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Meow Monday: Sleeping Cuties

 

Let’s face it, cats are cutest when they’re sleeping. And of course I can’t help but snap a few pics…

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Sweet dreams!

Meow Monday: Neighborhood Girls

There’s a gang of little girls that roam around our neighborhood, giggling and shrieking and chattering a million miles a minute. If you cross paths with them, they’ll start a conversation but if something more interesting comes along (like a dog on a leash), then you’re old news and they’re off in a flash.

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The other day they informed me that I have two cats: one is a calico, and the other one is shy.

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So true! With the amount of time the cats spend out on the porch, these girls have them all figured out.

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Franklin City Sights: Arrington Winery

For our 6th anniversary last weekend, we kept it simple and low key. After checking in on the building site (Quick update: still a patch of dirt! But the model homes are progressing and we have our first meeting with the builders tomorrow.), we headed to a local winery.
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
Arrington Winery is the perfect place for a picnic (you can bring your own food and buy bottles of wine on site). Saturday was super hot and humid, so we sought out some shade before the wine tasting.
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
There are several cute swings among the trees, perfect for hanging out with some wine and cheese.
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
Or, you know… selfies!
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
 For $12 each, we tasted 8 wines and the generous tastes were worth the price. (FYI, most of the wines erred on the sweet side.)  There were no winery tours on the weekends, but if we had visiting guests it would make for a fun day trip during the week.
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
The views don’t hurt, either!
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The Amateur Librarian // Arrington Winery
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!
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Meow Monday: Six Years

On June 13 we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary… time flies!

Cora joined our family a couple weeks after the wedding, an itty bitty kitten. Tali came along about a year later, and she was 2-3 years old when we took her home from the Humane Society. Even though Tali hasn’t been around quite as long, she’s ahead of the age game, so I’m calling it even & sharing six fun facts about the kitcats.

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Here are Six Things You Didn’t Know About…

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Cora…

(1.) talks to hubby all the time, but she refuses to respond to me. I don’t know why!

(2.) enjoys talking to the birds from the window. She started chirping to the birds in San Francisco and continues here in TN…. I have no idea if she wants to be friends with the birds or eat them. Maybe both!

(3.) runs outside every time the door is left open too long, but never runs far and always waits for you to bring her back inside.

(4.) has been stuck in a tree, inside a neighbor’s locked house, and caught by animal control… all in the first couple years of her life.

(5.) sports 2 symmetrical white marks by her ears due to some ear mite medicine that changed the color of her fur where it was applied.

(6.) loves the leftover milk or yogurt from my breakfast each morning.

 

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Tali…

(1.) loves cat toys, and rarely plays with household items… she prefers tennis balls!

(2.) is very suspicious of people food and is never interested in table scraps.

(3.) has always been skittish, but in the past year or so has finally allowed us to pick her up. Lately I’ve been instigating more cuddling and I think she’s finally coming around!

(4.) appears black, but in the sunlight her fur is actually dark brown.

(5.) ran away for 10 days once… I hardly recognized her when she was finally caught by animal control, but I’m so glad we were reunited!

(6.) begs (loudly) for her meals… starting an hour or so before meal time, twice daily on the dot!

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I know it’s obvious but… love my two kitties!

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Meow Monday: Sunshine

Wherever the sun is, you can find the cats. If they aren’t out on the porch, they’re sunning on the window sill.

In the sunlight, Tali turns into a brown cat.

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Even at the end of the day, Cora is still looking for the sun.

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The life of a cat…

#tbt: Makeup Routine

Today’s throwback is actually a bit of an update on an old post. Since we’ve been travelling a lot lately, I’ve been throwing my makeup into a bag quite regularly for overnight, road trips, and plane rides. Even though I like to experiment with fun new makeup (thanks, Birchbox!), I stick to my tried-and-true basics on a daily basis. Over 2 years ago – April 2013! – I wrote about my favorite products.

How about a little Now and Then action?

