Friendly Fill-Ins

Friday is here!    Today we all fill in sentences in this FUN hop co-hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs.   If you’d like to join in the fun, just click the badge above and fill in 15andMeowing’s “LINKY FORM” – and you’re in!!

I think today Mom and I will take turns filling in.   I’ll answer the “cat-friendly” ones and she can handle the “better leave it to the human” ones!    We’ll be a partnership!

Here are the four sentences we got from our co-hosts for this week.    My fill-ins are BLUE and Mom’s are RED:

1. I really need to lose 20 lbs. but the chances of that happening during the holidays are SLIMMER than I will ever be!.
2. My favorite Christmas ( or Hanukkah) decoration is one that I can see my reflection in – Mom puts those on the bottom of the tree and I don’t touch them but I like looking IN them and seeing ME!!

3. It’s beginning to look a lot like we might not have a white Christmas this year but that’s OK – I’m not too crazy about cold toes in the snow anyway!
4. This time of year, I eat my fair share of sweet stuff like desserts – which may have some effect on my fill-in for #1 !!!!

 

There you have it – another successful Friday Fill-In session with me and my Mom.    You know it sure won’t be long before Christmas is here.    Can you believe it?   I’ve been so very good that I can’t imagine that my stocking won’t be filled to the tippity top after Santa visits us.   I’m going to try to sleep under the tree on Christmas Eve so I can SEE him this year.   Last year I’m afraid I slept through the whole thing.   YES I’m a sound sleeper!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Hugs, Teddy

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Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Hello Friends!    Today is our double day – starting with being THANKFUL then moving into POETRY.    Of course this time of year most of us tend to focus on the many things we are thankful for (or SHOULD be thankful for!)………….I’m thankful that we didn’t get as much snow as originally predicted for our area – the BIG SNOW remained South but that meant that a lot of people who don’t normally see a lot of white stuff, DID.    NC and Southern Virginia were hammered as you know!    The photos we saw were amazing.   We had just under two inches and it’s pretty well gone now.   Thankful?  OH YES WE ARE!

I’m also very thankful that that wifi connection Angel Sammy has never lets us down.  I got his poem last night along with his message……….I’ll share it with you!

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GREETINGS FROM THE BRIDGE!!

Hi everybody.  It’s that time of the week again – time for us to stretch our wings (which Angels do literally!), and share some poetry.    Each Thursday I give you a photo to use as inspiration for the following week.   You all are FANTASTIC because those of you who have been participating are doing a wonderful job of being creative.   I hope more and more of you decide to give writing a poem a try and sharing your work with us via our comments with a link to where we can read YOUR poem!     After I share last week’s photo (below) and my poem inspired by that photo, I will give you a NEW photo for you to think about and study and ultimately write a poem about (I hope).

Ready?   Set?   GO!

“Twas The Night Before Christmas…..”

Poem By Angel Sammy Kimmell     December 12, 2018

The malls are alive with the sound of crowds

Everyone laughing and talking real loud

Lines are long and patience is short

Especially this is true in the Mall food court!

Stores are restocking to keep up with the buyers

Little kids forced to come shopping turn into cryers!

Gift wrappers have lines and learn to be FAST

Those bows and all that tape just better last!

Wall to wall people as far as you can see

Sales people anxious for closing time so they can be FREE

In spite of the craziness and the panic and such

Nobody seems to mind or care all that much

Because the holidays are here and the smiles are for real

Santa Claus is coming soon and that’s a BIG DEAL!!

 

HAHAHA…….I had some fun with this.    I hope you enjoyed tackling this photo too.   I had several write to me to say they thought it was a perfect photo for close to Christmas.    This probably is what 90% of the Malls look like RIGHT NOW but certainly on those last two or three nights before Christmas!    Are you ready for NEXT week’s photo?    Even CLOSER to Christmas………

I love the photo for next week…………….just love it.

I’ll show you a photo of my Mom as a little girl visiting Santa……….don’t tell her I showed it to you though!

