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Our beautiful little feral is a great mom to her three kittens, and allows me full access to her crate to clean and feed, including petting her! Babies are eight days old today. Our next target... Low & Wide, her feeder says, ready to pop any day. DH cuddling with the tortie orphan while sister calico plays in their crate. Theyâ€™re growing fast, but so far adopters wanted one or the other, and Iâ€™m not separating them. My beautiful George keeping me company while I rest in bed. GD Sierra is four years old! How did that happen?!?I had to pull over and grab a photo of the Port, on a beautiful early morning. is still recovering from long days and sleepless nights, but it is worth it!Such a terribly hard decision to make! Spend an enormous amount to save mom and babies, or kill them and not have the debt hanging over our rescue. I had to make the choice... Hopefully our fundraising will cover the cost of surgery. While it is Kitten Season, our efforts continue with all cats. This boy is a long term foster who came to me, and remains, extremely non-socialized. With his white fur and skin, heâ€™s a sitting duck for coyotes and at risk for melanomas. Wish me luck!Time for evaluating kittens as they near weaning time and prepare for adoption. Noooooo problem with these perfect baby boys! First time foster mom did an AMAZING job!!!My young feral boy had a full flea combing today and then fell asleep on my lap!This big beautiful chocolate Siamese was trapped this week, but I didnâ€™t return him to the colony as planned. He hasnâ€™t hissed once, and lets me pet him, so... meet my newest foster, Hershey!This big beautiful chocolate Siamese was trapped this week, but I didnâ€™t return him to the colony as planned. He hasnâ€™t hissed once, and lets me pet him, so... meet my newest foster, Hershey!One of my favorite fosters!said goodbye to these beautiful toms and two other feral cats when I transported them to a forever home north of here. They braved the freeways well... wishing them all the best in their new home!Driving home down the 5 and 405 freeways through Los Angeles. The bottom photo is The Getty Center. My mom-and-litter fosters are doing GREAT! The babiesâ€™ ears are open now, so they can see and hear. They are exploring more as they get better at toddling around. LOVE seeing them grow up!!!doesn’t know why I’m missing DS Scott more and more lately... 11 years and it feels like last month. is trying to keep up with all the cat related tasks to be done. Believe it!Hereâ€™s our sweet goofy Scrappy by DHâ€™s side, where you will find him whenever DH is sick. The kids listening to raccoons chatter outside late at night. Scrappy and his adopted baby Chevy, nearly the same size.
RIP our dear Chevy! He played with and chewed on jade plant leaves that were brought in on our shoes during a rainstorm, and died from their poisonous effects. Chevy and Scrappy meet. Scrappy meeting Chevy for the first time. These two sisters are ten weeks old and ready for adoption! We let them out with our cats in the house after being crated for three weeks. It is SO nice to have little cuddlers to offset the ferals in my care. Just one of the pregnant mommies our rescue has trapped and litters saved from most likely horrific deaths outside. This quiet, cautious girl is my catch and staying with me!This is the other mom cat I am fostering. Silver tabby, exceptionally sweet, the most pregnant cat I have ever seen in my life! Her nipples are extended, and you can feel the babies, so she really is pregnant... we will see! was sidetracked Friday by taking care of this little boy before surgery for a mangled tail... too late, sepsis, RIP sweet baby!is sad I could not be with my DD and grandbabies for Easter. Thank goodness for FaceTime!I LOVE THIS MARKETING CAMPAIGN!Happy Easter! I think next year, youngest GD Ryan will better appreciate the holiday. This little feral tuxedo figured out how to unlatch the door on his crate and is loose in our house. He is a good boy, uses the litter box, hides during the day; but every night he gets closer to me and is more relaxed. Finally got some photos!Silvie finally had her babies, six healthy kittens!is EXCITED & NERVOUS about our first outing with this new Mobile Adoption Bus!!!Woke up from a nap
and what did I see?
My two old men
sleeping with me!Newest possible foster babies.... gotta find a place for them first!loves waking up to this view! My two old men, DH and George. One way to change your perspective. I am proud to be a part of the Awesome A Team on the 5% Challenge! We have bounced back from a few rough seasons, and are working hard as a team! [Patricia, we miss you!!!]Our Scrappy boy and little foster Squirrel wait for DH to come home from dialysis by snuggling on the shirt DH slept in. In case you remember my goofy, fun loving, one-eyed, brain damaged foster kitten Bella, she is doing FANTASTIC with her new mom! I just got a current photo and update: she LOVES playing with their dogs, and sitting up high surveying her kingdom!!!The month of May is almost here, and with that comes dozens of advertisements for Mother's Day... an excruciating mix of Joy and Sadness, Blessings and Grief.It's exciting to watch a dear friend and her husband grow from being newlyweds, creating a loving and stable home, to expecting their first child!This is SO me! Another long, emotional night in cat rescue: answered a shout out for help with a badly injured young cat, got her to emergency vet, had hope as she seemed to bounce back, settled her here with me expecting to long term foster, and then she had a massive seizure. We had to let her go to the Rainbow. had a long emotional night, starting with a badly injured young cat and having to make the decision to put her to sleep. is going to miss this little family... they’ll be moving on to adoptive homes in 2-3 weeks. I wanted to snap a few photos of my feline foster family before taking Mom Goldie to be spayed. This one is a keeper!These are untamed junior kittens who are loose in our house. One got away from DH during a transfer, the other learned how to unlatch his crate. Tonight they sat quietly looking out the window. I couldnâ€™t be prouder of my SIL, an RN in a hospital ER and Trauma Unit, AND of DD, who was the main breadwinner as he went to nursing school full time. Hard to believe he graduated over four years ago!This mama cat was once a wildly feral serial producer of kittens, only one of whom survived. Now she is affectionate and enjoys living indoors, an excellent mom! She nurses ten kittens, her six and four orphans. is missing DD in Colorado, and DS in Heaven.A typical nighttime visitor to one of my feeding stations, but this big raccoon had no fear and continued eating. View from the back patio of a home for sale up on the Peninsula. I trapped the former ownerâ€™s outside cats so they could be moved. By pick-up the next day, I was petting both of them! I hope their memories of being a pet help them adjust in their new home. Seriously, I was gone for five minutes and the cats took over my side of the bed!is gearing up for a busy physical day Thursday: deep cleaning the master bath to move Silvie and her kittens from a crate to a room. This is Cassie, a once feral mom whose kittens have been adopted. It took awhile, but she let go of her fear and now loves to cuddle. Next step: adoption!loves my friend’s front yard, especially the honeysuckle. I wish I could share the intoxicating smell!is sooooo relieved... DH is feeling so much better!!!is happy this beautiful boy won’t be making any more babies. MOTIVATION!Do you know the answer?!
(Cue the score from Rent)is still giving semi-feral mama a lot of privacy and space as she nurtures her three babies, now three days old!is still giving semi-feral mama a lot of privacy and space as she nurtured her three babies, now three days old!Tonight I accepted responsibility for these two orphans. It was a nice break to spend time just holding and playing with them! Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™ll be adopted quickly. After an extremely long hard day, bedtime was postponed when Mama Kitty started giving birth... Iâ€™m not gonna push taking a lot of photos, but hereâ€™s a start. has foster cats in literally every single room! These two orphans came tonight, but I’m sure they’ll be adopted soon. made one last check on my pregnant cat before bed, and... mew mew mew! is on Baby Watch!All a matter of perspective!is wearing the green today!On St Patrickâ€™s Day, weâ€™re all a little bit Irish!Another cuddly night with old man George kitty! This is getting to be a habit!!!I trapped this trap savvy, too stubborn for her own good, very pregnant cat on Friday night. The expected foster home fell through, so mama kitty is set up in my spare room. We are on Baby Watch!Melly was a long term foster, angry and aggressive. She made little progress in five months at three different homes, including mine for three months.
Then her foster mom adopted one of my former bottle babies, and I realized she was one of Mellyâ€™s kittens, taken away when they were on the kill list.
