The Sparky Report #13

ToeToToe

GOING TOE-TO-TOE

How does a rambunctious kitten melt your heart after she's been terrorizing the household all day? Easy! She snuggles up to your bare feet and places a companionable paw on your toes. And when you glance under the desk to see what's going on, she favors you with those big innocent eyes. Suddenly, all is forgiven, even though she is using your lap robe for a bed. Can you spell manipulator, boys and girls?

RUB-A-DUB-DUB

Besides playing patty-cake with my feet, Sparky has developed an intense interest in water. She's fallen into the bathtub numerous times while I'm showering. Despite that, Sparky continues to sit on the rim of the tub and play with the water cascading from the shower head. She's also begun counter surfing in the bathroom and naturally, she discovered the sinks. More precisely, that water gushes out of the mouths of my fancy swan faucets. She's so thoroughly intrigued by water that I often turn on the faucet just to let her splash around while I'm fixing my hair or brushing my teeth!

  
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CRY UNCLE

And then there's the wrestling. She's always the instigator, and good old Christopher usually allows himself to get roped into wrestling with her. This is serious Business for Sparky, who gets mad when she loses. Which she always does, because Christopher is bigger, stronger, and more experienced. After taking a drubbing Sparky beats a hasty retreat, often hiding under the sofa (see last picture, below). Before long, however, she's back in the game, beady-eyed and brimming with fun ways to inflict revenge.    

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60 thoughts on “The Sparky Report #13”

  1. She is just so adorable! And her extra toes are really obvious in the picture where she’s in the sink. She sure loves her momma though 😉
    One of our two cats curls up in the sink all the time and has no intention of moving, no matter how hard the water is flowing into the sink! He’s a fearless little guy and very personable, but he definitely has a mind of his own.

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  2. She is just so adorable! And her extra toes are really obvious in the picture where she’s in the sink. She sure loves her momma though 😉
    One of our two cats curls up in the sink all the time and has no intention of moving, no matter how hard the water is flowing into the sink! He’s a fearless little guy and very personable, but he definitely has a mind of his own.

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  3. She is just so adorable! And her extra toes are really obvious in the picture where she’s in the sink. She sure loves her momma though 😉
    One of our two cats curls up in the sink all the time and has no intention of moving, no matter how hard the water is flowing into the sink! He’s a fearless little guy and very personable, but he definitely has a mind of his own.

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  4. She is just so adorable! And her extra toes are really obvious in the picture where she’s in the sink. She sure loves her momma though 😉
    One of our two cats curls up in the sink all the time and has no intention of moving, no matter how hard the water is flowing into the sink! He’s a fearless little guy and very personable, but he definitely has a mind of his own.

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  5. She is just so adorable! And her extra toes are really obvious in the picture where she’s in the sink. She sure loves her momma though 😉
    One of our two cats curls up in the sink all the time and has no intention of moving, no matter how hard the water is flowing into the sink! He’s a fearless little guy and very personable, but he definitely has a mind of his own.

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  6. There once was a cat named Muggsy, who would sit on the sink while The Man was shaving and wait till his face was wiped with the damp washcloth.

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  7. There once was a cat named Muggsy, who would sit on the sink while The Man was shaving and wait till his face was wiped with the damp washcloth.

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  8. There once was a cat named Muggsy, who would sit on the sink while The Man was shaving and wait till his face was wiped with the damp washcloth.

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  9. There once was a cat named Muggsy, who would sit on the sink while The Man was shaving and wait till his face was wiped with the damp washcloth.

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  10. There once was a cat named Muggsy, who would sit on the sink while The Man was shaving and wait till his face was wiped with the damp washcloth.

