Keith Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

September 1, 2014 by tigermucha

We are a little behind on this challenge due to my recovery, but Keith was challenged by his friend John to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of John’s father who died from this devastating disease.

Keith did a great job!

52 Lists – Ten of My Favorite Blogs

August 31, 2014 by tigermucha

52 Lists in 52 Weeks on threelittlekittens.com/blog

Ten of my favorite blogs – in no particular order:

Click here to see a list of all of my lists.

 

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DGD – Digital Goodie Day – Seashell Quote

August 30, 2014 by tigermucha

Ah, the last weekend of Summer.  Not officially, but Labor Day weekend usually marks the transition from Summer to Fall, and for us, we are usually spending this time at the beach with friends.  Today I thought I would share a cute little Seashell Quote with you.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh Quote on threelittlekittens.com/blog

I love this quote and hope that you are enjoying your last unofficial weekend of Summer!

 

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Humor Me – Pinterest Humor

August 29, 2014 by tigermucha

It’s Friday, and you know where you wish you were…

Admit it, you should be doing something else important right now...but you came on Pinterest instead

Another funny from Someecards found on Pinterest. Happy Friday!

Touring Cologne – Alter Markt

August 28, 2014 by tigermucha

On my last post about my Viking River Cruise I showed you pictures of the Old Fish Market and Great St. Martin Church.  When I left, we were on our way to the Alter Markt.

Fish-Fountain-Cologne

As with all cities and towns, you can always find interesting monuments, statues and fountains that mark the significance of important people or events, unique legends or acts of bravery or just art itself.  As we were leaving the Fish Market, we came across the Fish Fountain.

Fish-Fountain-Women

It is adorned with little fish around the bottom and woeful women on the top.

Vine-Covered-Church

And we passed a wonderful vine covered wall of Great St. Martin Church.

Beggars-at-the-Church-Door

We saw beggars at the church.  Being it was Easter Sunday, we were warned by our Viking crew and out tour guides to be on the lookout for pick pockets and be wary of the beggars.  They told us exactly what to expect and how to keep ourselves protected in the large crowds we would soon experience.  Luckily, no one on our ship had any issues.  The crew and guides did a great job explaining what to look out for.

Doors-of-Cologne-01

I love the large old doors of Great St. Martin Church.

Modern-and-Old-Mix-in-Cologne

As we moved through the alleys and narrow streets and got closer to Alter Markt, we saw a mix of old and new.  Remember, Cologne was heavily bombed during World War II and very few of the original old buildings survived.

1643-Townhouse-Cologne

This townhouse from 1643 looked out of place with the other buildings.

Old-and-Modern-Mix-in-Cologne

A lot of these buildings seemed to open around little squares.

Wisteria-Umbrellas-Cologne

This group surrounded these beautiful wisteria arbors.

Wisteria-Umbrella-Arbors-Cologne

I love how they looked like umbrellas.  And the wisteria was in full bloom.  It smelled heavenly.

Urban-Wisteria-Cologne

There was even wisteria growing up one of the corners of the buildings.

Narrow-Alley-in-Cologne

There were still more interesting alleys to look down as we headed to the historic Alter Markt, known for it’s charming outdoor cafes.

Jan-von-Werth-Fountain-Cologne

One thing I enjoyed was this statue / monument to Jan von Werth.

Jan-von-Werth-Cologne

He was a general in the Thirty Years War.

Jan-von-Werth-Fountain-in-Cologne

It was created by Wilhelm Albermann, a German sculptor and completed in 1884.

Lovely-Lady-and-Cherubs

The lovely lady on the side is Griet.  Jan and Griet were in love, but because he was poor, she refused his proposal.

Lovely-Lady-and-Lion-Cologne

Jan was so upset by her rebuff that he went off and joined the army where he became a successful general.  Years later he returned to find Griet selling produce at the local market.

Lovely-Lady-Cologne

Jan returned triumphantly to find Griet full of remorse for no rich man ever proposed to her and she was now alone and old.  It’s a sad story, but the sculpture is really beautiful.

Old-Column-Cologne-Germany

Even this old column in the square was interesting. There were lots of little cafes all around and it was a charming little square to visit.  Our next stop was the old Courthouse, or Rathaus as it is called in German.  Stay tuned…


This is not a sponsored post.  This is my experience from my trip with Viking River Cruises.

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52 Lists – Nice Drinks

August 27, 2014 by tigermucha

52 Lists in 52 Weeks on threelittlekittens.com/blog

Nice drinks…this is going to be pretty basic.  Just some favorite refreshing things that I like.

  • Water – always refreshing
  • Milk
  • Juice – cranberry, grape, apple, orange, pineapple
  • Fresh lemonade
  • Good Raspberry Lemonade
  • Mocha
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot apple cider
  • Wassail
  • Butter Beer (non alcoholic)
  • Coffee

Click here to see a list of all of my lists.

 

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It’s A Beautiful Day

August 25, 2014 by tigermucha

Today was a beautiful day.

White Hibiscus - Rose of Sharon

It seems like we have had nothing but rain the entire month of August.

Toad Lily

I know we really haven’t, but it sure seems that way.

Toadstool

I guess that’s why we have so many mushrooms popping up all over the garden.

