty," she said, with a sorrowful tone to her voice, "I just
wanted to let you know Buddy died last week."  "Oh, he did?  What happened? I asked, deeply concerned. "Well, he had been slowing down on our walks.  He just couldn't keep up as before.  I found myself waiting for him a lot lately.  We heard him bark about 11:30 the other night, and didn't think anything about it, and the next morning about 6am I went to check on him in
his bed.  When he didn't move, I thought it was just his hearing.
But when I bent down, I could tell he was gone."
      I could hear the grief in Betty's voice.  I wonder if she could
detect the sorrow in mine.    Whether we are human or canine, it is not the adversities that come to us, it is not the disabilities that befall us -- but how we overcome them, and continue on that counts. Buddy had overcome his adversities.  He had not let his
disability keep him from loving life and living it.  He had not let a
missing rear leg keep him from being the same loving companion that he had been with four legs.
      Six years without a leg did not diminish Buddy's worth -- it
only emphasized his will to persevere amid hardships.  His desire to continue his daily walks with Betty were exercises in proving his will and to show love to the master he adored.
      I thanked Betty for calling.  She knew I would understand her sorrow for having lost Buddy.  She also knew that I would forever remember Buddy's will to persevere.  She also must have known that I knew Buddy was special, loved and would never be forgotten.    Indeed, Buddy, you will be loved and remembered.

               -- Betty King     <baking2 @ charter.net>

Monday, November 20, 2006

Black Friday Shopping

Playing along with Val & Black Friday Shopping!!  I would be jumping at the door, well maybe not quite, but I'd be there shivering and waiting for them to open the store doors--IF I had the $$ to spend. Some other years I have, and gotten some good deals!  Had fun!  It got me in the spirit of Christmas.  It also kept me from going every year!!!!!!  LOL  It's hard work.  You have to fight people off. They try to get ahead of you in lines at counters where you pay. Even in nice department stores.  It's brutal. Only the strongest shoppers ever repeat and go another year.  But yeah, I would go, if I had the $$ to spend right now.  With our son getting married in Jamaica Dec. 5, I don't have the funds for a shopping trip on top of that trip we are taking to his wedding.  But listen, I am a tough little girl.  I will return to Black Friday shopping, probably by next year!  Be strong BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING PEOPLE!  And ENJOY, ENJOY!  BUY ONE FOR ME!


Sunday, November 19, 2006


This also comes from Jane, in Oregon.  It's just toooooooo good not to share. Turn your speakers on, sit back and enjoy.  I bet you can't watch it and not cry!!  But it's a good cry, it's beautifully written, I wish I could write like this.
Love from Merry to you and yours.  Happy Sunday!
It its good and entertaining. It isnt over until it says so.


I should be too embarrassed to even tell this one as it's about myself.  But since I am usually too serious and I have been such a cross to bear around everyone's neck lately, I decided to share it.

We had a sunny day with little wind here today, about 45.  My husband decides it's time to put up the Christmas Lights across the front of the house.  Which he did with no problems.

I "helped" by taking the two dogs on the king sized bed and turning on the bedroom TV to watch "Law & Order" episode on cable.  (I am addicted to the show.)  (And the dogs are addicted to the bed.) 

When my husband finished he came in and said to me, "Well, they are up, but we sure have a lot of bulbs burnt out."  (Now, remember I am watching TV at the time.) I looked at him and said in dead seriousness, "Well, how do you know how many are burnt out??" 

Immediately, I realized what I'd said, and he of course told me that he only had to turn on the switch to see how many were out.  LOL :)  Dumb, de, dumb, dumb.

Love from Merry