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This and That--Sept. 14th--Parties and Projects

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm BURSTING with gratitude over what I generally take for granted--MY HEALTH! I feel better today than I have in almost a week! PRAISE THE LORD!!! And I can REALLY truly taste my food! Ahhhh, the simple joys of life! I MIGHT even be able to resume my exercise tomorrow! Looking VERY forward to that!!!

Today I took my 5oz. can of tuna and added my homemade guacamole and fresh tomatoes from the garden! Oh my goodness!!!!! AMAZING!!! I absolutely love the combination! So glad I tried it! Then I cooked beets from the garden and added a cold sweet potato for dessert. And ALL this for 338 calories, 12 g. fat 33 carbs, and 29 gr. of protein!

Okay, I need to brag for a minute on two of my boys! emoticon Thank you for indulging me! hehe

As many of you know, Jonathan [17] has been doing an art form called Intarsia [
] for almost 3 years. The link is to his website and to explain a little history of intarsia. Several months ago, Jonathan was commissioned by a company to make this world map! I'm SPEECHLESS over his choice of woods--all hardwoods and NO STAINING! God is SO awesome to make so many different woods! These pictures don't begin to compare to the real life version, but at least you get a taste of his work.

For those interested, here is a list of the woods and some countries so you can look at the name of particular wood:

Wood Used:

Maple, Bolivian Rosewood, Olivewood, Purple Heart, Red Heart, Osage Orange, Pink Ivory, Tamboti, Black Walnut, Lace Wood, Wenge, Colored Maple, African Amazouke, Kauri(A wood from New Zealand that was buried for 1200 years) Canary Wood, Santos Mahogany, Bloodwood, Rho Teak, Santos, Jatoba, Iroko, Australian Myrtle, Bubinga, Cherry, Andiroba

Brazil: Tamboti

Alaska: Bolivian Rosewood

Canada: Olive wood

North America: Narra

Mexico: Osage Orange:

Chili: Lacewood

Argentina: Red Heart

Greenland: Purple Heart

Great lakes: European Beech

Iceland: Bloodwood

Russia: Bloodwood

Australia: Amazouke

Africa: Wenge, Osage Orange, Amazouke, Wenge, Rho Teak, Narra, Canarywood, Santos Mahogany, colored maple, Pink Ivory, Kauri

China: Australian Myrtle

India: Pink Ivory(Africa's sacred wood)

Peru: Canary wood

Mongolia: Purple Heart

Indonesia: Red Heart

New zealand: Bubinga

Japan: Bolivian Rosewood

Ocean: Maple

Nate [20] is an amazing artist and an INCREDIBLE geography whiz--combining those two qualities and we have the designer of Jonathan's project. As a side note, Nate did this map BY HEART. He took a wonderful school course called, "Mapping the World by Heart" and he can pretty much name [and DRAW FROM MEMORY] every single country and also give MOST of the capitols!!!! Unbelievable! He puts his mother to shame! ha! Geography was not my forte!

And FINALLY, tonight we finally have Mary's birthday dinner! New York Cheesecake is about to go in fridge to chill. Homemade Whole Wheat French bread is almost done kneading [has to knead for 10 minutes and then rest 10 minutes for 5 TIMES!--quite the process but SO worth it!!!!] I will make her pork chops, mashed potatoes, creamed corn and salad later on.

Then Sunday night will be Nate's birthday dinner, and then I'll be caught up until my dh's HUGE 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH on the 25th! emoticon

And I'll end this blog with a pic from our 'sick days'. I HATE being sick, but this picture of two of my boys [17 & 5] sleeping together is PRECIOUS!!!!

Love and hugs, my precious, most treasured friends!!!!! Susan

P.S. Even with my daughter's cheesecake for her birthday, I'm staying within range on everything, and I'm going to hit 80 grams of protein today! PRETTY thrilled!!! I'm stir frying my pork with veggies [instead of fried pork chops] and I'm eating beets & sweet potatoes instead of mashed potatoes and creamed corn. So I'm indulging in 1/2 piece of homemade cheesecake with blackberry pie filling on top.

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KMICHA 9/18/2011 10:57PM

    Awesome work by your son!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

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RAINBOWMF 9/16/2011 7:24PM

    wonderful --the whole blog and pictures

Your son is very talented.

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GRACEISENUF 9/16/2011 4:28PM

    I am beyond impressed by your sons creativity and artistic abilities....WOW! You have every right to be proud of their gifts!

