Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pets on the Titanic - with New Contributor Peggy Wirgau

When the RMS Titanic sank in the Atlantic in 1912, over 1500 lives were lost. In addition to the people who died, several animals also lost their lives.

Passengers had to pay roughly the price of a child’s ticket to bring their pet aboard. It’s believed the ship carried 12 dogs belonging to 1st and 2nd class passengers, and several roosters and hens, most likely owned by steerage passengers, planning their new lives on American farms. A few dogs stayed in their owners’ cabins and others stayed in kennels in the cargo areas, along with the chickens.

Crew Members with dogs aboard Titantic

One pet belonged to the crew: Jenny the cat, whose job was to keep rats and mice at bay. Jenny had given birth to a litter of kittens prior to the ship’s first voyage out of Southampton, England. She was seen carrying each kitten, one by one, off the ship and into the city. A crew member who witnessed it decided Jenny knew something and was protecting her family. He quit his post and left the ship before it sailed.

When the Titanic struck an iceberg on the night of April 14th and began sinking, a crew member went below and opened the kennels so the dogs would have a chance to save themselves. But only three survived: a Pekinese belonging to Henry Sleeper Harper of Harper Publishing, and two Pomeranians. They were all taken onto the lifeboats by their owners. A story surfaced not long after the sinking that First Officer William Murdock’s black Newfoundland, Rigel, was seen swimming toward the rescue ship Carpathia and was adopted by the crew. That story was never proven true. Murdock perished in the disaster.

A dog show had been planned for the day of the sinking, which would have featured all the dogs on board. Also lost that day were the chickens. The fate of Jenny the cat is unclear, but we hope she remained in Southampton with her kittens and did not return to the ship.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Wind-Up Comment to Win The Chamomile Book and Seeds

Congratulations to Melanie Backus who was the winner of last week's giveaway of a $10 Amazon Gift Card. (Compliments of Elaine Manders.)

If you are a winner, please contact us here with your address to claim your prize. 


This week's giveaway is:

The Chamomile by Susan Craft (with 3 seed packets)

Lilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She’ll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion’s partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas’ arms she discovers enduring love…a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save the life of one British officer but kill another to protect her Cherokee friend Elizabeth. In escaping bounty hunters, she treks miles of wilderness and very nearly loses everything before finally reuniting with her true love.

Comment on any post this week to enter!


Coming up this week:

Musing Monday: Devotion Dilemma by Catherine Castle

Tidbit Tuesday: Pets on the Titanic with new contributor Peggy Wirgau

Woven Wednesday: Colonial Craft with Susan Craft

Thoughtful Thursday: Book Review

Fun Friday: At the ACFW Conference with Joy Avery Melville

Sit-Down Saturday: Author Interview with Mona Hodgson

We look forward to hanging out with you this week!

    Winners will be announced in the Weekly Wind-up.

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Stitches Thru Time author, Amber Schamel would like to invite you to a facebook Launch party for her new release, The Messiah's Sign! 

October 17th at 6pm Mountain Time on her facebook page.


Devotion Dilemma

photo by Catherine Castle (c)


Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God and my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long— Psalms 25:5


I’ve been trying for over a week to write this devotion. Well, not this exact devotion. I’ve started at least three new ones, looked over a dozen devotional ideas and not had a bit of luck writing one that seemed to work. So, last Friday, I put them all aside and told myself I’d work on it again over the weekend.


This morning, before going out to garden, I turned on my phone and checked the email. One of the blogs I follow had a devotion on it, and I suddenly realized I hadn’t written mine. Panic filled me and I heard God say, “Be still and know that I am God.” I suddenly knew why I hadn’t been able to complete any of the dozen devotions I’d tried to start.


 I hadn’t been listening to what He wanted me to say.


I do that a lot … depend upon my own skill and knowledge to create, repair, and complete things. It’s a bad human habit I have. It’s not that I don’t know God should lead me, or that I don’t want His input. I just get caught up in the momentum of life and go ahead on my own because my basic nature is to be a fixer.


Funny thing though, I have the greatest fixer ever on my team … God. If I’d have just paused and said, “Ok, what do You want me to write?” I probably wouldn’t be scrambling now to get this devotion done. Which flowed like water from a tap, unlike the others I’d tried to write.


Lesson learned … again (because I’m hard-headed): Stop and listen, because He wants to guide me and teach me.


What about you? Do you ever forget to let God lead you?