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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sweet 16 today

Today in honor of my sweet 16 birthday we are having a blog hop.
We thank Mayor Arty, Jakey and Rosy Sassypants Mama for setting it up for us.

I thank Ann at Zoolatry for my beautiful Header.

I'm 16 and I'm taking Driver's do you think I'm doing so far.
Honestly I did exactly what my instructor told me to do.
I turned left but I migh've been a wee bit heavy pawed on the gas.?!

Mom found this poem in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lovin' Our cats. It describes Moi purrfectly.
It was written for a male cat. Mom changed it to fit this Diva.

Under her Spell


Tami Sandlin
I can feel her watching me
Through golden eyes, unblinking
And I can't help but wonder
Just what it is she is thinking.
I know her habits, I know her ways
But her moods are hard to tell
The only thing I know for sure is
She knows I'm under her spell
For eating she has claimed my nicest dish
To nap, my favorite chair
And anytime I want to sit,
She is comfortably resting there.
For play, she's got expensive toys
To chase and romp and caper
But still she is only happy with
A balled-up piece of paper!
She is always begging for attention
To be scratched beneath her chin
And when my writing takes me away from her
She steals my writing pen!
Despite our unique relationship
People ask "Just who owns who?"
It's really nice to have someone
To look forward to come home to.
And so, I stay enchanted with
This crazy pet of mine
For nothing keeps you spellbound
Like a furry finicky feline.
I am not the first girl to turn 16 in this house.   Lo and behold my Sis aka Big M as dad called her for a very long time, turned 16 here too.  So I send Big M aka Human sissy a big thanks for all she taught them.
Sissy (on the left) and her bestie Kathy holding their
Sweet 16 tshirts. They both 
had all the same friends so their shared their 16th bday at
Pizza Hut.  Sissy's bday is August 28 and Kathy's September 5
We feel the need for speed!!! NOT!!! 
A grand time was had by all.....after the 16th party is 
where our Driving story began a year before.
Sis(l), Kathy (r)

Today I will share a story about my sis learning to drive.
Sis got her learner's permit shortly after her 15th birthday in
August of 1986. Every weekend and holiday from that day forward
Dad took Sis to parking lots to practice her driving. He set up little fun 
obstacles for her too.  Mom went also but she sat in the back seat ...but she never 
did any back driving because Dad was a EXCELLENT teacher.  As sis became 
accustomed to driving and judging distances, they started driving around residential 
areas on the weekend and finally on city roads and the beltline.
Sis was a really good driver.

At the beginning of 1987, Sis started making a deal with mom about
what she wanted to do on August 28, 1987 after she passed her 
driving test....yep she was quite confident she would pass.

 On August 28th, Mom drove Sis to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
for her driving test.  The DMV office was half way between home
and where Mom worked.   Sis's asked mom if she would let her drive Mom to work 
KEEP  the car for the day to do some errands during the day. Mom agreed to this deal,    
 'cause she was pretty sure Sis would forget.  The joke was on Mom.
Sis had a memory like an Elephant and her breaths smelled like peanuts.
Sis PASSED with flying colors and  mom kept her promise.
Mom said watching sis drive out of the parking lot ALONE that day
was the scariest and proudest moment of her 16 years as a Mom.  She was confident in sis
but it was all the other crazies on the road that worried her.   Mom watched her for as long
as she could see her.  Sis promised to call mom when she got home from her errands to let her
know she was SAFE.   The people in Mom's office said mom was a nervous wreck until
Sis called to let her know she was home. When it was time for Sis to come back for Mom,
it was rush hour. Mom paced the floor and kept looking out the window.
 Lo and behold sis arrived on time and drove mom home in the very busy traffic
and as they say the rest is history!!!!!

I would like to thank
Pipo, Dalton and Petcretary Ingrid for this beautiful card!!

Great big thank yous to Zoey, Dougie Dog and Miss Ann at Zoolatry for my hot pink wheels!!
Zoooom Zoooom

Thank you  Phod and Precious for  taking  a trip out to the black
 top to pose for this birthday card...

Thank you Emma and Hailey for posing with the top down as traveled down the road.

Thank you Angel Sammy, Teddy Butterbean and Mom Pam for this lovely card.

Thank you to my Huggy Puggies Hazel and Mabel

Thank you Marvelous Marv
thank you Mayor Arty, Jakey and Rosy SassyPants

From my Guy Raz

Thank you to all my furry friends at ATCAD

thank you to Marg's Furries
thank you Cody and Dakota and Mom

thank you Wyatt and Tegan
Hooray! We made it!
Come and get your salmon burger Madi!!
Happy Birthday Madi!

thank you Binky and Granny

I Madison D. Cat thank you all for stopping by today to celebrate my 16th Birthday. 
It is a BIG one!! Each of you bring us joy and laughter each day and we thank you.


  1. Happy birthday, Madi! I know you will have an amazing day!

  2. Happy 16th Birthday Madi! We love the poem and your story about Sis learning to drive.
    Gail and I have only just realised why you set the road trip theme for this particular day. In the UK you can't drive until you are seventeen years old!
    Gail couldn't think of any interesting stories about her learning to drive, so she took me on a wee road trip yesterday and we've posted about that instead.
    Toodle pip!

