Pirate – Everyone’s Kitty

So sad to announce the passing of a neighborhood legend – Pirate aka, Andy Panda, Shamu, Pi Pi, Pirate de Cat, Old Man, and dozens of other names, died this morning at the age of around 17 (guessing). He walked into our lives on a brutally hot summer day back in 2003 and immediately adopted us. We fell in love with this sweet little fuzz ball. Lindsay and Tim came up with his name since he “looked” like a Pirate.

Everyone loved him – even the dogs in the neighborhood (who learned to keep their distance BTW) liked Pi… dog people even commented that he was the only cat that they liked. He was way too trusting and loved to be petted by any stranger (that’s why we made sure he was always inside during Halloween and anytime fireworks were going off).

He will be deeply missed by all. ^.^

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As my daughter just texted “there will never be another Pirate – he was special”.

Peace to my little buddy. ^.^

Happy SUNday! A simpler time – 1959

Happy SUNday y’all! Hope it’s going well.

Here’s a neat item from a much simpler time. We love that the prescription is in Carol’s mom’s first name only and that there’s no mention of what the drug was. Can you image? It’s almost 60 years old now – it’s amazing that her mom kept the bottle!

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C&C ^.^

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1986 – USS Forrestal CV-59

Found photo of me and my brother-in-law Richard on board the United States Ship Forrestal (in front of an A-7) while underway in the Jacksonville OPAREA.

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Chris

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Wonderful memories…

Carol and I in the early 1980s. Less gray but still plenty of smiles.

So happy together then and now.

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C&C

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Happy SUNday!

Our “stickered” Gremlin.

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Late 1970s AMC Gremlin

Have a beautiful weekend!

Chris & Carol ^.^

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NWF – Certified Wildlife Habitats

 

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We encourage you to get your property certified – it’s easy and fun to do. It makes a great family project that pays dividends over and over.

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Our backyard NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

It can be any part of your yard – a small front yard garden or your entire property!

Since moving here in 1991, Carol and I (and the entire family) have planted over 50 native trees on our small suburban property. Since most of our backyard is a natural bog with a small pond we’ve planted mostly water-loving trees – bald cypress, river birch, river maples, pines, Leyland cypress, oaks, dogwoods, redbuds, and a bunch of native azaleas.

It’s important to leave fallen branches in a pile in the yard as it makes great cover for all sorts of critters. Our bog and pond support mosquito fish, river cooter (turtles), snakes of all types and even leeches!

I’m sure a river otter or two have appeared from time to time. We have some stray deer (a bit hard for them to stay since it’s so wet back there), Florida black bears, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, eagles, hawks, and all manner of other birds – mostly cardinals. An occasional vulture is spotted whenever something needs to be disposed of.

The key to our backyard is – no chemicals! No fertilizers, and no watering. It must take care of itself. We do occasionally weed non-native species and invading vines and we do use mulch.

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Bald cypress needles

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Japanese black pine

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Florida river birch bark

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Bald cypress springing to life from seed

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C&C ^.^

 

My “Dad”

My father-in-law Frank at work (Pratt & Whitney Aircraft) in 1993. He worked for “Pratt” for 40 years and was a top-flight welder of jet engines. Frank’s still going strong at 85! Here’s to you dad!

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Frank was a foremost J58 engine welder for nearly his entire career at P&W

This logo (above) is known as the “Florida” eagle which is installed on the J58 turbojet engines used in the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft and on the RL10 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine used in the Centaur rocket.

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A flock of Blackbirds

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Chris

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I’d Rather Be…

In response to this week’s photo challenge

“I’d rather be”…

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“I’d rather be”… Standing in Yosemite with my family

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“I’d rather be”… With Carol at The Magic Kingdom

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“I’d rather be”… At ANY New York Mets game

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“I’d rather be”… With my favorite Mets fan

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“I’d rather be”…

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C&C ^.^

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Gladys E. Tifft

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Gladys – loving mother to Carol and awesome mother-in-law to me. A wife to Frank, a mom, a grandma, and a great grandma. She is missed.

 

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Frank and Gladys Tifft – 65 years married.

Gladys E. Tifft – May 31, 1935 to March 8, 2018