Your tuna and avocado recipe sounds really good, I'll have to try that as I enjoy both.

Reading this after Mary's party blog but sure glad I didn't miss that woodworking...once again WOW!

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PAMAPPLE 9/16/2011 12:25PM

    Susan, you are blessed to have such a talented son! The map looks so perfect and the wood looks exquisite!

Your meal looks and sounds so wonderful and making me hungry for lunch. I think I will have salsa and light sour cream as dressing for a salad,

I think it is amazing how well you are so consistent with counting your nutrients and maintaining your weight loss.... You are an inspiration:)))

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/15/2011 3:28PM

    Indeed, God is good! You are doing so well in staying the course. The times we can celebrate are made that much bolder and more beautiful after a spell of difficulty.

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TINAKATRINA1 9/15/2011 1:15PM

    Your son's art work is amazing! Beautiful!

I may have to try adding Laughing Cow's garlic and herb cheese to tuna for something new! What's your gaucamole recipe? I'd like to start enjoying some of that, too.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/15/2011 10:44AM

    emoticon The map is gorgeous.

So glad you and yours are feeling better. emoticon

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KATHYKIM 9/15/2011 9:56AM

    Jonathan is SO talented. I am so glad you shared the picture of his beautiful map! What an awesome collaboration between the two brothers. I have to say that the description of Mary's birthday dinner is making me hungry! emoticon My oatmeal for breakfast doesn't seem quite so fulfilling now. emoticon

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RICKEFFEL 9/15/2011 9:01AM

    Awesome maps!!
I love a can of tuna with about an ounce of neufchatel cheese mixed in along with some celery, onion and fruit like grapes or apple!

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GOURMETLOSER 9/15/2011 6:04AM

    That map is AMAZING. Wow. What talent!
Mary's dinner sounds wonderful.
So pleased your health is totally restored. That is SUCH good news!

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CHAR1970 9/15/2011 12:46AM

    That supper sounds scrumptious! And Nate is an amazing artist!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/14/2011 10:16PM

    Wow! For you, Jonathan, Nate, the boys napping, all of it! I have a very similar French bread recipe, but with white flour. Will you share the whole wheat version? I haven't had much luck doing it with ww. I only have to punch mine down every 10 min, no kneading. For a total of 5 times.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 9/14/2011 9:57PM

    Beautiful art work, Nate. My DH is quite the geography/ map guy, too. I'll have to show this to him. Too bad HE is sick tonight. Glad you all are feeling better! Just sent birthday wishes to my brother in Arizona, in 5 days I'll be wishing Happy Birthday to my brother in Florida and then next week my sister in Mississippi. What is it with all these Sept babies?

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JUNEAU2010 9/14/2011 9:40PM

    The artwork blew me away!

Glad you're better!

Picture of the boys sleeping is precious!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 9/14/2011 7:35PM

    SO glad you are feeling better! The map is AMAZING!!! My oldest Daughter took that geography course at our coop. It's amazing with the knowledge they come away with. I wasn't good at geography either. I think it just comes naturally to some people ;) Way to go on eating so many wonderful things and staying within your calorie range. AWESOME!! I need some lessons in breadmaking. I've made beautiful, yummy bread for years for us with store bought flour. I finally got a nutrimill and was so excited, but I haven't had a loaf turn out right yet:/
Love ya, Sweet Friend!

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BLACK-PRINCESS 9/14/2011 5:43PM

    emoticon pics

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KADULAC 9/14/2011 5:09PM

    Jonathan's work is beautiful. How talented he is. What an amazing memory Nate has. Glad you are feeling better. Hope you have a couple wonderful parties. Happy birthday to the birthday kids. emoticon

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THEADMIRAL 9/14/2011 2:52PM

    I'm so thankful you're feeling more like yourself at last! Your lunch made my tummy growl! emoticon My sweetie and I designed and built our bedroom furniture and LOVE intarsia -- we're both so impressed with Jonathan's ability! What an artist and artisan he is!

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NEWNAC304 9/14/2011 2:51PM

    You should be proud of your son. Those maps are amazing!

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ABETTERSOUL 9/14/2011 1:51PM

    What your son does with wood...Amazing! Such talent! Thanks for sharing. Glad that you are feeling better. emoticon

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Our newest addition to the family:

Emma--our sweet mini Blue Rex bunny who is SHOW worthy and has an incredible blood line! Mary is ecstatic over the thought of showing her at the fair next year!

