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Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello!   Time to fill in the blanks…….this is a Hop co-hosted by Four-Legged Furballs and 15andMeowing and it’s so much fun not just to be filling in but to see what OTHERS fill-in too!    Want to join us?   Click the badge above and link up with us.

Here are this week’s sentences (two from each co-host) and this week I filled them out all by myself with no help from Mom!!  YAY ME!!!  My words are in BLUE.

1. I would love to be a personal assistant to Garfield – I think we have a whole lot in common.

2. If I had a boat, I would name it Teddy’s Tugboat.
3. I want to improve my begging skills – I’m pretty darn good but I need to “UP” my success rate!.
4. Surprises are THE BEST (unless they involve a trip in the car to SURPRISE the vet!).
There you have it.    Some thoughts right off the top of my ginger head.    It’s Friday you know so I will wish everyone a HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!!
This was taken one month after I moved into this house from the shelter – do I look relaxed to you???????

Hugs, Teddy

A Loaded Friday Post!

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WOW – this is a BIG blog post today Teddy!

Yes it is………why?    Because it’s Friendly Fill-ins today but we ALSO want to tell you about a visitor we had at my house last week.    So let’s get started shall we?????

First let’s talk FILLING IN…………………

Friendly Fill-Ins on Friday is a FUN Hop co-hosted by our friends at 15andMeowing AND Four-Legged Furballs.    Each of them gives us TWO sentences with blanks in them – and all we have to do is fill in the blanks any way we want to.   It’s so much fun to see what people come up with for their blanks.    In my house my Mom and I take turns filling in or sometimes we BOTH fill in.    If you’d like to join us – click the badge above and it takes you to 15andMeowing where you can link up!

Here are the sentences for this week from our co-hosts and this week I let Mom do the filling in…….her words are in RED.

1. I almost always either HAVE a picnic here or go to a picnic somewhere else on Memorial Day.

2. I try to avoid arguing – usually very “unproductive” time!.

3. If I had a catchphrase, it would be THINK POSITIVELY.
4. Not wanting to be lazy motivates me to work hard.

OK Mom……good job.     I’m glad for #2 you didn’t say “I try to avoid giving treats to Teddy” – that means I’m on the GOOD BOY list!
Now for the second part of today’s post.     We want to tell you all about our wonderful visit with the charming traveling cow from 15andMeowing – “MOO” !!!    We were on the list to host her as she travels the world and she came to us after having a grand time with Miss Cecilia at Down Home in NC .   
She arrived all tucked in a nice travel box complete with some instructions and some other fun things that I’m not going to give away in case you will be hosting her like we did.    She was very happy to get out of the box I can tell you even though she said it was quite comfortable.    BUT she really was tired so the first thing she did was take a snooze.
We tucked her in and in a matter of seconds she was SOUND asleep.    She slept for a couple of hours and when she woke up,  I introduced her to some friends who were JUST HER SIZE and anxious to meet her!
The orange guy next to her is wearing the green beret that Moo’s Mom, Miss Ellen, made for Angel Sammy!
She said she was a COW and she was a GIRL, so she wanted to be a COWGIRL and this little kitty said “hop on” !!
Then I asked her if she’d like to go outside and see my nice grassy front yard – kind of like a cow pasture…….she said OH YES PLEASE!
I could see she was enjoying herself so I went up on the porch to see my Mom while Moo stayed in the yard enjoying the grass.
She said she felt just like Julie Andrews in “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” !!    She twirled around and around like Miss Andrews did!   She even sang the song from the movie and Moo has a quite pretty singing voice!
When we got ready to come inside for the evening, she wanted to pose on Mom’s door wreath because she thought it made a good “frame” for her to show off a bit!
We had dinner then because she was still tired from traveling, she excused herself early and headed to her cozy bed.
The next morning she decided to try some horseback riding with one of my little friends…….I told them I didn’t think these horses were their size!!!
Because Moo had such a long list of places to visit after us, we decided that maybe she might want to be on her way to her next destination – which actually was in Southwestern Virginia – so before she left we had one more super fun thing to do.    What was it?????
Moo told us to go into the kitchen until she said “READY” so we did……she wanted to play “FIND ME IF YOU CAN” in our library.    She sure found a good hiding spot – can you find her?????   It took us a while to see her but if you try real hard – you can see her too!!
When it was time to take her to the airport (post office) we all had a BIG HUG and told her to visit ANY TIME she wanted to – we will always be her friends!

