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Stuff By Us December 30, 2014

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Don’t get the wrong idea . . . we don’t spend all our time sitting on our hands waiting for others to gift stuff to us.  Sometimes we make it!

In high school, I hooked this rug (which gives you an inkling of where I wanted to live).

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BFF made this bookcase which we use as a table in the front hall.

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I cross-stitched this small sampler which hangs in the kitchen.

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BFF made a second bookcase for my office.

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I cross-stitched this large sampler which may be adopted out soon.

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Or not.  We’ll see.

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Here’s a built better by BFF bench that sits by the front door.

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Two more benches we used as coffee tables are patiently waiting in the closet to be repurposed.

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I sewed the button Christmas tree next to this copper teapot.

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We didn’t make this bench . . . but it’s the first antique we purchased after we got married.

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This Scottish seaman’s trunk is 400 years old.  It stores all my Santas and Christmas decorations “out of season.

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I painted this Whimsical WELCOME.

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And this little patchwork Christmas tree (next to the Santa).

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One year, I painted 12 Santas as gifts and kept one in a blue coat holding a wreath (far right).

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I decorated 13 of these trees one year to give as gifts.  I kept one.

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And last (and least) I painted the Christmas tree in a thimble stand that keeps my Christmas Critters company in front of a few more favorite heirlooms and keepsakes . . . BOOKS!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Do you have heirlooms that you enjoy all year and others that emerge only at the holidays?

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Keepsakes From Nieces, Nephews, Friends December 29, 2014

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Over the years, we’ve received arts and crafts projects from nieces, nephews, and friends which we pull out and enjoy every Christmas.

Here’s “My First Santa,” carved by Earl E. Dix in 1994, next to a Christmas Tree with working lights crafted by Jane Nast, circa 1986.

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Jane Nast’s angels and wreaths adorn our “big” tree which sits on the Tilt Top Table made by dad.  My sister-in-law Laura cross-stitched the tree skirt.  The blue scarf belonged to Great Aunt Edie.

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Long before we moved to Florida, our niece Sarah presented us with a trio of alligators and a beady eyed snake.

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Her older sister Emily gave us a stocking to hang by the chimney with care.  Since we don’t have a chimney, we hang it on the hutch.

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Jessica, who just hosted us for Thanksgiving, did this adorable needlepoint of a cat eyeing a canary.

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Andrew presented us with a hand-print reindeer (in the basket on the bottom shelf of this refinished table from Vermont).

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Knowing my love of zebras, Sarah painted me one with a purple sun.

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A talented illustrator, Jan Philpott, painted Ziggy the Zebra for me.

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She also painted this “Think Pink” beach scene for us.

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Mike Jenkins sketched this caricature of me in college.

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And Nicki Gioseffi gave us this gift from the heart.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  A Family Heirloom (Grannymar)

Heirlooms & Keepsakes ~ Mom & Dad December 28, 2014

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My parents loved to give homemade and hand-crafted gifts.  I own a number of treasured heirlooms and keepsakes from dad’s workbench and mom’s sewing room.

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My dad made this Williamsburg reproduction tilt-top table which lived in their living room until he passed away.

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He also made this bedside table for us.

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He refinished this antique candle box from Vermont.

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At my request, mom and dad restored this rocking chair that had belonged to Great Aunt Edie.  Dad wielded the paint brush.  Mom re-cushioned it.

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My Great Aunt Lucy started this quilt before her death in 1962; mom finished it in 1986.

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Dad built this quilt rack to display the antique quilt that covered a spare bed in his childhood bedroom.

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They adopted this tin coffee pot from Vermont after uncovering it in my grandfather’s attic.

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Dad used this box as a boy.  Now it houses my recipes, under lock and key.

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I use dad’s boyhood tool chest to store old letters and keepsakes.

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Mom made me a tea cozy to keep my tea cozy.

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Dad refinished this antique harvest table from his dad’s attic.

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Dad made this Christmas Tree shelf unit for me one Christmas.

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So that I would have a place to display some of my smaller Santas.

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He also made me this Christmas tree out of dowels.

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A close up.

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When I asked dad to make me this reindeer, he wasn’t sure he had the right tools to carve.  As you can see . . . he had the right stuff.

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Dad made this Amish reproduction saltbox for me one Christmas.

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The saltbox is perfect for holding our Christmas CD’s . . . Fa La La La La La La La La!