From that to a happy ending: Melly is now officially adopted and will stay with her baby! The first litter of our kitten season is now four weeks old. Thereâ€™s a pregnant cat in a trap in my kitchen who will be placed with a long term foster. Sheâ€™s the 8th pregnant cat being fostered in our network!finds it hard to sleep without at least two cats sleeping with me!The girls helping me with paperwork this morning... besides chewing on receipts, spilling various sorted piles, and knocking over 32 ounces of water, they wee a great help. One last lightning photo, showing multiple strikes off the coast, during a recent, extremely unusual storm. (Not my photo.) One last lightning photo, showing multiple strikes off the coast, during a recent, extremely unusual storm. (Not my photo.) Lightning storm off the coast, as seen from the end of the Peninsula. (Not my photo.)Lightning storm, very very unusual for our area, striking near the Port-to-Port bridge! (Not my photo.)Not sure what breed she is, but this young cat has the biggest ears Iâ€™ve ever seen, matching her BIG personality perfectly. I am very tempted to foster fail and keep her!Love love love this furry guy! I trapped him last year, got him neutered, then returned him to his colony.
Recently trapped him again, because a rescuer saw his photo and asked to adopt him for their feral sanctuary! Heâ€™s in my bathroom waiting for transport. One of seven pregnant or mom cats with litters being fostered in our rescue network. Trappers still working to save as many as possible, as well as continuing to trap feral cats for spays and neuters. I'm wondering what my much missed, dearly loved son Scott would be doing today, his 39th birthday... I'm celebrating with precious memories.is wondering, what would Scott be doing today, his 39th birthday? I'm celebrating with my memories. Kitten season has hit like a tsunami this year! We are fostering as many pregnant cats and nursing moms with litters as possible. Matching T-shirts #5Matching T-shirts #4Matching T-shirts #3Matching T-shirts #2Matching T-shirts #1loves this sweet kitty, my beautiful Dessy! She is laying on my thigh watching TV with me. The newest accessory for winter!I needed to add some funnies tonight, because itâ€™s been a very hard, long day. Itâ€™s eleven years since life as I knew it was destroyed. is trying to get through today. is laughing... this is SO me!Look for that precious, potentially life-changing moment!!!This goes equally well for animal rescue AND living a healthy lifestyle... in fact, for everything in life!tries to think of this with every temptation & craving. I would owe a LOT of money to both jars! Inventive Business Names #5Inventive Business Names #4Inventive Business Names #3Inventive Business Names #2Inventive Business Names #1Fun with Pets, part 3Fun with Pets, part 2Fun with Pets, part 1This is at a foster/adopter home. Gary, the big ginger orange, was not happy about the new little kitty!Another restless night... until I figured out how to fit in my bed!Another restless night... until I figured out how to fit in my bed!is enjoying Valentines Day with DH and the kitties. My rescue partner is responsible for feeding at least 200 outside cats twice a day. Thank goodness for donations, and volunteers to help with the labor of colony care. (My part is more trapping to spay/neuter, fostering, taming, adoptions.)I was tracking a cat to trap, tripped and fell hard... got home and laid down, and look who snuggled up to keep me company?! (Old Man George!)My granddaughters!!!
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Whatever works...Happy Valentines Day!... JUST SAYIN'!!!@FUTUREFOCUSED
I have NO idea!!!Now DH is home, I will be trapping again!More funnies!Laughter is the best medicine!DH and George... happy the old man is home from the hospital!We are as we see ourselves. had a good dayA four week old kitten, saved from euthanasia at a county shelter, was fostered through our rescue network. She is thriving, despite her tiny size - at five months, sheâ€™s the size of an eight week old - and stubborn and spoiled and adorable. I had the privilege of finding Faith a family, and delivered her today!My latest foster Lovie, a junior kitten trapped less than a week ago. This is one of my favorite parts of rescue, teaching these scared little kitties us humans can be friends! Another successful rescue! The feeder/trapper wanted to get the only kitten in her colony out of there, hopefully to be tamed and adopted. Of course I said yes!Trapping just ahead of the latest storm... got two of the five cats we wanted: a senior too trap savvy for her own good, and a new arrival in the colony who was being badly bullied. has a brand new foster, trapped less than a week ago, who is taming quickly and loves to sleep in my arms!is working with other rescuers to trap these semi-feral cats and get them transported up north to a safe sanctuary. This magnificent lion of a tomcat is regaining strength in his badly injured front leg. Even though heâ€™s been an outside cat for years, he uses his limited energy to get to the litter box in his crate. He hisses at us and recoils at first, but lets us humans move and comfort him. His new mom adores him!Scrappy on DH this morning, telling me to go away and let them sleep!My guys sacked out this morning, while I took trapped cats to be spayed or neutered. With DH recovering from surgery, Iâ€™m feeding the menagerie at home. Now Scrappy doesnâ€™t wake DH at 6am to eat... theyâ€™re just buds hanging out!Just one of the cat colonies in my area where volunteers feed and trap. Many pay out of pocket, and work all hours of the day and night to provide regular meals to hundreds of cats. My focus is trapping to get the cats spayed and neutered; plus foster to tame kittens and cats whenever possible so they can be adopted.My wonderful Scrappy on top of the injured tomcatâ€™s crate, keeping him company and napping together. was happy to be part of rescuing this gorgeous old tomcat badly injured in a fight. It has been a long two days; but he is stable, eating, neutered, accepting human touch, and today I delivered him to a forever home!was happy to be part of rescuing this gorgeous old tomcat badly injured in a fight. It has been a long two days; but he is stable, eating, neutered, accepting human touch, and went to a forever home!MIMAWELIZABETH was happy to be part of rescuing this gorgeous old tomcat badly injured in a fight. It has been a long two days; but he is stable, eating, neutered, accepting human touch!Gorgeous old tomcat in recovery!My long term foster Bruce - bright-eyed, curious, beautiful and sweet, but who doesnâ€™t like to be picked up - is going for a checkup tomorrow for his potential adopters. A new foster kitty staying affectionately close to DH as he battles an intense 24 hour flu. A new foster kitty staying affectionately close to DH as he battles an intense 24 hour flu. Good morning, Georgie old man! Love to feel you snuggling at my back, rubbing your head against me, and laying your head next to mine!A donation from a person who was moving, $40 to two handymen with a truck, a LOT of hard work by my rescue partner, and I now have a large cattery on the side of my house. Weâ€™re figuring out the best ways to use it in our rescue projects. I hope and pray all of you experiencing sub-zero temperatures are safe and sound, and come through unscathed!said goodbye to these fluffy adorable kittens, trapped and tamed, and now adopted!View of the bridge and the cruise ship moored next to it, with the lights of the cranes and cargo ships just beyond... the Port has a special beauty!‘s DGD Sierra started pre-school this week!This is a fun tee-shirt! is feeling tremendous hope and happiness with this rescue kitty, Angel. Trapped less than a week ago, we immediately connected... Angel will be adopted out soon!!!My cat family with me and recent foster kittens. Try rescuing 20!says, try having 20!The taming is going slower than expected with the four feral kittens!I tried to tame her, even just a bit, without success. She is tiny, 5# tops, with kittens as big as she is. Her babies are fostered and doing well. However, after 10 days of mom cat not using the litter, fighting to dig out of the cage, and aggressively guarding her space, I had her spayed and released her back where she was trapped. Telling myself it wasn't a failure... trapped four, saved three, and no more pregnancies. My friend took her tortoise to the beach... he loved it!The classic If I Fits, I Sits. Iâ€™m a helper on a rescue project (providing supplies and vet care) for an old tomcat who was terribly hurt trying to defend kittens in his colony. Trapped after weeks of hiding, rushed into surgery, his prognosis is good! We hope after months of being fostered for his recovery, Louie will want to be adopted!!! Our now big Lil Scrappy and his foster baby Chevy - not so much a baby either - still Best Buddies!is helping on a rescue project saving this terribly injured older tomcat who fought a raccoon to save some kittens. It took quite a bit, but his prognosis is good!with her 6am alarm clock!wishes everyone a happy 2019!Christmas morning 2018, GD Sierra (3-1/2 yrs) & GD Ryan (7 mos). Looks like they're hatching a plot!Christmas morning 2018, GD Sierra (3-1/2 yrs) & GD Ryan (7 mos) with their mom, my amazing DD. Missing my grandbabies, but hopefully I'll fly out to see them soon!Christmas morning, GD Sierra (3-1/2 yrs) & GD Ryan (7 mos). Missing my grandbabies, but hopefully I'll fly out to see them soon!A big shout out to my exes... THANKS!!!Four feral junior kittens were supposed to be a very temporary foster, but their potential for taming looks promising... I think I'll keep them awhile and give it a try!My sweet foster baby in her favorite bed with her favorite mouseys, and very, very happy in her new forever home!Rarely seen photo of a cat's inner demonScruffy and Slick, my former foster kitties, exploring the play room during one of my visits.
