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Friday, August 7, 2020

Feline Friday and More Fun

Here are some of the more wild felines you will find in the wild or even at zoos and an animal sanctuary. Stop by Feline Friday
I am unsure that Mister Kitty sees himself as a wild cat. He is more subdued, like a sleeping lion. His interests lately are food and sleep and water. It has been pushing nearly 100 degrees so like me, he is a lazy creature seeking coolness and rest.
This is my feline's arch nemesis. He does not like Franklin and Franklin, well let us just say, he makes sure, Mister Kitty stays put. Franklin is a gentle canine. He was terribly abused at some time in his life and he loves to be petted and snuggled and he is the king of the belly rub. Mister Kitty, he would rip my flesh off my hands if I dared to tough his belly. He is a hands off feline unless he feels like he needs attention. He has two hiding places, both with the comfort of a cool fan and plush bed. So I leave him to his own carefree ways. He is very loud and trust me, he gets food or drink N O W ! He is a bully and quite pushy. I realized he and Franklin assume they are the alpha male so the battle of control was on. The feline is hiding as he needs his rest after dealing with Franklin all week. So I May see him at 2 A.M. when he decides cold water from the faucet is what he needs.
The innocence of a kitten. Ha! Never be fooled. This boss likes to keep us on our toes. He was so tiny here but boy oh boy did he have a great set of lungs! "Cats choose us; we don't own them." Kristen Cast, editor (Readers Digest Cat Quotes).
Come visit Pink Saturday and share your pinkness.

PLease stop by and thank Ellen and Lorianne for these great questions they make up each week. Thanks ladies! You are terrific!

Answers to my Friday Fill In questions:

1. One word to describe my week PHAMILYPHUN!

2. My biggest success has been my marriage, my phamily and most importantly my faith.

3. Not to brag, but I think my life is pretty darn good.

4. For me, faith, love and kindness is the meaning of life.
We enjoyed a quiet moment at the picnic area at Duck Creek in the Guanella Park area on Tuesday. The day was picture perfect and we enjoyed the quiet while thinking of our sweet Alastor Avery on the first anniversary of his passing.  Thank you all for the kind comments, we appreciate them so very much and all of you for being here for all of us.
Noelle's friend crocheted these dresses for Shea Avery Marie. They are so lovely. I admire the artists who create such loveliest. We had lunch with Colton, Harrison and Shea today at the Olive Garden. It was rather quiet early in the lunch hours and we enjoyed a nice conversation and enjoy those little ones so much. Jacey had to work so dad and kids joined us for some yummy soup and salad while Harrison enjoyed mac n cheese. We didn't even snap any photos but we sure enjoyed passing that girl Shea around so we could all have a bowl of soup and we all took turns as she demanded our full attention. She is such a little Diva.
When the kids arrived late last Friday we gave them their belated other wedding gift. They were tickled to get the Ninja combo. Now they can make a smoothie or blend a recipe or even chop and dice onions and potatoes for a meal. This is a really convenient appliance. We highly recommend it along with our Kitchen Aid mixer. Our son-in-law Roger has whipped out a huge batch of thinly sliced potatoes for a holiday meal of scalloped potatoes. The Kitchen Aid is my new BFF. I nearly created a batch of butter while whipping heavy cream for our crepes on Wednesday! THose are two appliances I think everyone needs.
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A favorite verse
I fought with this new blogger, reverted to the original one and feel much better. They should work out the kinks before they roll out a new interface plan.
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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thankful Thursday and More


Happy Thursday The Dusty Rose Tea Room was my happy place for tea. The owner Jeanette, was a sweetheart and she gave her customers 100 percent excellent customer service. Her Black Walnut Cookies and tarts and Lemon Squares were filled with flavor and baked daily in her tea shop. Realizing she had to close her business made me so incredibly sad. She was an amazing tea lady and I will always have many fond memories of her and all her teas and wonderful Black Walnut Cookies, Tarts and Lemon Squares, to name just a few.
This was not like a business but a cozy home of a good friend. The lace curtains and tablecloths made you feel like you were home.  I am going to truly miss this little gem.
There are lots of fun filled books about tea and many delicious recipes to share with a friend or two or ten! 
I had trouble all day long with this new blogger. It changes text color and highlights even though I do not select this choices. This is the worst format I have ever used. 

