Happy Blog Birthday | Let’s Donate To Big Cat Rescue!

Howdy!

May 13th is my blog’s birthday, and even though the date actually lands on a weekday, I thought about what I am attempting to do, so I needed this post to publish a little earlier than I originally wanted it to, but it’s all good I am making it work one way or another! I’m not planning on having a big celebration or anything, even though I’d like to have one for sometime in October, since it will be 10 years since I became a blogger and I think it would be nice to celebrate that milestone on the lines of my actual birthday too. We’ll just have to see what happens though!

I’ve been thoroughly confused about how old this blog is for the past few months. I’ve told a LOT of people–including anyone who’s read my “About” section lately–that my blog is nine years old, when in reality it isn’t. It’ll actually be eight instead. Sometimes I’m not good at my math, and basketball can only help with so much so let’s be happy I’ve corrected it before this post goes up! Honestly, it doesn’t really matter if it’s eight or nine years, it’s all a milestone anyways, and I’m very proud of myself for keeping it alive and thriving through it too.

This year though, I didn’t want to write a regular uplifting post. As much as I love writing them, I wanted to do something completely different.

On Facebook, you can create a donation fund to your favorite charities. My sister and dad have each created their own for their birthdays, but they’ve raised money for Shriner’s Hospital For Children because that’s where I was looked at all throughout my journey with my Arthrogryposis and Scoliosis, plus all of my surgeries too, so we care deeply for the hospital and what it has done for not only me but my family as well! You would think I’d follow in their footsteps, but no, I’ve had another organization in mind.

I am a big lover of cats. Now when I was younger, I wasn’t. Our family cat had a special bond with my mom and sister then he ever did with me. I loved being around dogs, getting their attention was somewhat easier and being able to get them to come to you to pet them was awesome to someone as small as me! Cats on the other hand, they only come when they want to and they normally don’t like to be petted either. So, growing up I was always Team Dogs! It wasn’t until my sister found a little stray cat that she later named Bootsie did I began to enjoy the company of a cat compared to a dog. Honestly, when she started having kittens that really made me want to be around them more often because I will always have a soft spot for baby animals!

The kittens have all grown up now. Our last litter just turned three in early April, but unfortunately we also lost one of our beloved cats too. My sister and brother-in-law had three of our babies living with them: Gru, Toni, & Otis. I think a week after their birthday, Gru got really sick and started having seizures. They ended up having to put him to sleep that same day. Gru was one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever been around. All of our cats are very affectionate but Gru loved cuddling, being around all four of his brothers: Otis, Samuel, Chipper, and Nolan. He and Nolan had a pretty special bond with one another, Gru had a lot patience so he didn’t really mind the tugging of his fur or ears, he was just a good kitty! The household has definitely been grieving over his loss. After it happened Otis was really sad and Toni, who isn’t really a lovable cat, may have sensed that and showed him lots of love over in the past few weeks. It’s been sweet and weird to see Toni be this way.

Although my love for domestic cats have been a slow process, I’ve always loved big cats! I don’t know why or how it got started in the first place but it’s been interesting to see it flourish overtime into other cats in various sizes. For the past few months I’ve been watching these YouTube videos of the different types of wild cats that they have at the Big Cat Rescue in Florida. They have all kinds but the only breed I’ve never seen there are cheetahs. Big Cat Rescue is basically a sanctuary for big cats that were trained in the circus and are retired, and then you have ones that were rescued after becoming unwanted or become ceased by the police on raids. There various reasons how a wild cat could have ended up there.

I’ve always been a huge fan of lions and tigers of course, but I’ve noticed that the longer I watch their videos my tastes in wild cats have changed slightly. I do love Siberian Lynx, Savannah Cat, and the Cougars or Mountain Lions as we call them. I love each one for different reasons, like the Lynx just look exotic because they have thicker coats and they belong up in the mountains of Asia. I think I purely love Savannah cats because they look like your standard domestic cats but they’re not! And finally the real reason why I am a fan of cougars are because our family cat Oliver was nicknamed a mountain lion by my dad because he would always stand on high places and look so regal doing it too. I also love how big their eyes are too!

