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Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Welcome Poetry Freaks Fans !

Our final Poetry Thursday of the year and the letter we are celebrating today is the letter “C”!    Hmmmmm…………..many things come to mind………Corn, Christmas, Cuckoo Clocks, Cinnamon, Crochet, Castinets (huh?).    OK – I’m being silly here.   I chose my “C” word ages ago and here it is along with the attached poem.

“Cats”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell, 12/29/16

Cats are beautiful this we know

Some are special – with extra toes (tee hee)!

Cats are loving – unless they’re not

Some run COLD and others run HOT

Some are moody, aloof, and haughty

Some are really, TRULY naughty.

Cats are regal and full of grace

They rule the roost – they OWN their place!

Cats can be cuddily or hate to be brushed

Some cats are HUGE and your lap could be crushed!

But one thing is true from beginning to end

A cat might not SHOW it, but he’s your forever friend.

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Well there you have it……..my final poem for 2016.    Let’s be ready for NEXT week’s Thursday Poetry Day – it will be a day for “D”………….put your thinking caps on and be sure to write something for “D”………….meanwhile if you wrote a poem for “C” like I did, please feel free to give your blog link to your poem in my comments!  We’ll follow the link to read your WORK OF ART.    OR, if you’d rather, you can just post your poem in my comments in its’ entirety (as long as it’s not 87 paragraphs long of course).

See you in 2017 for more Poetry on  Thursdays!

SAMSELFIEAUG7-2016

Oui Oui Mon amis!   ‘Tis I, Angel Sammy Ze Poet Extraordinaire!

Signing off with zee HUG!

No Snow…..For Now!

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Hi Friends!

So yesterday I had a photo of me on my sled in the middle of a snowy winter day (that was an old photo of my front yard!!) and I talked about how we MIGHT have some snow this week.  Well that was all based on our weatherman actually knowing what he was doing and we all know that weatherpeople really just have a great big dartboard with areas marked “SNOW, SUN, RAIN, CLOUDS, NO CLOUDS, WHATEVER” on it….and they toss a dart before going on the air and wherever it lands – that’s our weather forecast.  RIGHT?  RIGHT?

Well our weather person has changed his mind – he’s taken snow OUT of our forecast this week.  I have mixed feelings about that.  On the one hand I would have sort of enjoyed trying out my sled this year again……on the other if it doesn’t snow, my Mom is going to go up and visit my Auntie Carol on Thursday so no warm laps.  See what I mean?  CONUNDRUM (a fancy word for “I don’t know how to feel about this”).

Sam in snow Winter 2010

Snow! Yay! Mom has to stay home!

OR

Sam enjoying the front porch on a pretty fall day

Mom! Don’t leave me!

(no this is not my actual front porch at this time – this was in the summer….most of these flowers are dead as doornails now!)

See what I mean? Conundrum…….

So, what’s a guy to do?  I think I’ll just keep it one day at a time…………..it’s only Monday – right?

Meanwhile, guess what……I have another GUEST TEASER tomorrow……and guess what else???  It’s not from My Three Moggies…….it’s a whole NEW Guest Teaser and I just bet this one is tough…..even for the King of Teasers, Mr. Easy Weimaraner!    Be prepared everyone……don’t say I didn’t warn you OK?

Mom spent some time yesterday (during the boring bits of the football game she was watching) looking through catalogs getting started on her “Christmas Wish List”…..she and my Dad exchange lists at Christmas so they have an idea what each other wants for pressies.   Nobody has asked ME for MY wish list yet though.  I’m thinking I’ll do one anyway, and leave it in a good spot like either to the side (or in) my litterbox so Mom sees it……….OR, by my food dish………OR, I could just go AROUND my parents and send it directly to Santa Paws.  He’s the main man anyway.   Anyway, the point in bringing this up is that it’s NOT too soon to start your wish lists and get your pawrents to go to Mollie’s SHOP to get a bunch of swell stuff for you from the most happening store in blogville!

Click Logo to Visit Mollie!

Click Logo to Visit Mollie!

Let me tell you if you don’t already know – this is the BEST stuff ever and Mollie’s Mom makes all this great stuff herself…..the clock’s ticking though – time’s running out to order in time for the holidays so get those humans of yours in gear!

I’ll see you tomorrow for the Teaser……………….READY OR NOT – HERE I COME!!

