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Breathing again...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Well, my daughter is back at college. The stress of having her here is so much less now because she is not the easiest child these days.

Yesterday I brought down the rest of her things, then took her shopping for what she needed that she didn't have. When we returned, I put together some of the things I purchased and helped her organize her place. I also met her roommate, a girl she went to camp with when she was about 8!

I am concerned about the girls. I see problems in the future, but I hope not. The good news is that they are both in the same sorority. The bad news is they are very different. My daughter is pin neat and very conscious about what she eats. She won't eat processed foods, she watches her sodium and exercises regularly to maintain her size 2. In addition, she is extremely fashion conscious and has outfits for everything (and I mean EVERYTHING!).

Her roommate is much more laid back. She is overweight, has junk food around and doesn't care what she eats. In the long run, this is going to bother my daughter. I will just wait and see what happens.

My son who has been in Ca. with his dad returns later today. Wow, I have an entire 1/2 day to myself. What will I do!!!

Of course, I took Monday off because business is slow and I am taking at least three boys to Great Adventure.

I think for fun today I will do laundry! Oh joy!!!!!!!

Summer is almost over, school starts next week. I could use the rest!!!!

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GEMINI-SKY 8/30/2010 9:30AM

    For One thing, She surely will learn a lot about herself...Tolerance, Acceptance...We all learn as we go and this is going to be a Big One...Sounds like she has good "Bones" I'm sure from her good upbringing. She'll do just fine....
Hope you enjoyed your 1/2 day OFF ! ! !

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Bad, but not as bad as I thought

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Next weekend I am going to my college reunion. I'm really excited and it will be wonderful to spend an entire weekend in beautiful New Hampshire with lots of old (and I mean old!) friends!!

I realized that I needed a new pair of jeans to go up there. The ones that I have are just awful and really don't fit. They are either to loose or to tight.

I went shopping yesterday. When I originally lost all my weight I went from wearing a 14/16 to wearing a 4/6. That was so wonderful but alas I gained some back. That "some" is over 20 lbs. I intend to lose it again but I can't do that over night.

I figured that I must be about a 12 now. Went shopping and shock of shocks the 12 was to big. What was even more shocking was I was somewhere between an 8 and a 10. The two pairs I ended up with were both 8. I'm not sure how that happened but it seems my perception of myself and the reality of myself are not one and the same.

In any event, I'm excited I get a weekend away and my new jeans are just fine. When I get back I am going to lose my weight (again). I almost didn't go because I felt to fat but hey, this may be a once in a lifetime event. That would have been really dumb!!

Hope everyone has a great week.

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 9/21/2010 11:16PM

    Good for you!! Enjoy the reunion!! WooHoo!!

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GEMINI-SKY 8/18/2010 5:26PM

    Size 8........ AWESOME ! ! !
You should be so proud of yourself...I know you'll lose that 20 extra lbs...Just Don't send them My Was ! ! !

Have a Blast at your Reunion...

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K8NJKSMOM 8/18/2010 3:37PM

    Fantastic! A size 8 - fantastic!!! Have a great time at your reunion - and you'll feel - and look great - in your new skinny jeans!!!

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Why I do what I do...

Friday, August 06, 2010

I was out with friends the other night and was asked "Why do you bother with stray cats?"

I kind of had to think about that and now can honestly say there are lots and lots of reasons.

I have learned a long time ago that there really isn't a "somebody". When we see something that needs to be taken care of, thinking that "somebody" will do it doesn't work. We all need to be a somebody.

As a side note, many years ago a neighbor would leave their small children home alone with their teenager. The younger children, about 2 and 5 could be seen all over the neighborhood, filthy, hungry and worst of all, in the streets. The people that lived around me would say, "Someone has to do something. Someone should call the child services dept." Yes, someone. But no one did until I looked in the mirror and become "someone".

It's the same way I feel about these strays. Someone has to do something. Just feeding them isn't enough. I trap them, neuter and vaccinate them and in those wonderful cases, when they are tame and sweet, find them homes. It's not easy and very often heartbreaking but I make a difference.

I know I can't save them all but I can make a difference for a few. I can watch my daughter who has the patience of a gnat, pick up a kitten and talk to it soothingly and pet it until it's calm. I watch my hulk of a son, this champion wrestler, spend an hour just cuddling a scared kitten with the softest of touch.

As for me, I get this wonderful fulfillment when, on those rare occasions, I find a home that will love them always and I know the cycle of "stray" for that one cat is over. It's a great feeling.

If we all just become a "someone" think of all the great things that can be accomplished in this world. It can be as simple as a hand out to a homeless person, helping a child or feeding a stray. Put it all together and it's a whole lot of something.

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NINJA-NED 8/7/2010 8:25AM

    i love your idea of being the 'someone'. it's beautiful. and as a huge cat lover myself, i love that you care for cats. keep doing what you're doing. have a great weekend!

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MARYMAC45 8/6/2010 8:48PM

    We have 4 strays that were left in our neighborhood when some people were evicted from their homes. One by one they arrived on our back deck and we added them to our family of pets, after they were checked by our vet. It is added expense but they are very lovable. Our daughter does the same. She made arrangements to have 5 Ferrel cats fixed and she was able to keep 2 that were more friendly. She released the other 3 in the woods where she found them. I want to thank you for what you do. We need more caring people to watch out for children and animals.

