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19 02, 2020

Love Quote – Hepburn

By |2020-02-02T13:04:00-06:00February 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

About the Graphic


I found this photo by Cassia Tofano on Unsplash. Then while reading this month’s Good Housekeeping online, I read the Audrey Hepburn quote. Perfect match I thought.

About the Quote


I couldn’t agree with Hepburn more. The very best thing in life is having someone who loves you to hang onto. I’m so glad I have my Valentine.

17 02, 2020

Love Stories of Lincoln and Washington

By |2020-02-09T12:17:43-06:00February 17th, 2020|Holidays, Make Me Think Monday|1 Comment

Some of us will remember when February had holidays for only two presidents—George Washington on February 22 and Abraham Lincoln on February 16.Their actual birthdays.

These days we pay tribute to all presidents on one day in February.

To honor the two presidents with birthdays this month I’m sharing the stories of their marriages.

Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln

My wife was as handsome as when she was a girl,” Lincoln once told a reporter. “And I, poor nobody then, fell in love with her, and what is more, have never fallen out.

Mary Todd, the daughter of a successful merchant and politician, attracted the attention of up-and-coming politician and lawyer Abraham Lincoln. They shared a love of politics and literature and a deep love for each other. Unfortunately, her family did not approve of the match.

When he won his Congressional seat in 1846, she followed him to Washington. Something unheard of at the time.

 

George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis Washington

The romance of George and Martha was not a passionate romance by today’s standards. In the eighteenth century marriages were made to ease circumstances and build a good life.

She was the wealthiest widow in Virginia, with a 17,500 acre estate to manage and two very young children when they first met. He was a general who had just retired and needed a job. At the time of their engagement, they merely liked each other a great deal.

Eight months into his marriage, George wrote, “I am now I beleive fixd at this Seat with an agreable Consort for Life and hope to find more happiness in retirement than I ever experienced amidst a wide and busthng World.”

George and Martha chose their partners wisely, perhaps more than they realized at the time. According to historians, the couple shared forty years together during which they grew to love each other with true devotion.

I do love good love stories.

14 02, 2020

Away from Miller Farm

By |2020-02-13T10:10:32-06:00February 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara


Chicken Wrangler Sara is in San Antonio at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention where she will be reminded why she teaches and inspired to continue.

Please tune in next Friday for your regularly scheduled installment of Miller Farm Friday.

13 02, 2020

 Tips to Caring for Senior Pets

By |2020-02-10T18:08:02-06:00February 13th, 2020|Guest blogger|1 Comment

A Guest Blog by Nick Burton

The bond between you and your senior pet is priceless. However, caring for senior pets tends to come with more measurable costs. You can keep those expenses low with these tips.

  • Save on Senior Pet Products by Using Online Coupons

 The needs of older pets can be different from younger animals. Your senior pet may need soft organic food,  a more comfortable bed or even a stroller. Or modifications to your home to help improve your pet’s quality of life; for example, anti-slip treads on staircases can help prevent slips and tumbles, while a doggy door will allow them to come and go as they please to take care of outdoor business.

Stocking up on these essentials does not mean sacrificing your budget. You can usually find all you need by shopping online or with major retailers, and you can find your pet supplies at the best prices for any budget if you do your homework. Better yet, you can boost savings on pet supplies by visiting online sites, like Amazon, Chewy, PetSmart or Petco and learning more about cash back deals from sites like Rakuten. It’s the smartest way to keep your senior pet healthy and your family budget happy all at once.

  • Cut Down Your Costs on Those Senior Pet Vet Bills

 Vet costs for senior animals tend to be a bit higher than their younger counterparts. This can even deter people from adopting senior pets, but the love of an older companion animal can be truly priceless.

Senior dogs and cats typically require less training, which can help offset those increased care costs, but there are other ways to save on your vet bills as well.

Pet insurance can help with veterinary costs for your pet at any age and can be cost-effective for people with multiple pets. Additionally, most pet insurance policies provide you with rebates for covered pet care costs.

  • Clean Up After Senior Pets Without Cleaning Out Your Savings

Senior pets tend to have stomach issues and bladder control problems that can spell disaster for your carpets. If your senior pet’s bathroom problems seem to be severe or sudden, you should make an appointment with your vet.

However, you should also stock up on cleaning supplies to address stains and remove odors. You can also make your own pet-safe cleaning supplies. A little vinegar and water are all it takes to eliminate even the smelliest pet messes from your home, and you can score a bottle of vinegar for a couple of dollars.

Pet expenses may increase as animals get older, but your budget doesn’t have to suffer as a result. If you are willing to look for promo codes and research online, you can find ways to save and take care of your senior pets.

You can show your senior pets the love they deserve without sacrificing all your budget needs.


About Nick

Nick Burton is the co-creator of Our Best Doggo. Together with his wife, they are proud parents of three rescue dogs. After the passing of their 15-year-old lab/terrier mix dog, Willie, they decided to create this website to share all types of dog information and help people that are mourning the loss of a dog.

Be sure to check out his website  You’ll find lots of dog-loving information.

