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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

"T Stands For Teddy And Gifts From CJ" - 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.

Teddy and I were surprised and thrilled to receive a thank you note and gifts in the mail from CJ this past week. (Note that Teddy is drinking an ice coffee in the first photo.) CJ does beautiful calligraphy work, and cleverly created a bookmark that summed up Teddy and my photography outings with a picture that tells a thousand words, as the saying goes. I love how she used the camera for the hollow space in the letter A. She also blended our favorite colors in the letter, and included the detail of Teddy's ear tag on the bear, which Teddy said looks just like him.

And Teddy has been inseparable from the Maneki Neko that she gave him. Back in November, Teddy happily showcased a magazine image of a large Maneki Neko statue, that he said he thought Bleubeard, Elizabeth, and CJ would enjoy seeing. Teddy also mentioned he wanted one, and unbeknownst to him, CJ filed away that information, and surprised him with one of his own.

During nice weather, Teddy and I usually go for outings with the camera, looking for birds to photograph while walking on trails, and CJ's thoughtful gifts, envelope, and note beautifully showcased those interests of ours. (Thank you again CJ!)

Speaking of the weather, my area of Connecticut has gone into a Level D0 drought. (United States Drought Monitor - Connecticut) Up until Saturday (6/27), we hadn't had rain in over two weeks. Everything was so dry that my forsythia bush leaves were extremely wilted, and I worried that the plants would die within a few more days, if we didn't get any rain. Fortunately Saturday we got a passing shower, that provided enough rain to revive the leaves. My lawn has turned brown in some areas, which usually doesn't happen until late July or August, so this has been an usually dry and hot June for my area. And the weather pattern seems to be continuing the same, where rain falls east and west of me, but nothing where I am.

My cat continues to improve, but I still have him on restricted activity, to limit his high jumping. I rearranged some furniture that he normally jumps up on, so that it is ordered in a gradual ascent, to help him strengthen his muscles without hurting himself. He has been sticking to jumping onto the lowest piece first, then continuing upward, and he does the reverse order when he comes back down to the floor, so he's aware of his limitations.

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I also completed my flower gardens project that I started at the end of May. It was a lot of work, but now, five weeks later, the work is done, and it looks much better than when it was overgrown with weeds / vines / etc. You can see all of the photographs of it here: Completed Flower Gardens

I hope to resume my usual blog activity within a week or so.


Mary said...

Teddy looks very happy with the gifts of beautiful artwork and the Maneke Neko from CJ. Rearranging the furniture for better cat recuperation was a good idea! Hoping we all get more rain to green things up.

Tom said...

...things have turned brown here too!

Mae Travels said...

Your bear continues to be quite amusing. My neighbor's bear, who lives on her tree lawn and has new props every day, was recently in a little puppet theater, and also had a swing in his tree. I guess you and my neighbor are kindred spirits!

be well... mae at

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I had to look three times to see the words Anne & Teddy, as well as Thank you. Great job once I was able to read them. Teddy looks so cute with his new Maneki Neko and his iced coffee. CJ did a great job and she also gave Teddy something he can be proud of, too. Thanks for sharing Teddy and his coffee, along with the incredible gifts CJ sent with us for T this Tuesday.

So glad to read your baby is getting better. It's good that he is taking his recovery to heart (so to speak). He looks angelic sleeping like that.

Valerie-Jael said...

Glad that your cat is getting better and that Teddy is happy with his gifts from CJ. Happy T day, Valerie

CJ Kennedy said...

I'm glad you and Teddy liked the surprise. I had hoped to give the things to you and Teddy in person this Summer, but with the uncertainty of travel, well. And if I saved those items to try again next year, I was afraid I would lose them in the piles of stuff in the studio. 😺 I'm glad your fur baby is continuing to improve. He looks so sweet taking his snooze. Happy T Day

Meggymay said...

Teddy looks so happy with his surprise gifts and good that he shares his drink choice with us. Its good that your lovely cat is getting well, I wonder if you will be leaving the furniture and the step stages for a while, its a super idea.
Happy T day wishes, stay safe.

Eileen Bergen said...

Very enjoyable post, Anne. What sweet and special gifts CJ sent you. I'm glad your cat has adjusted to his limitations. That should help him make a smooth - if slow - recovery.

Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

Lisca said...

What beautiful gifts! I hadn't realized that the horizontal part is lettering until I read Elizabeth's comment, then I 'saw' it!
The Maneki Neko is gorgeous. Teddy is right in showing her off.
Talking of cats... I'm so glad your cat is improving. Thanks for mentioning your fur baby, because I would have asked you.
Two weeks without rain is a drought? Here we won't see any rain until at least september. So grass does not grow in this climate. We have fake grass on the football field and some people have it in their gardens or on the patio because it looks nice and green. We can leave all our garden furniture out as it won't get wet.
Wishing you a very happy T-Day,
Hugs (These ones are allowed, but oh I so crave real hugs),

Linda Kunsman said...

teddy looks quite happy showing off the beautiful gifted artwork from CJ! Happy your kitty is taking it easy and continues to improve. Happy T day!

Kate Yetter said...

It is always fun to get mail! The cards look beautiful.
Happy Tea Day,

kathyinozarks said...

Very awesome gifts from CJ she does gorgeous work, and I can tell Teddy is super pleased also. So happy your fur family member is doing well-they are always so sweet when sleeping-hugs Happy T Kathy

Divers and Sundry said...

Such exciting Happy Mail! We had drought conditions for a while but are getting some showers this week. I have to water daily during the summertime. The pots just don't hold enough water. I'm glad your cat is showing steady improvement. It won't be long now :) Happy T Tuesday!

Let's Art Journal said...

What a wonderful surprise from CJ, such beautiful makes and so thoughtful! I bet Teddy loved them too 😀. Oh, your kitty cat looks so cute all curled up asleep, I'm pleased that he is recovering so well! So glad that you got your garden project completed too. Sending you Happy T Day wishes and wishing you well! Hugs, Jo x

My name is Erika. said...

We've been dry and browning up to, but then rain started Sunday night and has been pretty consistent. I take it you are not getting this much needed rain? Happy T day and nice happy mail. CJ is a very talents artist. And she found that cute little maneki neko too. That must have been fun to find in your mailbox. Hope you get some rain. Hugs-Erika

Iris Flavia said...

Oh, how cute is that, Mielebaer gives a huge, sweet hello over!
Ohhh, the bird, so cute, too!
And yay for recovery. Tiny jump by tiny jump. It must be frustrating.

DVArtist said...

Very nice post. Teddy is always a treat to see. Have a very nice day.

pearshapedcrafting said...

What clever and pretty lettering. Glad you got a little bit of rain and hope you get enough to keep your plants fresh!l The cat looks contented! Good idea to rearrange the furniture. My son did something similar for his aging cat but he refuses to take the easy route!!! Belated T Day Wishes! Chrisx