Birthday Wish List

Apparently there has been inquires……

The Complete Works of Robert Burns:
Thank you Jay! 🙂

American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time)

Boar Island: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)
Thank you Jay! 🙂

On a Cold Winter’s Day – Early Christmas Music and Carols from the British Isles:
Thank you Jay!  🙂

Thank you Jay! 🙂

Star Trek: Discovery – Season One

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Into Darkness

KitchenAid KSM1APC Spiralizer Attachment 1″ Silver:

USB Desk Fan:

Starbucks Gift Card

Back pack


Renelle’s GoFundme: Thank you Spenser, Chelsea and Duncan! 🙂


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Hearing Dog Renelle Spleen Surgery Gofundme

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1/13/2008 Paxton/Tenya “R” Litter

CCI keeps very close tabs on their pups from birth to release, retirement or death.  When they are born they are matched in a specific color order until they are named.  Here is the Paxton/Tenya R litter of 1/13/08.

1. red – Rya (SE) – SD, Grad – 2/10
2. dark blue – Raquel III (SE) – COC
3. purple – Raven III (NW) – HD, Grad 4/10 – d. 11/23/2018
4. neon green – Rada (NW) – SC, Grad 2/10
5. neon pink – Ressa III (NW)  – SD, Grad 2/10
6. brown – Rayanne III (SW) – COC
7. light pink – Roy II (NC) – SSD, Grad – 11/09
8. turquoise – Rinah (SW) – SC, Grad 11/09
9. orange – Renelle (NW) – HD, Grad 4/10

My girl is the baby of the groups with her dear class mate/sister Raven in third.

If anyone knows anything about the rest of the litter I would love to know.

Peace! C & R

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Renelle is 11!


I am so beyond happy for my girl!  She has been living with Liver Disease that can become liver failure for 8 years now. I thank God for the miracle of her being so stable.

She is still having anal gland issues, the vet did another series of injection of lotion thickness antibiotics in her gland, we are hoping this works.  The vet said is it common that as dogs get older infections in the glands do occur, especially since that is a very dirty area. We added Phylum Husks to her diet in hopes this also helps by making her fecal harder (with the lactulose that she takes for her liver shunts it makes her fecal very soft).

She is slowing down.  A series of x-rays were done on her hind legs.  Her left knee has some swelling and the vet thinks that as she was compensating for the pain she pulled a muscle in her right.  Her hips did show mild arthritis, which confirms what the ortho at Vista said back in April 2018, so something to keep an eye on. In the mean time we added mobility oil to her diet (ElleVet) on top of the Dasuquin. I have noticed a difference, more ease in movement.  However with the cold winter mornings she is still a bit stiff, once she gets moving and warms up the joints she is better.

On a sad note her eldest sister Raven passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018. She was in recovery from a surgery and never woke up. She is the first of the litter, that I know of, that has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Bette, her person, is devastated and we are heartbroken for her.

2019.1.14 renelle 2

Peace!  C & R

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Renelle update

We got her lastest blood work back and she is still stable.  With that…..

Renelle at breakfast was weird, I set her bowl down and she wouldn’t eat it. So I tried hand feeding her her kibble she ate happily, I put green beans in her bowl, she ate happily, tried to give her her pill in a pill pocket, out it came. so coated it in peanut butter, happily ate it, put another pill in cheese, ate it.

keeping an eye on her today…..

Its been a rough year for her.  2 anal gland infections (currently on antibiotics for the 2nd).  An issue with her liver when she stopped eating, within a week of vet care she was much better.

a year ago she has a seizure type issue…..

Sigh.  Feel better my love.


