Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

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Sunday, 13 November 2022

Sunday Selections #607

 

 

 
Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image. 

The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 

I usually run with a theme. A little while ago I described the ambience of our home as cluttered on Andrew's blog.  The same is true of our walls and ceilings.  There are things I have made, things other people have made, photographs and souvenirs from trips away and things people have given us.

 


We have had the two oil paintings above for decades.  The artist was an Austrian man on a working holiday in Australia.  I love the way he captured quintessentially Australia countryside scenes and light.







I made the needlework above for himself's mama.  After her death it came back to us.


I bought the water colour above when I was away on a work trip to Tasmania.  I was cold and went into an art gallery to get warm.  I fell in love with this painting and my only regret has been that I couldn't afford another by the same artist.





In other news, the kittens continue to give cause for concern.  Odie in particular is still snuffling.  Both of their digestive systems are not happy.  The vet tells us that it could take weeks for them to recover.  Fingers crossed.  Tightly.


 
I wouldn't be me if I didn't include a couple of photos from the garden.



 

And some skyscapes, finishing with a pretty and hopeful dawn (well that was the plan until Blogger decided to reverse the order of my photos).





I hope your week to come is cluttered with joy.

114 comments:

  1. You have a beautiful chosen collection of things that resonate with me. Such a pleasure to see the cat faces and to hear that they are on the mend. And your garden is always a healer. Thank you so much! You are very appreciated. By so many of us

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. Both cats have decided that food is poison this morning. And both continue to snuffle. I really hope that we get into the forward healing process. Soon.

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  2. I'm glad the kittens are still enjoying your caring company and that they are on the mend. I wonder how their personalities will be once they are all better. It's always a pleasure seeing your beautiful photos of flowers and skies and the things that makes our home a special place.

    I hope your blogger comment issues are getting fixed.
    Take care,
    Hugs,
    Julia

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    1. Julia: Thank you. I can (mostly) comment again which is a huge relief. Fingers crossed on the kitten front. They have a way to go yet.

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  3. I love your eclectic artwork, and those oil paintings are stunning! The flowers and skies are as lovely as always, too. Poor Odie and Batty, though. I hope they (and you) soon get some relief from their symptoms.

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    1. Diane Henders: I love JohnJohn's paintings and hope that he continues to paint - where ever he is. We took himself's parents to see him working. They fell in love with one of his works but told him that it needed more sheep. Which embarrassed us. He added more sheep - and made another sale.

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    2. Ha! I can just imagine it: "Needs more sheep." I'm impressed that he actually did it! :-)

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    3. Diane Henders: So were we. I wonder how long an extra sale kept him in the country?

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    4. How funny and encouraging ... JohnJohn sounds like an ideal thoughtful caring artist ...

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    5. Hilary Melton-Butcher: He was a very nice and talented man. While we lived close to his studio we quite often went to see what he was working on.

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  4. My fingers are crossed for your two little furry ones...and my hopes for both of them being 100% well soon I send to you, and to them.

    I've many paintings (ones I've done) and prints of other artworks on my walls, plus a few other oddments. :)

    I hope the coming week is filled with good news and happiness for you, EC. :)

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    1. Lee: I really, really hope that Batty and Odie turn that proverbial corner. Soon. Homes need things on the walls don't they? Or at least we think so. A minimalist life is not for us.

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  5. I was hoping for better news about the kittens, but I'll take the story that they will get better, even if it takes weeks. And oh I love all those pictures, especially those first two. Thank you for sharing them, I could never part with even one with they belonged to me. :-)

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    1. DJan: We were hoping for better news about the kittens too. And no, we are not ready to surrender any of the things that decorate our walls.

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  6. It lingers but sounds like Odie and Batty aren't getting worse, so that's a positive. Who knew that cats could end up with long-term covid symptoms?

    I adore your collection of artwork! So many decorate without a sense of memories attached to the pieces. You are surrounded by memories come to life. That should be the way of it. I especially like the black cats sitting on pedestals and the Tasmanian artwork.

    Thank you for being you and including your obsessions. I always enjoy what's going on in the garden and the skies.

    May the week ahead bring joy and serenity... or at least not a ton of bullshit. ;) Hugs to you and yours.

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    1. River Fairchild: I do hope that the kittens recover from their long covid. Soon.
      You are right, almost all of the work on our walls is weighted with memories. Which isn't a bad thing. A week without bullshit? Dream the impossible dream...

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  7. Hope the kittens improve.
    A variety on the walls is good. Our walls are just as varied.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Thank you. Variety is the spice of life - and our walls are very spicy.

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  8. Dear EC
    You have some beautiful art work which obviously brings you a lot of joy. I will keep sending 'get well soon' thoughts for the kittens. The flowers echo the colours of Dawn so well too.
    I hope you have a good week
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. Your good wishes are so much appreciated. You have a great week too.

