“A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.”
~ Indian Proverb
“The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
~ George S. Patton
Today is my first test in Anatomy and Physiology! Wish me luck.
A little over a year ago I walked into the break room at work and was confronted with this:
Come to find out she had ringworm and was waiting for a foster family to come pick her up and treat her. They never showed up though and within a few days I had fallen head over heels. After a week of nobody coming to get her, I offered to take her and just treat the ringworm myself. I had already started calling her Pippi because she was such a little pip squeak compared to my guys at home. (I found out later that her original foster family had called her Yolandi. Pippi suits her much better!)
On September 18th, 2010 she came home with me. She was probably about 4 or 5 months old at the time. She had about a half-dozen ringworm lesions and had to be isolated from the other cats, so I put her in one of our spare bedrooms and spent all my spare time in there trying to keep her amused.
This is one of the first pictures of her once I brought her home. You can see the bald spots above her eyes from the ringworm. It took almost 8 weeks of isolation and treatment to get her ringworm free. It was hard on me to keep her in isolation because she is such a lovebug and did not like being by herself at all! Oh how she would cry. On the bright side, it gave her and I a lot of time to bond and I am grateful for that.
Eventually though, the day finally came when the vet said that she could be released into general population!
No matter how much anyone hissed or growled at her though, she was never scared and always happy and wanting to play. Eventually the boys just couldn’t be bothered to be mean to her anymore. Now they are all one big, mostly happy, family. 🙂
Happy Gotcha Day, Pippi Marie!
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
As I have mentioned previously, I am the oldest of five kids. I have two younger sisters, and then two younger brothers. I will be 29 next month, and the baby turned 21 this past June. There were many occasions when I wished they weren’t around, but now I can’t imagine life without them!
It all started back in October of 1982 with a big-headed baby girl; me! 🙂
This picture never fails to make me smile. It is a pretty good representation of what life was like growing up in my family as well. Things were sometimes chaotic, but we had everything we needed and we had a lot of fun to boot. This next picture is a little more organized…
It has been almost nine years since this picture was taken. I don’t think any of us are sure where the time went! Since this picture was taken I became a dog groomer, my sister joined the Army, my brother became a welder, the other one started a band, two of us got married, and one of us just had a baby boy of her own.
Here is the most recent picture I can find of us as a family:
I could probably go on forever describing all our different personalities or telling stories from our childhood, but for now I will just leave you with a few quotes I found that sum it up nicely.
“To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.”
~ Clara Ortega
“The advantage to growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.”
~ Robert Brault
“Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.”
~ Shirley MacLaine
Two years ago today, some silly people of the Blog Urlesque called for a day without cats, and a bunch of even sillier people agreed to go along with it. Even some of the mainstream new media (The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, etc.) covered the story. Of course, cat people everywhere objected, and it became Mo’ Cats Day. 😉
This year, in our house anyways, it is Mo’ Man-Cat Day 🙂
I am going to include one more picture… It is blurry, but it cracks me up!