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Cee’s and My Big Birthday Bash Turned into Sunday Stills and Cell Pic Sunday.

Planning birthday parties for someone else is easier than pulling off one that honors yourself. I couldn’t do it.

However, Cee pulled off a birthday post very modestly in typical Cee style. She even turned a building turquoise just for me. That was way cool!

It turns out that we share a birthday with Dan Antion who hosts the Thursday Door Challenge. So happy birthday, Dan. I missed Still Restless Jo’s birthday two days ago. If you love Jo, and who doesn’t, you might want to head over there and wish her a belated birthday. Jo has a turquoise building in her post as well. Must be my birthday good luck!

Anyone else out there with a birthday this week?

This week Terri from Second Wind Leisure invited us to post about our furry babies in Sunday Stills. Who can resist that opportunity? Sadly, I don’t have some of my pets’ pictures digitized.

For Photos by John’s Cell Pic Sunday, I took some of the pictures with an iPhone 6, some with my Canon, and s few with my iPhone 12. I processed them all in Photoshop Bridge and a couple of them I had to load manually on my phone to my One Drive server because they save automatically as heic files. These are unreadable files on WordPress.

Most of these photos fit Jude’s Life in Colour Challenge. of black or gray challenge this month.

If this post gets too much like my Dad’s LONG slide show productions were when I was a kid, feel free to just scroll through the pictures.

Our Pets In Visalia

Bud or Budley was a party poodle, the only dog I ever purchased. The rest of our animals were found or rescued. The tuft of white fur belonged to Piggles, the guinea pig I got from a teacher at our school. She liked everyone, and sat on our laps, and taught the dogs to love lettuce.

Like most little dogs, Bud practiced his defensive position after his main human passed. When Vince met him, he tried teasing Budley in an awkward attempt at friendship. They got the relationship off to a bad start when Vince put his fingers too close to Bud’s mouth.

Budley loved to eat, go for rides and walks. He lived a pampered life mostly as an only dog until he was 16.

Bud and Piggles (no camera info available)

Budley fathered a litter of cockapoos before he was fixed. I got to keep BJ and Jesse. BJ is the only one who grew to adulthood. This is his baby picture. BJ got epilepsy and also died fairly young. He had a sweet personality and was good company for Budley for a few years.

BJ (no camera info available)

Nobody bonded with the rabbit, and he moved on the first chance he got.

Our Country Pets

By the time we moved to Elderwood, Budley lived with my mom and we had no other pets. That lasted until we got out of the car and began to move into our project home, Bellavista.

We found two kittens and their Mama stuck in the mulberry tree in our front yard when we moved to our home in Elderwood. Scardy was too afraid to let us help him down, but Baby trusted us. It was hard to tell these twins apart but Baby was friendlier. Scardy would only come to me at night on the back porch when no one was looking and let me hold him. The next day he would turn his head away from me like he’d never seen me before in his life.

Mama Kitty and her cousin or sister, Callie joined them to make our kitty family complete.

Mama Kitty and Callie gave us several litters before we had all the cats fixed. All the neighbors had little offspring like Pugs, Lucky, and Boots.

When she was young, Moji looked so much like Mama Kitty it was eerie. As she aged her hair turned mostly black. She has always been a little hefty compared to the others, but now she is quite a pudge. She has a much more playful personality than any of the other cats and enjoys playing alone with her toys. She chatters constantly. Nutters enjoys attacking her.

As Mama Kitty aged, her hair became streaked with brown and she got down to one pound before she passed away at around 18 or 19 years of age.

Nutter Butter and Moji aged three. (iPhone 12 mini)

Nutters is a cuddler like Scardy became as he aged. Scardy taught him how to squeeze in and make himself comfortable no matter who was already on the blanket. Since Scardy was super grumpy by the time the kitties were born, none of them gave him any static about barging in. Nutters loved Scardy more than anything in the world.