My Dad teases Mom about this one – the number on the side of Santa’s chair – he wonders if that’s his prison number or something.   HAHAHAHA    This was actually taken when my Mom saw Santa in Weisbaden, Germany when they lived there a million years ago.   I personally think this Santa looks a little scary.   Mom doesn’t seem to think so though – she looks totally fascinated.

Anyway, your photo for next week is NOT the one with Mom but the cute one above it with the little girl in her tartan outfit!!    I’ll look forward to writing my own poem about the photo AND to reading all of yours!

I hope all of you are being EXTRA good right now – you know Santa keeps a very close eye on all of us at Christmas time and really all year through.   I hope you are on his NICE list!

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

See you next Thursday…….meanwhile I’m sending you a holiday hug…..

Angel Sammy

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Thanks Angel Sammy……………I’m anxious to read everyone’s poems too.    I’m also anxious to hear from you again next week.    I always AM…………………..

Hugs, Teddy

 

Tell All Time!

Today we find out who gets what!    Oh boy!

That was some Teaser wasn’t it……………………and there was a little twist to it which we’ll tell you about LATER.

A twist like THIS?????

No not really but you do a mean Twist – Chubby Checker would be proud of you.

Who you callin’ CHUBBY???

Oh boy.   We sure got off on the wrong foot this morning.   Let’s start over.    Why don’t we tell you the FIRST COMMENTERS were yesterday shall we?    We had THREE of them in the first sixty seconds – that’s better than FOUR for sure so the Cheer Team wasn’t TOOOOO stressed out about three.   The three were:

Miss Jackie from Two Devon Cats

Miss Sharon from Friends Furever

Miss Annie from Animal Couriers

Way to go ladies!!!!   Have a badge on us:

Well, I was ONE of FOUR First Commenters on the Teaser of Dec. 11,2018 which is pretty darn GOOD!

As for where the photo came to us from……………….it was sent in by Miss Janet from THE CAT ON MY HEAD and it really was not only a FASCINATING photo but it did, as I say above, have a little twist to it.    Before we show the photo, let’s give Miss Janet her badge as thanks for sending in the photo!

My fabulous photo was featured on the Tuesday Teaser of December 11, 2018!

Here’s the photo:

Pretty awesome photo isn’t it?   Landing gear and can you imagine how BRIGHT those lights shine at night????     It gave people a lot to use in their “search” for the answer of WHERE WAS THIS TAKEN, that’s for sure.   And it led them in all kinds of directions.   The photo was taken at the entrance to the Delta Flight Museum in Hangar #1 at the Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.    BUT (here’s the twist), it’s in the HAPEVILLE, Georgia postal zone.   Kind of like here in Washington, DC, our airport in DC is National Airport, Washington, DC but it’s ACTUALLY located in Arlington, Virginia.    Go figure.    But all that aside – WHO guessed it correctly FIRST??????

DRUMROLL PLEASE!

DA PHENNY !!!!    Yep – Mr. Smarty Pants with (I’m sure) the help from Da Neilson and Da Mama

Concatulations!!   Here’s your badge:

I was the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of December 11, 2018! YAY FOR ME!

 

Phenny wasn’t the only one who guessed right though – we had some others who did – you all are getting VERY good at figuring out what to search for!    If you were RIGHT (and said either Atlanta or Hapeville, Georgia) you get one of these badges:

I knew the Teaser on Dec. 11, 2018, but I wasn’t FIRST to guess so I got this swell badge for being RIGHT but not FIRST. Cool!

AND if you did guess but were wrong, you still get a badge…………….so feel free to copy this one for your collection:

I was wrong with my guess on the Teaser of Dec. 11, 2018 but I still got a Christmassy GREEN badge!!

WELL DONE CLASS!

I am going to study DOUBLE HARD this coming week so I can win a badge……(sniff)

Not everyone can win Clarence so don’t feel bad…………………many of your classmates didn’t guess correctly and didn’t get a badge either!

PHOOOOOEY! I was wrong again!

Let’s see if the Cheer Team can cheer you all up – especially those who WON today!

