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  1. Ivy Lou truly is a breath of fresh air for you and Charlie. It’s wonderful that he isn’t as upset when you leave since Ivy’s been with you. Animals are so interesting. What they are aware of , the habits they form, the antics they perform. Ivy’s exploits are wonderful entertainment. I certainly enjoy your accounts of them. How very fortunate that she has found a wonderful, safe and caring home with you and Charlie. A “happy ever after” story.

    It’s raining here again too and is pretty cold. We had one sunny day this week when I wanted to plant some tulip bulbs but didn’t get to it. Now I’m wondering if I will get them in at all before the snow flies. I might if we have another sunny day and it’s not too windy. I can deal with the coldness if it’s not coupled with a freezing wind.

    Hope you three have a lovely weekend. Hugs and pats, as usual.

  2. Ivy and Charlie are so adorable! We have a WiFi camera to keep an eye on pup when we’re gone. Love being able to just use a phone app to see what she’s up to in real time. It was under $50. Would be interesting to see what Ivy is doing while you’re away from home. She’s hilarious!

  3. LOL- There is nothing like a kitten to put a spark in your life. I so miss having a cat. Our last two cats were “kittens” until they passed…playful and funny and endearing.
    Enjoy every moment as her “cat mom”. I bet she perks ol’ Charlie right up, too. xo Diana

  4. So lovely to hear joy in your posts since Ivy arrived! I know the grief is still in your heart, but now it shares space with pure joy! Please keep writing about Ivy’s antics, and Charlie too of course!

  5. Ohhh I can hear your heart bursting with love from your post! So have for you Brenda! laura in CO

    1. I just cleaned the whole apartment because my daughter and family is coming over this weekend, so I’m not in any shape for a happy dance. Glad you can do it for me!

  6. Congrats and best of luck with Ivy!! She is one lucky fur baby. We have two cats and love them to pieces. Each has their own personality.

    Enjoy, wishing you the best, Janie

    1. Thank you! Yes, she is precious and so loving. She wants to love on Charlie, but he is not a snuggler, so he always gets up and moves away from her.

  7. Keep the updates and photos coming. Her antics have given me something to look forward to each day. She has taken over not just your household, but has perked up a lot of computer screens across the globe. Don’t we wish we had her energy?

  8. Maybe Charlie is so busy trying to keep Ivy out of trouble that he is not focused on your absence when you go out. When my little poodle growls, we have learned to go see what the shih tzu pup is up to, and it is usually naughtiness! Our fur babies bring us so much pleasure! Congratulations on Ivy’s adoption finalization.

  9. Ivy is a doll, thank you for sharing her with us! My kitty Bella’s favorite toy is a laser pointer, it is her mission to catch the red dot! She has two speeds, Tasmanian Devil and unconscious. And wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world.

    1. I got one of those last week, but I can’t see the writing on the tiny batteries well enough to put them in. Waiting till my daughter comes over this weekend and maybe she can see it.

  10. I truly enjoyed your blog, even more so today than usual. I just had to smile or laugh till I read it all. The energy of Ivy is just so cute..I can just picture her killing the napkins, unrolling toilet paper, trying to get her tiny body into the tightest of spaces. And then of course run through the house, like she is being chased by a ghost, or maybe running a marathon, and after that falling asleep, to dream of who knows what next..Love it all, and so happy to see the three of you being happy, happy, happy……….So perfect that Charlie and Ivy do so well together. A marriage of three, meant to be!

  11. Miss Ivy is just a bundle of energy and utter entertainment for you and Charlie. She tickles me having to “kill” everything that comes in her path; she is a little toughie! I’m glad you are finalizing the adoption today. You three are a wonderful trio! Enjoy your weekend.

    Carol and Molly

    1. Well, Carol and Molly, Ivy Lou is quite a character. She is fearless and poor Charlie is fearful.

  12. I am so glad Ivy has settled so well into your family Brenda. I think it is a great idea giving the animal and human 2 weeks to see if they are compatible. When we got Dexter there was none of that, once he was in he was in, but it was fine, we loved him from the start and I think he was a happy boy too.

    1. I think it’s a good idea too. I imagine that it means less giving up of pets because you get a trial period.

  13. I so look forward to your lovely pictures of the two kids and the way you narrate the story!
    To see what really goes on while you’re gone, I’d suggest a wildlife trail camera. There’s a nice one for about $100 on Amazon that I have and the grandkids love the pictures and videos of raccoons, squirrels, birds and more we capture snacking on treats we leave for them. I can direct you to the one I have if you’re interested!

  14. Reading this put a big smile on my face… Congratulations on the 3 of you officially becoming a family ~
    Welcome home, Ivy Lou!!!

    1. She’s been on a tear for about an hour. She gets behind the couch and scratches. I chide her and smack my little ruler against something wood to scare her and the only one it scares is poor Charlie.

  15. I’m so enjoying reading the antics of Ivy. Your stories just make me smile. Thank you for that.

  16. The two weeks have flown by! Congratulations on making it official today. Ivy could not have gotten a better home.
    I too have wondered what Charlie and Ivy are up to when you are gone. Ivy and her antics are probably a good distraction for Charlie!

    1. Charlie looks upset when I leave. But so far he hasn’t gotten sick again while I’m gone, thank goodness.

  17. I love hearing about Ivy’s antics and Charlie’s laid back observance. It would be fun to have a security camera to find out what they are up to when you’re gone. And the fun goes on. Looks like even the rainy days are fun now. Sandra

    1. Maybe so. She’s got one of her catnip mice under the sewing machine treadle swiping at it now.

  18. Ivy sure lucked out, landing in your family, Brenda!! She’s like Molly, who also brought new life into our house with her crazy antics! Congratulations on her official adoption!!

  19. I’m enjoying it as well. A daily show! What fun. Congratulations on your new family member being official.

    1. YES me too! Such fun. Ivy is very lucky. She can play/sleep to her ❤ heart’s content! Pictures are adorable Brenda! You do excellent in capturing daily events! Love the shot with Charlie watching Ivy going under sofa! Let’s keep laughing. Good for our health! P. S. You are a lovely writer.

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