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Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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I’m thankful that it’s Thursday so I can not just talk about my Thankfuls this past week but because it’s also the day I share what Angel Sammy has sent to me from the Rainbow Bridge for his Thoroughly Poetic Thursday post.    That’s something to be thankful on its’ own!    If you want to join in the thankful Hop – click Brian’s badge above and you’ll be IN!    Share what you’re thankful for – you’ll be glad you did.

Today I am thankful that the sun has returned.   Florence’s aftermath which was by the time she got here merely a lot of rain and not so much wind was just two days of ICKY and WET and we certainly can handle that compared to all those who had to endure and still ARE enduring what Florence did to them.   We pray for them every day.   We hope the water recedes and that rebuilding will begin……….ONWARD.

This past week we learned that we lost a good friend – sweet Madi the Diva……she was needed at the Bridge and we are all sad about her parting but know she’s in good hands with all the Angels taking care of her there.    We have been praying that her Mom and Dad will think of her being well looked after just as they did for 16 years.   At the end of this blog post we will have information on the Blog Hop that our friend and Madi’s long-time boyfriend Raz from Friends Furever is hosting on September 26th.    It will be fun – it’s what Madi wanted!

Now let me share what I got from Angel Sammy!

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Hello Poetry Fans!

Another week has passed since we last met to exchange poetry fun – a sad week because Madi made her journey up to the Rainbow Bridge where she was hugged and hugged and hugged by me and SOOOOO many other Angels too numerous to list here.   Let’s just say she is missing her home but knows this is where life DOES go on for all of us.    She makes a beautiful Angel as you can imagine.  

I understand that Madi and her Mom are going to continue writing poetry together and pawticipate in our weekly gatherings still which is WONDERFUL because we always have looked forward to her poems.  They are fabulous.   Now here is the photo that I gave you all last week for inspiration for this week’s poem – I REALLY love the mood of this painting don’t you?    I hope you wrote a poem to share with us?   If so, please tell us you did and leave us your blog link OR write your poem in our comments – either way we would love to see what you wrote……………

“Once Upon A Time…..”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell      September 20, 2018

By candlelight we would gather ’round

In cozy room’s glow there’d be no sound

Until Mother would open the magical book

To pick out a story then she’d give us a look

The look said “settle in, and I’ll take you away!”

We’d eagerly wait to hear what she’d say

“Now we’ll begin” then the words would take flight

As the story she told brought magic to the night…..

The time we would spend there in our own little space

Mother weaving a tale bringing a smile to each face

When at last she would say “and now that is the end”

We knew next off to bed each of us she would send

What dreams we would have from the stories she told…..

Childhood memories are FRESH, although now I am old………..

 

I have to admit, when I was a kitty living with Mom and Dad, sometimes my Mom would weave a little tale about how much she loved me and how happy she was she found me and I really did love “story time”.    I know some of you still do have story night with your Mom and I think that’s wonderful.    Teddy rarely sits still long enough for Mom to make up a story for him but they are close in other ways.     I hope the flavor of the joy of storytelling came through in my poem!!    

Now – here’s your photo inspiration for NEXT week – I hope it brings some ideas to mind.

This one should be a great one to write a poem about………………so I will look forward to seeing YOURS next week!   I hope it’s a date?    Poetry is a lot of fun to write…….give it a try.

Love to you all, Angel Sammy

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

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Thank you Angel Sammy!    I like your poem this week.    I think I’ll give story-telling a try.    Mom is always trying to get me to listen to her and if you liked it – I bet I will too!

Now I want to share some information with all of you about the special Blog Hop for Madi………………….it’s going to be hosted by Raz of Friends Furever but here are the details on how to join in the fun (yes I said fun – Madi wanted a FUN event for her farewell)…………

This is information from Friends Furever about the Hop:

Please join us on Wednesday, September 26 when we host a special Blog Hop for Madi Come Laugh With Us.  Post anything you want to do with a Box…such as stand up comedy, a joke or pun,

Recite a poem…karaoke, just a picture with a box, etc…anything goes no rules except RED!    RED was Madi’s favorite color!!!  

 

There is a link set up at Living Laughing and Barking in our Backyard so Madi’s Mom and Dad can see all your wonderful posts.

Hugs, Teddy

 

 

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Teaser Tell All…..Pirate Style!

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AHOY Mateys!   Come aboard the Good Ship Sheep Dip! 

