Category Archives: Pets

Pre-Teaser Monday Class In Session


Happy Monday!  

The crop of plastic plants out front of the school are looking perky.   I swear they’ve grown……….HAHAHA      Anyway, it’s Monday and here we are ready to prepare you students for tomorrow’s FUN and GAMES for Teaser Tuesday.

FUN and GAMES?  More like PAIN and AGONY!

Well we know you all love Teaser Tuesday so you can be grumpy if you want but we know better!

You want GRUMPY, you’ll get GRUMPY!!

Tomorrow we’ll be showing you a photo (right now I believe it MIGHT be a Guest Teaser but you just never know!)……………….and it will be up to you to tell us WHERE you believe the photo was taken. Easy right?   NOT.     Sometimes it’s downright impossible.    Here are our rules and they MUST be followed!

When we say MUST – we mean MUST!

And here are the badges that will be available for you to win should you BE so lucky (and smart!):

Now that you know how things will be going tomorrow, let’s just take a minute to remind you that the post will be popping up at a SURPRISE TIME.    As if it wasn’t already hard enough to guess where the photo was taken, we torture you with not knowing WHEN the post will arrive – – – – but you COULD be the FIRST to comment if you’re ALERT (and AWAKE!).

I’ll be ALERT – it’s the AWAKE thing I’m not sure about

Well just do your best everyone and we’ll be cheering you all on – of course the REAL cheering will be from our fabulous Cheer Team who has a BRAND NEW RECRUIT!    That’s right – many of you thought our little applicant should have a chance so she’s trying out today for the first time!!

Here we are, loud and proud
Your Teaser girls are now a crowd!
We’ve got a new chick and her name is Lucille
She knows how to cheer and she’s the real deal!
Tomorrow we’ll be back to jump and scream
So let’s hear it now for the new CHEER TEAM!

The new chick is totally GROOVY!

What do you say about heading over to the cafeteria – Miss Dingleberry is back full time and cookin’ up a storm.    Romance is officially on the BACK BURNER for her now.   She’s re-dedicated her life to GOOD FOOD and Ding Dong Sheep School!

I’m BAAACK and ready for action – and I don’t mean DATING ACTION!   I appreciate your effort students and faculty but I think I’m much more comfortable creating wonderful meals for all of you, than I am dating strangers (and trust me – these guys couldn’t have been any STRANGER than they were!).

Today’s Lunch Specials:

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See you at a SURPRISE time tomorrow students!   Study!   

Professors Angel Sam and Teddy


Sunday Selfie Hop


Time to HOP!    Sunday is Selfie Hop day with Kitties Blue.   You ought to join us – if you want to, click their badge above and go for it.    We’ll see you there.

Mom realized yesterday when she grabbed her camera to take a couple of photos of me that almost ALL MY PHOTOS are the same.    I’m either in the Granny Chair in the guest room, or on the floor with my belly up, or SOUND ASLEEP and she’s right!    Of course the fact that I won’t sit still (usually) long enough for her to take my photo MIGHT be part of the reason…….but then there’s the fact that I do sleep a lot to be considered.

Here’s the photo she took of me yesterday – technically it’s not a selfie because I didn’t take it MYSELF but I’ve delegated the responsibility to my Mom so that counts!

See what I mean though?   I must have shared a bazillion photos that look just like this with you……………From this chair I can see across the upstairs hall to Mom’s office where I can keep an eagle eye on her while she’s at her computer………..however, obviously right now my eagle eye (and the other one too) are CLOSED TIGHT while I sleep.

I know I’ve probably told you why we call that chair I’m in “THE GRANNY CHAIR” but I’ll tell you again anyway.   The chair itself belonged to my Dad’s Mom and when she went to the Bridge Dad got it.    The quilt on the back of the chair belonged to my Mom’s Mom and it was a wedding gift to her when she married my Mom’s Dad in 1947.    Perfectly good name for that chair would be THE GRANNY CHAIR right?

Happy Sunday!!!  

