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Remembering Sammy


Today is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day………

We couldn’t let this day pass without a special post in honor of my Angel brother Sammy.    He left for the Bridge on December 2, 2016 before I had a chance to meet him but he was the one who found me for my Mom and Dad and made sure I was at the same shelter where they got Sammy 17 years before…………..they walked in the door and saw me and that was the beginning of my wonderful life here this past February just a month before I turned one year old!

Angel Sammy was “bigger than life”…………through his blog here, he made so many friends it was amazing………and he loved each and every one of them (still does!).    Today’s Remembrance Day was started by another blogger friends, Deb Barnes, of Zee and Zoey in honor of Jazz who is one of their Angels now – – – this post here on my blog is part of their BLOG HOP today and if you’d like to join in just CLICK HERE.

Instead of going over all the wonderful memories Mom and Dad have of Sammy and telling all the stories I’ve heard since I’ve been here, we will just let this little slideshow do the talking for us.   It starts with a wee ginger boy and ends with his flying off to be with his friends and to wait patiently for the day when all of us will be together again………………..We hope you enjoy our REMEMBRANCE.    And for all of you who are remembering a special Angel pet today – may you be comforted in knowing they are young and free and IN OUR HEARTS forever.

Thank you Laura Strickland for this beautiful graphic

Love from us to all of you……Mom and Ted

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Tuesday Tease Time


Time For School!

Shall we begin class?   Good – in that case, hurry up and COMMENT – yes – COMMENT on this blog right now so you can be the FIRST to leave a comment and win this:

If you are FIRST or one of the FIRST in the FIRST sixty seconds we are LIVE with this blog, you win that lovely half-asleep yellow-faced smilie guy you can put on your blog or Facebook page or on the bathroom wall or WHATEVER you want to do with it!    Go on – comment then hurry back………..

tick tock tick tock

Alright – time’s up – now we get down to the REAL business here – and that’s looking at today’s Teaser photo and taking a STAB at guessing it correctly…………..remember in order to be the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER or even a RIGHT GUESSER you must guess the town/city/location/village AND the state (if USA) or country (if not USA) the photo was taken in – OK?   Got it?   Are you sure?   Pawsitive?   We know you could use Google Image Search to figure this out EASY PEASY but be a sport – see if you can figure it out just by studying the photo!!!!   More of a challenge right???

Yes Professor, let’s GO FOR IT!!!! I’m ready!

Shall we see if SuzieQ is ready to cheer?    Oh yeah – let’s!   What’s Teaser Tuesday without hearing from our fabulous Teaser Cheerleader ???!!

Today’s the day you get to guess
Show the world that you’re smarter than the rest
Give the Teaser a close look
Or you could cheat with your geography book (haha)
What is this place on the bulletin board?
Does it look familiar? Does it strike a chord?
Well hurry up and guess if you think you know it
Cuz someone else might guess as soon as we show it!
You want a badge that isn’t GREEN?
Then you’d better guess before I SCREAM!

Thanks Suzie!  You’re certainly coming back with a vengeance aren’t you?!      Let’s have our resident Forest Ranger/FBI Man/Armed Guard/Security Dood bring in the TEASER photo which has been under lock and key since we received it from our SOURCE for the Teaser this week!

Here’s this week’s photo Professor!

If you are the first to GUESS correctly, you will win this:

If you are RIGHT with your guess but aren’t the FIRST to be right, you win this:

If you blow it big time with your guess, even though you’re WRONG, you tried, so you get one of these:

FABULOUS deal right?   Totally………these badges are highly collectible (we just like to say that to make us sound important).    One day they will probably go for huge amounts of money on eBay (or not).    So get guessing ASAP!    We’ll see you back here in class tomorrow……………………..then you’ll find out who won what AND who our Guest Teaser was!

Don’t be late for class!!

Angel Sammy I’m gonna take a nap until the Tell All……..see you tomorrow!

No problem Teddy, I’ll snooze too – then we’ll be READY for the Tell All!!!! …zzzzzz…..

Since the Professors nodded off, I’ll just say “see you tomorrow class!

Class Dismissed!


Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday!


It’s Double Bubble Day!

Well actually I mean TWO posts for the price of one day…….


Today is Thankful Thursday over at Brian’s and if you click the above badge, you will go to his blog and if you’d like to tell the world what you are THANKFUL for, use the linky tool and join in the blog hop!    I’m THANKFUL that my brother Angel Sammy is still guiding me from the Rainbow Bridge – I’m sure it’s why I’m never getting in trouble – after all, I’m a kitten and kittens usually get in trouble right?  Not me – I’ve got AN ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER!

