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…..for this very important announcement.

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Actually, Mom already is the Crazy Cat Lady but we love her for that.  Steinbeck picked out this picture ‘cuz he wanted me to get in trouble.

I did not.  It’s just that there weren’t any really cute ginger pictures.  Someone needs to post more pictures of me!

Steinbeck, this post is not about you  This is about Mom and her birthday.  She’s even spending the day with us instead of going to that work place.

She’s been kind of interrupting my naps, but that’s OK.  Is she going to have catnip cake?

I don’t know.  Let’s tell the people what Mom did for her birthday over the weekend.

You mean when she left us home all alone with nobody to talk to?

Steinbeck, quit whining.  You know her brother was here to feed us and take care of us.

Oh yeah………..I forgot.

Mom’s trip to Alexandria, MN let her see and do some of her favorite things.

There were the flowers:

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Mom said all these flowers were in her girlfriend’s yard.  She thought they were so pretty.

Then she also got to see some dead buildings.  I still don’t know why she gets so fascinated with them.  It must be a human thing.  The only reason I might like a dead building is if there were mousies in there.

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Then there was shopping at Country Consignments.

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Mom said she had a great weekend even though she didn’t take us with her.

I’m kind of glad she didn’t ‘cuz I don’t like riding in the car.

Believe me, we ALL know that.  You sing so many songs of your people that you should go hoarse.

I am not a horse!!!!

Anyway………….

Happy Birthday, Mom!!!!

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Steinbeck, do you see what Mom is doing with our blog?

No…….I haven’t been watching her.  I’m trying to figure out if any of these windows will open enough so I can sneak outside.

Forget about sneaking outside.  Mom already told us we’re not going outside since she got home late tonight.  Now check out what she’s doing!!!!

Hemingway with Cookbook April 2010

I was trying to help Mom pick out something to make for supper.

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Oh Mom!!!!!!!!!!!  Don’t tell me you put that picture in the blog!!  The doctor’s office took that after they treated my ears.  I look awful.  I hate those helicopter ears.

Dishwashing Hemingway

I was cute…….even when I was in trouble.

Baby Steinbeck

This was the picture Mom first saw of me on the Humane Society site.  She knew she had to adopt me and I’m glad she did.

Hemingway and Ebony April 2010This was my “bestest” friend when I first started living with Mom.  Old Ebony was a kind old dog who helped show me the tricks of getting the best treats.  I miss Ebony.

Birthday Boy

This was me when I was first starting to learn about going outside.  I wasn’t very brave at first.

Well, we hope you all enjoyed the stroll down Memory Lane.  We’re going to go look for some of Mom’s baby pictures now so we can post them.  MOL!!!!

 

 

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Yep.  Here I am in jail.  Actually, I’m trapped between the two doors.   I don’t know why Mom did that.  I’m giving her the evil eye ‘cuz instead of letting me out, she’s got that flashy box thing out.  Stop it, Mom!!!

 

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Mom……that’s enough.  Hemingway is laughing at me.  Don’t you dare put these pictures on our blog.  I forbid it!!!

Note from the Mom:  I must admit that I laughed when I came back by the door again.  I had just gotten home from choir practice and of course the boys were right at the door to greet me.  I thought I got both of them out of the way, but after putting some stuff away, when I came back into the room, there was Steinbeck, between the doors.  Rather than let him out right away, I confess that I did go get the “flashy box”.  It was too priceless.  Here are some pictures of their outdoor fun this week.

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Hemingway, why are you staring at the dirt?

Because I can.

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Hemingway, why don’t you get up and practice your stalking like me?

Because I don’t want to.

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Hemingway, look at how pretty my tail looks in the grass.

So?

And Mom calls me Crabby Pants????

 

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Do do doodle dooo……..I think I’m going to “rebrand” myself as a lion.

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Steinbeck, what on earth are you doing now?  What’s this talk about rebranding?  Where did you hear that?

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Look……………this makes me look like a lion.  The rebranding worked!

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Well, I look like a jungle cat here and I didn’t have to go through any “rebranding” stuff.  I just sat out in the bushes.  I still have no idea what you’re talking about.