2. My biggest success has been_______________

3. Not to brag, but I __________________

4. For me, _______________is the meaning of life.



This has been a rough day with technical difficulties here at blogger. I hope you all have a great day.




Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Happy Tuesday and More

We took a road trip to Guanella Pass today. This is a google image I am sharing because the herd of these cute baby mountain goats hurried across the road and up into the mountains before I could set my camera to snap a photo. They are such remarkable little sure footed creatures. I thought they would make a sweet share for Happy Tuesday. They are also perfect for my memories of Tuesday Show and Tails. Aren't they so cute?




As many of you already know, today was the first anniversary of the passing of Alastor Avery. Not a moment went by that I did not have him on my mind. I think he may have been peeking from the heavens above us. 

This was August 02, 2019 and I never dreamed it would be the last time I would hold this precious boy and share a photo with him. He was teething and terribly miserable. But the hours spent with him that Friday night will forever hold a special place inside my heart. My little Hyundai is sitting in our backyard. We think perhaps it needs a new alternator. But it will forever be a symbol of our last visit with this boy. He was fussy and we drove around our neighborhood for a solid two hours trying to keep him calm.  In same ways it was comical, as Harrison kept tapping my shoulder saying "Grandmother, tell my brother to be quiet. I have a headache!" I said " Harrison, we all have a headache and your brother is sad too. He has teething pain. " Later that night his mom and dad returned and I remember how he leapt into his mom's arms and smiled the biggest smile. My pretty sundress sat in my closet for an entire year until I decided last week to wear it again. Oh Alastor, how I miss your earthly life. But I will see you in heaven and we will have a happy reunion. Someday on the horizon. 

I rely heavily on my faith. Nothing in this life can soothe the soul. Only God can handle you pain and suffering and sadness. 
We tried to have some light hearted moments today. The weather was perfect. 90 plus here in town and twenty degrees cooler in the mountains. Ah...... Jake and Zach are brother-in-law huggers. I could not resist taking this photo.
Jake and Hannah. It was a very beautiful day. 
Jake Avery and Zach! Who is the favorite son-in-law?  HaHaHa
Rebekah and Zach , we had a wonderful day. 
I have a friend who constantly gives me something to chuckle about. This was a prize!

Monday, August 3, 2020

Aw... Mondays and More

 Franklin and Leo are so different and yet so much like each other. They both like to lie on the gravel and it seems too hot for me yet they enjoy it. Sometime we have to remind them to get up and move to a cooler area. Please visit Comedy-Plus.com
This guy is so fun to watch. He is really a good boy and pays attention to what he can and can not do.
I need to cheer for August! So many wonderful milestones, Jeremy (9), Zach (13), Nick (20) and Blake (30) have birthdays. My folks were married in August (29), so was my sister Pat and Gary (18) and Noelle and Roger (27). My favorite aunt was born in August (19). Two dear friends share their August 20th birthday with Nick, Sharon and Richard. Also cousin Katie. Lots of good summertime memories and of course, the sad loss of Alastor Avery  (4).  We sort of walked through August in a dark haze in 2019. I do not recall much, Brittany had a Mario birthday cake for Jeremy and Blake was born. The days slipped by like long lines at the DMV. It was filled with sadness, there seemed to be no joy, until I found the photo of Alastor with Great Grandfather Avery. It was priceless, we searched, we found dozens of photos of him and even some short videos. His life was so short and it gave us  tremendous J O Y!  Matthew 19:14 "Let the little children come to me. and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  We cried, we laughed, we told stories about him. His presence was felt even after he left us so suddenly. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. since what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal."  We survived, simply by the grace of God. We were given so much love by those around us, far and near. We started to see a glimmer of light, because Great Grandfather Avery would not let us fall into despair. He championed us, and I, for one, truly listened. He would tell me at least ten times a day, God gifted us an Ambassador of Heaven. He honored us. He was the one holding the glue together while we were falling apart. Revelations 21:4 " He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning, or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. " 
Joni, a dear friend from PA. created this for me just days after his passing. What comfort it gave me. I was stunned by the many acts of kindness toward us in these lonely days following our loss. Isaiah 41:10 " So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous hand."

