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  1. Glad to hear that the kitties are starting to get along, and that Gracie is hanging out with you on your bed! Nice to have time with your daughters, too! Your flower pictures are always beautiful.

  2. Pat Gaudreau says:

    My fur babies have dry and water at all times and their favorite wet food in the morning and late afternoon.
    Bella is 8 and Buddy is 5 and they’re both in good health, so no diet changes considered.

  3. Debra Friend says:

    Hearing about Gracie reminds me of the kittens that I’ve rescued over the years.

  4. Naomi Shelton says:

    Brenda, I love, love, love the gorgeous flower photos. I was able to get a little gardening done today since the weather is cooler and not so many mosquitos as sometimes. My energy is seeming more consistent the last week or so. The best it’s been since I was hospitalized over a year ago and had to stay at my older daughter’s house to be taken care of. I lost a lot of strength but have been slowly gaining it back. I so love working in the yard and flower beds and have missed being able to for so long. Today I planted some Lady Ferns in my little woodland patch under my maple tree. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll get the White Trillium I bought planted in that area.

    I enjoy hearing about Ivy and Gracie and how they are acclimating to each other. Such little characters, they are.

  5. I love to order Chinese food out and wish I was better at making it for myself. Something about how good it tastes when someone else makes it just like a salad does. Nice to have that time together with your girls and catch up on their lives. Both have active careers so it’s good to give them a breather away for a little bit of time. And I imagine the new kitty gave you all a few chuckles. Reading time will be tonight as it gets darker so much earlier now and I feel like climbing into bed earlier and earlier to read now.

  6. Andrea R. says:

    We enjoy your beautiful flower pics. Here in SoCal desert it is just starting to dip below triple digits so we are planning our container garden for the nicer weather. Love Ivy & Gracie stories! I hoped they would mellow out with each other. Gracie has spunk and Ivy will have such fun with her new playmate. Good decision, Brenda.

  7. Glad Gracie is coming out more and more and both her and Ivy are doing well together. Have a good weekend.

  8. Gracie raided Ivy’s feeding dish? Wowsers – that seems pretty gutsy to me, or else totally clueless! I’m surprised Ivy didn’t give her a swipe! I’m up to my neck in yard work – endless. The lawns and gardens took a beating from the extreme heat, drought and high humidity this summer. I’ve got lawn rust, mildew on some of my plants, sod web worm damage everywhere. I’ve been raking damaged areas over and over to remove dead grass and aerate, slowly lining flower beds with concrete blocks, and now leaves are following from what seems a kabillion trees suddenly appearing in the neighborhood. On a good day I can lay 10 blocks before having to stop and rest. The huge 4′ x 5′ pile I started with in 2019 is now down to 37 blocks. For inspiration I’ve been binge-watching the old series “Desperate Landscapes.” I missed the window for over-seeding so I’ll have to wait until spring, I am hoping I won’t have to do it if the grass rebounds prior to going dormant. Later I’ll stream a movie online or watch a video from my small collection of favorites. I never get tired of watching them over again. I also have a backlog of books waiting to be read – I haven’t cracked one open all summer – and 3 separate stacks of magazines that I haven’t gotten to, it’s been that kind of year. Right now, it seems impossible I can ever just sit in a comfy chair and start reading!

  9. I’m going to do the same thing and read a good book even though it is beautiful here in Michigan. I haven’t had time to do that for a while. Maverick (my cat) is throwing one of his toys up in the air and then trying to catch it. He’s all over my apartment doing that. Alex is napping. I think Gracie Mae and Ivy are ready to be together by the sound of it. Both my cats are on the same food only dry because my veterinarian said it was better for their teeth. That way plaque doesn’t build up and the crunch of food is better for them. But you go by what your veterinarian tells you. I love to hear about your cats. I am so glad you have them. I love reading your daily blog. Have a good day!

    1. They have both wet food and dry food. I heard that cats often don’t drink enough water, so wet food helps take the place of fluids.

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