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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Wordless (almost) Wednesday

  

Thanks to our 

Hostess Sandee at Comedy Plus 


This is photo was taken in the lobby of Healthtrax a fitness club we recently joined.

I wanted to touch the rocks to see if the were real; however, that would not have been HEALTHY!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Happy Tuesday

 

Thank you to our 

 Hostess Sandee at Comedy Plus 

Seen on an early morning walk. I have my camera and my phone when I walk.  I might need a ruler too



This yard art made me smile




Monday, October 3, 2022

Awww Monday and Sparks from my Nephews


 Thank you to our   

Host Comedy Plus 

My precious nephews, Kat, Pup and Rocky sent me this email and adorable video:

Mom believes all furbabies are the best anti-depressant❣️
It’s been a rough week for our friends in Florida & along the SE Atlantic coast. You’ve been in our thoughts & prayers. 🙏
Hope this makes everyone smile!😻

Sound up please
and
watch for the smack down



❤️ Kat, Pup,  & Rocky 

 Mom says this purrr-fect. 



When I’m feeling 

low all I have to do is watch my cats 

and my courage returns. 

Charles Bukowski


Mom wants to find this print for the 
powder room. Isn’t it great?😹
I love the print, if mom finds it please ask her to sent me the link. Sis and BIL of Angel Madi would love it.



Dearest Kat, Pup and Rocky

MOL MOL MOL don't touch me and that voice is hilarious!!!
You were successful.  Auntie HiC giggled and smile great big Cheshire cat smiles.   
I love the verse and you kind words for the stressful few days too. 
Lovingly your devoted Auntie HiC

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Serene Sunday

 Outside garden at Cedar Creek Gallery

This lovely urn would have looked BEAUTIFUL on our porch.  But it was heavy in weight and dollars


You know me and pops of color these were calling my name.


We bought two glass pumpkins



Saturday, October 1, 2022

National Black dog day and Symmetry Saturday, Snickers

 Hosted By Benji and Hailey




Some of the pretty glassware we saw in early September.


Two fun tee shirts I saw while on my mini vacation in Mid September.
Symmetrical Snicker
 You might have to read it twice to 'get it'!






Friday, September 30, 2022

Feline, Nature and Final Fiction Friday

 UPDATE on MadSnapper aka Sandra, Bob and Beau.  I had short message she sent from her cell. 

"No internet no phone no TV. Cell is so frustrating to type it was horrible
Our cars are trapped in garage  door blew in we had 70 mph  sustained wind, gust 100 mph
Most scared I have ever been in storm. Fence down part way,  part of avocado fell smaller one on roof, large missed our home.  To hard to type on cell, more  later,  garage door man comes on Friday."  

 Nature Friday host LLB Gang  and Feline Friday  host Comedy Plus

My Nature Friday is my story

Flash back with a rare occurence

Madi in my lap
 MY FRONT HALF IN  MOM'S LAp my tush is on the arm of the chair.

Our Hostess with the mostest

 Wild YAM sent us a new and very pretty badge for FFF
click here to visit Wild YAM



Title  
Jiminy Cricket and the Sleeping Baby

For the first few months of her life, our daughter had her days and nights reversed.
No matter how I switched up her daily routine she slept thru all my efforts to keep her awake during the day.  This continued 'til until she was about three months old.  All of a sudden she was awake more during the day and was sleeping thru the night after her 10 pm snack.
One night around midnight, I was awakened by a steady chirp that was getting louder.  I quietly walked around trying to locate the noise. 

I located the cricket in the hall linen closet hiding in a corner.  The linen closet was in a very small foyer between our bedroom and our sleeping daughter's bedroom.  There was no way I was going to get near it. 
(I DO NOT LIKE BUGS...especially ones that are fast and jump.~~~
Like CRICKETS**)

My plan was to put something oh top of the cricket to muffle the sound.  I got a glass from the kitchen, slowly opened the linen closet door and OMC(rickets) Jiminy escaped his hiding place almost jumping on me.
Now I am on all fours crawling after the cricket each time I tried to confine him he jumped.  All of a sudden I heard a snicker from behind.  My husband had been watching me.  He said I put on quite a show too.
He did catch Jiminy and thankfully our daughter's peaceful sleep was not disturbed.  

