Monthly Archives: September 2011

Furry Friday

 

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Gotcha Pippi!

A little over a year ago I walked into the break room at work and was confronted with this:

She was not a very happy camper and she didn’t hesitate to let me know either!  Her food bowl was empty and she was screaming singing for her supper.  She about broke my heart!

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!

This is one of the first times Squirt and Pippi came face to face after her release.  Introductions were a bit of a slow process, and it didn’t go quite as well as I would’ve liked at first!

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. 🙂

In the last year, not much has changed really.  Pippi is still as happy and hyper as ever.  She is also still my little lovebug.  There is no doubt her and I were meant to be together!

Happy Gotcha Day, Pippi Marie!

Study Buddy

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience.”

~ Pam Brown

My first test is coming up next week!  I’m not sure if Pippi is trying to help me study or prevent me from studying.  What is about books and papers that cats find so irresistible anyways? 😛

Party of Five

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

~ Desmond Tutu

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! 🙂

After that there were additions in December of 1984, February of 1987, August of 1988, and June of 1990, until we ended up with the goof troop you see in the next picture:

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…

You can also see how we grew.  It is crazy how fast we grew!

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:

We are pretty spread out now; from Ft. Lauderdale, to Tampa, to Gainesville, to Tennessee.  Sometimes I miss them so much it hurts.  Thank goodness they are all a text message away!

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

Mo’ Cats Day

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 🙂

We call this the “kitty train.”  It is pretty rare that all the train cars are lined up facing the same direction!

Ash is the caboose today.

Squirt is the engine.

And last but not least, Titus is the wiggly, middle car.

I am going to include one more picture… It is blurry, but it cracks me up!