Thursday, August 2, 2018

TOP 7 REASONS TO RUN TO THIS PAWN SHOP, AND SOME OTHER STUFF

Awesome Anna Cade from  http://www.herdingcats-burningsoup.com/and I hung out at IHOP/IHOB the other day, and initially our cute server was super attentive.  Once he realized we were pretty much parked in place because we were talking and laughing so much, he pretty much ignored us until it was time to pay.(lol)  


While we didn't get kicked out this time, we were there for almost 4 hours! By the way, to all my veggie friends out there, IHOP does not provide veggie burgers!


Ironically, we're both born this month, but we're different zodiac signs.  Of course, I had to remind Anna that since I'm 20+ years older, my birthday was definitely more special. (lol) 



TOP 7 REASONS TO SHOP AT NATIONAL PAWN AND JEWELRY
When we think of pawn shops, selling something to get cash is what normally comes to mind, along with some shady deals. But that's definitely not the case with National Pawn & Jewelry.  

They are thinking outside of the box by also selling designer brands and merchandise in their stores.  I promise that if you take a moment to peek in, you'd be pleasantly surprised.


A smiling facce
1.  You'll be greeted 100% of the time by an attentive employee when you enter the store.  Not only was I greeted, but I watched every single person who came into the store get a wave or hello.

2.  The store is absolutely spotless.  There wasn't a piece of paper on the floor, cigarette ashes or any type of debris to be found anywhere.


3.  Stephen, the personable manager, has been there since the store opened - 5 years ago, and he shows no signs of running away anytime soon.  *Waving Hi to friendly Steve*



Coach Bag, Michael Kors Wallet & 14k Gold Diamond Ring
all less than $100!!!!!!!!
A smiling face


May as well learn how to play a guitar.
4.  The employees are eager to help and keep a smile on their face all the time.  They are well versed on the merchandise in the store and work within your budget constraints to get you the best deal possible. If you're looking for something in particular, they'll take your name and number to let you know if it comes in.  There were 7 associates, and they took the time to treat each customer like a queen or king.   The last time I saw sterling service like that was in Nordstroms in Atlanta Georgia several years ago.






5.  Get brand new designer bags from Coach, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, high end jewelry,  Rolex watches and more for prices you won't believe.  I'm not kidding!  These are perfect as a gift to yourself, or friends and family for the upcoming holidays, and they provide layaway!

6.  Do you watch DVD's?  Most stores sell them for $2 and up, but you can choose from hundreds and pay just $.50 a piece at National Pawn and Jewelry!




This Men's Rolex Watch is worth $22,000!
7.  I visited the store located at 6740 Fleetwood Drive in Raleigh, 919-390-7622 but National Pawn and Jewelry has been around since 1987, and you can find them all over North Carolina.




CAT FANS
Are you a cat lover?  Did you know there's an annual celebration of these furry felines at CATCON in Pasadena, California from August 4 - 5? 



You'll find all kinds of neat things that are purely related to cats.


DISNEY STUFF TO SURPRISE YOU
ARE YOU MISSING YOUR SUNGLASSES?
I sure can't explain it, but the word on the street is that 200+ sunglasses are turned in to Lost and Found every day at Disney World.


THINGS SURE HAVE CHANGED
When Disney World initially opened, you could get in for the bargain price of just $3.50, which in no way compared with the $109 price today, unless you get a discounted deal.


THEY OWN THE WORLD
Speaking of cats, they pretty much own the park at Disneyland, but you won't see them while you're visiting.  A little over 200 feral cats are fed and medically treated which includes being spayed or neutered once you're at home and the park is closed.  These cats go on the hunt for rodents in the park, so they're treated like kings and queens.  The staff works really hard to keep the cats hidden, but if you're in the right place at the right time, you may see one silently checking you out.


