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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. We wanted to show you our final Christmas card display before it was taken town.

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We love all the cards we received.

We received some of the cards after the holidays were over but the latest commers were from the furthest away. The long-distance record for us this year is from New Zealand!

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Let me lay down so you can see them better.

Since our ribbons were getting full, we put the last couple of cards on the stones that stick out with the stuffed toys. Here is a view without me in the way.

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Click on the image to make it bigger so you can find your card.

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I hear Millie coming so we will try to do an ussie for you too.

Before we get to that last picture let’s see how our final tally came out. When it comes to our annual contest between us and our parents, we of course, beat them by a lot!

Millie & Walter

26 Snail Mail cards

25 e-cards

Total Card Count – 51

Mom & Dad

12 cards*

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Thanks for letting me join you for our final card display.

We love getting all our cards during the holiday season whether by email or snail mail and want to thank everyone that participated in the Cat blogging list that we joined this year.

*One card from our Mail carrier and one from our dentist! BOL!

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We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop. You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Yesterday Charlie and I took a walk at the Webster Arboretum. I put my binoculars in my pocket but didn’t expect to find much bird action this time of year there. Now that the leaves are off all the trees we like to see if we can find birds’ nests that were previously hidden from view. It’s always amazing to see how close the nests are to the walking paths, and we never know they are there.

We were nearly back to the car when Charlie spotted a large light-colored object in a tree about thirty or so feet from the path. At first, we thought it was an old hornet’s nest but when I fished out my binoculars this is what I saw.

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A Coopers Hawk staring back at me.

It certainly wasn’t a hornet’s nest but a beautiful Coopers Hawk. Based on its size we believe it was a female. Luckily, we had packed our camera equipment just in case we found something to photograph. I was sure that by the time I got my camera out and back to where the hawk was, she would be gone, but to my surprise she was there and stayed put for quite a while.

Here is a little video clip I took of her.

If you can’t see the video, you can go here to view it.

Ms. Cooper’s Hawk spent most of her time looking around for her next meal and preening a bit but wasn’t bothered by me at all. Since I had my long zoom lens on, I didn’t have to get too close to her, so I didn’t disturb her at all. Our observing the hawk pointed her out to some of the other people enjoying the park that likely never would have seen her otherwise.

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The hawk kept an eye on some squirrels that were moving around behind her.

I’m glad I went back to the car and got my camera and that Ms. Cooper’s Hawk was so cooperative with me. Normally we would be joining the Nature Friday blog hop but they are on vacation until next year.

I hope all my readers have a Happy New Year!

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. We want to wish all our friends who celebrate a Merry Christmas.

Here is the card we sent to those on our holiday card list.

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Front of card.

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Back of card.

We hope everyone is staying safe with all the cold and wintry weather across the country. More cards have come in since our previous report so we will be sure to do an update soon.

Merry Christmas!

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. We’ve gotten lots of Christmas cards from all over the world. Some by email and some by snail mail. It doesn’t matter how they arrive. We love all of them!

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You’re supposed to look at the camera, Millie.

Our mom prints out all the e-cards we get so we can display them all on our ribbons. We wanted to lay down so you could see your cards.

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I think there are some crumbs on the floor.

Here is a nice view of all the decorations on our fireplace.

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Now we’ll give you a closer up view of all the cards. You can click on the image to make it bigger if you want to look for your card. There is one card missing that came in the mail today after we took these pictures.

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When it comes to our annual contest between us and our parents, we are, of course, beating them by a lot!

Millie & Walter

22 Snail Mail cards

16 e-cards

Total Card Count – 38

Mom & Dad

11 cards*

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Here’s the money shot mom was hoping for.

This morning was the first day in over a week that we had sunshine, so mom took the opportunity to take these pictures. It can be very dark where the cards are hung so every bit of light helps. There may still be a few more cards arriving so we will be sure to let you know a final count after Christmas.