It’s time for the Teaser Tell All – Pirate Style!    ARRRRRGH…………..(excuse me, I’ve got a cough)     We had a whopper of a Teaser didn’t we?   Almost made you want to walk the plank instead of figure it out right?    Well, Terrible Ted the Pirate and his sidekick Angel Sammy the Devil  are here to give you the TEASER SCOOP.

In case you think we’ve lost our minds – today is TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY in the blogosphere and we at Ding Dong School pawticipate in that…….so there.

Now – where were we………..

Oh yes…………Teaser………….The first item of business is to let you know WHO was our FIRST COMMENTER yesterday – and our Cheer Team was overjoyed to hear that there was only ONE First Commenter this week.   Just one!    Who???

The Pirates at FRIENDSFUREVER!!!!  

Arrrgh!   You shall not have to walk the plank Friends Furever!!!!  Here’s your BADGE!

I was FIRST COMMENTER on the Teaser of September 18, 2018!!!!

THEN we waited and waited until SOMEONE guessed it!    Here’s the photo again:

A mighty beautiful sight, she is………..a pirate island in the middle of the ocean……well, not OUR pirate island but maybe someone’s!     Where was this photo taken????   Well this is BIRD ISLAND in the Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean.    Seychelles is actually a REPUBLIC and Bird Island is just one of a LOT of islands in this group of beautiful places.   If you’d like to see more and find out more about this particular island too, CLICK HERE.

And WHO was the lucky Pirate who guessed where this was FIRST??????

MISS CSILLA of Kolytyi !

 ARRRRRGH!!!!  This little beauty doesn’t have to walk the plank either since she was right!   Here’s yer badge!

I was FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of September 18. 2018!!

AND some others guessed it too – each of you take one of these of your very own:

I guessed the Teaser correctly BUT I wasn’t FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on September 18, 2018. DARN!

Then there some others who guessed but were WRONG – we will give you a break – we are kindly pirates (sometimes) and you will not have to walk the plank but you DO get one of these badges:

I guessed WRONG on the Teaser of September 18, 2018 but I got a badge anyway!!

Now can the LOSERS walk the plank Professors??????

 Normally everyone who didn’t guess and just showed up for the food would have to walk the plank…..BUT…..in the spirit of KINDNESS (some pirates are kind believe it or not) we won’t make you do that today!!

I was a little bit scared that you might make us (gulp) do the plank thing!

Now let’s celebrate by bringing in our Pirate Cheer Team to do their THING!

Don’t we look CUTE
In our pirate suits?
Today we have it easy
No need to get all queasy
One FIRST COMMENTER we had
I know that you are glad!
That was FRIENDS FUREVER
Our friends in all kinds of weather!
Our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER was smart!
Miss Csilla makes sleuthing an art!
Now pardon us if we go
We’re having our own pirate show
We installed a plank on our hot tub
Then afterwards we’re getting backrubs!

I assume the Cheer Team’s Hot Tub room is closed to the general public?????   DARN!

Alright class……………today Miss Dingleberry has prepared some pirate food in the cafeteria so enjoy yourselves then sail home on your pirate ships and return in your regular clothing tomorrow!!

OK you scurvy scaliwag sheep, prepare for a pirate’s feast!   Do not stick your sword into the pirate in front of you, and do not eat your meal using your sword to cut things up.   Got it?   Good!!

Today’s Pirate Menu

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Thanks for a FUN class today Pirates!  

Your Professors………

P.S.   Before we leave – here’s a wonderful and fun event for you to put on your calendar in honor of EVERYBODY’S friend, Madi who went to the Rainbow Bridge last week….She wanted one last FUN time with everyone and here it is – hosted by our friend Raz from FRIENDS FUREVER.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 26 when we host a special Blog Hop for Madi Come Laugh With Us.  Post anything you want to do with a Box…such as stand up comedy, a joke or pun,

Recite a poem…karaoke, just a picture with a box, etc…anything goes no rules except RED!     Red was Madi’s FAVORITE/SIGNATURE color!   She also loved boxes so that’s included in the Hop too – use your imagination!   Have fun with it – Madi wanted everyone to make this Hop fun.
There is a link set up at Living Laughing and Barking in our Backyardso Madi’s Mom and Dad can see all your wonderful posts.
Angel Sammy, Mom and I made this for Madi………..with love.
Teddy

 

 

Sunday Selfies Hop

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Hippity Hop

Happy Sunday!    Today is Selfies day.    This Hop is hosted by our friends the Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head and it makes Sunday our day to STRUT our STUFF!    Post your selfie along with ours by clicking their badge above and completing the LINKY form……….just like that – you’re IN THE HOP!

