Monthly Archives: May 2018

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

Standard

Time for the THANKFUL THURSDAY Hop, hosted by my friend Brian.   We get together via the Hop on Thursdays and talk about how thankful we are for WHATEVER – if you think about it, I know that we ALL have things we’re thankful for.   If you’d like to join in the Hop – click Brian’s badge above and join in.

I don’t have a specific thing to be thankful for this week but I do believe in expressing my thankfulness every single day.   Mom and I have quiet time in the morning together before Dad gets up and one of the things we always do is say a little prayer of thanks for BEING HERE and having a quiet and peaceful life in a comfy home with friends and family.   It’s easy to take things like that for granted.   We hope we NEVER EVER do that.

I’m also thankful that my Angel brother Sammy got through with his wi-fi connection to transmit his Thursday poem to us!    A Thursday without poetry from him AND without reading everyone else’s photo challenge poetry just wouldn’t be as fun!

Here’s what I got from Sammy overnight……….

♥♥♥

Hello everyone………it’s Thursday again and time to share some poetry.   I hope you decided to participate this week whether you’ve written a poem before or not.   It’s a fun thing to do and I try to make it a challenge by giving you a photo every week to use as “inspiration” for your poetry!    So far everyone who is writing a poem is doing an amazing job.    We have some REAL poets out there in blog land and happily some of them are our blog followers. 

So, in case you need to see last week’s photo that I gave you to write a poem from, here it is again, followed by my poem.

“Cat Pals”

by Angel Sammy Kimmell    May 31, 2018

 

Buddies and pals can be quite fun

Having two or three can be more fun than ONE

Someone to play with, or sleep with or cuddle

It’s hard to play football when you’re alone in the huddle!

If something goes wrong, your pal can be there

They can give reassurance, or comb out your hair!

Or clean out your ears, or lick food off your face

Pals don’t want their friends to look like a disgrace!

But some animals are fine being the one and only

If you’ve always been “just one” then you can’t feel lonely

If our humans play with us and talk to us and stuff

Being on our own in the household is not really tough!

We get all the attention, all the treats, all the toys

We can be just as happy, and just as full of real joy

But if one day my humans decide to get me a pet

You’d better believe it’s a CAT they would get !  

 

My Dad was always a dog guy before he met my Mom…………Mom quickly converted him to a cat guy………..and I have to say, both Teddy and I are happy that happened !!

SO, I bet you’re anxious to see the photo that I have for you for NEXT week – but I have to say first that I’m hoping you wrote a poem for TODAY with the kitty photo.  Did you?  If so, tell us in comments and give us your blog link so we can READ it OR if you want, write your poem in our comments to share.  

Here’s your challenge photo for NEXT Thursday!

This will be a fun one don’t you think?????   We’ll share what we all come up with next Thursday.   Until then, I will remind you that I am THANKFUL you are our friends.   I’m also THANKFUL if you take up the challenge to express your creativity with a poem – I can promise you it’s not as hard as you might think it is.   

Until next week, I’m sending you all Heavenly Hugs from the Rainbow Bridge…………….

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Hugs, Angel Sammy

♥♥♥

 

Well I can’t top that – so I will just say – see you next Thursday for Thankful and Poetic Thursday!

Love, Teddy

 

Advertisements

Teaser Tell All

Standard

 

Welcome Class!  Time to find out who wins what for this week’s TEASER!

Oh how I’d love to win SOMETHING!

First thing to tell you is that we have TWO FIRST COMMENTERS from yesterday!     So we’re handing out two badges to the lucky students who were PROMPT in getting to class yesterday.   Who were the lucky kids???

Pix from UNDER THE OAKS and Annie from ANIMAL COURIERS

WOO HOOOO!!!!!!!  Here’s your badge ladies:

I was one of TWO First Commenters on The Teaser of May 29, 2018!

I tried to be FIRST but I got distracted by a butterfly outside the classroom door! Darn!

