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Another update on Little Mr. Orange Kitty

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Remember him? He's the very cute kitty that a few of us fed last year at school, and finally caught and took him to the vet for neutering - then he was adopted by one of our counselors and his wife.

I ran into the wife at the post office - the cat (they call him Ronnie) is big and cute and loving.

And he brought home two stray kittens!!!!!!!

One looks just like him, so he's named RJ (for Ronnie Junior) - although obviously he isn't his own son. The other, a girl, is marble-colored - so her name is Mabel.

Seriously, the lady told me these two stray kittens were hanging out with Ronnie when she and her husband got home one day, and they've been tamed enough to come inside and sleep - though they aren't willing to be touched yet.

I can totally see Little Mr. Orange Kitty happening upon these two kittens while he was out roaming - "Hey, I know how it feels, I used to be homeless too. Why don't you come home with me, these nice people like cats and they'll feed you too!"

Just such a funny little vignette! And yay for LMOK for rescuing his own little kitties!!!!!

  
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PHEBESS 2/14/2012 9:14PM

    A stray showed up at our house (when I was a teenager) - my mom said, "Okay, let's feed him, maybe he'll go away."

We all laughed - like that would work!!!!!!

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TRULYVISIBLE 2/14/2012 4:42PM

  Love the story being a cat lover and living with one. My cat is indoor and doesn't bring home anyone but the two strays in the neighborhood know I am good for a free meal so come around.

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EDDYMEESE 2/7/2012 7:04PM

    Thanks for the update! It is such a sweet story :)

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JLPNURSE 2/4/2012 11:02AM

    That is just too darn cute!

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PHEBESS 2/3/2012 10:21AM

    I love the altruistic attitude of LMOK! He's a giant among cats (or something like that!)

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SHORTY20 2/3/2012 9:20AM

    Awww, that's a cute story!

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ILOVEROSES 2/2/2012 8:09PM

    What a lovely story! emoticon+ emoticon+ emoticon=happy family!

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WATERMELLEN 2/2/2012 7:39PM

    This is a wonderful story . . . and love the name "Mabel"!!

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PHEBESS 2/2/2012 5:09PM

    I know, Myrna! He found his own pets!

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SAPNA. 2/2/2012 2:41PM

    I have never heard of that before. What a wonderful cat!

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GAYLLYNNE 2/2/2012 2:13PM

    Isn't that sweet! Lucky little kitties!

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TARABEAR 2/2/2012 1:19PM

    So sweet!

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MARCHEM 2/2/2012 12:31PM

    Glad to hear LMOK and his new buddies are doing well. I guess humans aren't the only ones to pay it forward.

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LILRED75 2/2/2012 10:35AM

  Way to go Little Mr. Orange Kitty. He's no dummy!

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MISTRESSC 2/2/2012 10:34AM

    I love stories like this. I am an animal lover!

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"She's got legs, and she knows how to use them"

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I have to laugh (and the small things are what gets me through the day) - I put on a watermelon red top today, white shorts, and pink Birks - because I'm working on the mural, and just can't get back into a clean dress after 3 hours in my cement-covered overalls. And I'm wearing pink this week, because my student Aliya always wore a pink hoodie - so my pink this week is in remembrance of her.

But the white shorts are baggy linen shorts, and the long red top just was the wrong length - there wasn't any balance.

So I pulled the shorts off, and grabbed a brown knit cargo skit and pulled that on - voila, it went with the ensemble.

The skirt is short. At least 2" above the knee. With my square shades, and a navy blue cotton jacket (asymmetric zip and stand up collar) - well, I arrived at school knowing I looked HOT.

I walked to my classroom, past the girls lined up for breakfast. Who eyed me up and down, looking pointedly at my legs and the length of the skirt. The message in their eyes saying, "Who is SHE walking in all dressed up in a short skirt??!!??"

I had to laugh, it was funny. Because yes, it was a short skirt - shorter than the students are allowed to wear. And yes, because I KNEW I looked good. I have good legs, always have had them. Strong. Long. Shapely. And I wear short skirts to distract attention from my moderate bust and lack of a waist. Because seriously, if you have killer legs and they show, well, that's what people will look at and they'll ignore the rest for a while.

