Beth brought me these sunflowers day after Holly's memorial service and I took them outside to photograph in the sun. You can see there is still snow on the ground in the back ground. I'm still so sad about losing Holly but there have been good things going on as well and they need their space here, too. For one thing, MOST of the snow is gone. Most... the mounds the plow piled up are still melting on the rare day it is above freezing long enough to notice. It's the coldest start to spring I can remember. There were some warm days when I could open the window just to let the stale winter air out. Charlie loved it! His nose was going and his ears twitched as he followed every scent and sound. The trees were undeniably beautiful. Shoveling out was a different matter. Leading to spontaneous joy at finally digging out our car. We had some nigh-time visitors. Sammy and Maggie were fascinated. He seems to be saying "Bird feeder? What bird feeder?" Since he couldn't really get his nose in the mesh he would shake the feeder and then eat the seeds off the ground. So smart! A few days later we found the feeder pole bent over and the feeder a few feet away - empty. The bears are awake. So we are now taking the feeders in at dark. Sorry Rocky. But there is hope for warmer weather! Hopefully soon.
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” ― Ernest Hemmingway, A Moveable Feast
Sammy and Charlie sharing a sunny spot on the bed this morning. "Oh Charlie, tell me the story again about how Mom sprung you from the cage you were in and drove you here from Staten Island. I don't like the part about the dogs barking but rest is such a good story." "OK but you have to tell me about the stars tonight." Said Charlie. "Well, it started when Mom saw my picture on the internet..." "Charlie, do you want me to start with the Fish or the Big Cat Food Dipper?"
Sammy taught her new brother, Charlie, how to drink water out of the Christmas tree stand. Charlie can't see it but he had no trouble finding it. But he didn't drink the water. "Yuck!" Good move Charlie! So I wrapped up the base and added a bowl of water. Most of the decorations are off. Sammy undecorated it as fast as I decorated it. Fortunately it was before I hung the glass ones. The first morning after the tree went up there were more ornaments on the floor than on the tree. We eventually stopped hanging them up. We went to see Dickens' Christmas Carol radio show at our library. It was a redo of the Campbell Soup show that aired with Orson Wells and John Barrymore. What a hoot! I thoroughly enjoyed it and we got to sing Christmas carols during the show. Tess & Hannah, Phil's daughters, came to visit on Christmas Eve. Jimmy, Tracy and kids were going to come but Jim was sick and had to do some certification work before the new year and I did the mom thing and suggested they don't come. I missed them but I'll go down to NC to visit soon. Jimmy's god-mother and my good friend Louise did come and stayed a few days and that was lovely. We ate lobster cakes. Bake Brie. A big hit! And Cinnamon French toast. Among many other things!! Like the eight batches of chocolate chip cookies...that's approximately 400 cookies! Breezy got a new bird feeder right outside her window perch! Sammy & Charlie were discussing who was going to get the feather toy. "I'm the new cat," says Charlie. "I must be for me!" Sammy didn't think so and helped the decision by heading off with it. Hey guys, I didn't even wrap it yet! Maggie, older and wiser, was willing to wait till Christmas morning for her treats.
There are so many more pictures to post and things to say but it's New Year's Eve and there are a few things to do before tonight. I'll just say it was a great Christmas. I enjoyed it as always!
I'm settling in to my new home! It's pretty good here. The mom and dad are really nice people and I seem to have three sisters but we haven't been formally introduced yet.
I've got my regualar crunchies and some stinky fish stuff to eat. And they have these things called treats. Yum! Dad wants to give me lots of them but Mom says not so many.
I like being here. They have nice quilts and solft beds and I have been napping here on the bed most of the day. Here I am resting on Dad's pillow. Some ladies came in a admired me and told me how handsome I am. They brought a ball with a bell in it so I can find it when it rolls on the floor.
Today they brought a tree into the house. What is that about? It smells nice and I can hear my sisters talking about playing with it. How do you play with a tree? I guess I will find out.
Thanks to everyone who sent me notes and comments on mom's blog or on facebook. I'm pretty sure I struck it rich here. I'll keep you posted on how I am doing.