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  9. The Austrian man captured our landscape quite well. Objective eyes perhaps. The Dali inspired clock is cool. The painting bought in Tasmania is very nice, and soothing. I expect many minutes could be spent examining what is hung on your walls.

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    1. Andrew: Many, many minutes I suspect. Himself's sister stayed with us after one of his surgeries. She said that after a month in the house she was STILL finding new things to look at. The clock is wonderful isn't it?

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  10. It is wonderful to see some of the art on your walls - I especially like the first two, the beautiful oils of Australian trees - and the ships, and the watercolour from Tasmania...
    I am a huge fan of Dali, and in the course of several trips to Spain I have been to quite a few Dali museums, and to the house he built near Cadaques. I wish I was back there now...

    Poor kittens; they are lucky to have you taking such good care of them. I hope they, and you, have a good week.

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    1. What is the pretty pink blossom under the iris? :)

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    2. Alexia: Thank you. I am a fan of Dali too. It sounds to have been a very strange man, but goodness he was talented. I had a poster of his 'Swans Reflecting Elephants' for years. Himself took the photo of the feluccas on the Nile on his first trip to that country.
      Poor kittens. Sometimes they wouldn't agree about the care they receive.

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    3. Alexia: Sorry, I forgot. The pink blooms are ixias. They thriving this year and dotted all round the garden.

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  11. "Cluttered with joy"<-How did you get so good with words?
    Love and lightness, EC.

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    1. Rawnknrobyn: What a lovely thing to say. I am a big fan of words and always have been.

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  12. Oh dear, those poor little kittens, and poor you worrying about them. Hopefully they soon be bouncing around playfully and you'll be looking back at this time of concern as ancient history.

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    1. Kim: I hope so. I really, really hope so. They are worrying again this morning. Food is poison - though they insist they are hungry (a good sign) and then reject the cooked chicken the vet tells me they should be limited to.

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    2. You've probably tried this, but just in case you haven't I'll tell you what worked for our cat who had pancreatitis for years. He would refuse food too and the only way we could eventually get him to take some was by warming it in the microwave which gave it an appetising smell. Apologies if you're over hearing repeated suggestions. and even more apologies if you try it and it doesn't work...

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    3. Kim: Thank you. I have tried it, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Jazz had pancreatitis too, and warmed food often tempted him.

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  13. I think your house is eclectically delicious. I hope the kittens are on a slow journey to recovery.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Thank you. I do hope that slow journey speeds up.

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  14. I hope the boys improve over time. I love the 2nd of the first two paintings. And the fire cat painting. There's a movie out now, about a guy mainly who gets into areas burnt by wildfires to save the cats. Many somehow survive them. Fire Cats is the name of the movie but its hard to find.

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    1. Strayer: I hope the boys improve too. So much. Cats do survive in incredible conditions. And other's don't. How I wish that we didn't put them in harm's way so often.

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  15. Is that a flying frog I see? I love it! I also love the Australian landscapes, but I hate the clock. I have no paintings on my walls, I have a couple of large framed jigsaws and many family photos, also ten small photos of Angel, but not a single one of Lola.
    I'm so sorry to hear Odie and Batty are still suffering, can you ask the vet what else he might recommend as they dislike the chicken so much? the snuffling could indicate an allergy, is it possible they have hayfever?

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    1. River: It is a flying frog and we like it too. You hate my clock? Just as well you don't have to find house room for it.
      The sniffles still relate to the coronavirus. I hope they don't have allergies as well. While they still have diarrhea the vet recommended that they stay on very bland food - and she suggested that cooked chicken was our/their best option. When their poor tummies settle we can expand their diet again.

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  16. Love all the artwork, there is just nothing that beats our bush.
    The flowers are lovely too..
    I love your clock, it's very different.

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    1. Margaret D: Blogger still insists your comments are spam. I wonder why? Those oil paintings are lovely aren't they?

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  17. I love your eclectic home. It is beautiful and so warm. Although I have never been there, I love the two paintings of Australia. They remind me of how Australia more than likely looks. I also LOVE your Dali clock. I am a huge Dali fan from the first time I saw his "The Persistence of Memory," which I called "Dripping Clocks" until I learned the actual name.

    I am hopeful the vet is correct that it will take time for Batty and Odie awhile to get over the effects of Covid, but they eventually will. I know the love you have for them already and how incredibly stressful this is for you.

    When Squiggles was quite ill and wouldn't eat (he would eat me out of house and home if I let him), I bought some high end wet cat food and "watered it down" with chicken broth. I fed him just at little bit at a time. Might not be what your vet would suggest, I realize.

