PETUNIA’S FIRST SNOWFALL

Petunia yawns and rounds her back with all fur straight on end.

It’s much to bright, I’ll lose my sight if I cannot defend,

Myself from all those things that twirl outside my window sill.

They dance and race, they fly through space, I’ll catch them yes I will.

I see the door open once more, then I dart outside.

EEEK it’s cold, it’s wet, I fold my toes, ooops then I slide.

I flop and flip, can’t get my grip, my toenails fill with ice.

I think I’ll hide myself inside so that I do not slip,

And let the things that have white wings yet be another trip.

 

by N. Saunders

I have written nearly 20 poems about my cat in my poetry book called “The Perils of Petunia.”  Since the snow has been such a challenge to man and beast I thought that I would share with you a cats perspective.

Islamic extremism Political or Biblical?

“Apologists for extremism like to argue that Islamist hate us for good reason.  They attack the West because of the awful things the West has done to them, and because Europe has miserably failed to integrate its Muslim population.  But they also kill infidels next door.  It is clarifying to keep in mind that Islamist hatred is not confined to us.  Its real motive is the logic of fanaticism.”   Margaret Wente of the Canadian Globe and Mail describing the threat to the Middle East’s Christian population.  March 29, 2016.  Make no mistake to assume that they only target the Western nations.  They continually leave their countrymen and Muslims dead in their attacks.  This is because their roots of Islamic extremism do not lie in politics or geopolitical tension, but in the biblical history and what the Scripture has foretold will come.

Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar are the key players in this on going saga determining the final outcome in biblical proportions.

Abraham’s faith listening to Sarah, Sarah’s non compliance with God’s message and the appalling treatment of Hagar causing her to run away, have left us in this state of affairs…Genesis 16.

Now we ask ourselves, ” Is there compatibility between our cultures?  Can we coexist peacefully?”  The enlightening answer could be found when everyday  Muslims investigate the Quran and hadith , bypassing tradition and their imams’ interpretations, they read the violence of the jihad in the foundations of their faith.  While most Muslims are non-violent and do not take Islamic literature encouraging violence literally, the theology of extremism is there.  Bible prophecy indicates that this disastrous conflict will come to a head……taken from Beyond Today magazine.

 

 

 

 

CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE

When Mother Nature presents a backdrop as glorious as Spring, then comes the time to cherish each wondrous afternoon. Spring arrives with a reckless abandon and bursting with color dappled on a field of green.  With budding trees and blooming flowers dressed in a fanfare of candy-colored hues, Spring lightens our hearts, spirits, and give us a most exhilarating feeling that all is right in the world again.  Once more we emerge from our homes with plow shares at our sides to give aid to the surroundings we are jubilant to welcome as we refurbish the soil for our presentation of beauty.  Cheers to all that await so diligently for that first sun with seeds, soil, and many glorious images floating and fluttering before us.  To all of you who celebrate the Glory in the Flower I invite you to follow my Pinterest page called “Portraits of Beauties”.

Venture in my garden with all the flowers akin,

They feed the inner silence,

And quench the soul within, with sudden burst of color excites all senses then,

To spur the mirth of self rebirth,

Each day anew again.

N. Saunders

 

 

 

