21 Reasons To Hug Your Cat Today

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Happy Hug Your Cat Day! I found this article on “BuzzFeed” and it is so cute I couldn’t pass it up! It made me smile right through my migraine! (That says a lot!) And even though I never need a reason to hug my cats, a celebration is a celebration! So, let’s celebrate!

Hey, where did all of my cats go?…

Anyway, thank you to Chelsea Marshall for a great article!

1. You probably already know this but: your cat is the frickin’ best.

21 Reasons To Hug Your Cat Today

2. Like so-cute-it hurts level best.

Like so-cute-it hurts level best.

3. They deal with your B.S..

They deal with your B.S..

4. They give the most adorable hugs in the world.

They give the most adorable hugs in the world.

5. It doesn’t matter if it’s your hand…

It doesn't matter if it's your hand...

6. …or your head…

...or your head...

7. …it’s always adorable.

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8. Your cat always knows when you need an extra pick-me-up.

Super cute big cat hug

(Because they let you pick them up).

9. They almost always listen to your drunken tirades…

i love this picture because my friend is having a drunken discussion with a cat...and the cat is completely interested

10. …because they are so very patient.

...because they are so very patient.

11. They welcome even the smallest members of your family.

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12. And continue to surprise you with their compassion.

13. Even when you say, “I’m fine”…

Even when you say, "I'm fine"...

they know when you need that extra TLC.

they know when you need that extra TLC.

14. Your cat is there for you during break-ups…

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15. …and early-morning wake-ups.

21 Reasons To Hug Your Cat Today

16. They’re an epic support system when you need them.

21 Reasons To Hug Your Cat Today

17. Also, there’s the adorable factor.

21 Reasons To Hug Your Cat Today

JUST LOOK AT THIS AND TELL ME YOU DON’T WANT IN.

18. Sometimes they don’t like asking for it…

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19. But they’re ALWAYS deserving of it.

But they're ALWAYS deserving of it.

EVEN when they are a pain in the butt.

20. Because your cat just GETS you.

Because your cat just GETS you.

21. ❤ And deserves all the love in the world. ❤

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Now go hug your cat! 🙂

These 5 Hero Moms Will Give You Extra Reason to Celebrate Mother’s Day

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  I consider my Mom a hero. The advocating for ME and Autism she does is amazing. She is the one person I can count on to show understanding and unconditional love to a daughter who’s road is rocked by chronic illness. All my love, Mom, today and always.

The following story is from “Time”

Written by  @tcberenson

From saving a drowning couple to rescuing kids from a bear

It’s true that every mother is a hero, which is why we have Mother’s Day. It’s just one small day of the year for people to appreciate everything mothers do for their families. But it’s also true that all acts of maternal heroism are not created equal. Dealing with the daily challenges of raising kids is one thing, but saving children from a bear is quite another. So here, in honor of Mother’s Day, we present five hero moms of the year.

  • The Mom Who Rescued Her Kids With a Pizza Hut Order

    Cheryl Treadway was being held hostage with her children in Florida and figured out how to escape — using an order from Pizza Hut.

With Treadway’s boyfriend holding her and her three children their home at knifepoint this week, Treadway ordered from Pizza Hut on her phone and asked, in the comments section, for someone to call 911.

Thanks to Treadway’s creative thinking, an employee at Pizza Hut called the police, who then rescued the family.

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  • That resolve ended up being life-saving when she saw a couple drowning off the coast of Cancun last December. There was no lifeguard on duty, so Loiselle, a single mother of two, dove in herself, swam out and brought the couple safely to shore.“Words cannot describe my gratitude but I’ll try,” the man said in an interview. “You saved my girlfriend’s life and most certainly mine too.”Calgary woman rescues, rescues couple, coast of Ca

    Tamara Loiselle and son, reading a letter of graditude from the couple.

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    • The Mom Who Got Her Family Out of a Burning House

      Morgan Stone, mother of five, had only seconds to spare to get her entire family out of their Indiana home before it was engulfed in flames last December.“It took me a second to really realize what was happening. When I opened the bedroom door and it was full of smoke, it took me a minute to grasp that this was a serious house fire,” Stone said.She sprang into action and got her five kids, her father-in-law and her pets out of the house before the whole structure burned.“He says I’m a hero,” Stone said of her fiancé, “But I don’t think I’m a hero, I’m just a mom who got my kids out safely—nothing means more to me than them.”

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      The Mom Who Saved Her Neighbor’s Kids From a Bear

Candace Gama saw her neighbor’s 6-year-old sons waiting for their school bus. Then she saw the bear.

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The black bear was about 20 yards away, so Gama drove her car between the bear and the kids and yelled at them to get in the car. Then to speed things up, she grabbed the boys by their backpacks and dragged them inside.

According to a local Montana newspaper, Gama’s 5-year-old daughter said her mom was the hero of the day.

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The Pregnant Mom Who Saved Her Family After a Terrible Car Crash

 

Erika Grow’s car hit black ice on the road in Wyoming last November and flipped three times, throwing her husband and sister from the car and leaving her two young children trapped in the back.

Even though she was eight months pregnant, Grow was able to clamber to the backseat and unbuckle her children, ages 3 and 21 months. She put them in suitcases to keep them warm in the freezing Wyoming weather.

Grow’s husband and sister went to the hospital, but her two children and unborn baby were unharmed.

Photo taken after birth of the newest Grow family member.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Most of us are sitting around a table, sharing a festive meal with family and friends, enjoying each others company.

