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How I Met Max - the Rescue Tuxedo Cat...

How I Met Max - the Rescue Tuxedo Cat...

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Everyone that meets Max, a tuxedo rescue cat, agrees that there's something extra special about him.  Aside from weighing in at 20 pounds with a personality sized to match, he has a way of controlling a room...much like a favorite actor has when on screen.  Well, that might be a little dramatic but you get the picture.   Max came into my life with the loss of our beloved cat, Sambuca.  Sambuca was a long haired, black beauty and he and our tabby boy Colby, although from separate litters, were the bestest of best buddies.  I wanted to find Colby a new friend and...

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National Pet Day 2018

National Pet Day 2018

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I’m a cat lover.  I have been my whole life.  And probably in many previous lives.  In honor of April 11th being “National Pet Day”, I wanted to share not about Max, my super charged tuxedo cat who inspired my line of Meet Max® greeting cards, but, of an ordinary outdoor female tabby cat who shaped my cat loving behavior. My “Mama cat”. Oh the wonderful 1970’s. I used to draw cute kitten faces and, if “Fashion Plates” had cat faces or cat prints to rub off, I would have been all over that. When my parents switched me to art classes...

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Raising Monarchs - Must have plants for Monarch butterflies

Raising Monarchs - Must have plants for Monarch butterflies

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"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." (Leo Tolstoy).  Except when it comes to the Monarch butterfly!  I had the great pleasure of seeing more than one life cycle of these beautiful creatures in my east coast garden starting late July, 2015.   Back then, as a recent home owner "having a go" at my second season in the garden, I let things grow just to see what they might become.  Unbeknownst to me at the time, I naively let some native milkweed (Asclepias Syriaca) grow because I had no idea what it was but intuitively felt that...

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