PS this blog was all crazy this morning hopefully I have corrected it. Might have been Jiminy haunting me.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday #88

  Today is Poetic Thursday hosted by our pals Teddy and Angel Sammy 

at Two Spoiled Cats


Today's photo prompt is


Somebuddy did not listen 
They never brushed or floss their teeth
Their pearly whites are mocha
like coffee.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Wednesday Woofs from Pup

 

Thanks to our 

Hostess Sandee at Comedy Plus 

 The felines of the family got a new scratching post.
Kat believes we can’t see him, and Rocky calls it his throne.




While Mom was cutting grass, I discovered some fresh deer 💩 in the yard. Of course, I did what any respectable pup would do; rolled in it! I got a bath, but rolling in 💩was worth it! Teeheehee!
I had to sit on the front porch until I dried.



Enjoy the video of Rocky, King of the Throne. Notice, I now have to bow as I walk by & call him “Your Majesty”!
volume up please


❤️ Pup

MOL MOL BOL LOL
I love the new cave/throne!  
Rocket-man made a grand leap, living up to his name.
DID YOU HEAR UNCLE AND I GIGGLING AT THE VIDEO!  
As for a roll in da poop…that is better than eating it…I say this from 2 states away.  
Thank you x 300 for this wonderful and entertaining email
Lovingly auntie HiC and  uncle B

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Happy Tasty Tuesday Best Sandwiches

Thank you to our 

 Hostess Sandee at Comedy Plus 

On September 12th I asked if
any of you would like to know the best sandwich in your state?
My recent issue of Reader's Digest had an article:
The Best Sandwich in Every State.

 I don't know people from all 50 states.   In your comment, tell me the state you live in or if from another country, pick a state. Over the next few weeks I'll be preparing a post about the Sandwiches.  I thank you in advance if you participate.  *indicates no one selected  this state

1.Alabama:  *Chicken and white sauce

2. Alaska:  Jackie from United Kingdom, Salmon Salad
The Last Frontier is also one of teh last places where Wild salmon thrive, and Alaskans turn their surplus into aa sandwich spread by mixing it with mayo, celery and onion and layering crunching cucumber on top

3.Arizona: * Fried Bread Tacos

4.Arkansas: *Catfish po'boy

5.California: Sandee from Comedy Plus, French Dip
Two Los Angeles eateries, Phillipe's and Cole's, each claim to be the birthplace of this baguette sandwich with rost beef.  The whole shebang then gets dunked in the beef's jus (French for gravy). Turtle lover is from CA but doesn't like this sandwich

6.Colorado: Nobby/Gail from Scotland, Fool's Gold
Peanut Butter, blueberry jam and a pound of yes a whole pound of bacon.  Dreamed up in Denver and served on sourdough, this variation on the classic had one very famous fan: Elvis Presley.
They are also considering moving to Colorado, Missouri or Utah 

7.Connecticut:  Molly the Airedale and Mom Sue, Clam Roll
Fresh clams collected along the Connecticut coast star in several New England dishes.  Frying them up for a sandwich with a splash of tartat sauce might just be the simplest.

8.Delware: * The Bobbie

9.Florida:  MadSnapper, The Cuban
This variation of the ham and cheese sandwich(with roast pork, ham Swiss Cheese, pickles, mustard and sometimes salami,) is often associated with working-class Cuban immigrants.  It was actually considered a luxury item pre-WWII.  A 1919 advertisement told wealthy Tampa residents that the Cuban made a great accessory for their evening drive.

10.Georgia:  Aunty YAM, from Scotland is vegetarian she would,  Pimento CheeseCombine pimento peppers, cheddar cheese, and mayo to make this tangy orange spread served on white bread. Aunty would have to use whole wheat

11.Hawaii *Kalua Pork

12.Idaho Huckleberry PB&J received 3 votes for 2nd choice from Nobby, Aunty Yam and Turtle lover she is from CA.  Wild huckleberries are treated like jewels in this Gem state.  Their taste is similar to blueberries but more intense. Their jam is what Idahoans reach for when assembling a classic PB&J.

13-20
Illinois *Italiah beef
Indiana*Pork tenderloin
Iowa*Maid Rite
Kansas*Bierocks
Kentucky*Hot Brown
Louisiana*Muffuletta
Maine* Lobster roll
Maryland*Crab Cakes

21.Massachusetts:  Ruby Rose and Ellen, Fluffernutter
Both Fluff, the marshmallow spread, and the sandwich it stars in were created in the Bay State.  Leila Mercer of Hudson, Massachusetts, says "in the 1960's I think every child in New England could sing the jingle ("First you spread, spread, spread your bread with peanut butter.  Add marshmallow Fluff and have a Fluffernutter.")