P.S.   Did you think I forgot to do a puzzle for you puzzlers?   No I didn’t – I was saving it for last…..AND I’m not telling you who or what the puzzle is of.   You’ll just have to GO FOR IT!    Ready?   Set?   Go!

Click Here For Surprise Puzzle

Bakin’ with Bacon With King Teddy


Greetings loyal subjects of the land of Baconia – where BACON RULES (and so do I!)

I’ve got another ridiculously easy recipe for you this week………….probably too easy in some ways.    I think some of you like a challenge – lots of ingredients and steps and this has neither.    It’s just a very tasty bacon/apple muffin that is GREAT for breakfast.   Breakfast is the most important meal of the day you know so it needs to be GOOD.     THESE ARE GOOD.

Apple-Bacon Muffins


  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped apple  (doesn’t matter what kind of apple)
  • 1/2 cup diced bacon


  1. Heat the oven to 375 F.

  2. Spray muffin cups with nonstick baking spray or cooking spray.

  3. In a large mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until light. Beat in the eggs until well blended.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; stir or whisk to blend thoroughly.

  5. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Stir just until blended. Fold in the apple and bacon until blended.

  6. Immediately spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling the cups about three-quarters full.

  7. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until lightly browned.

  8. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 12 to 15 muffins.

See?   Easy Peasy……..and before you ask me – of course you can put more bacon in and for that matter more apple if you want.    More apple will make your muffins a little more moist but so what.   

Bacon does make everything better – that’s why we are all so glad to live in the land of Baconia where bacon is abundant and Moms are hypnotized into making things WITH bacon so there’s more of a chance WE can have some!   

See you next Saturday for another baconized recipe!   


Friendly Fill-Ins on Friday


Friday is here which means – yep – it’s time to FILL-IN!    Our co-hosts, 15andMeowing and Four-Legged Furballs host this SUPER FUN Hop every week. How does it work?  Each of our co-hosts give us two sentences – and we fill in the blanks.  Easy right?    Wanna join in?    Click the badge above and link up.

Here are this week’s sentences with blanks and I’m letting my Mom fill everything in this week – isn’t that nice of me?   Yeah I thought so too!!!!!

Take it away Mom!   (in RED)


1. I admire ANYONE who fosters or volunteers for shelters.

2. I can’t wait for anything to bloom.   (Note: I am so tired of drab days, rain, snow, and bare trees……I’m READY for anything to bloom because it will feel like things are “renewing” again!)

3. I’m proud to say I’m a published author and when I used to paint, I sold a lot of my work; I feel like I was able to use the talents God blessed me with in some small way.
4. Public speaking make(s) me nervous.
Thanks Mom……..good job.    Maybe I’ll let you do it again next week…………… don’t get too excited – – – I said MAYBE!    Tee Hee

Yesterday it rained ALL DAY…..which made it a great day for……..


♥Love, Teddy♥

Thankful and Poetic Thursday


Hello everybody!    It’s THANKFUL Teddy here………….. Today I’m particularly thankful that we’ve had so much nice sun lately – EVEN though it’s COLD COLD COLD, it’s still sunny.   The ground isn’t as frosty as it was even a few weeks ago and now that it’s softened up a bit, I can roll around in the dirt and dig holes act like a dog which always makes my Mom laugh (until she has to clean me up before letting me back inside).    Mom said Angel Sammy liked to roll around in the dirt too.    I’m also thankful that we have lots of nice, new green VERY TASTY grass.   I am a grass muncher (also like Sammy) and I do enjoy grazing.

I’m thankful that Angel Sammy’s email with his poem and message for this week’s “THOROUGHLY POETIC THURSDAY” got through – it still amazes me how good the wi-fi connection is between here and the Rainbow Bridge!!!


Hello Poetry Fans!  

