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Friday, September 08, 2006

Send a message to our dear friend far away!

Today is a special day in Mie-Ken, Japan and Yamhill, Oregon.

For today is the 5th birthday of our comrade Nonoka. Nonoka lives with my art-loving, art-supporting, Japanese friend from a far.

Nonoka loves food. Her main love is food. Her real love is food. She understands the subtle nuances of fresh bananas and tomatoes. If only she were here today, as we have so many tomatoes off the vine to eat, surely we could share some with her - unless Billy Baker was in on the decision. She also loves pastries. So today, she is being treated to such favorites, Japanese style.

So, dear readers, it would be nice, and very United Nations like, if all of you would ask your dogs, or cats, goats, donkeys, horses, guinea fowl, chickens, sheep, whatever, to write a message here to our dear friend Nonoka. I know she would appreciate it, especially as she will get them the day after her birthday - and you know what a let down the day after can be, especially at age five when you got pastries the day before. So write a note, animals! Those of you who don't yet have computer privledges, ask your human mates to help out - Donkey Dan, that means you. Come on, let's see how many species we can get!

Nonoka, eat well, and then rest well and care well for your human companion.


Donna said...

Happy Birthday Nonoka! Me and my brother live in California near the beach. We send our love and wish we could eat together.

Bailey & Tucker
Golden Retrievers

Farmgirl Susan said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Oh my, I was going to sign in as myself and put in a link on my name so you could see a picture of me, but I don't have a blogger account so I have to use my servant's. Hmmmm. Okay, I got it. Just click here.

Wishing you all the best even though (I have to be honest here) dogs aren't exactly my best friends. I'm sure you understand. : )

New Cat

DogMom said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Nonoka! Birthday greetings from California! We hope you have a very special day! Our mom just gave us each an extra biscuit to celebrate your special day. We wish you had birthdays more often...what a special treat for us...maybe we could fool her into thinking you do. Anyway, thanks for sharing this special day with us.

Lots of love and sticky dog kisses,

Penny, Hannah, Oliver Twist, Mad Max, and Oscar the Grouch.

(misfit dogs)

Farmgirl Susan said...

Happy Birthday from me and all my little offspring in Missouri! Click here if you'd like to see my pigture. : )

Oink! Oink!

Farmgirl Susan said...

Yo! Whitey The Chicken here, and it's looking like another fine day for a birthday around here! What? Oh. Yesterday, you say? That servant girl--she's late for everything. Well, yesterday was mighty fine, too.

Cluck! Cluck! Cluck! from Missouri!

CatMom said...

Well dogmom is also a cat mom...there are seven of us...Happy Birthday Nonoka! We are sorry if we are a day late....we will blame it on the dogs. Although, we must admit dogs are pretty cool...shhh don't tell everyone though, we would hate to ruin our reputation in the neighborhood if ya know what we mean? We live with five of them....Oliver Twist is our favorite though, but don't let Oscar the Grouch get wind of that. Anyway, we gotta run before we get caught on mom's computer...but Happy Belated Birthday...we hope you had a very special day!

Meow, Meow..

Calvin, Abbott, Mozart, Blue Meiko, Isolde, and Poppy Desmond.

(Misfit cats)

Celia said...

This poem came through Writer's Almanac today and I thought of you:

"I Planned To Have a Border of Lavender" by Paul Goodman from Collected Poems. © Paul Goodman. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

I Planned To Have a Border of Lavender

I planned to have a border of lavender
but planted the bank too of lavender
and now my whole crazy garden
is grown in lavender

it smells so sharp heady and musky
of lavender, and the hue of only
lavender is all my garden up
into the gray rocks.

When forth I go from here the heedless lust
I squander—and in vain for I am stupid
and miss the moment—it has blest me silly
when forth I go

and when, sitting as gray as these gray rocks
among the lavender, I breathe the lavender's
tireless squandering, I liken it
to my silly lusting,

I liken my silly indefatigable
lusting to the lavender which has grown over
all my garden, banks and borders, up
into the gray rocks

julie@greatwool.com said...