Well of course I'm a fan of the Teasers - I'm the one who DOES the Teaser after all!!!!!

Well of course I’m a fan of the Teasers – I’m the one who DOES the Teaser after all!!!!!

And last but never least, Happy Veterans Day to those who have served their country.  My Mom always thinks of her Dad on Veterans Day – he SO loved being in the Air Force and spent his career as an officer being proud of what he did for his country – I wish I’d had a chance to meet him – I bet he would have liked me!

Mom With Her Dad In His Uniform

My Mom being escorted down the aisle by her Dad…..in 1990. He’d been retired for many years at this point but got his uniform out for the wedding – it still fit!

 

Happy Monday!  Sammy

Saturday Is Caturday!

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Hi Everybody………Happy Saturday morning to you!

So far we have seven photos already for our contest and I think most of you are liking the “Embarrassing Photo” category (although we do have two for “Favorite Toy and Me”).  This is so much fun……I’m so glad you all are enjoying this and just think how much fun it will be when I upload all the photos and you get to see them all and choose your favorites!! 😀

Remember, if you want to re-read the rules and the details on my photo contest, just go HERE to see what’s what!

Meanwhile, I’ll make this a short blog today because if your humans are like MY humans, it’s gonna be a busy day – so let’s get started with it – right???

Sam Loves His Friends!

Yes indeed I do! I REALLY do!

SEND THOSE PHOTOS IN GANG!  I’m waiting!

Happy Saturday Hugs to you……………Sammy

Sam’s Deck Observations

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The newly discovered (after 11 years!) deck on the house

I know winter's coming when the umbrella gets taken down and put in the basement.....

Yesterday was “take the umbrella down” day.  It’s a definite sign that the weather has changed enough that Mom and Dad don’t spend evenings on the deck having dinner at the table, or coffee in the mornings!  Besides, we start getting a lot of windy days and nights in the fall – – – so the umbrella comes DOWN.  The other thing that happens is that Mom cuts back (or even throws away) all the flowers she plants in the boxes on the deck…..even our one tomato plant in the big pot goes!  The tomato gave us a LOT of tomatoes this year though – and it looked pretty tired and sad yesterday so Mom put it in the compost heap……back to nature……

Most people in our neighborhood have HUGE decks.  Mom and Dad had a small one built – just our size.  I like going out the kitchen door onto the deck sometimes instead of out the basement door – just like to change things up once in a while you know!  Keep everyone on their toes.  Anyway, yesterday after the umbrella came down, I was out on the deck just lying in the sun enjoying the day.  It was a bit chilly but still nice.  Besides, from up on the deck I have a better view of the woods out back and all the activity at our bird feeders by the woods.  We had a total of 11 squirrels running around the yard yesterday – digging holes for acorns…..Mom says she wonders if the fact we have so many more acorns coming down from the trees than usual means we’re going to have a BIG winter.  The squirrels seem to think so.  They’re packing it away like crazy! 

Mom says Mother Nature tells us a lot if we just listen……every year we’ve had bigger than usual acorns or larger sized acorns, we’ve had a lot of snow.  Hmm……I’m rethinking that sweater idea.

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Sammy, One Happy Deck Cat

 

Deer Like Sunflower Seeds!

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Deer helping themselves to sunflower seeds in the birdfeeders

Mom tried to get this photo before the deer heard her but it didn't work so well.....there was a Mom and her two little spotted babies eating sunflower seeds!

So this was our morning excitement….a Mommy and her two little babies helping themselves to our squirrel proof birdfeeders (which the squirrels figured out ages ago!!).  Sunflower seeds seem to be the favorite food of ALL our creatures (except me of course). 

We haven’t had any rain here in a looooooooong time, and things are drying up including all the greenery in the woods so the deer are up in the yard helping themselves to EVERYTHING.  Mom calls her flower gardens “the all you can eat salad bar” because they LOVE the impatiens so much.  At this point Mom says “let them eat whatever they want” – after all, without any rain, everything looks pretty pitiful anyway! 

Except me of course……..I never look pitiful – unless I’m trying to get an extra helping of treats.  Then I can look downright heartbreaking.  Heh heh…..we cats are masters of communication when we WANT to be – including a wide variety of facial expressions to accompany our other forms of expression – like ankle biting, howling and yowling, chirping, and of course the old standby – hissing. 

