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I'd like to know the story behind the change on the van's lettering... no more cats! SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO FACE AN OBSTACLE AND GO THROUGH IT. DH used a step stool to change a light bulb... went back a few minutes later to put it away, and found all four kittens had claimed it as their new spot. (1 comments) Salvaged a dozen rotund, three-foot-tall aloe plants from the neighbors as they cleared their overgrown yard (this is just one pile), and offered them to the community. People are thanking me, but I'm grateful to them for making good use of what would have been an excellent resource wasted! :) (1 comments) Tabitha checking out my flowers from DD 🌺 GD Sierra playing peek-a-boo with my foster kittens 😸 Scrappy & Scout, two of our foster kittens, huddling under a footstool, experiencing toddler-level action & noise for the first time. I'm making a jigsaw puzzle of this kitty photo... and reluctantly searching for adopters. Luv'm so much! is staying close to lil' Scrappy, and he's sticking close to me... I delivered his three litter mates for adoption today. is snuggling with the littlest foster kitty, alone now as the others were adopted... Shall we Foster Fail?!? Our little foster Scrappy helping me with the ads and coupons. Whether you vacation or stay-cation, or have to work through the summer, enjoy every day to the fullest! ADVANCED PARENTING: My lil' Scrappy is a Pepper too!!! (2 comments) Listening to an evening rainstorm at DH's aunt-and-uncle's house in Arizona... Beautiful View! Many, many thanks to them for hosting and taking care of DH these last four weeks. My "break" is over. Tomorrow DH and I drive home to California. I'm in love with this little foster kitten... he just hit the 2# mark at 15 weeks. Here's just one of his sleeping with mama positions: Sleeping with mama position two: Sleeping with mama position three: When we get home, we're going to physically introduce lil' Scrappy to our two cats, Tabitha and Dinky, and see how it goes. High probability - and my desire - is Scrappy will be a Foster Failure! is adjusting to DH being home... this was the drive down from where he stayed in Arizona. (1 comments) Our sweet silly Scrappy boy Taking time for some kitten love before facing my day... I must have tired out our sweet silly baby boy! Taking time for kitten love before facing my day... I must have tired out our sweet silly baby boy! Taking time for kitten love before facing my day... I must have tired out our sweet silly baby boy! Digesting unexpected bad news regarding DH... had hoped his worsening dementia was treatable, but his brain is permanently damaged. Gotta put on my big girl pants and figure out another New Normal! Digesting unexpected bad news regarding DH... had hoped his worsening dementia was treatable, but his brain is permanently damaged. Gotta put on my big girl pants and figure out another New Normal! MISCHIEF MONDAY!!! MISCHIEF MONDAY!!! is happy the foster kittens' feral mom has stayed close by, as she was before she got pregnant... close, but still wary and too wild to be adopted out, but far more healthy than before! I wish we'd been able to socialize our foster kittens' mother enough for her to be adopted too; but I'm glad she's staying close by, as she was before her pregnancy. Still wary and wild, but so very healthy! is hoping our older female cats adjust to having a little boy running around... DH likes'm! Kitten Scrappy and DH share a nap... we're hoping he'll be a "foster fail," and we can keep him furever. However, Tabitha and Dinky remain iffy on the prospect! Celebrating DD & SIL's 10th Wedding Anniversary! SOOOOO proud of my amazing daughter!!! IZZY!!! Stop teaching my Tabitha new tricks! This is why cats usually land on their feet: a very flexible spine! How funny... our old lady Dinky is far more tolerant of new baby boy Scrappy than our first kitty Tabitha is... but they're making progress! ❤️ Scrappy in mid-sneeze! (1 