Are you in Southern California?! My big beautiful kittens deserve loving, good energy homes!!!Scruffy and Slick, my former foster kitties, exploring the play room during one of my visits.
Are you in Southern California?! My big beautiful kittens deserve loving, good energy homes!!!I and my rescue friends been searching for home(s) for these beautiful brothers for months. They were pulled out of a feral cat colony and tamed. Only nine months old, theyâ€™re already larger than most of my adult cats. Both solid black, Slick has medium length hair and Scruffy is long haired. They need more exposure, so I brought them to our excellent local shelter. Hereâ€™s one of my play dates with them. is saying good bye to this special baby today... sad for us, happy for her!Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!The kitties and I wish everyone a Happy Christmas Eve... May all your dreams come true!& kitties wish everyone a Happy Christmas Eve... May your dreams come true! Our junior kitten Dessy checking out our latest foster baby... her new mom & dad named her "Snickerdoodle," and pick her up on Wednesday!A friend went in for a colonoscopy last week... it's nice to see that medical department has a sense of humor!ðŸ’©For all the children who will never come home again. JUST A BABY KITTEN & HER CHRISTMAS MOUSE!GOOD MORNING...
Slow start today! ðŸ˜‰isn’t going to visit DD and family this year, so I’ll be working cat rescue straight through... more time to think about the past.Iâ€™m experimenting with
SplitPic and Font Candy. I can't resist snapping photos of the windmills outside of Palm Springs... they're huge and go for miles!I can't resist snapping photos of the windmills outside of Palm Springs... they're huge and go for miles!Iâ€™M A RACCOON Four tiny kittens, a few days old, found in a warehouse in cold and rain (the mom didnâ€™t come back). Two didnâ€™t survive the night, but the other two gained strength and are now thriving with a long term foster!My niece inherited her fatherâ€™s favorite working classic car 4, and has spent a year restoring it to pristine condition. I know my brother is watching over her and couldnâ€™t be prouder! â™¥ï¸DH taking care of his foster baby! Sheâ€™s just what he needs: to have a reason outside of himself to get up and do for someone else. can't resist snapping photos of the windmills outside of Palm Springs... they're huge and go for miles!Got a LOT done before leaving on a short getaway... like adopting out five kittens and one cat! Also scrubbed our big bathroom-for-the-fosters top to bottom, and introduced a newly trapped friendly feral junior kitten to his new home!DHâ€™s foster baby!Right before I was to leave for a few days, DH agreed to foster a sick baby kitten; so I spent six hours that night taking care of her after he went to bed. (Totally worth it!) But DH stepped up and is taking great care of this much better fur baby!
The view from my room in Palm Springs... SO glad to be able to get away for a few days!is away from home for a few days to work and relax uninterrupted... not a bad view!was as fascinated by Scrappy's reaction as Scrappy was when he saw the chandelier light up when he was on the cat tree!was as fascinated by Scrappy's reaction as Scrappy was when he saw the chandelier lit up when he was on the cat tree! thinks it's beginning to FEEL a lot like CHRISTMAS!will miss this lil sweetie... her adopted family comes tomorrow. A special treat, playing Candy Crush. is happy to see these kitties together! The kittens were trapped for their safety and to be adopted, but their mom is still out there. The tabby was ill, had to be separated from her babies. Hugely productive day! Two surviving bottle babies to a foster, two kittens adopted, three ready for neuter surgery tomorrow, and trapped a feral for TNR!Newest foster baby... milk face! One of four has passed away, and it'll be a wakeful night caring for the rest. Hopefully a long term bottle feeder will be found soon. Turkey Coma or the usual Milk Coma? Either way, GD Ryan had a good time!Sharing Thanksgiving via FaceTime with GDs baby Ryan and 3-year-old Sierra!Sharing Thanksgiving via FaceTime with GDs baby Ryan and 3-year-old Sierra!had a wonderful FaceTime conversation with DD & family, then received several photos. This is GD Ryan... she had a good time!I woke up from a nap to find a newly trapped kitten sleeping next to me between two of my baby foster kittens. I had let him loose in the bedroom to test how his taming was coming along... I think heâ€™s ready!woke up from a nap to find a newly trapped kitten sleeping next to me between two of my baby foster kittens... a surprising and joyful discovery!!!I woke up to these baby kittens wrestling next to me. Iâ€™d like to thank the mental case who kept threatening to throw them out, and the rescuers who dealt with her craziness and saved them. SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!PET SAFETY FOR THANKSGIVING Thank God we are away from the burn areas. One positive of living in this concrete jungle, at the Port, and in the shadow of a high peninsula is, our specific location is isolated from many of California's typical crises (fire, floods, mudslides). Riots yes, an occasional earthquake, but other than air quality it's highly unlikely we'll be in danger.woke up to these two baby kittens wrestling next to meMore shots of the colony feeding. Helping to colony feed, one of 25 spots. Here gotta keep them on the west side of the open lot, because on the east side is where coyotes come out to hunt for food. Tabitha helping me with my absentee ballot decisions... the cat offers good advice!I'm getting more donations for my foster and family kitties! Most all took a turn in this cave bed, but it's meant to be for the littlest babies. Newest arrivals... three tuxedo kittens, same litter, trapped at the same time, here to be tamed for adoption. From left going clockwise, these are their personalities: Protector, Curious, Timid. has a fun project: three tuxedo siblings trapped at the same time, here for taming!A very special memory popped up on Facebook, and I decided to share it again on Spark. DS Scott found this heart shaped rock on the beach when he was eight and gave it to me... itâ€™s been 30 years, and itâ€™s still on my desk. The kids having fun on the new cat tree!Kitties loving the new cat tree!A neighbor donated a huge cat tree for my feline zoo! DH & I got it just inside the door and said, thatâ€™s good enough for now... the kitties LOVE it, so weâ€™ll find a place for it eventually!A neighbor donated a huge cat tree for my feline zoo! DH & I got it just inside the door and said, thatâ€™s good for now... the kitties LOVE it, so weâ€™ll find a place for it eventually!A lap full of Fun!!!opened the kitchen door and found a huge cat tree donated by a neighbor! Don’t have a perfect place for it, but the kitties love it so we’ll find a way!!!‘s Scrappy and his adopted baby Chevy still close as ever, even though they’re both growing up fast!Sunset (over the Port of LA, facing East) Dessy's badge of honor: a shaved belly and a blue line tattoo to show she's been spayed... no babies for her!is enjoying fostering this latest litter. Six kittens in a box thrown over a fence behind a business... three survived, and came to me to emergency foster. My GDs! At 5 months old, itâ€™s baby Ryanâ€™s first Halloween; but 3-1/2 year old Sierra is surely making memories. Sheâ€™s a fire MAN (her emphasis) and is wearing her Uncle Scottâ€™s fire helmet. day 3300 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 11/2/2018missed another Halloween with the GDs... hopefully I’ll be able to visit one year soon to go Trick or Treating with them!missed Halloween with the GDs... hopefully one year I’ll be able to visit them next yearis disappointed the Dodgers lost the World Series, but very happy the Rams are still winning!This would definitely be me if I dressed up for Halloween!HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!!
