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Thursday, May 15, 2014

This And That









  1. Getting ready to list a classic old book in my etsy shop and found a few pressed leaves among the pages.  Reminded me of my grandma...and myself!
  2. One of those sweet American Tree Sparrows.
  3. My attempt to keep up with Don.  The secret to having a nice long season of produce in the north is to buy the biggest plants available.  Then Ohio can almost be like Georgia when it comes to summer gardens. ha.
  4. Leftover pot roast sandwiches with mango salsa and tortilla chips.
  5. The last shot of the blossoms before they blew away in the breeze.
  6. Cat hugs.

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  1. I love the cat hug, that is the sweetest thing that I have seen for ages. Really so lovely. I think that you should leave the leaf in the book as it will be a lovely surprise for whoever buys it! I think that would be a great thing to find in the pages. Hope that you enjoy your plants and that you get lots of goodies to eat - they look like peppers or chillies and tomatoes? xx

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    1. There is always a cat hug happening here. Sometimes 3-4 in a group hug. haha. Great idea about the leaf! I think I'll do that.
      Those are tomatoes and bell peppers. I need to get them planted! Rainy today!

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    2. My blog plant spotting skills are improving! xx

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  2. Geez an error at your sea
    Aren't those supposed to come from me? lol
    The cats sure look as happy as can be
    Trying to become one at your sea

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    1. Had to look twice!
      My, aren't you nice
      To help me with my post
      from there on your coast.
      haha.

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    2. haha you were too busy in ancient times
      With the thy and thou of King Arthur chimes

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    3. Thou dost speak the truth, my lord!
      Blessed I am that thou corrected my word.
      And on this beauteous morn
      as a new day is born
      I thank thee for your kindness here,
      thither and yon, and everywhere.
      LOL! (cough, cough)

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  3. King Authur was an ancient Brit
    with lots of fire and full of grit.
    Guinevere was his lovely wife,
    His Queen and lady of his life.
    Merlin was a superb magician,
    His rank a very high position.
    The knights were gallant, srong and bold
    And stories of their feats are told.
    One was said to stray and prance a lot
    He was naughty and called Sir Lancelot.
    Also there was the nice Sir Galahad
    At his sight ladies swooned and felt sad.
    They said he was a real great charmer
    When he took off all his gleaming armour.
    Of course this story is just a fable
    Did they really dine at that Round Table?

    I love the piccie of your sparrow
    Taken as quick as a speeding arrow.

    And glad you got some garden plants
    Ready for busy garden transplants.

    That leftover pot roast looks so good
    I'm coming to eat it - understood?

    Love the blossom on the tree
    Taken before each one did flee.

    Those cats are are quite amazing
    Posing that way - quite curtain raising!
    We all would love to have a cuddle,
    If our lives we could but juggle.

    LOL - Loved those photos Betsy - you see, you inspire me!! LOL

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    1. Oh, if you could only hear me giggling as I read this!
      Bravo! Applause Applause!
      My goodness, that was great!
      Very impressive!

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    2. Thank God you didn't ask me to give you an encore!!! hahahaha!
      Did you recognise Sir Gallahad? LOL
      I must read these stories again - I might do a version of the story in funny rhyme and sell it to an American publisher - you guys would love it!! Hey Ed, get writing!! hahaha

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    3. You mean Eddie Gallahad? But of course!

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    4. Seriously - that shot of the cats is amazing!
      How did you get them to pose like that? :)

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    5. They are such sweet kitties! There are always hugs and kisses going on here. And the girls are adorable...they wash the boys' faces.

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    6. Now I think that is truly a sign of affection when girls was guys' faces LOL

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    7. Yes, and I'm sure they mean it as such, too. They do try to charm them...so funny.

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    8. I wonder if cat charming differs from ours!
      For instance I bet cats would love to be able to charm birds out of the trees! LOL

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    9. Oh, they try! You should see them! The sit under the tree and make these little chirping sounds!! It's hilarious!

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  4. Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooh - I love the kitties! So very sweet. Great pics. As you know, This and That is one of my faves. I would definitely leave the leaf in... you never know who the buyer might be - grin. I so want that pot roast sandwich. Yummmm!

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    1. The art in that book is beautiful! And yes a couple of leaves would be a fun surprise! I wonder how long they have been there!

