Kitten cuteness overload!

A couple of months ago we discovered that our cat, Fiona, had given birth to four kittens. Three girls and one boy. Oh my, what was I going to do? I knew my hubby and my granddaughter didn't want to hear that we should give them away. After all they were the cutest things! Fiona was a very young cat when she showed up at our house. We started to feed her and she became ours. Sadly before we could domesticate her she was attacked by something and it almost blinded her in one eye. She will still not let you touch her, although she always hangs close by. Last spring she lost a set of kittens by having them away from our house we assumed. That time we could tell she was pregnant but this time one day she kind of looked like it and another she didn't so the kittens were a surprise when they came walking out of the lillies by the side window. There were three female white ones and a male calico tiger. The male looks like the cat my kids had throughout their childhood growing up. They named her Striper after the Gremlins so we named him the same in honor of her memory. Cuteness overdose for sure!

The little fluffy one was the most brave and always lead the pack and was the first to eat and let you pick her up. My youngest son took her home as soon as she was big enough. My granddaughter, Addy, couldn't wait to get her hands on her and now they sleep together. They named her Hufflepuff which was perfect! One down. A friend who I had not seen in many years contacted me through another friend and told me a story about how her white cat had passed away and now her dog was depressed over losing his best buddy. So sad. We had to cheer Lucy up with a new friend. She came and got the other mostly white kitten as soon as she was big enough and named her Zoe. You'll be pleased to know that Lucy and Zoe are the best of friends now and Lucy is happy again. Two down.  As it turns out I still have two running around which everyone wants to keep. That hasn't deterred me from looking for homes for them though. Just no takers yet. Wish me luck on that one!

Needless to say they are driving Fadra nuts! She does not like them one bit but is fascinated by them. Poor thing is obsessed! If anyone knows a good dog whisperer please send them my way :o)

Come on Fadra, snap yourself out of it!!!


Lucy and Zoe via their mommy


Hufflepuff and Addy via their mommy



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The Oregon District

We had the pleasure of heading to the City on Saturday and having lunch in the Oregon District. Some friends of ours came to visit from Michigan. Since we had went to Cincinnati on a couple of previous visits we decided to head to Dayton this go round. The Oregon District is a small area in the downtown area which is filled with unique restaurants and shops. I am going to have to plan a trip with just my hubby or a girlfriend in order to take a little time and check out all the cool little shops although we did venture into a couple of them. 

It was supposed to rain so I wore a simple black top with a pair of capris and flat sandals. It was perfect for a day of wondering around! We asked a shop owner her opinion on the best place for lunch with a patio and were told that The Trolley Stop had the best food and the prettiest patio. The food was delicious and the atmosphere outstanding. It was complete with a pond, fish and birds. I would say she nailed that one!

We then decided to stop by the Tumbleweed Connection which is a bar I used to stop by on occasion to see some great bands. Although it had been a long time, it still looked just the same! However, I think the bubble machine was new :)




A new album by Tom Petty is out today! It's awesome!

Video: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - U Get Me High (Official Audio)

Cara Delevingne and a Bear Pose for Vogue

I love popping over to Vogue once in awhile to check out the pretty pictures. I always find something beautiful and unique. I love the 70's bond girl vibe from these! The photos of Cara Delevingne were taken by Mario Testino and you can read the story and check out what she's wearing here. Beauty and the Beast look like they were made for each other!

TV - Under The Dome

Last spring I was so excited to see a blurb on TV that one of my favorite books of all time, Under the Dome, written by Stephen King, was now going to be what I thought was to be a mini-series based on the book. Actually it turned out to be a series now 3 shows into the 2nd season. I had previously heard it was going to be on Showtime and was surprised when I initially saw the commercial on CBS. Thinking to myself they may have a hard time showing all the grit involved in the book on network TV when it occurred to me that I had been watching Hannibal (my favorite new show...sorry Under The Dome) on NBC and it was awesome with a lot of grit so it didn't seem so far fetched that CBS could handle it. I was very excited! Of course, I never expected everything in the book to be spot on but I did expect it to resemble the book. Most screenplays do make changes to books as they become necessary to express people's thoughts through voice so I was looking forward to comparing the two. I mean after all the book is a lot of material at 1074 pages and I was wondering what they could possible leave out and still make it great. It was such a gruesome story, how could they get it all into a mini series on one of the networks. I couldn't wait to see it. I guess I expected something in the realm of Harper's Island which had been a summer mini-series a few years ago or Stephen's other epic novel, The Stand, which I thought ABC did a pretty good job with on the TV screen years ago. Anyway, it had been awhile since I read the book so to prepare myself I anxiously got out my copy and decided to read it again so I would be hip to the storyline and be ready to catch those differences. I read it every minute I could and finished in about 3 weeks. To my chagrin, what a waste of time that was!