This is a real decorated house! I took a photo of a news report, sure wish the colors came through like it looked on TV. Two late nights... first, a long and stinky evening to trap this little terrified kitten before she was killed; and tonight, a loving and snuggly hour to rock her to sleep!
Meet Mackie, named after the bait used (mackerel). READ IT AS USUAL, TOP TO BOTTOM, AND THEN READ IT FROM THE BOTTOM UP. These two are the last of our original outside cats, Fuzzy and Mama. They and the rest of their family were living here before we moved in, long before I got involved in rescue. They were also my first two rescue projects! Now fixed, they reign over our growing outside colony. Junior kittens literally dumped and abandoned in the middle of the night... but night shift workers heard, and called a fellow rescuer for help. Tomorrow, brother and sister get fixed and vaccinated, and Iâ€™ll be able to work on socializing them one-on-one for adoption. This is worth the hours of cleaning, laundry, et cetera!Sometimes I have to remind myself there are little humans in my life who love me too... hopefully DD will be able to bring my perfect precious GDs to California for a visit soon!needs a reminder there are humans in my life that need and love me too!Dodgers going to the World Series, Rams undefeated this season, LaBron James joined the Lakers... it's a heady times for Los Angeles sports fans!!! (no, Walker Buehler is not related to my son Scott, but it's nice to see his name)An imaginative ad created by their foster mom... these kittens are sure to be adopted soon!HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!!Dare I press "Print"???
Nah, I love'm too much! Sad sad baby, so many changes for him and his siblings... first they lost their mom and then the giants kept picking them up and saying Awwwwwwwwwww!A Lesson in Leadership & Teamwork. I have temporary guests... who could dump this young family - mom, dad, two junior kittens - in an industrial area & burn rubber speeding away? No matter now... they're safe here!!!has temporary guests... who could dump this young family in an industrial area & burn rubber speeding away? They're safe now!!!Is it possible to tame this beautiful young Russian Blue? So far, it's not going well. He's not aggressive, per se; but he's absolutely miserable being caged, and I can't let him loose inside my house.
Another tough decision!!! Here are three orphans - the two siblings I'd posted about before, and another the same age found in a dumpster. Brought to me for rescue, they're now with a long term foster; and as you can see, getting into all kinds of mischief!enjoying socializing time with a brand new foster kitty!I feel like Iâ€™ve been going nonstop, and itâ€™s gonna be another too early morning Saturday AND Sunday, but I got a break tonight.
Spent a wonderful peaceful two hours with my newest arrival, a four month old kitten pulled off a kill list. Heâ€™s responding quickly... some more socializing and he can be adopted.Thereâ€™s nothing as suspenseful as waiting for a cat to take the bait... but itâ€™s too light now, so heading home. This is what passes for sunrise in the lower section of town. The Port is directly ahead, but barely visible. As you go west and up â€œthe Hill,â€ the panoramic view towards the Port is 99% industrial but beautiful too. Todayâ€™s emergency foster babies... the two are safe and doing well, hopefully the rescuer will be able to get the remaining four siblings. My neighbor comes each day to help socialize the older kittens. This is Bootsie being introduced to the others in the â€œkitten room.â€ Very successful! Very happy!!!Introduced a recently trapped kitten to the junior kittens in our large bathroom. All were very cautious and moved slowly, but who can resist a brightly colored felt ribbon on a pole?!Just sayinâ€™...is sad their four siblings were lost, but these two are now safe and healthy!HAPPY OCTOBER!!!This BIG tomcat had surgery today... no more babies for him! Once heâ€™s healed, Iâ€™ll physically introduce him to the other cats in the room. Theyâ€™ve gone from mutual hissy fits to laying side by side and touching paws through the bars. A good start!had another hectic week with The Cats, but extremely rewarding. This is our latest save!A beautiful, feisty, loving, playful 10-12 week old kitten at the vetâ€™s for a checkup. A young woman saw her being beaten and stopped to intervene - a huge risk, and one countless others did not take, When the person hung the kitten by her neck and walked away, thank God her inadvertent rescuer was there quickly enough to save her life and take her to safety. Iâ€™m glad our rescue was the one to help! (Iâ€™m responsible for the fosters, vet care, etc.) Kitty is recovering and has an adoptHanging out with the Port kittens the night before they went up for adoption. It was huge fun fostering them these past few weeks! In this photo, for some reason, my feet were very interesting! A scene that caught my eye and had me catch my breath! This was the ending tableau of one of the dances on Dancing With The Starsâ€™ New York Night. Amazing artistry and technology!No words... :)THIS IS DH!Glue Trap Kittens, part 2.
I was called to coordinate getting the kittens from the neighbor who saved them to a long term foster at a rescue further inland. The best way to get it done, I drove them myself, with a stay at my house in between. Lost sleep and 150 miles later, I canâ€™t help but think of how much joy these kitties will give their adopted humans!More adventures in cat rescue... these are â€œThe Glue Trap Kittens.â€ Feral mom had babies in an elderly womanâ€™s yard. Neighbor checked on mewing, found several glue traps in the bushes. Homeowner planned to catch the kittens in the glue and throw them away... thanks to those who stepped into action (mine was a small part), theyâ€™re all safe and doing well!Adventures in cat rescue... a five week old orphaned ginger baby came here after being trapped. He cried for hours, we held him as often as we could. After a bath and hours of flea-combing, followed by a very long cuddle, this happened!WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!Just got an update: this Before & After photo. She's one of five tiny kittens with mange who were on the kill list at a shelter out of our area. My partner claimed them, got pledges for the fees and transport, and found the foster mom. I'm helping with vet care and meds, and when well and old enough, their adoptions. I had to make a hard decision regarding this very agitated, most likely very feral young cat and her eight-week-old kittens... This is their last night together, as the kittens will be adopted and Mom is TNRed.had to make a hard decision regarding this very agitated probably feral young mom and her eight-week-old kittens... their last night together as kittens are adopted and Mom is TNRed.While thereâ€™s no dog in our home, I have grandpuppies through DD & SIL in Colorado. Their two rescue dogs predate the arrival of my two GDs, and I love seeing their interactions! This meme isnâ€™t my granddog, but it sure could be!!!Being a part of the rescue community has been a privilege and filled my life with precious, innocent love. Dessy waiting for me to finish working at my desk... my trash truck kitten, my special sidekick!I was going through photos from last year, and was happy to revisit being a part of making this happen: an adopter specializing in special needs cats and dogs adopted an elderly dog with several health issues. Used SplitPic to create this Before & After... same dog, shelter photo and one hour after arriving in new home!One of six cats trapped from Saturday night to Sunday night: a very young mom with two 8-10 week old kittens (reunited and safe in a crate in my kitchen), two for TNR, and an elderly male heading to a vet for evaluation. A busy weekend!Starting a new large trapping project tomorrow in a local industrial area. Several people take turns feeding about 20 cats, and luckily they'll be welcomed back once they're fixed. (Photo is from trapping in the Port.)Old man George stretched out next to me and old lady Dinky giving him the stink eye! This is what I usually see each morning... Dinky's way to wake me up and say HELLO!How I feel sometimes... Newest little foster is flea free and loves being held and cuddled! I named her Charlotte. is glad our new foster "Charlotte" is flea free and loves being cuddled!This little girl was trapped tonight and brought here. She needs a good bath and a thorough defleaing, but I started with a long long cuddle. Hisses easily turned to purrs... after devouring a plate of wet food, she's wrapped in my shirt and sleeping. When I get tired or frustrated, this moment is what I need to remember!!! â™¥ï¸is up late again... this little girl was trapped tonight and needs a good bath and thorough defleaing... started with lots of cuddles and wet food and earned a huge purr!Tell me... is it just wishful thinking on my part, or does my GD Ryan look like her Uncle Scott?I think old man George is relaxed and happy with us!I have to share the latest photo of my wonderful GDs!is excited to help find loving homes for this sweetie and his siblings, plus two more litters who were trapped and tamed!is excited to find find living homes for this sweetie and his siblings, plus two more litters who were trapped and tamed!Little Bear is doing great!!! His long term foster mom is taking good care of him!I've never been bitten this badly by any type of bug (in this case, mosquitos)!day 3250 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 9/12/2018is sharing this meme to celebrate the many kittens who have passed through my life this year who were found in like situations, such as our Chevy!had a crazy cat week... 6 adults TNRed, 4 kittens trapped to tame for adoption, and ER foster for one day old baby! My newest GD Ryan at three months old... I'm trying to arrange a getaway with DD and the girls before the holidays make our schedules even more difficult to coordinate!Good-bye sweet baby Marmalade... it was a hard, long nine days, and you fought a good fight, but we lost.
