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Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears

I was doing a little surfing and I stumbled across this:

Which reminded me of this:

While Misty and Johnny always got along like they had been together all of their lives, there was always one point where Johnny always drew the line.  That was with HIS TEDDY BEAR.

Johnny would carry that teddy bear all over the place.  Once and a while Misty would pick it up and walk away with it.  At that point I knew that there would be some action.  Johnny went up, whopped Misty on the head with his paw, grab the bear and run.  You just didn’t mess with HIS TEDDY BEAR!


A Night on the Town for Two Birthday Boys

A Night on the Town for Two Birthday Boys

This is going to be a long one.  There’s been a lot going on.  So you might want to fill your coffee mug before you start reading.

It’s been a rough couple of days.  I had my apartment inspection yesterday and I passed.  I think they are getting the idea here that they are on the verge of a tenant revolt, so they are walking on egg shells.  The manager came in and didn’t say one solitary word to me.  I thought it was kinda funny how she came in and looked at Johnny sitting on the couch.  He just glared at her and growled the whole time she was here.  Most often my boy is a better judge of character than I am.  As they were leaving, the maintenance man pet Johnny.  The manager tried and he growled and swiped at her.  Good boy…

My friends Steve and Amy called last night to let me know that Pedro and Sammy are getting along famously.  Amy was working at the kitchen table and Pedro kept trying to swipe any small shiny item within in reach.  She’s already taken a ton of pictures.  Steve told one of his friends at the Grand Rapids Herald-Review about how they found Pedro, and it’s going to be a news story in the next couple of days.  Steve said that Amy wants to thank whoever it was who abandoned him in their car.  They have fallen in love with the little character.

Steve and Amy couldn’t make it over, but their son Riley came over later last night and took me out to dinner for pizza and Buffalo wings.  Riley and I both share the same birthday, May 31st.  Tomorrow I turn 57 and Riley turns 27.  He said that this was my first birthday present from the three of them.  It’s nice to know that somebody still remembers my birthday, even when I try to forget it.

To tell you a little bit more about Riley, he is a character to be sure.  Steve owns a company that since 911 has specialized in putting up security fences around airports and government facilities.  Amy was and is still one of the top female martial artists in the country.  She finally stopped competing when nobody had beaten her in over 12 years.  While Riley really does have his Dad’s business acumen, and a small portion of his mother’s martial arts ability, he went an entirely different route in life.  Riley trained to become a ballet dancer, and a very good one at that.  He has performed for Elton John and several other big names. He spent two years at the Royal Ballet in London, and may very well be performing with the New York Ballet next year.  He got me tickets to see Billy Elliot when it was in Chicago, and Steve flew me there to see it in his own private plane.  Next year, I could be watching Riley perform with the NYC ballet for my birthday.  I’m looking forward to it.

Riley stayed here until almost 4 in the morning and only left about 2 hours ago.  Needless to say, I didn’t sleep at all last night, and I barely slept the night before due to the inspection, but I’m still pumped.  Johnny and Daddy are going to be taking a little nap sometime today and probably pretty soon.

I just realized something yesterday.  I’m really losing weight which is something I’ve tried to do for a long time ago.  Just over 6 months ago, I weighed 239 pounds.  Yesterday I stepped on the scale which I had hidden in the bedroom to avoid any more personal disappointment.  I had to do a double take when it said that I was down to 216 pounds.  I grabbed my glasses to be sure that I was seeing it right.  I washed the top of my glass digital scale and I even changed the batteries just to be sure.  It still read 216 pounds.  So I’m happy about that.  Considering the things that I like to eat, I’m most certainly surprised, but I’ll take what I can get.

Another point on my birthday, Steve and Amy are going to take me to Duluth for another gift.  Everybody I know tells me that I’m hard to shop for.  I really don’t think so.  I’ve always told them that if they really want to buy me something, buy for Misty and Johnny.  I’m always open to gift cards from places like Petco or PetSmart, and I can’t say that there has ever been a time when I would turn my nose up at cash.  In the next week or two they are going to take me down to Petco in Duluth and we’re going to spoil Johnny rotten.  I’m looking forward to that.  And since I’m losing weight, I’m going to have to start getting some new clothes.  I’m sorta looking forward to that too.

More about dinner…

The place that we went to last night looked like a total dive.  As we drove up, there was a drunk passed out on the sidewalk in front of the place.  And when we got inside, there was actually a real honest to goodness bar fight going on.  I didn’t realize that I was going to get entertained so well.

We grabbed a seat way in the back of the place and Riley ordered.  I wasn’t really expecting to be so impressed.  The pizza was totally incredible and the Buffalo wings were absolutely divine.  We both left with takeout boxes, and it’s not too tough to figure out what I’ve been nibbling on for breakfast.