So yes, I'm strutting those legs around the school. Because I seriously DO know how to use them, LOL!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 2/1/2012 8:05PM

    I love shorter skirts too . . . and always say, "the legs are the last to go"!!

Your outfit sounds very cute!!

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MILLISMA 1/27/2012 8:38PM

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JLPNURSE 1/27/2012 7:08PM

    Flaunt what you got is what I say :)

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CRYSTALJEM 1/26/2012 9:00PM

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TARABEAR 1/26/2012 1:43PM

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ILOVEROSES 1/26/2012 7:02AM

    Good on you! emoticon

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SAPNA. 1/26/2012 6:44AM

    if you've got it flaunt it!

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PHEBESS 1/25/2012 1:27PM

    ZZ Top, according to youtube.

My last class said nothing, LOL! And they're usually quite mouthy!

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MARCHEM 1/25/2012 12:59PM

    Good for you!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/25/2012 12:23PM

    I love this!!

I have horrible legs, they've always been stumpy even when I was thinner... but...my hair was always considered a good asset and so I'd wear darker pants and put all the spots of color up high - hair bows, barrettes, or dangly earrings, just to make people look up high and "nevermind what's under those dark pants!" (to misquote the Wizard of Oz "Nevermind the man behind the green curtain!").

Yep, if you've got 'em, flaunt 'em!!

Wasn't that Rod Stewart who sang about "Hot Legs"?? I forget....

Great story!

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BOSS61 1/25/2012 12:00PM

    Next it will be three Texan guitarists with long beards and sunglasses, performing on MTV circa 1985. Good for you that you have the self-confidence (and legs) to pull this off!

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DESUE55 1/25/2012 11:47AM

    Hey there hot mama!!! I absolutely love your blog today!

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Ripples and repurcussions

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The teachers are still shell-shocked - some students have not been to my class, they are with other teachers who are working with them. Some students can't stop crying. Some are wooden-faced.

And some are repeating every gory detail and/or every rumor that they hear.

While I understand that some people process tragedy this way, I don't. I'm way too imaginative, I can picture every single thing they say. And I don't want to. I don't want to remember my student suffering her last moments on this earth. I want to remember her as the happy and smiling and inquisitive student I had for two years.

So even though one student's brother was on the scene, and I'm sure he has all the details, and I'm sure he will need counseling and support to cope with what he went through - I don't want to hear it.

Twice today, I've told students that Aliya was my student, and I really can't hear all about the sad details. And could they please step out of earshot to talk about this.

They've been very respectful of that. I appreciate their understanding. And I'm giving them space to process tragedy in their own way.

I also appreciate the fact that I teach art, and I can take those students who want to discuss the details, and send them with trays of tile to the auditorium - so they can work on the project but talk along the way.

Because right now - and maybe forever - I want to remember this child smiling.

  
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WATERMELLEN 1/24/2012 10:29PM

    So sad. It's good that your students are able to respect your wishes around this. And learn something from you, too, about grieving in an authentic and genuine way.

I hope you will be able to find some comfort in the knowledge that you gave so much to her . . . and to so many of your students.

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ILOVEROSES 1/24/2012 8:48PM

    You're right, Aliya would want you to remember her always smiling. emoticon

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GITTYB 1/24/2012 6:43PM

    oh, phebes! i feel so sad for you. May you be comforted. emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/24/2012 5:08PM

    You are so right.....you want the good memories and not the final details. Sorry that you are going through this.

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SAPNA. 1/24/2012 2:16PM

    That is how she would want to be remembered. With a smile and a wave.

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DESUE55 1/24/2012 12:57PM

    Remembering the good in them and their smiling faces is such in incredible way to remember them!

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MARCHEM 1/24/2012 12:47PM

    I'm so sorry that you are going through this. You are handling it well and I'm glad the students are being understanding. emoticon

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I'm going around giving teachers and principals hugs

Monday, January 23, 2012

We all need them. The school is somber and quiet - relatives of the girls killed in yesterday's accident, friends, all of us who knew them - we're all red-eyed and just sad.

So today's quotation:


No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

- John Donne

  
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JLPNURSE 2/1/2012 8:35AM

    emoticon for you too. This situation is so difficult.