It’s also my brother Angel Sammy’s THOROUGHLY POETIC THURSDAY today:

Thanks Teddy! 

Today we celebrate the letter “P”


By Angel Sammy Kimmell, 3/30/17

A kitty’s paws can say so much

A claw in anger or a loving touch

Our paws don’t just move us from here to there

They can tell a human how much we care

We touch your leg when we’re at your feet

A reminder that we’re THERE and ready for treats!

We need our paws to climb a tree

Must keep an eye on the neighbors dog you see!

We need our paws to play with our toys

If we give them a poke they might make a noise!

Some cats have special paws like ME

We are equipped POLYDACTYLY !

There you have it everybody…………..our Thursday “Double Bubble” post!     If you have written a poem for “P” like my brother Angel Sammy, you can either write your poem in OUR comments here on OUR blog or you can give us your blog link where we can read your poem there…………either way – why not write a poem today for fun?

Tomorrow is Shopping Around The World being guest hosted by our buddy Da Phenny.    Remember to post your recipe for a dessert or special yummy treat and link to Da Phenny’s blog and also to Bacon (our usual host for “Shopping”)  !    Tomorrow is also Friendly Fill-In Friday at McGuffy’s Reader and 15and Meowing – lots of fun with this hop as we learn more about each other!

Big Teddy Hugs,

and one from Angel Sammy too!

Thankful Thursday and Thoroughly Poetic Too!



Hello my friends!  Time to write a poem honoring the letter “X” and I decided that I can CHEAT because it’s MY blog and if I want to I can – right?


X Marks The Spot

By Sammy Kimmell, 11/24/16

Thanksgiving….being thankful

Sometimes it can be a handful

So many things to be thankful for

But “X” marks the spot and it’s a bullseye score.

The “X” is on my heart where my love is stored

I absolutely couldn’t possibly love you all more.

I’m feeling my age and I wish there was more time

My “slot machine of life” needs just one more dime!

But before I must go, I’ll most thankfully say

I’m especially thankful on Thanksgiving Day –

My life has been grand, by life has been good

I’m glad you’ve all been part of my “blog neighborhood”.

Enjoy your blessings and count them out loud

I’ll promise to visit you one day on a cloud.


From Sammy With Love

I feel that I must say a little something to everyone about Sammy although it’s not easy to do……..because of course our beloved pets MUST live forever right?   They must – they are such a huge part of our lives and hearts.  Well Sammy is just tired and his body is failing him and there is little that can be done.   I have NOT wanted to talk about it – because it’s difficult – very difficult.   He spent a day and a half in the hospital having constant IV drip with a variety of treatments all designed to do what we hope is NOT impossible – give him just a little more time…………Sammy has loved Christmas since he was tiny.   He loves lying under the tree and watching my husband’s train go round and round…….he loves present boxes…….he loves just being WITH us when we unwrap our presents and when he gets to look in his stocking to see what Santa Paws has brought.   SO our wonderful vet is trying to give Sammy a “rally” – – – a boost so that he will be able to enjoy one last Christmas with us.    We are NOT doing any “heroics” for him……I honestly feel he wouldn’t want us to.   He’s had a wonderful and long happy life and he deserves to have a good long rest.   He will always be in my heart and I think in many of your hearts too………..I’ve LOVED sharing him with you and right now, it’s my intention to continue – after all, Angels DO blog you know!

Don’t be sad…………..just sent us all your purrs and prayers and ENERGY so Sam will hang in there – I’ll keep you posted on the blog…………no long drawn out medical reports but just to let you know how the “rally” is working.


We are hooking up to Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!   We’re THANKFUL for you too Brian!!!




Thanks thanks to the Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head for this lovely badge…….it touches my heart.

Thankful AND Thoroughly Poetic Thursday


Oooh La La!


Today is my “combination” day – it’s my poem day and it’s also Thankful Thursday so I am doing BOTH in this one post!

If you have written a poem to join me on Poetic Thursday, you can either post it in my comments so the universe can see it OR, post your blog link and say you have a poem posted there – we will hop over and read it FOR SURE!    Write a poem for someone today – I promise you will make them VERY  happy if you do!

First though is my poem of the week.   Today we’re celebrating the letter “W” in the alphabet.   You know I thought of a million things I could write about that start with the letter “W” but because lately I’m having “old guy” health issues and think a lot about my future, I settled on this poem to share with you – my dear friends.


