Country Chatter Newsletter
  November 2012

        Issue 7    

Welcome to the "new" Country Chatter







It is time for another issue of Country Chatter.  Can you believe that it is November all ready, we are supposed to have rain this weekend and cool temperatures. finally I might get to turn off the air. But the mornings and evenings are wonderful, I have been out walking down to get the mail and
can't wait to get a dog to walk with me.  All my plants are enjoying the cooler weather.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween, more kids this year than in past years.  Lots of people took photos of the house, and keep hoping one of these years, one of the magazines will stop by and take photos of it.  I tried to get Happy Feet to sit on one of the pumpkins but........... he was not going for that at all.  Check out my Facebook page (cjdacarebear) and there are photos of the front of the house.

 Bandit would like to say a couple words to the NFL.  He enjoys football, he gets his rocking chair in the right position, the afghan is in the right place, his pillow is patted down just the way that he likes it
 and he has his Pringles hid, so he can enjoy them while he is watching the game.  Now here is where the problem is, he would like the NFL not to show any more Chicago Bears games on the TV.  His adopted Mom yells at the TV when the Bears are on and scares him. He jumps up and his Pringles go flying around the living room and Special runs in and steals them.  So he would like the NFL not to schedule anymore Chicago Bears games so he can enjoy watching football again. And he would like something done with Happy Feet and Baby Stripes, the living room is not a race track.

Claudia and I went to the Front Porch Festival in Catlin Court and Downtown Glendale.  It was so nice to see all our favorite shops again and some of the new ones.  So many new things to see and buy, we stopped at Southern Comfort and had lunch on their porch, it was so nice.  If it does not rain on Saturday, we are going back for Holiday Open House.  Well, the Valley of the Sun can go from hot to cold in one week.  It was cold today and we have a hard freeze warning for tonight.  All the stores are decorated for Holidays and the Craft Festival was set up downtown, too.

I am working on my front yard , now that it has cool down.  I am going to have rock put down, so I am pulling edging around and "building" a new sidewalk in the middle of the yard going up to the patio that I built, too.  I will take pictures when I am done.

Here are a couple of the shops that we visited on Saturday.

          The Cottage Garden                           Apple Tree                       


Country Maiden                                 Southern Cuisine





Thanksgiving Delights

On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.

For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.

We’re grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.

The list of all we’re grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!

By Joanna Fuchs


We are adding a new feature to the newsletter.  I made a mistake and bought Happy Feet in the computer room,
so that he could see a newsletter that I get and he got an idea.  He has been driving me crazy ever since, Happy Feet
has not been too happy with his "furless" mom ever since she bought in the kitten, Stripes and he wants a column of his own.
So............. here it is. 
Ever since Stripes has come into the house, I have want her to know that I am the most important kitten in the house, not that dumb
little kitten.  He moved into the house and I hid, in fact I hid for three days, and my furless mom could not find me.  She called
and called for me inside and outside the house.  She was sure that I had run away from home, but I am an inside kitten not an
outside kitten like Stripes.  My furless Mom was so happy when she found me, hugs and kisses.  I will be a year old at
Thanksgiving and I want a birthday cake made out of treats.  So, this will be my column and each month you will get some
of my wonderful adventures around the house and maybe I will hold still long enough that a photo will be taken of me.
If you want to send treats, please, Bandit will not share his Pringles with me.  I have a whole month to think up ideas for my
feature so, all I have been hearing about is this thing called Christmas and Da Bears  - I have to agree with Bandit about my
furless mom and football.













Activities Around the Valley

This is for my friends who need a little reminder about what is going on around
my part of the world.  It is time for the valley to come alive and for everyone to come out
for all the shows and all the wonderful activities.
Time to take a class or two at the Park District or your local craft shop
I am following my
own advice and taking a class this Sunday down at Country Maiden and learning how
to make a crocheted rug.  They will be offering this class again in January, please
email me if you are interested and I will send you all the information.

Downtown Glendale Lights Up
November 23-24

What is synonymous with holiday fun on Thanksgiving weekend in the Valley of the Sun? Glendale Glitters! The stunning display of 1.5 million lights will illuminate 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona. It all kicks off November 23-24 from 5-10 p.m. each evening.

41st Annual Sun City Arts  & Crafts Festival
November 23rd & 24th
Sundial Recreation Center
14801 N. 103rd Avenue
Sun City, AZ

27th Poinsettia Festival
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 and Dec. 7 - 9
Gardener's World Nursery
3401 E. Baseline Rd. Phoenix, AZ

Open Air Market in Historic Downtown Glendale
First Saturday of each Month - October to May 9am-4pm
A Mad Hatter's - 5734 W. Glendale Ave. Glendale, AZ

And my favorite - The Farm at South Mountain is open again
Check it out at

Phoenix Community Farmer's Market
Located at 721 N. Central Ave. Phoenix
Hours - Every Wednesday 4pm to 8 pm
Every Saturday 8am to Noon
Worth the trip down to see it.

Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court are celebrating Christmas with new shops and restaurants, be sure and stop in and say hello, and tell them that you heard about them from Country Chatter. So is there enough things for you to do????


Crafter's Corner

If you are in the Phoenix area and are interested in any shows, please get in touch with the kittens at and they will be more than happy to send you a list of shows.

Bear is in charge of link exchanges and was wondering if anyone would like to exchange links with Calico Kitten Designs.
You can get in touch with him at and he will be more than happy to sent you ours. One small note from Bandit, if you have any EXTRA Pringles (the original favor) he will make sure that you on the front page of the links.

Craft Project

Holiday Cow Bells

For the supplies, instructions for this project, please click on the link below

Craft Project

















Each and every month, there will be a special section for them. 
Since the Holidays are coming up so fast, how about some recipes for Thanksgiving.

If you would like to have yours in the next issue of Country Chatter, please email Bandit at and he just loves samples.
Can you tell that Bandit is a "fat" kitten or as they want to be called "Kitties"

Apple Oatmeal Spice Cookeis
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup applesauce
2 tablespoon milk
3 cups quick or old fashioned oats
1/ cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup diced dried mixed fruit or raisins

Heat oven to 300 degrees.  Lightly grease cookie sheets. 
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg: set aside.  In a large
bowl, beat sugars and butter until well blended.  Add applesauce, egg, milk and vanilla: beat well. 
Stir in oats, dried fruit and nuts, if desired, mix well
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookies sheets.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets,
remove to wire rack.  Cool completely.  Makes about 3 dozen









Well, I hope that you have made it down to this little part, I love talking about
Arizona, sharing this state with everyone.  I want to share a part of my world
with everyone and doing this newsletter is my way of thanking
everyone for being a friend.   Say a prayer for our Armed Forces and pray that they will be home soon.  Thanksgiving is two weeks away, eat lots of turkey, give your family lots of love and be
thankful that we live in America., and count your blessings.

Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
thanks for being a part of Country Chatter
And just remember Fall is here !!! 
My favorite time of the year.

Cindy and the Kittens


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