Monday, January 11, 2010

Delayed Delivery

Stella had been prepared for her husband's death. Since the doctor's pronouncement of terminal cancer, they had both faced the inevitable, striving to make the most of their remaining time together. Dave's financial affairs had always been in order. There were no new burdens in her widowed state.It was just the awful aloneness... the lack of purpose to her days.

They had been a childless couple by choice. Their lives had been so full and rich. They had been content with busy careers and with each other. They had many friends. Had. That was the operative word these days. It was bad enough losing the one person you loved with all you heart. But over the past few years, she and Dave repeatedly coped with the deaths of their friends and relations. They were all of an age - an age when human bodies began giving up. Dying. Face it - they were old!

And now, approaching the first Christmas without Dave, Stella was all too aware she was on her own.

With shaky fingers, she lowered the volume of her radio so that the Christmas music faded to a muted background. To her surprise, she saw that the mail had arrived. With the inevitable wince of pain from her arthritis, she bent to retrieve the white envelopes from the floor. She opened them while sitting on the piano bench. They were mostly Christmas cards, and her sad eyes smiled at the familiarity of the traditional scenes and at the loving messages inside. She arranged them among the others on the piano top. In her entire house, they were the only seasonal decoration. The holiday was less than a week away, but she just did not have the heart to put up a silly tree, or even set up the stable that Dave had built with his own hands.

Suddenly engulfed by the loneliness of it all, Stella buried her face in her hands and let the tears come. How would she possibly get through Christmas and the winter beyond it!

The ring of the doorbell was so unexpected that Stella had to stifle a small scream of surprise. Now who could possibly be calling on her? She opened the wooden door and stared through the window of the storm door with consternation. On her front porch stood a strange young man, whose head was barely visible above the large carton in his arms. She peered beyond him to the driveway, but there was nothing about the small car to give a clue as to his identity. Summoning courage, the elderly lady opened the door slightly, and he stepped sideways to speak into the space.

"Mrs. Thornhope?"

She nodded. He continued, "I have a package for you."

Curiosity drove caution from her mind, She pushed the door open, and he entered. Smiling, he placed his burden carefully on the floor and stood to retrieve an envelope that protruded from his pocket. As he handed it to her, a sound came from the box. Stella jumped, The man laughed in apology and bent to straighten up the cardboard flaps, holding them open in an invitation for her to peek inside.

It was a dog! To be more exact, a golden Labrador retriever puppy. As the young gentleman lifted it squirming body up into his arms, he explained, "This is for you, ma'am." The young pup wiggled in happiness at being released from captivity and thrust ecstatic, wet kisses in the direction of the young man's face. "We were supposed to deliver him on Christmas Eve," he continued with some difficulty, as he strove to rescue his chin from the wet little tongue, "but the staff at the kennels start their holidays tomorrow. Hope you don't mind an early present."

Shock had stolen Stella's ability to think clearly. Unable to form coherent sentences, she stammered, "But... I don't... I mean... who...?"

The young fellow set the animal down on the doormat between them and then reached out a finger to tap the envelope she was still holding.

"There's a letter in there that explains everything, pretty much. The dog was bought while his mother was still pregnant. It was meant to be a Christmas gift."

The stranger turned to go. Desperation forced the words from her lip. "But who... who bought it?"

Pausing in the open doorway, he replied, "Your husband, ma'am." And then he was gone.



It was all in the letter. Forgetting the puppy entirely at the sight of the familiar handwriting, Stella walked like a sleepwalker to her chair by the window. She forced her tear-filled eyes to read her husband's words. He had written the letter three weeks before his death and had left it with the kennel owners, to be delivered along with the puppy as his last Christmas gift to her. It was full of love and encouragement and admonishments to be strong. He vowed that he was waiting for the day when she would join him. And he head sent her this young animal to keep her company until then.

Remembering the little creature for the first time, she was surprised to find him quietly looking up at her, his small panting mouth resembling a comic smile. Stella put the pages aside and reached for the bundle of golden fur. She thought that he would be heavier, but her was only the size and weight of a sofa pillow. And so soft and warm. She cradled him in her arms and he licked her jaw bone, then cuddled into the hollow of her neck. The tears began anew at this exchange of affection and the dog endured her crying without moving.

