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Thank You

imageWe are currently in Maryland celebrating the high school graduation of our grandson, Tyler.  The days have been and will continue to be jammed packed with planning, grocery shopping, a lot of time spent in the kitchen and visiting with family and friends.

I woke up this morning and paused in the busyness and realized what this weekend is really about:  Remembering and praising the brave men and women who gave their lives so we could have the freedom to have celebrations such as these.

“Dating back to the American Civil War when it was known as Decoration Day, the practice of placing flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers is not only done in remembrance of the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, but also to honor the freedom in which they upheld.”

My husband, having served nearly 36 years with the United States Marine Corps, knew many of the fallen. He and his brothers in the Corps remembers them more than just on Memorial Day.  These memories bring pain they must live with in their day to day lives. I cannot even begin to understand what this is like.

But today, I would like to lay flowers on each of their graves to show that I care and thank them.  Since this is not physically possible, instead I offer my praise to God for each of these brave Marines and all others who have responded to the call to serve. My prayers are with each of their families.

Thank you to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Take Time For You!

The following article is copied from this month’s Life’s Abundance monthly newsletter. This company not only provides the best nutrition for your pet, but also for YOU!  We love the Greens Blend in our smoothies.  On our next order, we will try the Plant Protein.  One day I was shopping at Costco and they were passing out samples of this green drink that was supposed to be healthy; I took one sip and gagged!  I was a little reluctant to try the Greens Blend but so happy I did.  It has a berry flavor.   Check it out at http://www.mrsilversfood.com

Start Your Day off Right

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 06:36 by Danielle Diamond

Meditating start your day off right

Do you ever wish you were living back in the days before our mornings started off with phone alerts and emails waiting to be answered? Yes, it’s annoying to have modern day technology interrupt what could be a pleasant start to your day, but the good news is that you have the power to create a morning ritual that is energizing and inspiring.

Rather than opening up your phone to check social media or your computer to get ahead at work, start your day off right with the following tips to guarantee a positive beginning to your day.

Practice Gratitude

My favorite daily practice that starts the day out right is being grateful. Find three things to be thankful for each and every morning before your feet hit the ground and at night before you lay your head down.

It could be for a great day at work or for your wonderful partner beside you. It could be the volunteer job you love, the yoga mat waiting for you, or the five-mile run you’re going to brave the cold for.

Choose to start your day from a place of abundance, because research shows that those who do are more optimistic, have more social connections, sleep more soundly, exercise more and are happier. They’re also less likely to be depressed, envious and greedy.

Practicing gratitude is a no-brainer!

Quit Skipping Breakfast

You may think skipping breakfast will save you time and calories later in the day, but unfortunately it does just the opposite. Studies show that eating breakfast actually reduces hunger later in the day, and gives you more energy and brain power to get through your to-do list.

Need more proof? Eating a nutritious breakfast can:

• Help you lose weight, and decrease your risk of obesity.

• Increase brain function and concentration.

• Increase metabolism by as much as 10 percent.

• Decrease stress.

• Help you stick to your diet, and prevent snacking throughout the day.

Most people claim they don’t have time to eat breakfast. So if that’s your favorite excuse, I have great news – there are plenty of quick and easy breakfast ideas to get you started on the right track – even if your only breakfast encounter has been at the drive thru.

It takes more time to wait in line at your favorite breakfast stop than it does to make my favorite protein-filled shake. Even if you need to drink it on the go, it’s the best kind of morning take-out there is.

Pineapple Smoothie

Pineapple Green Smoothie

1 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk
1 ripe banana, frozen if possible (makes it creamier)
1 large handful of fresh spinach leaves (or a scoop of Life’s Abundance Greens Blend)
1 cup of frozen or fresh pineapple
1 scoop of Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein powder
Large handful of ice

Mix all ingredients in blender and drink up!

Move it

Most of us are slaves to our computers and sit for hours on end each day, which studies show can lead not only to obesity, but also depression, neck and back problems, and even a shorter life span. What?!

The good news? Researchers at the University of Bristol(1) found that employees performed significantly better in areas of productivity, energy and focus on days that they exercised. If you’re a morning person, try to work out before you get to the office so a late day meeting doesn’t force you to ditch your evening spin class.

On days when I debate with myself whether to exercise when I’d rather not, I ask myself this:

“One hour from now do I want to feel SWEATY or SORRY?”