    Lovely flowers in your garden, too, dear. Please take care and give those two babies an extra hug from me.

    BTW, I HOPE this publishes the first time.

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    1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth: I hope your comment DID publish first time - and thank you for persevering if it didn't. At the moment the cats are not eating any wet food - it is apparently too hard on their digestion. I will remember the watering it down trick when they graduate back to normal cat food though. Cooked chicken is what the vet recommends. And they are sick of it. Sigh.

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  18. I love the things that make your home YOURS! Everyone of them.

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    1. Bill: Thank you. There are a lot more things here too. A whole lot more. Every room has things on the walls.

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  19. Just as we might expect, Sue, you have a tasteful and eclectic collection and I am very happy to see that even the Sulphur-crested Vandals have their place of honour. Sorry to hear that the cats continue to suffer and hope they recover soon.

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: Of course there is room for the Sulphur Crested Vandals. Beautiful beasts, even when I don't appreciate their behaviour.

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  20. Hi Sue - a delightful eclectic range of artworks and sculptures - I love the clock ... and the art from trips away from home ... I particularly like the aboriginal one beneath your delightful tapestry for your in-laws. I do hope the kitties improve ... with thoughts there - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Himself brought that one back from a trip away. Peru I think from memory but he is asleep at the moment and I can't confirm that. It can't have been easy to carry (he travels light) but we both love it.

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  21. I'm so sorry the kitties are still unwell, sending lots of love to them and to you! I love all of your art pieces, especially the clock! Reminds me of Dali's Melting Watches! ♥

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    1. Rain: I am glad to hear that most people like that clock as much as I/we do. Fingers crossed that the poor cats improve. Quickly.

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  22. The items which adorn your home speak of your culture and adventures so beautifully.

    I hope the cats feel better sooner than expected. It must be so hard to see them sick!

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    1. Marie Smith: Most of the adventures are my partner's rather than my own - but we both like to see evidence of where he has been. And thank you.

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  23. I'm excited to see the art work. I went to an art gallery a while back, and I was asked to be one of the models for their next exhibit. Quite flattering and unique. I hope you get out and see even more work.

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    1. Trin Carl: Definitely exciting, and I hope a wonderful experience for you. We are overdue another visit to an art gallery.

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  24. I am glad that you collect art like I do. Here's to art and artists everywhere! A toast, if you please. Your wall clock caught my eye. Awesome! Take care and hope the kitties improve.

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    1. gigi-hawaii: I will gladly toast artists (whatever their genre) and their work. They enrich my life.

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  25. I love all your painting you have around your home however I nowadays am decluttering many thinks. Over the past 10 days I have been sorting out my Brother's and SIL's home and throwing out stuff, giving to charity, sorting stuff for the auction, giving stuff FREE to anyone who will take it away. My SIL kept EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING and she was 93 when she died. I do not intend leaving this burden to my children so am doing a lot of it now. Sorry to hear about your kitties and I hope they improve quickly. Well I love flowers and adore seeing what you grow in your garden. Have a wonderful week ahead and many thanks for all the comments.

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    1. Margaret Birding for Pleasure: Thank you. We really should declutter, but the art works that surround us will be very low on the list of things to go. Good luck with sorting out your brother and sister-in-laws things. NOT a fun job.

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  26. Clutter? Oh no no no! That is not clutter. Clutter is when it's awful and it doesn't enhance your life in any way. What a lovely home you have. As for the two new babies, I sure hope they feel better soon.

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): That is a truly lovely thing to say. Fingers crossed for the kittens. Tightly.

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  27. A great eclectic mix of artworks, manmade and naturemade! Loved the wall art and the clock especially. Well wishes for the kitties - poor things. It's super horrible to have to watch loved ones suffer, hope they get better soon. The flowers are delightful as always, and so are the skyscapes, in any order. Wishing you a worryfree and peaceful week ahead.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you. A worryfree week would be more than welcome. And yes, it is hard watching our newest family members struggle.

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  28. If my week is cluttered with Joy, than I am surrounded my happiness. It will be a good week...wishing you a peaceful week.

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    1. Truedessa: I hope your week IS cluttered with joy.

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  29. You have some wonderful things there. I hope the kittens continue to recover. Have a gorgeous week!

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    1. e: Thank you. Today is yet another worrying day for the kittens. I so hope the tide turns.

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  30. Thank you for sharing these beautiful things with us!

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    1. messymimi: It is a pleasure - as it was to rescue your comment from the spam folder.

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  31. The needlework is lovely.
    Fingers and toes are crossed for the kittens. x

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    1. Bea: Thank you. Himself's mother loved it - and took it with her to the nursing home. My fingers and toes are crossed tightly too.

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  32. Clutter is good. I like the flying frog and the paintings and ... that watch ... I like the looks, but I would not be able to tell the time from looking at it. Maybe practise is needed.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): With only a very little practice telling the time from that clock is easy.

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  33. Thanks for sharing a beautiful post

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  34. I love a house that is full of art, even if it isn't the type of art I may have in mine, it's still makes a house a home and fills it with a certain energy.

    I hope the kittens are okay, keeping everything crossed.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I feel that way too. Much of the art that I enjoy in galleries I couldn't contemplate having at home - which doesn't take away from the attraction.

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  35. My two cats were abandoned as kittens and they suffered with stomach issues afterwards. They are fine now but it did take a while to sort out.

    :o)

    Cheers

    PM

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    1. Plastic Mancunian: Our two boys have feline coronavirus - and they seem to have long covid too. I really, really hope that their health picks up soon.

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  36. The month of November seems to be going by quite quickly.

    So nice to see your collection of paintings and artwork.
    Your garden flowers are looking good too.
    In our garden and neighbourhood, the leaves are falling quite quickly now, but the colours are lovely.

    Hoping that the kitten's health picks up soon.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: I have rescued you from the spam folder. Again. And thank you - on all counts.

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  37. if it's art, it cant be clutter. I aspire to get all my treasure properly displayed.
    get better little kitty cats!

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    1. kylie: I like that statement. Sadly I suspect that some people would tell you firmly that some of the art on display here IS clutter. The kittens are not right yet, but today was a better day. Fingers crossed.

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  38. I love the flying green lizard guy hanging from the ceiling! Maybe not a lizard, but given his legs, I figure he's not purely a bird either. Delightful design.

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    1. John Wiswell: He is a flying frog, given to me by someone who was a dear friend for many years. We have parted ways now, but I do like having things around the house to remind me...

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  39. Gracias por compartir tan bellos detalles que decoran el interior de tu hogar, son todos muy bonitos, aunque me quedo con eso dos óleos del pintor austríaco, por su luz y color.
    Una muy bonita entrada incluyendo gatos y las flores de tu jardín.
    Un saludo.

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    1. Manuel: Thank you. We are very fond of those oil paintings too.

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  40. Always a pleasure stopping by your blog. My dose of dopamine for the day :D

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    1. Damyanti Biswas: I am a beauty addict and very happy to share the things I find beautiful.

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  41. Thank you for inviting us into your home and sharing your many wonders. The garden is always beautiful. I love seeing irises. Hope those babies get better soon. I know that will make you feel better as well.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: You are so very right. When/if the furry babes feel better so will I.

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  42. I know I commented here!
    My comment may be in spam!

    Hoping the kitties are a little better.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: You did comment, and I repliied and then spam claimed both. Thank you - and thank you for coming back.

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  43. Creative and interesting photos.. x

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  44. Thanks for the tour of your walls EC, some lovely paintings and your intricate needlework. I'm late to the party here and your flowers, as always are breathtaking. Along with the quiet time of the dawn.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: You are welcome whenever you drop by. It is predawn here - and very quiet.

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  45. So sorry to learn your kitties are still under the weather. Hope there is a turnaround real soon. Your collection is delightful, so many treasures, including the special one you made for himself's mama. I'm sure she would be happy it was on your wall. Your flowers and skies are a nice ending to your post today. Gorgeous!

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. I hope himself's mama is happy with where this work is. It reminds me of her (and she was a special person) each time I look at it.

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  46. The selections on your wall are lovely. I'm sure it feels good to sit back and enjoy them. Crossing my fingers for kitties too!

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  47. I hope they kittys get better soon. I had to take Falcor to the vet on Monday because he pulled a muscle in his back and shoulder.

    I love the pictures you have.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: I hope that Falcor is feeling much better. The kittens are still in the one step forward, one step back dance.

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  48. Your needle work is beautiful. How are the babies today?

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. As I said to Mary above the kittens are still messing with our mind. They have a good day and then a bad one.

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  49. Let's see if Wordpress and Blogger are playing nicely...so far so good.
    Of course, I love all the things you have posted and the garden gems that I would not even attempt up here. But perhaps I'll wander about and get some poincianas in their summer magnificence...

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    1. dinahmow: You can grow things I can't even dream of - but can and do admire your photos.

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  50. You have some great stuff in your home!!

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  51. A black cat conclave. I love it. How are the kitty babies? How are you? Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: Some would say a black cat coven. Neither the kittens nor us are doing well at the moment. Huge hugs.

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  52. I find your wall and ceilings hanging interesting and fascinating. There is much to look at in your home and I love the diversity. I have to say that the orange-purple-black cat painting (?) is a real favorite.

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    1. Carola Bartz: Thank you. That is a print rather than a painting but it was given to me by a good friend and we love it too.

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