Cutest Cats 3

Even though they are brothers, they couldn’t be more different. Twix is a leech and a momma’s boy and has to be near me, if not on me, at all times. He also loves to “help.” And of course by help, I mean be in the way…

…while I’m trying to read the newspaper…

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…while writing notes…

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…but chewing the pen isn’t enough, he must try using it…

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…and then he must steal it…

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…and bury it in the couch, like a squirrel with a nut…

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…then when Mom digs it out, but doesn’t play with it, he stares at you wondering why it’s not moving…

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Snickers on the other hand is more independent, just as loveable, but only on his own time. He likes to bite when he isn’t sure how to show his affection (don’t worry, they are “love nips,” he’s only drawn blood a few times).

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I have three times as many pictures of Twix because he’s always around! Whereas Snickers has a secret hiding place he likes to sleep in so is literally not around as much. But when he does come out, he’s just as cute as his sibling.

Chilling in the box.

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Napping by his toys.

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Playing the crazy cat.

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And generally just lying around being cute.

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They started a routine of wrestling in the morning and I managed to snap a few in the middle of the melee.

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 It may look like Snickers always wins because he’s on top, but Twix somehow manages to flip him most of the time. The fights never last very long and whatever started the tiff tends to be forgotten quickly.

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Getting to know Virginia – Hopewell/City Point

Hopewell is just a few minutes away from Chester on route 10. After following a few Civil War signs, I came across City Point, which overlooks the Appomattox River. According to Wikipedia: City Point was a town in Prince George County, Virginia that was annexed by the independent city of Hopewell in 1923. It served as headquarters of the Union Army during the Siege of Petersburg during the American Civil War.

It has a small pier for fishing as well as a trail that follows the river. I didn’t follow it the entire way, just long enough to shoot a few photos. It was quiet and very serene with some benches and a few picnic tables to sit and enjoy the view.

Up the hill from the water was the entrance to the National Park. It has a house and some nice grounds, but I didn’t explore further. I’ll return at a later time and add additional photos.

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Getting to know Virginia – Smithfield

For Mother’s Day, the family took a nice Sunday drive to Smithfield, VA, which is about 90 minutes Southeast of Richmond.

We crossed over the Varina-Enon bridge before we turned off on to route 10.

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We passed through Prince George County, home to Bubba’s Chikin & Thangs!

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Surry County, like many back(main)roads in Virginia, was lined with many quaint farms and farmhouses.

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We practically had the whole road to ourselves the entire way there and back.

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We entered Smithfield, but turned the wrong way, away from historic downtown, so we turned around at Hearn’s Bait Barn & General Store.

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Main Street was FULL of fun, bright, old Victorian-esque homes, some of which were converted into stores and boutiques.

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Main Street had a lot of cute boutiques with jewelry, handbags, soaps, gifts and more!

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Smithfield is probably the most known for being the town that cured and produced Smithfield Ham. So of course, there are pigs everywhere ;-)

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It was a beautiful day, Mom enjoyed the drive and enjoyed the meal Dad made for dinner. I would say it was an A++ for Mother’s Day 2014 :)

 

Magic Orchid

I bought an orchid at a grocery store a couple of years ago, for $9.99! I of course was heartbroken when the blooms fell off and it turned brown, but I was assured numerous times it would come back. And sure enough it did!

But it hasn’t just come back, it came back with gusto! Our office’s flower of choice for client meetings are orchids, so I see a lot of them. But I’ve never seen one with two separate blooming stems. Trust me when I say I do not have green thumbs, but I must be doing something right :)

This is the stem for life #2 – 6/14/13

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The buds are popping out – 7/10/13

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The first couple of blooms open – 7/30/13

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Almost fully in bloom! 8/9/13

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As I said, the office tends to have a lot of orchids lying around. Some of my co-workers don’t have the patience, or a window, to care for their orchid, so I volunteered to tend to them until they bloomed. I’ve amassed quite a garden. I think a couple of them have passed the point of no return, but I continue to keep my eye on them. 4/2/14 – also take note of the progress on the hotel in the background.

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New stem growing on life #3, while there is still a bloom left on #2! – 4/2/14

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There seems to be new activity on the old bloom too!

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Buds popping out while the August 2013 bloom is still going strong! – 4/29/14

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Dueling blooms! 5/2/14

Old August

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New May

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Bloom #2!  5/6/14

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My wonderful orchid has a new home, at my home. When I’m not around, it sits up on the mantel, but when I can keep an eye on it (CATS!), it sits in between two windows in my living room – 5/14/14

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The old bloom is finally starting to wilt and die, but the new blooms are still going strong.

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Blooms #3 & #4

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Blooms #5 & #6, only one more to go! – 5/25/14

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Bloom #7 – finally the last bud has opened! It is 6/19/14 (the bud opened a while ago, just now getting around to taking a picture and posting it). Can’t wait to see how long the flowers will last!

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