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  5. I collected old books for a while. Loved the illustrations in some of them. And occasionally I would find a pressed leaf, or newspaper clipping, or once a recipe card. So lovely to find these keepsakes.

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    1. I agree...so fun to find a little treasure!

      I had a photograph of the mister returned to me not long ago that I had left in a library book at the university where we attended. The person who checked it out found it, recognized him and saw that I was the last one to check it out thirty years before! And since we still live in that town, he dropped it by. Pretty cool, huh?

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    2. That is very cool indeed! What a nice thing to do.

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    3. Guess it wasn't a very popular book!! :-)

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    4. Well, it was a very old (1800s) and on music history. So no, not a blockbuster at all. haha.

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  6. Fabulous this and that Betsy....
    Do you leave the tomatoes in those pots, or transplant them?
    Is that Slate giving the love? He certainly lucked out knocking on your door!
    I see you are having chicken salad for dinner....YAY for those rotisserie chickens!
    Say "hi" to the wee Birdie for me ♥️
    Enjoy your evening..
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I put them in the ground. I think they do better that way. And whatever 'soil' they are planted in dries out very quickly.
      That is Smoke! He looks very much like Slate...same color and eyes, but smaller.
      I love those rotisserie chickens! I bought two and pulled all the meat off the bones today. One went in the freezer and we'll eat on the second one for a few dinners. The possibilities are endless! Yum!

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    2. How's your weather up there?
      We're under a tornado warning right now! Dark and rumbly out there.

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    3. Dark and dumbly here as well...lots of thunder.....scary!

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  7. oh Betsy I love these posts you do, the photos are always wonderful, my favorite today the cat hugs that is amazing!!!!

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    1. Oooh...I'm loving YOUR new photo!
      During that same little photo shoot, I got three hugging. I'll have to post that sometime. Cute.
      There is the occasional hiss here, but it's usually love and hugs.

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  8. HA!! I see you made it to the garden center this morning!! And I'm sure you'll have NO problem "keeping up with me." My tomatoes have started blooming, but from the looks of those plants, you're ALREADY caught up with me! And are those others, peppers?

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    1. Yep, peppers! :)
      Actually, I bought these Tuesday. My trip to the garden center was moved to tomorrow due to pouring rain. I want to browse and take my time without looking like a drowned rat as I peruse the veggies! haha.
      Maybe we should have a contest for the first ripe tomato! Your temps are warmer, though, so I'm sure you will win.
      It's only 60 degrees today!

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  9. nice...we read king arthur with the boys...
    mmm those sliders look good...
    and cute rub hug in that last pic

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    1. You need to bring home your Domino a little friend so
      he can have hugs, too!

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  10. I love old books, my favorites!
    Love your plants
    And the cats hugs:)

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    1. Hi Gloria
      Are you avoiding me? lol

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    2. Nope Eddie:)

      Only I have a trrrible headache today!

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    3. Just joking Gloria!
      Just teasing you!
      We all love you, girl
      Hope your headache gets better soon.
      Are you taking any medicine for it? :)

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    4. Yes I taked two pills but still don't feel well .
      Im still at my mom's house!

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    5. Take care and goodnight.
      I am turning in now,
      Hope you feel better tomorrow :)

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  11. The pot roast sandwich is making me hungry... and I just ate!

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    1. they were so good, we had them two days in a row!

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  12. It's a random bunch of happy pictures! I like them all, but I think that cat picture is the best!

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    1. I love it when the cats do that...they are an affectionate bunch, that is for sure!

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  13. Oh, photo 7 with the sweet puddy tat duo! Love the tail flourish. How I wish I could pet them! Your kitties are so adorable. Lynne in NC

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    1. Hi Lynne! Yes, they are adorable when they do this! Sometimes their tails twist together like a braid. haha.

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    2. Lynne, I have my eye on a new feral cat! I've seen him a couple of times in the back yard. Tonight it was pouring rain and he sought shelter on our porch. The cats out there didn't seem to mind but he ran when I tried to take him food. He needs my TLC! I hope he realized I have food and stays. He looks hungry. Finger's crossed!

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    3. If he has an ounce of sense... he'll stay!

