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Fun Friday Fill-Ins!


YAY!  Here we go again with “Filling In”


This is a fun blog hop sponsored jointly by Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen of 15andMeowing and every week we have fun deciding if Mom, me, or both of us will FILL IN the sentences that our hosts provide us with!

Mom is taking care of filling in today – I hope she does a good job…………you never know for sure with humans!    Here are this week’s sentences to complete and Mom’s responses are in BLUE!

1. The last movie I saw at the theater was one of the James Bond movies – we NEVER go to the movies as you can tell because the James Bond movie was one of the FIRST ONES!!!!.
2. The title of my autobiography would be borrowed from a Frank Sinatra song title – it would be called “I Did It My Way” because I HAVE!

3. I would love to learn how to crochet but there’s no hope for me -I tried knitting years ago and made a 20 foot scarf because I didn’t know but one stitch…haha .
4. I am glad that I learned that life is too short to sweat the small stuff, because believing that, the BIG stuff I’ve had to face has been easier to get through.

Now that was fun!   I look forward to this every week don’t you?   Visit one of the host blogs and join up if you want to OR just hop around and see what you can find out about some of your blogging buddies who are pawticipating……….it’s interesting to be sure.
Our fabulous group of cleaners is back today – the ones we had last week………..but we did HEAR from the Broomhildas!   They are in California cleaning celebrity homes now – they got so famous they can pick and choose who they want to work for…….just think – Mom and I LAUNCHED the Broomhildas into fame.   Too bad we didn’t become their agents and sign them up for a cut of the action huh?     DARN!
Well we’re happy for them………..and our other cleaners are good but not interested in “going pro”……………they like us “little guys” and do a mighty fine job………..!   I actually do a few little things to help them out – Mom and Dad take care of the yard and I’m snoopervising inside AND helping a bit.


I'm ready!

I’m ready!

I'm good at replacing toilet paper in our bathrooms!  Well.....sort of!

I’m good at replacing toilet paper in our bathrooms! Well…..sort of!

Have a super Friday and great weekend……………I’ll be serving up bacon tomorrow if you’re in the neighborhood of my castle here in BACONIA!     Til we meet again!

Filling In Hugs,  Sammy



Friday Fill-In Fun!



We like the Friendly Friday Fill-ins hosted by Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen of 15andMeowing!


Today I’m going to do the filling in ALL BY MYSELF……Mom said I could!   My fill-ins are in BLUE.   Here we go:

1. I can’t wait for the new season of Redskins Football – I love watching the little guys flying around trying to catch the ball on television.
2. In my home, our double wall oven needs to be repaired.
I thought I lost my favorite fleecie blankie but Mom found it in the linen closet – YAY!.
4.Once, I found our neighbor cat using my FAVORITE outside potty area – imagine the nerve!!.

There you have it!  I’ve filled in for another Friday!   If you would like to pawticipate, just go to one of the links above (McGuffys’ or 15and Meowing) and join up using the linky tool……OR if you don’t want to fill-in yourself, you can hop around and see how everyone else filled in the sentences!   It’s a FUN way to learn stuff about our friends…………..

Now, since it’s Friday Housecleaning day, I know you’re just DYING to hear if we hired a new cleaning crew OR if we’re doing our own thing around here still since the Broomhildas have deserted  become so busy we can’t get on their schedule!    Well, we did but we’re not all that sure we’ll keep this bunch…..!

cleaningup1 cleaningup2 cleaningup3

My Dad was a smarty pants when he came home this afternoon and saw the house……………………of course he’s a smarty pants MUCH of the time………………know what he said?????


My Dad is pretty brave isn’t he…….HAHAHAHA

Happy Friday!  

Hugs, Sammy

Filling In!


Time for Fun, Friendly, Friday Fill-Ins!


Hosted jointly by 15andmeowing AND McGuffy’s Reader!

This week Mom and I decided that BOTH of us would do filling out of this week’s sentences!    We’ve been switching off each week and thought we’d both dip our toes in this time around.   SO, my fill-ins are in BLUE and Mom’s are in RED!

Here are the sentences we had to fill in:

1. My favorite way to exercise is NOT to do it in the first place (haha)! Take a nap – I twitch around a lot when I sleep and that counts as exercise!

2. Something I learned last week was that I don’t look as horrible in capri slacks as I thought I would.  Not to try something NEW in my diet – I really paid for that experiment!

3. I am sentimental about my past – I have been through a lot but I wouldn’t change a thing – I’m content with it  My toy box…..I don’t play much any longer but once in a while I go sniff everything and stare at all my toys and think how lucky I am .

