2017-05-18 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

This cat didn’t keep her feet

It is said that a cat has nine lives. People say this because cats are so good on their feet and are less likely to be in an accident. Well, this cat didn’t “read the book” last Thursday, had a bad fall, and is recuperating. I am doing okay but am certainly not up to writing my usual column right now. Thank you so much to everyone who has been checking on me, visiting me, or sending me notes. I should be back in Washington, Georgia, before press time if all goes well.

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Speaking of cats, there is a Netflix documentary entitled The Lion in Your Living Room that is interesting. It was directed by Donna Zuckerbrot and my great-granddaughter, Vera Holmes, really enjoyed watching the silly cats and all they are capable of.

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Another Netflix show that I am interested in is Anne with an E. It is a new Netflix original series based on the Anne of Green Gables book series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I adore those books, but am a little nervous to watch the new show. How can it possibly compete with the 1985 version with Megan Follows? I will watch it, but I have read that it explores Anne’s sad past and there is already a hashtag by many disgruntled viewers – #notmyanne. I still think I must watch it. The series debuted with seven episodes on May 12 but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

– Abraham Lincoln

A dear friend of mine used this quote on Mother’s Day. It was special to me because he has recently lost his mother. We lost our dear Faye Maloney (Mary’s mother) very recently and miss her daily. It is comforting to know that she spent Mother’s Day with her firstborn daughter, Vickie, in God’s house! Be thankful for all the mothers in your life. I know I am.

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Two mothers were on my mind more than others this year. Tiffani Andrews and Amanda Robb. Please know that y’all are thought of often and prayed for constantly.

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I have been enjoying lots of Southern Scratch’s cupcakes, quiches, muffins and more this week. Washington is so blessed to have Kathryn Filipiak. My granddaughter, Lizzie Holmes, lives in Tennessee and cannot wait for these treats when she visits. She tells me that in her town there is currently a local “cupcake wars” with bacon-themed cupcakes to benefit a local charity. I would love to taste Kathryn’s entry. I bet it would win by a landslide! Lizzie’s favorite entry in her local contest is named “The Salted Pig.” It is chocolate cake with salted caramel filling, caramel buttercream frosting and topped with a pretzel, a piece of candied bacon and a caramel drizzle. Yum! It was created by a friend, Kristen Mattson, who lived in Augusta for many years. Georgia girls are just better bakers if you ask me! The contest ends on Friday. Hopefully Kristen will take the honors.

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It sure is warming up fast! Today my thermometer said it was 91 degrees. I am thankful for the rain we got on Saturday. I don’t have an exact measurement, but it was a substantial amount and we needed it. I saw several Wilkes County residents baling hay this afternoon as a result.

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Thank you so much to our wonderful mayor and my neighbor, Ames Barnett, and his sweet wife Ashley for looking after “The Beagle” while I am away. And also to the Townsends, Chris, Tara, Garston, and Henry for checking on him twice a day. I hear Aiken is having a wonderful time and thinks that Porter and Turner are also lots of fun. (Turner can’t say Aiken, so he calls him “Bacon!”) Hopefully there will be no escape stories to tell you next week. He sure is mischievous at times. His friend, Bama (the Barnett cat), is too! I would be very bored without them to entertain me.

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This weekend, all of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren came to Washington to visit Mary and me. Because of all that is going on, all the great people of this town sent food galore! People here are generous, and superb chefs too! Thank you to Susan Pope, Pat Thornton, Diana Blackburn, Amy Johnston, Susan Abramson, Teresa Eason, Vonice Wells, Penny Callaway, India and Mercer Harris, and Alicia DeWeese. If I have left anyone out, please forgive me. You are all appreciated more than you know. What a bounty!

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I have more hummingbirds to report. Mary and Sparky have at least two at their feeders and they are just beautiful. They aren’t shy either. Mine usually are, but these will run right into you to get to the delicious nectar if you aren’t careful.

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Today was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. It seems like there is a day for everything these days. I often think they are silly but this is one day I can get behind. I wouldn’t have known, but my great-grandson Rider told me that they were giving them away at Chick-fil-A in Athens as a celebratory treat.

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I am so proud of our W-WCHS girls track team. Two state champions (in the 4x100 relay and 100m dash) and school records set en route to a sixth place finish in the state. Way to go, Tigers! Thank you to the folks who greeted them as they got back to town. Enjoy the pictures and story elsewhere in the paper if you weren’t able to attend.

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The ghostwriter who is delivering this column is usually more involved in baseball, horses, and two very fun children. She doesn’t often write and it is fun for her to do so for a change. She credits “a fabulous retired Wilkes County teacher, Debbie McLeod, for making it fun.”

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