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Fresh Breeze... Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on April 4, 2015


It has been a while since I stopped in and sat with you. The reasons are many but for today I can only plead a lack of zest. You see we Canadians are supposed to be able to take these cold winter months with snow and darkness. It is said to be built into our DNA, yet we are struggling. It has been a blessing to watch the snow disappear and hear the sounds of robins and spring birds return.

Many throughout the US are like us this winter, experiencing winter as they have rarely seen. We are all feeling for you, so gather around and lets just spend some time at the Fireside, chat awhile, exchange hugs. So welcome and know that you are loved here, if you are new pull up a seat and introduce yourself, it is great to have you join us.



New Addition & Change

Let me be the first to introduce you to "Gizmo" who I assume was about 4 months old when he arrived in the home of the Fireside. A rescue cat that wondered into the home quite by accident about a year ago. He decided this was a pretty good place to hang his hat for a while. There was a period of some tenseness as he had stepped into Quigley's personal space. After a few barks and a few hisses they are sorting out their differences.

Animals can be a great deal like people, in some cases I would say that we can be a great deal like animals if we choose. I have sat back and allowed this relationship to unfold according to their own rules and today they are inseparable. Yes Gizmo is independent in some ways like most cats, yet they are always together. Gizmo has become a real people cat and loves to be close to the action so to speak. It took a few months of training before he realized the keyboard was not his bed. Now he just parks himself in the back of of my office chair. He always needs to be plugged in though, a paw on my shoulder. Quigley lays at my feet as I write.



For those who are new here this is Quigley my faithful shadow. She is my editor as well so find a mistake and you can blame her... smiles. Quigley is closing in on 5 years old now, she is a lover not a fighter and loves attention. Loves her treats to be a challenge like a dog bone stuffed into an old glove. Anything to make her think and she so loves the game. Her favorite pastime is running free outside and driving in Dad's truck. The best part of any truck ride involves stopping at the "Talking Box" in any drive through as she knows a treat awaits.

So what is it we can learn from animals? For me I think it is love and devotion, acceptance of change and coming to love others who have entered into your life. Cats and dogs are arch rivals in life and yet they learn to co-exist. Is it possible we can do the same.



At my age I have seen many changes in my life, some for the betterment of mankind and some for the complete detriment of mankind. It is so very prominent in society and the world over. All you have to do is listen to the news these days. People are killing others simply because they do not buy into their belief system and doing so in such horrible ways. We have become a world who are living in fear at the thought of what may happen. We have lost most of our compassion for others for fear we may offend the wrong person. What is that all about?

We all have the right to be who we are until we cross the line and go against all moral and or societies way of thinking. To simply kill because you feel you can, to think you will be rewarding in doing so is absurd. Have we lost all sense of compassion and the meaning of love. The news sickens me when I sit and watch it and have come to a point where I do not want to watch it. We are bombarded with media no matter where we turn, we have become hardened to thinking as long as it is not in my backyard. It is so sad is it not to think the killing of 2000 innocent people can happen without being able to stop it.

The penalties for doing such things mean nothing when the belief is you are going to rewarded. The more havoc you can raise the greater the reward, if you are killed in the process you are considered a hero??? It is mind boggling when you think of it.

If a person chooses suicide as a way out of life I often wish I could have been there to love them and maybe change the course of action. We someone straps a bomb to their chest and has made it a mandate to take as many with them as they can I object. To me that has to be the most selfish and indecent act anyone could possibly do.



So Sad

I can not imagine what imagine what life must have been like the last several minutes for all those aboard this aircraft. It must have been sheer terror. My heart and prayers go out to the many who are affected by the great loss. To think of the 150 on board and all the friends and families who will carry this horrific event for the remainder of their lives.

To think this was carried out by one mans decision, his final choice was to take all these people with him. It numbs all of my senses to think of the reasons why. Sadly authorities knew in advance there was potentially some dangers with this pilot. Sadly nothing was done to reach out and help and or to remove the threat all together.

We will never know if this could have been avoided, yet there is little comfort to the families knowing the reason their loved ones are gone. We are assured that flight safety is a priority by the airlines and yes they are for the greatest part. Yet we are left with the lingering thoughts after seeing this.