What a Teaser we had today!
One of our toughest we must say….
The early birds were there and we had THREE
Jackie, Sharon and Annie – WHEEEEEEE!!!!!
We waited in the hot tub until someone was right
We saw it was Phenny, he’s out of sight!
I wonder if he’d like to join us in our tub…..
Or maybe we could give him a Cheer Team backrub?

I think perhaps we need to avoid visitors in hot tubs and back rubs………..sounds like you’re getting into dangerous territory there.    Perhaps we should just adjourn until next week and all go to the cafeteria for lunch?

YES YES YES – FOOD!!!

I’m UP for it !!!!

Come in students and get in line……..enjoy your lunch today.   In two weeks we’ll have our CHRISTMAS LUNCH in the cafeteria with all sorts of delicious choices, even some for the annoying BURD that is in Geography Class!   

Today’s Menu:

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Class we will see you next week for Teaser – Monday is Pre-Teaser Preparation Class, Tuesday is the TEASER test, and Wednesdays are the TELL ALL days.   We’ll see you then.

Your Professors, Angel Sammy and Teddy too

Teaser Tuesday Holiday Style

We’re HERE…..are you?  If so COMMENT NOW!!!

Good Morning students.    It’s that time again………….I hope you are well rested……….

Well we hope MOST of you are well rested anyway…..

We have a GUEST TEASER for you today…………..and I do believe it will take all your Sherlockian talents to be first to guess this one.   You all know how to do that detective work so I’m thinking someone will get it!    Maybe YOU?

ME?????????

Maybe you.   Depends on how well you do your detective work when you see the photo today.    First, let me remind you of the rules:

AND then let me show you the possible badges you could win today:

Let’s let the cheer team get you in the mood before we show you the photo shall we?

Tuesday is here you lucky class
We’ll fire you up with our usual sass
Give this one some time and gather your clues
We want a happy class, not one filled with the blues!
If you think you have it right then give it a guess
You might be first – ahead of the rest.
Pre-Christmas badges are cool and you know you want one…..
So get to guessing and join in the pre-Christmas FUN.

Tomorrow when we do the TELL ALL post, you will find out who gets what badges – until then you’ll just have to study the photo and do your best to guess.   I know you all will do a great job!!!

I’m gonna try!  I’m serious about it!

You students BETTER be serious – Geography is IMPORTANT!!!   Madge – you’d better page Mr. Security for the Professors!

SECURITY TO GEOGRAPHY – TEASER TIME!

Hello Professors and Class – here’s your challenge for today!

Alright Students – WHERE was this photo taken?     Remember the rules………….and HAPPY HUNTING!!    You can stay in the classroom and do your hunting or you can join some of us in the cafeteria for another nice lunch then return to the classroom for (a) a nap or (b) to figure out the Teaser!

DECISIONS – DECISIONS!!!!!!!!   Lunch or study…….I think I’ll EAT first!

Ho Ho Ho…..the line’s moving too slow!!!!

TODAY’S MENU:

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Good Luck Students!  See you tomorrow for the TELL ALL!

Your Professors………………….

Bakin’ In Baconia for Christmas!

Greetings Loyal Subjects!  Your King has taken over the Castle kitchen yet again to bring you another FAB Christmas recipe!!!

Today it’s going to be an appetizer…………perfect for when your company arrives but Christmas dinner isn’t QUITE ready to put on the table yet.   Just be careful they don’t eat so much of this that they are too full to have the MAIN EVENT!    You may have to remove this after 15 or 20 minutes out on the buffet table for your guests!   No foolin’ !

Bacon-Cheddar Dip

This is another one of those “easy to make” recipes too………when you’re busy in the kitchen making a big Christmas dinner for everyone you can just put this out and let everyone help themselves with crackers, chips,  or crusty crostini – make it the night before and let it come to room temp the morning of your get-together…………

 

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) taco sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Tortilla or nacho tortilla chips (or something else you might like!)