Today, I am welcoming a friend into my home and into my family. For this, I am thankful. Thankful for being able to do this for a woman whom I consider a sister and who has been there for me many a time. Thankful that, while I can help her, she is willing to help me as well. Thankful that she understands my illness and treats me the same as she always has – with love and respect.

 

Today, I give thanks for all of the understanding, love and support I receive from my family. The road I travel would be a lot more difficult without it.

Today, I give thanks to the people with ME/CFS, who are using the little bit of energy they have, and their supporters, to advocate for this invisible illness. Together we are fighting an uphill battle – one that has been made necessary by neglect and abuse from the medical community. I am thankful that I have enough energy to join the fight.

In fact, everyday I am thankful for all of the above and more.

Thank you for reading this blog!

Today Is World Hello Day!

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So hello everyone! 

When anyone says hello to me, it immediately brings a smile to my face as I respond in kind. A moment of sunshine in a hectic day. It makes you feel noticed and valued. So much from such a small word!

Spread the love – say hello to anyone you meet today. It will brighten both your worlds!

 

Let’s Play Catch-Up!

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Since the last time I blogged about myself, a lot of things have happened. I have been introduced to many new doctors and a few new tests. Thanks to Dr. Vera at NOVA, I am on some new medicines for ME and Fibromyalgia (which have practically gotten rid of my brain fog!) We are still experimenting with dosages to see if more improvement will be possible. (Fingers crossed!)

A dear friend who needs a place to stay will be moving in shortly. Lots of planning and packing going on between the two of us. Living in Florida will take some getting used to on her part. It took me two years to feel like I belonged here.

She will be arriving on Thanksgiving. The holidays will be particularly meaningful as we share the joy of being a family, as I consider her a sister. Very excited! (Also, can’t wait for her to see my jewelry studio!)

And speaking of jewelry…I have been keeping myself busy, designing and repairing pieces on commission. Here are pictures of some of my work…

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New pair of earrings made to replace old earring with missing partner. Used Swarovski crystal, freshwater pearls and gold-filled chain.

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Necklace made for opal and blue topaz pendant, supplied by client. My plan was to honor the pendant, not overwhelm it. Used agate, sterling silver beads, Japanese seed beads and Swarovski crystals. The client was trilled with the results and has ordered earrings to match.

 More pictures to come in the future.

As for my Kraftycat Creations Website, I am in the process of revamping – adding new, exciting products! This is a wonderful part of my life. I consider it therapy for a happier, healthier Fern. The “new and improved” Kraftycat Jewelry and Creations will be ready to view shortly.

Sunday Silliness

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I will admit that I am not up on most of what goes on in “Viral World”. This morning, while responding to a question submitted by a fellow ME/CFS sufferer, I decided to visit her facebook page. The first thing I looked at was:

Well, anything with cats gets my interest, but I was curious about where the music came from. After some research, I found out about Eduard Khil, known as the Trololo Man. Here is the original video:

What I also found was a plethora of other takes on his unique styling. All I found vastly amusing. Some I have included below.

This next one is a tribute to the singer, as he passed away in 2012. I am sure he is smiling still at the happiness his music has inspired. I guess you can say this little blog is my tribute to Mr. Khil, who certainly made me smile, and even laugh! 😀

Trololo even gave “Lord of the Rings” a chuckle factor:

And if you do not watch this “Harry Potter” Trololo tribute, you are doing yourself a disservice (go for it and pay close attention to the facial expressions in this cut, as Voldemort sings.)

Proud soldiers

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Found this on Facebook, while visiting my brother’s timeline. A wonderful, down to earth, musical tribute to all our veterans and solders, from a pair of soldiers. Their country music band is called Patten and Goff and they are from Fort Eustis, Virginia.

If you enjoy it, please spread it around.

A Word or Two on Autism

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My daughter has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, along with depression and OCD. We did not learn until she was 21 about the Autism. (Thank you Reader’s Digest for the article that spelled it out for me.) By then, after being unsuccessfully treated for over ten years for anxiety and depression, she felt hopeless. As she stated to me, “None of the meds I have tried ever worked. Nothing changes and I will never be normal.”

Well she was right. She will never be “normal” (whatever that is), but she will always be herself! And that is perfect to me. I wish she could understand how much I love her and love herself just as much.

We work together with a therapist on life skills, and I believe I see glimpses of forward movement – or what the therapist and I see as such. To my daughter, it takes a lot of energy and is play-acting. It does not come naturally to her and, in most cases, she would be just as happy not to change.

Social skills? She has “friends” all over the world via the internet. What is so important about going out and interacting with others? She hates noise, hates to be touched and has no interest in any relationships.

 

The world is seen as black or white, good or bad. “Why are teenagers so stupid about life? I do not understand the chances they take and would never do those things.” As her mother, I can attest to the fact that I never worried about her drinking, trying the latest bad fad or lying to me about where she had been.

I feel lucky in the fact we are very comfortable with each other, warts and all. With my M.E., we even share some sensory problems that effect both illnesses. She likes that I can understand some of what she goes through and it makes our living together easier.

Most evenings you will find us in the family room, each with a laptop. I will share recipes, cat pictures and other items of mutual interest by turning my laptop to face her. She will share like items by sending me the link via Skype. Then she will turn in my direction and watch my reaction. Usually I have a comment or two. Sometimes I laugh out loud, maybe even “snort”. This will make her shake her head and smile. She tells me she is “laughing at my laugh”, not at what is on the screen. If it makes her “laugh”, I do not care how silly I act – it is a special moment – one of many that we share.