Memorial Day !

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Hello Everybody……………….today is the day we remember all those who have fought for our country in the military or in any other capacity to make us the “land of the free”.    Before I bring on the Memorial Day Picnic goodies (of course I have food!), I want to take a minute to  remember my Grandpa………….my Mom’s Dad was a career Air Force officer and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.   My Mom has the flag that draped his casket and keeps it in her studio in a case so it stays beautiful forever.

Grandad's Flag

Mom With Her Dad In His Uniform

This is my Grandpa two years before he went to the Bridge, escorting my Mom down the aisle when she married my Dad!

My Mom wrote this poem in memory of her Dad several years after he passed away……………

IF I COULD HAVE KNOWN

Pamela June Kimmell

Time has softened the razored edge of loss

His final breath is no longer my first memory

I can see things now that I couldn’t see then

For I was young and always right

Now I appreciate the words of wisdom he spoke

For what they really were…..

A Father’s hope for his daughter’s happiness.

We hope all of you have a special day of memories and love – and however you choose to acknowledge or celebrate it,  remember the reason for the holiday!

NOW – on to my Memorial Day Picnic/Party!!!!

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Now if you want to continue with some fun – head over to my friends Raz from Friends Furever AND Gracie from Goodness Gracie – because THEY have even MORE Memorial Day fun in their blogs!!!!    Just click the posters for each blog and ENJOY YOUR DAY!

MEMORIALDAYBLOGRAZ    MEMORIALDAYBLOGGRACIE

Me, Allie, Gracie, Raz

Me, Allie, Gracie, Raz

See you all tomorrow for TUESDAY TEASER!!!!!!!

Hugs, Sammy

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  1. That poem is wonderful and I so agree… and today I understand that our dad’s always were there to protect us and to help us to live a life full of happiness… Have a good Memorial Day, enjoy the food and the time with friends and please ask for a doggie bag for me :o)

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    • Hi Easy! I’ll mail you a doggy bag full of food (I wonder what the mailman will think of that!!!!)….hahaha….how about instead of me sending food, I just think of you while I’m munching away at the picnic today? You’re right – we’re all SUPER lucky that so many were willing to fight for their country and make the world a better place……my Grandpa was SO proud to have a career in the military – I guess Cat Scouts is my contribution????

      Love, Sammy

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      • Sammy I’m afraid the postman will call the pawlice when the doggie bag arrives… it probably smells like crime after that 87 years La Poste will need :o) I’m sure your Grandpa would be proud of the Cat Scout Sammy… and he would smile while reading about your adventures :o) (and he probably would laugh at our wild guesses at your tuesday teasers lol)

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        • Oh Easy I think you’re right – the pawlice would think I’d mailed a body part that went bad!!!! EEEEK!!!! Well never mind about that……trust me though – it sure tastes GOOD! I like to think of my Grandpa watching me and Mom have fun at Cat Scouts and with our lives PERIOD. My Grandpa knew some of my Mom’s other cats in life but didn’t get to meet me……I think I would have liked him! See you in the morning for Teaser!

          Hugs, Sammy

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    • I’m sure you’re super proud of your grandpa and uncle Cupcake………….it’s a day to remember all they did to make our world a better place! Have a super duper day!

      Love, Sammy

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  2. OH, Sammy and Mom, I have tears reading your poem regarding your daddy. I understand the heartbreak when he passed. I still miss my dad so much. Now, I am coming for some of that roasted corn on Memorial Day! Mommy can’t have any! She’s not a kitty!! xxooxx

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  3. Your Mom’s poem is lovely. Funny how we see things differently as we get older.
    I’m sure your Grandpa is very proud of your achievements as a Cat Scout.

    The picnic bash if fantastic…we’ve got loads of food too….come on over.

    The Florida Furkids

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    • Hi Raz! I stopped by your place – YUM!!! It’s quite a nice picnic at Scouts too – thanks so much for your help my dear friend. I will miss you when your humans are out and about……truly I will.

      Love, Sammy

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    • Hi Miss Pix! I hope you and CH are having a quiet and cheeseburger-filled Memorial Day holiday……….my Mom and Dad are cooking out tonight but not cheeseburgers (sadly) – they’re having what Mom calls “WIBS” (hahaha). Some nice BBQ pork ribs and corn on the cob. I’ll watch from afar. Ribs are not my “thing”….now if you wrapped those babies up in bacon – MAYBE!