  3. Happy Birthday sweeeeet 16!!!! guess what ? our stories today start a little similiar... but the end is different... hahahahaha maybe the mama is like a twin (the evil one LOL) to your sis?

  4. Happy sweet sixteen, dear Madi <3 What a lovely story, we understand how your mom must have felt :D That poem was pawsome too! Extra 16 Pawkisses for a wonderful day :) <3

  5. Happy 16th Birthday, Madi! We loved your poem and the story of your sissy learning to drive! We hope you have a most AWESOME day!

  6. I love you tooooooooo Madi.... and your MOM and your driving story and your sissy's driving story and the whole post has me smiling... 🎈 Happy 16th Birthday. 🎈

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear sweet Madi
    Hope you have a WONDERFUL day filled wiv luffs and hugs and CAKE and lots and lots of wonderful things
    Loves and lick kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  8. We all sure wish you such a Happy Birthday Madi and many more to come. The driving story was just terrific. Hope your day is just the best.

  9. Hari OM
    I may have been early with my post but am late with my greetings! Madi this was a fabulous post, definitely diva-worthy, and I am wishing all the very very best for the remainder your 'road'!!! Hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

  10. Happy Birthday to my wonderful ladycat! I loved your poem and we enjoyed the story of your sissy getting her license.

    your guy Raz and The Florida Furkids

  11. Happy 16th Birthday Madi!!! WOOO HOOOOO PAWTY!!!

    Your poem was epically EPIC!!!!

    Bestest birthday purrs

    Basil & Co xox

  12. Sixteen?? That is like grown-up and all! Happy happy birthday Madi and many happy returns.

    Mara, Brom (and Mouse) and Miss Oswin from Norway

  13. Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteener Madi!!! Great road trip story you shared!!! We hope you have the best birthday ever and start planning for next year's too. Smooches from Mom and lots of good wishes from each of us.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  14. Happy 16th Purrday!!!!!!!Mom was a nervous wreck when our boy beans got their DL too.

  15. Madi - we are thrilled to be participating in your 16th birthday. We wish you all the best dear friend.

  16. And Big M was even visiting during the Diva's birthday! I'm sure Madi loved that! xoxoxoxo

  17. I have been trying to get this to post to blogger!

    1. Okay, truly love the poem! Lucky Sissy getting to pass with flying colors!

  18. It's your awesome birthday 🎂 ...Have a great day!!!

    Hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou

  19. Happy Birthday beautiful Madi!!! We hope your special day is super special, just like you!

  20. We hope you are having the bestest birthday ever!!! Such a great poem from your Mama and OMD, your Sissy was such a great driver! Our Mama didn't get her license until she was 17, and believe it or not, really didn't even like driving until she was in her 30s!
    Rosy, Arty & Jakey

  21. Happy 16th Birthday Madi!!! That was a great story about your sis. Your state gives permits at 15! That is young, in Mass. we have to be 16 and can get a license at 16 and a half with driver's ed, at 17 without. XO

  22. That's such a great driving story, Madi. Happy birthday to you! :)

  23. Loved the driving story. How fun. Made me remember me getting my license.

    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Madi,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

    Have a purrfect birthday, Madi. My best to your mom. ♥

  24. Happy birthday Madi! It's been fun reading all the driving stories!

  25. Happy Happy Happy birthday dear Madi and girl only gets to be 16 once! What a special day! Mom says her memory of learning to drive is bittersweet right now because today it's 8 months ago that she lost her Daddy and he was the one who patiently took her each afternoon when she was 15 to learn how to drive. She still remembers the places he let her drive to, she was so excited to be able to drive. The day she turned 16 she went to get her permanent license and she failed to come to a COMPLETE stop at a stop sign, she failed her test. SHE was devastated. She thought the world had ended. She went back the next day and took the test again and got the same instructor and he told her after she was through and PASSED that wasn't she glad she learned she HAD to come to a complete stop at Stop signs? SHe was thinking Nope, she was just glad she had passed her test to get her license, but she sure never forgot about the stop signs.

  26. Happy sweet 16 Madi!! Going on a road trip is the best plan ever!! We brought the BBQ and made you a salmon burger!
    Wyatt and Tegan

  27. HaPpY Sweet 16 Birthday Madi! 🎈❣️❣️❣️

  28. We are back!!!

    ♪ღ♪░H░A░P░P░Y░ B░I░R░T░H░D░A░Y░░♪ღ♪

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  29. Have an absolutely wonderful birthday Madi!

  30. Happy Sweet 16 Madi! You don't look a day over 10!
    We know we haven't been around much the last year, but you are always in our Mom's thoughts.
    Hope your day is a great one.
    >>SMOOCHIES<< from your BFFF.

  31. Sweet 16 ... and never been ... of course you have! And here's another ...
    one from Dougie Dog, and one from Zoey!
    Happy, Happy Mz Madi Dear!

