Sunday, August 30, 2009


M'Shoogy's: [mah-shoo-geeze]
Yiddish word for CRAZY

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Missouri and the group got together for breakfast and an awesome day trip in the country.

Our travels took up to an animal rescue north of Kansas City called M'Shoogy's. The owners, Gary and Lisa own a beautiful home made from stone and covered in a thick blanket of overgrown ivy but their land is also thick with brush and trees and offers a quiet coolness as you enter their compound.

(taken from their website...) Gary and Lisa operates M'Shoogy's Emergency Animal Rescue in Savannah, MO located 20 miles north of St. Joseph. Their mission is to rescue injured or abandoned animals. "We fight to save lives," Gary says. "Every animal and being on this planet only has one life.
All beings deserve to have that life without suffering."
Gary scorns the suggestion that animals with medical problems, such as BeeBee, should be euthanized. Many of the animals he and Lisa save have impairments, ranging from being blind to missing limbs to suffering bouts of paralysis. He says as long as these animals aren't in pain, there is no reason to kill them. "Anyone can kill," he says. "It takes a greater responsibility to save a life."

As a visitor and outside observer, I have to agree - there were so many dogs and cats here, and our tour guide explained it is not uncommon to get 20 - 25 animals in one day. The one thing that really struck me is that maybe 85% of the dogs here are LARGE dogs ... when I commented on it, I learned that is generally the case... dogs get too large, they need too much room or food or any number of other lame excuses that cause a person to abandon their pet. How sad ...

Each kennel we went to contained a dog (or four) that were barking for attention and a human touch ... of course if there was a not so friendly dog out there that you could tell had been burned by the very one they trusted so much, and we were warned well in advance not to put our fingers in the cage.

Every animal was well fed and as we walked into large kennels, such as the "old folks home", we were met with wagging tails and hearty licks. Each is named the minute they come into M'Shoogy's and they all respond to their name - it's very obvious this is a work of love and patience.

I'll leave you with some of the guys and girls that I met and would love to bring home with me. This ole fella was laying down, having an afternoon snack and it wasn't until he got up to follow us out that I realized he only has 3 legs!

This old boy has some feet problems like me, but watching him bounce around the retirement compound, you'd think he was 6 months old...

Entering the cathouse, I was drawn to every single one there. Again, they all seem so content and happy and very well fed!

One of our last encounters was with this sweet boy named Murphy - he caught my eye and loved being touched. But in talking to our guide, we learned she had tried to take him home to live, but found out the hard way this ole boy does NOT like cats! Isn't he precious though?
Very loving little boy that only wants to be loved back ...

To my delight, M'Shoogy's even has chickens, geese and ducks - and I'm sure many creatures roaming the grounds that I didn't hear about.

I'll be back for another visit and I encourage any of you that want to support a great work for those with no voice, please consider M'Shoogy's as a benefactor of your generous heart.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

With Summer winding down...

I thought I'd share a couple of tried and true peach recipes with you ...
"last chance" because peach season is nearing the end.

3 cups mashed peaches
3 tablespoons lemon juice
5 cups sugar
1 box powdered pectin -like Sure Jell
1 cup water
Mix peaches and sugar, lemon juice. Let stand 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Separately, combine pectin to water in pan. Boil 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
Add pectin to peaches . Stir about 2 minutes. Pour jam into freezer containers, leaving 1/2 inch head space for expansion. Cover and refrigerate until set. Store in refrigerator a few weeks or freeze 6 months to a year. Yields 8 half pints.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

now showing on Etsy...

Cheyenne is on Etsy now....

My niece spins magic with a paintbrush & palatte -
and I'm just doing a bit of braggin' on her work!
Chey started painting a few years back and each piece she comes up with is so whimsical and serene ... I really love her flair and invite you to take a peek for yourself!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Got a Funny

that hit the "real life" factor with me...
My pal, Pam of Goldiloo Woodworks often sends the cutest and funniest jokes - and the other day I received this from her....

Now, this is funny enough but when we got back from vacation - and I was in the middle of unpacking, Nip and Tuck started fighting over my shoe box I had on the bed!

He looks like he just heard the dinner bell ♥
Sometimes comedy imitates (and MIRRORS) life!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I Wish I Was There!

40 years ago today was the start of an event down at Max Yasgur's 600 acre farm that will be remembered forever ... and how I wish I had been a part of it!

Woodstock was the place to be - and even though I was only 15 at the time, I was raising myself up, going to school and being happy. Had someone asked me to ride along with them, I'm sure I would have jumped at the chance.

Times were different back then, the atmosphere was filled with friendship and love - not violence and ugliness like it is today. I had a circle of about 20 friends and we were closer than family. I couldn't even drive yet, but oh yeah - I would have considered long and hard a little drive to upstate New York!

The lineup of artists was amazing (although I have to giggle now at the thought of Sha Na Na performing in the midst of this talent)
and still remember those words echoed in the micrphone as the clouds were forming ... "look - behind you ... the weathah"!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bippity Boppity Boo!

I have a couple of uploads for tonights release of the Merc !

Silas and Haven will be in the spotlight

and we hope you will stop by and see all the new Halloween delights!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I've got to brag ♥

on my good fortune!

I received an email from Patti at the Winding Vine Designs that my name was chosen in her recent giveaway and she would be mailing my gift.

Even though I was on vacation, that made me anxious to return home. If you don't own any of her handiwork, I suggest you check her out each month on the TDIPT Mercantile. Patti's work is gorgeous. Her stitching skills are beautifully orchestrated and her work is TOPS!

Thank you Patti - Your pinkeep sits in a place of honor with my Raggedy from Sara Epp / Old-n-Worn.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

An Event to Remember

I was privileged to participate in Kansas City's chapter of the Susan B Komen's Race for the Cure and it really rocked my socks off!

I'm a part of my company's community relations committee - and we try to participate in events to help others in the community throughout the year.

This morning, a group of us either Walked for the Cure or Slept in for the Cure - and what a worthwhile way to spend the morning.
About 28,500 turned out for the event - it was a wall of walkers and a sea of Pink as far as my eyes could see!

Folks came with crutches, they came in wheelchairs, they brought their babies in strollers and some even brought their dogs - but all of us knew this was a very good thing!

I loved taking pictures of some fun people -
and will leave you with a small glimpse of the things that made me happy!

We made the finish line... and the sugar high wore off not long afterwards!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Race for the Cure

I'm proud to say the company I work for is very devoted to community relations - so this coming Sunday, a group of us are going to participate in the Kansas City chapter of "Race for the Cure"...

I am meeting some friends at 5:30am, so I'll be back Sunday night with plenty of pictures, to report on how exciting and successful the event was!

I'd better start the coffeepot now ♥

Monday, August 3, 2009

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

After 1o fun-filled days, we made it home from Sturgis late last night and that old saying is so true... "there's no place like home"!

We experienced so much and I'll share more about that later but as I was looking at pics today, I realized that my vacation was spent largely putting on and taking off my rain gear!

I'm not sure exactly how many pictures my friend got of me in one mode of undress or another, but I can tell you I became a master of the frog-tog before the trip was over.... and with good reason!

We experience weather that you just wouldn't believe and one incident that occurred as we crossed over the Colorado / WY border had us riding straight into a wall of water.

We knew we were heading into trouble with a capital T, but plunged ahead on a trek to our destination of Casper WY ... what we didn't realize was that after making it through the immense wind and rain, it would reform behind us and start following us down the highway, like the devil was on our tail!
I could feel hubs accelerating a little more each time he looked in the rear-view mirror and luckily, the storm turned off away from us.

Let's just say that was an adrenaline rush I won't soon forget!