Just in case you’re stumbling across this blog for the first time and have no idea what we’re talking about – today is the day every week that we let our poetic scribblings fly free here.   I give all of you a photo to use as inspiration to write a poem then the following Thursday we SHARE and I let you read MY poem and enjoy yours!     You say you have never written a poem and don’t know how?   Well, I’m here to tell you that everyone can write a poem – it’s not scary – it doesn’t even have to rhyme – it’s just putting in words what you feel, think, see from the photo that I give you!    Fun and easy…….please give it a try some time.   If you have written a poem for this week, please let us know in comments so we can come read it.    I just LOVE reading your poems.

Here’s the photo you had for inspiration since last Thursday – you’ve had a week to write something – did you?   I did and my poem follows the photo below:

“Floating House”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell      ©March 20, 2019

Imagine how fun to live on a boat

That lovely rocking as you gently float

But what about noise from tour boats on the fly?

What about noisy people late at night as they pass by?

What about gross stuff floating by your door?

What if the spot you chose turned out to be a bad place to moor?

You have to consider things from all sides

Houseboats aren’t like sailboats that ride the wind and glide.

They stay where they are put and you hope for the best

And hope every night you can get proper rest!!!


HAHA…….the romance of the water calls people all the time.   My Mom and Dad once went to a sailboat show and looked at some large and incredibly beautiful sailboats that were roomy and well designed and they felt they COULD live in it and sail too.   BUT there are huge expenses involved that people don’t often really think about – maintenance, mooring, fuel costs, are just a few of the things to be considered.   It is a VERY FUN thing to think about though…….and lots of people do own boats of all kinds and live on them quite happily for years and years.   My Mom and Dad decided to be “landlubbers”……but they both do enjoy getting on boats for tours and fun.    They’ve also taken some wonderful river cruises through Europe.    The sea calls to all of us maybe – some of you hear it louder than others and follow the siren’s call.    Remember to let us know if you wrote a poem for this photo!    Here’s next week’s photo – you have a week to think about/write your poem!

This one will be fun don’t you think?    I guess we’ll see how well we all do when we gather together here next Thursday.    Hope you have fun with this one………….C’mon – you can do it!

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

Love From The Bridge…………Angel Sammy


Thank you Angel Sammy………your brother Teddy




Teaser Tell All and Not Hot Date #3


Tell It Like It Is Class Is Officially In Session!

How did you like yesterday’s Teaser?   Interesting one don’t you think?    We’re here to give you the scoop on the photo and who sent it in…….and at the end of class we’ll make our way to the cafeteria for lunch and the SCOOP on Miss D’s Blind Date #3 with Harry and his pink hair.

WordPress did some sort of wacky and unknown TEST OF PATIENCE yesterday when Teaser was posted.   Or should I say NOT posted… least when it SAID it was…….it was confusing and as usual with WordPress we’ll never know what really happened but some of you got here and got the dreaded “WHHOOOOPS 404” error screen………some of you didn’t get any kind of notice after it WAS live, and some of you (like us) had no clue what was going on.   All we know is that within a couple of minutes apparently things were FIXED and the Teaser post went out.   Thankfully WordPress doesn’t bungle things often but when they do it’s a complete mystery to everyone – even us.

All that aside, who was our first BLOG COMMENTER?????

Was it ME????  I commented while I was still on the school bus!

No – sorry – it wasn’t you………….it was:

Timmy Tomcat


AND, Timmy, this little gem is yours!!

Oh boy! We were FIRST COMMENTERS on the Teaser post of March 19, 2019!

Congratulations Timmy – you’re cute!  Do you date dogs?????

Here is the photo from yesterday – quite an interesting one we must say!

We thought a lot of you might guess that this was the Loch Ness Monster – Nessie – and guess what… actually isn’t her – perhaps a cousin?    This wonderful sculpture is in South Queensferry, Scotland which is close to Edinburgh and it guards a rail bridge which you will see in some of the photos HERE.      But the actual information on THIS sculpture – which is called “The Guardian of the Bridge”, and the artist who conceived it and the school children who helped is HERE.

Who sent in this GEM of a photo for Teaser?

Miss Jackie of TWO DEVON CATS!

