Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
Down Home in NC

Saturday, April 27, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD


YES TODAY IS MY DAD'S BIRTHDAY
MOM AND I ARE DEVOTING TODAY TO DAD WHATEVER HE WANTS TO DO.
WE LOVE YOU DAD YOU ARE THE
BEST OF THE BESTEST
***************
We tried to visit a few folks on Friday
but we will spend
SUNDAY  CATCHING UP WITH EVERYONE AFTER OUR WEEK AWAY. 

WE WANT TO ALSO INVITE YOU ALL TO COME BY ON MONDAY,
APRIL 29TH. MEET MY CABINET
WILL FEATURE 
CASEY AND CINDERELLA



Friday, April 26, 2013

PARK DAY in Florida and N. Carolina

WELCOME TO THE FIRST ANNUAL PARK DAY IN
BLOGVILLE HOSTED BY FINN AND GIZMO


OMDs/OMCs I was invited to take a virtual park/beach excursion with Jake and Baby,my K9 buddies from Four Paws, Etc. Their Mom,  Mad Snapper, took our pictures.  Jake, Baby and their Mom are my official Mayoral Photographers. 
They live in Florida so I put on my sun bonnet. 

Packed up my back sack and off I went...


 Baby started off the tour with a trip to 
Hillsborough State Park.  I wish I had Spanish Moss on my trees.
Baby is a most beautiful and gracious lady.
We enjoyed watching the water gently flowing

an kept our eyes open for any cute guys!!

Jake took me to Fort Desoto Park at the beach...
He is so thoughtful we had a (red blankie my favorite color)
a girly umbrella and a cooler.  Jake is quite handsome and OMCs
look at his muscles

Before we let Jake suggested I hope on the post so I could see the ocean and feel the gentle breeze.

Jake and Baby this was a day I will never ever...no
never forget.  Thank you so very much for
being my BFFFs.

While I was gone Mom and Dad took a short ride over to the west side of Raleigh to visit 

Many years ago
Richard Stanhope Pullen donated 66.33 acres of farm land  to Raleigh for use as a park.  He called it an old cow pasture red and rocky. In 2010 Pullen Park closed for two years for a complete make over.  
In February of 2012 it reopened after a two year
renovation. The next picture is of the climate controlled
building which is the home to  the original carousel.  



Mom told me that at least four generations of her's and Dad's family have ridden on this
carousel.  She told me my human sister used to call it the round, round when she was a wee kitteh.

During the two year renovation the Carousel was painstakingly
revived to it originally glory. 
The carousel features 50 hand carved and hand painted animals.
It was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.  Some of the animals move, some are stationary.
There are 30 horses and 20 other animals including
ostriches, rabbits, cats, pigs, a tiger, a goat and a lion. It even has kittehs with fish in their mouths.




Granted mom and dad did not hike in the woods but they 
hiked all over Pullen Park to enjoy 


 Many, many years ago the music for the carousel came from this beautiful
Wurlitzer. Today the music is automated.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

GRANDPA


Mom and I are sad to tell you Grandpa passed away
peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2013.  
He is gone but never forgotten.
We thank you all for your prayers, support,
emails, and love over the last two weeks.

His memorial service will be on Thursday,
April 25, 2013.


Love and Hugs 
Madi and Mom

Monday, April 22, 2013

MEET MY CABINET: WYATT AND STANZIE

TODAY IS EARTH DAY 

and a very appropriate day to interview our 
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
WYATT AND HIS SISTER STANZIE

1) Please introduce yourself(selves) and tell us your age and a very special trait.
Wyatt is 4, his special trait is 'Veggie Taste Taster'  and Stanzie is 11, her special trait is 'Vermin Control Supervisor.'
2) If you had an alter ego, who would you like to be and why?
Wyatt considers himself a modern day 'Johnny Appleseed'. Spreading edible seeds for all to enjoy!
 Stanzie just wants to be 'Super-Wonderful Girl Dog'!!


3) What do you like best/least about where you live?
Wyatt loves our temperate weather, all things green and the year around swimming. Stanzie likes the critter count per acre in Oregon. They both would like some more snow in the winter months...you other snow hounds, make it look SO grand!
4) Who are some peeps/furiends you would like to meet?
The peeps next dream vacation, is the Chelsea Flower Show in England and then stopping to meet 'George the Lad' and all our other blog pals in the UK! Still trying to figure out how to ever get away, during our busy spring schedule! Wyatt and Stanzie don't care where we go, as long as we are together and it involves car travel and a long walk!
5)If you could give one piece of random advice what would it be?
 Persistence Pays! Never stop demanding walks and car rides!
6) What do you do for Fun?
Walks, Car Rides..... and Gardening!
7) What is the first thing you do each morning?
Demand walks and car rides. Maybe a bite to eat before....
8)What is the first thing you notice about a new friend?
 Do they smell swell? Do they wag?
9) Tell us how you came to live in your family and how you got your name?
Stanzie came from the east, down the Oregon Trail, in Baker City, Oregon. She is named after Wolfgang Mozart's beloved wife, Constanza Marie Weber. Wyatt came from the Rock'n A Kennel. He is named after Wyatt Earp. A conflicted western lawman.
10) What is your absolute favorite food?
Stanzie's favorite food is TURKEY, paws down....don't even have to think twice!  Wyatt's favorite food is, "What is that, YOU are eating?'"


Bonus:
Wyatt and Stanzie neither mom nor I have a green thumb..come to think of it I don't even have a thumb.
We would like to know when your start to prepare your Spring garden and which veggies to you find are quickest to sprout and produce something delish?  



 We grow alfalfa and radish sprouts all year around in the kitchen...with just a mason jar and some cheese cloth. When the weather turns warmer, the first seeds we plant outdoors are radish, spinach and peas. They are tough buggers, that sprout in the cold! When the summer temperatures arrive we enjoy our heirloom tomatoes and squash, that we preserve in many ways to last us all year. Happy Digging!


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Wyatt and Stanzie my Grandpa would be in awe of your agricultural skills!!  He usually plants lots of tomato plants
each Spring.