Meow Monday – What’s New?

What’s new Jezebel? Our old TV broke beyond repair so we had to get a new one. This meant an empty entertainment center and new boxes all over during the changes. If you have cats you know how clean spaces and boxes are as enticing as tuna fish.

What's New?



What's New

Rosie couldn’t resist climbing inside the shelf to see what was going on.

What's New?

Meet Queen, our Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week!



Queen is a beautiful 3 year old female domestic shorthair mix with lime green eyes. She came from a home where there were too many pets and is hoping to find a new home of her own. She’s a quiet, mellow girl who deserves another chance. Come meet her at Lollypop Farm!

Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week - What's New?

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Meow Monday – Everybody in the Tub!

Seriously cats??

5 cats in a tub

It’s Cat to School time at Lollypop Farm!

Cat to School at Lollypop Farm

Meet Miss Kitty our Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week.

Miss Kitty

Miss Kitty is a 3 year old female domestic shorthair mix. She came to Lollypop Farm because she had been abandoned. She’s been hanging out with some of her feline pals while she waits for you to come and adopt her so, if you have a cat already, she might make a good addition to your home. Come meet Miss Kitty at Lollypop Farm.


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Random Fun Anyone?

Random Fun Anyone? Anyone?

This past weekend we traveled to Massachusetts again. This time it was for my niece’s wedding. She was an absolutely beautiful bride and it was a perfect evening. So happy we were able to be there for their special day.

One of the fun things about being back home in Massachusetts are the words you will only hear or see in New England. Like jimmies, you never hear that word in New York. We were at our favorite ice cream stand and the woman next to me ordered an ice cream cone with jimmies. If you’re not from New England do you know what jimmies are?

Then we spotted this sign in the local grocery store (no, not Market Basket)

Random Fun Anyone - New England calls it tonic not soda

Tonic in Aisle 4, no pop or soda here.

This is also the grocery store where I had my first job and met my husband some 30+ years ago, I was a cashier and he worked in the deli. As we walked around the store I said “Does this bring back any memories?” and he said “Ya, they knocked down that wall and took over the liquor store that used to be next door.” Ahhh, romance in the grocery store aisles.

Sunday we headed over to my brother’s house for a cookout. We had a great time visit with him, my sister-in-law, and the rest of the family. My brother held out for years against getting a cell phone and wasn’t a big fan of texting. Apparently, he also hates games you play on your cell phone so he invented this game he calls Words with “Real Life” Friends. Thanks to his Twisted Tea bottle caps.

Random Fun Anyone - Words with "Real Life" Friends

I had to get a few pics of the pond he has in his front yard. It’s so pretty and relaxing to sit there and listen to the water and watch the fish.

Random Fun Anyone - Water Feature in my brother's yard


Random Fun Anyone - water feature in my brother's yard

It’s been like forever since I’ve been able to join Stacy for some random Tuesday fun. Stop on over and say hi and see what randomness she’s come up with for today.


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Is it Meow Monday Again?

Another Meow Monday again spent on the road heading back home. We had a fun visit with family and it’s always so hard to leave. Definitely one of the worst parts of living far away from family.

Speaking of far away from family, our second oldest daughter has moved to Virginia and now she’s far away from us too. Not as far as our oldest daughter is in Nebraska, but still too far. At least I still have our youngest daughter and son at home.

I’m trying to look on the bright side. For the first time ever we will have an extra bedroom in our house! I’m looking forward to planning and decorating our new guest room/home office. Hmmm.. can’t wait to have an office to escape to for blogging.

Before she left, she took our cat Snuffy out for one last walk. He loves going out for walks and DD was always the one who took him out. He’s going to miss DD and the walks they took together.



Meow Monday with Snuffy walking on his leash


Meet Midnight, our Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week



Midnight is a pretty 2 year old female domestic shorthair mix. She’s a little bitty thing, barely a lapful, but she’s ready to take on the big job of being your new best friend. Come meet Midnight at Lollypop Farm!

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Market Basket Employees and Customers Take a Stand

Market Basket Employees and Customers Take a Stand

How many corporate CEO’s would be able to say that if they were fired tomorrow their 25,000 non-union employees would stage a protest to bring that CEO back? How many corporate CEO’s would be able to say that if they were fired their customers would join the 25,000 non-union employees and boycott the 70+ stores in protest? How many corporate CEO’s would be able to say that the boycotting customers would start their own GOFUNDME page and chip in over $18,000 in 23 hours to take out this full-page ad in the Lowell Sun?

Market Basket Customer Ad

The employees and customers of Market Basket, the grocery store chain with over 70 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, are taking a stand against corporate greed. This is an incredible and fascinating story of regular everyday people who are fighting for the reinstatement of their CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas. That’s right, they are fighting for the return of their CEO.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Basically this is a story of corporate greed and family bitterness. Last month one man, Arthur S. DeMoulas managed to sway the Board of Directors in his favor to fire the CEO, his cousin Arthur T. DeMoulas. Two Co-CEO’s were hired and top management who had been with the company for decades were fired. Hiring from outside the company was unprecedented.

If you listen to the false PR coming from the CEO’s, the Board of Directors, and some of the media, you would think the employees are being unreasonable, vindictive, and that customers are staying away from the stores because of the empoyees. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Most customers are shopping elsewhere in support of the return of Artie T. The customers have fought back against using social media to get the word out and using the hashtag #YouCantFireUsWeQuit

Before we moved to Rochester, NY, Market Basket was our go to grocery store. You can’t beat their low prices and great customer service. Every time we come back home we bring a big empty cooler with us. We head to Market Basket in Haverhill to do our shopping and load that cooler up with steak tips, seriously, they don’t have steak tips in Rochester. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true, it wouldn’t be summer without steak tips on the grill. We always stop by the bakery and my daughter gets a frosted sugar cookie. For years the only grape soda she would drink was Market Basket brand and we would have to stock up on that as well.

Two weeks ago we came out for a family reunion and I had seen the beginning of the boycott on Facebook and Twitter. We went into Market Basket the day after the truck drivers walked off the job and saw the produce shelves were bare, the posters of Artie T, and the petitions to “Bring Back Artie T” on each register. We also saw smiling helpful employees and a spotless store.



We are back staying at my parent’s house this weekend and I have our big cooler ready to stock up on more steak tips but I’ll be shopping somewhere else. I’ll miss seeing the smiling faces of the Market Basket employees and the great prices but I won’t be buying anything from Market Basket until Artie T. is back.

The employees aren’t fighting for better wages, better working conditions, or better benefits, they are fighting to keep what they have. They know that with the firing of Artie T. they will lose what they have and can see that the 2 CEO’s and Arthur S. will destroy what Artie T. has built. Arthur S. and the Board of Directors need to take Artie T.’s offer to buy Market Basket and let the employees, vendors, and customers have their stores back.

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