Farfel & Star have a new home

When Steven and I decided to sell our home here in CT so we could move to Florida near my parents, we sadly knew that we would not be able to take our two cats Star & Farfel with us. For one thing, we are simplifying our life and downsizing for this upcoming move, and for another -my mother is highly allergic to cat fur. So, after we made our decision, I contacted Mary's Kitty Korner in Granby, CT. This is the shelter where we adopted Star & Farfel from as kittens about 2 years ago. I worked with Lisa who had helped us before and we set up an ad through their listing on Petfinder.com. It took about two months, but we were lucky to find a wonderful new adoptive "mom" for our beautiful and sweet boys . . .

The exchange took place last Thursday at Mary's Kitty Korner, and I received an email from their new mom today! "The boys are doing well. They spent their first day sniffing everything. Star hid behind the TV and I couldn't find him any where and worried that he snuck outside (which would have been odd, nonetheless), but then I found him. They both spend time together under my bed or on my bed now when I'm not home. Otherwise, they have been playing with their new toys and seem to be having fun. They follow each other everywhere, so I can see why they needed to be adopted together! They are really sweet. Enjoy Canada! " Cheryl (we leave for vacation in a week's time)

I was so happy to receive this news and very glad they are both adjusting as I thought they would, and doing well. It is strange to not have them around, but there are benefits too -only 2 animals to feed now - instead of 4, etc! And, this was a necessary step for us. I feel blessed that Star & Farfel did not have to spend any time in a cage waiting for someone to adopt them, and instead they went from one loving home to another. We are all very lucky!

happy birthday to me!

One of my favorite photos . . . me and my mom in 1957, the year I was born. This was a fabric page, a "quiltie" I created for Theresa Hall in the ARTchix Studio Fabric RR I hosted back in 2005. This particular photo of me & my mom has made it's way into many pieces I've created.

I have been enjoying a most wonderful birthday! Last night Steven & I went out to dinner with dear friends and they treated us to a most delicious and fun time. Carol and I share birthdays by just one day and she and her hubby took us to a place we had never been to before. We all had a grand time.

Today has been a quiet day and I have been catching up on work, which was what I wanted to do before I go to visit my parents in Florida on Tuesday for a few days. I talked to both my mom & my dad today. Dad sounded so good - Steven had a long talk with him too, about boats and computers! Dad goes for the 2nd part of his Interventional Radiology treatment on Wednesday, which requires a bit of a stay in the hospital for the day, so I am glad to be there to help out. This is all part of his battle against liver cancer . . . and he is really doing so well it is amazing. I am a lucky woman to have been born 52 years ago to Dale & Priscilla Andrews. Steven says he really has the best time hanging out with them, and I don't know how cool my parents are (I do!).

Speaking of Steven, my love - he made a wish come true for me today with his birthday card for me. Oh, how I laughed when I opened it! Some background for you: Steven is always joking and affecting personalities for our two cats, Star & Farfel -because even though they are brothers with very similar markings, they really have opposite personalities.
(and bodies!)

Star is a real 'bruiser' . . . he weighs more than Farfel, he is always hungry and will steal Farfel's food whether he is looking or not! Star is very assertive and will jump on you if he wants to without warning. He meows quite loudly, as if he is demanding things to happen. He is a beautiful cat, and I would say Star is Steven's favorite of the two . . . .

Steven is always joking around to me that Star has a beer belly, smokes a cigar, is quite the 'manly' guy, and often times has him making rude remarks! Steven even uses different 'voices' when he is vocalizing their thoughts . . . . and always makes me laugh with these characterizations!

Farfel on the other hand, is long & lean, and loves to walk the 'balance beam' on the cat scratching post Steven made... and does this very well! Below is a photo of him chasing a fly in my office!

Farfel mews quietly, his fur is soft and silky, he is extremely sweet and very affectionate, he is always looking for pets and nose rubs, he is very graceful and acrobatic - totally the opposite of Star. Steven likes to characterize him as being 'into' yoga and aerobics, home decorating, as very sweet and very sensitive! It is just so amazing what personalities you can come up with for your animals when they show you just a few traits!

Since Steven does such a good job embellishing their personalities and used to draw cartoons all the time - I have been begging him, pleading with him, trying to bribe him to DRAW for me what he verbally jokes about with our two cats! To tell you the truth I almost forgot about this plea and did not expect it to happen . . . . and then, Steven gave me my birthday card today & this is what I saw (below).
WOW! I laughed SO much!

First the envelope, because it is funny since I turned 52 today . . . .

And then, the card! Now, you probably won't find it quite as amusing as I do, but I just had to share this. Thank you so much, Steven. I have had the best birthday! Of course, click on any photo for more details.

: ) lenna


The Dog Did It

dog Did It -photo, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

This card features a new rubber stamp from Alpha Stamps, which owner Leslie Elledge sent to me last week. It is designed by Teri Calia, a professional illustrator & participant in my art swaps! I love this new stamp so much, I just had to make something with it right away. We have 2 dogs & two cats, so I could relate! I created this card very fast (and easy) with StazOn permanent ink for the stamping, and watercolor crayons for the border. Little tiny heart eyelets hold the stamped paper to the card, and feathers from birds on Martha Franklin's farm (who is also a swap participant) finish it purrrfectly!

Below is the envelope I stamped to send the card to Teri in, front and back . . . I did this just for fun and because Teri told me she has 7 cats!! Below that, you will find the same cat image on a different envelope to Caroline Hay as well as another new stamp image, also featured on the envelope and a book mark! It's called 'Le Chat'. You can find both new stamps here at Alpha Stamps.