*One card from our Mail carrier and one from our dentist! BOL!

We’re joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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Flowers For My Love!

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Today I want to celebrate the life of my girlfriend, Tuiren, who left for the Rainbow Bridge about a week ago.

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We enjoyed many Blogville events together and I was honored to be her boyfriend for many years. I know she is feeling young and frisky now that she is romping over the Bridge and someday, we will be reunited.

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I will always love you, Tuiren.

In honor of Tuiren, I want to share some beautiful dahlia pictures my dad took over the course of the past couple of months at the Webster Arboretum.

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The local dahlia society has dug out all the tubers and will keep them safe until they can be replanted next year.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all those beautiful flowers.

As some of you might have heard there is an exceptional winter storm happening in western New York state, but rest assured we aren’t being affected by it. We had a dusting of snow this morning and shouldn’t get much more than that. Don’t worry though we are sure to get our fair share this winter.

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We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

Before I go, I have one more thing to tell you about. Do you enjoy getting mail during the holiday season and having more cards come to you than your parents? Well why not join in on the Holiday Card Exchange.

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To find out how to add your name to the list just email The Swiss Cats ( swissneko AT gmail.com ). Be sure to include your blog name and your human’s name in your email. We think even our friends that don’t blog anymore could probably participate if you ask nice and reference your old blog.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. This fall sure has been a funny one. We’ve had such warm temperatures that we’ve been able to spend lots of time outside while mom and dad work or play in the yard.

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I love laying in the leaves under the Katsura tree with my Kong. What is dad doing back there?

Our dad likes to play around by taking macro pictures of the leaves that have fallen on the ground. The Katsura tree leaves still had some dew on them to make very pretty pictures.

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Next, we have the beautiful leaves from the stewartia tree along with some of the seed pods they drop.

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We sure have been enjoying this lovely fall weather and we hope you all get to enjoy some fall leaves in your backyard.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing the beauty in our fallen leaves.

Winter might be just around the corner, but you wouldn’t know it with the warm weather we’ve had here this week. We might even break the high temperature record of 75° F tomorrow.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. I know we haven’t been posting much but I couldn’t let this special day go by without posting.

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I always say, “Black is Beautiful!”

Today is National Black Dog Day and according Dogtime.com 

It’s a day to get the word out and encourage people to adopt black dogs, who often get left behind in shelters just because of the color of their fur.

There might be a bit more white on my face than when I was a young pup but I’m glad my parents didn’t let my color discourage them from adopting me. Instead, they saw what a special pup I was and knew I would be right for them.

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I can’t even look at people that turn away from black pups.

There are many good reasons to pick a black dog for your next pup. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. We always look clean. Dirt doesn’t show up as well on black fur, so we don’t need baths as often. BOL!
  2. We look great in snowy photos. There are many examples of that on this blog. Click here to see one of them.
  3. We are natural heaters. Our black fur absorbs heat, which means we are perfect for snuggling with on cold days.
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I like hanging out on the patio in the shade, but I can also be found soaking up the sun when it’s out.

I’m joining my friends Hailey and Benji in celebrating black dogs everywhere.

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I hope you will stop by their blogs to give a couple other black dogs some love today.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. We’ve had a roller coaster of weather here this spring. One day it’s nice and cool and the next it’s like a blast furnace.

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It’s a lovely day to be outside today.

We’ve been helping our parents with the garden this spring. There is always something in the perennial garden that doesn’t make it through the winter, so dad has been planting a few more shrubs in there.

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Mixed garden – View from the house

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Mixed garden – View from the yard

There are lots of flowers blooming right now with more still to come.

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Let’s take a closer look at some of the flowers.

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Ceasar’s Brother Siberian Iris

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Geum – Totally Tangerine

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Therese Bugnet Rose

Those roses sure do smell sweet! We hope you enjoyed seeing how our garden is shaping up this season and we will try to keep you posted about all the other things going on here.

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