Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Black Beauty & Glorious food

I had a date with a black beauty and spent most of it brushing his sleek, luscious coat.

I'm a bit of a push-over, you know.

                                                              Oh, he knows.

He also managed to have a ball tossed to him ...let's see...thirty, no, forty-some times and we did get some cuddles in, too. When he wasn't looking I hid a few treats around just to entertain him later.

And do you know what the best part of it was?  I get to do it all over again tomorrow.

Treated ourselves to a great lunch in Almonte at Palm's Coffee House.
Roasted veggies with goat cheese and pesto on a home-made panini bun.
The retired-guy had ham, provolone cheese with  peppers, onion and roasted tomato pesto on a savory scone.
All home-made including the iced-tea. I went for a hot cup of English Breakfast tea. So, so good.
So roomy, so comfy and so delish.
We'll be back.

hugs, Deb

Mystery flower

Kitty in front of a window.

Photo taken in our town.

It's so nice this time of year just to step outside our door and have fresh flowers to pick.

This little pottery vase was a thrift find for $1.00
I put this in my daughter's room just because.

Apparently, this flower is called a Ground Cherry and the fruit is edible.

(off the web)
I have some reading to do on these. That is after I care for all the kitties, vacuum this house & pull a few weeds.

hugs, Deb

Monday, July 28, 2014

Not quite a kitty in a window & more treasures.

How about a kitty in front of a window today?

This might be a new challenge for me.

Anyone know what this flower is called? It popped up in my daughter's garden.

I had another busy day cat-sitting. I am caring for a few kitties in the country and a beautiful black fella here in town.
I also made time to browse the shelves at a thrift shop in the city (Ottawa) and came home with a few treasures.

This covered pottery dish I found will be great for serving a side-dish.

and the cream and sugar bowl fits in nicely.
and I love this little orphan of a bowl that came home with me and can hold fresh market tomatoes.
All these treasures are little pieces of art and signed by each potter.
I spent all of $12.00

Good thing I have a bag only the hulk could carry that is heading to our local thrift store tomorrow.

Remember the motto...
'Surround yourself with things you  LOVE'

"I love you, Sierra, and I'm happy you're home." 

"Love you, too, you little maniac."
These two (Audrey & Sierra) have become such good friends.
Audrey's perseverance paid off.

hugs, Deb

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A little excitement and some favorite blogs

Oh, if only my grandittle, Bradley could have been here today. He would have loved all the excitement with the fire-trucks arriving to check out a near-by house.

All was fine in the end. Just a false alarm but I was very impressed at the little bit of time it took for these guys to arrive on the scene. Maybe three minutes.

Apparently, a smoke-detector was wailing away in an empty house where new owners are renovating but luckily there was no fire.

A certain somebody was not impressed with the loud noise coming through our open windows.
"What in blazes (pardon the pun) is that noise?"

And she went straight for her hidey-hole
for the rest of the day.

I know these photos won't surprise anyone.

Yes, Kane had ice-cream and a bit of cake on his 14th birthday.
I calculated on a chart that gives you the dog breed (Shetland Sheepdog) and his years converted to human years. So, Kane is now 72.
Dang, he deserves cake.

The challenge was to keep his big snoot out of the cake, while the candles were lit (I'm holding his head), long enough to get a photo that wasn't too blurry. Your seeing the best of our efforts.
Tomorrow it's back to healthy eating. :-))

I'll leave you with a few of my favorite blogs. As you must know, if you drop by here once in awhile, I could not imagine life without cats and I also love beautiful homes and stuffed-to-the-brim china cabinets. I'm a collector of blue and white china and of recent, pretty pottery pieces. So, I follow many blogs for different reasons. Here are just three that I would love you all to visit.
Just in case you missed it on a previous post, I'll send you over again to meet Mary at
Then, off to East Africa to meet Jo. Wait 'til you see the critters she photographs. Amazing! And she has gorgeous cats, too.
and if you still have some tea in your cup, head on over to meet John from Going Gently in Wales. He is a nurse who also runs a hobby farm and would wrestle you to the ground for a good scone. I guarantee he will make you split a gut with his expressions.

Have fun.
hugs, Deb

"Happy Birthday"

to my favorite dog in the whole-wide world.

Kane turns 14 today.

A walk on a trail and Scoops vanilla ice cream is in order.
Maybe 100 hugs, too.

hugs, Deb 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Just skip the bread

Even though it was a busy day, I squeezed in some time for baking a few loaf cakes and muffins today. With all the berries in season,  it was only right that I make blueberry/raspberry/blackberry loaf-cake. My true-blue kitchen companion was once again close by to be sure that everything was going as scheduled. She takes this job very seriously, as you can see.

While all was baking, she pointed out that the bananas were just about ready for banana bread.
Her idea of eating banana bread bread....just butter, please.
Can you imagine that?
 hugs, Deb

Ending the day with a smile.

Two little cuties for you today while out walking Kane.

I see cats everywhere in this town.

and then a face that brings a smile...

This wise

Is he not adorable? He is Cortez, my kitty-client.
He lives in the country and enjoys a little time with me on his deck in the afternoon.

It was a gorgeous day. Not too hot and lots of sun. I was really busy cat-sitting and then finished up with dinner at the pub with family. Here are two of my favorite dinner buddies.

Two smiles for Nana...

                                      Bradley and Riley
Fabulous faces, all around.

Well, if that isn't just what I needed. :-)))

hugs, Deb