And her companion is Ginger! They are already GREAT buddies! And guess what!! I may be talked into two indoor bunnies, and two outdoor bunnies! Hmmmm, that's what happens when dad gets involved! He can't say no too often to his daughter! ha!

They are in the loft as I type playing ring around the rosie! ha! They are PRECIOUS! Mary has a little shelf in front of her desk and they've been watching her do her school work today! emoticon

Sammy holding the newest addition:

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TINAKATRINA1 9/15/2011 1:10PM

    So cute! My sister's boy let his outdoor bunny loose in his room. Be forwarned that they chew electrical cords!! :)

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THEADMIRAL 9/14/2011 4:45PM

    Too cute, Susan! The best pictures are of Mary and Sammy with Emma! Thanks for sharing these! emoticon

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MHNGJR 9/14/2011 4:31PM

    emoticon We got a call from our youngest son who was playing at a friend's house today. He said that they had a couple bunnies that needed a new home, could we have one? Needless to say, he is not as happy as Mary. emoticon Our dd has two guinea pigs and we have our dog. That's enough at our house.

I'm sure she'll get hours of enjoyment with them.

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KATHYKIM 9/14/2011 10:06AM

    The new bunny is sooo cute! And your background photo is BEAUTIFUL! I do not miss the Illinois winters, but I DO miss fall and the leaves changing. We can go to Northern AZ and see the changes, but it's not the same as seeing the leaves change while driving around every day.

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RICKEFFEL 9/14/2011 9:30AM

    Real cuties, ALL. Glad you're feeling better and LOVE your background picture. Beautiful!!

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SUNNY332 9/14/2011 9:12AM

    Beautiful Bunny! Mary looks so happy.

emoticon emoticon emoticon Aloha - see you in a couple of weeks.


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TALLGUY42 9/13/2011 11:08PM

    There are few things cuter than kids and bunnies.

Wish Mary luck showing Emma at the fair!

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CHAR1970 9/13/2011 10:40PM

    Aww so sweet!!

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MJ7DM33 9/13/2011 10:06PM

  Really cute!!!

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2011 8:45PM

    Emma doesn't know how fortunate she is to be adopted by your family!

She is too cute!


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IAMWINNING 9/13/2011 8:10PM

    Very sweet children, and beautiful bunnies. Congratulations

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PURPLELVR7 9/13/2011 7:42PM

    very cute

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KMICHA 9/13/2011 7:22PM

    How fun!!! Mary and Sammy will enjoy!!

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KADULAC 9/13/2011 7:18PM

    How cute.

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PMFISH 9/13/2011 7:09PM

    We had rabbits when I was a child and my Daddy could not build the cages fast enough! They do multiply rapidly! Great to have a variety of animals when you are growing up, just do not see that to much today.


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NEWLIBRARIAN 9/13/2011 7:00PM

    My daughter raised show quality holland lops and showed them for years. Nice bunnies.

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MTNGRL 9/13/2011 6:11PM

    emoticon cute emoticon emoticon! Your children are adorable!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/13/2011 5:28PM

    She is BEAUTIFUL. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/13/2011 5:16PM

    Emma is an adorable addition to the family. Sammy's photo looks like you had a professional photographer come in to snap this one. Just the perfect composition! Looks like your household is feeling better, too. WooHoo!

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JESSICA2140 9/13/2011 4:59PM

    Hurray for bunnies!! That really is one beautiful rabbit!

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ABETTERSOUL 9/13/2011 4:58PM

    So cute! I've had 3 bunnies over the years.

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    There's always room for more, right? My sister had a pet rabbit when we were kis, I got to walk it with a halter and leash when she was gone. Welcome to the new bunnies. Pam

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    SO CUTE !!! emoticon

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BLACK-PRINCESS 9/13/2011 3:03PM

    emoticon pics

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CINDYHOUGHTON 9/13/2011 2:50PM

    What a beautiful bunny! The kids are cute too!

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HEALTH & Thanksgiving

Monday, September 12, 2011

Oh, my goodness, I'm SO, SO, SO thankful to be feeling better today! I haven't felt good since last Wednesday, and I HATE being sick! I would make a terrible JOB from the Bible! ha!

