Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Loss Of Our Beloved Muffin

It's been a week since the Beach household lost our beloved  kitty, Muffin of over 16 years. And the heartache has not faded nor do I think it will anytime soon.
Muffin was originally a birthday present for my daughter's 5th birthday .She was born in a barn to a local farmer and the day we went to look at her we instantly knew she was the kitty for us. Her first night here I awoke in the middle of the night to her chewing on my ear. I said Muffin, what is the matter? Do you miss your mama? I snuggled her in and petted under her chin and within a few minutes she was sound asleep and snoring. She was loved beyond measure and loved to hunt , play and although not a big snuggler like our male cat , Crackers, she loved to be near us. She pretty much followed us around everywhere. I fondly remember her under the computer desk or under my feet when I sewed. I even had an old robe I threw under the sewing machine spot that became hers. She loved Christmas and would sleep in the fiberfill "snow" under the tree where I placed my ceramic village. 
Like most cats I am sure , she grew into a routine. After dinner as we sat in the living room she would join us , hop on the back of the couch and lie there near our heads. All of a sudden you would feel a gentle tap tap on your head and it was her asking for a little petting. After the years passed she acquired an arthritic leg , loss of her hearing , the onset of what the doctor thought was diabetes and it was hard for her to groom herself. We tended to her a bit more because of all this, brushing her more, helping her up onto the bed at night and in her latest months because of her deafness I accompanied  her when I let her outside. 
The weekend before last, we arrived home after spending time near our daughter's college and I knew something was not right. I brought her up from the cellar where she sometimes liked to go in her later years and she couldn't walk without flopping over. She hadn't eaten much since we had been gone the two days . She instantly clawed the cellar door and wanted to go back down. That night she couldn't even make it to her litter box . 
One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was pick her up the next morning and place her in the carrier to bring her to the vet's. I knew in my heart this was her time. I walked her around the house one last time and she cried all the way down  even though I talked to her . She fought the sedative trying to get off the table and although I was distraught I looked into her eyes and told her we all loved her and that she would soon be pain free. She all of a sudden looked at me and sighed a deep long sigh. Within a few seconds of the second shot she was gone. She just looked like she was peacefully sleeping in her carrier. We buried her in a lovely spot on our property that I can see from our dining room window and kitchen door under some oaks and next to an old stone wall with a view of the field she romped in as a youngster catching mice . She is next to our beloved Crackers . I hung a small wind chime in one of the smaller oaks and the tinkling yet still sad is therapeutic.  That night I lit my electric candles in the windows facing her grave site so she knew we were there if she needed us.They are still lit. I visit her grave and sit on  the grass and talk to her . It's hard. 16 plus years is a long time to have a shadow and not miss her. She was an integral member of our family. She is gone now to a pain free place but will forever be in our hearts. RIP dear Muffin. We love you. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Settler Sayings

A dear friend of mine introduced me to a book a while back entitled Settler Sayings.

It is part of the Historic Communities series by Bobbie Kalman. My friend thought it was something I would enjoy and boy was she right! I've always been fascinated with old sayings and their origins and/or meanings. Not all of the sayings in the book were made up by settlers but settlers used them often. Many of the sayings in the book I had  heard before but never knew their origins. Some, though I had never heard and found quite interesting.
I have shared some of the sayings in the book below.

"Apple Of One's Eye"- Today this means someone we value greatly or treasure.Long ago, the black circular center of the eye was referred to as the apple of the eye because people thought it looked like an apple. Have you ever been called the apple of someone's eye?

"Goose Bumps" - Today we say we have goose bumps or pimples if we develop bumps on our skin when we are cold or afraid. In old times, settlers would pluck geese and use their feathers to stuff pillows or mattresses or linens. When a goose has its feathers plucked it develops raised bumps on its skin. These are  tiny muscles in their skin to keep them warm.

"Nest Egg" - We've probably all heard the expression nest egg and know it refers to money saved for the future. Early settlers relied on chickens for their survival. Settlers put fake eggs in hens' nests to encourage them to lay eggs. These eggs were made of clay and whitewashed. They were saved and used over and over again as needed.

"Upper Crust" - In old times, wheat flour was considered better than other types of flour and was more expensive. Women who wanted to impress others would use the best flour for the upper crust of their pies because it would be seen and admired. Today, upper crust means something or someone who is fancy or rich.

"Apple- Pie Order" - This is by far my favorite saying from the book! Settler women  when baking pies made sure they cut the apple slices in equal sizes. They were careful to arrange them in even rows inside the pie and the crusts were joined with perfectly spaced pinches. Today  apple-pie order describes something that is very tidy.

Check out the book for other neat sayings and their meanings/origins including

"Bought the farm"

"Fly off the handle"

"Mind your P's and Q's"

"Pull the wool over his eyes"

and many more!

Your local library should own a copy! There are other very interesting books in The Historic Communities Series.

Imagine a settler's surprise  at some of the sayings we have today?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

One Of My Favorite Poems

Even though this is a bit late I still wanted to post.

Something Told the Wild Geese

by Rachel Field

Something told the wild geese

It was time to go.

Though the fields lay golden

Something whispered,--"Snow."

Leaves were green and stirring,

Berries luster-glossed,

But beneath warm feathers

Something cautioned--"Frost."

All the sagging orchards

Steamed with amber spice,

But each wild breast stiffened

At remembered ice.

Something told the wild geese

It was time to fly,--

Summer sun was on their wings,

Winter in their cry.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Dream Job In A Picture

I have never made it a secret how I wished I had gone to college for Education instead of Accounting.But be that as it may I still have my subbing and I had some wonderful children I babysat for over the years.Everything happens for a reason and I never would have traded staying home with my children all those years. I came across this picture and this would have been my dream job. Too bad I was born too late!


So I'm thinking Big Dale should build this in our back woods complete with a kitchen and then I would be satisfied.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Some More Summer

Even though I have been mumbling about these last several days of  grueling hot weather, I really am enjoying summer. My flowers have been doing fairly well and we have been using the pool a lot! Here's a few shots I took around the house. You can click any image to make it larger.

My favorite wildflower from the neighboring field.   I wanted to snag them before they hayed the field.

Britt enjoying the pool.

I never tire of the view in the background. Swimming on a hot day and looking at that view is like heaven on Earth!

                                     I hope everyone is having a  great summer!!