A Tale of Two Kitties…

This is the story of two kitties…Not my kitties, but my grandson’s two kitties.  I usually save all of my grandchilden stories for my second blog, “MiMi’s Mini Tales”, but this story was just too good not to share over here, too.

Several months ago, a tiny black and white kitten showed up at my son’s house…and it stayed.  Brett and his family didn’t really want or need a kitten, but they got one anyway. The kitten stayed outside, hung around their back porch, and ate their left-over scraps.  Because the kitten was always underfoot, Brett quickly nicknamed the kitten “Stupid”. 

It wasn’t long before Brett’s wife decided that “Stupid” wasn’t an appropriate name, so she changed the cat’s name to ” Toby”.  Brett and Christina’s two-year-old little boy, Caden, had his own idea of a name for the kitten, and soon he began calling him “Bingo”.   The little stray black and white kitten soon became known to our family as “Stupid Toby Bingo”, or “STB” for short.

Months passed, and “STB”–I mean, “Bingo”,  grew larger, and quickly earned the love and respect of his family when he kept the mice away from their home for an entire winter!  Caden became very fond of his furry friend, and it was obvious that “Bingo” loved Caden as well.  “Bingo” became a plump, happy little kitty, and he could always be seen outside,  switching his tail and running around the yard.

"Bingo" after his ordeal

About two weeks ago, on a Sunday evening, Christina was on her way to church.  She left home, and was about three-fourths of a mile down the highway when she heard a thud.  She quickly checked her rear view mirror because she thought she might have run over something.  She saw something black running off the side of the road, but didn’t think much about it– until later that evening when she returned home to discover “Bingo” was missing.  

Soon Christina began to realize that “Bingo” must have been hidden somewhere underneath her car, then fell out while she was going down the highway!  She realized that it must’ve been “Bingo” that she saw run off the side of the highway.

As bad as it was, I felt a little optimistic, since Christina had actually seen something black running off the side of the highway, but several days passed, and there was still no sign of “Bingo”.  We assumed he was either dead or lost for good.  Caden, who loves animals,  missed his friend, “Bingo”, terribly, so his mother decided to get him another kitten.

"Spencer" the new kitty

About eight or nine days after “Bingo” disappeared, Christina adopted a new kitten from a friend.  This kitten was also black and white, but was very small.  The family quickly named the new kitten “Spencer”, and began to get to know their new family pet.  He’s so tiny, they’ve been keeping him in  box inside their house for now.  

About two days after the adoption of “Spencer”, Christina went outside early one morning, and discovered a very skinny, very battered “Bingo” walking into the yard!  Somehow, the young cat had managed to survive falling out from under the rapidly moving vehicle AND found his way back home after ten days of being lost!  “Bingo” was very happy to be back home! 

Judging from the looks of him, “Bingo” had a wild ride, and is very lucky to be alive.  I think he may have used up one of his nine lives…and it will take a while to fatten him back up!  Talk about bad luck–how about surviving a fall from a moving vehicle, ten days of being lost, without food or water, only to arrive home and discover you’ve been replaced! 

Hopefully, the two kitties can co-exist and will eventually become friends!  I also hope that “Bingo” will continue to eat and drink, and become his chubby playful self again.  I enjoy stopping by, checking on him, and leaving him an occasional treat…sometimes, I’m funny like that.

By the way, after this ordeal, “Bingo” has totally earned our love and respect.  We now lovingly refer to him as “Mister STB”!

And that concludes my “Tale of two kitties”…have a great Tuesday!

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Published in: on May 17, 2011 at 8:54 am  Comments (8)  
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Meet Me On Monday…May 16

Good morning!  It’s time to join Java’s fun Monday meme, again.  It’s good to have blogger working again, after its brief hiatus on Friday.  I missed being able to join Friday Follow, and  I even wrote and published a post on my second blog (on Friday), only to discover it no longer exists today!  What’s up with that?  Who knows, but let’s get on with today’s questions:

1.  Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?  I actually like both equally.  I alternate between the two, just to keep things interesting.  I think crunchy peanut butter makes a more exciting sandwich!
2.  What is your favorite color Rose? I like yellow roses because I don’t see (or receive) them very often.  I agree with Java’s statement that “they look like sunshine”.  I like pink roses a lot, too!
3.  Do you remove your shoes when you walk into your home?  Yes, we take our shoes off at the door.  It’s a habit we started in an effort to keep our carpet clean many years ago.  Now I hate wearing shoes indoors!
4.  What is your favorite season? I love spring.  It’s uplifting to see the buds, flowers, and new growth after a long winter.  It’s liberating to bring out spring/summer clothing.  I also love cookouts, picnics, and going to the beach–before the summer heat of the south hits us full force.  After June, we can’t stand to get outside because of the heat!
5.  Approximately how many hours a day do you spend blogging? My family would probably say–too many!  I probably spend an average of  three or four hours a day writing/reading blog posts.  That is a lot of time, but I enjoy blogging more than any other hobby that I’ve ever had…and I still have stories to tell! 

