Caturday Saturday

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and Ten Things of Thankful.

This is Phoebe on a low branch in a crab apple tree, I used ribbet to add the daisy frame. I think it matches her dress nicely.

Here are my Thankfuls-

  1. Great health insurance that allowed me to see my primary care, allergist and podiatrist this week.
  2. Getting to see a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis ( I had never seen this before) .

3. Being able to buy bobbins for my sewing machine that are already threaded, I could never figure out how to thread them using my machine even with an instructional dvd and manual.

4.Having the luxury of staying home with my cats  almost all the time.

5. Harvest of green beans and yellow ones too that I was able to freeze for winter.

6.A visit to St. Anne’s Shrine with my mom. I was able to restock my supply of St. Christopher medals, I like to give them to people that are going to be traveling. I recently gave my last one too my friend’s daughter who was headed to Jerusalem for 5 months to study dance.

7. Breakfast at our favorite diner with my hubby on Monday ( yummy blueberry pancakes).

8. spending time with my great-niece who cracks me up constantly.

9.No vet trips this week.

10. Phoebe eating well ( knock on wood, 3 times) and thanks to God too, this means more to me than anything else right now.

Phoebe will announce the winner of the coloring book tomorrow.

There is still time to enter, just comment on Thursday’s post.

 

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and Ten Things of Thankful too.

My art this week is my finished book apples.

  I ended up making 17, most are going to be centerpieces at the senior center’s birthday party then they will be given away. I ended up giving them all a worm 🙂

  I also started playing with buttons again. Can you tell what this is? It is a gift for my friend’s daughter. I have so many buttons and I am out of ideas. I have made cats, pumpkins, ghosts, skulls, a TARDIS, a shark,  and an elephant. Any ideas of something else I can make?

Here are my Ten Things of Thankful:

  1. Phoebe eating well all week ( knock on wood, 3 times)
  2. Coffee with a friend on Labor Day
  3. voice activated remote control with the cable
  4. new improved cable boxes ( for same price)
  5. time to do some art projects
  6. my great-niece, not even 2, enjoys looking at the IKEA catalog
  7. my niece and her husband celebrated their 4 yr. wedding anniversary
  8. Phoebe getting a surprise package in the mail
  9. winning a cat coloring book from Sweet Purrfections
  10. winning a necklace from Cat Chat with Caren and Cody, it will be made using ashes of my 5 angel kitties.

We are praying for all of you that live in the path of Irma. Be safe.

Ten Things of Thankful

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and Ten Things of Thankful.

   I made this on Photofunia to motivate myself to get back to decluttering this weekend. I was doing so well until July then I started bringing more items in then taking out. I blame the book sales, but also my IKEA trip and my birthday.

Here are my 10 Thankfuls

  1. Being able to call the vet in the morning and get an appointment that day.
  2. Our walks with Phoebe and seeing how much she enjoys exploring.
  3. Sweater weather.
  4. My great-niece is 1 yr. and 10 months old and knows her colors.
  5. Getting to spend time with my Mom, we went shopping and to lunch on Thursday and I brought her and my great-niece lunch on Tuesday and Friday.
  6. Thankful that there was no email when I was in college because I still have several letters from my great aunt who passed away at the end of my freshman year in college. It is nice to read them and still feel that love.
  7. Thankful that I got to go to college and get the dorm experience.
  8. Thankful my niece went to college and I got to help her move in and move out which gave me the parental view.
  9. Zucchini still coming in ( we have a 2nd planting so we will have it through September).
  10. Free Kindle books-Today only ( Saturday 9/2) you can get The Chattere Trilogy by Jeanne Foguth. It is a great Science Fiction collection for teens and adults. I wrote a review last year for Star Bridge, the first book in the series. To read my review, click here.

To go to Amazon for your free copy, click here.

Joanie sends thanks to all who complimented her acting in The Codd Mother. She is hoping to win an Acatemy Award.

Is It Too Early For Apples?

Hi everyone! Mom has been destroying books again! Do you remember last year she made pumpkins? If not, click here.

  I didn’t want to get too close, that spray paint smells.

  Here are some of the finished apples, if you look close, you will see a worm in one of them.

All you do is take the cover off an old paperback, cut an apple shape out of the book. Then you fold the book back and glue the spine. You can also add drops of glue at the top of each page ( mom didn’t, she is lazy). Some of the books ended up with built-in stems that she painted green ( I think she should have painted them brown). And others, she added a piece of a pussy willow branch. Then she added ribbons and a worm in one 🙂

She is going to donate these to the senior center to put on tables at their monthly birthday dinner then they can give them away, but she said I could take one for a giveaway.

