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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Happy Tuesday from Rocky


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We’re back in Colorado, at one of our favorite campgrounds. 

The peeps were here in 2017, with sweet Sassy, Buddy, and Dakota. Lots of great memories. ❤️

We’re camped right on the Dolores River. 
Mom says the rushing water is the best BP meds. 😹
The hummingbirds have just arrived in this area, and I’ve become quite the bird-watcher. I’ve named my little friend, Flash❣️

Turn up your Sound!

Dearest Rocky what a gorgeous x 1000 location.  
OMCs you nearly got whip lash when the hummer flew away.
You my nephew are now an official card carrying member of the Hummingbird Watchers Society!!!
Thank you for the beautiful memories of your K9 angels.  I am 100% sure each of them would have welcomed you,
Kat and Pup into their pack
Lovingly Auntie HiC

❤️ Rocky

Monday, May 10, 2021

Sparks and Awww Monday

 I saw this garden flag on one of my walks around our neighborhood.  I thought it was a perfect Sparks.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Flowers for Mothers of all Species

These are all from my brother in law's yard..
Not only does he carve wood but he is a gardner.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Saturday Stuff and symmetry

My brother-in-law started wood carving  after he retired.
Top two photos are his latest projects.
Left: a wooden dish.  The top is raised carvings
Right: is "fire".  He is fascinated by candles.  

Yes you have seen these sculptured rings in the past.  They fascinate me.
No matter how many times/angles you look at them you see something different.
Bottom right ring frames in the far background a smoke stack, and another piece of abstract art on the NC Art Museum trail.

Symmetry all over my brother-in-law's yard

Friday, May 7, 2021

Nature Friday: Hosted by my nephew Pup

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Dearest Auntie HiC

It is I, Pup, your ace reporter, reporting from New Mexico.  Where we are currently set up at:

Fun facts to know and tell:
Did you know Ponderosa pines smell like butterscotch and vanilla? The peeps learned this the first time they visited Grand  Canyon. There are several smaller Ponderosas in our new campground in NM.  

 There’s a beautiful Ponderosa is located on our campsite, and Mom headed straight for it

I told her I may or may not have “watered” that tree earlier, but it didn’t dissuade her.
You’ve heard of tree huggers; Mom is a tree sniffer!!!

Volume up!

After Mom finished sniffing the tree we did a little birdwatching.  We saw lots of Scrub Jays, they are beautiful but too fast for a photo.  Below borrowed from Wikipedia.

Mom says a great birdwatching companion. I never say a word. 😝
Dearest Pup,
Ohhhhh my word butterscotch, That is my kinda of tree. Now you have me watered the giant tree.  I bet it  grew a few inches overnight.  The bird is gorgeous it matches the beautiful sky!  I want a top that color.  
Love to you and the entire pack your auntie HiC

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday #18

Today we join Two SPOILED CATS

Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.

Here is our inspiration

My mind's eye has a faint memory of
everyone packed like sardines.
All breathing freely unmasked.
Social distance of six (feet) 
was not in the mix.
No talking, every so often a constant click, click, click.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

In Purrsuit of Flavors: Cinco de Mayo


Da Twins and Da Canadian Cats have selected 

anything Mexican

 I present a flash back
HAPPY Cinco de Mayo DAY  2015

Madi was quite the little chef wanna be.  She inspected every thing that came in from the Grocery store often would sit on the opposite counter watching me cook



I invited Frisco, my nephew, to join me today.
As you can see, he was as excited as a laid back guy could get. He loves food....doesn't matter what kind. Since he is still a 'kitten', mom would not let him have a Margarita...
he was not impressed with the apple juice in a box!!
Frisco Says Happy SINK-O-de Mayo

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Happy Tuesday

 A conversation recently heard in our car: by Me and HOM(husband of mine)


HOM: WHAT  to Me

ME: HOM Not what WHO

When we drove by this home, I saw what I thought was a real Owl.  Many folks around here have life like Owls to discourage squirrels and other critters from setting up a home in their yard.  

The Owl was deep in concentration staring into the flower bed in front of the steps.   His feathers were ruffled.  His eyes seemed to be asking, "WHO invited you to this buffet"?  He spread his wings to leave at the same time several cardinals in the flower bed flew off too.  I guess I disturbed his lunch.

OWLS ON THE HUNT. Many owl species are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night. There are some owl species who are diurnal, however, meaning they are active during the day but rest at night. ... Owls spend much of their waking time hunting for food.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Awww Monday and Sparks all about Cats

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My feline nephews 

As their mom said: My Sweeties

Angel Madi 100% lived by this.

Pickles by Brian Crane for April 29, 2021

Pickles Comic Strip for April 29, 2021

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Sunday Selfies of many species

 from Shelley Lake on a recent trek.