YAY!  Here’s a badge to thank you Miss J:

My fabulous photo was featured on the Tuesday Teaser of March 19, 2019!

DARN! I wanted to guess this week but the photo fooled me!

We know sometimes it’s frustrating not to be able to figure out the Teaser BUT that’s also what makes Teaser Tuesday so much fun…………………FIGURING THINGS OUT!    And this week we had someone do that FIRST – want to know who was the winner of the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER badge???


I’m holding my breath until you tell us!!!!!!


We’re so happy for you boys we just have to dance!!

We are too!!!!

Here’s your badge boys:

We were the FIRST RIGHT GUESSERS on the Teaser of March 19, 2019! We are “rockin’ Weims” !!!!

There were others of you who got this one – and good for you – you’ve earned yourself a copy of this for your very own:

I guessed Teaser right on March 19, 2019 but I wasn’t the FIRST……still, I won a badge so I’m GOOD!

If you guessed but were wrong???   There were a few of you in this category too (oops) you still get a badge and it’s THIS ONE:

Well I tried to guess the Teaser of March 29, 2019 but my guess was WRONG! Woe is me but I get a Greenie anyway!

Cheer Team – you’re ON!!!!

That was tricky but we still had fun
Handing out badges to almost everyone!
Our FIRST COMMENTER was a guy who’s FAST
Timmy Tomcat you are a ginger BLAST!
Our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER was soon to come
These two guys are smart they sure aren’t bums!
Phenny and Nellie are quite a Weim Team
I know they don’t date, but a cheerleader can dream!
We hope you’ll study between now and then
So you can hopefully get the chance for a badge again!

When do you girls hold tryouts? I wanna be a cheerleader!!

Lots of girls want to join the Cheerleading team at Ding Dong Sheep School………………….we’ll let you know when we have tryouts!

Who’s Ready for Lunch?????

Alright!  Follow us………….

Well students……I’m here to tell you the Pink Taco wasn’t what I thought it would be, nor was Harry.    He wore his “bottle belt” but had the bottles full of vodka which he enjoyed throughout our dinner.   The least he could have done is have Tequila or some  other Mexican restaurant kind of drink but NOOOOOOOOO – vodka.   Anyway, he was blasted before our appetizers arrived.   The waiter had to tie him to his chair so he wouldn’t fall on the floor!    It was awful.   One good thing has come from all of these dates though:

I want to stay single AND dedicate myself to providing great food to all of you!

Gosh Miss Dingleberry – we’re sorry things didn’t work out but we tried.   The students and faculty just want you to be happy so if cooking makes you happy then we say YAY!!!!


Miss Dingleberry’s Welcome Back Lunch Menu:

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Well students, we did our best to make a love match for Miss Dingleberry – turns out she’s a confirmed bachelorette!    We will be back next week with another TEASER for you……………so stay tuned all you geography/photography fans.

Long Live Ding Dong School!    Your Professors, Angel Sammy and Teddy



Tuesday Teaser Time


Greetings Ding Dong Schoolers!   Better COMMENT before you have a seat!!

Once you all get settled in your desks, we’ll start class.   Today is Teaser day as you well know and we have a GUEST TEASER for you.    It’s a tricky one.   You will THINK you know it but you might not – that’s all we’ll say for now!

Huh? What did he just say?

Let’s show you our rules once again.   We hope you will abide by them.   Use your detective skills to figure out where the photo was taken – don’t load the photo up in a search engine and have your computer do all the work for you!!!!!!

We have badges for you to win of course…………………hope those of you who won St. Pat’s badges enjoy them – these are our REGULAR badges.    The next time we do special badges will be for Easter (which isn’t that far away!).


Gosh – you’re anxious today!    You must have had plenty of rest last night.   Good for you.    Before we “BWING IT ON” maybe we’ll get a little pick me up from our Cheer Team!

Today we’re in class to have some fun
A chance to win a badge for everyone!
Just relax and concentrate on the photo you see
You could win a badge and guess what – they’re free!
The security guy is here with the photo of the day
So stop fiddling around and start to pray!
We’ll leave you now to go hop in our tub
We hope you do well and join the winners club!

