Have Cat; Wish Happy Mother’s Day

Some of the beautiful flowers I got for Mother’s Day/birthday…

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Beautiful tribute from some of the young’ns

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Yikes! the CAT

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Grayzie enjoys being a part of everything that goes on. Party? he’s in the middle! Glass of water? He wants some, too. Container of water left unattended on a flat surface? It’s just his job to knock it over. Here, the flowers are gone, so he parks his carcass on the cards. It’s a Grayzie day! Even though he’s not a mother, and I’m not his mother, he’s not only a pet, he’s our housemate and friend.

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more flowers from loving progeny!

Have a beautiful, sweet Mother’s Day! Even if you’re not a mother, or have lost your mother, share the love as best you can… ❤

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Family Discovery Day at Roots Tech 2015

In addition to being the last day of Roots Tech in Salt Lake City, and Valentine’s Day, Feb 14th was also Family Discovery Day. What a phenomenal day it was! The weather was beautiful, and thousands of people turned out to participate in classes, workshops, entertainment, games and celebrity hobnobbing!

My fulfilling focus of the day was meeting and adoring a new family member. He was anxious to participate in the festivities from whatever angle possible.

Roots Tech baby

Roots Tech baby

Although Discovery Day was a free event, registration was required, so crowd control could be managed. We were given a special packet at registration, which included a map of the Salt Palace Convention Center, an agenda, a list of activities going on, and several copies of the My Family booklet to record your pedigree with the first couple of generations and get you started in Family History research.

Family Discovery Day knapsack

Discovery Day knapsack packet

The Family Discovery Day classes and activities were pure genius, as chosen for this group. Classes addressed those with leadership roles, youth involvement, finding missing people in your pedigree, making better use of programs and resources readily available. In the Expo Hall, special game areas were roped off and the Family Search booth included stations with open terminals for experimentation in several steps of goal accomplishment. A few very large screens at one end of the booth were equipped with some program features of the Discovery Center model, enabling viewers to pull up animated story lines about themselves and their family origins. Lots of free and reasonably priced refreshments were available in the Expo Hall.

Classes in the ballroom corridor were jam-packed to the point that a few of the most popular ones were re-situated in overflow rooms with delayed-release recorded video of the instructors presented on screens that were quickly hoisted into action. The corridor opened up into a huge lobby that was crammed to capacity with autograph-seekers of on-site celebrities: the cast of Studio C television show and David Archuleta, to name a few.

Keynote addresses from popular Al Fox Caraway and Olympian Noelle Picus-Pace, were in the huge Hall D. At the end of Picus-Pace’s presentation, her cute husband of one year presented her with roses on-stage for their Valentine’s Day anniversary. All together now: “Awwwww…” LDS Church leader Neil L Anderson presented a new challenge, similar to 2014’s goal of “Find” names of ancestors, with an added “Teach” for 2015. The focus this year is to gain proficiency in family history work, and then help someone else get started as well. As many shared experiences in this conference attest, young people love discovering things about their ancestors.

Neil L Anderson

Neil L Anderson #rootstech
Find, Take, Teach

Now that Roots Tech is over, those who monitor the Family Search toll-free number for calls, chats, and email questions are swamped with communications, so it’s obvious to conclude that the symposium was a great success, inspiring many to up their involvement in family history research.

The closing session was possibly the biggest event of Discovery Day, featuring LDS dignitaries and mega-star David Archuleta. I wasn’t on hand to attend that session, but the excitement and thrills of rubbing shoulders with him and the other family-centric celebrity guests in the Salt Palace, was all around!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

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Early morning cat in living room

I never consciously practice this rule, until now, and I like the concept! To see more about thirds and the bokeh backgrounds, and how other photographers have interpreted it click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Three

This week’s photo challenge theme is all about Three. First, my take on the Three-fer:

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Grayzie and his catnip toys. Lately Grayzie has been found to have a thyroid condition, so we have to give him meds for that and it sometimes makes him gallop around the house and treat the other cats like he’s the villain in a spaghetti western.