Nutter Butter and Scardy curled up watching TV. Scardy’s not quite comfy yet.

New Dog in Elderwood

I found Kalev/Puppy Girl on the rural highway at the end of our dead-end road. She rolled on her back and said, “Take me home.”

So I did.

Kalev’s attitude with Mama Kitty and Scardy was totally different when she was the newcomer in the family. The babies never enjoyed her effusive love and plea for acceptance that the older cats received.

Mama Kitty lets Kalev effervesce. (Canon EOS Rebel xTi)

The cats tolerated the new member of the family, especially Mama Kitty.

I was lying here on Mom’s lap all comfy, and Nutters squeezed in behind me. What can you do?” (iPhone 12 Mini)

Puppy Girl usually growls at Nutter Butter as he’s easing his way onto my lap. She never follows through. I’m afraid, she would come out the loser with Nutter Butter’s claws.

Kalev always gets lots of attention when we take her out – and she loves to go places and take walks. She has always been on her leash except when she was in her yard at Bellavista where she could run free. I’ve always loved this picture of her. Her hair looks so thick and white.

“I’m watching her, Mom. She’s been a good girl.” (Canon EOS Rebel xTi)

Her ears and lack of hair attract the most attention. Lots of people call her Yoda.

Kalev at the coast. (iPhone 3G)

Chit Chat Update

I enjoyed my quiet birthday organizing my pet pictures and picking out my favorites for Terri’s challenge. My husband got me the sweetest card ever and took his sister and me out to lunch. He also agreed to go with me in January to visit our friends in CA for a week – a wonderful birthday present!

I am over the moon because I walked 10,000 steps twice last week. That’s about 5 miles. I’m not coughing much, and I feel great! God is good to me and I thank him for a lovely 70 years.

Now it’s your turn.

Feel free to join in the fun.

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  1. Happy Birthday Dearest Marsha and to everyone else here too.. Cee and Dan and ?
    My husband.. lol. Nov 5th.
    Oh the kitties are soooo sweet and I love how they love each other! Nutter, Scardey and Kalev are sooo precious!! ๐Ÿ’– HAVE FUN!๐Ÿ’–

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  2. Happy happy birthday my sweet amiga
    And 70 is so special

    Also – I might have said this before but I am so glad you are active in blogosphere – you bring that Marsha joy and it is a gift

    Happy Birthday to Cee (will go to her posts next) and to Dan !
    And I already wished restless jo a happy bday!

    Life is so precious
    And as promised – here are the birthday tacos
    (Seven so you can share one or two) ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ

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    • Definitely. I feel almost 100%. I’m not sure that I’m even going to need knee surgery. Time will tell. By the time I’m all done with blood thinners, I may be healed of that, too.

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  3. A wonderful birthday post chock full of fur-baby love, Marsha! I love your stories of how each pet came to your home and how much love you lavished on each of them. I remember meeting Puppy Girl and seeing firsthand, her brave heart as she tried to protect you from the dastardly raccoon in July 2020! She is Yoda-like because she is very wise, and she knows there is “no try, just do.” Thanks for sharing your furry friends and your love for them here today for Sunday Stills, my friend and HaPPy BIrthDAy to you again!

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    • Thank you, my lovely friend. This was a fun, but lengthy post to write. I finished at 2:00 am because I was trying to find the pictures I remember that I love the most. They are scattered in my files, but now they are catelogued in Bridge as well, so I can find them all in 1 second. There are a few I missed, but not enough to keep me up until three a.m. LOL. So now you know how I spent the long evening hours into the day AFTER my birthday. Doing what I love to do.

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  4. Great to hear you’re walking more now, and happy belated birthday! There seem to be a flurry of them – I was last weekend, Jo during the week, and you and Cee this weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Thanks so much for the shout out, hon! Wonderful photos and a whole page of ‘awwhs’. Mine was a bit more active and almost ended in tears but hey, another year celebrated. Happy days, sweetheart!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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