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06-21-2019 06:17 PM - edited 06-21-2019 10:04 PM
@Witchy Woman ...Oh good, I'm glad to hear that your outdoor senior kitty has no problem staying in a safe indoor spot...I had meant to ask you, in my original post, if he would stay indoors...I certainly know that you will keep a very loving, watchful eye over him.
I have a little story to tell....At one time, we had an adorable cat named Fluffy...We were living in our first house then...She was only allowed to go out when one of us was home and only during the daytime...She never wandered very far and always stayed close to the house and didn't stay out all that long...just enough time to explore a little, enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.
Anyhow, early one lovely Spring morning, I was sipping on some coffee in the sunroom and Fluffy was looking out the window....All of a sudden, she quickly jumped down and rushed to the door and wanted out...I got up to abide by her wishes and, as she scooted out, I turned and saw this beautiful red fox coming around the corner of our house and heading out to our backyard area...The fox turned and spotted my Fluffy and Fluffy just started running right after the fox...I quickly ran out and was yelling for Fluffy...The fox just kept going with Fluffy right behind it and, after what seemed an eternity to me, Fluffy just turned around and headed back into the house very non-chalantly!
Meanwhile, I was a mess!...I scooped up my Fluffy and just kept hugging her!...When I had finally calmed myself down, I figured that the reason the fox probably kept on running was because the sight of this wild woman running out and yelling frantically probably scared the heck out of it!...LOL
I definitely hear you about the "stuff" and decluttering...It definitely does have an emotional affect on us!...I did catch some of your thread...You definitely have a much larger house than we are in now...Actually, you have two counting the home that you built for your dear mom which is now a B&B...That's a lot of work!
Our first house was a split level and, when we moved from there and settled here in our cottage-ranch style house (it's about 14 years now), we then did a lot of decluttering so what we had to declutter here at this house this past Winter & Spring was a walk in the park compared to our first house!
This was a quick move here for us, as we had other plans to move elsewhere, but we got detoured by my husband's elderly parents who were starting to experience health issues and we were the only family members that lived the closest to them...So we had to quickly change our original plans and find something closer to my husband's parents...We were desperate at this point, as our house had already sold, so we spotted this new development and cozy ranch-style house and have been here ever since...Now that we are able to, I would like to make plans for another move, but that is another story.
Okay, I think that I have practically written a book here!..LOL..Let me know what you think of it and I may consider sending it to a publisher for their review!
06-22-2019 08:47 AM - edited 06-22-2019 08:49 AM
I so enjoyed your story about Fluffy
Guess she didn't realize that chasing a fox was not a good idea. But, you are right, the fox was likely running because of you
Most creatures do not want confrontation, but I've found that, over the years, the critters that were always pretty shy and stayed away have started coming closer. I'm sure they have lost their fear of us since we have been back in the woods for almost 30 years.
In typing that, it's hard to believe we've been here that long. I can still remember when it was a blank space and we were building it. Sigh....so long ago, now.
Because all my cats had been strays and came from the surrounding woods, they were always allowed out. Well, they were never completely happy inside. I was foolish in thinking they could always "take care of themselves" but won't go into all those bad decisions and the outcomes.
While I am reluctant to adopt any more cats at this stage in my life, if I ever do, they will be inside only or outside with close supervision and/or enclosed space. It's just too riskey otherwise.
My Artemis still enjoys his outside area, but will come inside when it is cool/cold. We are happy that he has recovered from whatever was wrong, but, at his age, he's used up most of his 9 lives.
As to moving again, I am hoping this is my last stop, but who knows. When we spent 4 years building our "dream home" and then moving my parents here, I just figured I'd never leave. The cottage is mostly empty and caring for all of this may eventually get away from us.
Have not checked in on the TK crowd in a while, so I should do that today!
Hope everyone has a great weekend. Weather here will be nice ahead of a "heat wave" next week. But, that is how summer goes in the Maryland area. I should be used to it, but still long for the cooler days of autumn.
