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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Thoroughly Thankful Throwback Poetic Thursday

  Today we join Two  SPOILED CATS 
Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.
Here is our photo challenge

Penguin Love
is way better than Muskrat Love)
sang by Cap'n and Tennille 

Just as their day was about to begin,
Papa Penguin said to Petey Penquin,
 My love for you makes my head spin.
Petey Penguin was vertically challenged!
He was not close enough to hear.
Papa decided to show Petey instead.
Petey, he said, I love you from the top of my
Emperor head all the way down to my giant web feet.
My love for you is as deep as the snow.
Most of all I want you to know
I love you *2 hours and a bunch*,
which is more than
I love my fishes at LUNCH.

*This phrase was invented by my daughter.
 When she was a toddler, SHE hated to take naps.
Every day at nap time, she would ask the same question.
 How long do I have to nap?
My reply was about 2 hours, which was an eternity to a busy little girl.
Then one day she spread her arms just like Papa Penguin
while saying, I love you 2 hours and a bunch.
2 hours and a bunch became our affection phrase.

Today I'm so very thankful for each you who have made 
my 10 years of blogging such fun.
Most of all I'm thankful for my sweet Angel Madi.
Simply said:
Without Madi, I would not have had all these amazing experiences which give me the opportunity to meet each of you and your furries.
That itty bitty kitty is for sure the
Reason for my Being here!!  
She was my Soul and Inspiration.

Happy 10th Blogaversary to us.
my very first post featuring my side kick Madi.
She was the soul and inspiration behind this blog!!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sun Bathing beauty.....

Mom....please rub a little SPF 30 
on my pink nose....and adjust the 
bike seat...I'll need a little exercise 
after the sun moves....
Thanks Madi

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wordless Wednesday

is aglow today!!

Sunset over Hedgemoor 8:31 pm June 11, 2019

above photo in black and white

Gracie the Highlander was all aglow in pink

Even inside the house we had a pink hue...gorgeous

Molly's mom is recuperating from knee replacement so
Molly had a treat last week...SPA DAY
The works from head to toe
mani-pedi, shampoo and nice massage
Look at those golden waves..... and that feathery tail
BUTT Molly told me she prefers
Essence of Grass over the scented shampoo

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Tuesday Tale with Kat and his Siblings

First of all, my apologies  to my early bird readers.
Thank you all for your sweet comments.  Kat is for sure a super Brudder. 

Lone Star, Da Phenny and Da Nelly, Bouncing Bertie,
Molly and Marg, Eric and Flynn

The rumblin' and rantin'you heard yesterday morning was, Angel Madi having a hissin' fit OTRB.
She always gave me grief when I made mistakes!!
YIKES I had two post scheduled (by mistake)

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Dearest Aunty HiC
As you know, my sweet Golden Dakota and  Lab, Bubba Buddy, both are in their teens, both have challenging health issues.   I’ve noticed they’re both getting weaker, more fragile,  and require lots of extra attention from Mom. She says it’s her honor to keep them as comfortable and happy as possible. 
I like to snuggle, and show my love. I think it makes them feel better. Mom says I’m a special kitty. 💕
❤️ Kat Your Feline Nephew

Kat I'm not sure but it certainly looks like you are making
kitty biscuits/massaging Buddy in the last photo.

Dearest are an angel on Earth, of that I am 100% sure.  You were surely sent to your Hill to shower those very special K9s with extra love. 
I have been wondering about Dakota and Buddy.  I didn't want to bug your sweet Mom too much about how they were doing. As with Angel Madi, each day is precious and we want to live in the moment with our seniors.  Quality of life is most important and L O V  E to the nth degree.  Please whisper to them that Aunty loves them dearly.
Tell them Angel Madi will be there for them down the road. I say a prayer for them every night and for your peeps who love them so very much. 

Thank you for these beautiful photos. I'm so glad you mom is taking the photos.  I used to be embarrassed by all the photos I took of Angel Madi. Now they make me smile with found memories of my Diva.  They are very comforting, too.  

Lovingly your Aunty HiC 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Awww Monday with Mia and July fun reminders

Today I am pawticipating in Comedy Plus
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Be sure to hop over to  HERE
Zoolarty's blog to check out all the fun activities scheduled for

Sunday, June 23, 2019

SUNday Sun Fun


Sunset reflections

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Caturday Art with Kat and his Mom

Dearest Aunty HiC,

I’m so happy the bloggie Furiends understand my side of the table setting situation on 
Monday, June 17,

I appreciate their support.

