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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt

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Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland

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When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.  ~Kahlil Gibran

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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~Charles Dickens

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller

"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!" ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Tradition: sit with husband in a room lit only by tree lights and remember that our blessings outnumber the lights. Happy Christmas to all. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon

To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. ~E.B. White

Great little One! whose all-embracing birth
Lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to Earth.
~Richard Crashaw

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23

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Christmas gift suggestions:  To your enemy, forgiveness.  To an opponent, tolerance.  To a friend, your heart.  To a customer, service.  To all, charity.  To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect.  ~Oren Arnold

The Weekly Sy With a Side of Potent Quotable

We are making progress over here. The two steps forward, one step back kind. Sy is persistent, I’ll give him that. I think he is finding that our old ladies have a little persistence up their fur sleeves as well. He is just so…so…ruthlessly, stalkerish-ly, engaged. They are engaged nappers.

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. ~Henry Ward Beecher

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I have been trying to stay out of things, I realize they need to establish some feline ground rules. The pecking order, as they say. Ay times Sy is very submissive, calm and at those times there is peace in the land. I only intervene when the fighting gets loud, then everyone is in trouble.

See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. ~Pope John XXIII

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When he has had enough he retreats to The Ab-Cat’s room and cries SANCTUARY! Unfortunately, he comes out rested, refreshed and full of vim and vigor, ready to stalk another few hours. There have been good days and not so good days. Yesterday was hard, we are hoping for a better day today.

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

The biggest problem is the ladies are afraid of him. They stand their ground, he submits, they then turn and run away, and he chases thinking, THIS IS FUN!!!! You can imagine how that goes over.

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. ~Author Unknown

Sy is beside himself trying to interact with them. They are beside themselves trying to avoid him. A beastly conundrum to be sure.

He is getting brave and forcing things. They all slept peaceably for several hours. But if he would only note that they allowed this because he was not in their face or tails, or jumping them around a dark corner.

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He sleeps with Abby at night, because EVERYONE needs a break. He is a pretty good sleeper. Apparently he is an early riser and thinks someone should rise and release him from confinement. She noticed he was biting at the carpet so we put an old rug down.  He has been working hard to tunnel underneath, but the rug has thwarted him.

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Little punk.

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Poor Sy is getting it on all fronts. He is regularly taken to the woodshed by his elders, and he has been often biting us in his frustration. This cannot be tolerated, resulting in more trips to the woodshed. Mrs. Schmenkman and others have encouraged us that it just takes time and all involved are just complaining. Mightily and LOUDLY. I prayed with Mia this morning and asked for God to soften her heart, help her to stop being a junkyard dog, and that she would love Sy. I would say as her own, but she can be an abusive mother, just ask Lucy. And Halle.

At times Sy is precious, usually when sleeping or otherwise engaging with us. He has been very friendly to all visitors in our home. If only he would spend HALF as much time interacting with us as he does annoying the girls!

He conquers who endures. ~Persius

Let us hope and pray!

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Bad is never good until worse happens. ~Danish Proverb

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Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. ~Author Unknown

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Neutered, laser declawed and up to date on his shots. Home, safe and sound.

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Before we can pray, "Lord, Thy Kingdom come," we must be willing to pray, "My Kingdom go." ~Alan Redpath

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