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  11. Hi, Theo. Sparky’s toes *are* quite obvious in these pictures, aren’t they? And I hope it doesn’t sound like bragging, but I think you are right when you said “she sure loves her momma.” In the past two weeks she has become very affectionate, seeking out my lap for naptimes and following me from room to room.
    I’m having renovations done to my 100-year-old house, so I’m spending a lot of time packing and stacking boxes as work progresses. Sparky always seeks me out, she’s a friendly bit of company for me.
    I love that one of your cats will remain curled up in a sink, even though water is flowing into it! Sparky doesn’t yet sleep in the bathroom sinks, but it’s only a matter of time. It’s the water that’s the big draw. I sometimes think she purposely allows herself to get wet in the shower so that she can groom herself afterwards. Because that’s what she does: fiddles around in the bathtub until my shower is over, then hops out and licks herself dry. I might add that she has the most beautiful, shiny, and healthy coat that I’ve ever seen on a cat.

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  12. Hi, Theo. Sparky’s toes *are* quite obvious in these pictures, aren’t they? And I hope it doesn’t sound like bragging, but I think you are right when you said “she sure loves her momma.” In the past two weeks she has become very affectionate, seeking out my lap for naptimes and following me from room to room.
    I’m having renovations done to my 100-year-old house, so I’m spending a lot of time packing and stacking boxes as work progresses. Sparky always seeks me out, she’s a friendly bit of company for me.
    I love that one of your cats will remain curled up in a sink, even though water is flowing into it! Sparky doesn’t yet sleep in the bathroom sinks, but it’s only a matter of time. It’s the water that’s the big draw. I sometimes think she purposely allows herself to get wet in the shower so that she can groom herself afterwards. Because that’s what she does: fiddles around in the bathtub until my shower is over, then hops out and licks herself dry. I might add that she has the most beautiful, shiny, and healthy coat that I’ve ever seen on a cat.

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  13. Hi, Theo. Sparky’s toes *are* quite obvious in these pictures, aren’t they? And I hope it doesn’t sound like bragging, but I think you are right when you said “she sure loves her momma.” In the past two weeks she has become very affectionate, seeking out my lap for naptimes and following me from room to room.
    I’m having renovations done to my 100-year-old house, so I’m spending a lot of time packing and stacking boxes as work progresses. Sparky always seeks me out, she’s a friendly bit of company for me.
    I love that one of your cats will remain curled up in a sink, even though water is flowing into it! Sparky doesn’t yet sleep in the bathroom sinks, but it’s only a matter of time. It’s the water that’s the big draw. I sometimes think she purposely allows herself to get wet in the shower so that she can groom herself afterwards. Because that’s what she does: fiddles around in the bathtub until my shower is over, then hops out and licks herself dry. I might add that she has the most beautiful, shiny, and healthy coat that I’ve ever seen on a cat.

    Reply
  14. Hi, Theo. Sparky’s toes *are* quite obvious in these pictures, aren’t they? And I hope it doesn’t sound like bragging, but I think you are right when you said “she sure loves her momma.” In the past two weeks she has become very affectionate, seeking out my lap for naptimes and following me from room to room.
    I’m having renovations done to my 100-year-old house, so I’m spending a lot of time packing and stacking boxes as work progresses. Sparky always seeks me out, she’s a friendly bit of company for me.
    I love that one of your cats will remain curled up in a sink, even though water is flowing into it! Sparky doesn’t yet sleep in the bathroom sinks, but it’s only a matter of time. It’s the water that’s the big draw. I sometimes think she purposely allows herself to get wet in the shower so that she can groom herself afterwards. Because that’s what she does: fiddles around in the bathtub until my shower is over, then hops out and licks herself dry. I might add that she has the most beautiful, shiny, and healthy coat that I’ve ever seen on a cat.

    Reply
  15. Hi, Theo. Sparky’s toes *are* quite obvious in these pictures, aren’t they? And I hope it doesn’t sound like bragging, but I think you are right when you said “she sure loves her momma.” In the past two weeks she has become very affectionate, seeking out my lap for naptimes and following me from room to room.
    I’m having renovations done to my 100-year-old house, so I’m spending a lot of time packing and stacking boxes as work progresses. Sparky always seeks me out, she’s a friendly bit of company for me.
    I love that one of your cats will remain curled up in a sink, even though water is flowing into it! Sparky doesn’t yet sleep in the bathroom sinks, but it’s only a matter of time. It’s the water that’s the big draw. I sometimes think she purposely allows herself to get wet in the shower so that she can groom herself afterwards. Because that’s what she does: fiddles around in the bathtub until my shower is over, then hops out and licks herself dry. I might add that she has the most beautiful, shiny, and healthy coat that I’ve ever seen on a cat.

