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While working on my photographic skills (especially those involved in dealing with a black cat), I found Lil’ Bit curled up on one of my camera bags. She likes to help me with everything…except sitting really still so I can practice on her.

Still, this is a better shot than I have taken of her before.

PS. Her right eye was injured as a tiny kitten, before we found her. The vet was sure she could see some out of it so we didn’t want to do anything severe. After it healed, he told us to keep it clean so it didn’t get re-infected and we’d see how it went. I’m happy to report that she is almost eight years old and has never had another problem with it! And I’m convinced that she sees out of it as well. What a beauty, inside and out.

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Dear NC APSE Members:

NC APSE follows the guidelines established by national APSE to administer our state awards program. We may also forward our award winners to the national office for consideration in the national award program. Please use the attached nomination form and submit your nomination by 2/10/17.

NC APSE Awards Nomination Directions To Complete the Nomination:

Select the category in which you are submitting your nomination (see Nomination Form). Please note: All nominators must be current NC APSE members.

Type or legibly print all information on the Awards Nomination Form.

Answer all questions completely.

Email to: rdavenport@pamentalhealth.com OR mail completed nomination packet by no later than 12 noon (EST), to the following address:

Rena Davenport
3208 Oleander Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403

All award nominees will be recognized at the Spring Conference (April 26-28, 2017) and award winners will be announced by end February, 2017.

Download the nominee form here: NC APSE Award Nomination Form 2017

The post NC APSE Nominations Deadline Extended to February 10, 2017 appeared first on NC APSE.

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Eppie’s reflection Wordless Wednesday

While practicing new camera skills a couple of days ago, Eppie jumped up in the window behind me. I just turned and started snapping, figuring I’d have too much light to catch a good image. Imagine my surprise when I got this ‘two-for-the-price-of-one’ reflection.

And, while I love the reflection in the window, I love this child’s blue green eyes even more…and there is a small reflection….

Curious Eppie

I love beginner’s luck!

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During Totality in Georgia

Were you among the fortunate who were in the path of totality? Did you follow the recommendations to be sure your pets were safely inside?

While most of our pets live inside and didn’t even notice the eclipse, we have a recent addition that does not. BC, our semi-feral boy that I’ve mentioned before, is still leery of anything changing in his world. So, as part of his ‘indoctrination’ into our household, he has his meals in a large cage, with the door braced open. This makes it easier for his annual vet visit and also for situations where we need to control him for his comfort and safety, i.e. Fourth of July, Halloween, New Year’s. In this case, we didn’t want to take a chance on him bolting out of fear.

Well, when we closed the door, he said some really bad things! But, as soon as his people where outside and he could see us and hear us, he laid right down and had a nap.

In the meantime, his parents and friends were experiencing a once in a lifetime phenomenon. There are more than a few things I won’t ever forget about experiencing the total eclipse. I’ll never forget the birds heading to their nests nor the cicadas chirping, as though a switch was thrown. They stopped just as suddenly when totality was over.

Below are a couple of shots taken under the big old oak in our backyard. We sheltered under its branches to protect ourselves from the heat and brightness prior to the eclipse. We were not expecting this particular show!

New pattern on our adirondack chairs!

The old oak captured the eclipse better than I ever could!

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Kudzu Cottage by Sharon - 1y ago
Punkin

“Mom got new wool which means a new box. Usually Lil’ Bit lays on top of them to stake claim, even before they are opened. But, this time, she must have been asleep. I was in it before she even saw it. And I haven’t left it for six days!”

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Week long school, proudly presenting nationally acclaimed teachers: Sally Ballinger from Florida, Laurie Wiles from Canada and Sara Judith from Canada. For additional information, contact Ms. Suzi Jones, Director by phone at 503-692-9007 or email at suzijones@comcast.net.

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Lil’ Bit here. Seems I got some bad press in this spot last week. Apparently, just because I like boxes and am pretty fast on my feet, some people thought I was selfish. Well, here is a photo of me and my brother, Maxie, [almost] contentedly sharing a new box.

Max, Lil’ Bit and the latest box

I may have gotten there a little before he did, as you can see.  I’ve had time to relax a bit.

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Kudzu Cottage by Sharon - 1y ago
A cat and her toys

Cali was the first calico that ever adopted me. She had such a playful spirit, all of her fourteen plus years. She has since gone OTRB.

This drawing was done in an art class, about five years ago, when I was trying to learn my way around soft pastels.

Do your kitties love to play?

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Join Lucille Festa and expand your knowledge of what makes a rug a true primitive. These classes focus on ideas gleaned from American Classical Rugs, American Folk Art and American History, all of which are incorporated into her original designs.

All workshops are open to all skill levels – beginner to advanced and follow the same format. The studio is held at the ACR studio in a separate building on the property. It opens at 8 with classes beginning at 9. Although the teachers day ends at 3:30, hooking may continue until 10 pm.

Breakfast goodies are provided in the studio so that you can munch at will. A gourmet lunch is served at noon in the house.

Visit our website for other information, including lodging and directions.

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Kudzu Cottage by Sharon - 1y ago
Bobbie

Is it possible that its still three more days until the weekend?

Not that Bobbie works that hard mid-week but she appreciates the slower weekend pace that allows more time for tummy rubs.

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