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Here I am!

You’re probably asking yourself – where the heck has she gone???  I haven’t gone anywhere.  Harvard, who is kind enough to host my blog, has changed servers and I finally began the process of changing over.  After my first attempt, some information was missing and I had a note out to them about getting that resolved so I didn’t dare to change anything.  They’ve wiped the slate clean and I have to import everything over again but I figured I’d throw in a quick update before doing that.

I’m glad to report that I do have happy news!  Eight days after Sneakers went missing, my neighbor stopped over to see if she’d come home.  Unfortunately, she had not (although I knew in my heart that she was gone).  She then asked how Frosty was doing.  I told her that he misses her really bad and was in fact, chasing his own shadow around the kitchen floor!  So I mentioned that I definitely had to go to the Humane Society for another.  That’s when she informed me that another neighbor had kittens that they were looking for homes for.  So I stopped over the next night and sure as heck – they had one left.  Frosty has a new friend!!!  We call her (we think) Shadow as she is all gray with just one teeny white spot on her chest.

What do I mean by “we think”?  Frosty and Shadow are getting along splendidly!  However, she’s not so keen on the human aspect in the house and if you try to go near her, she runs!  I’ve never seen anything like it!  She has come a long way, though, and as long as you do it on her terms, you can get closer to her and that seems to be getting better and better as time passes.  In fact, this morning, she managed to figure out that I was in bed and she crawled her way up.  Being a bit disoriented in this new elevated state, I was able to hold her with one hand and pat her with the other and that lasted for close to a minute!  She was purring like crazy the whole time which makes me think that she’s not running because she’s afraid or doesn’t like us but because she wants us to chase her cause she thinks that’s playing!  Soooo cute!

Other good news – I took a ride up to my brother’s house on Sunday and met my newest nephew!  He’s a really cute kid and him and my sister’s daughter who is the same age are hitting it off really well!  It seemed very strange hearing my brother called “dad” (he asked if he could call them mom and dad) but it sure is a good feeling and I think it will do my brother a world of  good to have the little guy around!

I am on countdown, too!  Just 8 more working days and I’m on vacation!  I’m really looking forward to some time off and we’ll be heading north to Maine for a portion of it.  Can’t wait!

Published in:CurtinCallStories |on July 25th, 2006 |Comments Off on Here I am!

Sad news but then happy news

I tried to post this earlier in the week but it was too difficult but I think I can handle it now.  It seems that my baby girl, Sneakers, has taken the final journey to kitty heaven.  She slept with us as usual Friday evening and went out, as usual, Saturday morning and sadly, she has not been seen since.  We worked in the yard all day Saturday and it was very unusual that we did not see her at all.  I brought her food box out on the deck and shook it knowing that that would make her come running but she did not.  Later, I walked the neighborhood looking for her but all I found was a “mess” that she’d left on the wall along the driveway.  I sincerely believe that that was her way of saying “It’s okay, mama and papa and Frosty, I’m tired now and need to go!”

Frosty misses her terribly – much as he tormented her – he truly did love her.  On Monday morning, he awoke us at 4:30 as he was up on the kitchen counter (no, he doesn’t belong there but hey, he’s deaf!  He doesn’t listen!) with his paws on the window looking out at the deck where she’d normally be waiting to come in and was meowing at the top of his lungs!   I’m honestly wondering now if he didn’t sense something was wrong with her because the obnoxious meowing at obnoxious hours of the morning has suddenly stopped!  He’s doing better, though, starting to play and eat like his usual self again.  And, yes, if you’re wondering, we will get him a new playmate at some point!

Now for the good news – my brother and his wife found at yesterday that they’ve been granted custody of 7 year old boy!!!  They’ve been married for 16/17 years and have been unable to have children of their own.  They’d attempted adopting through the department of social services and have more times than once had their hopes raised only for something to happen so that things did not work out.

They finally reached a point where they decided that it was just not meant to be when, out of the blue, they got a call a few weeks ago from their social worker that she thought they had the perfect situation for them.  Keeping a long story short – they’ve met him several times and they’ve hit it off wonderfully!  The courts had to decide between giving them custody or giving custody to an uncle (who has a criminal history and doesn’t even know the boy).  Well, after 1-1/2 weeks of waiting, they finally got the call yesterday and the judge granted them custody!   They are very excited and I can’t wait to meet him!

Yes, it’s been a very emotional week.  I’m really glad that it was a short one and it’s Friday already!

Published in:CurtinCallStories |on July 7th, 2006 |1 Comment »