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  16. Love the Muggsy story, Artemisia! I think cats have a built in radar that allows them to detect when something interesting is going on in the bathroom.
    I currently have no door to my bathroom because of the ongoing renovation (and since I live alone, it’s not a problem anyway). Every time I enter the bathroom for any reason, Sparky joins me. As a result, she has discovered the delirious joy of unraveling the toilet paper.

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  17. Love the Muggsy story, Artemisia! I think cats have a built in radar that allows them to detect when something interesting is going on in the bathroom.
    I currently have no door to my bathroom because of the ongoing renovation (and since I live alone, it’s not a problem anyway). Every time I enter the bathroom for any reason, Sparky joins me. As a result, she has discovered the delirious joy of unraveling the toilet paper.

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  18. Love the Muggsy story, Artemisia! I think cats have a built in radar that allows them to detect when something interesting is going on in the bathroom.
    I currently have no door to my bathroom because of the ongoing renovation (and since I live alone, it’s not a problem anyway). Every time I enter the bathroom for any reason, Sparky joins me. As a result, she has discovered the delirious joy of unraveling the toilet paper.

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  19. Love the Muggsy story, Artemisia! I think cats have a built in radar that allows them to detect when something interesting is going on in the bathroom.
    I currently have no door to my bathroom because of the ongoing renovation (and since I live alone, it’s not a problem anyway). Every time I enter the bathroom for any reason, Sparky joins me. As a result, she has discovered the delirious joy of unraveling the toilet paper.

    Reply
  20. Love the Muggsy story, Artemisia! I think cats have a built in radar that allows them to detect when something interesting is going on in the bathroom.
    I currently have no door to my bathroom because of the ongoing renovation (and since I live alone, it’s not a problem anyway). Every time I enter the bathroom for any reason, Sparky joins me. As a result, she has discovered the delirious joy of unraveling the toilet paper.

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  21. Except in the photos with Christopher, she is looking quite grown-up these days. But then in comparison, she appears as the kitten she still is. Love your tales of her adventures, Sherrie!

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  22. Except in the photos with Christopher, she is looking quite grown-up these days. But then in comparison, she appears as the kitten she still is. Love your tales of her adventures, Sherrie!

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  23. Except in the photos with Christopher, she is looking quite grown-up these days. But then in comparison, she appears as the kitten she still is. Love your tales of her adventures, Sherrie!

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  24. Except in the photos with Christopher, she is looking quite grown-up these days. But then in comparison, she appears as the kitten she still is. Love your tales of her adventures, Sherrie!

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  25. Except in the photos with Christopher, she is looking quite grown-up these days. But then in comparison, she appears as the kitten she still is. Love your tales of her adventures, Sherrie!

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  26. Judy, Sparky does indeed look grown up in many of her pictures. But her body still has that adolescent slenderness and youthful appearance, and her face is still small and delicate. However, she has a vet appointment in a couple of weeks to get spayed and microchipped, so I guess that confirms that she is nearly grown up. I wish she would stay an adorable kitten forever, but I guess I’ll just have to settle for an adorable adult.

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  27. Judy, Sparky does indeed look grown up in many of her pictures. But her body still has that adolescent slenderness and youthful appearance, and her face is still small and delicate. However, she has a vet appointment in a couple of weeks to get spayed and microchipped, so I guess that confirms that she is nearly grown up. I wish she would stay an adorable kitten forever, but I guess I’ll just have to settle for an adorable adult.

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  28. Judy, Sparky does indeed look grown up in many of her pictures. But her body still has that adolescent slenderness and youthful appearance, and her face is still small and delicate. However, she has a vet appointment in a couple of weeks to get spayed and microchipped, so I guess that confirms that she is nearly grown up. I wish she would stay an adorable kitten forever, but I guess I’ll just have to settle for an adorable adult.