I think you felt my love - I'm sure you did - but now you're free of sickness and pain, so run and play and be happy!Look how my baby Chevy has grown! He and Scrappy remain as close as ever. Feeling better after a 3am feeding. Marmalade will drop off to sleep quickly... now if only I could do the same!My tiniest foster Marmalade is struggling to survive... the countless number of fleas on his fragile body literally sucked the life out of him. After several hours of care, he lifted his head, then pulled himself up and walked! He's tucked in bed with DH and me tonight.IT'S FLEET WEEK IN LOS ANGELES!
We watched tonight's fireworks from our living room. is so happy that DD has a wonderful family of her own!My beautiful perfect granddaughters!Four new foster kittens, various ages (5-8 weeks old), trapped in a lumberyard, and laden with fleas. All the bathing and flea combing had an extra benefit: they're comfortable with humans now!DH helping me by giving warm cuddles to my newest fosters after their flea baths.DH helping with newest foster kittens' flea baths. Here's my kitty Scrappy staying close to a feral cat in a trap to offer comfort. They stay here for two nights (pre-op and post-op) to get their spay or neuter surgery. is struggling to catch up with housework, with paperwork, with the many requests for help with cat rescue...Two "orphans" found in dangerous situations - a car engine block and on the docks in a warehouse district - who were brought to me for fostering. Both were fully tame, and affectionate, so had to have been with caring humans for some time. After a month of stabilization, we put them up for adoption; they were claimed in one and two days! Be happy, sweet kittens!!!Our new foster George, the most lovable big old cat I know. I love when the kittens run around and over him, and so does he!DH with his new best bud, George, a 10-year-old male we're fostering. His owners recently dumped him and his sister by leaving them outside when they moved away. One neighbor knew and fed them, another tried poison. Sister suffered a horrible death, brother was saved. We named him George, and absolutely love him!DH with his new best bud, George, a 10-year-old male we're fostering. His owners recently dumped him and his sister by leaving them outside when they moved away. One neighbor knew and fed them, another tried poison. Sister suffered a horrible death, brother was saved. We named him George, and absolutely love him!I'm not sure when I'll see these three beautiful sweet loving smart silly fun girls of mine again... Thank goodness for Facebook & FaceTime!isn't sure when I will see these three beautiful girls again... thank goodness for Facebook & FaceTime!has started a trapping project in the local community with other volunteers. Here's my first catch:DD and GD #2, the cutest kitties I know!One of two bottle babies I emergency fostered this past week. It feels wonderful to save them, to see them gradually learn to trust that big loud giant in their face, but it's exhausting too!My GD Kaile, beautiful inside and out, on her first day of high school!has said good bye to my four youngest fosters... soon they'll have their forever homes!Many years ago, I lost 105 pounds, and maintained for some time; but eventually I regained every pound and more...
This is a small vision collage I made when I started on Spark. I kept it in a frame on my desk, and took it with me when I traveled.
I still use the mantra:
Losing weight is hard.
Being fat is hard.
CHOOSE YOUR HARD.Tomorrow is Weigh-in Day!I've chosen a name for the Siamese mix kitten with the large gray spot covering his nose: Smudgie! Thank you for the suggestions!IT'S TOO HOT!!!IT'S TOO HOT!!!IT'S TOO HOT!!!How did I end up with 20 foster kitties??? Four are going for adoption this week, four are ferals and will be released after surgery (spay/neuter), three go for adoption next week, and I should classify Chevy as our personal cat (not a foster)... that will help! These beautiful black panthers will be harder to adopt out... even though they're loveys!has made the decision: Scrappy will be keeping little Chevy forever!Another Scrappy and Chevy sleepy cuddle. My foster kitten Chevy!We're going through another brutal heat wave, with unusually high humidity.
Hopefully this illustration will help you drink enough healthy fluids to stay hydrated!My wonderful Scrappy cat cuddled up and sleeping with Chevy, one of our orphans and a real spitfire! DH says we have to find a home for Chevy, just like all the fosters. *I* said, okay... but YOU get to tell Scrappy he can't keep his best buddy!Three orphan foster kittens playing together, all ready to go to furever homes. Whoever adopts one of these loving babies will be very lucky!This is so me... especially the music!This is Star and Bandit's brother, a shy cuddly boy who needs a name. presents Star & Bandit's brother... a shy cuddly boy who needs a name. is exhausted after two sleepless nights... tiny foster kittens suddenly became ill, and I did all I could to save them. Star died this morning, Bandit died tonight. has had two sleepless nights... two tiny foster kittens became ill for unknown reasons, and I tried all I could to save them... RIP Star & Bandit. The recent newborns we emergency fostered are thriving with their long term foster family, including very productive dog Millie. & DH are trying the best we can to nurse our precious Dinky back to health after a poor prognosis. is feeling hopeful... another kitten saved from the engine of a car is here to be fixed and evaluated. He's doing well!is tired but happy... these 2-3 day old kittens are safe now and doing well!A midnight call from two street (homeless) people led to a middle of the night rescue of two newborn kittens. They'd kept a distant but watchful eye on the new mom with her babies, but then she didn't come back. Thank goodness they stepped up and reached out for help. Feedings around the clock are exhausting, but they're moving on to a long term foster. May they have long, happy lives!... and then they both fell asleep. Two of my foster kittens, Chevy and Destiny, fighting over Dessy's tail... I took some great videos too, wish I could post them!is feeling overwhelmed... last Thursday I had 21 fosters here; 15 were kittens, so it's not as bad as it sounds, but still a lot of work. Now it's 13 kittens and 3 adults. It's so hard to say no!celebrated DH's 70th and MIL's 90th Birthdays Monday and Tuesday. I NEED ONE OF THESE FOR MY HOUSE!The five kittens born and raised in our bathroom are venturing out and away from their feral mama. These sweet curious faces greeted me when I returned from my trip!The five kittens born and raised in our bathroom are venturing out and away from their feral mama. These sweet curious faces greeted me when I returned from my trip!Home from a productive, active, and restful getaway to Palm Springs... time alone was just what I needed. is missing my grandbabies... Thank goodness for FaceTime!Fostering baby orphan Chevy is great fun for all of us, including our big boy Scrappy!Our little Chevy is getting big... another few weeks and he'll be old enough to adopt out. I am SO thankful for people who are willing to go above and beyond to save helpless animals! This tiny kitten was found in the trash at a waste facility. How did she survive??? How did the workers hear her mews?!? I'm happy to be her emergency foster. Her name is Destiny. is so thankful for people who strive to rescue helpless animals. This kitten was found in the trash.I'm so glad and grateful to be starting the Summer 5% Challenge today with the Awesome A Team!This 15-day-old kitten squirmed his way out of the large carrier where its wildly feral mom has "hidden" her babies. First photo opp since their birth... a very grumpy kitty! Another frustrating and destructive cycle is broken: mom will have to be returned to her colony, but she'll be fixed; and the babies will be tamed, fixed, and adopted!!!My Scrappy checking out our foster kitten... now to teach him that baby Chevy is NOT a play toy!I've been having a very rough time lately... every night I say, "snap out of it already," but in the morning the weight on my heart feels too heavy to fight. This little baby keeps me focused on a positive, and helps to lift the gloom from around my soul. I'm still trying!is having a blast with our youngest foster kitten!I'm not sure what they did to my one month old GD to get this reaction, but I want me some!!!I'm not sure what they did to my one month old GD to get this reaction, but I want me some!!!I saved this meme because...
