November 9, 2023


Thankful Thursday

Thursday is the day when we share the things for which we are thankful.

This week, I am thankful that after six years Sawyer is comfortable enough to be a lap cat both with Dad Tom and me. He’s always snuggled up close with us at night, but has never spent time in our laps except during or after a seizure when he didn’t know what was happening. (Maybe we can hope for the same from Raleigh in another five years.)


TIMES GONE BY: Grey Manx tabby cat napping in two different laps.


Sawyer apologizes for his unruly fur in the top photo. And I apologize for the difference in lighting between the two photos.

Dad Tom and I are thankful to have had the opportunity last Friday to spend time with his nephew, Chuck, and his family (who live in California) in Charlottesville where our great niece is attending UVA. We’ve seen them more in the last six months than we had in the last 15 years. Ainsley (far right) is only a freshman, so we are going to have these opportunities for many more years.


TIMES GONE BY: A family photo with two men and four women.


I finally got up early enough to be one of two first commenters on the Two Spoiled Cats Tuesday Teaser. It’s been a super long time since I did that. Here’s the badge I got.


And, of course, Kitties Blue and I are thankful for your support, comments and friendship!

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Angel Brian. If you would like to participate in the hop, post on your blog for what you are thankful and then click on the badge below to link up over at Brian’s Home.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Each week our dear friends, Teddy and Angel Sammy, (Two Spoiled Cats) share an inspiration photo with the hope that some of their followers will write a poem about it. Here is this week’s photo, which brings back so many memories for me.


TIMES GONE BY: Child reading under the covers with a flashlight and accompanied by a grey cat.

Times Gone By

Black Beauty, Treasure Island, Nancy Drew
so many books to read, but homework
and chores each day after school leave no
time to pursue my passion for words.
Staying up to read is not allowed, but
after my parents are asleep, a flashlight
I stow beneath my bed illuminates
my under cover’s cave and the pages
I devour with my tired, sleepy eyes,
as Kitty Kat acts as my place holder.
When I finally drift off, I often dream
that one day I too will write books
children stay up late at night to read.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 11/08/2023

I suspect this doesn’t happen much anymore. I’m certain kids today are looking at their phones under the covers at night.

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. He is a terrific poet, and his weekly creation is always worth reading. Pop on over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thanks for joining us today. The kitties and I will be back tomorrow with some Fill-ins.