We hope Moo has fun as she travels around on her visits but I just bet she’s anxious to see HOME SWEET HOME!

Hugs, Teddy

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Hello Fellow Thankful Peeps!!    Yep – it’s Thursday already and time to be thankful.    If you’d like to join in the Blog Hop of Thankfuls hosted by our pal Brian, just click their badge above and link up!

We are thankful this week – my Mom and Dad are thankful that they found an Angel Sammy bench for the backyard so they can keep a close eye on me when I’m out lying in the leaves……….and I’m thankful that they continue to let me have as much time outside as I get.    No doubt about it, my first year before I went to the shelter OBVIOUSLY was an outdoor year for me.   I get very excited when I’m in the fresh air.   I guess it must remind me of my “beginnings” !!

It’s wet in this photo – took it while it was raining a week ago – and YES it’s not really an Angel Kitty on the back of this pretty metal bench – it’s an OWL but Mom and Dad are pretending it’s an Angel Kitty…………so we call it The Sammy Bench!

Speaking of Sammy, I have his email from last night’s “Rainbow Bridge” transmission that he sent.   I’m so glad his wifi works as well as it does up there!    Here’s the poem he did for this past week’s poetic Thursday!

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Hello Poetic Friends!!  

It’s that day of the week that we gather together and share the poems we’ve written during this past week based on the photo I gave you.    I love love LOVE this week’s photo too – my Mom tried really had to find the photo she has of herself as a little girl talking on the phone BUT, my Grandma’s photo box is a mess and Mom couldn’t find it.    Suffice it to say, she said back in those days she had TWO imaginary friends that she used to talk to when she played in the yard AND when she talked on the phone.   They were named (yes they make no sense) “Dodo” and “Apodee” (pronounced dough-dough).    Who knows where THAT came from….not me.   Anyway, apparently from what we’ve heard from her Mom when she was alive and her older sister – my Mom would have rather lively conversations with her “friends”.    I guess “KIDS WILL BE KIDS” right?

So here’s the photo followed by my poem…………….if you wrote one, let us know in comments so we can read it!

“Hello Granny”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell      ©May 22, 2019

Hi Granny, it’s your favorite little girl

You know me – the one with blonde curls!

When are you coming to visit me please

I love sitting in your lap and riding on your knees!

Will you bring me a new dolly with eyes that close up tight?

So she can get a good sleepy with me in my bed at night!

Will you bring me a penny for my piggy bank?

I’ve been ever so good you know, I haven’t had a spank!

Hurry on over soon because I miss you so

You know I’ll cry REAL BIG when you say you have to go…..

I can’t wait to see you and give you a big kiss

Then when you leave I’ll be sad again cuz my Granny I will miss…………

 

My Mom rarely saw her Grandmother – in fact, she only had one Grandmother growing up……and she passed away when my Mom was in her early teens.    She was always a little bit envious of other kids who had TWO Grannies and got to see them all the time.    Grandparents are important people – – – I kind of wonder what kind of cats my Grandparents were – well I suppose I also wonder about my parents as well since I was found under an abandoned house at the ripe old age of about 4 weeks old!!!    Guess they forgot to take me when they moved.   Maybe because I was too small…………….

Anyway, I can’t wait to see what you wrote this week………….if you’ve never TRIED to write a poem for Poetry Thursday – give it a whirl.   I get very excited when someone new joins our little poetry group AND excited when you regulars write a poem as well.    It feels good to create one doesn’t it!