Don’t you ever listen to Mom?  She’s been talking about all the “rebranding” they’re doing at work.

Oh, do you mean when her company changed their name?

That’s it.

She did say she was getting confused when she answers the phone, but that happens all the time.  I don’t think she was talking about “rebranding” us, though.

Maybe not, but at least I’m ready!   RRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

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We’ve been having some lovely weather lately and Mom’s been letting us go outside with her.

She even found us some humongous, really big catnip leaves to enjoy.

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Actually, I was a little more interested in my food dish.  Mom interrupted my supper with the chance to go outside.  I ran out quickly to see if there was anything interesting.  Then I figured it was best for me to get back in the house so I could eat Steinbeck’s food.

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Hemingway……..you stay away from my food!  I planned on eating that later.  Notice that I have a very determined walk…….and a rather stern look on my face?  Hemingway……I mean it.  That food is mine.

It’s a good thing we both went back inside because before long we had visitors.  Our “cousins” all came over.

There was Stella the Goofy Newfie.

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Who me???

Then there was Static the old man.

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Who are you calling old???

Then there was this new guy they called Sunny.  Well, it might be Sonny.  Mom forgot to ask!

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Sure, I’m the new guy but I’m really cute and I have lots and lots of energy!

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Stella had to show that her black furs show off all the dirt……..just like Hemingway.

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Sunny likes to cuddle.

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And Stella likes to stick her tongue out.

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Steinbeck stayed hidden while our cousins were visiting, but I was curious so I went right to the door and looked out at Sunny.  He wanted me to come out and play but everyone said I had to stay in the house.  He’s real new and they didn’t want him scaring me.

So, our quiet evening got pretty rowdy and now we’re all ready to go to sleep.  Hey….our cousins didn’t get into our catnip, did they????

 

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Mom picked some fresh catnip for us.  She said she wanted to ask if she could use our blog tonight.

We told her she could use it whenever she wanted…….but the catnip was a wonderful treat.  I gobbled it down right away!

We also got some tuna water so it has been a wonderful night so far!

Well, here’s Mom……………(What do you mean I sound like Ed McMahon.  Who on earth is that?)

Steinbeck is too young to know Ed McMahon and I’m thinking some of their readers are also too young.  Anyway, that’s not who I want to write about.  I want you to meet my cousins.

This is Steve, Allison and their son, Mitch.  Allison’s mom, April, is my first cousin and we’ve stayed close over the years.Steve, Allison and MitchOver the weekend I got one of those dreaded calls from April.  She told me that Steve, Allison and Mitch had been in a car accident.  I couldn’t believe it.  They had been heading out to a special Wild West airsoft event. This is a family that has always loved being involved in reenactments and things like that.  It was going to be a time for Mitch and his best friend to have some fun.  Mitch has lots of medical issues and he wanted to go to this so desperately.  Needless to say, they all ended up in hospitals instead.

I posted a prayer request on Facebook and it seemed like it exploded.  I started getting comments from people all over the place.  My cousins have friends all over and everyone wanted to know what was happening.  I got a chance to text some of those people.  I made new friends.  I felt the power of prayer reaching my cousins and coming from all directions.

How can I explain how small the world really is?  Sometimes it just takes saying hi to someone and then it spreads.  We never know the connections we may have to others unless we open up and talk.  That’s what I think the younger generation (Does that mean I’m the older generation now???) misses out on.  They are glued to their cell phones.  They don’t write letters.  They don’t send cards.  They don’t look in a person’s eye.

Now, I was using social media over the weekend to ask for prayers, but then I went further and started up conversations and added new friends.  We may never meet, but we will remember that time in April 2019 when we were praying for my cousins.

I can thankfully report that my cousins are all out of the hospital and back home now.  They still have lots of recovery ahead of them and need prayers for strength and patience.  Mitch’s best friend, Mike, is still in the hospital and needs prayers for his injuries.  He had more severe injuries than the rest of them and it will be a long road to recovery.  Allison is a cancer survivor and I’m so proud of how she has marched forward.  This is an incredible family and I’m so thrilled that we are related.

