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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

"T Stands For Teddy With Cat Tea Mug" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Teddy will be serving double duty as my main image plus as my "T-Day ticket" for my T-Day posts for awhile.

Teddy said he knows the T-Group has some cat fans, so he thought they would enjoy seeing this mug. I told Teddy he has expensive tastes that not all of us can afford. Teddy thinks his shameless hawking of The Republic of Tea products will land him the position of their official spokesman spokesbear. I told Teddy to keep dreaming.

I created this post early and scheduled it, in case the Winter Storm knocks out my power. Right now, the forecast is still a bit undefined, with a mix of rain, snow, and sleet forecast. As of Monday (12/2) early evening, there hasn't been too much snow accumulation where I live, but I don't know what I will wake up and find, since the storm will continue overnight into the early morning hours. Tue 12/3 update: I got lucky and only have about 1 or 2 inches of snow. Some places north and west of me got a lot more than that.

I got a photo of the waxing crescent moon, before the storm clouds blotted it out.

The latest version of Symantec Norton ( had a fix for their software bug: they now give a choice of ignore for 7 days, ignore for 30 days, or don't ask me again, for their annoying attempt to force one to install their Internet browser Add-Ons. (The last time I uninstalled Symantec Norton to fix their problem, I gave them feedback, telling them to fix their software bug, and included a link to my unflattering blog post about them. I wonder if that actually influenced them, because their update came out within a week of that.)

I had a quiet but pleasant Thanksgiving Day. Per tradition, I made my Great Grandmother's stuffing recipe. Thanksgiving Pilgrim Owls

After Thanksgiving, I started putting out some Christmas decor: Red Christmas Cactus and Red Poinsettia Glass Candle Holder.

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For another weekend, I spent more time dusting, vacuuming, tidying up, etc. But I must say that things are looking much better here, now that I've eliminated several clutter eyesores. But proof of creeping dust: places I dusted had a new thin layer of dust on them again, requiring another go around. (I think I kicked up dust from other areas and it landed in the previously cleaned areas. Ugh.)

And out of curiosity, to those who have a cat / cats: how do they react to the vacuum cleaner? Until my current cat, my experience has been that cats flee in terror from the sound of the vacuum cleaner. However, my current beloved furry companion is like a dog, so he crouches nearby, watching it with no fear whatsoever.

One thing led to another (which I won't bore everyone with the details of), and I discovered some new hiking trails in woods with old stone walls in them. Several people asked why a permit was required to hike on those trails, so I added this explanation to my newer posts: With regard to why a permit is needed on these particular hiking trails: they are on land that the public water supply flows through. So they have rules for what you can and can't do there, and if you get caught in there without a permit (which is the trail map), you can be fined / arrested.

The greatest discovery so far on those trails is a stone wall dam and waterfall: Waterfall Stone Wall Dam In Woods and Waterfall Stone Wall Dam In Woods. The north trail parallels the water, which is nice: Stone Wall Waterside Trail and Stone Wall Waterside Trail. There is also a Pine Grove In Woods on another trail there.

Teddy was with me during those hikes in the woods, and wanted to pose in some dangerous locations (the top of the dam, the wood bridge), but I refused to allow him to. So there won't be any photos of him from those trips. Teddy was crying and carrying on that I always say, "No," and I told him I would be crying and carrying on if he fell into the water and I lost him.

I made a few postcards: Three Little Wishes and Look Into My Eyes.

My Christmas artwork is at risk of not getting done this year. :-(

Over the weekend, we watched the following movies:


Othello (1995) DVD (Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irene Jacob) - excellent

That movie is one of my favorites. There are several great quotes from the original Shakespeare play. And Iago is the original disgruntled employee, before the definition existed. Shakespeare was ahead of his time.

O (2001) DVD - good - "modern" version of Othello, with high school age people as the main characters. I could have done without the "F" word and the racist "N" word sprinkled throughout the movie. Some people see racism as the primary take away of the plot of Shakespeare's Othello, but when I read the play, I saw other themes as the primary points in the story.

If you only have time to watch one of those two movies, I recommend seeing Othello (1995).


Valerie-Jael said...

Yes, Teddy has expensive tastes, that's a lovely cat mug! Glad your week was good, hope this one will be just as good or better. Happy T Day, Valerie

Tom said...

...and Teddy now does adds?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I need to find that movie! It's hard to keep up with art and everything during the holidays! Happy December!

CJ Kennedy said...

