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Granny’s Furry Friends

My Grandmother loved animals and made sure any visitors to her yard were well taken care of.
This consisted of numerous birds, red squirrels (the fattest I’ve ever seen) a little gray squirrel and three cats. While staying at her house in Oregon, we got to meet a few of them.

The three cats weren’t her cats but they weren’t strays either, at least two of them anyway. The third one, who was camera shy, was a rough looking tom cat. He might of been a stray. But these two, looked well cared for. They showed up everyday, morning, noon and evening, for a meal of cat food on a paper plate on the patio. We think they belonged to someone and was coming to Granny for their 2nd meals.
When we looked out the patio doors every morning, this is what we saw…

Lilac Kitty and Calico patiently waiting for breakfast.
Okay, maybe not so patiently

Granny kept their cat food and paper plates on a little table by the door. There was also a jar of shelled almonds. These were for the squirrels. We threw out a handful and they wasted no time coming to get them.

one of the red squirrels


little grey squirrel

I would almost bet they would come inside to get their almonds if we left the door open.

this is where they sit and beg for their almonds. The tree box is outside the dining room window.

Very spoiled squirrels. No wonder. Most squirrels just get peanuts!
They even got along with the cats. Lilac Kitty just sat there and watched the squirrel eat his almonds and the squirrel paid him no mind!

Even the Stellars Jays came for breakfast! They must have been waiting because as soon as We threw out the almonds, they swooped down and gobbled up as many as they could swallow. I had to throw out several more handfuls before they let the squirrels eat.

They were quick and I only caught one on camera.

There was a lot of love in my Grandmother’s garden.  Not only could you see it, you could feel it too!
She will be missed.

 Close up of Lilac kitty (as close as she would allow).

for those who couldn’t find the kitty in the picture on my earlier post, I pointed her out for you below. She was hard to see….



Lilac Kitty had had enough of my picture taking!


Granny’s Garden

My grandmother has the most beautiful shade garden. This was early March, so not every thing was in full swing yet. She lived in North West Oregon, Near Portland. I got the opportunity to visit it one last time.

can you spot the kitty in the background?
The trees are soooo tall here

 The Theme is moss here, actually it was everywhere, even on the street curbs.

there is rock hiding under all this moss

For all  my Midwestern friends, THIS is what a Rhododendron is supposed to look like!

Heaven and Earth

Coming Home from Oregon


Death gathers up thick clouds of gloom,
And wounds the soul with anguish deep;
Gaunt sorrow sits upon the tomb,
And round the grave dense shadows creep.
But Faith beams down from God’s fair skies
And bids the clouds and shades be gone.
We gaze with brightened, tear-dried eyes,
And lo! there stands the Holy One!
(An excerpt, from Poems, Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1950. Written for the funeral of Brigham Young, Sept. 2, 1877.)