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The Incredible Cat, Mohawk

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Our cat, Mohawk has just amazed me once again.  He is already known for surviving his early abuse so many times the vet who treated him named him Lazarus due to the many times he came back from the dead the first five months he kept him.  We adopted him when he was six months old and he came to live with us for a very long uneventful period of time.

Then a few years ago he surprisingly reared his head and refused to let a stray kitten come to live with us. It was all about Mohawk for awhile.  The stray cat, whom we named Bengal,  was adorable.  It became pretty stressful after we rescued her and brought her back to health.  Mohawk was adamant that Bengal would have to go.  We reluctantly found little Bengal a home and luckily get updates fairly frequently.

Last year he again cheated death.  The story is "here" in my blog and I won't repeat the harrowing months he endured due to his perchance for sneaking outside every chance he got.  You can read it at your leisure.  Y…

A Pinterest Tip

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I read a tip that to clean those ancient headlight covers that don't come clean with soap and water and have become opaque, just clean them with toothpaste instead of soap.  
Of course I hadn't noticed the headlight covers up until a day or two ago.   Hubs pointed them out and mentioned he was going to buy a cleaning product for them he heard about and if that didn't work, replace them.  He had just had the car washed and polished up and the windows were as opaque as ever.
So I tried it.
Before: 

After cleaning it and polishing it dry, Viola!  You can see the light inside!
Pinterest saves the day....again!

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A Trade Off

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There was nothing I loved more than my climbing roses when I lived in Ohio.  I planted them and they took off, blooming all summer into fall.  They bloomed year after year for many years without any special care.  
They would burst into bloom in June then sporadically bloom until fall where another rush of color would cover the branches. They were such a beautiful shade of red.  A true rosy red, so deeply pink they looked red from afar.
 It was especially nice because they were in the front of the house for all to enjoy. 





You can't bring flowers, even cuttings from the Midwest to Florida so I did without roses for a time.

Mother's Day came and I bought my mother a red rose tree.  It was the only  red rose tree available at the nursery.  Since I was also treating myself to a rose tree,  I had to chose another color.  Once home, I placed it here and there but I was never able to watch it closely or enjoy it.  It was always out of sight from inside the house.  
Yesterday I discovered …

Unofficially Fall

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It's unofficially fall because school is back in session.  Yesterday the children of Pasco County Florida officially returned to their classrooms.  I'm still overjoyed each fall that I am not among them.  Routine is the bane of my life and my free spirit chafes at being anywhere at 8:00 AM, let alone having to be there five days a week.

It's still summer according to the calander, and not only that, it's only halfway into the season.  I have never gotten used to children returning to school mid summer, we always returned the day after Labor Day.  September is autumn, yes, late September but lets not quibble about the dates.

With all the back to school hoopla, television and newspaper ads, video clips of busses trundling around and dire warnings to motorists, I feel fall-ish and celebrated by purchasing..well thrifting...my official mug for autumn 2012. 

The pumpkin color is perfect.  I appreciate the subtle art design, one I won't tire of.  The stoneware pottery …

Bippity Boppity Boutique - A Hot Disney Tip

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In the midst of Cinderella's castle in Fantasyland is a very special corner of Disney World known as The Bippity Boppity Boutique where young girls are magically turned into Disney Princesses. 

A tapestry on the door announces it's location


A plethora of fairy godmothers are vying for the chance to work their magic which consists of a princess hair do, nail polish, new clothes and shoes.  Her wand may wave for all or any of these delicious endeavors. 


"Princess Gloria?" she inquires of the assembled company
and Miss Gloria will follow her through the archway

Where the magic takes place.

She has already made her choice of gowns and accessories while waiting,  from the enchanted closet
And emerge a gauzy princess in full regalia too excited, too beautiful to be still. 
Her invitation to the ball awaits:


My hot tip?  When it's summer and the heat index is over 100 degrees there are many places to cool off.  None are as comfortable as our two hour wait on the upholstere…