Today I have to say that there are a lot of things that I’m thankful for.

  • I’m thankful for good friends who remember my birthday even when I try not to.
  • I’m thankful for people not throwing me birthday parties.  I have one person who I’m sure will try.  I just like to have a quiet meal and spend time with friends.
  • I’m thankful to find out that I’m actually losing weight.  I’ll be thrilled to death when I get below 200 pounds.
  • I’m thankful that Pedro now has a great new forever home and will probably become as spoiled rotten as my Johnny.

One other thing.  Riley, Steve, and Amy all said that they like this theme on my blog the best.  I told them that I changed this theme out because of some problems that I was having.  This is the updated version and it is running flawlessly (knock on wood).  I told Riley that I couldn’t really afford the new version, so he whipped out his credit card and solved that problem for me.

Oh yeah, one other thing that I’m most thankful for, especially this morning…

I’m thankful for coffee which I will probably be drinking a lot of today.

Here’s hoping everybody has a great Thursday.  I plan on it.

Say Hi To Pedro

Say Hi To Pedro

My friends Steve and Amie were grocery shopping yesterday afternoon in Grand Rapids.  When they got to their car they got a bit of a surprise.  This little guy was in the front seat of their sunfire yellow 2019 Ford Mustang with those beautiful soft glove leather seats, and he was clawing away at the driver’s seat with a passion.  Somebody had apparently driven by and tossed him into the open car window.  They decided to take him home.

So far he has gotten along really well with their other cat Sammy.  Sammy is the mischievous one.


Happy Tuesday – May 28, 2019

Happy Tuesday – May 28, 2019

I spent 2 years doing political polling and fundraising for the Democratic Party.  After that I spent another 4 years doing pretty much the same job for the Republicans.

I once saw a politician at a rally (Al Franken) throw a major temper tantrum because somebody laughed at him while he was speaking in front of a large group. I’m a firm believer that if anybody deserves to be laughed at, it’s our politicians.  With some politicians, you really have to look for something to laugh at.  Others seem to have a pretty good sense of humor.

And one makes it so easy that it makes me wonder how she managed to get elected.



Psycho Cat Beats Up On Vet

Psycho Cat Beats Up On Vet

I can honestly say that this one reminds me of Misty the last few times that I had to take her to the vet.

Misty started packing on the pounds right after I had her fixed.  She got so fat that I had to take her in to have her anal glands drained.  I don’t blame the cat.  If I was getting my butt squeezed by a complete stranger at eight in the morning, I think I’d be a little upset too.

It’s Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day

On this day of the year we remember the soldiers who are overseas doing a job that most of us wouldn’t want to do.  It’s important that we remember them in thoughts and prayers.

It’s also important to think about the other little soldiers who help to keep our boys going.  These little ones give our brave soldiers a small taste of home away from home.


FROM JOHN JEFFAY AT CASCADE NEWS LTD 0161 660 8087 / 07771 957773 john@cascadenews.co.uk …………..Syndicated for Lancashire Telegraph………………pic shows Paratrooper Liam Greenhalgh, 21, with kitten Sticky……………PARATROOPERS are raising £5,000 – to bring home a rescued kitten from war-torn Afghanistan.They adopted Sticky after they found local children used him as a football near an army checkpoint.Now they want to bring back to England when their tour of duty with 3Para (3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment) ends next month.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Memorial Day.  If you’re traveling, remember that it’s more important to get to to your destination in one piece, so drive carefully.

Spent Needles

Spent Needles

This is something that I’ve never seen around Ivy Manor before this non-profit agency took over the place.

Found in the alley behind Ivy Manor on April 19, 2019

Found in the alley behind Ivy Manor on April 27, 2019

Found between the Ivy Manor and the apartment next door on April 28, 2019

Found in the front courtyard at Ivy Manor on May 22, 2019

Found on the front lawn at Ivy Manor on May 22, 2019

Found in the alley at Ivy Manor on May 23, 2019

I’ve read about this kind of thing happening all over the country, but usually in the bigger cities.  Virginia, Minnesota is a ton of just over 8,000 people.  What’s wrong with this picture?

Sunday Selfies – May 26, 2019

Sunday Selfies – May 26, 2019

Yesterday was such a bleak day that neither of us wanted to do anything.  I looked out the window and it looked all grey.  I went outside and it started raining.  So before I started working on what I had to get done inside, I thought a short nap would be nice.  This was what I found when I woke up.

I got lucky this time.  Usually when he points his butt in that direction, it’s a whole lot closer to my nose.  😁

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