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  1. If you are looking for something to entertain in your spare time during the current covid-19 outbreak. The Impossible Game will probably be a great choice for you! They are completely free!

  2. The Continuing Adventures of Ivy and Charlie! Tune in tomorrow, folks. LOL! They crack me up. I LOVE that Charlie is now intervening when you pick up your camera to point it solely at Ivy. He’s got his second childhood, evidently, ha ha ha! Good for Charlie. It appears that Ivy was the beam of light you both needed to lift you out of your doldrums.

  3. I really do enjoy your posts, Brenda. I have lived for many years in an apartment, probably 18+ years. Then when I was around 40, my life changed and my new family and I moved into a house. But I do love apartment living; I love the layouts of the apartments and the various ways you can decorate – if that makes sense. I too was a patio decorator at the time.

    Charlie’s expression is SO funny! It’s as if he is saying, “You mean ‘Charlie,’ right? Didn’t you mean to say ‘Charlie’?”

  4. Charlie is so cute, it’s funny how he perks up when Ivy is in bug killing mode!

    Did you know that you can get Hallmark cards at Dollar Tree now?


  5. Marilynn H says:

    Loved your stories this morning. Giving me a good start to my day.
    I needed a pick up.
    Charlie and Ivy make me laugh. The pictures are adorable.
    I love seeing all of your decorating ideas. Hope to put some ideas to use myself.
    Have a great day

  6. Bonnie Schulte says:

    I love to see Ivy in the window,on a mission to attack a bug, and then to see how Charlie gets into it too. Makes life exciting for him, and that is a good thing for everybody. Had to laugh about your choice of greeting cards. I have been making my own, using rubber stamps, papers and all different embellishments. Maybe you have heard the expression about rubber stampers, why buy a card for $6.99, when you can make it with hundreds of dollars worth of art supplies. Anyway, in the beginning it was “kinda” to save money, but that was more than 20 years ago..and those supplies continue to call my name, so I just keep adding to my collection of art supplies. But I really enjoy spending the time on cards, and friends and family (at least I think) enjoy receiving them. Happy Halloween to you, Ivy and Charlie..

  7. It’s cute that Charlie wants his photo taken now. Maybe he needs to be the star now that Ivy has the limelight with the antics. Such an interesting inter-specie dynamic! I hope the designer stays too, because good neighbors are wonderful.

  8. Brenda, does Ivy try to scratch on your leather furniture? I have a cat that absolutely ripped to shreds my reading chair. And yes, he does have two scratching posts that he ignores.
    I’ve read that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Well, count me in because I’m having a new chair delivered Friday. It’s leather too, lol. I’m hoping that since he’s older he’ll leave it alone. Now that I’m retired I’m hoping to guard it more zealously but we shall see.

  9. Charlie wants his 15 minutes of fame! Ivy has certainly opened up a whole new world for you and Charlie!!

  10. Ivy has been the perfect choice for you, Brenda.
    She entertaining all of us.

  11. Inside plants are great to have in the winter months cuz it keeps everyone in a better mood and it’s a better atmosphere to breathe in. So I’m not surprised that guys want to learn everything they can about plants.
    What a generous lady you are to give your plants away that you’ve nutured all spring and summer long!

    I’m glad to hear that your making better choices with eating and interacting with your neighbors Brenda.
    I hear it on the radio all the time and read about it, that people will have a longer and fulfilling life too. In having a couple of pets to keep you busy and laughing does your heart good. Yay! ?

  12. I’m so glad you are able to find new homes for your plants. I always hate to see plants die away for the winter, but like you, I have no where to put them inside where they will live. I have a brown thumb, and once they are outdoors and growing, I don’t touch them again.

    I love the photos of Ivy and Charlie. Charlie is so funny about the photos of Ivy. And truly, Ivy doesn’t have a care in the world! Love and hugs!

  13. Andrea R. says:

    Ivy’s belly and Charlie’s tongue — just too cute!! I, too, never tire of your stories and photos.

    Have a lovely afternoon.

    1. Ivy has absolutely no modesty. And Charlie I guess just doesn’t have room in his mouth for that tongue.

  14. Sounds as if you have had a busy day already. I am much like you and your interior decorator neighbor, I have always improved where I live even if renting. You want them place you spend time to be nice.

    I think it is so funny that now Charlie wants to be in the photos, he is so cute!

    1. You need to love where you live. So I think it’s fine to update a rental.

  15. A little sibling rivalry seems to be going on regarding the picture taking! I love the picture of Ivy in the window chasing her bug and Charlie watching her so intently! I have finally gotten most of my houseplants back in the house for winter. I leave my Christmas cactus on my covered back porch until they set buds and then I bring them in to enjoy. It is hard to believe it is almost November.

    1. I know. Seems it was just a few days ago I was buying spring plants.

  16. Hi Brenda,
    Love reading about Ivy and Charlie. I think Ivy was the perfect choice for you and Charlie. Did you know Hallmark Cards are now sold at the dollar tree stores. Yep those $4.95 and up cards you can get for 50 cents to $1. I love it I can get real Hallmark cards at that cheap price. I hope you have some dollar tree stores near you.
    Have a great week.

  17. I buy my cards at Dollar General for $1 (you can see original price on back of card).

    1. The one I ended up getting was $1.47.

  18. I look forward to reading about Ivy and her antics each day. And I never get tired of the pictures of Charlie, Ivy, and your home/patio.

    Take care and have a wonderful afternoon.

    1. I planted the daffodil bulbs, then took the rest I didn’t have room in the pots for to the manager to plant outside the office.

  19. Anonymous says:

    A cute article today and I would say Charlie is a little jealous of you trying to take pictures of Miss Ivy. Those two are just adorable to watch you almost make me want to get another cat, but I’m doing good with one dog. I think I am best with a one-on-one animal. I hope your neighbor won’t leave and I look forward to seeing those daffodils in the spring. I need to go buy some narcissus bulbs and plant them; they are so fragrant during the holidays. I hope Ivy had success on her hunt as Charlie was certainly cheering her on and he wasn’t cowering away but seemed to be watching very intently. Too cute! Enjoy the afternoon!

    Carol and Molly

    1. I was so afraid that Charlie would not do well with a cat or any other animal. Seems I was wrong in this case.

      1. Andrea R. says:

        Brenda-How did Charlie do with your cats in Texas?

        1. He was fine with them. They preceded he and Abi.

  20. Brenda, I’m getting such a kick out of the antics of Charlie and Ivy. I can’t have pets due to allergies, but am living vicariously through yours!!

    1. That’s too bad. I don’t know what I’d do without my pet babies.

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