You share your birthday with the Full Corn moon. What a birthday candle! We will dance underneath it in your honor tonight and follow the light to your party.
Much love,
from the horses, the barn cats,the sheep and the llama in Sauk Centre, Minnesota

Farmgirl Susan said...

Hello and Happy Birthday! It's me, Lindy The Chicken. Usually Whitey and I do everything together, but she didn't even tell me she was getting on the computer this morning. Humph. She really can be a little uppity at times. Anyway, just wanted to send you more birthday wishes from our Missouri farm--and to let you know I still like dogs even though the two that live here nearly, um, you know, well, we just don't talk about it. . . Click here if you'd like to see my photo (everybody says I'm cuter than Whitey).

Farmgirl Susan said...

Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof Woooooooof!

Sorry this is late. I was busy on an important job. I'm sure you know how that goes.

Lucky Buddy Bear

Farmgirl Susan said...

Wow, you wouldn't believe how crowded our computer has been today. Geez, I thought I'd never get my turn. It's probably Sunday in Japan by now.

It's me, Donkey Doodle Dandy, and besides a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I want to tell you how much I LOVE DOGS! Before I moved in with Farmgirl Susan and all the other critters here, I lived with TWELVE hounds!!!! I even act like a dog sometimes. Lucky Buddy Bear is my best pal even though he acts like he doesn't want to play with me (stock dog rules or something).

Anyway, I hope you had as much fun on your birtday as I was having when this photo was taken!

Farmgirl Susan said...

Hello Dahling,
I know everyone around here thinks I'm a snob, but I'm not too stuck up to send out some birthday wishes! Hope you had lots of fun and things were quieter than they are around here. This place is crazy.

N. The Llama (I can't put my whole name, as that Farmgirl Servant hasn't gotten around to announcing it on her blog yet!)

Farmgirl Susan said...

Happy Birthday to you from The Little Stinker! I have to admit, I just love spraying dogs. But don't worry, my photo (click here) can't get you. And it's nothing personal anyway. Hee hee hee!

Huelo said...

Happy Birthday Nonoka! Here is a poem by Barbara Ras that me and my kitties, Pearl and Alma, thought you might like:

The Sadness of Puppies

Up there, squirrels, teasing and clacking.
Birds, up there, away and away.
Up there, plum flowers, petals falling
everywhere too fast.
Down here, my nose can’t stop.
My tail nearly levitates my whole behind.
Down here, once in a while, a tongue on kid tongue,
often a tongue on skin the color inside my ear when it flaps
open and one of them refolds it,
but no one licks back.
Down here, first teeth drop out on the floor.
Down here, feet I like to lie on, warmer.
Up there, she says, “Puppy love.”
Up there, squirrels.

Katherine Dunn/Apifera Farm said...

Hey buddies, this is Pino talking...hey, get off the...hey...get-off-the-chair- Big Tony! I'm typing on the computer now!" "Ouc" scuffle...scuffle...MEOW!
GRRRRRR! Hey, Huck, now, cut-it-out- don't tickle me, giggle - uproar in background of many sheep laughing, horse whinny...more scuffling...
"OK! All of you - off the computer now!"
Hi everyone, it's me, shepherd-mother to weeds and animals-artist and OWNER OF THIS COMPUTER- Katherine - Thank you all for this wonderful selection of greetings! And thank you animal friends, I knew I could count on all of you! Here is a message from the birthday dog, all the way from Japan. Her owner was tickled to tears over you messages! Read on...
Dear Katherine,
Bowwow. Hi! Katherine.
My mom told me about your journal about me. It was a privilege to appear on your journal!!! I'm so excited about it. Bowwow. So is mom. She is going to tell everyone about your blog.
Dad took me for a walk this evening. And then mom gave me some bites of a peach for dessert. I love peaches so much. So juicy and sweet! Bowwow.
I enjoyed some notes from animals in America. Exposure on your journal is a lot of fun, too.
Thank you so much!
Nonoka and mom

stephanie dalton said...

We wish you wellness and happiness from
atlanta, georgia dear Nonoka! we send our warm
love and licks from the chocolate pit bull named
emily, the squaky old siamese named Ebi, ( yes, she's got a japanese name! ) and a purr or two from the other little chubby siamese mix named josephine
and our parents, robert and stephanie

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