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The Lord blessed me with three children: Mark, Sue Ellen and Gene. He then blessed me again when I married Jim to receive into my heart his two children David and Kelly. Then He heaped on the blessings by giving us nine grandchildren Lindsay, Ryan, Keegan, Morgan, Tyler, Neah, Emma, Mary, and Jack. And then….add in the blessings of spouses and significant others: Mike, Eric, Julie, Caroline, Scott, Alyssa, another Kelly, and Casey.

So what do I want for Mother’s Day? Absolutely nothing. I have been given blessings to last a lifetime.

But God wasn’t through. He introduced us to our beautiful Siberians and gave us the opportunity to pass those blessings on to our pet parents. And those pet parents bless us every time they send us a photo and update of our grandkittens:


Life’s Abundance Gourmet for Sly!

“I want my birthday hat!”

Happy Birthday, Sly!

So how many times did I say a form of the word blessing in this post. Unnecessary repetition? No. Because God’s blessings have a way of multiplying as we get older.

I wish each of you beautiful ladies a Happy Mother’s Day and may your blessings continue to multiply.

New Kittens * Old Music

Sophie gave birth to six kittens on April 17.  There are four boys and two girls.  They are doing fantastic. This blog post will allow you to meet them while at the same time enjoying music from the 50’s  – the age of teen idols and doo-wop!

One of the many fun things about raising kittens is selecting the temporary names they will have during the selection process.  For several years I stuck with Russian names to be true to their heritage.  After a while, that became a little boring so I started searching for other avenues of inspiration.  The last couple of litters were names taken from literature, either authors or characters in a novel.  Literature is my passion; Jim’s is music. We get in the car, the first thing Jim does, is put on the radio and turn up the volume.  If I get in the car without Jim, the first thing I do is turn off the radio!  I love peace and quiet; Jim likes noise.  In fact, noise is the reason I knew Jim even existed.  In the early 80’s my son and I moved into an apartment in Glen Ellyn.  Every Sunday we would hear this loud marching music coming through the wall from the next apartment. This went on for weeks with us wondering who in the world would play that kind of music every Sunday.  Then one night I was walking down the stairs from the second floor community laundry room and at the bottom of the stairs stood this handsome Marine in dress blues….our question was answered!  And as they say, the rest is history.

Last week Jim said why don’t you name the new kittens after musicians. In fact, take the names of the performers from “the decade that started it all” — the 50’s.  My first reaction was no; the majority of our pet parents think oldies are music from the 80’s!  But the more we talked about it, the more fun we were having .  We both were teenagers in the late fifties. Jim was born and raised on the East Coast and I am a Midwesterner through and through so our views are a little different on the music of our time but we both knew all the same songs and danced to the same beat.

So join with us, as we take a musical trip down memory lane!

Of course, we have to start out with the king – Elvis and Don’t Be Cruel      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViMF510wqWA

Elvis Presley


Yes, I liked Elvis, too. But the one I swooned over was Pat Boone.  Jim says there were two kind of teenagers – Elvis lovers and Pat Boone lovers and he definitely was not the latter.  He said he wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing white bucks.  And I tell him I would never have dated a guy who had Lucky Strikes rolled up in the sleeve of his white T-shirt!   Here is Pat singing Love Letters In The Sand   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ENzT9k1LRs

Pat Boone

We did both agree on the female singers; Teresa Brewer was everyone’s darling! We both loved Music, Music, Music   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY-L-NurhX8

Teresa Brewer

The couple everyone loved was Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin.   Here is his fun song, Splish Splash   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KmKkV3ddAo

Bobby Darin

Jim was more into slow dancing (yes that is what we called it) while I loved to rock and roll!  We would go to Les-Buzz in Spring Valley and dance to the likes of Fats Domino and my very favorite, Bill Haley and the Comets.

Bill Haley

Connie Franconero used to sing and play the accordion. During the rehearsals for her appearance on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, she was advised by Godfrey to change her stage name to Connie Francis for the sake of easier pronunciation. Godfrey also told her to drop the accordion – advice she gladly followed, as she had begun to hate the large and heavy instrument.  Connie singing Where The Boys Are    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqgl0VRJW0E

Connie Francis


Let me know your favorite songs and your favorite kittens!

Little Women Go To Their Forever Homes

It was a great week-end here at Semper Fi Siberians.  Jim arrived home with the Cat House on Wheels and our Little Women were greeted by their new families.

Meg is now named Natasha.

Deanne adopted Boris from us in December and was excited to bring a sister home for him to play with.  As of this morning, they are already rubbing noses!

Beth is now named Lola.

Laura picked up Lola on Friday after work. The first night Lola spent lots of time keeping Laura awake!  The second night was better and now she declares Lola a “sweetie”!

Jo is now named Katrina.

Andrea is the owner/breeder of Tunies Siberians in Minnesota. When Katrina grows up she will be in her breeding program. Andrea loves her gorgeous coloring.

We are happy to announce that Sophia had six kittens on April 17. The next post will feature these beautiful babies.

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