Gosh those girls are cute….I wonder if they go for younger guys????

Let’s get serious now class – here comes the Security Guard with your photo of the day!

Reporting for duty – here’s today’s TEASER photo!

This is a whopper of a Teaser…..Good Luck students!

Gee…..this is a toughie…..I may never get rid of this hat!!

Gosh….you said it was tough and it is……I’m not sure if I should study the photo or eat….my tummy is saying EAT EAT and my head is saying BADGE BADGE…..I’m going with my stomach!

Students you may stay behind and study the Teaser or follow your Professors to the cafeteria…..then come back and study (or nap).  

Gosh…..I can’t decide what to do….my tummy is growling so I guess I’d better EAT first!

‘Allo, ‘Allo shtoooodents……are you ready to shtuff your faces and eat?  


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Enjoy lunch students and we’ll see you in class tomorrow for the TELL ALL !

Your Professors…….Angel Sammy and Teddy




Pre-Teaser Monday and Miss D’s #3


Good Morning Class!  Our Fake Plastic Plants for Spring are looking good!  

We are still resorting to “fake Spring” around here – in fact we have snow in our forecast for tonight so how could as possibly have ACTUAL Spring plants outside the school right?  Our groundskeepers stepped up with the great idea of plastic.   At least it LOOKS Springy even though it doesn’t feel it.

All I know is my nuts are cold and I’m hoping for Spring weather soon.   Wait……what??????

Moving on………….Students, today is:

Yes it’s time to get you ready for tomorrow’s Teaser.    Not only THAT, but today we will be introducing Miss Dingleberry to her next HOT (or warm) date, the most unusual but in your words dear students “fun looking” guy you picked as #3 Date for Miss Dingleberry.   After this date, it will be up to her to pursue dating life or return to her cafeteria kitchen and staff as she keeps us all in stretch pants with all the calories we enjoy in our Hallowed Halls.

This is who she will be meeting today:

Date #6 – came in third in the voting

Yes indeed he does look like fun.   Interesting fun………wacky fun………and red panty-hosed fun!    We’ll introduce our possible lovebirds when we go to lunch today.    Meanwhile, let’s get down to BUSINESS!   Here are the rules and badges for tomorrow……..please read the rules – we are sticklers for asking you to obey the rules!

Tomorrow’s badges:

I hafta follow RULES? Dang!

We also want to remind all of you that tomorrow’s TEASER POST will be popping into your mailbox at a SURPRISE TIME…………… never know when it will land and that’s your cue to GET TO THE BLOG AND COMMENT!!!!    If you are FIRST to comment of course you get a badge………….the other badges are self explanatory right?   Right!

I’ll be ready no matter WHEN you go LIVE!

I’m sleeping in my crib in the back of the room tonight so I’ll definitely be HERE first thing!

It better not be TOO early or I might still have my CRANKY on!  

Cheer Team could you step in and get this crowd cheered up?   Everyone is a little WOUND UP this morning!

We’re on our way to ballet class
But stopping by to give you a dose of sass!
You students are lucky to go to Ding Dong School
Where we only have one BIG rule
Pay attention when the teachers are teaching
Otherwise Marge’s yell can be quite screeching!
Rest up tonight so your brains will be AWAKE
Win a badge and we’ll put your name in the cheer we make!!!

Never fear – no such thing as too early……well, I suppose it is too early for those out on the West Coast but hey – we can’t make EVERYONE happy right?    Before we all faint from starvation maybe we’d better finish up here and head to the cafeteria.    Ready?

Miss Dingleberry, we hope your enjoy Blind Date #3 with the third choice of our students who voted!    This is Harry Hinkeleimer and you and Harry have an all expenses paid dinner this evening at:

Pink Taco!   In honor of Harry’s hair and your wig Miss D, we chose this fab Mexican restaurant for you two! 