Finally, Stella lowered him to her lap, where she regarded him solemnly. She wiped vaguely at her wet cheeks, then somehow mustered a smile.

"Well, little guy, I guess it's you and me." His pink tongue panted in agreement. Stella's smile strengthened, and her gaze shifted sideways to the window. Dusk had fallen. Through fluffy flakes that were now drifting down, she saw the cheery Christmas lights edging the roof lines of her neighbors' homes. The strain of "Joy to the World" floated in from the kitchern.

Suddenly Stella felt the most amazing sensation of peace and benediction wash over her. It was like being enfolded in a loving embrace. Her heart beat painfully, but it was with joy and wonder, not grief of loneliness. She need never feel alone again.

Returning her attention to the dog, she spoke to him. "You know, fella, I have a box in the basement that I think you'd like. There's a tree in it and some decorations and lights that will impress you like crazy! And I think I can find that old stable down there, too. What d'ya say we go hunt it up?"

The puppy barked happily in agreement, as if he understood every word. Stella got up, placed the puppy on the floor and together they went down to the basement, ready to make a Christmas together.



Cathy Miller
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

Friday, November 27, 2009

LIFE OF DOGS IN BREEDING FARM

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how the life of dogs in the breeders care.PLEASE ADOPT AND DON'T BUY!!!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Got sick... again...

Why? Why? Oh Why? Why is it that I often get sick? And when there was an occasion around the corner too!! Wahh!!! It's so annoying that I've been missing the good stuff because I often get sick! Grrr!!!!

Huhu... missed my niece's debut last Saturday! I was so excited too! Then I fell sick on Thursday. Friday was really bad. I don't even want to go to the doctor because I was feeling so nauseous and my tummy hurts quite badly. But, still, I went. So, doc prescribed meds for me to take... but it didn't work that well. Though the feeling of nauseousness disappeared, tummy is hurts, a bit less though..

It was only after "chef" made "salabat" for me to drink on Sunday, that I felt a lot better. But not completely, yet. So, I'm hoping this gassy feeling would soon disappear...

Sheesh... if it's not the flu, it's this one!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

'So You Think You Can Dance': A Tribute to Breast Cancer Fighters

As I was browsing through Yahoo main page, my eyes caught these texts "Dance Routine Moves Reality Judges To Tears". I'm not actually a fan of "So You Think you Can Dance" show. But I clicked, read, and watched the video anyway. Consider me an illiterate when it comes to dance, still as I watched the video, I can't help but be amazed with how the pair managed to leap, fly, jump into the air with so much grace and power.

I should be sleeping right now, but I'm glad I stayed up late to read and watch this clip (and blog on it).

Here's a link: 'So You Think You Can Dance': A Tribute to Breast Cancer Fighters

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Weight Loss Diet

Last Sunday, we visited our grandma. It was then that my auntie asked if I'm interested in a diet plan she got, which have worked for her friends and for people working at their place. She said that within 1 week, you'll be able to lose 17lbs, as long as you stick STRICTLY to the plan. Kung baga, wala pong dayaan ha.. One of the maids got to lose 10+lbs (I think), some friends of hers got to lose a number of lbs as well (ahh.. can't remember the figures), and she did too, however, by the xth day, nasira siya sa plan... But still, she got to loose some within a short period.

Right now, I doubt that I'll be able to do it, much less start on it... Ang sarap kasing lumafang eh!! Anyway, I asked for a copy just in case I got enough determination and the right mind set.

I thought of posting this plan here just in case I lose the paper or if anyone is interested in trying it out (walang dayaan ha!).

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This program was developed in conjunction with a grant from the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. It was field tested at the Johns Hopkins Research Center.

This program is designed for a target weight loss of 10-17 lbs per week. It will also improve your attitude and emotions because of its cleansing systematic effects.

The effectiveness of the seven day plan is that the food eaten burns more calories than they give to the body in calorie value.

This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter - by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.

DURING THE FIRST SEVEN DAYS, YOU MUST ABSTAIN FROM ALL ALCOHOL.

YOU MUST DRINK 10 GLASSES OF WATER EACH DAY.

DAY ONE:
All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all fruits you want.
It is strongly suggested you consume lots of melons the first day especially watermelons and cantaloupe. If you limit your fruit consumptions to melons, your chances of losing pounds the first day are very good.

