by Janet Blue on July 16, 2020

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

I am joining Angel Sammy and Teddy’s poetry challenge as I do almost every Thursday. Some weeks the inspiration photo they provide truly “speaks” to me. Unfortunately, other times; though, I may like the picture, I am unable to find my creativity. That’s what happened with this Norman Rockwell painting.



Simpler Times

Norman Rockwell had a way of depicting
Everyday life that always makes me smile.
Though, I’ve never played any marble games,
Of which there are many variations,
I did collect those fascinating spheres
As a girl—the prettier the better—
Of course. Where those marbles are now is
Something I do not know, but I have found
A few in my yard when digging in the
Dirt. Only a few children have lived in
This house but none in more than 35
Years. I wonder if any of them lost those
I’ve found, or if they’d been here even longer.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 07/16/2020

If you’d like to participate in the poetry challenge, you can find the photo for the following week each Thursday at Two Spoiled Cats. While there, I strongly recommend reading Angel Sammy’s poem. He transmits it to Teddy each week from the Rainbow Bridge, and he is a masterful poetry craftsmancat. Also check out the Comments for links to poems by other bloggers. To pop on over to Two Spoiled Cats, click on Teddy’s poetry badge.

Thankful Thursday

Thursday is also the day when we list the things for which we are thankful. Truthfully, I count my blessings every single day, but writing them down is validation and a good reminder when daily life is particularly challenging. And I doubt any of you would argue when I express that this is one of the most challenging times of our lives. I know it has been and continues to be for me.

We have hearts full of gratitude at the House of Blue Cats for the 24 peaceful days Sawyer enjoyed between his last two seizures. He had a seizure Monday afternoon, and unfortunately bit Dad Tom, who had to get a tetanus shot and antibiotics, but that three-and-a-half week break was a miracle and a blessing. We all have our paws crossed that he can have another extended break before the next seizure.

Mau and Cooper Murphy have a thankful this week as well. They took first place in the Cat Scouts 4th of July boat decorating contest. Their little dinghy was barely sea worthy, and they are pretty darn thankful they didn’t sink. To be honest, the winner was selected in a random draw, but I am not going to tell them that. And I got some cute note cards as a prize.



Dad Tom and I, and especially Mau, are thankful that he is eating more and feeling better. Though not yet with regularity, he is back to meowing stories and occasionally presenting us with a toy.

Finally, Dad Tom and I continue to be healthy for which we are extremely grateful. We are especially thankful to live in a state as well as an area of our state where cases remain somewhat low. As far as we know, all our friends and family are healthy as well.

We continue to pray that each of you is following social distancing and CDC guidelines.

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



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BellaDharma an LadyMew July 17, 2020 at 1:20 pm

Meow meow Sawyer that musta bin a terribell seezure fore you to bite PawPaw….
Wee sure hope yore feelin much bettur. An Unkell Tom mee sure hopess yore doin Okay an not feelin ruff.
LadyMew had a ‘whoppurr’ of a seezure last Caturday….she fell an hit her head an has a mild Concussion…
Mee NOT like seezuress at all!!
Feel bettur soon Sawyer an here iss tripell POTP for you, mee frend!!
**purrss** BellaDharma


AngelicClowder July 16, 2020 at 9:39 pm

Wonderful Poem Story. We’ve found some marbles in our yard too. Some of them have been uranium glass ones which are really old!
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Ellen Pilch July 16, 2020 at 6:53 pm

Great poem. I am glad the kitties are doing well. XO
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Memories of Eric and Flynn July 16, 2020 at 4:29 pm

I am glad Sawyer had a long spell between his seizures and hope he can go even longer next time. I am sorry dad Tom got bitten though.
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Mary McNeil July 16, 2020 at 4:27 pm

Concatulations to Mau and Cooper Murphy for their sailing prowess – and to Sawyer for his long break between seizures. (We hope he is better again and that Dad Tom is recovering too. Our huMom’s doctor automatically checks on her tetanus shots every time she sees her…)Purrayers that Mau continues to get back to his normal self too !


The Island Cats July 16, 2020 at 2:42 pm

We are thankful that Sawyer had gone for so long without a seizure and we purr that it is even longer next time. Sorry about Dad Tom getting bit. We hope he heals quickly. And we’re glad Mau is acting more like himself…and hope he continues to get better.
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Brian Frum July 16, 2020 at 11:43 am

Awww yes, simpler times are missed. We so glad that dear Sawyer had a love break and we’re hoping for another long one, minus the bite, ouch. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!
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Sandee July 16, 2020 at 11:05 am

I’m sorry Sawyer had another seizure. I’m also sorry that dad got bit too. Ouch. Big healing hugs to Sawyer.

Congratulations on the boat decorating. That’s an amazing job.

Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hug to the mom and lots of scritches to the kitties. ♥
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Eastside Cats July 16, 2020 at 8:57 am

One of my favorite ‘how it’s made’ TV shows, was marbles! Seeing them being created is really interesting!
Sorry that Dad Tom had to see the doc about Sawyer’s bite; did he have to bring proof that Sawyer’s had his rabies shot in the last year?
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The Florida Furkids July 16, 2020 at 8:09 am

Mom had marbles too but we don’t think she ever really knew how to play….they were just pretty. She doesn’t have them now (MOL she lost her marbles!!) and only has her original slinky as well as a couple stuffies.

We’re happy Mau is doing better and pray that Sawyer continues to have longer times between seizures. We also hope Dad Tom’s finger is better.

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Allie and Noelle July 16, 2020 at 8:10 am

Mom must still be asleep since she didn’t remember to add smoochies and love to Mau from Allie and paw pats and headbonks to Sawyer from Noelle
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Katie Isabella July 16, 2020 at 7:09 am

I had 2 older brothers so I learned playing marbles and collected them too. Long gone though. Mau I am glad you feel better and brought a toy to you. It’s so sweet when they do that. Poor Sawyer and I am so sorry Mr Tom got bitten. I hope things even out again for Sawyer. I feel so badly that he is afflicted.


Linda Arthur Tejera July 16, 2020 at 6:59 am

Great story about the marbles! I, too, used to try to collect the “cat’s eye” marbles! There was a trend in the early 60s about frying marbles to crack them for patterns. I did a few of them myself and they sure were pretty!

Wonderful that little Sawyer had such a span between seizures. Hopefully, they can continue to expand until they’re gone.

I’m not a fan of the term “social distancing.” If it must be termed, I’d much rather call it “physical distancing.” So many were already becoming too unsocial with today’s technology. Just my personal feelings.
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Ted and Pam July 16, 2020 at 5:21 am

That was a great “story-poem” about the marbles – you have to wonder about those marbles you found in your garden! I remember clearly playing marbles and being pretty darn good at it too! We were so happy Sawyer went so long without having a seizure and now we want him to try for another record……we send him POTP every day. We also loved the boat Cooper and Mau decorated for Scouts – we think it looked cozy and perfect for the 4th! Stay happy and healthy……..

Love, Ted and Mom Pam
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Summer July 16, 2020 at 3:09 am

Paws crossed that Sawyer has another long, peaceful spell after this most recent seizure.
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Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs July 16, 2020 at 2:25 am

That was an interesting take on the poetry prompt image. Imagine finding all those antique marbles. I have no idea what happened to my marbles, either…though I have saved Lego from 1962!

Glad Sawyer had such a long respite from seizures. Sorry he bit you Mr Tom…hubby here has had to take meds 3 or 4 times for similar troubles, both from cats and canines.

Hooray for feeling better, Mau.
And that was a cute little sailboat!
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