Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Theme Thursday: Pets...






This post originally appeared here in 2009...

My pets---Phoebe, Angel and Jacob---mean the world to me. They are all foundlings, and the two girls have never known another human friend or family.
Angel, the geriatric Siamese, is thirteen, and was no bigger than the center of my hand when I found her in a garbage bin years ago. I righted it and out she came---a furry ball of fawn fiestiness, yowling at the world for a crumb, her blue eyes fixed on me from the start.

She has always been high strung and vocal. It took me several years to convince her she did not have to search our kitchen garbage bin for scraps.
Phoebe, a black shadow, is a mix born of feral parents and brought indoors. She doesn't like anyone but me and climbs to the highest spot in our apartment to avoid guests. She's a ham with the other cats, and lives up to the word princess in every sense. Her favorite spot is my lap.

Jacob, the handsome black and white tux, is a gentleman. Affectionate and sociable, he spent months as an orphan before I brought him home on my birthday four years ago. He was an adult then, and the girls were miffed for months over his inclusion in our family, but with one well-aimed swipe of his front paw, he chose me.
Once a cat selects a human, the human has little choice. The love and faith of a cat isn't easily bestowed, particularly if the cat has been abused, orphaned or left to its own devices. Jacob guards the girls and me from intruders. He loves to cuddle and play and is a fanatic for unattended salad greens.

All came with health problems and though indoor, developed and carry feline herpes virus, a highly contagious airborne disease that remains in the cat's body after initial exposure. All receive medication daily. Happily, this trio hasn't had an outbreak in months. They eat well and chase each other around the apartment with an abandon I often envy. Angel and Phoebe, star soccer divas, swoop and dive for balls of paper at every opportunity.

Their lives spared, these three provide hours of fun and lend an element of grace and comfort to our small abode. I believe that we were gifts given to each other, and I wish that humans had more respect for the animals and other life forms on this whirling planet we call home.

Until Next Time...

Goodbye, George...

As I was leaving the car park outside my work place last afternoon, the driver, who regularly sees me to work and home, spotted a man lying on the ground next to his vehicle. We stopped, and my driver went to render assistance.

From my vantage point, I could see the man on the ground was unmoving. CPR was begun, and help was fetched from my workplace as the first responders were called. Two people, one of whom was my driver, kept working until two ambulance teams showed up. As a crowd of our employees and onlookers continued to gather, their faces went from strain to shock, and finally, to tears.

As paramedics worked feverishly, I learned that a colleague had collapsed, and that things did not look good for him. A retired science teacher, writer and very bright and engaging man, George was also a longtime seasonal employee of my company and had many friends there.

The mood was somber today as we all learned that he had passed away. He was just in the process of applying for his social security retirement benefit, and so was still in his sixties...

I hope he will rest in peace and serve as an example of someone who enjoyed his time to the fullest.

Until Next Time...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

25 Question Neme...

Megan put this on her blog. I thought I'd give it a go since it is a lazy Sunday and nothing of note comes to mind...

1. What's your favourite Dr. Seuss book?

The Cat in the Hat, of course!

2. If you could live in any home on a television series, what would it be?

Shipley Windmill, the fictional home of Jonathan Creek, the magician who solved crimes with a female sidekick in the BBC series.

3. What's the longest you've gone without sleep? Twenty-four hours...and don't ask why!

4. What's your favourite Barry Manilow song? Is this a trick question? I did not know there was such a thing...

5. Who's your favourite Muppet? Kermit...It ain't easy bein' green...

6. What's the habit you're proudest of breaking? The one that was stealing my life...

7. What's your favourite website? Le petit mort...Just goes to the point that anyone can post anything on the Web...

8. What's your favourite school supply? I'm a notebook girl, all the way...

9. Who's your favourite TV attorney? The one who gets run over by the ambulance he's chasing...

10. What was your most recent trip of more than 50 miles? Southern California...

11. What's the best bargain you've ever found at a garage sale or junk shop? Limoges plates...

12. Where were you on September 11, 2001? Sadly, in the U.S.

13. What's your favourite tree? Banyan...

14. What's the most interesting biography you've read? Katherine Graham's Personal History...

15. What do you order when you eat Chinese food? I don't eat a lot of this but on the odd occasion, Broc and tofu...

16. What's the best costume you've ever worn? The Bunny Costume...



17. What's your least favourite word? Putain...You can look up the translation yourself...

18. If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be? I'd flee the country rather than endure that...

19. Who's your favourite bear? Smokey...

20. Describe something that's happened to you for which you have no explanation. My mother already detailed my conception, that should be more than enough answer to this enquiry...

If you could travel anywhere in Africa, where would it be? I'd visit Karen of Bordertown Notes or Val of Monkeys on the Roof, two favourite bloggers who produce wonderful photos and commentary about their corners of the planet...

22. What did you have for lunch yesterday? Nothing...I missed it...

23. Where do you go for advice? Well, I might go to Megan, if she'd ever answer her mobile...

24. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus? Thesaurus...

25. Have you ever been snorkeling? Scuba diving? Yes to the snokeling, no to the diving...

It is tea time at chez moi and the natives are restless...

Until Next Time...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Some Things Speak For Themselves...



This California seaside bloom needs no words...

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Until Next Time...