Handmade Card and  Fun Stickers
EARLY BIRTHDAY LOVE
I need to send a HUGE shout out to my good friend Elizabeth(Yep, I knew it was you-lol) from http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/, who also adores cats, but she's also exceptionally kind, creative and wise.  Even better she knows me so well, and sent me lots of fun gifts for birthday which are perfect for my Planner..



Inside of the card and outside of the card
What's even more special is the handmade birthday card using shaving cream and stamps. It's so beautiful, I wish I could time travel to Wichita to give this talented woman a HUGE Hug.  Thanks a bunch Elizabeth for your thoughtfulness - you're the best!*Waving Hello to Elizabeth*


Chocolate Sprinkle Doughnut with Candle
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*I am compensated or sponsored in some instances to provide my opinion on various products, services and books, however, I still always provide honest feedback, opinions, reviews and findings.

70 comments:

  1. It looks like a great pawn shop, but I have to admit its been about 20 years since I've been inside one. My last purchase was a 35mm camera for my son when he took a photography class in high school. I wasn't going to buy him a new one just to have it tossed in the corner after the class was done so I went to a local pawn shop.

    CatCon sounds fun, but alas I live in Florida (well more like Alabama up here on the Redneck Riviera) There's more likely to be a BeerCon or a RoadkillCon here than a CatCon. Oh well, that's what I get for moving from Maine to the sunny South.

    That's so sweet your friend, Elizabeth sends you gifts. And Happy Birthday! I hope you did something gloriously naughty and that the smile it brought you lasts all year long.

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    1. That's a great idea to find a bargain for school. I did the same a zillion years ago when my son needed a flute.(lol) I visited Florida quite often,and found lots of cool shops, but some of those huge bugs scare me, girl!(lol) I'm looking forward to reading and eating a cheeseburger on August 12. Yay! Happy Friday and Hugs...RO

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  2. OMGosh. You have NO idea how worried I was that the envelope didn't make it. The PO, one of your wonderful segments last post, "assured" me it would get to you by Monday. I'm simply thrilled you got it. Yep, I don't make cards, so that was a real stretch for me (grin).

    I've found IHOP servers were rude or uninformed. I'm glad you had a better experience than I've had the two times I've gone there. I'll give anyone a second chance.

    Obviously National Pawn is not in KS. No one wants to live in KS. The last time I went to a pawn shop, I wanted a cheap microwave to take with me to Omaha when I did my internship there. They were really nice to me, let me put my big coffee mug in the micro to make sure it would fit, and they even turned it on to be sure it worked properly. So I give two thumbs up to the only time I ever shopped in a pawn shop.

    I want to go to Catcon. I would LOVE to attend one of these conventions. I am a HUGE fan of cats and believe EVERY cat should be spayed or neutered like they do at Disneyland and treat every cat like a king or queen and provide it with a forever home. Sadly, I can only take two, but there's room for cats in every home that has that kind of love.

    BIG HUGS to you, too, RO! And happy birthday, too.

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    1. Your lovely gifts arrived picture perfect and safe Dear Elizabeth. I'm still in awe of that lovely card. which shows off your artistic skills. I've been a few times years ago, but my best find a Columbo DVD Collection with all the older shows. Kudos on your microwave find. It stays on display and I still watch them quite a bit. Love Columbo! I loved Kansas because it's right in the middle to get to other places. That Catcon sounds fabulous! I would love to take all my cat loving bloggers on a trip there for all the fun. I agree with the cats and taking care of them. I've been spending time getting all my birthday freebies this week, so on the actual day - August 12, I'll be reading and watching movies. Hope your weekend is fabulous and thanks again for your kindness! Hugs...RO

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  3. I should have said I think every cat that is not pedigreed, registered for breeding, or a show cat, should be spayed or neutered!!!!!

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    1. Ditto on that Elizabeth! Hugs...RO

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  4. Bwahaha we always have a marathon visit. Still crazy they have no veggie burgers. The pawn shop really does look nice. I'm so excited you got great goodies!