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I DID WHEN I SAW MY SIL!!!Thank goodness for photos to reinforce memories! I'm in the red Sparkpeople shirt, with my two GDs. A wonderful time together, with pictures like this to share it with the girls when they're older!So this happened yesterday... a kitten about four weeks old hiding in the undercarriage of a large truck. They heard mewing, searched but couldn't find the source, until they realized he was IN under the truck. Starving, exhausted, filthy dirty, he came to me... now he's asleep between DH and me!Like THE BLOB!!!HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
Especially to those men who love and care for children who are not biologically related, and who teach by example how a good husband and father should act. New GD Ryan! Hopefully, deep in her subconscious, something will remind her I was there.Guess who finally forgave me for being gone so long? My sweet boy Scrappy!says, Guess who finally forgave me for being gone so long? My boy Scrappy!Willow by my side. Been in bed two days with high fever, body aches, sick stomach. Was able to sit up, ate soup and crackers. Fever down, feeling better.Got home two days ago, completely exhausted, which a long night's sleep did not help. Been in bed since with high fever, body aches, sick stomach. Sat up and ate soup. Feeling better. This is Willow, sticking right by my side through the worst. is at Denver airport 3:55am, catching early flight to go home to CA. Thank goodness DD is well enough to travel and is coming with new baby GD too. 3:55am at Denver Airport, checked in and waiting with the luggage while DD parks in long term parking and shuttles here with baby GD to check in herself. Iâ€™m coming home early, many reasons; extremely thankful DD is well enough to travel and coming too. I love Schroedinger's cat, don't you?!DD & SIL are dog sitting... he is as long as a full length couch, and not even stretched out! Very protective of the new baby; when I held her, he shielded me physically and watched for possible threats. is having a Grandma and Sierra evening as Mommy and Daddy go out to dinner. GD Sierra (age 3) and me hanging out June 2018Fishy faces with GD Sierra For comparison, this is me near my heaviest weight. My first time EVER taking a selfie in the mirror... I didnâ€™t know whether to smile or be serious!is treasuring every moment with my family! DD, SIL, GD #1, and this our newest twig on the family tree, GD #2!I told GD Sierra (age 3) how I wrap up feral kittens like a burrito so I can hold them safely and tame them. She took her Meow-Meow stuffed animal and tried to Purrito it! Her serious face is her telling the kitty she is safe now, everything is gonna be okay! My one-eyed, brain-damaged, crazy sweet goofball foster kitten Bella, with me for eight months.Remembering and Honoring those who gave their lives in commitment to our country, the U.S.A. "All gave some, but some gave all."is SO incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to be with DD and her family during this especially precious time!Thankful I can be with DD and her family, including 6-day-old GD Ryan!Big sis GD Sierra and little sis GD RyanBaby GD Ryan comes home!DD is making sure her DD #1 gets special Mommy-n-Me time!GD Sierra and Daddy (SIL)... it's hard work having a new baby!!!Baby GD Ryan (born May 18)DD Aubrey, GD Sierra (age 3), baby GD Ryan (5 days)Iâ€™m finally getting on my way... and excited to see all my girls!!! DD Aubrey, GD Sierra (age 3), and new GD Ryan (4 days)is on the way... Big Sister & Little Sister meet for the first time!& DH have a new twig on the family tree! DD & SIL, and GD Sierra, welcomed GD Ryan on May 18.My DD with our first GD Sierra, age 3, on a quick visit to California. Miss them more every day!My dearest son Scott at 15 months old, with me in West Germany in 1981. Motherâ€™s Day, for those who have a child is in Heaven, is bittersweet. â™¥ï¸My GD Sierra (age 3) talking to her baby sister, so Ryan will know her big sisterâ€™s voice. â™¥ï¸is wondering, what is Willow going to do when I finally get around to folding the laundry?!is finalizing the adoption of STORMY, the now six week old kitten saved from a storm drain. Our baby Siamese rallied, ate well and crawled around; but it was not meant to be. He faded quickly, unexpectedly, and passed over the Rainbow Bridge. A short life, a terrible start, a struggle to survive; but his end days were spent full of love. I'm tired... but greatly relieved! Our two tiny at-risk foster kittens are stable and getting stronger! We took them to a long term bottle feeder today. The ginger girl is two to three weeks old, and the tiny Siamese boy is about ten days old. Here's our sweet boy Scrappy, who spent the entire night next to a frightened feral cat. She was trapped to be fixed, then returned to her colony. It's not ideal, but at least she won't add to the feral population. Even though the trap was covered, Scrappy stayed right there... he's a special kitty!!!Another new temporary foster who arrived this weekend: "Figaro." Saved after being chased and trapped by large dogs, he was taken to a vet to be scanned for an ID chip. The "owners" were contacted and said they didn't want him... that's why he's outside. He's absolutely wonderful! Let's hope his next adopters act like real people with hearts. Bottle baby #2, a mini-panther (all black) about four weeks old. People heard mewing near a busy street and literally looked for hours to find the source. They pulled him out from down in a storm drain, under the street, and brought him to me! After a tumultuous night shaking and crying, he slept for hours. He's a different kitty now, running around and playing. Time to tuck him into bed!Bottle baby #1, who will grow to be a Siamese cat. Eyes barely open, maybe 10 days old... found stuck in a bamboo thicket this morning. Goal: survive the night! New foster kittens, who came with their wild, terrified little mom... my hard job is playing with the babies to get them ready for adoption, and deciding when the mom gets spayed and returned to her colony. is with DH at surgery center... but it’s a good thing! He’s getting his fistula repaired (damaged in that bad fall).I picked up a new foster yesterday. Others saved him from a colony, terribly ill with mange. After seven weeks of isolation and treatment, he didnâ€™t know whether to hiss or purr... but chose to trust us. Heâ€™s extremely affectionate and friendly, even slept with us. We doubt heâ€™d survive back in the colony. Looking for his forever home!Today was All Cats Day! I have the easy part: temporary foster and transporter. First, a too-shy-to-be-adopted male pulled from the Shelter. Then, a litter of newborns (bottle babies) found in a building due to be torn down; thank God the mother was trapped late tonight. They're with me overnight, I'll drive 80 miles tomorrow to deliver them to two long term foster homes.