***If you happened to read Saturday’s post, you know that my weekend got off to a bad beginning, when I dropped my new camera, then nearly fell out in the yard when I stepped on a porch step that wasn’t nailed down yet!  I’m happy to say that my hubby was able to get my camera working again!  I haven’t used the camera much since Saturday, but I’m hoping it continues to work!  I will use the wrist strap from now on, since I am apparently becoming clumsy in my old age!  Hubby also got the steps of the porch nailed into place!  He still doesn’t have the hand rails on yet, but he’s working on them.  Apparently, I need those, too!

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Six Word Saturday…May 14

My six words for today are:    Not going to be my day! 

Actually, I had an entirely different six words planned for today, but best laid plans…sometimes go astray.  Permit me to explain how my day has been so far, and keep in mind it’s only about 10:30 in the morning!

First of all, I had a horrible night, thanks to this case of hormone imbalance I seem to be experiencing lately.  I went to bed with a bad case of fatigue.  Then, about four o’clock in the morning, I woke up, tossed and turned, and had a few hot flashes for a couple of hours.  About the time I got back into a deep sleep, the phone rang bright and early this morning! 

Hubby was already out and gone, so I let the answering machine catch it.  It was that pesky guy from  hubby’s place of work again.  He calls every single weekend that he works…with a problem.  Honestly, I’d like to fire, myself,  him for being a pest on the weekends!  Of course, after all of the commotion, I was wide awake, so got up–feeling tired.

Later in the morning, I decided to take my camera and go down to my son’s house to photograph his cat.  His cat was actually going to be the subject of this blog post, until my plans went astray!  I got my camera, and some cat food, and went to get on my bicycle…Then I dropped my camera–in the dirt!  My new camera that I just bought after Christmas…to make photographs at the wedding with…Yeah, you guessed it!  My camera no longer works. 

So, as I was coming back in the house, feeling totally awful about my camera, I failed to notice that my husband hadn’t nailed the boards down on the new bottom step…Fortunately, I was able to catch myself before I landed out in the yard, as the loose boards flipped up in the air, and threw me off-balance!  All I needed was a broken arm or leg to match my black and blue toe (from an earlier accident this week).  I could’ve easily gotten hurt, but I didn’t…Maybe the day will get better now…I sure hope so!

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Flashback Friday…Prom Memories

 Linda’s not hosting “Flashback Fridays” at the moment, but I’m a creature of habit, so I’ve decided to do a “Flashback” post anyway. 

In honor of juniors and seniors everywhere, who have been experiencing “Prom Time” over the past few weeks, I’m going to take a moment and post my “Prom flashback”!  Promise not to laugh at the photo!

I think I can hear some of you laughing!  When I look at the photo above, one thing comes to mind…”Big Hair”!  I didn’t especially like that hair style.  I would’ve preferred to have my hair piled high on top of my head in curls, but there was a slight problem–I was about six inches taller than my prom date!  Needless to say, I think the stylist got more than a little carried away with the teasing comb and the hairspray!

I was fourteen years old, and it was the spring of 1969.  My date was named, Guy, and we’d been dating each other for most of the winter (too young, I know).  It was Guy’s Junior Prom, so he invited me to go with him. Guy was always a little too short for me, but oh, he was so cute!  I still have bad posture from dating him.  I developed a permanent slouch, in an attempt to look shorter!

Guy went to school in a neighboring town, so we had to drive about fifteen miles to get to his school.  Proms were still held at the school in those days.  I don’t remember what the theme of the prom was, but judging from the looks of the photo, I’d say something like a fiesta???  I see sand, a cactus, and a couple of hats hanging on the wall…What’s up with the hay on the floor???

In my opinion, Prom is overrated.  It was a lot of trouble and not very much fun.  I had to have TWO dresses for this particular prom.  I had to wear a semi-formal dress for the sit-down dinner, then I had to change into a formal dress for the dance that followed the dinner!  Can you believe that?   I still remember going to a gas station restroom, and changing my dress, because I didn’t have any place else to change!

The next problem was the fact that I didn’t know anyone at this Prom, other than my date, and I was painfully shy.  I remember sitting quietly through that horrible sit-down dinner, changing into my formal dress in a nasty gas station restroom, then going to the dance–with a boy who didn’t like to dance!  So we sat, then we sat some more!

Guy’s Uncle Harold, who was just a few years older than us, was also at the dance  Now that I think about it, I really don’t know why he was there.  He must have been somebody’s date–or not!  Maybe he was a chaperone, who knows!  Anyway, after a while, Guy’s Uncle Harold asked me to dance with him–and so I did!

That one dance with “Uncle Harold” turned out to be the highlight of the entire evening!  It was a fast dance, and we had so much fun out on the dance floor, but Guy got jealous–and then he got mad!  He pitched a fit, and we ended up leaving the dance.  We spent the rest of the evening arguing because I danced a fast dance with “Uncle Harold”!

Guy and I didn’t see each other very much after Prom.  It was the beginning of the end for us.  I met my hubby-to-be about four months later, during the summer of 1969.  Do you know what?  He didn’t especially like to dance either, but he danced with me anyway.  I guess you could say he danced his way right into my heart!

As for my prom date, Guy, he’s a confirmed bachelor…he’s never been married after all these years!  Occasionally, I’ve seen him around town, and we’ve talked a bit.  He’s aged well, but he hasn’t gotten any taller! (I, on the other hand, grew a bit more)   

I never went to another prom.  Our schools were integrated in 1970, and proms were suspended for a few years, due to fears of racial tension here in the south.  By the time proms were held again, I’d already graduated from high school.  I really didn’t mind though.  I don’t think I missed a thing!

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A Few Quick Thoughts…

Call me crazy, but it nags at me relentlessly, when I don’t blog.  What can I say?  I’m a creature of habit.  I didn’t plan to blog today, but here I am…blogging anyway.  It will be a “quickie” post though.

While there is flooding in other parts of the country, it’s so dry here, we’ve resorted to draining my bath water onto our grass!  We’ve worked hard to grow our little bit of grass, and it’s dying from lack of water.  Waste not, want not–so we throw the garden hose into the tub, and syphon the used water straight out the back door.  Only in “Gooseneck”…

I spent most of yesterday framing photographs of Brad and Jennifer for a decorative display to be used at their rehearsal dinner.  Jennifer and I love to take photographs, so between the two of us, we have lots of photos!  Did I mention that Brad dislikes having his picture taken???

Speaking of photos, I recently used “Shutterfly.com” for the first time.  I’ve always printed my own prints at home, until now.  I love those neat photo books that you can make with your pictures!  I made a book for Jennifer and Brad, for a “wedding gift”, and I made one for granddaughter, Madison, for an “end of the school year” gift.  Neither book has arrived yet.

Today is Madison’s last day of nursery school.  I’m sad for her.  She’s missing her friends already!  The school year passed quickly, so I’m sure the summer will, too.  What’s up with school getting out in mid-May???  We never got out of school in mid-May!

Good news!  We have steps to the back porch now!  We don’t have any hand rails, yet, but at least I can use the backdoor again.  I really like my new “Mother’s Day” porch.  My husband shared that “carpenter work isn’t as much fun as it used to be“.  At our age, nothing is as much fun as it used to be!

Imagine my surprise when I looked on Yahoo this morning, and discovered that “Judgement Day” was the #8 trending topic…Apparently, a group in Florida has decided that Judgement Day is going to be May 21!  Woah!  What version of the Bible are these folks reading?  They not only have a date, they have the exact time…6:00 pm.  Really?  I guess I’d better stop blogging and get busy.  So much to do, so little time…until the wedding.  Judgement Day remains a mystery according to my Bible.

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Wednesday Hodgepodge…May 11

Joyce has graciously provided us with another set of Hodgepodge questions, despite her busy weekend. Thanks, Joyce. I’m not sure I could have done that after such a busy Mother’s Day weekend, but without further delay, let’s get to her questions, shall we?

1. How many times in your life have you moved house?  I’m happy to say–in nearly thirty-nine years of marriage, we’ve only moved twice!  That was two times too many, in our opinion.