Mom says it’s so hot outside she needs an indoor activity. She loved coloring with her kiddos at school, and when she retired, one of her sweeties (Connor) gave her a coloring book and a box of 64 crayons. Guess what? When Mom was at hospital during kidney stone attack, Connor was one of the CAT-scan techs.  His hug was the best medicine she received (other than the fentanyl)! 😹
Apparently, we’re going to color this afternoon. Teeheehee!
Hope you’re staying cool in NC. 😻
❤️ Kat Your Feline Nephew 

Dearest Nephew Kat that box of Crayola crayons AND YOU make a much, much, much better centerpiece for your table. 

OMCs Connor sounds like he was a really smart young man..who knew just the purrfect gift for your sweet Mom. I love the smell of crayons!!  I love to color too!! Be sure to snoopervise Mom so she doesn't color outside the lines.  I think that green crayon on the first row RIGHT by your eyes matches them too. 

Be sure to send me a photo of the flower when it is finished.

Lovingly your Aunty HiC

Friday, June 21, 2019

Nature Friday and FFF reminder

Sunday Morning, May 19, just after the sun rose over all the tall trees I happened to look
to see Mr. Cardinal's brilliant red head all aglow
Before long his brilliant red will fade.
Of course the original also caught my eye due to the reflections of the dining room
light in the windows.

Late afternoon sun peeping through the trees
Photo taken with my iPad.  I did not see the kaleidoscope of colors when I took the 
photo.  Professional snappers is this tree acting as a filter?

Most of May was dry as a bone and my garden boy aka Dad of Madi had a horrible sinus infection..
Thankfully, after 2 bottles of antibiotics,  he is well and was able to put some new plants in this pot.
We love the iridescent leaves of the Persian Shield (tall purple).  White Celosia loves the sun.

REMINDER Next Friday is FINAL FICTION FRIDAY, June 28, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Today we join Two  SPOILED CATS 
Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.
Here is our photo challenge

Way up high where the eagles fly
lives the family Blye.
They are a hearty lot
with buns of steel.
They fly up those stairs
in record speed
But never in heels.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Saucy Singer: exciting news

Saucy Singer has a new hangout more light.  The ceiling light is behind me, lamp to the right and extra light from the sky light.  The table to the left gives me more flat surface and it expands and has drawers.  I bought all 3 tables shown here  way back in time, (when Dinosaurs roamed the earth), at Piece Goods.  PG  was in vogue and there was no JoAnn’s
Quilt in progressing hanging on chair
I am so glad I kept all three tables!!

I'm calling the new project 
My Way Quilting
Seasoned Quilters do I hear gasping at my unconventional method?
Quilting is about creativity RIGHT?
You know my Mind's Eye is always thinking/getting me into trouble.  

Long story short kinda.   The middle of the quilt about, where you see the navy squares,  was a small kit containing fabric that I had to cut and sew.  I bought it when I was clueless about quilting.  After I got it together, it was so small. I had nothing to do with it.  So after much thought,I decided to buy pre cut 5" squares in coordinating colors. I found two packs at JoAnn's with 30 and 40 sqs. Below photo shows the beginning of getting it 
organized.  It is going together nicely but will be big
and I knew I needed more space.   

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Happy Tuesday Tiger Tale

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My mom was from a large family of seven, six girls and one lone boy.
My favorite Aunt Ruth, and my Mom, Lou, and were the 6th and 7 children born
 when their Mother, my Annie Ma was  41 and 43 years old.
The first three girls were in their 20's and the fourth and fifth were 6 and 8 years old
 when Ruth (1926) and Lou(1928) were born. 
I didn't know the oldest Aunts very well but I heard enough stories about them to know 
I come from a long line of silly story tellers. 
Aunt Ruth and her family lived about 30 miles from us.  We saw them often.
Aunt Ruth gave me my very first nickname, Cil, much to my mom's dismay. 
I was (and probably still am) gullible.  I believed anything I was told.
Once when I was spending the night at her house, I remember asking her about
some very pretty flowers in her yard.  I think the proper name is Day Lily
but she called the orange ones Tiger Lilies.  Aunt Ruth could deliver a pile of malarkey with a straight face.    She said, well Cil,  there is a story behind those very pretty orange flowers.
She paused a bit, causing great anticipation on my part.
According to Gospel of Ruth, anywhere you saw an orange Tiger Lily,
that is the exact spot an Out House use to be located.  
I was fascinated by the story.  I found great joy and amusement any time I saw 
an Orange Tiger Lily.  To this day, I still get a great big smile on my face when I spy one
 It brings back fond memories of Aunt Ruth and all the fun I had at her house
with my cousin Terry, who was 5 years older.