The few things the show and the book have in common are the folks' names, the name of the town and the dome coming down with references to pink stars falling. I had to watch the first episode 3 times just to figure out who the people were supposed to be. I kept saying, what the hell, what the hell, what the hell!! The most irritating was the characters had become different people with the same name. One of the main characters, who was in almost every chapter and became a hero, was now outside the dome, with no wife, no kids, no dog and held a different job. What? You say, how did that happen? That was my first question! Well, that's only the beginning. People are no longer the age they are supposed to be, people who were good are not as good as they should be and people who were trash are now upstanding citizens, people are alive who should be dead and people are dead who should be alive, people are different races and some have a different sexual orientation, they have different jobs and some are now from out of town when they were supposed to have been raised there and some were not in the book at all and ones that were are not. Yikes! I was not happy! The Christian radio station is even now playing rock and roll and being a rock and roller this should have pleased me greatly but only irritated me all the more. And then there's the missing heroine dogs, where are they? I hope someone is feeding the one dog in the show because he hasn't been seen for awhile. Also, quite frankly Big Jim is just not as big and mean as he should be and why is he not driving a Hummer? And although you may think Junior is pretty crazy in the show, he's not quite crazy enough. 

As the story unfolded it became apparent that this show was not based on the book at all but based on the name of the book and the idea of a dome coming down over a town somewhere with talk of pink stars. It doesn't appear to even be set in Maine. Of course there are small references to the book but not many. I am not the only one who was a bit pissed over the whole thing. I mean really, I don't see why, when they had such a great story to begin with, they felt the need to change everything. We all know the reason though. Money to be made! Much more money to be made on a network series that appeals to all than a true to the story mini-series or movie and that's the reason in a nutshell if you ask me. There were so many complaints from lovers of the book Stephen King wrote an open letter to his readers which you can read here. Ok, so I understand where he's coming from but it still doesn't keep me from wanting to give him a good smack across the back of the head :o) Hopefully, Showtime or some other entity will do an actual version of the book and not some extremely loose, apparently anything goes, adaption like CBS has done. A girl can always hope!

You can get the scoop, the digital book or audiobook....
Audiobook - Under the Dome - Stephen King

Ok, now that my bitch session is over (I could go on and on and on) it's onto my thoughts on the show.....

First off I do love the show! I mean how could you not. When the dome came down it split a cow in two and it slid slowly down the dome. Now that was cool! There was also a truck which crashed into the dome that was pretty awesome. After that it's been non-stop action and suspense. Loads of back stabbing, unrequited love, power struggles, jealousy, explosions, street fighting, fires, murder, kidnapping, revealed secrets and mysteries galore, and let's not forget the pink stars.  It is a big budget action packed thrill-a-minute show being produced by Stephen King, Steven Spielberg and many others with a top notch cast. Stephen even wrote the first episode of this season and had a bit part at the diner. I am enjoying every minute of it. Dwight Yoakam joined the cast last Monday and he's one of my favorites. He even did a chorus of Who'll Stop The Rain while laying in a jail cell for kidnapping the new bitch in town. She ended up throwing a bowl of acid rain on him when she got away. I'm sure Junior will be unlocking that cell door next week so you can bet I'll be tuned in to see what he does next. Actually I can't wait to see what everyone does next because in Chester's Mill apparently anything can happen. It's a sure thing I will be there as long as the dome stays down!

Photos source here

Under the Dome: A Novel - Stephen King