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Clan Cameron

Clan Cameron
Clann Camshron, Na Camshronaich[1]

Crest: (old): A dexter arm embowed in armour, the hand grasping a sword, all proper, encircled by a belt and buckle.[2]
(current): A sheaf of five arrows, proper, tied with a band, gules, encircled by a belt and buckle.[2]

Motto: old): Mo Righ ‘s Mo Dhuchaich (For King and Country).[2]
(current): Aonaibh Ri Chéile (Let Us Unite).[2]

War cry: Chlanna nan con thigibh a so’s gheibh sibh feoil (Sons Of The Hounds, Come Hither And Get Flesh)[3]

Region – Highlands
District – Lochaber
Plant badge – crowberry, or oak

Donald Angus Cameron of Lochiel
The 27th Chief of Clan Cameron (Mac Dhòmhnaill Dubh[1] [maxkˈɣõː.əl̪ˠtuh])
Seat – Achnacarry Castle[4]
Historic seat – Tor Castle[4]

Septs of Clan Cameron:
Chambers, Chalmers, Clark, Clarke, Clarkson, Cleary, Clerk, Dowie, Gibbon, Grimesey, Kennedy, Krywonis, Leary, Lokcick, Lonbie, Lonie, MacAldowie, MacAlonie, MacChlerich, MacChlery, MacClair, MacClerie, MacElhaney, MacGillery, MacGillonie, MacIldowie, MacKail, MacKell, MacLear, MacLeary,
MacLerie, MacMartin, MacOnie, MacOstrich, MacOurlic, MacPhail, MacSorley, MacUlric, MacUlrig, MacVail, MacWalrick, Martin, Paul, Sorley, Sorlie, Taylor

The above similar surnames are “anglicized” versions of the Gaelic “Mac a’ Chlerich/Cleireach”; son of the cleric or, sometimes, clerk. Those of Irish origins are usually of the surname Clarke, which is “Cleary” when anglicized, or Laoghaire, which is “Leary” when anglicized. This sept is considered to have an ecclesiastical origin, as the name denotes. Outside of Lochaber this sept is “claimed” as part of Clan Chattan, more specifically, Clan Mackintosh.

Near Lundavra, east of Loch Linnhe and south-west of Ben Nevis in Nether Lochaber is a place named Blar nan Chleireach, otherwise known as “The Field of the Clerks.” This place name is known to have existed prior to the mid-sixteenth century, when Donald “The Taillear Dubh” Cameron was brought up here by his foster parents. The Gaelic version of the surname, Mac a’ Chlerich/Mac a’ Cleireach, supports this theory, in that they are strikingly similar to the place name. In recent years there have been similar claims of place name-surname “connections” within Clan Cameron. Only recently was it brought to light that the surname Stronach, taken from the Camerons of Strone, is a valid Cameron sept.
Curiously, Blar nan Chleireach is not part of the disputed lands between Clan Cameron and Clan Mackintosh. It may be that the Mac a’ Chlerichs, who are known to be adherents to both Lochiel and Mackintosh, split internally within their ranks. Those who remained loyal to Lochiel may have left the disputed lands near Glen Loy, settling further from potential retribution from the Mackintoshes, yet within Lochiel’s sphere of protection. There is precedent to suggest that this may have been possible, in that during this era these “splits” within a clan were not uncommon.

There is evidence to suggest that segments of both Clan Cameron and Clan Mackintosh remained loyal to the Lord of the Isles during the early-mid fifteenth century. If the Mac a’ Chlerichs “split” in a similar fashion, then this would explain the “claim” of the sept by both clans. If these residents of the “field of clerks” were “of Lundavra,” then they were among the most staunch supporters and adherents of the Camerons of Lochiel. In 1613, when the Camerons of Erracht and Glen Nevis revolted against Allan MacDonald Dubh Cameron, Sixteenth Chief, the Camerons of Lundavra, Callart and Culchenna were among Lochiel’s firmest supporters.

The surname Gilbert means “Bright Pledge”; with Gilbertson implying “Son of the Bright Pledge.” Gibbon is a double diminutive of Gilbert.

