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Halloween inspires all kinds of activities to do with your toddler, especially pumpkin fun! Visiting the pumpkin patch together, shopping for (or making) Halloween costumes, and decorating the house. But one of the best Halloween activities is doing art projects together.

Here are two very simple pumpkin activities that every toddler can enjoy. Prepare for the activity in advance, so your little ball of energy can dive right in.

Oftentimes younger children miss out on the fun of jack o lanterns, because they obviously are too young to handle a knife. A toddler can scoop pumpkin guts, and draw a face onto a pumpkin, but then the rest must be handed over to an adult for the actual carving.

Here an option. Pumpkin Painting. Think of how much fun your toddler or preschooler would have designing a pumpkin from beginning to end. And, don stop with pumpkins. Paint gourds, too. Simply put an old t shirt on your toddler, get out non toxic paints and he go to town.

There nothing at all fancy about this idea. Simply cut a few pumpkins out of orange construction paper. Then, cut several triangles and a few big goofy grins out of either black or yellow paper. Lastly, cut a stem out of green or brown paper.

Present the pieces to your toddler along with a glue stick and watch his creativity. You treasure those three eyed jack o lanterns years from now.

Spending time with your toddler is not difficult and doesn need to be challenging. Just give him the tools, grab your camera, and relax. Your child will feel cherished, and you begin a tradition of making memories together.

Watch out Picasso. There a new artist in town.

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Beginner or Experienced Snowboarder? It’s Saul Goodman!You may never have heard of the ski resort of Metabief Mont d’Or in the Haute Jura in France and I wouldn’t have either if it wasn’t for the fact that I pass it every time I drive down to Lausanne in Switzerland.

Most of the time Le Mont d’Or is just a grassy hill but sometimes it gets dumped on with over a meter of fresh snow.

When low pressure comes from the north west to bring low temperatures and snow to the Alps it hits the Jura first because of its geographic location. When this happens Metabief gets more than its fair share of snow and it gets it first. Especially centres of low pressure that are weak tend to die out after dropping their snow in the Haute Jura mountains before moving on to the Alps. On these days Metabief has fresh snow while the Alps remain dry.

In any case it is worth checking the weather forecasts for low pressure from the north west before planning a day trip here.

The Ski Town of MetabiefThe ski resort of Metabief offers a modest 500 meter (1650 feet) difference in altitude between the bottom at 900 meters (2952 feet) and the top of Le Morond at 1420 meters altitude (4658 feet).

Metabief Mont d’Or can be reached from Lausanne within 30 minutes when parking at Les Tavins just after crossing the swiss french border at Les Echampes. From Pontarlier in France it takes less than 30 minutes to arrive in Metabief.

Hotels, restaurants and supermarkets are found in the town of Metabief and Jougne.

Bunny Hills and JibbingAs already mentioned in my article about the Top 5 Unknown Snowboard Destinations Metabief Mont d’Or is the go to place for people who are residing in Lausanne, Montreux or Geneva and who have kids or who are still learning snowboarding or skiing themselves. Because the ski pass prices are quite reasonable and because you have the option to buy as little as a 2 hour ski pass it is way more economic to learn snowboarding or skiing here than somewhere in the Alps.

Learning how to snowboard or ski is already frustrating enough so you could do without the frustration of buying an expensive ski pass that you are not using up to its full potential when rocking the bunny hill all day. The cool thing about Metabief is that the whole mountain is a bunny hill. Did you know that Metabief is actually french for ‘bunny hill’? And did you also know that when you say the word gullible real slow it sounds like ‘orange’?

Now that does not mean this place is boring for more advanced snowboarders or skiers. First of all the slopes are all steep enough to never fall still, even when you do a bit of powder sidestepping outside of the slopes and into the forest. Secondly the terrain offers a lot of features that can be jibbed.