Meanwhile, I did finish a remnant project so I haven’t been completely worthless. This is my 4th nappy mat, and first girly one.

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pink purrfect precious nappy mat

rolled and ready nappy mat

rolled and ready nappy mat

The mat isn’t for the cat. It’s for a cute little toddler girl. I would be deathly afraid to even show it to the cats. Bob got sick a few months ago with pancreatitis, then we found out he has diabetes. And ring-worm. So we’ve (that is, DH) been administering insulin, oral fungicide, antibiotics, milk thistle extract, and for a considerable amount of time, pain meds. Bob did like the pain med. He would saunter up to DH and meow plaintively when he thought it was time for another dose. And then he got extreme constipation. As a result of that, he got a couple of hernias from trying to poop, and the vet said his colon was the size of two softballs. I thought about drawing you a sketch of what his colon might look like, but there are obscenity laws….So when he came home from staying at the vet’s and getting a whole regime of enemas, he started pooping in the living room over by the piano instead of in his cat box. Needless to say the room that has the piano in it is now blocked off to ALL the cats, sorry, they must all suffer for the sins of the one. And Bob is the Alpha cat here so we can’t give him an inch. I am not making this up…so no, I don’t let Bob see cute little toddler nappy mats right now.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

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An egg Kaleidoscope 1) ready to be turned on the lathe, 2) finished in gilded holder, and 3) photobombed by Bob the cat’s tail as he sashayed by

 

Before: block of wood ready to be mounted on a lathe, to be turned into an egg-shaped kaleidoscope by my DH. After: He made the one in back that is sitting in its little stand. During: Bob’s tail is always close by. For more Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition photos, look here. I’ve seen more cool photos on this challenge than ever before: it must be the subject. Juxtaposition? A posed picture that makes you go “wow!”
And this is for Zero to Hero Day 22 assignment: take part in a blogging event.

Spring holiday hiatus

I just went through a week-long hiatus from doing anything crafty. No sewing, no knitting, no blogging.

What I did do instead, was spend time with people: looking into their eyes and appreciating their sparkle, giving them hugs, holding their hands as we walked together, talking to them and listening back, drawing with them, giving up my iPad and iPhone so they could use it to play a game and draw.

I found an 18-inch doll at the local H-E-B (a grocery store) that was on sale for only $10! I’m happy to think that because of this cool price reduction right before Easter, many girls in Texas got a Texas Girl! You could choose one in a cowboy outfit (that was my first choice, but they were sold out), a Quinceniera dress and tiara, a cheerleader suit with pom poms, a casual outfit, or this soccer gear with shin guards and all.

Texas Girl, in a soccer outfit

Texas girl may possibly have smaller feet than the Target doll I got to use as a model for my doll clothes.

Grayzie and Bob

My cats missed me, but I got to hang out with some other felines. I resumed working on the diagonally knit scarf when I came home; it is knit out of “Flower” from the Plymouth Yarn Italian Collection, a little gift that Ethel got me when Yarnworkshad their big yard sale. Spring-y!

a ring-tailed varmint tried to butt into the pic

Hope you all had happy holidays!

Remnant Kitty [Pouffe] Receptacle

A little PS to this morning’s post:
Upon examination of the cat pouffe later in the day, I found it to have been urinated upon.
It was probably urinated upon quite soon after it was introduced into the living room because I saw Pauley sniffing its edge cautiously, as if to run off quickly in case she was confronted, about an hour after it was placed there. Usually Bob and Grayzie are the ones who boldly “go” on anything that is receptacle-like. To them, that includes plastic bags that momentarily drift to the floor after the groceries are put away, a papasan chair, an air mattress lying in the living room, a pile of blankets in a closet, a suitcase, a bath rug, or in a pinch–a litter box.

the probable pee-petrator

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