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  29. Judy, Sparky does indeed look grown up in many of her pictures. But her body still has that adolescent slenderness and youthful appearance, and her face is still small and delicate. However, she has a vet appointment in a couple of weeks to get spayed and microchipped, so I guess that confirms that she is nearly grown up. I wish she would stay an adorable kitten forever, but I guess I’ll just have to settle for an adorable adult.

    Reply
  30. Judy, Sparky does indeed look grown up in many of her pictures. But her body still has that adolescent slenderness and youthful appearance, and her face is still small and delicate. However, she has a vet appointment in a couple of weeks to get spayed and microchipped, so I guess that confirms that she is nearly grown up. I wish she would stay an adorable kitten forever, but I guess I’ll just have to settle for an adorable adult.

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  31. What is it about running water that attracts kittens? Mine discovered the sink around 8 months and could not get enough water time. What happened? At one year this month (Thanksgiving), suddenly they could care less. When I turn on the water now Tiger Lily actually shakes her head and looks away.
    The closed shower curtain is the new thing. One snakes inside and waits for the other to come close and, Bazinga!, hits the curtain from inside. Whoever gets the other to jump a foot wins. But that game only occurs when I’m watching. I’m guessing that getting me to laugh determines the best score.

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  32. What is it about running water that attracts kittens? Mine discovered the sink around 8 months and could not get enough water time. What happened? At one year this month (Thanksgiving), suddenly they could care less. When I turn on the water now Tiger Lily actually shakes her head and looks away.
    The closed shower curtain is the new thing. One snakes inside and waits for the other to come close and, Bazinga!, hits the curtain from inside. Whoever gets the other to jump a foot wins. But that game only occurs when I’m watching. I’m guessing that getting me to laugh determines the best score.

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  33. What is it about running water that attracts kittens? Mine discovered the sink around 8 months and could not get enough water time. What happened? At one year this month (Thanksgiving), suddenly they could care less. When I turn on the water now Tiger Lily actually shakes her head and looks away.
    The closed shower curtain is the new thing. One snakes inside and waits for the other to come close and, Bazinga!, hits the curtain from inside. Whoever gets the other to jump a foot wins. But that game only occurs when I’m watching. I’m guessing that getting me to laugh determines the best score.

    Reply
  34. What is it about running water that attracts kittens? Mine discovered the sink around 8 months and could not get enough water time. What happened? At one year this month (Thanksgiving), suddenly they could care less. When I turn on the water now Tiger Lily actually shakes her head and looks away.
    The closed shower curtain is the new thing. One snakes inside and waits for the other to come close and, Bazinga!, hits the curtain from inside. Whoever gets the other to jump a foot wins. But that game only occurs when I’m watching. I’m guessing that getting me to laugh determines the best score.

    Reply
  35. What is it about running water that attracts kittens? Mine discovered the sink around 8 months and could not get enough water time. What happened? At one year this month (Thanksgiving), suddenly they could care less. When I turn on the water now Tiger Lily actually shakes her head and looks away.
    The closed shower curtain is the new thing. One snakes inside and waits for the other to come close and, Bazinga!, hits the curtain from inside. Whoever gets the other to jump a foot wins. But that game only occurs when I’m watching. I’m guessing that getting me to laugh determines the best score.

    Reply
  36. MaeLou, I had to laugh at your description of the shower curtain game between your two little beasties. Sparky, too, loves to ambush me from the other side of the shower curtain. What’s so funny, though, is the fact she almost always falls into the bathtub when she tries to pat me through the curtain. Shower times have become quite humorous of late!
    Your kitties must be more appreciative of laughs, to garner such attention from you. Sparky is entirely self-absorbed, as all kittens and adolescent cats are wont to be at her age!

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  37. MaeLou, I had to laugh at your description of the shower curtain game between your two little beasties. Sparky, too, loves to ambush me from the other side of the shower curtain. What’s so funny, though, is the fact she almost always falls into the bathtub when she tries to pat me through the curtain. Shower times have become quite humorous of late!
    Your kitties must be more appreciative of laughs, to garner such attention from you. Sparky is entirely self-absorbed, as all kittens and adolescent cats are wont to be at her age!

