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Quality Time, a Blind Tiger, and Collateral Damage

 Happy T-day a day late.  I am a day earlier than last week so maybe I will be on time next week. I am joining my T-day friends T-day friends over at Elizabeth's Blog and sharing a drink.  This one is a Sugar Free Blind Tiger - much better than the sugar free and fat free one I had last week (yuck).  I drank this lovely drink last Friday while reading a library book and waiting for my daughter.  I had another one yesterday while helping my grandsons read library books. They had ice cream and read 2 books a piece. Then we went to the pizza place across the street and they read 2 more each during lunch.  I am doing Grandma's Reading Camp again this year. One day a week, we go to the library and pick out books. They get points for every book they read (more points for harder books). Points equal money at the end of the summer.  I do this to try and keep their reading skills fresh. They are 7 and 8 years old so keeping those skills up is super important. They read all the books,
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T is for Thursday and for Catching Up with Friends

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Blue and Yellow - Such a Great Combination

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Cozy Scottie Christmas - SOS514

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The Snuggle or Struggle is Real

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Halloween Lunch Pictures and Some Art

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Mousy Get Well Wishes

 Over at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge (HMFMC#400) , we have anything goes with a twist of ribbon, cord or twine.  I decided to so with some ribbon as it was the first thing I found in the craft drawer.   My aunt is not feeling well so I got out one of my favorite House Mouse images.  It is a small one but much loved.  I added in a sentiment from SU! and some paper and stickers from Close to My Heart.  The image was stamped on watercolor paper with CTMH black and water-colored with Daniel Smith watercolors using colors to match the pretty dsp.  Thanks for visiting - I really appreciate it! Hugz, Nancy