I can honestly say that nine times out of ten it works. (I’m human; I sometimes cave.) But, when I close my eyes and ponder this question, I know that I’m never sorry for putting on my sneakers, and always sorry when I don’t; and that’s all the motivation I need to get myself moving.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Restful sleep tonight sets the stage for increased energy and productivity tomorrow. Studies have shown that decreased sleep time leads to a drop in physical and mental energy. So, go for a full eight hours if you want to nail that presentation or stay awake for your kid’s afternoon soccer match.

Your kids probably have a peaceful nighttime routine, and so should you.

• Make your bedroom sleep-friendly by eliminating noise with a sound machine or earplugs, and turn off anything that emits light.

• Keep your room cool. The temperature of your bedroom can interfere with getting quality sleep.

• This may seem obvious, but make sure your bed is comfortable.

• Take a warm bath.

• Wind down with your favorite book.

• Prepare yourself for your next day; running through your schedule, getting the kids bags packed, and anything else that would make you late in the AM.

• Incorporate relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation before you fall off to sleep. This helps to relax the nervous system and prep for ZZZZs.

If you’ve been feeling “off” and can’t figure out why, vow to implement a few of these tips into your daily routine and I promise you’ll find more focus, energy and happiness in each day!

DanielleDanielle Diamond, Field Rep Contributor

Sophie’s Babies Are Two Weeks Old!

Dimitry (male)

Dimitry (male)

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Viktor (male)

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Boris (male)

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Zoya (female)

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Andrey (male)

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Yelena (female)

Sophie’s babies were born on April 29 and now two weeks later, eyes are wide open and they are alert.  The names are only temporary for use by our future pet parents in making their selections.

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Sophia Gives Birth

We are excited to announce the birth of six beautiful kittens to Sophia and Mr. Silver on April 29. Sophie's Ninth Litter 2 days We will be posting individual photos of them very soon.  In the meantime, please enjoy seeing photos sent in recently from our pet parents.

Kona lap cat

Amy says “Kona is on my lap every chance she can!!!”

Pacey's 1st Birthday

Brittany sent several photos from Pacey’s birthday party. She said Emma & Amelia were soooo excited to celebrate!

Kazmir May 2015

John sent a photo of a rare quiet moment for Kazmir. Looks like he is very studious, John! We are looking forward to our dinner together next week!

Laysa

Bill said “not a day goes by that we are not delighted to have Laysa in our family.”

Prince Henry May 2015

Kim says “Prince Henry would sometimes “disappear” for his afternoon nap. One day when I went up to our 3rd floor playroom/loft, I found where he had chosen to spend his down time!” I think this very appropriate for a prince!

Prince Henry 2

From Kim: “We love Henry so much! What a clown, comrade and character he is.”

Buster and Freya May 2016

Dawn captured this “angelic” photo but she said; “Buster and Freya – a rare quiet moment for these two enjoying a nap in an open window.”

Maya May 2016

Di sent this photo of Maya along with the caption “Love This Kitty”

Da Bird and Da Cat!

We have absolutely the best pet parents! They share their photos, their stories and their tips.

Lynn wrote me and said how Pavlo and Petya love the cat toy, “Da Bird” — this is absolutely the greatest toy for interactive play time with your cat. And then Jane sent us a video of Sabina flying through the air after Da Bird!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9EQyakmOQ0&feature=youtu.beGoCat Da Bird Pull Apart Rod and Bird Cat Feather Toys, Assorted Colors

Before Jane and David brought Sabina and Garsha home, they felt they needed to say good-bye to the cats they had in the past who have now crossed over the rainbow bridge.  Jane put together this touching video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1yafMCAOtc  It is seven minutes long but the best seven minutes you will spend today!


Michelle, one of our pet parents from Indiana, has a sensational idea for helping your kitten after spaying.  The vet always gives you one of the plastic cones and says the kitten has to use it because otherwise she could lick her stitches and open up the incision.  The vet doesn’t bother to tell you the kitten is going to HATE the cone.  And Kona absolutely hated it so Michelle got creative and fashioned a body suit for her which protects the stitches, gives her room to go potty, and is far more comfortable than the dreaded cone.  And these are the instructions: http://www.plaincitylife.com/2013/07/diy-substitute-for-e-collar-for-cat.html?m=1

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Kittens Changing Every Day

The first two weeks in the life of a kitten bring so many changes.  They can now hear, eyes are open, they are vocal and even starting to move around on their little bellies.  And those little bellies really aren’t little – they love to eat and Jackie and Maggie make sure they are very well fed!