comments) recently found my best friend from college on Facebook. As it often is with true friends, we picked up right where we left off 32 years ago! She sent me this treasure: DS Scott with Godmother (1980). (1 comments) Hoping everyone had a fun, safe 4th of July, humans and furry creatures alike! walked in on the four kittens posed like this, with the two little ones asleep between the two larger kittens... grabbed my phone and snapped photos as they woke up. Success!!! (1 comments) The issue of cyber bullying is a hot topic in the news, from young school children up to the President of the U.S. This meme sums it up: says, "Happiness is..." (2 comments) BE THE FENCE! (2 comments) is ready for the Summer Challenge! sharing fun facts: Shakespeare By The Sea in San Pedro, CA "Taming of the Shrew" Excellent show, beautiful weather, and a great friend's company for the evening! My girls at the Denver Pride parade, marching in support of friends and co-workers... DD Aubrey & GD Sierra ~ LOVE WINS! 🌈 Sometimes I feel like this... day 2800 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/20/2017 (2 comments) Fun in New Orleans! (3 comments) I scared the feral mom cat, not sure how, but these two gave me dirty looks and ran to protect her! (4 comments) is hanging out with the foster kittens and Sparking... I was in here earlier and we played until they literally fell asleep in the middle of it! (3 comments) is happy to see this little fellow is doing well in his new home! (2 comments) says, or maybe it's from a room full of kittens! (1 comments) is going to miss these little cuties when they're adopted! Three will be going soon, two need more growing time. (2 comments) There are five kittens in this wriggly, cuddly, sleepy pile. We've been fostering a feral mom and her four kittens for 7-1/2 weeks now. We got the fifth kitten when he was abandoned, and the family accepted him immediately. He and two of ours are almost ready for adoption. What an adventure! ... and I dance in the rain. We all have a purpose! This is me, every time I drive to the gym... or anywhere! is missing my girls, DD & DGD. Our current fosters, a young, pregnant feral cat I caught just in time, who gave birth the next day in our shower. She's been raising her kittens safely in our master bathroom for almost six weeks... what great fun!!! In a few weeks, after they're all neutered, vaccinated, etc, they'll be up for adoption. Hopefully that will include the mommy too, who is calmer and learning to trust us. Then, we will be ready to foster again. (1 comments) Being honest can be difficult and scary; but no matter the upset and fallout, it's better in the end to face the truth and deal with it. & DH are LOVING being foster parents to this feral kitty and her four kittens! (2 comments) is starting fresh this week. Happy Mother's Day ~ our foster kittens at three weeks old. (4 comments) is feeling Cat Crazy! is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with DH... a BIG shoutout to his entire family, who accepted my kids and me as their own! (1 comments) wishes everyone a Happy Star Wars Day... "May the fourth be with you"! (4 comments) is hanging out with our baby Tabitha. (2 comments) & DH are enjoying watching our foster kitties grow! Their eyes are open and they're toddling around!!! (3 comments) Soccer tournament, rooting for our DGD Kaile (13 years old). Great way to start a Saturday! (1 comments) I'm looking at my original mini-vision collage for extra motivation to stay the course today! (1 comments) is relieved, happy, and proud of our little Mommy cat and her healthy and thriving six kittens, now six days old! (2 comments) is so happy to be a small part of keeping this sweet mommy and babies safe and healthy! (3 comments) says, guess who just turned two years old?! (3 comments) is enjoying a lull in Life's Roller Coaster of crisis vs joy. Here's just one source of my happiness, GD Sierra! (2 comments) (1 comments) has a budding gaming genius for a GD... she put on