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Wild Card Wednesday: Black Cats Crossing Paths

Oh how I’ve missed my Blog Cabin friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. While we patiently — or impatiently — wait for the big move to Lake Hamilton, I thought we could start dissecting the current home. You know, dive into the fun details that made this charming bungalow “the one.” We’ll call this series “Wild Card Wednesday” because you never know what you’re going to get.

Blog Cabin 2014

For today’s inaugural post, we’re starting on the outside of the home. What did you notice when you first saw Blog Cabin 2014? Its charming brick facade? Worn concrete planters lining the stairs? The black trim, perhaps? What about that pair of black cats just above the brick? As a cat lover I noticed them right away.

Blog Cabin 2014 House Details

We’ve all heard the common superstition that a black cat crossing your path means bad luck. What’s your take on these decorative felines? Why do you think they’ve been placed on the home?

  • Posted at 5:02 pm on December 12, 2013
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  1. Hi Kayla! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend too!! I am so loving this old house and all the cool features. The first thing I noticed was the old rickety steps up to the front door and the old pots on top of the brick walls lining the old steps. I think those adorable kitty cats were there because the past owners had cats of their own! It will be interesting to see what others think! Have a great rest of the week and thank you for the new thread!! :D

    jchristie24 on December 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm
  2. I noticed the brick but the feature that really caught my eye was on top of the house. The windows that went all the way around an upper room. Really cool!

    flashy on December 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  3. Hi Kayla, it's odd I didn't notice the black cats. I've had one so they aren't very mysterious to me. I named her Angel, because she wasn't. (to anyone but me!) One of my cats I have now is – Miss B is so named because she . . . is.
    – Kayla, thank you for being here for us at BC. You have been great.
    – I noticed that Liz Gray took over at DH. I've also noticed that the SH blog has fallen through the blog cracks. Will you be doing SH as well?
    – I wonder who will take over the UA blog.
    – I'm glad to see that HGTV and DIY realized that taking care of all the blogs was a huge responsibility.
    I hope Mary wasn't worked to bits, although she probably was.

    Kayla, if you are our designated BC steward, and only ours, we are collectively grateful that we have you. You have given us fantastic updates and we love it.
    WCG

    Wind Chime Girl on December 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm
    • Miss B! WCG, that is so funny! When Glory joined Nunzio and me, she came with her name. She was just over a year old and I didn't have the heart to confuse her by changing it. After a short period of adjustment, she decided she was comfortable enough to declare herself Top Dog and never gave Nunzio a moments' peace thereafter. People hear me calling her "Glory B" and assume it's a religious reference. It is NOT! I think you know what the "B" stands for. ;-)

      TwoCorgis on December 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm
    • Hi, Two, I love Glory B, that is great. Between Glory B and Miss B, they can certainly keep a house in order – to their satisfaction!
      I wouldn't change the name of our newly adopted dog 'Pete' because, like you said, that's all he brought with him. It was his and it was all he had.
      But to let Glory know she had an addendum to her name, that's poetry.
      Cheers to all the "B's" in the world. By golly, they do know where they stand!
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm
    • And, Two, yes, your 'B' means the same as my 'B'. Once that poor little sick kitty wandered upon us and deemed us worthy of her presence she made her name apparent. I sized that kitty up in the first 30 minutes after she strolled into our lives. I named her on the spot. She has NOT proved me wrong. We spent buckets of money getting her well and I wouldn't change one thing about our Miss B.
      I may steal your 'Glory B' because we call our B-girl so many variations of her name. So many possibilities!
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm
    • You are right, there are so many possibilities. Sometimes she's "Glory-Beast", "Glory-Bieber" (because she trills when she stretches as if she's trying to sing), "Glory-Beanie-Baby", "Glory-Beaches" (for when the angst over a desire for snacks becomes ever so trying), and "Glory-Beyotch" (because I really don't like to actually SAY the "B-word"). :-)

      TwoCorgis on December 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    • Oh, yes, Miss B has many AKA's, The Beast being one of them! She will actually hiss at me when I aggravate her. She hisses at herself when she aggravates herself, though. I don't know where she acquired such a potty mouth. But sometimes, she is all sweetness & light.
      Cats are soooo funny.
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 6, 2013 at 10:54 pm
    • WCG you and Two are really on to something there. Over the years I've been owned by a few cats from H myself! LOL;)<3<3 You dear gals both deserve the Wild Wednesday humor award of the week. xD

      SID on December 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm
    • Hi Sandy, you know from where I speak, then!
      Miss B is mad about the weather now, which I'm sure you got after us. Everything is frozen, ice and stuff about 5" thick or more. And she's more of a hot weather cat, hmm – do that math.
      Sweet Tom kitty likes to 'go' outside, but he can't dig a little pit so even he is having snit issues. He's doomed to using the B's litter box.
      – And that's when the fight started –
      Poor Pete Puppy is just trying to stay out of their way!
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm
    • Our furbabies give us lots of reasons to smile and joke. Today, Nunzio is walking around with his head tilted to one side after having his ears cleaned – something must have been jarred loose, so we'll be going back to the vet. Glory B is grumpy because she had 3 teeth pulled during her dental visit. Not to worry, though. She still has plenty of bite left in her!

      TwoCorgis on December 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    • I noticed the cats right away and love them! I remember reading in one of the other posts that someone else had the SAME cats and the cats actually have marble eyes!^_^

      Debbie on December 6, 2013 at 11:37 am
    • Hmmmm…….. Now that you mention it I remember we used to call the pretty clear marbles with a small colored streak in the center "cat eye' marbles.

      SID on December 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm
    • I can't believe I didn't see them. And they have different colored eyes, too.

      Wind Chime Girl on December 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm
  4. Hi Kayla, the first thing I noticed was the old wagon wheel. I have 2 of those on the driveway to our cabin, painted red and yellow. I love the black cats. I wondered if they were a school shop project. As some of my kids had made stars out of metal for a school shop project. They sure add to our BC, I hope they are some how kept.

    vicki_in_Utah on December 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    • vicki, I really hope they keep the cats, too ! IMO, they are this year's BC mascots and very important artifacts.<3

      LLColeman on December 7, 2013 at 10:58 pm
    • Yes LLColeman, lets hope they don't go where ever the old pump went to.

      vicki_in_Utah on December 8, 2013 at 12:47 am
  5. Hello Kayla— I hope you had a wonderful Holiday. I am sooo glad you are back! Yes I am one of the least patient bloggers-in-training. A.D.D. I suspect , newly retired.:D Anyway, I think that wonderful black trim jumped out at me when I first saw that great old house. It gives the house a little special something. The wagon wheel is great . I had one made into a coffee table. It got a lot of use with a tempered glass top. I have begun to learn so much about colors, textures since I have had the time to sit back and look around. I hope everyone is having a good week and is looking forward to the beginnings of one great Blog Cabin.xD

    Sheri McNamara on December 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm
  6. Oh yeah, I believe the cats may be there to "keep the mice away" xxxooo:)

    Sheri McNamara on December 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm
    • The cats should definitely make a return to the home. You are locating the structure near water… so you might expect water rats. Don't jinx yourself by not putting them back on.

      Kurt on April 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm
  7. Hi Kayla, it's fun to read these comments :)
    What I noticed first were the cement planters matching on each tier and staggered on the brick walls framing the front steps. I really enjoy and do quite a bit of container gardening. My inner girlie-girl couldn't help but think that if those planters were cleaned up and planted with blooming flowers how much more cared for and welcoming the home would look.
    I know for me personally I can have the most rotten day away from home, but as soon as I see my flowers upon returning home …. I'm sure to smile…flowers that welcome and greet at the front door instantly have the power to change my mood.

    Mel on December 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm
  8. Welcome back Kayla. The first thing I noticed was the mildew stairs and the wagon wheel chained to the railing. I wondered about theft in the area due to the wheel being chained. The next thing I noticed was the lovely side porch with access to the front porch and lots of windows. I like the concrete planters which can be steam cleaned or painted to be like new,

    Straybird on December 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm
    • Straybird it would be nice to plant each of those containers with red, white and blue blooming flowers for our patriotic summer holidays. I've done that myself, and it looks so nice <3

      Mel on December 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm
    • Hey Mel sounds like a good idea. What do you think about the initials C. L. Above the cats?

      Straybird on December 5, 2013 at 8:54 am
    • I don't have any idea!
      But here are some wild guesses: "Coop's Lovely" "Coop's Lakehouse" "Coop's Lair"— the "Coop" is DBCoop who makes reading the HGTV/DIY blogs a lot of fun! Surely Coop is due to finally be the "Someone Else" who always wins these homes.