Directions

  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Spread in an ungreased 13×9-in. dish or on a 12-in. plate. Combine onions, tomatoes and green pepper; sprinkle over the cream cheese layer.
  • Pour taco sauce over the vegetables. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Refrigerate. Just before serving, sprinkle with bacon. Serve with chips.

 

EASY-PEASY!

Well everyone I bet you already have your holiday meals planned right?    If you’re still looking for a few “what do I feed these people before the main even???” ideas, this is a good one.

Cool ornaments for your tree if you’re a BACON lover!

Yeah – why not leave Santa a pile of bacon and a glass of milk instead of the traditional cookies and milk?????

See you next week for the next to last “bacon for Christmas” recipe before the BIG DAY.

Happy Saturday !  

King Teddy

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

Thursday is here and so am I !!    I’m going to be THANKFUL first then onward to Angel Sammy’s weekly poem.    Thankful?  Yep – I always am.  Anytime I stop and think about my world, I realize it’s FULL of thankfuls.   This morning for instance I was outside with my Dad in the COLD COLD COLD and I realized at one point when I was hunkered down in the leaves that I really didn’t HAVE to be out there – it was my idea to go but I sure didn’t have to STAY.    I got up and lickety split headed for the front door dragging my Dad by the leash he was holding and back inside we came to get warm.   What if I had nowhere to get warm?   So many animals don’t.   Makes me sad thinking about them but I’m SO thankful I’m not one of them.

We got our regular email from Angel Sammy overnight.   So I’m able to share yet again his poem and a new photo for those of you who are playing along with us with the Poetic Thursday fun.   Some of you are “on the fence” about going out of your comfort zone to try writing a poem.  Let me encourage you to do it.   You just might ENJOY writing one!

Here’s Sammy’s email………..

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It’s Poetic Thursday – are you ready?

Hi everyone!  It’s me – Angel Sammy – the cat poet here for another bit of fun with poetry on Thoroughly Poetic Thursday.    If you’ve joining us for the first time, every Thursday we share a poem that we have written during the week using a photo that I provide to you (and me) for inspiration!    What we see in the photo, how we feel looking at the photo, what it makes is think about, etc.   It’s up to you to write any form of poetry about the photo.    It’s fun.   Try it!    Last week I gave you this photo – and following it is my poem for the week.

“Magic and Mystery”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell     December 5, 2018

 

On misty shores the maiden moves along

Towards magical towers and a mysterious song……

Only she can hear.

The message in the bottle promised her love

If she’d follow the light and the sound of the dove……

Towards her hearts’ desire.

Her dreams led her here to this shore

To find the bottle to learn much more……

She was ready for adventure.

She’d been different from others all her life

Her illness was painful and hurt like a knife…..

It was such a burden for all.

The thought of some happiness drew her here

She felt something extraordinary was ever so near…..

She heard the music in her heart.

At the gates of the castle she was met by a light

It was burning yet cool and felt ever so right…..

The Angel said “Welcome to Heaven”.

 

OK – I can almost hear you.   This is very different for me isn’t it?!   Well this photo when I first saw it stirred something in me (and my MOM!) and we felt like it needed a different “message” than the usual.    I began writing it NOT with this ending in mind – it just CAME TO ME as I was about half way through.    Anyway, I hope you like it and I can’t wait to see what you’ve written!    If you wrote a poem this week, let us know in comments and give us your blog link so we can read it!   OR – write your poem in our comments so others can enjoy it.  

Ready for next week’s photo?    Here it is!

This ought to be a doozie.   My Mom says no doubt this is what every shopping mall in the world looks like right about now.  I thought it would be a good photo to use for us to write about as we sneak up to Christmas!

Are you ready for the holidays?    I used to LOVE when the house got decorated.   Lying under the tree was my favorite thing.    That’s ME on the left and Teddy on the right.   I trained him well didn’t I ??

Sam Under Christmas Tree

So I will look forward to seeing you here next Thursday.    Give writing a poem a try.   You will be proud of yourself if you do and you just KNOW that I will be too!!