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    1. The time just seems to fly right on by, doesn't it? I was over the top thrilled with the things I received for sure. With more people being health conscious, they really should have alternative versions of food and burgers. Happy Friday and Hugs...RO

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  5. Happy belated birthday to you and your friend.
    I find pawn shops fascinating places. Service as good as that is rare though. In any store.
    Yay for cats. Rulers of my world at any rate.

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    1. I've been running around all week to get my birthday freebies, and this Sunday on the 12th, I'll be reading and relaxing. Thanks for the well wishes EC. I found my Columbo DVDs from a pawn shop years ago and loved it. Yes, cats definitely are in charge.(lol) Hugs and Happy Friday! RO

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  6. I haven't been to an IHOP in AGES. And I'm going pescaterian so my burger days are sadly dwindling- I may indulge occasionally but I'm trying to really do it lol.

    That is so interesting about the cats at Disneyland! There really are no better way to keep rodents in check, I imagine!

    Happy birthday!!!!!!!!

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    1. I need to start eating a lot more veggies Greg, but it's very hard.(lol) I end up getting free pancakes for my birthday, but I'll head back to grab a stack and bring home for later. I thought that was a fascinating fact about the kitties too. On August 12, I'll be reading and watching Netflix, and I thank you for the kind wishes. Hugs...RO

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  7. A shop with smiling and attentive staff? Where is this magical place? I jest. The staff here are usually pretty good.

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    1. LOL! I agree Andrew. Sometimes they are very hard to find. Hugs...RO

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  8. Happy (belated) Birthday RO 🎂🍚🎁🎆🎉🎊🎈

    Big Hugs 💕

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    1. August 12 is my day of relaxation and I thank you for the warm wishes! Hugs and happy Friday! FRO

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  9. I could spend all day in that shop!

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    1. If I didn't have other things to do, I'm afraid they may have kicked me out.(lol) Hugs...RO

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  10. Sounds like the pawn crew knows how to make everyone feel welcome and it sure looks like lots of goodies there!

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    1. I truly did feel like a rock star while there Brian, and yes, the things on display were awesome! Hope your Friday is going well! Hugs...RO

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  11. I have never been to a pawn shop but boy these items you bought sure look great! I may have to look into this. Isn't it sad that this type of customer service is rare and so rare we must tell the world? I would like to think that is the type of service we give. (although you know when I hang up I am venting on my blog about mean people) :-)
    Send me your address via my email on blog and I will send you some easy peasy yummy hot pepper jelly.

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    1. It's pretty amazing about some of the goodies hiding in a pawn shop for sure. Years ago I found a Columbo DVD collection, and was thrilled! I agree, I don't know what in the world happened to really good customer service these days. Thanks again for your kindness of the hot pepper jelly. I gobbled it all up!(lol) Hugs...RO

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  12. I have never been to a pawn shop- but it looks like there is a lot of great finds!

    I had no idea about the ferel cats at Disneyland. How interesting! I love my kitties. :)

    How awesome that you and Anna met up. I can imagine the laughter at your table. 4 hours of fun! Happy Belated Birthday!

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    1. I found old Columbo movies which I loved many years ago, but it was pretty cool to see the modern things here. Aren't cats the best ever? Never know what to expect, and that makes them so fun. There was a lot of giggling and laughs for sure Stephanie!(lol) Thanks for the birthday wishes. Hugs...RO

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  13. 4 hrs at an IHop I would have thrown you out LOL
    Glad you and Anna got to have a coffee klatch
    Happy B-day and since I think I'm about 30 years older than Anna you're a pup to me too!!! LOL

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    1. I think they definitely wanted to because the manager kept cleaning the table beside us more than normal.(lol) We had a fun time. We're as young as we feel, right Debbie? Hugs and Happy Monday! RO

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  14. Happy Birthday!!!!

    Hmmmm, I don't think I can get over the feeling, about pawn shops.... That they hold beloved memories, of down-and-out-people. Who may still hope, to be able to get enough money, to go back and buy back, beloved items. -sigh-

    How interesting about the well cared for cats, at Disney. Rodents are everywhere, and Disney certainly doesn't want them running wild, there.