By Sammy Kimmell, 11/17/16

My Daddy flies his plane up in the sky

Where birds and planes and angels fly

In common they all have just one thing

They fly through the sky using their “wings”.

When I was a kitten all tiny and new

The years up ahead were abundant – not few

With age came wisdom about many things

Like the eventual day when I’d get my wings.

Through all the years I’ve not once feared the day

When my guardian angel kitty would come to me and say…

“Dear Sam you have lived a long life full of love

now we want you to come join us at the Bridge up above.

Your work here on earth as companion and friend

Has been perfectly grand but soon it will end.

We have work for you there – and one day when you’re ready,

You’ll come back to Mother Earth for another life, strong and steady.

Your wings they await you – they’re beautiful – made of gold

They will bring you good health, you’ll be young again, not old.

When your time it is here, I will be by your side…..

From this earthly life, you will rise and you will glide

To the Rainbow Bridge we’ll go and be safe as can be

Watching over all your friends and your Earth family.

From this day forward until your time has come,

I’ll be right by your side until your last day is done.”


Dear friends, I hope this poem doesn’t make you SAD……………..because we all know that our time will come and we will go to the Bridge and see all our friends we’ve had to say farewell to for so many years.    I don’t intend to go soon but you never really know……….and I wanted all of you to know how I feel about that.    Life is GOOD……live every minute of it!    I sure intend to…..

Next week we will move on to a REAL toughie – the letter “X”!    EEEEEEEEEK!    Talk about a challenge!

For the second part of today’s post, I will tell you this thing that I am thankful for…………………..I’m thankful for my Mom and Dad – I could not have been adopted from the shelter almost 17 years ago by more loving and caring humans – NO WAY……..I’m living a dream life…………and I love all of my friends and every single day I’m here, I celebrate it.    If you’d like to share what you’re THANKFUL for, just visit Brian’s blog by clicking HERE and join the hop today!



Merci Beaucoup for coming by today to see my “W” poem!

Happy Thankful Poetic Thursday  

Monsieur Sammy, zee poet!


Sunday Selfie


As usual, here we are on a Sunday morning joining The Cat On My Head’s Selfie Blog Hop!

We wouldn’t miss it – would you?  


Mom and I quite like this one…..especially the “star” on my nose and the way the star pattern plays on the spaces all around me.   This is an effect called “Stars” from Lunapic.   Mom says I look like a magic cat………..maybe I am???

You can visit The Cat On My Head to join the hop with the Linky Tool there, or just take a peek at all the gorgeous selfies there.   Either way, have a fab Sunday!


Click Badge to Visit them!!

Love, Starry-Eyed Sam

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday



‘Allo Mon Amis!


It is moi….your friendly ginger poet back again with today’s poem in honor of the letter “T” !

There are a bazillion things that start with the letter “T” so deciding on just one to write my poem this week was tricky and tough………..but then the lightbulb lit over my little head and I realized that my “T” poem could only be about one thing.    I hope you like it!



by Sammy Kimmell, 10/27/16

When I was in the shelter

Just a little tiny baby

I kept seeing humans come into the cat room

I kept hoping and thinking “maybe” !

But not a soul was interested in me

They’d look and then they’d go

The shelter lady said it was because of my extra toes!

People thought I was deformed

Can you imagine that?

How silly can humans sometimes be

About a polydactyl cat!

She said I was a “Hemingway”

Which made me quite unique

I was healthy and very happy

And worth more than just a peek!

My Mom and Dad saw me that day

Mom knew about extra toes

She loved me the instant she saw me

My ginger fur and tiny pink nose.

My toes were just a bonus

Just much more of me to love……

I cuddled right up into her neck

And knew that I’d found LOVE.

(I was adopted by Mom and Dad on February 5, 2000 from the shelter)

Well now, that was fun to write – I’ve always been proud of my extra toes – wanna see some photos?   Of course you do…………….I’ve got a LOT of photos of my toesies!    Remember, next Thursday we will celebrate the letter “U”………………now that one will be a toughie!


Sammy Superstar

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Thoroughly Poetic Thursday



Hello Poetry Lovers (or at least LIKERS!).    Today we continue on our journey through the entire alphabet and we find ourselves at the charming and lovely letter “S” ! 

I had so many ideas for this letter, including the obvious – my name – but I settled on one which most of us cats AND dogs truly appreciate – I think you’ll agree when I share my poem with you!



By Sammy Kimmell 10/20/16

Puddles of sun through windows shine

I search them out and make them mine

On my old bones the sun will heat

The healing feel from nose to feet

The summer sun is far from dainty

It drags us down and makes us fainty!