Mom took this photo of me lounging at the bottom of the stairs WAITING not very patiently for her to come down, put my harness on me and take me outside for a cruise.   Lots of squirrels and especially skinks out there to hunt or spy on and time’s a-wasting Mom!    That’s why I’ve got my lasers on – to help her locate me since my coloring kind of matches the flooring.   HAHA

I’m showing you the before and after versions…………..Mom jazzed up the before with Lunapic of course and that’s how we got the brilliant stripes on my after.

Come to think of it, I look just a little SPOOKY in that second photo don’t I ???    Well, trust me, I look way scarier than I am!

Have a very “un-scary” Sunday everybody!  See you at the Hop!

Love, Teddy

EXTRA EXTRA – IMPAWTANT NOTICE!!

Did you know tomorrow is HUG YOUR CAT DAY????  Well it is!!!!

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Time for the THANKFUL THURSDAY Hop, hosted by my friend Brian.   We get together via the Hop on Thursdays and talk about how thankful we are for WHATEVER – if you think about it, I know that we ALL have things we’re thankful for.   If you’d like to join in the Hop – click Brian’s badge above and join in.

I don’t have a specific thing to be thankful for this week but I do believe in expressing my thankfulness every single day.   Mom and I have quiet time in the morning together before Dad gets up and one of the things we always do is say a little prayer of thanks for BEING HERE and having a quiet and peaceful life in a comfy home with friends and family.   It’s easy to take things like that for granted.   We hope we NEVER EVER do that.

I’m also thankful that my Angel brother Sammy got through with his wi-fi connection to transmit his Thursday poem to us!    A Thursday without poetry from him AND without reading everyone else’s photo challenge poetry just wouldn’t be as fun!

Here’s what I got from Sammy overnight……….

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Hello everyone………it’s Thursday again and time to share some poetry.   I hope you decided to participate this week whether you’ve written a poem before or not.   It’s a fun thing to do and I try to make it a challenge by giving you a photo every week to use as “inspiration” for your poetry!    So far everyone who is writing a poem is doing an amazing job.    We have some REAL poets out there in blog land and happily some of them are our blog followers. 

So, in case you need to see last week’s photo that I gave you to write a poem from, here it is again, followed by my poem.

“Cat Pals”

by Angel Sammy Kimmell    May 31, 2018

 

Buddies and pals can be quite fun

Having two or three can be more fun than ONE

Someone to play with, or sleep with or cuddle

It’s hard to play football when you’re alone in the huddle!

If something goes wrong, your pal can be there

They can give reassurance, or comb out your hair!

Or clean out your ears, or lick food off your face

Pals don’t want their friends to look like a disgrace!

But some animals are fine being the one and only

If you’ve always been “just one” then you can’t feel lonely

If our humans play with us and talk to us and stuff

Being on our own in the household is not really tough!

We get all the attention, all the treats, all the toys

We can be just as happy, and just as full of real joy

But if one day my humans decide to get me a pet

You’d better believe it’s a CAT they would get !  

 

My Dad was always a dog guy before he met my Mom…………Mom quickly converted him to a cat guy………..and I have to say, both Teddy and I are happy that happened !!

SO, I bet you’re anxious to see the photo that I have for you for NEXT week – but I have to say first that I’m hoping you wrote a poem for TODAY with the kitty photo.  Did you?  If so, tell us in comments and give us your blog link so we can READ it OR if you want, write your poem in our comments to share.  

Here’s your challenge photo for NEXT Thursday!

This will be a fun one don’t you think?????   We’ll share what we all come up with next Thursday.   Until then, I will remind you that I am THANKFUL you are our friends.   I’m also THANKFUL if you take up the challenge to express your creativity with a poem – I can promise you it’s not as hard as you might think it is.   

Until next week, I’m sending you all Heavenly Hugs from the Rainbow Bridge…………….

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

Hugs, Angel Sammy

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Well I can’t top that – so I will just say – see you next Thursday for Thankful and Poetic Thursday!

Love, Teddy

 

Memorial Sunday Selfie Blog Hop

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Memorial Day Weekend

 

Hopping Along on Sunday With Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head

It’s Sunday which means selfie time!   Our host, “The Cat On My Head” has a wonderful blog hop on Sunday where we can post a selfie and share it!    All you have to do if you want to join us is click on their badge above and fill out the LINKY form – the we can visit you and see how you’re looking this fine FINAL Sunday of May.

