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A Visit from Santa’s Elf

On December 8th Bob’s sister, Cynthia, sent us a Facebook message.¬† Cynthia asked us where we would go if we could take the motorcycle and ride together to one of our favorite places to take photos.¬† Cynthia said that this was a VERY serious question.¬† We had to be sure we knew the answer we both agreed on, because once we decided, we could not change it!¬† After a few minutes of thought, Bob and I told Cynthia that we would go to the Finger Lakes Region, in particular Watkins Glen, New York.

Last night we received another Facebook message from Cynthia.¬† She wrote that we “must be on the “nice” list.. Santa sent me a message…’I could deliver it later tomorrow (Tues 12/23) or Wednesday 12/24.’ When will someone be home?” Bob told Cynthia that I would be here all day today, as well as Wednesday. Cynthia said that Santa would be at our house between 3 and 4 today.

Santa’s elf, not Santa, came to our house a little after 3:30 pm today. Now, IF Santa’s elf had been dressed as an elf, a photograph would have been in order. Santa’s elf, however, was dressed in civilian attire and arrived via a privately owned vehicle. Santa’s elf brought Bob and me a Christmas gift. Because the package did NOT say “do not open before Christmas”, we opened the package.

 

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Inside the package was a lovely portrait of our cat, Patches, that
Cynthia commissioned Ellen Paquette to paint for us.

It looks like Patches posed for the painting. The likeness is amazing.  Look closely at the painting.  Do you see the camera? the motorcycle? Watkins Glen Gorge?  What a WONDERFUL surprise!  Thank you, Cynthia, for such a perfect Christmas present!  Mrs. Paquette does extraordinary work!

Oh, who was Santa’s elf?¬† Santa’s elf was the artist herself, Ellen Paquette!

Easter Vacation – Day 1 of 5

Thursday morning (April 17th) I packed for our Easter vacation in Virginia. When I shut the lid on the suitcase, Patches jumped on top and laid down.

I think Patches was saying “Don’t forget me, Mommy!”.

I told Patches that she would be well taken care of by our friends, Valerie and Michael.

Bob came home from work at noon. By 12:30 pm we were on our way to Virginia.

We first noticed trees in blossom in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.  Trees with white and pink blossoms, trees with sprouting leaves of soft greens and yellows and oranges, and flowers rich in yellow, purple and white hues dotted the landscape. This explosion of color was set against a brilliant blue sky and freshly cut green grass. Spring had definitely taken hold just south of the Mason-Dixon Line!

A regular fuel stop, when heading to parts south, is the Liberty station between Berkeley Springs WV and Winchester VA.  Gas is always less expensive there than at home or any other fuel stations we pass in Pennsylvania, Maryland or West Virginia. Bob and I guessed that gas would cost $3.49 or $3.50 a gallon.

The price was even lower–$3.36 a gallon.

We reached our hotel, Best Western Plus Waynesboro Inn, at approximately 7:30 pm. We stayed at this hotel a couple years ago for one night.  We were happy then with the hotel and our accommodation, so we decided to stay there again.  Our hotel reservation this year was for 4 nights.  We checked in, carried our luggage into the room, and then left for dinner. Several restaurants were nearby, all within walking distance. We chose to eat dinner at Cracker Barrel, as it was located right next door to the hotel. Bob ordered a grilled chicken salad. The salad came with a deviled egg, which is the reason Bob ordered that particular salad. I ordered buttermilk fried chicken with carrots and green beans. Our meals were delicious.

After dinner, we retired to our room for the evening.

 

Saturday’s Critters #10

I believe all cats like a warm place while sleeping.  Our cat, Patches, certainly does.  Patches likes to crawl underneath the bedspread when it is time to sleep.  I smiled yesterday, when I walked into the bedroom and saw two paws sticking out from underneath the bedspread.

Cat’s Paws, all that was sticking out when Patches was taking a cat nap under the covers.

You may view more critters by visiting Eileen’s blog, Viewing nature with Eileen.

Happy Birthday Patches!

Our cat, Patches, joined our family in February 2011.

Our veterinarian estimated Patches’ age to be about 6 months old, when we got her.

We picked August 29th as Patches birthday.

Today is Patches’ third birthday.

Happy birthday Patches!

You bring a smile to Mommy and Daddy’s faces each and every day!

New Condo and Perch

Whenever we come home from shopping, be it for groceries or other purchases, Patches checks out each item / bag.¬† She looks up at us, as if to ask “nothing for kitty?”¬† Patches gets excited when we bring home cat food.¬† She purrs loudly and rubs against the cat food bag as well as our legs.¬† She looks up at us, as if to say “you brought home something for the kitty”.

 

We went shopping today and brought home something for the kitty.

I’m so happy; you brought home something for the kitty!

Ms. Patches has become a chunky kitty.
She fills up the kitty condo.

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