06-22-2019 07:51 PM - edited 06-22-2019 07:55 PM
@Witchy Woman ....What a wonderful name Artemis is for your senior kitty...It had my curiosity as I knew it must have a very special meaning, so I did some googling and sure enough, I found the Greek meaning...However, I also came across an author by the name of Artemis Cooper and, since another of your kitties was named Cooper, I thought to myself that perhaps you were a fan of this author and that is where you got their names from...or is it just a coincidence?...Wonderful names!
We had a couple of indoor/outdoor kitties at our first home and it worked out very well, thank goodness....We never experienced any serious incidents and they both lived long healthy lives...We installed a pet door on our garage door and, as you can imagine, they had their special luxury area which was fixed up quite comfortable for them...My dear brother had built a farm-style cat house for them and it was adorable...I insulated it well and made sure they had comfy, soft bedding...They also enjoyed coming indoors when we were home and so they definitely enjoyed the best of both worlds!...Shadow found her way into our lives at 8 weeks old and she has been a strictly indoor kitty...15 years old now and doing very well, although we are keeping an eye on her kidneys, so she sees the Vet three times a year now.
I just can't imagine my home without the presence of a kitty(s) so I see myself, in the future, rescuing senior kitties and making sure they live out the rest of their lives with lots of loving care!
Isn't it wonderful that we are finally experiencing comfortable gorgeous weather and it looks like the rest of the week will be the same!...Windows are flung open and we enjoyed a very outdoorsy day today!
Wishing Everyone A Great Weekend!
06-23-2019 10:25 AM - edited 06-23-2019 10:28 AM
Happy Sunday Everyone!
A couple of updates that I saw posted this morning in chat.
PSA: Serenity & Nelia have to dry up their milk supplies for their return to the HF, so all of their kittens are now at TKHQ. There may be some visits during the week. Cam will switch back & forth.
06-23-2019 11:17 AM
So happy there are more going home. TK has been full to the brim for a long time. I know there were some with ringworm, but have no idea if this newest batch is among them. It is hard for me to keep track.
I've spent more time watching the elephants at the Skyline webcam in Kenya. I don't get as attached
I know Shelly is going to be at the upcoming CatCon somewhere in California. It's this week some time. I'm sure she will be a super star!
Another pretty day in Maryland, but a heat wave coming. I'm already ready for autumn, and summer has just begun.
Everyone have a beautiful Sunday.
Did we ever hear from Clem again, or did she just disappear? Makes me sad not knowing.
06-23-2019 11:28 AM
Wanted to mention that Artemis was a name I heard from the TV show Wild, Wild, West. Artemis Gordon. I loved it then and still do. Years back I had an Alistair.
But, I like the Artemis Cooper idea, better!
Cooper was my very special boy....I miss him every day. He was, as they say, a dog in a cat suit. Very funny, happy and a beautiful orange long hair cat. He walked in one year, left and came back. Like I said, I miss him every day...
I like dignified cat names...Although I had a Miss Peach, but mostly, I gave my cats people names.
Your Shadow sounds wonderful...at 15, he has lived a wonderful, long life. Kidneys are always troublesome. I read someplace that the majority of cats have kidney trouble at one time.
I've thought about taking in senior cats, but cannot stand the goodbyes...just crushes my soul. So.....not sure of my future with any more cats.
Give Shadow a chin scritch from me!
06-23-2019 11:31 AM - edited 06-23-2019 11:32 AM
hmmm, watching elephants - don't you have a large woodland area large enough for a guest or 2?
I heard they are very good at chasing foxes...just saying...
you can run one of those specialty B&B - they have one with giraffes I believe
the elephant can go from window to window shaking hand to trunk
it can cool guests off with a cool shower...oh the possibilities
Shower with an Elephant - perfect temp each time with a gentle spray
Maryland - we ain't just crabs
TShirts - the merchandising
@wildflowers you would vacation with an elephant and you don't have to travel out of the states....
too many kitties to account for - I won't even ask which ones are going home
I probably won't know their names but I'm glad they found their furever home
06-23-2019 12:35 PM
It is Nelia's 3 kittens who are being adopted. Can't remember their names. Each separately and each to a home with other cat/cats/animals. It looks like they are going to be very happy kitties in heir new homes!