I have a feeling there will be a lot more deer wandering the yard today so I’ll keep an eye out from my vantage point on top of the couch at the big window into the backyard.  Maybe I can even get Mom to take a DECENT photo of them to share with you.  It’s tough to capture them on film because they are on the alert and Mom can’t sneak out to the deck without a bit of noise when she opens the door.   I hope we get some rain soon – it might give the deer more green stuff to eat instead of just seeds.  I worry about those little babies!!! 

I’m just a softie……..of course I’m the most important bit of wild life around here but I DO worry about the wandering cats, the deer, and all other creatures…….makes me realize how great it is to be ONE SPOILED CAT.

Happy Sunday……………..Sammy

Dog (cat??) Days of Summer

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Cousin Toby cooling down in his pond

My Cousin Toby has the right idea - keeping cool !

Now this is what I call a great way to stay cool on a hot day!  We’re going to be into the 100s today and I’m kind of thinking Cousin Toby is one smart shih-tzu in figuring out how to be comfortable if you’re in the great outdoors.  Cousin Toby and my Aunt Carol (and my other Cousin Mollye) live on top of a mountain in West Virginia.  Aunt Carol had this way neato pond and mini-waterfall in the backyard and it didn’t take Cousin Toby long to discover if he plopped down on his belly in the pond, he’d get cooled off. 

We don’t have a pond…..but we DO have a woods, and it’s a lot cooler down in the woods.  Mom and Dad made a path down to a little patio that has a bench that swings on it and it’s a nice spot for me to hop onto and keep an eye on things sometimes.   Still, on a day like today is going to be, the best place will probably be INSIDE the house.  I can just sit on my perch and see all the other creatures out there in the heat……..

What a view!

Staying cool inside...watching everything else out in the heat!

I do feel bad for all the cats and dogs who have no home to stay cool in…..they have to do the best they can to survive.  Mom keeps a big bowl of water on our front porch for any cats who need a drink as they make their way around the community – and there are several of them who know it’s there and come to sit on the shady porch and enjoy a cool drink of water.  I’m very lucky to be “off the streets” and living in my nice home.   I think about that EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Remember on hot days to make sure your pets are inside as much as they can be, but if they are outside, they need plenty of fresh water and a safe, shady spot like I have!

Sammy, One Spoiled (and lucky) Cat

Fishy Thoughts

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Tomorrow I’m having a fish as a guest blogger here so I thought maybe this morning I ought to talk about fish just a little bit.  First of all, I have to admit, I’m a fishaholic.  I don’t eat meat AT ALL (well, once in a while I beg for a tiny piece of salami) but I DO adore fish.  Tuna, salmon, shrimp, whitefish, cod….LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!  So, I do like fish a lot.  I’d just never thought about having a fish for a friend! 

Mom says she’s known people who have cats AND aquariums.  Personally I think that’s pretty tempting.  I mean, when nobody’s looking, why not dip a paw in that water and grab a nice fresh fish?  Now I’d never, ever do that of course – I think I’d enjoy just watching them swim around…..they are pretty to look at.

Mom’s friend has a LOT of fish and several aquariums in her house.  When Mom gets a new photo from her friend, I’m usually sitting on her lap at the computer or at least lying on the sofa in her studio and she will show it to me.   Mom’s friend is p.m.terrell, a writer, and she has angelfish – one of them will be here tomorrow to talk about life with his fellow angelfish!!  Make sure and stop by to check it out. 

See?  I can be very generous in addition to being very handsome…….sharing my blog with a FISH!  Who’d have thought it??????!!!!

I Can See That Fat Squirrel Hanging From The Squirrel-Proof Birdfeeder! HA!

Fish? Did someone mention fish????? One of my favorite subjects!

 

Hmm..Something’s Up…..

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So, it’s Saturday morning and something’s going on – not sure what exactly but I DO know it has to do with that big thing in the kitchen where Mom keeps all the food.  Yep…..this morning she came downstairs after I woke her up so she could give me my breakfast, and she started taking all the stuff she keeps on top of the “food machine” off and put them on the counter.  Then she took all those magnet things off along with the grocery list (where I constantly check to make sure she has MY food and treats listed)……and as if that wasn’t enough to make me wonder what’s up, Dad brought up the two big coolers from the basement and sat them on the floor in the kitchen. 

