MORE Party Pictures

Animoto of the party

Click link above to see video.  Animoto just still amazes me.  It is SO easy to use and makes such a GREAT product.


iWhatevers: Kittens and Randomness

Awhile back, I was reading a post from this blog where the writer referred to smart devices an “iWhatever.”  I thought that was rather clever and have taken to using it with my kiddos the past two school years.  “Put your iWhatevers away.”  “You can use you iWhatevers IF you have earbuds.  You may NOT share with a friend.”  “Finish this assignment and you can spend the last five minutes on your iWhatever.”  They now ask, “Can we use our iWhatevers?”  I love that–aside from the fact that it should be “MAY we use our iWhatevers.”  Thanks for letting me high-jack your clever verbage (without your knowledge or permission.), El Commodore and Majesty.  It’s about the only thing my students find cool about me.

In keeping with the iWhatever, below is a photographic compendium of iWhatever technological output.  From our house to yours.

Bella Bath 5.12.14

This is Bella. She is beautiful as her name suggests. She is also (now) clean.

Bella Bath 5 Clean Kittens

Everyone of Thistle’s kittens is prettier than the next. Not an ugly one in the litter. One of the orange ones is Eddie–Bella’s litter mate that will be ours permanently.

Bella Bath 5 Clean Kitten Backs

They were, however, riddled with fleas from their mama. They are now washed, medicated, and asleep.

Bella and Siblings in Tub

The one looking on is who we call Scaredy Cat. Early on, my vote was for us to keep her, but she may be a little high strung. All of the kittens handled the bath well, though–even S.C.

Bella Bath Beautiful

More Bella. I TOLD YOU she was pretty.

Bella Bath Selfie

Victoria is not the normal teen-aged girl, but she DOES enjoy a selfie with her cat. In other news, my daughter is wearing my strand of (very nice) faux pearls that I received as a high school graduation present. Cool.

Lint Feather

When one finds a feather adhered to one’s lint roller, one can only hope it came from one’s chickens.

Thad Refreshment

I found this empty, jazzed up can of Some Boy’s favorite fruit punch on the table the other day. Dude knows how to enjoy a beverage.

***THIS JUST IN***  Victoria has e-mailed me from school to say that we CANNOT name the little, male kitten Eddie.  She and Thad FINALLY agreed on the name (her suggestion even), but it was not to be.  Her reasoning (after telling her friends the names I’m assuming) is that Bella and Eddie will elicit the whole Bella/Edward/Twilight thing.  She is vehemently opposed to the faintest hint of such.  She has come up with a new list:  Leo, Oliver, and Toby.  Toby being the likely candidate as it was suggested by Thad.  Oh my.

A Lovely Day

Blog Luncheon 5.3.2014 397This was our 12th annual Mother Daughter/Spring Luncheon.  The day could not have been more lovely–perfect weather, just the right amount of breeze, a temperature that was sublime (Victoria declared, “I LOVE this air.  I feels like NOTHING!”) and low-for-us humidity.  Top it all off with me actually having FOOD on the table when guests arrived and THINGS ready to go, and I got to sit down and eat WITH my guests this year.  Of course, I walked like a decrepit, old woman for the next two days, but as always, the effort is so very, very worth it.

We had many friends from many places come to join us.  Twelve pounds of chicken salad, sixty croissants, five gallons of punch, four gallons of tea, two and a half cakes, twenty-four cupcakes, and various and sundry other foodities (INCLUDING some WONDERFUL homemade eggrolls and fried rice from Tanya Nguyen) were enjoyed by all.  My sweet, friend Rebecca came again with her girls and one of two sons in tow to help.  I called her my “sliceista.”  I don’t need a BARista. . .but she sliced everything–tomatoes, croissants, cheese–and arranged pickle, veggie, and meat plates AND took over as main photographer until after I had finished my lunch!

My girl and me!

My girl and me!

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