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  38. MaeLou, I had to laugh at your description of the shower curtain game between your two little beasties. Sparky, too, loves to ambush me from the other side of the shower curtain. What’s so funny, though, is the fact she almost always falls into the bathtub when she tries to pat me through the curtain. Shower times have become quite humorous of late!
    Your kitties must be more appreciative of laughs, to garner such attention from you. Sparky is entirely self-absorbed, as all kittens and adolescent cats are wont to be at her age!

    Reply
  39. MaeLou, I had to laugh at your description of the shower curtain game between your two little beasties. Sparky, too, loves to ambush me from the other side of the shower curtain. What’s so funny, though, is the fact she almost always falls into the bathtub when she tries to pat me through the curtain. Shower times have become quite humorous of late!
    Your kitties must be more appreciative of laughs, to garner such attention from you. Sparky is entirely self-absorbed, as all kittens and adolescent cats are wont to be at her age!

    Reply
  40. MaeLou, I had to laugh at your description of the shower curtain game between your two little beasties. Sparky, too, loves to ambush me from the other side of the shower curtain. What’s so funny, though, is the fact she almost always falls into the bathtub when she tries to pat me through the curtain. Shower times have become quite humorous of late!
    Your kitties must be more appreciative of laughs, to garner such attention from you. Sparky is entirely self-absorbed, as all kittens and adolescent cats are wont to be at her age!

    Reply
  41. Hi, Jacquie! Yes, Sparky Tabasco is definitely a fitting name! The rascal has enough energy for ten kittens. Oh, to be that youthful and carefree again!
    Right now, she is attempting to drag a heavy bone across the floor, after stealing it from my Boxer, Shona. Unbelievable. That bone has plenty of meat left on it, and Sparky just waltzed and and stole it from under Shona’s very nose!

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  42. Hi, Jacquie! Yes, Sparky Tabasco is definitely a fitting name! The rascal has enough energy for ten kittens. Oh, to be that youthful and carefree again!
    Right now, she is attempting to drag a heavy bone across the floor, after stealing it from my Boxer, Shona. Unbelievable. That bone has plenty of meat left on it, and Sparky just waltzed and and stole it from under Shona’s very nose!

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  43. Hi, Jacquie! Yes, Sparky Tabasco is definitely a fitting name! The rascal has enough energy for ten kittens. Oh, to be that youthful and carefree again!
    Right now, she is attempting to drag a heavy bone across the floor, after stealing it from my Boxer, Shona. Unbelievable. That bone has plenty of meat left on it, and Sparky just waltzed and and stole it from under Shona’s very nose!

    Reply
  44. Hi, Jacquie! Yes, Sparky Tabasco is definitely a fitting name! The rascal has enough energy for ten kittens. Oh, to be that youthful and carefree again!
    Right now, she is attempting to drag a heavy bone across the floor, after stealing it from my Boxer, Shona. Unbelievable. That bone has plenty of meat left on it, and Sparky just waltzed and and stole it from under Shona’s very nose!

    Reply
  45. Hi, Jacquie! Yes, Sparky Tabasco is definitely a fitting name! The rascal has enough energy for ten kittens. Oh, to be that youthful and carefree again!
    Right now, she is attempting to drag a heavy bone across the floor, after stealing it from my Boxer, Shona. Unbelievable. That bone has plenty of meat left on it, and Sparky just waltzed and and stole it from under Shona’s very nose!

    Reply
  46. Sherrie,
    I don’t know if you’ll see this at this late date, but I actually did read the Sparky Report on Sunday, and then the phone rang before I could comment. I intended to come back later…blame Ken Follett and Fall of Giants!
    Great pictures as always, and I love your swan faucet! Gorgeous!

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  47. Sherrie,
    I don’t know if you’ll see this at this late date, but I actually did read the Sparky Report on Sunday, and then the phone rang before I could comment. I intended to come back later…blame Ken Follett and Fall of Giants!
    Great pictures as always, and I love your swan faucet! Gorgeous!