  I am having a giveaway of this book apple and this beautiful apple print catnip mat. Just leave a comment on today’s post before Wednesday 9PM (EST). I will announce the winner on Thursday. Feel free to tell me how beautiful I am, I don’t mind.

We are joining Create-with-Joy’s Inspire me Monday Blog Hop ( Yes, I know it is Tuesday). There are almost 200 links on this hop with lots of crafts and recipes.

PS: I hope Grammie visits me soon, I love her so very much.

 

 

Ten Things of Thankful

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop, #PMT photohunt @tonkstail and Ten Things of Thankful.

  Phoebe is exploring the prickly pear cactus.I used ribbet to add a polaroid frame. Her Dad is holding her back so she won’t get pickers. It amazes me that these survive New England winters. The PMT photohunt word of the week is prickly.

Here are my ten thankfuls-

  1. I am beyond thankful for the change in Phoebe from last week to this week.
  2. Thankful for everyone’s purrs and prayers for Phoebe
  3. For no trips to the vet this week.
  4. For cooler weather- I am actually chilly and it feels wonderful.
  5. No plans for the weekend so I will have more time to read.
  6. Joanne’s fabric, so many great fabrics and good prices.
  7. Thankful I got to go out for the day with my Mom .
  8. Thankful my hubby takes good care of the kitties when I go out and gives me an update when I call at noon.
  9. Another successful batch of blueberry ice cream-it is so good.
  10. Thankful for everyone who reads my posts. I appreciate all of you.

 

 

Phoebe’s Press Conference

Hi everyone! We want to give you all an update on Phoebe’s health. She gave me quite a scare this week by not eating. She was diagnosed with stage 2 kidney disease about 6 months ago and we have been monitoring her. The vet didn’t want to do fluids at home because of her heart murmur. She gets a vitamin B12 shot and an anti-nausea shot every 2 weeks. She eats pretty good for a while after that, but when she doesn’t eat, she doesn’t have much to work with and is currently 5 lbs. 5 ounces, when she was checked 2 weeks ago, she was 5 lbs. 10 ounces- you see where this is heading if she keeps refusing to eat. ( I have tried baby food, people food, etc. )

She now has an anti-nausea pill daily and the mertazapine for appetite which she will get every 3 days. I was disappointed yesterday that she didn’t perk up more after fluids ( she was very dehydrated). We are trying not to run our central air as often because I think it makes her dehydrate even faster than she would without it.

The vet called today with blood work results and her kidney values are not much different than 6 weeks ago. Her white blood count is up so we are waiting on a urine test and should know  Monday if there is an infection. If not, we need to find the cause of that.

We just want to let everyone know what is going on and ask for purrs and prayers. I won’t give up on her until she lets me know she has given up. And she really wants to have another Festivus party in December and dress up for Halloween in a couple’s costume with her purrince.

She is ready to take any questions you may have. We made this press conference photo on photofunia back in 2015.We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and are very happy it is back on this week.

We are also joining Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. Here are my thankfuls-

  1. Mertazapine, a miracle pill for cats.
  2. I am thankful for the 14 years I have had with Phoebe
  3. and for every day I get with her.
  4. Joanie’s biopsy was benign. 🙂
  5. My trip to Ikea last week- I got the stuffed mice for the cats
  6. and the black cat curtains I have been wanting for over a year, glad they still carry them.
  7. Thankful that our Angel Spooky’s story is included in Black Cats Tell All.
  8. Thankful my Mom and I were able to go for pedicures Wednesday despite my bad toe which is much better.
  9. The blueberry ice cream I made came out great
  10. Friends that came over to visit and test my ice cream.

Art and Ten Things of Thankful

Hi everyone! I am joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and the Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop.

I realize my art is awful this week, but it is not done yet. I am so eager to tell you about this that I couldn’t wait to finish. I signed up for The Kindness Rocks Project and these are the rocks I am painting. It is such a wonderful idea. You paint rocks with messages and cute pictures, you also write #kindness rocks project on the back and coat them with a clear coating. Then you place them somewhere for someone to find. Imagine having a bad day and looking down to see a rock that says “hope” or “faith”. They want everyone who does this to sign up so there doesn’t end up being a whole pile of rocks in one place, that would take away the fun. If you are interested, click here.