Then we waited for one of you to figure out where our mystery photo had been taken………………..it was a bit of a tough photo we thought – and we want to thank our GUEST TEASERS, the Kitties Blue from THE CAT ON MY HEAD for sending it in to us!    This is for you to thank you for being our GUEST this week:

For Kitties Blue for being our GUEST TEASERS on May 29, 2018! Thanks pals!

Here’s the fabulous photo they sent in:

It’s a DOOZY!   Where is it??????

It’s the STAN MUSIAL Memorial Bridge which is the bridge that spans across the Mississippi River between St. Clair County, Illinois and the city of St. Louis, Missouri!    It’s a super interesting type of bridge called “CABLE-STAYED”…………and if you’d like to learn more about them, here’s some really interesting information you might enjoy taking a peek at CLICK HERE

Who was the brilliant student who guessed FIRST what this bridge was and where it’s located????

SPEEDY our Cheeky Rex Rabbit friend…..!

YAY SPEEDY!!!!!

Here’s your FIRST RIGHT GUESSER badge dear Speedy!

I was the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of May 29, 2018! WOO HOO!!!!

But you need to know that we have several MORE students who knew about this bridge…………..yep – we sure did – and each of you who guessed CORRECTLY get one of these of your very own:

I guessed RIGHT on the Teaser of May 29,2018 but I wasn’t FIRST to guess right….still…..I got a cool badge!

Did you guess but guessed incorrectly???????   Well, good for you taking a leap of faith – at least you guessed and even though you were WRONG, you get one of these:

I was WRONG with my guess on the Teaser of May 29,2018 but at least I tried! Maybe next time?!

Congratulations winners AND losers……!   There’s always next week right?

In the meantime, here’s our cheery little cheer team to congratulate the winners of this week’s Teaser:

Takes a while to get your Teaser mojo back
We were off for a week and that’s a fact
We had two of you though who were on the money
Fast as can be with your comments honey!
Miss Pix and Miss Annie both win a badge
But they get it from US and not grumpy old Madge
Then we waited to see who would be FIRST RIGHT GUESSER
And it was SPEEDY THE REX RABBIT who’s a very sharp dresser!
If you were a loser this week in school
Just study harder next time and YOU will rule!!

Yeah, we want a badge so you bet we’ll study hard!

We sure will!

That’s the spirit we like to see at Ding Dong School!!     How about we all reward ourselves with one of Miss Dingleberry’s fabulous lunches?    She’s giving her seafood bar a whirl today so step right up and get something yummy for your tummy!

Your Profs will be back next week with another FUN Teaser challenge!   See you then?

Professors Angel Sam and Teddy too…………

Tuesday Teaser

Standard

Good Morning Class!   Have you COMMENTED yet?

Remember commenting is important because if you’re FIRST to comment in today’s class you get this:

We hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day yesterday but it’s time to buckle down and get back into the swing of Ding Dong School.   Your Ding Dong Staff is here to make sure you do just that!

You Betcha!

We have what could turn out to be a real toughie for you today and it’s a GUEST TEASER.   We certainly hope you took time to crack open your geography books over the past few days………!

I DEFINITELY studied!

I studied – at least I was trying while my little brother Sawyer was bugging me!

I’m glad to hear it students………………now I believe we will show you the other badges that might be accumulated by YOU if you are sharp today and get those guesses in.   As you know, we have rules here about guessing too so FIRST rules – SECOND badges:

So let’s begin shall we?    First, to get you going as usual, we will ask the amazing Ding Dong School Cheer Team to pump up the volume and get you in the MOOD…….

Here we are back to the TEASE
And when you get your lunch today make sure and say PLEASE
When we’re in school we must be polite
When the teachers are mad they give us a fright!
So sit up straight and guess your best
C’mon and do it – you’re better than the rest!
If you’re a winner you’ll be so lucky
Whether you’re human, cat, or dog or even a ducky
This cheer is getting lame so we must go
But here’s a final cheer to end our show!
DING DONG SCHOOL ROCKS
WE HOPE YOU WORE MATCHING SOCKS!