The winter sun is such a gift

We follow the puddle as the light does shift

We search it out from room to room

When its’ light is gone, here comes the gloom

We miss it  on a rainy day

No sun puddles around in which to play

We search the house for a sunpuddle nap

The next best place – my Mom’s warm lap!

Another letter closer to the end of the line…………”Z” isn’t all that far away!    Maybe we should start over again when we’ve worked our way through?    Or maybe I can come up with another “participation” blog post for Thursdays………….what do you think?    This is just a one day poll so take it now because it will be gone tomorrow……..!


I’m up for either option…………but I do love reading YOUR poems and I hope you enjoy reading mine…………let’s see how most of us feel about it!

Before I go, I thought you might enjoy seeing some SUNNY photos from my photo collection………………..who doesn’t love a good sunpuddle???????

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Did you write a poem for “S” today?  You can post it in my comments if you like, OR you can give us your blog link where we can visit and read your poem!!!   Thanks to all of you for pawticipating!

I'm a poet and I know it!

I’m a poet
and I know it!

Happy Thursday!  

Sam the Poet Guy


Teaser Tell All Time!




Hello Class!!!!!!   I hope you’ve noticed I’ve been slaving away trying to create some new graphics for the Teaser blog posts!  

NEXT week I’ll have new badges for you to win too!!!!!   

In the meantime, yesterday’s Teaser photo gave you something to think about and we had a lot of interesting guesses but several of you guessed it RIGHT……..and I’ll give you the scoop on who won what, right after I show you the photo again which was – by the way – an old photo of my Mom’s Mom that she took well over 40 years ago on a trip she took WITHOUT my Mom along.  


This is Lisbon, Portugal and that building on the far right that looks like a castle is the Belem Tower area along the water.   Here’s some great information about this historic landmark……………..just CLICK HERE!

So who were our lucky ducky winners this week???    Well first of all, our very FIRST COMMENTER (within one minute of the blog post going live!) was our good friend Miss Csilla from KOLYTYI.    Bravo Miss Csilla!   This is for you……………


Who was the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER?    It was our old friend and world traveler, EASY !    This is for you my buddy and pal:


AND, like I said, there were some other CORRECT GUESSERS in the crowd yesterday who figured it out and each of you gets this:


Even if you didn’t figure it out you are still a winner in my geography class – that’s right – you get a world famous GREENIE for your time and trouble:


Who knows what I’ll dig up for NEXT week’s Teaser…………it could be anywhere in the world!    So start studying your atlas, encyclopedia, travel brochures, and travel programs on the TV because Tuesday will be here before you know it!


Don’t forget mon amis, tomorrow is zee Thoroughly Poetic Thursday blog post and your poem should be about something starting with the letter “S” !!!   Oui?  Comprendez vous?   (Mom’s high school French was oh so many centuries ago!)


Friendly Fill-Ins Friday!


Fill ‘Er Up Please!

Mom says she used to say that to the attendant at the gas station – yes, believe it or not there used to be PEOPLE putting gas in your car at gas stations back in the old days (hahaha).    But this time filling up has to do with the Friendly Fill-Ins sponsored by 15andMeowing and McGuffy’s Reader!


Are you ready to see my “filling in” ??    By the way, if you wanna join in on this fun Friday exercise, you can – just visit McGuffy’s Reader and hook up with the LINKY TOOL and fill in the sentences yourself – it’s tons of fun and sure gets us to know each other better at the same time!

Here are the sentences this week and my Mom filled them out this time around – I like to SHARE them with her as a special treat (yes I spoil my MOM!).  Her answers are in BLUE.

1. It is good to have a spare key (to anything – car, house, etc.) !!.
2. I don’t understand why bungee jumping (hahaha) is/are so popular.
3. The spookiest thing that ever happened to me was many years ago I was using a Ouija board with my sister and that’s all I’ll say other than what happened was decidedly WEIRD.

4. My favourite Halloween tale is “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” – it came out in 1966 and I’ve watched it every Halloween since…..I love it.

So there!   That’s our story and we’re sticking with it!

Speaking of pumpkins, Nellie of Nellie on the Edge is making Halloween punkins for everyone like she did a couple of years ago……………she made one for me back then but I can’t find it so she sweetly made me another one…………….Don’t you just LOVE IT???????????   I do!


Thank You Nellie Bellie!!

I do hope that you all have a wonderful weekend…….remember tomorrow is BACON DAY………….how could anyone forget bacon right?   Right!

See ya !

See ya !

Hugs, Sammy