22.Michigan *Meat Pasty

23.Minnesota:  My GBGV Life,  said I bet it is a Juicy Lucy.   Walleye.
people fry up this freshwater fish all over the Land of 10,000 Lakes.  Crisp lettuce, tangy tartar sauce and lemon wedges and a cold beer are optional accoutrements
AND Minneapolis has its Juicy Lucy (a cheeseburger with the cheese inside the meat patty instead of on top).

24.Mississippi:   Ramona, Slugburger  Said she'd be surprised if it was not Catfish. Surprise it is not.  Don't let the name fool you.  A 'slug' was once slang for a nickel, which is what these burgers originally cost. Patties consist of partly or entirely) of extenders such as flour or beans, dating back to a Depression-era when there was a need to stretch limited supplies of ground beef .The town of Corinth has hosted an annual festival honoring this pioneer of protein substitutes since 1988.

25.Missouri: Mama Kat and her Bear and Pix are both from Missouri. Burnt ends
The fattier edge pieces of beef brisket used to be trimmed of --until Kansas City cooks realized they were the tastiest parts.  As the name suggests, burnt ends get smoked to a crisp.  Then they are cut into chunks dribbled with BBQ sauce and tossed on a brioche bun with a pickles red onions.

26-30
Montana *Pork Chop
Nebraska*Runza
Nevada*Patty Melt
New Hampshire*Moe's Original
New Jersey*Pork Roll

31.New Mexico:  Rosy, Sunny, Jakey and Staff.  Green chile cheesburger
Green chile is practically synonymous with New Mexican cuisine, so much so
so that the pepper is also called New Mexico's green chile.  So it is no surprise that you'll find it topping burgers all along the state's Green Chile Cheeseburger trail 

32.New York:  Millie and Walter and Staff.  Pastrami on rye
Seeded rye bread and spicy brown mustard meet pastrami piled so high it can slow down even fast talking New Yorkers.

33.North Carolina:  Cecilia and Bryan, My Mind's Eye;  Pulled pork with vinegar and pepper.
Tar Heels (nick name for NC residents) assert that their state is the birth place of BBQ (much to the annoyance of their Carolinian cousins to the South) and they stay true to their original BBQ recipe by basting their pork with thick vinegar sauce and seasoned with red Peppers!!!!  We 200% agree with this.

34-39
North Dakota*Hot Beef 
Ohio*Polish boy
Oklahoma*Chicken Steak
Pennsylvania*Cheesesteak
Oregon*Bahn mi
Rhode Island*Hot Weiner

40.South Carolina Brian, Kiki, Seal, Simon and Staff  Pulled Pork with mustard sauce
As opposed to their neighbors to the North, S. Carolinians use mustard in their BBQ sauce.  "Carolina Gold" as they call it has a tangy, mildly sweet flavor that pairs well with pork.

41-42
South Dakota*Pheasant salad
Tennessee*Hot Chicken

43.Texas:  Hootin' Anni.  Beef Brisket
Juicy slow- smoked brisket often cured with coffee and served with pickles, chees or jalapenos--satisfies even Lone Star-size appetites.

44.Utah: 2nd choice for Nobby and Gail, Pastrami burger
After Crown Burgers of Salt Lake City started using deli meat as a burger topping, the craze quickly caught on.  Burger joints throughout the state now offer pastrami burgers usually with melted Swiss cheese and Utah's famous fry sauce (a mixture of ketchup and mayo)

45.Vermont *Vermonter

46.Virginia:  Pam from One spoiled Cat aka Teddy: Country Ham Biscuits
A Commonwealth staple since the Colonial era.  Virginia ham pairs perfectly with a buttermilk biscuit and a smear of mustard, if you like.

47-50
Washington*Smoked Salmon
West Virginia*Pepperoni rols
Wisconsin*Beer Brat
Wyoming*Bison burger


Da Phenny and Da Nelly and staff did not select a state but they were very excited to see the list and hopefully a recipe.  Sorry Da Phenny and Da Nelly no recipes were included.

If you would like to see the entire list of 50 state sandwiches and pictures, 

click HERE *

PS you might have to click one more time on the top link on the *page.


Monday, September 26, 2022

Awww Monday Spark and FFF Reminder

  


 Thank you to our   

Host Comedy Plus  

The loop of both leashes were around the table leg.  My first thought was I hope the hilarious scene from Marley and Me is not re-enacted.

