Happy Halloween!

If you look close enough at this shot of the moon through the clouds, you can just make out a couple of witches riding their broomsticks. I’m not going to say whether or not it’s a selfie! ūüėõ

That’s it, move your monitor/tablet around. You’ll find them. They’re not supposed to be easily seen. They’ll be looking for you tonight!

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Taken with iPhone5

Following the tips below, I have an extra message for you cat lovers!


Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Attention, animal lovers, it’s¬†almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms‚ÄĒespecially dark or baking chocolate‚ÄĒcan be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their ‚Äúbirthday suits,‚ÄĚ however, wearing a costume¬†may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to¬†try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

Now, as promised for all of you cat lovers out there (or wannabe cat lovers) —

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This kitten and its two siblings (one more tuxedo and one solid black) have now taken shelter — okay, primarily breakfast and dinner — in our garage. Due to hubby’s allergies, we are unable to bring in anymore cats into the household. ¬†There are also three more solid black kittens (estimating three months) who come to eat. ¬†All no-kill shelters/rescues I have contacted are full up and not accepting. ¬†PLEASE say you want one or more. ¬†They are the sweetest things. I’m still trying to catch Mom and Dad. Mom is solid black and Dad is marked just like this little baby. They are all gorgeous, healthy kittens. They have not been fixed or vaccinated yet (an issue with personal finances, okay). They could really use a forever home. ¬†Just thought I’d give it a try. ¬†Otherwise, just enjoy the picture and love the ones you’ve got! ūüėČ

Source: Google

Source: Google



Share Your World ‚Äď 2014 Week 43

Here are my answers to Cee’s fun questions this week!

What is your favorite time of day?












What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

There are so very many worthy causes that need time and money given. I’d have to say the cause that is probably closest to my heart would have to do with¬†the animals.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Different ways. But we sure do have enough of them here in Central Florida! When I can, I like to just sit where I can watch the rain and read a good book and/or nap!

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?  

Fountain Pen

Fountain Pen










Glass Pens

Glass Pens









Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Finally got our new lights installed in the kitchen and a quote for the resurfacing of the pool deck and patio. That should be starting up in the coming week. My word, it just never ends!





Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Challenger‚Äôs Choice (Abstraction)

The fourth week at Lens and Pens by Sally is Challenger’s Choice and I’ve chosen abstraction. Thought I’d have a little fun with editing! Photo taken with my iPhone5. Edits done on Fotor.com on my PC.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colors

This week’s challenge is all about VIBRANT COLORS.

[ARTful] Salvage
Shelly Rae Wood
Photo taken at Boktoberfest 2014
For more info on her work, click here

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Artist: Joshua Almond
Basswood, 2011
Photo taken at Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

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Grocery Store Bouquet

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro (Kitty Paws) and Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge #58

Sally’s Lens and Pens second Monday of the month is macro. And it’s week #58 for Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

From The Daily Post: ¬†This week, publish an image of a sign ‚ÄĒ from the signs you encounter on the street to more personal, less obvious signs that hold meaning for you.

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2014-10-04 Alligators_Fotor


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