My Tribute to Dragons

Chinese New Year

To celebrate, how about some dragons to enjoy…




silhouette dragon


golden dragon


dragon lamp


Even cute, adorable dragons…

cute dragon

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.


Other related posts:

Chinese New Year 2017

Chinese New Year 2016!


What Does It Mean To See A Praying Mantis?

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Yesterday, I went outside to water the impatiens as they were looking a bit droopy and as I walked by the chair on the patio, I spied this praying mantis just sitting on the top of the chair!  If you know me, you know that I get messages via…


Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Reasons Cats Are Better Than Dogs

I agree with all of these plus some. What can you add to the list?

The Phil Factor

Last week I gave dogs and the dog people their due in the worlds oldest debate.  This week it’s the cats turn. Don’t worry, I have no plans to continue comparing animals.


10. Cattitude: You’ve got to respect their aloofness. They’re not all needy like dogs. If you’re gone 5 minutes, a dog acts like you’ve returned from the Bataan Death March while your cat just checks his watch and goes back to sleep.

9. Pooping indoors: When it’s cold and snowy and my dog has got to go at 6 a.m. I have to take her out. My cat on the other hand is even more stealthy about his bowel movements than I am. Cats are the ultimate Poop at Home People.  Some cats can even poop on a toilet.

8.  Cats are never sick: My cat has been to the vet two times in three years. My…

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Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 139)

If you are like me, you can’t get enough of kitty tummies. Join your furry tummies with the rest through this great blog…

Here’s mine:



Two Warm Hearts For Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day my husband and I gave each other two warm hearts – nestled inside two soft, furry bodies with twitchy ears and little noses. That’s right, we gave each other the wonderful gift of adopting two sweet kittens.

This is Quinn…she’s a bundle of energy with a loving purr and the most beautiful soft, gray and white coat.

light gray kitten

light gray kitten

This is Harley…she is the less brave of the two, with white feet and a more tortoiseshell coat. You have to wait for her to come to you but once she does she will shower you with love.

tabby kitten

tabby kitten

Their names are separated parts of the word Harlequin. Harley and Quinn. Cute, huh?

Have you rescued/adopted any pets?

Wishing everyone a love-filled Valentine’s Day!


Relax At The Zoo To Help Conquer Stress

Do you have stress? What a stupid question, right? Everyone has stress in their lives, but sometimes that stress begins to get out of control. Job loss, health scares and death of a loved one can all boost your stress level sky-high. Unfortunately, these stress triggers are a part of life and we need to deal with them in a healthy way.

This blog post shows one of the many healthy ways I deal with my stress. It’s not going to resolve whatever issues you may be going through, but taking a few hours to enjoy life will lower not only your stress levels but also blood pressure levels.

Let’s go to the zoo!


North Carolina Zoo – Asheboro

We are enjoying the sunshine down here in our new home state of North Carolina so we headed to Asheboro to get up close with our wild sides. My husband knows of my love of zoos so we bought a ‘companion’ zoo membership for only $79 (two adult day tickets run $30). Which means we can go to most any zoo/aquarium nationwide and get in for free or at least a discount. I plan to get my money’s worth before November 2017 🙂

This zoo covers 500 acres with plants, art and spacious natural habitat exhibits, so you will walk about 5 miles covering the whole zoo. Whew! what a workout. There is a tram system that will take you between major sections of the zoo but it runs on the service road so you won’t see any animals while on the tram. They also rent strollers, wheelchairs and those electric mobility chairs.

bear art

First time I’ve ever been this close to a bear 🙂

We followed the zoo’s tip to best see the whole zoo in one day and after entering the gate, we rode the tram to the center of the zoo and started our walk in the Africa region. This area houses gorillas, lemurs, lions, ostriches, elephants and so many more animals.



Here’s a helicopter that would be used on safari to monitor animals. It was mainly for the kids to climb on but I couldn’t resist climbing in myself.


There is also a Zoofari which will take you around the 40 acre safari area to see gazelles, antelopes, rhinoceroses and more for an extra charge of $12 (if I remember correctly). We didn’t ride because the sign said it runs in the morning only (not sure if that was because it was November).

Since we went in November, many of the roadside food carts were closed for the season. One we really wished was open was a pizza oven on the back of an old truck. Jim was more interested in the truck, being the car guy he is 🙂


At the center of the zoo is the Air Hike Ropes Course, an elevated course to test your balance and climbing skills. This was closed on the Wednesday we went to the zoo. Not sure if open only weekends during non-peak dates. This is also an additional fee but looked really fun!

climbing fun

climbing fun

climbing fun

Back at the center we headed to the North America region which houses ocelots, wolves, grizzly bears, alligators, cougars and more.

More art

More art


I love owls!

About halfway through the North American region we checked the time and discovered we only had an hour to tour the rest of the exhibits before they would either lock us in with the animals or kick us out. So, we had to move quicker to see everything and still have time to purchase my t-shirt. I wear a lot of t-shirt advertising places we’ve visited.


When we got back to the truck it felt good to sit down after all that walking but I couldn’t believe how quickly the day went by. What a great way to relax and de-stress. After recharging your battery, you’ll be better able to handle your stress period.

To find out more about this zoo or to donate, check out their website: North Carolina Zoo

To view more of our de-stressing trips, check out Whirlwind Weekend in Philly and Getting Wet at Niagara Falls

Where do you like to go to de-stress and recharge? It can be near or far.


Paws Up For Happy Cat Month!

If you’re a cat lover like me then September is the month for you.

Aggie (short for Miss Agatha Christie), showed up on our doorstep one icy, November Sunday ten years ago.


We tried to ignore her so she would go home but she was still outside meowing by evening time. And the temperature was dropping. So, despite my husband’s assurance that she would find her way home (don’t worry, his bark is worse than his bite) the boys and I let her in the front door. She came in, sniffed around and began making herself at home.

cat in a box

Aggie and her boxes — partners for life

Since no one claimed her, she became ours. Or as cat-lovers know, she adopted us as her family:)

She is a sweetheart, loves to cuddle, play and sleep. She also loves to go camping in the woods.

cat in camper


Here are a few cat blogs that I follow:

Traveling Cats


Bailey Boat Cat

Two Cats Views


Here are a few great cat websites:

Love Meow

Purrington Post

The Only Natural Pet


If you have a blog or website to recommend, add it into the comments below. Have a purr-fect day and month!

Aggie letting us know her bowl is empty.

Aggie letting us know she’s hungry. Those hypnotic eyes…