Well Cheer Team as soon as I figure out what this cheer was all about I’m sure I will be saying what a GREAT cheer it was………No doubt everyone will be trying to have their names in your cheer tomorrow as a winner!!

Socks? Are we supposed to wear SOCKS?

Mr. Security Guard – would you kindly bring in the photo for our students?   I think they will need all the time in the world to come up with the location where this photo was taken!!

Here is today’s Teaser Professor Sam and Ted

AAAAAH HAAAA!!!!   We told you it was a whopper…………………your mission is to tell us where this photo was taken!!    However before you get too involved in that, perhaps you’d like a little lunch break?   It’s SANDWICH DAY at Ding Dong School and Miss Dingleberry has put on a spread at the back of the room so please eat up at your desks then start guessing!

Chicken salad, tuna salad, shrimp salad!

Roast beef, ham, turkey!

BLTs….

Steak and cheese sub

Deli meat sub

Turkey Sub

Lots to choose from – we will call these “GOOD BRAIN FOOD” for you to give you the proper nourishment so you will be able to figure out today’s TEASER!    Have a smoothie or some fruit juice to go with it and GOOD LUCK!    We will see you in class tomorrow for the TEASER TELL ALL!

Smoothies

Fruit juices

Your Professors, Angel Sam and Teddy

SPARK on Memorial Day

Standard

Although Annie at McGuffy’s Reader is taking a well-deserved break from hosting McGuffy’s Reader’s SPARKS on Monday, her idea to spread light and inspiration to start each week goes on.    We will continue to honor that idea and Annie by posting a quote that touches us and that we hope will touch those who see it as well.

Today is Memorial Day…………..and as a woman who grew up in a military household with an extremely patriotic father who spent his life serving his country, I have always carried in my heart admiration for those who choose to dedicate themselves to serving.    My Dad was a guy who would get teary hearing the Star Spangled Banner – who wore his uniform proudly every day of his active service and who was wholeheartedly patriotic.   I carry that spirit with me thanks to him.    I have his old footlocker which is filled with HIS memories, many of which relate to his career and once in a while I open up this treasure box and feel close to him once more and become “re-infused” with that love of country.   I’m sure I will do that all the rest of my days.

My spark is in the spirit of patriotism………………and love of my country…………and for him.

Love, Pam

Pre-Tease Memorial Monday

Standard

 

Hello Class……we’re back to our Teaser schedule this week!  

We know it’s a holiday and normally you’d have today off from school but because we missed out on Teaser-izing last week, we thought you might enjoy a QUICK class today before you go out and enjoy the day.    We just want to prepare you for tomorrow.   After all, tomorrow you WILL get a difficult challenge with a photo to identify.   So, settle into your desks and get ready.

Ready!

Ready!

Groovy…..I mean READY!

So tomorrow at a SURPRISE TIME, we will have a TEASER photo for you to study and make a guess as to WHERE the photo was taken – you remember right?  It’s only been a week since we did this but I’ll give you the RULES just in case your brains have died since week before last!

You have a chance to win a badge if you are the FIRST TO COMMENT tomorrow too – so remember when you arrive the first thing you want to do before you visit the bathroom OR sit at your desk is to:

COMMENT!

Then study the photo and if you can figure it out, you might be the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER………or you might be a RIGHT GUESSER BUT NOT FIRST……or you may even guess and be WRONG but in any case, you will win one of these of your VERY OWN:

So that’s what’s up for grabs.    I hope you haven’t spent the entire week day dreaming or trying out the disgusting recipes we had in Miss Dingleberry’s contest last week.   You better have studied a bit but if not, tonight’s your night to STUDY.

The Cheer Team wants to fire you up in case you need a little PEP in your STEP!

Today is a day of Memorials
So we’ll give you a Teaser tutorial
You’ve gotta study the photo with your glasses
And be QUICK not slow as molasses
If you’re right you’ll get a nice badge
If you’re wrong you might get a lecture from Madge
Now listen to the rest of today’s class
Because we want all of you to pass!!

