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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Charcoal...Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Birthday to my big boy...one year ago you were born in Nebo, Kentucky (Rabbit Ridge) to the Ramage Family....I had not met you yet BUT God was already working things out for us to be together!

This is the first time I met you on April 18, 2014.  You were one day shy of being 7 weeks old and you were already a BIG BRAVE BOY!  This is our ride back to Tennessee. ...you were a good traveler...you didn't get sick or whine.  You crawled to the back and got on the console and probably wondered what you had gotten yourself into...

I stopped for a Dr. Pepper and you spent the rest of the trip trying to get into it! It was a foreshadowing of things to come.  WHEN we got home, you knocked off that drink and started licking it up immediately!  You were showing me that YOU were ALWAYS going to get YOUR way.

You slept at my feet with no trouble and that is where you have remained ever since...sleeping with you is what I figure it would be like to sleep with a kangaroo!!

You came into my life JUST in time to bring ME back to life because you see, Roamie, who had been my buddy for 14 years went home to be with Poppa and Gramma on April 2.  I was lost...I wanted to crawl into bed and just stay there.  He was the last living link that I had to my daddy.  I had given him to Daddy for Father's Day in 2000.  He was the best dog EVER and he was the reason that Mother even got out of bed many days. 

One of my silly Facebook friends who lives in West Virginia EVEN sent a policeman to my house to do a welfare check on me...I was lost without Roamie....
You got your name for several reasons...First because I am an artist, a friend suggested it...Second because your Momma is FOREVER being told that she will ONLY get COAL in her stocking...AND third, because your FUR MOMMIES DADDY works in the coalmines in Kentucky!  It was JUST meant to be!!
Once He discovered my pillow, there was NO going BACK...
This friend got several of my other friends together and took up a collection to HELP me buy YOU...
You have LOTS of Aunts who love you and I will FOREVER be grateful to them for helping me when I was so lost....
I threw some OLD eggs out into the yard one night...Charcoal watched...the NEXT morning, he went EGG hunting and brought about 4 of those eggs that had not broken back to the stairs...curious GEORGE...
I didn't think you would EVER be potty trained to go outside!  But I think, FINALLY at about 7 months old, you magically stopped using the pee pads!!
yep...that is paint on his nose and face

I also FEARED you would NEVER learn to fetch, 
BUT you finally got that too!!
You are so funny when you put that ball in your mouth and yes, cause I love you so much, I stick my hand in there and pull it out...ick...
You are HILARIOUS how you just PLOP on the couch 
like a teenager...
I KNOW...I take TOO many pictures of you...sowwy...BUT I SO wanted to get a picture of your laying your head on top of the cake box...it was too funny!!
Your cake was SO yummy...filled with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and whipped cream!!
I am pretty sure that you like it too...That plate was spotless!!

You are the MOST HANDSOME BOY...It is HARD to believe that you were so small!!  Time has gone too fast!!
Thank you to my friends who help me get Charcoal AND who encouraged me to take a chance and get another fur baby...
Charcoal, YOU have brought SO MUCH JOY to my life and your silly antics have put smiles on the faces of so many...You don't know it because I don't want to tell you this, BUT you are QUITE POPULAR on FACEBOOK...teeheee...

Thank YOU to all who share your stories of your fur babies with me... I just feel like we are ONE BIG FAMILY...THANKS for being a part of MY life and for stopping by OUR little corner of the world...Blessings to YOU...~charlotte♥


  1. Happy birthday Charcoal! I have tears in my eyes knowing how much joy you have brought your Mommy ! I am proud to be your Auntie!

  2. Rhapsody birthday sweetie pie xx

  3. ♫Happy Birthday Charcoal, Happy Birthday to you♫ You are so handsome, and I see you love having your picture taken. You are precious and I know your Mom is over the top in love with you, and you with her. God Bless you both.

    Hugs ♥

    Molly Brown & Jessie say "♫woof, woof♫ (Happy Birthday in dog)

  4. Happy Birthday Charcoal.... you are a wonder and a delight.. and I love each and every pic of you... your momma sure does love you... that is an awesome birthday cake!! Here's to another wonderful year for you and your Momma!! xoxo

  5. Happy Birthday Charcoal!!! Jake wishes he could come & play with you, but maybe some day. He's wagging his tail for you though!

  6. Even though I am a "crazy cat lady" I hope you consider me one of your "Aunties" Charcoal! Happy Birthday to you - Mr. Handsome Boy! Thank you for bringing so much love and ADVENTURE into your mom's life - and ours too. You make us smile and even though I have never met you, I love you! <3 xoxoxox

  7. Happy Belated Birthday. What a wonderful friendship you have.


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world. In case you haven't been told, you are loved!~~charlotte♡