Cousin Jaslin, how she loved him. Look at his smile.  He loved the other kids and he was always such a happy boy! We will all hold him in our hearts until we see him again. John 14:1-4 "Do not let your hearts be troubles. You believe in God, believe also in me. My father's house has many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you that I am going to be there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you,  I will come back and take you to be with me, that you may also be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. " 
Alastor Avery, I want to see you again. I miss that smile. I miss your sweet feet I loved to kiss and nibble. I miss your hardy laugh and most of all, your pure soul and innocence. Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Until we meet again, at heaven's gate, we need  you to thank God for us, that He reflected kindly on us and gave us a true Ambassador from Heaven , for those short seven months. #foreversevenmonths
Romans 8:18 "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us."
I don't have a star named after me but Alastor Avery does. Before Hannah and Jake married, Jake had researched buying a star for Colton, Jacey and Harrison in Alastor's name. it was a remarkable gift and they were joyful to have received such a pleasant gift.  It was visible in our part of the country at the end of August and was a very fitting gift from Hannah's keeper to our grandson and his little phamily.
Today is a good day to remind myself to be thankful. Very thankful. I am sharing ten things of thankfulness here:
1. Never take those you love for granted. Always be grateful. Be thankful that they exist in your life and you can smile that they are presently here with you.
2. Bright smiles: Alastor Avery had a beautiful, big smile. He would light up the room with his big laugh and two tooth grin.  Thankful I knew that small baby boy for the time that he was given to us.
3. Clean sheets: Thankful to have clean sheets especially those I hang outside on a hot summer day. They dry quickly and smell so fresh and clean. 
4. Oscillating fans: I am thankful for this nifty invention. It helps keep us extra cool on hot summer days. A simple gift of coolness.
5. Popsicles: Oh how we love our popsicles, the hubby and I enjoy a cool pop on these hot summer days. We found banana popsicles which are very old school and we were like to kids in the grocery store skipping to the check out aisle in our silly masks!
6. Infared Heating Pad: This should be a luxury but because the hubby has health flex dollars that he personally saves from his check each month we can buy the things that help us stay healthy like these very nifty heating pad. A twenty minute rest on this heating pad keeps my lower back loose. If you do not have one, I highly recommend it. Thanks to my son-in-law Zach. Between him and our son Jeremy. we keep up with all the latest great inventions to aid us in our journey through life.
7. Crepes: I am getting better every time I make crepes. The secret, I personally feel , is sifting your dry ingredients. I am thankful that I found a great and inexpensive French Crepe pan that turns out terrific little crepes.
8. Summer bounty: Thankful for all the great summer fruits and veggies that are not as delicious in the long winter months.  
9. Dancing: I love to dance and I found the cutest video of a grandson dancing with his grandma through the decades. I told Colton we need to do that together.  That video grandma had the best Macarena and Cotton Eyes Joe dance moves. Thankful to still be moving and feeling mobile.
10. Faith: Most grateful and thankful for my faith. It has sustained me through the most difficult year we have had in a very long time. All the verses I shared here helped me gain a bit of perspective to handle the most difficult loss of a small baby boy from something even the medical profession has no answers for. Thankful to GOD and His graciousness. His free grace and His unending love.
Trying to have a bit of normalcy while we get through this week and remember Alastor Avery on this first anniversary of his passing. I stopped going to the nail salon shortly before the lock down started. I got tired of the high prices and less and less service. I would be frightened to think how it is now! When Hannah came to town she had some extra Color Street press on nails that she put on for me. They do sparkle and shine.
I will catch up on my commenting to you, as I appreciate your friendships here so very much. I am also going to work on the post card exchange. I think I will be able  to do it the way I did several years ago. I will share it on both blogs annesphamily.blogspot.com (here) and mytatascottage.blogspot.com my second blog. I will do two giveaways if I have enough participates. You may leave a comment at both blogs if you wish and I will gift a lucky winner with a Colorado Care Package.  You will be able to participate two ways. You can exchange a postcard from where you reside with me or you can simply send a postcard to me. Your choice. When I did this originally I received so many interesting postcards from most of the USA and some other countries too. I will see you soon and have a beautiful and blessed week.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