4. Some people may find it surprising to know that I’ve written three books, co-authored another book with four other female writers, and edited a book of poetry for a poetry publisher.  That I am now allowing my Mom to give me my medication by hand and no longer does she have to sneak it into my food!.

There you have it!   Fill-ins done for another week!    Thanks to Annie at McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen at 15 and Meowing – and if you click on the BADGE above, you can go to McGuffy’s Reader and join the blog hop link with your OWN fill-ins!!

Today is also our Friday housecleaning day……………some of you asked about the Broomhildas – well they have become so popular that we have trouble getting on their schedule so today, we are doing our own thing here at my house…………….EEEEEK!

I'm ready!

I’m ready!

Mom's ready!

Mom’s ready!

Hey - who's that?!

Hey – who’s that?!


Take that guy whoever he is off trash duty!

Dad's ready to go!

Dad’s ready to go!

We miss the Broomhildas…….but Mom is working on getting another cleaning crew in to help us old folks out…………..you’ll know all about them when we find them believe me!

Meanwhile, have a super Friday and remember, tomorrow is BACON DAY!!!!!!


Big Hugs, Sammy

Friday Fill-Ins


Happy Friday!  

It’s time for Friendly Fill-in Fun……..

Hosted by our friends 15andMeowing and McGuffy’s Reader


So what are our sentences for today you may ask??????   Here they are, AND my “fill-ins” are in RED!

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 11

1. I wish I could afford to hire someone to do all the stuff around the house that my Mom does so she could spend more time with ME ME ME!.
2. Zucchini apparently scares some kitties when they see one but not me – I’m a big brave ginger cat!
3. One Summertime memory I recall is my first summer living with Mom and Dad (I was 6 months old) and being allowed to go down into the cool woods and sit with Mom on the bench – I fell asleep!.
4. This Summer, it’s been super hot outside and I’ve decided being INSIDE the house isn’t so bad!!.
Keep Cool!

Keep Cool!

Now, if you’d like to see other “fill-ins” from other bloggers today – just click on one of the links up above and visit 15andmeowing OR Mcguffy’sReader and check them out……..OR, you can do your OWN fill-ins on your blog and link to them using the “Linky” Widget both of them have on their pages!    It’s fun to see how everyone fills in the sentences.   It’s something they do EVERY FRIDAY so put it on your calendar!    Both blogs post the sentences to be filled in the Thursday before the day we post.    WHEEEEE!
In other news – the Broomhildas showed up right on time this morning for the weekly housecleaning duty……………………..man they are like a TORNADO!    They get it done so quickly Mom and Dad and I have trouble keeping up with them as they whip right through the house and get everything ship shape for another week!
The Broomhildas have their OWN business now!  They rate "FOUR PAWS" too so you know they're good!

The Broomhildas have their OWN business now! They rate “FOUR PAWS” too so you know they’re good!

They are FASTER than I am with a broom!

They are FASTER than I am with a broom!

Have a Fun-Filled Friday

Tomorrow is Bacon Day!  YAY!

It's GOOD to be King!

It’s GOOD to be King!

Pushing the Broom and Filling In!



YAY!  Friday Fill-Ins Blog Hop hosted by 15andmeowing AND McGuffys Reader and I’m doing that FIRST today then will tell you about today’s cleaning activity with the Broomhildas!

Today’s Fill-ins are below, with answers in RED this week!!!   Ready?   Set?  Go!   Oh – and I’m letting Mom fill-in today……I won’t always be that generous, but I thought she might like having some fun too once in a while (but not too often….I don’t wanna spoil her!):

Week 10, July 18, 2016:
1. I prefer seafood to meat*.
2. Cancer treatment was much harder than I expected.
3. One way that I relax is sitting on the bench down in the woods OR on our shady front porch.
4. Sammy always makes me smile.
*unless it’s a bacon cheeseburger which I can’t resist PERIOD

Thanks Mom!   I will probably do Fill-ins next week myself…….I just thought as a little treat I’d let YOU do them ONCE in a while.   If you’d like to play along, you can link your Fill-Ins on either of the host blogs by clicking on their links above!!    If you don’t want to fill-in, you can always visit those who did fill-in………they’re all there just waiting for a visit from YOU!
Now – onward to the big Friday activity around here which is cleaning the house.  You may recall last week we were on our own around here – Mom, Dad, and me with a little help from a couple of my friends handled the housecleaning.   The Broomhildas had been “out” for a couple of weeks…………WELL, we heard from them yesterday and they have gone into business for themselves!   That’s right – they have their OWN cleaning business now………….!   How totally cool is that????
Their new business card!
So the Broomhilda crew was here bright and early and did the usual splendid job of hiding the mess cleaning and putting everything back where it belongs.   After a week of ME and Dad hanging out around the house, Mom needs help and the Broomhildas know just what to do!!
This guy does the tough stuff.......cleaning around my food dish and my litterbox!