Apparently there were at least six outhouses in my neighborhood....just on one street.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Awww Monday Mews from Kat

Today I am pawticipating in Comedy Plus
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Email Update on the Wren Family

I was just getting ready to send you a meow! I’m happy to tell all the bloggie Furiends that the babies flew ‘da coop!  I can hear them happily chirping away near the wood shed. It doesn’t seem so annoying anymore. ❤️
As you know, Aunty Kelly came for dinner last night. I’m not a big fan of company, so when I saw Mom setting the table, my cute nose got out of joint in no time!
As soon as Mom left the dining room, I jumped on the table and started sharing my feelings! 😹 
Mom says I’m lucky I didn’t have time to do more rearranging.

Table setting 101 by my Nephew Kat

Dad took me to garage so Mom could chill, ha!

Love you! 
❤️ Kat Your Feline Nephew

Dearest Nephew...
It has been many years since your sweet Mom was owned by Cosmo Cat.
I think she forgot that any and all changes in a feline's abode must be submitted in tripliKate 2 weeks before said changes happen. Geeez Louise what what she thinking messin' with YOUR table.  It already had a most handsome center piece...YOU!!

Good thing Dad was there.
I'm sure by now you and Mom have kissed and made up!! 
Lovingly your Aunty HiC
Dearest Aunty:
I knew YOU would understand! 
Yes, I’ve forgiven her, but I won’t forget, ha! 😹

Dearest Nephew
MOLMOL revenge is sweet.  Angel Madi might recommend a purrfect  revenge as bladder surfing at 2 am...just sayin'

Hugs and love your aunty

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day: Smiles and Plates

Dad of the M twins saw this cartoon on Sunday June 9, he said remember
how much M loved her superballs...Very appropriate for today.
Remembering our girls


1. Born2W1N, Born to win
2. HWKSFLYT, Hawks Flight
5. RIVR, River
6. SAINTS!!!
yep this was on the plate maybe making fun of vanity plates?
9. JUSTBKIND, Just Be Kind
11. SANDBUGY, maybe beach buggy was taken
12. PGHGIRL, Pittsburgh Girl
13. GOPAC!! 
15. WFPK
#13,14 and 15  are for N. C. State University we are the Wolf Pack and 
a Wolf is our Mascot
16. SKRRRT, ?
17. OLVERA, Oliver or Olivia
18. LUV2$HOP, Love to shop
19. WTRVIEW, Water view
20. BEAUPK, Beautiful Pack...could be another NCSU plate
21. ULTRALUV, Ultra love
22. POPCOACH, a dad and a coach
23. 1GOODDOG, love it
24. ISSHIN, 
I had a coworker w a plate that read ISHTIME,
She loved Key West and always when meeting  friends down there the meeting time 
was ex: 7 ish no one is rushed.  Maybe ISSHIN refers to this too
26. M+G=I,???
27. LOVIE#1
28. MOMZHAPY, Mom's Happy it was on a Z4 BMW
29. WE3PIR8S,We 3 Pirates, reference to East Carolina University's Pirate Mascot
30. 6-26x2, Maybe referring to 40?
My friend Janice sent #31 to me.  Neither of us have a clue

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Toto flashback:34 years later he still makes us laugh

There wasn't much Toto hated worse than getting wet and cold. In order to get him to potty in the rain, I had to go out with a golf umbrella held directly over him. As you know, I'm in NC the land of hot, hazy, humid weather. We rarely see more than 3 or 4 inches a snow a year. On a Saturday in March of 1979 we awoke to very unusually cold day for March. By noon, the weather forecast was for several inches of snow. We had plenty of groceries it was a weekend so we hunkered down for the day. On Sunday morning we awoke to 18"of snow on the ground and still falling. I had one very excited child singing no school tomorrow and one wee red mini who needed to potty. Why did I think when opened the door he would go willingly? When he got one sniff of the cold air, tucked his tail and ran for cover. I gently reminded him he was German and that his kind liked snow. He wasn't buying what I was trying to sale. Ok, I think I'm the human I'll take charge. I picked him up, opened the front door. I kicked some of the snow out of the way with the expectation that he was about to pop and would quickly potty and come right back. Oh my word was I wrong. All of a sudden his German genes kicked in, he sniffed at the snow, and off he went. He was tunneling through the front yard in 18" of snow with about 14" above his head. Every so often he'd hop up to look for us all you could see was the black nose that looked like a periscope. He was in dachshund heaven he had found his purpose in life. He was running at Dach Mach speed. Now, if he could have just found a badger he would have been a happy, hopping mini Doxie. This photo of Toto was taken in 1985.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Nature Friday with Nephew

Recently  I rec'd a darling email and video from, Kat, my refine nephew.
Have I mentioned how adorably handsome and sweet Kat is?  