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Nadine (Female)

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Gala (Female)

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Roksana (female)

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Fedor (male)

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Angela (female)

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Karina (female)

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Kolya (male)

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Stanislav (male)

The names given are only temporary.  The eight families will be making their selections when the kittens are between five and six weeks old.  They will give us their permanent names at that time.

Grown and Flown

I was reading a blog written by a woman with four children, three have grown up and moved on with their lives.  One 15-year-old boy is left at home and he turns to her and says: “You will miss me the most because after I’m gone it is going to be really, really quiet here.”

Everyone asks me how I feel when the kittens go home. When I reflect on this question I can’t help but think it is a little like having your last child leave.  On one hand you think this might be nice; I will finally have some time to do things that have been pushed by the wayside.  But then it happens!

Cinder, the last to go from Lily’s and Ana’s litters, just left about an hour ago and it is really, really quiet here!

Today is Alura's birthday and she agreed Cinder is the perfect present. Mom, Dad, brother John and sister Elya drove all the way from Iowa to make this birthday wish come true!

Today is Alura’s birthday and she agreed Cinder is the perfect present. Mom, Dad, brother John and sister Elya drove all the way from Iowa to make this birthday wish come true!

Michelle and Jack came to pick up Sam this morning. Sister Maggie and another Siberian, Ronen, are waiting at home to welcome them.

Michelle and Jack came to pick up Sam this morning. Sister Maggie and another Siberian, Ronen, are waiting at home to welcome them.

Klaus was the first to go to his forever home. Kelly reports he was Mr. Popularity at the vet's office. "He was an angel, and accepted the attention with regal grace. "

Klaus was the first to go to his forever home. Kelly reports he was Mr. Popularity at the vet’s office. “He was an angel, and accepted the attention with regal grace. “

When Amber selected Russell, I told her he was the perfect cat. She asked why. Now that he is at home she sent me an email that said "He really does seem to be the perfect cat!"

When Amber selected Russell, I told her he was the perfect cat. She asked why. Now that he is at home she sent me an email that said “He really does seem to be the perfect cat!” Russell joins 8 month old Cleo who is also a Siberian.

 

Asha, Kiki and Jeeves are so excited to pick up their third Semper Fi Siberian. Yes, that is correct, third! And look how famously they are getting along already!

Asha, Kiki and Jeeves are so excited to pick up their third Semper Fi Siberian. Yes, that is correct, third! One can never have too many Siberians! And look how famously they are getting along already!

Izzy, Zoey and new brother Gizmo

Izzy, Zoey and new brother Gizmo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rod, Kristin, Eleanor and Collin selected Victoria and are calling her Vicky.

Rod, Kristin, Eleanor and Collin selected Victoria and are calling her Vicky.

Eleanor really wanted a pet and loves cats. I think Collin loves their new pet also!

Eleanor really wanted a pet and loves cats. I think Collin loves their new pet also!

 

Bridget felt her Siberian , Lyla, needed a friend so she selected Everest. She called yesterday and said they are already getting along famously.

Bridget felt her Siberian, Lyla, needed a friend so she selected Everest. She called yesterday and said they are already getting along famously.

Nikki and family flew in from Florida, dropped the kids off at school and then Nikki drove an hour and a half to pick up Samara! Very busy day for you Nikki! Samara joins Siberian Niko who is 8 months old.

Nikki and family flew in from Florida, dropped the kids off at school and then Nikki drove an hour and a half to pick up Samara! Very busy day for you Nikki! Samara joins Siberian Niko who is 8 months old.

 

Alexa drove out to Crystal Lake on a rainy Wednesday to pick up her kitten, Bianca. "Bianca and I made it home safely. She was not happy and very vocal about the car ride home but immediately came out of her crate and is settling in nicely."

Alexa drove out to Crystal Lake on a rainy Wednesday to pick up her kitten, Bianca. “Bianca and I made it home safely. She was not happy and very vocal about the car ride home but immediately came out of her crate and is settling in nicely.”

Mother Liliya had to give Bianca one last bath before she left.

Mother Liliya had to give Bianca one last bath before she left.

 

 

Do we miss them? Without question!  The house is way too quiet.

