2,268 days - what does that mean? The number of days until we leave Florida and head to Georgia to begin the next phase of our lives. Back in January of this year, the hubs and I sat down and figured out what we need to do financially in order to 'retire early'. It was January 27th, and we were at our dining room table. We wrote everything down on a sheet of paper, and I dated it. The next day I was a bit curious how many months and days 7 years actually was. Let's face it, 7 years sounds like an eternity! Heck, some people take a car loan out for that long (not us - we have NO car debt)! So, like any normal American, I went to Google and asked it the number of days and months. Eighty-four months didn't sound so bad, but for me, it seemed a little difficult to track, so I went with days.
The number of days - wait for it - was 2,554 days, as of 1/28/19. WOW - that's a lot of days. Or is it? Here we are on September 8th, and we are already at 2,268 so 286 days have already gone by! What have we done to prepare? Have we increased our savings and investments? How much has our mortgage gone down? Where are we in the big scheme of things? And this is the reason I chose to track days: 1.) it's easier to write the number on my planner each day, and 2.) time goes by quickly so your goal has to stay in front of your face!
Kind of like this guy, Luca, if your goal isn't in your face all the time, then you can quickly lose sight of it. In Luca's case, his goal is to eat all the time. If he doesn't stay in our faces, he might not get fed!
We have all seen the destruction that Hurricane Dorian unleashed on the Bahamas and the Southeast Coast of the U.S. While many, many people need help - so do the animals. Some cats and dogs have been transported away from the U.S. coastline to shelters more interior, and the Humane Society of Grand Bahama has sustained severe damage, but at least 74 dogs and 77 cats have survived the storm. Now they all need our help!
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Card for sale!
One of the objectives of this site is to raise money and awareness for no-kill cat shelters. There's nothing wrong with a no-kill dog shelter, but I am a cat lover. I have 3 that we rescued from our local humane society, and for some reason, we always seem to maintain 3 in our home. When one passes on to the Rainbow Bridge, we look to replace him or her.
I made this lovely card for a wedding, anniversary or just to say, 'I love you!':
This card, based on a white cardstock, uses buttons, flowers, ribbon and some bling to share a very simple message with someone - Love. The size is A6=4.625"x6.25", and it is blank inside for your own personal message. All of my cards are made with acid and lignin free papers and accessories.
All cards come from a SMOKE FREE but NOT pet-free home. The card includes an envelope and is inserted into a clear plastic insert to protect the card.
For a mere $5, you can have this card shipped to your home for free, and your $5 will go to the shelter of your choice, or if you do not have a designated shelter, I will donate it to Caring Fields Felines here in Palm City.
This is a one of a kind card - once it is gone - it's gone for good! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send you a PayPal receipt.
The greeting card. Do you remember being a kid and running to the mailbox on the weekend to see what showed up in the mail? Do you remember the feeling of receiving something for yourself when you were a child? Do you still look forward to receiving a card on your birthday, holiday or other special occasion? With the multitude of online venues in 2017, the actual paper card seems like it is lost - but it's not! Hallmark and American Greetings are still producing cards and there are many small, boutique brands that are popping up across the landscape.
There is also a movement of women (and some men) who like to create their own handmade cards. I am one of them! Playing with paper and all the sparkly goodness that the craft stores have to offer is a very relaxing, creative and fun endeavor for me. No, I don't want to create my own line of cards and sell them in the nearest Walgreens - that would take the fun out of it. But I do like to create cards for the special people in my life, and I do like a creative challenge which makes for a unique card. Now that I have several boxes of cards to give away, I would like to do something purposeful with them.
Anytime you buy a card through my blog, I will donate the entire purchase price to your favorite cat shelter! There are so many shelters that work to keep our kitties alive and protected and endlessly search for a forever home for them. It's time for us to give back, and this is a very simple, small way to start and support them. If you don't have a favorite no-kill shelter in mind, I have a local one that I support: Caring Fields Felines (http://www.cffelines.org/). This is a great organization located in Palm City, FL. They care for close to 150 cats, and they facilitate close to 200 adoptions each year!
Look for my first card for sale in my next post. I'm making it simple: all handmade cards are $5, including shipping. Five dollars right to your favorite shelter - boom! I will send you a receipt of your donation as well. Thanks for supporting our kitties!
All Things Coffee.
Coffee. That simple word can make me instantly feel relaxed, even though that is the exact opposite of what coffee may do to one's body. Through this blog, I want to explore the origins of coffee, what makes a great cup of joe and the process of fruit to bean.
According to The History of Coffee's website, the origin of coffee began like this:
Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread.
As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.
The Arabian peninsula embraced the growing of coffee beans and by the 16th century coffee was not only enjoyed in people's homes, but the first coffee houses were established as well. Coffee migrated over to Europe in the 17th century, and after some controversy, there were over 300 coffee houses in London alone, and many businesses grew out of these specialized coffee houses. Lloyd's of London, for example, came into existence at the Edward Lloyd's Coffee House.
Coffee came across the pond to the young United States as the European nations began to settle here. By the end of the 18th century, coffee had become one of the world's most profitable export crops. After crude oil, coffee is the most sought commodity in the world.
While this is a scaled down overview of the origins of coffee, there are many more historical facts about coffee that is interesting reading. I will share those stories here. So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite joe, and enjoy the journey of coffee!
Let's Start With Cats....and end with coffee!
It all began when I still lived at home and wanted a pet to keep me company. I visited the local humane society and found my first cat, Casey. Being the honest person that I am, I let the shelter know through their questionnaire that I lived at home with my parents. The shelter employee picked up the phone and called them. I was mortified! I just knew this was the end of my journey on obtaining a cat. Amazingly, my Mom said yes, and I could continue on with my adoption of Casey.
Casey stayed with us for 19 years, and he began my love affair with felines. Understanding them, amused by them and loving them. Over the years, four other cats have joined our lives, and you will learn about them throughout this blog. I've had a nagging feeling over the past year that I need to do something to help no-kill cat shelters. My goal through this blog is to help these shelters by creating awareness and helping people understand these unique creatures that we call cats.
I have a passion for making cards. All of the cards I give out for birthdays, holidays and other events are made by me. I would like to feature cards, and offer it for sale. The sale of the card (not just the profit - your entire cost) will be donated to a shelter of your choice. If you don't have one, I support Caring Field Sanctuary in Palm City, FL, and I will send her the money. They also sell my cards to their visitors. I have a craft room filled with paper goodies, so I am more than happy to donate my skills to support the cats.
I'm a big coffee lover! Nothing fancy, just great coffee. Through this blog I would like to explore the world of coffee and journey through to find the perfect cup of coffee. Who knows - I may develop my own line of coffee - and call it the cat's meow coffee company!
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