Now if you are new to snowboarding then you are probably also new to a word like ‘jib’. The Urban Dictionary defines a jib as “an object or obstacle used by a snowboarder to jump upon or over. The jib can be made from almost anything, natural or man made: trees,
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logs, stumps, handrails, barrels, tires, vehicles,
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walls, people”. I actually like jumping over people’s abandoned skis outside of restaurants. Nothing like a little backside 180 across someones skis to bring back the tension between snowboarders and skiers.

The Skillful Art of Eating a Packed Lunch While Cruising Down the SlopesWhen driving to Metabief from Lausanne it is easiest to park at Les Tavins where you can also buy a ski pass at the ticket office. When you still have to learn snowboarding or skiing or when you are looking for a way to get rid of your children quickly it is better to drive to the town of Metabief from where you have direct access to the bunny hills. This is also where you can hire skis or snowboards at two different rental places or book lessons at the ESF ski school. There is also a ski hire in the town of Jougne. Rental in french is written as ‘location’ so keep looking for those locations.

After mastering the skillful art of frontside and backside turns on your snowboard or pizza fries on your skis it is time to check out the rest of the ski resort.

The chairlift appropriately named Moron D is the fastest and most modern ski lift in town. It is also the only chairlift that brings you up the mountain in less than ten minutes. The rest of the chairlifts are still from an era when taking a chairlift was considered a privilege. The chairlift of Morond will bring you directly to the highest elevation of the resort, the top of Le Morond (1420 meters / 4658 feet).

Depending on how well you can ride the slopes you can choose to either take the blue ‘Berche’ or the black ‘Renversee’ down to Metabief with blue being the easiest and black the hardest. There is also a green slope called ‘Familiale’ but because this is a path I only recommend this to beginning skiers. We all know that for snowboarders, who are still a bit shaky on the front and backside turning, paths are the worst.

For more advanced skiers and snowboarders the green and blue slope are nice to cruise down and offer you the opportunity to eat your packed lunch. The black slope is only called black because it is not prepared, not because it is steep.

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Green and Everything In BetweenThe only real steep part in the resort can be found on the side of Les Tavins on top of ‘Roches’ chairlift when you take a right turn down the ‘Competition’ slope. The very first part, right after exiting the chairlift, is especially steep and very tricky when slopes are icy. If you like slap stick comedy I recommend stopping here for a minute to watch skiers and snowboarders negotiate the steep sheet of ice. It will give a clarifying insight in the dynamics of the non existing discipline of downhill speed skating.

Another option when reaching the end of ‘Roches’ chairlift is to take the ‘Bouc Blanc’ red slope or the ‘Vieux Chalet’ blue slope down. Since these two are nothing more than just a red and a blue slope I usually opt for the green ‘Creux Soudet’ because it offers some unconventional fun. ‘Creux Soudet’ is actually a hollow road with both sides going up most of the time providing a natural gully with plenty of options to jib. There are stones, little trees and small rivers that can be jumped and most of the time the road is steep enough to pick up speed after a little jib on the side. Only on the last part, after the second sharp left turn, you need to keep enough speed in order to make it out without having to take off one or two bindings.

Wrapping Things UpThe ski resort of Metabief is small enough to check out all the different lifts and slopes in 4 hours. This is only possible if you know your way around so it helps studying the resort map before going.

Note for example,
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when studying the resort map, that in order to get from the Les Tavins side of the resort to the Metabief side you will have to take the ‘Chamois’ chairlift from somewhere halfway the ‘Granges des Pauvres’ blue slope.

Also to get back from the Metabief side to Les Tavins you need to take the same chairlift ‘Chamois’ down or you will have to try and find the start of the blue ‘Raccourci’ slope which is hidden somewhere on the right side of the red ‘Troupezy’ slope. ‘Raccourci’ is actually just a dirt road with snow on it so for snowboarders who are not yet comfortable making turns I recommend riding the ‘Chamois’ chairlift back down.

On the Les Tavins side, after being brought down to ‘Granges des Pauvres’ you can choose to remain seated and have the ‘Chamois’ chairlift bring you up to the black ‘Competition’ slope just below the steep icy part described earlier in this article.

If you parked your car on the Les Tavins side you can cruise all the way down to the parking from here and call it a day. If you still have to pick up your kids from the bunny hill on the Metabief side make sure you get the last ride up with the ‘Chamois’ chairlift before it closes or you will be stranded on the wrong side.

This sums up all the things you need to know to have a great time in the ski resort of Metabief Mont d’Or. Keep checking the snow forecast this winter to make sure you only go there when conditions are epic.

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HALIFAX For Mary Elizabeth Luka, one of the best ways to comprehend the enormity of the 1917 Halifax Explosion is by tracing the footsteps of the dead.

Luka is a member of the Narratives in Space and Time Society, a group of artists who organize public walks every Dec. 6, offering stories, songs and performances that bring to life the raw and terrifying impact of the worst man made disaster in Canadian history.

we literally walking in people footsteps, we end up in places you wouldn otherwise go, Luka said in an interview. every walk, there probably six or seven places where we stop and something happens. Tuesday, the 99th anniversary of the explosion, Luka group gathered with about 40 people on the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour, where the Mi village of Turtle Grove was obliterated when a Belgian relief ship and a French vessel carrying munitions and TNT collided a few hundred metres away.

The resulting blast and tidal wave killed almost 2,000 people in the Halifax area. Another 9,000 were injured, many of them blinded by flying glass or burned in the fires that razed a large section of the city north end.

To this day, a tree lined section of what was once Turtle Grove remains empty and overgrown. And that where Luka group walked to hear Mi filmmaker Catherine Martin speak about a family member who died that terrible day. As people stood in a circle near the shoreline, Martin drummed, sang and invited everyone to make offerings for remembrance.

At one point, the names of several of the people who had died that day were read aloud, and some of those in the circle offered their own stories or sang.

As usual, the city main commemoration ceremony was held directly across the harbour at Fort Needham Memorial Park, which overlooks the former neighbourhood of Richmond an area virtually flattened by the explosion. There were speeches from politicians. Prayers were read aloud. Ships in the harbour blew their horns. And a cannon was fired from the ramparts of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

Mary MacLeod, a lifelong resident of Halifax, recalled how her great uncle, letter carrier Thomas Spruce, was killed while he was making his daily rounds in the Vestry Street area.

say he was decapitated, said MacLeod, a petite woman bundled against the cold. identified his body by the numbers on the laundry pins he used to hold his socks up. his remarks to a crowd of about 300, Mayor Mike Savage alluded to the inevitable challenges that come with trying to pay tribute to something that happened so long ago.

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we read the accounts and perhaps we seen the movies, he said. can we really imagine what it was like 99 years ago? then recited some of the numbers and facts most Haligonians know too well.

With 11,000 people killed or injured, that amounted to about 20 per cent of the city population. The blast was the biggest the world would see until the advent of the atomic bomb.

The next day, the headline in the Halifax Herald read: Wrecked. mayor said the city is already planning for the 100th anniversary, saying public surveys have given the city a clear picture of how residents feel about the grim event.

used words like fear, devastation and destruction, but they also spoke of community of courage and of hope, he said. told us that we have to solemnly honour our past, remembering those who have lost their lives and the families that were forever changed. the mayor, Luka is looking forward to the day when her group project, Geographies of the Halifax Explosion, culminates with a final walk next December.

As with the previous walks, this one will feature so called interventions aimed at reaching people in a way that old books, photos and films will never be able to do.

During the first walk in 2014, for example, participants walked to an area of the North End where a women dressed in period costume read a first person account about Elizabeth Fraser, a young girl who was working as a maid in the city south end when the explosion destroyed her family home on Roome Street.

As the woman read the harrowing story, which tells of Fraser frantic search for her missing brother amid the city smouldering ruins, listeners were given scarves, which they were encouraged to wrap around their heads to simulate total blindness and focus their attention they could place themselves into that space, Luka said.