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MILLISMA 1/23/2012 6:20PM

    Hugs mean so much. Wish I could give you all some! emoticon

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DESUE55 1/23/2012 8:56AM

    I'm glad that you have the support of fellow teachers so that you are not alone in your loss. The quote was perfect too.

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SAPNA. 1/23/2012 8:54AM

    There but for fortune go you or I. Terrible tragedy may God comfort the mourners.

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ELRIDDICK 1/23/2012 8:53AM

  Thanks for sharing

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I am devastated

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I don't know if you remember the photo of me with three of my mural girls - but I just found out that one of the girls, now in 11th grade, was killed early this morning. She and two friends were walking on the sidewalk, and a drunk driver lost control of her vehicle and plowed into them. Two girls, one being my former student, were killed at the scene. The third is in critical condition. The driver, a youngish woman herself, is in jail.

I'm going to post this in my blog, because I want to include a picture of Aliyah. Which is ironic - her name, in Hebrew, means "going up."

The young lady, one of my art kids, one of my mural kids, is the girl in the lower right side of this picture.

  
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PUNCHILOUIE 2/1/2012 6:24PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. Praying for you and the families of your friends and students. Really sorry! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 1/24/2012 10:59PM

    I am so very sorry.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/24/2012 2:29PM

    Such irony! So sorry for you loss.

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IMAOFSEVEN 1/23/2012 5:48PM

    Of course you are devastated! I love that picture of you and your students. Aliya's smile in that picture- always makes me smile. I hope that you are able to help your students get through this. May God bless all of you. emoticon

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MARCHEM 1/23/2012 12:49PM

    I am so sorry. Its such a waste when they die this young. One of my former students died a few months ago in a car accident, too. He was in his early 20's, recently married, and in optometry school. If you need anything let me know!

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ILOVEROSES 1/23/2012 8:54AM

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. emoticon

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PHEBESS 1/23/2012 7:15AM

    Thank you all for your support.

It's going to be a rough week at school - teachers somber and red-eyed, some students affected, our counselor sent over to the high school to help the classmates deal with this loss, and everyone just in shock at this dreadful tragedy.

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BATYAFA 1/23/2012 12:49AM

    How very tragic - what a terrible waste of young lives and unbearable tragedy for their families and friends.

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SAPNA. 1/22/2012 11:46PM

    What an absolutely terrible thing to happen. I am so very sorry. Such a tragedy is unbearable.

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TARABEAR 1/22/2012 11:36PM

    Absolutely heartbreaking.
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DGIRLBABY13 1/22/2012 11:18PM

    Praying for you in your time of loss and for her other friends and family members that are going through this terribly devastating time. emoticon emoticon

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LPERKINS75 1/22/2012 11:12PM

    Oh wow! I am so sorry! Prayers to the all involved!!

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CARINMARIE 1/22/2012 11:02PM

    What a tragic loss. My prayers go out for you and the girl's family.

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RAINSTORM17 1/22/2012 9:24PM

    So sad and a terrible loss.

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ERINLINDSAY83 1/22/2012 7:22PM

    So sad! Sorry to hear about this!

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DESUE55 1/22/2012 7:22PM

    I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. I know that you are grateful for the time that you got to spend with them. They're going to be your precious angels watching down on you now.

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SECRETFUN 1/22/2012 7:17PM

  I am so sad. Peace be with you and everyone touched by this.

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WATERMELLEN 1/22/2012 7:10PM

    I am so sorry for your loss . . . and for her parents and other family members, and her classmates and her friends -- and for the young woman responsible too: such a terrible consequence for temporary criminal negligence.

She looks like a beautiful and vital person.

So glad that she had a wonderful teacher and an opportunity to work with you on something enduring.

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BOSS61 1/22/2012 7:08PM

    That is completely horrendous news. How totally devastating for all concerned. Speechless...

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MILLISMA 1/22/2012 7:06PM

    What terrible news. So sorry that you lost such a dear student. Such a young life lost too soon.

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LOVESTHEBEACH83 1/22/2012 7:01PM

    I am so sorry to hear that! Each person's time is predestined it is just hard to accept it. I am sure you touched her life and she yours. emoticon

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