Sunday, January 22, 2023

Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year 2023!!

 Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year!!!

For the past few years, I have been the lucky recipient of the GORGEOUS Chinese New Year cards that talented artist, and fellow blogger, Maggie Swanson (visit her Shelter Cats blog here) creates every year. 

Please enjoy the beautiful card that Maggie made for the Year of the Rabbit!!!




Well, well, well!!! Imagine that! For cat lovers, EVERY YEAR is the YEAR OF THE CAT!!! Huge thanks to Maggie Swanson for sending me yet another of her beautiful Chinese New Year cards!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Love Me Some Squirrels! #SquirrelAppreciationDay

 Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day, and on this day I decided to share a post with you that I did in 2018, (all I added was the new squirrel collage that I made maybe a year or so ago, and a few other changes). Enjoy!

These photos were taken by me
when I was walking either Dakota or Levi
can't remember which!


I LOVE CATS AND DOGS.  That being said there are a few other animals that I am somewhat obsessed with, and Squirrels would be on that list! In honor of today being Squirrel Appreciation Day I just had to show them a little love!! 

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Original from CafePress.com



I could watch squirrels for hours, scurrying here and there, striking hilarious poses, committing acts of thievery.  In my eyes squirrels are ingenious, always busy, always planning, but I often wonder, do they truly REMEMBER where they put their nuts when they bury them in the ground?

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Original Pin came from cracked.com
As a child, I used to look at trees with "tree holes" and imagine that when the squirrels would go inside they would sit on the teeniest wooden chairs and eat their meals out of hollowed out acorns. Ok, I will confess, I STILL believe that!

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My Angel Bobo had the luxury of living in a first-floor apartment that was situated next to the woods. His window had a window seat as well. Bobo used to spend HOURS in that window chittering at birds and crouching down low to "play attack" the squirrels. The squirrels seemed to relish cavorting and teasing him knowing they were kept safe by a pane of glass. The photo below (and I apologize for the quality, but I had to take a photo of a photo hanging on the wall in order to share this with you), was taken at my first apartment in Michigan, when Bobo and I moved here together in 2001. That apartment was on the second floor but had the type of balcony where it was still convenient for Bobo to watch his beloved squirrels).




 Poor Angel Cody didn't have that luxury because while I am still in a second-floor unit, I am in a different complex, and this unit doesn't lend itself well to "squirrel viewing." Instead, I had chosen to let a couple of MY squirrels infringe on Cody's space. Poor Cody didn't love the intrusion at all.



At one point I was actively feeding the squirrels and got in trouble because what started as two quickly grew to over 10 eating at one time. A number of them took up residence in the "attic" or storage area above some units. They were freaking out a neighbor across the hall because they were running around late at night. Needless to say, I was ordered to stop feeding the squirrels.

Oh, to live in a cabin in the woods where I can feed them to my heart's content and sit, like a cat and watch them for hours!







I am pretty pleased with how this turned out. I am a fan of using gel pens much more than I enjoy using colored pencils, so that is what I used to color the squirrel. The only editing I used was a brightener to make it show up better on the blog. 

And now, I would like to leave you with a little "Squirrely Advice."

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Original Pin found here

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day #MLKDay

 Today is Martin Luther King Jr's REAL BIRTHDAY (January 15th), so we are featuring him now.


"Martin Luther King Jr is known as one of the most inspirational people in United States history because of his efforts to bring civil and equal rights for minorities to the law."


To celebrate this day, we are re-posting our graphic featuring Angels Cody and Dakota, as well as a new graphic sent to me by a dear friend.







May these be an inspiration to all!