I am asking you, my readers to help me raise about $100 or $200 for this great organization. If you cannot donate, that is fine, but I was wondering if you could please share this post with your family and friends so they can see these wonderful cats. They are very beautiful and goofy at times and I know from experience that if you only watch one video, whether it’s on their Facebook or YouTube channel, you’ll be hooked! If you click here you will be directed to my blog’s Facebook page, the donation tab will be pinned to the top and you can do what you want with it. The post will be LIVE until the 16th, so it’ll be open for everyone for a week.

Thank you for always being here for me, and hope you enjoy the rest of your day! ūüôā

Song Review: “Disconnected” by No Traffik

36570909_1700084486775793_4155200453073698816_nTwo weeks ago, I received an email by a band asking to either premiere or review their new single on my blog. As much as I would have loved to actually be part of the launching of this song, I couldn’t do it. So, I am going with a song review instead.

The band is No Traffik, and for once I actually get a group based in the United States! I really enjoy discussing international music on here, but it does feel nice to give back to the American musicians too. No Traffik was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Chris Clark in 2012. The band has had many lineup changes over the years, but the current members are: Ryan Mcleod, the lead guitarist, Nick Avila plays bass, and finally Wesley Hoskins on the drums!

Now the track is called “Disconnected” and I was very hesitant to listen this at first, because I didn’t want to be too critical but Wes specifically asked me for a honest opinion so here we go!

When it first starts out, I feel like it’s a bit hectic, because everybody seems to be playing in different directions. It’s not until the chorus begins that everything calms and actually sounds pretty good. What I found the most interesting about it, is the fact that in the six minutes it goes on, you get to hear three different genres: alternative rock in the beginning, towards the middle has this weird punk vibe going on and then all of a sudden you hear Chris’s voice turn harsh and low, and the tempo goes faster and has really heavy like a regular metal track would sound.

I actually grew to like it once we got passed the introduction. I just didn’t like that part at all, but something that was mentioned in their press packet, was they tend to sound like Soundgarden which I could see especially for this section alone. As they are known to be a little experimental with their music. I actually thought this song had more of a Godsmack vibe mixed in with maybe Nothing More too, but with Tyler Connelly’s voice, who’s the singer of Theory Of A Deadman. One thing that I did enjoy about it was the fact that nothing about it was like a traditional rock song, as it continued on, the hooks would change and then the whole atmosphere too. It was really interesting!

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Family Stories On Trips

Today at my nana’s, since we couldn’t go over and have lunch there yesterday since Em and mom were in Kentucky. Some of us had pizza like we did last weekend, but Em wanted a sub. She’s trying to eat healthy. She thinks she’s fat, but we don’t see it. In other words, she’s believing a very common lie that gets inside a teenage girl’s mind all the time. Anyways, at the end of our lunch and when mom was getting ready to go to the store to do nana’s errands. They were talking about funny stories of their time in Louisville. Mom was listing her top three favorite and funny stories when she was younger of going to places. Most involved papaw doing something. Like, losing his glasses in the ocean and having to drive home without them. That had to be an interesting ride home.

I was thinking¬†during them telling their stories that I don’t have very many stories because I don’t really remember going far away and having something funny come up in the middle of the trip. Mom reminded me when we got pulled over in St, Louis, MO. We were like five minutes away from Shriner’s¬†and this cop pulled us over. I remember dying of laughing because I just couldn’t believe it. As I started to really think about it. The only trip I could remember that could be funny to everybody else. We were in Fort Wayne and we all went in March. It must’ve¬†been Spring Break too because we had everybody, well almost everybody. I was sick and it had snowed on the night before we were to drive back home. We ended up staying there for an extra day or two I think.

I’m trying to remember other trips that I haven’t talked about it yet. I talked about the running into the mirror at the Aquarium in Ohio, a few posts ago. I can’t think of anything funny when we went to Florida in 2003. I’m sure there was something funny my dad did… Aha! Got something! When we first moved in our house in Florida at the Make-A-Wish little lot they had. It was like a mini community really. Anyways, we went to the Walmart¬†there in Florida and mom had bought these microwave pizzas in case we didn’t want to go to the little shop were they served snacks and stuff. Well when we got back and mom and dad were unloaded stuff from the store, we quickly found out that we didn’t have a microwave. Mom stored them in the freezer. The day we left to go back home they were still there.