Ready to see your photo for NEXT Thursday’s get together????

This will be a good one…….

So, there’s your challenge for next week.   Can’t wait to see what you do with it………….and you have a whole week to think about it.    I’ll see you next Thursday……..until then, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, BE HAPPY, and of course WRITE A POEM!

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

Love, Angel Sammy

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Angel Sammy I do like your poem for this week but I can’t WAIT to see yours and everyone else’s poem for NEXT week!    I miss you Angel Sammy…….please visit me in my dreams and teach me things I need to know.

Hugs, your little brother Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins Friday

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Woo Hoo!   Friday is here and it’s time to do a bit of filling in.   Every Friday our co-hosts Four-Legged Furballs and 15andMeowing give us TWO sentences each with lots of “holes” in them that need to be filled in.   It lets tell a bit about ourselves when we fill those blanks!    If you’d like to have fun with us – just click the badge above and it will take you to 15andMeowing where you can link up.

Mom and I had a bit of a conundrum figuring out who should answer which sentences this week but we compromised.   We took turns.    My words are in GREEN and hers are in RED!

1. Bacon is my favorite item of the foodables residing in our refrigerator right now!

2. My favorite character on Big Bang Theory is (Neither Teddy nor myself have ever seen Big Bang Theory so we are passing on this one!!).

3. I could set a world record for time spent napping but something tells me there would be a LOT of us in that contest for the record!

4. Diving off the high board is the craziest thing I’ve ever done. (I’m NOT a daredevil but when I was a kid on the swim team we HAD to jump off the high board then dive off the board to stay on the swim team so I did it………ONCE………..NEVER AGAIN).
There you have it!   Another getting to know you post by me and Mom.    We’re a good team.    Oh yes – about our answer to #2 – we know we are probably two of the only people in the USA who haven’t watched Big Bang Theory regularly.   Mom remembers seeing it ONCE a couple of years ago.   She just doesn’t remember the names of the characters.   DUH.    Oh well – I’m sure we watch lots of stuff on PBS that nobody else has seen either.     Different strokes for different folks????

Love, Teddy

I don’t know about BIG BANG theory but I’m familiar with BIG BUTT !!!   HAHAHAHAHA

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thursday!   Time to tell what we are thankful for since our last Thankful Thursday!     My biggest thankful really is that our very long wet run of weather gave us a break yesterday.    We had sun almost all day long and it was just so glorious.   Mom was finally able to mow the yard and I was finally able to “nest” in the back yard leaves without getting soaked.    It was heavenly.   Speaking of heavenly, I heard from Angel Sammy last night – he got through on his wi-fi connection and emailed me his poem and message for today!    YAY!!!!

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Hello Poetry Fans!

Here we go again – another Thursday and time for us to share the poems we wrote this past week using the photo I gave you as “inspiration” !    I also have picked out another photo which I’ll give you later for you to use for NEXT Thursday’s poetic get-together.  

If you wrote a poem this week please let us know in comments here so we can visit you to read it.   I’m so happy some of you are joining in the fun and writing a poem.   Thankfully for all of us there are a LOT of poetic formats – some short like haiku and some long like mini-short stories – and even many forms that don’t rhyme…….so you can have FUN writing something using a photograph and your imagination.

Here’s last week’s photo followed by my poem for the week:

Howdy Partner!

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell        @May 15, 2019

 

A long hard day riding the range

Cattle moving slow in the mid-day sun

Hard life yes but you wouldn’t change

For you this life is perfect and fun

Time to relax and put up those boots

While ranch hands in the distance holler and hoot

Let them work while you take a break

Giving back to the land more than you take

A life on a ranch is in your blood

You’ll stand your ground in pestilence or flood

The family heritage is entrenched in this land

And you’ll love it until the day you die and take God’s hand.

