Janice Hall Heck

Finding hope in a chaotic world…

Archive for the month “August, 2013”

Well, Okay. Dogs Can Sometimes Be Clever, Too

Clever, clever, clever! Click on this for some smiles:  Play! It’s Good for You.  Dog Goldberg Machine by Beneful.

puppies in wagon ...Beneful

The Last Meow

What? I thought dogs were definitely not allowed on this blog.  HMMMM? What’s up with that?


Oh. once in a great while? Oh. Okay. But only ONCE. in. a. GREAT. While! Hear me now?

Meow for now.  =<^;^>=

WP Photo Challenge: Focus. Lillies after the Storm

A recent posting by Cee (see below) inspired me to post this picture of lilies after a storm.


Click here to see Cee’s “Macro Monday: Grandma’s Lemon PIe Dahlia. It is gorgeous.

The Last Meow

Hey, those flowers are lovely, but where did you plant the catnip? This stuff here is just parsley. I can’t eat that. C’mon, where’s the good stuff?

cats in parsley

 Meow for now. =<^;^>=

WordPress Photo Challenge: Focus on The Very Hungry Caterpillars

Last week I looked out my screen door only to discover an army of caterpillars dressed in green military fatigues chomping their way through my once thriving pot of parsley. I took several pictures to document the devastation, but my battery was low, and I could not get the focus right.


I charged the camera battery for about a half an hour, hoping the crawling critters would still be mowing the parsley so I could get a few focused pictures. Note that the focus improved once the battery had enough charge.


The caterpillars climb bare stalks looking for more of that good, leafy stuff.


Here the little herbivores go out on a limb to get the very last bites of leafy green. And look at that guard cat…asleep on the job…again. Fired!

The Last Meow

What? Me asleep on the job. No way. I know these green cuties will soon be sweet little flutterbys and will gather around all of your lovely butterfly bushes. See, I am always thinking about you. (That caterpillar on my ear did tickle a bit!)

Photo credit: dotsamson.wordpress.com

Photo credit: dotsamson.wordpress.com

Meow for now. =<^;^>=    

PS. Do you remember reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle in Kindergarten? Kids love that book and ask to hear it read or read it themselves over and over again.  Here Darren Robert McTurk reads this well-loved book for you.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

#WANAfriday: Back-to-School

This week’s #WANAFriday prompt is….

Since the kiddos are headed back to school soon – or are already there – what was your favorite thing about going back to school? The new clothes? The fancy notebook and perfectly sharpened pencils? Algebra? (Okay, probably not that last one, but…)


Just as kids count down the days before school, we adults in our 55+ community count down the days until our pool closes on September 8. We will have one more humongous pool party this weekend, then seven days later, summer will officially end when the pool cover rolls out and clicks into place.


Instead of going back to school as I did for so many years as a child and as an adult (I was a teacher, then an elementary administrator), I will go to the library and get a new batch of books to read,  join an indoor (ugh) exercise class, start a new travel notebook and daydream about trips I want to take, bake the last of the blueberry and peach pies, pack away my summer clothes, (oh wait, I need them for my trip to San Diego in October), attend my husband’s MAJOR high school reunion, and then count the days until next summer.  I am tired already.

At the pool today, I chatted with my neighbor’s seven-year-old granddaughter as she balanced on a pool noodle decorated with a fairy head insert on one end (her brother floated on a noodle with a shark head…pretty scary!). School starts in two weeks for her. She told me she already knows her teacher’s name: Mrs. Hubbard. She beamed with a precious smile.

I remember that feeling. I loved school, and I always looked forward to the first day. I loved getting new shoes, dresses, skirts, and blouses (that’s all we could wear way back when) and planning my first day outfit.

And I thought about my teacher. I knew who it would be because I went to a two-teacher, two-room schoolhouse up through the fourth grade. I had Mrs. Fike in kindergarten, first, and second grades, and then Mrs. Cohen in the third and fourth grades. No surprises there. My older sisters and brothers led the procession for me. (“What? Another Kroey Krewe family member? How many more are at home?” Teachers just loved my big family.)

Spring Road School, Vineland, NJ

Spring Road School, Vineland, NJ

Our desks, bolted to the floor, looked something like this:

Share the Memories photo

Share the Memories photo

Once I learned to read in school, I was in seventh heaven. I can thank Mrs. Fike and Mrs. Cohen for that. And that’s what I loved about back to school.

Speaking of Back To School, here are some thoughts on that topic from my #WANAfriday friends:

Dianna Bell, #WANAfriday: Going Back to School
Kim Griffin, #WANAfriday: No More Pencils, No More Books
Liv Rancourt, #WANAfriday: Back to School
Siri Paulson, What Do YOu Love About Going Back to School?

And here’s another to ponder:

Julie Miner, Rants in My Pants: Said No Teacher Ever. . .