Can we avoid these sorts of things in life is the question. Even as bazar as this is, we will still fly. Have you ever looked at an app called Flightradar24. I have it on my iPad and I recently read on Quora there can be as many as 19,00 planes flying at peek times of the day. I would not attempt to calculate the number of people in all of those flights. We hear little or nothing of all the safe flights but sadly mostly of the ill fated ones.

May we Find Peace


Take Heart

In our daily live's we fly, drive, walk, run and yes we take chances never knowing for certain what the next minute holds for us. Somewhere in our busy lives we do need to seek peace over what we see happening in the world all around us. We can never allow fear to take over our lives.

Our basic instinct is to survive and be a part of the live's we have chosen. We have no options as a child what faith we are raised in, where we are born or to which family we are born into. It simply happens and we learn to live with it. I do believe however we are all born with the inherent instinct to understand right from wrong. The path we take is the path we live with, the choice is ours to make.

Take the time today to look at those around you, those who care and love you. Think of the impact it would have if you were to suddenly be gone. I am certain you will be like me and appreciate all that you have been blessed with. Be certain this, the Fireside Chat is where you will be cared about. If you take one thing away from my ramblings this day, take with you the knowledge you are dearly loved... Thank you for being a part of my life.

© Rolly A. Chabot


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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb...

      You are so right and yes so very important to let others know how we feel about the,...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Every day, it is best to remind those around us that we care about and love them. We never know when our last moment on this earth will be, and if our friends and family know that we love and care for each other, those feelings have not been left to chance. They were uttered while we were all living, so we could cherish them.ery day, it is best to remind those around us that we care about and over them. We never know when our last moment on this earth will be, and if our friends and family know that we love and care for each other, those feelings have not been left to chance. They were uttered while we were all living.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Susan...

      They can and we think we are teaching them, it is only when we listen to what they say do we learn. They have not been placed into our care without reason.... Thanks for the visit and help yourself to the chocolate... there is plenty.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Susan Sproull 2 years ago

      Rolly, people can learn a lot from animals. I know I have learned from Shelby my cat who has been with me six months Easter Sunday.

      Happy Easter to you, Quigley and Gizmo. :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Alicia

      Great to have you stop in and say hello and yes Gizmo is a keeper, crazy cat thinks he is a dog... Plenty of laughs...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm very happy to meet Gizmo, Rolly. I'm glad that he and Quigley have accepted each other. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The world is in a sad state today.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... then you and are true brothers in the cat hair department. Gizmo is not to bad, I trained him right from day one with a standard old floor scrub brush for his daily routine. Should I forget I would not be one bit surprised if he brings it to me... lol... the only thing I am missing are some feathers around me. Maybe a redundant question but do you suppose you could drop some off...

      Hugs an Happy Easter to you and Bev...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always a pleasure to sit with you a spell and pick your brain, my friend. The wise words flow freely today and I concur 100%. As I write this our adopted cat is sleeping next to the two hounds and they all seem to be quite content.

      Happy Easter, Rolly!


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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper...

      I knew there was a new glow added to the Fireside with you stopping in. Thank you for your comment and insight and your love you so freely share with others. I do think it important we be ever mindful of those around us.Even though we may not think we have made a difference at times we do.

      Hugs and Many Blessings my Friend...

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Rolly,

      I so enjoyed this Fireside chat today. Thank you for inviting all. Your Gizmo looks exactly like my George (granddaughter named him ...LOL) ... I mean to his markings and color overall! So sweet is your Quigley, just look at those eyes.

      It is mindboggling to say the least at how one can justify murdering with the mindset of somehow being rewarded? I believe that evil has taken over one's mind if that is the thought process.

      The Lord has opened my eyes to my surroundings and I truly try to be aware and keen into the mindset of those who may be hurting and give them a smile or chat with them. Then I remember to pray for them.

      Up beautiful, awesome, interesting and useful

      Tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      God bless you, dear heart

      Happy Easter weekend. He is risen!

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always...

      I do agree with you, as much as I hate to see the human devastation I do think it important we stay current. If nothing else to help us in being more aware of what is silently and slowly taking over our own towns and cities.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric... Glad you made it around and I do hope your day is filled with blessings and much love...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Rolly your thoughts are much like mine today. I watch the nightly news and am amazed at the horrible events happening all over the world. Sometimes I don't want to watch the news, yet feel compelled to know. I needed this ' fresh breeze ' today. Thank you..

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I will take a piece of this wonderful chat with me through my day. I am sure it will help to remind me to reach out and hug some folks today. Thanks