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Another year, he made this rack to display towels embroidered by mom.

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Another joint effort ~ mom embroidered this duck and dad made the frame.

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Dad made this holder for jelly, jam, or marmalade for me after I admired the one he made for mom.  The jars came filled with cocktail onions for his daily martini.

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This was mom’s childhood desk.  Dad resurrected it for our use when we were younger.

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An inside peek.

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Mom made this Santa.  Great Aunt Edie made Lulu.

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Lulu lived with mom and dad until dad passed away.  I adopted her.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  A Family Heirloom (Grannymar)

Heirlooms & Keepsakes ~ Vermont December 21, 2014

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In addition to the heirlooms from mom’s side of the family, we also enjoy a number of treasured heirlooms and keepsakes from my relatives in Vermont.

You’ve met my grandfather through his letters.  Here he is with my grandmother, my dad and Aunt Marjorie.

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My dad refinished this antique candle box from Vermont.

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A quilt started by Great Aunt Lucy (my grandmother’s sister) before her death in 1962 and finished by my mother in 1986.  We used it as a bright guest room comforter for a number of years.

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A quilt rack made by dad to display the quilt that covered the spare bed in his childhood bedroom.

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A tin coffee pot from my grandfather’s attic.

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This box belonged to my dad as a child.  I use it to store recipes.  Under lock & key!

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This was dad’s boyhood tool chest which now houses old letters, photos, and other keepsakes.

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Dad refinished this antique harvest table for his living room.  I adopted it a few years back.

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Here’s another view.

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This picnic hamper came from my grandfather’s house in Vermont and reminds me of all the picnics we enjoyed on his hill and at Quechee Gorge.

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A wooden bowl from my grandfather’s pantry, perfect for ripening bananas.

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I refinished this table from my grandfather’s house the year after he died.  I consider it his wedding gift to us.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  A Family Heirloom (Grannymar)

Heirlooms & Keepsakes ~ Rogie & Logie December 14, 2014

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I treasure a number of heirlooms and keepsakes from my maternal grandparents and my Great Aunt Edie.

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The oldest heirloom is a walking stick carved by my great great grandmother’s suitor.

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You can read more about it here:  A suitor who just didna suit her.

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My grandfather enjoyed travel as well as working in his woodshop . . . where he transformed a tray purchased overseas into a table.

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He made matching bedside tables.  I have this one and my sister has its fraternal twin.

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This rocking chair belonged to Great Aunt Edie.  After she died it lived in my parents attic until I requested it ~ painted by dad and re-cushioned by mom.

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My grandfather made this jewelry box for my grandmother, inlaid with her initials.

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Another view.

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My grandfather’s shaving mirror sits on a shelf in our kitchen.

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When my grandparents visited the Middle East in 1965, they brought back this Bible from Jerusalem for Aunt Edie.

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Along with a piece of palm from Palm Sunday, carefully preserved inside the front cover.

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I wear this turquoise ring given to my great aunt by her sister, my grandmother, in 1918 as they arrived in the states from Scotland.

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This pewter tea set sat in my grandmother’s dining room for years until she passed.  In time, my mother passed it on to me.

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This copper teapot also came from my mother’s family.

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This tin coffee pot (from relatives in Vermont) rounds out the set.

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My mother had this Scottish pitcher on her hutch until I adopted it.

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“Here’s a health to them that’s awa!” ~ Burns

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Here’s where it lives.

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This two shelf unit may have been made by my grandfather.  I remember it hanging on Aunt Edie’s bedroom wall.

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Also from Aunt Edie, this wooden letter holder made by my grandfather.

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My grandfather’s pewter baby cup brought over from Scotland.

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Another view.

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My grandfather loved working with watches and building clock cases.  He gave us this coin clock when we got married.  My brothers and sister each received one.

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My grandfather also made this shelf clock which keeps great time, as long as we change the battery.

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As far back as I can remember, Edie had these plates hanging on her wall.

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And the other.

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And this special Christmas plate that served up Scottish Shortbread.

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The painted glass pitchers belonged to my grandmother who may have done the painting herself.

Or maybe she bought them at the Church Bazaar.

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My mom’s childhood desk lived with us when we were kids.  Later, BFF and I used it as the scoreboard for darts.

Now we use it as a message board in the dining room.

