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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tagged by Ms. Liz & Tomorrow's puzzle today

Earlier this week Mom and I were tagged by Ms Liz @ Caribou Crackers. She is a
fantastic baker and is counting the days until she and her hubby can move to Alaska.
We had to go to our 8th folder and post the 8th picture. All I can say is, thank goodness
my nose was clean when Mom decided it was a good idea to take this picture.
Thanks Ms. Liz.

Madi: Mom the date on the paper is Sunday, today is Saturday.

Mom: Yep that is why we have the post titled tomorrow's puzzle today.

We're mixing things up.

Madi: Mom the only thing mixed up is Y O U!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday Flashback: Step kitties

Our stairs have always been a constant source of entertainment for all the pets we have loved.
Here is Milky-Way displaying his best hangover.

As I've mentioned in past post of Milky-Way and Cali were soul mates.
We never quite figured out why.
Below is a picture of Madi being very cute trying to get Cali to play. These two ladies never found common ground. By the time Madi was adopted, Cali was dealing with several aliments the worst being mega colon. She just did not feel like having a kitten in her face all the time.
Cali was the sweetest kitty even with all her aliments. She would not hiss at Madi as much as she would use body language and somehow Madi understood. To be quite frank I don't really blame Cali because Madi would not even let her use the litter box in peace....Madi was always right there to inspect things.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Madi's favorite room

Madi is a Sun goddess...She loves to follow the sun as it moves from
sky light to skylight upstairs. The sky light in the study gets
Noon sun making a very large block in which to bask. As it moves over the house, the block becomes smaller but she will find a way to fit herself in whatever is there.
She spends a good portion of her day upstairs.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Blogging is hard(ly) work for Madi

So is Madi working hard on her blog.....
or hardly working on her blog??????
The answer to that question is, Madi is working hard at checking the notes she dictated for accuracy and most of all that I am working very hard on the blog.....which is hard to do when there is a large obstruction blocking my view. Her job is that of a decorative paper weight.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Madi's Gotcha Day May 11, 2002 & Award

On Wednesday, May 5, all the beautiful kitties at Katnip Lounge graciously gave us this Beautiful Blogger award. Madi and I thought today, her 8th Gotcha Day, was the perfect day to post it along with the below pictures of Madi today and 8 years ago. The rules are to tell you 7 things about us.
1. Madi: Loves Southern Cornbread
2. Mom: Loves humming birds. She does a happy hummingbird dance on the first day they arrive.
3.Madi: IS REALLY Gray and White not black and white
4. Mom: Is NOT a Diva (there is only room for one Diva in the house)!!
5. Madi: Has a sister***
6. Mom:When was a toddler, she gave, Lady, the family Collie and her puppies a hair cut then decided to cut her own hair...which required a trip to the hair dresser for damage control for this reason.....
7.Madi:Runs when she sees Mom with a pair of scissors.....

Madi our gorgeous Diva: May 10, 2010 (above)

Madi our gorgeous Diva in training: May 11, 2002 (below)

We adopted Madi on May 11, 2008, the Saturday before Mother's Day, it was love at first sight.
This is her story: It had been 2 years since Milky-Way went to the play on the Rainbow Bridge.
It was time to move on. We had been thinking about a kitten for several months. We were not trying to replace MW so we decided a gray kitten would suite us just fine. Madi was in a cage with her sister. They were listed as Kitty L and Kitty M. Kitty L was a precious calico but we had our mind set on a gray kitty so Kitty M was going to be ours. As you can see from the above picture, Kitty M, was a little speck of kitten but she came with a ton of personality and she knew what she liked and didn't like. It was several days maybe even a week, before we settled on a name for this little ball of fluff. It took us longer to agree on a name for Kitty M that it did to name our human daughter. This particular spot on the love seat is still in the top five of her favorite places to sleep. Kitty L, Madi's sister, soon became Lucy***. She was adopted by a friend. At about 1 year old, Lucy ate 3 pennies, which had to be removed surgically. Her owner told us the surgery cost 599.97... the vet gave him the 3 pennies after the surgery. Over the last 5 years we lost track of Lucy; however, it is our hope she is as happy and as well loved as Madi. Thankfully Madi never developed a taste for copper. The worst craving she had in her first year was a taste for wood. We thought she was a termite in cat's clothing. In particular, cherry, in particular, the cherry wood of our Ethan Allan Secretary and our Grandfather clock. At about 6 months old, we noticed she was constantly staring at the chair by our fireplace. Soon we learned that the staring was actually her mathematical mind calculating the distance between the chair, across the mantel (without breaking any knick knacks) and up to the top of the Secretary. Once there she decided the design of the finial needed to be different shape. Luckily we caught her before any damage was done. However, keeping her down proved to be a monumental task. We readily admitted to being out witted by a 3 lb kitten. We moved the chair into the center of the family room for several months. She soon discovered she could jump from the stairs to the top of the Grandfather clock. There was no moving the clock so we wrapped it in a quilt secured with duct tape (yet another use for duct tape). I finally realized that Madi was after we bought a 6' cat tree for her. After her first birthday she lost interest in both the Secretary and the Grandfather clock. Milk-way our first cat never tried to get to the top of either of these pieces of furniture. We quickly learned Madi was not to be compared to Milky-way but the good news was she filled the huge void losing Milky-way left in our hearts and to this day she continues to amaze, amuse and astonish us and make us smile.
We love you baby girl,
Mom and Dad

Monday, May 10, 2010

Madi: I'm beginning to like posing

I'm think I'm getting the into this posing now....I'm ready for my close up

All I have to do is sit in the sun and Mom does all the work
every so often I need to change angles and paw position

Yes I see you flashy beast and I'm ready

How about a shot from the top

and up close but with my serious look and of course with my paws in perfect placement

Now this was a good photo session, all of the pictures were taken in one sitting.
I wasn't sleeping, I was cooperative and most of all no effort required on my part.
I expect to be getting a call from 'Cat Fancy' any day for a cover shot.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Steeple Sunday:Hayes Barton Baptist Church

This steeple belongs to Hayes Barton Baptist Church.
Note the half moon just to the right of the steeple.
I took this picture one evening at 5:30 pm getting the moon in the picture was a bonus

In the early 1920's Raleigh was growing out of the city. The street car tracks came down Glenwood Avenue and lots were being sold in the area called Hayes Barton. By 1926 there were a number of homes in the area. Meetings were held in the neighborhood for the purpose of organizing a Baptist Church.
The first service was held on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 1926 in a small wooden structure on the property. In 1927 the little wooden structure was torn down and work began on the beautiful cream-colored brick structure. The new sanctuary would seat 850. On September 5, 1962 just ten months after it celebrated it 35th anniversary the sanctuary and original section of the church that was built in 1928 was destroyed by fire.

On August 28, 1966 the first service was held in the new sanctuary.
I love the warm tone of the church's trim color.
Today this church is the centerpiece to a part of Raleigh called Five Points, there are five streets that branch off from where the church sits on Glenwood Avenue. I could not find
the membership number today; however, the church sits on several blocks. Each Christmas
they have a live Nativity Scene that draws spectators from all over the area.
Happy Mother's Day to all Moms of fur and human children.