Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Giving thanks, part 1

Though we're grateful for our blessings every year ... this year we are especially fortunate. I'm surrounded by love from my family. 


I've managed to maintain my years long recovery from anorexia ... and after eighteen years of hell, I'm starting to forget the horrors of every second. And we've added Ellie Mae, our precious panther princess, to our family [Bear Cat gets a sisterEllie Mae: In pictures!Growing painsAbout Ellie] ... and The Boy, with his sideways sense of humor that makes us laugh and enriches our blog, who proposed to Momma not long ago [Daddy (the OTHER Dodo)The Boy proposes]. 

Our blog has much to be thankful for too. This year, we were named finalists again in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards - this time for Best Cat Blog [Best cat]. I was lucky enough to attend another Conference - and meet the people I follow every week [Bear Cat originals]. The support and friendship of the blogging community - and especially the CAT blogging community means the world to me. I have major inferiority complex issues - but my fellow bloggers have never made me feel any less than a member. Bear and I had our first sponsored post - and a second - a third [Celebrate the Year of The Cat with Wellness® Complete Health™ Cat Food #HappyMeetsHealthyCelebrating the Year of The Cat with {Reformulated} Wellness® Complete Health™ Cat Food #HealthyMeetsHappyHealthier Pets. Happier Lives.™ with Hill’s® Science Diet® #HillsTransformingLives] ... and then we won second place in The Helen Woodward Center's "Remember the Rescue" contest - for the story of Bear's [and my] rescue [Remember Me Thursday {writing to save lives} #RememberTheRescue]. Our prize helped a local shelter in their mission to save every one. We continued to co-host the Pet Blogger Showcase - until a few weeks ago when we had our final Linky Party [The Final Pet Blogger Showcase (11/04/2017)]. Not only have we made a ton of new friends (especially with dog blogs) - but we enjoyed the friendship and support of our fellow co-hosts. We didn't join thinking about the friendships we'd create - but it truly was the best part.

Cat blogging friends ... 


Last, but certainly not least in any way - thank you to our readers - and friends. Your comments inspire - support - and make us laugh. We know our posts are often quite wordy and we appreciate you sticking around to read the whole thing. Speaking of words ... as our readers know, words are our currency. Momma knows how to talk! But we're doing something a bit different this year. This week's posts will be mainly pictures. I might be a blogger - but words fail even me sometimes. These pictures show our immense blessings (including of the feline variety) - and are far better at communicating just how lucky we are and all that we have to be grateful for! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

NOW FOR OUR MAIN ATTRACTION ...
The felines we are most thankful for  ...






Stay tuned for Friday's post ... there will be more pictures!!!

48 comments:

  1. Often the things we need to give thanks for are the smallest and not the biggest things in our lives. The smallest words can describe the biggest gifts we have, and yet
    somehow we forget amidst our busy lives to remember even these - Love, Hope, Charity, Friends, Share, Forgive. If folks haven't the time to remember such small, and yet such big things, then life and it's meaning and it's blessings are lost to them. Wishing you all, small and big, a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Toodle pip and purrs
    Erin
    PS A turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving, with careful planning, us cats can be enjoying it for the rest of the week!

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    1. Thank you. You are right, Erin. You and your peep are on the top of our list of things and people we're grateful for <3

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  2. We love you all to pieces and are so very thankful that you're in our lives!!!

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  3. You have a lot to be grateful for, as do I. I think I might copy you and do a similar post. I'm grateful that you decided to co-host the Linky Party, I don't think I'd ever have found you without it. Happy Thanksgiving Kat, to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you, Jodi. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I think your "You make me smile" posts inspired this one ... as I've said before - you blog with such positivity and love :)

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  4. This is a wonderful post! We are thankful that we have gotten to know you. Kat, you're such a kind and caring person. You deserve the best! I love the pictures of Bear and Ellie.

    p.s. I didn't know that won a prize for Remember the Rescue. Congrats! I'm off to see that now.

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    1. We haven't really told anyone that we won. I keep meaning to though! Thank you - we feel the same about you, Annie and Pierrot. Your posts always make us smile!

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  5. Wonderful post and beautiful photos!

    We are thankful that we know you!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  6. We really enjoyed all of those photos. You are an incredible blogger and a wonderful friend!

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  7. Great fotos. We're grateful and Blest to have ya'll in our lives. We 'purreciate your furiendship as well. We're glad you have so much to be fankful fur. Blessings abound every where, we just have to stop and see them. Concats on bein' healthy and whole. Happy Fanksgivin' to ya'll. Big hugs

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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    1. Thank you! We're grateful for you three ladies as well :)

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  8. What a beautiful and heartfelt post. God bless you for kicking anorexia in the but with all your might. I know it was hard as I had a friend's daughter kick it's but too.
    Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving we enjoy your most unique blog and beautiful furbabes
    Madi and Mom

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    1. Thank you! Your comment made my day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Madi :)

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Kudos to you for continuing to have a successful recovery. It isn't easy, and you should be more than proud of yourself. We're thankful for friends like you three.

