Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
Down Home in NC

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Madi and Mom: How we started 2010

I gave Mom and Dad my evil laser eyes and they still took
my Christmas Tree away. They brought all the
strange smelling boxes in from the gargage, put all the decorations in the boxes and kaput

Christmas was over.

As the last box was taken away, Dad (he is such a nut) says
not to worry Madi the tree will be back in 49 weeks.
So I'm counting the days already.
Mom probably is not counting the days, 'cause the tree being in the house requires lots of
clean up afterwards.



So all the cleaning was done and Mom heard there was Arctic air moving into Dixie.
The next 7 days our temperatures will be in the 30's every day and in the teens at night.
So she decided to take a walk. To Lead Mine Lake.
What is this is see Christmas Wreaths. Were they fibbing about Christmas being over?
She took some pretty pictures of the sun through the trees


Then on down to the lake, where she found a new sign...
Then she saw lots of geese....evidently they are hoping some humans come down who cannot or don't read the rules. All these homes around the Lead Mine Lake have
had a time with geese coming in their yards and leaving a mess.
The area now has fencing around the lakes edge too.



These are Canada Geese born and bred in NC...but we feel sure they will find enough food in the lake. January 1, 2010 started out very pretty temps about 45.

Update: January 2, 2010 1PM.

The arctic air arrived over night. It is currently 31 with wind gusts very very chilly outside.

There will be no walking outside today.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Madi: Fine Feathered Friends Friday

Happy First Friday of 2010

Earlier this week I was napping at our sunny window. Mom and the flashy beast were M.I.A.
All of a sudden, I look up and what do I find? Mom just finishing a project outside and heading
in the house. I'm walking over now to say THANKS Mom

Well lo and behold she went out to
buy all new bird feeders and new seed for each one. She loves feeding the
birds and I love watching them scurry about.
Not only did she buy new feeders she bought pretty ones.
The yellow feeder on the left is for sunflower seeds. The two part
feeder in the middle has song bird food and safflour seed in it.
Then there is a suet cake. She said the entire time she was out there
the birds were singing up a storm and urging her to hurry up so they could taste their
new treats.

She also cleaned out the bird bath added fresh water. She moved the thistle feeder behind the birdbath.
Why is she so excited you ask. On a normal week she leaves home before
sunrise and returns after sunset so she rarely gets to see the birds. She counts on Dad and me to fill her in on who visits and what they like to eat. She is off this week so she can watch birds all week.
We happy to report lots of birds have visited us this week. Eastern Bluebirds, Chickadees, Titmice, Cardinals, Robins, Junco, Wren, Red Bellied and Downy Woodpeckers and several varieties of Finches.
Looks like it will be a good year for bird watching.
Madi and Mom

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Madi: Why do they always conclude it was

ME.......?
Ok yes I'm an only cat and when 'something' happens
they think I'm the culprit. Well to that I say
malarkey.

So the question being asked,is how did the ladder get off the fire truck below?
Mom and Dad say Madi did it!!!
I say it jumped off by itself or there was an unknown force in the house, like a Cat burgular.
I say don't blame the resident cat w/o proof!!!

Mom here: If you look closely, you will see there are little hooks that hold the ladder on the
fire truck. Don't let MADI pull the wool over your eyes she is NOT
innocent. She wasn't caught red 'pawed' this time; however, she was caught
red 'pawed; with the ladder in her mouth recently.
We often wonder why does Madi does things like this, what makes her think to try?

Paul Gray said
"One must love a cat on its own terms"
........and we do!!!!
Happy New Year to all our Blogging friends and their assistants. You have all
enriched our lives since we started blogging on June 25, 2009.
We look forward to keeping up with each of you in 2010.
MADI AND MOM

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Madi; Look what Sis 'gave' me

Mom: Madi what are you doing?
Madi: I'm watching Animal Planet on the itty bitty kitty TV sis gave me.
Come watch with me there a lots of cute kitties on it.
Mom: Madi that isn't yours and the kitty pictures are of Cali, Harley, Milk-way and You.
Madi: You and Dad have that giant TV. Why can't I have this one?
Mom: Madi it isn't a TV it is a Digital Picutre Frame sis gave to Dad and me.
Madi: Mom I beg to differ. I've been around the 'virtual block' (actually my feet have never touched the ground) a few times.
I know what a picture frame looks like. I can tell you it doesn't move like this.
Mom: It appears there is no convincing you so we'll just say it is an itty bitty Diva TV just for you.

Mom: Madi was quite mesmerized by the Digital Picture Frame
when we turned it on. Now if it just had audio of cats meowing that would blow
her mind.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mom has the floor today

I absolutely love how the Sun cast itself into my house making
mundane things gorgeous. My day job keeps me away during the daylight hours.
Today might be our last sunshine for the week......
rain moving in tomorrow
During my Christmas Break I'm enjoying various rooms in sunlight.
Notice the Sun on the angel in the Nativity Scene...


coming through the dining room window onto a chair

coming through the skylight in the study


reflecting the skylight onto the glass of the picture


shining through our octagonal window onto the couch

and finally me taking a picture of my shadow

I was glad to let Mom have the floor...that kept the
flashy beast out of my face and hopefully all my meals will be
on time without me having to get in her face. Speaking of
meals Mom came home with a 4 lb bag of kibble today.
Madi

Monday, December 28, 2009

Madi: The things I put up with

I'm hungry, please feed me.......

Mom are you listening? I'm trying very hard to be patient....
Do I have to get right in your face?
Put the flashy box down now and

FEED ME....turkey Please?!

Too bad the video wasn't on...she was definitely talking to the face!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mom wants to show you...Lovely wood turned gifts

In my Christmas Day, post I mentioned that I would show you pictures
of the gorgeous hand turned wood gifts my son-in-law made for family and friends
this year.

Please click on the pictures to get a better look.

Top row (left to right)
screwdriver, tea candle holders (cherry wood) with LED battery flickering flames. One of the those was for me.
Second Row (l to r) wine bottle stopper, wooden apples (cherry wood)
clock (maple) for his brother. Below the apples there is a back scratcher, 2 more screwdrivers,
mallet is made from dogwood that was in his parent's yard. Also picutred are
two decorative fishing lures. The beautiful bowl was made from a Holly tree his boss cut down.
He made the bowl for his boss.
A better picture of the bowl.
When I was buying his Christmas presents from WoodCrafters...I saw a bowl...
they told me he would not be able to turn a bowl until he took classes.
HA HA HA to them
He turned a bowl w/o classes. I believe he can do just about any thing.
He is also a great cook!!!
Ring box below was for my Mother.


Keep in mind all these items start out as a chunk of wood.
I have no clue how he does it. I will say that his Christmas list contained
several different tools he needs for his wood turning. We bought all of them.

One proud Mother in Law or MIL as he calls me.