A SUCCESSFUL DAY!!!is delivering these two cuties for further socialization and adoption!is glad to have Scrappy's company as I work on our tax returns!Would this be the male version of a Crazy Cat Lady?!? :)Housecleaning Adventures When I started noticeably losing weight, people would ask me: What are you allowed to eat? Feeling controlled is a HUGE trigger for me. My answer: I can EAT anything I WANT... I choose to eat healthily. Truly learning that it IS my choice helps every decision.My wild one-eyed foster kitty has become my shadow, playing with my feet when at my desk and sleeping nearby at night. Iâ€™m getting better... great appreciation to the hospital staff! Doses of IV antibiotics stopped the spread of the infection, but Iâ€™ll know in 10-14 days if Iâ€™ve truly got this beat. Lesson learned: take cat bites seriously!is getting better... great appreciation to the hospital staff! IV antibiotics finally beat back the infection... I’ll know in 10-14 days if I’ve got this truly beat. is shocked and deeply sad... our sweet kitty Madeleine passed away in her sleep at only 11 months old. We knew she was frail, but expected more time...It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share the news of my beautiful tiny cat Madeleine's death. We knew her immune system was compromised and she was frail, but still thought we'd have more time together... the friendliest sweetest cat ever!is temporary foster for a first time young mama cat and six babies, rescued by my friend from a cold empty house... it’s Kitten Season!Look who came home! DH is still limited physically, but stable and improving. Our cats are really happy he's home! With DH unexpectedly in the hospital, my project with the feral colony is on hold; but these three now-fixed young cats are my guests in the meantime. I love talking to them, looking deep in their eyes, and seeing their recognition of who I am... and that they're safe!is working on a new project: about 25 mostly feral cats, none of whom have been fixed. These first two are fixed, taming nicely!is in bed, happily surrounded by four of our kitties. Whatever little Maddie had spread to the others. I think we’re past the worst of it, except for Scrappy, hit the hardest. Sleep well my babies!Joyful News!!! When I checked on Madeleine during the night, she met me at the bathroom door; on her feet, walking around with her tail up, for the first time in two days! She spent most of today with the other cats in our bed (and with me). Canâ€™t tell you how relieved and grateful I am!!!Keeping watch over a critically ill little cat with pneumonia for the second night. She took a turn for the worse this evening, after the vet appointment; but holding her in the steam from hot water running in the shower eased her gasping struggle to breathe. DH was out buying a humidifier, I was SO scared! After eight hours, little Madeleine's breathing seems stable. I'm gonna catch a couple of hours of sleep... Thanks for listening!I have to keep remembering this!!!The hardest week of the year is finally over. Last week was the 10th anniversary of my beloved DS's death, and today is his birthday. All day I've remembered the joy of his birth, what a great kid he was, the amazing man he grew to be, and my blessed life with him.
Happy Birthday Scott, Forever 27 in Heaven,
WE'LL ALWAYS MISS YOU! Swimming with DD & DGD in Palm Springsis heading home tomorrow after an amazing week in Palm Springs with DD & DGD (pictured).Enjoying a Greek yogurt mixed berry and kale smoothie!Today marks the 10th Anniversary of my beloved son's death. At approximately 12:30pm PST, he fell to his death... a long complicated story. I'm away from home, with my DD & DGD, and amazingly calm right now; but I'm reliving each minute of that day. Our last words to each other, on that Super Bowl Sunday, were "I Love You."
CELEBRATING SCOTT â¤ï¸Our new granddaughter will be here in about 2-1/2 months, joining DGD, DD & SIL in Colorado. Hopefully Iâ€™ll be able to be there for #2 the same as I was for #1!is relieved and SO happy to have found a safe place for my Russian Blue mom cat, not tame enough for standard adoption.I'm LOVING our life with cats! We had to wait SOOOO long before we could own a pet... adopted our first from a rescue three days after we moved in here. Now we "rescue"!I'm trying to convince these two it's past their bedtime, but they'd rather hang out together. Scrappy checking out Bella in her crate, and visa versa. Scrappy realized the door was open and jumped down. Finally, they meet without the bars between them!Bella had a setback with the recovery from her eye removal surgery, so will be here awhile longer. Foster kitten Madeleine joined Bella in her crate, and they fell asleep together. and foster kitten Madeleine. She’s a joy to have as a part of our family!Update on Bella, my beautiful one-eyed foster kitten: sheâ€™s healing well, has become a kitten again, and gets her stitches out on Friday. Here she is kneading and falling asleep with her Momâ€™s shirt. is having fun with Bella, recovering well from surgery to remove a damaged eye. I'm ready to accept my punishment. Update on my sweet Bella! Now that sheâ€™s out of what must have been terrible pain, sheâ€™s a different cat: SO playful, loves chin scratches and tummy rubs, and is excited to see the other kitties (and us humans too). I wish I could let her out of the crate, but itâ€™s too soon. Thank you for your encouraging words and prayers!!!Our beautiful new long-term foster, five-year-old Willow. Freed from her previous negative situation, it took some time for her to feel comfortable here; but now she plays like a kitten with our other cats, and has made herself at home. She tolerates me, but absolutely adores my DH!has been loving on these two feral kittens to prepare them for adoption hopefully. It's going well!... and the cat said:Feral kitten Tiger took his turn with human contact for the first time. No more hissing and snapping when I reach in the kennel, and I can gently pet them without them running away. Making good progress!!!Little Tiger decided he didnâ€™t want his turn as a Purrito! Hopefully Siam talks him into it!!!The socializing process begins... first human contact. It took the two of us to get him wrapped, and awhile for him to realize heâ€™s safe, but those eyes bore into mine for the longest... Day 1: SUCCESS!I love having a peek into our kittiesâ€™ minds!has sent these babies to their new homesWhat a week! We got SO much done: eight cats placed for adoption, with five adopted in four days; also trapped four ferals over four days, who were then fixed. Two were returned to where they were trapped, and two are staying with us to be socialized. Lots of calls and messages, early mornings and wakeful nights, but worth every effort! & DH celebrating GD Kaile’s 14th Birthday!My beautiful Pasha with Sardines and Tuna, the once-tiny wildly feral kittens we trapped, and whom Iâ€™m socializing for adoption. The Fish Sisters will be staying awhile longer, good little bitty company for Mom Blue as I continue to connect with her wild soul. This is the last night Pasha will be with his Russian Blue Mom. He is being adopted by the family who adopted his brother Sasha in December... two is better than one, especially with kittens!is looking on the bright side...Finally, I'll be able to walk around the block!DD & GD Sierra playing with Snapchat filters!has the best "job" in the world... raising kittens and/or preparing kitties for adoption. This is Sardines, one of six fosters. What a wonderful way to end 2017... a great example of teamwork! This junior kitten was rescued after a fight, and ended up here after veterinary care. As temporary foster, I took care of his recovery and checked his socialization. I had the easy job... couldn't have done it without my friend's initiative. There was no response to the Found ads, so this big cuddly softie is on his way to his new furever home! Iâ€™m missing my precious GD Sierra and my wonderful DD... my trip to see them was cancelled due to DHâ€™s hospitalization. Looking at dates in the new year to give it another go!Speaking of socks...This is my tenth Christmas without my DS Scott... Iâ€™ve been crying for days, songs elicit memories, seeing his fave movies and foods, so many reminders; but the laughter and fun of being with DH and family helped dry the tears for today. No boots in the house this Christmas... DGS and fellow Marines staying together for those with nowhere to go this holiday. is praying DH will soon begin to heal and come home from hospital to be with me and our kitties again!A satellite photo showing smoke from the California fires blowing towards Hawaii. We live in a safe pocket on the small bump out of land (peninsula) between the smoke trails. Seeing this clarified how lucky and blessed we are to live in this concrete jungle. One fire in Southern California continues to advance... this was taken on Main Street in Ventura. We were surrounded by fires on three sides (ocean on the fourth), but are in a safe pocket far enough away to not be affected (other than air quality). Prayers for safety for first responders and residents!& DH have the hard job of holding, cuddling, and loving on these two newly trapped, tiny but fierce, wildly feral kittens... Sardines is adjusting, Tuna needs more time! Wishing you all a Wonderful December!Our latest foster, named Sardines for how we trapped her. Hopefully she'll be joined soon by her sibling, who was too small to trip the first trap. First human contact!is counting the days until my trip to Colorado!is sad to see these babies go, but happy to place them in good homes, and proud to have raised them!Donâ€™t know when or if our Marine GS will be coming home for either the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays... waiting to hear on that and expected deployment. I'm looking at old photos, feeling the happy memories, as a way to stave off the waves of emotions that are coming more often and more intensely as the holidays approach.
Next February will be ten years since DS died in an accidental fall, and I can't seem to get this horrific experience out of my mind. Here is my beautiful inside-and-out son Scott.... and her protector Belle with the same!WONDERFUL MEMORIES!