Thankfully, the LORD gave me enough strength Saturday to make a homemade pot of soup, and make my Nate some of his favorite pizza: chicken alfredo, his birthday dinner was postponed [as was Mary's]. But Saturday night I put in TONS of veggies [onions, celery, zucchini, broccoli, potatoes, summer squash] in my big Nesco roaster with all the chicken bones to simmer overnight. Well, yesterday, I felt WORSE than I had in the whole sickness! It was horrible! The sinus pressure was so bad that I just cried in pain [and this was after 4 IBprofen!] so my simmering had to go yet another night. Now I've taken all the veggies and pureed them and added them back into the chicken stock, and it's in the fridge so I can skim the fat and then can the broth.

I also was able to clean out the fridge, make bread, do homeschooling, and help make granola [Monday afternoons are our home economics time]. Do you know HOW AWESOME it feels to have a tad of energy back. My dh went to town yesterday and it completely wiped him out, so I'm hoping I didn't overdo today! But for sure, I'm not exercising until this stuff is further out of my lungs! My cough is HORRIBLE!

Mary went with Andrew and Daddy today to Duluth. I was planning on the trip, but dh didn't think it would be a good idea with my sickness. Andrew has ortho appt. and Mary is getting her baby mini blue rex bunny [show worthy] and is MORE THAN EXCITED!!!! We were so tickled to find a source in Superior WI that was WILLING to pick one up for her at a bunny show this weekend! God is SO good! She has been so grieving the loss of her cat, that this will hopefully fill a void in her little heart!

Well, that's all for now! Thank you EVER so much for the tremendous prayer support! I love you guys and have VERY MUCH missed sparking!

Huge hugs, Susan

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SAL1512 9/17/2011 6:18PM

    Glad you are feeling a tad better! The new bunny looks so precious.

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GOURMETLOSER 9/15/2011 5:58AM

    So glad things are looking up at long last.

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KATHYKIM 9/14/2011 10:13AM

    I'm so glad you are feeling better! I think that you do more when you are sick than I do when I am not! I hope the bunny helps Mary heal from the loss of her cat. I'm sure that it will help. Praying that you and your family continue to feel better.


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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2011 8:48PM

    Glad you are feeling a bit better Susuan. I don't know if you take it or have heard of it but I take Emergen C vitamin C and it seems to help clear up colds and possible even helps me avoid a few.


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KADULAC 9/13/2011 7:35PM

    Glad you're feeling better. Praying the sickness goes away soon. emoticon

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TINAKATRINA1 9/13/2011 1:35PM

    So glad you're better! And enjoy the bunny. :)

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SUECHRIS50 9/13/2011 9:15AM

    Gosh girl,Even sick you are Wonder Woman to me!!

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BLACK-PRINCESS 9/13/2011 9:04AM

    emoticon to hear u were sick.

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JEANIECOLLEEN 9/13/2011 7:52AM

    I thought MOM was not supposed to get sick...wouldn't that be nice if it where true. Please do not rush into things to quickly and get plenty of water and vitamin C to build up your system again. emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 9/13/2011 1:01AM

    Glad you are feeling better. You are wise in not overdoing with the exercise until you are stronger. Happy for Mary. What a cute Bunny Wabbit!

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PRAIRIE-GIRL 9/12/2011 11:59PM

    So glad to hear you are on the mend! emoticon

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CHAR1970 9/12/2011 9:56PM

    Nice to hear you're feeling better.

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MTNGRL 9/12/2011 9:33PM

    Really glad to hear that you are feeling better. Hugs!!

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ERIECANALGAL 9/12/2011 8:41PM

    Susan Thank God that you are feeling better. I was getting worried when I didn't see you here in a while. How nice that Mary could get her bunny. I hope you feel better and better each day.

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TRUE-NESS 9/12/2011 7:39PM

    When I saw your title I all of a sudden thought, "Oh goodness, is it time to be thinking about Thanksgiving day food already!" I was in a panic. LOL

Anyway, I'm glad you're feeling a tad better.

My daughter wants a bunny soooooo badly! Did you only get one? I heard/read that they really do better with a buddy bunny to share. Have you had a bunny before and if so, did you find that to be true?

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BIGMELITTLEME 9/12/2011 7:23PM

    I used to live in Duluth MN and my dad was born in Superior Wisconsin. Sometimes life adn circumstances just amaze me. I hope the bunny will return to Mary all the love that she deserves and more...God Bless you and your family.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/12/2011 7:13PM

    SO glad you are feeling better. emoticon May you continue to get stronger and feel yourself in no time.

