Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
Down Home in NC

Saturday, June 15, 2013

SATURDAYS ARE FOR

Slumbering 

 I have a PhD this is my graduation picture

Mom is pretty sure there is a dictionary somewhere with a 
picture of a kitty by the word slumber.


This is my kitty nephew Harley....
he has his own couch...MOL...and they call me a Diva
 I have to rest my head right in the middle of play time.
 and cover my eyes to adjust the lighting 

I've tried hiding under the covers... 
but I'm told my Diva body leaves a huge visible lump


When you live with a shutter bug, getting some decent
slumber time is hard.

Friday, June 14, 2013

This Moment {See Beautiful}: My Grandpa

Today's This Moment, See Beautiful is written entirely by Mom in honor of her Dad.  
Take it away Mom



This Sunday will be my first Father's Day in 59 years without my Daddy

Brad Paisley's is one of my favorite country singers.  
About 8 years ago he and a friend co wrote

The Dad He Didn't Have to Be

  It is a true story about Brad's friend
marrying a single mom with a son.  It is also mine story.
My biological father died when I was 2 so I never knew him.

Below I'll share my favorite lines from the song.

"When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new
It always winds up feeling more like a job interview
My momma used to wonder if she'd ever meet someone
Who wouldn't find out about me and then turn around and run

I met the man I call my dad when I was five years old
He took my mom out to a movie and for once I got to go
A few months later, I remember lying there in bed
I overheard him pop the question and I prayed that she'd say yes

And then, all of a sudden, oh it seemed so strange to me
How we went from something's missing to a family
Looking back, all I can say about all the things he did for me"


Nope he didn't run he embraced me as his own
Picture taken in 1954 shortly after my parents were married.


He taught me how to dance  (my 13th b-day party)
He shared his love of music and song with me.
Such as Beans, beans the beautiful fruit the more you eat the more you toot!!
I grew up listening to the Big Band Music and I still love it.

HE WAS TRULY THE DAD HE DID NOT HAVE TO BE
HE CHOSE TO BE MY DAD.
He was funny, loved to tell jokes (some over and over).
He played a mean golf game, he loved to be out doors.
He loved the Atlanta Braves
He loved animals, in his younger days he rode horses.
He love my corn bread and my potato salad in fact he was a very appreciative diner. 
At the end of a meal I would ask if he enjoyed it.  
He replied, with a twinkle in his eyes, 
 it was all right.  
He was born during hard times
His education was cut short because he
went to work early in life to help his family.
He said he was educated in the the school of hard knocks.
He worked with his Dad in the electrical business.
He was a quick learner and soon became a foreman.
Eventually he owned his own electrical and lighting business.
He taught me to count.  When he was bidding on jobs , often I accompanied him on job sites
  In order to keep me from asking too many questions, he gave me a job....counting receptacles.

He loved his girls, Mama, me and my daughter.
Shortly after my daughter was born in 1971, his morning routine changed.
Instead of going straight to work he would come by my house...to see 
his new granddaughter.  I think he came by to make sure she was still alive after all
I was only 23 and what did I know?  By the time he arrived she was down for her 
morning nap......he would say I just want to peep in...lo and behold he and his
size 12 steel toed work boots would somehow manage to kick the crib waking up a delighted baby.
When she was a toddler, he started lunch dates.  They always ended up with a new Barbie.  Once he put a tape recorder under his seat just before a lunch date.
Oh the conversation they had was truly adorable. When he played the tape back,
she told him he didn't ask her if he could tape her.  That nearly made him pass out with laughter.
She was and is spunky and he liked that.
My daughter called him Papa. They had a very special bond.
Daddy was a loving caregiver to my mom when she became disabled.

As he aged, being his daughter was sometimes hard. It was hard for him to step out of the roll as always taking care of people  to letting me take care of him.  He was his own man,
he was stubborn, independent and never wanted to be viewed as weak.
WHICH IS WHAT MADE HIM THE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MAN HE WAS
Trying to get him to slow down was not an option, as Frank Sinatra sang
HE DID IT HIS WAY

THIS AND EVERY MOMENT WITH HIM I SAW BEAUTIFUL 
 I KNEW HE LOVED ME AND HE KNEW I LOVED HIM.
 I THANK HIM FOR CHOOSING ME TO BE 
HIS DAUGHTER.


W.H.C
September 4, 1929-April 22, 2013



TODAY IS THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY

OF THIS MOMENT, SEE BEAUTIFUL
I THANK SUGAR FOR BEING SUCH A GRACIOUS 
HOSTESS.
There will also be a giveaway over at Sugar's
1) The Soul of the Dog: (your) Dog's Eye Painting by Sheila Wedegis
2) See Beautiful bracelet
Details of the giveaway is on our blog.


From Sugar the Golden Retriever: "{This Moment} See Beautiful is a once a month Blog Hop,every 2nd Friday of the month. Simply create a blog post that made your day,week, and/or month … inspiring you in Seeing Beauty.Blog Hop inspired by See Beautiful." Please be respectful of this blog hop. Only add your blog if your post is related to {This Moment} See Beautiful 6/14/13 {This Moment} See Beautiful Blog 1st Anniversary Hop

Thursday, June 13, 2013

TODAY

IT WILL BE
97 DEGREES
THAT IS 
HOT HOT HOT
WHEN YOU HAVE FURS
I PLAN TO STAY CLOSE BY
MY FOUNTAIN
 AND DREAM OF 
 COOLER DAYS


HOW DO YOU FIGHT THE HEAT?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TUESDAY TALE: EMBARRASSED

DO YOUR PEEPS EVER 
CAUSE YOU TO BE EMBARRASSED?
 IF MY CHEEKS WERE NOT COVERED IN WHITE FURS,THEY WOULD BE
RED WITH EMBARRASSMENT!!!

