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Snoozy Saturday

Snowy January Morning

There's ice on TOP of the snow....took poor Mom ten minutes to get down to the bottom of the yard to take this photo!

Well, it does look swell but poor Mom took her sweet time getting down to the bottom of the hill to take this picture……with that coating of ice on the snow and traveling DOWN the hill – let’s say it’s a good thing she has a lot of padding on her (eeeek….did I say that out loud???).    The sun finally came out but it stayed in the mid-30s and the ice didn’t melt.  We really didn’t mind at all though – it was really cozy in the house. 

I didn’t see many people OR animals out there today – most everybody stayed inside and stayed safe.   Mom ventured out into the backyard and put sunflower seeds in the bird feeders – boy oh boy did THAT cause some excitement.   There were ten squirrels chasing each other all around getting the “spillage” from the feeders when the birds arrived.  We had lots of cardinals (don’t they look GREAT in the snow???), and some small finches but a bunch of blackbirds flew in and chased everything away.  Pretty soon a gray hawk arrived though and when he did – the blackbirds flew off.  I just kept watching and when the hawk finally left all the squirrels and cardinals came back.  They know when to disappear and when to reappear that’s for sure! 

Anyway, I spent most of the day sleeping……no surprise there huh?  It was just a nice day all the way around.  My parents stayed home of course since it was icky outside and I had Mom’s lap ALLLLLLLLL to myself! 

Should be interesting watching Mom go down to the mailbox at the bottom of the driveway to get the Sunday paper tomorrow morning though……..(insert evil giggle here). 

Happy Sunday!!!!


Cozy Cat

Sam Under Afghan on Couch

Snug as a bug in a rug (well, afghan not rug.....)

This picture is a little blurry but you get the idea.  Mom was in her studio yesterday so I came upstairs to hang out with her.  This afghan was made for my Grandpa by my Aunt Valerie.  After Grandpa went to heaven, my Mom kept it and it’s one of my favorite things to snuggle up in.   When I’m in Mom’s studio she takes it off the chair where it “lives” and puts it on the couch…..I’ll stand on it and knead it for a while then curl up in it.  BUT sometimes I like Mom to put it over the back of the couch and make me a nice cozy tent!  Just like this!

I stayed in this tent for about two hours while Mom did stuff on her computer and wrote some notes and sketched……I like to keep my Mom company.  

Another way cool thing is that this morning – while it’s still nice and dark outside – Mom and I went for a walk out in the yard!  I guess it’s been quite a while since we’ve done that but I felt like cruising around this morning so Mom put my harness on, bundled herself up in her coat and hat, and out we went.  It was cool but not really too cold….and VERY VERY QUIET.  Lots of stars shining too.  We went around the whole perimeter of the house…..I’d stop occasionally for a munch of grass (what little there is anyway!!)……Mom would look up at the sky for her favorite constellations (at least that’s what SHE said even though I have no idea what a constellation is!!)….then we’d move off to another spot for me to sniff around.  Anyway, we went everywhere – even down in the front yard a little ways along the edge of the woods.  Then our neighbor opened his garage door to head off to work and when it squeaked open it scared me I pulled on the leash so hard Mom let it go and I ran SUPER FAST back to the basement door until Mom arrived and we came back inside. 

She got a cup of coffee to warm up and I had some of my breakfast.  It was nice to be outside after being inside for so long though.  I guess that’s what Mom means when she says she’s getting “cabin fever” !!??

Just another day in my personal paradise………… 🙂

Happy Friday……..



More Bling!

Sam Gets Another Blog Award

How cool is this?

I’m proud as a peacock (although I’m not entirely sure I know what one of those is) because I have ANOTHER blog award!  A great big kitty hug to Dianna at These Days of Mine  for this pretty award with all the stars flying around.  Mom had to help me BIG TIME to come up with the goodies to comply with the terms of the award.  My blog is different maybe from a lot because it is – after all – written by ME and I’m a cat!  Most of the other blogs we follow have beautiful photography, and meaningful messages and stories…..mine is just plain fun! 

