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"Paws" a Moment

Here at the Carter Acre, we have gone to the dogs!!! Our three lovable, adorable, huggable pups keep us on our toes, for sure. But, I wouldn't trade a single one of them for the world. They are all special and have distinct personalities, melding into a pack that even Cesar Milan would be proud of!Scout, the oldest at 9-/12, is the diva and leader of the pack. I got her in June, 2000, and she has been a constant and faithful companion. She has always been "Momma's baby" and is definitely spoiled and probably a bit neurotic. I didn't choose her, she chose me. When I went to visit the breeder and she put a litter of pups out with their mother for me to look at, all the puppies stayed huddled around their momma, except one. When I squatted down and called out "Scout", she came right to me and snuggled up in my arms. She was the bug-eyed one of the bunch, but I never put her down. She has endured so much through the years (a broken leg from an unf…

A Little "Night Music"

Well, I think I will change the pace up a bit here and talk about something that many of you (ladies) will understand! How about we talk SNORING??? Yep, snoring...that annoying habit so common among men.

The idea for this post came to me as I lay awake last night, listening to my significant other "create a symphony" through his nostrils. Now, all of you who know me and Ed know how much I love that man! But, he is definitely a first-class snorer. To be fair, he warned me up front that he snored. In fact, I believe his exact words were that he could "suck the acoustic tiles off the ceiling" when he really got going. Well, dang, if he wasn't exaggerating!

Ed has the enviable ability to drop off to sleep very quickly. Great for him...not so great for me. He is almost always asleep before I am, even if I hit the sheets before him. The snoring starts right away, usually within moments of him dozing off. The sounds he makes range from a mild "honki…

The Gift of Life

There's a new show on CBS on Sunday nights that has really captured my attention. "Three Rivers" is about the organ transplant program at a hospital in Pittsburg. I know there are probably alot of medical inaccuracies in the show, but the concept is noteworthy because it brings a very important topic to the forefront - organ donation.

Many people in this country and around the world are waiting for a second chance at life. That chance will only come through the priceless gift of a donated organ. Of course, for someone else that means the loss of a loved one. For each family that experiences the joy of receiving the gift of life another family experiences the tremendous grief of loss.

From what I understand, just one organ donor can bless many other lives. Aside from the obvious organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys, many other organs can harvested for transplant. These include the liver, corneas, ligaments and tendons, even skin tissue. According to the U. S. Dept.…

Moments to Remember

There is a song on the new George Strait album, "Twang", that simply strikes a chord deep within me. The lyrics go like this:
"It's not the breaths you take, the breathing in and out, that gets you through the day, ain't what it's all about. You might just miss the point trying to win the race. It's not the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away."
My life has been full of moments that took my breath away - both good and bad. As is the case for most people, many of those moments passed without my noticing them until they were behind me. But, looking back, some of them stand out in bold contrast and can truly be described as pivotal moments in my life. For example:
* The first time I held each of my newborn children in my arms, my heart expanding with a mother's love and the undeniable awareness that I was responsible for the care and nurturing of this new little person.

* The moment I realized my first marriage was at its end…

A New Adventure!

Well, here goes! I am embarking on a new adventure - writing my own blog! A little scary, yes, but very exciting.

I've decided to call my blog "Janie's Porch" for a special reason: I want family and friends to feel like we are sitting together on the front porch, having a glass of iced tea (or maybe a beer) and having a real visit when they drop by to view my blog.

I'm sure I will cover a variety of topics here. Who knows what I may come up with when pondering what I want to share on any given day. Maybe I will be inspired by fabulous weather or a special blessing from Nature. Something on the news might catch my attention and start my thoughts a-stirring. My children and grandchildren, the puppies here at home, the job....any and all things are game.

So, I hope you will come and sit with me often - and leave me some feedback. Who knows? Your comment may be the topic for our next conversation.