Oh yeah….something’s up.  I do know that Mom and Dad were pretty upset about a week ago when that VERY NOISY thing on the front of the food machine quit working.  I know that frozen water comes out of it normally – I know that because sometimes a chip or two would fall on the floor and I’d have a ball playing soccer with it all around the kitchen!  Maybe they are getting a new frozen water maker?  I guess whatever is about to change is happening today since they seem kind of excited……and I suppose I’ll just have to stay ON THE ALERT so I can go hide in my safe spot in the basement if someone comes to the house that I don’t know. 

Never a dull moment around here……humans are strange creatures – just when you think you have them all figured out, they do yet another thing that surprises you.  Obviously the food machine is the STAR of the day today.  I’ll be glad when the excitement is over with and I can be the focus of attention around here again!

Happy Saturday from Sam, One Spoiled (and most curious) Cat

I'll be glad when the excitement's over and I can take a good nap!

I'll be glad when the excitement's over and I can take a good nap!

Sam Heard “THAT” Word…..

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What word did I hear?  I heard Mom and Dad talking about one of the most dreaded things I know which is – gulp – THE VET.  Yep, Mom said this month is when I need to go for my annual checkup and shots.  I just plain HATE (1) getting in a car, and (2) going to the vet.  Thing is, once I’m there – I just lie there and let them poke and prod me like a good little boy.  It’s just GETTING THERE that’s so bad.

I’ve actually been feeling a little yucky lately.  “Bathroom problems” if you know what I mean……but since I’m a nervous kinda cat anyway, Mom says maybe it’s just that – stress.  That can cause this particular – er – um – “problem”……see, last week was full of unusual events (at least for me). 

1.  One of the cats from next door thinks MY front porch is HIS front porch and every time I go out there with Mom, I worry that he’s there.  He’s not very nice.  He chased me once but Mom let him know who’s the boss around here and it’s NOT him! 

2.  That same cat (I bet) knocked over the plant pot on Mom’s porch where that house wren built her nest that I’ve been guarding.   Dad had put a protective fence around the plant, the pot and the plant stand but that didn’t stop that nasty cat.  Now we’re afraid those eggs will NEVER hatch – haven’t seen Mom Wren in a couple of days.  I’m MAD about that!

I could list some more stuff but you get the drift.  SO, my system is a little topsy-turvy…..I do remember though about two years ago a vet (yuck) we went to because ours was on vacation said I might be getting something called hypothyroidism – BIG WORD!  My Mom told the vet that SHE has it too (she does!)….maybe me and Mom will be twins.  Maybe we’ll both take the same medicine?  I don’t know….but my “problem” is one of the signs of this big word thing so who knows. 

Anyway, so it goes for a Monday.  Mom’s going to call this week and get my appointment at the dreaded vet. 

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do!

Happy Monday from Sammy, One VERY Spoiled Cat

Wake Me When It's Over!

Wake Me When It's Over!

 

Pesky Neighbors

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I’m kind of a “live and let live” sort of guy.  Yep – I know we animals ruled the world once and some of us feel like we still do (!) but I think we should all try and get along together – right?  Well, nobody has passed this idea on to the crew of animals living next door to us!  I’ve already mentioned the “barky beagles” – the hounds don’t really bark – they scream…..and you’d think after living next door and seeing all of us out in our back yard every day for over a year they’d recognize us and not bark continuously while we are in our own yard minding our business!!!  NOT……well, not only are they living there but they also have two cats who roam the area and who think MY front porch is THEIR front porch.  Hey – they have their own front porch so why use mine?  Not only that but they are mean.  They sit on my front sidewalk and dare me to come outside.   Yesterday Mom and I were on the front porch when one of those cats came up and growled at me out of nowhere.  Mom chased it away and into its own yard. 

Some nerve huh?   I wish people would realize that maybe their neighbors don’t WANT to hear their barking dogs all day and sometimes into the night……I wish people would keep their cats in their own yard like me or even in the house because it’s dangerous out here around the woods……lots of foxes just looking for a nice, juicy snack! 

Like I said – I’m a peaceful guy……and I’m getting older now so the last thing I want is any kind of trouble but these pesky neighbors – well – they’re pushing the limit.  Hey everyone – can’t we all just GET ALONG?????????????????????????? 

Happy QUIET Sunday everybody……….Sammy, One Spoiled Cat