 

I know my Mom talks about childhood memories and of course in her day every little boy watched cowboy movies, wore a cowboy hat and wanted to ride the range when they grew up.   Well Mom tells me that these days it’s harder and harder to hang onto the land and work it – especially farmers and ranchers.    It’s not an easy life but many of these ranches and farms have been in families for generations – you don’t just walk away from that I guess!

Here’s your photo inspiration for NEXT Thursday……………………..

Now let’s see what we all can do with this photo – I think it will make for some FUN poetry don’t you?     I hope you’ve all had a great week and that the one coming up will be too.    I’ll look forward to seeing you next Thursday.   

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

Love forever and ever, Angel Sammy

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There you have it!   Another poetry Thursday and as usual, Angel Sammy has given all of you a fun photo for NEXT week just as he did with the one for today.    I hope you’ll give writing a poem a try if you haven’t done it before.   It’s easier than you think and it’s very cool to look at it and think “HEY – I WROTE THAT!!”.

Hugs, Teddy

Sunday Selfie Hop

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Happy Sunday!    Time for our favorite Hop – the Selfies!    Want to join in?   Just click the badge above and go to our host’s blog at The Cat On My Head and link up so we can see you.

I’m going to continue with what I’ve been doing for ages now – looking back in the photo files and finding a Selfie from either 2017 or 2018 of ME on he approximate same date.   Why not a current photo?   Well, I do have some but I find it fun to look back at “the me that was”.

Here’s what I found for this Sunday:

This was me in May, 2017 – which means it was only three months after I was adopted from the shelter!   I was already practicing my belly shots although I was still growing and my tummy is significantly – well – more substantial now than it was here.

Now as you all know today is Cinco De Mayo, and we’re having a party at Cat Scouts – I thought you might enjoy seeing me in my Cinco outfit:

Yep – I’m ready!  I hope all of you have fun celebrating the 5th of May.   A party, a cookout, a picnic, or just sitting on your front porch in the sunshine.

Here’s a puzzle of my selfie:

Click this Mini-Me for the puzzle and GOOD LUCK!

Hugs and Ole’ !!!   

Senor Teddy

 

Sunday Selfie Hop

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Hello and Happy Sunday!   It’s that time of the week when we all strut our stuff by joining in our friends the Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head for selfies.    If you’d like to do that with us – welcome aboard – just click the badge above and link up.

My habit has been to do a FLASHBACK selfie – the photo I took either last year or year before last at this same time.    It’s just fun to see ME then.   I’m sure I won’t be growing any more than I have but I’m a big boy at 22/23 pounds yet a year ago and especially two years ago when I came to live here I did NOT weigh that much.    I’ve changed but then who doesn’t ??!!!

Here’s my flashback for today:

From April 24, 2018

So what’s this all about?   Well, this is the guest bathroom sink and it’s before I became really BONDED with the master bath sink as my “preferred watering hole”.    Pardon my rear end but Mom took this and of course she thought it was an interesting view.   I don’t lie down to drink anymore – I think I probably was just resting a bit after drinking water OR I was waiting for someone (MOM) to turn the water ON and fill the sink.    Either way, I am still a sink-drinker.    Won’t drink water from a bowl or fountain – only a sink.

Mom decided to jazz up this rather boring photo though with some Lunapic effects……………..here’s what she came up with followed by a puzzle for you puzzlers!!

Mom used 100% “SPLASH” art effect at Lunapic………………bright isn’t it – got your sunglasses on????   Good!

And puzzle fans – here’s your puzzle.     HAPPY SUNDAY………………………

Click the Mini-Me for the puzzle challenge

 

Hugs, Teddy

Friendly Friday Fill-In Fun

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Friday!   Time for fill-in fun with our co-hosts 15andMeowing and Four-Legged Furballs.     Two sentences with “holes” in them for us to fill from each of our co-hosts makes for a whole lot of Friday fun.  If you’d like to play along, click the badge above and go to 15andMeowing to sign/link up!