  32. Happy, happy, HAPPY sweet 16!!!!
    Cam and Mags
    PS: We are trying to get back into the blog-visiting groove. We're sorry we've been absent. Mom's fault.

  33. Happy Road Tripping, Madi! Let me know when you have your special piece of paper so we can go places together...I am still too young to have one of those:)

    Happy Birthday to YOU!
    Sweet 16 is lovely, isn't it! I do hope you getto have many more catabrations like this, in good health.
    Purrs & Hugs
    Dalton waggles, too:)

  34. 16 is a wonderful age to reach. Thanks for your fun birthday blog hop and telling us the story of your sis learning to drive. I'm so glad she had no mishaps! Lots of love, Lucy, Xena and Mom

  35. Happy Birthday, Madi! I had driver's ed but don't recall anything extraordinary about it. I do recall when taking my driving test, I couldn't parallel park. He let me go on it as the small town didn't have any parallel parking to speak of. Oh...and then there's my poor father who gave up on teaching me how to drive with a manual transmission!

  36. Happy Happy Birthday Madi!!! What a wonderful poem and story of your Sis!
    Wishing you a wonderful day and can't wait to celebrate with you again next year!!
    Big Pug Hugs!
    Hazel & Mabel

  37. Happy 16th Birthday young lady! Me and my mommy wish you all the best. Alas, we aren’t very good at tagging and linking and mommy barely has time to learn. (Excuses, excuses, I know - but she’s the mommy with the thumbs). We did put a tribute to you and turning 16 so you can drive on our blog but didn’t know how to link it to you. Happy Birthday. Tuxedo cats are mommy’s favorite type of cat and I’ll bet you are so full of purrsonality like every other Tuxie my mommy has met too! ��������

  38. Sweet Madi HAPPY HAPPY SWEET 16!! We are sending you 16 ZILLION wishes of happiness!!! You have the BEST home and we know you are having a special day! LOVE the poem and the driving story! so much fun!!! We love you! Happy Birthday from Cody and Caren catchatwithcarenandcody

  39. HAPPY 16th BIRTHDAY, MADI! Hope you're havin' a GREAT day. PURRS.

  40. Happy Birthday Madi ! And many more !

  41. Happy Birthday Madi...sixteen and sweet as a lolipop. hehe Mom was telling me about her learning to drive on a Chevy 2. Dad taught her in Richmond, BC. Richmond in 1973 had huge ditches. Mom was driving along about 30mph as the metric system had yet to kick into high gear. She got scared and threw her hands in front of her face. Talk about scary! They were fine due to dad's quick thinking and acting. Dad grabbed the steering wheel and told mom to pull off slowly to the side of the road. Mom was so choked up dad was cuddling her. This area of Richmond was farming area and when they cuddled a farmer stomped out of his house and told them to quit necking and get off his property. MOL Mom was mortified to think this farmer thought they were necking. hehe''That's mom's story.


  42. Happy sweet 16 Madi! We love you soooooo much! We are planning on joining your hop tomorrow as part of the BFTB News. We are still chasing our tails trying to get settled in our home. XXOO

    1. I am not sure what happened when I entered my link but it zapped before my photo resized. I have no idea how to correct it but if you do, please let me know.

  43. Happy Sweet 16th Birthday, Madi!

    Love, Laila, your LLS and Minchie, your BFF

  44. Happy Sweet Sixteen Birthday, Madi! You may be sweet sixteen...but we bet you’ve been kissed. :)

  45. Happy Sweet 16 Miss Madi. Your mom was so brave to let your sissy take the car by herself on her first day as an official driver. Our mom says her pawrents would have NEVER done that.

  46. Happy Birthday, Madi! The kitties and I send you love and hugs!

  47. Oh gurl, Ma was chucklin' at your Sissy's solo drive! Your Moms is lucky she didn't go gray right there on the spot! I'm not sure Ma's peeps would have allowed that knowing all the nutties WE gots here! BOL!
    Anyhu, I hopes you have the BESTEST BURTHDAY EVERS GURL!!!! And, I wants to be you when I grow up...just letting you knows....
    Ruby ♥♥♥

  48. Woo Hoo, I hope a birthday dance was done on Saturday!

    That's a good story. I do imagine Mom was biting her nails until she heard from Sis and saw her again.

  49. Happy Birthday, dear sweet Madi. I loved the poem that your mom said fit your relationship so well. You and your mom make each other so happy. That is a wonderful thing.

    I loved your sissy's driving story. She did better than I did. I was confined to a parking lot for a long time by my nervous dad. When he finally let me pull out of the parking lot to drive on residential streets, I failed to notice the stop sign about 10 yards after I was on the road. I ran it! That was my start to driving... thank goodness that I improved over time!!

    Happy happy birthday, Madi!

  50. Happy Bee-lated Birthday Madi Kat. Mee nevurr visited you befur butt wanted to give you 'Conkatss' on reechin 16 yearss old!! Good luck with yur drivin lessonss all so!
    Sinseerlee, Purrince Siddhartha Henry =^,.^= an LadyMum :)

  51. Happy Birthday, Madi! I hope you read our 'cats and autos' story on our blog, for your special day.


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