Anyway, we needed to read my old blogs and find one for each of seven categories… here we go!

1.  Most Beautiful:  that was a toughie but I decided the one I wrote about my Mom’s painting of the Cape Cod lighthouse where my Dad proposed to her fit the bill !

2.  Most Helpful:  I’m always ever so helpful and here I was explaining how to train your human:

3.  Most Popular:  I’ve not been blogging a long time BUT my first Christmas post about our tree had more hits than any other post (so far):

4.  Most Controversial:  A toughie…but because this was about my love of some food that’s not really GOOD for cats, perhaps controversial:

5.  Most Surprisingly Successful:  My vacation snapshots!  🙂

6.  Most Underrated:  I think this true story about our little garden gargoyle statue is way cool….but not many people read the post!

7.  Most Prideworthy:  That was easy – my Mom wrote this one about my Grandpa:


Now, we’re supposed to nominate SEVEN blogs to receive this award should they decide they’d like to have it…..I know lots of people don’t really want awards for their blogs and of course we understand, but just in case – and if you’d like to post the pretty award on your blog – here are my nominees (sorry there aren’t QUITE seven – I don’t visit that many and I know some of my favorite blogs don’t accept them):

Whew!  That was a lot of work… little paws are pooped – I think I need a nap…………….

Big Hugs and tomorrow – back to holiday celebrations!!!!

Sammy, One Happy Blog Award Winner







Snow? Really? Maybe?

Snow and Pink Sky - Pretty Combination

Mr. Weather Dude said MAYBE snow next week!!

 I heard him say it….honest I did…..this morning on the news the guy said “chance of snow next Tuesday” and Mom heard him too (although she pretended she didn’t!).  Now this picture isn’t my front yard NOW – it’s my front yard last year when we got an early snow……but just LOOKING at this picture gets me all revved up!  I have a feeling Dad won’t be too revved though…..even though he loves his snow thrower it’s still a very looooooooooooong driveway – 250 feet down to the road – so it’s a lot of work for the old guy. 

Now, granted, Mr. Weather Dude isn’t always right….in fact very frequently he’s not right – something about Warrenton being right between the mountains and the ocean….blah blah blah….makes it hard to really predict the weather accurately.  Uh huh….sure.  Excuses, excuses.  For all I know, it’ll be back into the 70s next Tuesday. 

Pssst…..don’t tell anyone……but I’m really hoping for some snow!  Everybody says they bet I won’t want to go out in it – I’m getting arthritic and older and on and on and on – but I just might fool them.  In fact, I’m adding a snow sled and skiis to my Santa Paws Wish List!

So there! 🙂

Sammy, One Snowcat at Heart

Lists For Santa Claws

Me in a Santa Hat......

What would YOU like Santa Claws to bring this year???

I had a lot of fun with the comments you guys posted yesterday….Mom and I got Daddy’s Christmas shopping all done but you also had some good ideas for ME! 

My Cousins Toby and Mollye sent me a link to a way cool thermo-pad thing that I can curl up and take a nap and it’s not electric!  Someone else sent me a link to a nice, safe heated bed!   Then there were a couple of nice fleecy dog sweaters that MIGHT fit – and even a sweater that said “Tough Guy” on it (even though I’m an old softie!!).

So it got me thinking – I have animal buddies who read my blog that live in all parts of the US of A and Europe – – – – I’d love to know what YOU do (if you do anything) to celebrate the holiday season AND most especially, what are YOU asking Santa Claws for this year?  Maybe it will give me some more ideas……I’m always UP for more ideas……there’s plenty of room left on my list for other stuff – and there’s always that kitty stocking I hang by the fireplace – it needs to be jam-packed with goodies (what kind of snacks do you recommend???). 

‘Tis the season…….well, it isn’t QUITE the season but we’re getting closer and closer and closer and you just shouldn’t wait until the last minute.   Santa Claws has lots of humans AND animals to shop for you know.  LOTS!