Today is Poetic Thursday hosted by our pals Teddy and Angel Sammy at Two Spoiled Cats and, again, we apologize for not doing the poem.
Today is also Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop and we want to thank everyone who has reached out with a comment, email, phone call, text or Facebook message with condolences for our sweet boy Raz's passing. It's still very raw and unbelievable but we promise will come visit to thank each of you.
Even though McGuffy's reader is taking a break, we are continuing our Monday Sparks posts! From the original Sparks posts:
Welcome to Sparks. Many years ago, it was my intent to post an inspirational thought each Monday. It would be my weekly meditation, and perhaps feed other people's spirit as well. Life got busy, and this fell by the wayside. Now, I feel a strong need to bring this feature back. The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy and peace. And, we can all be part of this affirmative change. I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! I hope you will join us. Please link up a positive quote, thought, poem, or verse. The badge and code can be found in my sidebar.Add the badge to your post to invite others. The more, the merrier. I welcome your thoughts. Peace.
Thank you to Ann of Zoolatry for these beautiful badges.
Thank you to all who sent encouraging words, purrs and prayers for Raz. He earned his wings yesterday. We miss him so very much. We already have some posts scheduled but are not sure how much commenting we will be able to do. We are so very heartbroken.
His pal, Angel Sammy, sent this balloon down to him to help him in his journey.
Please keep our sweet ManCat Raz in your purrs and prayers. He started losing weight a few weeks ago and Mom had blood work done and everything was purrfect. Our vet suggested multiple small meals throughout the day, which Mom did. Unfortunately, that didn't help and he continued to go downhill. Mom took him back in on Monday and he had fluids, B-12, and got more cerenia and Mirataz. She and the vet spoke and agreed that, at this point, we are going to love on him and keep him as comfortable as possible for the time he has left. Sadly, we know it isn't much.
Periwinkle paced back and forth in front of the Teleportation Tunnel. She hoped Stinky wasn't late because they were going to head out in the Tunnel when he arrived. Soon she heard the familiar WOOSH and he popped out. After a quick whisker kiss and paw pat, she took his paw and they headed to their destination.
"Wow, this is amazing" said Stinky when they arrived.
Periwinkle explained that they were in St Petersburg to see the Chihuly Glass exhibition. Stinky exclaimed, "Wow, are we in Russia?" Periwinkle laughed and said they were still in Florida but on the other side of the state from her house. Stinky blushed and mumbled "I knew that" which made Periwinkle roll her eyes but she didn't say anything.
Paw in Paw, they entered the building.
When they looked up, they both knew that they had to get one of those umbrellas for their Moms.
Moving along, they ooohed and ahhed at the spectacular glass creations. They stopped to learn about the Persian Wall.
They took a Selfie by the colorful glass exhibition of the Rainbow Sea.
The Saucers were really pretty. They both agreed it would be nice to get their stinky goodness in one.
Before she could stop him, Stinky jumped into one of them.
As always, Periwinkle had researched the Collection. "The CHIHULY COLLECTION is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork. This presentation is unique as it is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose. Designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience unlike any other exhibition of Chihuly’s art. The Collection is marked at the entrance by an iconic 20-foot sculpture created especially for the site.
The Collection includes Chihuly’s spectacular large-scale installations such as Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier created specifically for the Collection along with several popular series works including Macchia, Ikebana, Niijima Floats, Persians and Tumbleweeds, which have thrilled audiences around the globe. Each space has been designed individually to complement each installation producing unique visual experiences."
Stinky was impurressed by her knowledge. He knew she really put a lot of work into their Adventures just like he did. They came upon a demonstration of twirling glass and stopped for a while. Stinky was invited to get closer to observe.
The lady twirling the glass asked Periwinkle to come up closer too.
Walking along Periwinkle told Stinky more about Chihuly "A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Chihuly is credited with transforming the methods of creating glass art and thereby leading the development of complex, multi-part glass sculptures and environmental art. However, his contributions extend well beyond the boundaries of the studio glass movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general.
Over the years the artist has created a number of memorable installations including “Chihuly Over Venice” with the sculptures installed over the canals and piazze; “Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem”, attended by more than one million visitors, and the “Chihuly Bridge of Glass” in Tacoma, Washington.
Each piece was incredible...
The chandeliers amazed them.
There were lots of pretty sculptures...
They stopped to read a poster that told them more about Chihuly...
Soon it was time for them to head back to Periwinkle's house. After a quick snack, some whisker kisses and visiting with Periwinkle's fursibs and Mom, Stinky got back into the Teleportation Tunnel and headed home. Periwinkle smiled to herself and settled down for a nap to dream of her handsome boyfriend.
Periwinkle and Stinky picked out some videos for you to watch to learn more...