But we are so fortunate to have 8 little kittens waiting in the birthing rooms.  Eyes are beginning to open. They now hear us when we enter the room.  And it won’t be long before they, too, will be running around, climbing cat trees, making the ball go round and round on the turbo toy, and breaking the silence!

We thank each of these new pet families for reading all the emails we sent to prepare you for this day, for your patience in waiting for your little angel and the smiles and love you shared when you took your kitten in your arms.

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

I woke up today feeling better than I have in quite a few days. It was raining but shortly it stopped and the sun peeked through the clouds. The song from Annie started buzzing around in my head – “Tomorrow”

We arrived back in Illinois a week ago Tuesday and each day since seemed to add more work and more worry.

The yard was filled with tree limbs from three months of us not being here.

The house was sparkling clean when we walked in thanks to our beloved Sara. But with two dogs, seven cats and nine kittens in the middle of rain filled days and shedding season, it did not take long for the house to lose that sparkle.

Lots of work in preparation for the nine kittens going to their forever homes – wellness appointment at the vet, photo snapping, communication with pet parents, and feed, feed, feed, and scoop, scoop, scoop!😻😻😻

Feeling sad for myself because we learned our son, Gene, has accepted a new job and will be moving to North Carolina with his beautiful wife and our three precious grandchildren. Yes, you remember correctly – we moved to Crystal Lake to be closer to them and my daughter’s family. But we understand and know this is their life and it is definitely a good choice for them.

And then I got the flu! Was in bed for two days but since I had the flu shot, it has been a quick recovery.

And one of the biggest worries — Zhaklin (Jackie) due to give birth on March 26 and Magdalena (Maggie) due on March 28. Yes, I worry with every birth – I can’t help it – sure it is the mother in me.

Etcetera!

Etcetera!

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Jackie gave birth in the wee hours of the morning of Tuesday, March 29 to three gorgeous babies–2 girls and 1 boy. And yesterday, Wednesday, March 30, Maggie gave birth to five gorgeous babies–3 girls and 2 boys (I think!).  No problems; deliveries went fine and all babies are healthy.

Yesterday our house cleaning team came and did a great job.

Our daughter, Sue Ellen, invited us to dinner tonight.

Thursday: Babies are born and comfortably nursing, my house is clean, Flu is gone, and I don’t have to cook dinner!

And the Etceteras will take care of themselves in God’s timing.

So today is my tomorrow and I am very happy!

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Want to put a smile on your face today – watch this you tube video of Tomorrow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_dBep_55mI

Jim and I wish you many happy tomorrows!

Easter Blessings to All

Today we received Easter greetings which included a  beautiful photo of Nadeah, our very first Siberian.  Nadeah now retired, lives in Michigan with Linda.

Nadeah March 2016

Linda says, “I’m including a picture of Nadeah perched on my mantle. One of her favorite spots on a sunny afternoon.”

We have nine little kittens who will be going to their forever homes within the next two weeks. Those families will experience the same joy as Linda, the joy of sharing their lives with a beautiful, loving Siberian!

To our children awaiting their kittens, we share a poem by Carleigh Kyrkby of Spokane, Washington. You won’t be receiving your kitten on Easter, but soon, very soon!

She only wanted a kitten

for Easter and nothing more.

Just a sweet baby cat,

to love and adore.

She didn’t want a basket,

filled up with Easter treats.

She didn’t want a new dress

and shoes to make the outfit complete.

She only asked for one thing

to make her every single day,

special and happy and wonderful

in every single way.

When she woke up Easter morning,

there was a huge basket by her door

filled with candy and colored eggs

and oh so much more.

There was a new pink dress

with shoes that matched so well,

plus a hat and pair of gloves

–to her feet, her heart fell

They must have forgot their promise,

she thought, forcing back tears

went to the church she held so dear.

When she returned home,

another basket appeared

and from within,

sweet mews she could hear.

A sweet little kitten

with eyes so blue

innocently looked up at her

and the world so new.

Her heart leaped up

and touched the sky

And lingered there awhile

in just one try!

She held him close,

the silky bundle of fur

and he began

to softly purr

Then she remembered

the sermon she just heard;

that when you pray

God hears every word.

 

Easter reminds us that hope must never be lost. As dark as the road may seem, glorious sunlight awaits if we believe.  May faith and God’s grace be with each of you and your families.

Happy Easter from Jim and Nancy

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