headphones, set up the PlayStation and began to play! (2 comments) has been stuck in grieving emotions that hit unexpectedly hard this year. Getting back on task at last... and doing okay. (3 comments) day 2700 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 3/11/2017 (1 comments) is remembering the day I became a mother for the first time... Happy Birthday in Heaven, my wonderful Scott! (4 comments) woke up to this... Good Morning, Tabitha! (1 comments) is working on catching up on housework, Sparking, finances, Life. (1 comments) Scott at the Fire Academy Scott at seven months (4 comments) is marking the ninth anniversary of the death of my beloved son Scott. (8 comments) MIMAWELIZABETH needs to plan a trip to Colorado to visit DD & our precious GD Sierra ASAP!!! (2 comments) In 18 hours, DD & DGD Sierra arrive for a short visit... Don't know how much time we'll have together, but excited for every minute!!! (2 comments) is working on a new food plan. (3 comments) is Grandma taking funny face selfies with grandbaby Sierra! (4 comments) Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. CHOOSE YOUR HARD. (2 comments) It's raining, again... I think the Earth is crying for America. (1 comments) is hopeful... for the first time in two years, I feel confident enough about recent lost pounds to officially update my Spark ticker! (3 comments) is concerned about these side effects of exercising! (2 comments) tried to make a New Year's Resolution, but... (1 comments) is finally relaxing... Tabitha Kitty curled up on my pillow, groomed my hair and massaged my head. ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz... (4 comments) says, "Enough of watching the cat watch ice melt; back to my healthy plan, NO excuses!" (2 comments) Celebrating GD Sierra's christening! (3 comments) Cuddling with GD Sierra! (4 comments) LOVE being in Colorado with DD, SIL, and GD Sierra! Napping, eating and playing non-stop with my grandbaby is Heaven!!! ... but is it really the end of my second day here? Treasuring every moment ~ (3 comments) Counting down the days to my next trip to visit DD, SIL & GD Sierra! (3 comments) SOOOO grateful to have found SparkPeople! My Life is, and has been, infinitely better being a part of the Spark community. THANK YOU!!! (1 comments) A very tired, serious GD Sierra & Grandma (that's me!) (3 comments) I've been on Spark for a long time... my little GD Kaile now looks like THIS!!! (and she's sweet and kind, and as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out!) (2 comments) Tabitha says, "it's okay Mommy, I gotcha!" (3 comments) HALLOWEEN 2016 (2 comments) I had a GREAT 60th Birthday today with family and friends! Best present ever: DD, SIL & my sweet DGD Sierra flew in for my special day!!! (5 comments) DD Aubrey & GD Sierra Ready for their first bike ride together! (2 comments) is recovering TOO slowly from the bronchitis and sinus infection... Doctor expects it will be another month. Well, you know what they say, what doesn't kill you... (2 comments) Royal Palms Park, near my home, on the Pacific Ocean side. (2 comments) An amazing Rest Day at a park by the LA Harbor. (5 comments) My Mantra (5 comments) View down my street toward the Port of Los Angeles (1 comments) Zoom view of Port of Los Angeles (where I live) (2 comments) My room overlooking the pool in Palm Springs. (2 comments) SO grateful to have the resources to go away for a few days... in Palm Springs again. (4 comments) GD Kaile 2016 Soccer Tourney Champions (with her Mom) (2 comments) GD Kaile's soccer tourney 2016 (1 comments) Opposite view of GD Kaile's soccer tourney (1 comments) Adoption Day for Tabitha... we "rescued" her, but she saved us right back! (11 comments) A 2015 Christmas present to myself: no more borrowing DH's jackets! (2 comments) Our sweet Tabitha with DH (1 comments) Blackie keeping DH company. (3 comments) DH preparing for one of his many surgeries and procedures. (1 comments) Guess who's coming to visit?! (2 comments) GD Sierra with DD & SIL