2013:

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1. Moisturizer – Cerave AM

2. Foundation – Clinique Acne Solutions liquid foundation in Fresh Alabaster

3. Cream Powder – Too Faced Flawless Foundation with SPF in Warm Vanilla

4. Blush – Too Faced bronzer in Snow Bunny

5. Eyeshadow – Clinique quad (I use the Lucky Penny and Dark Plum shades the most often)

6. Eye liner – Maybelline Define-a-Line eye liner in Black

7. Mascara – Maybelline Great Lash or L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes (not pictured, but a frequent pick if it’s on sale)

8. Lipstick – Clinque Almost Lipstick in Black Honey or Maybelline Color Sensation lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon

And 2015:

The Amateur Librarian // Tried and True Makeup Routine

Face:
1. Cerave AM moisturizer
2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Brightener
3. CoverGirl Aquasmooth cream foundation in Ivory
4. Jouer tint in Petal (lips+cheeks cream tint, but I only use it as blush)
Eyes:
5. Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit and No Pressure
6. Maybelline Define-a-Line Eyeliner in Soft Black
7. Covergirl Lashblast Volume mascara in Black Brown
Lips:
8. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (and Burt’s Bees chapstick)
And to wash it all off (not pictured):
Burt’s Bees makeup wipes
Cerave PM moisturizer
These days, my routine is mostly the same with a few new favorites. The biggest change is now that I’m living down South again, I like creamy makeup – my favorite foundation, blush, and eyeshadows are all cream instead of liquid or powder. I still don’t have a favorite mascara, I just pick up whatever is on sale. (If anyone has a tried-and-true favorite, I’d love to know!)

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Meow Monday: Q&A

The month of mayhem that was May is over, and this past weekend was the first in quite a while where we didn’t have anywhere to be, anywhere to drive, or anything in particular to do. It was great! I got to catch up on a few house projects, spend some time with my sewing machine (finally!), but most of all… I got some quality time with the kit-cats.

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Here’s a sample of what our fascinating conversations are like:

Me: Tali, what are your hopes and dreams?

Tali: *silence*

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Me: Cora, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Cora: *silence*

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I can tell they’re happy we’re home again for some one-on-one time!

Meow Monday: Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! We’re driving home today from visiting hubby’s family for the weekend. I don’t have any new pics of the cats, so let’s flashback to last year and the year before to see what the kitties were up to on past Memorial Days…

One year ago… my brother and his girlfriend were visiting. While the humans were busy with the Nashville Flea Market and the Tennessee Renaissance Faire, the cats were busy napping (as usual).

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 …

Two years ago… the cats had a very busy day planned in San Francisco!

Watch the sunrise

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Take a nap

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Take a bath

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Take a nap

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Lay out in the sun

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Take a nap

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Catch up on laundry

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Take a nap

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Play hide and seek

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

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Take a nap

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Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!

 

 

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Twenty-One

More #catsofinstagram for you! This batch hails from October, when the weather was still nice but starting to drift toward the holidays. (Wow, I need to actually finish up that quilt…) Lots of Timehop action this week, of course!

Waterlogued BFFs

Waterlogued BFFs

 

My little sewing assistant

My little sewing assistant

 

Poinsettias!

Poinsettias!

 

Cora always says goodbye through the window

Cora always says goodbye through the window

 

Couch time = stitching and cuddling

Couch time = stitching and cuddling

 

Let the Timehop begin... baby Rochester! (We housed him for a couple weeks in college before he went to his new home)

Let the Timehop begin… baby Rochester! (We housed him for a couple weeks in college before he went to his new home)

 

Baby Cora!

Baby Cora!

 

Seriously, so cute!

Seriously, so cute!

 

Ironing 1/4-inch seams open - no fun! But Tali is a great assistant.

Ironing 1/4-inch seams open – no fun! But Tali is a great assistant.

 

Cuddle train!

Cuddle train!

Bedside Essentials

I love my little bedside table, and all the little things on it.

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Let’s take a closer look, shall we? I’ve linked to a few older posts if you’re interested in reading more.

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1 – “Be the day short, or be the day long, at last it weareth to evening song.” I designed this cross stitch sampler myself, when I was going through a really hard year and needed to remind myself that this too would pass. (Via Anne Shirley, of course!)

Blogged here.

2 – Embroidered Wedding Sampler. Of course this sampler is special too… I started stitching my senior year in college while I was engaged… and finished it up after almost two years of marriage.

Blogged here.

3 – Reading Material. Of course I have a few books to read!

Blogged here.

4 – 10 Year Journal. I’ve been writing nearly every day in this journal since the start of the year – with just a few lines for each day, it’s easy to keep up and the idea of looking back on what I wrote 10 years from now is so much fun!

Blogged here.

5 – Bedside table. I found this pair of bedside tables at Cozy Cat Consignment Furniture – by far my favorite furniture store in the area! I love perusing this store every so often for great finds, and so far I’ve brought home a dining room table and coffee table too!

Blogged here.

It’s comforting to have a few of my favorite things at my bedside every night… and once I started taking a closer look, it was quite the trip down memory lane!

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