Mom did her usual Lunapic “thing” to my selfie………and as I usually am, I was asleep when she snapped it.    With Lunapic she added the “CREEPY” effect, then she added a butterfly frame with Pizap.   Thanks Mom for making it look like I’m dreaming about butterflies – I like them a lot!

Here’s how it turned out………..not too shabby huh?   Looks like a big quilt to me!    A quilted kitty lying on a quilt.    Hope you all have a magnificent Sunday on this 3 day weekend Memorial Day holiday.   Please think about what Memorial Day really is all about…………we know Memorial Day is tomorrow but we’re making it a TWO DAY holiday at my house.

It’s about remembering and honoring all those who serve or have served their country.   All the men and women who helped keep their country strong and free.   For me, this is thinking about my Mom’s father whose photo I see every day when I’m keeping Mom company in her office – also the American flag in a case which she cherishes that was given to her family when her Dad was buried at Arlington Cemetery in 1992.    I didn’t know him but I wish I had…….We’ll be thinking of you this weekend and always Grandpa.

Mom With Her Dad In His Uniform

This is my Grandpa two years before he went to the Bridge, escorting my Mom down the aisle when she married my Dad!

Have a special day of remembering today and tomorrow……………

 

Hugs, Teddy

 

 

Sunday Selfie

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Sunday Selfie Blog Hop time with the Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head!    Every Sunday we join in the fun of showing off our “fine selves” at the Hop.    This is no exception.    If you want to join us please do – just click their badge above and join with the LINKY TOOL.   Easy Peasy.

My photo this Sunday was jazzed up by my Mom with Lunapic – using the “Frida” art effect.   The photo is just a little embarrassing – YES sometimes I am too lazy to stand up while I’m having my “SINK DRINK” so I have a lie down while I slurp my water from the faucet.   So what?   I wasn’t feeling very perky when this photo was taken.   I just didn’t have enough energy to stand or squat!

Here’s the”before Lunapic” version:

And here’s the FANCY SHMANCY version!

Gee that sink water tastes mighty fine!    Speaking of mighty fine – I hope your Sunday is just that………………….!

Love and Hugs, Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins Friday!

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Oh boy!   Fill-In Friday is here……………..this is a fun Blog Hop that you can join in if you want to – it’s co-hosted by Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen of 15andMeowing and you can go to McGuffy’s to join up if you click the badge above!    What is the hop all about?    Well, our co-hosts EACH give us two sentences with blanks in them and all we have to do is fill in the blanks however we want………..what happens?   We learn a lot of new stuff about each other.  Cool right?

I’m going to fill in the blanks ALL BY MYSELF this week……………….Mom said I could………………..and my own words will be in BLUE so you can tell it’s ME ME ME talking!

 

1. When I am nervous, I run for the basement – it’s my safe spot in the house!

2. When I am angry, I won’t look my Mom or Dad in the face – I look away so it’s more like a BIG POUT!.

3. Today, I know for sure that Mom is taking me to the vet at 9:40AM – she doesn’t think I know but I heard her call to make the appointment – I haven’t been eating well or drinking enough water (so she says)!

4. For St. Patrick’s day, I am going to Ireland with the Cat Scouts (virtually of course) **

**Mom says she’d fill in this sentence with “I am making corned beef and cabbage with potatoes in the crockpot” !

 

So there you have it – my Friday fill-ins are done!     That was easy peasy………………..you should join us – it’s fun every week.

Teddy

Angel Sammy

 

Angel Sammy and Teddy O’Kimmell wish you the luck of the Irish on Saturday!!

Happy Birthday Madi!

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It’s Madi’s SWEET 16!

Click the Badge above to visit the BLOG HOP!!

Well Madi you wanted us to celebrate your birthday by telling the tale of an epic car journey, or how we (or our humans) learned to drive or something about a road trip of SOME sort – a driving tale.

I have bunches of stories I could tell but I’m going to let Mom tell HER story, and by way of pawticipating in the “driving” part of this HOP for you, I’ll just show both me and my Angel brother Sammy in our cars that we “drove” in the Cat Scouts Cardwood Derbies of the past.    The rule was you had to make your car out of a cardboard box and you had to be IN the car to get credit.   Of course Angel Sammy who hated boxes (!) wouldn’t get in his car so Mom had to hold him inside for his photo.   HAHAHA

Here I am in my “milk truck” making deliveries – this was last year’s Scouts derby……

Here’s Mom holding Angel Sammy in his car – this was several years ago…..

Those are our “CAR EXPERIENCES”………………now here’s Mom to tell her tale!

