The Two Wise Guys

 

Wise Guys

 

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As much as I adore my boys JJ and Indy … (and I do) … and as much as I would love to have their company by the Christmas tree … (and I would) … the safest thing for the tree, the boys and my sanity is to have them marvel at it from afar.

May the peace, joy and sanctity of this beautiful season bless you and yours, and carry us all with open heart into a happy and prosperous new year.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Oskar

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten

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Oskar

His name was Oskar, but I frequently called him “Mr. Wabbit” … because he was such a “wascal.”

My mother gave him to me as a birthday present in 1994 … the year my grandmother passed away. That period of time marked a major turning point in my life in so many ways, and this little guy rode the waves of change with me.

He was there when I quit corporate to follow my dream.

He, and his lovely Princess, a little black cat I rescued, was there when my first marriage dissolved soon thereafter and I became a nomad, moving five times in three years.

He was around when I met my second husband. (He promptly fell in love with him … animals know the good ones … it was a sign ;-)).

He was my buddy through thick and thin ~ a source of comfort and laughter and joy.

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Oskar II

He was a snuggler … with me; with the bears. He liked to talk. He was a good listener. And he took good care of his Princess.

Oskar was an outdoor cat (that is to say, he was allowed outside) and always came home when I whistled the tune, “To dream the impossible dream …”

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Oskar III

He had purr-sonality plus. He liked to be the centre of attention when we had visitors, loved to play with the dogs or curl up with them on the couch.

He lived to the ripe old age of 17 when, sadly, he succumbed to cancer.

I will always remember my Wascally Wabbit.

Yes, he’s gone … but certainly not forgotten.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Dream Sequence

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

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Dreamy

On a trip to the local garden centre to photograph flowers I came across the resident feline. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard her called by name, but I do know that on this occasion she was happily pregnant and languishing on a garden chair enjoying, as cats often do, an afternoon sunbeam.

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Dreamy II

She looked so peacefully recumbent I stopped for a few minutes to capture her dreamy tranquility. Naturally, she felt my presence and through half-closed eyes gave me the feline wooly eyeball.

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Dreamy III

And then, all was forgiven as she rolled onto her back and disappeared, once again, into kitty slumberland.

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Thank you for visiting … and if you’re celebrating “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

 

Abandoned

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Hollow. Empty. Derelict. Broken. Unloved. Sad.

Feelings of abandonment reflected in imagery.

With a structure it’s possible for beauty to be found there. To use our imagination to create a place and time that tells us what life might have been before it disappeared.

With a person or animal abandonment produces a far more tragic result.

Sad stuff.

I don’t like to dwell on it.

Black and white

Let’s end with two abandoned kittens I rescued in 2012.

Where there’s life, there’s hope.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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I’m writing a novel. A tongue-in-cheek murder mystery set in the world of melodramatic opera divas and dysfunction. I’m having fun with it. I was raised in that world. It’s time to poke a little fun at it.

Recently I’ve acquired some help.

Indiana, my 17lb bundle of feline flesh and fur has taken it upon himself to do a little pre-editing.

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Is it possible I indulge him just a little too much? 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

My Four-Legged, Furry Family

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

There are many kinds of family.

For this challenge I’m focusing on my furry, four-legged family.

I do not believe we can “own” animals. I believe that when an animal graces our lives with its presence it is a great blessing and we will be held accountable, at some point, for our stewardship over it.

My little furry family blesses my life in so many ways they cannot be numbered, and I care for them the very best I can in return.

Thank you for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014 

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Brothers

Daily Prompt: Close

Close

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Indiana and Jasper ~ as close as brothers can be.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected … Times Five

A few things have unexpectedly caught my eye during the past year or so …

Light Fantastic

Early morning light casts its rays into the front hallway and mesmerizes our feline family members.

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Contemporary Art

While standing outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney last year I caught this parading Australian White Ibis stretching the point on contemporary art.

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Back to the Future

During a re-enactment of 1940s Britain this young woman steps back to the future.

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Back to Nature

A bottle, but no message.

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Ring of Hope

An unexpected sun halo, caught on my cellphone in late May 2012 while I was in Calgary to visit a loved one who’d attempted suicide.

I remember looking up while taking a walk and thinking “It’s a sign!”

A sign of hope, indeed.

My loved one survived, and is thriving.

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Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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