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    4. Betsy, You are a woman after my own heart. I wish I could adopt, but I have a chronic illness that prevents me from having any pets at this stage of my life. I'll have to be content with vicariously hugging and petting yours. Best of luck with the new prospect! Lynne

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    5. Aw, you just live vicariously. I have more than enough to share! haha. This one doesn't look anything like our bunch. He's mostly white on his face with very pale orange on his body. He has a ghostly look about him. Hard to describe. Maybe it's just because he's scared and hungry. I felt bad last night when he ran back out in the rain. He was just seeking shelter and I scared him off. He seemed very comfortable coming up on the porch and hopping up on a bench to sit, like he'd been there before. I'm sure he'll be back. I'll have to think of a different strategy. Slate would come running if I called for him, but this one wasn't impressed with my, "kitty-kitty-kitty!" haha.

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  14. I always enjoy pictures of your cats, but I think this is the CUTEST ONE EVER!

    I bought a few annual flower packs last weekend, but held off on the vegetables. Glad I did; the temperature the next few nights is supposed to dip down into the 40s

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    1. the mister told me I might want to wait before planting these and keep them up on the porch. It really isn't that warm, you're right. The old rule of thumb here was not before Memorial Day. Then it changed to Mother's Day. But this spring has been slow in coming along, too.

      And I almost didn't include that photo today! ha. I'm always afraid I overdo the kitties.

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    2. No such thing as overdoing the kitties... well in my book anyway. :-D

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    3. With 15 here, it's kinda hard not to mention at least one on any given day. haha.

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  15. We have thunderstorms here today along with some flash flooding down in the Finger Lakes.
    Our blossoms are going to be just in time for the Apple Blossom Festival. Hopefully the weather clears up.
    Love the cat hugs and I don't think you can over do the photos of them. Cats always make for interesting pictures.

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    1. We had a tornado touch down in cedarville around 6:30 this evening. Someone lost their farm...still can't figure out who. Scary! We were one minute away from hunkering down in the bathroom when the mister called and said it was headed the other direction. Good thing...the boys don't like hunkering down in the bathroom! ha. I don't either, for that matter. Thanks for liking my cat photos. One time I posted some and someone said they would rather see pictures of my boys. Well, my boys hate that camera! haha. Cats pose so nicely! lol....

      The Apple Blossom Festival sounds wonderful! Glad the blooms are going to come out just in time!

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    2. Hope you are all safe - big storm here but certainly not a tornado!

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    3. We're good. The couple that lost their farm was in the basement and survived but their house, barn and silos are totally flat. :(
      We don't know them personally. So sad, but at least they are alive. Still having torrential rains today. Not typical of day-after-a-tornado
      weather, when it is usually gorgeous and sunny.

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    4. So awful to lose everything... can't imagine it. I hope the town rallies and helps out - small towns are usually great about those sorts of things. Sounds like they need many acts of random kindness! Been raining and stormy here for a few days, and a tornado did touch down in Ontario yesterday but nowhere near me. Maybe Marmalade won't feel so out of place if the potential new kitty has some of his colourings! :-)

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    5. But of course Marmalade may love being the unique one!

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    6. We're a great little village for rallying around! Yes!

      I hope I can entice the little cat to stay. He looks like a creamsicle! Already thinking of possible names. haha.

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  16. I always like the cat hugs.

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    1. Isn't that sweet? Just makes me smile. :)

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  17. Slate really has become part of the family, hasn't he? Too cute!

    Those sandwiches look delicious!

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    1. Yes, he has...but this is Smoke! haha. They look very similar. ha.

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    2. Oops! Mistaken kitty identity!

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    3. We're guilty of the same thing. From a distance or in the dark, we're always saying, "Is that Slate or Smokey?" haha.

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  18. All wonderful photos but that kitty hug is just the sweetest.

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    1. Aren't the cute? They make me smile. And these two are especially good friends.

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  19. Busy day....finally time to sit down at the computer. Really enjoyed your this and that. Love the looks of your dinner. The kitty hugs...priceless.

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    1. My favorite kind of post...just ordinary things looking lovely. :)

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  20. I like your "This And That".

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  21. When you post pictures of your meals it makes me wish that I could pop over for supper now and then. I'd wash your dishes for you, and I would bring along a kiddo or two to play with your kitties. :) Silly huh?

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    1. No, not silly at all! You know I'd love that! :) Move on down! ha. You're looking for a house, right? lol....

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  22. Amazing set of photographs, Betsy.

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    1. Thanks, Abe! That means a lot coming from a photographer like you! :)

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  23. Those cats just melt my heart. :) =^..^= =^..^=

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