Beautiful bunny.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/12/2011 6:31PM

    Mary is going to love cuddling her new friend. Does she have a name picked out?
Very happy to hear that you are on the mend, dear friend, I hope it continues to but speedier.

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CHALLENGER15 9/12/2011 6:27PM

    What a sweet little bunny. I enjoyed seeing some bunnies at our recent state at a Missouri state park while I was walking.

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MADE-FOR-MORE 9/12/2011 6:18PM

    So glad to hear that you are feeling better. Bunny is adorable!

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PANSYLADY2 9/12/2011 5:26PM

    That crazy rabbit even LOOKS cuddly!! Glad to hear you're feeling better today! Hugs...

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/12/2011 5:22PM

    Glad you're feeling better.

Love the bunny! We usually get a bunny or two that visits our Florida yard. Bunny was my childhood nickname, so I've always been fond of bunnies. Have a great week!

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    So glad you are feeling better. I think you do more sick than I do when I am feeling great!! Pam

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/12/2011 5:15PM

    Welcome back to Feeling like yourself! Sorry you've been under the weather! Take may need some of that chicken soup sooner rather than later!
Susie2Susie hugs!
(are those pretty fall leaves on your page from NOW at your house? We're just starting to turn...)

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JUDITH316 9/12/2011 5:04PM

    Thanks Susan for sharing, I'm so glad you are feeling better, but will continue to pray that your cough will be gone and all source of infection be gone in Jesus Name... I have missed you also so happy to see you back here sparking. Glad Mary is overjoyed with the bunny, it will be great for her, how did Andrew's appointment go at the orthodontist? Trust all is well. Take care and hope this week is better for you, God's Blessings and Hugs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2011-2012 Class & Memorial

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Jonathan starting his Junior year

Daniel starting his Freshman year

Stephen starting 7th grade

Mary starting 3rd grade

Sammy starting Kindergarten

I have a GREAT class!!!! emoticon

Last night was a VERY special time for our family. Sad but also healing, as we buried Gussie.

Hope this isn't too much, but I just was so touched by Jonathan capturing Daniel's tenderness as he lay Gus to rest.

We will miss you, buddy!

Well, off for my 5 mile walk. JUST a beautiful day in Northern Wisconsin! Made some black bean soup and fresh whole grain bread for lunch!!!!! Mmmmmmm emoticon

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PICKIE98 9/16/2011 4:33PM

    Your children are beautiful, but no two alike!! LOL!! Great class to have though!!

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SKIDEE 9/12/2011 10:09AM

    Susan, are you homeschooling?

I"m sorry about the loss of your dog. It is so hard to lose a pet. I know they are animals, but they become part of our families. I hope the memorial helped you all, especially the children say good-bye. What an honor for Gus! Jo

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 9/9/2011 11:08PM

    Hope you have a great school year! Your class is beautiful and no doubt bright. Love the Memorial Stone and the gorgeous flowers! Sure Gussie had a wonderful life with so much love.

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    Ahhh, this was so sad

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SUECHRIS50 9/9/2011 9:45AM

    You and your pictures say it all!

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JUNEAU2010 9/8/2011 11:06PM

    Love your class!
Love Gussie!
What a special blog!

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SUNNY332 9/8/2011 9:06AM

    I agree with so many other posts - you are teaching your children about loving and saying goodbye knowing that all goodbyes are not final and that even though you love someone or someone, some times you have to say goodbye. Loved the flowers and the memorial stone.

Love the Class Picture. The kids look so much like you.

Have a good school year.


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TINAKATRINA1 9/8/2011 8:19AM

    You have taught your kids so much about love and beauty. And thus will bless others in the future. Lovely to witness!

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SKUNKY4 9/8/2011 7:50AM

    What a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing this with us. May God bless you as you continue to raise such a lovely family!

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    Hmmm...I like that "class picture" idea. Especially since this is my first year with six. :)

Your children are truly blessed with wonderful parents!


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GOURMETLOSER 9/8/2011 7:29AM

    Grand class for the year. You'll be one happy teacher.
So pleased the funeral service was healing. I bet it was a precious time.
And that lunch sounds like just the thing. Yum :-)

Hope tomorrow is more 'normal' for you......but i think you don't really have normal days in your household. emoticon

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KKP4673 9/8/2011 1:06AM

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful experience you are giving your children!! Such an awesome family experience... no matter how sad it may be. ...

