Hi All,

I hope you are all having a blessed Sunday.  

When I was growing up Sunday’s big deal was family dinner with pot roast and Yorkshire pudding and any number of other good things.    And sometimes we went out to a nice restaurant to give us kids practice at being polite in public.  When my Grandmother visited it was often a Chinese restaurant and I used to ask my Mom what was the polite way to use chopsticks and then proceeded to mortify her by asking the waiter to put butter and sugar on the rice for me!  😀    Other times it was Luigi’s Italian Restaurant that had the most amazing veal parmageana – pizza was considered impolite to order but try explaining that to a 6 year old who rarely saw such a delicacy (funny how I still can picture that place 40+ years later).    Church was sometimes in the picture but didn’t really become the center of my life until much later in my teens when somewhat to the consternation of some of  my family (we were raised Unitarian) I set out on a journey to become a Catholic.    It occurred to me today that Sunday Mass (or any other Sabbath service) is much like a family meal.  It’s special  and one for which we (hopefully) dress up and remember our manners.  One where the entire family/community comes together to share a special time and place and meal that feeds us in many ways and prepares us for the week ahead.    Each Sunday I am blessed to be with brothers and sisters many of whom I don’t know except for that weekly exchange but with whom I share a Father’s love, a Mother’s blessing and example and a brother who laid down his life for us all.    Now that’s what I call a Sunday dinner!   I hope you shared just such a meal with those you love today……


Several of you have asked me for pictures of my little fur face darlings so you can put faces to the stories.   Luckily with the latest heat wave I’ve actually been able to get a few pictures.   Normally my little guys run when they see a camera or cell phone.   Not sure what that is all about but most of my cat pictures if you can call them that are of  lumpy bumps under the covers or glowing eyes under the furniture and little else.   With the temps in the 110 degree vicinity though I got a few pictures though with mostly long suffering expressions.DCP00934   

So without further ado here’s Wicket and yes she’s named after the Ewok in Return of the Jedi.  When she was born she looked more like a little bear than a cat and bore a very distinct likeness to what was then one of my favorite characters.   Though as she grew up she morphed more into a Princess Leia type.  Hard to believe her mother was an all black cat!

DCP00940Something about the pink blanket brings out more of the tan and orange.  Funny too that as she’s gotten older she’s lost more of her black and instead of turning gray like her person is slowly doing she is turning orange!  Very embarrassing to her when anybody comments on it as it is altering her perfect Harlequin look that she has had for 14 years!.

 Next up is Sandycat my domesticated feral rescue kitty and mechanical wonder cat. DCP00937  Can you tell she is less than impressed with the whole Internet pin up angle I tried to explain to her.  On the other hand the tower kind of hides her whole 15 pounds.









DCP00938Don’t you love the whole cat thing of “if my eye’s are closed you can’t see me!”   At least when her eyes are closed Sandy is a whole lot less likely to get into trouble or give her sister Wicket grief!   Also hard to believe that she used to fit into the palm of my hand.  As a baby kitten of 6 weeks she barely filled my hand and her favorite resting place back then was either under my chin or tucked under my hair at the back of my neck!   Hard to believe too that at 8 years old she is now considered a senior cat.  Too bad she wouldn’t let me show off her cafe au lait belly with it’s tiger/leopard mix markings.   But she declined any full frontal shots :D!

Sorry no action shots but at 110 degrees we are all taking it easy.  A little reading, a little napping and a wee bit of Internet surfing and now a bit of blogging and that’s pretty much it.   If this keeps up much longer I may have to rethink the whole studio out back of the garage idea as the house stays a wee bit cooler.  On the other hand not having stamping equipment in the house means no kitty interference or paw prints in multi colors spread throughout the place!  I’m firmly convinced that Sandy could operate my Big Shot if she was of a mind to.   She certainly tried to crank the handle once I had it unpacked and everything attached.   Hmm….maybe I should offer her a guest blogging spot.   I wonder what stamps she would choose or would she go totally inkless!  Maybe rub ons instead?

No matter what the thermometer says hug the ones you love whether they be fur or human. 😀

Ether hugs and blessings to you all – Jean

The Stamping Addict Poem – sound familiar?

This lovely piece was shared with me by a sister demo Barbara Story (Thanks Barbara!).  Barbara tells me that she received this as a swap many years ago.  Apologies for no attribution or credit – the swap had no distinguishing marks other than laughter inducing text and beautiful stamping!

If Sandycat and Wicket were feeling talkative they could tell you just how accurate this poem is when it comes to our house!  If only they had the bucks to hire a maid!!  Sadly cute and cuddly(on their own terms of course) just doesn’t buy what it used to and mice appear to have gone down in value too :D.


The Stamping Addict Poem

Barbara was also kind enough to type up the poem as a word file  that I have added to the downloads on the right hand sidebar.   And if you want to run it through your printer with Stampin’ Up! colors there is also a chart available for download with the RGB codes as well.


Hug the ones you love (with or without fur :D) – Jean

It’s Sunday….cats, blog hops and have I mentioned the heat!

Hi All,  

And a blessed Sunday to you all (at least it still was when I thought I had this set to post).  

….we interrupt this blog hopping weekend for the following whine, winge and complaint……  

Okay, will somebody please turn the heat off!!  As in yesterday if not sooner! 

Have I mentioned that I..AM..Not..A..Summer..Person??  I haven’t?  Well let me tell you…I’m not – case closed! 😀   Okay, in winter I do love my heat although being the good little conserver that I am I rarely indulge myself or the cats.  Sandycat has currently assumed the summer heat stroke position and I’m contemplating joining her.  She stretches out across the top level of her cat tower and lets everything hang over the edge (somehow she missed the science class about hot air rising) panting and sighing and rolling her eyes or using that silent oh so pathetic “can’t you see I’m suffering here” look that cats do so well. 

