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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sweet Surprises, Silliness and Tradition

Now, ahem. Henry. Oh, our Henry is quite the pill. Our youngest member of the family is a real character. At just one and a half years old, he is the reason that our biggest tree is not yet in place. Just ask each of the smaller trees why! They will be glad to tell you. I set Mr. Claus down the other day and Henry Fonda Higgins Ford Fred Mertz C.... (Yes, I do go a bit overboard with pet names. Just ask our Lucy Eleanor Moderatz McGillicuddy Ricardo McFadden C....) decided to give the poor old man what for. For what was this what for? I have no idea. Perhaps Henry was upset about his gift last year. He wanted to make sure the jolly old elf knew exactly what he wanted THIS year! Around here, it just is not Christmas unless the Zink family says so! This wonderful old barn overlooks a section of a local highway on land owned by Dr. Zink, a retired dentist. The barn holds sweet sheep and a llama and, during the holidays, this sign. The family has been doing this for years and, although Dr. Zink is unable to do it anymore, his family continues the tradition. Several newspaper articles have been written about this tradition and how sad the area folks would be NOT to have it. I love it and am so grateful to the Zink family for this treat every year. Merry Christmas Zinks!
Dear Andi sent me the sweetest package this week. I was so surprised and just tickled with the treasures inside! I don't seem to have a picture of the cutest blown glass mittens, all in blue and white, but I will show them when I post all the pictures of the house. Isn't this just wonderful? I had nothing quite like it in my Royal collection so I am thrilled! Bok Tower was a special place for us when we lived in Florida so I love this art postcard. And this how did our Andi know I love New York City? Hmm...? Mary Englebreit is another favorite of mine. Do you think that our Andi knows me well? These soaps smell as sweet as they look. As I was placing them in a dish, Kipper decided to taste one. He took a quick lick and looked at me as if to say, "Thanks but no thanks Mom!" I guess he thought that anything that smelled so good had to be tasty... Thank you dear Andi! I can not express what is in my heart in words. You made my week!
Love and Hugs, Susie Q


Rosemary said...

Hi Susie,
Love that kitty!!! So cute!
What a nice tradition that family keeps for everyone.
Great post today.
Lovely goodies too.

Janet said...

What a great goodie package from Andi. Isn't it nice to have friends who know us so well?? Snow, snow, here. Very festive!

Anonymous said...

Susie The cat is so funny. I have a Old man Santa that moves and my cat stands back and watches in awe. If you don't mind please sent your address it had smeared on the box you sent and I have just alittle Christmas wish for you. Thanks

Alice said...

Oh, my, that picture of Henry biting Santa's beard had me giggling. My mom's tree is decorated only on the top half because her kitty, Simon, keeps stealing the decorations. She was quite upset yesterday to find a favorite little crocheted angel floating face down in Simon's water dish in the basement. Yikes!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I think Santa must have brought Henry some stale catnip last year! Kitties can be so silly and so destructive. Yikes!

Terri and Bob said...

Your cat cracks me up. I love that he's attacking Santa. Andi sure spoiled you rotten, or wait, were you rotten already??

Enjoyed your post, as usual!

Mockingbird Hill said...

That Andi sure knows how to pick 'em! Very cool stuff and even nicer, it was a surprise.. ;) FYI...your kitty looks just like my I have 2 orange and white brothers and they are both pills. I mean seriously! Completely different personalities and they are after each other just like real brothers. We had hoped that by having 2 they would entertain each othere. HAHA Fat's like having 2 kids...but, I couldn't do without them.


Gretchen said...

Such great pictures of Mr. Henry and all the goodies from Andi. When you get a chance, pls email me w/your snail mail, so I can send a Christmas card. gretchenDOThannaATcomcastDOTnet

Anonymous said...

Oh my, Henry is quite the silly cat!! The picture made me laugh out loud. Thanks for the laugh and the wonderful picture.


Susie said...

Hi SusieQ,
You've got one silly fur baby there!
You should have seen our Vincent getting posed in his Santa hat. Too funny. Lovely gifts you have rec'd!

The Rose Room said...

So funny, bad kitty:) Merry Christmas and Blessings - Rachael:)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love the goodies you got from Andi! And the picture of the barn is just the best holiday picture!

Sandi McBride said...

I'm laughing over Henry is named Trouble (Actually Double Trouble) and then of course there is Peanut, Peanutbutter, Batgirl, Sylvester Stallone (big purty that he is) Ariel (19 years, really) Pyewackit and George. Yeah, and that's just the ones who get to come inside (Ariel and Pye stay in all the time)...have a little sumpin heading your way this pm

Sugar Bear said...

What darling items you received - esp. the royal box - OH MY GOSH LOVE IT! If I'm ever out your way I so want to see your royal collection. The Zink Family sounds very special. I love their sign. God Bless you my dear friend!

Mary said...

Oh Sue, that picture is so cute!!! Our kitty is too lazy to attack the Santa statue -- she just snoozes all day!

Jen said...

omg, the picture of the kitty and the santa cracked me up!