In Memorium…

Today is hard. Our cat, Elora Danon, evidently had a stroke a month or so ago, and has been steadily declining. She was a fiercely loyal cat, ever vigilant against a potential intruder (even the welcome ones). We always joked about her being our attack cat, because she would look all innocent and friendly, and then she would attack without mercy. I remember one time she chased a good friend of mine through our basement, and Elora had her backed into a corner. That story will always bring a chuckle to my belly and a tear of joy to my eye. Today was a tough decision we had to make, but because of the personal joy and love she brought to me, I wanted to share some photos of her with you all. I hope you enjoy, and always remember to love the animals around you, because they will love you no matter what you do, and will bring you comfort in times of need. R.I.P., Elora. You are forever loved and will be missed.

Elora loving me

Elora loving me

Elora enjoying the Screened-in-porc

Elora enjoying the Screened-in-porch

Elora, 2/28/2013

Elora, 2/28/2013

Elora, enjoying an old trunk

Elora, enjoying an old trunk

Elora, Resting

Elora, Resting

Elora Danon, 1998-2/28/2013

Elora Danon, 1998-2/28/2013

Elora as Kitten

Elora as Kitten

Elora Sunning herself

Elora Sunning herself

Elora Relaxing

Elora Relaxing

Elora as Kitten

Elora as Kitten

Elora as Kitten

Elora as Kitten

DanD

Linking up to Funky Junk Interiors’ Pet Parade:

1-Funky_Junks_Party_Junk_link_party_29-AM

Advertisements

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

In September of 2012, my wife’s family and I went to Hermann, MO, where I saw my first ever Civil War Re-enactment ever. It was a lot of fun, complete with cannons, cavalry, muskets, as well as many artisans showing skills and stories from that time in our nation’s history. For this weekly photo challenge, this photo stood out to me, as a lone southern cavalry charged the oncoming union troops as they were advancing. It was a very sad time in our nation’s history, but one that marked a major turning point towards working towards equality for all. Hopefully, we will not ever repeat this, and continue to strive for equality for all people, no matter their race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or any difference. For THAT is truly moving forward, and it is our differences that make us all the stronger.

Forward

Forward

DanD

Unkempt Horse

We had a big cold front come through on Monday, February 18. The clouds came rolling in, and the sunrise was amazing. I got out and was taking pictures, and this horse looked at me as though to say “It’s getting cold out here… Take me with you.” I realized at that moment I could not take him anywhere, especially since he had not even bothered to comb his hair. How absurd that he would think I would take him out looking like that!

Unkempt Horse

Unkempt Horse

DanD

Snowy Kansas Day

Today we had the biggest single-day snowfall since 1993. Even though it was a little windy, there is something very peaceful about snow. It comes down gently, covering the earth with a cold blanket, giving new sights, and making everything appear very clean. I really enjoyed this photo, as the sky was overcast, and the line of the trees shrinking into the distance made me wonder what was beyond the edge of my frame. Peace… and quiet….

Snowy Field in B&W

Snowy Field in B&W

DanD