My Mind's Eye

Remember your Angels are Watching

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


Hosted by LLB Gang

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.  


  1. Long time friendships are the best. The hummingbird link is so precious, And I totally understand the point about knowing each others' parents. It's wonderful that you got to meet up with Annette this week.
    Cheers, Gail.

  2. happy happy gotcha day Rocky!!! we love the story of the furst car ride with your friends... mine was scary too... ruined the CHG because I'm the only person of this world who can not drive an automatic car...

  3. Happy Gotcha Day, Rocky!
    It is nice to have such long time friends and especially to still be able to meet up.

  4. Hari Om
    Can it really be a year already, Rocky??? Crikey. So glad you are where you are.

    How arvellous that Annette and you could meet up, Miss C, and isn't serendipity a wonderful thing?!! YAM xx

  5. How wonderful that you have been friends for 50 years and they you get to visit with each other! Love the bluebird box and the ajuga! Happy Gotcha Day, Rocky!

  6. How great to have had a friend for that long! And to meet up with her soon as well. A big treat I think.

    I just love love love that bird house. Just love it!


  7. Happy Gotcha Day, Rocky! I am lucky to know how exciting and wonderful seeing a long time friend can be. I am so happy for you and Annette. First Hummingbird sightings are for sharing!

  8. Rocky, your Mom is indeed the lucky one :)
    I love the purple flowers and that bird house is just the funniest thing.
    Great bench. I know you love those hummingbirds.
    So happy that you got to visit with your long time friend. Very nice picture of you two.

    Happy weekend.

  9. Happy Gotcha Day to Rocky! You are so lucky to have such a special, long term relationship with your friend. How nice that you were able to see her when she visited recently.

  10. Happy Gotcha day to Rocky and to his family because they Got Him. Who could say no to that stray cat. and I did LOOK AT THE CAT ha ha.. i see cat number 3 on the window peeking in at them. cute.
    What a great surprise to get a visit from a lifelong friend. I have a friend from 9th grade to now, and the only life long friends are my first cousins. we moved around a lot. the flowers are gorgeous. I have never seen a humming bird

  11. How wonderful to see your longtime friend. That made me smile.

    I always enjoy hearing about your nephews. What a great Rocky story. So precious.

    ♫♪Happy Gotcha Day to you,♪♫
    ♫♪Happy Gotcha Day to you,♪♫
    ♫♪Happy Gotcha Day Dear Rocky,♪♫
    ♫♪Happy Gotcha Day to you!♪♫

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Big hug, honey. ♥

  12. Oh Rocky, you sure knew where to go for the good life. Happy Gotcha Day from all of us. Love those pretty flowers!

  13. Happy Gottcha Day Rocky! And what a wonderful post! Mom loved EVERYTHING! Thanks so much for sharing (especially about friends)and the kismet between your story and the visit is priceless!

  14. Happy Gotcha Day to Rocky - that was one very lucky day for him. We are still waiting to spot a hummer at our feeder:( And isn't it wonderful to have good friends even if we don't get to "see" them often - the best ones are always in our hearts.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  15. Happy Gotcha Day sweet Rocky! I am so glad you got to spend time with your friend. How nice you are still in touch after all these years. XO

  16. What a beautiful story today about you and your BFF, I admit, I did get a giggle out of it! I do hope you framed that spectacular picture of you both, the Spring greenery surrounding you is perfect!

    HAPPY GOTCHA DAY ROCKY!!!!! Let us know if your pawrents ever make it up to Way Northern California, we would love to camp with you all!!
    Rosy, Sunny, Arty & Jakey

  17. Awww Rocky aren't you the lucky one- so are all the members of your family too!

  18. Those were great photos of Rocky and I should say lucky Rocky!
    What a lovely story about your good friend!! I also have two life long friends who grew up together on the same street. My Mom is the only parent still living. She turned 90 this month.

  19. Oh my! Lots of celebrating for you this week....Rocky was one very lucky boy indeed to find his forever and to have such great adventures "on the road" now! I love the ajuga - I never see that in nurseries around here - what a beautiful plant and color. Then I must say that I found your story about your friend Annette and you knowing each other for so many years just plain wonderful. I have CURRENT friends that I feel like I've known forever but none that go back to childhood with me. Lucky you to have each other and to visit and stay in touch for so many years. LIFE IS GOOD!!

    Hugs, Pam

  20. What wonderful stories ! Purrs to you and your frien d and to Rocky on his special day !

  21. Happy Gotcha Day to Rocky. It really doesn't seem like a year.
    I have one very special friend who knew my Mom and I know her folks. But she lives 600 mile away...

  22. I just got here! I am grinning from ear to ear about you and your friend. How wonderful. I haven't heard from any of my closest friends in ages. We moved around so much and were over seas so much, we none of us connected.


Please leave a meow or bark for Angel Madi...her assistant (aka Mom) will respond in a timely fashion. =^..^=
Life is short, spend it with those who make you laugh
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” (Leo F. Buscaglia)
Cecilia and Angel Madi