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Monday, April 8, 2019

Joy List Monday

♥ Joy List Monday ♥
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces
that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day
 "Always time for love."

 ♥ Trying a new recipe and everyone loved it.
Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose shared this recipe on her blog.

Apple Butter Streusel Muffins

 ♥ Warm spring rain. The snow continues to melt into the ground giving us moisture for a green May.
April Showers Bring May Flowers 

 ♥ A date day with my husband. A hike in the woods, a fun lunch together and time to talk about the future, dreams, plans and our changing household.

 ♥ More seed starting.. tomatoes and more flowers.

 ♥ Kitty snuggles.. and celebrating National Siamese Cat Day on Saturday.
Penelope our rescue cat! She was found on the side of a busy highway by a co worker. She was banged up, full off ear mites and fleas. Her leg was badly wounded, grazed to the bone. She was full of love, even with all that going on with her she purred.
My co worker could not have another indoor cat. Penelope had me had the first purr!
We have enjoyed her company for 1½ years. Her personality is so much fun and so different from our other cats. It must be Siamese.

"The magic is in the mess."



  1. Penelope is so pretty! I think it is wonderful that you brought her in even with all those problems. She looks as though she is thriving! Discussions on the seasons of life...they make us optimistic and sad at the same time! Happy Monday! Love and hugs!

  2. Your kitty looks like she has found a fun home to live in. Lucky her to have found you. I love your joy list. I have more seeds to plant. I love this time of year too.
    Hugs, Julia

  3. I love that you count your blessings, Carla. Sounds like you are truly blessed too. Love the flowers in an old jar. Wishing you many blessings, xoxo, Susie

  4. Your date day sounds perfect! We need to plan one of those soon...before it gets even hotter! Enjoy your day sweet friend!

  5. Penelope is beautiful! We had two Siamese cats, and they are very different from other cat breeds. Ours loved to climb and were very vocal and high strung. Post some of her antics, if you think about it. You are her angel!! Rescues are the only way to go.

  6. Yay to spring flowers! Your cat is adorable! I love her!!!! Annster's Domain

  7. Oh gosh, I must try those muffins. ;-) A beautiful arrangement of spring flowers, too.

  8. Those muffins look delicious! With this storm system coming, we should have plenty moisture for a green May!

  9. Those muffins by Stephanie do look soo delicious! I just love the story of your Siamese cat, she has found her forever home! So wonderful for your husband and you to enjoy a hike in the woods and lunch together! Truly it does take some getting used to not having to be so involved with all your kids are doing, and gives you more time for each other. Have a blessed and lovely week :)

  10. Penelope is so adorable. Those muffins look very yummy. Clicking on that for the recipe.
    Have a great new week.

  11. I want a muffin! They look so yummy! Awesome list of joy!

  12. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds delicious. Penelope is so pretty. How nice to have some one on one time with your husband.

  13. Lovely shots! Your cat is adorable.

  14. Pretty flowers!! Penelope is such a stunner. We always had Siamese cats when I was a kid. They are so cool!! Your day date sounded like fun!

  15. I love your date with your husband. The dreaming part is my favorite....

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  17. Those muffins look extremely yummy!
    Such a nice photograph of Penelope.

    All the best Jan


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