Tag Archives: Cats
- WYNKEN, BLYNKEN and NOD
by Eugene Field
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,–
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,”
The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
That lived in the beautiful sea.
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish,–
Never afraid are we!”
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,–
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home:
‘Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought ’twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:–
Up until recently, Benjamin Franklin would jump up on top of the piano whenever Joe sat down to play.
Cats are like that…just when one thinks that “he always does that”, then he doesn’t.
So we were surprised a couple of nights ago when he reclaimed his balcony seat.
Maybe it’s the selection.
Joe’s been playing a lot of show tunes and this time he was using his Heavenly Highways hymnal (old southern gospel).
Discriminating taste our cat has.
My sister is an uncommonly thoughtful gift-giver. As a small Thank You, I made this little altered book for her a couple of years ago.
The F is for Fran and the running themes throughout the little book are the Christian faith and cats. Using black acrylic paint, I stenciled an F onto a piece of bookpage, then used a Sharpie to outline it with dashed lines. After gluing it onto cardstock, I distressed the edges in pink, as well as the edges of the whole cover. The kitties are stamped and are repeated on the back cover.
Backgrounds: magazine clipping and book page
Calendar – the Scripture
Magazine clippings – house, jewelry and butterfly; the stylized heart was cut out from a James Avery jewelry catalog
Stamped – the little heart, glittered swirl, girl’s face and clock
Photocopies – 1950’s girls were reduced from an old dress pattern
Sticker – cat
Misc. – swirls from a mini punch, daisies from a glitter set, vellum from a junk mail envelope, canceled postage stamp, colored paperclips
Here again, magazine pages were used for the backgrounds, as well as part of an old book page. The F was cut from a map in an old Book of Knowledge and glued onto cereal box chipboard; the pansies were from a stationery package.
Calendar – Scripture
Photocopy – little girl
Old greeting card – bird
Backgrounds – jewelry/flowers from magazine; bookpage, and red cellophane from Valentine candy box
Magazine – 1950s Harlequin glasses, flower, ruby slippers, key
Catalog – jewelry from James Avery, then glittered
Stamping – You’re the cat’s meow!
Misc. – paper strip cut with decorative scissors, glitter, Kansas from Book of Knowledge
Backgrounds – gardening pages from magazine
Calendar – Scripture
Sticker – butterfly
Magazine clippings – basket of flowers, Attracting Birds and Butterflies, teapot
Stamping – cat
Misc. – canceled postage stamps
Backgrounds: magazine pages with jewelry,
Catalog – cross from James Avery, stylized flower from Avon book
Fabric – blue gingham ribbon, pinked edge drapery sample
Sticker – cat
Stamping – Everday is another chance to make your Dreams come true.
Misc. – plastic flowers, flower from old book, teapot from Bigelow tea box
Nora is a concert pianist.
And she has had over 17 million people watch her perform on youtube.
Go here for “NORA: Practice Makes Purr-fect”
And here for “Nora the Piano Cat: The Sequel”.
This is “Nora Slideshow: The Early Years – Before the Piano”. My favorite is her posing behind the sheet music to Fur Elise.
Here’s the link for “Nora Slideshow: The Middle Years”. The lovely music in the background was written by E.A. Alexander (Betsy).
Nora was a shelter cat. What a gift she has been to the couple who adopted her.
Hats off to them for sharing her with all of us.
Go here for her website, which contains her story, more photos and information on ordering her DVD.
The photo at the top of the page is from the website listed above.
Insoucient a. Careless, indifferent
from Merriam Webster: in·sou·ci·ance: lighthearted unconcern
He looks so French with that little spot of orange on his right cheek. Hence his name: Lafayette. (Actually General Gilbert Lafayette)
He’s really very sweet and a good lap kitty, but let’s just say that he has the last word on when it’s playtime.
He’ll be heading to the veterinarian before long to be neutered and I really want Joe to take him. Lafayette really loves me and I don’t want him to associate me with what happens there.