12 02, 2020

Love quotes for February – Aristotle

By |2020-02-02T06:41:11-06:00February 12th, 2020|Holidays, Valentine's Day, Wednesday Words, Weekly Quote|0 Comments

About the Graphic


Roses in a heart shape, what could say love more? Nothing.

But the quote in the center seemed like an incomplete sentence to this old language arts teacher. Yes that dates me because who teaches language arts anymore. No one.

Anyway, I added Aristotle’s quote to make it more of a sentence.

We won’t discuss the missing capital letter at the start the sentence.

About the Quote


The Aristotle quote spoke to my writer’s heart. When you write a love story, you start with two very different souls and by the end they are bonded as one.

That’s just a love story.

10 02, 2020

Gestures of Love

By |2020-02-01T12:19:51-06:00February 10th, 2020|Make Me Think Monday|2 Comments

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Time to think about how to show our Valentine love.

French writer François Rabelais offers this suggestion. “Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective, and valuable than words.”

How about these impressive gestures of love?

  • Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor built the Taj Mahal as a tomb for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to the couple’s 14th child.

 

  • Edward VIII abdicated the throne for American Wallis Simpson. They married in 1937 and spent the rest of their lives in retirement in France. Makes me wonder if Prince Henry’s recent decision to leave the royal family was a gesture of love for his American wife.
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning composed love poems for Robert Browning during their courtship. “Sonnets from the Portuguese” was published in 1850. That’s where we get the immortal line, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

 

  • Joe DiMaggio was married to Marilyn Monroe for only 274 days in 1954. He spent the rest of his life sending red roses to her grave in Los Angeles three times a week.

My love hasn’t built me a Taj Mahal, but he willingly completes honey-do lists.

He hasn’t abdicated a throne, but he promises me he would if he had one to abdicate.

His love notes aren’t published, but the words surpass Ms. Browning’s sonnets.

I won’t be around to see if he leaves flowers on my grave, but he surprises me often with a lovely bouquet.

I considers all his gestures comparable to those of the people above.

How will you share Valentine love? Are you willing to share some awesome romantic gesture you’re planning or have received?

7 02, 2020

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

By |2020-02-06T17:29:15-06:00February 7th, 2020|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|4 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara


When Rachel moved out, she could only take one of her dogs. She chose to take Penelope, the younger, more flexible dog.

Sadie seems quite content to have remained with the rest of the pack.

Part of my routine every time I leave the house is to count the dogs.  I don’t want to leave one outside to bark and annoy the neighbors.

Of course that reminds me of a song I used to sing to our children.

So my day now starts with a children’s song. Oh wait, my day has always started with a children’s song – I am a music teacher.  In this case, however, I am singing to the dogs.

5 02, 2020

Love Quotes – Shakespeare

By |2020-01-31T08:22:36-06:00February 5th, 2020|Holidays, Valentine's Day, Wednesday Quote, Wednesday Words, Weekly Quote|0 Comments


About the graphic


In February thoughts turn to love in a special way. Personally, I think love is meant to be shared year-round, but there is just something about this month that causes us to focus our thoughts on LOVE.

Years ago I created a series of graphics for my Wednesday blog quotes in February. This has been the most popular.

About the quote


The full quote reads:

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath love’s mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.
And therefore is love said to be a child
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.

Shakespeare’s words  are said to explain Cupid:

  • winged because lovers are flighty and likely to change their minds
  • boyish because love is irrational
  • carrying an  arrow and torch “because love wounds and inflames the heart.”
  • blind or blindfolded because, while the sight of the beloved can spur love, it’s also arbitrary

I never paid much attention to Cupid until I read Shakespeare’s words. Now I see how Cupid  symbolizes of love.

3 02, 2020

Smiling Eggs

By |2020-01-26T13:52:35-06:00February 3rd, 2020|Make Me Think Monday, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Monday, Again. Time to get to work.

Though writers don’t punch a time clock, Mondays are Mondays, the official notification the weekend is ended. Time to start weekday commitments.

After loose weekend schedules or overly busy weekends, writers have the same reactions as other workers. Ugh!

This particular Monday, I decided to fix a hearty breakfast to fortify me for the busy week ahead.

I pulled out the eggs Chicken Wrangler Sara brought over the weekend. Smiley face eggs on the recycled egg carton grinned at me.

Then I opened the carton and had a special note from Emma the hen who supplied my breakfast.

And a heart that made me smile. I whispered a thank you to Emma. It was a great start for a good week.

Bring it on, Monday. I’m ready.

31 01, 2020

Googly Eyes

By |2020-01-28T21:20:45-06:00January 31st, 2020|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|7 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara


I find googly eyes very entertaining. They add a whimsical element to anything they touch.

I used them back in October for my Laura Ingalls Wilder Pumpkin.

I found one on the floor in my classroom.  I set it on the bookshelf and spent the day feeling like someone was watching me.

I took it home and put it on my piano where a piano student stuck it to my metronome. It makes me smile so I will leave it there.

Recently I saw an article posted on Facebook about a person in Bulgaria who was putting googly eyes on different things around town. There is actually a name for it – “eyebombing.”

This is one of my favorite pictures. from the article.

I wonder what would happen if I carried around googly eyes and placed them on things in my town.  It would definitely make me smile.  Maybe I should try it.

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