This is my amazing GD Sierra at a few months old, loving her new pink teddy bear...Weigh in day tomorrow!Wind power turbines on the way home from Palm Springs. DH cuddling a then two-week-old orphan kitty someone had found late one night by a Main Street, wet and starving, eyes barely opened. After 9 stabilizing days with us, he went to his long term foster home. How can it be that we miss this little kitt so much?!?My spunky GD Sierra (age 2-1/2) out trick-or-treating at a mall event. She had a blast!!!More kitty pictures! This is Mom Blue with four of her five kittens, plus a tiny new foster baby (the black spot by the greys).Heres our Mom Blue and one of her five kittens, now six weeks old. They’re Russian Blues: is anyone familiar with the breed? Do you know how I can learn from other Russian Blue owners?playing with the five kittens we're fostering to give their mama a break!I had an amazing ten hours of sleep last night! Good prep for tonight... Iâ€™m fostering a 3-day-old kitten. Hopefully Mom Blue will continue to nurse the newborn, and the older kittens will accept him too!Parenting sure has changed since I was a kid!I'm happily cuddling with my two guys... G'night!The timing couldn't have been more perfect: we took two foster kittens we were hosting temporarily in to be adopted, and then I learned a long-elusive pregnant-again feral needed placement IMMEDIATELY... an hour after we got her home, THIS happened!and DH took his Mom to GD's soccer game... MIL had a great time!Soccer tournament, rooting for our DGD Kaile (13 years old). Great way to start a Saturday!It's never to late to start changing your future!... so THAT's what's happening!My lil' Scrappy is a Pepper too!!!Lil' Scrappy sleeping with his new Mommy (that's me!)is happy our kitties are (finally) accepting their new little brother... I think we'll keep him!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! â¤ï¸This is why cats usually land on their feet: a very flexible spine!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!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!Our sweet silly Scrappy boyWhen 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!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!is adjusting to DH being home... this was the drive down from where he stayed in Arizona. GD Sierra playing peek-a-boo with my foster kittens ðŸ˜¸is missing my girls, DD & DGD. Tabitha checking out my flowers from DD ðŸŒºDH 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. Scrappy in mid-sneeze!is going to miss these little cuties when they're adopted! Three will be going soon, two need more growing time. 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!!!One of our temporary fostersSometimes I feel like this...Losing weight is hard.
Being fat is hard.
CHOOSE YOUR HARD. Fun in New Orleans!I scared the feral mom cat, not sure how, but these two gave me dirty looks and ran to protect her!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!... and I dance in the rain. 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. 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:BE THE FENCE!is looking forward to Friday!ADVANCED PARENTING: Whether you vacation or stay-cation, or have to work through the summer, enjoy every day to the fullest!~ our foster kittens at three weeks old. is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with DH... a BIG shoutout to his entire family, who accepted my kids and me as their own!is hanging out with our baby Tabitha. is so happy to be a small part of keeping this sweet mommy and babies safe and healthy!Happy Mother's Day says, guess who just turned two years old?!is enjoying a lull in Life's Roller Coaster of crisis vs joy. Here's just one source of my happiness, GD Sierra!has a budding gaming genius for a GD... she put on headphones, set up the PlayStation and began to play!has been stuck in grieving emotions that hit unexpectedly hard this year. Getting back on task at last... and doing okay. is remembering the day I became a mother for the first time... Happy Birthday in Heaven, my wonderful Scott!woke up to this... Good Morning, Tabitha!Scott at the Fire Academy Scott at seven monthsis anticipating the tenth anniversary of the death of my beloved son Scott. MIMAWELIZABETH needs to plan a trip to Colorado to visit DD & our precious GD Sierra ASAP!!!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!!!is Grandma taking funny face selfies with grandbaby Sierra!This is me, every time I drive to the gym... or anywhere!is concerned about these side effects of exercising!is working on catching up on housework, Sparking, finances, Life. tried to make a New Year's Resolution, but...says, "Enough of watching the cat watch ice melt; back to my healthy plan, NO excuses!"Celebrating GD Sierra's christening!Cuddling with GD Sierra!Counting down the days to my next trip to visit DD, SIL & GD Sierra!A very tired, serious GD Sierra & Grandma (that's me!)Tabitha says, "it's okay Mommy, I gotcha!"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!!!DD Aubrey & GD Sierra Ready for their first bike ride together!Royal Palms Park, near my home, on the Pacific Ocean side.An amazing Rest Day at a park by the LA Harbor. My MantraView down my street toward the Port of Los AngelesZoom view of Port of Los Angeles (where I live)My room overlooking the pool in Palm Springs.SO grateful to have the resources to go away for a few days... in Palm Springs again. GD Kaile 2016 Soccer Tourney Champions (with her Mom)GD Kaile's soccer tourney 2016Opposite view of GD Kaile's soccer tourney Our sweet Tabitha with DHDinky keeping DH company.DH preparing for one of his many surgeries and procedures.GD Sierra at restaurant - getting big!I recognize THAT pouty face... just like DD and MINE too!GD Sierra Easter 2016I think GD Sierra wants to come home with me!Mommy's yummy homemade butternut squash!GD Sierra loving that psghetti!GD Sierra learning to navigate the stairsDD & SIL & GD Super Bowl 2016 Denver won!GD Sierra (eight months old) and me, December 2015 DD & GD Sierra, enjoying her first trip up into the Colorado mountains. DD & GD Sierra Sep 2015GD Sierra with DD & SIL visiting his family in Puerto Rico, Sep 2015Sierra at two weeks old, on Grandma's bed, with her furry protectorsGrandma and Sierra (four days old)Sierra's Homecoming Cuddle with Grandma (two days old)My baby had a baby!
Sierra - 03/31/2015Sierra Elizabeth, born March 31st, at four hours old!Soon-to-be Mom Aubrey with her MIL (on right) & me, her Mom (on left) at CA Baby ShowerScott at St Baldricks (2004 Publicity Photo)DD & me ~ Shaved for St Baldrick's fundraiser!Tabitha settled in immediately... Waiting for Grandpa (DH) to come home.Adoption Day for Tabitha... we "rescued" her, but she saved us right back! Tabitha waiting for me to finish SparkingTabitha watching DH's dialysis machine work Tabitha chilling with DHOur new family member
(Scott's "kitten in the tree")Our spoiled baby Tabitha deciding what to do about new kitty BlackieOur two fur babies My SD Nic with her DD, our GD Kaile (12 mos)Kaile getting to know her Aunt Aubrey, newly returned from college in Wisconsin (2005)GD Kaile as Baby & at her 1st CommunionGD Kaile with my MILMy beautiful Kaile (about 7 years old)Kaile and Andre Jr my two grandkids June 2015GD Kaile & GS Andre June 2016DH with his Mom, celebrating their birthdays MIL's BirthdayMy sweet Scottie with me in West Germany (1981 - 15 mos)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).Scott & his "new" brothers in California 1983Big brother Scott with baby Aubrey and me (1985)Now I'M the shortest one in the room! Scott & Aubs & me (2000)DS Scott & DD Aubrey 2005My kids & me at my 50th birthdayIn 2006, with our "new" used car. Look at me acting like I can walk! (DD pulled my walker away)My wonderful DD and I on bachlorette cruise (2007)Aubrey & Bridesmaids ready for the Big Day!A Very Proud Big Brother Scott was Lil' Sis Aubrey's "Father"With Lambie, Kaile's ready to be Flower Girl!Big Brother DS Scott ready to walk Little Sister DD Aubrey down the aisleDaughter Aubrey's Wedding on the cliffs above the PacificDD Aubs & my new SIL My beloved DH and me (Yikes... I'm a MIL!)Presenting Mr & Mrs...! Point Vincente CAThe Wedding Cake with my Nana's topper from her 1914 weddingFather-Daughter Dance "I Loved Her First"The wonderful day coming to an end... Kaile & LambieDH and me with Kaile on Mother's Day 2008Scott while at Fire AcademyDS Scott with friends Summer 2007DS Scott's UrnScott loved hiking, camping, climbing... cliff sleeping!Where Scott's ashes are scattered - the mountains above Santa BarbaraMemorial at the base of the tree where Scott died February 2008Me on Weigh-in DaysWish I could send you our sunshine...Don't cry, ugly bald baby!
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