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Time on my hands!


Comfortable, Niko? (Thanks, Nikki)


It is 12 Noon on a Tuesday and I’m lying in bed with the pillows propped up eating the little bag of pretzels they give you on the airplane.  And I don’t even feel guilty!

This is the first time in months I don’t have anything else to do. So how did I arrive at this luxurious moment? My son asked if I would “babysit” for ten days while he and his wife went on vacation to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.

So after church on Sunday, I went to the grocery store, stocked up on Marie Callendar pot pies and Hungry Man dinners (when my husband is alone, he requires gourmet cuisine!) and did a couple weeks worth of laundry. On Monday morning I did a whirlwind clean of our house and by 1:45 p.m. I was on a plane flying from Chicago to Charlotte, NC.

My only mission today was to get my soon-to-be-freshman grandson, Jack, to cross country practice by 7:30 a.m.  Granddaughters Emma and Mary both have jobs which they can drive to by themselves. And we decided on pizza for supper so my day is basically done! And I have time to actually read emails and look at all the posts on Facebook.

I decided to share with you a cat related educational email and Facebook posts that tickled my funnybone (do they actually say that anymore?).

Received an email re hairballs that has helpful information.

Everything You Need to Know About Cat Hairballs



Credit: The Happiness Heroes




Credit: C.A.A.- Cats Addicts Annoy—Mouse

The above two funnies are not Semper Fi Siberians but are shared to give you a laugh for today!



Thanks, Chuck, for sharing this photo of Raz.

And speaking of litter, I have found a new brand I really like. Never thought I would recommend anything but Dr. Elsey’s but I tried this and it is my new favorite. It is available at Amazon and Chewy.  Both have mixed reviews but I decided to try it. For me there is far less tracking and has good odor control (maybe my nose isn’t as sensitive as others) but the biggest help is the ease of removing the clumps from the litter box. With my previous litter, it was like the clumps were cemented to the bottom and sides of the box.  The ease of scooping and easier washing of the litter box is worth the extra cost to me.

Boxiecat Deep Clean, Scent Free, Probiotic Clumping Litter, 16 lb


Have a great week! I know I will!


“Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I really cannot say those words enough to all of you who supported our Fox Valley Young Marines in their efforts to raise the funds necessary to allow them a once in a lifetime opportunity. The trip to Washington D.C. is now over but the memories will last a lifetime for these children!

Many sites were seen and hundreds of photos were taken. Here are just a few so you have a sampling of what your contributions made possible.

6:00 AM – Washington DC, here we come!


The famous 8th and I, Marine Barracks. The red carpet was definitely laid out for our  tour of the barracks. Jim is a former commander of the Silent Drill Team and  he was able to share many stories with current 8th & I Marines. They presented him with a signed photo.

“We claim this ground in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, to honor the 184 people whose lives were lost, their families, and all who sacrifice that we may live in freedom. We will never forget.”

The Pentagon memorial was one of my most emotional visits. Our tour guide had worked in that building, having retired two weeks before the attack. His emotions are still raw and we all felt the horror of that day. Each person who died is represented by a memorial bench. One bench listed the name of the father, mother and two children.  If the bench is facing away from the Pentagon, it belongs to a person who was killed in the Pentagon. If it is facing toward the Pentagon, it represents a person on the airplane.


Paying respects to one of our nation’s heroes, Jim’s friend and Marine brother.



The White House

So many sites to see! Long days but the Young Marines were always ready to hop on the coach and go to the next site. We walked a total of 32 miles on this trip. One day alone was almost 10 miles. AND the temperature was always in the 90’s!

We went to a presentation at the Ford Theater and saw where President Lincoln was shot and then toured the Petersen House where he died.


A very important day! Our Young Marines were honoroed to place a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknowns.



The newest memorial is to honor Martin Luther King.


Our last night we were pleased to have special seating at the famous Friday Night Parade at 8th & I.  Our color guard had the opportunity to meet their counterparts who performed in the ceremony.


There was also time for fun, food and mother and son bonding!



By Saturday night we were all ready to hop on the coach and take the long journey home to Illinois!

One of the missions of the Young Marine organization is to teach good citizenship. After 5 days in our nation’s capital, each Fox Valley Young Marine truly knows the United States of America is “the land of the free and home of the brave!”

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