Oh Hi...you caught me exploring or as Mom likes to say 'plundering'... (she uses it a lot).
But hey look what I found while plundering.....
This lovely picture of one of the many fountains @ WRAL Gardens was taken on
April 10, 2010 This is the same fountain. Mom took this picture in January 2010 when Raleigh had nearly 2 weeks of below 30 degree weather day and in the teens at night. Oh what a difference a few months makes.
I turn my head in amazement as I listen to Mom tell Dad about
this most precious puppy that was almost my brother. I don't really know how I feel about that but I will admit he is about the cutest little thing I've seen in a long time.
Isn't this the most precious little puppy with his foster mom?!! Foster mom had been trying to rescue his K9 mom for some time. Then K9 mom became pregnant. Foster mom fed her and carefully watched her 5 puppies. When they were ready to leave K9 mom, Foster mom took them to her home (she is still trying to catch K9 mom to have her spayed). This precious puppy came to work with Foster mom on Friday. I met them when they were out for a walk in Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC. When this puppy saw me kneeling down he came running up to me with his tail wagging 100 mph....he rubbed that sweet little warm head up against my legs and then proceeded to lick me to death......I ALMOST said "I'll take him"....then I gave myself a reality check. I have no backyard to speak of, I have a CAT who is twice as big as the puppy. I'm pretty sure the puppy would love Madi but......would Madi love the puppy?
So since he was in a good home, I WALKED away but it was hard. Foster Mom thinks he is a hound/boxer bull mix which tugged at my heartstrings...I had a boxer bull as a child what sweet dogs they are and so good with children.
GRAND ANNOUNCEMENT...MADI won the coveted role as Miss Kitty in Jack's movie Westward Ho. Click on Jack's name to check out the rest of the cast members.
I've been featuring some very impressive steeples that were very tall and grand. Sacred Heart steeple is just slightly taller than the roof. My research on Sacred Heart Cathedral was very interesting. It states, many cathedrals are known for soaring steeples or organs; however, Sacred Heart Cathedral has another distinction: It is the smallest Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States. The church was founded in 1924. It has a seating capacity of 320. According to the article in the newspaper, Easter weekend more than 4,200 celebrated one of several Masses either in the sanctuary, the school hall behind the Cathedral or on closed circuit TV at a nearby hotel. The Cathedral claims 5,871 members, yet it is so small the building has no bathrooms.
Sacred Heart Cathedral sits in the heart of downtown Raleigh on Hillsborough Street. There is no other Catholic Church in downtown Raleigh. I've always admired the front entrance to the church and of course the sturdy stone construction. I've attended a wedding in the church it is lovely inside. The terrazzo flooring has a floral theme and the ceiling is bright blue with inlaid 14-carat gold leaf stars. In 1998 it had a major facelift at the cost of $500,000. Obviously, there is a need for a larger building. A committee has been formed to discuss a new home; however, the it sits on a tiny piece of land with no room for expansion. The church leaders have hired a consulting firm to study the feasiblity of a new cathedral. There are several locations being considered but not in downtown. It sounds as if the plan is for the original Cathedral will remain untouched and that is good news for this historical landmark.