Clan branches:
ameron of Lochiel (chiefs)
Cameron of Erracht (senior cadets)
Cameron of Callart
Cameron of Clunes
Cameron of Glen Nevis
Cameron of Fassifern
See also:
Cameron baronets
Allied clans:
lan Donald
Clan MacMillan

There are four basic tartans which are utilized by the Clan Cameron, each of which is usually found available in “modern” (bright and lively colors), “weathered” (softer hues) and “ancient” (supposedly more authentic colors) variations:

1) Basic Clan Cameron: This sixteen green squares upon a red background sett, with a bright yellow bordering, is for general use by all members of Clan Cameron. If one tartan had to be singled out for general use by Camerons worldwide, Basic Clan Cameron would be the one. As is the case with most clan tartans, this is one from the Vestiarium of Scoticum in 1834, which was accepted by the then Lochiel. It very much resembles an old red and green square sett in the West Highlands Museum in Fort William, although there are some variations.

2) Cameron of Lochiel: This red and blue tartan is similar to that worn by the 18th Chief, Donald “The Gentle Lochiel” Cameron in a portrait hanging at Achnacarry. It was first illustrated in 1810 in Wilson’s Collection. This is the personal tartan of the Chief and his immediate family; as a rule it should not be worn by clansfolk.

3) Cameron of Erracht: Said to have been designed by the wife of Donald, 7th of Erracht in 1793 (there are many theories as to its origin, none of which seem entirely satisfactory). This combination of the Cameron and MacDonald tartans uses a deep red, dark blue, green and a fine gold line. It was created for the use of the original 79th Regiment, later known as The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, raised in 1793 by their eldest son, General Sir Allan Cameron, K.C.B. Regardless of its origin, this tartan has been in use by The Cameron Highlanders since their late-eighteenth century inception. It is often used as a day or “hunting” tartan, because of its “serviceable” colors. At times it has been strictly reserved for use among the regiment, but is now in wide use among Clan Cameron. This tartan was not created as a tribal clothing specifically for the Erracht Camerons. Therefore, if any Cameron ancestors owned this tartan, it does not mean that they were Camerons of Erracht. Quite the contrary, it probably indicates a regimental affiliation or even a school uniform, as some Highland academic institutions required students to dress in this tartan.

4) Hunting Cameron (of Lochiel): With its soft shades of green and blue, this tartan is not listed as being restricted in its use. It was devised because the Basic Clan Cameron tartan was considered too bright for shootings, stalking and hiking. Designed in 1956, it was based on a description of the tartan worn by the clansmen who fought under Sir Ewen Cameron, 17th Chief, at the battle of Killiecrankie.


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Clan Buchanan

Clan Buchanan
Na Cananaich

Crest: A hand coupee holding a ducal cap, or duke’s cornet, proper, with two laurel branches wreathed surrounding the crest, disposed orleways proper.[1][2]
Motto Clarior hinc honos or “Henceforth forward the honour shall grow ever brighter”
War cry Clar Innes[3]

Origins of the Clan

Clan Buchanan has occupied the lands surrounding the shores of Loch Lomond since 1225 as a result of a grant by the Earl of Lennox to Sir Absalon of Buchanan in which he is referred to as ‘clericus meus’, meaning ‘my clergyman’.

Furthermore, Clan Buchanan can trace its origin back to Anselan O Kyan who was a son of the King of Ulster who landed in Argyll in 1016. For his services against the Danes he received the lands of Buchanan, which lie to the east of Loch Lomond.

Wars of Scottish Independence

During the Wars of Scottish Independence the Clan Buchanan supported King Robert the Bruce fighting at the Battle of Bannockburn and securing their lands

15th Century & Clan Conflicts

The Sir Alexander Buchanan, Chief of Clan Buchanan led men of the clan in support of the French against the English at the Battle of Baugé in 1421. It is said that Alexander Buchanan came face to face with the Duke of Clarence and, escaping his thrust, pierced the Duke through the left eye, killing him.

Sir Alexander Buchanan however was later killed leading the clan against the English at the Battle of Verneuil in 1424.

In the 15th century a feud broke out between the Clan Buchanan and the Clan MacLaren resulting in a full scale battle. At first the Buchanans were faring better and drove the MacLarens back. Legend has it that the Chief of MacLarens saw one of his sons cut down and being suddenly seized with battle madness turned and shouted the MacLaren battle cry “Craig Turic” and whirling his Claymore rushed furiously at the enemy. His clansmen followed him and the Buchanans were cut down like corn. Only two escaped by swimming the River Balvaig but even they were followed. One was cut down at Gartnafuaran and the second was cut down at a place since known by the circumstance as Sron Laine.