Lisa’s Paris

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA!!!  MY WISH FOR YOU ON THIS BIRTHDAY IS TO SOME DAY BE ABLE TO SEE NORMA’S PARIS.  PINTEREST MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR ME WHEN IT SHOWS PICTURES OF WHERE I HAVE BEEN IN FRANCE.  EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY IN THEIR LIFETIME TO FEEL THAT WARMTH, EXCITEMENT, AND TRULY INDISPUTABLE FEELING WHICH OVERCOMES YOU WHEN VISITING THIS WORLD CALLED PARIS!  TEARS WELLED WHEN I SAW THE SEINE, WHICH IN MY YOUTH I HAD SUNG ABOUT MANY TIMES.  ACROSS THE SEINE WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSEUM CALLED MUSEE D’ORSAY WITH ITS NUMEROUS IMPRESSIONIST’S PAINTINGS.  NOT A PREFERANCE OF MINE THERE WAS EVEN A VAN GOGH THAT I DID LIKE!  MY MOST FAVORITE WAS MONTMARTRE, I LOVED MONTMARTRE THE PAINTER’S HANGOUT.  THE ARTISTS SOLD MANY OF THEIR LATEST PAINTINGS OF PARIS TO THE TOURISTS THERE.  THE AMAZING SACRE COEUR CATHEDRAL WAS USED BY HITLER FOR ITS ENTIRE VIEW OF THE CITY AND VANTAGE POINT IN WWII. THE LATIN QUARTER WAS SO VERY INTERESTING.  I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT IN A SEAT THAT HEMMINGWAY USED TO DO HIS WRITING.  EATING ON THE STREETS OF PARIS FROM THE VENDORS PROVED VERY INTERESTING ALSO.  CREPES WERE SOAKED WITH GRAND MARINIER AND SOMETIMES IT MADE IT A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO WALK AFTER HAVING ONE.  MUSEE D’ORSAY, LUNCH AND WINE ALSO MADE IT DIFFICULT ALSO!  I VIEWED THE CITY BEHIND THEIR BEAUTIFUL HUGE CLOCK AND WILL NEVER EVER FORGET THIS SIGHT!!  WE WALKED TO THE EIFFEL AND DOWN THE CHAMPS, THEN WALKED BACK TO OUR HOTEL, WHICH WAS NO SMALL FEAT.  DURING THE DAY I HAD LOST MY PASSPORT IN THE SMALL BATHROOMS,  AT THE  WHAT I CALL THE THE HUMANITY OF MAN NEAR THE PALAIS DE CHAILLOT.  WE HAD DECIDED TO HAVE LUNCH UNTIL FINDING OUT THAT IT COULD COST $200 OR MORE, AND THIS WAS CLEARLY NOT AN OPTION.  A WAITER TOOK PITY ON US AND BROUGHT US 2 DESSERTS THAT HAD BEEN REFUSED BY PREVIOUS GUESTS.  I TRIED TO REPAY HIS KINDNESS BY TIPPING HIM A $20 FOR HIS MAGNANIMOUS GESTER!!!!  A DEAR LADY LOOKING INTO THE RESTAURANT RECOGNIZED ME FROM MY PHOTO AND RETURNED MY PASSPORT.  !!WHEW!!  WALKING BACK IN THE MISTY EVENING (LOVED THIS)TO THE HOTEL WE DECIDED TO STOP AT A LOCAL HAUNT FOR DINNER…..I CAN STILL HEAR THE MUSIC.  NEXT MORNING WE BOARDED THE TRAIN AT GARE ST. LAZARE AND WERE WHISKED OUT TO GIVERNY TO MONET’S HOME.  LEAVING THE TRAIN WE DECIDED TO GET A BEER BEFORE GOING TO MONET’S.  WE ALL FOUND THAT WE NEEDED TO USE THE SALLE DE BAIN OR CHAMBRE AND WERE STOPPED DEAD IN OUR TRACKS.  INSIDE THE BATHROOM THERE WERE NO PARTITIONS BUT A HOLE IN THE CENTER OF THE FLOOR, AND NOT GENDER SPECIFIC!  WE CLEARLY CHANGED OUR MINDS.  HAILING A CAB TO CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY BROUGHT THIS CRAZY CABBY WHO DEFINITELY LOOKED LIKE TELI SAVALUS.  THE GIRLS QUICKLY CLIMBED INTO THE BACK SEAT AFTER NOTICING THE SPIDER WEB SPLINTERED INTO THE WINDSHIELD.  THIS LEFT ME TO RIDE IN THE FRONT, AND WITH NO SEATBELTS!!! “ON TO THE GARDENS”!!!  TOURING MONET’S GARDEN MADE ME FEEL THAT INSPIRATION OF SO MANY YEARS BEFORE.  OVERWHELMINGLY BEAUTIFUL!  NOW TO BOARD THE TRAIN BACK TO PARIS AND DINNER. I GUESS YOU CAN CALL IT THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE WHEN LEAVING THE NEXT DAY, A NICELY DRESSED GENTLEMAN SWATTED MY BEHIND WHILE I WAS GETTING INTO THE CAB.  I AM SURE HE MUST HAVE BEEN PAID BY THE HOTEL GENEROUSLY TO DO SO.  SO YOU SEE LISA THIS IS MY HOPE FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE, AND LIKE ME BRING SO MUCH JOY TO BE ABLE TO TELL YOU THIS, AND FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO TELL YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN YOUR SPECIAL EXPERIENCE OF LISA’S PARIS.  I WISH YOU SUCH A HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AND PLEASE WATCH FOR THE MAIL AND A WALKING TOUR OF YOUR OWN IN THE GREAT WALKS OF PARIS. MUCH LOVE TO YOU ON THIS SPECIAL DAY,  YOUR FRIEND NORMA

