THIS IS MY 600TH BLOG POST!
A friend emailed me about a great cause she's helping with to rescue at least 20 stray cats. In her email she said:
"It was brought to my attention that there is a colony of cats living outside of a home that went into foreclosure. The people who were living there moved out a little over a week ago so the cats lost their source of food. They never had the cats spayed/neutered so the cats kept reproducing. At one point, a few years ago, over 50 cats were euthanized. Absolutely heartbreaking!! I can't...
"So my friend asked me if I could help save the remaining 15-20. And here I am, trapping, vetting and transporting these babies to a beautiful sanctuary I found. The woman who owns the sanctuary is very private and it was extremely hard to get them accepted there since she has over 100 cats to care for.. but at least she has hired help there.
"The sanctuary is amazing! Such a beautiful place filled with lots of warmth, food, love, and nature.
"We set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for vet bills and donations to the sanctuary. We originally thought it would cost 160 per cat but it's been nearly 200 because of the spay/neuter, vaccinations and treatments they need in order to go to the sanctuary. Especially since they will be living among other healthy cats.
"This is such an incredible project. I nearly cry every time I am doing the final transport to the sanctuary because I know what these poor animals could have endured if we didn't save them.
"The link is: https://www.gofundme.com/savesummitcats"
Even if you just donate $5 or click the link and share the campaign to your FB, you'll make a difference.
Blog Tour: If you missed my blog tour, or missed a few days, here are the links, so you can hop along and read my true story about the fire that inspired Flaming Crimes.
The Fire that Inspired Flaming Crimes (Parts 1 – 10):
Part 1 - Circle of Friends Books
Part 2 - Sandra Cox
Part 3 - Elements of Emaginette
Part 4 - Julie Flanders
Part 5 - I Think; Therefore, I Yam
Part 6 - Alex J. Cavanaugh
Part 7 - Just Jemi
Part 8 - Sandra Dailey
Part 9 - Fundinmental
Part 10 - Elizabeth Seckman
First Public Speech - Last year, I was invited by a women's committee to be the speaking author at their annual luncheon. This day happened January 10th.
I practiced a few days before by reciting my speech twice at my desk and recording it. The day before, I practiced it twice by standing behind a dresser, to mimic a podium. Once again, I recorded it. I never reviewed these recordings, though. I used the knowledge of being recorded to help me create some nerves. I only had note cards to remind me of points I wanted to make. Practicing like this helped me to remember what I wanted to say but because I could also speak from the heart, it made it more real.
The moments leading up to my speech, I was nervous and couldn't enjoy the food, but once I was behind the podium, holding the microphone, I was fine. That was a miracle for someone who is an introvert and never thought she'd do something like that...in her life. HAHA