Thanks Teddy!    I have a story to tell from many, many years ago…………I was probably 18 years old and on a date with my then boyfriend who became my first husband a few years later.    We used to take what we called “drives to nowhere” – we liked to just drive around exploring side roads (yes sometimes we were looking for a good “parking” (!!) spot) and one beautiful Fall afternoon we had just had lunch at a drive-in restaurant when we decided to explore.   We went down a side road that was just about one lane wide – it was paved and headed into a wooded area and we kept following it and following it and it turned into a dirt road.   It looked like a well-traveled dirt road though so we kept following it.    Meanwhile it was becoming “dusk” and we were thinking MAYBE we ought to be heading back home.   It was still light but in the woods on this road it began to FEEL just a little bit “ominous”……….we couldn’t find a good “turn around” spot – there just weren’t any but in one area it was slightly more clear on the sides of the dirt road than other places so he tried a 3-point turn………..we got STUCK.     Under all those leaves on the side of the road in what we thought was a “clear” area (no trees/shrubs) was MUD and we were stuck in it.    I was beginning to panic – I knew we sure couldn’t leave the car and look for help – we were in the middle of nowhere AND it was getting darker.    I knew my parents would have a fit……and of course there were NO CELL PHONES back in the 60s so we had no idea what we were going to do.    Then a miracle happened – we saw someone walking UP the dirt road in front of our car.    Honestly – I was even more scared when I saw this person – who knew what kind of person he was or where he came from, etc.   My boyfriend got out of the car and walked toward the man………he said he’d been hunting and heard what sounded like a car stuck and came to see if he could help.    I COULD BREATHE AGAIN.    He was very nice and helped get our car out of the mud and onto the road and helped us get the car turned around.    No I didn’t hug him but I sure thanked him.    He looked at us and said “I was young once!” and smiled.    He knew why we’d gone down that road……….!!     

Madi, Angel Sammy, Teddy and I all hope that you have fun reading all the stories today of driving adventures.    This was the only “different” kind of driving related story I could come up with!!

Happy Birthday from Pam, Ted and Angel Sammy

Madi, remember this old photo of you and Raz arriving at the Drive-In Theater???   Did you and Raz go for a “drive to nowhere” afterwards????    Tee Hee

Sunday Selfie

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Ready for the Selfie Hop?

Sunday is the day we hop on board the SELFIE TRAIN at the Blog Hop hosted by our friends the Kitties Blue at THE CAT ON MY HEAD.    Yep – everybody who’s wanting to smile pretty for the camera or at least do some sort of selfie joins in this every single Sunday so shouldn’t you do the same?  If you want to, click their badge above and sign up with the Linky Tool.

Mom snapped this little gem while I was politely and quietly snoring on the floor in her office this morning – I was minding my own business on top of my pile of used tissue with my favorite plastic fish keeping me company when WHAMMO – Mom got out the flashy and stole this photo of me.  Oh well.   It’s the least I can do right?

Here’s the photo before she messed with it on Lunapic (using the Psychedelic filter) then adding a Pizap border:

Now that I’ve shown you mine – why don’t you show us YOURS???   Selfie that is!!!!    See you  next Sunday for show off selfies again………………

 

Love, Teddy (Mr. Psychedelic!)

Sunday Selfie Blog Hop

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Happy Sunday!

It’s time to hop along with the Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head – just as we do EVERY Sunday.   I hope you are a “hopper” too – but if you haven’t been joining us OR you’re ready to take the plunge for the first time, just click their badge above and go link up!     It’s definitely “THE PLACE” to be on Sunday.

This week Mom snapped this photo of me while I was lounging on a chair in the Guest Room.    I think I’ve told you all before we call this chair “The Granny Chair” because it used to belong to my Dad’s Mom.   She’s been at the Human Rainbow Bridge for many years but her comfy chair is still here and I LOVE it.    It’s a great nap spot……….Mom has an old quilt on the back and a nice soft baby quilt under me and a couple of kitty pillows around……..it makes for a MOST enjoyable snooze spot.   I look relaxed don’t I???

Here’s the BEFORE MOM MESSED WITH IT photo of me:

And after she played around with the photo using Lunapic’s “CONNECTIONS” art filter, here’s what she came up with!    I think it looks rather oriental don’t you?

Hope to see you at the Hop……………….!

Happy Sunday with Hugs, Teddy

Another friend – Sister Kit – from BriansHomeBlog has flown off to the Bridge……please visit Brian’s blog to leave a message if you wish…..click Kit’s badge below: