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I'm a married senior living in south Florida. My hubby and I have a cat named Sir Catty-Kit who lives with us and takes very good care of us.

He is half Maine-Coon and half Seal Point Siamese. His size is definitely Maine Coon, and he is beautiful with great big blue-green eyes. His fur is thick and as soft as rabbit fur, and he is so nice to cuddle.

Kit loves to play in water, and has slept with us every night since he came to live with us when he was 11 weeks old. When we travel, he goes with us, and is perfectly happy to be wherever we are. Sir Catty-Kit was 6 years old on Feb 14, 2011. He is my precious fur-child, but no longer will he tolerate me rocking him to sleep. He thinks
he is a "grown" man cat now.

We have 3 daughters and one son...all grown. We also have 4 grandchildren. Three girls and one boy all grown up too. They are still GrandMa's babies though, and will always be.

ThriftyFun is such a wonderful forum for exchanging pictures, recipes, tips, stories, and information for learning from other people's lifestyles and experiences. I especially enjoy the pictures and stories of their pets.
Julia in Boca Raton, FL

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Mom's Scalloped PotatoesThis is a very easy dish to prepare. You can even peel and slice the potatoes the night or morning before you intend to make the casserole. Then cover the potatoes with water and refrigerate to prevent darkening.


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Caring For Newborn KittensIf you find yourself in the position of playing "mama" to newborn kittens, here are a couple of things we learned over the years. They need to be fed about every 2-3 hours to begin with.


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Fourth of July Coffee CakeEasy and totally delicious. Not just for breakfast either. It's a very nice afternoon tea treat. It's one of the easiest


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All-American Style Potato SaladThis is an old family recipe and might take a little longer to prepare than some of the quicker ones today, but you sure will enjoy the difference. It's easy enough, so just have fun making and sharing it with those you love most.


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Pineapple Meringue CakeThis is a very easy cake to make, although the instructions and other "lessons" I've included makes it look long and difficult. I promise you that it's not at all. It is delicious and well worth learning to make for your special friends and family.


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Add Cake Trimmings To Frosted Middle LayerWhen making cake frosting and filling, set aside a portion of it for the filling. When you have to level your cake layers, just make the trimmings into crumbs and add them to the filling portion.


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Pay Off Your 30 Year Home Mortgage in Only 18 YearsPaying one additional mortgage payment each year, whether in a lump sum or monthly increments, can lower a 30-year loan down to 18 years. If you pay more than one extra payment, the number of years will decrease even more.


The Old Country Telephone

The Old Country TelephoneIt had to ring but five rings; three short, then two long; our private signal, five rings to connect us with Detroit or London or Miami where the sun was shining. Maybe all the way to Sidney, Australia, or more likely, just down the road and a friend.


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Keeping Milk FreshThis tip has saved me an unknown amount of money over the years and we are still using it. If you wrap your milk in an opaque plastic bag when you get it home from the store, it will not go sour for a much longer time.


Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal and Raisin Breakfast CookiesThese breakfast cookies are just as good as a big bowl of oatmeal, just as healthy, and much quicker. They can be taken with you to have with coffee mid-morning if you're not a breakfast person.


Watkin's Pound CakeAlmost every year that I can remember as a child, Mother would make several huge fruitcakes; and this Watkin's Pound cake recipe is what she used as the cake part of the "fruit-cake".


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Black Russian CakeThis is a very moist and delicious cake. Although its beginning lies in a boxed cake mix, the finish is spectacular and memorable. The Kahlua liqueur gives it an exceptionally rich and unique flavor. Definitely for the adults.


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Decorated Storage BoxesRecycle all types of boxes to make pretty storage boxes for your crafts, keepsakes and precious memories.


antique bible

My Frugal Holiday: The Old Family BibleIt had a place of honor on the long table in the living room along with a pretty old lamp which had colored glass all around the shade part of it, and little crystal dangly things that hung down around the bottom edge.


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Decorative Note CardsHomemade note cards that are hand-decorated in addition to using your printer for a few basics, and make the envelopes to match. Wrap in packets of 8 or 10 and give them to teachers, friends, and co-workers.


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Old-Fashioned Girl DollThis doll was made using some bits and pieces of lumber from my husband's cabinet shop. I just couldn't bear to see that nice wood go into the trash barrels.


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Barbie Doll and Clothes "Trunk"I made these decorated "Barbie Doll Clothes Trunks" for my great-granddaughter who loved her Barbie dolls and wanted to take them everywhere she went along with every shoe, purse, and dress those dolls owned.


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Decorative Fabric BannersThis is a nice and colorful way to fill in all the empty spaces of a room that need "something" while you use up all the remnants of fabrics that are almost too small to do anything with.


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