July 29, 2017

Queen Mitalee HoneyBee.

I wanted to let you know that we said good-bye to our baby girl, Mitalee HoneyBee, on the morning of Friday, July 28th, 2017. 

Mitalee passed away at home , quietly, peacefully, gently, very much as she herself led her life. Both Peter (Daddyman) and myself were by her side, stroking and talking to her. Peter wanted to tell you that on Thursday evening, the night before Mitalee left us, she summoned all her remaining strength and very matter of factly jumped off her favourite cat tree into Peter's lap. He was reading the newspaper and she seemed to be telling him, as she had done countless times in the fourteen years we shared with her, that petting and admiring her were far healthier a pass-time than filling one's head with the monstrosities taking place in the world that are deemed newsworthy. It would be the last time she jumped into his lap while he attempted to read his newspaper ;  her melodic, sweet-sounding, content purring filled the empty space, filled his entire being with delight as he happily indulged her small demand. She was, right to the very end, a Daddy's girl. Rest in peace Mitalee HoneyBee, our beautiful LeeLee Bee, our gentle BumbleBee, our exalted, Queen Bee. You will be forever loved and missed by family and friends but especially by me, who loved you dearly.


July 28, 2017

Fashion Friday with Duffy and his flannels.

Duffy, " Hi ya! Here we are at the end of the work week having a look-see into my closet for another fun, Fashion Friday! This week I will show you a few of my flannel bandanas as well as one made from seersucker and finally, a cotton bandana with my name on it!"

 Duffy, " I am posing in the back garden with a very serious look on my face because Wilhelmina is chewing on a bone right below my chair. How rude!"

Duffy, " It makes it very difficult to concentrate on my modeling techniques!"

Duffy, " The first bandana you saw is seersucker , not flannel, and quite lightweight and perfect for summer wear! The second bandana is flannel with a fun bicycle print. In the photo above, I am wearing a yellow gingham, flannel bandana. I decided to change locations to model my flannel dinosaurs bandana."

Duffy, " Here is my first . . . "

Duffy, " . . . my second . . ."

Duffy, "  . . .  and my third, serious pose wearing my flannel, dinosaurs bandana!"

Duffy, "Of course all that seriousness, didn't last long!"

Duffy, " This is my cotton bandana with my name stitched at the top. I love the anchors on it!"

Duffy, " Here is a close-up of my name. I'm glad there were no errors in the stitching and spelling of my name. Some people call me, Fluffy, by mistake. I think that's rude! I hope you enjoyed another Fashion Friday with me. Join me next week when Levon and I will team up with our favourite fashion statements!"

Have a Fabulous Friday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

July 26, 2017

A few words on Wednesday with Levon!

Levon, " I've been thinking about this new modeling gig Duffy has suddenly conjured up on the blog and decided I could do that too! I mean, I'll have to be careful about my figure as models are wont to do. I have to be honest, I love my food (as well as Malou's, Esme's, Mitalee's, Duffy's and Wilhelmina's), but I'm quite certain I can practice self restraint if the job demands it!"

Levon, " Modeling pays well. I'll probably spend all my extra change on food though."

Levon, " Hmmm. That might be a problem in the long run!"

Levon, " Anyhoo! Here is , as Duffy would say, my serious pose! This pose was tricky since I needed to be certain the orca was well placed, to ensure the viewer could see it to advantage!"

Levon, " This is my waiting for a treat, um, looking interested yet contemplative pose!"

Levon, " Here is my waiting for another treat looking deep into the faraway future pose!"

Levon, " I'll finish with the obligatory head tilt!  All in all, I believe I modeled brilliantly! I hope Duffy supports my new career move ; we certainly would make a talented duo!"

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

July 24, 2017

Fresh water lake fun with the pups!

 Wilhelmina, " Here I am at the lake with Duffy! We haven't been here since last summer when I was a little tyke but we remember this lake and love it still!"

 Wilhelmina, " We love all the smells we find here because this part of the beach is for dogs only!"

 Wilhelmina, " It's a beautiful lake! "

 A beautiful lake.

Duffy, " We saw many, happy dogs, cavorting!"

Bentley, " Wilhelmina, would you care to play with me?"

Duffy, " I love to watch Wilhelmina romp, skip and dance!"

Wilhelmina, " Lake water is warmer than ocean water! Come on Daddyman! Let's play!"

Wilhelmina," Hey, you, Little Thief! Come back with my toy!"

Wilhelmina, " It was such a fun afternoon until I noticed this on our way out!"

Wilhelmina, " I was a very good girl while Daddyman rinsed the sand off my furs!"

Wilhelmina, " But all I could think of, was how much I wanted to go back to the lake to play with all of my new friends!"

Have a Marvelous Monday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

July 22, 2017

Sunday Selfies with the Three Musketeers at Low Tide.

 We are joining the kitties at, The cat on my head , for their Sunday Selfie blog hop! This week, we have Duffy, Wilhelmina and Mia with their low tide entries, as well as photos of their paw prints in the sand . We also have somebirdie's tracks in the sand for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! :)

                                                         TIDE'S OUT!!









Somebirdie's tracks in the sand.

MIA'S paw prints.

DUFFY'S paw print (top) WILHELMINA'S paw print (bottom)

Have a Sunny Sunday!
Don't forget to , HOP! 
It's a wonderful way to visit old and new friends alike.
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

July 21, 2017

Fashion Friday at the beach!

 Duffy, " Can you spot me on the rocks?!"

                              Duffy, " Hi ya! Here I am with another addition of Fashion Friday! I thought I'd switch it up and change locations! Today I will be showing you two bandanas  while at the beach with Wilhelmina!"

Duffy, " I am posing on the rocks where I can keep an eye on Wilhelmina. She makes friends everywhere she goes and it is fun to watch her cavort!"

Duffy, " Here I am posing seriously while wearing my chevron bandana. I love the turquoise colour in this pattern!"

Duffy, "Oh look!  Wilhelmina is running around while having loads of fun!"

Duffy, " She is also digging holes!"

Duffy, " And she met this handsome fellow named Brinkley. Brinkley is a Silver Labrador Retriever."

 Duffy, " Wilhelmina also played a lot with a Wheaten Terrier named, Mia!"



 Duffy, " My second bandana has squirrels on it!"

Duffy, " It also has the colour turquoise on it. I thought wearing cheerful turquoise was just the thing to do on an overcast day in Vancouver!"

Duffy, " Here are my serious poses in my squirrel bandana!"

2nd serious pose!

Duffy, " Of course that didn't last long!"

Duffy, " I hope you enjoyed another peek into my wardrobe on Fashion Friday, as well as a glimpse into Wilhelmina's unfailingly, playful world. See you next time sweet friends, when I will show you a few of my most excellent, flannel bandanas!"

Have a Fabulous Friday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo