Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Saying good-bye to one and Welcome to two.

I have not posted this summer. It has been a summer of mixed emotions. Many things have happened that have given me worry and heartache. I am not going to write about all of them, but I will mention 2 right now.

I mentioned in a post about my loving boy cat,Randy, packing his little bag and leaving home. He has returned, but not in the same condition as he left. He doesn't seem to remember us. It is like he wants to remember, and yet he is aloof and withdrawn. So while we thankful to see him again, healthy and in one piece we are a bit confused as to what happened to him while he was travelling.

I had to say good-bye and farewell to my big ol' Tubby cat. He was 12 and weighed about 20 pounds. I don't know why he went to the Rainbow Bridge. He was fine on Sunday. His favorite neighbor came for a visit, and he jumped right up into her lap. He loved her so much. He liked to stick his nose up the sleeve of her shirt, right up to her arm pit. That was Sunday. Monday he was fine. Tuesday good. Wednesday morning he was in a coma. He passed over that afternoon.

I help him in my arms all day. Praying for a different outcome than the one I knew was coming. He took one last deep breath, I looked into his eyes and could tell he was gone. He was the best.

He is truly missed.

On May 25 one of the feral cats had babies. I knew where she was hiding her babies, but left them alone. The mommies are really protective as you can imagine. On July 12 I put food out for the ferals and saw her come to eat. That was at 7:15 AM, at 8:00 AM my husband found her dead in the road. There wasn't any blood on her, no broken bones, she looked as if she had just went to sleep in the road.

I went and got her babies. There were 3 of them. I called the vet and asked what to do. He gave me a recipe for milk replacement,and instructions to feed them every 2 hours. So began my sojourn into mothering 3 orphans. There were quite a few sleepless nights. The poor little dears just didn't know what to make of this strange looking mommy.

We knew we had to find homes for them, and one did go to my cousin. This was before Tub died. Even without talking about it the other two were here to stay. They had made this their home and into our hearts. The little Yellow one is named Butter Bean and the grey one we kept is Lentil.
I still miss Tub, and my heart is sore, but these little imps have helped to ease the hurt.
That is all I will write about them tonight, but one of the days soon I would like to tell you about Lentil's brave and miraculous fight of his life. I will have more pictures to post also.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to be posting more often now that my life has settled down some.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Random Dozen - September 15, 2010

1. Do you do garage sales? If so, tell me about one great find. If not, tell me why not.
Yes, I love to garage sale. The best find I ever got was a mink coat. I got it and a bunch of other things for $10.00. Yes you read that right $10.00. I wore that coat for years. It was beautiful. The pelts were a little worn but still in really good condition.
2. Name the last thing you fixed.
I don't really fix anything. I don't know how. I mean I can't even pound in a nail so that it stays in the wall. My husband is the mender, I can't sew. I can't even sew on buttons that will stay put.
3. Name your A) Favorite item of makeup OR B) Favorite tool
Favorite make up item is mascara. I can't leave home without it in place. My favorite tool, since I don't fix things is my bronzing powder and puffy brush.
4. Which room in your home needs organizing more than any other?
My bedroom. It is the household catch all. I think I saw tax statements from 1986 the other day. Seriously, it is bad.
5. Which room could use re-decorating?
As bad as the bedroom is, I would have to say the kitchen needs redecorating the most. I have a 1970 avocado green stove. The floor is kind of avocado green with yellow and is peeling in most places. The cupboards are nasty fake wood brown, and the sinks are the same avocado green.
6. Share something unique about your town.
On September 1, 1894 a fire swept through the town. It burned 420 square miles. It is now referred to as "The Great Hinckley Fire." It is listed in Wiki-pedia if you are interested. There were some amazing survival skills demonstrated that day.
7. If you could send a one-sentence message to your great-grandchild, what would it be?
I love you even now, I wish you everything in life that is good, and chocolate makes everything all better.
8. Do you Facebook?
Yes, I do. I don't write a lot. I play a lot of games. I share with family and I talk (IM).
9. Describe your favorite shoes.
My first pair of Birkenstocks. I love them. I have several pairs but keep the old ones by the door for a quick slip on. I even have Birkenstock shoes. That way I can wear them all year long.
10. Do you listen to more talk radio or more music radio? What kind of station is it?
No talk radio for me. If I can't get the local country station then I listen to the oldies station from the city.
11. How far would you travel for a really good (favorite) meal?
Well, I am 22 miles from town so at least that far.
12. If you were totally honest with yourself (and us) what should you probably be doing right now instead of blogging?
This time of night is just for me. I can do whatever I want and I choose to blog. The day is for work and stuff, but not the nights.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Random Dozen - September 8, 2020

It has been a long time since I posted anything. For any of you who were/are faithful followers I am sorry. It has been a weird summer. I will try to post more about that in the days to come, but for now I am doing Random Dozen.

1. Describe the best sandwich in the world, according to you.
This is by far THE best sandwich. You can use any kind of bread (except white), Hellman's Mayo ( or whatever is the best in your part of the country), hard salami, colby cheese, lettuce, and sliced tomato. Oh my do I have a craving now.
2. Which inspires you more: a good conversation, a song, a book or movie?
Oh by far a good conversation. So much more to be gained by conversing. You can share ideas, opinions, goals. You might even learn a thing or two.
3. What is your favorite board game?
Is backgammon considered a board game? I love backgammon. If it is not then I guess Scrabble.
4. As you grow older, are you more or less patient with small children?
As a rule I don't like children. I mean I love my son and those children that are in my life, but other kids? Naw, I don't like them. So I have less patience.
5. Name one item you never let yourself run out of.
Toothpaste. I can not even imagine starting my day without a clean mouth. EWWW!
6. Do you agree with Tennyson's assertion, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?"
Yes. How could a person survive in this world not having experienced love. Even if that love didn't work out for the best you would still have known the heights of happiness.
7. Name one national treasure or monument that you have visited.
I don't know if this counts as a national treasure, but I like to say that I have walked across the Mississippi River. We have the head waters of the Mississippi in Minnesota located in the Bemidji Forest. It is a beautiful place full of walking trails and the wonderful head waters. It even boasts to having the tallest pine tree on record.
8. Which is more painful, to be disappointed in someone else or to be disappointed in yourself?
To be disappointed in myself, because only I can control what I do.
9. What makes your kitchen uniquely yours?
The mess? No really it would be the table cloth I embroidered for my table and a bowl of things on the table.
10. Are you a crafty person?
I like to think I am. I can knit, crochet, embroider, scrapbook, cook, but none of those things with the exception of cooking very expertly.
11. What is your favorite traditional picnic or bbq (cookout) food?
If it is BBQ at home it is hamburgers, potato salad, pickles and pie.
12. Name one leisurely activity you enjoyed over Labor Day Weekend.
I went garage saling Saturday. I left at 7:20 am and got back home at 3:30 pm. I had a great very relaxing day finding treasures everywhere.