    Reply
  48. Sherrie,
    I don’t know if you’ll see this at this late date, but I actually did read the Sparky Report on Sunday, and then the phone rang before I could comment. I intended to come back later…blame Ken Follett and Fall of Giants!
    Great pictures as always, and I love your swan faucet! Gorgeous!

    Reply
  49. Sherrie,
    I don’t know if you’ll see this at this late date, but I actually did read the Sparky Report on Sunday, and then the phone rang before I could comment. I intended to come back later…blame Ken Follett and Fall of Giants!
    Great pictures as always, and I love your swan faucet! Gorgeous!

    Reply
  50. Sherrie,
    I don’t know if you’ll see this at this late date, but I actually did read the Sparky Report on Sunday, and then the phone rang before I could comment. I intended to come back later…blame Ken Follett and Fall of Giants!
    Great pictures as always, and I love your swan faucet! Gorgeous!

    Reply
  51. Hi, Donna. So glad to see you here! We receive notification each time someone leaves a comment. That’s how I knew you’d left a comment on this Sparky post. We do occasionally close the comments to prevent bombardment by spam, but most posts, no matter how old, have open comments.
    I listened to the audiobook version of Fall of Giants last year. Wow! A very long book, but superbly written (and riveting). Because I’m a history buff, as are most visitors to the Word Wenches blog, I particularly enjoyed the rich tapestry of history Follett wove into the book.
    Thank you for the compliment regarding my swan faucets. I designed the bathroom myself, and the swan faucets and the lotus sinks were an indulgence. *g*

    Reply
  52. Hi, Donna. So glad to see you here! We receive notification each time someone leaves a comment. That’s how I knew you’d left a comment on this Sparky post. We do occasionally close the comments to prevent bombardment by spam, but most posts, no matter how old, have open comments.
    I listened to the audiobook version of Fall of Giants last year. Wow! A very long book, but superbly written (and riveting). Because I’m a history buff, as are most visitors to the Word Wenches blog, I particularly enjoyed the rich tapestry of history Follett wove into the book.
    Thank you for the compliment regarding my swan faucets. I designed the bathroom myself, and the swan faucets and the lotus sinks were an indulgence. *g*

    Reply
  53. Hi, Donna. So glad to see you here! We receive notification each time someone leaves a comment. That’s how I knew you’d left a comment on this Sparky post. We do occasionally close the comments to prevent bombardment by spam, but most posts, no matter how old, have open comments.
    I listened to the audiobook version of Fall of Giants last year. Wow! A very long book, but superbly written (and riveting). Because I’m a history buff, as are most visitors to the Word Wenches blog, I particularly enjoyed the rich tapestry of history Follett wove into the book.
    Thank you for the compliment regarding my swan faucets. I designed the bathroom myself, and the swan faucets and the lotus sinks were an indulgence. *g*

    Reply
  54. Hi, Donna. So glad to see you here! We receive notification each time someone leaves a comment. That’s how I knew you’d left a comment on this Sparky post. We do occasionally close the comments to prevent bombardment by spam, but most posts, no matter how old, have open comments.
    I listened to the audiobook version of Fall of Giants last year. Wow! A very long book, but superbly written (and riveting). Because I’m a history buff, as are most visitors to the Word Wenches blog, I particularly enjoyed the rich tapestry of history Follett wove into the book.
    Thank you for the compliment regarding my swan faucets. I designed the bathroom myself, and the swan faucets and the lotus sinks were an indulgence. *g*

    Reply
  55. Hi, Donna. So glad to see you here! We receive notification each time someone leaves a comment. That’s how I knew you’d left a comment on this Sparky post. We do occasionally close the comments to prevent bombardment by spam, but most posts, no matter how old, have open comments.
    I listened to the audiobook version of Fall of Giants last year. Wow! A very long book, but superbly written (and riveting). Because I’m a history buff, as are most visitors to the Word Wenches blog, I particularly enjoyed the rich tapestry of history Follett wove into the book.
    Thank you for the compliment regarding my swan faucets. I designed the bathroom myself, and the swan faucets and the lotus sinks were an indulgence. *g*

    Reply

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