by Janet Blue on May 23, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Here’s the inspiration photo for this week’s poetry challenge hosted by the Two Spoiled Cats, Teddy and Angel Sammy.



Our mom says that she looked just like this little girl when she was a toddler. We’ve never met any of these little people personally, but I think Mom looks awfully big now to have ever been so small.

Between you and me, I don’t think this is really a poem, but I’ve never written one, so…

Susie Discovers the Party Line


Hi Grandma. It’s me, Susie.
Did you recognize my voice?
I learned a new song today,
And Mom said I could call and
Sing it to you. Is that okay?
Oh goody, here goes. Itsy
Bitsy spider climbed up…
What? Who is this? Why
Are you on Grandma’s phone?
You’re on my phone? How
Did you get in my phone?
Mommy! Some person is
In our phone! Come quick.
Get them out of there.
I was singing to Grandma.
What’s a party line? I don’t
Understand. Can’t you make
Them go away? I want to
Sing my song for Grandma.
Oh, okay. Sorry Grandma,
I’ll have to call you back later.
I love you. Bye…

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 05/23/2019

Mom says in the olden days, decades before cell phones were invented, sometimes families had to share just one phone. And they often had to share their phone line with one or up to three other families. She said it was very stressful if there was a special boy a girl was hopping to hear from. He might never get through but just keep getting a busy signal. I certainly am happy I don’t need to worry about such things.

Anyhoo, I know where you can read a really good poem—over at Two Spoiled Cats. Sammy is a masterful poet, and he transmits a fabulous poem from the Rainbow Bridge each week. You also can find links to the blogs of other poets in the comments. To pop on over there, click on the badge at the left.

Thankful Thursday

Mom has decided to be thankful for the small victories. Some days I refuse to eat my Fancy Feast with my meds in it. But yesterday, I ate all four meals, leaving only clean bowls. And I haven’t had a seizure in eight days. Please cross your paws that I can squeak out at least a few more seizure-free days.

Mom also is thankful for one day of cooler weather yesterday. She was able to get outside and work in the yard for three-plus hours. We go back to temps in the mid-90s for at least the next 10 days. Too, too hot for May.


It was so hot a couple of days ago that Dad put ice cubes in our water.


Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Brian. To participate, simply post for what you are thankful, then click the badge above to go to Brian’s blog.

We all are thankful for having so many wonderful and supportive blogging friends.

Purrs and paw-pats, Sawyer






Ruby May 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm

Ma says she never had a pawty line, butts she grew up having to share a phone with her brother ~ not funs! Butts, Gpa worked for the phone company, so installing a second line was no problemo, and Ma finally gots her OWN phone line! BOL
Ruby ♥

The Island Cats May 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm

What a cute poem. The mom remembers party lines. She’s older than dirt. MOL! We can’t believe it’s been that hot where you live already. Stay cool!

World of Animals, Inc. May 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm

We loved your phone conversation poem. Very cute. Hope the weather cools down more for you more soon. We love giving our little ones ice cubes in their water. They love to play with the cubes on the floor. Thanks for the share. Have a wonderful rest of your Thankful Thursday.

Mary McNeil May 23, 2019 at 5:01 pm

Purrayers and POTP for more good days for Sawyer and non-90 degree weather for Mom & Dad

Sandee May 23, 2019 at 11:41 am

Oh I remember those party lines. Awful, but it was better than nothing.

I had to smile at the ice cubes in the water. We did that for Little Bit too. Anything for our babies. I sure miss her.

Have a fabulous day. Scritches to all the kitties. ♥

Eastside Cats May 23, 2019 at 10:32 am

Party lines were a smidge before my day, but I remember the adults in the family talking about them. I remember dialing the phone, and when push-button phones were introduced! Sawyer, when The Hubby gave Chuck his meds, he’d find a sleeping Chuck somewhere, drop down to his level on his knee, then us his thumb and finger and open Chuck’s mouth, pop in the pill, then stroke his throat! It was amazing to watch, and thankfully, those meds kept Chuck with us far longer than the vet had predicted. So, be a good kitty and take your meds!

The Florida Furkids May 23, 2019 at 8:44 am

Dear Sawyer, YES!!! I would love to come over to play. I’m so happy you ate all
your food too.

Mom remembers party lines. We wonder what the smartphone generation would think about that?

The Florida Furkids with smoochies and love to Mau from Allie and paw pats and headbonks to Sawyer from Noelle!

Brian Frum May 23, 2019 at 8:09 am

We sure are sending you purrs constantly dear Sawyer, you need to keep eating on schedule though. The Dad says he remembers party lines and it really wasn’t much of a party. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Linda Arthur Tejera May 23, 2019 at 7:19 am

Oh, dear, party lines! Most aggravating as a young teenager wanting to be on the phone with friends all the time! LOL!
Looking good, Sawyer! <3

Teddy May 23, 2019 at 5:09 am

Great job on the “phone conversation” poem today……my Mom says she must not have had a party line ever OR maybe she just doesn’t remember them. I think she wouldn’t have liked to need to make an urgent (!) call to a friend (especially a boyfriend) and NOT be able to do it because someone else is on the phone. The only person I ever call is Angel Sammy and I do that in my mind and not on the phone – he’s ALWAYS THERE and ALWAYS answers me!!! Thanks for playing poetry with us on Thursdays every week. It’s so much fun and the more the merrier so we’re glad you’re on board………….

Love and Hugs, Teddy
p.s. GOOD BOY SAWYER – keep on eating those meds!

Jackie Avery May 23, 2019 at 4:13 am

That is a sweet poem. I remember those party lines. Often instead of the busy signal we would hear the other people talking.
I am sending good thoughts for more seizure free days, Sawyer.

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