PHAMILY TIME

I am going to be trying to post something each day but having Hannah and Jake here and lots going on this week with the first anniversary of our Alastor Avery, I can not commit to anything. I still want to do a giveaway but I want to do the postcard exchange which I did several years ago and I personally received nearly every state in the USA and some other countries as well. I hope you will join me when I set this up. Thank you for being here for me. 
                                      Missing you sweet boy December 18, 2018 - August 4, 2019


                                       This is exactly why I still trust Jesus and read Scripture. 

Friday, July 31, 2020

Feline Friday and Other Fun

Do you follow Cats of Instagram? Well this unique feline was found there. This cat is very seriously posing for the camera. I only get my sleepy boy to peek at me when I call his name! I hope you visit Comedy-Plus.com and share a favorite feline too. I just borrowed this image from Cats of Instagram. 


Yesterday I posted  Friendly Finn-In questions. So today I am leaving my answers here:

1. If you want something new, you have work hard to buy it. Nothing is free in this world.

2. During the month of August I plan to get a crew to help clean out the garage before winter sets in.

3. Others might think it's strange that I love mashed potatoes with Campbell's pork and beans. It is kind of a special treat. 

4. Having some normalcy in this world seems so far away. 

Thank fifteenandmeowing.com (Ellen) for hosting this weekly blog hop with fourleggedfurballs.blogspot.com (Lorianne). They do a great job with the questions each week. 
My friend Michelle says she wishes she had thought of this but she was simply sharing it. I thought it was so cool.  We don't wear our masks in our own home but we do not judge anyone who does. It is a choice and sometime a hard one. I think if we were all kinder it would help. A woman I know who is an artist and believes ghosts live in her home recently posted that she had an appointment at a hospital clinic and while she was heading inside she saw a masked employee pull down her mask and blow her nose. She said she reported the person. I think sometime we go too far. You do not know everyone's medical history, or if the person had a cold or a sneeze. I hope we do not become that society reports everything we see others doing. Truthfully I have a good relationship with all the neighbors I know so I appreciate having them as good honest neighbors. I do not want to jeopardize that relationship because it is nice to know others would help you out in a serious situation. Let's not follow in Hitler's footsteps with the Social Credit Society. Let us not repeat history but rather move forward with more kindness and love.

My cat would be sleeping here . But would he be a Cat Scan or a Copy Cat? This humor is the best. My hubby scans documents most of the day so he is quite familiar with all the copy machines as well as the scanners too. 

 
My daughter-in-law and son take the best photos of these two. Little brother turned 11 months yesterday so Big Brother jumped in his crib for a photo op. These two give us great joy as we approach the first anniversary of the loss of our precious Alastor Avery on August 4th. howsweetthesound.typepad.comSo they are perfect to share with Pink Saturday. 
Yesterday my sister-in-law Lucy and I had a long conversation. It saves us from getting work done. HaHaHa! She was talking about the hackers and spammers who call you all day long. I found this to send to her. These are the best. 

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy all those you love best Stay safe and be happy. Spread some kindness. 

I am feeling better especially since Hannah and Jake will be here tonight with sweet Franklin. Leo is excited to see his little brother. 
He is dreaming of seeing that little brother.
Franklin is dreaming of Leo too.