You will enjoy your pink tacos under the pink lights in this pink room and of course will get there in style in:


Allo Schtooodents – it’s me again filling in for lunch today – Enchoy von’t you?


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See you tomorrow Students!   Your Professors





Sunday St. Patrick’s Day Selfie!


It’s Sunday and time for the Selfie Hop.   I’m thinking we will see a WHOLE LOT OF Saint Patrick’s Day selfies today.    I’m going to do a couple of FLASHBACK Selfies because I enjoy seeing what I looked like a year or two ago on this same date (or as close as I can get!).   If you’d like to join in the hop hosted by my friends The Cat On My Head, just, click their badge up above and link up with us all for some Irish fun!

This is my selfie from March 16, 2017 – which was just a month or so after I was adopted – I look pretty comfy don’t I ????

Then a year later, March 16, 2018, this was me:

HOW EMBARRASSING!!!!!!    I was still getting drinks out of the guest bathroom sink – these days I get drinks from Mom’s master bathroom sink.   A sink is a sink is a sink I say – the water comes from the same place!   

Anyway, today I’m Teddy O’Kimmell, red-headed Irish boy from Virginia.    I’m a very happy boy.     Since neither of these OLD photos of me have even a tiny bit of Irish fun in them, Mom has decided to use my St. Patrick’s Day AVATAR from Cat Scouts to make a puzzle for your entertainment today.     If it drives you nuts putting it together – have a green beer on me!     To make it a REAL CHALLENGE, I’m not going to show you the photo the puzzle was made from!    That’s right – this ought to keep you occupied for a while.    Tee Hee


Have a great Saint Patrick’s Day everybody and the below prayer is from me and my Mom and Dad to each and every one of you – thank you for being our friends……….

Love, Teddy O’Kimmell

Bakin’ with Bacon and King Teddy


Hello Bacon Fans!   Happy “almost St. Pat’s Day” and welcome to the Castle kitchen!

Today’s recipe isn’t GREEN but it has some green in it – if you choose to use it.  There is fresh thyme in the recipe – that counts right???!!!!     I’ll tell you right now before you see what I’m making for you today that this might sound like a very unusual recipe and maybe it is………but it’s an option for you if you are tired of the “same old/same old” appetizers or you have some special friends you want to make a little something different for.     These are – well – yummy in the tummy as we say around here!

Bacon-Peach Pizzas


INGREDIENTS:    (recipe makes FOUR appetizers)

1 ready-made pizza dough

4 slices bacon – thick cut or regular (as usual you can add more or less)

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

1 cup olive oil

1/2 cup ricotta

2 teaspoons chopped thyme (optional but adds a nice flavor)

Ground black pepper to tasste

20 slices of fresh peach (fresh are BEST – canned are too “wet” !!)

1/2 cup grated parmesan

4 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Line baking sheet with foil.
  2. After bacon is fried, break up into small bits..
  3. Place 1 dough quarter on a work surface and lightly dust with flour; roll into a 1/8-inch-thick shaped crust (round or square or something irregular – doesn’t matter!). Stretch dough with your hands to an even thickness; let rest on the work surface for 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining other three pieces of dough.
  4. Heat about 1 cup olive oil, reaching about 1/2-inch depth, in a heavy cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Fry each piece of dough until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. The first side will be lighter than the second side. Drain the crusts on paper towels.
  5. Transfer pizza crusts, lighter-side up, to prepared baking sheets. Spread about 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese onto each crust using the back of a spoon. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme over ricotta layer. Sprinkle bacon bits over the ricotta-thyme layer; season with black pepper. Nestle about 5 peach slices onto each mini-pizza and sprinkle 1 tablespoon Parmesan over each pizza. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and peaches are lightly browned and tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool pizzas for 5 to 10 minutes on the baking sheet.

YES I know it sounds a little weird…………..sometimes the yummiest things and strangest combinations make for the very best and most interesting snacks!     You know I’m right!

Have a Green Beer on me!!!!   Happy St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow………..

Hugs from the Castle…….King Teddy