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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 - 8M 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 - 8M 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 - 8M 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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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 - 8M ago

Once upon a time, I was exclusively a dog person. Cats were mysterious pets that other people enjoyed. I liked a good tail wag and lick on the hand, to say nothing of the boisterous welcome home parties.

But, once I got to know my first cat, honestly, against my will, I was hooked. It took a long time for her to train me but the bottom line is you have to respect their boundaries until they are ready to remove them. Dogs will wag their tail for just about anyone. You have to get to know a cat slowly. Gradually the trust grows. Then the affection blossoms.

In honor of the lovelies that share our home this National Pet Week, lets take a look at some after-dinner, sitting-on-the-sofa, every-day, run-of-the-mill, unsolicited, kitty affection. These are candid shots while one or more parties were napping.

Punkin Maxie

Bobbie

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Join teachers Vivily Powers and Loretta Scena From October 23 – October 26 at the Inn at Church Landing for instruction on traditional rug hooking.

For information, contact Carol Lachance, Director at lachance_carol@hotmail.com or call 603-534-5421.

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