2. What subject would you study if you had a year to devote to it?  Computer science.  There’s so much stuff that I don’t know about computers, but I would love to learn! 

3. What in this world breaks your heart?  The sad state of our public school system! It’s been declining for years.  Oh how I wish school was still like it used to be when I was a child! We actually learned how to spell and write in cursive.  We could name all fifty states and their capitals, too.   We could pray, we could say the pledge, and we could call a Christmas Party–a Christmas Party(not a Winter Party)!  We loved and respected our teacher, and wanted to be just like her.  If, by some chance, “Little Johnny” misbehaved in class, the teacher took him outside and paddled his behind–and the day resumed without any further problems from “Little Johnny”–or his parents!  Those were the days…   

4. What is one item that symbolizes the times in which we live? Why?

A picture is worth a  thousand words…High gas prices, high food prices, no wage increases, no jobs, and not enough money to go around…Do I need to say more???

5. Share a favorite bumper sticker or t-shirt slogan.  My daughter has a t-shirt that says “I’m not a nag, I’m a motivational speaker.”   I like that shirt!

6. How do you like your spaghetti?  I prefer spaghetti with meatballs or baked spaghetti, served with a hot loaf of Italian bread (and butter, of course).

7. What is one piece of advice you would give a recent, or soon to be recent, graduate?  Be prepared to start at the bottom and work your way to the top.  These days, many young people expect everything right now, including the best jobs, fast cars, and fancy houses.  As a result, many end up in financial trouble, or being disappointed when things don’t go the way they expect them to.

Random-Brad called my husband yesterday afternoon to say that Jennifer’s doctor’s appointment went well.  Her doctor told them that “abnormal cells” are normal and common following the kind of surgery that Jennifer had.  He says “everything looks good”, and he will check her again in three months.  I don’t totally understand, but I’m trusting that her doctor does…and I’m thankful for answered prayers.

Published in: on May 11, 2011 at 7:44 am  Comments (14)  

Birthday Wishes For One, Prayers For Another…

Let me begin by wishing our oldest son, Brett, who sent me to the hospital in labor, on Mother’s Day, twenty-nine years ago, A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  I hope it’s his best birthday ever. 

 I also hope he has a sense of humor today, because I’ve sent him a couple of funny Ecards, courtesy of JibJab.  Brett has two modes–either very serious or very funny, not much in between.  Nobody can make me laugh more than Brett, when he is being humorous!  I hope that my funny cards make him laugh, as well.

Brett’s hard at work today, keeping those computers running smoothly at a nearby university!  Everybody loves the “Computer Guy”, including me!  We’ll be joining him and his family for a little birthday celebration later this evening.  I can’t wait to meet his family’s new kitten, too!

In other news, Brad and Jennifer are on the road again today.  It seems the two of them are always on the road, commuting to work.  It’s one of the pitfalls of living on the far side of nowhere.  Today, however, the couple is headed on a seven hour drive to North Carolina for Jennifer’s doctor appointment.  I’m praying that the Lord will keep them safe as they travel, and that Jennifer’s news will be good.

I didn’t want to mention it before, but Jennifer’s last test, in February, (follow-up for cervical cancer) came back abnormal.  We’re not quite sure what that means.  Hopefully, the test results are just a “fluke”, and everything will be okay today.  If not, then I guess the doctor will advise her about what needs to be done.  I’m praying for good news.  Their wedding is just over six weeks away… not a good time for any bad news. 

Speaking of the wedding getting closer…I will be blogging and visiting blogs a little less during the next few weeks.  I’m beginning to have trouble getting everything done that needs to be done.  I seem to be burning the candle at both ends lately.  I still have to finish getting preparations done for Brad and Jennifer’s wedding rehearsal supper. 

Speaking of burning the candle at both ends, I’m also dealing with a major hormone imbalance at the moment!  I’ve been taking Synthroid (thyroid medication)  since Thanksgiving.  I’m having major problems getting the dosage adjusted.  Apparently, my thyroid hasn’t worked in quite a while, and my body doesn’t know what to do with all those extra hormones!  If you’ve ever had a hormone imbalance, then you know that it’s not fun!  It’s no fun for the people around me either.  Hot flashes, mood swings, no sleep, nervous jitters, heart palpitations, headaches…Doesn’t that sound like fun?  Fortunately, I’m blessed with an understanding family.

