Friday, October 21, 2011

The Blessing of the Critters

Every fall, around the time of the feast day for St. Francis, our little Episcopalian church has a Blessing of the Animals service.  Last year we missed it (can't remember why), but we were there this year.  The service was held outside (good idea ^v^) and we had a chili dog supper after.  It was so much fun.  I loved seeing all the different kinds of critters folks brought to be blessed -- lots of pretty dogs and cats mostly -- along with the odd turtle or bunny.  As you can imagine, it's pretty much total chaos, but in a good way.

Our Buddy is a pretty nice dog for the most part, but for some reason, he seems to think he's been appointed Boss of All Dogs.  So sometimes he can bring a little shame on the family by fussing and ordering the other dogs around a little rudely. Here he is getting his blessing -- very serious business.

Isn't it strange that Mr. FC has gray hair and I don't?

Hee hee, I love the look on Bud's face here!  What is that boy thinking about us crazy humans?

 And Bubba the cat was up next.  Bubba is the nicest cat I've ever known -- a true gentleman in every sense.  Although, he is a very private kind of fellow and a pretty independent.  If he wants to sit in your lap, it has to be his idea.  If you do try to pick him up, you can just tell he's thinking, 'please do not touch me . .  I will come to you of my own accord when, and if, I feel the need to be petted, held, etc. .  . thank you very much.'  So, you can imagine how thrilled he was about being held and touched (heaven forbid) by a stranger -- even a well intentioned one.

He squiggled and squirmed the entire time, and tried very hard to climb on top of my head (maybe that explains the wild hair - mine I mean?).

But Father Morris is very determined, so Bubba got his blessing right before making a daring escape.

And this reminds me (speaking of critters) . . . the other night we looked up in the early evening sky and saw what we thought were migrating geese.  But after looking a little closer, we realized they were pelicans (actually Mr. FC realized) -- hundreds of them.  I don't know why, but this surprised me.  I never knew pelicans migrated, did you?  And they were flying north?  I don't know, maybe they were lost, or maybe they were just taking a little vacation before winter comes, you think?

Looks like they're trying to fly to the moon, doesn't it?

See, they do look like geese migrating, don't they?

Still learning something every day here.

Happy weekend to you!

♥ ♥ ♥


P. S. The Ysolda class was great!  Be back soon with a little news about that and a couple of photos.

P.P.S.  All photos from Blessing of the Animals taken by the very nice Linda G.


GardenofDaisies said...

How sweet. I love that the animals get blessed too.

Gumbo Lily said...

Bubba does look like Fluff! And they have similar temperaments too! Fluff wouldn't have even though to get in the car and go to an animal blessing, even if we are of the Christian faith!

You do look lovely Gigi, even with messy hair. I rather like messy hair. I have a lot of it.


Gigi said...

Hi Ladies! Yes, animals need blessings too, don't they? And J, Bubba didn't get in the car -- oh no! We put him in his cat carrier thingy and took him in the golf cart. Buddy, of course, will go anywhere at any time with anybody -- in the car or especially in the golf cart - his favorite thing to do ;).
Thanks for stopping by!
♥ ♥ ♥

Jill said...

Pelicans ! Wow. We have geese and yes your picture they do look like our geese. Gob smacked! Wonderful. And the blessing of the domesticated ones.

Pom Pom said...

Hi, Beautiful!
I love the animal blessing!
The pelicans are awe inspiring! I can't wait to hear about the class/workshop!

stitching under oaks said...

my little molly could use a blessing herself...she can be a bit bossy from time to time. I had no idea that pelicans migrated...maybe they were trick or treating as canadian geese?!

Bonnie said...

What gorgeous photos of the pelicans. I want to say something about "herding cats" but I will refrain;)

Lori ann said...

hee hee, such sweet faces, the blessing looks to be a sucess. you are so beautiful, it's wonderful to see the faces behind the posts. your face does really go with your words, lovely. and i love your linen clothes, so pretty!

and how could i not know pelicans migrated? i've lived with them here on the coast all my life, they've always been here, i need to read about this, off to follow your link. thank you gigi.

wayside wanderer said...

Oh, what fun. I've never been to a pet blessing, but I have instructed my family to bury the dog in my arms. The timing on that might not work out but it is the thought that counts, right?

Pelicans?!? Wow. Could you hear them? Did they make a sound? I would have loved to see that!

TexWisGirl said...

hi gigi! thanks for dropping by! yes, i'm on the cusp of east texas - about an hour se of Dallas. you must be close by (based on the area that came thru on my feedjit visitor log).

you are a beauty! wild hair and all! love that you love your pets (as i do mine!) god bless you and yours!!!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

We have a pet service here too - always chaos - especially when too many ponies/donkeys come! Thank you so much for kind comments.

Sarah x

Rebekka Seale said...

Our church does the Saint Francis blessing of the animals too. Isn't it the sweetest? I am off to friend you on Ravelry right now. Yay! Don't laugh at my one project, haha...

reginascottage said...

wow.....wonderful photos!!!!!!
a nice blog!

thewoolshop said...

hello dear friend... it has been a long long time I didn't pass here, to your blog. It's always a pleasure to read about you: the pics are wonderful!


Cathy said...

Bubba reminds me of a cat I once owned. Actually she was part of the "package" my husband got when he married me. I love cats!

Kristyn Knits said...

No idea that pelicans migrated!!
Hoping your entire household is blessed!

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