This guy does the tough stuff…….cleaning around my food dish and my litterbox!

Well they were in and out in a flash – they sure know what they’re doing…………..and I asked Mrs. Broomhilda how Baby Broom was doing – she said he’s almost too big for his baby buggy now and is attending nursery school.    Boy I bet that teacher has her hands full!


Boomer Broomhilda is growing up!

So that’s about the size of my Friday…………we’re all spic and span for another week and also all filled-in for Friday Fill-Ins.    Now what?   Why napping of course!!!

Sam Sleeping Close Up


Before I go, I want to give a Birthday Shout-Out to my friend Gracie’s Mom Miss Stephanie!  



A kitty cake for you!!

A kitty cake for you!!

Filling In and Cleaning Up


WOW………….what a busy sounding title to my post today right?   Well, that’s because it’s Friday Housecleaning Day but it’s also Friday Fill-Ins with 15andMeowing and McGuffy’s Reader.   So I think THIS week I’ll do the fill-ins FIRST then tell you about the BIG CLEANUP event.


This week the sentences to fill-in are:     (This Friday I’m doing the fill-ins instead of Mom, and my answers are in RED)

1. The best brand of kitty treats is Whiskas Temptations (especially the tuna ones!).
2. I refuse to buy toys unless there is a sale or a coupon.   (that’s because I have tons of toys…..but if Mom gets a coupon for a freebie or sees something on BIG sale she will get it for me!)
3. I am inspired by animals who do hospital visits or help in disasters or who visit nursing homes, etc..
4.Whenever I hear Mom call me (and sometimes I don’t hear her), I run to her – always.
TA DA!     Thanks to 15andMeowing and McGuffy’s for this FUN Friday activity!   NOW – ON WITH THE HOUSECLEANING!
Today we are actually cleaning INSIDE and OUTSIDE but Mom, Dad and I (the Broomhildas retired) are handling INSIDE and the power washing company will be handling the OUTSIDE.    Every two years my Mom and Dad get the house power-washed……….we have a lot of trees and all the shady parts of the house get algae on the siding and Mom says “ICK” and Dad says “YIKES” and I say “HURRY UP AND DO IT SO I CAN GET SOME PEACE AROUND HERE”.    I’ll just listen to the noise those power washing thingies make and be glad when it’s over.   I think we will have the inside done before the outside starts though.
Let's DO IT!

Let’s DO IT!

Mom is ready to go.....

Mom is ready to go…..

Dad's ready to go!

Dad’s ready to go!

I'm ready!

I’m ready!


DONE!   Lunch break!


WHAT – no bacon milk shake?

OK – that’s about it from the house of horror on the cleaning front……………..no doubt the outside will be as spic and span as the inside is when the power wash doooooods get here.   Let’s hear it for INSIDE and OUTSIDE cleaning day!




Sam the Cleaning Cat

“Friday Fill-Ins” and Cleaning Day



It’s that time again!

It’s cleaning day at my house and guess what…………the Broomhildas aren’t coming – we’re on our own – no substitute cleaners so we’re back to the “FAMILY CLEANING DAY” mode!   No worries – we can handle it…..if the crew of bulldogs can do it – WE can do it.

However, I did put out a minor distress call to the neighborhood felines who were MORE than happy to give us a hand…………..why not take advantage of their willingness to chip in right?   (click on the pictures to see captions and “bigify”!):

See?   Didn’t take long at all.   Sometimes I wonder why Mom ever employed the Broomhildas………………we cats are always ready to help out right?

Thanks for asking us to help out Sammy! We're all going home to take a nap now. Just give us a buzz next time you want help with the house OK??????

Thanks for asking us to help out Sammy! We’re all going home to take a nap now. Just give us a buzz next time you want help with the house OK??????

Now for the FUN part of this post today – the Friday Fill-Ins hosted by 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader!    Here are the sentences for this week’s challenge and MY (not Mom’s this week but MINE) answers are in RED!    If you wanna play along, just click the badge below and join the BLOG HOP for this fill-in fun………………



1. I used to love to eat cheese,  but now it  repulses me.
2. I would never eat deli meats like ham, turkey and salami, but now I love it.
3. I always cry for my Mom to come clean my litterbox the second I use it.
4. Seeing Mom first thing in the morning before she combs her hair always makes me laugh.
So there!   Mom did the fill-ins the last couple of weeks and I thought it was high time I got to do it…………………….considering my fill-in for #4 though I’m thinking Mom may want to take over again next Friday.   EEK!