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

Love Forever, Angel Sammy

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Oh Angel Sammy you are right – you really DID train me well and I never even met you but when I dream at night there you are……..helping me, teaching me, telling me things I could only learn from you.    I love Christmas as much as you did.    I’m still trying to decide if I like Dad’s train under the tree as much as you did though!    HAHAHA

Love, Teddy

Teaser Tell All Class

Good Morning Class!   Time to TELL IT ALL !

Ready to hear the details Professors!

We really did think that it would be FOREVER before the Teaser yesterday was guessed BUT we were wrong………….in spite of what we thought was a photo with very FEW clues, we still managed to get more than one correct guess but there still was only ONE FIRST RIGHT GUESSER.   We’ll tell you who that was in just a moment but FIRST……………..

Who was our FIRST COMMENTER????   WELL, we had FOUR OF THEM in the first minute of class!

Annie of Animal Couriers

Da Phenny of Easy Weimaraner

Oliver and Calvin

Carole and Katie of Katie Isabella Colors My World

WHAT? The Cheer Team is gonna faint!

Each of our FOUR Firsties gets one of these badges:

I was one of the FIRST COMMENTERS on the Teaser of December 4, 2018! I’m an EARLY BIRD!

Yes the Cheer Team thankfully were all soaking in their Team Hot Tub when word got to them that there were FOUR First commenters…………they were surprisingly nonchalant about it – makes me wonder WHY.   I’m sure they will have something to say about it with their cheer later though!

WHOOP WHOOP WHOOOP for the FOUR FIRSTIES!

The wonderful photo was sent to us by Carry of  CARRIELOVESCATS.    Carry has two cats and lives in Scotland.   She’s also a mighty good photographer!   Here’s the beautiful photo she allowed us to use for Teaser yesterday:

This is one of the Fairy Pools that you must cross over to get to some beautiful waterfalls in Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye in Scotland.   She has visited – lucky her!!!    Thanks Carry for the very very cool photo!    This badge is for you:

My fabulous photo was featured on the Tuesday Teaser of December4, 2018!

Thank you Carry!

Who was the FIRST to guess correctly this week??????

ANNIE of ANIMAL COURIERS!!!    Yes – she is a double winner this week!   Annie, this is for you!

 

I was a FIRST COMMENTER and FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of December 4, 2018! A DOUBLE WHAMMY WINNER!!!

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!!!!!!!

Several more students guessed the Teaser correctly though – and for that, each of you who did gets one of these badges:

Darn! I knew the Teaser of December 4, 2018 but I wasn’t the FIRST to make the guess! Oh well…..

And if you guessed but weren’t right – you get a Pre-Teaser GREENIE badge of your very own!

I was wrong with my guess on the Teaser of Dec. 4, 2018 but at least I tried!

Well, what a great geography class we had this week right students?    Who knows – perhaps NEXT week it will be one of YOU!     Just keep studying and learning the fine art of looking for clues and you might get a badge soon.

POOEY! I studied but still wasn’t FAST enough to win anything!

Let’s see what the Cheer Team has to say shall we??

Good thing we were relaxed when we heard the news
So many firsties we could have had the blues!
But we are trying to stay on Santa’s NICE list
So we avoided complaining or getting…….UPSET (yes we know that doesn’t rhyme)
We had FOUR FIRST COMMENTERS – my my my.
So darn fast it could make you cry!
Phenny, Oliver and Calvin, Carol and Katie and Annie
That’s enough to say to knock us on our fannies!
But Annie wasn’t through nosireeeeee
She also was FIRST RIGHT as you all can see.
It was quite a Teaser this week but some of you knew it
Now we’re holding up lunch today so let’s get to it!!!

WELL DONE CHEER TEAM!!!!

I guess everyone is ready to head over to the cafeteria?    Let’s go………………and we’ll see you again next Monday for PRE-TEASER class then TEASER on Tuesday……………never a dull moment in Ding Dong School !

Lunch is now served in the Main Dining Room (which is actually the ONLY dining room).  

TODAY’S DELIGHTFUL MENU:

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Enjoy your lunch kids – see you next week for class!

Your Professors…………….