The Last Meow

Good thing I don’t have to go back to school. That would interfere with my daily schedule: eat, play, sleep. Speaking of sleep, it’s about that time.

Cat My First Cationary

Meow for now.  =<^;^>=

Caterday or CatPurrDay: 12 Cats Who Read

This is a compilation of cat pictures that I know you will enjoy: 12 Cats Who Are Serious about Reading.

Here’s a sample:

Buzz Feed Community

Buzz Feed Community

“For the love of God, turn the page. You are like the slowest reader ever.”

The Last Meow

I love to read, too. Here I am….

I Iove to read...but it does make me a little sleepy.

I Iove to read…but it does make me a little sleepy.

Meow for now. =<^;^>=

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Anything That Lights

I love the scintillating, glittering, twinkling, sparkling, dancing of this colorful chandelier. I can hear the sounds the beaded chains and hanging pendants make when someone rushes through the room creating a frenzy of air movement. It makes me think of these words: serendipity, creativity, fun. I wish I had place in my house for this spectacular light. It would keep me smiling.

serendipity light

Click here for information on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

Enjoy these guest appearances in the lighting show:

Masadiso79’s Blog: Anything that Lights
Susan Judd, Cannon Street Station, London
Kitty Star: My Sweet Painted Dreams
Jejak Langkah, Lights in my house
Pat, Lighting the Way
Kalyen Dunleavy, DIY French Candy Jars
Angie, Moments In Your Life
Francine in Retirement, New York City Lights
Joseph Elon Lillie, Lillie-Put
Mona Howard, Ramblings

The Last Meow

Hey, how can I sleep with all these lights? I know they are pretty, but could you turn a few off? Puhleese?

weekend cat

Meow for now.  =<^;^>=

Carefree Kitties in WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Here’s a parade of kitties in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree.  Enjoy.

Cat at Martha's Bloomers ..Tresha Berger

Cat at Martha’s Bloomers ..Tresha Berger


Bengal cat by Zoe Elliott

Bengal cat by Zoe Elliott


Daks (Sadako) by Arianne Z

Daks (Sadako) by Arianne Z


Zoee likes her new cat furniture by sued51

Zoee likes her new cat furniture by sued51


Sprawling in his box without a care in the world by Kelli Haley

Sprawling in his box without a care in the world by Kelli Haley


Indoor Cat by Dianda at Cats & Co.

Indoor Cat by Dianda at Cats & Co.


Cupcake  by amcnab

Cupcake by amcnabb


Those Darn Cats by Zeke Kubash

Those Darn Cats by Zeke Kubash


Cnapping...hard work but somebody's gotta do it. By hugmamma

Catnapping…hard work but somebody’s gotta do it. By hugmamma


Finally, here’s a funny from Simon’s cat: Craft Your Cat a Gift  (Directions for making cat toys)

Simon's Cat...Craft a Gift for Your Cat

Simon’s Cat…Craft a Gift for Your Cat

And here, Simon’s cat commandeers Simon’s box for his own pursuit of pleasure:  http://youtu.be/EKvNqe8cKU4

The Last Meow

Yeah. A cat’s parade. Anyone else want to join in? Add your post address in the comments section.

Meow for now.  =<^;^>=

Stand Up and Honor!

One way to stand up for those fighting against cancer is to join a Relay for Life walk. My family remembers and honors many of our family members who have had cancer.

WP Photo Challenge: Carefree/ Cloudy with a Chance of Pie

The WordPress Photo Challenge word this week is: Carefree

It’s a little gloomy out today, cloudy with a chance of rain. It’s a quiet day with no commitments, in other words, carefree….so I made an end-of-season blueberry pie.  And now we will celebrate our carefreeness and have a slice with vanilla ice cream. Yum. Love these carefree days.


And here’s a blueberry tart recipe for you: Got Blueberries? posted 7-12-2012

The Last Meow

Sometimes ya gets so tired you falls asleep wherever ya falls asleep.

Sometimes ya gets so tired you falls asleep wherever ya falls asleep.

I love blueberries, too! They make me happy…and sleepy.
Meow for now. =<^;^>=

Click on some of these “carefree” moments:

Cup Song, Round 2, Cancer Free

I posted about the popular Cup Song on July 13, 2013

Photo Credit: Tumblr

Photo Credit: Tumblr

Now here’s another version that will touch your heart. Carmen, a young cancer patient, sings her own celebratory version of The Cancer-Free Cup Song with her doctors, Dr. Steele and Dr. Pope.

And here’s another version sponsored by the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation:

We celebrate with Carmen as she sings, “And I finally beat cancer May 23!”

Congratulations, Carmen, and our best wishes for you in your cancer-free future.

The Last Meow

Yeah, she is cancer free! We couldn’t be happier!

cats muscial

Meow for now.  =<^;^>=

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