On another walk, participants were taken to the Conservatory of Music on Chebucto Road, which was used as a morgue after the explosion.

changed very little since that period, said Luka, adding that the theme of that walk was a dimly lit basement, a slide show featured historic photos from the Nova Scotia Archives, and singer Janice Jackson complemented a jarring piano composition from the era with operatic punctuations.

Next year events include exhibitions at the Dalhousie Art Gallery and the Nova Scotia Archives. One of the exhibitions will include material gathered during the previous three years.
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TORONTO A couple of crooks with a taste for luxury items are sought for ripping off two businesses in the city Financial District late last year.

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Four weeks after stealing the designer handbags on Dec. 22, 2017 it believed the same man helped himself to some pricey pens at a jewelry store near Bay St. and King St. W.

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Email, text and Twitter were said to be the final nails in its coffin. But as with Mark Twain a great exponent of the art reports of the death of letter writing have been greatly exaggerated. Increasingly, people are forgoing the gratification of instant electronic communication for a slower, more personal approach letter writing is experiencing a revival, and the art of saying thank you is central to its resurgence.

Retailers are reporting increased sales of “snail mail” stationery, including writing sets and fountain pens. They claim the trend for handwritten correspondence is a reaction against electronic communication and part of a wider resurgence in home made crafts.

With sales of writing paper at John Lewis soaring 79 per cent year on year, Clare Northwood, the group’s stationery buyer, said there was a “return to people handwriting letters and notecards, offering a more personalised touch”. Increased entertaining at home because of the economic downturn could be behind a 20 per cent rise in sales of “thank you” notelets, she said. “It is easier to ping off an email but it is more meaningful to send a thank you card,
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particularly if someone cooked for you and has gone that extra mile.”

Children’s writing sets featuring well known characters are also performing well: sales of Hello Kitty products have risen by 62 per cent in the past 12 months, she said.

Annette Sharp, managing director of the Bristol based online retailer Papernation, said: “Parents see letter writing as a way of encouraging their children’s writing skills without sitting them down to homework. It’s a real life way of encouraging writing skills in children.

“I think it is part of a wider hand made and back to basics approach, appreciating the smaller things in life,” she said. “People are a little bit fed up of being bombarded by technology. And it’s actually quite nice to sit down and write a note or letter and take time over it. People see letter writing as a way of expressing their personality.”

Decorative and embossed designs have become popular, with people buying rubber stamps and stickers to add their own creative touch. “It becomes a piece of art from one friend to another,” she said.

Retailers have also reported increased sales of handwriting equipment, with sales of fountain pens up 70 per cent. This surge includes sales of expensive models such as the Mont Blanc Diamond Pen, as customers choose products that make handwriting more enjoyable.

London’s City Lit, the largest adult education centre in Europe,
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“The only people I get handwritten letters from now are my grandparents,” she said, “but I used to write letters to friends at school and things like that. Everyone likes getting letters but people don’t really write them any more. I thought if I created an event where it was the main focus, people would take the time to do it.”

As a general rule, a thank you letter should be written within a week to 10 days of receipt of a present. If you are thanking a host, try to respond within a week.

A thank you letter should be handwritten and sent by post, usually first class,
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or delivered by hand. Never use an office franking machine.

If you are thanking someone for a present, refer to it specifically, and make a positive comment about its appropriateness, usefulness, attractiveness (“Thank you for the scarf the olive green is an excellent choice, as it will match my new winter coat”).

It is appropriate for parents to respond on behalf of their children before they are able to write. Children should write their own thank yous, however, as soon as they can.

Children should also be encouraged to make a detailed comment about a present (“Thank you for the teddy you gave me for my birthday. I have named him Edward”).

When thanking someone after an event, the form of the

invitation signals the appropriate format of a thank you. Engraved invitation cards require a formal thank you letter. If you have been invited by phone or email, you can reply in kind.