That’s when she isn’t sitting under the thermostat crying for me to please come turn the A/C on!  Funny that she’s figured out that in Winter if she does this the heat comes on and in Summer when she does this the cool air comes out.  Or at least she can hope for that outcome anyway.  That’s one smart cat!  I dread the day she learns how to drag a chair over so she can reach it herself.  You may think that’s wishful thinking on my part but I assure you it’s entirely within the realm of possibility.   As is the whole pushing buttons thing to make stuff happen.   

This is the same cat who has learned to move a lightweight rocking chair around the living room not to mention dragging canes and crutches as if she was a tiger dragging an antelope and placing them firmly under the bed in the exact center of the mattress making it nearly impossible for me to reach them without said cane or crutch to hook them with!  And buttons…boy does this cat love buttons.  From light switches to TV remotes to keyboards (have I mentioned she knows the hotkeys that cause the most trouble!) and telephones and answering machines her paw or nose does it all. 

Ah well enough crying…… Back to our regular programming……  

If you haven’t yet taken the Catty Cruise (main page here ) you really, really should.  These ladies have pulled out all the stops and are showing us what a blog tour (oops I meant cruise) really should look like.  Clean neat and WoW projects and only 12 sites to visit – trust me not a dud in the bunch!  Lots of tips and inspiration.  I’m looking forward to going back for the tutorials promised by many of the bloggers for later in the week.  I’ve attached a breakdown sheet of featured items and the post addresses at the bottom of the blog hop tab up top so you can take the tour at your leisure just in case the links are broken later. 

And don’t forget that the Royal Blog tour is starting today as well.  So far what I’ve seen is great!   And if  blog candy, medival lingo and a free Big Shot is your thing then check it out here.  If my Internet stays up in all this heat I’ll let you know how it went though with 4 tours I may not get an itinerary sheet done.  Much as I love to hop, with 3 separate sets of tours having been in evidence in the last couple of days I’m getting just a wee tad burned out and really need to process what all I’ve seen for a bit.  Oh well that’s the Internet for you!  Either feast or famine or as usual down right gluttony on parade somewhere in the world. 

 I am curious though do you think they have hops and tours in China or Russia or other blogging parts of the world?  I know I’ve seen some in Australia and England but haven’t really looked too hard.  After all keeping up with English speaking blogs is hard enough! 😀

Hope your Sunday was wonderful and that your weather was better than mine…anyone want to trade?

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Tomorrow I plan to spend half the day in the studio so should have some cards for you shortly.  I think I may be figuring out the whole camera thing!  I’ve been finding the most amazing links to making your own light booth so that might help.   Stay tuned for more crazy cat tales and hopefully a card or two.

News flash just in…..Famous blogger cats celebrate their first birthday!


Cat at the computer

News flash just in…..Famous blogger cats celebrate their first birthday!

Check out Lydia’s – Understand Blue – post here for details.  Then check out this list of posts relating to all Maddie and Splotchy’s crazy doings here.

As a birthday present to the little darlings this post is featuring (okay and begging for – your support )  one of Maddie and Splotchy’s nearest and dearest causes.  M & S were rescued from the streets of Austin, Texas and if they hadn’t ended up with Lydia they could only have dreamed about ending up at “A Place to Bark and Meow” (the meows were recently added due to the support of kind folks like you – hint, hint :D)

If you want to support cat (okay dogs too :D) rescue work and enjoy stamping at the same time check out this fundraiser appeal that lets you do both!

A Place to Bark (and now Meow)  is a wonderful no kill shelter, rescue and adoption facility run by an amazing lady (Hi Bernie!) with a Heart of Gold!

To learn more about them here’s a few places to see love in action:


Bernies Blog

You Tube videos  to warm your heart!  I watch these when I want to feel good and also when I want a laugh or just relief that I don’t have to work this hard! 😀

So…Happy Birthday Maddie & Splotchy (my little fur faces Sandy and Wicket send their greetings too).  It looks like Lydia has you covered so the present  from my end is going to help your extended family of fur faces still looking for a home.   Thanks for being such good little ambassadors for Cats the blogging world over.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

PS:  Wicket was lucky enough to be born into a long related string of cats in my feline loving family and has never known any other kind of life.  Sandycat is my own little rescue miracle from the mean alleys of Buellton, California.   While the Humane Society in our town did great work finding homes for domesticated kitties in need neither they nor anyone else in town took in ferals as well as domestics until our local co-op of women vets (Buellton Veterinary Clinic) decided to change that.  They provided free spay, free shots and some limited free care for the first year – all I had to do was promise to provide a good home and to be prompt in getting Sandy care during that first year as needed.  Talk about a terrific deal.   Sandy was found in an alley next to her dead mother at 5 weeks.  The Lady vets took her in, cleaned her up, and quarantined her for 2 weeks to make sure she was healthy enough to be adopted.   Then at 7 weeks she fell into my heart and my home with a resounding thump and has been there ever since.   While she’s a feral in her core she is also a loving mostly domesticated and very mechanical cat.   Famous for calling her human grandmother using speed dial, calling China unassisted, operating TV’s, deadbolts and lights and doors of all descriptions she’s also the only cat I know who needs a night lite on inside at night.  Anyone else ever heard of a cat who’s afraid of the dark inside (outside she’s fine!)?  So yes miracles do happen for defenseless animals because of the greatness of love and the strength and determination of the human heart.  Thank you to all the caring individuals like Bernie and my lady vets in Buellton and others around the globe who try to make a difference for all God’s creatures great and small.





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