OK YOU TWO IN THE BACK – WAKE UP!!!!

………huh? Who?…….zzzzz…

huh?….zzzzzz….what?..zzzzzz…

Miss Dingleberry has prepared a fabulous lunch for all of us before we take the rest of the day off.    A BIG round of applause for Miss Dingleberry’s EPIC effort last week with the disgusting recipe contest!

WOO HOO DINGLEBERRY!

Thank you students…….I thought I’d join in the festive mood and wear my patriotic hairnet today.   I’m serving you some RED/WHITE and BLUE-ish food that the cafeteria staff and I thought would be appropriate for the occasion.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Now eat up – don’t leave a mess for the cleaning crew then enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day with your families at home and please REMEMBER:

Professors Angel Sammy and Teddy!

Memorial Sunday Selfie Blog Hop

Standard

Memorial Day Weekend

 

Hopping Along on Sunday With Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head

It’s Sunday which means selfie time!   Our host, “The Cat On My Head” has a wonderful blog hop on Sunday where we can post a selfie and share it!    All you have to do if you want to join us is click on their badge above and fill out the LINKY form – the we can visit you and see how you’re looking this fine FINAL Sunday of May.

Mom did her usual Lunapic “thing” to my selfie………and as I usually am, I was asleep when she snapped it.    With Lunapic she added the “CREEPY” effect, then she added a butterfly frame with Pizap.   Thanks Mom for making it look like I’m dreaming about butterflies – I like them a lot!

Here’s how it turned out………..not too shabby huh?   Looks like a big quilt to me!    A quilted kitty lying on a quilt.    Hope you all have a magnificent Sunday on this 3 day weekend Memorial Day holiday.   Please think about what Memorial Day really is all about…………we know Memorial Day is tomorrow but we’re making it a TWO DAY holiday at my house.

It’s about remembering and honoring all those who serve or have served their country.   All the men and women who helped keep their country strong and free.   For me, this is thinking about my Mom’s father whose photo I see every day when I’m keeping Mom company in her office – also the American flag in a case which she cherishes that was given to her family when her Dad was buried at Arlington Cemetery in 1992.    I didn’t know him but I wish I had…….We’ll be thinking of you this weekend and always Grandpa.

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!

Have a special day of remembering today and tomorrow……………

 

Hugs, Teddy

 

 

Bakin’ with Bacon

Standard

Greetings Fellow Baconians!   Here I am – your King – working away in the kitchen to bring you another fabulous recipe and taste treat!

Oh I know what you are making today My King – this dish is truly delicious!

I think the best thing about this dish is that it’s a crockpot recipe and it cooks all day while the cook of the house (or castle) can play or shop or sleep and not be fussing around in the kitchen to make something truly delicious for dinner.   In fact, this is something that really doesn’t even need to have MEAT to go along with it.  Doesn’t have to be a side dish can be a main course – just serve a little green salad with it and VOILA – DINNER’S DONE!

Crockpot Bacon and Cheese Potatoes

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound bacon, diced
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese, thinly sliced  (I prefer EXTRA SHARP cheddar but any cheddar will do!)
  • salt and pepper
  • butter
  • Green Onions (optional) (it’s more of a garnish really since there are onions in the recipe so feel free to skip this OPTIONAL item!)

Instructions

  1. Line crockpot with foil, leaving enough to cover the potatoes when finished.
  2. Layer half each of the bacon, onions, potatoes and cheese in crockpot. Season to taste and dot with butter.
  3. Repeat layers of bacon, onions, potatoes and cheese. Dot with butter.
  4. Cover with remaining foil.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours.

YES – along with potatoes and some other stuff!

Bottom line is this is a delicious recipe – if it wasn’t, would your KING bother passing it on to you?   I THINK NOT!!!!    So give it a whirl.

I would recognize that “glazed look” in the eyes from the aroma of bacon anywhere!