      Mel on December 5, 2013 at 11:49 am
  9. Hi Mel, Flowers are so welcoming to me also. I can only imagine how the landscaping will look later in the blog cabin schedule. Amazing i am sure. Until then I will keep dreaming about that home. Good evening to all.:)

    Sheri McNamara on December 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm
    • Sheri I hope to see lots of blooming flowers this year in the landscape, that just seems right for Florida's sunny climate. You are right on about the landscaping being beautiful after Jason & Matty have worked on the Blog Cabin. I can hardly wait.

      Mel on December 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm
    • Hi Mel. Yes, here in Florida some flowers bloom all year round! I was pleasently surprised to see my peach colored hybiscus blooming yet again when coming home from my dr appt yesterday! I love having the flowers all year! :D

      jchristie24 on December 5, 2013 at 1:00 am
    • JChristie flower gardening in Florida must be a dream!
      My mom loved to grow unusual plants, and really got into growing plants in water after one of my brothers built her a five foot high above ground fish pond. One of the most unusual and showy plants she grew in water was Egyptian Grass. Talk about making a statement, it can grow over 10 ft tall, and at the top of its stalk it makes a bloom that is about a foot across. She loved it so much she flanked her front door on each side with it. I can't tell you how many times people stopped as they were driving by her home and asked her the name of that plant and how to grow it. It's not a plant you see much in the part of NC where she lived, but I bet it would grown without much TLC in central Florida. I'm like my mom, I tend to try to grow exotics and things you don't see in my area. I love the challenge and the pay off of having plants that are a conversation piece.

      Mel on December 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm
  10. That's an interesting question that Kayla has posed for our first Wild Card Wednesday. Two black cats?

    Hmm, two cats and the initials C & L. Could that be a sign this was a Cat Lover's cozy lair? Or might it refer to one of the following interpretations:

    Fat cat: How you'll feel when you win the Winter Haven Blog Cabin
    Cat on a hot tin (Florida) roof: No problem with this home's cool Widow's Walk
    Let the cat out of the bag: What we're hoping for soon with details on the big move
    The cat's meow: That'll perfectly describe this soon to be thoughtfully renovated Blog Cabin
    Nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs: The only tails in this story will be a tale of breathtaking renewal (along with the usual unexpected and quirky renovation adventures)
    A cat has nine lives: And this well-used home is getting yet another long lease on a new life
    Cat got your tongue: What they'll say when the Blog Cabin reno is finally revealed to amazed fans

    DBCoop on December 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    • Love it Coop! B)

      jchristie24 on December 5, 2013 at 12:56 am
    • Talking about cats, I think it's time this cat packed his bags and headed off to Florida and points South for a bit of tropical sunshine! When I got up to walk the dog this morning it was 42 degrees. For this S CA kid, that's like freezing! I hear Miami will be in the low 80's. That's music to my ears.

      DBCoop on December 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm
    • <p dir=”ltr”>Coop a couple of weeks ago we had low temps at 37 here around the Daytona area. We too, freeze our hind ends off ! Lol! Best bet is to head down Miami way for awesome mornings, days and evenings!! <p dir=”ltr”>Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

      jchristie24 on December 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    • Coop, I am in the Tampa area visiting my sister and it is beautiful out today. To have a high of 82 today. I am getting in her pool to relax this horrible back of mine. Enjoying while I can. Heading back home (Indiana) next weekend. BRRRRRRR!!!

      nanaofsix on December 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    • Enjoy your sun and fun in Tampa, nanaofsix.

      82 sounds ideal to me. I'm told to expect low 80's when I head off to Miami later and I'll sure be ready for that warm sunshine!

      DBCoop on December 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    • Nothing like floating in warm water to help with a bad back. Enjoy every moment in Florida. Today it was 28* but felt like 20* This is freakishly weird weather.

      Eugenia27 on December 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    • Hey Coop, at least you don't live in Texas with the weather extremes. Yesterday we bathed our dog with temps in the high 70's. (He got a blow dry). It was hot in the sunshine. Today our high was 31' and that didn't last long. Now, freezing rain and low 20's.
      All my fat cats & pup are in the warm house, including hubby and me.
      Gotta love the Texas temp extremes.
      WCG

      Wind Chime Girl on December 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm
    • I'm glad you didn't mention the Cat O' Nine Tails, Coop ! ;) :p B) I may have just given away my age…

      LLColeman on December 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm

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