Hugs, Sammy

Here We Go Again!

Yeah?  Whaddaya want....I'm tryin' to clean up this joint - don't bug me kitty cat OR ELSE!

Yeah? Whaddaya want….I’m tryin’ to clean up this joint – don’t bug me kitty cat OR ELSE!

It’s CLEANING DAY at the Zoo! 

Watch out for the maid……

she’s kinda grumpy!

Hello Peeps – Happy Friday!    Seems I don’t have to put on my apron and drag my cleaning stuff around to help Mom out today – MAIDZILLA is gonna be here today to lend a paw.  I’m staying clear of her………wouldn’t you????

Watch out dust bunnies…………that’s all I’ve got to say!


I heard from a lot of you that you had fun seeing all the wacky photos I have in my collection here.  It was fun putting that slideshow yesterday together – I’ll have to do that again one of these days!

Meanwhile I’m prepping myself for tomorrow and the arrival of BACON.   I’ve looked forward to it all week in fact.   I sure hope my doctor never says “this boy should not have bacon!” because I tell you this, I’d need to check into BACON REHAB because I could never voluntarily stop eating the stuff!


This isn’t me but it sure could be on Saturday morning!


Love, Sammy



Thankful for bacon

Thankful for bacon




I think that might be the way people in Maine would say “monster” don’t you?  Maybe?   Anyway, it’s MONSTA day.   I’m ready.  I have TWO plans for how to deal with it.  One involves being brave (not likely but possible) and the other involves being a wienie (more likely and probable).


My doctor says I should do what makes me FEEL good when it comes to the MONSTA.

What would make me feel good is if the Monsta lived in the closet and never made another appearance but that’s not gonna happen SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO………..watch out dust bunnies and old ginger kitty cat!


Once things quiet down I’ll be back out being a pest – I’ll admit it – the last few days I’ve not had much of my medication even though Mom has spoiled me even more than my usual “spoil” with ham and ham gravy baby food, chicken and sweet potato baby food, and turkey and turkey gravy baby food……..even my old FORMER favorite, strawberry yogurt.  I’ve turned my nose up at ALL of it.  I can tell she’s hiding that dingy dangy pill in there SOMEWHERE.    Anyway,  when I haven’t had my meds in a few days I get RESTLESS………..I scream more……….I pop up in Mom’s lap (at my insistence in the first place that she sit down IMMEDIATELY) and stay for approximately 2 minutes and 23 second before I pop back off and head somewhere ELSE to scream for something.  Pest?  Yeah I think that just about describes me.   I know – I know – I hear you lecturing me already…..”you have to take your pills Sammy”………”please take your pill Sammy”……..honest, I am trying to cooperate but…………………SO Mom will talk to the vet guy about transdermal meds – I’ll have to go to the vet in the next couple of weeks for my 4 month thyroid check anyway.

I’m such a little devil aren’t I ??????

Anywho…………after cleaning today not sure what my parents are gonna do……….hopefully it won’t disturb my nap.   Snoopervising cleaning is exhausting.

Yes Mom....we know how you feel about it all.....

Yes Mom….we know how you feel about it all…..

Hugs, Sammy

The Monster’s Here


Here we go again on a Friday….of course that’s monster day around here and I am as prepared for it as I ever am.   Just keeping an eye on the hallway closet waiting for it to make an appearance.    Then “LET THE CLEANING BEGIN!!!!!”…………………

"Mr. Clean" (?)

“Mr. Clean” (?)

There are two ways of looking at the cleaning thing………..one of course is that we keep our homes nice and neat and clean and  tidy, but we should also consider that when we clean, we might be destroying the lives of millions of dust bunnies all across the world!


I say I’d rather do without the bunnies and the sneezing from the dust and live in a nice clean house…….if anyone’s gonna mess this place up it should be ME!   Right?

My toy box is actually a toy WAGON!

Yeah the place is a mess but I like my stuff where I can keep an eye on it!

Tomorrow is Bacon Day as you all know but Sunday is a HUGE day………..it’s Mother’s Day ( yay for Mom) AND it’s my 4th blogaversary and the party I’ll be giving for YOU – all my friends  –  to celebrate that occasion.  Make sure you stop by  even if it’s just for a minute OK?


Now get out there and start your Friday———————-it’s  the end of the week and  you have to START today to get to the end of today and the weekend!  Right?  Right!

Hugs, Sammy

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