visiting his family in Puerto Rico, Sep 2015 (4 comments) DD & GD Sierra Sep 2015 (3 comments) GD Sierra (eight months old) and me, December 2015 (2 comments) DD & GD Sierra, enjoying her first trip up into the Colorado mountains. (2 comments) GD Sierra at restaurant - getting big! (4 comments) I recognize THAT pouty face... just like DD and MINE too! (2 comments) GD Sierra learning to navigate the stairs (2 comments) GD Sierra Easter 2016 (4 comments) I think GD Sierra wants to come home with me! (2 comments) Mommy's yummy homemade butternut squash! (2 comments) GD Sierra loving that psghetti! (2 comments) DD & SIL & GD Super Bowl 2016 Denver won! (2 comments) My baby had a baby! Sierra - 03/31/2015 (8 comments) Sierra Elizabeth, born March 31st, at four hours old! (6 comments) Sierra's first bath tuckered her out... still in hospital, about 36 hours old. (2 comments) Sierra's Homecoming Cuddle with Grandma (two days old) (2 comments) Grandma and Sierra (four days old) (4 comments) Sierra at two weeks old, on Grandma's bed, with her furry protectors (3 comments) Soon-to-be Mom Aubrey with her MIL (on right) & me, her Mom (on left) at CA Baby Shower (3 comments) Our bridge (photo from website). (3 comments) Scott at St Baldricks (2004 Publicity Photo) (1 comments) DD & me ~ Shaved for St Baldrick's fundraiser! (5 comments) Tabitha settled in immediately... Waiting for Grandpa (DH) to come home. (2 comments) Tabitha waiting for me to finish Sparking (1 comments) Tabitha watching DH's dialysis machine work (3 comments) Tabitha chilling with DH (2 comments) Our new family member (Scott's "kitten in the tree") (4 comments) Our spoiled baby Tabitha deciding what to do about new kitty Blackie (2 comments) Our two fur babies (1 comments) My SD Nic with her DD, our GD Kaile (12 mos) (5 comments) Kaile getting to know her Aunt Aubrey, newly returned from college in Wisconsin (2005) (2 comments) Our precious GD Kaile (3 comments) GD Kaile as Baby & at her 1st Communion (2 comments) GD Kaile with my MIL (2 comments) My beautiful Kaile (about 7 years old) (1 comments) Kaile and Andre Jr my two grandkids June 2015 (1 comments) GD Kaile & GS Andre June 2016 (1 comments) Me on Weigh-in Days (3 comments) My sweet Scottie with me in West Germany (1981 - 15 mos) (3 comments) Scott & his "new" brothers in California 1983 (1 comments) Big brother Scott with baby Aubrey and me (1985) (1 comments) Now I'M the shortest one in the room! Scott & Aubs & me (2000) (2 comments) DS Scott & DD Aubrey 2005 (1 comments) My kids & me at my 50th birthday (3 comments) In 2006, with our "new" used car. Look at me acting like I can walk! (DD pulled my walker away) (4 comments) DH with his Mom, celebrating their birthdays (1 comments) MIL's Birthday (1 comments) My wonderful DD and I on bachlorette cruise (2007) (1 comments) Aubrey & Bridesmaids ready for the Big Day! (1 comments) A Very Proud Big Brother Scott was Lil' Sis Aubrey's "Father" (3 comments) With Lambie, Kaile's ready to be Flower Girl! (3 comments) Big Brother DS Scott ready to walk Little Sister DD Aubrey down the aisle (4 comments) Daughter Aubrey's Wedding on the cliffs above the Pacific (3 comments) DD Aubs & my new SIL My beloved DH and me (Yikes... I'm a MIL!) (3 comments) Presenting Mr & Mrs...! Point Vincente CA (3 comments) The Wedding Cake with my Nana's topper from her 1914 wedding (4 comments) Father-Daughter Dance "I Loved Her First" (1 comments) The wonderful day coming to an end... Kaile & Lambie (4 comments) DH and me with Kaile on Mother's Day 2008 (3 comments) Scott while at Fire Academy (1 comments) DS Scott with friends Summer 2007 (3 comments) DS Scott's Urn (2 comments) Scott loved hiking, camping, climbing... cliff sleeping! (1 comments) Where Scott's ashes are scattered - the mountains above Santa Barbara (6 comments) Memorial at the base of the tree where Scott died February 2008 (8 comments) Wish I could send you our sunshine... Favorite Meme! (1 comments)

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