Madison on last week's field trip

I’m a bit melancholy that this is granddaughter, Madison’s, last week of nursery school.  She’s had such a great year, and I hate to see it end.  She’s been involved in so many fun activities!  She’s also become so independent, and has learned so much this year.  I’m very proud of her, and I’m excited about her closing ceremony on Thursday evening.  It seems like the grandchildren are growing up faster than their parents did!  Perhaps it’s because I’m not the one doing the parenting!

I’m going to wrap this post up now, and jump into some mundane household chores…like stripping the beds and cleaning the bathroom!  Thank goodness, I only have one bathroom to clean these days.  Have a great Tuesday!  As for me, I’ll be scrubbing, washing, and having all sorts of “fun”!

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Published in: on May 10, 2011 at 10:05 am  Comments (9)  

The Monday After…

Another weekend, gone already!  How can this be?  Somebody slow this ride called ” life” down a bit–it’s going way to fast!  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time passes at this stage of life.  When I was a child, time seemed to drag by…the school year took forever to end.  These days, I blink and it’s over!

Speaking of school year, it’s that time of the year, when things are drawing to a close.  I’m the grandparent of two precious little ones, one of whom attended dance classes and nursery school for the first time this year.  I can’t believe granddaughter, Madison’s, first year of “school” is almost over! 

 Dance classes ended for Madison last week, and her recital was held on Saturday evening.  This week winds up nursery school, and she’ll be having a closing program on Thursday evening.  It’s so much fun going to these functions as a grandparent.  I get to experience all of the fun– without the stress of being the parent in charge!  Getting older has it’s advantages.

Madison's recital (she's far left)

Mother’s Day was nice.  I originally planned to spend the day at the beach, but ended up changing my mind, when my husband decided to build a small back porch onto the house for me.  For the past three years we’ve only had a narrow set of five steps leading straight in and out of the back door.  I’ve always felt like I’m going to fall down them, so I asked hubby to build a small porch in between the house and the steps.  He began the project on Saturday. ( It wasn’t the greatest choice of weekends, but his first choice had been Easter weekend!  I flatly told him “NO!” on that weekend. )  Once the steps were torn away from the house on Saturday, I wasn’t about to head to the beach on Sunday, so we postponed the trip until another weekend. 

My Mother’s Day was spend lounging around the house.  We had grilled hotdogs for lunch, and throughout the day, each one of my children stopped by.  It was a low-key day, with hubby working on the porch most of the day.  He didn’t get it finished–still no steps–but at least the porch is almost done, so I won’t fall out of the door.  Yes, I know, he worked on it on a Sunday, but sometimes it can’t be helped.

This turned out to be the Mother’s Day of flowers.  Ed gave me roses, Brandy picked and arranged a bouquet for me from her own yard, and Brad brought me a single red rose, too.  I’ve never gotten so many flowers at one time before, but I love flowers!  I also got some money, some sweet cards, and a water bottle filled with candy–and of course, the porch!  I am blessed…and I still have that beach trip to look forward to!

Have a great Monday, everyone!

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Six Word Saturday…Mother’s Day Edition

Share your most memorable Mother’s Day!

 

My most memorable Mother’s Day was in 1982, when I went to the hospital to become a mother!  Our second child didn’t make his appearance until four hours and seven minutes after Mother’s Day officially ended, but he did manage to make it a Mother’s Day I will never forget! 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Published in: on May 7, 2011 at 8:39 am  Comments (11)  

Five Short Years Ago…

Where does time go?  Five short years ago, our oldest son became a husband.  He seemed so much older to me then…Looking at the photos of him, I realize how young he still was, and how much he still had to learn about life.

at the rehearsal dinner

 Christina, the bride-to-be, did a wonderful job planning their wedding, and it was beautiful.  She took care of every single detail, all we had to do was show up!  The only glitch I can recall is a problem with a couple of the tuxedos.

Mr. and Mrs.

 The couple got married on a sunny Saturday in May, and moved to a tiny little apartment in town.  It was barely big enough to turn around in, but Christina made it a home.  It broke my heart to see our son leave the family farm…but it was a joyous day when the couple moved back,  just two short years later.  Oh how happy we were to welcome the couple back home!

Three more years have passed…The two are no longer a couple…They became a family with the addition of a sweet baby boy, two years ago!   

and baby made three…

These days that couple is… little older, a little wiser, a lot happier, and much busier!  Happy 5th Anniversary, Brett and Christina.  I hope the best is yet to come…  Best wishes to you always!

 

Thanks to Java for hosting Follow Friday.

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