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Inside, you can see an antique wooden xylophone.  Both the desk and the xylophone may have been made by my grandfather.

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My grandfather did make this Tea Caddy hiding behind that Santa.

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Here’s a better view.

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Mom made this Santa.  Aunt Edie made Lulu for mom.  I played with her too.  Check out the rips and tears . . . Lulu was well loved.

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As most keepsakes are.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  A Family Heirloom (Grannymar)

Next Sunday, I’ll share some treasures and keepsakes from dad’s relatives in Vermont.

All I Want For Christmas . . . December 10, 2014

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When we go to someone’s home for dinner or a party, we often bring a small hostess gift ~ flowers, wine, chocolate, or a bakery item.

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This Thanksgiving, we went to my niece’s apartment in Tampa.

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Earlier this year, we helped her furnish the apartment by giving her our sofa.

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Pick up, not delivery.

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As a hostess gift this Thanksgiving, we brought the matching love seat.

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We tossed it in the back of the van with the coolers of food.

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At the other end, we set it up before proceeding with the feast.

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Perfect!  A made-to-order spot for it under the windows.

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Giving away the love seat left a “small hole” in our living room.

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“All I want for Christmas is . . . a new sofa.  A new sofa.  A new sofa.”

Until Santa stops by on December 25th, we filled it with . . . lawn furniture.

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Aah . . . that’s better! 

No Mailing Lists! December 3, 2014

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devious-hobbesThe moment we stepped into the Sarasota Home and Garden Show, a travel company minion accosted us.

The spokesperson shoved an entry form and a pen into my hand.

“Fill this out for a chance to win a Lowe’s Gift Card.”

Donald-Duck-BaseballI glanced at the form and saw blanks for name, address, phone number, e-mail, birth date, income bracket, children, pets, requested last meal, etc.

I started to hand the form back.  Blank.

He pointed to signs all over the table:

NO MAILING LISTS.

I looked back at the form wondering why they wanted so much information if they didn’t plan to use it.

Evil QueenNoting my reticence, he said all they needed was my name, address, phone number, birth date, and signed consent so they could call me when we won.

I glanced down at the signed consent portion of the form and started reading.

He interrupted my endeavor to “interpret” the language for me.

The-Pink-PantherQuestions swirled through my mind:  Why would a travel company give away a Lowe’s Gift Card?

Why did they need so much information just to contact the winner?

Why was I still standing here talking to Barker Bob?

I placed the blank entry form and pen on the table and turned away, ignoring their continued pleas for me to Enter & Win.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

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The Perfect Writer’s Retreat December 2, 2014

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While cruising around Terra Ceia Island, we stumbled across the perfect writer’s retreat.

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Situated on a corner lot, the house overlooks the banks of Terra Ceia Bay.

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Imagine writing at a desk in that turret, underneath the weathered vane.

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Gazing out at blue skies, serenaded by sea breezes and wandering muse.

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Of course, if we moved, we’d miss our neighbors . . . like Ichabod Ibis.

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As well as Ida, Iago, Irene, Igor, Igraine, Ike, Ignatius, Ian, and Icarus.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Marvelous Benches & Whimsical Chairs November 24, 2014

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While at Mixon Fruit Farms, we stumbled across some marvelous benches.

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Natural.

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Unadorned.

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They brought to mind other marvelous benches and whimsical chairs.

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Not natural.

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Or unadorned.

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But fun.

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Each designed to encourage us to press the pause button and relax.

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C’mon . . . pull up a dolphin and set a spell.

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Aah . . . that’s better.

 

Lizard Mania November 18, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Home & Garden, Humor, Nature.
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IMGP3570A few nights ago, we spent 20 minutes catching a lizard in the lanai.

BFF reached up to the ceiling and “almost” got it in the bucket first try.

It escaped, raced around the room, and hid under the corner bookcase.

We had to take everything off the shelves, lay the bookcase down on its side, and . . .

“Got it!”

Almost.

We chased it around the room a few more times.  At last, BFF caught the lizard for real, took it outside and released it.

Yay!

During Lizard Mania, Tigger sat on the other side of the sliding glass doors flicking his tail and yowling to be allowed to join the hunt.

Tigger is better at catching lizards than we are, but they aren’t good for him. So we muddle along the best we can so he doesn’t have to do the dirty work.

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We’re not convinced that he appreciates our consideration.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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