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    1. You're right, there are plenty of things there from people who need to make cash fast,and it's sad but there are also a few people who go there to get rid of stuff they are cleaning out from their attic and don't want to be bothered with doing yard sales. I do hope that anyone who goes there to pawn a treasure would be able to get it back in time though. That would sure be a nightmare to have rodents running around Disney! I can't even imagine! Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  15. Wohoo Catcon. Lol I would love to go

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    1. Doesn't that sound like so much fun?! Hugs...RO

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  16. Sounds like a fun birthday week. I had no idea about the cats at Disney. Great story.

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    1. I thought that was pretty cool about the cats and how they're cared for. Hope your Tuesday is amazing! Hugs...RO

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  17. That pawn shop looks like a good one. I can't imagine all those cats at Disney world, looks like an army. Enjoy your birthday celebrations. Hugs, Valerie

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    1. It's pretty amazing to hear about all those cats for sure. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes and hope your day is great! ugs...RO

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  18. A shop with smiling and attentive staff, sounds excellent.
    Love the blue hand waving - it made me smile :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. I try to find all kinds of kooky things to amuse myself Jan(lol), and glad you like to too! Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  19. Happy Birthday!

    Wow, 4 hours there? lol I believe it. I'm glad you both had a good visit.

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, and yes, there always seems so much to talk and laugh about for sure!(lol) Hugs...RO

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  20. I've never even thought about looking at a pawn shop! You have me intrigued! How fun to get to hang out with Anna! I'm jealous! I think I'd heard that about the cats at Disney but wouldn't it be fun to see - even though they probably wouldn't want us messing with them.

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    1. It's cool to see all the hidden treasures they have there. Years ago, I was thrilled to find a Columbo DVD Collection that I still have. You know I love that guy. True, if a cat starts to get too close with a human, they're replaced. They don't want the cats to start feeling comfortable enough so they start walking around the park and hanging out. Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  21. Happy Birthday to you and your friend Ro!! You had a great time at the restaurant! I don't know if we have IHOP in Canada? The Pawn Shop looks amazing! Wow! Great items!!
    Now, I have to say, the guy with the cat tattoo, holding his cat, is hot!!! Yummy! LOL!
    What a special gift you got in the mail!! Priceless!
    Big Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, and it was sure fun at IHOP. Lots of great finds. I always enjoy seeing guys with cats too.(lol) Something about it is soothing for some reason. Elizabeth is pretty amazing for sure! Hugs...RO

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  22. IHOB is now IHOP again, as I suspected. It was all a very clever and smart way to get everyone to know that IHOP makes burgers

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    1. YIKES! That entire marketing tactic was a disaster, and I think it irritated lots of people who thought everything was going to change. Now there are two separate menus. The irony of this is that years and years ago when I lived in Texas, IHOP was a minute from my house. I practically lived over there and purchased a cheeseburger at least 3 days a week. I never got the pancakes!(lol) Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  23. A very loving Happy birthday to Elizabeth dear Ro!
    i like the way you put different stuff on one place at a time so interestingly :)

    liked that jewelry store ,yes to me either it matters a lot that the shop where i go for shopping has attentive and sweet employees because it adds to one's good memories

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Baili! I try to do a newsletter format when I can. I agree that the kindness of people makes all the difference. Hugs...RO

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  24. Aww, how nice of Elizabeth. She's a good bud.
    Don't you love the guy with cat tats?
    Have an excellent Sunday, Rockin Ro.
    Hugs

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    1. Elizabeth is definitely a kind and very wise woman that I adore! Something about seeing a guy with a cat is very soothing to me. Just seems like they can protect the world.(lol) Hope your Tuesday is great! Hugs...RO

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  25. FYI: Hickory, NC had a Fuddruckers for years. Back in the day it was always hoppin'. Since the hubby, son and bro are all carnivores we frequented it often. Heh.

