Tuesday, May 19, 2009

SCENES FROM A RAINY DAY & A 100th POST GIVEAWAY!



We have been in such need of rain here in Florida and this week we are finally getting it -- boy are we getting it.

I love how things look when it rains -- the colors seem more vibrant and intensified.

Yesterday while I was working, my daughter was home enjoying the rain (from inside) and apparently decided to take some pics -- capturing not only the yard but our furry brood as well.

"Brood" being the operative word when you see poor Nicodemus, the dog....



I love the brick pathway when it's wet with rain -- we had quite a blow and now it's time to pick up branches -- again. If you look closely, you can see the pointy red hat of the gnome who sits near the hammock just outside my daughter's window. He is "Gaston" the French gnome who has a giant brightly colored lollipop in his hand...perfect. :)






I love how Olivia altered the photo on the left of some pine trees -- it almost looks like instead of rain, we had snow! Oh what a sight to behold THAT would be!

Now on to the four-legged occupants...

Poor Nick -- he was so sad because on this day I sneaked out of the house without him (he almost always follows me to work) because he was sleeping so soundly inside with the rain outside.

Olivia captured his very sad look for me so that I would be aptly guilty when I saw what my leaving him behind did to him...

JUST LOOK AT THIS FACE!!
Oh how just a look with those eyes can just pierce your heart!!

But never fear...the cats appear, to cheer him up....

First Tigger appears ... Tigger is our oldest cat. Tigger was here first, before Nick, and it took a bit of jockeying for position before they became friends...

Tigger wakes Nick up from his sullen slumber to give him a rub-up-against...




Next, "Princess Annabelle" (she is SOOOO girly!!) shows up to rub up against Nick and assure him that he is loved...



Is this not the picture of sweetness?? Peaceful coexistence at the very least....

Below is Bugsy -- he is quite the character - lanky and tall and every bit the "gangster" he was named after!
HE is definitely the ringleader!


They really do love each other and the cats (who are strictly outside cats) love it when Nick comes out for a while and "honors" them with his presence on the porch.

Nicky hates the heat (got that from me) and prefers to stay indoors in the a/c, thank you very much.

:)

So, even though he was forsaken by me (by not going into work with me) all was well and I think he actually fared better in the long run -- he enjoyed the beauty and camaraderie outside instead of just staring at me work all day.



So this was my 99th post...

Hmm... #100 is next!!!
Sounds like the perfect excuse for a giveaway!

I'll try and think of something nice as a prize (suggestions are happily welcomed -- but I'm NOT parting with my Nicodemus! -- and I'll announce it all in detail on the next (100th!) post.

Thanks for popping in on this rainy day (for me anyway). The animals all say a BIG FURRY "HELLO" to each of you!

And thank you, Olivia, for thinking to capture all of this for us -- I would have never been aware of the doggy-drama that unfolded on my porch one rainy afternoon while I was away....

Staying dry -- hope you are, too...
Ruth

18 comments:

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Ruth,
It's so nice that Olivia took the photos for you. Nick's in the same boat as Zeke here, three cats to watch over. Love the scenes around your home, so cozy. Really has a lovely feeling of a warm place to be and enjoy the beauty. I have one of the gnomes but mine has the wheel barrow, aren't they darling? Can't wait to see what you pick for your giveaway (of course, I sent you an email ;) Here's a pat for all you do, Nick from Zeke and boof.
xo~Tracie

Laura said...

Hi Ruth! What a beautiful post! The rainy day photos are wonderful...I know my parents in Florida are rejoicing over the rain too.....Your darling family is so sweet....love the way those kitties are with your lab...Have a great evening!
Warm regards, Laura

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

Good morning Ruth! The pictures are wonderful. Please be sure to tell Olivia thank you ~ I especially like the finial with the raindrops and the walkway. It has a Jeffersonian quality to it and I think it fits very nicely with your new look!
Poor Nick reminds me of our Gryff when we leave the home those big brown eyes speak volumes!
Looking forward to your 100th post giveaway, how exciting! Wishing you a wonderful day ~ Rebecca

Petit Coterie said...

The photos your daughter took are wonderful. Thank you for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway. Please enter me in your giveaway.

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

Hi Ruth,
I am just stopping by to say hello and to tell you that I have given you a much deserved award on my blog.
HUGS...
Cathleen

Andrea said...

The photos are gorgeous! Awww...poor Nick looks like he's missin' you something bad.

A Vintage Mood said...

LOVE the doggie drama! OMG, those pics are the best. I was just saying that I need to laugh more, and the cat "cheering committee" was just the ticket!

Teri said...

Please tell Olivia that she is an awesome photographer. I enjoyed these photos as much as I'm enjoying the rain around here!

Jeanneoli said...

I love your brick path and beautiful trees!!! I went to college in the south and I can smell what everything is like after a good rain. You have such lovely land and that front porch is incredible too.

rochambeau said...

Hi Ruth,
Olivia did a nice job as your photographer. Love your gnome and your sweet Nick and Tiger!

Happy 100th almost!
Wowza!1

xox
Constance

Sanity Fair said...

such cute pictures of the "family." :) The ones of the trees in the rain are lovely.

Casa Mia * My House * said...

Very beautiful post. Enjoy your weekend! Keep dry.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Great photos! Glad you got some rain! WE received 2 inches here in Co yesterday and it is supposed to rain all next week!

blessings
mary

The Vintage Rose said...

Hi Ruth thankyou for stopping by my blog The Vintage Rose; and thankyou for your very kind comment. Life is great in Tassie,beautiful Autumn day. By the way i love love love labs; my very fav breed. When i saw your gnomes in the photos it took me back to my childhood when mum built a gnome house with a gnome in front. Amanda

Kasey said...

happy 100th post girl!

La Marquise des anges said...

what a great photos collection and how nice to share them . I enjoyed every single one :)

please say a BIG FURRY BONJOUR to your four legged companions from me

sabine, la marquise des anges

Lisa said...

Oh I love this post! Glad the cats were there to help!
Hugs,Lisa

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Lovely post. I couldn't help but smile when I read about Nick, my big guy, Zeek, does the same thing, And when I return, he's so excited to see me....just whines and whines. I'm sure your sweet guy does the same!

Very nice to meet another animal lover! Your blog is charming!

Best,

LaurieAnna