Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday


It’s Double Blog Day – THANKFUL Thursday and

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

First up – Thankful!

Thursday is our chance to share what we’re thankful for courtesy of our host Brian – we hop on board and tell each other our “thankfuls” !   If you’d like to join us, PLEASE do – all you have to do is click Brian’s badge and join in the fun.

I am thankful ALWAYS for the usual things like a happy family and a wonderful home, but I usually have a little something else to be thankful for and today I have a “silly” sort of thankful because today, I, Teddy Kimmell (Butter Bean), caught my VERY FIRST skink!    What’s a skink?

One of these guys and we have them around our house and in our garden (never IN our house though!).    They will sneak in the garage when the door is up and one of my favorite territories to prowl about in is my garage.   In fact, it’s my favorite nap spot too since my hammock is in one of the garage windows!   ANYWAY, Mom and Dad thought I was being awfully strange earlier today when they were calling me to come in from the garage so they could take me out for a walkabout in the yard on my harness.   I wouldn’t BUDGE from under Mom’s car.    Dad got down on the floor of the garage and saw me under there with a dead skink and I was NOT going to give up my treasure!   No no no………and Mom didn’t want to take a photo of the poor little skink so you’ll just have to take my word for it – I’m two years old and this was a FIRST success at hunting.    I am a mighty hunter……………..

Now, I must say that I am also thankful that my Angel brother Sammy got his email sent last night so I received his poem for today.    I always worry that wi-fi might not be working up at the Rainbow Bridge an he won’t get his poem to me in time but he’s never let me down!    Here’s what I received from him:


Greetings from the Bridge!  It’s time for poetry!

Happy Thursday everyone.   I hope you are joining us today to share a poem you wrote based on the photo that I gave you last week to use as inspiration………but even if you didn’t write one – you can enjoy visiting everyone who has written one – they will be leaving comments in our blog comment area that they have with a link to their poem.  Check them out – we have some GREAT poets here in the blogosphere!    If you’ve not joined in please do – just use the photo I provide to give you some ideas of what to write your poem about……photos can bring all kinds of inspiration.   Every week we gather on Thursday and I share the poem I’ve written and also give you a new photograph to use as your poetic inspiration for NEXT Thursday.    Fun?  You betcha.   

Here’s the photo I gave you last Thursday to use for this week………….and then my poem follows.  

“Riding in Style”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell      August 2, 2018

Years ago when railroading was king

Luxurious trains traveled on rails that would sing

The muffled sounds heralded a luxurious ride

The passengers on board were full of pride

Timetables were met and compartments were clean

Luxury ’round every corner fit for the Queen.

Meals prepared by chefs, valets at beck and call

Train life was perfect for one and all.

Books have been written about the romance of the rails

Mystery and intrigue were among all the tales

“Murder on the Orient Express” is a memorable mystery

A favorite mystery read that’s been popular through history.

I just daydream about a ride on a beautiful train such as that…..

And wonder if perhaps they would welcome on board a CAT ???


I think riding on one of those luxury trains would be FUN – my Mom and Dad thought about doing that back many years ago when they planned their honeymoon.   They settled for getting Eurrail passes and doing their travel through Europe on their honeymoon on “regular” trains as it was a little expensive on the Orient Express.   I wonder if they allow pets????   Probably – I mean who’s going to tell some rich person they can’t bring their beloved pup or kitty on board?????  

Anyway, let’s get down to the material to inspire you for NEXT week……………I picked out a photo that might give you some fun when you write your poem to share next Thursday!

Fun huh?   

Please join in our fun – give it a try – write a poem based on what you see in the above photo or what you feel when you look at it.    Trust me – you’ll have some fun with it.    Until then, I will remind you again that those of us at the Rainbow Bridge are looking out for you every minute of the day………we have some recent arrivals here – if you have had to say farewell to your beloved pet, know they are happy and healthy now and with you ALWAYS.

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

Love, Angel Sammy



Thanks Angel Sammy…………..I liked your poem this week.  I sure would like to ride on a beautiful train and have some adventure………..until then, I guess I’ll just have to hope that Mom doesn’t make me give up my prize skink.    Actually, maybe I should let her have it.    It’s now at the Rainbow Bridge thanks to ME.

See you all next week with another poem from Angel Sammy AND to read YOUR poems too!

Until then…….I’ll snooze!

Hugs, Teddy

An urgent P.S.  

We were just at Brian’s Home Blog linking up our Thankful and Poetic post for today when we read the story of these two kitties named Pingo and Polo in South Carolina who are in desperate need of a home.    This is a story we’ve all heard before but it’s so compelling we just had to share with you……….if anyone can help of course Brian would want to know ASAP.     CLICK HERE

51 responses »

  1. oh what a time that was… and every little village or town had a trainstation… with a cafe or a restaurant… and now the trainstations are empty, the rails rusty or removed… and then they say it’s for the environment and we all should travel with the train… yes, that makes sense if I have to drive x-100 miles with the car to the next train station… thanks for a wonderful poem to remember da glorious time of da steel-horses :O)))


    • Back in the day trains were the Queens of the rails were full of magic and intrigue – and how beautiful they were – these days they are always late, always falling apart and almost NEVER comfortable!

      Love, Teddy


  2. Congrats on your first skink! Now next up, you just have to catch a skunk! Your Mom will be very proud of you, don’t let that horrified expression on her face fool you….

    No wait, I am wrong. It goes skink, skank, skunk…. so your next objective is to catch a skank. Good luck!


  3. How cool that you caught a skink! We don’t see any of those here – we see their more arid cousins, various types of lizards. And they do get in the house sometimes. Sparkle caught a few. I stalked one for a couple of days, but my human had to catch it. That’s how it goes with me – I find ’em, and leave my human to catch ’em. I guess I’m not the best hunter ever… but I’m a pretty good finder!


    • Summer I kind of felt bad after I caught the little skink… was a baby……I couldn’t help myself though! Finding is more fun than hunting I think….I may become a finder too….. 😦

      Love, Teddy


  4. Your first skink, Teddy… wooHOO! You have become a mighty hunter. Z Cat loved to play… er, hunt in the garage. I love the idea that your Mom and Dad have set up a hammock at a window for you. There is something magical about a garage, just ask CH… Ha! Enjoyed your poem Angel Sammy. I also love trains. I have been on Amtrak several times but it is nothing like what you write your poem about. I think a trip on a beautiful train would be awesome. Good Morning!


    • I love the garage more than any place in the house. I really do. Mom thinks I must have had a garage in my past before I came to live with them. I like lying under the cars and in my hammock and up on Dad’s work bench. I love it!

      Love, Teddy

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  5. That train picture made me think of the Orient Express as well. 🙂

    I love next week’s splashy picture!

    I’m sharing the kitty story and keeping my paws crossed for them.


  6. Ohhh a skink in you garage! I bet he won’t come in there anymore now that he has met Teddy the terror…but that sounds like a fun time
    Angel Sammy We loved your poem it gave our mind’s eye a wonderful picture…
    Hugs Madi your bfffffg
    Next weeks pic is gonna be fun


  7. That’s such a good poem Angel Sammy. Congrats on the super hunting success Teddy, ya done good. Thanks for sharing sweet Pingo and Polo and thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!


  8. Teddy, what a mighty hunter you are! Our Robin was the best hunter in the family. Admiral and I have just caught skinks at the screen door where they would try to get in at the joining place. They lost their tails was about all. XXXX


  9. Way to go Teddy! You deserve a gold star. And that is an excellent poem from Angel Sammy, he never disappoints. Next week’s poem is going to be fun. I even bought my own splashy boots a few years ago 🙂 XO


  10. You are a great hunter, Teddy. Yes you are. I’m sure the mom is proud.

    Love your poem. Love next weeks prompt photograph too. How fun.

    Have a purrfect Thankful Thursday, Teddy. My best to your mom. ♥


  11. Angel Sammy’s poem was purrfection. Mom has always wanted to take a long train trip. She’s only been on a couple of short ones and never overnight. Wow, Teddy, great job with the skink. We’ve never seen a real one and neither has Mom. Maybe we don’t have them here. Love next week’s photo. Could you ask Mom Pam to e-mail it to us? It’s too big for us to get a copy of it. We did write a poem this week. Here is the link:
    XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer


  12. Congratulations on catching your first skink, Teddy. You are indeed a Mighty Hunter.
    That is a lovely poem from Angel Sammy. I often wondered what it would be like to take a journey on the Orient Express.


  13. Concatulations on your first kill! WoW! I would have insisted that Mom get it stuffed and mounted and displayed in the living room! And I must say I LOVE your poem. Mom has riden on a few trains and loves them as a way to get hither and yon.
    I am thankful YOU guys are my furrends!


  14. Good job Teddy! Our Great Hunress here is Noelle!!

    We think that train looks so wonderful. Mom and Dad were actually thinking of doing a train trip for their next vacation. They were looking at the Rocky Mountaineer. Probably not as exotic as this train was.

    The Florida Furkids


  15. What a nice poem from Sammy. Makes us want to ride a train. And congrats on catching that skink, Teddy. We don’t have those things around here.


  16. Teddy, we see little lizards on our walks and we try to catch, but they are soooooo fast. One of these days . . . .

    Angel Sammy, your train ride sounds magnificent. We would love to join you for a ride on the rails too.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber


    • I bet you all see a lot of them – this is the first year Mom remembers seeing skinks around our house other than when they first moved into the new house in 1996!!! They are pretty cool little guys and are fast but WE are FASTER!

      Hugs, Teddy


  17. Well done with that skink, Teddy! That being said, this here human is glad we don’t have those little fellas where we live. And Angel Sammy’s poem is pure purrfection! I’m not much one for traveling, but the couple times I have traveled in the past few years, I’ve taken a train. The trains I took were nowhere near as lovely or cozy as the one in the image, but I sure wish they had been. And I cannot wait to write our poem for next week’s sweet image! I already have an idea, and I am so eager to start on it. Thank you for hosting this always fun challenge!


    • We’ll look forward to your poem-story for next week too……..we love the photo for next week…… would be so wonderful if other folks would try their hand at poetry.

      Love, Teddy and Mom too


  18. Wow, Teddy! You rock! A skink?! They must be around here too, but I have not seen any of them…

    Loved your railroading poem. Rail travel is fun, and petcretary has been on many of them, here in North America and in Europe.
    I wish it would be that wet here for a bit…no real rain happening here anytime soon. Just hot stuff. We need some duck weather!


    • We are up to our eyeballs in WET although today and tomorrow are to be SUNNY and GORGEOUS before we go back to wet. I’m happy. So are Mom and Dad. We’ll take two days and grin and bear the next flood!

      Hugs, Teddy


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