Today is a big day! Sammy is celebrating his 11th birthday. So far, he's had a delicious Chicken pate breakfast, taken three baths and chased jingly balls around the kitchen and living room. Rather unusually, he was even game to pose for the camera for a few seconds . . . and I got some wonderful pictures! It's been years since I could snap a birthday photo of him where he wasn't sleeping. Here he is in all his magnificent cuteness! Happy birthday, Sammy!
Elizabeth and I have been working on setting up a Weebly site called Peppermint Toes. It is all about our cats: photos, stories, facts. And, of course, Sammy gets his own page. I've been working on it all week, loading photos and getting some of the individual pages on. We're also working on getting some new pictures of the kitties. You know how it is . . . you take a ton of pictures when they are kittens, but after eight years, well, you kind of slack off. I got a really cute photo of Samwise yesterday. Oh, boy! So, here it is. Also, be sure to check out his page by clicking here. There is a photo slideshow on the page, and you'll get to see him as a kitten --- and there was never a cuter kitten!
We really want to make one of those cute little "photo books" filled with cat pictures, so I am in the middle of doing a class to use Adobe InDesign. Knowing how to use Photoshop means that part of the battle is won, but a new program always takes some concentration. On top of that, I'm also in the middle of a how-to-type course. :) Keeping busy.
SAMWISE: MY HONEY-POT
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
BEATRICE: MY HONEY-BEE
Edward James Eliot
My "favorite" member of the Clapham Sect. Not very much is known about him, but what is preserved keeps a beautiful memory alive of an exemplary Christian man.
William Wilberforce Quote:
May I look to Him for wisdom and strength and the power of persuasion, and may I surrender myself to Him as to the event with perfect submission, and ascribe to Him all the praise if I succeed, and if I fail say from the heart thy will be done.
For you Jesus Christ came into the world. For you he lived and showed God’s love. For you he suffered the darkness of Calvary and cried at the last, ‘It is accomplished.’ For you he triumphed over death and rose to new life. For you he reigns at God’s right hand. All this he did for you, though you do not know it yet.
Where there is one, there is a majority of one; and when the rights of the majority take away from the rights of the one, then the many will themselves suffer.
~Henry David Thoreau~
I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. You see, that's where I belong. That's home. That's why I came back, because you don't have one. A home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.
~ Bilbo Baggins ~
FAVORITE BOOKS & FILMS
Gone With the Wind (Mitchell)
Genesis of a Legacy (K. Ham)
Prisoner of Zenda (Hope)
Amazing Grace (2007)
Bertie & Elizabeth (2002)
Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Ride Clear of Diablo (1954)
Secondhand Lions (2003)
He was born with a gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.
The future is to be read with certainty only in the past. Man never changes.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE:
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE:
Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.
WINSTON CHURCHILL ON
KING GEORGE VI
"His conduct on the Throne may well be a model & a guide to constitutional sovereigns throughout the world today & also in future generations."
"For 15 years George VI was King. Never at any moment in all the perplexities at home & abroad, in public or in private, did he fail in his duties."