Thanks for listening.  I better go get the boys some more catnip so they don’t try to take over the computer.  Have a beautiful week, everyone.

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We couldn’t wait for Mom to get home from that work place tonight.

We just had a feeling all three of us were going to go outside.

The birds were singing and the squirrels were running around in our yard.  They didn’t seem to care that we were coming outside to join them.

Here’s a little look at our exciting time tonight.

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Mom, you’ve got lots of work to do.  Where did all these leaves come from?  Did the snow grow them?

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Don’t worry, Mom.  I’ll help clean them up!  Just look at what a fine job I’m doing!!

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Mom says this is my “Hunter Boy” pose.  She said she loves it ‘cuz it shows off all the colors of my furs.

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This is what I did when Mom said we won’t be able to play outside tomorrow night ‘cuz it will be raining.  I wasn’t happy!

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When we came inside Mom turned our toy on for us.  The feather dances all over the place.  It just didn’t seem to have the fascination that all the sights and sounds outside had, though.

Well, we hope you enjoyed our adventure outside.  We also hope that “snow” stuff is gone for good now……..and so does Mom.

 

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Hemingway, I have a wonderful idea!  It will be great fun for a Saturday night when it’s still too cold to go outside.

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You do realize that you woke me up from my nap, don’t you?  What is this big idea you had.

Well, you know how all the silly humans were talking about the “snirt” that fell on us this past week?  At first I had no idea what they were talking about but Mom finally explained that “snirt” is snow-dirt.  Seems we got some dirt and sand all the way from Texas and New Mexico mixed in with our snow.

I heard about that when those weather people were talking.  I don’t know where Texas is but Mom says it’s a long ways away and we can’t go there.  I don’t know if I’m real happy about them sending their dirt to us, though.  Maybe we should send them our snow!

I know Mom would agree with that.  However, my idea for tonight is to come up with some other snow addition possibilities.  I’ll go first.

Snatnip = snow and catnip (I’m all in favor of that)

Ok, I get it.  Here’s another one.

Snocolate = snow and chocolate (Mom would love that)

Snake = snow and cake.  (I don’t think I like that one.)

Snickles = snow and pickles (that just sounds funny)

Snizza = snow and pizza (that sounds like someone’s sneezing)

Snowdered sugar = snow and powdered sugar

Snuppies = snow and puppies

Snittens = snow and kittens

You’re right, Steinbeck.  This was a fun thing to do on a cold Saturday night.  Thanks for coming up with the idea.  Now let’s go to sleep.

The Boys 2018

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………….and look what happens!!!!

BandW black yard

This is our black and white back yard.

Bandw front yard

And this is our black and white front yard.

I can't look

Here’s Mr. Outdoor Kitty saying that he can’t look!

frosted flower

Here’s a frosted flower.

frosted mirror

Here’s a frosted mirror.

Honeysuckle Frosting

Here’s honeysuckle frosting.

My deck is gone

Here’s me trying to figure out what happened to my deck

Not going out

And here’s me refusing to go out.

We’d show you a picture of Mom, but she has a really crabby face when she looks at that white stuff.  Those nasty weather people say it will keep dropping white stuff all night.

Where’s our catnip???

Mom said it’s safe ‘cuz it’s on the south side of the house.

Good!!!  Now I can go back to sleeping.

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After a rainy weekend, Mom wanted to be outside when she got home from work tonight so that meant we got to go outside, too!

imageedit_1_7395083386Here I am checking out this bush.  It’s supposed to have leaves on it but I don’t see any.

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And here I am trying to convince Hemingway that I AM outside….it just looks like I’m not.  I’m trying to warn him about the strange smells and sounds out there but obviously he’s not listening to me.

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Mom found some little flowers blooming on the other side of the fence.

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Now this flower is not real, but it’s one of her favorites.  It was made by a friend of hers.  She has lots of his stained glass things both inside and outside.  She tells us we can’t touch them.

And this picture is the very best:

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Mom found some catnip growing and she gave us some!  I was so happy that I even walked out on the deck.

I walked out on the deck before I knew anything about the catnip.  Guess who the brave one is???

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