Your homeschooling makes me long for the days I used to homeschool!! Oh, the seasons of life and how quickly they go by!!

Thank you, Susan, for being so incredibly faithful!


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PRAIRIE-GIRL 9/8/2011 12:19AM

    How great to commemorate Gussie this way. Lunch sounded great!

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CHAR1970 9/7/2011 11:22PM

    I can't say it enough that you have a beautiful family! emoticon

Rest in peace Gussie. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/7/2011 11:08PM

    Beautiful way for the kiddos to be able to say good bye. emoticon

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SAL1512 9/7/2011 10:30PM

    The flowers were a nice touch. He was very loved.

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THEADMIRAL 9/7/2011 10:07PM

    What beautiful, happy faces - I can see a lot of Mommy in those faces! emoticon And thank you for sharing Guss' burial - such a beautiful stone with those flowers around it! emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 9/7/2011 9:29PM

    What a great class. I am sorry about your dear pet, but what a very nice memorial!

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ERIECANALGAL 9/7/2011 8:39PM

    It's like being in a one room schoolhouse. Students of all ages.
Good Luck to you on another school year!
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KADULAC 9/7/2011 5:13PM

    Such precious pictures. Sorry for your loss. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Beautiful pictures of your kids and sad pictures of Gus's funeral. But what a sweet remembrance ceremony you had for him. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet, have lost many over my lifetime. My Spark page is named after my sweet Maltese, who disappeared from our yard over two years ago. I will miss Maggie forever. She truly was the sweetest dog who ever lived. Also had a mean Siamese cat that everyone hated except me. Mindy was cantankerous but she loved me and I loved her. I will miss her forever too. Funny how those cats and dogs come into our lives and make it better and when they're gone we miss them, but we will always remember the joy they brought us.
I wanted to thank you for your comment on my "what is hard" blog. I appreciate your insight and wisdom. I think the hard choices we are making to stay healthy are certainly worth it, and so much easier than being obese. Now, I just need to remember that!!

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BLACK-PRINCESS 9/7/2011 4:16PM

    every 1 looks so emoticon

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SHERLYN-WILL 9/7/2011 2:28PM

    Oh.. he sure did capture Daniels tenderness when he buried Gus. Thank you.... for sharing all the pics!

Your children are all gorgeous and I very much believe tenderhearted and humble.


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ABETTERSOUL 9/7/2011 2:09PM

    Great looking bunch of kids in your class this year!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/7/2011 1:31PM

    Awww so sweet, reminds me of when we buried our big tom Diesel - he's been gone 12 years now.

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    Gus's grave is beautiful. Isn't it nice to be able to have your sweet pets buried on your own land where they can be remembered?! Your kids are so precious! emoticon

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Saying Good-bye to our MUCH loved cat

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Good-bye Gussie Boy--we love you and THANK YOU for all the memories!

Our special guy came to live with us in 1995. He was a Manx cat with 6 toes! And he was HUGE! One time he weighed 18#'s.

I will NEVER forget my 4 little boys [5, 4, 3, 2] when they met their kitty for the first time. Immediately, there was a bond of love, and Gussie certainly took lots of loving 'abuse'! ha!

Here's an example of some the loving abuse! ha!

I remember the time that Nate TRACED him so he could draw the cat! My Nate [almost 20 now] had an insatiable hunger for tracing and drawing. All he did from the time he was 4 years old was TRACE! He just wanted tracing paper for his birthday! Now he is a talented artist, and to think it all started with tracing the cat!

Nate and Gussie were HUGE buds!

One time he was meowing and Mary meowed back and Gussie took his paw and swatted her! emoticon

It was SO cute when he took dirt bathes in the flower beds.

Sammy getting ready to drive his car over Gussie--Gus NEVER was bothered by anything the kids did to him [we taught them early on not to hurt the kitty].

And Gussie getting kisses:

When the kids would come out of the tub or shower, he would lick them dry! ha!

We loved watching him sun himself.

And BIG stretches after his sun bathing:

Saying good-bye to our friend:

WE LOVE YOU, GUSSIE--see you when we get to heaven. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MTNGRL 9/12/2011 9:40PM

    What a wonderful blog and tribute to your beloved kitty. I know he will be waiting and there to greet you one day!