Obviously this week I had to allow – oops – I mean ASK my Mom to be the fill-in expert because they weren’t really “kitty questions” for the most part.    Besides, she needs a break from the usual blog stuff she does for me sometimes right?   Right!     Mom’s fill-in words are in BLUE!

 

1. I got my first cell phone in who knows what year – it was a long time ago and I’ve never upgraded to something other than a good old flip-phone that I don’t use for anything but calling AAA or David – no texting, no photos, etc. – that shows you how OLD I am right????? 
2. I wish the word HOMELESS could be removed from the English language. (If that word COULD be removed it would just mean that NOBODY – human or animal – would not have a HOME so HOMELESS would be an unnecessary word)
3. I’ll never outgrow my sense of humor or my love of life.

4. Just about everything make(s) me feel old.
Thanks Mom – you always say “you’re as old as you feel”…………….I know you have good days and bad days and I think all of us human or animal do……but every day I have with you and Dad is a GOOD DAY and I hope the three of us are together for a very long time.
Hope everybody has a super duper Friday AND weekend……………!!

Didn’t you see the DO NOT DISTURB sign Mom??????

Love, Teddy

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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YAY!   Thursday and time to be thankful and let everyone know WHY.    Want to join in this great Hop Brian hosts?   Good – just click his badge above and link up!    Tell us what you’re thankful for.

As for me – I’m thankful that Mom chased the red fox away that was practically sitting on my front porch this morning WAITING for some tender morsel (like me for instance) to come outside.   Well, first of all I never go out alone – I’m with my Mom and Dad or both…..second of all I’m thinking it knew that we sometimes feed the wandering kitties in our neighborhood first thing in the morning and thought it would wait around.    NOPE!   Instead, Mom yelled at it and off it ran.    We rarely see them during the day – this was at 4AM so it was still dark out.    THANKFUL?  Oh yes indeed I am!

I’m also quite thankful that Angel Sammy sent me his email with his weekly poem AND a new photo to inspire us for NEXT week’s Poetry Day.

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It’s POETRY time!!!

I love spending a little time with all of you on Thursdays sharing poetry based on a photograph.   Lovely to our our imaginations RUN isn’t it?   I hope you wrote a poem this week – did you?  If you did, let us know you wrote one and give us your link in our COMMENTS.   We will visit and read yours!     My Mom says she got a lot of email about the photo for this week – everyone thought it was really darling.    Well, I have to admit, even though I personally think baby kittens are adorable, I also think baby people are too.    These two little ballerinas inspired me.   My poem follows the photo:

“Tiny Dancers”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell   April 24, 2019©

Tippy toes on tiny feet

Tiny dancers oh so sweet

Maybe one day they’ll be ballerinas

Or play an instrument like a concertina!

Maybe they’ll be President or possibly Queen

Or any number of possibilities in between….

The world is their oyster as it was once ours

As long as they stay out of ivory towers

We start out our lives with endless choices

As long as we listen to the “right” voices.

Tippy toes girls have their whole lives ahead

But for now dance class is over and it’s time for bed!

 

These little girls are so darling.   My Mom remembers when she was “forced” to take ballet and tap dancing at the same time.    Her only gripe really was that she was the tallest girl in both of those classes.   That meant her teacher ALWYAS stuck her in front of everyone else when they had performances.   At least she didn’t stick out like she would in the middle of the back row (which is where she would prefer to have been!).    She was lanky, gawky, skinny as could be, but not a half bad dancer in either discipline.   The point is, it wasn’t HER idea to take the classes but her Mom’s.   It’s only in hindsight that she realized her Mom wanted her to have every opportunity to find her “bliss”……………the closest she came to finding it was when her Mom made her take riding lessons – but that didn’t last long – – – she enjoyed that a whole lot but they moved after less than a year of class and when they moved it was somewhere there were NO riding opportunities.    The point is, it’s important to TRY THINGS……….you have to find YOUR “bliss”.     These two little ballerinas in the photo look like they are having fun even if they have NO IDEA why their Moms dressed them up like tiny dancers!