Cottage Cats

Petunia and Max…….my cottage cats

Many Friday nights, while waiting for guest to arrive, I would write poetry about my cats. The main and first character was Petunia. Naturally I called the many poems about her “The Perils of Petunia.” She was such an unusual cat and gave me so much to write about. The total of poems numbered nineteen.

Petunia, a British Shorthair, had the most captivating eyes. She was clumsy, bull headed, and “NO” wasn’t in her frame of reference! Her other side, that made her so endearing, she was loving and so affectionate. When looking into her powder blue eyes you knew that you couldn’t be upset. Although she was such an unresponsive divergent cat, she always managed to make you smile.

PETUNIA’S PLIGHT

Petunia is an outside cat, she stumbles if she’s in.

She always finds the tallest spot to show where she has been.

If she should in her quest for height knock down a precious gem,

She startles, and then looks at you as if to say, “AHEM”.

Her most indignant attitude, her bumbling and her quest,

Has never seemed to comfort her cause seldom did she rest,

Her head upon a pillow or even on a chair, to feel the warmth that others feel

Has kept her unaware.

Norma Saunder

Guest Comments

I had two suites in the Bed and Breakfast. One, The Victorian, was approximately 500 sq. ft. with separate entrance and private bath. Breakfast was served in the dining area of the suite. This one seemed to be a favorite of many of my guests. It was the most private.
Some Guest Comments:
“A step back in time….a fantasy to be experienced. Another dimension…..how marvelous, gracious and wonderful. Such peace for my soul. Thank you! Returning for me is a must”…..J.C.
“You’ve discovered the wonderful details that make a great Innkeeper….Martha Stewart would be so proud of you….we are delighted.” M.C.
“We’ve done the West Coast B&B circuit: yours is one of the finest! Enjoyed your lovely garden, great breakfast and comfortable suite…thank you.” H.F.

The Queen Anne was on the 2nd floor. There was a suite upstairs on the 3rd floor also, but it was opened only when couples were traveling together. The 2nd floor was around 600 sq. ft., and the main dining for the 2 suites. It had a private bath, kitchen (although that was for guests convenience only).
The 3rd floor had private bath, sitting area, and large bedroom and was 400 sq. ft. There was a private entrance and deck to enjoy.

Guest comments: “It was an enchanting visit. The magic began when we sat in that one chair…then we began to read that one book, and that one “little kitty” joined us. It was then, and we were certain of it that time stopped and the moment that followed, which was no moment, we experienced an endless romance.” B.H.
“Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.” -Elbert Hubbard….thank you for giving to make our stay so enchanting.” M.B.

I guess what I am trying to show you is don’t be greedy. The 2 top suites could have been filled separately, but that return is not as great as making sure that your guests have privacy, and long to return. This will give you a business that guest will find desirable, and will schedule many times. The Winter season has more of a chance when attention to detail is key. Some came to hear the howling of the winds and found it a great time to read in the warmth of their suite. The bottom line is we all know that the best advertising and least expensive is ‘Word of Mouth’!
Attention to detail is key! For those of you who aspire, the guest books are so very important. Guests read them often and pattern their comments accordingly. Always an important item! I love to read mine and I’m sure you will too.