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BEATLETOT 9/10/2011 4:40PM

    Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine. This blog is so sweet and lovely. What wonderful memories to hold on to.

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JAVALOVERTOO 9/10/2011 2:23PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Hold on to those happy memories, eventually it won't hurt so much to talk about him. We lost our beloved Vanity 5 years ago, she was with us before kids, through my husbands deployment to south east Asia, many other kittens, 6 puppies, 6 moves... I totally understand what you are going through. emoticon

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TEALADY0531 9/10/2011 2:11PM

    emoticon I'm so sorry for you all. This brings back memories of our Buttercup and Bitty when we had to say goodbye within a few months of each other nearly 4 years ago.

emoticon to you, my friend!

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SUECHRIS50 9/9/2011 9:42AM

    Chills are all over me,tears are running down my face and my heart is breaking for you all!! emoticonSUSAN

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PAMNANGEL 9/8/2011 3:17PM

    So sorry for your loss. Great photos. You've got a lot of wonderful memories there. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 9/8/2011 3:03PM

    emoticon Very Sad.


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KELLYTHEFIT0710 9/8/2011 1:05PM

    What beautiful memories...I am so sorry for your loss emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAL1512 9/7/2011 10:28PM

    Our first 2 kids were our cats, Gypsy and Pumpkin. They have been gone now for almost 10 years. Pumpkin literally died of a broken heart when Gypsy did not come home from the vet. She stopped eating and drinking. The vet tried to save her. She was perfectly healthy. She just did not want to live. There are quiet days in the house now that when I have a cup of tea, I can still see them sneaking around the corner of the kitchen down into the basement. I wonder if they know that I can see them. . .
Enjoy your sweet memories of Gussie. . .

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THEADMIRAL 9/7/2011 12:32PM

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LAURIEANNIE1 9/7/2011 8:56AM

    Wonderful pictures and memories. We know the pain that comes with losing a beloved cat. This spring our wonderful Cashew Kitty passed from us and I still tear up even now at the thought of not having him around each day. May God Bless you and your family as you are going through this time of loss.


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NEWLIBRARIAN 9/7/2011 8:38AM

    What a nice tribute. We just had to say goodbye to our old cat.

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BLACK-PRINCESS 9/7/2011 8:25AM

    emoticon emoticon for ur lose.
emoticon pics

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    So sorry to hear about Gussie. I know he will be missed tremendously. We had a Manx, too, and named him Mittens. :) Okay, I wasn't real original as a teenager. :) Extra (((HUGS))) send to you this day! emoticon

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SKUNKY4 9/7/2011 8:21AM

    Sorry for your loss. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful cat. They truly are members of the family. Praying the pain of this loss will be overtaken by the wonderful memories of Gussie!

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FITFORMYKIDS 9/7/2011 7:58AM

    awesome pictures.

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TALLGUY42 9/7/2011 1:16AM

    Gussie was a beautiful cat and obviously very loved. I am sure that he lived a fantastic life with your family, Susan.

I feel for you and your family and offer my sincere sympathy!

That pic of Mary saying goodbye put an apple sized lump in my throat and a tear in my eye.

God bless.

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CHAR1970 9/7/2011 1:09AM

    Beautiful tribute to a very loved and cherished friend. My heart goes out to your family.

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    So sorry for your loss. Hugs

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SUZANNE0606 9/7/2011 12:41AM

    Oh, so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful cat. We lost our cat after 21 years. It's one of the hardest things we have to deal with.

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    Rest in peace, little Gussie emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/6/2011 11:26PM

    What a wonderful tribute.I love my furkids too and I am wiping a tear as I write this but your lives are richer for having known Gussie. I too take comfort in the Rainbow Bridge though I have a slightly different version:
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

My sympathies ,hugs,Cheri

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LADYIRISH317 9/6/2011 10:15PM

    I am so sorry. God bless Gussie's memory.

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RAINBOWMF 9/6/2011 10:06PM

    I will hug my fur babies tight to night.

I feel your pain and remember it too well

Sending hugs to you and the family.


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NDTEACHER1 9/6/2011 9:38PM

    I love cats! He was beautiful! Letting go of our beloved pet is so difficult every time I go through it I say, I am not going to have another cat or dog and then it happens...I see those longing eyes, feel that soft fur. I am a sap for animals.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 9/6/2011 9:18PM

    The same loving Creator who spoke His creatures into being, who delights in giving good things to His children, and one day will wipe away all tears gives us enormous reason to hope you will see your dear Gussie again. So sorry for your family's loss.