We were at the top of the trail to the bridge when we saw this little pup and her mom in the middle of the bridge.  To our surprise Mom asked: May she come over to say hi?  OF COURSE I said.
Her name is Kimiko, a 6 month old Poodle.  Her mom said she is socializing her by letting her meet people.  Kimiko had the most adorable prance.  
In hindsight (no pun intended) I wish I had thought to ask for a photo of Kimiko's sweet face.

It is rare to see  three species coexisting quietly.
Normally there is quacking, honking and territorial wing flapping.

All three were enjoying this secluded cove just under the bridge in above photo

It was very shallow the duck and the Mallard are actually walking

 Selfie of the sweet deer we saw a week or so ago at Shelley Lake
Space Art from Lunapic

Water color Lunapic

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Saturday Symmetry and stuff

A month or so ago I used this same apartment building on Symmetry Saturday.
Last week we took the trail that ran by the building and stairs.  I think these photos are better.

Jackie, Mum to, Angels Eric and Flynn, sent me an email asking what that thing was that looked like the Michelin man.  I had to look again.  It was the lamp post below.  And even up clos it looks like the Michelin Man Jackie!!

Cherry Tree blooms are pretty and pink on the tree
not on the sidewalk.  They stick you your shoes.  I wear New Balance 990 to walk.
 These pink blooms get into every nook and cranny.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Feline, Nature and Final Fiction

I have 3 celebrations today...get comfy!!

Today, April 30, 2021, is the first anniversary of my nephew Rocky's Gotcha Day.  Rocky his brudders and his peeps are currently in New Mexico. Today I celebrate Feline Friday in his Honor


I thank our hostess Comedy Plus

Dearest Auntie HiC

It’s hard to believe, today, April 30th is my Gotcha Day! 😻
This is the first picture Mom took of me, and she posted it on Facebook, hoping to find my owners.

 I think I’m a lucky kitty to have found my way to Mom, but she says she’s the lucky one. Life is good❣️❣️❣️

(The voice on video is from TikTok, not Mom. 😉)

And now I have a K9 brudder 

Now I have two furever homes: 
one stick and mortar one on wheels that we all travel in!!

Hugs from Rocky, your ginger nephew aka the 2nd luckiest kitty in the family...Kat is first MOL.

Dearest Rocky,

I cannot believe it has almost been a year...but then when I type that it seems like you have been in your furever home....furever!!

Lovingly your Auntie HiC


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On April 13, I received an email and photos from my dear friend Annette. I knew the very moment I saw the photos I would use them on Nature Friday.  Followed by Final (non) Fiction Friday

Hey!  During one of our visits with you, while living in Durham, we saw your beautiful ajuga growing next to your sidewalk.  We have been growing it ever since we moved to our home in Richmond.   It is doing well!!

Look at our funny bluebird box!  

Our precious little bluebirds have hatched, and mama and daddy are busy getting worms for them!  I am thrilled! No hummingbirds yet! Love Annette

My email reply: Ohhhhh your ajuga is gorgeous and standing tall and proudly showing off its colors!  Ajuga is such an adaptable and reliable plant.
That is an adorable bluebird house.  Mrs. BB had to have been very impressed with the real estate Mr. BB found for her.
We see the male ruby throated usually early morn an just before dark.  Next time I see him I’ll be sure to tell him to send his buddies your way
Love Cecilia


Final (non) Fiction Friday.

Click here to visit YAM-s FFF

The Story of US.

Annette and I have been friends for 60 years. We met in 9th grade.  We  have shared many special Moments over the years Annette and I have million things in common, especially our love of bluebirds and hummingbirds.
Each year in mid March we began
our annual Hummingbird watch.  As soon as either of us see one we send each other an email that reads, "it is time to do our Happy Hummingbird Dance."💃  Last week April 9th, 2021 I had my first hummingbird sighting. 
This beautiful humming bird bench is located at Louis Ginter Botanical Gardens we visited with Annette and her husband in 2014. 

It isn't often, at our age, to have a friend who knew each other's parents.
I have two such friends.  Annette is one of them.

Now for a short story from our 16th year
Annette is one month other than I am; however, I got my driver's license first.
After several months of extra practice of driving with my Daddy, our parents agreed that Annette and I could take our first solo outing together.  She made us supper at her house (delicious meatloaf, veggies and biscuits)  then we were going to a movie.
   We had just pulled off her street onto a main street.
All of a sudden, around the corner came a fire truck with the sirens screaming and the lights blinking.  She asked: what do we do, I said, we have to pull over.  This scenario was not one my Daddy and I had practiced. However, I successfully moved to the curb without scraping the tires or jumping the curb and neither one of us fainted from fright. It scared about 10 years off our lives. 

On Monday, April 26th, Annette called to tell me she and Steve were coming to N.C. to see her sister.  She asked if it would be convenient for they to come by to see US.  I said Absolutely!!!!  At the time I wrote the above short story for FFF I had no idea I'd be seeing my precious friend this week.