Sunday, September 20

Give Me Five

Mari at My Little Corner of the World had an interesting post the other day. A blogging friend had given her five words and she had to post about those five words. I thought it looked like fun, so requested she send me five words.

Grandsons - Anyone who is a regular on my blogs knows that I have two grandsons. I have taken care of them while their parents worked since the oldest was a baby. Those boys are the lights of my life. How could I ever have wanted granddaughters? I've been truly blessed by both of these boys.

Pets - I have had many pets in my time. When I was young, Grandpa had a German shepherd named, Prince, and I thought he was just mine. He was a handsome dog and taught me the love of dogs. The next was my brother's dog, Jack. He was half German shepherd, half border collie. Though he was my brother's dog, he was really the family dog.

After that, I didn't have a pet for many years and I missed that. When I bought a house in 1987, we brought an American Eskimo puppy into our home. Michelle and I were alone at that time and Snowball was a fierce protector and loyal, loving pet.

After my husband and I got married, we adopted Cheyenne. We had Snowball and Cheyenne at the same time. She was a beauty...half German shepherd and half wolf. Her mother was pure wolf. She was a gentle, loving companion and she saw me through the accident that injured my spine. Unfortunately, we had to move to an apartment and couldn't take her. We found her a good home on a farm in the country. I missed her for many years.

After Snowball had to be put down because of renal kidney failure, we got Meeko. Oh, what a beauty he was...Alaskan malamute. He was with us for eight years until January 2009, when he was collapsed and we found out he had a very advanced case of cancer. He had never displayed any signs of illness and it broke our hearts to put him down, but it was our duty. He had been loving and loyal and we owed it to him to allow him to die with dignity. There is a picture of Meeko on my sidebar.

Now we have Dakota. We adopted him through the animal shelter. He is approximately 9 months old. We suspect he was taken away from his mother much too early. He makes us laugh, but as a puppy, he still has some issues. He is learning and growing everyday.

History - Mari knows me pretty well. She knows I love history. Believe it or not, it was one of my least favourite subjects in school, but then I discovered American history. I am self-taught in this department and love the history of the USA. In school, we learned about explorers and it was so boring. I have studied Canadian history as well, but do love the history of the USA.

Canada - Canada is a great country to live in. Yes, like every other country, there are issues, but Canadians are truly blessed. Our country includes some of the most diverse landscapes in the world. Rainforests, mountains, prairies...every province has something that is breathtaking. I'm proud to live in Canada.

Author - For those of you who don't know me well, I am a published author. Not in the sense of a novel, but my stories have been included in many anthologies since 1989, when I was first published. I also write web content. My childhood dream was to become a published author and I'm blessed that my dream has been realized. Most recently, my story, The Magic of Colleen appeared on page 182 of Chicken Soup's latest release, What I Learned from the Dog.

Thanks, Mari, for sending me these five words. If anyone would like to participate, just let me know and I will send you five words.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the sight, sounds and fragrances of autumn.


  1. Mary, I really enjoyed reading this. (after you had to wait so long for the words!) I thought your pet section was interesting. You've had a lot of them and I know you loved them all. I have to tell you that I've learned a lot about Canada by reading your blog, and I thank you for that.

  2. Well she sent you just the right words did she not! Good for her....... NOW send me five and lets see what I can do............ I still want to know how to get one of those books? Can I find it on line and order it? I WANT ONE.. it has your name in it!

  3. Mary
    That was a fun way to get to know you better. I would like to participate so send me five words. Have a great week and it rained all weekend here. Peace

  4. I'm kind of at a standstill with my brain and a new blog idea - this will get my juices running again, maybe!

  5. Fun! Grandsons...I hope to get at least one since I have 4 daughters...we are sorely lacking in little boys to spoil around here! My oldest is only 19 but we're closing in on the possibility!


  6. I always believed you to be an excellent writer. It doesn't matter whether your work is published or not, you're quite talented my friend. :)

  7. Excellent....EXCELLENT post. Mari gave you perfect words to have you write about. You did good Mary. [you KNOW I didn't like history either in school...and we both grew after we began reading subject of history that we liked instead of those we HAD to read in school.]

  8. Loved your post! have a blessed week

  9. So many good things to learn about you sweet friend...hugs..m..

  10. Well I won't be as interesting as you but yes, please send me five. It might just be the thing to shake me out of my slump.

  11. hello Mary..I did not know that you were a published author!! WOW!! I know an author now!! I am so thrilled. That is something that I always wanted to do but never had a good story in my head...
    Thanks for being a good facebook friend..Smile..

  12. That was so interesting! You are a good pet owner! and a very good Grandma! Thanks about the pictures on the side bar. I am going to change my blog later on in the fall when Karen is feeling better. She was sick over the weekend.She went to see the Doctor this morning and it turns out she has walking pneumonia.
    She got a shot and medicine and has gone home to bed. Hugs Grams

  13. Very good job. I didn't know about all those dogs.
    I love History, too. Mostly, I like the time before and after the civil war.
    Mama Bear

  14. Loved learning more about you Mary.

    I would like to take part. Pick 5 words for me and I will do a post.

    God bless.

  15. Mary,
    Just now getting back to the computer. We've been out of pocket several days...

    So glad you came by to visit...We are doing well...thank the Lord...

    You are a very talented writer...Betty

  16. Hello dear Mary:-)

    I always enjoy these types of meme when we get to learn even more about the person! You always had dogs while growing up...I always had cats but did get a dog the last few years before I got married.

    Congratulations to Tammy for winning your giveaway, no doubt she was thrilled to bits:-)

    We're having a gorgeous day today but yesterday it really felt like Fall...rainy and cold. We had frost over the weekend and E had forgotten to bring my potted flowers in so they all froze:-(

    We had a wonderful weekend away so come over to read my post about it....wish you & Dwight could have been with us:-) xoxo

  17. I had fun doing the five words!

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