So until next Saturday when I crack open the Royal Recipe Book to share another baconized treasure, have a good week – and PLENTY OF BACON!

Your King…………..Teddy of Baconia!

Friday Fill-Ins

Standard

Time for Filling In!!!!

This is a truly FUN Blog Hop which is currently being hosted by our pals 15andMeowing and Four Legged Furballs.    Each of our hosts gives us two sentences with blanks and all we have fun filling those blanks in however we want to – I for one let my Mom fill them in sometimes instead of ME…….I’m generous like that!    If you’d like to join in, please do – just click the badge above, go to 15andMeowing and fill in the LINKY form – that’s all there is to it.   Then visit all the other Hoppers and see their fill-ins.

I’m going to fill the blanks in MYSELF today.   It’s my turn – I can’t let Mom always have all the fun right?   My own words are in BLUE.

 

1. It is wonderful having a forever home – I wish all animals did.
2. The best part of last week was when Mom and Dad came home after just one night away from me – when they leave I’m never sure when they will be back!.
3. Every summer, I beg and plead to be able to spend more time outside – even though I’m on a harness I LOVE being out there closer to squirrels and birds.
4. Once upon a time, I was a little 11 month old kitten who was living in an animal shelter and now I’m the King of my very own castle!.
There you have it – my filling in for Friday.    Hope you will join in the fun.    Have a great day………………I know I am – my Mom promised to take me for lots of walks today because it’s the last day of SUNSHINE we’ll have for a while……..more rain coming…………

Love, Teddy

 

Contest Results

Standard

Hello Students.   This is my final time addressing you as your Substitute Teacher!

I must say it was nice coming out of the kitchen and into the school room for something other than serving you your lunch.   However, that IS where I excel – cooking and ordering the cafeteria staff around and watching them jump when I give orders!   The school room is the Professors’ territory and they WILL be back next week for Teaser time.

GOOD!

I think the contest I had was a FUN change for everyone.   We had eight glorious entries in the contest……………and what a bunch of INTERESTING recipes we got !!

Interesting? I thought they were SCARY!

ME TOO!!!! I was afraid my Mom was going to make one of those things for dinner!!

Thanks for filling in for the Professors Miss Dingleberry…….

It was interesting being here but I’ve been missed in the cafeteria…..the staff wasn’t crazy about my “fill-in” chef for some reason!

All of the recipes were fabulous and creative and disgusting all rolled into one.    But only ONE received the MOST VOTES and that was………….

CLOWIE!!!!   and her Bombe Surprise!

Here’s her WINNING recipe!

BOMBE SURPRISE BY CLOWIE
This is a surprisingly simple recipe.
Main Ingredients:
1 generous scoop of pond scum
1 portion of cat puke
1 ball of dung
Optional extras:
Dead slugs
Dead snails
Road kill
Rabbit poo
Part-eaten and discarded takeaway
Method:
Gather together your ingredients. For the dung ball you need to find a friendly dung beetle and persuade him to part with the ball of dung. He may be tempted to exchange it for some fresh dung!
Put the pond scum into a dish. If you have any of the optional extras, push those into the scum around the edge.
Place the portion of cat puke in the centre of the pond scum.
Gently push the dung ball into the cat puke.
Voila! You have made bombe surprise. Bon apetit!

Clowie – we have a special badge for you to hold near and dear to your heart – you can hang it in your room, post it all over town, make copies and hand them out with your Christmas cards this year, frame it and put it in a closet for safekeeping………..but we hope you will always remember winning Miss Dingleberry’s Recipe Contest !

Each of the other entrants get a badge for just being BRAVE enough to share a recipe for something disgusting with our viewers…………we hope you will be proud of your “ALMOST WON” badge and wear it in good health (and promise us you will not try MAKING any of your recipes!).

Madi, Kismet, Phenny, Csilla, Ellen, Evil Squirrel,  and Janet this is for you:

Click HERE to read yesterday’s post containing all the recipes that were entered!

Our Cheer Team would like to honor all of you with what they do best!