      Love, Sammy

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      • WIBS! We have had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday and know you have too! Tonight, after all the FOOD, we had chili mac… Steak and Shake style. CH would do almost anything for those WIBS you are having! Hugs and scritches to you Sammy! Is it Fall yet?

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        • Oh man I have a feeling I’m gonna wish it was FALL by the time this week is over! It’s gonna be in the 90s all week – eek. The WIBS were FABUWOUS (haha) so says Mom. I’m glad you and CH had a good Memorial Day too!! Onward to the Teaser this morning…………tee hee

          Hugs, Sammy

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  4. PAM WHAT A BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO YOUR DAD….I WISH I HAD THOUGHT TO USE MY DAD’S FLAG LIKE YOU DID. LOTS OF HUGS CECILIA

    MADI AND HER ‘MYSTERY GUEST’ WILL BE AT THE PICNIC!!

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    • Oh we’re so excited Buttons is at the picnic!!!! WOO HOO!!! Thanks for the compliments on my poem Cecilia – the flag in the case is in my studio and I say “hi” to my Dad whenever I enter the room………he’s always here and always in my heart. I know you feel the same way. Having fun at the picnic!

      Love, Pam and Sam

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  5. Most excellent Memories! Wes sorry wes has to forgo the picnic, Mommy ate something yesterday that has caused all kinds of distress and mes must takes cares of her.
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    • Hi Summer! There were a whole lot of people “behind the lines” who supported all those out front and if not for everyone doing their bit, the conflicts might have turned out differently. Bravo for your human’s Dad!!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  6. What a beautiful tribute to your Grandpa and to all who served our country so well!!

    Happy Memorial Day.

    Woos – Ciara and Lightning

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  7. MMM pizza an cake was deelishuss Unccle Sammy!!
    Wee saloot Lady Pam’ss Pappaw! *standss to attenshun*
    Fank you to all thee peeple what keeped our countriess safe fur us today….
    An fankss Unccle fur a luvley BarBQ event.
    **nose kissess** Siddhartha Henry an ((hugss)) LadyMum xxxx

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      • The poem was beautiful. The picnic was awesome. Just like all the cat scouts event are. Did you do the Botany test? Do you know I tried it twice and would hit a key and get thrown out and once out you can’t get back in. Denmaster must think I was particuliarly stupid on the weekend. Never did get it all done. I have 2 tests that are partially done. It was sure easy to be thrown out.

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        • Glad you liked my Mom’s poem!!!! I agree that it was a fab Memorial Picnic and really I guess the botany thing was a pain in the tushie but OK………we got thrown off once too RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING and I panicked and wrote Denmaster – fortunately she was online at the time and wrote right back and said “no worries – just log in with a different name and password” so I did and all was well…….too bad people got thrown off – like you did and some others but EVENTUALLY everyone who was GOING to take the test will. I saw that she said she’d work on yours and another one to make sure you could finish it!!

          Hugs, sammy

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  8. That was a truly beautiful post. America is Australia’s big brother and freedom of speech is something that we value over all.
    God bless all those who fought so we can live in peace. ❤

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    • Well said………We’re reminded of freedom of speech every time we do our blog…..and visit everyone else’s…..and we truly do honor EVERYONE who by their sacrifice made the world a better – and safer – place to be!!!

      Hugs, Sammy

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    • Hi Wallace and Samuel!!! My Grandpa had a full military honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery and part of that is giving the family the flag that was on the coffin. It sure is nice to have it in a case to keep it forever and ever!!!!!

      Hugs, Sammy

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  9. Hey, Sammy, any leftovers hanging around. Your noms look incredible so we sure hope so. Mau stuffed himself at Cat Scouts yesterday, and the rest of us did the same at Raz and Allie’s party. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    • It was quite a day for food but then again, that’s almost always the case on a holiday with Scouts (or almost ANY day at Scouts come to think of it!). Glad you enjoyed visiting the blogs AND thanks for coming to the Scouts “do” ! It was just plain GREAT!

      Hugs, Sammy

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