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    1. Thank you. It's been a long, hard journey - full of shame. Just admitting to my past struggles makes me feel so much lighter - so much happier. I'm very lucky to have so many supportive friends on my side :)

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  10. Wonderful post ! You're true, the cat blogosphere is amazing ! We're glad to call you friend, Happy Thanksgiving ! Purrs

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  11. That's a lot to be thankful for!
    This is a heart warming post.
    Happy Thanksgiving, with kisses from Mickey Mouser and Rufus the Red

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    1. Thank you! When I see it all written out like that ... it gets me in the feels! I'm VERY lucky.

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  12. guyz; we iz thanx full ta call ewe friendz....conga ratz two ewe both; N de boy; N mom for all yur a cheeze
    mintz thiz yeer.....we look for werd ta reedin bout manee manee mor two come....pleez due knot eat any bass
    turd turkee on thurzday; haza awesum holly day; safe travelz two all N see ya next week ~~ ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for always making sure we smile every time we read your posts or comments. It warms the heart and truly makes a difference.

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  13. TW is so happy to have met you and thanks you for not including a photo of herself. I'm glad you have met Bear if only virtually. He's a fellow biter. Thank you for being a part of our family.

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    1. That's the funny thing ... the only pictures I get are from other people. I'd never suggest, "Hey! Let's get a picture!" I'm not big on pictures - maybe because I always see so many flaws. But at least I don't run away anymore :)
      ps - As I was putting this post together, I thought that I really wish I had a picture of me and TW. That's my biggest regret.

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  14. Congratulations on your recovery from anorexia, and to all the good things that are happening in your life now. Have a lovely Thanksgiving with those you love.

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    1. It's been a long, hard journey - full of shame. Just admitting to my past struggles makes me feel so much lighter - so much happier. I'm very lucky to have so many supportive friends on my side :)

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  15. These are all pawsome things to be thankful for. And these are great pictures. We luff the addition of Ellie.

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  16. It looks like you have a lot to be thankful for. Mom Paula is so glad she got to me and talk with you a little bit at BlogPaws and hope she will have more time to get to know you better next year when she's doesn't have so many responsibilities. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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    1. I would love that! There doesn't ever seem to be enough time :)

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  17. Love seeing the Momma on the blog! I'm very happy that you're doing so well and surrounded by love! Your furbabies are precious and hilarious and your blog is wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Bear, Ellie and the Boy!

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    1. Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving to you, Olive, Dexter, Sophie, Woodrow, and Ross. We're grateful for your friendship!

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  18. Thanks for sharing your peeps with us Bear (and Ellie) Though I, marvelous would much rather look at you and Ellie! And I must say, you peep takes the bestest pictures! You should blog about posing!
    Have a furry Happy Thanksgiving!!!
    And eat some turkey for me! (I purrsonally can't wait for Christmas...that's when I will finally get more)
    Purrs
    Marv

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    1. Our Momma's worked hard on her photography. She knows she's not all that great at it - so we truly appreciate those moments where she's lucky enough to get a great shot. Us being good models also helps ;) ~Bear Cat and Ellie Mae

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  19. And we likewise consider ourselves so blessed and fortunate to have made your digital acquaintance. With some luck I'll get to meet you in person at a BlogPaws conference in the future. Wishing you and yours a very happy and safe Thanksgiving! 🦃 Be sure to give those poor starving kitties some turkey. It's even better that whole chickens.

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    1. I would love to meet you at a future BlogPaws!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Sam and Elsa :)

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  20. This was such an incredibly pawesome post! We are soo happy for you but we are heartbroken that we missed the proposal post! (I think that was when feedburner stopped sending me blogs via email, well not just me, they stopped sending them to EVERYONE!) I am so sorry I didn't get to congratulate you! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! I also NEVER remember that you have children! They are soooooo adorable!! Love the photos of you with the boy and the photos of the furbabies are just precious. So happy we connected this year, hope one day we will meet in person! Happy Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

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    1. No kids. Just a very special niece and very special nephew. I'd be so happy to meet you! Friendships [and cats] make this life worth it :)

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  21. Thank you for sharing all these great photos. I am glad you have much to be thankful for. I love it when good things happen to good people. Happy Thanksgiving! XO

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  22. Happy Thanksgiving. What a nice list of things to be thankful for! We hope the coming year will give you lots more to add.

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  23. What a wonderful post, sweet friends. We are so grateful for you, and for your friendship, which means the world to us. You rock, seriously, and we love you lots. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  24. (Eyes popping) Ellie Mae you are (whistling) gorgeous! Winky winks! And Bear, you are a sharp looking Tabby, pal! I love your pics! And you have such a kind momma. I do hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mom gives thanks that she was able to meet your momma in purr-so this year & we both give thanks that you are our dear furr-iends! Kisses!

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    1. We had a great holiday - thank you! We're so lucky to have sch wonderful friends and to make connections with like-minded people.

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