16th Century & Anglo-Scottish Wars:

During the Anglo-Scottish Wars the Clan Buchanan fought against the English at the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513 where the chief’s elder son Patrick was killed. However Patrick had already married a daughter of the Earl of Argyll and had two sons and daughters.

Later the Clan Buchanan fought against the English at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh in 1547 where their chief was killed. Clan chiefs from Clan Colquhoun, Clan Hunter, Clan MacFarlane and Clan Farquharson also died. A good clan chief was expected to lead by example and this meant being first into battle.

17th Century & Civil War

During the Civil Wars Clan Buchanan supported the Royalist cause of King Charles. Sir George Buchanan commanded the Stirlingshire Regiment and led the clan at the Battle of Dunbar (1650) on the side of the Scottish Covenanters.

He later led the clan at the Battle of Inverkeithing but here he was captured.

The Buchanans fought on the side of the Covenanters at the Battle of Bothwell Brig in 1679.

18th Century & Jacobite Uprisings

The Clan Buchanan took no part in the Jacobite Uprisings of 1715 to 1716 or the 1745 to 1746 uprising. This was probably due to several reasons including their proximity to the land of the more powerful Campbells who fought with the English and a break in the line of the chieftainship of the clan.

Clan Castles

Castles and seats of the Clan Buchanan have included: Buchanan auld House, Buchanan Castle, Buchanan Monument at Killearn, Craigend Castle, Dunglass Castle (Dunbartonshire), Northbar House, and Wolfshire Manor

District Stirling
Plant badge Bilberry[4]
Buchanan of that Ilk Arms.svg
Clan Buchanan has no chief, and is an armigerous clan
Buchanan of Buchanan
Historic seat Buchanan Auld House
Last Chief John Buchanan of Buchanan. Description of arms: Or, a lion rampant Sable, armed and langued Gules, within a double tressure flory counterflory of the Second[1]
Died c Aug 1680[5]

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Dál Riata aka Dalriada

Dál Riata or Dál Riada (also Dalriada) (/dælˈrədə/) was a Gaelic overkingdom that included parts of western Scotland and northeastern Ireland, on each side of the North Channel. At its height in the late 6th–early 7th centuries, it encompassed roughly what is now Argyll in Scotland and part of County Antrim in the Irish province of Ulster.[1][2]

In Argyll, it consisted of four main kindreds each with their own chief:

Latin sources often referred to the inhabitants of Dál Riata as Scots (Scoti), a name originally used by Roman and Greek writers for the Irish who raided Roman Britain. Later, it came to refer to Gaelic-speakers, whether from Ireland or elsewhere.[3] They are referred to herein as Gaels, an unambiguous term, or as Dál Riatans.[4]

The hillfort of Dunadd is believed to have been its capital. Other royal forts included Dunollie, Dunaverty and Dunseverick. Within Dál Riata was the important monastery of Iona, which played a key role in the spread of Celtic Christianity throughout northern Britain, and in the development of Insular art. Iona was a centre of learning and produced many important manuscripts. Dál Riata had a strong seafaring culture and a large naval fleet.

Dál Riata is said to have been founded by the legendary king Fergus Mór (Fergus the Great) in the 5th century. The kingdom reached its height under Áedán mac Gabráin (r. 574–608). During his reign Dál Riata’s power and influence grew; it carried out naval expeditions to Orkney and the Isle of Man, and assaults on the Brittonic kingdom of Strathclyde and Anglian kingdom of Bernicia. However, King Æthelfrith of Bernicia checked its growth at the Battle of Degsastan in 603. Serious defeats in Ireland and Scotland during the reign of Domnall Brecc (d. 642) ended Dál Riata’s “golden age”, and the kingdom became a client of Northumbria for a time. In the 730s the Pictish king Óengus I led campaigns against Dál Riata and brought it under Pictish overlordship by 741. There is disagreement over the fate of the kingdom from the late 8th century onwards. Some scholars have seen no revival of Dál Riatan power after the long period of foreign domination (c.637 to c.750 or 760), while others have seen a revival under Áed Find (736–778). Some even claim that the Dál Riata usurped the kingship of Fortriu. From 795 onward there were sporadic Viking raids in Dál Riata. In the following century, there may have been a merger of the Dál Riatan and Pictish crowns. Some sources say Cináed mac Ailpín (Kenneth MacAlpin) was king of Dál Riata before becoming king of the Picts in 843, following a disastrous defeat of the Picts by Vikings.[5] The kingdom’s independence ended sometime after, as it merged with Pictland to form the Kingdom of Alba.