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Pupils at Moulsecoomb Primary School flew over Mont Blanc, had a rooftop view of the Parisian skyline,
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“We also have anecdotal evidence that there are many children in the city who have never been taken to the seaside despite living moments from the beach we want to change that and engage children in this magical city, but also broaden their horizons and take a journey further afield.

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It been 99 years since the Halifax Explosion destroyed large parts of the city and took the lives of around two thousand people. on Dec. 6, 1917, the SS Mont Blanc collided with the Norwegian ship Imo in the part of Halifax Harbour called Narrows. 20 minutes later, the Mont Blanc exploded, obliterating buildings and structures within two kilometres of the shore line.

a lot of families in the north end, if they were lucky, they have 50 per cent casualty rates, he explained some cases entire families and entire family names disappeared out of the city registry. said one survivor, Barbara Orr who was 14 years old at the time of the explosion, was the only one of her immediate family who lived.

She had stayed home from school that day because she had the measles, but when she heard of the ship on fire in the harbour, she left home to go check it out.

She was hit by the blast while walking through Fort Needham park.

said it was like a combination of a whirlwind and a tidal wave, she was literally thrown a half kilometre back up the hill and literally blown out of one of her boots, he said.

foot was smashed, she was cut, bruised, bleeding, black and blue, covered with dirt and oil from the explosion. said the teen limped to her aunt house on Gottingen Street, she didn recognize her.

In 1902, Orr commissioned the bells that are now in the memorial tower at Fort Needman.

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind started as a small group of volunteers, the group’s former chair and current archivist Jane Beaumont told NEWS 95.7 efforts were put in place to help people transition following their eye sight loss.

“The Halifax Explosion just emphasized that lack of services, primarily when adults are blinded they need training to carry on with their normal life and get back into the work force,” she explained.

She said the Canadian Free Library for the Blind already existed to provide materials to help learn braille, and they sent funds to the Halifax School for the Blind to help people learn to get around the city and manage their homes.

The disaster relief effort also became the first the Canadian Red Cross had ever been involved in, prior to 1917 the organization had a ‘wartime only’ mandate.

According to the Canadian Red Cross, when word of the disaster reached Boston, relief experts from the American Red Cross headed to Halifax.

Under their direction, the Canadian counterpart distributed medical supplies and clothing meant for the war, while volunteers sewed bandages non stop for days at the Halifax Technical School.

In 1919, they broadened their mandate to include peacetime involvement and now disaster relief has become the core element of their work, helping people cope with situations like local house fires, tsunamis and earthquakes.

The United Way Halifax was also born out of compassionate relief efforts following the explosion.

A Halifax Relief Committee was formed to united civic leaders to provide food, medicine, housing and transportation to injured and homeless survivors.

The official ceremony is at Fort Needman Memorial Park Bell Tower, which will include payers, the laying of wreaths a moment of silence and remarks from mayor Mike Savage and councillor Lindell Smith.

City spokesperson Tiffany Chase told NEWS 95.7 those planning going should plan ahead.

early enough to find parking nearby, also be aware there is an elevation you need to get up to get up to the top of the hill where the bell tower is located, she said.
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4/3/04Since each of us is blessed with only one life, why not live it with a cat? Robert Stearns

Welcome to another issue of Dynamo’s World and welcome to all of the new subscribers! This week Dynamo shares her frightening encounter with a beast known as the Blade Monster. Also, if your feline friend is famous for his bizarre appetite you’ll want to check out for some information about this disorder. I’ve included some tips on destroying a flea population as well as some handy cat health links.

Annita aka DynamospersonThere is a monster lurking inside my home. No, I didn’t see my reflection in the window again, this is a real monster! I’m referring to the ancient beast known as Blade Monster.

The Blade Monster hangs suspended from the ceiling. He commands the room with his four wooden tentacles and single glaring eye. In the cold times he remains motionless, only gazing with blinding fierceness when my people enter the room. But when the hot times come he twirls his tentacles with enough speed to ruffle my fur! And he makes a hideous “whirring” sound that causes my toe pads to break out in goose bumps!

