Thursday, July 21, 2011

Better , not bitter .





Madame Bay is here bright and early . M 'Ongoose receives an alarmingly passionate birthday kiss from the saintly septaguenarian . No such thing as a demur , anglo-saxon style , peck on the cheek where Madame Bay is concerned .Today she is sporting a purple and orange head scarf , what appear to be shiny blue track suit bottoms , glittery gold open toed sandals and a long orange and green linen striped jacket secured at the front by red buttons the size of milk bottle tops . She brings with her a large brown cardboard box full of gaudily packaged French cleaning products . These all appear to have jaunty , near identical , names like Jif, Mif, Splif or Bif .

Madame Bay is soon cheerily at work in the family bedrooms with this toxic mix of gallic chemicals . She's whistling while working so all must be well with her flock of daughters and grand daughters . Wilf , who hasn't yet understood why Madame Bay is getting this particular run of rooms ready , embarks on a slow walk to the fire hydrant before retreating to the relative peace and calm of my office for a leisurely three hour nap . His life now measured by a fixed routine of food, pit stops and sleep . Amazing how the old fellow maintains an attitude that says " the difficulties of life are intended to make us better , not bitter ".

28 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Angus! It's going to be hard to top a passionate kiss from a senior citizen dressed as a clown, but I'm sure "the font" will find a way. Have a wonderful day!

    Love to Wilf!

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  2. Why you don't look a day over...uh...over yesterday! Happiest of birthdays!

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  3. Happy Birthday, M'Ongoose! Many happy returns, and walks with the family...

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  4. Many Happy returns. As birthday kisses go that sounds a memorable one.

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  5. Joyeux anniversaire Angus ! and like Madame Bay, i send you a kiss for this special day !
    Enjoy it, with the Font and sweet Wilfee, hope you will have this type of yummy cake your bakery offers you.
    Amitiés to you and the Font, and lots of bisous to my beloved boy.

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  6. I feel certain I can speak for Edward when I say that we wish you the happiest of birthdays, Angus. I do hope the sprucing up of the bedrooms means that the entire pack will soon be reunited. Love to you and our Wilf.

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  7. Happiest Birthday to you Angus :) Have a lovely one with missy font and the fluffy one.

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  8. You are getting better all the time - love the smile walk foto - take care - lots of cuddles and a bit of coconut ice cream - thought of you when I saw Kid Kreole and the Coconuts here- love Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie

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  9. Another colorful image of Madame Bay, who I think, is one of those rare people that truly expresses her personality and how she's feeling through what she wears!

    I also wish you the happiest and most enjoyable birthday Angus! I know you are thankful to be able to share it with Wilf--He looks happy and content in his pictures this morning!!

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  10. Happy bday Angus. How fortunate you are to have such a colorful character as Madame Bay in your life. Keeps things from getting dull. Love the hallway rug! Hugs and tummy rubs for the Wilfster.

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  11. Happy Birthday Angus

    Zach's mom

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  12. Bonne anniversaire, Angus!!! My husband's birthday is tomorrow -- so while we celebrate, we'll add a toast to you as well.

    xxx Joan and the Barkalot Boyz

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  13. Buzzy, the Pip, and myself send you our very best wishes for a wonderful Birthday today! Sounds like some of the missing flock are about to turn up - Wilf will be so happy!

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  14. Many Happy Returns Angus.
    hope you have a wonderful day and that you get to celebrate it with The Gannets shortly.
    :)

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  15. Happiest of Birthdays, M'Ongoose! :)

    I take it Madame Bay is preparing for some company to arrive? It will seem tame with no beds or fancy Christmas foods waiting to be delivered in the nick of time!

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  16. Happy Birthday Angus. Enjoy your day! Hugs for Wilf.

    Blessings and Love,
    Maggie Mae

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  17. happy birthday dear angus!
    surely the font has something special planned in the way of dining on the terrace?
    and surely a little birthday plate for the wee polar bear?
    i. love. your. posts.
    tammy j

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  18. Oh Mongoose...
    I will always be your faithful fan, and will always be in awe of your amazing descriptive abilities. Madam Bay has become integral to your inspiring blog. Of course, Wilf is the star, but my imagination always works overtime when you share the young lady with us. :)
    Sending lotsaluv to you all
    MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

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  19. Angus,

    I wish you a very happy birthday! For Wilf's sake I hope there will be coconut ice cream!

    My best wishes,

    Susan

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  20. Happy birthday to the birthday boy! S x x x

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  21. Happy Birthday, Angus! I hope you have pleasures by the galore on this day and certainly Madam Bay got you off on the right foot! Your descriptions of her make me wish I had some skill as an artist.

    Wilfee, you will join the party and have a lovely time too. Blessings!

    Jo and Stella

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  22. Happy, happy Birthday to you!!! May you day be filled with PON love and some splendid cake! And we concur with Wilf, bitter is never better!! Keep on going darling boy....

    With love from your Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

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  23. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANGUS!!!

    I wish you much happiness not just today, but always.

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  24. Happy birthday Angus. It seems Madame Bay surprised you with her birthday kiss - I’m assuming it is not her usual daily greeting to you. May all your other birthday surprises today be good ones!

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  25. Happy birthday, Angus! And a wonderful birthday it is too, having Wilf, who was only given a matter of days, at your side to join in the celebration. Many happy returns of the day with each year bringing more happiness and contentment than the one before. God bless you.

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  26. Happy Birthday! I suspect that sweet Wilf will be seeing the rest of his flock soon. Wonderful.

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