Clowie, Clowie
You make us feel glowy!
Your Bombe Surprise
WON FIRST PRIZE!
Our other entries were good
The best in the ‘hood!
This contest was FUN
But now we must RUN
We congratulate you all
This contest was a ball!

Now, to finish class today, I’m going back to my role as your cafeteria supervisor and serving your lunch!  

Step right up – this stuff will send you to the restroom in a hurry!  

Gosh, can’t I get a break from bathroom duty????? Change the menus please!

They told me in the kitchen to try the BOMBE SURPRISE……..BURP…..I don’t feel so good!

Thanks for having fun with us for the contest!  

Professors Sammy and Teddy

 

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Standard

Thankful?  Oh yes we are……..always.   I know my Mom and Dad feel like I do – we are thankful to be alive and have so many great friends!    Thursday is the day our host Brian helps all of us celebrate the many things we have to be thankful for in our lives.   If you’d like to tell the world what you are thankful for – just click Brian’s badge above and join in.

I’m especially thankful that even though on Tuesday morning this week I watched my Mom and Dad pack up their stuff and head out the door in the morning that they DID come back the next day – I’m not always sure they will return.   Maybe that’s just the “shelter kitty” in me but I don’t want to be without them because I love them and they love me I’m SURE so we belong together.  But they DID deserve a little break and it WAS a special occasion – an 80th birthday party for my Aunt!    BUT I really am glad my world is happy and I’m THANKFUL that it is.   I hope yours is too?

The other part of today’s post is our OTHER “usual” Thursday thing – being poetic with my Angel brother Sammy.    Every week he sends us a poem of his own based on a photo that he gives us every Thursday – last Thursday’s photo was CLOUDS………shall we see what he did with that one???

♥♥♥

Hello poetic friends!   It’s that time again – we’re going to share the poem we wrote during this past week based on the photo “inspiration” I gave you.    I try to find photos that might give you a challenge because it’s fun to exercise your creativity from time to time.   This is just my way of making you “think outside the box” and write a bit of poetry even if you’ve never done it before.    Last week’s photo seemed to me to be a combination of “EASY” and “TOUGH”………..a most simple photo of clouds but you know, lots of people play the game of “what’s that cloud shaped like” when we’re young so I thought it might be a FUN photo subject for all of us! 

Here’s last week’s photo followed by MY poem:

“Some Day”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell   May 24, 2018

Look up in the sky on a cloudy day

What can you see as they float your way?

If you watch their movement as they change and shift

You can see “things” there as they slowly drift

I see a small angel in the upper right

And an angry face lower left – ready for a fight!

Upper left is a poodle with a pom pom cut

Lower right is a door – maybe entrance to a hut?

Children “cloud watch” as a game as they watch the sky

Giggling and guessing as the clouds drift by

But as you look at the clouds and give them a glance

Remember on clouds Angels do dance

We watch over the world and wait until needed

If bad things happen and warnings aren’t heeded

We are there to comfort and listen and to endeavor

To cover you in wings of love until you join us forever.

 

Yes – another “Rainbow Bridge” perspective on life and angels and if it makes you think about lying on a blanket on a sunny day as fluffy clouds float by – and make you look for signs that you are NEVER alone then I have done my job with this poem!   Now how about you?  Did you write a poem using the cloud photo as your “springboard” for some poetic fun?   Just leave us your link in my comments so we can read your poem OR write your poem in our comments here……either way, SHARE and have fun with the photo poem challenge.

Here’s your inspiration for NEXT Thursday……………I hope you’ll join me in creating something using this one!

So let’s write a poem about this photo – cute?  Yes, but does it say something ELSE to you other than “cute” ?   Maybe yes maybe no but share your poem with us next week whatever your thoughts OK?  See you then……………

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Love, Angel Sammy

♥♥♥

Thanks for another cool poem Angel Sammy………I hope that we have some friends join in the poetry fun………….meanwhile, we all miss you………….

Love, Teddy (and Mom too)