 BECAUSE MOM WALKS AROUND WEARING CLOTHES
LIKE THIS....
 AND TO MAKE MATTERS EVEN WORSE SHE HAS MATCHING PANTS WITH CATS ON THE LEGS.  GEEZ TRACY AND CLINTON FROM
WHAT NOT TO WEAR WOULD PITCH A HISSY FIT IF THEY SAW MOM.
JUST SAYIN' YOU WOULD NOT CATCH ME WALKING AROUND IN CLOTHING WITH HUMANS ON IT
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED
MADI

Monday, June 10, 2013

Meet my Cabinet: Bertie

TODAY WE ARE PLEASED AS PUNCH TO INTRODUCE YOU TO
BERTIE, 
DIRECTOR OF THE SCIENCE OF TAIL WAGGING



1. Please introduce yourself(selves), tell us your age and a very special trait.
Bertie, aged 3. It is not well known amongst those who have never met me that I have a particularly (some have said irritatingly) piercing and high-pitched bark. I rarely deploy it inside the house, not even when the postman arrives, but rather I save my best efforts for when I am in the car with my flat-coated retriever friend Jake, being driven by Jake’s mum or dad, when I try to position myself as close as possible to their ear before vocalising my thoughts.
  
2. If you had and alter ego, who would you like to be and why:
Well I am pretty happy with who I am, but if I had to swap, oh, I think I would like to be my PON friend Bob  (http://bobnsophie.blogspot.com) in France, ‘cos he has a cool name, a lovely playful sister Sophie, he gets fed croissants every morning and he meets a wide range of fascinating people, included the chiffon clad turban wearing Madame Bay.


3. What do you like best/least about where you live
Best is that it is only a five minute walk to Duthie Park, where I go every morning and can run free and meet all my pals.  Also good, I have come to appreciate from reading blogs from all around the world, is that it never ever gets too hot for comfort in Aberdeen.
Worst is that I have to share the house and compete for attention with Gail’s three bicycles. And that we are too far away from Human Granny and Grandad.

4. Who are some peeps/furiends you'd like to meet and why
Oh so many. Like just about everyone in Blogville. But most of all I would of course like to meet my beautiful girlfriend and fellow tank enthusiast Addi (http://jazzis-world.blogspot.co.uk). If I am allowed a historical figure too, I would love to meet Charles Darwin, who, by his meticulous and insightful research revealed the relationship between humans and animals in all its fascinating richness and glory. Oh and also he is known to have absolutely adored his pet terrier Polly.

If you could give one piece of random advice what would it be?
Be aware that both Gail and I have in common that other folk have described us as ‘advice resistant’.

6. What do you do for fun
I love to go for walks in the Scottish hills, but most of all I love to visit Human Granny and Grandad in England and to try to make them happy.

5. What is the first thing you do each morning
Stretch and roll over for a tummy tickle.

6. What is the first thing you notice about a new friend
It used to be that I would have bounced all over them before observing anything at all, but now that I am older and (a bit) more sensible, I do first make a brief assessment of their size and demeanour .

7. Tell us how you came to live in your family and how you got your name.
Fate. I was born on the same day that my predecessor Hamish died. I am named after P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster. We are both guaranteed to make you smile.

10. What is your absolute favourite food\
Bits of kidney from Human Granny’s home-made steak and kidney pie (the pastry is pretty good too).

BONUS:
Bertie over the months it has come to our attention that you have a very, very, very HAPPY Tail. Said tail has captivated Mom's heart. She gets all gaga when she sees your videos or heck even when she sees a picture with your precious little tail. SO Bertie do tell us is that happy tail a characteristic of Wire-haired Terriers? OR is it a Bertie trait? We are quite sure there is a scientific explanation for the mechanism controlling it. So here and now we invite you to expand on this Physics of tail wagging...beyond what goes up must come down!

BONUS Answer:
Well Madi and Mom, I am sorry to disappoint you, but for once my best explanation is going to be political, not scientific. I think that the reason my tail is so happy and waggly is that it is pleased to be there at all. You see, had I been born a few years earlier, my breeder would have had it docked. Yes really, can you imagine, depriving me of my best means of expression? I once met an older WFT who had a meagre stump of a tail. But thanks to an EU treaty (yes, fellow Brits, there are some good things to come out of the European Union), since 2006 tail docking has been totally banned in Scotland.

MADI HERE:  EVERYTIME WE SEE A PICTURE OF BERTIE MOM SQUEALS BUT OMCS when she sees a video with tail in action she hyperventilates.  


If you have not met Bertie, click here to visit him.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

EASY LIKE SUN-DAY/REMINDERS

HAPPY EASY SUN-DAY
I'M ENJOYING MY FILTER
SUNPUDDLE COMING THROUGH THE LEAVES
IN THE SKYLIGHT.


FRIENDS BE SURE TO STAY TUNED TOMORROW FOR 
MY INTERVIEW WITH 
BOUNCING BERTIE 
Director of the Science of Tail Wagging
That K9 has the happiest tail I have ever seen

REMINDER
Friday, June 14, 2013 is the First anniversary of
This Moment, See Beautiful

to pawticipate hop over to Sugar's for the details