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    1. I had a friend who's a social worker who used to live in Hickory years ago until she got married and moved to Ohio, but she sure never mentioned there was a Fuddruckers there, even though she knows I love my burgers.(lol) I'm going to call her in a few minutes to get on her case before she heads to work(lol) Funny that you went often with the fun fam and are veggiefied. I bet that was always an adventure! Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  26. I haven't been to an IHop since I was single...lol Glad you had such a good time. It is wonderful together with friends and spend some time laughing. Happy Birthday to you! The Pawn shop looks nice, and yes not how I imagined a pawn shop...more like the ones you see in movies..lol Have a great week!!

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    1. There are lots of pawn shops around that will remind you of what we see in the movies. I found a Columbo DVD Collection Set in one of them that I truly treasure because I love that guy. I don't hang out with friends lots because I'm a homebody, but it's funny that we met blogging and have so much in common, and so much not in common(lol) that makes it so cool! Hugs and Happy Tuesday to you! RO

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  27. I want to go to CatCon so bad! I was thinking of going this year, but then we found out that we were moving during that time frame. Hopefully next year I can go. It looks like a lot of fun and I feel like I'd walk away with soo much cat stuff.

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    1. Me too Kristin! I wish they had them in other states too! I sure hope you can go next year and tell us all about it on your blog with lots of neat pics! It would just be so neat to be around other cat lovers! Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  28. National Pawn is such a great place & the staff members make your experience a treat (Hi Lindsey!). I'm happy you enjoyed! =)

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    1. I agree Tandra. It was quite an adventure! Hugs...and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  29. My son and I occasionally have little breakfast dates at our local IHOP. He loves the kids pancake specials where you get all of these different toppings and can decorate the pancakes before eating, lol.

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    1. That's adorable Suzanne! I wonder if the3y let adults decorate pancakes too? That just sounds so fun to me! (lol) Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  30. Okay, I definitely need to visit that pawn shop! How amazing were those finds?! I’m loving that MK wallet :)

    -xo, Azanique

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    1. I'm still shocked over how inexpensive those designer brands are Azanique, and I'll definitely be heading back for Christmas gifts! Hope your Tuesday is amazing! Hugs...RO

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  31. Such great finds and close by to my home! My bday is Friday, so I will be at that IHOP soon for my free pancakes. Lol. Happy belated birthday!

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    1. Happy Birthday Leslie, and sure hope you grabbed those FREE yummy pancakes!(lol) Sending out some Leo Love your way! Hugs..and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  32. Happy Belated Birthday - sounds like your visit with Anna was a lot of fun. I'm so curious about this CatCon! Love it. And I didn't know Disneyland had a bunch of cats running around to get rats. That's kind of awesome. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I sure wish they had CatCon in other states throughout the country so I would have a better chance to attend, Lauren. Can you imagine meeting so many other cat lovers in one place?(lol) What fun! I thought that was the neatest thing about Disney too! Hugs and happy Tuesday! RO

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  33. Happy birthday RO and a lovely gift from Elizabeth, she's a talented lady for sure!
    Never knew about cat day, I have 3 cats, will have to celebrate next year, lol.

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  34. Glad you and Anna had fun. I just don't get restaurants that don't offer veggie burgers. It's such a simple thing.
    Have a great one, Rockin Ro:)

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  35. oh I had no idea about the cats and Disneyland...that is SO COOL!!! GO FELINES!!! hehe great informative post. I love what you do with these.

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  36. You know what, Ro? I love your blog. I smile every time I visit. Four hours at IHOP? That's awesome. I need a friend like you to hang out with. You rock!

    Elsie

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  37. This is a great post RO. Made me smile the four hour meal you had. We stopped going to a restaurant when after an hour the servers started brushing crumbs from under the table and banging dishes and talking loudly after an hour and a half :) loved the cat piece, loved it all.

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  38. Haha...you had a four hour meal? And he didn't start cleaning the table?

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