Of course my people are oblivious to the dangers of the Blade Monster. They happily walk around while he growls just a few feet above their heads. Now I know that my people aren’t famous for their intelligence,
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but any idiot can see the danger here!

I’ve tried to warn my people. I refuse to enter Blade Monster’s room, I gaze at him from the hallway with a horrified look on my face and I’ve even tried to block my people from entering his room. They refuse to listen. So I decided that I alone must defeat and destroy Blade Monster.

I’ve been considering this for about a year. I decided the only way to defeat him was to learn what made him tick. I began a surveillance operation. Every night I would sit at the bedroom door and watch him for about ten minutes, until I became too frightened and was forced to hide under blankie. During this time I learned his human name. They refer to him as “Ceiling Fan”. It’s obviously a code name, but I haven’t managed to decipher it.

On three occasions (during the cold times of course) I’ve ventured into his room. He didn’t move, but I could feel his eye on me. I only stayed long enough to confirm my suspicion: Blade Monster is really scary!

It was after one of these adventures that my plan really started coming together. I was sharpening my claws on a piece of furniture, considering the facts that I had gathered so far. Blade Monster is really scary. Somebody would have to approach him in order to destroy him. That somebody was not going to be me. It was right about then that I had a brilliant thought.

I decided to use Delilah to defeat the Blade Monster. For those of you who didn’t read my story about Delilah, she holds the title of Stupidest Cat In The World. She wears her crown proudly. I know what you’re thinking. No, I don’t believe Delilah the Stupid is clever enough to defeat Blade Monster. I am simply going to convince her that she is,
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then I can watch him in battle and learn what his weakness is. That’s where Willow will come in handy.

Willow is a small sarcastic cat striped cat who will do anything for a biscuit. I’m pretty sure that if I offer her one, as well as a ringside seat when Delilah gets pummeled by Blade Monster, she’ll be in. I may also have to give her my sparkle mousie, but I can only focus on one problem at a time.

As soon as I figure out how to get this message to Delilah and Willow the battle is on and Blade Monster’s days are numbered. But until then, I think I’ll just have a nap. In a room far away from Blade Monster. Next to my person. Under a blankie.

Cats eat strange things on a daily basis. You’ve probably cringed more than once at the sight of your pet swallowing a spider or a fly. But some cats take their strange appetites a step farther. There are some felines who regularly feast on everything from wool to yarn to plastic. It’s a disorder known as pica syndrome.

Pica is simply a desire to eat things that shouldn’t be eaten. There’s no known cause, although some studies have been done. Theories range from premature weaning to anxiety to compulsive disorders. Whatever the reason it can be harmful to the cat and worrisome for the cat’s caregivers.

It is widely accepted that a lack of nutrients is not to blame. Many people faced with this problem are baffled, they’re feeding their cats commercial diets and they can’t understand what they could be doing wrong. Adding more vitamins and minerals to the diet hasn’t been proven to stop the behavior however, so the cause lies elsewhere.

It can be a very dangerous disorder. When a cat ingests something that isn’t meant to be consumed it can cause vomiting, constipation, obstruction of the intestines and even death if not treated promptly. If your pet has this problem it’s important that you observe him closely. If certain items have proven irresistible make sure that they are put in a place that curious paws can’t reach.

If you suspect that your pet has pica syndrome you should take him to the vet right away to rule out any kind of physical condition that could be causing this behavior. If that is ruled out,
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your vet may suggest that you take your cat to an animal behaviorist to try and get to the root of the problem and to determine treatment.

Treatments vary almost as much as theories to the cause of pica syndrome. Some vets suggest anti anxiety drug therapy or increased fiber in the diet. Others believe interactive play or reducing stress factors in your pet’s life may offer the solution.

Studies are still being done to learn the reason for this odd behavior. A solution may soon be found that will help to satisfy whatever strange craving pica cats seem to have. And for the caregivers of these special felines that day can’t come soon enough!Featured Cat Links