Here’s your photo to use for NEXT week’s poetic inspiration……………………I hope you’ll join us in writing a poem about the photo!

Wow…..well, this ought to be a fun one to write a poem about………mother nature is awesome.    

I hope you all have a great week ahead and I’ll look forward to seeing you AND your poem next Thursday!    Come on – join  me – you’ll truly have fun if you let your imagination take over your fingers on the keyboard and write a poem!

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

Love always, Angel Sammy

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Thank you for visiting us Angel Sammy.    I will look forward to seeing you in my dreams AND to reading your poem next week……………………….I love you.

Hugs, Teddy

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thursday everybody………..the Bunny is probably busy putting all those Easter baskets together by now.  BUSY BUSY.   Better him than me is all I say!    Maybe that’s a good thing to be THANKFUL for – that I’m NOT the Bunny and NOT working my tail (haha) off getting ready for Easter.    If you’d like to share things you’re thankful for – just click Brian’s badge and join in the THANKFUL THURSDAY BLOG HOP like we did!!!

I’m also thankful Angel Sammy sent me his usual Thursday message and poem……………..ready?

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Happy Almost Easter Poetry Day!

I hope all of you are ready for Easter.   I remember when I lived with Mom and Dad one of their traditions was my Mom hiding Easter Eggs for my Dad.    Talk about hilarious – he was like a little kid…………he has a basket and Mom hides the eggs all around the basement (which was MY territory) – then he goes around and tries to find them.    Mom makes some easy and some hard to find.   But I was always with her in the wee hours of the morning when she was hiding them and I remembered where she put them.    So when Dad came downstairs to find them, I’d cheat and show him where some of them were!    HAHAHAHAHAHA   

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy your Easter celebrations whatever they may be.   

I have my poem to share with you today and I am hoping that lots of you wrote a poem as well – inspired by the photo I gave you last Thursday.    I try to find interesting and fun photos for you – things I think might be lots of fun to write a poem about.    This week’s photo is so cute.   Mom smiles real big (I see her!) when she looks at the photo.   She loves squirrels.    So, here’s the photo from last week and my poem – if you wrote one, let us know in comments so we can go read it! 

“Built-In Grocery Basket”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell       ©April 17, 2019

This guy doesn’t need “paper or plastic”

He’s been blessed with a built-in grocery basket!

To cut down on trips to retrieve the treasure

He stuffs them in his mouth which is made to measure!

Those storage bins in his adorable cheeks

Hold enough nuts for at least a week!

“Pardon me lady, for stuffing my face

but I’m glad that I found you on this park bench place!”

When he gets home his wife will be happily hopping

As she hugs him and says “Thanks for doing the Easter shopping!”

 

I think this squirrel is picture-perfect!     Mom and Dad have TONS and TONS of squirrels around as they live surrounded by lots and lots of big trees.   I know Teddy enjoys watching all the squirrels – especially when the little ones are playing up in the trees.    It’s a little nerve-racking though because there are also a LOT of hawks around and my Mom always worries when they swoop down to try and catch a squirrel.    Everybody has to eat – we know that – but Mom always wishes the squirrels well because they seem to be such happy critters.

Now – ready for the photo I found for you to use as inspiration for NEXT week’s poem?   Give some thought to maybe writing a poem with us to share next Thursday OK?    We want to give a BIG shout out to Marv’s Mom Miss Barb for participating for the first time LAST Thursday!    Thanks for having fun with us!    Everyone is invited!   

Oh I love this one too!!!!    Can’t wait to work on a poem for this one to share with you next Thursday.    You’d better get to work too!!!    Meanwhile, have a very happy Easter.    We’re planning an Easter Egg hunt up here at the Rainbow Bridge – the eggs are filled with Catnip!

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

Love, Angel Sammy

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Thanks for visiting us every week Angel Sammy.    I miss you.    I know Mom and Dad do too as they talk about you almost every day – but I don’t mind – we’re forever brothers!

Hugs, Teddy