Dearest Aunty HiC,
Mom and I are enjoying watching Mr. and Mrs. Wren take care of their babies.  I’m still not sure how such a little birdie can make so much noise. 😹
Oh well, think I’ll take a nap.
❤️ Your Feline Nephew Kat

My reply:
Dearest Precious Nephew...
Aunty is running late for a very impawtant date with her favorite nephew.  OMCs Uncle and I went to the grocery store, unloaded the vittles then we had to get our ears lowered (ask Mom to 'plain that to you), and have lunch. 
Oh boy do I hear you about the birdies I think the smaller they are the louder they sing.  Thank you for the precious photo and award winning video.
OMCs you have an honest to goodness real live Wren house on the tree too.
Lovingly your Aunty HiC

Happy Flag Day !!!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Pictorial Thursday

Today we join Two  SPOILED CATS 
Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.
Here is our photo challenge

this is 200% a true poem

I once knew a lady who was expecting twins.
She knew for months they would be boys.
She spent her pregnancy preparing
she bought two of everything clothes, beds and toys.
She pondered the names but did not tell
until they were born.  
They were identical from the top of their heads 
to the tip of their chubby toes.
To friends and family she gave not a clue.
She just smiled like she knew a big secret
Finally we were introduced to

Charles Issac and Issac Charles.

We all scratched our heads
finding it hard to hide surprise
when the names were read.
The End

Yes this is true.  I bit my tongue to keep from asking
W H A T in the world possessed you?  After all, it was none of my business
I was just a co-worker.   So many questions ran thru my head.  I must have looked stunned.   Finally, I was told she liked both names. She wanted to use both names daily.  She would call one Charles and one Issac.
Eventually she changed jobs and I lost track of her.
I suspect along the way the boys had fun telling their names and the story.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WOW Wednesday...too pretty to be wordless

My Friend Kathy lives on the beautiful Coast of Oregon.  
Kathy is currently recuperating from knee replacement.
Her hubby and Molly the Golden Retriever have been walking w/o her.

Friday, June 7, Molly and her dad, Grant, sent Kathy this photo they took  
Saying, "wish you were here".
Grant was walking along Coquille Point and looking down on Elephant Rock at a minus low tide.
Our Molly Walk takes us to there every day.
Today she came back panting, must be warmer than it has been.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Happy Tuesday with Mia

Mia loves her tunnels.  Her petite Tortie body can 
get thru them like greased lightning.
Frisco's 11 + lbs not so much.  

Monday, June 10, 2019

Retirement Party for Sassy Singer

Good morning Friends

Thank you for joining me today to celebrate Sassy's 
25 years of devoted service.

Sassy is a third generation
employee.  She and her granny and great granny were always here to 
work tirelessly by my side.

Sassy had one last hooray before deciding to retire.
In March  of this year I decided I wanted to get back to my very first hobby
which I started at about ten years of age.
I dusted her off, took here in for a check up and off we went.

Sassy even jumped in presser foot (sewing machine lingo) first when I decided to try quilting.
Once again she proved to be very versatile and capable.
top left: a blouse
top right:1st quilt
bottom left: 2nd quilt
bottom right:3rd quilt

After she announced her plans to retire, I started an intense search for
a new sidekick.  I asked friends, relatives and the interwebs.
I learned quickly that I needed someone with more stamina to
be my sidekick for bigger quilting projects.  Of course
the applicant pool was full of potential employees to fill the position.
Many demanding a huge hourly salary, of course they are worth every
penny too.  However, I am not planning a profession in sewing.
I was quickly able to take many of them out of the applicant pool.

I am a Singer Girl through and through so I decided on
Singer Patchwork #7285Q
Introducing Saucy Singer.  Saucy because she is hot as fire and ready to soar.

Saucy has 100 Built in stitches
auto threader for OLD as Dirt eyes
11 presser foots  and 4 bonus Quilting feet

 Extension table for large work
she can applique
has all kinds of automatic features
easy bobbin
makes buttonholes in one step
Oh I could sing Saucy's praises all day long
I can see already Saucy and I are gonna be BFFs
Of course stay tuned for new projects but first I Saucy and I
need to get fully acquainted.  I have several mending projects, hemming etc
saved up for Saucy.

And she was on sale!!