Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Something soothing as we go into the holiday season. This is Monica, called 'Sweetness' by her human family members, bathing in the winter sunlight yesterday morning. Appropos for the holiday.

Green Cat Art wishes everyone an amazing new year. We hope it's filled with great surprises. Health, happiness and prosperity to all reading this post.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS

We wish you and your furry family members a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Feliz Natal
Gezur Krislinjden
Frohe Weihnachten
Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Nedeleg laouen
Bon Nadal
Chuk Sung Tan
Cestit Božic
Feliz Navidad
Gajan Kristnaskon
Hyvää joulua
Joyeux Noël
Kala Christougena
Kellemes Karácsonyt
Merry Christmas
Buon Natale
Merii Kurisumasu
Kung His Hsin Nien
Vrolijk Kerstfeest
God Jul
Buon Nadal
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Feliz Natal
Craciun fericit
S prazdnikom Rozhdestva Khristova
Klidné prožití Vánoc
God Jul
Srozhdestvom Kristovym

Feliz Navidad

Sunday, December 23, 2012

{Wishing YOU a Happy 4th Advent 2012!}

All of us will be very busy in the few days before Christmas 2012. Therefore we like to wish You all a Happy 4th Advent Sunday. That is a very short 4th Advent, as we go straight into Christmas Eve! Enjoy this time with family and friends and wishing you safe travels for those that still are in transit to meet with their loved ones. We know how much traffic there was on the road on Friday when we went for stocking up. Stay warm and cozy!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cat Mayor is Purr-fect

Meet the honorable Mr. Stubbs, the cat that held the top office in Talkeetna, Alaska. He marks fifteen years as mayor and his approval ratings have never been higher.

Read the full story at

Mayor of Alaska village walks on four paws

and

Cat Marks 15 Years as Mayor of Alaska Town

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Cold Weather is on it's Way

Where I live the weather could be considered almost mild compared to other places in Germany but the last few days were really cold and foggy.

I braved the minus 7 degree temperatures this morning because the mist last night lead to a beautiful coating of frost (and my German Shepherd insist on the dog walk anyway!). Add the gorgeous frost with a good dose of sunshine, and it was a perfect tour for taking photos. We found a friendly cat in the tree who was willing to pose for a few shots ... she didn't seem to mind too much that I was there or that Nero came close for a sniff ... and giving me some great poses...

I hope I could at least catching the mood of the morning.

Have a GREAT week!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Santa, I’ve Been A Good Dog

My dog Nero is asleep at my feet as I finish this entry. He’s had a busy day greeting various visitors to the house.

Advent is upon us. It's a particularly holy time of the year for Christians, a time for us to ponder the meaning of Christ's birth, his proclamation of "Good News" for the poor and downtrodden, and the degree to which our lives align with Christ's vision. And so I view Advent as a key time to reflect and consider whether I'm living up to my Christian call to service on behalf of a more compassionate world.

The 1st Sunday of Advent: Hope

3 years back, when Nero’s ‘mom’ suddenly decided she didn’t want to stay with us any longer our cat Josephine showed symptoms of heavy depression and at occasions seemed to have nightmares so terrifying she began to cry out in her sleep. Nero tenderly, gently put his paw on her body to soothe and quiet her. It was as if he was saying, “You’ve always got me, you know. We’ll go through the world together, and always stand by each other.” He never failed to come to me afterwards and rub his head against my legs. So this Advent season, I'm thinking a lot about how we interact with animals, and what Jesus' arrival means for us and how we lead our lives. Life holds pain – it is part of loving deeply and living fully. Joy comes from living a life reflecting on all of its experiences and forging a future based on insight.

Deep, soul-searching reflection gives insight. And it is this insight that causes positive growth and change. While I don’t enjoy the advent season, seeing the last fallen leaves swirling on the ground brings the joy of asking, “What do I want my life to mean?”

It's Advent, a time for reflection on our lives. I hope that if you eat meat, you will spend some of the season reflecting on whether eating God's creatures reconciles with our hope for God's peace on earth.

Happy Advent.