Friday, November 24, 2017

Giving thanks, part 2

This introduction is the same as it was in Tuesday's post (part 1) - but the pictures of the cats are different if you scroll past the intro. If you missed the pictures of the cats in part 1 - you'll find them in Giving thanks, part 1

Though we're grateful for our blessings every year ... this year we are especially fortunate. I'm surrounded by love from my family. 


I've managed to maintain my years long recovery from anorexia ... and after eighteen years of hell, I'm starting to forget the horrors of every second. And we've added Ellie Mae, our precious panther princess, to our family [Bear Cat gets a sisterEllie Mae: In pictures!Growing painsAbout Ellie] ... and The Boy, with his sideways sense of humor that makes us laugh and enriches our blog, who proposed to Momma not long ago [Daddy (the OTHER Dodo)The Boy proposes]. 

Our blog has much to be thankful for too. This year, we were named finalists again in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards - this time for Best Cat Blog [Best cat]. I was lucky enough to attend another Conference - and meet the people I follow every week [Bear Cat originals]. The support and friendship of the blogging community - and especially the CAT blogging community means the world to me. I have major inferiority complex issues - but my fellow bloggers have never made me feel any less than a member. Bear and I had our first sponsored post - and a second - a third [Celebrate the Year of The Cat with Wellness® Complete Health™ Cat Food #HappyMeetsHealthyCelebrating the Year of The Cat with {Reformulated} Wellness® Complete Health™ Cat Food #HealthyMeetsHappyHealthier Pets. Happier Lives.™ with Hill’s® Science Diet® #HillsTransformingLives] ... and then we won second place in The Helen Woodward Center's "Remember the Rescue" contest - for the story of Bear's [and my] rescue [Remember Me Thursday {writing to save lives} #RememberTheRescue]. Our prize helped a local shelter in their mission to save every one. We continued to co-host the Pet Blogger Showcase - until a few weeks ago when we had our final Linky Party [The Final Pet Blogger Showcase (11/04/2017)]. Not only have we made a ton of new friends (especially with dog blogs) - but we enjoyed the friendship and support of our fellow co-hosts. We didn't join thinking about the friendships we'd create - but it truly was the best part.

Cat blogging friends ... 


Last, but certainly not least in any way - thank you to our readers - and friends. Your comments inspire - support - and make us laugh. We know our posts are often quite wordy and we appreciate you sticking around to read the whole thing. Speaking of words ... as our readers know, words are our currency. Momma knows how to talk! But we're doing something a bit different this year. This week's posts will be mainly pictures. I might be a blogger - but words fail even me sometimes. These pictures show our immense blessings (including of the feline variety) - and are far better at communicating just how lucky we are and all that we have to be grateful for! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

NOW FOR OUR MAIN ATTRACTION ...
The felines ...

























Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you ... our readers and friends. We're THANKFUL for each and every one of you. May your blessings continue throughout the coming year  💕 

41 comments:

  1. We especially luff the one on the bed, rump to rump, with those eyes partially open. Totally plotting something, they are. And Ellie, you really know how to melt your mom's heart don't you?? Good job!

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    1. Plotting something?!? Uh oh. I probably don't want to know!!!

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  2. Glad things are coming together for you and that Ellie is working out as best that is can be. Love all the pictures.It is always fun to see Bear and Emmy too. Have a most wonderful Friday.

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  3. They're copying each other a lot lately. Very cute! I really love the picture of them lounging together on the kicker. They really are blessings. :)

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    1. Yes, they are. It is so odd that they're copying each other - I want to read into it - but that might be a mistake. Either way, I'm grateful!

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  4. Things are always more fun with a group!
    This was the first Final Friday Fiction. THere will be more in 2018
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. Yay! I must've read that wrong in your post - thank you!

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  5. This was both sweet and fun. Great pictures. It is always nice when you find a special way to bond with each one, cats and dogs. They are each different. But, each want to get and to give love. Thanks for sharing. HUGS.

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  6. So many things to be thankful for! We're glad Ellie has completed your family. :) Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. We enjoyed those, lots! Now you just need to add 6 more and you'll catch up with us!

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    1. Err ... I think we'll just stick with two! We don't know how you all manage!

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  8. Tee! Hee! Ellie is Bear's real live shadow!!!
    Love the photos!
    Purrs
    Marv

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  9. We thought we commented on this but I think my Mom is on crack cause she doesn't see her comment! Your comment on our blog brought Mom to tears! Mom thinks that YOU are the one who should be admired, NOT HER....you are brilliant, beautiful, hilarious, with a heart of gold!!! We just adore your Mama and all of you!! Thank you for being our furiends!!! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

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    1. We'll just have to agree to disagree! We always underestimate ourselves ;)

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  10. We must never stop being thankful, or to miss the opportunity to enjoy the smaller folk in life who often have the biggest tales to tell, and the most to give. I do hope Bear, you left a bit of that ex chicken for the boy to eat?
    Toodle pip
    Erin

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  11. Those are lovely photos, and it is sweet the way they have started to copy each other. Ellie is such a snuggle bug.

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    1. She is! I get a kick out of the synchronization - I can't tell yet which is the leader :)

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  12. The ups and downs of life sometimes feel so much better when a kitty purrs, and allows some snuggling and petting.

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  13. Very nice post. I am thankful for your friendship and the fun posts you always write. Happy Birthday! XO

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  14. I am so glad you have had such a wonderful year! Hope you had a nice birthday, too! I love all the pictures - they really tell the story of an incredible, joy-filled year!

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    1. I did have a good birthday ... and a great year. Not anything I expected, but better!

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  15. And we couldn't be more grateful for having the good luck finding you! Hope Thanksgiving was tasty and delightful. Taking a few days off was definitely in order (ergo the reason I'm a few days late in my best wishes) not to mention the ongoing food coma of leftovers following Thanksgiving. Just wondering...doesn't everyone have pumpkin pie for breakfast? Here's to continued blessings for the net year.

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    1. Er...make that "next" year. Egad my fingers must be too fat from all the noshing of late. 😆

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    2. Momma's eaten two pies since Thursday. The Boy was supposed to help ... but he totally finked out! Not that I'm complaining ... they WERE very yummy!

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  16. What a lovely post, MommaKat and BearCat :) You look one happy family and we are so happy for you to get over that periode of anorexia. What a huge accomplishment! Glad to the the copycats too...I do mine with you...MOL :D Pawkisses for a wonderful day :) <3

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    1. Happy family means so much to us. And we're doubly blessed because we also have the pet blogging family!

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  17. Happy thanksgiving!! Love the photos and glad to see you have so much to be happy for!

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  18. Sometimes pictures can say it all. What a year you've had! We're so glad you've had so much to be thankful for. ♥

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  19. Love, love, love seeing Momma Kat on the blog! :-) And Bear and Ellie are ALWAYS adorable. Although, would Bear take issue with being called adorable? How about adorbs? :-) Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. I AM adorable. And ferocious too! Just saying! ~Bear Cat

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  20. We're very fankful to have ya'll as furiends. We're glad ya' had a great Fanksgivin'. And we're glad we met ya'. Big hugs

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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