I too miss Clem's posts.
I'm trying to decompress from jury duty. The 2 day trial and 14 hours in one day took a toll on me. Especially when we found out some things when the defendant took the stand.
It addresses a serious problem that all deal with. Homelessness and mental illness. He had 4 charges and we had to consider each one separately and each one had pages of definitions, with various instructions. It got detailed to say the least and not all jurors seemed to comprehend the requirements. Some also didn't keep in mind the person is innocent until proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty. 3 of them were under the age of 21. Some just seemed to go along with the majority.
When I was still in the medical profession, I had to get continuing education credits. One time we watched a kind of documentary on a homeless man, who was mentally ill. (Not all homeless are mentally ill, but they figure about one third are) Found out that about 35 yrs ago it was made a law (trying to keep this non political) that the mental institutions should let these people out into society where they could mingle with "normal" people and theoretically have a better life.
Turns out they had no where to go, nor the means to set up housekeeping any place. Families were often far away or didn't want them living with them. Hence we have had a growing problem since then. Our city happens to have a serious issue with it.
Anyway, this defendandt was homeless and had some sort of mental illness. It was obvious even before he got on the stand. His behavior was socially unacceptable in a library and he ended up being charged with 4 different counts. I learned that's where a lot of the homeless in our city go during the daytime hours. It is their home away from the shelter. It get's extremely cold here in the winter with below zero temps. There's a lot more to it, but I just was sad over this whole situation and some of the jurors attitude toward him.
I'll get over it after while, but right now it is bothering me. I'm too sensitive.
@wildflowers- you and I need a publisher for our books, LOL!!!
06-23-2019 02:13 PM - edited 06-23-2019 02:15 PM
Oh goodness, I would be a a complete wreck having gone what you went through.
In DC, we had St. Elizabeth's Hospital, which was a "mental institution" and housed many of those like you are referring to. My sister in law worked there for many years in the procurement area. She really liked it, but didn't have much contact with patients. As you know John Hinkley was housed there.
Yes, at some point, it was deemed we should not have such places, and out they went onto DC streets.
In the winter, they would build tents over the steam grates, and/or house under the edges of the office buildings where there were bushes. Around the building I worked in, they tore out all the bushes to keep this from happening. They closed off the steam grate.
It is not a solution. Honestly, like you, I simply cannot absorb this sort of thing without getting terribly upset. I live out in a rural area, so don't see much of this, but we DO have homeless that camp in the wooded areas or live under trees. I see them moving about on the busy roads.
There has GOT to be a better way. Seems it was under President Reagan this happened. St. Elizabeth's is no more. Homeland Security took over much of that area in SE DC and they are completely changing the profile of that formerly very bad area. It is still in transition.
My husband did some brick work on the buiding MANY years back before it was taken over, and he said he was in the lower levels and saw a huge grandfather clock with "St. Elizabeth Hospital, home for the insane" written on the face.
Anyway, didn't mean to ramble, but I am always fearful of jury duty and have been fortunate. I cannot imagine having to sit through such an ordeal.
I know ignoring it does not help, but I feel I worry about enough already, I just don't have enough room for much more.
It is a beautiful day and I'm off to do a few things outside.
Wishing you all a happy and relaxing weekend!
06-23-2019 08:40 PM
@yahooey .....LOL..You funny girl!..
Actually, in reading your post, a very sweet poster who shared on this thread when it first started came to mind...betteb...and, if I recall correctly, I think it was her who had mentioned a B&B that she loved going to that had an animal farm that spanned around the entire area of the B&B...I think it was located somewhere in the midwest and she especially loved the giraffes.
A Safari B&B!
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