If any one saw the movie Marley and Me or read the book, you will know what I mean.  If not, Marley was a Goofy yellow Lab.  His owner 'secured'  his leash like this in the movie.  Lo and behold a sassy French Poodle comes sashaying right in front of Marley.  He and the table give chase.  It was hilarious in the book and even funny in person.  I was reading the book at lunch time in a café.  I laughed so hard I had to move to an outside table to keep from disturbing the entire café.



While on our mini vacation we visited a shop with so many fun t-shirts
here is one.


Breaking news 

Tomorrow, Tuesday September 27 I will post the names of sandwiches you all selected from my September 12th post.

Reminder



Sunday, September 25, 2022

Serene Sparta Sunday

 Sparta is such a quaint mountain town.  We strolled around with the mountains in the back ground.  Kinda surprised to find only a few of cafes/restaurants only open Wednesday thru Saturday.  Of course summer tourist season is over. 


They are all probably resting up for Fall Foliage seasons when the streets with be flooded with cars full of leaf peepers. 


Then winter skiing.  The A on the water tower is for Appalachian.
Riding up the mountain from our friend's home we noticed many of the Overlooks didn't have the views they normally have.  Our friends told us the Park Service was very short staff not enough workers to keep the trees trimmed.  It was still a beautiful view and a gorgeous day.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Nature and Feline Friday

  Nature Friday host LLB Gang  and Feline Friday  host Comedy Plus

 

Few more mini vacation photos


While walking around downtown Sparta, NC on September 13

What Sparta, NC, is known for

Sparta is a small town in the mountains of North Carolina population 1,700. It’s known for being “miles away” from other cities in NC but also close enough to other towns when you need to get away for a short time. Sparta is located in the heart of Alleghany County, a county with nearly 11,155 residents. Named for Greek city of Sparta. It is very close to the border of the State of Virginia

Raleigh is 2 hr 56 min (174.2 mi) via I-40 West

Elevation of Sparta 2,927′

Raleigh is centrally located.  We can get to parts of our mountains or the coast in 2 to 3 hours.


Map from Raleigh to Sparta


Google View of sunrise in Sparta on 11/11/21

Aerial view of the sunrise over Sparta 11/11/2021

Photo I took looking toward the mountains
 



Larry the Lizard was out for a stroll nearby maybe he was shopping for Tooty Fruity 


I should have purchased this t shirt 
It is 100% true.



Thursday, September 22, 2022

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday #87

   Today is Poetic Thursday hosted by our pals Teddy and Angel Sammy 

at Two Spoiled Cats


Today's photo prompt is
Well believe it or not this photo left me speechless...but I had thoughts which I wrote using Sumo.

Serious body mass index
Unmovable
More fabric needed

Oh dear I can't unsee this 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Words on Wednesday: License plates

 

Thanks to our 

Hostess Sandee at Comedy Plus 

1951 Packard

It lives about 2 blocks from our house



I really don't have many plates, but I thought I'd post the ones I have. 

GIVTHK (I thank Joni in Canada)
SCUBAGAL Scuba gal
QUACKERS4
1WKD-WITCH, on wicked witch
LIBER8
NOTH!$ (not his)
BIGPICKUP

New Bronco (so happy Ford is manufacturing them again)
W!LDTRAK


MEASIM*
Me as I am
(*this was sent to me either by Katie Isabella or Janice my roving photo journalist) 

5PMSUMWR, 5 pm somewhere
EMULADY, I guess she raises Emus



Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Happy Tuesday: Kat's 4th Got'cha Day

Thank you to our 

 Hostess Sandee at Comedy Plus 

Dearest Auntie HiC,

 It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since I decided to let Mom rescue me. Today, September 20th, was the first day of the best days of the rest of my 9 lives!!


I played “hard to get” for a couple weeks. 😹 Mom was patient & persistent until I finally gave up the Stray Cat life and became an inside kitty.
Best decision I ever made❣️😻

I love my home & family.

Mom says you have always been a great Kitty Auntie❣️
❤️ Kat

Hope you enjoy my stray cat video mom put a ton of my very first photos to some Cat-a-tastic Stray cat music.


Dearest Nephew Auntie sends you a ton of love and today.
You were such a brave and smart kitty to find your way to the most loving home in all of Georgia
Lovingly Auntie HiC