Teddy had me at cats and I love Teddy's taste in expensive things. A true, Little Prince. Dream big, Teddy, dream big. We got about 8 inches of snow on Monday. It's still snowing and looks like another 2 inches fell overnight. No loss of power and Himself's college announced they would be closed Tuesday so Himself is home. (He teaches Tuesday and Thursday) I'm looking forward to Sunday when the temp is supposed to get close to 50 and maybe rain to melt all this sh...stuff. Ink didn't like the vacuum cleaner and would run to the front window where he would sit and watch things with a wary eye. He didn't trust the Hoover monster. Sounds like Norton listened to you about their bug. Good on you. I'm glad you don't allow Teddy to pose in dangerous positions. I'd be beside myself if you lost him. The weather provided the perfect excuse to clean and decorate. Dust is just a fact of life and I try not to look too closely. I hope you don't lose your electricity and your snow totals are low. Happy T Day

My name is Erika. said...

My brother up or down (depending who's viewpoint we are talking from) got slammed with snow. As did the coast here in NH where I work. It is snowing now but not more than a couple of inches on the ground. That works for me as I shall have to shovel the deck later once it slows down. And now we have 2 snow days to make up. But anyhow, I thought that cat mug looked familiar. I got one of those brochures too. Very tempting, and I bet if they chose Teddy for their spokesbear you would get lots of free tea. Smile. Have a great T day and I hope the weather cooperates for you. Hugs-Erika

Iris Flavia said...

Hi Teddy!!! I love cats!
Dangerous site to link to, spokesbear!
Oh, lucky me, never ever had a power problem, so much so, that I don´t even have a light at my night-table.
I should rethink this.
Snow already, yikes!
Dust, I´m with you with this (we have wood/tiles and only one carpet - DUST!!!).
Happy T-Day!

Let's Art Journal said...

I'm loving Teddy's kitty cat mug, so adorable 😁. Sounds like you have been busy, your walking and hiking sounds fabulous. I hope you don't get too much snow, stay warm and wishing you a very happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

Divers and Sundry said...

Stick with it, Teddy. Your discovery is sure to come!

Only 1 or 2 inches would shut our city down for the duration lol. Dusting is never done. I swear by the time I finish a room there's already dust where I started. I've seen Olivier and Orson Welles' Othellos and thought for sure I'd seen Fishburne's but can't find a blog post on it. I'll be on the lookout for it. Thanks!

Happy T Tuesday!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Lots to talk about today and time is not on my side, since I have to be out the door at 11:45 my time to go with Sally who is having some sort of procedure and I may have to drive her home.

Actually, Teddy is NOT that far off in the expense dept. I paid $10 per mug in 1989 for some signed mugs I purchased. I bought 10 of them. That was when I had a much bigger disposable income, of course. So that cat mug is not just awesome, it's about the right price for collectors. BTW, my mugs didn't come in a box, either. So, Teddy, you did good.

I have two cats that are as different as day and night. Bleubeard isn't afraid of ANYTHING he can see. He isn't afraid of the vacuum, the coffee grinder, or anything that makes noise like that. HOWEVER, he runs and hides when there is a storm. He's the smart one who wants to head to the lowest level possible when there's tornado warnings.

Squiggles is the complete opposite. He runs and hides when the vac goes off and I grind my coffee beans (which I do with each pot of coffee I make). However, he is not afraid of the storms. He is by my side watching the storm as it passes overhead.

Bleubeard is the social butterfly and loves to be near people, while Squiggles hides whenever ANYONE drops by. You can't count on cats. They are all different.

Thanks go to Teddy this week for the cat mug (BLEUBEARD gave it 2 paws up) and for your question about cats you shared with us for T this Tuesday. I'm going to make it just in time, too.

kathyinozarks said...

Yes I would say Teddy has expensive tastes and is quite the adventurer. sounds like you have had another busy week-I am off to check out your links.
Happy T hugs Kathy

Linda Kunsman said...

so nice of teddy to share his fondness of beautiful (and expensive) mugs:) Again you have been quite busy. Your candle holder is gorgeous! And like you, we lucked out with that storm and really besides just being plain cold and messy,there was no real accumulation in my town-yay! Happy T day!

Meggymay said...

It sounds like you had another good week and Teddy picked out a good looking cat mug for us this week. I hope you don't get the snow storm or a power failure.
Happy T day wishes Anne
Yvonne xx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

The cat mug is adorable, Anne. Teddy is certainly "smarter than the average bear." lol.

Love your poinsettia candle holder!

I took the easy way out this year to make my mother's marvelous turkey dressing. I used a boxed brand and added all Mom's special secret touche. It tasted exactly the same and, since my hubby doesn't like bread stuffing, I get to eat ALL the leftovers.

Happy T-day! Eileen xx

Lisca said...

I'm glad that in the end the weather wasn't as bad as you thought.
I love the cat mug that Teddy is advertising (ahem: showing). It looks very posh indeed.
Thank you for the explanation of the permits. I did wonder....
Between you and me: I am also a believer in 'creeping dust'. I have it in my house... but don't tell anyone.
Sorry I'm late, but happy (belated) T-Day,