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    The Rainbow Bridge
inspired by a Norse legend
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.

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JUNEAU2010 9/6/2011 7:51PM

    emoticon I have lost beloved cats, I will lose another in the not too distant future, so my eyes and heart are full of tears. I was ok until I saw Mary's face and now I feel like bawling!

There's something very special about orange boy cats! We've had a few in my family!

I am sure Gussie knew he was loved and that he is on the other side of the rainbow bridge in heaven waiting for you. My thoughts are especially with your collge-aged son - that is such an age for change and losing a beloved member of the family heightens the feeling of separation. (been there).

Special cyber hugs to Mary, Sammy and you!

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HOPE2011 9/6/2011 6:03PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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IAMWINNING 9/6/2011 6:00PM

    Susan, I just finished reading your blog and looking at the many pictures. The love your family and Gussie shared is so evident. I'm so glad you have so many wonderful memories and pictures to look at as you remember Gussie over the years. Yes, I also believe we'll see our pets in Heaven. Jesus preached (Matt 6, starting vs 25) that God cares for the birds of the air - and any cat lover can tell you that cats are at least as important as birds. May the God of all comfort, comfort you and your family as you travel this sad road.

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    I'm so sorry for the huge loss.
Yes, I do believe that we will see all our Fur-Babies again in heaven. God loves them too. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/6/2011 5:45PM

    The love in this blog shows and Gussie was such a loved cat and so fortunate to have been a part of your family. So sorry for your family's loss. I was in Key West taking a train tour of the city, past the Hemmingway House where over dozens of cats there are seven-toed cats (they're polydactyl cats) and now are quite famous for having inherited the home Hemmingway left through some very crazy trust. Pets rule! -- hug, hug!

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KADULAC 9/6/2011 5:31PM

    I'm sorry you're going through this. Your family is in my prayers. What a wonderful blessing animals are too our families, just sad that they don't live longer. emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 9/6/2011 5:29PM

    My love and prayers go out for you. You're certainly having a week of highs and lows.

Gussie does seem to be one of those personality plus cats who'll leave a huge gap in your lives. Thanks for sharing some of those wonderful memories you have with us. Precious!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/6/2011 5:22PM

    ((Susan)) May God bring you peace as you say goodbye to a dear friend and companion.

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SUNNY332 9/6/2011 5:13PM

    Oh, so sad when we have to say goodbye to our Fur Babies and I agree with you that you will see him again some day. God loves all of his creations.

Be Blessed and know I am thinking about you. I loved seeing the photos.

Hugs, Sunny

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PANSYLADY2 9/6/2011 4:27PM

    Always difficult to say goodbye to pets as they truly become part of the family! I am so convinced that there will be pets in heaven. We will see those beloved "family members" again.

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BARCLE 9/6/2011 4:09PM

    Mr personality plus .... a furry human for sure. I am so saddened that the time to say farewell has come. Thanks for sharing him with us emoticon emoticon

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    I know there is a big hole in your heart and family. I'll be praying for all of you. Beautiful pictures and beautiful memories. Pam

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BARBIE779 9/6/2011 3:27PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. I've lost a few furry family members and know how hard it can be.

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RIVADERCHI 9/6/2011 3:16PM

    Hi Northwoods Mom, just read your blog and I am crying my eyes out for you and your beloved Gussie... what a wonderful memorial tribute this was... my heart is breaking for your loss. What a good cat! Gussie reminds me of our Cuda, Cinco and Buddy Love. God Bless You and Your Family! How lucky we are to have a cat's love in our lives! emoticon emoticon

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    Oh, Susan, maybe it's just that kind of a day, but I find myself so sad about this! emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 9/6/2011 3:10PM

    So sorry about Gussie! Been through it with two dogs and several other smaller pets. It's very tough! Thanks for sharing Gussie's photos with us. emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 9/6/2011 3:04PM

    So sorry about your Gussie! I have been through the death of a beloved cat too many times--and I have two old cats now. I can empathize completely with you.

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SHARON-MARIE 9/6/2011 3:03PM


God bless you and your family during this time.

Thank you for sharing Gussie with us through your photos!

Be blessed,

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