I will show you mine when I complete them.

Now for my thankfuls:

  1. I am thankful for a hubby that drags me outside to appreciate things like this rainbow:

2. For my Mom being willing to cat sit when the hubby and I got somewhere for a few hours. Otherwise, I would be filled with anxiety worrying about them.

3. The cute way my great- niece said couscous when I brought her some for lunch .

4. A new Ikea catalog in the mail.

5. For kind people in the world that come up with idea like The Kindness Rocks project.

6. More blueberries, zucchini and string beans from the garden.

7. Emmy getting on the bed during the night for a little affection ( even if it is about 3 AM) .

8. Figuring out how to start a free blog for Phoebe and her friend Kali, The Crotchety Cougars. Click here to visit

9. For Kali’s Mom doing all the photo editing for the cougars and writing the first post.

10. A nice night to watch for meteors earlier this week. I didn’t see any, but my hubby did before I went out.

 

Ten Things of Thankful

Hi everyone! Today we are joining Athena’s Caturday Art and Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hops.

I decided to use Be Funky and added a grunge frame to Emmy’s photo. She is a sweet kitty, she is not a lap cat, but she does come near us for affection.

Here are my Ten Things of Thankful

  1. I am thankful for all my birthday wishes on the 23rd, including over 200 of them on Facebook.
  2. Got to go to a book sale with my hubby and then out to our favorite diner for blueberry pancakes.
  3. At the book sale, I scored an Amelia Bedelia book I didn’t have for only 50 cents. My Mom and I collect them and will read them to the great one eventually.
  4. Also scored some books I had never heard of that look interesting. I love going to book sales and finding older books I didn’t know existed.
  5. I attended a healing mass at a local shrine with my Mom and sister.
  6. Got to spend lots of quality time with my cats this week.
  7. Was much cooler this week and less humid.
  8. Homemade pickles I made taste great.
  9. More fresh from the patch blueberries, enough to freeze some.
  10. I am now 48 and have no aches or pains despite needing to lose a lot of weight. I know some people have arthritis and all sorts of pains at my age.

Thankful Caturday

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and The Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop too.

I added a frame to Emmy’s photo. KaTwo loaned her this hat, she wants to know how she looks?

And for #PMT photohunt @tonkstail “Opposite”

The opposite of on is off- this is one of Phoebe’s bloopers from the 4th of July.

Now for my ten thankfuls

  1. My sister and the great one had an ice cream party for my Mom and I, it was a lot of fun.
  2. We won a great prize package that came this week (we will tell you about it in another post).
  3. I won a book on Goodreads a month ago and it finally came in.
  4. Fresh blueberries which make fantastic muffins.
  5. Spending  Wednesday and Friday with my Mom.
  6. I am thankful my hubby and I are home together almost always ( even if he is out in the garden a lot of the time).
  7. Garden fresh celery ( once you try it grocery store one will not taste right).
  8. Central air conditioning- very necessary lately.
  9. Allergy shots, they seem to be working.
  10. All of you who read these posts.

And the winner of the Kitty Kick Stick is Brian and his family at Brian’s Home. Congratulations! We can’t wait to see some photos of you bunny kicking the stick.

 

 

 

 

Ten Things of Thankful

Hi everyone! Phoebe thanks you all for the Gotcha Day wishes yesterday. We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. I used Lunapic’s VanGogh effect on Phoebe’s photo to create this work of art.

I am also joining Ten Things of Thankful’s Blog Hop too. And here are my 10 thankfuls for the week.

  1. I am thankful for the past 14 years with sweet Phoebe, she is truly the sweetest.
  2. I found big containers of Party Mix on clearance for $3.99 ( they are good until 2018).
  3. For calming collars- without them My Sammy would go after poor Brody constantly.
  4. The first blueberries of the season from the garden.
  5. The weather cooled off today, the high was only 64 degrees- wonderful 🙂
  6. I got to see my great-niece 3 days this week.
  7. My great-niece is picking up words faster by the day.
  8. My hubby is a wonderful cat Daddy and caters to Phoebe’s every whim including drinks from the sink at all hours of the night.
  9. My niece getting back from her business trip safely ( I worry when loved ones need to go on airplanes).
  10. Naps.

To join in the thankful hop or to just see what others are thankful for click here.

PS: There is a badge for Ten Things of Thankful, but it won’t save for me. 🙁