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GEMINI-SKY 8/6/2010 4:59PM

    Hi I have 2 ferrel cats myself...last year a mom and dad brought me their 5 kittens and stashed them in my DH's wood pile which was under cover.
I took 3 to a neighbors farm. Haven't seen mom since and dad stops by once in a while. The 2 I kept are so much fun and very loving. But they still, after a year, only come to me. Smart Kittens ! ! ! Every time I look at those 2, I'm glad I took the time to help.
Good for you and keep it up what you are doing. You're Surely making a difference.

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FITKAT2010 8/6/2010 4:52PM

    I hope also you are taking good care of you. Unless you do you won't be around as long and as healthy as you can be. Then where would all the strays get their attention?

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TRACKMOM64 8/6/2010 4:07PM

    I believe in order to receive a blessing you have to be a blessing to someone else. That's my reason for doing what I do. Thanks for sharing

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

I got the phone call I've been waiting for. Both kittens that I rescued have been adopted. What could be better than that??

Robin went home yesterday with her new family. They have renamed her Mable and it's a wonderful home and she will have a big sister.

Batman is going home on Tuesday. I don't know what his new name will be but I'm sure he will very happy. He will live in a swanky high-rise apartment in NYC and have a doorman!!

Part of the win/win also is that both kittens will remain patients of my vet who was so wonderful taking them in for me.

I'm really happy for them because they will not have to live out their lives trying to find food and avoiding danger every day.


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SOFEDUPP 7/30/2010 9:54AM

    That is awesome!!

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TAYLORLIV31 7/30/2010 12:22AM

    Your heart is glowing. God sees your grace.......feel good about saving and making them royal and grand. emoticon

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MOMMABOF7 7/29/2010 9:51PM

    You've done a great thing!

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GETTO140 7/29/2010 6:00PM

    That is such great news!!! emoticon

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CJSARGENT1 7/29/2010 5:39PM

    You have 2 diamonds in your heavenly crown....Thank You

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GEMINI-SKY 7/29/2010 5:35PM

    Isn't that the BEST Feeling. It all worked out...And they will be safe and happy...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

After all those days of worry. After all that time of trying to coax her out I finally got her!!! Whew, what an ordeal!!

I know a lot of you wanted me to set a trap. Some of you didn't see that in my blog I said I had already set one! She wouldn't go in it because that is how I trapped her in the first place.

I have been so distraught over her I was racking my brains as to what to do next. I stopped by a grooming shop owned by a friend of mine. She is the one that lent me the trap. I asked her if she had "cat" gloves. These are insulated, very thick gloves that are used to handle difficult cats. She said she did and loaned them to me.

I went right home, sat in the garage and just talked to her like I did every day. Finally she appeared, very timid but she knew she usually got some food. I chatted and cooed to her and when she was finally within range I lunged and grabbed her. She was quite startled and upset but I just put her in the cage and bawled my eyes out!! She is safe!!!!

I called my vet and had to grovel. It was rather humiliating because had I brought them both in at the same time he would have just taken them as a pair but this time I kind of had to beg because he already had the other one. It was humbling but hey, I went to the hospital to save her, what's a little groveling.

He agreed to take her for a week or so and try to get her adopted with her brother. He will worm her and vaccinate her as well. I love him!! This now means another trip into the city, another parking fee yada yada but I pray they will get a home.

Once this is done I will set out to trap a couple of other cats that are around. I will get them spayed/neutered, vaccinated and then release them. They are older cats and it is the best I can do. They will not make it as a pet but I can keep them healthy and safe.

I am so happy today. We have taken Robin out several times from the cage and she just purrs and cuddles. I know someone is just going to love her!! Hopefully along with her brother Batman!!!

Wish us luck!!!

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JAMAICATRIP 7/26/2010 8:08AM

  I just read your blog about finding robin. I am so happy for you. I have never had a pet until about 2 weeks ago and now I have a cat named Nalla and I just love her. I never understood how a person could fall in love with an animal but after just 2 weeks my husband and I absolutely love our Nalla. This is the best way to start my week knowing that all your hard work has been rewarded.There is a crown waiting for you in heaven....

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OBOIST61 7/22/2010 12:38PM

    What wonderful news.

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K8NJKSMOM 7/22/2010 12:23PM

    Hurray! I'm so glad you were able to catch her. They are lucky kittens to have found you!

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SOFEDUPP 7/15/2010 1:10PM

    I am glad that you caught the kitten. I hope a family is able to adopt the both of them.

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DOROTHYBERO 7/15/2010 6:20AM

    Batman and robin - I love it - you a wonderful person for taking such good care of stray cats. I love my kitties - but you go up and beyond that! emoticon emoticon Bravo!!

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TAYLORLIV31 7/14/2010 10:44PM

    Your going to heaven! emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 7/14/2010 9:43PM

    I'm so Glad for you and for the babies (Batman & Robin). They were so lucky to end up in your yard so they could be helped...
Bless You.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 7/14/2010 7:03PM

    So glad to hear that this kitty is on the way to happier things. emoticon

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    'Missed your blog yesterday -- SO glad you were able to find her again!

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SLEEPYDEAN 7/14/2010 6:25PM

    Oh I am so happy to hear that. I saw your blog yesterday and it was heartbreaking. Poor thing, must have finally realized it was in her best interest (ie she was hungry) to come out.

I hope they can grow into loving pets thanks to all of your blood, sweat and tears!

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