Day one - you are preparing your system for the upcoming program. Your only source of nutrition is fresh or canned fruits. Fruits are nature's perfect foods. They provide everything you could possibly want to sustain life except total balance and variety.

DAY TWO:
All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount of type.

For your complex carbohydrates, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with a pat of butter.

Day Two starts with a fix of complex carbohydrates coupled with an oil dose. This is taken in the morning for energy and balance. The rest of the day consists of vegetables which are virtually calorie free and provide essential nutrients and fiber.

DAY THREE:
A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet, no potato today.

Day three eliminates the potato because you can get your carbohydrates from the fruits. Your system is now prepared to start burning excess pounds. You still have cravings start to diminish by day four.

DAY FOUR:
Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as much as 8 bananas and drink 3 glasses of milk.

Day four, bananas, milk, and soup sounds the strangest and least desirable. you are in for a surprise. You probably will not eat all the bananas allowed. but they are there for the potassium you have lost and the calcium you may have missed the past 3 days. You will notice a definite loss of desire for sweets. You will be surprised how easy this day will go.

DAY FIVE:
Today is a feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10oz portions of lean beef. Hamburger is ok. Combine this with big whole tomatoes. On day five you may increase water intake by on quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you would be producing.

Day five, beef and tomatoes. The red meat is for iron and protein. The tomatoes are for digestion and fiber. Lots of water to purify your system. You should notice colorless urine today. Your allowance calls for the equivalent of "5 Quarter Pounders". Do not feel you have to eat all this beef. You must eat 6 tomatoes.

DAY SIX:
Beef and vegetables. Today you must eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.

Day six is similar to day five. Iron and protein from beef. Vitamins and fiber from vegetables. There should be noticeable difference in the way you look today compared to day one.

DAY SEVEN:

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nn Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume. Tomorrow morning you will be 10-17 lbs lighter than one week ago.. If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. You may repeat this as much as you like, however, it is suggested that you rest for 3 days between each repitition. After 7 days, you are allowed 2 glasses of white wine in addition to the instructions on the program. You may substitute champagne from white wine. Under no circumstances are you to drink any other alcoholic beverages with the exception of beer which is allowed. Any liquor is forbidden. Cream drinks are specially forbidden. If you have wine, drink only wine that day. If you have beer, drink only beer that day. Alcohol adds empty calories to you diet. However, after the first week, it will help you digestion and will settle your stomachs.

Day seven finishes off the program like a good cigar used to finish of Victorian meals, except much healtier. You have your system under control and it should thank you for the purging and cleansing you just gave it.

If you repeat the program, you may substitute fish or fowl for beef on day five or six. As a matter of fact, if you repeat more than twice, it is recommended. You do not want to get your system used to the diet routine. Believe it or not, you system has a will of its own and will tend to get lazy. You need the stimulation of variety.

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Well, that's it. To those who plan to try it out, remember, wala pong dayaan, stick STRICTLY to the plan. And afterwards, balitaan nyo kami haha...


A Big Heartfelt Thank You!!!

It's a bit late but as they say, it's better late than never =D

To those who have greeted me. a happy birthday, via text message, through multiply, phone call, or personally, a big big thank you!! You know who you are =D


To Cherds (Ponkie), Pamie (Polahbeh), Santi, and Ken:

Thanks for your warm greetings, the gifts (love 'em!!), the fun-filled-somewhat-failed-outing (haha), the chikahan moments, the hitch and hatid, etc etc if ever I am forgetting something else =D

THANKS PEEPS AND KA-BERKS!!

To those people who hasn't greeted me -> better late that never, am waiting!! hahaha joke lang po =D

Friday, March 27, 2009

DINE WITH PAWS

Save the date: DINE WITH PAWS
(PAWS Charity Dinner)
May 30, 2009, Saturday- 6:00 pm

SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

Tickets at P2000 per person (with or without dog). Limit: 1 person=1 dog.

What is DINE WITH PAWS: It is a fundraising formal dinner with a show (participated in by PAWS celebrity supporters) featuring a buffet table for humans and a separate buffet table for your dog companions.

Reserve your tickets now by e-mailing us at philpaws@yahoo. com

Thank you.

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)