I realized the other day I talk about my pets but I have never really described them or their stories before. I do have plenty of them and they all have such credible personalities I think they could all use their own separate posts!
My latest addition to my zoo brood is Persephone. She is the sister of Panda (my second to last addition but I’ll go into more detail about him in another post.) Persephone is a tiny tiny grey and white kitty! She has sporadic longer white hairs that stick out of her coat, just like Panda and kind of reminds me of Skeksis, if you don’t know what this is click here please, but her fur is soft and snuggly just like she is but on her own terms.
I wasn’t supposed to even have Persephone or even another kitten, or even a kitten at all but as luck would have it one of my fave friend’s kitties had kittens.  I went with this “friend” to go feed her kittens and I feel in love with Persephone immediately but as I would learn she was off in her own world and didn’t that anyone was in the room with her. Her brother had different ideas however and I wound up taking him home instead.  A few weekends later I was kitten sitting for that same “friend” and decided to take Persephone with me just for funzies.  At first I wasn’t sure I even wanted her.  She wasn’t very happy to be at my zoo and she didn’t even care I was alive. She was immediately off on her own investigating the place. After 5 minutes of her being at my house she managed to scratch me in the face and I was convinced I would be bringing her back to my “friends” ASAP.
Then I saw her and her brother Panda playing and it was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Two tiny kitties rolling around on the floor, chasing each other, running into things and getting into mischief together! I loved it! That isn’t what made me love Sephie (my name for her) either. What made me love her is her independence. She is fearless. In the first 5 minutes after scratching me in the face she was off to climbing up some large furniture that her brother who I had had for 2 weeks didn’t even attempt to try to get to. She was jumping of things and trying to jump onto things much higher and bigger than I thought she should be but that was not going to stop little Seph. I would sit and watch her go off on her own and you would notice after a little bit that Panda would follow her and let her test stuff out first before he tried it. By the end of the weekend it was decided that I had to keep her. While my big panther Rupert still Sephie and Panda up a bit they both love my Skye (the long pooch in what is now a sea of kitties) she was clearly one of us!
Now that we all have our routines down Sephie seems to be the trailblazer who wants to hang with the big kids, Skye and Rue, but can still get rough and tumble with her brother and be silly. Then when I am not paying attention she sneaks up to me and gets super


” target=”_blank”>lovie and snuggly. I didn’t expect it the first few times I saw it but relished in it. Now when she wants some alone time she either hides (on two separate occasions I thought I lost her in my house or she got out because she is that good at “alone time”) or she snuggles up on me somewhere I cannot see, because she is the tiniest little kitty ever, and just relaxes. All I can do is pick her up and smooch her a million times even when she miss behaves because I just cannot help myself. Her fearlessness is something I completely admire and adore. She is even a protector in times and her size seems to make no difference to her. I know that one day she will grow up into a big kitty but for now I am enjoying how mini she is and I just hope that she stays mini for as long as possible!!
I hope maybe I can learn from her and get some added courage and fearlessness in my life. Maybe I shouldn’t be afraid to take those big leaps because the worst that can happen I suppose is I fall. I may not be a cat and land on my feet but like Sephie I should pick myself back up and try all over again until I don’t fall!

Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future

Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future (11th Edition)

I know what you are thinking…YUCK a textbook! I don’t want to read this but Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future (11th Edition)
has gotten great reviews even more than the previous additions. Sometimes I like reading textbooks because they give you practical applications that may help you better than just reading something you might not be understanding.
I say it a lot but it is important to understand the beast we are all fighting. We may not all be able to go back to school to get a degree in environmental science but the tools are right at our finger tips! We should be taking advantage of the knowledge out there to help us save the earth more effectively and efficiently. The more you know the better it is for all of us!

Product Description:
Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future (11th Edition)

By emphasizing the memorable themes of science, sustainability and stewardship, the Eleventh Edition of this popular textbook helps you understand the science behind environmental issues and what you can do to build a more sustainable future. This thorough revision features updated content, graphics, and photos, plus the addition of new co-author Dorothy Boorse.

A Child’s Introduction to the Environment

A Child's Introduction to the Environment

A Child’s Introduction to the Environment: The Air, Earth, and Sea Around Us- Plus Experiments, Projects, and Activities YOU Can Do to Help Our Planet!

This book stresses the interconnections of all living things and the impact of humans on the environment. Suggestions for simple experiments to “discover for yourself” accompany discussions of topics such as the water cycle, urban ecology, and wind energy. The authors provide ideas for ways that readers can take steps to conserve energy and reduce waste. The conversational writing style, plentiful watercolor illustrations, and varied page layouts add reader appeal. No single subject receives in-depth treatment, but the Driscoll’s touch briefly on weather, biomes, global warming, food chains, landfills, and desertification. The book has an extensive glossary and a list of related books and Web sites, but no index. A reusable lunch sack, stickers, and a poster with suggested conservation activities in English and Spanish come with the book. More useful for browsers than report writers, this eclectic volume offers a starting point for those wanting to tie environmental awareness to concrete action.