List of kings of Dál Riata

This is a List of the kings of Dál Riata, a kingdom of Irish origin which was located in Scotland and Ireland. Most kings of Dál Riata, along with later rulers of Alba and of Scotland, traced their descent from Fergus Mór mac Eirc, and even in the 16th century, James VI of Scotland called himself the “happie monarch sprung of Ferguse race”.

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Surname:  Gibson
Branch:  Gibson
Origins:  Scottish
More Info:  Scotland

Background:  The Gibsons were a sept, or division, of Clan Buchanan and Clan Cameron. From very early times, the family was seated in Galloway in southwestern Scotland, which is part of the council area of Dumfries and Galloway. Although Gibson is believed to be of Scotish origin, the surname Gibson appears in many old English records, dating back to 1379. It is a patronymic form of the common mediaeval personal name Gib, which is a short form of Gilbert. The name Gilbert was very popular in England in the Middle Ages. It is derived from Giselbert, which was introduced into England by the Normans. This name is composed of the Germanic elements gisil (“pledge”, “hostage”, “noble youth”) and berht (“bright”, “famous”).

Motto:  Recte et Fideliter, Just and Faithful.
Arms:  Gu. three keys, barwise, in pale, or, within a bordure vair.
Plant:  Mayflower.

On the Scottish westcoast, the Gibson family was born among the ancient Dalriadans clans. Their names comes from the given name Gibb, which is the diminutive form of the name Gilbert.

Historical recordings of the name Gibson include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name of Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Gibson, Gibsone, Gibsons, Gipson, Gibsoun, Gibbson, and many more.

First found in Galloway in south west Scotland where they were seated from very early times.

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of America War of Independence. Much later in the late 19th and earlier 20th century the Highlands games and clan societies that now dot north America sprang out, allowing many Scotts to recover their lost national heritage.

The most known Gibson : Mel Gibson

Name Variations:  Gibson, Gibsone, Gibsons, Gipson, Gibsoun, Gipsone, Gibbson, Gibbsone, Gippson, Gibby, Gilson, Gibbs, Gibbes.

One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke – 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin – 1860.
Scottish Clans and Tartans; Neil Grant – 2000.
Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia; George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire – 1994.
Scottish Clans and Tartans; Ian Grimble – 1973.
World Tartans; Iain Zaczek – 2001.
Clans and Families of Scotland; Alexander Fulton – 1991.


Tartan Details – Gibbs/GibsonThe information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the “Gibbs/Gibson” tartan is shown below.

STA ref: 2164
STWR ref: 2164
Designer: ‘Smith Jnr, Dr Philip D
Tartan date: 01/01/1994
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Design for the descendants of Benjamin Gibbs 1759-1831 (based on Buchanan) and can be used by all of the name and its spelling variations. Count changed from that at 6045 on advice from Phil Smith (Nov. 2003).


 Tartan image: Gibbs/Gibson. Click on this image to see a more detailed version.

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Short and quick.

Renelle is fine and has not had another episode.  THANK YOU GOD!

Both girls had their booster for the Canine Influenza Vaccination.  So far neither have had reactions.

Renelle has been very restless this weekend.  She kept wanting to go outside. Hopefully we can do that this weekend more. All depends if we have any rain.

The cat.  Oh good grief!  Never again.  However that is a whole different post.

Peace reigns in the house!

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