Toadstool

I love how they come out of nowhere.

Toadstool Cap

And there are so many different kinds.

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Like these funky little shrooms that came back to life.

Fungus

And I am not even sure what this hot mess is.

Fungus

There were a couple of patches of this stuff.

Mushroom Trio

And I love this little happy family.

Trio of Mushrooms

This kind of mushroom often comes up in groups in our yard.

Trio Tops

And it always looks like someone took a bite out of them.

Little Tan Shrooms

Here is another kind of little mushroom group.

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Even this lichen covered twig peaked my interest today.

Tiny Red Mushroom

But as far as cutest mushrooms of the day, these little red beauties were the winner.

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But it wasn’t all about mushrooms and fungus today. There were beautiful flowers, too. Like the patch of lavender Obedient Plant that is starting to bloom. Or the white Rose of Sharon that is still blooming by the deck. And the freckled Toad Lilies that are starting to bloom.

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Fall is coming. My Fall Clematis is starting to bloom on this beautiful day. So let me enjoy the sights of the late summer garden while they are here. Thank goodness it stopped raining.

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52 Lists – Good Places to Walk

August 24, 2014 by tigermucha

52 Lists in 52 Weeks on threelittlekittens.com/blog

I am running a little behind on my lists, so I will post a few this week to catch up while I recuperate at home from my surgery.  Today’s list is good places to walk.  These will be some of my favorite places to walk.

  • Growing up, we lived in a hollow on Fort Lewis Mountain and there was a creek and woods across the road.  And if you crossed the creek and went up a little bank, there were nature trails that had been put in behind the local high school.  I remember spending many spring, summer and fall hours exploring the woods through those nature trails.
  • The beach – Keith and I can walk for hours on the beach, any beach.  My favorite is Ocean Isle Beach.  When the tide goes out you can walk way out on the sand.
  • The woods around Bluestone, WV. We love to stay there with our friends and they have some great trails at the State Park.  The woods there are so quiet and you cannot hear anything of the outside world.
  • Speaking of West Virginia, the farm where our friends live.  They have a large area where you can walk, even if it is just through a field that has been mowed.  It is a special and beautiful place.
  • Bridgewalk in Fayetteville, WV, is another fun place to walk.   I have completed it twice and loved it both times.
  • In June, we had the opportunity to visit Steigerwald Lake with our family in Washington State.  It is a beautiful wildlife refuge along the Columbia River.  I wish we lived closer so we could go more often.  It was amazing.
  • Pretty much any state or national park can be an amazing walk.  And historic places like Colonial Williamsburg offer great places to walk while taking in history.
  • I also enjoy urban walks, like the downtown market area of my hometown or large places like New York City, Vancouver, WA or cities and towns in Europe.   Walking through a pedestrian friendly city can open your eyes to beautiful architecture, interesting people and new perspectives.

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Don’t Stop Exploring

August 23, 2014 by tigermucha

Look what I found today while exploring the garden on my walk.

Don't Stop Exploring

I am limited in what I can do while recovering and today I took a quick tour of the front yard on my walk.

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I was really tickled to find this little shroom. Love it’s red cap.

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And speaking of red, look at these Jack in the Pulpit seeds. They really stand out against the foliage.

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But these Anemones were the show stoppers today. Not sure when they started blooming, but so glad I explored the garden on my walk today.

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Count Your Blessings

August 22, 2014 by tigermucha

I have been absent lately, not because I wanted to, that is for sure.

Count Your Blessings

On Monday the 11th of August is when we think my appendix ruptured. It was masked by some other issues and thankfully on Thursday the 14th of August my gynecologist admitted me to the ER. I am so grateful that I have such a competent doctor. She knew the issues she found were not the cause of my current condition and insisted I have a scan immediately.

It was my appendix. The scan showed it was over three times the size it should be. A surgeon came in and met with Keith and me and then everything seemed to happen in a slow motion blur.

I remember waking up and then I remember being in a room with Keith. Keith told me it was worse than they thought and that I was in surgery for over three hours. And that I would be in the hospital for a while.

I was there for five days. The surgeon explained that my appendix had ruptured and was gangrenous causing them to also remove a foot of my colon. He explained that I was very tough and he was happy with how things turned out (considering the alternative) and told us I would need to stay in the hospital until my body started working again.

After five days in the hospital they released me a day early so I could finish recuperating at home. Thank goodness for Keith, he was there every day with me. And there were some wonderful nurses and technicians. But, they do like to poke and prod every couple of hours so it can be hard to get rest.

The only one here at home that pokes and prods is Dixie. She doesn’t understand she cannot sleep on my belly right now. I have this huge cut going down my front and laughing, coughing or sudden movements scare me right now. I know it’s more me being paranoid than anything else but this is my first time ever dealing with anything like this. She is finding other ways to cuddle and it is comforting to feel her snuggled up beside me when I am resting.

Keith has been here with me all week at home, too. I cannot do a lot of things for myself right now and he has been wonderful. It seems all I do is eat a little, sleep a little and then sleep some more. Today is the first day I have had enough energy to even think about posting an update here. Keith actually encouraged me to do this.

So, now you know. I have been away counting my blessings. I have a lot of them to count. And hopefully soon I will be back to regular postings again.

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